After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta‘awwuz, and Surah Al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V(aba) mentioned that the Promised Messiah(as) thanked God Almighty for the sincere community he has been given. There are countless examples of sincerity and loyalty of the Companions of the Holy Prophet(sa) and also of the Promised Messiah(as).
The Promised Messiah(as) stated that he was given the glad tidings of Khilafat after his demise, in the book Al-Wassiyat. This promise was for a lasting caliphate that shall continue till the Day of Judgement, providing the Community remains loyal and sincere in their relationship with Khilafat.
His Holiness(aba) said that all Ahmadis around the world must develop these sentiments of dedication and do their utmost to act upon the instructions of the Khalifa. There is a strong connection between the Khalifa and his Community, and vice versa. There are thousands of incidents that give testimony to this.
His Holiness(aba) then stated that the Editor of Al-Badr wrote with regards to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I(ra), that there are so many people who are expressing their love for him and who pray fervently for him.
One Companion asked Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I(ra) for some advice, to which he replied, ‘you have carried out all that I have asked. Only one thing remains, and that is to memorise the Holy Quran’. Despite being 65 years of age he put the entire Holy Quran to memory, in accordance with the instruction of Huzur.
His Holiness(aba) said that when Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II(ra) instructed his Community to increase preaching efforts to others, one youngster went to Afghanistan without a passport for this task. He was taken to jail, but he continued his preaching there too, so they sent him back to India.
However, upon returning, this young man did not even go to see his elderly mother and presented himself before Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II(ra) and expressed his willingness and desire to immediately travel to another country where Hazrat Musleh Maud(ra) would direct him.
Then, His Holiness(aba) mentioned that during the Khilafat of Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad(rh), one woman named Naima Latif Sahiba, showed great sincerity and obedience by being the only one in her vicinity to wear the Islamic veil in that time, right after listening to an address of Huzur(rh) on the topic of the Islamic veil.
In 1974, when Ahmadis were being targeted and persecuted, one Ahmadi sold his land to buy another closer to Rabwah. However, when he informed Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III(rh), he expressed his disappointment and told him he should have kept it. So this Ahmadi did all he could to buy it back, and did so at a much higher price, then informed Huzur(rh) that he acted upon his instructions.
His Holiness(aba) said that during the Khilafat of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad(rh), there were extraordinary changes and developments in Africa due to the work of the missionaries sent there. The people developed such a love and devotion for Khilafat that they could not imagine. The missionaries admitted that this was not from their own efforts, but it was all from God Almighty.
When His Holiness(aba) visited Nigeria, there were only two hours in which the people could see him. Even so, 30,000 people gathered to meet him and the men and women were restless in their efforts to meet him.
His Holiness(aba) said that in Ghana, they bought a vast plot of land, where they would hold the Jalsa Salana [Annual Convention]. Despite the large number of people and lack of space, not a single person complained and they showed great patience. When one or two of them were asked about this, they said we are happy to just have the chance to attend the Jalsa Salana, so we can bear hardships for these few days.
He also said that the Community in Burkina Faso was only established a few decades ago, but even still, His Holiness(aba) could see that they were so advanced in their devotion and love for Khilafat. Not all of them are born Ahmadis, but within a few years they develop such sincerity and are filled with love for the Khalifa.
Some people are of the opinion that Americans are worldly people and have less regard for their faith. However, they too are full of sincerity and dedication, and they express this also in their letters, and even give up their jobs to serve the Community and the Khalifa.
His Holiness(aba) then gave many more examples of this love and dedication of members of the Community all around the world, and how they make sacrifices for the sake of Khilafat.
Hence, it is God Almighty Who places this love and fidelity in the hearts of members of the Community all around the world. May Allah Almighty enable us all to increase in our faith, love and sincerity. May Allah Almighty enable us to continue witnessing His promises come to fulfilment. Ameen.
His Holiness(aba) also announced that MTA had previously been divided into 4 channels, but now there are 8.
MTA 1 World, will have programs in English and Urdu and live programs.
MTA 2 Europe will have programs in European languages.
MTA 3 al-Arabiyyah will continue to run as it was in Arabic.
MTA 4 Africa will continue to have content for the people of Africa, in English, French and Swahili etc.
MTA 5 will have content in English and other languages of Africa.
MTA 6 Asia will have content for Asian countries, in Urdu, Hindi, Japanese and other languages of Asia.
MTA 7 Asia is an HD channel for Pakistan, India, Bangladesh Sri Lanka etc.
MTA 8 America will have programs for North America, in English, French and Spanish.
His Holiness(aba) prayed, may Allah continue to spread the message through these channels. Ameen.
Summary prepared by The Review of Religions.
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