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.