The Ahmadiyya Annual December Gathering

Its Aims and Purposes

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian

The Light & Islamic Review (US), November/December 1991 Issue (Vol. 68, No. 4, p. 3)

Editor’s Note: It was in 1891 that the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement instituted an annual gathering of his followers to take place for three days at the end of every December.  This practice has continued since that time.  It is customary at this time of the year to publish his directions relating to the reasons for holding this gathering.  One such extract is given below.

“Consider not this gathering to be an ordinary meeting held by people.  It is purely for the purpose of the support of Truth and the propagation of Truth.”

The main object of this gathering, among its aims, is that every sincere person should get the opportunity to benefit spiritually in a face-to-face setting, to increase his knowledge, and, by the help of God Almighty, to develop his understanding of matters spiritual.  Then there are the consequential advantages that by meeting each other the brethren will get better acquainted and the fraternal ties within the Community will be strengthened.

Apart from this, one of the essential requirements of this gathering will be to consider plans for the religious well-being of Europe and America.  For it is now established that the good-natured people of Europe and America are ready to accept Islam.  Know it for certain, O brothers, that this group is being prepared for this Movement.  God Almighty does not leave a truthful one without a following.  Allah willing, the blessing of truth shall draw them this way.  This is the decree of God Almighty from above, and there is none to change it.

Therefore, it is imperative that, to this gathering which is held for several blessed purposes, must come everyone who can afford to do so, and should bring their winter bedding, etc., as needed.  They should not care for small losses in the way of Allah and His Messenger.  God Almighty rewards the sincere ones at every step, and no labour or hardship in His way goes to waste.  It is to be repeated: Consider not this gathering to be an ordinary meeting held by people.  It is purely for the purpose of the support of Truth and the propagation of Truth.

The foundation stone of this Movement has been laid by the hand of God Almighty Himself, and He has prepared nations for it who shall shortly join it.  This is the work of that All-Powerful One, for Whom nothing is impossible.  That time approaches, nay it is at hand, when there shall not remain in this religion any trace of naturiyyat, nor of those opponents who are at an extreme in supporting this philosophy and follow their own thoughts.  There shall neither remain those who deny miracles nor those [at the other extreme] who have added senseless and unfounded stories contradicted by the Quran.  God Almighty will establish for this moderate nation the path of clear truth on the earth — the very path brought by the Quran, the very way taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad to his Companions, the very guidance which has been received from the beginning by the righteous saints of the Muslims.  This shall happen, and most certainly take place.  Let him who has ears listen.  Blessed are they to whom the right path will be disclosed.

The foundation stone of this Movement has been laid by the hand of God Almighty Himself, and He has prepared nations for it who shall shortly join it. This is the work of that All-Powerful One, for Whom nothing is impossible. That time approaches, nay it is at hand, when there shall not remain in this religion any trace of naturiyyat1, nor of those opponents who are at an extreme in supporting this philosophy and follow their own thoughts. There shall neither remain those who deny miracles nor those [at the other extreme] who have added senseless and unfounded stories contradicted by the Quran. God Almighty will establish for this moderate nation the path of clear truth on the earth — the very path brought by the Quran, the very way taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad to his Companions, the very guidance which has been received from the beginning by the righteous saints of the Muslims. This shall happen, and most certainly take place. Let him who has ears listen. Blessed are they to whom the right path will be disclosed.

At the end, I close with the prayer that may God Almighty be with everyone who undertakes the journey for this gathering held for a Divine purpose, may He grant them a great reward, have mercy on them, ease for them their difficulties and trials, relieve their worries and anxieties, deliver them from every hardship, open for them the avenues of their aspirations, raise them on the Day of Judgment with those upon whom He has had mercy, and be the custodian after them till their return.

Footnotes:

  1. Naturiyyat (from the word nature) refers to the views of the rationalist Muslims in the nineteenth century who held that God could not act in contravention of the laws of nature. They thus considered that spiritual phenomena, such as revelation from God, Divine intervention, and acceptance of prayers, could not take place outside the then known laws of nature. Such experiences were interpreted by them as being not so much objective realities but man’s inner feelings. — Editor.

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