Peace and mercy of Allah be on you.
By the grace of Allah the Exalted, the Jalsa Salana of Jama'at Ahmadiyya Canada has begun and every year, Jama'at-s in each country convene their Jalsa Salana-s. Why so? Because Hazrat Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) started the Jalsa by the command of Allah the Exalted and asked the followers to gather for three days in Qadian…… This gathering is not for fun, party or to gain worldly objectives. The purpose of gathering is for increase in religious knowledge, to enhance information and progress in ma’rfat.
What is ma’rfat? It is to have knowledge of something, to know it indepth. And which ma’rfat Hazrat Promised Messiah (a.s.) wanted us to have progress in? He wanted that we should not profess superficially that we are Muslims and recite the Kalima “la ilaha illallaho muhammadur rasoollulah”…He wanted that we should progress in our Eman [faith, belief] after we accept Islam…He (a.s.) said if you read “la ilaha illallaho muhammadur rasoollulah” [There is none worthy of worship except Allah, Muhammad is His Messenger] then search who is Allah the Exalted and what does He wants, what are His rights and how we have to pay these. How to understand His commandments and how to practice them..We have believed that Hazrat Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is Rasul of Allah the Exalted, we believe he (s.a.w.) is Khatamul Anbiya then we have to find the paths of his directives and his Sunnah. How he lived and how to get deep understanding of it.
How Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) lived life. For this the answer of Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) is superior to all details, while she answered to a questioner when he asked about the life and character of Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), she replied: Have you not read Quran….. Thus what Quran says, it is indeed the explanation of life and each act of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) . It is the same ma’rfat about him (s.a.w.) which a momin (true believer) should try to gain. For this, it is essential to read and understand Holy Quran is essential.
== Hazrat Promised Messiah (a.s.) said the purpose of Jalsa is to get progress in ruhaniat (spirituality).
When ma’arfat is obtained, it should not stay at the level of joy of knowledge, rather it should become mean to get progress in spirituality and practice. If progress in spirituality is not gained, joining the Jalsa is useless.
== He (a.s.) said that A benefit of Jalsa, and each coming person should make effort for it, is that mutual introduction is increased.
This introduction should not be a temporary connection like worldly people, but each Ahmadi should make progress in the connection of love and fraternity with other Ahmadi. This connection should become so strong and stable that nothing may breach or break it.
== He (a.s.) said make progress in Taqwa (righteousness).
Among the aims of Jalsa, it is very important. Without it, a believer cannot be a true believer. The Taqwa is to make continuity in the knowledge obtained, in the standard of spirituality obtained, in the connection of love developed with Allah the Exalted and His Messenger, in the beauty made in mutual relations. Make it regular part of your lives.
These were the things, for which Hazrat Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) convened the Jalsa.