Tens of thousands of Muslims will denounce terrorism and pledge allegiance to a "peaceful caliphate" at a major faith gathering in Hampshire.

Organisers expect more than 30,000 Ahmadi Muslims from around 100 countries to attend the three-day event - known as the Jalsa Salana - to challenge misinterpretations of Islam.

Britain's largest Muslim convention will open on Friday with a traditional sermon and on Saturday, the sect's leader, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, will deliver his keynote speech to 15,000 Muslim women.

He has previously called for mosques to be more open and transparent and for authorities to monitor places of worship to tackle extremism.

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