And here we find ourselves again, confronted by some more ”Cult” leaks.” This time it’s some information about how much the ”Jalsa Salana” costs and some other expediture etc.
Before I note down my thoughts on the post, let me begin with an apology. In an earlier post I described some of the ”Misinformation” floating around the internet as something like ”low shelf tabloid” material. I apologise for not being clearer in my statement, so let me explain. Put simply, I personally found, and perhaps others disagree, that many anti-Ahmadi commentators publish only the segment of a piece of information which forwards their desire to discredit Islam Ahmadiyya and not the whole picture. I really feel that that is quite unfair and not the proper way of dealing with any issue, regardless of what it is. Anyone is welcome to publish whatever they like, but at least present a balanced argument.
For example, yesterday a post was published in which the user mentioned that the previous Jalsa Salana cost in the region of 1.5 million pounds. I am not a Jama’at accountant, have not purchased the ”public access” Jama’at accounts, and so have no way of knowing if that is fact or not. Lets agree, for arguments sake, that it is 1.5 million pounds. The cost per head, for the three day Jalsa would, therefore, come to roughly £20 a head per day. But then that figure is further reduced because people are looked after for much longer than that, perhaps a month and so food and accommodation is spread out for much longer than the three days. The reality is going to be that a three day Jalsa, with all of the other very basic hospitality will leave the Jalsa at closer to £10 – 15 per head, per day.
Right, so let’s put the above to the side and start again. A post is put up which states that the Jalsa Salana costs 1.5 million pounds in order to discredit and malign Islam Ahmadiyya. Well that’s allot by anyone’s standard – isn’t it? Wait a minute, but that means that the cost per head must be about £10 -15 per day? How on earth could anyone, particularly in ENGLAND, organise an event for 25,000 people which only costs about £10 – 15 a day? For that amount the guests get: three meals a day, 24 hr refreshments and food, parking, the sheltered marquees, accommodation for many foreign guests, and other free transport etc (not that any of this matters as the majority of people attend the Jalsa for spirituality and not food!. Proof of this can be found on the ”My Summer Vacation” video here).
So what about the costs of the hundreds of people it must take to put together an event like that? Oh, that’s right – all of those people are volunteers who work for hundreds of hours free of charge. In fact, the money that the hundreds of people are missing out on at work, so that they can give their free service, probably comes to in excess of the cost of the event itself.
Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis can often be polarised on these issues. So I am reaching out to the neutral reader with the following question: ”Why is it, do you think, that some people would incessantly and persistently publish what they consider to be the negative aspects of an association of people and never publish any of the obviously good things about them?” You never, for example, come across remarks about non-discriminatory Ahmadi hospitals, schools, colleges, humanitarian aid and voluntary work, the hundreds of Mosques built by them etc. Why is that? Wait, don’t answer that – it’s obvious.
Here is the bottom line. I could not care less about what anybody puts out there in order to discredit anybody – Ahmadi or non-Ahmadi. I would not dream of writing these blog entries, but for the single desire to present a more balanced perspective to the very small portion of the world that might take some interest. As one commenter on this blog very aptly put it, I would give half of everything I own, nay, everything I own, without the Jama’at even asking for it. The reason for that, which I would argue is a shared feeling amongst the majority of Ahmadis, is that the money I give is for the sake of Almighty Allah alone – not for anyone ”illa ant ya Rab al-‘Alamin.” Am I brainwashed – Yes, I certainly am! The ihya’ (revival) of the Prophet’s (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) pure and transcendent message entrusted to Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam) has washed my nafs and brain clean of ill desire – I am completely mesmerized by the beauty and magnificence of Hadrat Nabi Paak (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). It is in this way that my brain and soul have been ”washed” (no, that does not mean that I am any better than the next person – such determinations are known to Almighty Allah alone). And this blessing is only because of the blessings of the ”Nur al-Muhammadi.” It is my sincerest prayer that my non-Ahmadi brothers and sisters should offer their bay’ah to Hadrat al-Imam al-Mahdi, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (‘alayhi al-salam) as, I believe, was instructed by our beloved Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). If they decide not to, you will not find me rideculing them or actively seeking any of their ”apparent” personal or community based faults – I will continue to love them as a Muslim should.
Now, to another issue. This is not specific to the post mentioned above (mainly because it seems that the user’s stated figures, if true – but certainly not his commentary – are simply a statement of information readily available to all). I am here making a general comment in light of much that I have observed on several sites. Users who fall into this category, be they non-Ahmadi or Ahmadi, should immediately know if they are guilty of this or not. I have already posted once about backbiting (ghibah) and so I would like to again touch upon this by adding Namimah (tale-bearing) to the list. Regarding what this actually means, Ibn Hajr al-Haythami (rahmat Allah ‘alayh) wrote:
“It says in al-Ihya’: …it refers to disclosure of anything that may hurt or offend somebody if it is disclosed, whether it is the person who is spoken about who is offended, or the person who hears the gossip, or a third party, whether it is disclosed verbally, in writing or by means of a hint or a gesture, and whether what is transmitted is an action, a word, a fault or a shortcoming in the person who is being talked about, or in someone else. The definition of namimah is uncovering secrets and disclosing that which it is not appropriate to disclose… If what is spoken of is a fault or shortcoming in the person of whom one speaks, then this is ghibah (backbiting) and namimah (malicious gossip).” (al-Zawajir, 252: al-Namimah)
The Holy Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said: “No person who spreads namimah will enter Paradise.” And according to another report: “No eavesdropper (qattat)…” (Sahih al-Bukhari, 6056). In another hadith it is narrated that the Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once heard: ”…the sounds of two people who were being tormented in their graves. He said, ‘They are being punished, not for something that was difficult to avoid, but it is nevertheless a major sin. One of them did not protect himself from urine (i.e., take measures to avoid contaminating himself or his clothes) and the other used to walk about spreading namimah.’” (Sahih al-Bukhari, 216).
And what of suspicious and spying? The Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is also reported to have said: ”Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the falsest of speech. Do not eavesdrop; do not spy on one another; do not envy one another; do not forsake one another; do not hate one another. Be, O slaves of Allah, brothers.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, 5144).
What is one then to do if he or she is a party to, or happens to be confronted by, gossip? Ibn Hajar al-Haythami (rahmat Allah ‘alayh) offered the following guidance on the matter:
“The person who hears some malicious gossip, such as being told ‘So and so said this about you’ or ‘he did this to you,’ must do six things:
1 – He should not believe it, because the one who spreads namimah is a fasiq (evildoer) according to scholarly consensus, and Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“If a Fasiq (liar — evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done” [Q.49:6]
2 – He should tell him not to repeat this evil action, which is evil in both religious and worldly terms.
3 – He should hate him for the sake of Allah if he shows no sign of repenting.
4 – He should not think badly of the one of whom it was said, because he does not know whether that person really said it or did it.
5 – What he has been told should not make him spy on others or look for their faults for the purpose of verifying what was said, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Avoid much suspicion; indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not…” [Q.49:12] (Al-Zawajir ‘an iqtiraf al-kaba’ir)
And Almighty Allah knows best.
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