A period that demands great sacrifices

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With Eid-ul-Adha approaching in a few days, we are reminded of a great sacrifice made by a great prophet of Allah, Hazrat Abrahamas along with his family.

Every Muslim, in this period, endeavours to revive the spirit of sacrifice within them for a brighter, promising future. It is the lesson of Abrahamas that enables us to mould ourselves in difficult situations throughout the year, becoming better servants of Allah and His creation.

With Jalsa Salana UK 2019 having concluded successfully, the staff and volunteers of Jalsa Salana will now reflect on their duties at Jalsa and how their services can be improved for the years to come.

Along with the millions of viewers of Jalsa Salana through MTA, most of all, Ahmadis will reflect on the core message delivered to them by Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa through his various addresses, which is to bring about revolutionary transformations within ourselves so that we may be accepted in the sight of Allah.

The days in which we are passing through, all highlight the importance of sacrifice. The duties at Jalsa Salana, the instructions given to us by Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa in his addresses and the important day of Eid-ul-Adha all point to the fact that we must be able to make sacrifices and compromises, both big and small, for others around us and most of all, for the pleasure of Allah.

Many Jamaats around the world will soon be hosting auxiliary ijtemas at national levels. These too will require an immense amount of man-hours and a great deal of effort, reminding us of our actual purpose, which is to introspect and reform ourselves for the sake of humanity and God Almighty.

Reflecting on all these occasions, one distinct characteristic is required for all of us to be successful in our services to Allah and His creation – the sacrifice of one’s ego.

The Promised Messiahas states in one place:

“The reality of Islam is a very superior thing and that no one can truly deserve the title of Muslim till he surrenders the whole of his being to God, together with all his faculties, desires and designs, and till he begins to tread along His path, withdrawing altogether from his ego and all its attendant qualities. A person will be truly called a Muslim only when his heedless life undergoes a total revolution and his evil-directing self, together with all its passions, is wiped out altogether and he is invested with a new life which is characterised by his carrying out all his obligations to Allah and which should comprise nothing except obedience to the Creator and sympathy for His creatures.” (Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 5, pp. 60-61)

On the subject of the reality of sacrifice within Islam, the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas states at another place:

“The reality of Islam is to present one’s neck to God like the sacrificial lamb; to give up one’s own designs and to be devoted to the designs of God and His pleasure; to lose oneself in God and to impose a type of death upon oneself; to be dyed in the personal love of God and to obey Him entirely for the sake of that love; to obtain eyes that see only through Him, and to obtain ears that hear only through Him, and to develop a heart that should be wholly devoted to Him, and to obtain a tongue which would speak only at His command. This is a stage where all search ends; human faculties complete their functions and man’s ego dies completely. Thereupon Divine mercy confers a new life upon the seeker through His living words and His shining light.” (Lecture Lahore, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 20, p. 160)

The Al Hakam team extends its heartiest Eid Mubarak to all our readers with the prayer that Allah enables us to make those sacrifices that are required for the promising future and glory of Islam.

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