The Bai’at (initiation) Ceremony at the International Jalsa Salana UK is a moment where millions of Ahmadi Muslims worldwide unite together under our Khalifa’s hand. We pray that may Allah always keep us steadfast on the Ten Conditions of Bai’at.
But what are the Conditions of Bai’at (initiation)? And how can we as Ahmadi Muslim girls fulfil them?
Anyone who joins the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as) pledges to abide by The Ten Conditions of Bai’at. It is essential for all followers of the Promised Messiah (as) to understand the details of these Conditions and to strive to follow them. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah be His helper) has explained these conditions in light of the Holy Qur’an, Ahadith and writings of the Promised Messiah (as) which we will help you understand our responsibilities. What are the Ten Conditions of Bai’at?
- That till the last day of his life, he/she shall abstain from shirk (associating any partners with Allah).
Shirk here does not merely mean bowing before stones, etc; rather, it is also shirk that you should depend entirely on worldly means and emphasise worldly idols. This is what shirk is. (Al-Hakam, vol. 7, No. 24, June 30, 1903, p. 11)
It is the responsibility of Ahmadi Muslim girls to not give more importance to worldly things e.g. people, careers and hobbies, than faith as this can also be classified as shirk (associating partners with Allah).
To avoid giving more importance to worldly things, an example could be to stop whatever we are doing to offer namaz on time and dedicating time during the day to worship Allah.
- That he/she shall keep away from falsehood, cruelty, adultery, dishonesty, disorder, rebellion and every kind of evil.
Hazrat ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amr Bin al-‘Asra relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever has the following four characteristics is a real hypocrite, and whoever has one of these characteristics has an element of hypocrisy until he leaves that habit:
- When he speaks, he tells a lie.
- When he makes a contract, he breaks it.
- When he makes a promise, he breaks it.
- When he argues, he starts using foul language.’ (Sahih Muslim)
As Ahmadi Muslim girls it is our responsibility to be role models for all others in our schools and workplaces. We can achieve this by avoiding the practices mentioned in the hadith and instead showing utmost kindness, compassion and honesty.
Remember a smile costs nothing but is worth millions!
Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) has said that the bad influences in society will always try to conquer us. Therefore, we should do all that we can to avoid them, by praying and turning to Allah and seeking His mercy.
- That he/she shall offer prayers (Salat) five times daily and shall try his/her best to invoke durood on the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Plan your days around the five daily prayers! Wake up at fajr time, try to arrange a prayer room at school for Zohar and Asr prayers. Perhaps study/ do homework after school until Maghrib time and then relax until Isha. Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) has constantly reminded us there is no concession in the matter of our daily Prayers.
We should keep in mind that in order for our prayers to be accepted and to win the pleasure of Allah, we must send Allah’s blessings upon the Holy Prophet (saw) by reciting durood abundantly.
In the Holy Qur’an (24:57) Allah says:
وَ اَقِیۡمُوا الصَّلٰوۃَ وَ اٰتُوا الزَّکٰوۃَ وَ اَطِیۡعُوا الرَّسُوۡلَ لَعَلَّکُمۡ تُرۡحَمُوۡنَ ﴿۵۷
“And observe Prayer and give the Zakat, and obey the Messenger, that you may be shown mercy.”
The Promised Messiah (as) says: “Offer the Prayer. Offer the Prayer. That is the key to all good fortune.” (Izala-e-‘Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 549/First edition, p. 829)
- That he/she shall not inflict injury on any of Allah’s creatures.
As is clear from this condition, that Ahmadi Muslims have the responsibility to not cause harm by hands nor words in a fit of anger.
Always take a step back, breathe and seek forgiveness from Allah to prevent you from saying or doing something you will regret later.
The Holy Prophet of Islam (saw) is the perfect example for us and he always treated all people including the young and the elderly with utmost kindness and compassion. Therefore, we as Ahmadi Muslims should ask ourselves, are we following the perfect example of our Holy Prophet (saw)?
A man should not be conceited, nor indecent, nor ill-mannered towards fellow beings. He should act with love and goodness and should not bear ill-will towards anyone for personal reasons. He should behave firmly or gently in accordance with the occasions or conditions. (Malfoozat, new edition, vol. 5, p. 609)
- That he would bear every hardship for the sake of Allah.
Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) has said people who are prepared to accept the will of Allah and suffer all hardships for His sake, are never left unrewarded by Allah the Almighty.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of all Ahmadi Muslims to remain faithful to Allah. If you turn to Him, you belong to the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as) and will receive the special mercy of Allah.
ومِنَ النَّاسِ مَنۡ یَّشۡرِیۡ نَفۡسَہُ ابۡتِغَآءَ مَرۡضَاتِ اللّٰہِ ؕ و اللّٰہُ رَءُوۡفٌۢ بِالۡعِبَادِ
“And of men, there is he who would sell himself to seek the pleasure of Allah; and Allah is Compassionate to His servants.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:208)
‘A loved one of God sells his being in the way of God. In return, he earns the pleasure of God. Such are the ones upon whom the special mercy of God descends.’ (Islami Usul Ki Philosophy, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 10, p. 473)
- That he shall not follow vulgar customs and guard against evil inclinations.
These days, as we are living in Western societies there are many customs and rituals eg. celebrating birthdays and Halloween etc. which can create distance between us and our faiths.
Instead of adopting these customs, we must present the beautiful teachings of Islam. Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) encourages us to have such confidence in our faith that these western cultures should have no influence on us whatsoever.
For instance, when Ahmadi Muslim girls who observe purdah and speak about its benefits to others, it has a far greater impact. This empowers Ahmadi Muslim girls to set an example to society that this is the modern way. Purdah enables us to stay guarded against evils in society. we should be proud of purdah!
وَ اَمَّا مَنۡ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّہٖ وَ نَہَی النَّفۡسَ عَنِ الۡہَوٰی ﴿ۙ۴۱﴾
فَاِنَّ الۡجَنَّۃَ ہِیَ الۡمَاۡوٰی ﴿ؕ۴۲﴾
“But as for him who fears the station of his Lord, and restrains his soul from evil desires, the Paradise shall surely be his home.” (Al-Nazi‘at, 79:41–42)
- That he shall discard pride and haughtiness, live in humility & meekness
وَ لَا تُصَعِّرۡ خَدَّکَ لِلنَّاسِ وَ لَا تَمۡشِ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ مَرَحًا ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ لَا یُحِبُّ کُلَّ مُخۡتَالٍ فَخُوۡرٍ ﴿ۚ۱۹﴾
“And turn not thy cheek away from men in pride nor walk in the earth haughtily; Surely, Allah loves not any arrogant boaster.” (Surah Luqman, 31:19)
- That he shall hold his faith, dignity, and the welfare of Islam dearer than his own life, wealth and children.
Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) tells us that by offering Salat on time, spending in the cause of Allah, helping the needy, worshipping Allah and acting upon His teachings, Allah the Almighty will strengthen our faith to such an extent that we will end up putting Him ahead of ourselves, our ambitions and our children.
َلٰی مَنۡ اَسۡلَمَ وَجۡہَہٗ لِلّٰہِ وَ ہُوَ مُحۡسِنٌ فَلَہٗۤ اَجۡرُہٗ عِنۡدَ رَبِّہٖ ۪ وَ لَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَیۡہِمۡ وَ لَا ہُمۡ یَحۡزَنُوۡنَ ﴿۱۱۳﴾
“Nay, whoever submits himself completely to Allah, while he is excellent in conduct, shall have his reward with his Lord. No fear shall come upon such, neither shall they grieve.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:113)
- That he shall have sympathy for all of God’s creatures and devote his talents to their welfare.
There is a hadith in which Hazrat ‘Ali (ra) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
‘Every Muslim has six obligations with regard to other Muslims:
- When he meets him, he should say ‘Assalamo Alaikum.’
- When one sneezes, he should say, ‘Yarhamukumullah’ [may Allah have mercy on you].
- When he is sick, he should visit him. (Some people have, with the grace of Allah, this good habit, and they go to hospitals to visit sick ones whether they know them or not. They take fruits and flowers for them. This form of social service is very good.)
- When one calls him for help, he responds to him.
- When one dies, he comes to his funeral.
- And he desires for them what he desires for himself, and even in his absence he wishes him well.’
(Sunanud-Darimiyyi, Kitab-ul-Istidhan, Babun fi HaqqilMuslimi ‘alal-Muslim)
- That he shall establish brotherhood with me (i.e. Ahmad), obeying me in all good things, and firmly adhere to these rules until the last breath of his life.
When Ahmadi girls also renew their Bai’at (initiation) at every Jalsa and enter into the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as) again, we pledge to strive towards the ten conditions of bai’at laid down by the Promised Messiah (as). Therefore, it is our responsibility to obey his guidance; and act upon his teachings.
Since the system of Khilafat was established after the Promised Messiah (as), it is also our responsibility to follow his every guidance and the instructions of the Khalifa of the time.
Now that we know what the Ten Conditions of Bai’at (initiation) are and our responsibilities, it is our duty to incorporate what we have understood in our daily lives.
May Allah the Almighty enable us to understand what is expected of us as Ahmadi Muslim girls and make us worthy of that title by enabling us to fulfil our responsibilities to the best of our abilities. Ameen
“It is not an easy task to act upon these requirements. To achieve them, one should constantly ask for Allah’s help- the high standard which is expected from every Ahmadi can only be established with His grace.” (Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be His helper))
قُلۡ اِنۡ کُنۡتُمۡ تُحِبُّوۡنَ اللّٰہَ فَاتَّبِعُوۡنِیۡ یُحۡبِبۡکُمُ اللّٰہُ وَ یَغۡفِرۡ لَکُمۡ ذُنُوۡبَکُمۡ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ غَفُوۡرٌ رَّحِیۡمٌ ﴿۳۲﴾
“Say, ‘If you love Allah, follow me: then will Allah love you and forgive you your faults. And Allah is most Forgiving, Merciful.’” (Al-e-‘Imran, 3:32)