The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, under the leadership of its holy founder, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), held its first convention on December 27, 1891, in Qadian, India. Approximately 75 people attended the event. For over a century since, the Community has held its Annual Convention, or Jalsa Salana, in numerous countries around the world. Tens of thousands of Community members and friends of the Community gather at these conventions at various times throughout the year.
The principal aims of the Annual Convention are to facilitate greater spiritual awareness among Community members, strengthen ties, and promote peace.
The Annual Convention is not a worldly gathering but a spiritual gathering where Ahmadis from all over the world unite under one spiritual leader for the sole purpose of spiritual insight that is necessary for the promotion of faith, spirituality and certainty in God Almighty.