Jan 08, 2021 Letters
As the fireworks began on New Year’s Eve in Georgetown, I found myself thinking what are we celebrating this night? The end of a year or the beginning of a new one? And will this year be any different than the previous. As we all know the past year was not any ordinary year, rather, a year full of stress, sorrow and often times causing confusion in homes, communities and nations.
As the new year begins, what have we learned from the previous year? Should we aim to forget 2020 or should we try to take a lesson from what has taken place and how can we recover and do better in 2021.
The head of the On New Year’s Day, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad drew attention towards the hardships faced by humanity during the past year and said that mankind must realise that this is a warning from God Almighty so that mankind may desist from injustices. He stated:
“In the past year, we have been facing an extremely dangerous virulent disease. No country of the world is free from the pandemic and it has affected some more than others. However, it seems that the majority of the world does not wish to consider the possibility that this pandemic may be a sign from Allah the Almighty about how we must fulfil our obligations and responsibilities. They do not wish to consider that Allah the Almighty may be trying to awaken us, to guide us and make us realise our duties.” (Friday Sermon 1 January 2021)
It is important that we realize that Covid-19 is not only affected our health, but the virus has also caused many to become greedy and commit injustices. Instead of many recognizing God in this time of need and racing to fulfil their responsibilities, some leaders fed off of the weaker and vulnerable at a time when they needed their leaders the most.
Commenting on the political leadership of today, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Where Covid-19 is affecting people’s health, there is also a huge economic impact. In fact, it is breaking the backs of many wealthy and powerful nations. Worldly people only see one solution to this. Once they reach a point where their economy is destroyed, they will try to seize the wealth and economies of other smaller countries and will try to entangle them in their webs and then, under one excuse or other they will usurp their wealth. To achieve this, they will form blocs and such alliances are already being cultivated. A Cold War will re-emerge. In fact, it is being said that in a way, it has already begun and it is quite possible that ultimately war will break out using arms and weapons which lead to catastrophe.”(Friday Sermon 1 January 2021)
So how should we move forward from this? We must recognize God in this time of struggle and fulfil the rights we owe to God. At the same time, it is just as important to fulfil the rights of God’s creation. We must ask ourselves if we are fulfilling the rights of humanity solely for the sake of Allah. Or, is it the case that we still need to reform ourselves and elevate the love we hold for others in our hearts? If we do not then one can imagine that the situation will only worsen in 2021 and in the upcoming years
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concluded by saying: “True celebration will be when all of mankind upholds the values of humanity; when the vengeance between people turns into love.”(Friday Sermon 1 January 2021)
I believe that everyone in Guyana can agree that this would be a true and worthy moment to celebrate. Therefore, each individual should self evaluate and see how they can fulfil their responsibilities.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Guyana
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