Assalaamo Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
I am very pleased that you are holding your 86th Jalsa Salana on 4th, 5th and 6th January 2018. It is my prayer, may Allah bless your Jalsa with great success and may all the participants gain immense spiritual blessings by attending this unique religious gathering, and may the members of Ghana Jama’at always continue to advance in goodness, piety and righteousness.
You must keep in mind that the Jalsa Salana of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is not an ordinary worldly event or a fair or a festival. Its sole aim is for members of the Jama’at to achieve closeness to Allah; to advance in religious knowledge and understanding; to bring about virtuous change in our lives and to integrate them into our everyday affairs; to safeguard ourselves from the desires and futilities of this finite world; to enhance the relationship of love, affection and of brotherhood within the Jama’at and also among our fellow human beings; to strive to fulfil these noble tasks with all of our abilities and capabilities, and finally to make a promise to spread the peaceful message of Islam to every corner of the earth.
You should listen attentively to the speeches of various scholars of the Jama’at and benefit from the many points of virtue and spiritual enlightenment which are mentioned in their speeches. The speakers put in a lot hard work in preparing their discourses, so it is important to listen to them carefully. Therefore, you should attend the Jalsa with sincerity and with the genuine intention of acting upon what you learn. It is Allah’s special grace upon us that scholars benefit not only from the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, the Hadith and Sunnah of his Prophet(saw), but also from the enlightened expositions of the Promised Messiah(as), and convey that knowledge to us. If we act upon what we learn, we can bring about a great spiritual revolution within ourselves, may Allah enable all the participants of the Jalsa to accomplish its aims and objectives.
I urge you to strive to fulfil each and every condition of your Bai’at and in particular upload the divine institution of Khilafat- e- Ahmadiyya. You should note that the progress of the Jama’at, the spread of Islam, and in fact the establishment of world peace, is all fundamentally linked to the institution of Khilafat. Therefore, I call upon the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Ghana to always remain dedicated and loyal to Khilafat. In particular, you must explain to your children the wonderful blessings of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya and encourage them to remain bonded to, pray for, and be continually devoted to the Khalifa of the time.
As Ahmadi Muslims and members of the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah(as) you should be exemplary in your conduct in all your deeds and actions and in being especially kind, considerate and caring to others. Moreover, you should behave as model and loyal citizens of your country and display love for your nation – this is because it is a fundamental teaching of our Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw) – that love of one’s country is an integral part of one’s faith.
You should listen regularly to my Friday sermons, preferably live, and my addresses and speeches at other important functions and events. We are now blessed with having an MTA Africa channel based in Accra, so I urge you to watch MTA often and also to encourage your family, especially your children, to do so as well. By viewing the many excellent varieties of MTA programmes, your knowledge of the beauties of Islam and the truth of Ahmadiyyat will be much increased and enriched.
Preaching is essential for every Ahmadi so you should remain active in your Tabligh efforts and be always exploring new ways and means of conveying the message of Ahmadiyyat to the people not only of Ghana, or African continent but indeed the whole world.
May Allah bless your Jalsa Salana with every success and grant you opportunity to progress greatly in Taqwa (righteousness) and spiritual development. May Allah enable you to bring about a real transformation in your lives towards more piety, virtuous behavior and the service of humanity, and may you become admirable contributors to peace and harmony throughout the world. May Allah bless you all.
MIRZA MASROOR AHMAD
KHALIFATUL MASIH V