What does the Lajna pledge mean to you?
Lajna Imaillah Pledge: “I affirm that I shall always be ready to devote my life, property, time and children for the cause of the faith and the community. I shall always adhere to the truth and shall always be prepared to make every sacrifice for the perpetuation of the Ahmadiyya Khilafat, InshaAllah.”
Pledge : A solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something.
We as Ahmadi Muslim women stand up and repeat the above pledge in every meeting; it is for every individual to ponder over its meanings, and whether we mean or do what we say.
‘I affirm that I shall always be ready to devote my life, property, time and children for the cause of the faith and the community.’
Life: We declare that we will always be ready to devote our life, both physical and spiritual, for our journey towards God and for the advancement of the Ahmadiyya community.
Property: This involves financial sacrifice in the way of God. We need to be aware that every single thing comes from the Almighty and will go back to Him. This is for our own benefit and teaches us humility, kindness and the spirit of sacrifice.
Time: We forget that time is a sacrifice we should be making and, although it should be the easiest, sometimes it can be the most difficult so we should plan well in advance how we will use it wisely. We should realise the purpose of our existence and not be engrossed in day-to-day material pursuits of which there is no end. Life is a test and what we do here will determine what we get in the afterlife.
Children: We should teach our children the true Islam, as parents setting an example. This will enable them to face the world with their heads held high and proud to belong to the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as). We as parents tend to be happy when our children do well in school and other worldly affairs but how many of us actually put an effort to make them the true champions of Islam?
‘I shall always adhere to the truth and shall always be prepared to make every sacrifice for the perpetuation of the Ahmadiyya Khilafat, InshaAllah.’
Truth: We should always stick to the truth no matter what. This is one virtue which, if really put in practice, roots out other sins and solves a lot of problems in every sphere of life. We should not say an untrue thing even as a joke; or this can gradually develop into a habit of lying. The same is important for the Tarbiyyat of our children.
Perpetuation: ‘To prolong the existence of or to cause to continue indefinitely’
Everyone, including Nasirat as the word can also be found in the Nasirat pledge, should know the meaning the above meaning of this word.
In the recent months, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) has given landmark sermons focussing on the concept of self-reformation. Huzoor ( aba) described the qualities that a model Ahmadi should aspire to attain.
Huzoor (aba) directed those entrusted with the position of responsibility, to teach this concept over and over again in order to to raise the standard of reformation of the followers of the Promised Messiah (as).
For Lajna ima’illah, we present a challenge of e-reformation.
We will set ourselves a target of the month to give up some of our weaknesses and acquire some good habits to help us attain self-reformation.
Are you up to the challenge of e-reformation?
Summary of Friday Sermon
There should be “no discrepancy between one’s words and deeds” …we should “continually analyze ourselves.”
(Friday Sermon, 6/4/04)