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Ahmadiyya Islam makes worldwide gains; 540,000 new converts, 565 new branches

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The progress and improvements of the past year were presented today by the Khalifa of Islam and the worldwide spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

His Holiness was addressing a gathering of over 30,000 delegates on this second day of the UK's 47th Ahmadiyya Muslim Annual Convention, convened at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in the English countryside near Hampshire.

Individual Ahmadi Muslims, community representatives and many government officials from dozens of countries have traveled from all over the world to the UK to join the international convention.

His Holiness, Hadhrat Ahmad, detailed the expansion of the community in every aspect of progress, including the joining of 540,782 souls to the peaceful Ahmadiyya Islam.

The new conversions were recorded in 116 countries with converts coming from 309 different national backgrounds.

During the last three decades - since 1984 when Ahmadi activities were banned in Pakistan - the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has expanded to 113 more countries.

The community added 394 new mosques worldwide during the year which include 353 locations newly added by the community and the rest of the locations came to the community due to the mass conversions in the localities where the mosques were situated.

His Holiness announced that there were 565 new chapters established during the preceding twelve months and 121 new mission houses were added in 108 countries, bringing the total to nearly 2600 mission houses worldwide.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has already completed and published the Holy Quran translations in 71 major languages of the world and there are over a dozen more translation in various near-completion stages.

Most new people converted to Ahmadiyya Islam in many regions due to the un-Islamic attitudes promoted by non-Ahmadi clerics and offering no help in areas where Muslims suffer hardships.

Multitudes of people worldwide received Ahmadiyya message of peace through door-to-door knocks and distribution of millions of pieces of printed materials offering relevant snippets of Islamic teachings.

The convention proceedings are being broadcast live from Hadeeqatul Mahdi (Alton, UK) via the worldwide Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) and available in many languages.

The coverage of Jalsa Salana can be found on MTA.TV and a live feed is also available from Ahmadiyya Times via top links.

@JalsaUK is the official Twitter account for the annual convention.

[Update] This report has been update to correct the number of national backgrounds of the new converts. The previously reported number, 109, was erroneous, this reporter has been advised.

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