Islamabad UK, Sunday, 12 September 2021: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the final session of Majlis Ansarullah UK’s National Ijtema of 2021.
Ansar members were seated in Baitul Futuh, London and listened to Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa – who was in Islamabad, UK – virtually through MTA International. Huzoor’s address, which was in Urdu, was translated live into six languages, including Arabic, English, German, French and Bengali.
At 15:37 BST, Huzooraa initiated the final session by calling Hafiz Tayyeb Ahmad Sahib to recite a portion from the Holy Quran. The verses recited were from Surah Al-e-Imran (Ch.3: V.103-106).
The Ansarullah pledge was then read out by Huzooraa in English and all attendees repeated after Huzoor.
Umar Sharif Sahib was called by Huzooraa to recite an Urdu poem, written by the Promised Messiahas.
Dr Chaudhry Ijaz Ur Rahman, Sadr Majlis Ansarullah UK was then called up to present the Ijtema report. In his report, Sadr Sahib reported that the total attendance of the Ijtema was 1,573 Ansar and there were over 8,000 views of the Ijtema proceedings on YouTube.
Qaid Umumi, Muhammad Mahmood Sahib was then called up to announce the alam-e-in‘ami awards.
Next, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered his address.
Huzooraa said that for great and grand tasks, a large number of helpers were needed, and it was for this reason that prophets also asked “Who are my helpers (in the cause of) Allah?”
We could only be called true “Ansar” – helpers – of Allah when Ansar members understood the spirit of being a “helper of Allah”, Huzooraa said. Allah the Almighty has given the grand task of spreading the message of Islam to the Promised Messiahas and his Jamaat – Ansarullah should be at the forefront of responding to this grand task with every fibre of their being.
Merely saying “we are Ansarullah” is not enough, and deep introspection was needed. It is not an easy task to spread the message of religion to the corners of the earth. This requires a constant connection with Allah, higher levels of taqwa, increasing knowledge and following all the commandments of Allah the Almighty. Therefore, we should introspect and ask ourselves whether we are trying to strive for this level of commitment. If this is not the case, then being called “Ansarullah” is futile.
Huzooraa said that some khuddam asked him what to do if their elders – the ansar – were not setting good examples. On the one hand, this has a positive element as the youth are worried about the state of their elders; however, ansarullah should ponder and reflect on this concern.
We should reflect and think, “What did the Promised Messiahas desire from us?” Huzooraa said.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa then said he would present some instructions of the Promised Messiahas about the level he wanted his Jamaat to be at.
The Promised Messiahas said that the Companionsra of the Holy Prophetsa performed bai‘at on having themselves killed. The bai‘at of the Jamaat is a bai‘at of repentance, however. The Companionsra would give their lives and also their wealth – their sacrifice was much higher. They never imagined they would be given worldly riches and become kings of the world. They would be ever ready to endure every hardship and pain – they were separated from the world and its glory. However, Allah the Almighty blessed them and gave them worldly wealth too.
Those who call themselves “Ansarullah” should ponder over their own condition and how closely they are following the Companionsra.
Quoting the Promised Messiahas, Huzooraa said there was no doubt the world was temporal, and true happiness could never be achieved without taqwa. However, achieving true taqwa is akin to “drinking poison” – a difficult feat.
“Adopt taqwa, for whatever you desire, [God] will grant you”, the Promised Messiahas said.
“The Companionsra imposed a death upon themselves and, in return, found life,” the Promised Messiahas said.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that Ansarullah members should keep in mind that as their ages increased, the distance from death reduced. Therefore it is essential they ponder over their state and self-reflect to see whether they were “Ansar” in the true sense.
The Promised Messiahas said that the Holy Quran was clear on the purpose of life – to worship Allah. However, mankind had gone opposite to this aim and fell for the world.
It was the task of Ansarullah to cultivate and protect the garden of Allah the Almighty, Huzooraa said.
The Promised Messiahas said the pleasures of the world – such as children, wives and sustenance – were just a means of temporary rest for mankind, as a support in this life. They were only meant to assist mankind in fulfilling the rights of Allah the Almighty and the rights of mankind. They were not the sole purpose of life.
The Promised Messiahas said there were scores of Muslims who thought building large houses and preparing lavish meals were the sole purposes of life. However, Allah the Almighty in the Holy Quran said that Allah would not care of any person if they did not worship and pray to Him.
Permissible worldly pleasures are just to assist humans in their worship of Allah the Almighty.
“If we understand this purpose of life, then we will be part of the true Ansar.” It is these people who can be true “helpers” of a prophet.
Talking about how to worship, the Promised Messiahas taught us that worship should be at the level of the care and love a mother gives to her child. We should love Allah the Almighty out of pure love – not from fear of punishment, or with the expectation of reward.
The Promised Messiahas said Allah the Almighty even provided to His enemies, so one should ponder over how He rewards and provides for believers.
If one truly loved Allah the Almighty, they would be blessed in every respect and be shaded in the mercy of Allah.
With regard to faith, the Promised Messiahas said the kernel was needed, not the shell.
The Promised Messiahas said that if a person strived in the path of Allah and tried to attain His pleasure, his efforts would never go to waste.
Huzooraa said that the Promised Messiahas announced that the reason for the existence of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat was that Allah desired taqwa to increase in the world as it had vanished. Allah desired to show the path of taqwa and purity to the world through the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Huzooraa said we should reflect and think over whether we have reached this level that Allah the Almighty desired. With “lots of prayers” and “repentance”, we should analyse ourselves, Huzooraa said.
The Promised Messiahas said the Holy Quran guided towards the perfection of knowledge and actions. “Guide us in the right path”, in Surah al-Fatihah, was an indication of the perfection of knowledge, whereas “The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed [Thy] blessings” indicated towards the perfection of actions. Explaining this in another way, the Promised Messiahas said it was like a plant that cannot bear fruits until it was fully nourished and grows.
The Promised Messiahas said the Holy Quran is such guidance that the one who begins to follow it achieves high levels of excellence. Such people grow and bear fruits, as the Holy Quran describes as the “pure tree”.
We should find the commandments within the Holy Quran and follow them. We should improve our spiritual conditions and it is then that we can be called true “Ansar”, Huzooraa said.
Those who traverse this path of taqwa, bear sweet fruits as a result.
The Promised Messiahas said that a person was about to convert to Islam by observing a Muslim cleric. However, one day he saw the Muslim cleric drinking alcohol himself. As a result, the person thought that he could never follow such a person who was going against the very teachings he taught. Therefore, it is our actions that are the best ways of guiding others. Mere words prove nothing. Good actions, with patience, are the best means of peaching.
For tabligh, Huzooraa said, these two elements must be kept in mind – to harmonise one’s own actions with their teachings and with patience and endurance, continuing to preach.
Huzooraa said that tabligh in countries such as the UK – where there were no obstacles – could be done in a very effective manner. This should be done solely for Allah the Almighty.
The Promised Messiahas said a person should “burn all desires” and leave only the “love of Allah”. He said that the one who becomes Allah’s, Allah becomes theirs.
“We need to reflect deeply,” Huzooraa said. “We should strive hard to inculcate the love of Allah in our hearts”.
Our actions and endeavours would only be blessed when we followed the path set out by Allah the Almighty, Huzooraa said.
The Promised Messiahas said that we should offer Salat in the best possible manner and constant prayer, and remember Allah the Almighty. In ruku and sajdah, we should pray and prolong our prayers. The Promised Messiahas said that Salat, as a mere ritual, brought no benefits at all. With deep fervour and passion, we should pray before Allah the Almighty, as if one was seeing Him or if not that, then as though He was seeing them.
Huzooraa said that having perfected our worship only then could be called the “helper of Allah”.
Before silent prayer at the end, Huzooraa announced that he was delivering his address from the new MTA studio in Islamabad, UK and in this way, the studio had been inaugurated. Huzooraa prayed that the studio became a means of propagating the message of Islam and, through MTA International, it was propagated more than ever before.
(Report prepared by Al Hakam)