Story by Abdullah Afedzi, Additional Nazim Isha’at, Central West Region
Mr. Abdul Basit Bonsu, the Additional Mutamim Mal, Majlis Khudaam-ul Ahmadiyya, Ghana has appealed to Majlis members to refrain from acquiring wealth fraudulently and illegally, saying “money in its self is not evil but there must be a proper way of getting it.”
He noted that even though the love of money had become part of human character, it must be characterized in a positive manner so that one could enjoy life in happiness, adding that, money acquired wrongly attract fear and automatically vanishes.
Mr. Bonsu gave the admonition when he spoke on the topic “Essence of Financial Sacrifice Islam:The need for Chanda” at a Chanda workshop organised by the Nazim Mal, Central West Region for its Aamila members.
“Man is well prepared and ready in our era to acquire wealth come what may, by hook or crook, regardless of the negative effects or consequences thereof.” He said.
Mr. Bonsu buttressed his statements with verses from the Holy Qur’an and sayings from the Holy Prophet Mohammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) regarding financial sacrifice and said Allah does not recognise the chanda of a person whose wealth was gotten by vanity.
He explained that Chanda was not a tax which when one does not comply attracted punishment but it purpose was to enable man attain spiritual upliftment and to continue to win favours from Almighty Allah.
He stated that Chanda was used to aid in the general administrative cost of running the jama’at, payment of salaries and allowances of missionaries and other jama’at staff as well as meeting the medical and transportation cost of missionaries.
Mr. Bonsu explained into details the types of Chanda and how one could properly pay as expected.
He mentioned the various forms of Chanda to include Chanda Aam, Chanda Wassiyat, Jalsa Salana and wing organisation dues, Tehrik-e-Jadid and Waqfe Jadid.
He lamented over the state of Chanda payment among majlis members as it was characterised by habitual criticisms and hypocrisy, dishonest in payment.
Mr. Bonsu stated that Chanda had enormous benefits for mankind adding that, it is rather the offering of financial sacrifices that benefit man and raises his status on earth but miserliness and niggardliness only resulted n self destruction.
He continued to enumerate inspiring stories of the benefits of Chanda and urged members to disabuse their minds that monies paid were not used for the right purpose.
After his presentation, participants asked intriguing questions that were addressed appropriately.