A Journey of Spiritual Guidance – Khalifah of the Promised MessiahasVisits Germany

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Introduction

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba undertook a twelve day tour of Germany in June and July of this year. His Holiness presided over the Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Germany, inaugurated two mosques and laid the foundation stone of another mosque. To improve the religious and moral training of his followers, His Holiness led 5 daily prayers in congregation, delivered Friday sermons and presided over classes with the youth of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His Holiness graciously found time in his busy schedule to grant Mulaqaat (private audience) to many Ahmadis travelling from all over Europe and attended the celebrations of the first reading of the Holy Qur’an (Ameen Ceremonies) and Nikah ceremonies (announcement of a marriage). Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba also held press conferences and delivered keynote addresses to the local German population in order to  promote the peaceful teachings of Islam. The following is part two of a two-part coverage of the tour.

28th June 2013

After leading the congregational Fajr (dawn) prayers, His Holiness returned to his residence and continued with his official administrative duties.  Salat (the formal prayer) is one of the pillars of Islam. It is compulsory for a Muslim to offer five daily prayers in congregation. It is noteworthy to mention here that during all his tours, His Holiness punctually leads his five daily prayers in congregation. This is a great source of blessings for Ahmadis because they get an opportunity to pray behind the Khalifah.

At 1:30 p.m., Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba inaugurated the 38th Jalsa Salana Germany (Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, first established in India in 1891 for the moral and religious training of Ahmadis) with the flag-hoisting ceremony at Karlsuher Messe Kongress in the city of Karlsruhe. As is customary in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, as a gesture of goodwill to the local community, dignitaries from the area were invited and thus the mayor of the city also attended this dignified ceremony. The first session of Jalsa started with the Friday sermon. In his faith-inspiring address, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba highlighted that the real value of attending the Jalsa Salana is to attain spiritual development and advance in righteousness. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said, We cannot bring the people of the world closer to God until we have established a strong bond with Him ourselves. And we cannot fulfil the rights of humanity until we develop within ourselves a spirit of truthfulness, love, brotherhood and selflessness.”

After leading the Zuhr and Asr (afternoon) prayers in congregation, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba spent time attending to his official duties.

At 8:30 p.m., His Holiness chaired an educational session with approximately 300 Ahmadi university students in Germany. Some gifted and talented young scientists presented their research. This included groundbreaking research on developing a technique to image sodium ions1 outside the cells after disruption of the blood-brain barrier2; once established, this technique will enhance scientific understanding about the functioning of human brains. A physicist presented a report regarding his visit to CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, located in Switzerland, where physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe) and gave details of the works of the Large Hadron Accelerator; the Higgs particle (which is smaller than atoms) was discovered3there. The concept of the Higgs mechanism was incorporated into modern particle physics by Steven Weinberg and renowned Ahmadi scientist Professor Abdus Salam4. His Holiness highlighted that Professor Salam based his scientific theories on the knowledge of the Holy Qur’an. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba stressed the fact that increasing one’s knowledge is a divine commandment. Muslim men and women should ponder over the creations of God. One student raised the question, “How can we justify expensive research in CERN at times when millions of people are starving in the world?” Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba explained that these are separate issues; people are starving in the developing world because of mismanagement of food resources, corruption and inappropriate use of the country’s resources.

In response to a question, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said that using gene therapy to treat diseases is perfectly acceptable. To seek cures is a Divine commandment; however, using genetic techniques to create so-called “designer babies”—that is, to interfere with human configuration and human cloning—is an inappropriate use of this technique and should be avoided.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba expounded that it is not within the domain of scientists to carry out any meaningful research on spiritual phenomenon and Divine revelations. Divine revelations are highly-refined religious events, and only divinely-inspired people have the ability to make others understand the deep concept of spirituality.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba encouraged research in the field of interest-free banking and the design of banking systems that conform to Islamic teachings and practices.

While addressing the point that there may be some evidence that homosexuality is a genetically determined behaviour, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said that even if this was the case, it still does not warrant the intense propaganda to legalise and promote homosexuality. It is possible that in any community, a tiny minority may have such inclinations; according to an estimate the law of same-sex marriage was brought about in Canada for just 500 cases! It is wiser to manage homosexuality by keeping such practices concealed. The underlying principle here is that of protection of the vulnerable members of the society. His Holiness expressed concern that in this day and age homosexuality is being promoted as fashion.

His Holiness advised that if Ahmadis should find themselves faced with such temptations, they should offer Istighfar (prayer offered to seek Allah’s forgiveness), remove themselves away from any situations that may trigger these desires; then gradually they will be able to overcome these temptations. In response to a question, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba explained that homosexuality is a learned behaviour and stressed that the practice of homosexuality is inappropriate. His Holiness warned that by accepting, promoting and legalising such actions, nations can find themselves on the path to destruction. The wrath of God destroyed one nation which insisted on this behaviour despite repeated warnings. His Holiness stressed that homosexual tendencies cannot be called a disease. Such behaviour is the product of  the environment; people are attracted to same-sex relationships because of their social interactions. When exposed to a certain kind of environment, the psychology of certain individuals can be affected and they become drawn to homosexual behaviour.  His Holiness warned that turning this individual behaviour into a national characteristic leads to destruction.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba encouraged a student to take part in front-line politics; His Holiness advised Ahmadis to vote for candidates who are well-educated, tolerant and who would work hard to bring about improvements for their country. Politicians should be voted in who are committed to the welfare of the country and the world and will help poor countries. To vote is one’s personal choice. A group of Ahmadis can agree to vote for the same candidate of a political party based on their manifesto, values, and principles; but this type of arrangement cannot be binding. In Ghana, Ahmadis belong to different political parties and some have even progressed to the ministerial level; however, when they come for prayers at the mosque, they leave their political rivalries outside.

The informative discussion ended at 8:50 p.m. after which His Holiness led the Isha (evening prayers) in congregation and retired to his residence.

29th June 2013

After leading the Fajr prayers in congregation, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba attended to his many wide-ranging official duties. The highlight of the day was the address to the ladies section of the Jalsa Salana. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba awarded gold medals for academic excellence to bright and high-achieving students. In his address, His Holiness counselled Ahmadi women on the importance of moderation in all aspects of their lives and the significance of the moral training of Ahmadi children. His Holiness led the Zuhr and Asr (afternoon) prayers in congregation. At 4 p.m., Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba addressed a gathering of native German guests about the concept of God in Islam. The details of this historical address can be found elsewhere [the address entitled “The Four Fundamental Attributes of God” was published in our October 2013 edition—Ed].

At 8:35 p.m. His Holiness granted an audience to female students attending university in Germany. One student presented interesting research on the subject of the “culture of dominance and its impact on the society.” She highlighted the modern concept of measuring the worth of a person in financial terms only. His Holiness advised the researcher to present the book of the Promised Messiahas The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam to her supervisor and research team. A presentation was made about the Ahmadiyya Jama’at and interaction with the press, highlighting the good working relationship between the two parties. In an open question-and-answer session afterwards, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba clarified the following concepts for the benefit of Ahmadi youth.

In response to a question by a medical student about the role of artificial ventilation in someone who is brain-dead, His Holiness stated that such treatments can only prolong life, but cannot improve the quality of life. In these circumstances, a 24-hour period of intensive support is adequate, after that one should let nature take its course and accept the decree of God.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba advised students to adhere to simplicity in their dress; German students dress in an unpretentious manner and this good practice should be adopted by Ahmadi students.

When asked about the resignation of the Pope, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said that of course, the Pope can resign. However, a spiritual leader appointed by God is not authorised to relinquish his divine office. His Holiness expressed his hopes that the new Pope, who identifies himself as the  Pope of the poor, can do something about the food mountains of the West that are wasted rather than being given to poor people.

His Holiness explained the concept that the soul develops gradually within the body; the process starts in a foetus inside the uterus. The body is just a physical form and the soul is the life within it.  The soul does not need a body for its survival. After death, the soul is presented to God to face accountability for the actions in this world. In the Hereafter, the soul will be provided with a spiritual body; the details of that spiritual body can not be fathomed by the human mind.

His Holiness advised parents that it is vitally important that the upbringing of children should be carried out with love and affection. To put too much emphasis on strict training regimes or use of corporal punishment equates to associating partners with Allah (Shirk), as parents hit children in the belief that they can reform them with their own tactics.

In response to a question that in the early days of Islam, women prisoners of wars were taken as slaves, His Holiness explained that the tradition of slavery was prohibited by the Holy Prophetsa at the time of the Farewell Hajj. According to the teachings of Islam, female prisoners of war should be treated with utmost respect and dignity. Muslim men are allowed to marry women prisoners of war only by going through the due process of Nikah (announcement of marriage) and Haq-Mahr (a mandatory cash present for the wife at the time of marriage).

A Khalifah or the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community can be elected from persons other than the descendants of the Promised Messiahas. HisHoliness referred to his address to the German armed forces on loyalty in 2012, when he elucidated this concept in great detail. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said that Divine guidance is granted to the members of the election committee to elect the new Khalifah.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said that Ahmadis supported the idea of the creation of Pakistan. As Ahmadi Muslims, we will always support Muslims. This is a question of supporting the followers of the Holy Prophetsa.

In response to a question, His Holiness explained that our mission is to do Tabligh (preaching); Allah will guide whoever He sees worthy of guidance to pledge the Bai’at (a formal initiation pledge to enter the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community). Some people like our Community because of its values and conduct; they are not necessarily interested in religion. So, our foremost responsibility is to engage them with the concept of religion and belief in the existence of God.

His Holiness said that the position where the hands are placed during Salat (formal prayer) can be varied; we see that the Holy Prophetsa offered Salat with hands placed on the chest, upper abdomen or lower abdomen. When offering Salat in the university, hands can be placed wherever one finds comfortable. However, one must not place hands in a certain position out of intimidation of others.

His Holiness elaborated on the concept of interest. If in a business, the rate of return is fixed, it equates to interest. Islam does not permit any transaction in which the rate of payments is pre-determined.  In the Islamic business model, partners need to accept the yield of monetary dealings, which could be profits or losses.

Ahmadis are unable to vote in Pakistan because they have to declare themselves non-Muslims in order to vote. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba reiterated that we will not be intimidated into calling ourselves non-Muslims. As a matter of principle, the right to vote has nothing to do with one’s religious beliefs.

His Holiness recommended that children should be immunised and receive a full course of vaccinations as recommended by the government.

His Holiness said that the Third World War is a distinct possibility given the circumstances of the world today; however, such disasters can be averted by profound and powerful prayers. Ahmadis should supplicate for world peace.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba advised that it is permissible to take non-Ahmadi relatives to the Jalsa Salana as guests.  This will help clarify some misconceptions and improve relationships; however, this should be done following the proper protocol after appropriate permission has been granted by Ahmadiyya Community officials.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said that the wives of missionaries should have good knowledge of religious concepts. They should acquire the necessary skills to fulfil their domestic responsibilities.

The class ended at 9:50 p.m. Thereafter, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba retired to his residence after leading evening prayers in congregation.

30th June 2013

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba led the dawn prayers in congregation and attended to his extensive official duties till 4 p.m., after which  he addressed the  concluding session of Jalsa Salana Germany, which was attended by more than 31,000 men, women and children. The dignified and blessed ceremony of the International Bai’at  took place, where 67 people from Europe, Africa and Asia confirmed their oath of allegiance. After leading the Zuhr and Asr (afternoon) prayers in congregation, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba awarded medals for academic excellence to bright and high-achieving male students. In his concluding address, His Holiness elucidated the status of the Holy Prophetsa as the Messenger for peace for the whole universe. His Holiness led the silent prayers at the end of the session. The concluding minutes of the Jalsa witnessed the dedication, devotion and religious zeal of thousands of Ahmadis, who celebrated the success of Jalsa with prayers, supplication and chants to glorify Allah the Exalted.

At 7:35 p.m. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba met with newly converted women from Germany, Turkey, Marrakesh, Jordan, Russia and Pakistan; through interpreters these new converts expressed the emotional accounts of their journey to Islam Ahmadiyyat after recognising its truthfulness. One lady related that a friend had accepted Islam after seeing the humility and compassion of Hazrat Aaapa Jan (the respected wife of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba;she is affectionately calledAapa Jan, which literally means a loving elder sister); she was impressed to see the respect and appreciation that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba showed towards his wife. These new dedicated followers made passionate requests for prayers. The delegations presented His Holiness with some gifts (a hand-embroidered cover for the Holy Qur’an and a Russian doll wearing a headscarf). One Arab lady thanked Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba for graciously travelling across the world for the spiritual development and welfare of Ahmadis.

Afterwards, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba met with men who had recently converted who conveyed their faith-inspiring accounts of acceptance of true Islam Ahmadiyyat. One convert related that his young son inspired him. His son became convinced of the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat by listening to the logic of Ahmadiyya beliefs on MTA. Delighted with the talent of this gifted young man, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba advised that such a talented person should be trained as a missionary. An Arab raised a pertinent point that after preaching by Ahmadis, people become convinced of the truth of Ahmadiyyat. However, the hype of mainstream Muslim clerics (Mullahs) then confuses them. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba advised that such people should focus on praying to the One God, Who has sent the Messiahas. God will guide these seekers of truth.

The session concluded at 8:35 p.m. After leading the silent prayers Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba set off to travel back from Karlsruhe to Baitus Subuh in Frankfurt. His Holiness led the evening prayers in congregation at Baitus Subuh before retiring to his residence.

1st July 2013

After leading the Fajr prayers at 4:20 a.m., Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba carried out his official commitments including attending to official correspondence from around the world, reports and issuing guidance. At 10:40 a.m., Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba held meetings with delegates from different parts of the world attending Jalsa Salana Germany.

Meeting with Bosnian Delegation

The Bosnian delegation consisted of 20 people; His Holiness discussed with them strategies to spread the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat in Bosnia. His Holiness asked one truly dedicated Bosnian Ahmadi, Sister Fahrija, to make regular visits to Bosnia and encourage locals in their proselytization efforts. Sister Fahrija translates Friday sermons and many MTA programmes into the Bosnian language, and has the good fortune to be involved in translation of the literature of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community into Bosnian. One Bosnian Ahmadi shared his commitment to spiritual development; he said that before attending Jalsa every year he self-reflects to see how much spiritual progress he has made since the last Jalsa. Many Bosnian Ahmadis reiterated their commitment to spiritual development and sought the prayers of His Holiness for their spiritual enhancement. His Holiness advised a Bosnian student that the  highly educated and talented people of Bosnia should stay in their country and strive to make progress. His Holiness explicated that if all intellectuals were to leave the country, then who would contribute to the development of Bosnia. These guests commented on the excellent organisation and layout of the Jalsa and in particular the smiles and generous hospitality of the men, women and children serving their guests. In the end the delegates requested prayers that Allah may always be pleased with them. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba prayed for the delegates.

Meeting with Maltese Delegation

A delegation from Malta then had the privilege to meet His Holiness. One of the delegates, Mark Montebello, who is a professor of philosophy in university as well as a preacher, has extensively read the writings of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He commended the excellent organisational arrangements of Jalsa and also praised the efforts of His Holiness to establish peace in the world. He was most impressed to see the ring worn by His Holiness, with the engraving which translates as “Is Allah not sufficient for His servant?” It was explained to him that this was a Divine revelation of the Promised Messiahas. At the time of his father’s death, clearly the Promised Messiahas had been concerned; his father was a tremendous source of strength and support for him. This Divine revelation reassured him that God would be sufficient to meet all his needs. Mr. Montebello was most fascinated by this statement and said that this is a beautiful statement and that these words are most blessed. He bought a ring bearing this prayer. Another Maltese delegate, and also a university philosophy lecturer, Mr. Michael Grech, was fascinated to see such a large group of people from different nationalities and religions gathered together for so many days. He called this a practical example of the peaceful teachings of Islam. The members of the Maltese delegation invited His Holiness to visit Malta and His Holiness expressed a desire to build a mosque in Malta. The delegation reported that the new Maltese Government is broadminded and welcoming; however the political reaction to this is unpredictable. The delegates said that they would appreciate the construction of a mosque in Malta. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba invited these guests to Jalsa in the UK, where a temporary Jalsa village is set up for 31,000 people and said that the guests will enjoy this new experience. At the end of the meeting, presents were exchanged, and delegates had the blessed opportunity to have a picture taken with His Holiness.

Meeting with Estonian Delegation

The delegation from Estonia had the privilege of meeting His Holiness next; they were impressed by the good arrangements of Jalsa and mutual love and affection shown by the members of the Community. They commented that this Jalsa was the best display of the peaceful teachings of Islam. A female delegate commented that she found the warm greetings by Ahmadi women a new experience and she liked this very much. She said that she enjoyed listening to the recitation of the Holy Qur’an. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba explained that the recitation of the words of the Holy Qur’an have a rhythm that impacts the heart. The delegates invited His Holiness to Estonia. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba instructed that to promote the peaceful message of Islam in Estonia the Holy Qur’an should be translated into Estonian with a short commentary. His Holiness directed that the book “World Crisis and Pathway to Peace” should be distributed amongst the educated population of the Estonian community. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba directed the students from Jamia Germany to visit Estonia for Waqfe Arzee (a temporary decidication for the service of Islam) in their vacations. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba expressed the desire to build a mosque in Estonia so that local people can come to understand the true teachings of Islam.

Meeting with Icelandic Delegation

The delegation from Iceland expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to attend Jalsa. One Icelandic national, who is researching Ahmadiyyat by reading the Holy Qur’an, is close to the Community and has offered a room in his home for the offering of Salat in congregation. His Holiness commended his effort and prayed for him and the people of Iceland that they recognise the truthfulness of Islam soon. In response to an invitation, His Holiness said that he would like to visit Iceland. The delegates raised concern about the Third World War; His Holiness said that he has written letters to  distinguished leaders and politicians about this. He also wrote a letter to the Pope a while ago, inviting him to work together to establish peace in the world. His Holiness said that he has not received any response from the Pope yet, not even a note of  acknowledgement.

Meeting with Lithuanian Delegation

A meeting with the Lithuanian delegation followed. A teacher of the German language from Lithuania expressed his gratitude at the hospitality shown to him during the Jalsa. He was initially perplexed to note that during Jalsa instead of clapping, the audience raise slogans to express their appreciation of the speaker. He said that he was convinced by the explanation given by His Holiness that by raising slogans, Ahmadis not only express their delight with the speeches but also express their gratitude to God. The teacher explained that the Lithuanian language appears to have a connection with Sanskrit, to which His Holiness explained that we Ahmadis believe that all languages have originated from the Arabic language.

Meeting with Hungarian Delegation

A ten-person delegation from Hungary was next to have the fortunate opportunity of meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba. One delegate of Indian origin said that listening to speeches during the day spurred him to carry out his own research about the Community on the internet that very evening. He said that he would explain to people back in Hungary that the real Islam is practised by Ahmadis. This was evident by their hospitality, a commitment to the service of the Jalsa guests.  He commented that young children serving water were a most touching spectacle of Muslim hospitality. A female delegate made a significant effort to attend Jalsa; she wore a long top and practiced saying Salam (Islamic greetings meaning “peace be upon you”). She was most impressed by the organisation of Jalsa and said that she enjoyed the spiritual experience. She was delighted to see the true picture of Islam and said that all her questions had been answered by attending the Jalsa. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba prayed that Allah makes her a practicing Ahmadi and advised her to expand her knowledge level, read the translation of the Holy Qur’an and become consistent in offering the five daily prayers. One Hungarian delegate accepted Ahmadiyyat on the third day of Jalsa by taking Bai’at ; His Holiness asked him, why did he accept Islam Ahmadiyyat? He replied that when he offered Jummah prayers and attended Jalsa, he became convinced that this is where he belonged. He could not stop himself from pledging Bai’at. He was overcome and shaking with emotions whilst expressing his views. His Holiness explained to another new convert from Hungary that just taking Ba’ait is not enough; it is essential to understand the essence of Ahmadiyyat and build one’s knowledge level; a true Ahmadi then takes this message to others.

Meeting with Russian, Kazakhistani and Krygzstani Delegation

The delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan had the honour to meet His Holiness next. These delegates showed extreme gratitude for being able to offer Salat in Ahmadiyya Mosque for the first time in their lives. Despite the intense persecution they face in their homeland, the delegate reported that 150 local people have taken Bai’at. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba praised their success in maintaining a commitment to their religion in the face of fierce persecution just like the People of Cave did, in the days of the early era of Christianity.

Some delegates expressed that the biggest desire of their life was to meet Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaba and attend Jalsa; they expressed gratitude  that these desires were fulfilled. One delegate presented His Holiness water from the well of Zam Zam (a well that gushed in the desert in response to a desperate search for water by Hazrat Hajiraas for her baby son  Hazrat Ismailas; Zam Zam literally means stop, stop) in Makkah. He went for Hajj and saved the water to present to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba in person; he waited 18 years to do so. He said that holding the hand of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba for the photograph was a highly spiritual experience, and he felt filled with divine light.

Thereafter, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba led the afternoon prayers in congregation. His Holiness performed the Nikah ceremony for 12 happy couples. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba explained that marriage is a partnership and commitment between a man and a woman and they should do their best to fulfil this bond. The new relationship should be based on Taqwa (God-consciousness) and respect for each other’s relatives. A happy marriage is like an investment for the future in this life and the next. His Holiness reminded the new couples that though divorce is permitted in Islam, it is very much disliked by God. Therefore, Ahmadi Muslims should make every effort to enhance their relationships with love, affection and respect for each other.

At 6 p.m., His Holiness granted Mulaqaat, or private audience, to over 200 people, and led an Ameen ceremony for 22 fortunate children. His Holiness retired to his residence after leading the congregational Maghrib and Isha prayers.

2nd July 2013

After leading the Fajr prayers in congregation at 4:20 a.m., His Holiness was occupied carrying out his extensive and varied official duties as the Head of the global Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Meeting with Bulgarian Delegation

At 12:25 p.m., a delegation from Bulgaria consisting of 80 people (including 55 Christians and mainstream Muslims) had the pleasure of visiting His Holiness. Many members of the delegation had travelled for more than 30 hours to get to Germany for Jalsa. The Bulgarian delegation consisted of businessmen, teachers and lawyers among others. A Bulgarian delegate was impressed with the administrative arrangements of the Jalsa, and commented on the atmosphere of brotherhood and love during the three days of Jalsa. Some of these members attended because of their warm and personal connection with His Holiness.

One teacher from Bulgaria said that her job is to reform children, a virtuous deed. She asked that because of her actions, could she be regarded as the member of the Community of His Holiness? His Holiness replied that God is the Master of all the worlds. He is God of Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus; we all should unite to promote the teachings for humanity. His Holiness gave the example of the Holy Prophetsa, who, before the advent of Prophethood, joined in a pact with the neighbouring tribes to help the oppressed and impoverished. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba explained to the lady that because of her pious nature and intentions, he is extremely confident that one day she would join the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. One lady was most impressed that His Holiness dedicates his precious time in the training of young children; she congratulated him on this achievement. It was brought to the attention of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba that in Bulgaria, the mainstream Muslims create difficulties for Ahmadis. His Holiness prayed that may God save Muslims from those who are creating hardship in the name of religion. His Holiness said that as Ahmadi Muslims, we are incredibly saddened that these atrocities are carried out in the name of the Holy Prophetsa, who was a blessing for the whole of mankind. One member of the delegation introduced his son and daughter to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba; he explained that he was deprived of the blessings of children for a long time. He requested His Holiness for prayers and was grateful that the prayers of His Holiness were accepted in his favour. A Bulgarian journalist recorded the proceedings of the Jalsa and a documentary based on these proceedings was broadcast on the 6th of July 2013 in Bulgaria. This helped to promote the peaceful message of Islam to nearly three million people in Bulgaria.

Meeting with Kosovan Delegation

This was followed by a meeting with the Kosovan delegation consisting of seven people. A new convert from Kosovo expressed his delight with his spiritual progress during Jalsa; after his efforts, his sisters have also accepted Ahmadiyyat. He regularly listens to the Friday sermons; he requested prayers for those who do not commit themselves to listening to the Friday sermon regularly. These most loyal and dedicated Kosovan delegates requested Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba for prayers for their spiritual development.

Meeting with Albanian Delegation

The delegation from Albania, consisting of 12 people, had an audience with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba next. His Holiness explained that it is our responsibility to convey the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat to everyone; even to ex-convicts. The delegates requested Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba for prayers and invited His Holiness to visit Albania.

Meeting with Latvian Delegation

The Latvian delegation had the honour of meeting His Holiness next. The delegation consisted of five people; four of them were of Pakistani origin and are training to become doctors and engineers. They said that they had many misunderstandings about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; therefore they chose to come and explore the teachings of Ahmadiyyat for themselves.

His Holiness explained that the Holy Prophetsa brought the message of compassion for the whole of mankind; even during defensive wars, the Holy Prophetsa instructed that women, children, elderly or religious leaders should not be attacked. In addition, no trees should be damaged.

The teachings of Islam command that we should always be fair and not usurp other’s properties.

His Holiness explained that the message of Islam has magnificent power, and if this message is conveyed with conviction, people will appreciate the beauty of the teachings of Islam.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba explained that Ahmadis in Pakistan show patience in the face of intense persecution. This is because they followed the teachings of the Holy Prophetsa. It is the responsibility of the government to deal with those committing atrocities against Ahmadis.

His Holiness said that if the government allows us to defend ourselves, we have the capacity to do so. We are neither weak nor cowardly. The only reason we do not create discord is because we abide by the law in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Prophetsa.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba explained the incident during the life of the Holy Prophetsa when he strongly disapproved the murderer of an enemy during the war after that person had uttered the Kalima (declaration of faith). The Muslim soldier explained that the enemy had only declared faith because of his fear of the sword, and at this the Holy Prophetsa asked the soldier, “Did you see inside his heart?”

Islam teaches that the leaders of all religions should be respected and no disrespectful words should be uttered about any religion.

His Holiness clarified the Islamic concept that permission to fight has only been granted to defend oneself; this is necessary to achieve peace in the world. Even in the state of war, a strict code of conduct was enforced. The Holy Prophetsa commanded that it was forbidden to forcibly convert anybody to Islam. The prisoners of war have significant rights; the Muslim army was not allowed to cut trees or damage buildings during a war.

It is essential to understand that Islam defends the right of every religion; Islam enjoins upon Muslims to protect their own places of worship as well as the places of worship of other religions. His Holiness warned that those who are involved in the persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan should know that one day the judgement of God will come into effect.

The state of Muslims in the world at present is most pathetic. This should be a wake-up call for all to assess why Muslims are in such a sorry state today. It is crucial to recognise the Reformer of the time and follow him so that Allah the Exalted will improve the conditions of Muslims.

Meeting with Macedonian Delegation

Thereafter, a 53-person delegation from Macedonia had the honour of meeting His Holiness. They were impressed with the atmosphere and organisation of the Jalsa. They commented that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community focuses on education and is engaged in Jihad through the pen in the defence of Islam. A Macedonian doctor, who has served humanity in all three Balkan wars, became convinced of the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat after attending the Jalsa and took Bai’at. He expressed his commitment to become a good Ahmadi and raise his children as committed Ahmadis. His Holiness advised him that this can beachieved by devotion, prayers and dedication. A new convert from Macedonia explained how he had to face hardship after accepting Ahmadiyyat; his parents kicked him out of the house for six months. His Holiness advised him to preach to his relatives with tenderness and love, observing the boundaries of respect for his elders. The delegates had prepared a poem and sang a beautiful poem in chorus expressing the dedication and commitment of Macedonian Ahmadis to Khilafat. The members of  this envoy presented His Holiness a plaque made out of walnut wood on which the prayer, “Is Allah not sufficient for His servant” was hand-carved by them.

After the Zuhr and Asr prayers, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba attended an Ameen ceremony for 25 children. At 5:30 p.m., the journalist from the Zenit newspaper interviewed His Holiness and asked about the differences between Ahmadis and mainstream Muslims. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba replied that Ahmadi Muslims believe that the Messiah of the latter days has come; this is in accordance with Divine prophecies which foretell the coming of a Messiah in order to reform Muslims. It is mentioned in the Ahadith (sayings of the Holy Prophetsa) that in the latter days, Muslims will deviate from the true teachings of Islam. Citing the example of Jihad, His Holiness said that Jihad as practiced by some of the mainstream Muslims today has nothing to do with the true teachings of Islam. The true Islamic teachings, allow only defensive wars in order to protect the rights and places of worship for Muslims, Jews and Christians. His Holiness explained that Ahmadis integrate well with the local communities as we believe that loyalty to one’s country is part of the faith. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba shed light on the concept of Khilafat and confirmed that Khilafat is a purely spiritual phenomenon and has nothing to do with politics or power. Ahmadis believe that the Khalifah is chosen by Allah the Exalted. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba said that Ahmadis are always ready and willing to talk to mainstream Muslims to work through our differences, we have always invited them to do so.

Afterwards, His Holiness granted a private audience to 259 people and attended a farewell barbeque in his honour. His Holiness kindly presided over an Ameen celebration of 26 fortunate children and led the funeral prayers of a dedicated Ahmadi as well as funeral prayers in absentia for nine Ahmadis. His Holiness retired to His residence after leading the evening (Maghrib and Isha) prayers in congregation.

3rd July 2013

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba led the congregational Fajr prayers at 4:20 a.m. On his last day in Frankfurt, a number of dedicated followers gathered to bid an emotional farewell to their revered leader. At 11 a.m., after leading silent prayers, the motorcade of His Holiness began the 600-kilometre journey from Frankfurt to Calais via Belgium. The afternoon prayers were offered in a restaurant in Belgium, where His Holiness stopped for lunch. After crossing the Channel Tunnel, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba arrived back at the Fazl Mosque in London at 8 p.m., where scores of dedicated and committed Ahmadis had gathered in the grounds of the Mosque to receive their holy leader. They expressed their gratitude to God for bringing home their beloved leader after another successful tour to promote the peaceful message of Islam in the world.

 

Endnotes

1.  A chemical found in the body, commonly found in salt.

2.  A system of natural nature barrier system that protects brain from the effects of harmful chemical substances in the blood stream.

3.  Professor Higgs has been awarded the Noble Prize in Physics in 2013.

4.  An Ahmadi Muslim Noble Laureate.

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