Friday Sermon: Preparing for Jalsa Salana UK 2016: 5th August 2016 (Urdu)

Friday Sermon: Preparing for Jalsa Salana UK 2016: 5th August 2016 (Urdu)


Peace and Blessing of Allah be on you! I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except God and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His Servant and Messenger After this I seek refuge with Allah,
from Satan, the accursed. In the name of Allah,
the Gracious, the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah,
Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious,
the Merciful. Master of the
Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and
Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path; The path of those on whom
Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not
incurred Thy displeasure, and those who have
not gone astray. Jalsa Salana UK [annual convention]
is starting next Friday, InshAllah. By the grace of Allah the Almighty
guests from various countries around the world have started to
arrive in order to attend Jalsa Salana. May Allah the Almighty grant the
management of Jalsa Salana the ability to serve the guests of Jalsa
in an excellent manner, regardless of the fact that they
are coming from various countries of the world or they are from
various areas from the UK. By the grace of Allah the Almighty,
the elderly, youth, children and women offer themselves on a voluntary
basis from all parts of Britain in order to serve the guests
that arrive for the Jalsa Salana. And as the number of participants
of Jalsa Salana is growing, Jalsa arrangements are also increasing
and as is the need for volunteers. And by the grace of Allah the Almighty,
children, youth, women and men present themselves cheerfully for
this service without any difficulty. Majority of the youth and children
think that this is a great blessing and favour of Allah the Almighty that
He granted them the ability to serve the guests of the Promised Messiah (as). And by the Grace of Allah the Almighty
this has become the nature of the members of the Jama’at in every country of the
world that every level and age group of members of the Jama’at wants
to serve the guests of Jalsa Salana. Last weekend, from Friday to Sunday,
Jalsa Salana USA was held. I saw an interview on one of the programs which was being televised via internet on YouTube. The person conducting the program, interviewed an officeholder of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. He was mentioning how Khuddam and volunteers had been
working for the Jalsa preparation. Similarly, there was an interview
of a 19 to 20 year old boy as well who is born and raised there. He was asked ‘what do you receive in ‘compensation for all this work that you do? ‘What amount will you receive? ‘How many dollars will you get in remuneration?’ He [the officeholder] replied and the
answer of the young boy was also the same, and as I have stated that he
was born and raised in America, a country which is very
materialistic in its thinking that ‘in this country we work voluntarily. ‘The labour that we receive is above
the mind-set of materialistic people. ‘We work to obtain the pleasure
of God the Almighty.’ And this is the nature of Ahmadis
living in every country of the world. Whether they are African or Indonesian
or someone living in remote islands or someone living in a developed western country. While the priorities of the world during
vacation from schools and colleges is to play around and travel around,
and the priorities of those who work in the world are to relax and spend time with family
on vacations when they are off from work, however during this time, the priorities
of an Ahmadi are completely different. If the Jalsa Salana is during these
vacations, then during these days, those who are educated and
as well those who are uneducated; high ranking officials and also
those who are subordinate; skilled workers and ordinary
labourers and also students, offer themselves on voluntary basis to serve
the guests of the Promised Messiah (as). In other developed countries of the
world Jalsas are held in huge halls or in places where there are many
facilities available but UK Jalsa is held at such a place where all
arrangements are to be made temporarily. And every possible facility which can be made
available or can be provided, is granted. Also, there is a condition from the council
that from the beginning of starting [Jalsa] work until after the Jalsa is over,
the wind up for everything should be done and the site should be turned in to the
agricultural land or farmland as it was before. All this work should be done
within twenty-eight days. So in this regard, there is
a need for many volunteers in order to do a lot of expansive
work in a limited time. On the one hand, the time period
of starting the work and finishing it is very limited in terms the nature of the work. But in terms of the work for volunteers,
it is not just twenty-eight days, rather some tasks are such that start even before that are not being conducted
directly in the Jalsa Gah. However, in preparation [for these tasks]
volunteers start working 2 to 3 weeks beforehand. Some workers here are such that they
sacrifice their time and wealth for a month and half to two months
approximately and this is a long time for a person to
work on voluntary basis. Hence in this regard, the volunteers
of UK Jalsa are aware of the sacrifice for work of Jalsa and the
importance of Jalsa duty. They are offering this service for many years. However, there are many new volunteers. Some of them deal directly with
the guests during the Jalsa days. Duties of some of the volunteers
will start during Jalsa days and for some it has started today
and some will start tomorrow. As I said that guests have started to arrive. So, as usual, I will briefly
say something as a reminder. Sometimes, there is no doubt that certain
people have immense passion to serve, however, everyone has their own temperament. Some lack patience, some say
things due to lack of knowledge or they do certain things that are
a source of discomfort for guests. However after being reminded, those
voluntary workers become cautious and try to fulfil their duties whilst paying
more attention towards their responsibilities. Otherwise, I do not doubt for even a moment that the workers are not working
with a passion to serve. All of the workers are certainly those
who work with a passion to serve. It is the commandment of Allah the
Almighty to give reminders and to advice. Every year I direct attention towards this
in the Friday Sermon before Jalsa. In the Holy Qur’an also,
Allah the Almighty in regards to guests has related the
hospitality of Hazrat Ibrahim (as). He has informed us about
the importance of hospitality. On various occasions, the Holy Prophet (saw)
has also mentioned the importance of hospitality and this attribute.
In this era, the Promised Messiah (as) has directed our attention
towards this particularly. Rather, he has established the
hospitality of those guests who travel for the sake of faith as one of
the objectives of his advent. Therefore, the Promised Messiah
(as) writes in one place that “The third branch of this dispensation
is of those who arrive here and “they travel in search of the truth and also
those who come for various other reasons.” He also states, “This branch is still
developing” that is, it is growing. Then, he also said that “These people
are coming in thousands in this era.” At the time when there was no facility of any
type available in the small town of Qadian, the Promised Messiah (as) would order provisions from Batala or Amritsar for the
hospitality of the guests. In such circumstances, a person
can perhaps get worried since there are no means of communication and one
has to travel on foot, generally on a horse cart. And so, it is very difficult to
entertain guests in a remote area. For this reason Allah the Almighty
informed the Promised Messiah (as) beforehand in order to strengthen his
heart. There is an Arabic revelation. The translation is that “people will
turn towards you in large numbers. “So it is incumbent upon you that
you do not treat them in an “unpleasant manner and it is
incumbent upon you that “you do not get weary after
witnessing their large numbers.” Today, in all corners of the world these
conventions show these scenes that people come in great numbers and are blessed
with spiritual and physical nourishment. In Britain, due to the presence of Khalifa,
guests comes from all corners of the world just to gain knowledge of faith
and quench their spiritual thirst. Today the servants of the Promised
Messiah, peace be upon him, according to the directive of Allah,
are serving the guests unselfishly, selflessly, without tiring,
without showing indignation. This is our duty that we serve the
guests and have the arrangements of the convention carried
out in a befitting manner. Non-Ahmadis and non-Muslims also attend the Jalsa and they are always impressed
by the work of volunteers. They are astonished how little children
are performing their responsibilities, how they are discharging the
duties assigned to them. They are performing their duty
with great responsibility. Last year a guest from Uganda
was visiting who is also a minister. He said that, “I was astonished after witnessing
the hospitality and [other] arrangements that how people were offering
such sacrifice on voluntary basis.” He said, “It was unimaginable
for me to think that I was going to “attend a Jalsa where angels will be seen
working instead of human beings.” He says that “Even if you ask for something
twenty times, they would present it happily.” Many [guests] would point out that
the children who were serving food would do their duty
with very cheerful faces. If they were serving water in the Jalsa Marquee,
then their faces were full of delight. They asked of needs, of water, time and again. This treatment by the volunteers
was not limited to only special guests but was
extended to every guest. This is the quality of the spirit
of service that is and should be the hallmark of every worker
of the Ahmadiyya Community. Therefore, every worker should always
keep this special attribute alive, regardless of whatever department
he/she may be working in. When our Jalsa guests arrive,
they deal with various departments. They deal with the reception
department upon arrival. Usually, the reception department
welcomes guests in a very good manner. When guests arrives from their
journey, they are tired as well. Regardless of all the facilities provided,
there is fatigue and irritation due to traveling even in this day and age. For this reason, the reception department
should always keep this in mind. The department of receiving guest at the airports already does its work and arrangements
are usually good. However, guests who arrive from
neighboring countries, who travel in a car or a bus,
they arrive after traveling several hours and they are fatigued as well. If they are staying in the
Ahmadiyya Community lodgings then the management there
should remember this saying of the Holy prophet Muhammad (saw) that ‘Meet your brother smiling and it is a charity’. He said at another instance, ‘Do not take as
insignificant even a small good deed. ‘It is a good deed to face a brother pleasantly’. Note how beautiful the teaching of Islam is. First of all, there is a commandment
about honouring guests. There is a reward for it. Then practising such hospitality that
when one smiles while conversing with the guest, it is equivalent
to the act of giving charity. By equating it with charity it is made worthy
of reward, worthy of double reward, one reward for hospitality and the other reward for charity on showing a pleasant demeanour. To interact with love,
to interact with good manners, counts as a virtue, and how much Allah will
reward for a virtue, only Allah knows better. Then the Holy Prophet (saw) said that
showing the way is also a charitable act. The department which is appointed to
do this work should bear in mind that first of all they should greet the travellers who have
arrived from their journey with politeness. Then they should take them to their place of
accommodation with the help of assistants. Particularly when the guests are women
and children and men are not with them. Then it is the duty of the reception
department or whatever department is responsible for it that the guests
should be taken to their place of residence. This is a very important duty.
Sometimes there is a need to carry luggage. Help should be provided. Similarly, it is not only the duty of the
reception department to smile and be polite while conversing [with guests], rather,
it is important for every department worker. These days, it is important to keep an
AIMS card due to current state of affairs. Some people who are arriving from
outside bring along introductory letters and information and then their
Jalsa cards are made here. Sometimes, such cases also come to light
where people do not have verified letters. So in such a circumstance,
there is no doubt that it is very important for the person
on duty to satisfy himself. Cards should not be issued until
the person on duty is satisfied and the process of verification
has not fully completed. However, during this process it is also
very important to present oneself with politeness towards the guest.
And proper arrangement should be made for the
guest to sit while waiting. Sometimes there are little children
who get restless due to the long wait. All the guests should keep in mind
that when they arrive at the Jalsa, they should arrive with verification from the
Jama’at or they should bring their AIMS cards. If they do not have that for some
reason, then the relevant department should provide them convenience during this process as I have stated
so they can sit comfortably. Then in relation to hospitality and food,
regarding this it is important to provide hospitality two to three
times to those guest staying in accommodations arranged by the Jama’at. However, during the three days of Jalsa
every attendee who comes to listen to the Jalsa proceedings usually eats lunch
under the management of the Jama’at. In this regard the officers and assistants
for food arrangements should bear in mind that they have to interact
with the guests with politeness and present themselves with good manners. This is the right of the
guest and the duty of the host. Some people put the workers
in difficulty with regard to food. They ask for this and that and make odd demands. However, workers should tolerate this. Food is such a matter that an
inappropriate act of the one serving food or even a very subtle meaningless
comment or anything that is said can hurt the feelings of the guest. The Companions (ra) of the Holy Prophet
(saw) would demonstrate such models that will always be written in golden words. When the Holy Prophet (saw)
instructed a Companion (ra) to take a guest with him and serve food to him. The Companion (ra) brought this guest to his
house as per the Holy Prophet’s (saw) order. However, his wife said
“There is very little food in the house “which is only left for the children.
Both husband and wife consulted each other and decided to somehow put the children to sleep, and turn the lamp off before serving the food. Then, in the dark, both husband and wife
decided to pretend as if they were eating, so that their guest could eat the meal
to his satisfaction and would not get perturbed by the fact that his
hosts were going hungry. So following their plan, these hosts served
food to their guests in the darkness, the guest never got to learn that
his hosts went hungry and he ate the meal to his heart’s delight. The next morning, when that Ansari companion,
presented himself for the audience with the Holy Prophet (saw),
the Holy Prophet (saw) said to him that at your plan and deeds last night,
even Allah the Exalted smiled! So that family made such an enormous
sacrifice only because they were serving the guest
of the Holy Prophet (saw). This was a special effort. Generally, the companions were
extremely hospitable to their guests, but they made this extraordinary effort for their guest because he was the
guest of the Holy Prophet (saw). So each one of our volunteers, makes
sacrifices for this zeal and should do, that s/he is serving the guests of the
ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (saw). It is a major sacrifice to go hungry,
to give one’s food to one’s guest and to make one’s children go to sleep hungry; we do not have to make
such sacrifices these days. With the grace of God, in accordance with the
promise of God to the Promised Messiah (as), we have the Langar (communal kitchen) in all those
places, where our community is well-established. In the days of Jalsa, the arrangements of Langar
(community Kitchen) come into full swing. All what we have to do is serve the
guests with the food cooked in Langar (community Kitchen) and be pleasant to our guests. Only this much effort pleases
Allah the Exalted that we served the people who travelled to attend Jalsa
and travelled for the sake of their faith. However, if the hospitality
is not done in the right way, then it can also draw the wrath of God Almighty. At one occasion, some guests were treated in a more preferential way and some were ignored. This was done by the people who
were responsible for catering at the time of the Promised Messiah (as). Allah the Exalted informed
the Promised Messiah (as) that during the night false
pretentions had been practiced, deception was done and guest
were not served appropriately. Some deprived people were not given any food. The Promised Messiah (as)
was most upset about this and took the arrangements
of catering in his own hand. There is one narration that
the Promised Messiah (as) ordered those workers to
leave Qadian for six months. So when we volunteer ourselves
for the purpose of service, we must serve everyone without any favouritism. Every one attending Jalsa is the Jalsa guest. It is absolutely mandatory to be nice to
everyone and greet everyone pleasingly. It is not acceptable to show special
preference to those who are rich or are special guests in one way or the other. All the guests should eat
where the food is being served. All Ahmadis should generally eat
in one place designated for food. There are specially designated
food places for people who are not from our community or for non-Muslims. Only assigned guests should go there. The administration should be mindful of this.
It is in my knowledge that some workers take their friends for food to places
designated for special guests. Therefore, all Ahmadis, even if they
are office holders or anyone else, should eat at the place designated for Ahmadis. Then, we must always pray that this
small effort that we make for the guests of the Promised Messiah (as),
get accepted by God Almighty. Our efforts are totally devoid of
false pretence and are purely for the sake of Allah the Exalted. At the time of the Promised Messiah (as),
sometimes guest used to come in such a number that it looked very difficult to
manage their accommodation. This is because Qadian was a very small town. Even then, the Promised Messiah (as),
in accordance with the Divine commandment that you must not get worried or become weary, used to provide every kind
of amenity to his guests, as much as he could do
in that simple environment. There were times, when because of numbers of guests attended Jalsa in the cold
weather, the Promised Messiah (as) gave his own and his children’s
beddings to his guests. Once guests arrived in such vast
numbers that Hazrat Amman Jan, the mother of the righteous,
became extremely concerned that where would the guests stay
and how it all be managed? At this, the Promised Messiah (as)
related a story to her. In a jungle, a traveller was passing by
and while still in the jungle night fell. It was a dark night.
There were no township or village nearby, where he could go and rest.
In this desperate state the traveller laid under the tree so that he could
spend the night there. On the top of the tree there
was a nest of the birds. The two birds, which was
a male and a female bird, decided that this man who is lying
under our tree is our guest. Therefore, it is our responsibility
to show hospitality towards him. So how did they show hospitality? The first thing they thought was that it
was cold night and their guest would be cold, therefore the guest should be
given something to heat himself up. Then they realised that we
do not have anything else, so they broke up their nest and
threw it down so that the grass and small amount of wood in it would
provide the guest with a material that he could light up and
warm himself with the fire. Therefore, they threw their nest
under the tree and the person set fire to it and started to warm himself up. Then these birds decided that
our guest has nothing to eat so we should drop ourselves in this fire.
When we are roasted in the fire then our guest will eat us.
So they did this and made arrangements for the food for their guest. The purpose of the Promised
Messiah (as) to relate this story was that when guest come,
instead of getting worried one should do one’s best to serve them,
even if it means making some sacrifice. So in there is a lesson for all of us. In particular those who offer their
services for this purpose; they should make every effort
to fulfil the duties assigned to themselves in the best possible manner. There are several kinds of duties
in different departments for example, there is a department of car parking. Car parking is a really important
department and sometime guests may behave in an inappropriate
manner in the car park. Some guests insist that they will not
park as instructed by the parking duty-holders and wish to park of their own accord.
In this situation the car parking volunteers should do their absolute best to softly explain the situation to the guest and then
inform his superior officer. Last year there were some
complaints that some women who drove in the car insisted that they
were going to take their car further inwards; this led to a conflict with the duty holder. Indeed, it is the responsibility
of every duty holder that they should carry out their duty properly. And in today’s circumstances is
really important to be extremely cautious, particularly in the parking area. However, as I said before, while undertaking
these duties one must show good manners. If somebody is making a demand
which is justifiable for example, if they are poorly or there
is any other reason like that. In these circumstances, the duty holder should
explain to guests in a polite and respectful manner that I will need to call my superior
officer and arrange for your required facilities. They should also be requested that in the
meantime, they should move aside and wait. The guest should also cooperate in this manner so that the traffic behind them is not affected. This is because as a result of these
conflicts and heated discussions, sometimes a long queue of cars can form
and this has an impact on other. And when people turn up late,
after the proceedings of the Jalsa has started, then those already sitting in
the Jalsa Gah get disturbed. Any issue which was faced in
the previous convention, the management should try to
resolve it and review every aspect of it and any other department facing
similar issues should also review them. They should then inform the Afsar
Jalsa Salana [convention officer] as to how it can be resolved,
so that minimum issues arise this year. Although issues of varying nature often arise, however an effort should
be made to minimise them. Arrangements for scanning
and checking should be such that despite taking great caution
the guests should neither have to wait for a long time and nor
experience any kind of difficulty. Announcements should be made
frequently at the main entrance and also at the entrance of the main Jalsa Gah
that entrants should display their cards in front and also maintain their lines so
that people can pass through quickly. There are duty workers assigned for
the cleanliness of the washrooms, both in the men and women’s side and they
at times are troubled that people leave a mess. If those on duty, every so
often make announcements to bring to attention of the guests
that cleanliness be maintained, that cleanliness and tidiness are part of
faith so keep your surroundings clean, and clean the bathrooms, then people generally cooperate and last year
similar reports were received. However, if someone does not cooperate
then the workers should clean up themselves as that is their duty and
should be mindful to not exhibit any kind of unpleasantness from their
side and never leave hold of patience. Similarly, the general cleanliness of the
main Jalsa Gah is also the responsibility of those on duty and they should
clean up along the way, both in the men and women’s side.
Sometimes children drop cups, wrappers, boxes, etc. At times,
elders are not careful either, however if those on duty clean up
along the way then it becomes easy for the wind-up workers as their
work is not only to pick up marquees and large items rather it is important to
pick up every rubbish or piece of paper. It is only then that the
council gives the clearance. In any case, guests should be reminded
politely time and again to throw containers, boxes, etc., in dustbins rather
than throwing them around. The tarbiyyat department at the Jalsa Salana
should be ready to serve in this regard. They should remind those attending the Jalsa
about the importance of Jalsa Salana. Even though workers present themselves to help,
it is their duty to serve selflessly. As mentioned before, by the grace of Allah,
workers normally work with great passion, however some are behave inappropriately. They should always remember the
advice of the Holy Prophet (saw) which I mentioned earlier; that one must
show the best of etiquettes in every situation. Similarly every worker must be vigilant,
the responsibility of security does not lie with those in the
Security department alone; in fact every worker of every department
should be watchful of his surroundings. Workers should also remember that when
Jalsa finishes it should not be the case that only the wind up team are present
there, on the contrary every worker of every department who has a duty
should remain at the Jalsa site up until the guests are there or until
they are relieved by their respective head of department, who officially relieves
you and says that now you may take leave. Primarily every worker, as well as the
members of the community should pray that may God Almighty grant them the opportunity to discharge their duties
to the best of their ability. To every worker who
is currently working at the Jalsa Site, may He keep them safe from everything.
Sometimes very heavy duty work is carried out where there is always a danger of injury.
May God keep every single one safe from all harm. May Allah bless this Jalsa and make
it a success in every aspect. May Allah keep the Jamaat safe from every
opponent and from every malice of the evil natured ones May Allah enable every
worker to serve the guests of the Promised Messiah (as) in the best manner
possible, displaying the best etiquettes. Those workers who have
achieved the highest standards, may they have the opportunity
to express the lofty standards they have acquired every single time
and may they have the opportunity to serve in a better manner than previously. There should never be a
shortcoming in this regard. Every step of ours should move forwards
and when we serve in this manner, God Almighty also casts His loving eye
over us. May God enable us to do this. All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help
from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him,
we trust Him alone and we seek protection against
the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results
of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path,
none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled,
none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves to be
worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah!
May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with
justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as
one does to one’s kindred and forbids evil which
pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and
prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you
against being unmindful. You remember Allah;
He too will remember you; call Him and He will make
a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance
is the highest virtue.

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