Ahmadi Muslim VideoTube Friday Sermon Khalifa V Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | August 28, 2020

Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | August 28, 2020

Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2020

Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah

I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah Come to Prayer Come to Prayer Come to success Come to success Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest There is none worthy of worship except Allah Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is One and has no partner. and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is His Servant and Messenger. After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings,

Those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. In this era, according to His promise, Allah the Almighty sent the Imam of the age, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi in subservience to the Holy Prophet (saw) as the Hakam [judge] and `Adl [just arbiter]. The same Hakam and `Adl

Was to gather all Muslims as one Ummah [nation] in light of the true teachings of Islam; and was to eliminate the erroneous interpretations and trivial disputes of the various groups and sects, thereby establishing a single Ummah. He was to establish unity amongst Muslims.

Today, we see that Muslims from every sect who have carefully pondered and have felt the pain owing to the disputes between various sects within Islam and then by using their knowledge, wisdom and prayer, have joined the community of the Promised Messiah (as). And hundreds of thousands continue to join every year.

The Ahmadiyya Jama’at was not established on the basis of differences between various sects and groups, or owing to their differences of opinion, or their difference in their understanding and commentaries. Rather, this community has been established in the latter days by the true servant of the Holy Prophet (saw) in accordance with the prophecy

Made by the Holy Prophet (saw) and the promise of Allah Almighty. And it is this community which, having pledged allegiance to the Promised Messiah (as), is to end these disputes between the Shias and the Sunni or between any other group or sect; and thus enable them to become united under one Ummah.

And we are to become a single Ummah by informing the Muslims of the true teachings of Islam. The Promised Messiah (as) was commissioned for this purpose, and it was for this very purpose that he established this community, in accordance with the commandment of Allah the Almighty.

In order to fulfil this task, Allah the Almighty revealed to the Promised Messiah (as) that he should unite all Muslims of the world under one faith. Thus, by joining and pledging allegiance to the Khilafat after him, this responsibility which Allah the Almighty bestowed on the Promised Messiah (as)

Is also the responsibility of the community which he established. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, this is exactly what we have been doing for the past 130 years; or if we consider it from the time when Khilafat started, then we have been doing this for the past 112 years.

Before this, the Promised Messiah (as) was carrying out this duty. Not only are we conveying the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, Sunnah [practice] of the Holy Prophet (saw) and Ahadith [sayings of the Holy Prophet (saw)] according to the enlightened explanations of the Imam, Hakam, and `Adl of this age to Muslims,

But we are also conveying the beautiful teachings of Islam to non-Muslims and bringing them into the fold of Islam. Thus, the community of the Promised Messiah, Hakam, and `Adl (as) has been established to eliminate discord; and despite facing opposition, lawsuits, hardships and verbal abuse,

Yet we continue to spread the message of peace, harmony and prayer to everyone. Indeed, we will never cease in spreading and speaking the truth, and we are also presenting sacrifices in this cause. We have never fought or used foul language, nor will we ever do so.

Divine communities face opposition and have to endure injustices as well, but eventually, Allah the Almighty grants them victory. We pray – and as I said earlier – we will also continue our efforts to spread the message of the Imam of the age to people of every religion in every country.

At the same time, I also say to the Muslim population, those who are serious and in search of the truth, those who wish to bring an end to disorder and discord, and to those who possess knowledge and understanding, that they must ponder over this. Aside from a few decades in the beginning,

Muslims have always found themselves in discord, thereby weakening their unity and oneness. These days, we are passing through the month of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Upon the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar, we congratulate one another;

However, it is unfortunate that on the occasion of the Islamic New Year, due to these divisions in Muslim countries, there is fighting and bloodshed. Why do the adherents of a faith which presents the most exemplary teachings of peace and harmony begin the New Year with discord and disorder, fighting and bloodshed?

We must reflect upon this and bring about a change in our actions; we must think of how we can bring Muslims together as a single Ummah and eliminate such acts of disorder and extremism. We must ponder over the fact that while our master, the Khatamun Nabiyeen [seal of prophets],

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) foretold that after the initial triumph of Islam there would be a period of dissension, at the same time, he also gave glad tidings regarding the establishment of Khilafat upon the precepts of prophethood. The very matter that caused disagreement amongst the Muslims

Will prove to be that which unites Muslims as one Ummah, that is, through the establishment of Khilafat on the precepts of prophethood. It will become a manifest sign for the success and unity of Muslims. Thus, when the conditions [of the world] are telling us

That the signs mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith are being fulfilled, or have already been fulfilled, then should we not search for the Hakam and `Adl and true servant of the Holy Prophet (saw) who can bring an end to the disagreements between the Shias, Sunnis,

And all other sects and groups, and unite us all? Do not follow these blind, so-called Ulemah [Muslim clerics] who are drowning and are attempting to drown a large population of Muslims along with them. When the signs mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith are being fulfilled,

Then it is our duty to search for the one who has been commissioned by Allah the Almighty to serve as the means for the revival of Islam? There must be someone commissioned for this task. As Ahmadis, we believe that this person is the founder of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at,

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian, who was entrusted with this duty and through whom Allah the Almighty is reviving Islam and will continue to do so; and he is to turn these conflicts and disorder into peace and harmony. Thus, if we possess true understanding,

Then we must not regard Muharram as a month for merely expressing sorrow or letting out malice, rancour and anger; we must not make it a mere means of expressing our emotions. Instead, we should make this a month of expressing love and affection for one another. We must follow the true teachings of Islam,

And we must follow that guide whom Allah the Almighty has granted the status of Hakam and `Adl in this present age. Only then can we be regarded as true Muslims; only then can we make the world follow us. On one occasion, the Promised Messiah (as) explained to a scholar:

“My status is not that of a mere Maulvi [cleric], rather my status is that of the prophets. “Accept me as one who has been divinely commissioned “and all of these disputes and quarrels found amongst Muslims can be resolved at once. “The meanings of the Holy Qur’an

“as understood by the one who has been sent by God as the Hakam and `Adl will be the true meanings. “Likewise, the authentic Hadith will be those which he deems to be authentic. “Otherwise see for yourself; “have the disputes between the Shias and the Sunnis ever come close to being resolved?

(They still continue to go on). “If Shias practice Tabarrah “then there are also others who say the following regarding Hazrat Ali (ra): “That is to say that his heart was well and truly set upon Khilafat, “but the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) impeded (i.e. it was the desire of Hazrat Ali (ra)). “However, I say that they can only reach the truth “if they abandon this way of theirs and affiliate themselves with me.

“If these people are not convinced, “they should believe at the very least that all shall die eventually, “and that one can never rid themselves of filth after death. “Everyone shall die in the end “and after death they shall never be able to save themselves from such filth.

“If foul language and abuse are loathsome in the sight of a virtuous individual, “then how can one perform worship in the presence of God Almighty “[whilst continuing such a practise]?” Likewise, if a person commits wrongful acts and injustice, his worship to God Almighty cannot be deemed true worship.

The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “This is why I say that you should come and listen to me so that you may see the truth for yourself. “My desire is to remove the entire cloak. “Repent a true repentance and become [true] believers

(i.e. remove the cloak of innovations and erroneous notions that you wear. You can only become believers when you repent truly). “As for the Imam you are awaiting, “I say that I am that very person, so come and obtain the proof from me.”

Hence, this is the reality, through which one can truly understand their faith. That is to say that putting an end to the conflicts and one’s ego, presenting oneself before God Almighty, to supplicate to Him and repent to Him. However, this can only happen when one cleanses their heart of all impurities

And prostrates before God Almighty. That is when Allah the Almighty grants true guidance. Describing the rank and excellence of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen [Rightly-guided Caliphs], the Promised Messiah (as) states: “I certainly know that no one can never truly become a believer

“until they instil within themselves the qualities of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), Hazrat Umar (ra), “Hazrat Uthman (ra), and Hazrat Ali (ra), may Allah be pleased with them all. “They did not have love for the world, rather they dedicated their lives in the way of God Almighty.”

Thus, this is the lofty status they held, in the eyes of the Promised Messiah (as), whereby for one to become a true believer, they must take all four Caliphs as their example. When this is the case, then there will no longer remain any dispute between the sects and their difference of beliefs.

Thus, the viewpoint of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is that they are all an example for us. When this belief is held, then would the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community not be such a community that puts an end to the differences between the other Muslims and establishes unity in them?

All four Rightly-guided Caliphs possess a special rank and status and the Promised Messiah (as) has described each of their ranks in great detail on different occasions. I shall present some extracts of his in order for us to recognise their respective ranks,

And so that the new Ahmadis and the youth may also understand what our belief is, what we believe and what our doctrines are. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Even in that era (i.e. in the very early days during the time of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra))

“Musailamah gathered the people by means of supposedly liberating them (i.e. by presenting false interpretations, he made lawful that which was wrong, merely to gather the people with himself). “In such circumstances, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) became the Khalifah

“and one can only begin to imagine the extent of the difficulties that had arisen at the time. “Had Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) not been resilient, “and had his faith not been imbued with the quality of faith of the Holy Prophet (saw), “he would have been faced with a tremendously difficult task

“and would have been overcome with anxiety. “However, Siddiq [Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)] was the close companion of the Holy Prophet (saw) “(in other words, he was always subject to the influence of the Holy Prophet (saw)). “He was influenced by the Holy Prophet’s (saw) morals

“and his heart was filled with the light of certainty. “This is why after the Holy Prophet (saw), “it is very difficult to find a parallel of the courage and fortitude “displayed by Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). “His life was the very life of Islam.

“This matter is one that does not require a lengthy explanation. “Study the circumstances of that time “and ponder over the services rendered by Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) to Islam. “I truly say that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) was the ‘second Adam’ for Islam. “I earnestly believe

“that if there had not been Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) after the demise of the Holy Prophet (saw), “Islam would have ceased to exist.” That is to say that God Almighty appointed Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) in that time to protect [Islam] from the attacks of the enemy and to safeguard the shariah.

Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) revived Islam by means of the special training and extraordinary connection he had with the Holy Prophet (saw) and he rendered the assaults of the enemy futile. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “A wonderful service of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) “is that he once again granted strength to Islam.

“With his strength of faith he reprimanded the rebels and established peace. “Just as the prophecy and promise of God Almighty “that He shall establish security at the hands of a rightful Khalifah, “which was fulfilled in the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)

“and the practical testimony of this was borne by the heavens and the earth. “Thus, the meaning of ‘Siddiq’ is one who has the same level “and perfection of sincerity and truthfulness as possessed by him.” Then, whilst describing the qualities and status of Hazrat Umar (ra), in one instance the Promised Messiah (as) states:

“Are you aware of the lofty rank of Hazrat Umar (ra) amongst the Companions? “It was to the extent that at times the Holy Qur’an would be revealed “and it would be in accordance to the viewpoint he held.

“Furthermore, there is a Hadith in praise of him that Satan flees from the shadow of Umar (ra). “Likewise, there is another Hadith [in which the Holy Prophet (saw) states] “that if there were to be a prophet after him, it would be Hazrat Umar (ra). “Thirdly, there is the Hadith that

“‘Muhaddith [those who converse with God] have appeared amongst the people who passed before you. “‘If there is such a person among my people, it is Umar (ra).'” In another instance, whilst mentioning Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), Hazrat Umar (ra), and Hazrat Uthman (ra) collectively, the Promised Messiah (as) states:

“My Lord has revealed to me that Siddiq [Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)], Farooq [Hazrat Umar (ra)] “and Uthman (ra), may Allah be pleased with them, “were pious, believing people who were among the chosen ones of God Almighty “and were favoured with the special bounties of the Gracious God.

“Furthermore, the majority of people of understanding have borne witness to their virtues. “They left their lands for the pleasure of the Honourable and Glorious God, “they entered the furnace of every battle, “and they cared not for the scorching midday heat of every summer, “nor the cold of the night of every winter.

“Rather, they marched forward upon the paths of their faith like youthful young men, “inclining neither to their own people, nor to others “and they bade farewell to everything, all for the sake of the Lord of all the worlds. “Their actions were imbued with a sweet fragrance and their deeds with an aroma.

“All of this points to the gardens of their rank and the orchards of their good deeds. “Likewise, the aromatic breezes of their zephyr [soft, sweet-smelling wind] “reveals their intricate qualities, “and their light becomes manifest to us with all its radiance.”

Many of these extracts I am quoting are from the Arabic book Sirrul Khilafah. The Arabic translators may not be able to translate it live to this level, but when the repeat [of this sermon] is broadcasted, the translation of the original reference of this book should be used.

Whilst mentioning the attributes and the rank of Hazrat Ali (ra), the Promised Messiah (as) says: “Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, was righteous and pious. “He was a beloved of Allah, the Gracious God. “He was the elect of Allah and the chief of his era.

“He was the victorious lion of Allah, the Benevolent, “a pure hearted and generous youth that belonged to God. “He was peerless and his bravery was such that he would remain resolute in the battlefield, “even if an army from among the enemy stood in front of him. “He lived his life with great humility,

“reaching the highest peak of piety that a mortal can attain. “He would sacrifice his money and wealth and was the foremost in consoling “and helping the destitute, orphans and neighbours. “On the battlefield, he showed a rare bravery ‘and displayed a miraculous skill in handling the sword and spear.

“At the same time, he was softly spoken and an eloquent orator. “His words would penetrate the hearts of the listeners and remove the corrosion of their minds. “His countenance shone bright with the light of truth. “He was an outstanding orator; “whosoever competed with him in this field

“would themselves step down, overpowered and defeated [by his eloquence]. “His every attribute was outstanding, and he was flawless in his speech and eloquence. “He who denies his perfection adopts the way of the shameless.” With regards to Hazrat Ali’s (ra) rank and his Khilafat, the Promised Messiah (as) says:

“There is no doubt that Hazrat Ali (ra) was a hope for the seekers of the truth “and an unparalleled model of generosity. “He was divine proof for the people and the best example of his time. “He was the light of Allah that was to illuminate the world.

“But the era of his Caliphate was not a time of peace and safety, “but a time of conflict and discord. “People differed between his Caliphate and the Caliphate of Ibn Abi Sufyan “and would be perplexed on account of them.

“Some people considered them to be like two bright Furqad [two bright stars of Ursa Minor] stars “and considered them equal in stature. “The fact of the matter is that the truth was on the side of [Ali] Al-Murtaza. “Those who fought against him were rebellious and transgressors.”

Then with regards to the services the four Khulafah-e-Rashideen rendered for Islam and safeguarding the Holy Qur’an and how they discharged the trust bestowed to them, the Promised Messiah (as) says: “It is vital to believe that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (ra), “Hazrat Umar Farooq (ra), Hazrat Zhun-Nurain (i.e. Hazrat Uthman (ra))

“and Hazrat Ali Murtaza (ra) were all the custodians of the faith. “For Islam, Abu Bakr (ra) was the second coming of Adam, “similarly, if Hazrat Umar Farooq (ra) and Hazrat Uthman (ra) “did not show sincerity in the trust bestowed upon them,

“then it would be impossible for us to consider even one verse of the Qur’an “to be from Allah the Almighty.” With regards to the four Khulafah, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “By Allah! They were such men who, in support of the Best of Creation [i.e. the Holy Prophet (saw)]

“would remain steadfast in the battlefields, staring death in the face. “For the sake of Allah, they gave up their fathers and their sons, “and even fought them with their mighty sword. “They entered battle against their loved ones and cut off their heads.

“They surrendered their desires, wealth and even their lives for the sake of Allah. “Despite these tremendous sacrifices, “they wept and expressed regret that their deeds were not enough. “They never once experienced deep and restful sleep, “but instead would sleep very little which was merely the rest their body necessitated. “They never desired the luxuries of this life. “How then, is it possible to assert that they were guilty of oppression, “usurping from others and committing injustices?

“The fact of the matter is that they had completely abandoned all worldly desires “and had resigned themselves to the Threshold of God. “They were the ones who completely devoted themselves in the way of Allah.” Thus, this is the true understanding of the rank and station of the four Khulafah

That the Promised Messiah (as) taught us. A Muslim will only be deemed a true Muslim when one recognises the rank and honour of these noble men and by removing their differences [with other Muslims], they become part of one Ummah. Otherwise, conflict and internal disputes can be of no benefit to Islam.

The enemy however, will use this to their advantage and this is something they are doing, which can be witnessed today. Thus, in this day and age, if one wishes to serve Islam and has the desire to safeguard it, then this can only be achieved by attaching oneself to the Champion of Allah,

Whom Allah the Almighty sent for this very purpose in this present age. As I mentioned earlier, currently we are passing through the month of Muharram, tomorrow or the day after is 10th of Muharram, and on this day Shias express their sentiments with reference to the martyrdom of Hazrat Hussain (ra).

Undoubtedly, the manner in which Hazrat Hussain (ra) was martyred was truly barbaric. During these days when the Shias express their sentiments, or even on other days when express their sentiments they have for Hazrat Hussain (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra), they also hold the view regarding the Promised Messiah (as) and his Jama’at

That we have not understood the true status of the family of the Holy Prophet (saw). The Ahmadiyya Community has always dispelled this misconception. From the extracts of the Promised Messiah (as), some of which I mentioned today, one can understand what Hazrat Ali’s (ra) rank and honour was

In the eyes of the Promised Messiah (as). At the same time we also consider the other three Khulafah [Caliphs] to be truthful. In any case, with reference to the writings and sayings of the Promised Messiah (as),

I will now mention what was the rank and honour of the family of the Holy Prophet (saw) in the eyes of the Promised Messiah (as), and what the Promised Messiah (as) advised his community. In his book, Sirrul Khilafah, the Promised Messiah (as) writes regarding Hazrat Ali (ra) and his family:

“He would encourage others to remove the difficulties of the helpless. “He would command to feed the poor and needy. “He was among those who were honoured with the nearness of God, “and the foremost people who drank from the fountain of the Qur’an

“and was gifted with a deep understanding and insight of the intricacies of the Qur’an.” The Promised Messiah (as) then says: “I have seen him (i.e. Hazrat Ali (ra)) “in a state of wakefulness and which was not in a dream. “I met him in a vision and whilst in this state;

“Hazrat Ali (ra) bestowed upon me the commentary of the Book of Allah – the Knower of the unseen – “and said: ‘This is my commentary; “‘and now it is bestowed upon you; rejoice for that which has been bestowed upon you.’ “Thus, I stretched forth my hand and took the commentary

“and thanked Allah, the Mighty and Bestower of all things. “I found Hazrat Ali (ra) to be of proportionate build, with a balanced temperament, “possessing moral excellence, courteous, humble, and had a radiant countenance. “I affirm, on oath, that Hazrat Ali (ra) met me with great love and affection.

“It was revealed to me that he knew me and was aware of my beliefs “and he was also aware that my views and beliefs were opposed to the beliefs held by the Shi’a. “But he never expressed any sort of displeasure or disapproval at this, nor did he turn away from me.

“Instead he met like one’s beloved and showed me great affection “just like a true and sincere friend would do so. “He was accompanied by both Hassan (ra) and Hussain (ra), “and by the Chief of Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets (saw).

“Also in their company was a very beautiful, righteous woman of high status; “she was blessed, pure, dignified and worthy of honour: “her inner and outer qualities was infused with spiritual light. “I found her to be in a state of grief, which she was trying to suppress.

“It was conveyed to me that she was Fatimah az-Zahra (ra). “I was lying down as she approached me and sat down next to me. “She placed my head upon her thigh and was most kind to me. “I noticed that she was sorrowful and anxious on account of my troubles,

“as mothers are anxious on account of the tribulations of their children.” The Promised Messiah (as) said she was kind towards him and worried for him just as a mother is when her child is in difficulty. The Maulvi [clerics] who have polluted minds raise allegations against this extract

Where the Promised Messiah (as) has written that Hazrat Fatimah (ra) placed his head on her thigh. The Promised Messiah (as) is saying this in context to how a mother shows affection to her child, however, how can one explain this to those people whose minds are polluted.

When ordinary Muslims hear their statements they think that Hazrat Fatimah (ra) has been dishonoured, God forbid. The Promised Messiah (as) clarifies it further by saying just how affectionate she was to him just like that of a mother [to her child]. Nonetheless, the Promised Messiah (as) further says:

“It was then conveyed to me that my relationship with her (i.e. with Hazrat Fatimah (ra)) was like that of a [spiritual] son. “It crossed my mind that her sorrow “was an indication of the persecution that I was to undergo “at the hands of my people, countrymen and enemies.

(This was the reason for why she was in a state of such grief). “Then Hassan (ra) and Hussain (ra) approached me “and expressed their affection towards me like that of brothers “and met me like kind well-wishers. “This vision was one of those that I experienced while I was awake,

“and this took place many years ago. “I have a unique relationship with Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Hussain (ra), “of which only God, the Lord of East and West, knows its true reality. “In fact, I have deep love for Hazrat Ali (ra) and his sons.

“I am an enemy of the one who is an enemy of them. “However, I am not unjust nor am I from among the oppressors. “It is not possible for me to turn away from what Allah the Almighty has revealed to me, “and I am not of the transgressors.”

On another occasion, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “In this poem [Qaseeda] which I have written in relation to Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) “or Prophet Jesus (as) is not the work of any human effort, “rather this was revealed to me by Allah the Almighty Himself.

“Most despicable is that individual who speaks ill against such perfect and righteous individuals. “I have complete conviction that not a single person can remain alive for even one night “having spoken ill against such righteous individuals “like Hussain (ra) and Prophet Jesus (as).

“Such a person will quickly be seized by [the saying of the Holy Prophet (saw)] “‘Whoever bears enmity with my Wali [friend]’ “Thus, blessed is the one who comprehends the heavenly affairs “and ponders over the works of God.” The Hadith which the Promised Messiah (as) has referred to i.e., Means that “one who bears enmity with my Wali [friend], I will announce war against him.” When one expresses their love and affection in a private gathering when no one else is present, it is indeed from the depths of one’s heart.

Although, one with such pious disposition, who Allah the Almighty has granted a lofty status, every word of his emanates from within the heart, but for those who raise allegations it is worth knowing that what were the sentiments of the Promised Messiah (as) at home.

These were not just expressed in his writings, sayings or in public gatherings, and neither did the Promised Messiah (as) speak about Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) and his love for the members of the Holy Prophet’s (saw) family only in front of others. In fact, he expressed his sentiments even in his private setting,

Whilst sat at home with his children. Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) relates: “Owing to his great love for the Holy Prophet (saw), “the Promised Messiah (as) also had boundless love for the Holy Prophet’s (saw) family “and his companions (ra). “Once during the month of Muharram,

“the Promised Messiah (as) was in his garden, “resting on a charpoy [a traditional woven bed used in the Indian subcontinent]. “The Promised Messiah (as) called upon our sister, Mubarka Beghum (ra) and our late brother, “Mubarak Ahmad, who was the youngest amongst our siblings near to him and stated,

“‘Come, let me narrate to you the accounts of Muharram.’ “The Promised Messiah (as) then recounted the events “of Hazrat Imam Hussain’s (ra) martyrdom in a very heartfelt manner. “As the Promised Messiah (as) would narrate these events, “tears would continuously flow from his eyes

“and he would wipe the tears away with the tips of his fingers. “After the Promised Messiah (as) finished narrating this very painful story, “he stated in great anguish, ‘This grave injustice “‘against the grandson of the Holy Prophet (saw) was carried out by the impure Yazid.

“‘However, God Almighty seized these callous people with His wrath.’ “At the time, the Promised Messiah (as) was deeply moved “and the thought of the merciless martyrdom of this beloved [grandson] of his master (saw) “had left him in a state of deep anguish.

“This was all owing to his intense love for the Holy Prophet (saw).” Hazrat Nawwab Mubarka Beghum Sahiba (ra) has also narrated this account as she personally witnessed it. She states, “The Promised Messiah (as) was resting on the Charpoy in the garden. “Me and Mubarak brought a turtle to show the Promised Messiah (as).

“The Promised Messiah (as) ignored it and stated, “‘Come, let me relate to you the accounts of Muharram.’ “And so, we both sat beside him. “We were still passing through the first ten days of Muharram. “The Promised Messiah (as) then began to relate “the events of Hazrat Imam Hussain’s (ra) martyrdom.

“The Promised Messiah (as) stated, ‘the grandson of the Holy Prophet (saw) “‘was deprived of food and water “‘and then martyred in the fields of Karbala by the hypocrites and cruel individuals.’ “The Promised Messiah (as) then stated, “‘on that day, the sky turned red and within the period of forty days,

“‘the wrath of God Almighty seized the cruel murderers. “‘One of them died after suffering from leprosy, “‘whilst others perished with all kinds of infliction.’ “Whenever the Promised Messiah (as) would mention Yazid, “he would refer to him as ‘Yazid, the impure’. “The Promised Messiah (as) narrated very lengthy accounts

“and his own condition was such that he was extremely emotional. “Tears would flow from his eyes which he would wipe away with his index finger.” When a person hears about the events of this great cruelty, their hair stand on end. It is narrated that when the enemy overpowered them,

Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) headed towards the Euphrates River, or tried to, however he was stopped and then someone shot an arrow which struck him just above the chin leaving a deep wound. They then began further attacking him until he was martyred.

The narrator states that prior to his martyrdom, he heard Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) say, “By God, after me, you will not kill anyone “whose death would incur the displeasure of God more than my death.” Thereafter, Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) stated,

“By God, I am of the hope that God will humiliate you and grant me His mercy. “And will then avenge my death on you in such a manner that you will be left astounded.” After Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) was martyred, the perpetrators of this cruel act then moved towards

The camp of Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) where the members of his family were and began looting and even removed the veils from their heads. After Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) was martyred and his body was lying [in the battlefield], the commander of the enemy called his men and asked,

“Who will trample over his body with their horses?” Ten horsemen came forward and trampled over the body of Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) to the extent that his chest and back were completely crushed. According to one narration,

Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) had 33 wounds to his body caused by spear and 43 wounds by the sword in addition to the wounds caused by the arrows. Not only that but his head was cut off and sent to the governor, who ordered for the head to be displayed in Kufa.

This was an extreme act of cruelty and even the most deplorable of enemies would not commit such an act. I have just briefly narrated some of the events, however when the Promised Messiah (as) was narrating these accounts, tears were continuously flowing from his eyes owing to his intense grief.

Thus, how can one even claim that, God-forbid, the Promised Messiah (as) did not have any love for the family of the Holy Prophet (saw) or lacked true understanding of it. In fact, on one occasion, when the Promised Messiah (as) learnt

That someone had spoken ill against Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra), he strictly admonished his Jama’at. The Promised Messiah (as) stated, “Let it be known that I have been informed through a postal card that certain ignorant people, “who associate themselves with my Jama’at, “have claimed that, God-forbid, Hussain (ra) was amongst those who rebelled

“owing to his refusal of doing the Bai’at of the Khalifah of the time, i.e. Yazid “and that Yazid was on the side of the truth.” The Promised Messiah (as) further stated, “Curse be upon the liars! “I do not believe that such despicable words could be uttered “by a righteous person of my Jama’at.

“However, the thought also crossed my mind that since many of the Shi’a “have also made me a target in their gatherings in which they speak ill of other Muslims, “therefore it is possible that some ignorant and uncivilised individual “may have given a foolish reply in response to their foolish statements.

“Just like those ignorant Muslims, “who use harsh language against Prophet Jesus (as) in response to those Christians “who speak ill against the noble status of the Holy Prophet (saw). “In any case, through this pronouncement I wish to inform my Jama’at “that it is our belief that Yazid was of an impure disposition,

“a vermin and an extremely cruel individual. “He was completely devoid of all those traits by virtue of which one is considered a believer. “To become a believer is not a simple matter. “Regarding such people, Allah the Almighty states, “”The Arabs of the desert say, ‘We believe.’

“”Say, “You have not believed yet; but rather say, ‘We have accepted Islam” [Arabic, Holy Qur’an 49:15] “A believer is one whose actions testify their belief. “Their belief is ingrained in their hearts “and they give precedence to God and His pleasure over everything.

“They tread on the narrow and fine paths of Taqwa [righteousness] for the sake of God Almighty “and become completely immersed in His love. “They completely distance themselves from that which appears like an idol “and becomes an obstacle in reaching God;

“whether it is a moral condition, a sinful act or any act of indolence. “However, the ill-fated Yazid was devoid of all these qualities. “In fact, he was blinded by his love for the world. “On the other hand, Hussain (ra) was a pious man

“and surely was from among the noble people whom God Almighty Himself purifies “and fills them with His love and is from among the leaders of heaven. “And to hold even the slightest of grudges against him is detrimental to one’s faith. “His righteousness, love for God, patience, steadfastness, piety and worship

“is a perfect model for us “and we are the followers of that guidance which was granted to him. “Such a heart is completely destroyed that bears enmity towards him “but one that displays love for him through his actions “and perfectly reflects every trace of his faith, morals, bravery, righteousness, patience

“and love for God will surely succeed. “Just like a clean mirror reflects the features of a beautiful person. “Such people are hidden from the eyes of the world; “no one is aware of their true rank except for those who are from among them.

“The eyes of the world cannot perceive them for they are very far from this world. “this was the very reason for Hussain (ra) martyrdom, for his true status was not recognised. “Has the world ever loved the holy and noble ones during their lifetime

“that we would expect them to show love for Hussain (ra)? “The fact of the matter is that it is an extremely disgraceful and faithless act “for one to dishonour Hussain (ra). “Anyone who dishonours Hussain (ra) or those noble men from among the pure and righteous Imams “or utters anything disrespectful against them,

“they ruin their faith because Allah the Almighty Himself becomes the enemy “of one who bears enmity against His holy and beloved servants.” Thus, after hearing all of this, how can one possibly say that the Promised Messiah (as) did not have any love for the family of the Holy Prophet (saw)?

In fact, no one else had such true comprehension of this love as compared to the Promised Messiah (as) and Promised Messiah (as) has mentioned this himself as well. And where the Shias exceeded the limits, the Promised Messiah (as) explained the true reality of the matters and similarly where the Sunnis erred,

The Promised Messiah (as) pointed it out to them in order to reform their ways. This indeed was the duty of the Hakam and `Adl [the judge and just arbiter] and it was for the propagation and spread of the true teachings of Islam that Allah the Almighty sent the Promised Messiah (as).

But despite this, both of these major sects oppose the Ahmadis and make us a target of their injustices. However, we must patiently and steadfastly continue to fulfil this mission that we have been entrusted with and for which we have pledged allegiance to the Promised Messiah (as)

That we will spread the true message of Islam to the entire world. We must always keep in mind the example demonstrated by Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra). In one of his couplets, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “They make you like Hussain (ra) and become like Yazid themselves.

“What a favourable deal this is, thus let them fire their arrows.” God willing, our sacrifices will not go to waste. The Promised Messiah (as) has stated, “Although I have been referred to as Hussain (ra), “however this time the outcome will be completely different “because Allah the Almighty has destined that we will succeed.

“This time around, victory will be with those who possess the attributes of Hussain (ra).” In other words, this victory will manifest in apparent means as well whereby the enemy will be unsuccessful, and their efforts will go in vain.

Thus, in times like this where the opposition against us is at its peak, especially in Pakistan, we must particularly pray in this month but generally as well we should always remain engaged in prayers. We should pray and invoke salutations upon the Holy Prophet (saw) [Durood] as much as possible.

The more we prostrate before Allah the Almighty, the sooner He will grant us victory and success. During these days, particularly pray for the other Muslims as well as the Muslims sects are bent on shedding the blood of one another. And particularly on the 10th of Muharram, as is evident from past history,

The shrines of the Imam or other gatherings of the Shia are attacked, and many are martyred for their faith as a result. Thus, may Allah Almighty grant them the wisdom and this year we do not hear of any news from any country whereby Muslims have attacked other Muslims.

And may these Muslims quickly realise this reality that the victory of Islam which Allah the Almighty has destined is only possible through the Promised Messiah (as). May they realise that all their success lies in entering the Bai’at of the Imam of the age, Promised Messiah (as).

May Allah the Almighty grant them the ability to understand this. All praise is due to Allah We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls

And from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as one does to one’s kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves

And evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He too will remember you; call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.

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