Pious Change in New Converts to Islam Ahmadiyya

The basic and significant advice that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) gave to those who took his Bai’at was to bring about a pure change in self, to inculcate a relationship with God and to try and attain high morals. He states at one place:

‘The purpose of their joining the Movement and establishing with me a relationship like that of a disciple is that they should achieve a high degree of piety and righteousness. No wrongdoing or mischief should ever come near them. They should offer the five daily Prayers regularly and with congregation, and should not lie nor hurt anyone by their tongues. They should not be guilty of any kind of vice and should not let even a thought of mischief, wrongdoing or transgression pass through their minds. They should shun every type of sin, offence, undesirable speech and action, as well as all egoistic passions and unruly behaviour. They should become pure-hearted, harmless and meek servants of God Almighty, and no poisonous germ should flourish in their beings.’ [Essence of Islam, Vol. IV, pp. 349 – 250]

Hudhur said followers of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) try for these matters. A revolutionary change comes about after taking Bai’at among those who understand the significance of it and today Hudhur presented some incidents illustrating this. These incidents are about people from different racial backgrounds who shun egotistic wishes, progress in following the commandments and try to enhance spiritual development. Love and fear of God is dominant over love and fear of the world in their hearts. Hudhur said these incidents are taken from the report that Hudhur customarily gives in his second day speech of Jalsa Salana. Due to lack of time this year, these incidents were left out. They come under an important heading: ‘Extraordinary changes in new converts after accepting Ahmadiyyat’. Hudhur said the significance of this subject is that it helps long-term Ahmadis to enhance their belief. It is also a source of their reformation, whereas the new comers further progress through it.

Ameer sahib of Delhi Jama’at writes about an important change in an Usman sahib who took his Bai’at at the Jalsa of 2010. Prior to Bai’at he used to say his Salat randomly. Not only is he now regular in his five daily Prayers, but he also offers Tahajjud. Hudhur prayed that may God make him continue this with resolve and may those long-term Ahmadis who show indolence in these matters realise that after coming into Bai’at one has to discharge one’s responsibilities. Without this, Bai’at is only in name and one should reflect over the efforts the newcomers are making in bringing about changes.

Missionary Tariq Mahmood sahib from Ghana writes that recently a conference of new Ahmadis was held in the north of the country. Hudhur explained that northern Ghana mostly comprises of Muslims. In early days Ahmadiyyat spread in the south of the country which is mainly inhabited by Christians, whereas there was a lot of opposition in the Muslim areas. However, now Ahmadiyyat is spreading fast in the north as well. Hudhur related that in the conference for new Ahmadis a new Ahmadi Imam said that although he and others were always Muslims but they were quite unaware of the real teachings of Islam and Ahmadiyyat had introduced them to the correct teachings of Islam. He said he used to dispense amulets and charms beforehand but now knows they are un-Islamic. Hudhur said indeed the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) helped remove these harmful innovations in religion and taught to only forge a direct connection with God.

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