Prayer Of The Month

(Holy Qur’an, 21:90)

Rub-bay la tazarni fardanw-wa anta khairul waritheen.

My Lord, leave me not alone and Thou art the Best of inheritors.

From the Desk of National Ta'lim Secretary

Dear ReadersAssalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

Our Beloved Imam, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V (ab) has desired that Ahmadi Muslim students seek education in the Mexican universities and help in the work of Jama’at in Mexico. We are gathering and disseminating introductory information about educational opportunities in Mexico. We encourage our students and parents to explore and pursue these opportunities to gain the pleasure and prayers of our Beloved Imam. May Allah enable us to sincerely and promptly respond Hadhur’s call.

Wassalam, Yours, in the Service of Islam Ahmadiyyat,

Wassalam,
Nasir Mahmood Malik
National Ta’lim Secretary

Roohani Khazain Studies: An excerpt from the Writings of the Promised Messiah (as)

Associating others with God takes many forms and is called shirk. There is the obvious shirk in which Hindus, Christians, Jews and other idol worshippers indulge, in which a man or stone or lifeless things or faculties or fictitious deities are worshipped as God. Though this form of shirk is still current in the world, yet this is the age of light and education, and reason is beginning to abhor this form of shirk. It is true that some people subscribe to these stupidities as part of their national religion, yet at heart they are beginning to be repelled by them.

But there is another type of shirk, which is spreading secretly like poison and it is greatly on the increase in this age and that is that there is no trust in and dependence upon God Almighty.

We do not say, nor is it part of our faith, that means should be discarded altogether. For God Almighty has Himself urged the use of means and if means are not used to the extent to which they are necessary, this would be to dishonor human faculties and to defame the grand action of God Almighty in bestowing them. If means are discarded altogether, it would mean that all faculties which God Almighty has bestowed upon man should be left idle and should not be put to any use, which would amount to condemning God's action as vain and useless and therefore a great sin. Therefore, we do not at all mean, nor is it part of our religion, that means should be discarded altogether. The use of means up to the proper limit is necessary. Means are needed for the hereafter also. To carry out the commandments of God Almighty and to avoid vice and to carry out good works is all undertaken so that we should be at ease in this world and the next. Thus righteous conduct is a substitute for means. God has not forbidden use of means for the fulfilling of worldly needs. A public servant should discharge his duties, a cultivator of land should occupy himself with agricultural operations, a laborer should perform his labor so that all of them should be able to discharge the obligations that they owe to their family and children and other relations and to their own selves.

All this is right up to the proper limit and is not forbidden; but when, transcending that limit, a person places all his trust in the means, that becomes shirk which casts a person far away from his true purpose. For instance, if a person says that had it not been for a certain factor, he would have died of hunger, or that if had it not been for a certain property or an occupation, he would have been in bad shape, or if it had not been for a certain friend, he would have been in trouble, this would be displeasing to God. He would not approve that a person should rely so much upon property, or other means or friends that he should stray far away from God Almighty. This is a very dangerous form of shirk which is patently contrary to the teaching of the Holy Qur’an. (Malfuzat, Vol. III, pp. 79-82)

(Malfuzat, Vol. III, pp. 79-82)

Roohani Khazain Studies – Quick Quiz (RKS-QQ)

Below are some clues about one of Promised Messiah’s books. Can you guess this book’s title? The answer is at the end of this issue!

-Published in 1893.

-Written in response to someone asking the Promised Messiah (as) how the veracity of his claim could be validated.

-The book includes references from the Holy Qur’an and Hadith to establishing his claim.

-A postscript note by the Promised Messiah (as) mentions the reasons for holding the Jalsa Salana and for postponing the Jalsa Salana in 1893 because the Promised Messiah (as) felt members weren't taking advantage of the spiritual bounties of the Jalsa. Therefore, he postponed it until he felt members were willing to bring about a spiritual change within themselves.

-Promised Messiah (as) pointed out that it is not true, as some ignorant ones claim, that all acts of worship like prayer and fasting were learned from Hadith. If that was the case, then what did the Muslims do for a century before the compilation of the first book of Hadith?

-Promised Messiah (as) concluded: “If Mian Ata Muhammad sahib was still not satisfied with his arguments, the easy course open to him would be to publish a poster or tract asserting that he (Hadhrat Ahmad) is a liar and an imposter and want from him a sign about me (Ata Muhammad), then, God willing, I would direct my attention and I am sure God, in His majesty, would not let me be overpowered by any opponent, for I am from Him and I have come with His command to regenerate Islam."

Internship Opportunity

The GATEWAYS lnternship Program consists of the Paid College Student Professional Worker, Volunteer/Non-Paid and International Student Internship Programs. The goal of this internship program is to expose students to career opportunities in the field through education, training, and mentoring programs. The students are better prepared to enter the workforce. All students are placed within a division based on their career interest.

Required Documents:

-ID / Driver’s License

-Passport / Birth Certificate

-Social Security Card

All students will be fingerprinted and badged by the LAX Security Badge Office and are required to work at least two days per week, 10 hour minimum.

College students applying for the Paid College Student Professional Worker Internship Program are required to be enrolled in school on a full-time basis; undergraduate with six units minimum. Students are required to maintain a 2.7 GPA, be able to make a one-year commitment, provide copies of proof of enrollment, accumulated units (transcripts) and submit a resume when applying.

Volunteer/Non-Paid interns must be at least 16 years old, have good work ethic and reliable transportation. Volunteers are required to make a four-month commitment and be interviewed by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) staff prior to entering the volunteer program.

International students must have a J-1 (work) or F-1 (academic) visa to be eligible to work at the LAWA either as a paid college student or as a volunteer. Students that possess an F-1 visa must also obtain a Form I-20, CPT (curricular practical training) employment, from the Student Service’s Office in their academic institution.

Please visit http://lawa.org/bjrc/ to obtain the Student Internship Request Form (SIRF) and to view a list of work locations and job descriptions. Please email or drop off completed SIRFs to Allyson Lavalais at the Business and Job Resources Division, 6053 Century Blvd, Suite 300, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045. For additional information regarding the GATEWAY Internship Program, please email or call Allyson Lavalais at alavalais@lawa.org or 424-646-7306.

Note: Ontario Airport currently does not accept applications because it is transitioning from Los Angeles to Ontario.

Roohani Khazain Studies – Quick Quiz Answer: Shahadatul Qur’an (Testimony of the Holy Qur’an)




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