We particularly present our slogan of ‘love for all hatred for none’ before others. We do so to remove the misunderstanding that the Ahmadiyya Jama’at and its members have rancour or ill-will towards others or that we consider ourselves better than others. We also use this slogan to make it clear to the world that Islam teaches love, peace and kindness and it is not correct to associate cruelty and viciousness with the faith of Islam. We employ this slogan to signify that we wish to live together by breaking down walls of hatred. When we serve humanity in any way at all or when we disseminate the message of Islam (Tabligh) we do so because we have love for every person in the world and we wish to remove hatred from each heart and instead sow the seeds of love. We do so because this is what our master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) taught us. We have observed how he agonised owing to his compassion for mankind during his nightly worship of God; indeed he agonised and wept in his prostrations before God to such a degree that God has recorded this agony of his in the Holy Qur’an as a proof for those who have no rancour or malice in the hearts and it would endure till the end of time. This was recorded so that those who were to make objections against him in times to come could reflect over it before raising their objections and those who associate themselves with Islam may try and follow his blessed model. It is indeed stated in the Holy Qur’an: ‘So haply thou wilt grieve thyself to death with sorrow after them if they believe not in this discourse.’ (18:7)
What was it that the people of that time not believe in which agonised the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)? They did not believe in desisting from associating partners with God, in making man son of God. Shirk or associating partners with God is a sin which God has called unpardonable. It is love and compassion for every human being, even for an idolater, with which one makes practical effort to bring them to the right path and also pray for them. If Ahmadis are to have real insight of ‘love for all hatred for none’, they should try and learn its ways from our master and benefactor, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and by gauging our level of understanding of Unity of God.
An example of this is when the people of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) exceeded all limits in their cruelty and oppression towards him, rather than pray against them, he raised his hands to pray to God and prayed for them to be guided. When other tribes persecuted him he prayed to God, ‘O God, guide the tribe of Dos.’ His love and compassion was not limited to his own. His heart-rending passion was only to establish Unity of God and to save the world from ruin. Today there are a thousand types of idolatries in the world and a large majority of humanity does not believe in the existence of God and there is need to adopt the teaching as taught by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in order to establish God’s kingdom and His Unity in the world.
We should not feel smug by merely raising slogans that the world appreciates and through which we are praised in various places. We should be mindful that this slogan is just one source to attain the broader objective for which man was created. Our humanitarian works, our promotion and practice of love and our rejection of hatred and our hatred for hatred itself is to attain God’s love and to establish Unity of God. We do not hate any individual, rather we hate satanic practices and we feel compassion for those who follow these practices and it is owing to this compassion that we wish to take them away from these foul practices and save them from Divine chastisement. Our love for worldly people is not borne of any worldly motive, we simply wish to eliminate their hatred and we do not seek anything from them and we do what we do to seek the love of God and to uphold Unity of God. Therefore, we should not raise slogans merely to be liked by others but should do so to attain our objectives.
We are fortunate that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) chose us in this age to seek God’s love and to seek compassion for humanity and gave us the teaching to attain these. He said:
‘There are two perfect parts of faith; one is to love God and the other is to love mankind to such an extent that one considers its difficulties one’s own difficulties and to pray for it.’
He also said: ‘It is not a good way to inflict pain on someone merely on the basis on religious differences.’
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘My faith is to not even be too harsh with the enemy. I say truthfully, do not consider anyone your personal enemy and completely give up the practice of holding rancour.’ One may think when there is not to be any hatred for anyone then what enmity? But the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has explained it to us that we should not consider anyone our personal enemy from among those who hold enmity against us on religious grounds. We can correct them but should not have personal enmity with them and should not follow the practices of harbouring rancour. He also said:
‘Compassion and sympathy with humanity is a great form of worship and is a tremendous source to gain pleasure of Allah the Exalted.’ He also said: ‘Allah the Exalted states, be sympathetic to people regardless of faith and ethnicity. Feed the poor, free slaves, and relieve those in debt and support those under burdens and pay the dues of true compassion with humanity.’
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘I do not like the words of those who limit their compassion to their own ethnicity. I advise you again and again to never ever restrict your sphere of compassion.’ He also said: ‘You should extend compassion to God’s creation as if you are their blood relative, just like mothers are with their children. One who does good with natural passion like that of a mother can never be ostentatious.’
These are the standards of love and compassion for others as commanded by God and His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and stated in the Holy Qur’an. Such is the beautiful teaching of Islam about love for creation. Can we attain this level from anywhere else apart from God and the one sent by God in this age and in subservience of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him)? Most certainly, we cannot. Thus, ‘love for all hatred for none’ is not our ultimate objective; rather, it is a means to end; to attain God’s love.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih said that some time ago he felt that the workers and management of Humanity First had the idea that if they gave their services unconnected with faith, perhaps the world would appreciate them more. Huzoor explained to the central management here that their significance was in being connected to faith and the Jama’at is mentioned in their works somehow or the other. And there was nothing wrong to, if need be, mention the Jama’at in some instances. What should be in sight is that we have to serve humanity to gain God’s pleasure. And we serve humanity because it is God’s commandment to pay the dues of mankind. We also need to have a connection with God and need to safeguard our worship because without this, there is no benefit in serving humanity either.
They [the central management] understood, but Huzoor wanted to tell the workers and management of all the other branches of Humanity First in other countries, with the odd exception, most of whom are Ahmadis that their work will be blessed when they will forge a strong bond with God and will try to aim their work to seek God’s blessings and will start their work with prayers. Without this none of our works can be blessed no matter how much intelligent planning is done.
Huzoor had wanted to speak on this subject for some time as he felt it was an important matter to be addressed. Coming back to the subject of the slogan ‘love for all hatred for none, Huzoor wished to make it very clear that there is no doubt that the virtue of serving creation, compassion for creation, to eradicate enmity and to spread love is a great piety, but it should not be considered that this slogan is the objective of our life. We should not think that abiding by this slogan is attaining our objective. This slogan is in fact a means to an end, the end being the objective of our life. It is a stepping stone towards the objective for which the advent of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) took place and then in his subservience the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was sent by God in the current age to attain the objective. And that objective is to instil true insight into Unity of God and to try and practice all of God’s commandments. To make the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) one’s objective and try one’s level best to attain it for it alone leads to attainment of all kinds of high morals and virtues.
A discussion ensued at the time of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) when articles were published in Al Fazl [newspaper] or some eminent people presented their viewpoint as to what should be the motto of the Jama’at. The motto given to the Jama’at by Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) or the one to which he drew their attention at the time was one which strengthens faith, strengthens belief, through which dues of God are discharged as well as dues of mankind are discharged. There were two eminent individuals one of whom had proposed that our motto should be ‘…vie, then, with one another in good works…’ (2:149) while the other said our motto should be ‘I shall give precedence to faith over worldly matters.’ Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) agreed that there should be some motto or the other. All organisations in the world keep a motto and if they are serious and trustworthy in attaining their aim, they make serious effort to attain their objective so that they can be distinctive among others.
In the world slogans are raised to have mottos about moral development, slogans are raised to have mottos about academic development and if human rights are violated somewhere political organisations make freedom their motto and make efforts in this regards and raise slogans. Any other specific situation elsewhere gives rise to specific mottos. The reason to have a motto is to establish it in the world and to also keep it in view at the same time. There are thousands of good causes in the world and if one of them is chosen, it is obviously good to have it as a motto. However, this does not mean that all other good things are not needed in conjunction. In fact mottos are made by keeping in view what is needed and what is available and choosing one good cause.
Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that some mottos are inter-connected. For example the mottos ‘obey God’ and ‘advance in virtues’ are interdependent because obedience of God is not possible without advancing in virtues and one who is not virtuous cannot be obedient to God. Similarly the mottos ‘I shall give precedence to faith over worldly matters’ and ‘I shall try and excel in good works’ are congruous and inter-linked. Thus, all virtues are good and we should try and adopt them. However, as far as mottos are concerned, sometimes some people restrict themselves completely to a motto and consider it everything. Like our youngsters and some others who have forgotten about their faith but are very keen to raise the slogan of ‘love for all hatred for none’ simply to show-off. Indeed, this is a great slogan to promote the teaching of Islam with sincerity but it is not our only objective. Huzoor said our objectives are most extensive. Similarly compassion for creation is not everything; if remembrance of God is missing from hearts then it is of no benefit.