An estimated 5,000 Muslims gathered in Surrey this weekend to pledge loyalty to Britain in light of concerns over the popularity of the extremist militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), and the alleged involvement of Britons.
The three-day residential event, organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (Amya), has brought together 5,000 young British Muslim men from England, Scotland and Wales, to foster bonds of brotherhood and affirm their pride in being British and Muslim.
The Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader to tens of millions of Muslims across the world, said: "Britain has provided a home for people from across the world. As Ahmadi Muslims, we give thanks to Queen and country for allowing us to practise our faith freely.
The 42nd Ahmadiyyah Muslim Youth Association festival is underway at Farnham in Surrey. Muslim men and boys from the age of 7 up come together for three days of talks, speaking competitions and sport. Those attending also hold a flag hoisting ceremony where they pledge allegiance to Great Britain.
This year, the Caliph of Islam, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader to tens of millions of Muslims across the world, will be in attendance. Hannah Costigan has been to the convention to meet organisers and attendees.
Her report includes interviews with convention chairman Dr Aziz Hafiz, regional youth leader Kamal Aftab and local Imam Mansoor Ahmad Clarke.
Thousands of Muslims are meeting in Surrey this weekend for the annual convention of the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Youth Association, which promotes peace and tolerance.
The 3-day event includes football and cricket competitions, talks on history and science and a flag-raising ceremony where attendees pledge allegiance to Great Britain.
ITV Meridian spoke to Aziz Hafiz, the Convention Chairman.
The biggest annual convention of Muslims in Britain got underway in Hampshire today. More than 30,000 are meeting for their 100th gathering near Alton. Delegates from right around the world are attending the event, with millions more following via satellite. Richard Slee reports.
The biggest single annual convention of Muslim in Britain will take place today in Hampshire.
More than 30,000 Ahmadiyya Muslims will gather for the centenary annual gathering in Alton.
The convention starts today and will finish on Sunday, with delegates from more than 100 countries expected to attend.
Muslims across our region are celebrating Eid - the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. People have been fasting during daylight hours for the last month to remember those less fortunate than themselves and re-focus on their faith.