The Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden is pulsating with life as it acts as the headquarters for the largest Muslim convention in the UK.

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The mosque in London Road draws thousands of Ahmadiyya Muslims from around the world every year

The largest mosque in western Europe has been receiving thousands of guests from countries all over the world this week as they register their attendance for the Jalsa Salana, a chance for the Ahmadiyya community to get together at a farm in Hampshire.

The event is run by around 5,000 volunteers and is anticipating around 33,000 people to attend.

Roles taken on by volunteers at the iconic London Road mosque encompass food, parking, accommodation, and many other things.

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Preparations: Health and safety instructor Arshad Mahmoud checking car passes

In order to find out about the hard work and organisation that goes into running the event, Wimbledon Guardian reporter Anthony Cornish went to Baitul Futuh in Morden to speak to visitors, volunteers, and organisers.

"It’s completely run on volunteering. There are all parts of the community coming together for Jalsa.

We have different people working together in different areas and age barriers are crossed," said Imran Yusuf, who will be working in the on-site bread factory where it is said around 10,000 naan breads are produced an hour.

"The best thing you see is that the young lads get the whole idea of volunteering and they get the spirit of it."

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Swedish diplomat Naseem Malik receiving his car pass from Naser Khan

Nasim Malik is a politician who has travelled with his family from Sweden to attend. He said: "I don’t miss this event. I come every year and I will come for the rest of my life because people in my homeland of Pakistan do not have the opportunity."

Naveed Mangla is another visitor who has travelled from Belize in central America where there is an Ahmadi community of approximately 100 people.

He said: "The Ahmadiyya Muslim community has been established in my country for about two years, becoming the 206th country to become part of the nationwide Ahmadiyya community."

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Kitchen volunteers: Nasir Ahmed Quamar, Tahir JanJua and Taquid Din Quamar

The atmosphere around the iconic mosque in Morden is one of excitement as people continue to arrive and preliminaries are finalised.

Months of hard work has gone into the event, which will be the 49th of its kind in the UK.

It is taking place from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23 in Alton, Hampshire.

A spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Farooq Aftab said: "The Jalsa Salana promotes the true and peaceful teachings of Islam and counters extremist views and misrepresentations that have crept in."