Lajna Imaillah U.S.A. is an active auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, and Allah has blessed its efforts in propagating Islam. By the Grace of Allah, the number of women seeking the truth and accepting Islam is rapidly increasing. One of Lajna Imaillah's responsibilities is training and educating its members and therefore it was decided that Lajna produce literature for this purpose.
The first such publication was a booklet called The Handbook for Muslim Women produced by Lajna Imaillah in 1975, under then President Rasheeda Saeed. However, by the beginning of the 1990's, it was apparent that the original booklet needed to be revised and updated.
At the 1992 National Lajna Executive Meeting, the National President, Amtul Hakim Abdullah, formed a committee to produce another booklet that would help Lajna members, new converts, and women of our society understand Islam and Ahmadiyyat. As committee Chairperson, Shakurah Nooriah conducted the survey among all the Lajna members in the U. S. A. for suggestions for the contents of this booklet. When the mass of suggestions came back, the committee realized that a complete book would be required to cover all the topics that Lajna members felt were important. This book is the result of that survey. Alhamdolillah, all Praise belongs to Allah.
The compilation and editing were done by Dr. Aziza Rahman with assistance from Aisha Sharif; chapters were written by Fatimah Haneef, Shakurah Nooriah, Dr. Aziza Rahman, Zakia Mahmood, Ruqaiya Asad and Nycemah Yaqub. Other Committee members who provided materials and information are Khullat Alladin, Maryam Deveaux, Tahira Lateef, Nasira Bhatti, Sadiqa Sajid, Tazeen Ahmad and Aisha Sial. Munawar A. Saeed reviewed the manuscript and typesetting was done by Dr. Wajeeh Bajwa. May Allah reward their humble efforts.
All praise and gratitude belongs to Almighty Allah. May Allah accept this humble effort and make it truly a useful tool for the training and education of our members. Ameen.
It is both sad and ironic that Islam which openly acknowledges the truth and veracity of other faiths in their original form is distorted and maligned, particularly in the West. Unfortunately some Muslim groups contribute to this false image of Islam by misusing their faith to suit and serve their own political and special agendas.
The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed on Divine authority to be the Promised Messiah and the World Reformer of the latter days, (as prophesied in the ancient scriptures of all great religions), is engaged in removing the misunderstandings about Islam. Thus Islam, contrary to general belief, does not permit use of force as an instrument for the spread of its message.
Again, Islam recognizes that all religions have the right to claim possession of some divine truth and different religions should teach unity and tolerance rather than division and strife.
It is beyond the scope of this book to cover all that is unjustly contributed to Islam, but Lajna Imaillah, a women's auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Movement, presents in this book Islam's teachings on the role and status of women in Islam, its marriage system, and its viewpoint on some other contemporary issues.
The book, though primarily designed to be of special interest and guidance to new converts, will also be of great interest to a wider audience. This laudable effort of the Lajna is gratefully acknowledged and should receive wide recognition.
M. M. AHMAD
Ameer Jamaat, U. S. A.
Assalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahe wa barakatohu! May peace be with you and the mercy and blessings of Allah.
Accepting Islam and joining the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is, undoubtedly, the most important decision you will ever make. Therefore, Lajna Imaillah U. S. A. (Maidservants of Allah), the women's auxiliary of the Ahmadiyyat Muslim Community, has prepared this guide book hoping to make the transition into Islam and our community a blessed and successful endeavor.
This book may also serve as an introduction to those seeking more information about Islam but are not yet ready to make a commitment. This book is not intended to be a comprehensive work on Islam but rather a guide to answering the questions and clearing up some of the confusion faced by new Muslims and those encountering Islam for the first time. It lists Ahmadiyya Muslim educational resources so that anyone seeking knowledge may tap into them and drink deeply from the fountain of Islam's beauties.
Outstanding among those resources are the Holy Qur'an with the five-volume commentary, Hadith (Sayings of the Holy Prophet), books of the Promised Messiah and the Friday sermons of the International Head of the Ahmadi Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad. You may view those sermons broadcast by satellite T.V. on Fridays, subscribe to the service of receiving the audio cassettes or borrow them from a local mosque.
Please take comfort that around you are others who were once seekers and new Muslims and understand your feelings. There are also those who were born into Ahmadiyyat Islam and consider your thirst for knowledge of God and His Message a great blessing. Please do not feel shy about asking questions and requesting help.
Along with the reading of this book, it is also recommended that you have a mentor on whom you can rely for assistance in learning prayers and Arabic. Feel free to call upon local Lajna members or the president of the local community.
Ultimately, we Muslims place our trust in Allah Almighty and turn to Him for guidance and help. Indeed, the worship of the Creator and Sustainer of All the Worlds is the endeavor from which we derive the greatest benefit. And it is that common striving that unites the diverse elements of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
We pray you will derive benefit from this book and that Allah Almighty will guide you on the right path. Ameen.
LAJNA IMAILLAH, U. S. A.