March 6: Taqwa (Righteousness)
- One’s main concern should be the after-life, one’s level of faith, and adopting righteousness — Generally speaking, the root cause of every badness or sin lies in not making any effort to avoid it by considering such action unnecessary, although this very carelessness leads to bigger sins. Man gradually forgets virtues and the standards that are expected of a believer. Fear of God diminishes and one’s belief in the Hereafter also weakens. In practice one becomes distant from the requisites of faith. The aforementioned Quranic verses [59:19-20] draw attention to this subject. One is reminded not to merely be concerned with the interests, comforts and connections of this world. One’s main concern should be the afterlife, one’s level of faith and adopting righteousness. Accountability in the Hereafter should be pivotal to one’s concerns and this alone will lead to true moral development. One will progress spiritually when one will be conscious of what one sends forth for the morrow. Elucidating verse 59:19 the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘O those who believe, fear God and each one of you should look to what it has sent forth for the Hereafter. And fear God Who is Well-Aware and All-Knowing and looks at your practices. That is, He knows and distinguishes very well and thus will never accept your defective practices.’ (Tafseer by the Promised Messiah, Vol. IV, p. 338) This needs to be understood and appreciated. One should abide by righteousness and keep an eye on one’s practices and keep those matters in view which will adorn one’s morrow, and not consider this world as everything as non-believers do. Please view 01:49—10:47 for a detailed explanation on this important point.
- If those families that are ruining their home lives over small, trivial matters reflected on the commandments of God and also practiced them, then not only would they be the recipients and guarantors of a peaceful family life, they would also be adorning the future of their children — There are numerous commandments of God and His Messenger which help make family/married life most pleasant. One’s family life in this world becomes paradise-like, as well as one also hopes to get blessings in the next life, owing to one’s good practices. This is not limited to one’s own self. Rather the blessings are far-reaching and one’s children also become recipients. If families that ruin their home lives over small, trivial matters reflected on the commandments of God and also practiced them, not only would they be guarantors of peaceful family life they would also be adorning the future of their children.Families that are ruining their homes over trivial worldly matters should reflect and ponder over this. Your next generation does not only belong to you, it is also an asset of the Jama’at and the nation. It is the responsibility of the parents to show their children the right way, and this can only be possible when the parents follow the commandments of God and His Messenger. God has drawn the attention of every believer to this aspect. Please see 10:50—15:54.
- A believer should first think of the consequences of any task that he embarks upon — There are numerous occasions in our lives when we do not abide by righteousness and do not keep the Hereafter in view. Imperceptibly, we give preference to worldly support over God’s support. Due to our ineptitude and failings, we ruin our future in this world and also disregard the next life. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih (may Allah be pleased with him) said that a believer should first think of the consequences of any task that he embarks upon. When enraged man is given to murderous tendencies and is also verbally abusive. But he should reflect over the consequences of this conduct. Reflecting over the consequences will lead him to abide by righteousness. All badness or evil stems from the fact that we have Satan in our thoughts/mind and we do whatever we do without giving any thought to the consequences of the matter. Here, the reference is not to those who are habitual in wrongdoing or those who have no control over their actions. Rather, here those people are meant who claim to have faith. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) said that one should have faith that God is watching over whatever one does. If man believes that the one who rules over/governs him is all-knowing and all-aware who watches over every kind of wickedness, ineptitude and sloth and would punish, man can avoid punishment by taking due action. This is the kind of faith one should instill. If one does not undertake tasks with probity even in worldly matters, one’s earnings are not acceptable and above-board. The verse (59:19) drawing attention to one’s morrow has great extensive meanings and significance. Please view 15:55—21:05.
- We need to instill the belief that God watches every act of ours, and we also need to instill the belief that every kind of deception, no matter how insignificant we may consider it to be, or any sloth or indolence on our part, is not liked by God — By asking believers to look for what one sends for the morrow, God has commanded us to abide by righteousness in family matters, in business matters to matters of national and international scope. Man may think that worldly matters have no connection with faith, but a believer is asked to abide by righteousness. At times people take certain steps in order to avoid worldly loss, but it should be remembered that any step that is advantageous through deception, distances one from faith and belief. And gradually one drifts away from religion and God. Thus one should have in view the consequence of everything one does as God watches over everything that we do. For this purpose, one does not need to look at any questionnaire/form of one of the auxiliary organizations. In fact we should hold ourselves accountable on a personal level. If we do something with good intention and do it to seek the pleasure of God, then we have the promise of multiple rewards from God. If our intention behind doing something is not so good, we should be aware that we can come under Divine chastisement. If everyone fulfills their obligations with these thoughts, the general level of righteousness in the Jama’at will enhance and it will be evident for all to see.Neither the department of Tarbiyyat will be involved in this not the office of Amoore Aama or any other department. Thus we should continuously look into ourselves and make endeavors to safeguard ourselves against satanic attacks. Please see 21:08—28:09.
- The most dangerous ailment these days is spiritual ailment which is rampant…We need to be constantly alert, we need to constantly abide by righteousness, we need to constantly self-reflect, we need to constantly seek God’s mercy, and we need to constantly be mindful how to safeguard our faith as explained in verse 59:20 so that we can take precautionary measures against spiritual ailments and ward off satanic attacks — When we are unwell we may catch an infection which enters our blood stream. Initially we are not even aware of the illness and at times even doctors cannot pinpoint an illness that has entered our blood stream and is at an early stage. There are viruses abound as we see these days there is widespread illness. However, the most dangerous ailment these days is spiritual ailment which is rampant. Man does not even know when and how Satan enters the blood stream. At least with physical ailment one feels some symptoms and is alerted and seeks medical help. However, this is not so with spiritual ailment…Indeed satanic attacks and spiritual ailments are far worse and far more dangerous than physical ailments because man is not prepared for the cure. This is why true believers should take precautionary measures before any such attack can take place. We need constant practice and remedy in order to safeguard because spiritual ailments are rampant. We should remember that a true believer is never without fear of God. When the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) awoke during night he would pray and supplicate with great humility and tenderness of heart. Hazrat ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) put it to him that God had indeed granted him forgiveness why then did he supplicate so humbly. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) replied that his salvation was but with the grace of God and he needed to ever turn to God. Now, if someone like the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) practiced so much humility and fear of God, who can say that one is not in need of looking for God’s blessings! We need to be constantly alert, we need to constantly abide by righteousness, we need to constantly self-reflect, we need to constantly seek God’s mercy and we need to constantly be mindful how to safeguard our faith as explained in verse 59:20. The spiritually ill do not deem themselves as ill. In fact when their sympathizers try and make them better, they think it is the sympathizers who are not well. This results in nothing but ruination…Those who forget God ultimately reach a stage of moral and spiritual decline and have no inner peace. They are very prompt in identifying worldly comforts and God makes them forgetful towards Him…The verse makes it very clear that if you do not abide by righteousness, are not concerned about your next life and do not follow God’s commandments you will be among the rebellious. And the rebellious are those who break the limits set by God, who are embroiled in sins, who are flagrant about obedience and who are distant from honesty. It is a cause for great concern if we do not self-reflect…Indeed, man is faced with many problems in life but the glory of a righteous person is in never letting any perversion enter in his connection with God. We should never let go of our connection with God Who does not separate from us in life and in death. Please see 29:17—46:20.
March 13: Khalifatul Masih II – Pearls of Wisdom
- People should be able to distinguish us as Ahmadis through our practice and our belief — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) always felt most fervently about Tabligh. He would think of all kinds of wondrous ways and means to carry out Tabligh that would take his message to the ends of the earth. He once suggested that people of the community should have special clothing which would distinguish them from the rest. Indeed, his wish would have been for Ahmadis to be mindful of their practice and their belief when wearing specific clothes. We need to instill this even today that while specific clothing is not the main issue, but people should be able to distinguish us as Ahmadis through our practice and our belief. Please view 02:41—4:38.
- While paying attention to our outward appearance being in line with Islam, we should not exercise too much formality, ostentation nor concern in the appearance of our clothes — Ahmadi missionaries should have a demeanor of a true believer. Khuddam should focus that their outward appearance is in line with Islam. Indeed, Islam enjoins wearing of clean clothes, but too much formality in clothes is not allowed. People would present fine clothes to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and he would use them, but he did not give too much attention to the appearance of his clothes. It is of course all right to use a clothes’ brush on one’s garments, but too much fuss over such matters is not liked. Some people feel forlorn if they do not have a specific kind of attire to wear to specific occasions. One should wear whatever one has with confidence. This advice is particularly important for Ahmadi missionaries, and is also in general for all Ahmadis. Everything should be done in moderation. Please see 04:39—08:11 for a better understanding of this point.
- It is not essential to hold great big seminars to call people to God. We should make arrangements according to our situation — One of the devout companions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) called Sher Muhammad Sahib was uneducated and drove a carriage. He subscribed to Al Hakm journal. When taking his customers around he would chat with them and after determining if they could read, he would give them his copy of Al Hakm and ask them to read it to him. Customers would take him on to pass their time. Sher Sahib would then cross-examine the reader in a manner that the reader had to think carefully and understand what he had read before responding. Sher Sahib converted about twelve people to Ahmadiyyat in this manner. He lived a long age and it is not known how many more he converted later on. Such was his spirit to spread the message that although he was not educated he found a way. Although now with Jamias around the world we have many missionaries, but there is always need for scholars as attaining religious knowledge takes a very long period of time. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said that Islam is a religion of ease. It is not essential to hold great big seminars to call people to God [this is especially important for small jamaats or distant jamaats to keep in mind]. We should make arrangements according to our situation. Please view 11:10—14:46.
- We need to remember and have complete confidence that the Holy Quran verifies and validates the claims of the Promised Messiah (as) — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had firm belief, that since he was on the truth, the Holy Qur’an would validate what he said because the Holy Quran represents and upholds only the truth. The Promised Messiah (as) used to say that if any claim he made was not in accordance with the Qur’an he was prepared to dismiss it. This was because he was convinced the Holy Qur’an would verify what he said. Please see 21:57—23:31.
- It should be remembered that the concept of the death of Jesus is not merely an ideological concept. It is most important as regards upholding the Oneness/Unity of God — By establishing the death of Jesus, the Promised Messiah removed any hindrance to the concept of perfect Oneness of God. Once someone mentioned to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) to ease off the concept of death of Jesus. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) reacted rather emphatically and said this concept had caused great harm to Islam and it needed to be quelled. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that people go as far as وحدانیت (Wahdaniyyat) as regards belief in God but they do not reach احدیت (Ahadiyyat). Having understood Ahadiyyat one realizes that no doubt, up to an extent, man has the capacity to create and provide, but the Being of God is separate from His creation. God is indeed Wahid as well as Ahad. Wahdaniyyat signifies His Uniqueness and Oneness of attributes and man can imbue Divine attributes on a human level. Indeed, the most excellent example of this was the person of Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Ahad signifies Oneness of the Being of God, and nothing can even be imagined in comparison to Ahad. True Oneness of God is established when the concept of Ahadiyyat is understood. May God enable us to fulfill the objectives of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and establish true Oneness of God. Please see 44:30—49:30.