A sincere and loyal community


“I am thankful to God Almighty for granting me a sincere and loyal community. I observe that whenever I call upon them for any task or purpose, they swiftly and passionately come forward, in an attempt to outstrip one another, according to their own strength and ability. I can see that they possess devotion and sincerity. Whenever I make a command, they are ready to obey. The truth is that no nation or community can be moulded until they possess this spirit of fervour, sincerity and devotion in obeying and following their leader. The Messiah, on whom be peace, was made to suffer difficulties and misfortunes, due to the weakness and unwilling nature of his community — among other things. As such, when Jesusas was arrested, one of his greatest disciples, Peter, rejected his Master and Guide; in fact, not only did he reject him, he cursed him three times. Most of the disciples abandoned Christ and fled.

In contrast, the example of devotion and loyalty that the companions of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, demonstrated is unparalleled in the history of the world. They bore all sorts of grief for the Holy Prophetsa as though it was nothing; they even left behind their beloved homeland, and gave up their wealth, property and friends. Ultimately, these companions did not even hesitate or express any regret in laying down their lives for the sake of the Holy Prophetsa. It was this very loyalty and devotion that ultimately blessed them with prosperity.

Similarly, I can see that Allah the Exalted has endowed my community with an ardour that behoves their rank and status, and they are exemplary in their loyalty and devotion. From the day that I decided to send a delegation to Nasibain, everyone has wished to be chosen for this service and has envied those who have been selected for this purpose. It is their desire that if they were sent instead, this would be their good fortune. Many of our friends presented themselves to embark on this trip. However, before having received these requests, I had already chosen Mirza Khuda Bakhsh Sahib for this mission and had decided that Maulvi Qutb-ud-Din and Miyan Jamal-ud-Din would accompany him. Therefore, I was compelled to turn down these other requests. Nonetheless, I am certain that those who presented themselves for this service with full sincerity and loyalty will not be deprived by Allah the Exalted of their reward, and they will receive their recompense in accordance with their sincerity.”

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 2, p. 53-54)

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