Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Massih Maoud Day @ Mathra Masjid

Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam- South Kerala organized a Spiritual Gathering of its members at Noor’ul Islam Masjid, Mathra, 24-25 March, coinciding with the Massih Maoud Day 2016. Brothers from Alappuzha, Tamil Nadu and also from Delhi, reached ahead of the commencement of the Two-Day programme. As a community of people with shared interests and concerns, common goals under the banner of Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam, the Get-Together was indeed an opportunity for soul-searching and critical self-reflection, to ruminate on the challenges of spiritual transformation entailed by the Bai’at with the Imam (atba).

During the Two Days, members engaged in extended conversations, discussing the internal and external challenges of being a believer in a world that is largely indifferent to Tawheed. On the first day of the meeting, Mukarram Amir Jamaluddin Sahib presided over the Inaugural session. Salim Sahib of Alappuzha offered a welcome note to the gathering- pointing to the years of progress we have had as a Jamaat of the followers of the Divine Manifestation in Mauritius- in the august personage of Hazrat Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba). Y.K. Hariz Sahib of Alappuzha offered the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and Translation. The special Message of the Khalifatullah (atba) for the Jalsa Salana was translated into, and read out in, Malayalam by Hazrat Mukarram Fazil Jamal Sahib to the gathering. The Special Message can be viewed here

In the second session of the Day, Sulfikar Sahib of Kaliyikkavila recited the Holy Qur’an. D.A.Zainul Abdin Sahib of Mathra offered selections from the Hadith, especially on the theme of the significance of studying the Holy Qur’an. YK Hariz Sahib of Alappuzha read out some important advices from the writings of the Promised Massih (as). Salim Sahib of Alappuzha chose to discuss selections from a Friday Sermon delivered by our Imam (atba) on the topic of ‘devotion and submission to the Will of God’.

In the final part of the session, Hazrat Mukarram Fazil Jamal Sahib, led an interactive, study discussion with all members participating in it. The questions prepared by him for the occasion called attention to the doctrinal, conceptual and interpretative differences and choices made by the Ahmadi sects on various beliefs and theological issues. The initial answers and responses provided by our brothers and sisters to those questions were later supplemented and amplified by the Discussant. 

On 25th March, Day-2 of the Jalsa, members performed the Tahajjud prayers. Later, Namaz-e-Fajr was offered at 5.30 am. This was followed by the Dars-ul-Qur’an session with the Amir Sahib reciting and explaining selected verses. Master Zachariah Ibn Zain was given an opportunity to recite Surah Al Fatiha and also to offer ‘Azaan’. 

In the morning session of Day 2,YK Haris Sahib read extracts of the writings of the Promised Massih (as). Raziya Haris Sahiba made a presentation on the conditions of Bai’at devised by the Promised Massih (as), as applicable to all believers and disciples in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. Hazrat Mukarram Fazil Jamal Sahib made a brief intervention to point out that we in the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam follow the same Bai’at conditionalities, with the updates on allegiance to indicate and reflect the new era of the Divine Manifestation.

Mukarram Amir Sahib offered the closing Speech by once again reading out the full sermon/special message of Hazrat Khalifatullah (atba). In the final speech of the Meeting, the Amir Sahib stressed the need for upholding ‘faith and its requirements’ over all worldly-matters and interests. He hoped that our members residing in other places in Kerala/Tamil Nadu would consider making earnest efforts to find time and visit the Masjid in Mathra as often as possible and that the Jamaat in Mathra ready to host programmes in every second/third month so that the dynamics of interaction and brotherhood and constant engagement within the Jamaat could be retained on an even keel. 

Members at the General Body Meeting expressed appreciation for the renovation works being undertaken by the Amir Sahib in and around the Noor’ul Islam Masjid, especially with the construction of a well, Boundary walls and a new Building (1000 sq. ft.) that would feed into the future plans of the Jamaat’s progress under our Imam (atba), Insha Allah. The Amir Saheb is also personally and pleasantly surprised that despite the weaknesses and challenges ahead of us, we are able to strive and make progress on an incremental fashion, and is determined to continue with the progressive initiatives with the firm conviction that Allah (swt) will bless our feeble hands and meagre resources. He hopes that the unfinished work can be resumed and completed in the coming months, as soon as new resources are available for the same shall, Insha Allah.

The members departed from the venue with renewed spiritual fervour and verve after collective Lunch, Alhamdulillah. Summa Alhamdulillah.