by Dr M.Ikram Jahangiri
This post originally appeared in the April edition of the print magazine ‘The Hope’. It is an outline of a speech given by video link on the 27th December 2013 during the Annual Prayer Congregation of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman held in Lahore, Pakistan.
Today we are gathered to celebrate a year short of the centennial of the founding of the Lahore Jama‘at and affirm the message of the Promised Messiah, which was primarily the supremacy of Islam through the written word of Allah; that is, the Qur’an, and by the example of the pristine life of Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the Last of the Prophets.
Today, we are not to celebrate the birthday of our Jama‘at because each birthday only reduces the age of a person, whereas it is the 99th yearly milestone of a mission with headquarters in Lahore, which is eternal in its truth. Of note is that the Anjuman (organisation) was established in 1906, whereas it was relocated to Lahore in 1914.