Grow the Root of Taqwa in your Heart : Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V Addresses Jalsa Salana Germany 2021​​

Islamabad, UK, 9 October 2021: At 3:36 pm, Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived at the Masroor Hall, Islamabad UK for the concluding session of Jalsa Salana Germany 2021.

After arriving, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa called Hafiz Tariq Ahmad Cheema Sahib to recite a portion from the Holy Quran, followed by its Urdu translation. Huzooraa then called Basil Aslam Sahib to recite the German translation of the verses recited. Next, Huzooraa called Murtaza Manan Sahib to read an Urdu poem of the Promised Messiahas.

Huzooraa then took to the podium to deliver the concluding address Jalsa Salana Germany 2021.

A series of naray (slogans) were called from the designated team in Masroor Hall, Islamabad. On hearing the slogans, Huzooraa remarked, “Is there no one in Germany dedicated to raise the naray?” Soon after, a few slogans from Germany were then called too.

After reciting tashahud, ta‘awuz and Surah al-Fatihah Huzooraa said that due to restrictions from the government in the pandemic, Jamaat Germany – and other Jamaats around the world – could not hold their Jalsas. However, now, by the grace of Allah Jalsa Salana Germany 2021 was being held due to the easing of rules.

Though it was not a full-fledge Jalsa, some spiritual thirst was still being quenched because of it. Huzooraa said the central purpose of Jalsa Salana was to increase in spirituality and closeness to Allah the Almighty. If this purpose was not fulfilled, then there was no point in holding a Jalsa.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said he “expected” that all those attending Jalsa Salana Germany had fulfilled this purpose – these people, whether they attended in person or watched the proceedings online, had gathered for themselves “spiritual sustenance” for a year, Huzooraa said.

“Today, I will speak about taqwa [righteousness] too so that when you leave today, the importance of taqwa remains fresh in your minds”, Huzooraa said.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said that if one understood what taqwa was, their life in this world and the next would be for the better. We are fortunate to have the Promised Messiahas who explained the importance of taqwa in great depth.

In a poetic verse that was divinely inspired, the Promised Messiahas said that every good deed had its roots in taqwa. “We must grow this root within our hearts” so that the sweet fruit of taqwa was grown on every action of ours – otherwise our claims were empty. Huzooraa said our faith would be strengthened when our internal and external states became the same, when our deeds and actions were the same.

Therefore, when the roots of taqwa were strong, the roots of faith would also be strong – otherwise we could not face the attacks of Satan. These attacks would continue forever and only those people who were devoted to Allah the Almighty and followed the path of taqwa would be saved.

Currently, the attacks of Satan could be seen everywhere, Huzooraa said. Therefore, everyone needed to understand the reality of taqwa and realise how we are to stay protected from Satan and in turn protect our faith.

The Promised Messiahas told us that the reality of taqwa was to worship Allah the Almighty in the true manner. The person who fulfilled the rights of Allah the Almighty, would receive blessings in every action.

Huzooraa said that in the current situation of the world where attacks of Satan and the alluring force of the world were present all around, an Ahmadi should develop taqwa within themselves and the best way was to worship Allah the Almighty.

The Promised Messiahas said that those who did not fulfil the rights of Allah the Almighty were disbelievers and such a life was lived by animals. The Promised Messiahas said that in Surah al-Asr, Allah the Almighty explained the life of disbelievers and believers. The disbelievers acted like animals all day and did not worship Allah. Such people, in the sight of Allah, were given no significance.

Huzooraa said that the Promised Messiahas said that Allah the Almighty created mankind to worship Him, however those who lived lives like animals – not caring for worship of Allah – were then abandoned by Allah and His grace did not bless them.

Our very purpose is to be fully devote to Allah and to worship Him, Huzooraa emphasised.

The Promised Messiahas said that though this was the purpose of mankind, today the world was completely on the opposite direction. A life away from work and family was not what Islam called for, rather working and earning a livelihood was a fundamental responsibility. However, in worldly tasks too we should keep Allah the Almighty’s will and pleasure at the forefront. We should also fulfil the rights of Allah the Almighty during our day-to-day life – this was true taqwa.

“Allah the Almighty cares for the life of a righteous person and holds their life dear”, the Promised Messiahas said. And those who did not have taqwa, Allah cared for them not. Therefore, it was incumbent on all people to escape the shackles of Satan.

“Every one of us should understand the purpose of our lives”, Huzooraa said.

The luxuries of Europe and developed countries should not make us careless about the purpose of our life. If this were the case, we did not fulfil our bai‘at. We must fulfil the rights of Allah the Almighty and in turn rectify our life in this world and the next.

Huzooraa said that if the rights of Allah the Almighty and the purpose of life were understood, all other responsibilities on a Muslim would be understood too.

The Promised Messiahas said that there were great promises by Allah the Almighty for those who were righteous. Allah helped such people, and this help and succour was never received by those who did not show taqwa. Allah helped a righteous person in ways that would astound him.

The Promised Messiahas said that for happiness and comfort in this life, the path of taqwa must be traversed – also known as the path of the Holy Quran. The disbelievers may seem happy through their external state due to their wealth, however their hearts were in great sorrow and engulfed in chains and fires. The Promised Messiahas said that people observed the jubilant faces and outwardly state of such people who were occupied in a worldly life without Allah, however, in reality their internal state was in a very dark place.

Drawing on the writings of the Promised Messiahas who wrote with reference to the Holy Quran, Huzooraa explained how the life of worldly people – those who care not for God and only chased the wealth and comforts of this world – were tied with internal chains of sorrow and despair. Such people were never content and always had jealousy and want, haunting their souls. Only believers had true contentment.

Huzooraa said he personally knew such people who were in such a state.

The Promised Messiahas said that wealth and extravagant clothes and food were never a means of happiness – rather true happiness was from taqwa. A person who had taqwa could truly enjoy the blessings of this world too.

A person who chased after worldly luxuries would call all of this as insane and would question what we were even saying. However, if that person was asked to give a true testimony of their heart, they would admit they were stuck in a cycle of more want and constant desires. A person who had righteousness was free from such chains.

Huzooraa said that at times, through one’s words, taqwa is lost when a person showed off their good deeds by expressing them to the world so that they were known and praised. In the same vein, lying and falsehood destroys taqwa. For example, in certain circumstances a person is forgiven for eating the flesh of swine in times of necessity. However, if one gave an edict saying that the flesh of swine was permissible and halal, this would take them far away from Islam. Therefore, our words have strong effects on our taqwa, Huzooraa emphasised.

Huzooraa said we must also see how much love we have for others and what rights we were giving them – it is from this that the paths of taqwa could be seen with more clarity.

We must see how much “love we have amongst us? how much efforts are we putting in to save ourselves from arrogance? How much are we adopting the paths to humility? What efforts are we putting in to fulfil our oaths? What efforts are we giving towards upholding the truth […] What are our efforts for our children and generations so that taqwa continues within them” and they live their lives according to the commandments of Allah the Almighty too?

We must introspect and see whether we were following all the commandments of Allah the Almighty. “Our every deed and action should put us on the rights path”, Huzooraa said. From the environments of our households to our relationships within wider society, we should establish high standards of taqwa.

Huzooraa spoke on suspicion and its ill effects. Those who wanted to spread discord start lies and spread suspicion. Those who are haste believe everything instantly and fall into error. Jealousy was another ill to stay clear of too and believers should never try to harm each other due to jealousy, Huzooraa said.

To become a true Ibad-ur-Rahman – worshipper of the Gracious God – it was essential such a person fulfils the rights of humanity too, Huzooraa said. Muslims were brothers to each other and the Holy Prophetsa said that Muslims were brothers, they did no look down on each other, were not cruel to each other and did not disgrace each other either. The Holy Prophetsa pointed towards his chest and said that taqwa “is here”. Therefore, the lesson was that the heart should be filled with taqwa and a person who understood this, would never sin, or let any spiritual malady enter their heart.

If our hearts did not respect others, then they were empty of taqwa. It did not matter if someone carried out endless worship, if they looked down on another Muslim, all their worship was of no use. The Holy Prophetsa said that the blood, honour and wealth of one Muslim was forbidden for another Muslim. However today we see that Muslims are dishonouring these protections yet still claim to be the “true Muslims”.

“We must live our lives by checking every single step we take”, Huzooraa said. Otherwise, Allah the Almighty does not care for us. We must check our hearts and see what they are filled with. If our hearts were not completely pure, and we did not fulfil the rights of others, then we were away from taqwa and as a result the peace of society would be destroyed.

Those who truly followed Allah the Almighty did not show arrogance either. Being boastful and thinking one was superior to others was a grave spiritual illness, Huzooraa said. Allah the Almighty has said that the most respectful amongst humanity were those who possessed the most righteousness. Therefore, all other “superiorities” did not matter when Allah the Almighty’s requirement for respect and honour was totally different.

Arrogance and being boastful made no sense, a person was just a spec in the universe, Huzooraa said.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa spoke about the recent floods in Germany and said how the floods showed that all power belongs to Allah the Almighty and none could rest on their wealth or status.

Wearing good and clean clothes was not arrogance, rather it was to “reject the truth” and believe others to be lower than you, and to treat them in an ill manner. This was arrogance. The Promised Messiahas said that those who do not listen to others with attention and care also exhibited arrogance. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said that a true believer reached the pinnacles of humility.

Huzooraa said Allah the Almighty paid great attention for us to fulfil the rights of others.

Towards the end of the address, Huzooraa said he wanted to remind everyone of the oaths they had taken and fulfilling them. The Holy Quran paid great emphasis on fulfilling oaths and a righteous person always did so. In a hadith, the Holy Prophetsa said that those who did not fulfil their oaths were hypocrites. Every single oath needed to be fulfilled, from our daily lives to our bai‘at Huzooraa said.

Those who did not fulfil their bai‘at were not fulfilling their oath and in turn were traversing away from the path of taqwa. The oath of bai‘at was no ordinary oath, it was an oath to sell ourselves. If we were to fulfil this oath, very quickly, a change would come within the world.

Huzooraa said that those who did not fulfil their bai‘at properly even began to speak against the decisions of the Khalifa of the time, if their own views were not supported. Huzooraa said that after his address in the Lajna on the rights of women during Jalsa Salana UK 2021, some Ahmadi families began to question the validity of what Huzooraa had said, even though everything was supported by the Holy Quran, ahadith and writings of the Promised Messiahas. Therefore fulfilling the oath of bai‘at was of utmost importance.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa in the end quoted the Promised Messiahas in which he urged members of the Jamaat to create a great change withing themselves and to adopt taqwa through “a death” of the soul that Allah the Almighty required.

Huzooraa then led everyone in a silent prayer.

After announcing the attendance figures, Huzooraa said that the attendance reports of Jalsa Salana Germany were usually more accurate.

 (Report prepared by Al Hakam)