The 14th annual international submitters’
conference was held from July 30th 1999 to August 1st 1999 in Vancouver,
B.C., Canada. It began with the warm and joyful meeting of the family
members during registration. The Friday khutbah beautifully illustrated
that real happiness is a quality of the soul, and that to develop
our soul we need to work on keeping God as our priority.
It was good to see many new faces during the introductions, and
listen to people’s experiences. Praise God, the talks were
wonderful and covered various aspects including God’s beautiful
attributes, on being appreciative, realizing how fortunate we are,
qualities of the righteous, trusting and submitting wholeheartedly
to God Alone, and God’s marvels in His creations.
Each day brought its new experiences, and the listening to the
young and young at heart was a very positive and energizing experience.
Besides the regular talks, we had beautiful Quran recitation and
studies, commemorative singing, poems, a skit, and even rap music,
all in praise and devotion to God Alone.
Another thing that was brought to light
was the spread of God’s message through the internet with
literally millions of hits on the website (www.submission. org)
from people in over a hundred countries all over the world.
After the conference, the submitters of Vancouver had arranged
a chartered boat cruise along the scenic city bay. Once again we
reveled in devotion to God while enjoying some excellent food for
both the body and the soul.
All in all, this conference was one of the best in the recent times,
and left one with a wonderful feeling of happiness, learning and
peace. InshaAllah we look forward to many more such conferences.
May God bless us all.
[2:201] ... “Our Lord, grant us righteousness
in this world, and righteousness in the Hereafter, and spare us
the retribution of Hell.”
[Note: God willing the next year’s conference
will be held in Tucson, Arizona.]