Slahudin Mir, Missionary, UK
23 March is a very special day for Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya because on this day, 132 years ago, the Promised Messiahas initiated the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Islam. This day is celebrated globally by the Jamaat as the Promised Messiah Day. 132 years is no less than a phenomenon for a Jamaat that was founded in a small and remote village of Qadian in Punjab, India.
On 23 March 1889, the Promised Messiahas accepted the bai‘at of 40 faithful servants in allegiance to the Ten Conditions of Bai‘at at the house of Hazrat Sufi Ahmad Jan Sahib in Ludhiana, India.
Every prophet of Allah has faced opposition and their opponents have always made bold claims that their jamaat would soon perish and vanish into thin air. The same was the case when the Promised Messiahas claimed that he was the Promised Messiah and Mahdi. The opponents made claims such as “The message of the founder of this Jamaat will not even go beyond the outskirts of Qadian”.
The fact that Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya is flourishing everyday even after 132 years shows the truthfulness of the claim of the Promised Messiahas. The opponents of the Jamaat tried their utmost to wipe it out but God Almighty watched over it and blessed it with ever more progress.
Since last year, the Covid-19 pandemic has put the whole of humanity through suffering. It has affected everyone. However, the pandemic has also encouraged people to become more creative in using technology to reach out to others. The Jamaat has commemorated the Promised Messiah Day throughout the UK via YouTube and video conferencing softwares such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to reach out to the members of the Jamaat.
By the grace of Allah, over 53,000 people have attended Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud organised virtually throughout the UK and some joining from other countries as well.
The National Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud was held on 20 March 2021 live on YouTube, which was watched by over 42,000 people. The Jalsa was chaired by Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK, Rafiq Ahmad Hayat Sahib.
The first speech was delivered by Tahir Selby Sahib on “The need for the Imam” followed by a speech delivered by a young waqf-e-nau on “The early Life of the Promised Messiahas”. The last speech was delivered by Additional Wakil-ut-Tabshir, Majid Tahir Sahib on “The Promised Messiah’s love for the Holy Prophetsa’.
The Jalsa concluded with the closing remarks and silent prayer led by Amir Sahib.
Alhamdulillah, the programme was watched globally. The list of viewers per country in order of numbers are as follows: UK, India, Pakistan, Canada, Germany, USA, Italy, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, France, Sweden, UAE, Bangladesh, Belgium and Switzerland.
Across the fourteen regions in the UK, in the month of March 2021, UK Missionaries have been organising Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud and delivering speeches covering different aspects of his life.
Missionary-in-Charge UK, Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib delivered speeches addressing the Jamaats of Kingston, Putney, Balham and Crawley on “The life of the Promised Messiahas”. He also delivered a speech in the North East region. Moreover, Finland and Sweden also invited him to deliver speeches in their respective countries with the approval of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa.
Aldershot Jamaat organised a local Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud on 14 March 2021. Hafiz Syed Mashood Ahmad Sahib, Missionary of Aldershot, delivered a speech on the life of the Promised Messiahas.
Dawood Ahmed Abid Sahib, Missionary of Farnham, delivered a speech in Farnham Jamaat’s jalsa held on 23 March 2021. His speech was delivered in Urdu and was about “The style of moral training of the Promised Messiahas”. He also delivered a speech at the South Region’s Jalsa on “The meaning of Wa Aakharina Minhum”.
Guildford Jamaat’s jalsa was held on 26March 2021. The main speech was delivered by Tahir Mehmood Mubashar Sahib, a missionary, on “Important instructions to Jamaat members by the Promised Messiahas”.
Raja Burhan Ahmad Sahib, Missionary of Islamabad, addressed the Slough Jamaat on 14 March 2021 and Sheffield Jamaat on 20 March 2021 on “Importance and significance of the Promised Messiahas”. He also delivered a speech in Worchester Park Jamaat on 28 March 2021 on “Why do we celebrate the Promised Messiah Day and fulfilment of the Prophecy”.
Naseem Ahmad Bajwa Sahib, missionary at the Bait-ul-Futuh mosque, delivered speeches addressing the Epsom, Baitul Futuh, Walton on Thames and Richmond Park Jamaats. He also delivered a speech in Baitul Futuh Region.
On 23 March 2021, a jalsa was held in North East Region. The keynote speaker was Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib, who addressed the North East Region on the life of the Promised Messiahas”.
Faiz Ahmad Zahid Sahib, a missionary, delivered speeches to the Norbury, Thornton Heath, Bexley and Greenwich and Bromley and Lewisham Jamaats. He also delivered a speech at the South Region’s Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud.
Abdul Ghaffar Ahmad Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech in the Midlands regional Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud held on 27 March 2021 on “The revelation of the Promised Messiahas ‘I will humiliate whoever tries to humiliate you’”.
Tahir Selby Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech in the National Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud, and also attended his local Jalsa in Hartlepool and Newcastle Jamaats in which he presented a very informative video regarding Jesus in India.
Ghulam Ahmad Khadim Sahib, missionary of North Wales, addressed the North Wales Jamaat on 23 March 2021 on “The truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas”.
Qureshi Daud Ahmad Sahib, a missionary, addressed the Dundee Jamaat on 13 March 2021 on “Prayers of the companions of the Promised Messiahas” and also addressed Edinburgh Jamaat on 20March 2021 on “The life of the Promised Messiahas”. He also delivered a speech on the Jalsa organised by Majlis Ansarullah Glasgow on “The life of the Promised Messiahas before his claim”.
The Spen Valley Jamaat organised its very first Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud on North East Region’s YouTube channel on 28 March 2021. The guest speaker was Mansoor Zia Sahib, a missionary, and his speech was titled “The examples of high morals of the Promised Messiahas”.
Sabahat Kareem Sahib, a missionary, delivered speech addressing the Huddersfield South and North Jamaats. He was joined by Waseem Ahmad Fazal Sahib, a missionary, whose speech was on “Similarities of the Promised Messiahas with the Holy Prophetsa”.
Hafiz Aneeq Ur Rehman Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech addressing the Sheffield and Doncaster Jamaats on 31 March 2021.
Scunthorpe jamaat held a Jalsa on 27 March 2021. The main speaker was Ahmad Salam Sahib who spoke on the life of the Promised Messiahas, covering his life before prophethood and how he defended Islam.
Rawah-ud-din Arif Khan Sahib, missionary of Glasgow, delivered a presentation on al-Wasiyyat at the local Jalsa on 28 March 2021.
Woking Jamaat held a jalsa on 28 March 2021. The main speech was delivered by Dr Iftikhar Ayyaz Sahib on “How the Promised Messiahas dealt with people”.
Mohammad Ahmad Khursheed Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech in Manchester South Jamaat on 23 March 2021.
Shahzeb Athar Sahib, a missionary, addressed the Milton Keynes Jamaat on 23 March 2021 on “The advent of the Promised Messiahas”.
Imran Ahmad Khalid Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech in Roehampton Vale Jamaat on 14 March 2021 on “Importance of Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud and our responsibilities as Ahmadi Muslims”.
Usman Shehzad Butt Sahib, a missionary, addressed the Luton and Stevenage North Jamaats on “The picture of the Promised Messiahas and its impact”.
Rabeeb Ahmad Mirza Sahib, a missionary, delivered speeches addressing the Slough and Hounslow South Jamaats.
Zartasht Ahmad Latif Sahib, a missionary, addressed the Leicester and Coventry Jamaats on 23 March 2021 on “Incidents from the life of the Promised Messiahas”.
Ammar Ahmad Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech to the Jamaats of Cardiff and Newport on 23 March 2021 on “The appointed mission of the Promised Messiahas”.
Raza Ahmed Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech at the South Region’s Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud on “The Promised Messiah’s love for the Holy Prophetsa”.
Sahil Munir Ahmed Sahib, a missionary, addressed the Liverpool Jamaat on 23 March 2021 on “The importance of Promised Messiah Day and the responsibility of the members of the Ahmadiyya Community”.
Fakhar Ahmed Aftab Sahib, a missionary, delivered a speech addressing the Burton Jamaat on the “Truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas and our responsibilities as Ahmadis”.
Sheikh Sharjeel Ahmed Sahib, a missionary, delivered speeches addressing the Burntwood and Clapham Jamaats on the “Truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas’. He also delivered a speech addressing the students of al-Hafizoon.
Safeer Zartasht Sahib, a missionary, addressed the Barking and Dagenham Jamaat on 14 March 2021 on “The revelations of the Promised Messiahas”.
Humayon Jahangeer Khan Sahib, a missionary, addressed the Birmingham West, Walsall and Wolverhampton Jamaats. He also addressed the atfal and waqf-e-nau of Leamington Spa Jamaat at their local Jalsa Yaum-e-Masih-e-Maud.
Today, we see that the name of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian and the name of his Jamaat has great respect throughout the world. The Jamaat is known to be a symbol of peace, harmony and love, which is the very essence of Islam.
May Allah enable us to carry forward the mission of the Promised Messiahas and may He keep us steadfast on the oath of allegiance. Amin