On Friday, 9 November 2018, Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa announced the opening of the 85th year of Tahrik-e-Jadid in his Friday Sermon. During the sermon, Huzooraa spoke about the essence of financial sacrifice and its spiritual benefits for the fortunate who partake in it.
According to reports, God Almighty enabled the sincere members of the Jamaat to contribute over £12.79 million, an increase of £212,000 from the previous year. Huzoor said that God Almighty had enabled this despite the difficult circumstance being experienced around the world and the fact that the currency of many countries in the world has devalued.
This 84th year of Tahrik-e-Jadid also saw 1,717,000 members donate towards this scheme; an increase of 117,000 from the previous year.
In terms of the total collection, Pakistan topped contributions, followed by Germany, UK, USA, Canada, India, Australia, a Jamaat from the Middle East, Indonesia, Ghana and then another Jamaat from the Middle East.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa began the sermon by reciting verses of the Holy Quran in which the subject of financial sacrifice has been explicitly mentioned by Almighty Allah.
During the sermon, Huzooraa narrated many faith inspiring incidents where people who contributed for Tahrik-e-Jadid, despite facing immense hardships, were granted good jobs, received large sums of money from unexpected sources and had their stolen motor vehicles returned unexpectedly. There were many accounts where people, after donating to Tahrik-e-Jadid, had long-standing loans returned, had miraculous pay rises and saw their businesses grow beyond all expectations. Others experienced that their long-term sick relatives got better, and some were granted opportunities to offer Hajj. These are the people about whom the Promised Messiahas stated, “It is astonishing to see their sincerity and loyalty.”
Huzooraa said that Allah the Almighty had granted the Promised Messiahas a community of sincere people, who heard his call and obeyed it and also offered their sacrifices. Hence, regarding these sacrifices, the Promised Messiahas said: “… although this is a community consisting of poor people, thanks to God Almighty, I see that they have sincerity and sympathy. They understand the needs of Islam and do not shy away from spending in its cause according to their means.”
Huzooraa added that Allah the Almighty did not only enable members of the Jamaat during the time of the Promised Messiahas to excel in terms of their sacrifices, sincerity and loyalty, rather, according to His promise, God Almighty had continuously granted, and is granting even today to this Jamaat, which was established approximately 130 years ago, such sincere individuals, who are rendering sacrifices for the sake of their religion according to their capacities, at times going beyond their limits.
A missionary in the Ivory Coast wrote:
“There was a 14-year-old Tifl in the city San-Pedro. The boy’s father asked him to perform an errand for the house on a Sunday, to which his son replied that he was a finance secretary in the Atfal Amila and he collected donations from other people, however he had been unable to pay his own donation. Since he had to attend school on the other days, on that day he intended to go and work on a farm, and through his labour he would be able to earn some money and pay his promise. His father said that he would pay the money on his behalf; however, the son replied that the missionary had said that children should pay their donations from their pocket money. Since he was unable to contribute from his own pocket money, he was adamant to go and earn some money to offer for this cause. He completed his work and gave the money he earnt as his donation.”
Huzooraa added that this was the thinking of children living in distant places and of those who had recently joined the community – this is something only God Almighty can instill in a person.
Amir Sahib of Gambia writes, “A member from the Gira village regularly paid Chanda towards Tehrik-e-Jadid. Recently, there was an outbreak of a disease among the cattle of his village and the animals began dying. Nearly everyone’s animals had died. However, not a single animal from the cattle of Samya Sahib died. The fellow villagers enquired from him as to why not a single animal died from among his cattle. He told them that every year he sells one of his animals from among his cattle and pays that amount towards his Chanda for Tehrik-e-Jadid and due to its blessings, God Almighty has protected his animals from the epidemic. Upon this, 7 other villagers who were Ahmadi, also paid their Tehrik-e-Jadid Chanda and the health of their animals began to improve, even though the veterinary doctor had said that no animal would survive the epidemic. After a few days, when the veterinary doctor came again and examined the animals, he asked what method of cure they used to improve the health of their animals. An elderly lady brought a receipt of her Chanda donation and said that this was their method for the cure. Hearing this, the doctor was quite surprised and said that he would now research about Jama’at Ahmadiyya and so he was given literature of the Jama’at.”
One can witness how the faith and sincerity of the people living in far-off lands is progressing. It is this very sincerity and their complete trust in God Almighty and His promises that in turn leaves others with no other choice but to ponder over the truthfulness of Islam. May God Almighty continue to strengthen their faith and belief and grant them His love and affection.
According to the reports of districts in Pakistan, the financial sacrifices from the three large districts of Pakistan in order are: Lahore, Rabwah and Karachi.
Although Rabwah is not a district and is a town, however it is counted among the districts for the population concentration of Ahmadis. In order of contribution, the districts of Pakistan that took part in Tahrik-e-Jadid are: Sialkot, Sargodha, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Umerkot, Hyderabad, Narowal, Mirpur Khas, Toba Tek Singh and then Mirpur Azad Kashmir.
Outstanding Jamaats in terms of their total contribution in order are: Islamabad, Amarat Defence Lahore, Amarat Township Lahore, Amarat Azizabad Karachi, Peshawar, Amarat Gulshan Iqabal Karachi, Amarat Karim Nagar Faisalabad, Quetta, Nawabshah, Bahawalpur and then Okarra.
The first ten Jamaats of Germany in order of contribution are: Neuss, Rödermark, Pinneberg, Mahdi Abad, Kiel, Flörsheim, Koblenz, Weingarten, Cologne and Colmberg.
In terms of regions in Germany, the first ten in order are: Hamburg, Frankfurt, Morfelden, Gross-Gerau, Dietzenbach, Wiesbaden, Mannheim, Riedstadt, Offenbach and then Darmstadt.
The first five regions of Great Britain, in terms of contribution in order are: London B, London A, Midlands, North East and then South.
The first ten large Jamaats of Great Britain in order are: Masjid Fazl, Worcester Park, Birmingham South, New Malden, Bradford North, Islamabad, Birmingham West, Glasgow, Gillingham and Scunthorpe.
In terms of contribution from the smaller Jamaats in Great Britain, the Jamaats in order are: Spen Valley, Swansea, North Wales, Southfields and then Edinburgh.
The first five regions in terms of contribution in order are: South West, Midlands, Islamabad, North East and then Scotland.
In terms of total contribution among the USA Jamaats, the Jamaats in order are: Oshkosh, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Detroit, Silver Spring, York, Central Virginia, Georgia, Atlanta, Los Angeles East, Central Virginia and Florida.
In terms of total contribution from among the regions in Canada the order is: Brampton, Vaughan, Peace Village, Calgary, Vancouver, Western and then Mississauga.
The five most notable Jamaats in Canada for their total contribution in order are: Edmonton West, Durham, Hamilton South, Bradford and Saskatoon North.
The ten large Jamaats in India for their total contribution in order are: Qadian (Punjab), Hyderabad (Telangana), Patah Perium (Kerala), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Calicut, Kerala, Bangalore, Carnatic, Calcutta (Bengal), Pengari (Kerala), Noor Town (Kerala) and then Yad Gir (Carnatic).
In terms of the provinces of India, the order is: Kerala, Carnatic, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Jammu Kashmir, Odissa, Punjab, Bengal, Dehli and then Maharashtra.
The first ten Jamaats in Australia for total contribution in order are: Castle Hill, Melbourne, Berwick, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne Long Warren, Marsden Park, Adelaide South, Brisbane, Logan and then another Jamaat from Brisbane.
The list of Jamaats in terms of contribution per person in order is: Tasmania, Canberra, Castle Hill, Darwin, Marsden Park, Melbourne, Berwick, Sydney City, Perth, Campbelltown and then Parramatta.