100 Years of the AAIIL — Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore

The Muslim News, January 2014 Issue (p. 2)

In 2014, it will be one hundred years since the creation of this Jamaat [Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i-Islam Lahore]. A small group of people, men and women alike, were determined to spread Islam in the West. They depended on help only from Allah and overcame what seemed to be impossible odds and trials: the First World War, the Second World War, the partition of India into India and Pakistan, an attempt to annihilate them in 1953, being declared heretics in 1974 and persecution thereafter, bans on literature, persecution, torture, murder, kidnap — the list is endless. A person who depended only on material resources would find it astonishing that we survived.

Our survival is a sign of Divine support, for without it this little band of people without much in way of material resources could not have survived. But when Allah helps us overcome such seemingly insurmountable odds then he wants us to do something in return. He wants us to double and quadruple our efforts to propagate the truth. If we do not, we shall be the losers.

Our survival is a miracle, but Allah creates miracles for a purpose. The purpose for our survival is that the survival of the true Islamic teaching is directly linked to it. If we fail in this we would fail in our duty to Allah.