The Pan-African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (PAAMA) UK held a highly successful Tabligh Question and Answer Session on 30th November 2014 at Baitul Futuh. As part of PAAMA’s efforts to promote a better understanding of Islam and engender interfaith dialogue, the event which was billed as An Introduction to Islam and was followed by a lively Question and Answer Session with guests. Revered Maulana Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib, Imam of the London Mosque, Missionary In-charge UK and Naib Amir UK, presided over the session and responded to a wide array of questions.
As per tradition, the programme commenced with Tilawat by Muhammad Mbaye Sahib and English translation by Abdou Rahman Cham Sahib. PAAMA President, Tommy Kallon Sahib, then gave a brief welcome address explaining the purpose of the event which he maintained was to present the attendees with an opportunity to learn and about the true tenets and teachings of Islam as expounded and practiced by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Tommy Kallon Sahib then introduced Respected Imam Sahib as an Islamic scholar par excellence and an acclaimed speaker and writer.
Taking to the podium, Respected Imam Rashed Sahib gave a brief discourse on the basic tenets and teachings of Islam. In particular, Imam Sahib elaborated on the three sources of guidance in Islam which he explained were the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah and the Ahadith.
Imam Sahib’s speech was followed by an insightful Question and Answer Session. The interest was palpable and the volume of questions substantial. Due to time constraints, all the questions could not be answered on the day and Imam Sahib suggested that PAAMA plan a follow up meeting so the 28 additional questions which could not be answered on that day could be heard and responded to. Ibrahim Asante Sahib, PAAMA External Affairs Secretary acknowledged and read out the names of all those whose questions were not taken on the day.
Silent prayers lead by Respected Imam Rashed Sahib were followed by a meal served to all. By and large the event was an overwhelming success with PAAMA members travelling far and wide to attend and bring guests to the event.