Love for others what you love for yourself – The key to achieving global peace: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih delivers concluding address at Jalsa Salana Germany

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As Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Germany held their Jalsa Salana in Karlsruhe on 19-21 August 2022, Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa graced the convention virtually from Islamabad, UK and delivered the concluding address.

At 14:33 GMT, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in the Masroor Hall, Islamabad for the concluding session of Jalsa Salana Germany 2022.

Upon arrival, Huzooraa invited Hafiz Owais Ahmad Qamar Sahib to the stage in Germany to recite a portion of the Holy Quran (Surah Al-e-Imran, Ch.3: V.103-108). The Urdu translation of the recited portion, as rendered by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh, was presented by Syed Hasan Tahir Bukhari Sahib and Adnan Ahmad Raja Sahib was invited to present the German translation.

Murtaza Mannan Sahib was then invited to recite an Urdu nazm written by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiahas in praise of Islam and its Founder, Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

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At 14:55 BST, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa took to the podium to deliver the concluding address of Jalsa Salana Germany.

After conveying “Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu”, Huzooraa recited tashahudta‘awuz and Surah al-Fatihah, before saying that it was an immense grace and blessing of Allah that despite the conditions of the world, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Germany was holding its Jalsa Salana. This year, as compared to the previous year, it was being held on a more extensive scale. Although the Covid threat had not yet ended, the threat of global warfare now loomed and no part of the world appeared to be safe. Until and unless we turn to Allah, we cannot be saved from such destruction.

Initially, the more developed countries were content in thinking that the battleground was thousands of miles away from them. But today, the threat of children being orphaned, women being widowed and children born with disabilities and deformities through nuclear warfare is ever increasing the world over. Now, the world sees that what we all feared is happening.

Due to the conditions in Ukraine, Russia and NATO have come face to face. Only Allah knows who will prove victorious and what the outcome will be, but what we do know is that it will result in utter devastation. The situation in Taiwan is also showing that this may all soon become a reality.

The Promised Messiahas wrote once:

O Europe! You are not safe! And O Asia! Neither are you secure! And O the dwellers of Islands! No artificial ‘God’ will come to your aid. I see cities falling and habitations in ruin.” (Haqiqatul Wahi [English], p. 328)

This is the warning that Khulafa-e-Ahmadiyyat have, in their respective times, been drawing the attention of the masses to. Huzooraa said that he himself had been warning that eventually, this would all lead to global devastation, therefore nations should reflect. Nations are usually in denial about this, but now, think tanks and analysts are coming to the same conclusion that Huzooraa has been warning about for a long time.

Unfortunately, the world is engrossed in materialism and no nation is willing to heed this call. Some analysts are now saying that the result of global nuclear warfare will be so devastating that 66% of the world’s population will be wiped off the face of the earth.

If there is any ray of hope in this day and age, then it is in the person whom Allah sent as a means of peace and security for mankind; who is dearest to God among every human being ever born; who felt the pain of the world so much that he sacrificed every fibre of his being in this way; who prayed earnestly to God so fervently that Allah said to him:

لَعَلَّكَ‭ ‬بَاخِعٌ‭ ‬نَّفۡسَكَ‭ ‬اَلَّا‭ ‬يَكُوۡنُوۡا‭ ‬مُؤۡمِنِيۡنَ

“Haply thou wilt grieve thyself to death because they believe not.” (Surah al-Shu‘ara, Ch.26: V.4)

This is the individual who was a true sympathiser for every human being; who wished for everyone to protect themselves from the Hellfire in this world and the next. Muslims have unfortunately ceased to benefit from the blessings within the Islamic teachings and the noble conduct of their beloved Prophetsa – this is all because the Prince of Peace in this day and age has been rejected – nobody is willing to listen to what he has to say as they deem his rejection and the murder of Ahmadis to be a means of defending the honour of the Holy Prophetsa. May such clerics develop some sense and refrain from such ill thinking.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that he wished to talk about the apt and beautiful teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa at this time. The Prophet’ssa example was such that it could not be explained in such a short space of time. It is said about Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya that the Jamaat dishonours the Prophetsa and preaches this to its followers and beyond; however, the fact is that the Jamaat only teaches love and loyalty to Prophet Muhammadsa. Even non-Muslims feel compelled to say that the only solution to global peace is within the teachings of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.

During Huzoor’s address on the second day of Jalsa Salana UK, while presenting the report of achievements by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya in the past year, Huzooraa said he presented many examples of how many people were being drawn to the true teachings of Islam, that is Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. When we review the annals of history, we find that the Prophetsa brought about peace wherever he went.

The Promised Messiahas once wrote that the Prophetsa brought about such a revolution that he turned beasts into humans and humans into God-fearing humans. Huzooraa said that the Companions’ every act was for the sake of Allah; in the love for Allah. It is this love that wins the pleasure of Allah.

The Promised Messiahas writes about a true follower of the Prophetsa such a person eventually becomes a beloved of God. This is the standard of the Prophet’ssa example. When one has love for another, they desire to listen and pay heed to everything they say and aspire to become like them. Thus, those who love the Prophetsa must become thus. When this is the standard, it will bring about peace and harmony the world over. The Holy Prophetsa is the individual who showed us the path to win God’s pleasure; it is this path through which we can achieve world peace.

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra has spoken on this on many occasions, but on one occasion he said that peace is very important; everyone accepts this. Everyone aspires to achieve it, but to desire peace alone is a selfish act as the desire to achieve peace is for one’s own sake.

When one prays, they pray for their immediate dear ones, for example, their wife, children and close ones. When one prays for themselves and their dear ones, they usually do not wish the same for their foes. This is what we see in the world today, whether they are leaders or subjects. Thus, the mere desire for peace can in fact lead to further disharmony as one would not want the same for their enemy. Thus, it can be concluded that the desire for peace will be peace for a select few and not everyone. True peace can only be achieved when one disregards any national and familial ties and disregards any biases and then works towards achieving global peace.

Thus, the teachings of peace as taught by the Prophetsa say that we must always remember that God is always watching us. We must always remember what the Prophetsa taught, that is to love for another what one loves for themselves. One must ask themselves, “Do I wish to achieve peace in my nation only?” Only when one thinks about everyone unbiasedly and wishes for them what they wish for themselves can global peace be achieved.

The reason as to why there is global disharmony and unrest is because the intentions and aspirations of man are not pure. What one says from their mouths is not what their inner desires are and their inner desires are contrary to what they preach. Today, undoubtedly, the world says that warfare is bad, and this is what every world leader says, but what they actually mean is, “If someone fights with us, then it is bad”, and, “If we start warfare, then it is not bad.” This is all because they have no fear of their Creator, Who has the power to provide peace to the world.

Such countries think that until and unless they are benefiting, they will raise slogans of world peace, but when things go against their interest, they will stop.

If a nation’s enemy is helped and provided arms, then it is totally unacceptable, but if that nation provides arms to another country, even if they are the perpetrators, then it is considered acceptable. If this is the mentality of today, then how can global peace be achieved?

Until and unless people do not accept that there is a Creator, a God above them Who has the power to provide peace, then everyone will disregard their vested interests and instead, turn to Him.

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The teachings that were revealed to the Prophetsa said:

قَدۡ‭ ‬جَآءَكُمۡ‭ ‬مِّنَ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬نُوۡرٌ‭ ‬وَّكِتٰبٌ‭ ‬مُّبِيۡنٌ

يَّهۡدِيۡ‭ ‬بِهِ‭ ‬اللّٰهُ‭ ‬مَنِ‭ ‬اتَّبَعَ‭ ‬رِضۡوَانَهٗ‭ ‬سُبُلَ‭ ‬السَّلٰمِ

“There has come to you indeed from Allah a Light and a clear Book. Thereby does Allah guide those who seek His pleasure on the paths of peace”. (Surah al-Maidah, Ch.5: V.16-17)

Those who follow these teachings will be the inheritors of true and lasting peace. Although there are claims that they revere the Prophetsa, such Muslims who act contrary to this ought to take heed.

It is the responsibility of every member of the Jamaat to adopt the teachings of the Holy Quran and Islam in their lives.

The Promised Messiahas said:

“Now under heaven, there is only one Prophetsa and only one Book. The Prophet is Muhammad, the chosen one [peace and blessings of Allah be on him] who is higher and more exalted than all Prophets and is the most perfect of Messengers and is the Khatam-ul-Anbiya, and the best of men by following whom we find God Almighty and all the veils of darkness are lifted and the signs of true salvation are witnessed in this very life. The Book is the Holy Quran, which comprises true and perfect guidance and effectiveness, through which knowledge and understanding of the Divine are obtained and the heart is purified of human weaknesses; and being delivered from ignorance, heedlessness and doubts, a person arrives at the stage of complete certainty.” (Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 1, pp. 557-558, sub-footnote 3)

God Almighty did a huge favour upon mankind by sending the Champion of Peace, the Holy Prophetsa to this world. But how unfortunate is it that people still reject him!

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This is the message that we must all convey to the world; this is the guarantor of peace. This is what the Prophetsa taught to his Companionsra and thus, manifested an atmosphere of:

اِذَا‭ ‬خَاطَبَهُمُ‭ ‬الۡجٰهِلُوۡنَ‭ ‬قَالُوۡا‭ ‬سَلٰمًا

“”When the ignorant address them, they say, ‘Peace!’” (Surah al-Furqan, Ch.25: V.64)

When this is adopted, only then can true and lasting peace be established.

A huge responsibility has been placed on the shoulders of every member of the Jamaat, to achieve peace inside our homes and outside. Without accepting a supreme being, i.e. God Almighty, global peace cannot be achieved; this is an undeniable fact. It cannot be achieved until we love for another what we love for ourselves; until true unity is not established; until a true relationship is not forged with our Creator, and this is something that we have been taught through the Holy Prophetsa. The Holy Quran teaches us:

اَلۡحَمۡدُ‭ ‬لِلّٰهِ‭ ‬رَبِّ‭ ‬الۡعٰلَمِيۡنَ

“All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.” (Surah al-Fatihah, Ch.1: V.2)

This teaches us the universality of Islam and mankind, both. When one recites these words, how can one hold animosity for another nation? “Lord of all the worlds” includes everyone, something which Huzooraa had alluded to in a meeting in the USA. When one truly believes in these words, then it is impossible to hold a grudge against another nation. How can one inwardly hate another and outwardly profess to believe in these words?

True and lasting peace can only be established once one adheres to the Promised Messiahas. When we recite:

اَلۡحَمۡدُ‭ ‬لِلّٰهِ‭ ‬رَبِّ‭ ‬الۡعٰلَمِيۡنَ

but do not believe in it wholeheartedly, then we will be part of the problem.

This is a moment of reflection, of introspection. Every Ahmadi has the responsibility to strengthen their faith and develop such love for their Creator in their hearts that is never taken over by any worldly love. This is the means of achieving global peace and this is the way to answer those who raise allegations against the teachings of Islam.

This responsibility lies on the shoulders of every single person who claims to adhere to the Promised Messiahas. If we do not endeavour to establish peace within our homes and on a national and international scale, then we will not have performed our duty.

Huzooraa said that at the end, we would pray. Huzooraa asked everyone to pray for all those who participated in the Jalsa and to pray that the conditions of the world once again permitted us to hold our Jalsas with the same fervour as we once used to.

Huzooraa then led everyone in dua (silent prayer), after which Huzoor announced that a total of 19,782 members of the Jamaat participated in Jalsa Germany, 9,482 of whom were ladies and 10,300 were men. Those participating virtually exceeded 40,000. Huzooraa then permitted Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Germany to proceed with their plans, which included taraney (choral poems), after which Huzooraa departed at 16:09 GMT.

(Report prepared by Al Hakam)

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