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ALHAJI ABDULAZEEZ ALATOYE APPOINTED AS NEW AMIR, AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMA’AT NIGERIA (UPDATED)

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The Supreme Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at worldwide Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Almighty Allah be His helper) has appointed Alhaji (Barr.) AbdulAzeez Alatoye as the new Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.

This was contained in a release signed by the General Secretary of the Muslim Organization, Alhaji Abbas Iromini and made available to our correspondent. Alhaji Alatoye was hitherto the Naib Amir (Deputy National Head) South West region. He succeeds Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola who has been serving in that capacity for the past 15 years.

It will be recalled that the organization held its annual national forum (Majlis Shoora) last month at Tahir Mosque Ojokoro Lagos where representatives across the country participated in the National Executive Officers’ elections.

Alhaji Alatoye, alongside with the newly approved members of the National Executive Committee will resume office on July 1, 2019.

Brief Profile of the New Amir
Born on the 13th of February, 1963, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Folorunso Alatoye had his tertiary education at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin where he bagged Unique Distinction in Accountancy in 1991. He obtained a Diploma in Law from the Executive Business School, Ikeja Lagos in 2011 and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Bradford, the United Kingdom in 2012.

Professionally, he is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a Member of Nigeria Taxation Standard Board and Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management.

He is the Founder and Senior Partner of Ascension Consulting Services.

His Journey in the Jama’at
Alhaji Alatoye joined the Ahmadiyya Community through the maternal grandfather biat in 1975. In 1981, he personally signed the biat. Since then, he has been holding sensitive posts within the Jamaat. For instance, he was the Tabligh Secretary between 1982 and 1985 and Financial Secretary between 1985 and 1989 of Inisa Jamaat Osun State. At the auxiliary level, he held the post of an Internal Auditor of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria (Youth Wing) between 1988 and 1990.

At the National Level, Alhaji Alatoye was appointed as the Naib Jalsa Officer II (Deputy Conference Officer II) between 2009 and 2019; Naib Amir South West region (2013-2019); Treasurer (2010-2019); Vice Chairman Humanity First Nigeria (2011-2019); Chairman Sad Sala Jubilee Committee (2016-2019); Chairman South West Mosque Building Trust Fund Committee (2016-2019); Chairman Economic Empowerment and Development Committee (2014-2019), among others.

His areas of interest include Tabligh (Preaching), Holy Qur’an and Mosque Building. He is an advocate of honest service to Almighty Allah and Humanity.


NAMES AND PORTFOLIOS OF THE NEWLY APPROVED NATIONAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

S/N. NAME POST
Alhaji AbdulAzeez Alatoye National Amir (Head)
Alhaji Abbas O. Iromini General Secretary
Barr. Muhammad Bashir Badr Secretary Tabligh (Preaching)
Alhaj. M.M. Shittu Secretary Tarbiyat (Religious & Moral Training)
Mr. Tajudeen Oladoja Secretary Ta’lim (Education)
Alhaji Mudathir Dada Secretary Isha’at (Publication)
Engr. Imran Adeyemi Secretary Sami’ wa Basari (Audio-Video)
Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu Secretary Umur Kharijiyyah (External Affairs)
Alhaji Muslihu Ali Secretary Umur Amma (General Affairs)
Mr. Abdul Rahman Adetunji Secretary Dhiyyafat (Hospitality)
Mr. Mudathir Adefarati Secretary Mal (Finance)
Alhaji Dauda Kehinde Sokunbi Add. Secretary Mal (Finance)
Mr. Shakirudeen Abdus Salam Secretary Wasaya (Wills)
Mr. Abdul-Hakeem Akintobi Secretary Ta’limul-Quran & Waqf-Ardhi
Mr.Nafiu Taiwo Ajimoti Secretary Tahrik-Jadid
Mr. Abdul Ganiy Babalola Secretary Waqf-Jadid
Mr. Muhammad Tirmiziy Ajibike Addl. Secretary Waqf-Jadid & Nau Muba’in (For New Converts)
Builder Bashirudeen Asimiyu Towolawi Secretary Jaidad (Properties)
Alhaji Muslihudeen Ademoye Secretary Waqf-Nau
Prof. Abdur Rahman Abdullah Secretary Zira’at (Agriculture)
Mr. B.O. Ghazal Secretary Sanat-o-Tijarat (Industry and Trade)
Mr. Issa A. Shokunbi Muhassib (Accountant)
Alhaji Muheeb Lanre Idris Amin [Treasurer]
Mr. Hussein King Internal Auditor

OGUN DEPUTY GOVERNOR APPLAUDS AHMADIYYA COMMUNITY

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The Deputy Governor of Ogun State Alh. (Engr.) Noimot Oyedele – Salako has eulogized the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at for her giant strides in the promotion of peaceful coexistence among the human race. This she said has made the fold to be a leader in the propagation of the real tenet of Islam.

The Deputy Governor made this known while playing host to the leadership of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at during a courtesy visit.

Engr. Noimot recalled how she got a gift of Islamic literature from the Jama’at as a Form 1 student, in her secondary school days.

She also mentioned to the delight of her guests her participation in one of the International Conference (Jalsa Salana) in London, United Kingdom.

Oyedele while stressing on the need for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at members to always be good ambassadors of Islam and promote the message of love the fold is well known for, recounted the true brotherhood gesture she enjoys from some of her friends in the Jama’at.

She specifically referred to Jama’at elders like Alhaji & Alhaja Sunmonu and Dr. Nurudeen Akindele as her models and mentors.

While reacting to the speech of the Amir, the Deputy Governor highlighted various plans and programs of the present administration to add a resounding facelift to the socio-economic status of the State, an improvement on the state of security, advancement in educational standard and also infrastructural development.

The Deputy Governor stressed that the request from the Amir for the reconstruction of Papalanto/Ilaro road and completion of ongoing Owode/Ilaro road has been identified by the administration.

She affirmed that the government of Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun has perfected plans to use the Executive Order earlier signed to facilitate the Papalanto/Ilaro road through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The Deputy Governor then promised to use her office to facilitate a familiarization meeting with the Governor as requested by the Amir.

On the invitation to the Annual Conference of the Jama’at holding at Ilaro on 21st through 22nd December, the Deputy Governor promised her guests to be part of the spiritual exercise.

Earlier in his address, the Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alh. (Barrister) Abdul-Azeez Folorunso Alatoye congratulated the Governor and the Deputy on their victory at the poll and charged them to make Almighty Allah their guard in the administration of the Gateway State.

The Amir highlighted the trio of Peace, Justice and Social Welfare as the cardinal message of Islam the Jama’at activities globally.

50 members of the Jama’at which includes Maulvi Afzaal, the Missionary in charge, Alh. Bankole, the Naib Amir Finance and Administration, Alh. Abass .O. Iromini, the General Secretary, the Sadr Majlis Ansarullah (President, Elders Forum) Engr. Abdul Waheed Akanji Adeoye, the Sadr Majlis Khuddam (President, Youth Wing)Engr. Saheed Kunleola Aina, Dr. Nasirudeen Bello, the Branch President Abeokuta, Dr. (Mrs) Mulikat .O. Salaam, the immediate past University Librarian FUNAAB, Pharm. Alhaja Akindele, (Mrs) F. Y AbdusSalaam were at the Deputy Governor’s office.


LATEST: Harmony through educational excellence: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V speaks at UNESCO

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At approximately 6:15 local time a special session by UNESCO commenced in Miollis, Paris with the arrival of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa.

UNESCO, with 193 member-countries, is a body of the United Nations that “seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.” UNESCO’s constitution, signed on 16 November 1945, envisions to establish peace “upon dialogue and mutual understanding”, and “upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity.” UNESCO globally carries out a large number of charitable, humanitarian and intellectual projects.

With Huzoor’saa arrival, the session started with a series of speeches from UNESCO officials and other dignitaries, followed by an introduction to Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya by Asif Arif Sahib.

The speakers included; the communications supervisor of Mali’s delegation at UNESCO, Mr Jean Christophe Auge the Religious Adviser of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mr Clement Rouchouse from the Central Religion Advisory Board at the Home Office, Mr Gregoire Dublineau, Mayor of Eaubonne, Mr Willy Breton, President of the NATO Memorial and Mr Guillaume Diallo, representative of the Malian Christians living abroad.

The speakers expressed their admiration of the peaceful aspirations and works of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.

Thereafter, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the congregation. Huzooraa greeted the guests and thanked UNESCO for the event.

Huzooraa also thanked all the guests who came to listen to “a person who is neither a politician, nor a political leader, nor a scientist, but the head of a religious community…”

Huzooraa said that the founding objectives of UNESCO being peace, respect, human rights, education, freedom of expression and alleviating poverty are all “excellent and praiseworthy”. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa expressed that the guests may be surprised to hear that these are also the objectives of Islam. “Such service is based on the very first chapter of the Holy Quran which states that Allah the All Mighty is the Lord of all the worlds”. Huzooraa explained that this verse is a reminder for Muslims that Allah is the Lord of all humankind, “irrespective of cast, creed and colour.”

Huzooraa said that Islam teaches that “the values of mutual respect and tolerance must be firmly embedded within society”.

Allah is the Provider and Sustainer to all people, even though they may reject him. “His grace and mercy remain even with those who continually speak ill of Him”, Huzooraa explained.

The philosophy of punishment or sanction established by God, in Islam, is geared more towards the hereafter. In this life, Allah continues to manifest his grace and mercy and has instructed mankind also to show compassion and sympathy to one another.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa stated that “it is a religious obligation on Muslims to fulfil the requirements of other people, irrespective of religion, culture or ethnicity and to always be kind” to “the emotions and needs of others”.

Huzooraa explained how the Holy Prophetsa was the best of all creation but yet, had to endure great hardships. After migration to Medina, the Holy Prophetsa was elected as Head of the State and “under his leadership, the covenant proved to be a magnificent charter of human rights and governance, ensuring peace between the different communities”.

The Prophetsa of Islam established an impartial judiciary and made it clear that there would be the same law for the rich and powerful and the poor and weak. All people would be treated equally, according to the law of the land. The Holy Prophetsa made it clear that the same law applied to his own family.

Further, “the Prophet of Islam established an excellent education system through which the intellectual standards of that society were raised”. Educated people were instructed to teach the illiterate. “This was all done so that the weak and powerless could stand on their own two feet and advance”.

Huzooraa mentioned that the Holy Prophetsa established a code of business and financial ethics.

“In an age when slavery was rampant and slave owners treated their slaves mercilessly, the Prophet of Islam sought to bring about a revolution in society.” Slave owners were urged by the Holy Prophetsa to treat their slaves with compassion and respect and to ultimately free them.

The roads of the city were expanded and improved. A city-cleaning programme was also implemented by the Holy Prophetsa and the population was taught about the importance of hygiene and health.

Huzooraa said “For the very first time amongst the Arabs, an orderly and civilised society was established”, resulting in citizens becoming beneficial and active members of society.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then spoke about how the Holy Prophetsa of Islam has been mischaracterised in today’s society. The reality is that the Prophetsa of Islam spent every moment of his life, “championing the rights of all people.” He established “a timeless charter of human rights.”

The Prophetsa of Islam taught to respect the beliefs and feelings of others.

Huzooraa said that it was regrettable that, in the modern world, respect has been sacrificed in the name of so-called freedom and entertainment.

“The founders of religion are no longer spared mockery and contempt”

The Holy Quran, however, says that Muslims should not even speak ill of the idols of others, as they, in return, may speak ill of Allah the Almighty, hence disrupting the peace of society.

The Holy Prophetsa of Islam established various schemes to raise the standard of living of the weak and underprivileged. He said that “a poor person who was moral and considerate had far greater value than a rich person who cared not for the feelings of others”.

Even in small matters, the Holy Prophetsa paid great attention to ensure protection of the feelings of underprivileged citizens of the society. For instance, the Holy Prophetsa would tell Muslims to invite the poor and weak to dinner.

The Prophet of Islamsa continually told his followers to free slaves, or, if it was not possible, to at least feed and clothe them the same way that they fed and clothed themselves.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then spoke of the rights of women in Islam. Huzooraa said that it is often alleged that Islam denies women’s rights, but “nothing could be further from the truth”.

In a time when women were not respected, the Holy Prophetsa instructed his followers to ensure girls were educated and respected. He said that a person who educated and guided three daughters in the best way, would be sure to enter paradise.

The way to enter heaven, according to the Prophetsa of Islam was to educate and instill moral values within female members of the society. In light of this, Ahmadi Muslim girls are educating themselves in order to serve Humanity.

“We ensure that girls are given equal access to education as boys. Hence, the literacy rate of Ahmadi Muslim girls in the developing world is at least 99 percent”, Huzooraa pointed out.

Islam was the first to give women the right of inheritance, divorce and many other human rights.

The Holy Prophetsa placed great emphasis on the rights of neighbours. The Holy Prophetsa paid great stress on education. Huzooraa explained an example of this, saying that after his first battle, the Holy Prophetsa agreed to release prisoners if they educated others.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that it is often alleged that Islam is a religion of violence. This is far from the truth as the Holy Quran gives freedom of belief and conscience.

“In reality if the early Muslims engaged in warfare, it was always defensive and fought for the sake of establishing long-term peace and to protect the right of all people to live with freedom”, Huzooraa explained.

Any Muslim who adopts violence is far from Islamic teachings. Such acts of violence only aim at gaining power or wealth and for attaining geopolitical and vested benefits.

The Holy Prophetsa and his Rightly Guided Caliphs never sought war and “at all times sought peace and reconciliation”.

Another allegation against Islam is of being a backward and archaic religion or one that does not promote intellectual advancement. Huzooraa said that such an assumption is based on merely on fiction rather than facts.

“It is a baseless allegation. The Holy Quran itself has signified the importance of education by teaching the prayer, ‘O my Lord increase me in knowledge’”. Huzooraa said that where this prayer helps Muslims it also inspires them to advance in knowledge. The truth is that the Holy Quran and the Prophet of Islam inspired generations of Muslim scientists, inventors and philosophers who transformed the world.

Huzooraa drew the audience’s attention to Ibn Haytham, who was also recognised by UNESCO as the pioneer of modern optics. Huzooraa said that the word camera originates from Arabic. In the 12th Century a Muslim cartographer developed “the most extensive and accurate world map of the medieval times that was used by centuries of travellers.”

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa also spoke of the great contributions of Muslims physicians towards medical and biological sciences. For instance, Jabir Ibn Hayan bought a revolution in the field of Chemistry and invented many of the basic processes that are still in use today.

Huzooraa also pointed towards Algebra as a discipline that a Muslim mathematician invented.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then referred to a New York Times article that stated, “Muslims created a society that was, in the middle ages, the scientific centre of the world”.

“Hence, from the outset, Islam emphasised the immense value of learning and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge”,

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been promoting such trends learning and education since its inception. The very first Muslim scientist to receive a Nobel Prize was Professor Dr Abdus Salam, an Ahmadi, who said that there were “around 750 verses in the Holy Quran directly related to science and which enhanced our understanding of nature and the universe”.

Huzooraa explained that the third Caliph of the Jamaat desired a “new dawn of great Muslim scientists and academics”. As a result, he started a tradition within the Jamaat of awarding gold medals to those who achieve academic excellence.

Huzooraa said that education is the key to breaking poverty and this is why the Holy Prophetsa urged Muslims to fund the poor in education.

Huzooraa explained that Muslims are required to achieve the love of God not only through worship, but by serving humanity also.

“In all parts of the world the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community acts upon these noble teachings to the best of our abilities”

“We believe that Islam is a religion of love and compassion”, Huzooraa said. That is why the Jamaat serves humanity irrespective of cast or creed.

The Jamaat is providing clean running water in African villages, this enables children to focus on their education rather than travelling miles to collect water from ponds. Huzooraa spoke in further detail of the humanitarian works of the Jamaat that were done out of human sympathy.

At the end, Huzooraa prayed that mankind forsakes greed and forgoes the pursuit of narrow self-interest and focuses on alleviating the pain of the less fortunate.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa thanked those who came to the event and concluded the session with silent prayers.

AHMADIYYA COMMUNITY PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO OSUN STATE GOVERNOR

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The Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria Alhaji (Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez on Monday led a delegation to pay a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor State of Osun Mr. Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola at his official residence in Osogbo.

From right- Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Abdulrauf Olayiwola Adedeji; Governor State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola; Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Alhaji Alatoye Azeez Folorunso and Missionary-in-charge of AMJN, Maulvi Afzaal Ahmad Rauf, during a visit to the Governor by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at at the Government House Osogbo on Monday 7-10-2019.

In his speech, Barr. Alatoye felicitated with the governor for emerging the eventual winner of the State governorship election at the tribunals. He referred to the court ruling as an act of Almighty God. He also commended the governor for embarking on social and economic programmes that are beneficial to the populace since the assumption of office.

The Amir further thanked the governor for his unalloyed support and cooperation in respect of Minaret International University project in Ikirun, State of Osun.

Governor Oyetola was formally invited to the forthcoming Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the group which will hold at Ilaro Ogun State between 20th and 22nd December 2019, and also the international convention of Ahmadiyya Community in the United Kingdom next year.

In his response, Governor Oyetola appreciated the august visit and thanked the Muslim organization for their prayers and support towards the success of his administration.

From right – Governor, State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola; Akirun of Ikirunland, Oba Abdulrauf Olayiwola Adedeji; Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Alhaji Alatoye Azeez Folorunso and Missionary-in-charge AMJN, Maulvi Afzaal Ahmad Rauf and Immediate Past Amir, Dr Mashhud Adenrele Fashola, during a visit to the Governor by Ahmadiyya, Muslim Jama’at at the Government House Osogbo on Monday 7-10-2019.

Recalling his long-standing relationship with Ahmadiyya Community right from childhood, the governor disclosed that the Community is a peace-loving organization that spreads the peaceful message of Islam around the globe and engages in humanitarian services which also cut across education and health sectors.

The governor vowed to always give full support to the Muslim organization especially on its laudable projects within the state and also promised to attend the Nigeria Jalsa Salana as well as the international convention in the U.K.

Other members of the delegation include the Missionary In-charge Maulvi Afzaal Ahmad Rauf; immediate past Amir AMJN Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola; General Secretary Alh. Abbas Iromini; National Secretary External Affairs Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu; the Akirun of Ikirun Oba Olawale Olayiwola Adedeji II and Alh.(Tpl.) Bosun Akinde.

 

Only Allah and His messengers will prevail – Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V concludes the 27th Jalsa Salana France

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Trie-Chateau, France, Sunday, 06 October: The 27th Jalsa Salana France concludes with Bai‘at and the final address of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper.

The Bai‘at ceremony at the 27th Jalsa Salana France took place at approximately 3:15 local time. Huzooraa then led the congregation in Zuhr and Asr prayers.

The concluding session was initiated with the recitation of the Holy Quran, verses 13-20 of Surah Luqman (chapter 31),  followed by their Urdu translation by Mansoor Ahmad Sahib. The verses captured Hazrat Luqman’sas guidance to his son; shunning shirk, being thankful, praying and adopting good morals.

An Arabic poem written by the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, was then read out by an Arab Ahmadi, Hamza Sahib. The couplets were translated by Usama Ahmad Sahib. The poem was in praise of Allah the Almighty.

An Urdu poem written by the Promised Messiahas was then read out by Matlub Ahmad Sahib.

Next, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa presented awards of academic excellence to more than 35 members.

Thereafter, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the congregation. After Tashahud, Ta‘awuz and the recitation of Surah al-Fatihah, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa recited verse 22 of Surah al-Mujadalah from the Holy Quran followed by its translation. The translation of the verse is “Allah has decreed: ‘Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers.’ Verily, Allah is Powerful, Mighty.”

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa explained that prophets have to endure great hardships when they are raised by Allah. It seems as the prophets will be defeated by enemies, but Allah grants them ultimate success. Huzooraa said that the verse he recited points towards this victory.

The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, went through this as well. His enemies thought they would destroy the weak Muslims but the complete opposite happened.

Then, Allah sent the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, and gave him great promises of success and victory. Allah continuously told the Promised Messiahas that he would come out successful despite enemies from all sides.

On numerous occasions, the Promised Messiahas received the revelation, “Allah has decreed: ‘Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers.’”

The Promised Messiahas said that God, from the outset, has written and has made it His practice that He and His prophet shall be victorious. In a similar vein, the Promised Messiahas came as the second coming of the Holy Prophetsa.

In Noah’s Ark the Promised Messiahas asks if people think that enemies will stop the prophet of Allah i.e himself. The answer is that it is not possible and “Allah has decreed: ‘Most surely I will prevail, I and my Messengers.’”

At an occasion, the Promised Messiahas said that the one who is from Allah can never go to waste. And that Allah grants victory to His prophets.

The meaning of “victory” is to establish the message and truthfulness of Allah in the earth. Prophets come to sow the seed; this is the “victory” that is followed by a second manifestation that cultivates the seed sowed by the prophet.

This second manifestation of Khilafat can be observed through the success of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. Huzooraa said that the message that was given from a small hamlet is now echoing throughout the world.

The history of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya bears witness to the promise of Allah that His Prophet will prosper.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa expressed that he would relate incidents on how Allah has and is fulfilling this promise.

A gentlemen from Cameroon phoned the Jamaat and said that his son received a pamphlet that was entitled, “The Messiah has come”. The man said he was lazy in offering namaz prior. Once, in a dream and prior to seeing the Jamaat pamphlet, he saw a white bearded man who told him to get up and offer namaz and to be consistent in it. Later, he came across MTA Africa and saw the exact same white bearded man delivering a lecture. The man did not know that there was a Jamaat in Cameroon as well. Through the pamphlet he came in contact with the Jamaat and was told about Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. The man testified to the truthfulness of the Jamaat and did Bai‘at. Huzooraa said that the man by the grace of Allah is now consistent in prayers and is increasing his knowledge.

A lady from Tunisia states that she had illnesses from a young age. She was unaware about religion and only knew that she was a Muslim. At that time, in a dream, she saw a man leading her in prayers and she declared that this was the correct manner of worship. The lady would listen to Sheikh Hasaan’s lectures on the signs of the day of judgement. She would ask herself whether such signs would manifest at the coming of the Messiah and whether he would come. She then saw in a dream that she was in a hospital, time was passing very quickly and she wanted to leave the hospital. She then heard a voice which said “do not be afraid, I will take you home”, the person who said this was a man who had a thick beard and wore a turban. Upon asking who he was, the man said that he was “Muhammad”. She woke up and felt as if it was real. When she told her sister, her sister expressed to her that Satan cannot embody the Holy Prophetsa. Later, she came across MTA Al Arabiya and saw the picture of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa in which Huzooraa quoted the Promised Messiahas. When a picture of the Promised Messiahas was shown on screen, she was astonished as it was him who she saw in her dream as “Muhammad”. The lady then accepted Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.

There is a city in Tanzania in which our missionary was persecuted. Now there are regular radio programmes of the Jamaat in this city. As a result of these programmes, the son of the Imam of the city has accepted Ahmadiyyat along with others. Huzooraa said that now, none can raise a voice against Ahmadis in this city and people say that no scholar there can complete with Ahmadi Muslims in knowledge.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa mentioned an incident from Nigeria. Mubarak Sahib, an Ahmadi preacher, began to show Huzoor’saa live Friday Sermon. After Huzoor’saa Friday Sermon he would deliver a short sermon of his own and offered Jumuah prayers. A non-Ahmadi gentlemen commented on this and said that showing the Friday Sermon of Huzooraa was an innovation. The non-Ahmadi gentlemen was told that this was not an innovation and that he also should listen to the sermon. After listening to them, the gentlemen expressed that he was shaken by the Friday sermons of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa and later accepted Ahmadiyyat.

Akhtar Sahib from India says that he saw a man in 2007 in his dream. The man’s face was full of light and spirituality and left a deep impression on him. In 2009 when he was in Pakistan he heard about the agitations against Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. He contacted the Jamaat and later saw Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa in a dream where Huzooraa was taking Bai‘at of people. In the dream, when Akhtar Sahib put his hand forward for Bai‘at, his hand could not reach. People from behind him exclaimed that he could not reach this. Akhtar Sahib continued to phone the Jamaat and learn more about the Jamaat. After another dream and even visiting Qadian Akhtar Sahib could not gather the strength to perform Bai‘at. After some time Akhtar Sahib attended a book fair in Shimla, India and after prayers he accepted Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.

Every week the Jamaat does a very popular radio programme in a city of Ivory Coast that presents true Islamic teachings. In the city, the inmates of a prison would listen to the Jamaat’s radio programme and greatly enjoy it. A big audience of the inmates would continually begin to listen to the radio programme with great interest. The Imam of the prison asked to contact the Imam who was doing this radio programme. The Imam of the prison then told the local Jamaat Mualim that many of the inmates had almost turned atheist and stopped practice of religion. But due to the Jamaat radio pragrammes they have started to believe in God again and are turning back to Islam.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa articulated another incident about patience. A gentlemen came to the Jamaat mission house in Mali and performed Bai‘at. His household greatly opposed him and his father even beat him and threw him of the house. Despite this, the Khadim would continue to grow in sincerity towards the Jamaat. One night, the Khadim came to the mission house and said that his father had thrown him out. The Jamaat mubaligh prayed to Allah for his father to show mercy. The next day his regretful father came to collect his son and told him that he was allowed back and could continue to believe in Islam Ahmadiyyat. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that the Khadim contributes to Chanda above his capacity and is full of sincerity and faith.

Huzooraa mentioned an incident from India that a missionary, Zulfiqar Ali Sahib narrated. This year a ship from Bangladesh was about to sink but the Indian army saved the ship. When the local Jamaat found out, they collected some donations and gave it to those on board. They also did tabligh to them and some of them even accepted Ahmadiyyat.

A lady from Benin prayed that if she was given a job, she would accept the Jamaat. Prior, she had applied to three jobs but was rejected on all occasions. The Mualim sahib explained to her that such conditions should not be placed, religion and worldly affairs should not be mixed. He told her to first do Bai‘at and then pray. The lady accepted and did Bai‘at and became an active Jamaat member. After Bai‘at, the very place that rejected her, contacted her and said they would offer her the job despite her lack of experience.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa voiced that many write and present lots of worldly conditions after which they will accept Ahmadiyyat. Huzooraa said that this was not the right manner.

Amir Sahib Congo Kinshasa states that a Jamaat Mualim went to a village for tabligh. A man, Abdul, said to the Mualim that Ahmadis do shirk, have a separate prophet and even a different book from the Quran. The Mualim sahib explained to them the reality and performed namaz as well. When the man realised that Ahmadis are no different, he accepted that he was wrong and all that the so-called clerics had told them about Ahmadis was false. As a result, more than 50 members of the village accepted Ahmadiyyat.

A village in Mali accepted Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyyat. The villagers had no religion prior but are now Ahmadis. The village chief told the Jamaat that they were waiting for the appearance of the Imam Mahdi for a very long time. The chief expressed that he was very happy that now the message of the Jamaat reached him and unfortunately his father had died, who also was awaiting the arrival of the Imam Mahdi.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa narrated an incident from Ivory Coast. An area was purchased by the Jamaat for a mosque and mission house. Illegally, some people tried to take the property from the Jamaat and took the matter to the governor. The governor gave the decision in favour of the Jamaat and said non can interfere with the building of the Jamaat Mosque. On the foundation of the mosque, the governor even attended. A lady, who supposedly would perform magic, and was part of the group that wanted to illegally take the Jamaat’s property said that Ahmadis will themselves leave this property. However, the lady fell ill to such an extent that others would not go near her has she had contracted a contagious disease. Despite her enmity, the local Mualim went to visit the lady and ask of her health. The lady later died. The locals, observing this, saw it as a great sign for the truthfulness of the Jamaat.

There is an area in Ghana where there is a large population of Ahl-e-Sunnah Muslims. The non-Ahmadi community in this area called a scholar from Egypt and told him to go to the areas that had accepted Ahmadiyyat and convert Ahmadis back. They also wanted to put water wells in those areas as the Jamaat build these wells as well. The Egyptian scholar took a local translator with him, but the translator later stole the Egyptian scholar’s money. The Egyptian scholar then separated his translator and started to live in a separate house. His translator was angered with this and attacked the Egyptian. Upon this, the Egyptian scholar fled back to his country. In this manner, Allah stops the designs of those who oppose the Jamaat.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa narrated an incident from India. This year during a Jamaat book stall, there was great opposition from a Muslim group. They wrote to the book fair committee in which they stated that Ahmadis are kafir and are promoting the wrong translation of the Holy Quran. They demanded to have the Jamaat bookstall prohibited. This was rejected. In return, the Muslim group called the media and expressed their hate towards the Jamaat. They said that Ahmadis are kafir and Pakistan has also declared them this. As a result, the media’s attention turned towards the bookstall of the Jamaat and there were lots of reports on the Jamaat. This turned into a great opportunity for tabligh and the message of the Jamaat was delivered.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then quoted the Promised Messiahas who said that Allah supports His chosen ones and defeats the enemies of His prophet. Prophets become the Khalifah of God. The Promised Messiahas received numerous revelations in which Allah promised His support to him.

The Promised Messiahas openly challenged those who opposed him and said that he would always come out as victorious as Allah has promised this to him.

Huzooraa said that Allah is guiding people towards the Jamaat in miraculous ways. However, those, who are Ahmadis by birth need to play their role in spreading the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat. In the same manner, new converts need to spread the very message that guided them to the truth.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa laid stress on a need to carry out tabligh.

Huzooraa then led the congregation in silent prayer.

Next, various groups recited choral poem before Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa.

LATEST: “May justice and compassion prevail” – Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V to French dignitaries and guests at Jalsa Salana France

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Trie-Chateau, France, Saturday, 05 October: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, addressed French dignitaries and guests at Jalsa Salana France at approximately 6:30 pm local time.

The session started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Sebastian Ataul Hayye Sahib who recited verse 14 of Surah al-Hujurat (chapter 49). He also presented the French translation of the verse.

A brief introduction to the Jamaat was presented to the non-Ahmadi guests present. After, the Mayor of Trie-Chateau, David Didier addressed the Jalsa in which he said he was honoured to receive Hazrat Khlaifatul Masih Vaa in the little town of Trie-Chateau.

The next speaker was Dr. Agnes De Foe, a Sociologist, who spoke before the Jalsa. Her brief speech encapsulated her interacting with Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and spoke highly of the message of peace that Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa is promoting.

Dr. Katrin Langewiesche, an Anthropologist, spoke of her interacting with the Jamaat in Burkina Faso when the Jamaat was carrying out some charitable works. She also took the opportunity to present her book to Huzooraa, that includes a chapter on Islam Ahmadiyyat.

Thereafter, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the congregation. After Tashahud, Ta‘awuz and the recitation of Surah al-Fatihah, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa thanked the guests for joining the “purely religious function”.

Huzooraa then condemned the atrocities and violent attacks that have also taken place in France by so-called Muslim extremists. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa highlighted that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. “A true Muslim is a person who himself is a peaceful person” Huzooraa explained.

The Islamic greeting itself portrays how Islam is a religion of peace. Even non-Muslims use this greeting. Thus, it cannot be that Islam teaches to meet others with peace and security and on the other hand, promotes hate and extremism.

“All forms of extremism and violence are completely against Islamic teachings”, Huzooraa expressed.

In order to truly understand the teachings of Islam, one must study the life of its Holy Founder, peace be upon him.

Huzooraa laid out how inhumane injustices were carried out against Muslims. However, the Holy Prophetsa taught patience. The Holy Prophetsa called upon his followers to remain peaceful even if it costed their lives.

The Holy Prophetsa and his companions endured this relentless pain and then migrated out of their city to escape this agony. However, the enemies of Islam continued to pursue them and cause pain to Muslims. Finally, Allah gave permission to fight in defence to safeguard religion.

“Hence, when the Holy Prophetsa and his followers were forced to partake in wars and battles, it was for the sake of defending the rights of all people” including people of other faiths, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa explained.

If Islam wanted to spread its teachings with force, then why would the Holy Quran explicitly state that it was the duty of Muslims to safeguard all people and their rights? Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa exampled that early Muslims gave their life to uphold and establish the principles of “individual liberty, freedom of religion and freedom of belief”, which are the “corner stones of Islam.”  Chapter 2 verse 257 of the Holy Quran encapsulates this freedom, Huzooraa explained.

The Holy Prophetsa and the four Rightly Guided Caliphs never usurped rights of others. Rather they promoted freedom and peace. The Holy Prophetsa, after migrating to Medina, formed a treaty with the Jews of Medina.

“The Muslims and the Jews pledged to cooperate and to be faithful citizens of the state” Huzooraa said. They were able to practice their religion and customs without the fear of sanctions or persecution. The Holy Prophetsa never deviated from this covenant.

Islam has never permitted its followers to spread their faith “through the use of force”. The treaty of Medina enabled all people to practice their beliefs and traditions and were duty bound to be loyal citizens of the state and to refrain from all activities that would undermine the peace of the city.

Keeping these aspects in mind, it is not accurate to attribute the deeds of a minority of Muslims who commit atrocities to the religion of Islam. Huzooraa said that “from cover to cover” the Holy Quran is replete with guidance that instruct Muslims to avail “every opportunity for attaining peace in the world.”

Allah the Almighty instructed the Holy Prophetsa to convey the message of Islam and thereafter leave the matter to Allah.

The Holy Quran never once advocated violence or force against those who shunned its teachings, rather “it called on Muslims to exhibit tolerance and patience” Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that “Islam’s teachings are categorical that violent conquest or forceful conversion are strictly prohibited”. Any act or conduct that is detrimental to the peace of society is forbidden in Islam.

The Holy Prophetsa taught that a true Muslim is he from whose tongue and hands, others are safe. The Holy Prophetsa made it clear that Muslims must protect and care for all members of society, irrespective of faith.

Consequently, terrorists who commit suicide bombings, attack night clubs etc. are all guilty of violating the teachings of Islam.

The Holy Quran has also given guiding principles of day-to-day life that promote peace. For example chapter 2 verse 189 of the Holy Quran promotes fair trade and upholding the integrity of all transactions. Allah instructs Muslims to acquire wealth in an honest and truthful manner, not being unjust.

Chapter 83 verses 2-4, the Holy Quran condemns those who are exploitative in business transactions, try to short-change others while demanding more than their due, in return. Such people are cursed and will be disgraced.

The Holy Quran has given guidance for internal conflicts as well. The Islamic focus is always in establishing sustainable peace. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa referred to chapter 49, verse 10 of the Holy Quran that details how two conflicting parties or nations should be dealt with, in a just and peaceful manner. Huzooraa said that the verse captures a means of lasting peace, if acted on.

However, regrettably, many Muslim nations fail to act upon this Quranic injunction.

Today, we observe that cruelty and injustices are perpetrated by dominant powers in the name of upholding peace. Such instability is beneficial to none, except terrorists.

Huzooraa said that in both east and the west, “The blue skies of peace and prosperity have given way to heavy clouds of war and injustice”. Nations are being torn apart across the world. Until and unless international relations are based upon justice and integrity and fulfilling the rights of others, peace cannot be established.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that he can only pray that mankind does not repeat the mistakes of the past.

If we look back to the period after the First World War, the League of Nations failed miserably in its task to maintain peace. This was because “justice and fairness did not prevail”. As a result, the most deadly war (WWII), in the history of mankind, erupted.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa explained how modern warfare would be the most deadly – due to nuclear arms. A war would ensure “the most horrific and devastating legacy” of our children. Huzooraa then painted a picture of what the consequences of a nuclear war would bring.

“Thus no one should be under the illusion that this world crisis we are passing through is trivial or something that will heal itself without us changing our behaviour” Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa noted.

If the lack of peace continues to be attributed towards the “door of Islam”, grievances will continue.

If Muslim countries or terrorist groups continue to perpetrate atrocities in the name of Islam then it is only for their vested interests, it is not Islam.

“Today’s conflicts and wars have nothing to do with religion, rather they are all about attaining wealth, power and geopolitical dominance”, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said.

“Let it be, that our future generations come to remember us with love and affection rather than hate and resentment”, Huzooraa said.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa ended his speech by once again thanking the guests for attending.

Huzooraa then led the congregation in silent prayer.

Before leaving, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa launched the new French Review of Religions website.

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Fall not into temptation – Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V addresses women at Jalsa Salana France

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The Lajna session started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Anam Khalon Sahiba, who recited verses 21-22 of Surah al-Hadid (chapter 57). Hajrah Hadi Sahiba presented the Urdu translation.

Trie-Chateau, France, Saturday, 05 October: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, graced the ladies’ Jalsa Gah on the second day of Jalsa Salana France at 12:37 local time.

The verses highlighted that man tends to take this world as “nothing but (temporary) enjoyment” and competition with one another in attaining riches. In comparison to this, one should vie with one another in seeking forgiveness and attaining heaven that has been prepared for believers.

Next, an Urdu poem written by the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, was read out by Amatul Basir Mansoor Sahiba. The couplets drew attention towards the hereafter and the fact that all will be presented in front of our Lord. Believers should always remember that Allah can alleviate all problems and one should plead only before Allah.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then presented awards of academic excellence to 39 Lajna members, including international students.

Thereafter, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the congregation. After Tashahud, Ta‘awuz and the recitation of Surah al-Fatihah, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa stated that as he had mentioned in his recent Friday Sermon, the world is moving away from God. A lot of people reject the existence of God in this society; this trend has also affected some Ahmadis, both young and old.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that in such an atmosphere, it is essential to bring oneself and one’s children closer to Allah. Elders should present such examples in front of children that enable them to draw closer to Allah and His love.

This responsibility is for men and women both. Allah and His Prophetsa have placed the responsibility of the upbringing of children upon mothers, and this is no easy task. Mothers present their children in the scheme of Waqf-e-Nau but cannot just leave them to their fate after that; tarbiyyat at home is essential.

Some mothers pay more attention towards their sons only but this is not right. Here in the western society, tarbiyyat is a very sensitive issue. Tarbiyyat should be carried out with great care and consideration.

If men are not carrying out their responsibilities properly, then women should also guide them towards the right path.

The Holy Prophetsa said that his companionsra are guides for Muslims. These include both men and women companionsra. Huzooraa said that there were women companionsra who would show great examples. They would worship all night and then fast during the day. As a result, men would complain to the Holy Prophetsa, saying that their wives worshipped all day and night. The Holy Prophetsa had to guide those women companionsra and tell them to adopt a middle path. Thus, if there was a complaint, it was that they would worship all day and night. This was also the same for men. Some women companionsra would complain that their husbands worshipped day and night.

Allah has told us to follow such people. It was the example of the lady companionsra that they would beautify themselves for their husbands only and not for the world. They established such examples from which Allah and His Prophetsa were pleased.

Huzooraa said that today we observe that there are mothers who beautify themselves, leave their children, and go out with friends. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa­ also noted that men also sometimes tell their wives to attend mix parties and not do pardah.

Huzooraa instructed that we should ask ourselves if accepting the Promised Messiahas has brought about any change in us. If our worship has not developed to the extent that Allah requires of us, then we are not fulfilling the purpose of our creation.

Men have been commanded to attend mosques, while women have been given the concession to pray at home and gain the same blessings as men. However, if a woman does not take benefit from such an opportunity then they are at great loss.

When women begin to worship Allah more attentively, they will be able to carry out good deeds as well and the sense of following Allah and His Prophetsa will begin to manifest within them.

The wife has the responsibility of safeguarding the house and the children of the husband. If the husband is not at home, the wife has the responsibility of the children. When children come home from school, the mother should be there for them.

If Ahmadi women fulfil this responsibility, then we will have a generation of pious children. However, Huzooraa said, that along with being good examples, mothers must also pray for their children. Those mothers who show good examples and also pray for their children, most often than not, their children grow up to become pious and religious and more mindful of their parents’ rights.

Fathers must also help their wives in the upbringing of children. Without the attention of fathers, children cannot be brought up in the desired Islamic way. If mothers are unduly scolding their children, fathers should play their roles wisely. They should not counter their wives’ behavior in the presence of their children but discuss it at a later point.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that modern research suggests that children express their feelings better with their mothers up to the age of 15-16. However, they do not have such a relation with fathers. Huzooraa said that in our culture, at the age of 15-16, fathers and sons tend to develop a distance which is not helpful in tarbiyat. Fathers and children should always have a friendly relationship.

Western research states that children keep a relationship with their fathers even after the ages of 15-16 because their fathers do not stop them from immoral acts. However, Ahmadi fathers should keep this relation and friendship so that they can attach their children with religion and distance them from immoral behaviour.

The Western society, in the name of freedom, certain things are taught to children that they cannot even comprehend at their age. In the name of knowledge, such education is ending up pushing children into the darkness of immorality. In such an atmosphere, it is vital that Ahmadi mothers first learn and gain knowledge themselves. Then, if their child questions them about indecent things like sexual relationships, then without shying away, mothers should answer and tell them that this is not the age for them to discuss such matters.

An Ahmadi woman, through her example and prayers, need to adopt such high levels of tarbiyyat that it can be said that these women are giving the Jamaat a very valuable asset in the form of their children.

Such children will be admired by the world for not indulging in immoral acts and for having an interest only in gaining the blessings of Allah. People around them should be able to say that these children only care about being part of Allah’s promise to the Promised Messiahas that his community will excel in knowledge and understanding.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that Ahmadi mothers should be such wives that embody the words of the Holy Prophetsa and become “of the best provision.”

Our Allah fulfils his promises. Those who draw towards Him and listen to His commandments, Allah grants worldly needs to such believers. Allah will provide for them in such a manner that they would not have imagined.

Having settled in the Western world, people develop an unreasonable desire for wealth. Sometimes, women begin to demand more from their husbands but then there are such men who themselves strive for more and more wealth. The pressure is not only from wives but sometimes from mothers and sisters also.

There are men who try to gain wealth in a wrong manner. Huzooraa said that not all Ahmadi men are exemplary. Wives of such men who evade taxes and commit benefit frauds should question their husbands. They should  tell their husbands that they do not want unlawfully earned money for themselves or their children. This can reform Ahmadi men and bless their humble earnings. Those who strive to increase righteousness, Allah develops contentment within them.

Mothers should also keep in mind that for the tarbiyyat of girls, they should show their own examples. Modesty is the sign of women. They should tell girls, from the age of 5-6 years old, that society does not protect their modesty and that they have to do this themselves.

Some girls think that their mothers observe an overdue level of pardah due to being uneducated and backward. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that without any inferiority complex, Ahmadi women should shun all clothing that is against modesty.

Our girls should stay away from such professions that require them to dress immodestly. If women today free themselves from pardah, the danger is that future generations would drift further away from it.

The Promised Messiahas said that societies like Europe are abandoning pardah and this is becoming the root of immorality and drawing them away from religion.

In western society, instead of having an inferiority complex, women should tell others not to interfere with their pardah, as it is a matter of their own faith.

We should always remember the teachings of the Promised Messiahas to adopt righteousness.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa prayed for every Ahmadi woman and girl to put their religion first.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then led the congregation in silent prayer. This was followed by choral poems by various Lajna groups.

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