Hadeeqatul Mahdi, 29 July 2023: At around 4:10pm Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived at the main jalsa gah. The session then started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, delivered by Alhaj Rashid Khattab Sahib, followed by its Urdu translation from Tafsir-e-Saghir, presented by Hafiz Ejaz Ahmad Sahib:
وَ مَنۡ اَظۡلَمُ مِمَّنِ افۡتَرٰی عَلَی اللّٰہِ الۡکَذِبَ وَ ہُوَ یُدۡعٰۤی اِلَی الۡاِسۡلَامِ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ لَا یَہۡدِی الۡقَوۡمَ الظّٰلِمِیۡنَ – یُرِیۡدُوۡنَ لِیُطۡفِـُٔوۡا نُوۡرَ اللّٰہِ بِاَفۡوَاہِہِمۡ وَ اللّٰہُ مُتِمُّ نُوۡرِہٖ وَ لَوۡ کَرِہَ الۡکٰفِرُوۡنَ – ہُوَ الَّذِیۡۤ اَرۡسَلَ رَسُوۡلَہٗ بِالۡہُدٰی وَ دِیۡنِ الۡحَقِّ لِیُظۡہِرَہٗ عَلَی الدِّیۡنِ کُلِّہٖ وَ لَوۡ کَرِہَ الۡمُشۡرِکُوۡنَ – یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا ہَلۡ اَدُلُّکُمۡ عَلٰی تِجَارَۃٍ تُنۡجِیۡکُمۡ مِّنۡ عَذَابٍ اَلِیۡمٍ – تُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَ رَسُوۡلِہٖ وَ تُجَاہِدُوۡنَ فِیۡ سَبِیۡلِ اللّٰہِ بِاَمۡوَالِکُمۡ وَ اَنۡفُسِکُمۡ ؕ ذٰلِکُمۡ خَیۡرٌ لَّکُمۡ اِنۡ کُنۡتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُوۡنَ –
“But who could do greater wrong than one who forges the lie against Allah while he is called to Islam? Allah guides not the wrongdoing people. They desire to extinguish the light of Allah with (the breath of) their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, even if the disbelievers hate (it). He it is Who has sent His Messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religions, even if those who associate partners (with God) hate (it). O ye who believe! shall I point out to you a bargain that will save you from a painful punishment? That you believe in Allah and His Messenger, and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your persons. That is better for you, if you did but know.” (Surah as-Saff, Ch. 61: V. 8-12)
Next, some couplets from “Munajaat awr Tabligh-e-Haqq”, an Urdu poem of the Promised Messiahas were presented by Umar Sharif Sahib. Then, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa came to the podium and conveyed his salaam to everyone. He then recited, tashahhud, ta‘awwuz, Surah al-Fatihah and delivered a faith-inspiring address, a brief summary of which is as follows:
Huzooraa said that he usually mentions the rainfall of the blessings of Allah on the Jamaat in this address at Jalsa Salana. He will mention some of those blessings today.
Establishment of new chapters [jamaats]:
Huzooraa announced that 329 new jamaats were established in the past year, and 1016 new places saw the plant of Ahmadiyyat being planted in them. Congo Kinshasa has the most numbers in this regard. There were also other places where small jamaats were established. There are also some incidents with regard to these new jamaats.
The missionary from Guinea-Bissau states that were are facing fierce opposition in an area. The chief of the area came to the Jalsa Salana and, upon witnessing the Jamaat and its teachings, said, “I was also an opponent of Ahmadiyyat. However, today, as a result of seeing the Khalifa, I declare that your Jamaat is true.” He then also accepted Ahmadiyyat, along with 400 others and three jamaats were established in that area.
There are many other similar incidents in this regard.
Establishment of new mosques:
With regard to mosques, there was an increase of 185 Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques, which included 125 newly established mosques; the rest were acquired. Ghana had the most new mosques. Then there were many other countries. In Pakistan, the government is preventing us from even praying in mosques and is even destroying our mosques, but in other countries across the world, Allah is enabling us to construct mosques and spread the message of Islam.
In Central Africa, a non-Ahmadi Muslim came and started photographing our mosque. He was told it was constructed by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and that it cost 5 million in local currency. He was amazed and said it was beautiful, and that their clerics cannot even build such a mosque with 10 million under the current inflation.
There are many faith-inspiring incidents related to the construction of mosques, too. Huzooraa said we also face opposition with regard to the construction of mosques. However, Allah the Exalted has always blessed us with His immense grace and resolved related issues.
Establishment of mission houses and centres of tabligh:
Huzooraa announced that 124 new mission houses of the Jamaat were obtained across Africa, Europe, and other continents.
According to the report from Raqeem Press, they have published a variety of books, including the Holy Quran as well as the Urdu split-word translation by Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaqas. Its edition is user-friendly, easy to read, and is offered at an affordable price.
Wakalat-e-Tasnif UK reports that the Holy Quran has been translated into 76 languages by the Jamaat. Some of the translations are ready for print. Five books of the Promised Messiahas have been translated into English since the last Jalsa Salana UK. Similarly, there are many other books that are being translated. All of these books are available in the bookshop and have been printed in an excellent manner and are offered at a reasonable price. With regard to the layout of the Holy Quran, which has just been mentioned, they have also done some excellent work: On every page, the verse finishes at the same place, i.e., the end of every page. A lot of publication work is also being done by our publications department in India.
A lot of non-Ahmadis also buy our translations of the Holy Quran. In Mali, a non-Ahmadi police officer came and took a copy of the Jamaat’s French translation of the Quran and said he would buy 10 more and place them in the local mosque for everyone’s benefit. He said it is the best French translation of the Quran.
In terms of the books of the Promised Messiahas, they have all been translated into Arabic and published too. A total of 82 books of the Promised Messiahas have been translated into German; 10 this year alone. The books of the Promised Messiahas were also translated into various other major languages of India.
People not only give positive feedback but also convert as a result of reading these books. A Belgian professor from a Christian background did not believe in Jesusas as God. He went out to find the Living God and was given the books of the Promised Messiahas. He regularly listened to Huzoor’saa sermons and eventually, he pledged bai‘at.
According to Wakalat-e-Ishaat, 5.89 million copies of various books and pamphlets etc. were published in 47 languages. 124 periodicals and magazines are also published by various jamaats and auxiliary organisations around the world. These are published in 26 different languages; there is a lengthy list of these, too.
According to the report of Wakalat-e-Ishaat (Tarseel), over 166,000 books have been dispatched to 45 countries in 24 languages. In various countries, books and pamphlets covering 884 different topics were freely distributed in a quantity exceeding 9,9 million. Through this, the message of Islam reached over 1,5 million individuals worldwide.
Exhibitions, bookstalls & book fairs:
Through exhibitions, bookstalls & book fairs, a lot of good work is being carried out. According to the current report, 9166 exhibitions were held and over 420,000 people were reached through this. 1774 translations of the Holy Quran were distributed freely. Over 8500 book stalls and book fairs were held, through which 1,7 people were reached.
There are many faith-inspiring incidents related to these efforts as well, of people who were positively impacted by Jamaat’s stalls and literature.
We have over 600 regional and central libraries. Books are sent to them from London and Qadian.
Wakalat Tamil-o-Tanfidh reports that many of the Promised Messiah’sas books have been translated into various languages of the region under their care.
Under it, last year, 178 books and pamphlets were published. They also prepared Malfuzat in Arabic, ready to be printed. Many books of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra are being translated and prepared. Then there are many other books.
Huzooraa then narrated some incidents from the many of the Arabs who were impacted by the literature and tabligh of the Jamaat.
One lady said she had come to know about Ahmadiyyat through MTA. She prayed and saw a dream in which she saw a man she did not recognise. Later, she was switching through TV channels and saw the same man; he was Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh.
Under the Russian Desk, translations of the Holy Quran as well as numerous books of the Promised Messiahas have been completed and are in the final stages of revision. Some of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih’saa smaller books and many other books have been translated by them. Many of their translations have been uploaded onto their website, and many thousands have subscribed to their social media channels, which have a lot of content. There is a separate website in the Kyrgyz language.
Huzooraa said the Bangla Desk was also carrying out many programmes. They have translated the Holy Quran as well as books of the Promised Messiahaa as well as other books into Bangla. Many hours of Bangla programmes have been prepared for MTA. They have translated many books; however, they needed to speed up their work.
Huzooraa said the French Desk is also translating books, and preparing French programmes, thereby introducing Islam Ahmadiyyat to the world.
The Turkish Desk has translated many of the books by the Promised Messiahas. They are presenting programmes on MTA.
They are translating books into Chinese. Recently, they have translated Hazrat Ch. Zafrulla Khan’sra book on the status of women. They also working on numerous other books.
They are also carrying out translation work on MTA and preparing literature.
They are also carrying out translation work on MTA and preparing literature.
They are doing good work. They have translated various books by the Promised Messiahas into Spanish. They regularly translate Huzoor’saa addresses, etc., into Spanish.
This Desk has been established here and is doing translations of various books.
Distribution of Leaflets:
Over 11 million leaflets were distributed in 107 countries, and through them, the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat reached over 18 million people. Countries across the world have participated in this, and there are many faith-inspiring stories related to it.
A missionary from Nigeria reports that during the leaflet distribution, a man came to us, and it was Friday. The man, after listening to the Friday sermon, said he cannot believe in Ahmadiyyat yet. He was given books to study and he accepted Ahmadiyyat.
In the UK, a Jewish professor of economics accepted Ahmadiyyat upon being introduced by a leaflet.
The Review of Religions:
The Promised Messiahas established this magazine. It has been published for 121 years. Over 200,000 copies were published this year. It is now published in multiple languages. By the grace of Allah, it has gained a lot of recognition worldwide.
Al Fazl International:
In 2019, Huzooraa made Al Fazl into a twice-weekly publication and is now a daily newspaper of the Jamaat. They also have a children’s Al Fazl and special numbers. It is banned in Pakistan. Through social media, they reached millions of people over the year.
Al Hakam publishes weekly. It is also available online and is sent to various libraries. By the Grace of Allah, it is making steady progress.
International Translation Office:
It is translating the commentary of Shaih al-Bukhari. It is also preparing many other books.
They have 1,3 million photographs and objects. There was an increase of 801 items this year.
The total number of waqifeen-e-nau is 80,600, among them are 47,000 boys and 33,000 girls, or just about that many. More requests and applications are made regularly. Those, who are over 15 years old, now number over 39,000.
Ahmadiyya Archive & Research Centre (AARC):
AARC has the task of preserving the tabarrukat of the Promised Messiahas as well as the Khulafa. Some items related to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira were obtained from Jammu and preserved. Various old newspapers and photographs of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra were obtained and preserved. They have also connected with various universities and they introduce them to the Ahmadiyya archive and encourage them to research into the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. They are carrying out various kinds of other work too.
The Central Department of IT is also carrying out good work. Ghulam Qadir Shaheed IT Research Institute has been established by them in Ghana and Nigeria. They also assist the various central departments.
Press and Media Office:
They are doing good work and are connected with various media outlets, resulting in the introduction of Jamaat. They also visited educational institutions during the year and also guided media outlets in many other countries of the world.
Many books of the Jamaat are being computerised further and uploaded, and numerous apps are being developed and improved. Many other features and offerings of the website are being improved. Their work is mainly done by volunteers.
506 people work at MTA, most of whom are volunteers. There are eight channels in total, which operate 24 hours a day. During the year, numerous new MTA studios have also been established in various countries. Moreover, MTA6 Asia and MTA7 Asia have also started streaming. MTA is also available in HD in UK and Europe.
MTA Africa has been progressing on many fronts. MTA Africa now has 12 branches in total. People are also accepting Ahmadiyyat by watching MTA.
Ahmadiyya radio stations:
Right now, the radio stations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community number 25. There is a lot of work happening for tabligh or propagation, through these stations. There are also radio stations in Arabic, Turkish, and German that operate from Germany. Radio Voice of Islam UK’s scope was expanded this year. It is being received very well. Through Ahmadiyya radios, many bai‘ats are also taken place.
International Association of Ahmadiyya Architects & Engineers (IAAAE):
They are doing good work by the grace of Allah.
Various kinds of good work are being carried out by them too.
Central Legal Department:
They have given excellent advice on various matters over the year.
Nusrat Jehan Scheme:
In 13 African countries, there are 37 hospitals and clinics that operate under this scheme. Here in the UK, the Nusrat Jehan board was established and they are doing good work. They also operate hundreds of schools.
Humanity First has been registered in 29 countries. Now, hospitals are also being established under Humanity First. So, they are not only providing emergency aid but also regular services. They conduct charity walks. Contact is also being established with prisoners for their reformation, tabligh and well-being.
Contact with new Ahmadis:
Thousands of new Ahmadis were contacted across the world, in order to make them part of the mainstream. Over 41,000 spiritual training and tarbiyat courses were held for them in various jamaats of the world.
Huzooraa narrated numerous incidents of people accepting the Promised Messiahas and entering into the fold of Ahmadiyyat. Huzooraa announced that over the year Allah enabled 217,168 souls to accept Islam Ahmadiyyat. Nigeria achieved the most bai‘ats. Huzoor said, there are countless faith-inspiring incidents related to this, but they cannot all be narrated at the moment due to the shortage of time.
Huzooraa prayed that may the Almighty Allah, who continues to shower His blessings upon the Ahmadiyya Community, eternally sustain this grace, and may we always be the recipients of His divine favours. May we never commit any act that could, in any way, incur the displeasure of Allah the Exalted. Amin.
Huzooraa then conveyed salaam to everyone and the session came to an end.