Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is the Messenger of Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is the Messenger of Allah Come to Prayer Come to Prayer Come to success Come to success Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest There is none worthy of worship except Allah Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is One and has no partner. and I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is His Servant and Messenger. After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, The Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings,
Those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. The translation of this verse is as follows: “You cannot attain to righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love; “and whatever you spend, Allah surely knows it well.” Elaborating on this verse, the Promised Messiah (as) states at one place: “You cannot attain to righteousness which will grant you salvation
“unless you spend in the way of Allah out of that wealth “and from those things that are dear to you.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states: “You can certainly not attain true righteousness “until you spend the wealth you hold dear out of sympathy for mankind.”
Allah the Almighty has emphasised financial sacrifices to such a degree that true piety, which pleases God Almighty – provided that it is performed with the intention of acquiring the pleasure of God Almighty – will only be considered true piety when one gives something that is dear to them
For the sake of acquiring His pleasure and out of sympathy to mankind. Subsequently, this then becomes a means of salvation. At one place, the Promised Messiah (as) stated: “It is not deemed righteousness if one’s cow falls ill “and when there is no chance of its survival the owner says:
‘Let us sacrifice this in the way of God.’ “The same is the case if a beggar approaches “and is given old and stale bread which no one eats at home. “These things are of no use to that person anyway.
“The wealth which is dear to someone and is spent in the way of Allah “and in order to attain His pleasure is the wealth that is accepted by Him.” This is true righteousness. Through this one can gauge their level of compassion for mankind.
It demonstrates how much our hearts are moved for the sake of others as well as the level of our passion and sentiments for serving religion. Then, the Promised Messiah (as) states on one occasion: “Man harbours great love for wealth. “This is why it has been mentioned in the interpretation of dreams
“that if a person sees that he has extracted his liver and handed it over to someone, “it symbolises wealth. “For this very reason God has said in relation to acquiring true righteousness and faith: “(ARABIC) ‘You cannot attain to righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love.’
“The reason for this is that a large part of sympathy and kind treatment towards God’s creation “necessitates the spending of one’s wealth. “Moreover, sympathy towards mankind and God’s other creation “is the second half of faith, without which one’s faith cannot be complete.
“Until a person sacrifices their own pleasures, how can they benefit others? “In order to benefit others and show them compassion, “it is necessary to sacrifice one’s own desires. “In this verse, (ARABIC – ‘You cannot attain to righteousness “(unless you spend out of that which you love’,)
“guidance has been given on this very concept of sacrificing one’s own desires. “Hence, spending (one’s) wealth in the cause of Allah “is a standard and benchmark of one’s prosperity and righteousness. “The standard and benchmark of Abu Bakr (ra) offering sacrifices in the cause of Allah
“were such that the Holy Prophet (sa) (merely) mentioned a need “and he presented himself with all of his belongings.” Thus, these are the standards of sacrifice and presenting the wealth which is dearest to a person, the greatest example of which – as mentioned by the Promised Messiah (as) –
Was established by Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra). Subsequently, the companions also established these standards of sacrifice within their means, and according to their ranks. Then, we see in the time of the Promised Messiah (as) that in order to further his mission, Hazrat Maulvi Hakeem Nooruddin (ra), Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra),
Set the highest example of sacrifice in the spread of the literature and the propagation of Islam. He wrote to the Promised Messiah (as) – and this was mentioned by the Promised Messiah (as) himself – “I am completely devoted to your cause. Whatever I possess is not mine, but belongs to you.
“My leader and guide, I say in truth “that if all of my wealth is spent in the spreading of the faith, “then I will have obtained my objective.” He then wrote, “My bond with you is like that of Hazrat Umar Faruq (ra), “and I am prepared to sacrifice everything in this path.
“Pray that my demise is like that of the truthful (Siddiq).” Likewise, there were many companions of the Promised Messiah (as) who made sacrifices according to their means, and the sacrifices they made were such that the Promised Messiah (as) stated that he was astounded to witness the degree of their sacrifices.
Why did they make these sacrifices? It was in order to become the helpers of the Promised Messiah (as) in his mission to spread Islam. It was because they desired to present sacrifices, whilst also extending sympathy for mankind,
In order to be counted among the community of the True Servant of the Holy Prophet (sa). They did so in order to fulfil their role in the completion of guidance, and the members of the community were inspired with this urge of sacrifice, so much so,
That even after the Promised Messiah (as), during every era of Khilafat, Allah the Almighty has continued to grant such people who offer these kinds of sacrifices, who put their own preferences aside and make every effort to increase in their contributions.
Among those are new converts as well as those who have been Ahmadis for a long time. I shall present some examples of their sacrifices. Today’s sermon and the first Friday Sermon of January is usually regarding the announcement for the New Year of Waqf-e-Jadid. In 1957, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) initiated this scheme
For the Tarbiyyat (Moral training) and Tabligh (Propagating the faith) in rural areas. Initially the scheme was limited to Pakistan alone, but in the era of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh), it was expanded to cover the entire world. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) instructed that out of this scheme,
The money collected from the developed countries ought to be spent in (countries across) Africa for the purpose of Tabligh and Tarbiyyat, and this has been the general principle even up until now. The money collected from this scheme is spent in Africa and other poorer countries.
By the grace of Allah, the members of the Jama’at strive to their utmost in order to be a part of this scheme. But it is not the case that Ahmadis residing in Africa or other underdeveloped nations are not striving to become a part of this scheme.
Based upon their income and circumstances, their sacrifices are worthy of praise, but as it were, the extra expenditures are fulfilled from the alms collected in more developed countries. Those making sacrifices all around the world are well aware of the Hadith-e-Qudsi (saying of the Holy Prophet (sa) as revealed to him by God Almighty)
In which the Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “Allah Almighty says, ‘O son of Adam, leave your treasure with Me and rest reassured. ‘Fear not it being burnt by fire, nor of it drowning in water, ‘or even of it being stolen by a thief.
‘I shall give back in full the treasure which is left with Me on the day which it is most needed.’” Furthermore, the sacrifice made in the way of Allah Almighty not only benefits one in this world, but also in the life after death. Allah Almighty states in the Holy Qur’an: ‘And whatever of wealth you spend, ‘it shall be paid back to you in full and you shall not be wronged.’ Therefore, when Allah Almighty makes a promise, He fulfils it. He demonstrates examples of it in this world so that one may have firm conviction
That Allah Almighty will also make them inherit the rewards in the hereafter. It is not like the case of worldly establishments, whereby one invests an amount of money in a business, and either makes a temporary loss or gain, where the profit is only limited to this world,
And there is no guarantee of any gain in the future life. In fact, there are some businesses in the world which profit a person for a certain time, but then the owners seize all of the wealth, leaving those poor people who invested in it to lose all their money, as is prevalent nowadays,
Where billions of dollars of those who invested in Bitcoin or cryptocurrency has been lost because those who ran these businesses usurped all the wealth and everything was lost. Anyhow, in my opinion, businesses such as Bitcoin etc., are all a form of gambling. In any case, there are extraordinary examples
Of how Allah Almighty rewards those who make sacrifices in His cause. As I mentioned, I shall present some examples, where those who have made sacrifices are not only benefitting in a worldly sense, but their faith is also strengthened. There is the example from the Bomi county of Liberia.
The local Mu’allim there says, “I went to a community of new converts in Fumba “to collect donations towards Waqf-e-Jadid. “After meeting the local Imam a large scale programme was held, “in which the majority of the village participated. “Members were told about the importance and blessings of Waqf-e-Jadid.
“After the programme, we also went to the individual houses for collections. “At the time a Khadim (youth) went home but he had nothing in his house. “His mother asked to be excused, as there was no money available to donate, “and that they would donate at some point in the future.
“We therefore returned, but a short while later that same Khadim came running and said, ‘Here is 250 Liberian dollars which my father gave to me for my school fees. ‘I donate this so that my house does not remain deprived of the blessings of this scheme.’
“A few days later that same Khadim came to our centre and said, ‘Two days after you left, I received a message ‘that a relative of mine had sent 2,500 Liberian dollars towards my school fees. ‘Therefore, with this money I was able to pay my school fees
‘and also buy other things I was in need of. ‘As a result of my sacrifice, Allah Almighty has given me tenfold in return.’” This is how Allah Almighty bestows faith and conviction in the hearts, and the One Who grants in this life will also fulfil His promise of rewarding in the hereafter
Where these sacrifices are being recorded. Then, there is an example from Guinea-Conakry; the missionary from a Jama’at in one of their regions called Minsayah says that during Asharah Waqf-e-Jadid, he was individually approaching members of the Community at the mosque and was encouraging them to take part in this scheme
By explaining to them the importance and blessings associated with it. At that time the Imam of the village mosque, Abu Bakr Kumara, who had only recently become an Ahmadi, said that he would be the first to offer a donation as he should set an example for others.
(It was not that he enjoined others to participate in this scheme while not participating himself, Hence, he took out the 10,000 Guinean Francs he had in his pocket and offered it as his financial contribution. Later, he came to meet the missionary and told him that just a short while after offering that financial contribution, one of his friends sent him 1.5 million francs as a gift.
He said that he believed that Allah the Almighty granted this to him as a result of his financial sacrifice. He then said that he would offer financial contributions now with more regularity. This is the manner in which Allah the Almighty treats new converts;
If they spend in His way, He promises a reward in this life and God-willing, the promises regarding the hereafter will also be fulfilled. Then, a local missionary from Cameroon writes, “A young boy accompanied me to various villages in order to collect donations for Tahrik-e-Jadid.
“He was unemployed and so he was only able to offer 1000 CFA himself for Tahrik-e-Jadid. “He asked me to pray for him to find a job so that he may offer more.” The local missionary responded, “Alright, I will pray for you, “and you should also pray for you job.”
A short while later, Allah the Almighty heard his prayer. One month later, a branch of the UNO hired him as a driver. As a result, he offered 10,000 CFA for Waqf-e-Jadid saying, “Allah the Almighty increased my income “as a result of me making a sacrifice while I was facing difficulty.”
Amir Sahib of Tanzania writes that a woman from the Jama’at said that one day, she was going to the market to purchase some things for the home. Along the way, she came across the local missionary who told her about Waqf-e-Jadid and drew her attention towards making contributions.
She said, “I told him that at this time, I have 2000 shillings. “I am going to the market to purchase some things”. She then offered 1000 shillings and used the remaining 1000 to purchase what she needed. She says, “While I was there, a lady called out to me;
“she had borrowed 5000 shillings from me some time ago. “So much time had elapsed since then that I had no expectations of getting it back. “That woman called out to me and gave me 5000 shillings, “saying that she was repaying the loan which was due.”
She then returned to the local missionary and said that Allah the Almighty bestowed this upon her due to the blessings of offering financial contributions, hence she gave another 1000 shillings. A local missionary from Liberia says, “I visited the home of a member from the Ganta Jama’at named Aisha Sahiba
“and drew her attention towards taking part in the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme. “She said that she did not have anything at the moment, “but said that I should wait and she would try to make some arrangements “so that I did not leave her home empty handed
“(She was concerned that he should not leave empty handed). “She quickly went and took a loan from someone “and offered 100 Liberian dollars as financial contribution.” The local missionary says, “I was still in her home when she received a message on her phone
“alerting her that someone had transferred some money online into her account. “She said that she had only just offered a financial contribution of 100 Liberian dollars, “and Allah the Almighty rewarded her for it right away.” Then, a missionary from Guinea-Conakry writes:
“There is a member of the Community by the name of Saeed Doba Sahib “who was unemployed and had applied for a job at various mining companies, “however there did not seem to be much hope.” During the Asharah Waqf-e-Jadid, when he drew his attention towards making financial contributions,
He said, “I am unemployed and cannot give much.” In any case, he put his hand in his pocket, took out 5000 francs and offered it as financial contribution, saying that this was all he had. He says that five days after offering this contribution,
He received a job offer from a mining company where he had not even applied, and by the grace of Allah the Almighty, this job paid a monthly salary of 500,000 francs. He says, “The insignificant sacrifice which I made in the way of Allah the Almighty,
“He returned to me manifold in accordance with His promise.” Then, a missionary from Nigeria also writes that there is an Ahmadi in Kano State by the name of Nasir Sahib. He says, “I was worried on account of not having a job for three years.
“It occurred to me that I should start making financial contributions once again “according to whatever I am able to give.” He had stopped making contributions since he did not have a job. But he decided that he would start making contributions out of whatever he had.
He told the Missionary that since June of last year, he started offering monetary contributions. He then told the missionary, “Not even three months had elapsed when a person contacted me “saying that they had a vacancy for a marketing position in their company “and so the company hired me.
“This was the first contract of its kind handed out by the company.” He says, “I am convinced that finding a job or work after so long “is due to the blessings of financial contributions.” Then, a Missionary from Central Africa (Republic) writes about a new convert named Jibril Sahib, who says,
“When I joined the Community last year, a change began developing in my moral and spiritual state.” It is also worth noting that not only did he join the Community, but he must certainly have prayed and worked hard to change his condition, and it was through the grace of Allah the Almighty
That he began noticing a spiritual and moral change within himself. Then, he says, “One day, when the Missionary made an appeal for Waqf-e-Jadid “as the year was coming to an end “saying they ought to make contributions, no matter how small they may be.”
He says, “I made a financial contribution at that moment and since then, “until today, my work has been extremely blessed. “God bestowed His special favour and now my work always keeps me occupied. “Before, several days would pass without any customers, now they come in daily.
“By the grace of Allah the Almighty I make such a good income now, “the likes of which I could never have imagined.” Arif Sahib, a Missionary from Togo writes that there is a person named Awakaji Sahib from the Kara Region who says,
“I was facing some financial difficulty while the last month of Waqf-e-Jadid was upon us. “I was worried about how I would fulfil my pledge. “Then, it occurred to me that there is a small goat at home “which I was keeping for some other purpose,
“but I could sell it and use the money to offer financial contributions.” That was the only thing he had at home, and he decided to sell it in order to offer contributions. He says, “I had intended to do so “and one day, the Missionary came to collect financial contributions.
“That same day, someone who had taken a loan from me, which I had no hope of its return, “came at the same time in order to return the money.” He says, “I gave all of that money towards Waqf-e-Jadid. “In this manner, Allah the Almighty procured means to help me from the unseen.”
He had made a virtuous intention and before he could even act upon it, Allah the Almighty took care of the matter. He intended to sacrifice out of that which he loved, and Allah the Almighty rewarded him before he could even make the sacrifice, because Allah knows the conditions of the hearts.
Sajid Iqbal Sahib from the Marshall Islands says that there is a woman living there named Loraine. She says, “Allah the Almighty has bestowed great blessings upon me and my family “due to financial sacrifices. “Before, we did not partake in financial sacrifices “because we did not have certainty
“about the degree to which Allah the Almighty blesses financial sacrifices, “and we were also facing financial difficulty at the time. “We would not have enough money for food and drink, “and we would be worried when it came to fulfilling household expenditures. “However, when we heard sermons at the mosque
“about the blessings associated with financial sacrifices “we thought that we should also take part.” She says, “Hence, we started making sacrifices and offering financial contributions. “Now, Allah the Almighty has blessed us so much “that we are able to tend to our household expenses “and there are no difficulties with providing food and drink.
“It often happens that we receive money from various places “that we could not have even imagined. “No matter how much we give, Allah the Almighty continues to increase it manifold.” This is a manner in which Allah the Almighty treats new converts in order to strengthen their faith.
The Inspector of Waqf-e-Jadid from India says, “I went to Melapalayam, Tamil Nadu Jama’at “to complete the Waqf-e-Jadid budget and collect contributions, “and while there, I met a sincere Ahmadi who pledged allegiance in 2014 “and entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat.” The new convert says – although he is not a new convert anymore –
In any case that Ahmadi says, “I pledged 4000 rupees for Waqf-e-Jadid when I did bai’at “because that’s all I could afford. “Every year since then, I have increased the amount as much as I have been able to “and it is due to this that Allah the Almighty
“has continued to grant me special success in my business. “Then, after some time, the rest of my family also did bai’at.” He says, “By the grace of Allah the Almighty, “now my contribution to Waqf-e-Jadid is 500,000 rupees.” Last year, during the month of Ramadan, he fulfilled his pledge of five hundred thousand rupees.
He says, “Despite the lockdown, “due to the blessings resulting from my financial contributions, “I did not endure any loss in my business, rather it continued to grow. “Now, by the grace of Allah the Almighty, my business has expanded beyond India into Thailand.”
He says, “This is all due to the blessings of making financial contributions.” These are the blessings of Allah the Almighty. This is not the business of gambling. Instead, he put up money and worked hard, established a business, spent in the way of Allah the Almighty and then Allah the Almighty increased it manifold.
Then, there is another example from India. The missionary in-charge writes: “Nazim Mal and Inspector of Waqf-e-Jadid in Malappuram, Kerala “was on a tour for the end of the fiscal year. “He also came to our region, where he received a phone call from a sincere Ahmadi resident –
“Rahman Sahib, who is a businessman – he said, ‘Come to my company. ‘I have opened a new branch in my company where I wish to have prayers offered.’ “When we went there, without us even asking anything “he presented us with a cheque for 1 million rupees.
“Furthermore, he also provided his larger vehicle for our tour, equipped with petrol. “(The Nazim Mal) said that a small car would suffice, but Rahman Sahib said, ‘No! A representative of Markaz (Headquarters of the Community) ‘should travel in a reliable vehicle comfortably.’
“Rahman Sahib further said, ‘I had gathered this amount for registering a property, ‘but owing to your arrival, I have given it toward the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme ‘and have moved the date for the registry into the future.’ “After a few days, Rahman Sahib said that
“he obtained a large sum of money without any effort which was more than enough for his needs. “The sum greatly exceeded 1 million (rupees).” A woman from Mauritius by the name of Ms. Shabrez Sahiba writes: “I decided to sacrifice the money I received from my parents as a birthday present.
“500 rupees would go toward Waqf-e-Jadid and 500 toward Tahrik-e-Jadid. “I had stored that sum in an envelope. “I was unwell at the time and my paternal uncle and cousin came to see me. “They both gave me envelopes, each containing 5000 (rupees). “I was astonished to see that
“Allah the Almighty had rewarded me 10 times more than what I had given.” The Sadr (president) of Georgia Jama’at writes: “There is a member by the name of Muhammad Abu Hammad Sahib “who is originally from Palestine and is studying medicine in Georgia. “He had taken the Bai’at (pledged allegiance) three years ago.
“The Jama’at held a seminar “during the Ashra (ten days dedicated to a particular effort) Waqf-e-Jadid “highlighting the way to spend for the cause of Allah. “The student said, ‘At this time, I only have about 300 dollars, ‘and I have decided to contribute half of that toward Waqf-e-Jadid
‘because I remembered the following verse of the Holy Qur’an: ‘(ARABIC) ‘That is, ‘He indeed truly prospers who purifies it.’ ‘By the end of the month, after my day-to-day expenses, ‘I was left with just two dollars in my bank account.
‘At the end of December, a relative of mine was coming to Georgia from Palestine. ‘I was worried about how I would be able to host him, ‘however, by the sheer grace of Allah the Almighty, on the same day that my guest arrived,
‘I also received a transfer of 1000 dollars into my bank account from somewhere.’ “He continued to say, ‘I always show gratitude to Allah the Almighty for that ‘and consider it a blessing of almsgiving.’” It is a matter of perspective; a worldly person has a certain perspective,
But a faithful person always thinks that the grace of Allah the Almighty they received was a result of spending for His cause. A Mu’allim from Kenya writes: “There is a new convert in my local Jama’at by the name of Khadijah. “She is a teacher in a nursery school.
“At the start of the year, she pledged 500 shilling for the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme, “and made her payment.” He continues, “I went to the school to give her the receipt, “however, she came to my home and told my wife “that she would like to give an additional 500 shillings.
“She said, ‘My total contributions should be 1000 shillings. ‘I am doing this with the intention that Allah the Almighty will increase His blessings.’ “When I came home and my wife informed me of this, I wrote out another receipt.”
He continues to say, “I went to give her the receipt and she said to me, ‘I have a son who is studying in college, ‘and I had submitted a request for a grant that would go toward his education. ‘My request was not being accepted,
‘however, just today I received a call from the college ‘that a sum of 30,000 shillings has been deposited by the government for his expenses.’” He says, “This incident has had a great impact upon me.” Amir Sahib of Indonesia writes: “There is a member by the name of Abdur Rahim from a small Jama’at.
He says, ‘I make contributions toward the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme every year. ‘The years 2020 and 2021 were very difficult for me because I could not find employment. ‘Some time ago, I resigned from my employment to try and start a business, ‘however, I was not successful. My savings gradually depleted.
‘The year for Waqf-e-Jadid was coming to an end and I had given a pledge to contribute. ‘I could not see a way to contribute. ‘It was difficult to find employment, especially because I was approaching the age of 51 ‘as it is hard to find employment at this age.
‘I would pray for this in tahajjud prayer (pre-dawn voluntary prayer) every day.’” He would also write letters to me regularly, saying that he needs to contribute to the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme and requesting prayers that he may have the honour to do so. He continues, “In one way or another,
“Allah the Almighty enabled me to fulfil my pledge for Waqf-e-Jadid before the end of the year. “I was somehow able to make my contributions.” He continues, “A few days after making my contributions, “I received a phone call from a previous employer who asked me to come in for an interview.
“I thanked Allah that I found a job. “I was very surprised because the person that called me was not my direct supervisor. “My friend was also astonished at the fact that I was made this offer, “especially because I had resigned from there seven years earlier.”
He says, “It is a favour of Allah upon me “that even at this age, I have found a source of income.” There is a city in Senegal called Tambacounda. A missionary from there writes: “During my tour, whilst I was encouraging people to give alms
“and relating incidents that you (i.e., His Holiness) had mentioned in a previous sermon, “I met an Ahmadi by the name of Usman Sahib. “He said that prior to taking the Bai’at, his financial state was very weak, “and after taking the Bai’at, all his relatives began to oppose him.
“They made four attempts to burn down his house, “and every time, a different portion of his house would be set ablaze. “However, he says that ever since he started participated “in almsgiving under the system of the Jama’at, “his circumstances have changed.” He continues to say, “Owing to the blessings of almsgiving,
“he has now built his own secure house. “Before, his house was made of straw and would easily catch fire, “however, now it is a solid structure. “His children are also getting a good education in the city. “Every year, just as in other branches of almsgiving,
“he makes a commendable increase in his contributions toward Waqf-e-Jadid. “He says, ‘All my opponents have either passed away, ‘or, if they are alive, are in a deplorable state.’” Amir Sahib of Tanzania writes: “There is an incident of a farmer.
“He grows tomatoes and waters his crops by renting machines and pumps to lift water from the lake. “He said, ‘This year, rain was scarce. The crops deteriorated. ‘The neighboring farmers would laugh at me as they watered their crops, ‘commenting about what I had done to my crops.’”
Nonetheless, he says, “When the Mu’allim reminded me to give alms, “I offered the 1000 shilling I had in my possession. “The Mu’allim gave me my receipt. “The next day, there was an Amila meeting, “and I told the Mu’allim that the deal I made has come to fruition
“as the first rain of the season has showered on my crops and the water (reserves) are full. “Allah the Almighty has rewarded me in this manner.” A missionary from Sierra Leone writes: “There is a teacher, Alex Tamo Sahib, who is a researcher in Sierra Leone.
“He says that there were arrears in his Wasiyyat and other financial schemes of the Jama’at “due to the governmental issues of the previous year, “owing to which there was a delay in the paying of salaries. “For some time, life became very difficult.
“Nonetheless, he arranged for some money and paid his Wasiyyat and other alms, “even during this trying time. “He said, ‘After giving alms, I was first elected to be part of a group ‘that was undertaking a research project on rice in Guinea Conakry. ‘Following that, I also received a large, furnished house.
‘Furthermore, I had the opportunity to arrange for a TV and MTA before the 2022 Jalsa Salana UK. ‘Most of all, by the grace of God Almighty, ‘I also attained a scholarship for a PhD in Japan’s Kagoshima University. ‘I had applied and my institution also gave a recommendation,
‘and as a result I was selected.’” He further says, “I have been in Japan since last year. “By the grace of Allah, I am in contact with the Jama’at here as well. “Not only that, but by God’s grace, “my institution has allotted a house for my family and a stipend in Sierra Leone.”
He says, “Nonetheless, this has greatly strengthened my faith; “Allah the Almighty has granted me this favour due to the blessings of almsgiving.” It is observed that not only amongst older Ahmadis, but there are many examples of how new converts are disinterested in wealth.
The missionary of the Moyamba region of Sierra Leone writes: “In reference to the Friday Sermon, “the people were encouraged to contribute toward Waqf-e-Jadid “through the story of a companion who took an axe into the woods, cut and sold lumber “and offered his earnings to the Holy Prophet (sa).
“There are Ahmadis who come to offer Friday Prayers from a nearby village known as Dodo. “Amongst them, a sincere Ahmadi by the name of Qasim came on a sweltering afternoon “and contributed a large sum toward Waqf-e-Jadid, saying that it was his total earnings.
“He was told to keep some money for his monthly expenses, “but he responded very passionately, saying, ‘The day you narrated the story of that companion, ‘I made a solemn vow to bring that story into practice. ‘Thus, you must accept the full amount. ‘Allah the Almighty will reward me Himself.’”
Amir Sahib of Tanzania writes: “The Mu’allim of the Shinyanga region informed me “of an area known as Sambaçai where the Community has been newly established. “Up until December, 39 people had entered the fold of the Community.” This Jama’at was only established last month.
The Mu’allim says, “In December I was touring the local Jama’ats assigned to me. “I also visited this newly established Jama’at. “Most of the people who entered the Community from this area previously had no religion. “They were not acquainted with religion at all,
“and so there was a focused effort to teach them (the method of) prayer and the Qur’an. “After offering Zuhr prayer, there was a class held for moral training, “during which I (the Mu’allim) taught the method of prayer “and other matters of Islamic jurisprudence.
“An elderly man saw a receipt book in the Mu’allim’s bag and inquired about it. “The Mu’allim explained that as the year for Waqf-e-Jadid was in its final month, “they were collecting the pledges that were made, “after which a report would be sent to the Headquarters
“so that their report could be seen by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba). “All Ahmadis that take part in this scheme are given a receipt. “Upon this, another Ahamdi asked: ‘When will you take our Chanda?’” The Mu’allim says: “I told them that I had thought that
“because they were going through difficult times and they were new converts “that perhaps they needed more moral training, “hence that you would be included in the scheme from the following year. “Upon this, all the new converts asked: ‘Will our names not be presented to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba)? ‘This cannot happen.’
“Upon this, all those present gave everything they had. “When we were about to leave, they said: ‘Mu’allim Sahib! Before you leave, note down our promises for next year as well.’ “Subsequently, they pledged their amounts for Waqf-e-Jadid for the following year as well.”
In this way, Allah the Almighty is increasing the faith of the new converts as well. Ameer Sahib Gambia writes: “Jallow Sahib is an Ahmadi member “who resides in the Dutabulu Jama’at of the North Bank (region). “Jallow Sahibs father is not an Ahmadi and is a chief of his village.
“He is extremely ill and frail, and for this reason his son, who is an Ahmadi, “oversees the matters relating to the village. “He mentioned that one day an Islamic NGO visited their village and according to him, “they would assist the Muslims of the village with 15,000 Dalasis (local currency).”
He further says: “They phoned me and said: ‘We have heard a lot about you, that you are a very noble and decent man. ‘We wish to assist you and your father with 30,000 Dalasis, ‘but the only issue is that you are an Ahmadi. ‘If you leave the Jama’at you will receive this amount.’”
Upon this Jallow sahib replied to the NGO: “I do not need any money, “because the Jama’at has taught us that Allah the Almighty is sufficient for His people. “Besides, each year I donate more than 15,000 Dalasis in alms.” Upon hearing this, they were astounded and said:
“Why do you give such a big amount to the Jama’at, you yourself are poor?” To this, the Ahmadi replied: “Were you to discover “the amount of joy and blessings I have experienced from Allah the Almighty, “you yourself would join the community of the Imam Mahdi (as).”
This is the condition of the faith that Allah the Almighty is instilling in the hearts of those Ahmadis living in distant lands; after professing belief in the Ardent Devotee of the Holy Prophet (sa), their faith goes from strength to strength. Ameer Sahib of Congo Kinshasa writes: “During the Friday sermon,
“the members were reminded about contributing towards Waqf-e-Jadid Chanda. “On the same day, Nooruddeen Sahib, who works in the Police force rang our Mu’allim and said: ‘I have been saving an amount in case of an emergency, ‘however, after hearing Murabbi Sahib encouraging to contribute towards Waqf-e-Jadid ‘I would like to contribute towards that.’
“He contributed 210,000 (Congolese) Franc, which for him was an extraordinary amount.” This is an example of those who love to offer sacrifices in the way of Allah. The missionary in Macedonia writes: “Most of the Ahmadis here are poor, “but despite this they still over financial sacrifices.
“One member, Faisal Sahib – who pledged allegiance in 1995 in Germany – “travelled to various countries before settling back in Macedonia. “Initially he had little contact with the Jama’at, but later he became more attached. “Last Eid Al-Adha he stayed in the mission house for two to three days.
“During his stay he was informed about the financial system of the Jama’at; “aside from obligatory chanda, he was informed about Tahrik-e-Jadid and Waqf-e-Jadid.” He further writes: “10 or 12 days later, I went into town to meet him. “Before leaving he gave me 10,000 (Macedonian) Denars as Chanda,
“which is not a large amount and equates approximately to 63 Euros. “This member is unemployed and has not been working for a long time. “I said to him that he was well aware of his own circumstances “and so I advised him to keep some amount for himself and save it for his family,
“because what he gave was a very large amount in Macedonian Denars. “However he insisted and happily gave the entire amount “from himself and his family towards Waqf-e-Jadid, “saying that Allah the Almighty would provide for him.” Thus, these are the people who are truly offering sacrifices,
Who give in the way of Allah the Almighty out of that wealth which they are in need of. The Promised Messiah (as) says: “It is not possible for you to love wealth and Allah. “You can have love for one only.” He further says: “Fortunate is the one that loves Allah alone.
“If anyone from among you loves Allah and sacrifices their wealth for the sake of Allah, “I firmly believe that their wealth will be blessed far more than the wealth of others, “because wealth is not received by a person of his own accord, “rather it goes to a person with the Will of God.
“Thus, the one who leaves some portion of their wealth for the sake of God “will certainly receive blessings thereof.” Thus, every Ahmadi who has offered sacrifices is a witness to the truthfulness of this extract, that whatever the Promised Messiah (as) said was the truth. May Allah the Almighty enable those who offered sacrifices
To increase in their level of sacrifice, may they as well as those people who are better off financially, but level of sacrifice is not as good, understand this saying of the Promised Messiah (as), where he states: “I tell you again and again, Allah is not dependent on any of your services,
“but it is a great blessing upon you that He has granted you an opportunity to offer sacrifices.” Those that are miserly ought to ponder over this. May Allah the Almighty enable the Umarah of the Jama’at to understand this matter as well.
After this, I will mention the details and figures for the collection of Waqf-e-Jadid last year. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, the 65th year of Waqf-e-Jadid concluded on 31st December and the new year commenced on 1st January (2023). The total sacrifice offered by the Jama’at was more than £12.2 million – £12,215,000.
Despite the fact that the economic situation of the world has not improved, this is an increase of £928,000 from last year, Alhamdollilah. Out of all the Jama’ats across the world, the UK stood 1st again in terms of overall collection,
Canada is in 2nd place, followed by Germany who have moved down to 3rd place, USA were 4th, India were 5th, Australia were 6th, 7th place was a Jama’at in the Middle East, Indonesia were 8th, 9th place was another Jama’at in the Middle East and Belgium stood 10th.
In terms of contribution per capita, USA is 1st, Switzerland is 2nd, UK is 3rd, Australia is 4th and Canada is 5th. In terms of overall contribution amongst the African countries, 1st is Ghana, 2nd is Mauritius, 3rd is Nigeria, Burkina Faso is 4th, Tanzania is 5th,
Liberia is 6th, the Gambia is 7th, Uganda is 8th, Sierra Leone is 9th and Benin is 10th. This year there has been a 61,000 increase in the number of participants. The total number of sincere participants is 1,506,000. Out of those countries who strived to increase their number of participants Uganda was 1st,
Followed by Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, then Niger, Congo Kinshasa and then Bangladesh. These countries were worthy of mention. In terms of overall collection, the top ten large Jama’ats from the UK are: Farnham is 1st, Worcester Park is 2nd, Walsall is 3rd, Islamabad is 4th, Gillingham is 5th,
South Cheam is 6th, Aldershot south is 7th, Bradford is 8th, Cheam is 9th and Ewell is 10th. The regions are: Baitul Futuh stood 1st, Islamabad was 2nd, Fazl Mosque is 3rd, Midlands is 4th and Baitul Ehsan is 5th. The top ten Jama’ats with regard to daftar Atfal are Aldershot South is 1st,
Followed by Islamabad, then Walsall, then Farnham, then Roehampton, Ewell, Aldershot North, followed by Mitcham Park, Bordon, South Cheam and Baitul Futuh. The top five smaller Jama’ats in terms of overall collection is: Spen Valley, Keighley, North Wales, Northampton and Swansea.
The Amarats of Canada are as follows: Vaughan is 1st, followed by Vancouver, then Calgary, Peace Village, Toronto and then Brampton-West. The top ten large Jama’ats in Canada – the ones mentioned before were Amarats, the Jama’ats are as follows: Milton West is first, Hadeeqah Ahmad is 2nd, Milton East is 3rd,
Winnipeg is 4th, Saskatoon Baitur Rahmat is 5th, Durham West is 6th, Ottawa West 7th, Innisfil is 8th, Regina is 10th, Abbotsford 10th, Regina was 9th and Abbotsford was 10th, From the Atfal (collection): Vaughan is 1st, followed by Peace Village, then Toronto West, Calgary and Brampton East.
The top five Jama’ats in Daftar Atfal are – the ones mentioned before were Amarats, now they are Jama’ats: Airdrie, Saint Catharines, Hadeeqah Ahmad, Innisfil and Bradford East. The top five Amarats of Germany are: Hamburg is 1st, Frankfurt is 2nd, Wiesbaden is 3rd, followed by Gross-Gerau and Riedstadt.
The top ten Jama’ats are: Rdermark, Rderaue, Mainz, Bait Al-Rasheed, Neuss, Flrsheim, Nidda, Mahdi-Abad, Friedberg and Koblenz In terms of collection from Atfal, the top five regions are Hessen Mitte, Hessen Southwest, Hamburg, Taunus, and Wiesbaden. The top ten Jama’ats of the USA are: Maryland, North Virginia, Los Angeles, Detroit,
Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, Oshkosh, Rochester and then Phoenix. The top ten Jama’ats for Atfal are: South Virginia, North Virginia, Maryland, Seattle, Orlando, Austin, Silicon Valley, Oshkosh, Portland and Zion. The top three Jama’ats in Pakistan are – despite Pakistans unfavourable economic situation,
By the grace of Allah they increased their collections significantly in the local currency. Compared to the Pound (Sterling), the value of their currency has diminished. But despite this, they contributed a significant amount. The first Jama’at was: Lahore, followed by Rabwah and then Karachi was 3rd.
In terms of districts Islamabad was 1st, followed by Sialkot, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Umerkot, Multan, Mirpur Khas and Dera Ghazi Khan. In terms of overall collection, the top ten Jama’ats are: Islamabad city, Defence Lahore, Township Lahore, Darul Zikr Lahore, Model Town Lahore, Allama Iqbal Town Lahore,
Rawalpindi Town, Azizabad Karachi, Samanabad Lahore and Mughalpura Lahore. The three large Jama’ats for daftar Atfal: Lahore is first, Rabwah is second, Karachi is third. The position of districts for daftar Atfal: Islamabad is first, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Umerkot, Mirpur Khas, Narowal, Nankana Sahib, Jhelum and then Quetta.
The small Jama’ats that made extraordinary progress are – they are not only small Jama’ats but include large towns as well: Gujranwala city, Gulshan-e-Jami Karachi, Sadr Karachi, Rawalpindi Cantt, Bait Al-Fazl Faisalabad, Kareem Nagar Faisalabad, Sialkot Town, Peshawar, Sargodha, Okara. The top ten provinces from India are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jammu Kashmir,
Telangana, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi. The top ten Jama’ats are: Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Qadian, Kerala, Pathapiriyam, Bangalore, Melapalayam, Calcutta, Calicut, and Kerang. The top ten Jama’ats from Australia are: Castle Hill, Melbourne Langwarrin, Marsden Park, Logan East, Melbourne Berwick, Penrith, Perth, Adelaide South, Melbourne Clyde and Adelaide West.
The Jama’ats in Australia in terms of contribution from adults are: Castle Hill, Melbourne Langwarrin, Marsden Park, Melbourne Berwick, Logan East, Penrith, Perth, Adelaide South, Adelaide West and Melbourne Clyde. The collection from Atfal are: Melbourne Langwarrin, Logan East, Penrith, Perth, Castle Hill, Melbourne Clyde, Adelaide South, Melbourne Berwick, Mount Druitt and Melbourne West.
May Allah the Almighty greatly bless the wealth and progeny of all those who participated in this scheme. All praise is due to Allah We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone
And we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path.
And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other
And to do good to others as one does to one’s kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He too will remember you;
Call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.