Prayer Of The Month

(Holy Qur’an, 23:27)

Rub-bin surni bima kuz-zaboon.

O My Lord, help me, for they treat me as a liar.

From the Desk of National Ta'lim Secretary

Dear ReadersAssalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

Happy New Year. This is a time to reflect upon our activities in the past year and resolve to do better in the coming year. Given the recent tragic and alarming events, we as Ahmadi Muslims have to redouble our efforts to practice and proclaim true peaceful teachings of Islam as elucidated by the Promised Messiah (as) and championed by Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih (ab). May this be a peaceful year for all.

We also pray that our students may outshine others in their pursuit of academic excellence. May they shine as beacons of goodness and beneficence. Ameen.

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)

The Holy Qur’an is full of verses that God is the Guardian of and provides for the virtuous. Then when a person relies wholly upon the means, and puts his whole trust in them, in so doing he ascribes to them some of the attributes of God, and sets them up as another god beside Him. When he leans towards one side, he advances towards shirk. Those who lean towards officials and receive bounties and titles from them, honor them as they should honor God and thus in a way worship them. This alone uproots a person’s belief in the Unity of God and diverts him from his true purpose and casts him far away. The Prophets [peace and blessings of Allah be on them] teach that there should be no conflict between Unity and material means and that each should keep to its proper place and that the end should be Unity. They desire to teach man that all honour and all comfort and all fulfilment comes from God. If anything else is set up in opposition to Him there would be a conflict in two opposites in which one would be destroyed. The Unity of God must always prevail. Means should be used but should not be deified.

Belief in Unity gives birth to the love of God Almighty, as one realizes that all benefit and loss is in His hands, that He is the true Benefactor and that every particle proceeds from Him without the intervention of anyone else. When a person achieves this holy condition, he is known as a believer in the Unity of God. One condition of belief in Unity is that man should not worship stones, or human beings, or anything else, and should express disgust and abhorrence against deifying them; the second condition is that no undue importance should be attached to material means. The third condition is that one's ego and its purposes should also be excluded and negated. Very often a person has in mind his own qualities and power and imagines that he has achieved certain good with his own power and he depends so much upon his power that he attributes everything to it. Real faith in the Unity of God is achieved when a person negates his own powers also. (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.

-Explained his mission in Arabic.

-One of 3 books written in Arabic.

-The book includes 2 qasidahs, i.e., poems in praise of the Holy Prophet (saws).

-Written in response to a leaflet published by Syed Abdur Razzaq of Baghdad who criticized the claims of the Promised Messiah (as).

-Promised Messiah (as) invited Syed Abdur Razzaq to visit him in Qadian and observe his lifestyle and engage in direct dialogue with him.

-Asked Syed Abdur Razzaq to offer istikhara prayer in determining the veracity of the Promised Messiah’s claims.

-Promised Messiah (as) wrote: “If you like you can abuse me, reject me, kill me and my only answer will be that I shall pray for your welfare and safety.”

Positive Self-Talk for a Better New Year

Brain—the most complex structure in the universe has an almost infinite capacity to learn and grow. That is why positive-self-talk is crucial because research has discovered that your brain accepts what you are telling yourself without questions. For instance, when you say, “No way! I can’t do that,” the mind says “OK… you can’t!” However, when you say “Yes I can do that,” the brain will find a way to help you achieve the desire that you say in your self-talk. So, next time you encounter difficult assignment or come across amazing opportunity but you feel pessimistic about them, remember to say “Yes I can do that!” or “Yes I will present my best work to obtain the best grade!”

Source: Making your Mind Magnificent: Flourishing at any Age by Steven Campbell, M.S.I.S.

Did You Know the Quranic Verse at Harvard Law Faculty’s Entrance

Harvard University has posted a verse of the Holy Qur’an chapter Al Nisa Verse 136 at the entrance of its law faculty, referring this verse as the greatest expressions for justice in history. Below is the quoted verse posted on the Harvard Law School Library website.

“O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor; for Allah can best protect both.”

Source: Harvard Law School Library link

Roohani Khazain Studies – Quick Quiz Answer: Tuhfa-e-Baghdad (A Gift for Baghdad)




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