By the time these lines reach you, we will be more than halfway through the last ten days of Ramadan. These last ten days – or last ashra – is, according to a Hadith, one that helps distance us from the fire of hell. It is during this ashra that the great Night of Destiny (Lailatul Qadr) may be blessed to those who have wholeheartedly spent Ramadan in worship and doing good deeds. It is this ashra that brings Ramadan to an end. It is in this ashra that we bid farewell to yet another Ramadan. With the end of this ashra will appear the crescent of Eid.
One important aspect of this ashra is that on its last day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa usually delivers Dars-ul-Quran which is broadcast live globally through MTA International. The silent prayer at the end becomes a global phenomenon when Ahmadis around the world join their beloved Imam, in the final few moments of Ramadan, to pray to their Mighty Creator.
Before leading this silent prayer, Huzooraa usually reminds us to pray for all those who are experiencing hardships and trials of any kind. The list of those who Huzooraa urges us to pray for is such that it covers almost all aspects of humanity.
So that we can remind ourselves of these prayers, we list here some of the people and causes that Huzooraa especially asks us to pay special focus to in our prayers.
Huzooraa draws our attention to pray:
For all Muslims that Allah the Almighty saves them from unchaste and materialistic evils, and guide them towards spirituality
For the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat that Allah may keep every single Ahmadi in His protection and save them from everything negative; grant them steadfastness and grant them strength to always remain attached to the institution of Khilafat
For all Waqifeen and Waqifeen-e-Nau that Allah grants them the ability to fulfill their pledges and responsibilities
For those entangled in worldly vices that Allah rescues them and enables them to follow the right path
That every Ahmadi, other Muslims and the rest of the world be protected from the curse of the Antichrist
For the shuhada (martyrs) of Ahmadiyyat and their families. (Syedna Bilal fund is established in the Jamaat where readers can donate for the welfare of the families of shuhada)
For asiran (prisoners in the way of Allah), that they and their families are granted patience and comforted by Allah. May Allah provide immediate means for the acquittal of all asiran
For those who are struck by any kind of illness
For those facing financial difficulties, either in their businesses, due to being under heavy debts or otherwise
That the oppressed – politically, socially or religiously – are granted ease by Allah
For those undergoing matrimonial disputes
For widows, orphans and those deprived of their rights. (Readers are reminded of the Yatama Fund where they may donate in this way)
For young women and men who have reached the age of marriage but have still not found the right match. (Readers may donate to the Maryam Shadi Fund, launched in 2003, to help deserving and less fortunate parents with regard to the marriage of their daughters)
For couples with no offspring, the unemployed and students
For agriculturalists, industrialists, businessmen and any others involved in litigations
For the Darveshes of Qadian (those who remained behind in Qadian after the partition of the Indian subcontinent) and for the residents of Qadian
For Ahmadis living in Rabwah and in the rest of Pakistan who continually face hardships inflicted upon them in the name of their faith
For Ahmadis of other countries, like Algeria, where life has been made difficult for them only because they have accepted the Imamas of the age
For those who participate in financial sacrifice through Tahrik-e-Jadid and Waqf-e-Jadid that Allah may grant them prosperity. (Tahrik-e-Jadid was initiated by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra in 1934 when Majlis-e-Ahrar started an agitation against the Jamaat and declared that they would not rest until they had wiped the Jamaat off the face of the earth. In response, Huzoorra launched Tahrik-e-Jadid, so that Allah’s message could be delivered to the corners of the earth. Waqf-e-Jadid was founded in 1957 by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra. The aim of this scheme is to provide education and training to rural Jamaats, as well as to take the message of Allah’s oneness to polytheists. Readers may want, in these final days of Ramadan, to fulfill their promises towards these schemes and participate in spreading the message of Islam across the globe)
For workers of the Jamaat around the world and for the staff of MTA International that Allah accepts their endeavours and grants them with the best of His rewards. Also for the many volunteers who work in various parts of the world for MTA. (There is a fund in the Jamaat’s financial system dedicated to MTA and readers may donate towards it)
For those struck by natural calamities in various parts of the world that Allah may shower His mercy upon them. (Humanity First is a charity organisation of the Jamaat that provides relief to calamity stricken people on a global scale. This great opportunity to donate and help the calamity stricken creation of Allah is also a great way to spend in the way of Allah)
(Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa will deliver Dars-ulQuran on Tuesday, 4 June. The Dars will be broadcast live, Insha-Allah)