An introduction to Waqf e Jadid
On December 27th 1957 Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II started the blessed project called The New Dedication (Waqf-e-Jadid). Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II wished to create a network of Mualimeen (Teachers) who should be wholly devoted to the upbringing of the members throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan. Waqf-e-Jadid was the last initiative Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II put forth before the Community.
On 1st February 1958, fourteen Mualimeen were dispatched to selected rural areas of the country – Now by the grace and mercy of Allah the number of Mualimeen is in the thousands. Sahibzada Mirza Tahir Ahmad Sahib (later to become Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV was appointed as the first Director (Nazim Irshad) of Waqf-e-Jadid
What are the Objectives of Waqf-e-Jadid?
- Primary objective – to look after the spiritual upbringing of the members living in the rural communities
- Secondary objective – to bring the message of Islam to Hindu population of the country
The Hindu community in the Sind province was poor and was mistreated and exploited by the Muslim landowners. Seeing this, the Christian missions offered them financial help and thus influenced them towards Christianity. Waqf-e-Jadid carried out the huge task of bringing this Hindu community into Ahmadiyyat and continues to do so to this day.
Up to 1986 the project was intended mainly for the rural communities of Pakistan. However, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV broadened the scope of this project and now all the countries of the world are within the scope of this plan
Who should participate?
Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II stated:
“I emphasise to the Community that they should understand the importance of this scheme and devote their full attention to it and try their utmost to make it a success, ensuring that no individual in the Community who can afford it is left out.”
Why should I participate?
Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V has stated:
“In this age of rampant materialism and commercialism when public, especially in the Western world, is bombarded with enticements to purchase merchandise, the Holy Qur’an guides us, setting forth the contrast of a “bargain” of striving in the way of Allah with one’s wealth.”. “Those who are well off should consider if the donations they make are real sacrifices” 6thJanuary 2006, Qadian.
A modern understanding of faith is to liken it to what some call a ‘leap of faith’, to be able to jump into the unknown, albeit darkness. Islam does not require us to take any leap into the darkness. Islam’s concept of faith is far from this. We read in the Holy Quran: [2:258] Allah is the friend of those who believe: He brings them out of every kind of darkness into light. And those who disbelieve, their friends are the transgressors who bring them out of light into every kind of darkness. These are the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide. This means that it is those who do not believe in God who are moved to jump into the darkness from the light. Allah has told us through His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that He is the Friend of those who believe and He takes them out of every darkness into the light.
We should always pray to Allah citing His Holy Words, saying that, “O Allah, I believe in You and You have told us through Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that You are the Friend of those who believe and guide the believers into the light. So, shine Your light for me and guide me into these actions that I am being asked to take. Show me the path and make it clear to me and move my heart so I may be led by You into the light.”
The promises of Allah are indeed true and certainly Allah will provide light for us in all the paths that lead to Him. He is Al- Ghani, the Self-Sufficient and in no need of anything from us. It is we who are needy. It is, therefore, incumbent upon us that we understand the true purpose of spending in the way of Allah. Only then will we be making the sacrifices that would find acceptance in the sight of Allah. May Allah shine His light upon us and show us our ways of worship. May He draw each of us closer to Him and those actions which win his love and blessings, both here and in the hereafter. May Allah enable us all to respond in the measure needed. Ameen
My dear brothers I humbly encourage you to whole heartedly contribute to the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme and partake in this blessed sacrifice.
A message from Qaid Waqf e Jadid,
Majlis Ansarullah Nederland