|In the name of
GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
There is no other god beside GOD
Why do we hold an Annual Conference?
The conference is a happy annual occasion when believers from all over the world get together to update their information. We share experiences, express concerns and listen to speakers whose aims parallel our own, God willing. By divine decree, we are one eternal family (49:10). During the Conference, we hope to set the example for ourselves, for our brothers and sisters, and for our children to last until the following Conference by God's grace and will. We must unify our Contact Prayers according to God's teachings in the Quran. We unify our Zakat practice, the fasting of Ramadan, the Hajj Pilgrimage, and we must maintain the highest moral character throughout our lives.
During the conference, Submitters share Quranic knowledge and praise and commemorate God (15:98-99, 73:8) the Almighty while enjoying each other’s company. The conference is one of the means of growing our souls, God willing, by getting credit for forcing ourselves to be with the family of submitters (49:10, 18:28). It is an opportunity for striving (94:7-8) in the cause of God, and for our intense and continuous remembrance of God during the time of the conference (2:152, 7:205, 4:103). It is a time of repentance and asking forgiveness from God (2:286, 9:112, 66:8). It is a time to kill our egos (2:54) and greet (6:54) and treat each other in the best possible manner (17:53). It is a time to share and listen to wonderful experiences of others. It is a time to discuss what we did, as a community or as individuals, in spreading the message of worshipping God alone in the past year, and how we could improve it in the coming year. It is a time to discover, reflect and remember the greatness of God and His miracles, and appreciate His blessings. It is a time to get to know new but wonderful submitters, and learn from each other. It is a time of joy and happiness, which only God could bestow upon us.
The community of submitters is an incredible blessing from God. We have to be appreciative to God of our brothers and sisters in faith. It is a wonderful opportunity to be with the submitters that we have not seen in a long time, to meet new submitters and share their experiences. Sometimes we look at things from one angle when we are alone, or within a group of uniformly thinking people during our Quranic studies. The conference provides us a platform to learn from the experience of other submitters and how they view certain things. God often uses these interactions to teach us valuable lessons. It makes us realize that God is the One who is in control of everything (10:61), and we cannot monopolize God’s mercy and knowledge. “…Above every knowledgeable one, there is one who is even more knowledgeable.” (12:76)
In conclusion, the conference is a time of Submission to God, while enjoying a reunion with our “real” (soul) family members, God willing. To quote from the Introduction
All Believers Constitute the One Acceptable Religion
As expected from the Creator’s final message, one of the prominent themes in the Quran is the call for unity among all believers, and the repeated prohibition of making any distinction among God’s messengers. If the object of worship is one and the same, there will be absolute unity among all believers. It is the human factor, i.e., devotion and prejudice to such powerless humans as Jesus, Muhammad, and the saints that causes division, hatred, and bitter wars among the misguided believers. A guided believer is devoted to God ALONE, and rejoices in seeing any other believer who is devoted to God ALONE, regardless of the name such a believer calls his or her religion.
We understand many submitters are unable to make this event since it is not an easy undertaking. It requires a lot of effort, resources, and prior planning. We pray that those who can make it to the conference by God’s grace come in peace, and bring their righteous attitude with them. May God be pleased with their efforts and bless them. As for those who cannot make it, but whose hearts are with the submitters, may God be pleased with them also, and help them come to conferences in the future.
International Community of Submitters / Masjid Tucson
The world wide community of those who Submit to God Alone and advocate the worship of God Alone
Praise Be To God, Lord of the Universe
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