Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Khalifatullah @ Gandhi Bhavan

Visit to Gandhi Bhavan 

During the recently concluded tour of South India, Imam-Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam International Hadhrat Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius and the respected and honoured members of the holy family-, apart from attending Jamaat programmes and meeting disciples, also made it a point to visit some of the charitable institutions in the region that serve the larger cause of humanity in our broken-times. An important programme in this context was the visit to the famous Gandhi Bhavan at Pathanapuram, Kerala. 

Situated on the banks of Kallada River in Kundyam, near Pathanapuram of Kollam District, the Gandhi Bhavan  is built up by a group of people inspired by the Gandhian Path of service to humanity and is led by the  humanitarian activist Dr. Punalur Somarajan. The space is dedicated for the care-giving of the destitute persons, regardless of their religious and other social origins. 

At the Gandhi Bhavan, the age of the inmates ranges from months-old kids to well-aged senior citizens. The physical and mental condition of the inmates also differ widely: they include the deranged who move about aimlessly or without any destinations; the paraplegic and the bedridden; the deaf and dumb; orphaned kids, the physically and mentally challenged and the persons who just came back from the brink of suicide; the visually challenged; the HIV-affected; the cancer patients and so on. Different departments and buildings within the Institution cater to diverse segments of people who needs care: destitute children, helpless mother and couples, bedridden senior citizens; physically handicapped; pain and palliative care for women; sexually assaulted women & children, etc. It seems people who had drifted from the set of courses of 'mainstream'- seem to have created a world of their own and are leading a peaceful life, making the Institution a unique experiment in collective living. 

Common folks in the region usually visit the institution with their loved ones, sometimes to celebrate some of their memorable occasions such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, to do good in fond remembrance of pious ancestors or other dear-ones, etc. Well-wishers take part in Gandhi Bhavan’s Prayer Services, in memory of their loved ones and enjoy a meal with the inmates, forming a unique experience in life for those who visit the Institution.

Many members of the Kerala Jamaat also accompanied Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) and family in the Gandhi Bhavan visit. During the visit, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) and team had the opportunity and pleasure to be recieved by the authorities at the highest levels of courtesy, with a guided tour of the Institution. Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) later made a Special Address to the inmates, staff members and visitors of the Institution. In his Address, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) appreciated the extraordinary humanitarian spirit and selfless work he observed around and lauded the staff and servants of the inmates for their great devotional service to humanity. 

In his social message, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) spoke around five themes that visiting dignitaries at Gandhi Bhavan usually are invited to elaborate upon, as part of the institution's long-running public-outreach programme called 'Guru-vandanam': “Nobody should ever give up parents; Do not use drugs; Keep soil and water cleanly; Preserve patriotism and secularism; Reject superstitions and bad customs.” 

Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) underscored the need for good parenting at the family-level so as to instill in the younger generation an inner- conscientiousness for socially-responsible living. The primary responsibility to look after ageing parents, especially when they might need special assistance and care, is that of the children/family, and in a changing context of break-down of family values, institutional initiatives have become inevitable. Hadhrat Saheb (atba) also spoke about the need for foundational human values such as empathy, compassion and understanding, with an ethical outlook, to deal with a range of troubling human conditions that are sprouting across societies in our times. Drawing upon the humanitarian work of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in Mauritius, Hadhrat Saheb (atba) underscored the significance of selfless service to God’s creatures as a form of worship of the True Divine. 

After joining the inmates of the institution for lunch, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) was also invited to mark a message at the Distinguished Visitors’ Diary of the Institution. As is well known, the institution serves humanity by allowing common people to contribute to meet the expenses entailed for running its manifold activities. Hence, on the occasion, some of our Jamaat brothers also made pious financial contributions to the Gandhi Bhavan corpus.After offering the Dhuhr and Aser Namaz jointly and collectively at the Gandhi Bhavan Guest Room, the visiting team returned to the Noor'ul Islam Masjid at Mathra, Alhamdulillah.  

It is also interesting to note a historical coincidence in this context. The date of the visit to the Gandhi Bhawan- 6th December 2018- is also an important date in the history of the present Divine Manifestation, for it was on this date almost fifteen years ago that Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius was inspired by His Lord to make the public announcement of his Divinely-inspired mission. It was on 6th December 2003 that the official proclamation as the Messiah and Muhyi-ud-Din of this era, was made by Hadhrat Saheb (atba). On the 15th anniversary of the official proclamation as the Messiah and Muhyi-ud-Din of this era, the same person receives an extraordinary public reception and honour in the land of India, the land of his forefathers and of the Promised Messiah of the previous era, Alhamdulillah, Soumma Alhamdulillah.