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The Annual Gathering of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam and the Aim of the Movement:

Modified for the Web from: The Light (January 8, 1984, pp. 3, 5)


The most important aspect of the Annual Gathering has always been spiritual elevation of the members of the Movement. During the three days, Tahajjud prayers and Dars-i-Quran in the morning provide spiritual sustenance to the participants. Acts of devotion performed in a congregation instil unusual strength, zeal and spiritual ecstasy into the hearts. Individuals of a community who have dedicated themselves to practice and propagate Islam to the world need spiritual calibre of a very high order. That is why the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement frequently exhorted his followers to follow firmer ways of taqwa. In other words, it means to observe commandments of Allah in all sincerity and devotion. It is inner illumination which brings about spiritual revolution as envisaged by Islam and its Holy Founder Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Muslims today need the force of spiritual illumination more than armament and armed forces. The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, foresaw spiritual needs of the time and initiated a spiritual movement for saving Muslims from the evil designs of the West. The idea has not so far been generally appreciated by the Muslims. It is high time that they should objectively study their political and military failures in the light of international machinations. Muslims need re-orientation of their religious and political thinking. If Islam means "peace within and peace without", then the whole fabric of our thinking and action should be based on "persuasion" and not on "force and coercion". The Ahmadiyya Movement stands for universalism of the teachings of Islam and has presented Islam to the enlightened people of the West with commendable success. If we are eager to relive Islam in the present time, it should be a rational Islam, a progressive Islam and an Islam which stands for freedom and human dignity.

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