SPECIAL features of the Tahrik-e-Jadid have been explained and dwelt upon separately on several occasions, but the collective importance of the Tahrik has never before been put before the community. In fact, I myself have realized it only gradually. When I inaugurated the Tahrik-e-Jadid in my first address, its different features took shape in my mind, as it were, by divine inspiration, and I went on explaining them as I was inspired. The truth, therefore, is that many of its benefits and objects remained hidden even from me and I did not even realize all its implications. It may have been a part of the divine purpose that attention should be drawn to the collective importance of the Tahrik-e-Jadid only at a particular stage in its growth, and that may be the reason why attention has not so far been paid to it. However, there is no doubt now, that the Tahrik has a universal aspect. It is necessary that this aspect should be explained.
What I propose to say, therefore, is that the Tahrik-e-Jadid, which I inaugurated some time ago under Divine inspiration, contains within it the seed which in due time will grow to fulfil a great Islamic purpose and serve to strengthen the foundations of human society.
As I proceed, you may begin to wonder, what connection the subject of my address has with the Tahrik-e-Jadid. But if you are patient to the end and try to follow carefully what I have to say, you will realize the relevance it has to the Tahrik-e-Jadid.
It is not possible to understand anything except in its own proper setting. Torn from its setting the most beautiful object loses its charm. Unless, therefore, I give you the setting of Tahrik-e-Jadid you will not understand what it all is about. This is all the more necessary, because a large majority of the members of our Jama‘at belongs to rural areas, ill-acquainted with the thought movements of their day. This necessitates some explanation of the conditions through which mankind have passed recently, and which compelled me to inaugurate the Tahrik. I must also examine the changes which are going on around us and explain how they are likely to affect the future — particularly the future of our Movement, and other Muslim communities. If these changes in their operation are likely to prove injurious, what steps ought we to take to guard ourselves against them, and if beneficial, to what extent ought we to adopt them?