Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community addresses Muslim youth event (Waqf-e-Nau Ijtema) in London

“A Waqf-e-Nau should never be the cause of pain for others, instead they should always be kind, compassionate and caring.” – Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad

On 26 February 2017, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed the concluding session of the UK National Waqf-e-Nau Ijtema (gathering), an event held for male members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK who have pledged their lives for the peaceful service of Islam.

The event took place at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London and was attended by more than 1800 people, including over 1,400 members of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme.

During the address, His Holiness spoke of the responsibility that lay on the shoulders of Waqf-e-Nau members to practice and spread the true peaceful teachings of Islam.

His Holiness said that to merely be a part of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme was of no value in itself, rather it was only through moral and spiritual excellence that members of the scheme could attain its true blessings.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadi said:

“Never forget that you are the people who have pledged your lives for the sake of your faith and so you must strive to instil the highest standards of Islamic teachings and values within yourselves.”

His Holiness also said that Waqf-e-Nau members had a responsibility to defend Islam against the false allegations and unfounded accusations that were being levelled against it on a daily basis.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“In today’s world people are attacking Islam from all directions and so as Waqf-e-Nau, you should be on the front lines defending your religion.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“However, this is not the era of the Jihad of the Sword, rather we are living in an age where people are attacking Islam through literature, through the media, through the internet and through other similar means, and so, it is your duty to counter the allegations made against Islam in a like manner.”

His Holiness said that much of the criticism levelled against Islam was a result of the barbaric actions of certain Muslim clerics who continued to distort and misrepresent the teachings of Islam.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Instead of wielding their influence with wisdom and truth, such clerics abuse their authority and the trust people have in them in the worst possible ways.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“Some so-called scholars even claim that an aggressive and violent Jihad in pursuit of conquering lands and people is justified. Indeed, it is on such authority that many extremist groups seek to justify the terrorist acts, beheadings and other brutal acts that they perpetrate.  If such hate-filled and unjust beliefs were part of Islam’s teachings who in their right mind would ever accept it?”

In stark contrast to the claims of such clerics, His Holiness said the Holy Quran, stated that to kill even one innocent person was akin to killing all of humankind.

His Holiness said Islam was neither a religion of violence or compulsion and nor did it permit rape, kidnapping or any of the other atrocities being falsely perpetrated by extremists in its name.

Outlining the true values of Islam, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Islam is a religion that promotes peace and tolerance at all levels of society. It is a religion that teaches freedom of belief and seeks to build bridges between the people of difference races, nationalities and beliefs. This is the message that you must forever convey, through your words and deeds, to the rest of the world.”

His Holiness said that Waqf-e-Nau members should excel in learning about Islamic teachings by studying the Holy Quran and the books of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him), as it would provide them with the

“intellectual and spiritual ammunition”

to respond to allegations against Islam.

Addressing the Waqf-e-Nau, His Holiness highlighted the need for them to adopt selflessness and service for humanity within their nature.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Our Waqf-e-Nau should be selfless in nature and never selfish.  You should consider how you can help others and fulfil their rights, rather than worrying about your own needs or entitlements.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“A Waqf-e-Nau should never be the cause of pain for others, instead they should always be kind, compassionate and caring. Hence, wherever, and whenever, you can help or assist other people, you should never waste the opportunity.”

His Holiness mentioned that staying idle should be avoided in all circumstances and those who were not in full time education or employment should utilise their time in the service of Islam.

Later, His Holiness addressed the younger children present and advised them to be truthful, to work hard and to take part in outdoor activities.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“All of you should pay full attention to your studies at school. Similarly, you should not waste your time playing computer games or other electronic games, rather when you have some free time go outside and play games or sports and take benefit from the fresh air. This will benefit your health and well-being in the long-term.”

The event concluded with a silent prayer led by His Holiness.

Earlier, various workshops, academic competitions and discussions took place during the Ijtema.

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