by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)
The Ahmadiyya Gazette, May – June 1993
The members of our Jamaat ought to show something distinctive in their day to day behaviors. If somebody, after accepting Bai’at, does not show any distinctive condition and persists in mistreating his wife and children and other people, even after submitting his pledge of “Bai’at”, then what is the use of his “Bai’at”? It is very essential that one should demonstrate such an excellent example of dealing with one’s family, relatives, neighbors, and even those who are opposed to him, that they should speak out with one voice that this person has completely changed after “Bai’at” and is no longer his old self.
Remember it very well that if you pursue the activities of your inner selves, then the people will definitely look upon you with respect and honor. Take the example of the Holy Prophet may peace be on him). The people were so much impressed and overawed by the power of his noble moral character that once they suspected that the Holy Prophet was going to pray for their destruction. All the non-believers got together, came to the Holy Prophet, and begged of him not to pray for their destruction. A truthful person certainly commands respect and dignity among the people.
If Ahmadis clean their inner faculties and pursue their normal life activities, surely, all the people around them will yield to the power and dignity of their noble character. (Malfoozat, Vol. 9)