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, Hazrat 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.