The South-West Sydney Islamic Society (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-I-Islam (Lahore) Australia) commenced its celebration of Prophet Mohammad Day on 24 November 2018, by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land, past and present. The Society hold this function annually to commemorate the life of Prophet Muhammad. This year the theme was on the universality of the Prophet. In addition to Society members, we had guests from different religious backgrounds.
I welcome you to the commemoration of Maulana Muhammad Ali. It is important for me to say this at the outset, that no way, shape or form we are giving Maulana Muhammad Ali the same or higher status to our Prophet, Hazrath Muhammad Mustapher. On the contrary, I will illustrate how Maulana Muhammad Ali strictly followed the footsteps of our Prophet Muhammad. It is important to note, people commemorate Mahatma Ghandi G, Martin Luther King and Nel-son Mandela. If people can commemorate these great personalities, then why can’t we commemorate the life of this saint Maulana Muhammad Ali. I used the word “saint” because his Christian nurse referred to him as a saint because she admired his close devotion to Allah SWT.
The Philosophy of the teachings of Islam was read at a conference at Lahore in 1896 By HMGA Sahib. The arguments were drawn only from the HQ and the presenters from other religions had to observe similar rules and if they presented anything outside of their scripture then they make an advance of a new book and not the one which they professes to support.
The first question relates to the three conditions of man. Which is about how the nafs (self) evolves from the animal state to moral and finally the spiritual state. Just like learning new skills at work empowers us, we must get to know the three states of our nafs so it empowers us to be better Muslims. If you feel you are in the animal state or the morale state, then what should you strive towards or what is the benchmark and what are the guiding principles to help us get there.
Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak and may Allah Subhanahu-Wa-Ta’ala continue to bless you and yours.It was a cold Winter morning but the warmth of the Masjid reminded us why we had flocked together from the different suburbs of Sydney in our best attire. It was the joyous festival of Eid-ul-Fitr after 30 days of fasting. It was a time to give thanks to the Almighty Allah and express joy and happiness at the completion of a month-long spiritual exercise. Young children were running around in excitement and our respected elders were hugging and congratulating their loved ones. The aroma of the food visited our nostrils.
Brother Ameen Sahu-Khan stood up and started the Takbir which encouraged everybody to join in. Not long after, the Takbir echoed in the Masjid. After a little while, Eid-ul-Fitr prayer commenced. Brother Ameen Sahu-Khan gave the Khutba, reminding us of the significance of Ramadan and how important it is for us to continue with the trend of the Holy month in keeping up with our good deeds.
The Secretary of the Jamaat read out to the congregation Hazrat Ameer’s message. Brother Ameen then concluded the official part of the function with a supplication.
The young and old gave each other big hugs and wished everybody well. The morning finished with fellowship and good food, all thanks to the Merciful and Compassionate Allah.
Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-I-Islam Australia wishes all Muslims Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak
Firstly, I would like to this opportunity to congratulate the new board members of the Jamaat. May Allah the Greatest increase them with zeal and strong faith so they can continue propagating Islam. Since today was the AGM it only made sense to keep the tradition alive by presenting on instructions and guidelines of our Jamaat. My inspiration came from the book, “Instructions and Guidance of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat” by Maulana Muhammad Ali. Has anyone read the book? On the first page Maulana states that “For every Ahmadi to read from start to finish, and to note whatever applies to him and to put it into practice” Its only 27 pages and encourage you all to read it.
A while back I was having a discussion with my younger brother on the dinner table and he asked why is the Jamaat called Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-I-Islam and wouldn’t it be easier if we just called ourselves Muslims.