Financial Sacrifice – Waqfe Jadid 2019
After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta’awwuz, and Surah Al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) stated:
Today is the first Friday of 2019. First of all, I wish to congratulate Ahmadis around the world with regards to the New Year. May God Almighty bless this year for us and may it bring countless successes.
However, we should also remember that customary greetings are of no avail nor do they help one achieve the pleasure of God Almighty. The real greeting for the New Year is that we promise that we will endeavour to remove our weaknesses and the darkness in us in the new year. We should promise to remove the shortcomings of the previous year and that we will endeavour to bring upon a greater pure change than before, which we have pledged to achieve through our Bai’at with the Promised Messiah (as).
The Promised Messiah (as) states on one occasion as to how an Ahmadi ought to be. He states, “After having pledged allegiance, one should not merely believe that this Community is true and that one can receive the blessings by merely believing this much… After having entered into this Community, endeavour to become virtuous and righteous. Safeguard against every evil. Spend every day and night in humility. Remain soft-spoken. Make istighfar [the seeking of forgiveness] your habit. Offer supplications during the daily prayers.” … We can only offer supplications during the prayers, when we fulfil the right of prayers and observe them assiduously. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “action is considered Saalih or righteous when not even the slightest of blemish is left in it.”
Thus, this is the standard. This is our objective. True righteousness lies in continuing a concerted effort throughout the year. May God Almighty enable us to do so. May this year truly bring countless blessings in our personal lives and may we also see exceptional successes for the Community.
After this, I will now turn to the other topic of today. As we all know, the year of Waqf-e-Jadid begins in January. The new year of Waqf-e-Jadid is usually announced on the first or the second Friday of January. By the Grace of God Almighty, financial sacrifice is a distinctive feature of the Community of the Promised Messiah (as). And why should it not be so! In this age, the Promised Messiah (as), in light of the commandments of the Holy Quran and sayings of the Holy Prophet (sa), has given us a true understanding of this financial sacrifice. God Almighty states in the Holy Qur’an:
That is, ‘So fear Allah as best you can, and listen, and obey, and spend in His cause; it will be good for yourselves. And whoso is rid of the covetousness of his own soul — it is such who shall be successful.’
In the following verse He has stated, ‘If you lend to Allah a good loan, He will multiply it for you, and will forgive you; and Allah is Most Appreciating, Forbearing.’
Drawing our attention towards financial sacrifices, the Promised Messiah (as) states: ”It is not possible for you to love wealth as well as to love God Almighty. You can only love one.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states: “Fortunate is he, who loves God. If one of you loves God and will spend in His cause, I am certain that wealth will be blessed more than that of others..” The Promised Messiah (as) states further: “Do not believe that wealth is acquired through your endeavours. Rather, it comes from God the Exalted. And do not believe that you are conferring a favour upon God Almighty and His Chosen One by spending a portion of your wealth or by rendering another form of service. Rather, it is a favour of God that He calls you for this service.”
The elders of the community made immense financial sacrifice for the sake of the community. It is a result of the sacrifices of these elders at that time which were made for the propagation of religion that today their progenies are living in comfortable and affluent circumstances. We see the similar spirit of sacrifice amongst impoverished people, living in distant areas, who were born or became Ahmadis a hundred years after the time of the Promised Messiah (as) and never met the Khalifa of the time in person. Yet, their love for religion, obedience to Khilafat, their oath of devotion and pledge of initiation to the Promised Messiah (as) and their zeal for offering sacrifices for the sake of religion are at an astonishingly high level. Then, Huzoor (aba) presented many heart-warming incidents from all over the world in relation to the sacrifices of some individuals and God Almighty’s treatment towards them.
Nowadays a game called fortnight is being played regularly amongst the youth in which their money is going to waste. Parents as well as the auxiliary organisations such as Khuddamul Ahmadiyya in particular must refrain them from doing so because one step leads to another where they will eventually get hold of bank cards and spend the money on it. In fact, a few days ago an article was published in which a survey was quoted showing that certain groups were forming which get in contact with the youth and having incited them into using bank cards, they gain access to the bank accounts of their parents. Only some time later do the parents realise that money is missing from their bank account. This is as a result of this game which is becoming a drug-like addiction amongst the youth, where not only is their time being wasted and dangerous thoughts are creeping into their minds, on top of that some of their parents have even suffered a great deal. Hence, one must avoid this and instead instil in children the habit of spending in the way of Allah, which He draws our attention to, especially to schemes such as Waqf-e-Jadid.
There are many such incidents of women giving Chanda, in fact they are often a means of reform for their husbands and draw their attention towards giving Chanda and often they better understand its importance.
Similarly, there is an account from Indonesia – one is left astounded at such accounts in which people show such determination in their faith. There is a convert from Indonesia who took the Bai’at in 2016. After doing so he began facing intense opposition from his family and neighbours, to the point where one day members of his family beat him relentlessly, forcing him to forsake the Jama’at and forbidding him from meeting the local missionary. Thereafter he would only meet the missionary in secret. The missionary told him, ‘you will find that one must make sacrifices after joining the Community’. Nevertheless, he replied by saying, ‘I will continue to make sacrifices, even if the persecution increases.’ He was also taught about the importance of Chanda and financial sacrifice. After a month of taking the Bai’at this person began giving Chanda. He had not as of yet secured a job, but he kept aside a portion of the little income he would earned from odd jobs here and there, to pay in Chanda. He would keep out of sight of the people and secretly visit the mission house at night. Prior to going to the mission house he would visit a few different villages so that no one could see him going directly to the mission house. In this way he would keep regular contact with the mission house and this is how he would come to give his Chanda.
Then there is another incident which demonstrates just how God Almighty on occasions inspires even those who are not Ahmadi. A missionary from Mali Jamaat writes: “Huzoor’s last year sermon on Waqf-e-Jadid was playing on Radio Ahmadiyya Keeta. During that time the chief of a village, situated 45 kilometres from the town rung and invited us to preach in his village. When we went to preach in the village, the Chief said in an emotional tone ‘the Khalifa was narrating the faith inspiring incidents from all over the world. Listening to those incidents had an extraordinary impact on the people of our village.’” There were Ahmadi Radio stations there and they were listeing to them. “’The village people were regretful that they had not taken part of this blessed scheme. That is why we called you here.’ There was a Tabligh program held and on the same day, by the Grace of Allah, fifty people accepted Ahmadiyyat. The people of the village immediately gave one bag of maize and 1000 franc in the blessed scheme of Waqfe Jadid.”
I shall now present some facts and figures [for Waqf-e-Jadid]. By the Grace of God Almighty the 61st year of the Waqf-e-Jadid concluded on 31 December 2018. The members of the Jama’at were enabled to make a total sacrifice of 9.134 million pounds. There was an increase of 271,000 pounds from last year’s total collection. Pakistan has continued to maintain its top position, however apart from them the first ten position of the countries is as follows:
Germany held first position for Tehrik-e-Jadid and the Amir Sb [UK] said that InshAllah that they will come first in Waqf-e-Jadid and by the grace of God Almighty they have come top by a great margin. May God Almighty bless the members of the Jama’at and their wealth and enable to them to excel in the future as well.
I should mention to USA here that there is a very small margin of difference between them and Canada. If they do not make any extra effort then from once being first, they dropped to third position, but in future they could perhaps fall even behind.
8) A country from Middle East
10) A country from Middle East
In terms of contribution per person, the positions are as follows:
In terms of the total contribution amongst countries in Africa, the positions are as follows:
5) Burkina Faso
By the grace of God Almighty 1,732,000 people took part in the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme this year. There is an increase of 123,000. The countries which have made a notable effort in relation to increasing the number of participants are Niger, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Gambia, Congo Kinshasa, Tanzania, Liberia and Senegal.
The collection of the Chanda for the adults and children is recorded separately, particularly in Pakistan and now also in Canada. In terms of collection from the adults, the first three positions of the Jama’ats in Pakistan are:
The positions for the provinces of Pakistan is as follows:
9) Mirpur Khaz
10) Dera Ghazi Khan
The position of the large Jama’ats for the collection from Atfal is as follows:
The positons of the provinces is as follows:
7) Dera Ghazi Khan
10) Nankana Sahib
The first ten positions for the large Jama’ats in UK are as follows:
1) Worcester Park
2) Masjid Fazl
3) Birmingham South
5) Birmingham West
8) Bradford North
9) New Malden
The positons of the regions is as follows:
1) London B
2) London A
4) North East
The UK has also submitted a report for the collection from the Atfal and their positions are as follows:
1) Bradford South
6) Roehampton Vale
7) Mitcham Park
9) Malden Manor
10) Mosque West
The first five regions of Germany are:
The position of the first ten Jama’ats in USA for their total contribution is as follows:
1) Silicon Valley
4) Silver Spring
5) Central Virginia
The positions of the regions in Canada for their total contribution is as follows:
3) Peace Village
The position of the large Jama’ats in Canada are as follows:
4) Edmonton West
5) Saskatoon North
6) Saskatoon South
7) Montreal West
8) Milton West
9) Hamilton West
The top five positions for the collection from the Atfal is as follows:
2) Milton West
4) Hamilton South
The positions for the districts in India is as follows:
9) Rashi nagar
The position of the first ten Jama’ats in Australia are as follows:
1) Castle Hill
2) Melbourne Long Warren
4) Melbourne, Berwick
5) Marsden Park
7) Adelaide South
8) Brisbane Logan
The positions from the Atfal collection is as follows:
1) Adelaide South
2) Brisbane Logan
3) Melbourne Long Warren
4) Melbourne, Berwick
5) Brisbane South
6) Marsden Park
7) Mount Druitt
8) Castle Hill
9) Melbourne East
Since these names have been written in Urdu therefore there is possibility that some may have been mispronounced but those local Jama’ats will nonetheless have been informed. May God Almighty bless all those who have taken part and their wealth and enable them to offer exemplary sacrifices in the future as well.