A Letter from Fiji

The Light (UK), December 2011 Issue (pp. 1–2)

Dear Sister Jameelah Khan & All,

I am forwarding to you a letter from Brother Jalal Ud Dean of Suva, Fiji, who appreciated your arrangements during the function of Eid-ul-Adha at the Darus Salam, Wembly Center in the United Kingdom.

You may wish to share this letter of appreciation with other members of the Jamaat.

Allah Hafiz,
Brother Akbar Ibn Abdullah.

Dear Brother JAK,
Assalaamu’Alaikum Wr Wb,

Thank you very much for sending over the attachment, which some of us could not open. However, I have managed to access it on the AAIIL website and was very pleased with the arrangements (for Eid) at Wembley. My special thanks to the organizers.  Most regretfully I was not present to enjoy the company of our Wembley based AAIIL friends. Judging from pictures and narratives provided, it appears to me that Wembley AAIIL is many times larger than our Fiji AAIIL. Some people in the photos were familiar to my memory from past photo-submissions but the majority were not so. I fully understand and appreciate that it is just not logistically possible to add a name to a face of everybody in the photos.

The article narrative was very good and indeed very enlightening that branches of AAIIL are making significant inroads in other countries, now, at head of the Islamic 15th Century of Hijra and — Insha-Allah — the momentum would continue with desired inertia. 

I was initially somewhat confused why there were two Eid namazs [prayers] but later appreciated that gender separation was perhaps difficult in confined spaces; and of that course that makes logical sense.

Special thanks and appreciation goes to the team from Pakistan, which accompanied Hazrat Ameer Sahib [Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed], and who not only provided necessary impressive support and encouragement but glorified the occasion simply with their dignified presence. It must have been rather stressful taking into consideration time differences of time zones during in travel, yet meeting up to schedules punctually. 

I note that the events, such as this, are excellent marketing strategy in AAIIL propagation outreach. There were also radio talks and discussions with others on the Punjabi outreach (including Sikhs preparing for Guru Nanak Jayaanti), and perhaps added a bit more mileage to the wider Islam that the common denominator (Prophet Abraham) is household name amongst Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus. I wrote an article on this.

We need to place our hand firmly on the handle of democracy in those other countries, which constitutionally recognize AAIIL Ahmadis as Muslims per se and also allow AAIIL to have places of worship without inherent fear of desecration to those places of worship; and further allowing AAIIL to call a mosque a mosque. Whilst still on democracy, the community there (Wembley) are advantaged with the fundamental rights to tip the scales of negativity against Muslims “as real-time illustrations of terrorists” to positives of a peace-loving community of non-aggressiveness, which defines the conceptual true meaning of Islam.

The AAIIL crest displayed prominently is certainly an eye-catcher.

It was all in “a day’s work and very well-done.”


Jalal Ud Dean