Missionary Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat
Though mankind had been bestowed a perfect social, economic and political order when the final verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa fourteen centuries ago, it was during the time of the Messiah of the Muhammadan dispensation that such an order was to take a universal scope.
The Holy Quran points towards this prevalence of Islamic teachings over all religions in the latter days:
“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. (Surah al-Saff, Ch.61: V.10)
Hence, it was in 1905 when the Promised Messiahas wrote Al-Wasiyyat that the foundations of the final world order were established. Added to the spiritual and economic system outlined therein was also the mention of Khilafat that would act as the vicegerent of the Promised Messiahas.
Accordingly, it was in 1934 that his second successor launched Tahrik-e-Jadid,which would “serve to strengthen the foundations of human society”, as explained by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra in Nizam-e-Nau (The New World Order); Tahrik-e-Jadid would be a forerunner to the scheme of Al-Wasiyyat paving the way for the world to benefit from it. It would be an “Elijah to the Messiah of the New Order”.
It is a question worth addressing as to how a financial system established within a religious community can claim to be the architect of the future peace infrastructure of not just its own people, but the whole of mankind?
To arrive at an answer, all one needs to do is ponder over the social-economic order outlined in the Holy Quran for it is the propagation and establishment of these teachings that is the objective of Wasiyyat.
It suffices to mention here that the Holy Quran has explained dealings in international relations and the manner of economic enterprise much to the need of man. Hence, Wasiyyat means the embedding of a world order, designed to alleviate mankind from its troubles of juggling between several social orders. It would be fitting to place here the comments of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra when he explained how Wasiyyat would be a system for the whole world:
“A careful study of Al-Wasiyyat compels one to exclaim, ‘Praise be to you, O Mirza! You have made firm the foundations of Islam. You have made firm the foundations of humanity.’” (The New World Order, p. 136)
This blessed successorship continues till this day. It is Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa who tirelessly advocates for mankind to adopt this divine wisdom today. On a spiritual front, he has been directing and counselling his Jamaat to adopt the virtues that the founder of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat wanted his community to adhere to. No Friday goes by without a wisdom-filled sermon from Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa in which he draws the attention of his followers towards adopting measures of piety, of bringing a spiritual reformation in oneself on a personal level as well as on a community level so that, in the wake and backdrop of ever increasing inclination towards the baser self, a life of righteousness becomes the customary practice of mankind. After all, the primary aim of partaking in the financial system outlined in Al-Wasiyyat is just that.
Moreover, just as all the previous Khulafa before him, the current head of the Ahmadiyya Community has also been addressing another front – the socio-economic political one, though the common denominator always remains one in which audiences are advised to turn towards their Creator. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa has waged what can only be described as a determined and ardent holy war against injustice – it is simply the 21st century’s Jihad practiced in its truest form.
Since being elected as Khalifatul Masih, he has travelled the globe delivering lectures and addresses to audiences of a wide range, arguing the case for justice to prevail for the sake of humanity. He has, before the highest echelons of power in almost all continents of the world, directed to adopt the Quranic principles of establishing peace while advocating the case for belief in God as being intrinsically attached to the pursuit of happiness.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa has demonstrated the practical application of the system of Wasiyyat within the Ahmadiyya Jamaat itself. The Jamaat is established all over the world and humanitarian efforts are a central tenet of its belief.
Working for the betterment of mankind and giving humanity a social and economic system upon which they can rely for safeguarding their rights while establishing a relationship with God is the hallmark of the system of Wasiyyat. It is for this reason that when Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra began to outline the importance of Wasiyyat in Nizam-e-Nau in 1943, he did so in light of prevalent political systems such a capitalism and communism.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, in his concluding address of Jalsa Salana UK 2004, stated:
‘If you wish to ascertain the importance of this institute [Wasiyyat] from a worldly perspective, then 60 years ago, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a speech at Jalsa which is a book published by the name of Nizam-e-Nau [The New World Order]. If one reads this book, they realise that all the worldly orders of today which are being championed are lost causes and if there is a revolutionary system which can be a means of tranquillity for the world, for the soul and can, in reality, claim to serve mankind, then it is the system of Wasiyyat as presented by the Promised Messiahas.”
It was at this occasion that Huzooraa directed his community to produce a further 15,000 musis (those part of the system of Wasiyyat who dedicate between a tenth and a third of their wealth and income for this cause) within a year. Furthermore, by 2008, which would be the centenary year of Khilafat, Huzooraa called for 50% of all Chanda payers in every country where the community was established to join this heavenly scheme.
The Messiahas of the latter days was to bring together the whole of mankind under his banner. Hence, it is befitting that the order he established in the final years of his life be for the whole world, not just as a spiritual sustenance, but also as a robust edifice of socio-economic order.