Hazur inspected both the men’s and ladies side of Jalsa and gave due instructions as he walked by the various departments. Hazur also tasted food from the Langhar‐Khana before proceeding to the main hall where Hazur gave a short address to the workers about the importance of offering their prayers on time throughout Jalsa and also the need for vigilance and security at all times.
After a silent prayer to conclude the session, Hazur returned to his chair on the stage. There were still ten minutes till Maghreb time and so I decided that it would be a good time to show Hazur some newspaper cuttings from the previous day’s event at Capitol Hill.
I went and gave the cuttings to Hazur who read each one there and then. Hazur was interested to know the circulation of each of the newspapers. When I informed that one of the newspapers had made some factual errors, Hazur instructed they should be contacted and requested to correct them.
Whilst Hazur was viewing the cuttings he mentioned that he had heard that at the previous day’s event at Capitol Hill, some Ahmadis had started clapping in the House of Representatives even though this was against the rules. I said that this was unfortunately true.
When Hazur heard this he said that it was very wrong that any act had been conducted contrary to the rules of Congress and thus I should pass on a message to the USA Jamaat that a letter should be sent apologising for this mistake.
This incident illustrated once again how particular Hazur is about respecting others and their procedures. Whilst others may have taken this issue fairly lightly and said that no harm was done as the Ahmadis were merely expressing their appreciation, Hazur took serious note of the matter and instructed that a formal apology be sent.