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The News & Information Section > Speech by Hazrat Ameer Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed Pasha Sahib, Ameer/Head and President of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha'at-e-Islam Lahore [Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam] at the Annual Jalsa/Convention and Opening of Masjid Darus-Salaam, Gerakan Ahmadiyah Indonesia, Baciro, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 25th September 2003

Speech by Hazrat Ameer Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed Pasha Sahib, Ameer/Head and President of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha'at-e-Islam Lahore [Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam]:
at the Annual Jalsa/Convention and Opening of Masjid Darus-Salaam, Gerakan Ahmadiyah Indonesia, Baciro, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 25th September 2003

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Having spent three days in Indonesia I have picked up Bahasa with which I will start today’s address:

Aku bersaksi dengan sesungguhnya bawa tak ada Tuhan selain Allah, dan sku bersaksi bahwasesungguhnya Muhammad adalah utusan Allah.

For those who do not understand Bahasa I will translate into English what I have recited before you:

I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa Rakhmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hoo.

The Lahore Ahmadiyya Jama‘at [Movement] has always been aware of the great enthusiasm of Indonesian Ahmadis and their attachment to Islam. As a child I used to hear stories of Mirza Wali Ahmad Baig and how he helped as a missionary in Indonesia. The elders of the Jama‘at also told us that he was a teacher of His Excellency, President Ahmad Soekarno, who as a child learnt Quran from him. We all shared the happiness when Soekarno became the first president of Indonesia.

I am very glad that Allah has provided me an opportunity to be amongst you. I am overwhelmed with the warm reception I have had in Indonesia. It has reflected your devotion to Islam and Ahmadiyyat. I am impressed with your lovely city, Yogyakarta, and your beautiful country, Indonesia, and this splendid mosque in which so many brothers and sisters are gathered because of a common bond, Ahmadiyyat, and a common cause, the spread of Islam in the world.

As the Ameer/Head of the Ahmadiyya Jama‘at this is the first country I am visiting outside Pakistan and am the first Ameer who has visited Indonesia. The encouragement I have received today will take me a long way in my plans to visit all the places in the world where we have our Jama‘ats [branches]. Wherever I go in the future, the message I will take for our members will be a common theme and therefore I will take this opportunity to give a message to all the Ahmadis in the world from your mosque, which I have named Masjid Darus Salaam. To deliver my message I will recite the following verses of the Holy Quran, the last revealed Book of Allah to the Last Prophet of Allah:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds,
The Beneficent, the Merciful,
Master of the day of Requital.
Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech for help.
Guide us on the right path,
The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favours,
Not those upon whom wrath is brought down, nor those who go astray.
(The Holy Quran, 1:1-7)

O you who believe, keep your duty to Allah, as it ought to be kept, and die not unless you are Muslims.
And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited. And remember Allah’s favour to you, when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favour you became brethren, And you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes clear to you His messages that you may be guided.
And from among you there should be a party who invite to good and enjoin the right and forbid the wrong. And these are they who are successful.
And be not like those who became divided and disagreed after clear arguments had come to them. And for them is a grievous chastisement.
(The Holy Quran, 3:102-105)

I have recited Al-Fatihah (Chapter 1), also called the ‘Ummul Kitab’, and verses 102 to 105 of Surah Aal-e-Imran (Chapter 3). With the recitation of Al-Fatihah I declare the Jalsah open. And with the verses that have followed, I appeal to all Ahmadis in the world to carefully understand their significance. We believe, that we are the people chosen by Allah to spread the message of Islam to the people of the world. We believe, that Islam is the true religion and will be spread by the Ahmadiyya Movement. To achieve this goal we have to unite and put away our difference. I call upon the representatives of all branches that are represented here today and those who will receive this message to join hands and as a unified and single body and spread the truth of Islam into every house and into every heart and soul. Remember that any movement that is united, stands, and the one that is divided, falls.

We have seen that when the people did reunite under the leadership of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib and committed themselves completely as united brothers to spread Islam, they were successful in not only defending their religion but also spreading it. They were able to revive it from its near extinction back to a religion as a source of light to the world.

Amongst us today we are lucky to have the presence of two elderly members who had seen Mirza Wali Ahmad Baig and accepted Ahmadiyyat at his hands. They bear witness to the high commitment and unity of all Ahmadis of those days. I urge you to bring back Ahmadiyyat in its original spirit into your lives. We have to be Ahmadis in practice and not in name only. Let us rekindle the light of Ahmadiyyat, which stood for brotherhood of all who joined it; let us strive to bring back the Ahmadiyyat our forefathers had not only accepted but also practised and preached through their knowledge and examples.

Let us recall the time when Islam was under attack by all forces and was saved by the Mujaddid [Reformer] of the time, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, who defended it and gave it a new life and made it a new force. Those who joined him worked in unity, taking example from the early Muslims who had accepted Islam and had worked in unison to practice, preach and spread it.

I also take this opportunity to remind you of the pledge you have taken on joining this Movement. You have pledged to sacrifice all worldly interests when the choice falls between those and the religious interests. I was confronted with making an option too when I was elected as the Ameer of the Jama‘at. I was no Maulana Muhammad Ali Sahib, no Maulana Sadr-ud--Deen Sahib, no Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan Sahib and no Professor Asghar Hameed Sahib; I was a doctor and physician and at the top of my worldly achievements with more prospects ahead. I had to choose between these and the opportunity to serve the Jama‘at and carry its message, the message of Islam to the world. Before me were the examples of Maulana Noor-ud-Deen and Maulana Muhammad Ali who had given up their careers to serve Islam. I gathered strength from the fact that they did not fail and had not regretted their decisions. They knew that life is not everlasting and found the service of Islam as a better option than the worldly gains ahead of them. It is obvious that the mission I have undertaken is not a one-man mission. To run it I will need help from every Ahmadi man, woman, girl and boy. Our previous Ameers [Heads of the Movement] were very strong spiritually; I feel weak. In comparison to them, I liken myself to the little finger of a hand that has no strength of its own but gives a considerable contribution to the grip when a fist is made in togetherness and unity. This is how I want the Jama‘at to be united wherever you are; you are all working for the same cause; forget the differences, if any, and keeping the common goal in mind, move ahead. Don’t let obstacles bother you. They will distract you when you lose the sight of the objective. Remember that obstacles are those horrible things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Continue to strive for the best. Do your best. It is not the number, not the quantity but the quality that counts. Be the best, because you were meant to be the best. As we are the people who Allah has chosen to spread good and forbid evil we have to set the best example.

Good, better, best,
May you never rest.

Till your good is better
And, your better, best.

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib has said that if you join his Jama‘at don’t do so for the name but for change of hearts and minds. He warned those who join him that there is no need to be persecuted for joining him in this world and being punished in the Hereafter for not practising what you have professed. He likened a non-practising Ahmadi to the bread baker who bears the heat of the fire in this world and also in the next if his deeds are bad.

I am aware of the problems of disunity in certain sectors of the Jama‘at. I now come to the solution since I am in "office".

Let us hope that we resolve our differences and plan to have an all-over-the-world united Ahmadiyya society. Forget the past and look to the future.

Allah is with you.

In the Quranic verses I have recited, Allah exhorts the believers to do their duty and not to die unless they are submissive to His will. Since no one knows the time of his death it means that now is the time to begin and there should be no waiting for tomorrow. No one knows what tomorrow will bring and still we plan everything for later. We have examples in our families and friends where they had great plans for the later years of their lives but never got the opportunity, as life was too short and the parting too sudden and unexpected.

I am really impressed by your Jama‘at in Indonesia. In you I see the enthusiasm, attitude and dedication expected of every Ahmadi in the world. I have seen the signs of success at the symposium yesterday. We have already ploughed the ground, planted the seeds and saplings. It is now up to you to water the ground and nurture the plants that will grow so that the coming generations may benefit from the fruit that will follow.

Remember that you are the soldiers that will carry on the Jihad (Propagation) of Islam and your only weapons will be the message of peace that the Ahmadiyya literature gives to all mankind. You have to strive hard to make it known that Islam is a peace-loving religion and undo the harm that has been done to its image by those who have misunderstood the very spirit of peaceful co-existence and the tolerant Islamic teachings.

Having given the message to the all Ahmadis from your forum, I will move on to some areas that concern the Indonesian Jama‘at. I have been in office for a short while but I know a great deal about your Jama‘at as I have studied the dossier of Indonesia in the Central Anjuman’s office. From what I have learnt I am very happy and proud to see what is done here in Indonesia for the welfare of the Jama‘at.

Any person who visits another country becomes ambassador of his country to the hosts. Pakistan had three of your ambassadors in Lahore. I would fail in my duty if I did not make a mention of these three. Brother Yatimin had become a household name amongst the Ahmadis of Lahore because of his melodious prayer calls. His azaans are still talked about. Although the azaans by our members have been choked by legislation, his voice can still be heard on the website of the Central Anjuman at www.aaiil.org.

Brothers Sardiman and Mansur were also trained in Lahore and took great interest not only in their studies but also in the culture and language of Pakistan. They learned to speak Urdu fluently, like Brother Yatimin had done before them. I certainly hope other young people are aspiring to follow in their footsteps.

More recently we had the fortune of being able to host the visit of Mr. Ahmadi, Sister Wiratni and the son, Dodi, to Lahore for our Jalsa [Annual Prayer Congregation]. Visitors from any foreign country are a great morale booster for the Ahmadis in Pakistan, as they see this as an observable evidence of the efforts of the Central Jama‘at to keep in touch with our brothers and sisters overseas. Their visit gave me great joy and an opportunity to share ideas. I am sure that their valuable suggestions will take our Jama‘ats [branches] a long way forward and also improve my running of the affairs at the Centre.

I am impressed with the amount of translations of the Ahmadiyya literature in Indonesian languages that you have achieved. You have kept us up-to-date with all the news through your letters in the past and I noted that you were able to translate most of the major books including:

  • The Holy Quran
  • Manual of Hadith
  • Ahmadiyya Movement
  • Teachings of Islam
  • Baraheen-i-Ahmadiyya

The news from Indonesia always brings joy to the Jama‘at but there is also an occasion when the news causes concern and brings sadness to us, as was the case when we had the news of the earthquake in your country on the 20th December 1992. From the letters exchanged, I could tell that the jolts of the earthquake were not only felt by you but also shook the hearts of your brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

In my personal capacity, I would like to thank the members for the love and affection given to my father, the late Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan, with whom you have shared letters both official and personal in many capacities including his role as a mentor to the students from Indonesia, Chairman Foreign Committee, Senior Vice President and finally the President and Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman.

In her address in the symposium yesterday, Sister Samina Malik had given details of the role of Ahmadiyya Anjuman in spread of literature in various parts of the world. She had also made a mention of her ill-health. I pray for her health and am sure Allah will give her long life to serve the cause that she has made a mission and passion of her life. As the Ameer of the Jama‘at I acknowledge her efforts to spread Islam in the world.

In 1974 when I was in New Zealand for my education, my father and the family had to bare the sufferings for being Ahmadis. Maulana Kamal Hydal, who is representing his country today, received his religious education too in Lahore, and was in the house along with members our family when an angry crowd burnt down our house. I have always taken Maulana Sahib as a brother who faced the same problems and feelings the rest of our family went through.

I will like to thank all the speakers who have spoken before me and have had generous words of praise for the delegates; and also have praised the Central Anjuman’s role in the running of the Jama‘ats in other parts of the world. I would also like to thank them for the guidance they have given us for improving the relationship further and especially the advise on how to bring our generation closer to the ideals of Ahmadiyyat. I would in return advise them to involve their families in the Jama‘ats’ activities from early years of their childhood and to act as good role models for them. This will be the surest guarantee for the survival of the Movement.

Let me finally take some time to share my personal reflections with you. I always feel that in the end all will vanish like the ripples that a stone makes when thrown in calm water. What remains in the end is your good deeds that live on and remain as example for those who follow you. Be proud to be Ahmadis. Don’t hide your faith from anyone. Tell your friends about the beauty of your faith. Tell them that you belong to the Lahori Ahmadiyya Movement and convince them by your example and your knowledge. In this age you have the colour of Allah’s true religion, it is your duty to impart this colour to the lifeless colourless stagnant water. If you do not impart this colour you will be lost in the pond of stagnant water just as an insignificant part of it. If this were the case then your having come to this world would have made no difference to it.

We must make three things most clear to every one. Firstly, we do not believe in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet. Secondly, we do not consider any one out of the pale of Islam if he professes faith in the "Kalima Tayyaba" [‘The Pronouncement of Faith’]. Thirdly, the name Ahmad as appears in the Quran refers to no other Prophet than The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

Being an Ahmadi needs perseverance, prayers and patience. Be prepared to develop these three qualities. The example of patience and perseverance is likened to someone who decides to dig for water that is to be found at 100 meters. He has to keep digging for the whole 100 meters and will not get the water even if he has stopped at 99 meters.

One has to wait for success with hope and patience. I give you the example of the Chinese bamboo tree. Once planted it takes time to grow. For the first four years it remains the same size as was at the time of its plantation. In these four years its roots go deeper and deeper in the ground. In the fifth year it grows to a height of 80 feet above the ground. So be patient. Nurture your faith with your deeds and prayers; and eventually you will see the ‘Miracle of the Chinese Bamboo Tree’.

Many members in Indonesia have asked me if there are any problems we are facing as Ahmadis in a country, where they have been declared ‘kafirs’ [non-believers]. Of course we have problems. But can they be worse then the difficulties a great stalwart of the Jama‘at faced a hundred years ago? This year, on the 13th July 2003, we had the opportunity to pay homage to Sahibzada Abdul Latif Sahib who 100 years ago, on 14th July 1903, was martyred by being stoned to death in Kabul for accepting Ahmadiyyat and refusing to forsake it for the royal pardon that was offered to him. The example of this man’s sacrifice for his faith is a beacon of light and an example of the strength that faith can impart to a person. This great man gave us the practical example of how to choose religion above worldly gains, the pledge that every Ahmadi takes when entering the Movement. I would advice all Ahmadis never to forget their martyrs and their heroes; for those who forget history, history soon forgets them.

In the end, not as Ameer of the Jama‘at but in my personal capacity, I would like to thank you all for the letters of condolence that you sent on the death of my father. They meant a great deal to the family and I thank you on their behalf as well.

Terema kasi. Allah hafiz. Salamat jalan.


The News & Information Section > Speech by Hazrat Ameer Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed Pasha Sahib, Ameer/Head and President of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha'at-e-Islam Lahore [Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam] at the Annual Jalsa/Convention and Opening of Masjid Darus-Salaam, Gerakan Ahmadiyah Indonesia, Baciro, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 25th September 2003


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