Peace and mercy of Allah be on you.
As the new year came, Ahmadiyya Muslim Khalifah (a.t.) asked his Community to make review of previous year and then get improvement in new year to make connection with God and be kind to creatures of God. In this regard he presented the teaching.
Now Gregorian calendar is most popular.The year begins with 1st of January and ends at 31st December. Worldly people end the year and start year with noisy and nonsense things. The eye of religion of majority of the world has become blind.
True believers avoid these things. They review what they achived and lost in spiatuality in year. We Ahmadis are fortunate whom Allah the Exalted enabled to believe in The Promised Messiah – The Covenanted Mahdi (on whom be peace). He taught us essence of the real teaching of Allah the Exalted and Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). The Promised Messiah (a.s.) asked us to keep s this true teaching as standard to become true Momin i.e. true believer. He took a pledge from his Community called Bait with specific conditions to grow in goodness and avoid evil. He expected from us to check ourselves according to these conditions. So Ahmadiyya Muslims should end a year with prayers and start with same.
When reviewing of our moral and spiritual conditions, if we find weaknesses are still there then we should pray that O Allah our coming year should not be like previous year in which we showed spiritual weakness. Rather our each step should be raised for the pleasure of Allah the Exalted, our every day should be such we follow model of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in it. Our days and nights, should take us towards fulfilling the pledge of Bai'at with Hazrat Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
In the light of true Islamic teaching, Ahmadiyya Pledge Bai'at asks us not to make associates of One God. Our all virtues like offering Salaat, keep Fasts, doing financial sacrifices, doing good things for humanity, serving our Jama'at etc should not be to please people. These should be to please God only.
Futher points for our self review, whether we obersved these qualities in past year ar not:
To be firm at truth, avoid lies.
To stay away for events which produce ill thoughts e.g. from TV, internet, bad films etc.
To avoid unclean glances. Command is for men and women to keep gaze lower, to avoid any ill possibility.
To avoid Fisq, i.e. name calling, lies by traders who swear, not being thankful, and not showing patience.
To avoid taking other people’s thing with oppression
To avoid dishonesty, even with whom who had been dishonest with you.
To avoid all kinds of discord.
To avoid all kind of despotic attitude
Not to get overcome by excitement of selves
To offer Five daily Salaats.
To make effort to be regular in offering Tahajjud Salaat.
To be regular in invoking Salutation on Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)
To be regular in saying Istighfar [begging Allah for forgiveness, cover and help]
To praise Allah the Exalted with continuity.
To avoid inflicting any kind of trouble to people or others, and tolerate and overlook.
To be humble.
To be loyal to God in happiness, sadness, hardship and abundance.
To avoid each kind of ill-customs and sensualities.
To continuously make effort to fully follow commandments and guidances of Holy Quran and Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).
To fully leave arrogance and self-conceit?
To achieve high levels of pleasant manners, softness and humbleness.
To make progress every day for Faith and to establish its honour and greatness, and to give precedence to Faith over earthly life.
To make progress in the love of Islam such that we gave priority to it over our wealth, honour and considered it dear and beloved more than our children.
To progress in sympathy of creatures of Allah the Exalted.
To make effort to give benefit to creature of God.
To pray and advise our children too to show and increase in high quality obedience of Hazrat Promised Messiah (on whom be peace)
To increase in relation of brotherhood and obedience with Hazrat Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) to the extent that other worldly relation should become insignificant compared to it.
To pray to remain firm and increase in relation of loyalty and obedience with Ahmadiyya Khilafat.
To regularly pray for Khalifah of time and Jama'at.
If our review show there were weaknesses in above areas in last year then we should pray that May Allah the Exalted forgive our previous shortcomings and weaknesses, and enable us to gain maximum in the new year
Hazrat Promised Messiah (a.s.) said that that the people who are truly included in my Jama'at, God has made their heart such that they hate evil by nature and love with virtue. And I have hope that they shall manifest very good model of their lives for people.
May the new rising year bring blessings and safety. Aameen.
[ Much larger details in Ahmadiyya DIR in religiousforumsDOTcom ]
Edited by Mir-Peace, 13 January 2017 - 06:29 AM.