Friday Sermon – 9th August 2019

Friday Sermon – 9th August 2019

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Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest
Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest
I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah
I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is the Messenger of Allah.
I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is the Messenger of Allah.
Come to Prayer
Come to Prayer
Come to success
Come to success
Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest.
There is none worthy of
worship except Allah.
Peace be upon you all, I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah He is alone and has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His Servant and Messenger After this I seek refuge with
Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the
Gracious, the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah,
Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and
Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou
hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, last
Sunday, the three-day annual convention came to its conclusion. By the grace of God Almighty we become recipients
of countless blessings of Allah the Almighty which are attached to such gatherings. In the Friday Sermon following the Jalsa, I usually mention the impact the Jalsa has
had by the grace of Allah the Almighty, and this effect from the atmosphere of the Jalsa
is not only felt by the members of the Community but also the non-Ahmadi guests as well. They are able to increase
their knowledge about Islam and as a result their reservations
regarding Islam are removed. However, I would first like to thank
all the men and women workers regardless of whichever department and capacity
they served in; from assistants to office heads, all men, women, children,
young and old were fulfilling their duties and obligations selflessly. They were presenting the picture of
the true image of Islam to the guests through their practical examples. The assistants deserve special thanks. The assistants came forward in large numbers to
serve the guests of the Promised Messiah (as) and they are the ones who
carry out the work in reality. May Allah the Exalted reward all of them. In addition to the Jalsa workers there are the workers permanently
employed by the central offices. There are the workers of MTA, which also includes
volunteers from UK as well as other countries. Some have been working on the preparation
of the documentaries which were broadcast and there were some who
were working in the studios. In short, every department plays a
very active role during the Jalsa. The exhibition organised by the
Review of Religions magazine also has a very positive impact. Then there are the exhibitions
by the Archives Department and by the Image Library
[Makhzan-e-Tasaweer]. All these departments are
active during the days of Jalsa. All the workers who worked before Jalsa as well as
those who worked after it play an important role. Hence, all of them deserve our gratitude. Now, I will present the feedback and sentiments
of some of the guests within the time available. Malay-Ho Yaqoob Sahib, vice president
of the Muslim Community in Benin, participated at this
year’s Jalsa and said, “I have performed the Hajj
more than twenty times, “however I witnessed a far greater
level of organisation than I did at Hajj. “Never in my life have I ever witnessed
an atmosphere as I did at the Jalsa. “I have previously attended many
religious conferences and gatherings “but never experienced an
atmosphere like the Jalsa Salana. “The level of organisation from
being received at the airport “to being transported to the accommodation
was such that it felt like one was at home. “I met people from all sections of society at the
Jalsa, including engineers, doctors, professors “and many other highly educated and intellectual
people, who all served us with great humility.” He was extremely pleased
upon observing this. He then further stated in regards to my addresses,
“We have received the true message of Islam – “and this is the very message that the
Islamic world and Muslims are need of, “so that the reservations people
have about Islam are removed.” He further states, “By coming here, I have learnt
a lot. Ahmadiyyat indeed is the true Islam.” He then states, “I will go back to Benin and tell
people that they should not listen to others “but instead learn from Ahmadiyyat
as it is only the Ahmadi Muslims, “who are portraying the true
honour of the Holy Prophet (saw).” Then, Semun Suwadogu Sahib of Burkina Faso, who
is the minister of religious affairs as well as the minister of interior and the minister of the
state; he expressed his sentiments by saying, “As the minister of religious
affairs, I respect all religions. “Having participated in the Jalsa, many
of my questions have been answered. “I received answers to questions I did not
even ask. This has helped me a great deal. “This was the first time
I attended the Jalsa. “The pure thoughts and
atmosphere of the Jalsa “have greatly helped me
from a spiritual perspective. “We are able to live together if we act in
accordance with love, morals and principles.” Then in relation to the workers at Jalsa he said, “The volunteer workers at
Jalsa were cleaning toilets, “washing plates and little
children were distributing water. “All of this could not have been
possible without a sense of sacrifice. “This passion to serve
others is extraordinary.” He then says, “I also
went to the Fazl mosque. “It is a historic mosque, which was
rather small, but there was an attraction, “simplicity and beauty to it.” In relation to the Bai’at [pledge
of allegiance] ceremony he says, “It was a chain of sincerity,
devotion and obedience, “which can serve as an example for the world “but the people are not paying
heed to the words of the Khalifa. “Today’s world is chasing
after materialistic objectives. “However, the ill effects of this
materialism is also befalling man.” With regards to my addresses he said, “In his
address, His Holiness presented a code of conduct “in order to establish an excellent society; the
rights of parents and the rights of children.” All of these matters that were
presented in the concluding address impacted many people to a great extent
and most people gave similar comments. Sayoba Ragu Sahib of Burkina Faso,
who is a member of parliament, said, “The Jalsa was excellent. Everything was
organised and everyone was engaged. “People from all over the world, young, old, men
and women were prepared to render any service “for the sake of Islam. “I believe that today, Islam is being
propagated through Ahmadiyyat. “Ahmadis help each other and
are always ready to help others.” In relation to me, he said, “You prayed for our
governors and for the establishment of peace, “which is a treasure for us. “On the occasion of Jalsa, we were
received in an excellent manner. “All of the other speeches
were also wonderful.” The chief Rabbi of Greece, Gabriel Negrin
Sahib, says, “I am grateful to God the Exalted “that He has granted me the honour of being a
part of this astonishing international Jalsa. “The atmosphere of the Jalsa and the
open heartedness of both the organisers “and the participants openly portray the
motto of the Community; ‘Love for All’. “As a Rabbi, I have experienced a
sense of acceptance and respect “here for other religions and beliefs.” He further says, “All of the respected Imams
whom I had the chance to meet and speak to, “honoured me from the
bottom of their hearts.” He then says, “I was truly happy at the fact that
I was able wear my specific hat on my head, “the Kippah, in the midst of thousands of Muslim
brothers without any threatening signals, “angered looks and, God
forbid, violent reaction. “This was completely in contrast to what
I have experienced in other places.” He says, “I was looked
after in every respect. “I was even provided with
food according to my needs. “Adjustments were even made for my religious
obligations and this is not an easy task. “However, the organisers of the Jalsa
and my hosts did all of this for me.” The chief of a Buddhist temple in Japan,
Yoshida Nokeiko, attended the Jalsa. According to him, the mother of the
Meiji King was a disciple at this temple and the ashes of the King’s mother have been
buried at his temple, which is located in Tokyo. He said, “Seeing the atmosphere at the
Jalsa, one’s heart experiences true peace. “Even though everyone is checked for security
purposes, I have not seen anyone quarrel or argue. “From the food to the speeches, the entire
programme was very well organised.” In relation to my address about religion, he says, “It seemed to be according
to the need of the time. “Today, it is truly essential
to explain to the world “that through religious
teachings of high morals, “we are able to fulfil
each other’s rights.” He further says, “Even the Japanese society
faces problems regarding parents and children “and their estranged relationships. “Despite every effort, we are unable to counter
this wave and we are able to use your guidance “and avail from it in our society
as well and I will try and do so.” He then says, “Even prior to this, I did not
have a negative impression about Islam. “However, seeing the atmosphere of Jalsa, when
the time for the Bai’at ceremony approached, “I was unable to control myself and I
decided that I should extend my hand to you “in order to form a society that is
based on love and brotherhood. “Hence, I participated
in the Bai’at as well. “I accept your leadership and promise to
support you in the efforts for world peace.” This does not mean that he
has performed the Bai’at, however, he says that he will work with us for
the purpose of establishing peace in the world. A lady guest from Argentina, Judith
Sahiba, who is a Christian herself but her husband accepted Ahmadiyyat ten
months ago, says, “I am a lawyer by profession. “My favourite speech of the Jalsa
was the concluding address “delivered by the Imam of the Community,”
She is speaking about my address, “in which he elaborately and beautifully “highlighted the human rights
established through Islamic teachings. “I was somewhat worried before the event and
had some reservations to attending the Jalsa. “I thought that as such a great
number of people are gathering, “there must certainly be some
disagreements and scuffles. “However, the manner in which you gather
together is completely different to the manner “in which we would get together. “Despite the rush of people and people
gathering in such a large number, “there was a constant atmosphere
of love, affection and peace. “People had a constant
smile on their faces.” She further says, “I was also concerned of being
ordered and pressured to observe the Islamic veil “in order to be able to
participate in the Jalsa. “However, I felt very comfortable being
around you without observing the Islamic veil “and your men and women
treated me with great respect. “As a matter of fact, I felt as if you were
taking care of me more than others.” The minister of post and telecommunication of
Liberia, Cooper W. Kura Sahib, attended the Jalsa. He said, “The various programmes of the
Jalsa were held in such a beautiful manner “that I was unable to
find any flaw in them. “To the extent that certain
departments of the Jalsa, “from the public relations department
to the kitchen worked together as one. “The greatest thing of it all was that the
entire organization was being handled “by volunteer teams who were cooperating
with one another and working side by side “in an atmosphere of brotherhood. “In all my professional life, I have
not seen the type of commitment “towards volunteer work as these
volunteers showed toward theirs. “During the programs of the Jalsa, “I was able to see how the participants of the
Jalsa showed love and respect for each other. “To arrange at such an extensive
level for a crowd of over 39,000 “without any organizational shortcomings
and organize an entire program; “for me at least this is
an astonished feat.” There was lady guest from Uruguay, who is a professor of Oriental
studies at a university. She says, “I have been studying
various Muslim countries “and Muslim organisations
for over thirty years.” She says, “Having participated
in your convention, “I have come to see two outstanding things
which I have not seen anywhere else. “The first is the unity of the Jama’at
and the example of its solidarity “through a single leader which I
have not seen anywhere else. “From the missionaries to the volunteers
working for various departments “whether they were serving food or
driving cars, all had one commonality; “which was that every one of them expresses
extraordinary sentiments of sincerity “and obedience in their
relationship with their Khalifa.” This is the standard that both the
friends of the Jama’at can see as well as all those who
are envious of the Jama’at. Owing to this, the evil ones try to
create discord but this is the very thing that we have to defend today,
both with our act and with prayer. Then she speaks of the
second aspect and says, “No form of racism
exists in the Community. “Whether one is a born Ahmadi or a new convert, an
Arab or a non-Arab, a Pakistani or non-Pakistani; “the Ahmadiyya Community is free
from all forms of racism and prejudice.” This is an excellence that should
not simply be exhibited temporarily for these three days but should
be adopted permanently. This in fact was the final message which
the Holy Prophet (saw) imparted to us, i.e. that no white has any superiority
over a black, nor a black over a white, no Arab has superiority over a non-Arab
nor does a non-Arab over an Arab. As a human being, all
are absolutely equal. Then there is guest from Morocco,
who is a professor of philosophy. He says, “We are leaving with very
good impressions from this Jalsa. “This was a good opportunity
to closely analyse the Jama’at. “In this international gathering, we witnessed
a very strong organizational structure “and excellent reception and
hospitality of the guests. “Like this, we came to know of the
lofty morals of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at, “which in fact are a perfect reflection of the
teaching of Islam and the Holy Prophet (saw). “By means of this Jalsa, the lies present in the
propaganda of the opponents also became clear. “Those people aimlessly keep such rancour
and enmity against this divine Community. “May Allah continue to grant you
the capacity of serving humanity.” Then Mr. Al Haaj Muhammad
Wakeel Yaatara of Guinea Conakry, who is the Inspector General
of religious affairs, states, “The aspect which impacted me the most
was that the moral training of the Ahmadis “has been done purely according
to the teachings of Islam. “All the Ahmadis who have gathered here looked
like the highest example of Islamic brotherhood “and as if they were the progeny of a single
mother and coming from a single household. “Extraordinary order and discipline,
the smiling faces of the volunteers, “free entry and exit from the Jalsa
area without bothering anyone; “it all felt as if all of them
were divinely inspired. “Seeing all this, it felt that if someone
can portray Islam in the true sense, “it is the Ahmadiyya Jama’at alone.” He states, “I have had the
opportunity to visit Islamic countries, “including Saudi Arabia
on multiple occasions. “But I say this with full
consciousness and knowledge “that I have never found an atmosphere
so filled with Islamic brotherhood. “I have not the least hesitation in stating that
to gather almost 40,000 people in one place, “constantly preach to them Islamic teachings “and to pass these days
without any conflict or discord, “spending the day in the love
of the messenger of Allah, “is the excellence of the
Ahmadiyya Jama’at alone.” Then, there is another lady, Fanta Fauqana
Umar Sahiba from Guinea Conakry who is a Lieutenant at the
Custom Airport in Guinea. She has pledged allegiance
and is a new convert. She says, “After being impressed by the teachings
of Ahmadiyyat, although I become an Ahmadi, “but my heart still harbored fear about
whether or not I had made a mistake, “because after seeing the
opposition against the Community “and all the Anti-Ahmadiyya
propaganda in Guinea, “I would sometimes become worried. “However, today, now that I am
participating in the Jalsa Salana U.K., “I can swear by God that all of my uncertainties
and doubts have been removed, “and by partaking in the Jalsa
I have become convinced “that if there is any community in the
world today that can represent Islam, “it is indeed the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Jama’at.” She says that, “If I can get access
to video footage of the Jalsa, “then I would like to introduce my
entire family to this truth and reality,” and in the end, she requests prayers that Allah the Almighty enables her
entire family to accept Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam, with
true sincerity of heart. Chantel Mala Fetalli who is the Councillor
General of Gabon in Benin says, “Before this, I participated
in the 50th Jalsa Salana, “and now I am happily
partaking in the 53rd Jalsa Salana “with sentiments of deep
and heartfelt gratitude. “I found the environment to be spiritual the
first time around as well, and even this time “I felt the same spiritual energy with the
same emotions [I feel] about everyone here – “the young and old, the elderly, the youth and
the children and women all meet with such love. “As far as the organization is concerned, I
simply do not have the words to explain it. “The organization of Jama’at Ahmadiyya’s
volunteers is an example par excellence. “Every single thing was in its
place and where it belonged. “Everything was of the highest calibre,
and every volunteer displayed humility. “They were filled with a passion to serve and
were ever-ready to offer any kind of help. “I began to consider myself
a part of this environment “and did not feel
estranged in the least. “The speeches were also excellent
and filled with the Islamic teachings. “The hospitality was excellent and I had the
opportunity to view the exhibitions as well. “They were highly beneficial in giving a
better understanding of Ahmadiyya History. “There was a lot of
information in the exhibitions, “and [afforded one] the opportunity
to learn about the service to humanity “that the Community is doing.” Comlin Pitras Sahib, a Member of Parliament and Head of the Finance
Commission from Benin remarked, “This was my first time at the Ahmadiyya
Community’s Jalsa. I was highly impressed.” He says, “When I was about to start
my journey for the Jalsa back in Benin, “I could never have imagined that I am about to go “and attend such an enormous
and magnificent convention. “People from all backgrounds
and walks of life were there, “and yet, I did not see any signs of
unhappiness on any of their faces. “They all took such excellent
care of me from the moment “that I landed at the
airport to the actual Jalsa. “Young and old – everyone
served me excellently. “It seemed as though everyone had forgotten
about themselves and devoted themselves “toward serving the guest instead.” Then he says, “People of different
cultures, languages and race – “how did you organize and maintain
the discipline of all these people, “without any clamor or quarrel, without
the help of any police force or army? “I wonder about how it was possible that
despite such a large number of different people, “there was no conflict or quarrelling.” He says, “I have concluded
after pondering over this, “that it is possible only due to your
hard word and Divine assistance.” Then, about my speeches he says,
“They are vital for international peace. “I also really enjoyed the exhibitions wherein
was explained the history of Jama’at Ahmadiyya. “I was deeply grieved upon hearing the horrific
events surrounding the Martyrs of Ahmadiyyat “and acquired a great deal of knowledge.” A former Prime Minister of Gabon and member of
parliament, Paul Biyoghe also attended the Jalsa. He says, “For thousands of people from over a
hundred countries to gather in a single convention “was a completely unique
experience for me. “A large number of volunteers worked night and
day to ensure that everyone’s needs were met, “and every person was ever-ready to serve one
another – the young and the old, the elderly, “the children, and the
women all the same. “And no unfortunate
incidents took place either. “I also had the opportunity to learn a great deal
about Islam and especially about Ahmadiyyat “from all the speeches
delivered at the Jalsa. “In our country of Gabon, Jama’at
Ahmadiyya is relatively new. “I used to think that Ahmadi
Muslims are like all other Muslims. “However, ever since I received
the invitation to attend the Jalsa, “I thought to myself that I should personally
go and see what kind of people they are. “Is the Islam of Ahmadiyyat
the same as we watch on T.V. , “those who are ruining
the peace of the world? “The truth is that I have actually been
very impressed by your work here. “You are hard-working people,
and your Islam is the true Islam, “and today, the world stands in need of it. My
country also stands in need of this very Islam.” Then, another person from
Gabon, Pasdalo Wadunka Sahib, who is the Director of Cabinet in
the Ministry of External Affairs say, “The environment of the Jalsa was profound, it was
a very spiritual atmosphere; “I can never forget it. I am highly impressed
with the organization of the convention. “Everyone – the young and the old –
were all interconnected like a chain “and were working together like a chain.” Then he says, “By participating in
the Jalsa of Jama’at Ahmadiyya, “I was afforded the opportunity
to witness a practical example “of Qur’anic and Biblical
teachings in action. “Everyone was living with one another
in the shape of one big family.” Similarly, he also mentioned my speeches,
saying that, “They impressed me greatly. “By participating in the Jalsa, I
was able to learn a great deal; “I was able to discover and
understand a lot more about Islam. “I am not a Muslim, but now,
I consider myself to be one. “Similarly, I also had the opportunity to visit
the various exhibits and stalls as the Jalsa “which greatly increased my knowledge.” Then, a guest named Harry Alegonsa, who is currently Advisor to the President
of the Central African Republic says, “The organizational
arrangements were extraordinary. “During the Jalsa, the volunteers
of Jama’at Ahmadiyya, “amongst whom were there
elderly and the youth – “indeed, people from every walk of life – “by obeying their Khalifa proved
the excellent merit of their organization. “Jama’at Ahmadiyya has a central purpose: to
establish universal brotherhood in the world. “And to achieve this, they work night and
day, while in other organizations of the world, “this level of sincerity
is scarcely witnessed.” Then he says, “The teachings
are truly profound and lofty. “The Islamic teachings that you present,
which had an affect on the heart, “are very different than that which
people attribute to Jama’at Ahmadiyya, “and due to their lack of
knowledge and understanding, “they assert vain
untruths upon them. “I would like to take this opportunity
to present congratulations “on behalf of myself
and my country, “and I extend my invitation to Jama’at Ahmadiyya
that they should also make known these teachings “and this love in my country. “My country, after many years of war and
strife is now finally moving toward peace, “and through your teachings
can achieve long-lasting peace.” And, he says, “The atmosphere of the
Jalsa is one that I simply cannot forget, “and I will try to participate in this Jalsa every
single year “in order to try to acquire spiritual
serenity, and I pray about this.” Then he says, “Now, I will return and spread the
message of Jama’at Ahmadiyya to others, “that this is in fact the true Islam.” He says, “The International
Bai’at had a deep affect on me. “I am not an Ahmadi, but when you
were taking the pledge of allegiance, “I was promising to myself in that
moment that I shall, as far as I am able to, “help this Community in my own country.” He also had an audience
with me and told me that I should consider him my Ambassador
in the Central African Republic. The Vice Minister of Religion in
Paraguay, Fernandes Griffiths Sahib, also attended the Jalsa. He says, “I am very pleased to have come
learnt about the Ahmadiyya Community. “I loved the fact that countless
people were serving as volunteers “and were all working
toward a common purpose. “I feel that Paraguay, as a country,
can learn a lot from your Community.” Then, about my speeches, he said, “Great emphasis was put upon the
education and training of children “and also upon maintaining good ties with kith and
kin, and I especially liked what His Holiness said “about women and children
in light of Islamic teachings.” Then he also says that despite being temporary,
the arrangements were extraordinary. Idar Saffin Sahib from Moscow
said after attending the Jalsa, “We are a family who has come for the
first time to participate in the Jalsa. “We greatly enjoyed the Jalsa and will
continue to remember it for a long time “and will also inform our
friends about these memories. “All of the arrangements were excellent. “The work of the volunteers was great,
who always met us with a positive attitude. “They were always ready
to help with a smiling face. “I was greatly pleased to see
young children voluntarily working, “and at every step we were taken care of
so well that we felt like they are our own.” Then there is a guest from
Brazil named Mauru Henry, who is the President of
his City Council, who says, “I feel extremely happy that I had the
opportunity to represent my country Brazil “in this magnificent
Islamic Jalsa Salana. “The speeches of the Khalifa
are a monument of true Islam. “Your words naturally
descend upon the heart. “I spent the three days of
Jalsa in a spiritual environment “and felt no weariness
or exhaustion at all. “Witnessing the spectacle of congregational
prayer at the Jalsa was an extraordinary “and wondrous thing for me, that everyone
stands and sits at the calling of a single voice.” He is not a Muslim, but
he observed the prayers. “Aside from this, another thing which has
left an extraordinary impact upon me, “which I simply cannot go without mentioning, “is that as soon as the Khalifa
arrives anywhere at all, “the crowd of thousands of
people immediately fall silent. “Nobody needs to tell
anyone to be silent. “This demonstrates that not
just among the organizers, “but in fact in the hearts
of every single person, “there is an enormity of genuine
respect and awe for the Khalifa, “and these are the memories
I am taking back with me.” Then, he says, “Whatever I have felt here, I
will spread it in my Centre and in my Council, “that the fact is that
this is the true Islam.” Then, Oorly Maseas, who had come from
Ecuador and is the Bishop for his region, says, “The arrangements for the Jalsa were spectacular.
The food was different for me, but I liked it. “The atmosphere of the Jalsa was like a big family
gathering wherein there was no feeling left out, “and despite not knowing one another,
there was a sentiment of family and peace. “The speeches of the Khalifa contained
all those necessary elements “which are needed to
change our perspective. “My favourite thing about these speeches was
that His Holiness did not say anything negative “about any other nation or faith. “Instead, all of his focus was upon the
true and positive teachings of Islam. “The Imam of Jama’at
Ahmadiyya read out a Hadith “wherein it was stated that on the day of
judgement, God will ask His servants that, ‘I was hungry and you did not feed me; ‘I was thirsty and naked and you
did give me water or clothing.’ “This same thing is mentioned in the
Bible as well, which had an impact on me. “It was then that I understood that all
religious teachings are from one God.” May Allah Almighty enable him to also understand
that the God from whom these teachings originate has also sent the Holy
Prophet Muhammad (saw), and may these people accept
the true teachings of Islam. He goes on to say, “When I left my house for
the purpose of attending this convention, “in my heart, Islam was no
more than just another religion. “However, after coming here, I have come to
learn that Islam is not just the name of a faith, “but the name of a glorious brotherhood. “It is a single tribe, a single family. “I have been superbly impressed by
the Islamic system of brotherhood “and having witnessed the passion and
spirit of sacrifice that you all possess.” Then, about the international
Bai’at ceremony, he says, “At first, I simply felt that “this event carries a sense of importance
for all the participants of the Jalsa. “However, as soon as the Bai’at commenced,
someone put his hand upon my shoulder, “and I also placed my hand on the
shoulder of the person in front of me, “and I felt that there is an electric current
flowing through the participants of the Jalsa. “I especially felt that after this event,
Ahmadis were feeling totally refreshed, “and their condition was as though they
had been granted a new life altogether. “I am grateful to everyone that I was able
to partake of this convention and to those “who introduced me to the
true teachings of Islam.” He further says, “And now I
have particularly come to realize “that we should not think of the
entire faith of Islam as wrong “just because of the actions
of a small minority of people.” I will mention one point that he said
regarding the translation department, this is something that he has written and is
a shortcoming which we should address. He wrote in reference to
M.T.A’s translation department that the Spanish translation of the
proceedings was limited only to the Chair area. If anyone else wished to occupy
a chair, then leaving that area would put the translation out of range, and
one could no longer hear the translation. There is a need to increase the range
of the Spanish translation area, rather not only the Spanish translation, but
all translations need to be checked for this. Through these guests, we come to know
about some of our shortcomings as well. Barbera Hochay Sahiba from Slovenia,
who is a professor of Christianity says, “I have never seen the Islam that
Jama’at Ahmadiyya presents. “After attending the Jalsa, I feel as
though I am witnessing a new Islam. “Your organization of the convention is of a
very high standard, there were no issues, “conflict nor any untidiness and I
am very impressed by all this.” Then, she says, “Jama’at Ahmadiyya’s perspective
regarding the crucifixion of Jesus (as), “his subsequent migration, and his natural
death appears to be the most believable “and an interpretation
that is close to the facts.” There was a Bosnian family
who also joined in the Jalsa. One individual is a Government
Officer named Sinaij Bejak, while the head of the family who
attended is a Member of Parliament. One was a Government Officer while
the other was a Member of Parliament. He says that, “First of all, I am very grateful
to Jama’at Ahmadiyya that they granted me “and my family an opportunity to spend some days
in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of love. “The experience of the Jalsa Salana
U.K was completely new for us. “I do not possess the words to express the beauty
and organizational excellence of the Jalsa. “The organizers took care of
every single minor aspect, “and the volunteers discharged their
responsibilities with a smile on their faces. “At the Humanity First exhibition I was informed
that this virtuous endeavour was initiated “due to my country. “During the war, the Ahmadiyya
Community rendered selfless service “and is continuing to do so even today.” He then goes on to mention that their
meeting with me was something that left a lasting impression
on him and his family. Their meeting with me went very well. He then further says, “Today, I openly declare
that I will maintain this friendship and loyalty “until my last breath, and within Bosnia
and also outside I will strive to assist “this Community as much as I can.” A guest named Monis Sinanovich, an author
from Slovenia who was a Muslim by birth but had no interest in Islam and
was a Muslim by name only, says, “Two years ago, I started learning about
Islam and began to offer my prayers, “but I never prayed behind any Imam. “I truly enjoyed offering prayers in
congregation for the first time when I came here “and it was a unique experience. “For the past two years that I
have taken an interest in Islam, “I had not been attached to any Islamic
Community or followed any interpretation of Islam. “Instead I tried to understand Islam using
my own intellect and wholeheartedness. “Nonetheless, when I learnt about
Ahmadiyyat, it seemed to me “that the teachings of the Ahmadiyya
Community were exactly the same “that I understood about Islam.” I.e. all the teachings were
according to one’s nature. One aspect he really liked was that
Ahmadis practiced what they preached. Therefore, this is a big challenge for us in that
our actions and words should always be one. A Russian guest, Izzat Sahib said: “This
is the first time I am attending the Jalsa. “My paternal grandfather
urged me to attend the Jalsa.” In order to attend the Jalsa, his
paternal grandfather urged him to attend the Ahmadis have
extended an invitation to him. He then says, “The truth of the matter is
that seeing the members of this community “leaves me astonished. “Every Ahmadi that attends the Jalsa always
greets one another with good etiquettes, “they are ever ready to help “and always give the best advice they
can to those who are facing difficulty.” A group from Holland attended the
Jalsa and among delegation there was: Von Bommel, a former Member of
Parliament and a psychologist. The former member of parliament says,
“I am well acquainted with the Jama’at “and have attended the Jalsa previously. “Even this time, the arrangements
were very impressive. “I am still at a loss to understand just how all
these excellent arrangements can be made “by volunteers.” Another guest, Ms Miktia, who has an Iranian
background was also greatly impressed with the arrangements. She was particularly astonished how the
Jama’at managed to secure such a large site and how arrangements on such a
vast scale were being organised. She was given an introduction of the community
in reference to Hazrat Salman Farsi (ra) and the advent of the
Promised Messiah (as). In addition to this there were
Tablighi sitting with her as well, which left a good impression on her. Wascos Sahib of Italy, who is a professor
of Islamic Jurisprudence and Sharia in the University of Naples writes, “For
me, the Jalsa Salana was very successful. “I listened to the concluding address delivered
by the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community “and really liked it, especially the part where
His Holiness mentioned the rights of one’s family “and children and also
the rights of women. “I took part in the International Bai’at Ceremony
and was very emotional during the proceedings.” Madalena Sahiba from Italy, who has
a PhD in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Vatican University writes, “The Jalsa Salana was excellent,
peaceful and had a loving atmosphere. “All the arrangements were exceptional
and the speeches were also very good. “They were not only for Ahmadis, but in
fact they were informative for all the guests. “Everything that I learnt about Ahmadiyyat, “especially the teachings
of Islam were remarkable.” Jawad Bolamil Sahib, who works in
France, in the Ministry of Justice said, “I had the opportunity to attend
the Jalsa for the first time “and it was pleasing for me that I got to
learn about the Community from close. “During the Jalsa I was greatly impressed
by the IAAAE and Humanity First exhibition “as well as all the humanitarian work. “True faith in reality is the
one that strives for humanity “without differentiating between
one’s race or background. “I saw the security arrangements
as well as many others “and was very impressed
by the professionalism.” Among the Spanish delegation was a guest
named Susana Moraal, who is a lawyer. Whilst referring to the motto, Love
for All, Hatred for None, she said, “In my opinion, this motto portrays
this exceptional gathering in full. “I have seen people of different
backgrounds meeting one another. “This is a religion that ought to strive
to establish peace in the world “and combat against injustices. “Undoubtedly these few days have
left a lasting impression on me “and I will never be
able to forget them.” A guest from Brazil named, Dawn Francisco, a
Catholic who owns a newspaper and radio station and also has ties with
the royal family says, “I am often involved in
various religious programs, “but the outstanding organisation of the Jalsa
was a marvel to see and I learnt a lot from it. “I feel like a changed person.” He then says, “I went to a
mosque in India with my wife, “but I experienced very inappropriate
conduct from them, “however, during the Jalsa and even after
I was treated with honour and respect.” Asteko Sahib from Spain, a former member
of Parliament for the Socialist Party said, “I find myself averse to
religious teachings, however, “seeing the message of love spread
by the Ahmadiyya Community “has brought me close
to the Community. “Yesterday’s Bai’at ceremony has brought
forth virtuous sentiments within me “and as a result I will never be
able to forget this experience. “During these I felt as though I am an Ahmadi,
who wishes to spread peace and love in the world “and strive to achieve it.” Nizam-ud-Din Sahib, a retired Justice from
Bangladesh attended the Jalsa, he writes, “I am not an Ahmadi, but Ahmadis are
Muslims and have suffered persecution “in many countries for a long time. “Being a humanitarian activist, I always empathise
and support the Ahmadiyya Community “and have travelled to many countries. “Every human being has a
right to propagate their beliefs. “I saw the discipline and the love and respect the
members of the community had for their Khalifa, “their thirst for knowledge; all of
these things were inspirational. “I listened attentively to all the speeches and
many of the misconceptions I had were removed. “Ahmadis ought to speak up as much as possible
so that all the misconceptions can be eradicated. “Previously I also thought that Ahmadis
did not consider the Holy Prophet (saw) “to be Khataman Nabiyyeen, however, this is
not the case as I discovered upon coming here. “In short, I have learnt many new things at
the Jalsa and I am grateful to everyone, “especially the Imam of the
Ahmadiyya Community.” Hugh Farey, a Catholic
Christian, who is a scientist and is the former editor of the British
Society of Turin Shroud says, “I have been coming to the Jalsa
regularly for the past five years “and I must admit that the blessed aura “and spiritual atmosphere
that I felt the very first time “when I was invited to
attend has not diminished. “I am an expert in the Shroud of Turin and
this is a cloth that is of particular interest “to the Ahmadiyya Community
because Ahmadis believe it to be a proof “that Jesus did not
die on the cross. “Despite the fact that the majority of the
experts believe that the image is that of man “that had passed away, this fact does not
deter them to invite experts in this field. “They put the fact that one may belong to a
different faith to one side and invite them again. “My own analysis that this cloth was
from the middle ages does not contradict “the belief of the Ahmadis that Jesus
survived and then travelled to Kashmir.” He is explaining his viewpoint and says that he
also believes the same way as Ahmadis do. “The Review of Religions exhibition is
a testimony to the open mindedness, “peaceful and balanced
nature of Ahmadis.” He further says, “We held many
discussions and also panel discussions. “ A Doctor from USA, who is a Trauma
Surgeon was on the panel for the first time. “His extensive knowledge and experience
further strengthened the arguments “that the man whose image is on the
shroud, survived the crucifixion.” He was greatly impressed. Peter Williams, who is a professor
at Cambridge University and is an official member of the
Shroud of Turin Committee, states, “This is my first Jalsa and I am regretful
that I had not attended before this. “I would like to attend these
conventions in future “and I am certain that
I will attend in future. “Nonetheless, I was greatly
inspired by the meeting. “For people to attend in such large numbers and
to display the Shroud of Turin with such love “and due care, to spend money for the sake of
the exhibition and the seriousness with which “the exhibition was handled, alludes to the fact
that the people [i.e. Ahmadis] have a yearning “to learn more about it, even though we have
not yet understood it properly ourselves.” A delegation from the Native
Canadians were also present. The chief Mahemgam Henry says, “It was very
important for me to attend the Jalsa Salana “because it has completely
changed my life. “I now know more about
Islam than I did previously “and I am convinced that Islam has many
similarities with the ancient religions of Canada. “I was amazed to learn that Islam
grants women equal rights. “Previously I could only see men
everywhere, but later I was informed “that the women have their own
arrangements just like the men. “This is something that many
non-Muslims are unaware of, “therefore, from now on I will tell
them that Islam does not differentiate “between the rights of men and women.” He also had a meeting with me and
mentioned his sentiments about that, which were very positive as well. Similarly, Chief Wren Warren Shabooar also
mentions his sentiments about the Jalsa by saying, “I am delighted that I had the chance
to address such a large gathering. “I could never have imagined that Islam
was such a peaceful religion and one “that taught to love
the creation of God.” He further says, “It was my wish to present
the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community “with a gift of the highest honour. “I expressed this feeling to my host
and in order to fulfil this desire of mine, “I decided to give a feather from my
headdress made from eagle feathers “as this is something
of great value to us.” They wear a headdress
made from eagle feathers. “This is a gift that I have not
bestowed to any leader before. “I hold the Ahmadiyya Community
and their beliefs in high regard.” He also spent some time with me
and regarding the meeting he said that he thoroughly enjoyed it and
also presented the feather to me. A guest from Belize, Weny Trao, who is the
director of News for Love FM channel says, “The unity I have seen amongst the Ahmadis is
something that can breathe new life into anyone. “Upon seeing the unity, one
wishes to see peace established. “We were provided with every kind
of ease and it was well organised. “The sermons of the Imam of
the Ahmadiyya Community “where in complete accordance
with the need of the time. “The address that impressed me the most
was the address in the ladies [Jalsa Gah]. “This entire experience has enabled
me to better understand Islam. “Having attended the Jalsa, I had the opportunity
to ask questions about the beliefs of Ahmadiyyat “and this benefitted me greatly.” Chester William Sahib from Belize, who is
serving as a Police Commissioner, states, “My knowledge for Islam has increased. “Prior to attending the Jalsa, I perceived
all the Muslims to be the same, “however I have now realised that
there exist many sects within it. “The Ahmadis promote peace and invest a
lot of time for the reformation of the youth, “which indeed is most commendable.” A member of the Congress Staff from the
US Government and also the representative of the US Commission for the Promotion of
Religious Freedom also officially attended. A representative of the Uighurs Muslims
in China also attended and said, “I have had the opportunity to attend the
Jalsa Salana USA and the Jalsa Salana UK “and it is remarkable to see how the members
of the Community work together in harmony. “It was extremely impressive to see all
the volunteers from the community work “in such a sincere and selfless manner.” They all expressed that the atmosphere
of the Jalsa inspired the youth towards creating unity
amongst themselves. I will leave out some of the
other details I have here. However, I will mention about
a journalist from Argentina. He states, “As a journalist, I have the
opportunity to attend many events, “however what is most
remarkable about your Jalsa is “that every member seems to be also part of
organising team taking care of the hospitality. “They are both attendees as well
as playing the role of organisers. “In other events, a clear distinction is visible
between the attendees and the organisers. “In fact, in order to hold such an
event, staff is hired from outside, “however in your event it seemed that the
attendees were guests as well as hosts. “Whenever the situation arose, the
guests would fulfil the role of hosts.” This indeed is a beautiful aspect which
should be visible in every Jalsa of ours. A newspaper journalist from Columbia,
Jesus Caiblum, who is also a lawyer, states, “I really liked the address of the Head of the
Community in which he spoke about human rights. “As a journalist, I have had the opportunity
to meet many renowned political, social “and religious leaders in the world and have now
also met the Head of the Ahmadiyya Community “and am delighted to have met him. “I desire that in order to enlighten the Columbian
people about the beautiful teachings of Islam, “Ahmadi missionaries be sent to Columbia as
my country is desperately in need for this.” The CEO of BBST in Uganda, states, “I was amazed to see such a large
gathering and so much discipline. “There was no army or
police officers present. “I am a Christian and visited
the Jesus in India exhibition. “I was speaking to one of the
organisers about Jesus (as) “and through the references
from the Bible, “he told me about certain things
which I never had heard before. “I was astounded to discover that Ahmadis “in fact have more knowledge of
the Bible than the Christians do.” Aarnadiya Sahib, a representative of a TV station
in Bolivia and also a presenter of a show came. He states, “This was a very
successful experience for me. “Previously, I had the opportunity to
attend the Jalsa Salana in Canada. “By attending the Jalsa Salanas, I have
learnt about the true teachings of Islam. “The atmosphere of the Jalsa and
the various speeches delivered “during the Jalsa have removed all my
doubts and misconceptions about Islam.” Another guest was from Ukraine, Dr Egar Sahib, who
is an expert in the field of religious studies. He holds a PhD and has
also written two books. He has studied the literature
of the Jama’at in great depth. He attended the Jalsa and also did the Bai’at.
He is the first Ahmadi from people of Ukraine. Whilst expressing his sentiments, he
stated, “I have had the opportunity to attend “many international conferences
and gathering on various subjects. “However, after having attended the Jalsa, it
has had such a deep impact upon my soul, “that it will stay with me
from this life till the next.” He further stated, “There is a beautiful
word in the Arabic language called ‘Noor’ “which means light and the Jalsa Salana
is the radiant light of faith and love “which enlightens the
entire mankind through it.” He further states, “By listening to
the addresses of Khalifatul Masih, “I have learnt about the true
purpose of my life in this world.” He also commended the organisers and
stated that they worked extremely diligently. Similarly, there were many impressions
from those who attended from Mexico. I shall share one of them. Maria Sahiba states, “It has only been two months
since I accepted Islam. “I had many questions about Islam
but after having attended the Jalsa, “my knowledge of Islam has further increased and
all my questions and doubts have been removed. “Attending the Jalsa was an
unforgettable experience. “After having attended the Jalsa, I am
proud of the fact that I am a Muslim “and I have vowed that from today, I will proudly
wear my Hijab and will always keep it on.” A recent convert from Paraguay
states, “It was a wonderful experience “and I also listened to your addresses which
were such that one should truly adhere to.” In reference to my addresses, she states, “I was
able to acquire the answers to all my questions. “It seems as if you prepared your
addresses in view of my questions. “I am retuning with a great
deal of spiritual knowledge.” This indeed is the work of God Almighty in that
He helps in the preparation of the addresses which then have such an impact on people. I will leave out the rest of
the impressions for now and will present the report from our
Central Press and Media Office. Up till now, 183 media
reports have been published. The media coverage is ongoing
and through this coverage, the message has reached
more than 173 million people. The media outlets which gave coverage [on the
Jalsa] include, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, BBC Asian Network, Telegraph,
a Dutch national newspaper, Sky News, ITV, Express,
Huffington Post, Press Association which is a news agency, EFE
which is a Spanish news agency and Yahoo News. The media reports were covered by many countries,
which included: UK, Brazil, Holland, Spain, Argentina, Panama, Columbia,
Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Cameroon, Nigeria,
Belgium, Ghana, Italy, etc. By the Grace of Allah, through MTA Africa,
18 channels gave coverage of the Jalsa. By the grace of God Almighty, aside
from the members of the Community, there are many impressions from non-Ahmadis who
were greatly impressed by the Jalsa proceedings. May God Almighty enable the Jalsa to
become a means of increasing the faith of all those Ahmadis
who were a part of it. May they adhere and inculcate everything
they heard and observed during the Jalsa. Also, through the coverage of the press and media
in which reports were sent around the world, may God Almighty enable it to have
an impact on the hearts of the people and may it become a means for them
to accept Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam. After the Friday Prayers, I shall
lead a funeral prayer in absentia of respected Mujeeb-ul-Rehman
Sahib Advocate. He passed away on 30th July 2019 at the Tahir
Heart Institution in Rabwah at the age of 85. ‘Surely to Allah we belong
and to Him shall we return.’ Mujeeb-ul-Rehman Sahib by the
grace of God Almighty was a Musi. His father, Maulana Zil-ul-Rehman Sahib was
a missionary and sent his wife and children, including Mujeeb-ul-Rehman Sahib, to
Qadian for their upbringing from Bengal. Mujeeb-ul-Rehman Sahib’s father
was among the very first students of Hazrat Hafiz Roshan Ali Sahib. Scholars the like of Maulana Jalal-ul-Din Sahib
Shams and Ghulam Ahmad Sahib Badhomlai, etc. Were his contemporaries. His father served for
approximately 36 years in Bengal. Mujeeb-ul-Rehman Sahib was a lawyer by
profession and by the grace of God Almighty was a very successful lawyer and had
rendered many services for the Jama’at. In 1980, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh)
appointed him as the Amir of Rawalpindi and he served in the
capacity of Amir till 1998. He also greatly served in the legal case regarding
the Mari Road Rawalpindi mosque in 1974. In 1978, he fought the case for the Dera
Ghazi Khan Mosque in the Supreme Court. He successfully fought for many of the
Jama’at’s legal cases and did great justice. In 1978, he became one of the members of
the Standing Committee of Majlis-e-Shura. He also had the opportunity
to help serve in preparing the rules and regulations of
the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya. As a member of the Fiqah Committee,
he also had the opportunity to help in the preparation
of Fiqah Ahmadiyya Part 1. He also had the opportunity to deliver a
speech in the in 1977 and 1978 Jalsa Salana on the topic of Islam
and Religious Freedom. From 1979 to 1983, he delivered speeches
at Jalsa Salana on the following topics: The Outset of the Dissention in Islam, An Ahmadi
in the Eyes of the Promised Messiah (as), Citadel of Peace and The
Fruits of Ahmadiyyat. He also had the opportunity to appear
on numerous MTA programmes in which he would respond to allegations. By the grace of God Almighty he had
great religious and secular knowledge. He also possessed great oratory skills
and God Almighty had gifted him a particular talent in this regard. He used this ability to great advantage and God
Almighty enabled him to greatly serve the Jama’at. Some of the MTA programmes in which he appeared
in include discussions on the verdict of 1974 by the National Assembly of Pakistan,
interviews of world renowned historians, the various beauties of
Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, etc. In 1984, he had the opportunity to fight the case
against the ordinance of “Banning Qadianiyyat” and indeed did justice
in fighting for that case. He also had the opportunity to fight cases against
the Jama’at in in the military courts as well and also helped serve the Aseeran-e-Rah-e-Maula. In 1993, he also had the opportunity to
serve as one of the committee members who were fighting the case for the basic
human rights in the Supreme Court. He also had the opportunity in 1976
to read out his research papers in the Jurist Council formed in Karachi. He also had the opportunity to attend
various seminars and meet intellectuals and experts in the field of law from UK,
Germany, Switzerland, USA, Japan, etc. to deliberate on the
subject of human rights. He also had the opportunity to address the law
students of Minnesota State University in USA. He also had the opportunity to record
his statements as an expert witness for 18 hours in a
court in Germany. In 2014, a series of lectures were organised
by the USA Jama’at in various universities in which he was invited to speak on
Religion and Freedom of Conscience. In 2017, a Quran Conference
was held in Rice University in which the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community was also invited. I appointed him to attend as a representative
at the conference and he had the opportunity to present the beauties of the
Holy Qur’an before everyone in light of the writings of
the Promised Messiah (as) and indeed did great justice
in representing the Community. He also had the opportunity
to explain the legal issues before Switzerland and Canada’s Immigration
Board. He has countless services. By the grace of God Almighty every Jama’at
responsibility that he was entrusted with, he fulfilled it with a passion of Waqf [life
devotion] and indeed did true justice to it. He was married to his paternal cousin
and his wife passed away in 1999. He leaves behind 3 sons: Aziz-ul-Rehman
Waqas Sahib, who is an Advocate in Rawalpindi and he also helps serve in
the Jama’at’s legal cases, Dr Ata-ul-Rehman Maaz, who is currently in Qatar and Khalil-ul-Rehman Hammad
Sahib, who is also in Pakistan. May God Almighty grant the
deceased His forgiveness and mercy and grant him a station
amongst his loved ones. As I mentioned after the prayers, I shall
lead his funeral prayer in absentia. All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help
from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against
the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the
right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled,
none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves
to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad
is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May
Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with
justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as
one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which
pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits
revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He
too will remember you; call Him and He will make
a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance
is the highest virtue.

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