National progress is dependent upon the establishment of truth and honesty

 

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II ra says:

 "It is the claim of Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya that we serve humanity. Al fazl continues to publish stories of how we have served humanity: such as the construction of the outer wall of a farm, the watering of a field or the harvesting of a farm. This is certainly one way of serving humanity; however, there is another service that is of the utmost importance. 

 

The establishment of truth and Honesty is another way of serving humanity

I draw their attention to that service which is beneficial to others as well as themselves: the establishment of truth and honesty. I have repeatedly drawn the attention of Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya towards this, however, despite their attention having been directed here, as yet they have not attended to rectifying morals. What does watering of fields or building of farm walls do? The truly beneficial work is to establish truth and honesty in one’s nation. Once they have established this, then it will not merely be a farm that they save from destruction but rather thousands upon thousands of men who would have otherwise fallen prey to deception. Ultimately, a dishonest man does not spend his own money but rather squanders that of others. He does not merely bring himself into disrepute but rather becomes the cause of bringing the whole nation into disrepute.
 

 

Each and every national success is wholly dependant upon truth and honesty.

Thus, each and every national success is wholly dependant upon truth and honesty. The nation in which these two qualities are missing, can never be successful. If a man were to place an order with an English firm, he can return home without any worries, however if he were to place an order with a firm from the sub-continent then his heart is constantly troubled in case the firm sends him a piece of rock or some other worthless item instead. It is due to such fraudulent behaviour that the success of India has come to a halt. People will trust the shopkeeper who is honest, and will give him their orders without any worries because they know he would never give them anything that is sub-standard. So, national progress takes place once faithfulness and honesty become commonplace. Once all Ahmadis become honest then wherever there is an Ahmadi shopkeeper people will always go to him since they will know that he will provide high quality goods – let us go to him, they will say, he may be a disbeliever but at least he is honest, and people will come to buy their goods from his shop. However, if an Ahmadi shopkeeper from Qadian mixes even a little dirt in a large quantity of flour then what quality does he possess as a result of which people would be attracted towards Ahmadiyyat and which will distinguish him from other shopkeepers? I drew the attention of the Khuddam to this during the annual Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya Ijtema, that they should take responsibility for overseeing this matter. They did work in this regard for a few days, however they did not fully attend to this matter. If every Khadim were to make the decision that he will wipe out dishonesty – if his father is a shopkeeper then he should tell him that he will not allow him to be dishonest and if his brothers are shopkeepers then he should make it plain to them that he will not allow them to be dishonest – if his friends or relatives are shopkeepers he should warn them that he will not allow them to be dishonest, if his wife works in a shop, then he should warn her not to be dishonest – and if you continue to do this and do not reform yourselves, then I shall be a witness against you, then I am hopeful that if every Khadim were to make this decision, then this immorality may be reformed within one hour."


Mah’ale Raah - vol. 1; p 406