The long-awaited Jalsa Salana started and ended with thanks to Allah, with a population of thousands of people who came from far and wide, within and outside the country.
Many may think that after these three days of spiritually uplifting lectures, Darood on the Holy Prophet (saw), prayers and congregational Tahajjud, we only head home and wait till the next Jalsa before we come together for such again.
Now the question is: Is the Jalsa really over?
Even when it is glaring that the Jalsa has ended, members and non-members should have it in mind that physically the Jalsa has ended but spiritually it has not. It is our duty and responsibility to work on the lectures delivered at the Convention instead of allowing the knowledge to waste.
The theme of the just-concluded Jalsa is “EFFECTIVE WAYS OF CALLING PEOPLE TO ALLAH”. Several lectures relating to this theme were delivered by respected scholars of the Jama’at. An example of such lectures delivered is “Tabligh: A divine responsibility upon every Muslim”, quoting the verse of the Holy Quran to buttress this point (Q 5:68)
“O, Messenger! Convey to the people what has been revealed to thee from thy Lord; and if thou do it not, thou hast not conveyed His message at all. And Allah will protect thee from men. Surely, Allah guides not the disbelieving people”.
Two of the topics delivered are: “Exemplary Devotion in the Field of Tabligh: The Models of Hazrat Musab bin Umair (rd) and Hazrat Ghulam Rasul Raji Ki Sahib (rd)” and “Propagation of the Message of Islam using Modern Resources”.
Looking at the above-mentioned topics, it is important to note that the point mostly emphasized is “TABLIGH”. Now, as Ahmadis what is our plan for Tabligh? How well do we intend to increase the number of new converts coming into the fold and how do we intend to carry out this task of Tabligh? Just as Allah the Almighty says:
And who is better in speech than he who invites men to Allah and does good works and says, ‘I am surely of those who submit?’ (41:34)
The act of Tabligh does not compulsorily lie with the missionaries alone but all members of the Jama’at: teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, nurses, entrepreneurs or whatever profession you are into, calling people to Allah does not stop you from achieving your personal goals.
Now that the internet has gone a long way to bring people from far and wide together, members can make use of this tool as an effective way of doing Tabligh.
It is pertinent to note this point that Huzoor (atba) has instructed the Amir Sahib to get at least a thousand Bai’at within a stipulated time, as we all know this cannot be achieved except with our active cooperation.
May Allah enable us to discharge this duty as expected.