After reciting Tashahhud, Ta‘awwuz and Surah al-Fatihah, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) said that once, the Promised Messiah (as) said that when the prophets had to ask “who is my helper” it was because any divine task requires many people’s help in seeing to its fulfilment. This is a natural requirement, and it is thus that prophets seek helpers in their divine mission.
The True Helpers of Allah
His Holiness (aba) said that true Ansarullah [helpers of Allah] are those who understand this spirit, and thus raise the slogan of, ‘we are the helpers of Allah.’ In this age, the Promised Messiah (as) was vouchsafed the responsibility of completing the propagation of Islam. Those who are Ansarullah should consider themselves to be at the forefront of helping to complete this mission, and should be prepared to render any sacrifice required in this cause. As such, it is necessary to increase in piety and sincerity. Those who are Ansarullah should analyse themselves and see if they have reformed their condition to such a degree that they can help fulfill this mission.
His Holiness (aba) said that there are some youngsters who ask him how they can look up to the elders if they do not set good examples. If this is the case, then how can one claim that ‘we are the helpers of Allah’. Thus. it is imperative to reform one’s self and consider the standard set by the Promised Messiah (as). His Holiness (aba) said that he would present quotations of the Promised Messiah (as) which illustrate the standard which he wished to establish within his followers.
The Sacrifice Required in this Age
His Holiness (aba) quoted the Promised Messiah (as) who said that those who pledge allegiance to him vow to seek forgiveness for their sins, establish virtue, and do their part in spreading the true message of Islam, whereas the Companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) used to vow to sacrifice their lives for the sake of God and Islam. They were prepared to bear any hardship for the sake of God, and they had removed themselves from any worldly desires. His Holiness (aba) said that if this is the standard required of those who pledge allegiance, then those who are Ansarullah should analyse themselves and consider what their own standard should be in light of this.
His Holiness (aba) quoted the Promised Messiah (as) who explained that true pleasure in life is obtained through establishing righteousness. Though establishing this is difficult, however, one who adopts righteousness is granted bounties by God. The saints of the past achieved all they had by establishing righteousness. His Holiness (aba) said that Ansarullah are at an age when the next life becomes clearer to them. In light of this, it should be clear what one’s priorities should be.
Finding the True Purpose in Life
His Holiness (aba) quoted the Promised Messiah (as) who said that if one wishes to live a long life only to pursue worldly pleasures and delights, then such a person chases after greed instead of worshiping the One True God. However, the true purpose of life established by God is to worship Him. This should be the essence of one’s life, and it is in fact for this very reason that this world was created. However upon glancing at the world we find the complete opposite happening. Worldly things have been created to assist in worshipping God and fulfilling the rights due to Him, and it is to this extent the worldly things should be used. When God Himself has enjoined that His worship is the primary purpose, then it is wrong to make anything else the focal point of one’s life. Worldly things can be used, but only within a reasonable limit. If one is able to understand this, then they can become true Ansarullah.
His Holiness (aba) quoted the Promised Messiah (as) who said that one should pray to God out of sincere love, just as a mother cares for her child, without expecting anything in return, but does so purely out of love. This is the same manner in which one should pray to God, rather than praying to Him only in hopes of receiving something in return. When this is the case, then God Almighty takes care of all that person’s affairs and never abandons them. Everything that person does, everywhere he goes all become blessed.
The Needs for Concordance in Words and in Deeds
His Holiness (aba) quoted the Promised Messiah (as) who said that God requires actions, not mere words. Once, a Muslim invited a Jewish man to accept Islam, however the Jewish man said that he saw the Muslim man’s actions to be in contradiction to his words and asked what it was then that he was inviting him towards. The Jewish man said that he had named his son Khalid, which means everlasting, however by evening, his son had passed away. This shows that there is no real value in a mere name. Thus, His Holiness (aba) said that being Ansarullah merely by name has no value. One should analyse themselves and consider whether they themselves act upon that which they call others towards.
His Holiness (aba) quoted the Promised Messiah (as) who said that one must practically follow the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. One should ponder over the Holy Qur’an and act upon its commandments and abstain from that which it has forbidden. It is essential that one follows these teachings themselves before calling upon others to do the same.As such, one should not only spread the message through mere words, but should do so by presenting their own practical examples and high moral standards. It is with this in mind that we should propagate the message of Islam.
His Holiness (aba) said that we must establish true love for God Almighty, for it is then that our actions will be in concordance with our words. We will be the recipients of God’s blessings and bounties when we fulfill the commandments of God Almighty, and do justice in worshipping Him. When we do this, we can be regarded as true Ansarullah [helpers of Allah].
Inauguration of MTA Studio in Islamabad, UK
In the end, before leading the silent prayer, His Holiness (aba) said that he was delivering his address from the new MTA studio in Islamabad UK. Thus, along with this address, the new MTA studio was also inaugurated. His Holiness (aba) prayed that may this studio be a further source of spreading the true message of Islam throughout the world.
Summary prepared by The Review of Religions.