We left Baitur Rahman at just before 4pm on 28th June.
The programme was we would spend the next three nights in Harrisburg before returning to Baitur Rahman on Sunday evening after Jalsa. As it transpired we were unable to return to Baitur Rahman and the rest of our stay in the United States was spent in Harrisburg.
During the journey to Harrisburg we stopped at Baltimore where the Jamaat had bought a property in a beautiful residential area.
The building itself was very attractive and another great blessing of Allah.
After a brief inspection by Hazur, the local President asked Hazur to name the building. Hazur gently reminded him that normally he was asked to name buildings in writing and after due consideration Hazur would make a decision.
However on this occasion Hazur agreed to make an exception to the normal rule and so enquired from the elders of the local Jamaat who was the first Ahmadi convert in the area. After some thought the elders said they believed the first convert was a man called ‘Abdul Kareem’ and so upon hearing this Hazur announced that the building would be named ‘Baitul Kareem’.
As this was announced the local Ahmadis became extremely delighted and started raising slogans of ‘Baitul Kareem Zindabad!’
We arrived in Harrisburg late afternoon and went straight to the newly acquired Hadee Mosque, which was a property purchased by the Jamaat and converted into a Mosque.
After unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion, Hazur immediately led the Zuhr and Asr prayers, after which Hazur made a full inspection of the Mosque premises.