Ahmadi Muslim VideoTube Friday Sermon Khalifa V Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | December 4, 2020

Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | December 4, 2020

Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | December 4, 2020

Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | December 4, 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 the previous sermon I was narrating the accounts of Hazrat Ali (ra), and I will continue to do so today. With regards to the bond of brotherhood that was formed with Hazrat Ali (ra), it is mentioned in the narrations that

The Holy Prophet (saw) declared Hazrat Ali (ra) to be his brother on two occasions. On one occasion, the Holy Prophet (saw) formed bonds of brotherhood between the Muhajireen in Mecca and later the Holy Prophet (saw) formed bonds of brotherhood between the Muhajireen and Ansar after having migrated to Medina.

On both occasions, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to Hazrat Ali (ra), “You are my brother, in this world as well as in the hereafter!” According to another narration, the Holy Prophet (saw) formed a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib and Hazrat Sahl bin Hunayf (ra). In relation to when this bond of brotherhood was formed,

We find in historical references that this bond was formed on two occasions. A commentator of Sahih Bukhari, ‘Allama Qastallani states that the bond of brotherhood was formed on two occasions. Firstly in Mecca prior to the migration, where the Holy Prophet (saw) formed bonds of brotherhood

Between Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) and between Hazrat ‘Uthman (ra) and Hazrat ‘Abd-ur-Rahman bin ‘Auf (ra) and between Hazrat Zubair (ra) and Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (ra) and between Hazrat Ali (ra) and himself. Following this, and after having migrated to Medina,

The Holy Prophet (saw) formed bonds of brotherhood between the Muhajireen and the Ansar at the house of Hazrat Anas bin Malik (ra). Ibn Sa’d relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) formed bonds of brotherhood between a hundred companions; that is, between fifty Muhajireen and fifty Ansar. With the exception of the Battle of Tabuk,

Hazrat Ali (ra) participated alongside the Holy Prophet (saw) in all battles, including the battle of Badr. On the occasion of the Battle of Tabuk, the Holy Prophet (saw) had instructed him to take care of his family. Hazrat Tha’labah bin Abi Malik relates that on every occasion,

Hazrat Sa’d bin ‘Ubada (ra) would hold the flag on behalf of the Holy Prophet (saw). However, whenever the battle would commence, Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) would take hold of it. The Ghazwah of ‘Ushairah took place in Jamadi-ul-Ula [fifth month of the Islamic calendar], in the second year after Hijra.

Other than the battle of ‘Ushairah, this battle has been mentioned as Ghazwah zul ‘Ushairah, Zat-ul-‘Ushairah and ‘Usairah in the books of history. ‘Ushairah is the name of a fortress, situated in the Hijaz, between Yanbu’ and Zul Marwah. Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has presented the details of this as follows

“After this, in Jamadi-ul-Ula in 2 AH, “upon receiving news of the Quraish of Mecca once again, “the Holy Prophet (saw) set out from Medina with a company of the Muhajireen “and appointed his foster brother, Abu Salamah bin ‘Abdil Asad (ra) as the Amir in his absence. “In this Ghazwah, after making numerous rounds,

“the Holy Prophet (saw) finally reached ‘Ushairah, “which was situated close to the coast and the region of Yanbu‘. “Although a battle with the Quraish did not take place; “nevertheless, the Holy Prophet (saw) settled a treaty with the Banu Mudlij “on terms as were agreed upon with the Banu Damrah, and subsequently returned.”

Hazrat Ali (ra) took part in this expedition, regarding which it is narrated in Musnad Ahmad bin Hunbal; Hazrat Ammar bin Yasir (ra) states, “Hazrat Ali (ra) and I were together in the journey during the expedition of Zatul Ushairah. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) reached there and settled,

“we saw the people of Banu Mudlij “who were working in one of the springs of their date-orchard. “Hazrat Ali (ra) asked me, “‘O Abu Yaqzaan, what do you think, shall we go closer and see what they are doing?’ “Thus we went towards them and watched them work for some time.

“Then we began to feel tired, so Hazrat Ali (ra) and I left from there “and rested on the ground between two date palms and fell asleep. “By God, it was the Holy Prophet (saw) who woke us up. “He prodded us with his foot to wake us up,

“as we were covered in dust [from the ground beneath them]. “On that day, upon seeing the dust on Hazrat Ali’s (ra) body, “the Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘O Abu Turab [father of dust/soil]!’ “Then he said, ‘Shall I not tell you about two of the most wretched men?’

(I spoke in the previous sermon about the title of “Abu Turab”, that once the Holy Prophet (saw) saw Hazrat Ali (ra) sleeping in the mosque and he was covered in dust and so he said, “O Abu Turab!” He called him Abu Turab and from then on he was also known by this title.

It is possible that he was given this title during that incident or called him this during a later incident; or he may have called him by this title on both instances. But in any case it seems that this particular incident took place first.)

“[The Holy Prophet (saw) said] ‘Shall I inform you regarding two of the most wretched men?’ “We submitted, ‘yes, O Messenger (saw) of Allah.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “‘The first was a man named Uhamir from the people of Thamud “‘who cut the legs of the camel of Salih (as).

“‘The second person, O Ali, is he who shall strike your head “‘after which your beard will drip with blood.'” The expedition of Safwan Badratul Ula, took place near the end of Jamadiul Akhir in 2 AH, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) has expounded upon this in the following words,

“Ten days had not passed since the return of the Holy Prophet (saw) to Medina “when a chieftain of Mecca named Kurz bin Jabir Fihrii “very cunningly along with a company of the Quraish, suddenly raided a pasture of Medina, “which was situated only three miles from the city and fled with camels, etc.,

“belonging to the Muslims. “As soon as the Holy Prophet (saw) received news of this, “he appointed Zaid bin Harithah (ra) as the Amir in his absence, “and set out in his pursuit along with a group of the Muhajireen.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) pursued him until he reached Safwan which is an area close to Badr, “but he managed to escape. “This Ghazwah is also known as Ghazwah Badratul-Ula.” On the occasion of this expedition, the Holy Prophet (saw) gave Hazrat Ali (ra) a white flag.

The Battle of Badr took place in 2 AH, or March 623 AD. With regards to Hazrat Ali’s (ra) participation in this battle, it is recorded in the traditions that the Holy Prophet (saw) sent Hazrat Ali (ra), Hazrat Zubair (ra), Hazrat Sa`d bin Abi Waqas (ra) and Hazrat Busbus bin `Amr (ra)

To the spring of Badr to find out information regarding the idolaters. They saw the Quraish giving their animals water, and they captured this group of idolaters and brought them to the Holy Prophet (saw). During the Battle of Badr, when the two armies came face to face,

The two sons of Rabi`ah, Shebah and Utbah, along with Walid bin Utbah stepped forward and declared a challenge [to the Muslims] for a duel. Three Ansar companions from the Banu Harith tribe, Mu`adh, Mu`awwidh and `Auf who were the sons of Afra` stepped forward to battle with them.

However, the Holy Prophet (saw) did not like for the Ansar to be involved in the initial combat between the idolaters and Muslims. Instead he desired that this glory should be exhibited by the progeny of his uncle and by his people.

Thus, he commanded the Ansar to return to their ranks and commended them for this act. Then, the idolaters said, “O Muhammad, send forth those individuals from our people who can compete with us.” Thus, the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “O Banu Hashim, go forth and fight for the truth,

“the truth with which Allah has sent your prophet, “for these people have come with their falsehood “in order to try and extinguish the light of Allah.” Thus, Hazrat Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib (ra), Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) and Hazrat Ubaidah bin Harith (ra) went forth against them.

Utbah told them to say something so that they may recognize them – as they were wearing armor due to which their faces were hidden. Hazrat Hamzah (ra) said, “I am Hamzah bin Abdul Muttablib. I am the lion of Allah and His Messenger (saw).” Upon this, Utbah said that he was a worthy opponent,

And that he himself was the lion of the tribes. Then he inquired regarding the other two. Hazrat Hamzah (ra) said that they were Ali bin Abi Talib and Ubaidah bin Harith. Utbah said that they too were worthy opponents. Then, Utbah said to his son, “O Walid, go forth.”

Hazrat Ali (ra) went up against to fight him; both began wielding their swords and Hazrat Ali (ra) killed him. Then Utbah went forth and Hazrat Hamzah (ra) stood to fight him. Both wielded their swords and Hazrat Hamzah (ra) killed him.

Then Shebah stood and Hazrat Ubaidah bin Harith (ra) went forth to fight him; on that day, Hazrat Ubaidah (ra) was the eldest amongst all the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw). Shebah struck Hazrat Ubaidah’s (ra) leg with his sword and wounded his calf.

Hazrat Hamzah (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra) attacked Shebah and killed him. This same narration was mentioned two years ago, a part of which I will mention again. This same incident is recorded in this particular narration in which Hazrat Ali (ra) narrates

That Utbah bin Rabi`ah along with his son and his brother stepped forward and declared, “Who will come forth and challenge us?” Upon this, a few youngsters from the Ansar responded. Utbah asked who they were, and they responded saying that they were from among the Ansar.

Utbah replied saying, “we have nothing to do with you, we only wish to fight the sons of our uncle.” The Holy Prophet (saw) then said, “O Hamzah, get up. O Ali, stand up. O Ubaidah bin Harith, go forth.” Hamzah (ra) set off towards Utbah,

And Hazrat Ali (ra) says that he went towards Shebah, while Ubaidah clashed with Walid. Both severely injured one another, after which both Hazrat Hamzah (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra) went towards Walid and killed him, and took Ubaidah (ra) away from the battlefield. With regards to the Battle of Badr, Hazrat Ali (ra) states,

“the disbelievers heavily outnumbered the Muslims. “The Holy Prophet (saw) spent the entire night fervently praying to God. “When the army of disbelievers came near and we formed our ranks, “my sights fell on a person who was riding a red camel “which was walking through the crowd of people. “The Holy Prophet (saw) said,

“‘O Ali, call unto Hamzah who is standing near the disbelievers “‘and ask him who is riding the red camel and what he is saying.’ “Then the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “‘If there is anyone from among the disbelievers who can give them good and beneficial advice,

“‘it is this person who is riding the red camel.’ “Meanwhile, Hazrat Hamzah (ra) came and informed that it was Utbah bin Rabi`ah, “who was advising the disbelievers against fighting. “However, Abu Jahl responded to him and said that he was a coward and was afraid of fighting.

“This incited Utbah’s pride and he said ‘we will see who is a coward.’” And so, he took part in the battle. Hazrat Ali (ra) narrates that on the occasion of the Battle of Badr, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to both him and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra),

“On the right side of one of you is Gabriel and on the right side of the other is Mikael; “and Israfil is a great angel who is present during times of war and stands among the ranks.” With regards to the Battle of Badr, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) writes,

“Hazrat Ali (ra) relates that during the course of battle, “whenever the Holy Prophet (saw) would come to mind, he would run towards his tent, “but whenever he went there, he found the Holy Prophet (saw) weeping in prostration. “He also heard that the Holy Prophet (saw) would constantly repeat the words: “‘O My Ever-Living God! O My Life-Giving Master!’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was greatly disturbed by this state of the Holy Prophet (saw), “and at times would spontaneously say, “‘O Messenger of Allah! May my mother and father be sacrificed for you. “‘Do not worry, Allah shall definitely fulfil His promises.’

“However, the Holy Prophet (saw) remained constantly engaged in his supplications “(out of fear that some promises of Allah Almighty are conditional).” The marriage between Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra) took place in 2 AH. Hazrat Ali (ra) requested the Holy Prophet (saw) for her hand in marriage, to which he happily agreed.

Hazrat Anas (ra) narrates that both Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) had asked for Hazrat Fatimah’s (ra) hand in marriage, but the Holy Prophet (saw) remained silent on the matter and did not give them an answer. Hazrat Ali (ra) narrates, “I went to the Holy Prophet (saw)

“and requested if he would give Hazrat Fatimah’s (ra) hand in marriage to me. “The Holy Prophet (saw) asked: “‘Do you have anything to give for the Haq Mehr [dowry given by the husband to the wife]?’ “I said, ‘I have a horse and chain mail’.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) said: ‘You will require your horse, but you can sell your chainmail.’ “Thus I sold my chain mail for 480 dirhams to arrange for my Haq Mehr.” People often think that they can set the Haq Mehr as they please and will worry about paying it later,

Whereas the Holy Prophet (saw) has ordered to make provisions for the Haq Mehr. This means that this is a right of the wife and should be given immediately. Some people write to me saying that their wife has made a demand asking for Haq Mehr, even though they were living happily together.

If they make this request, then this is their right and should be given immediately. Failing to do so can then lead to quarrels. Also some people claim that this [i.e. Haq Mehr] is something that should be settled during divorce settlements, whereas this has no link with divorce settlements.

Nonetheless, there is a narration which states that Hazrat Ali (ra) sold his chainmail to Hazrat Uthman (ra). Hazrat Uthman (ra) gave the money for the chainmail and then gave the chainmail back to him. Hazrat Ali (ra) states, “I took the amount to the Holy Prophet (saw) and presented it to him.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) took a handful of the money and gave it to Bilal (ra) and said: “‘Buy some fragrance with it.’ “He then instructed others to prepare the dowry for Hazrat Fatimah (ra). “Hence, they prepared a charpoy, a leather pillow which was filled with sheaths of the date palm.”

All this was prepared for her wedding. In one narration, it is stated that when the marriage of Hazrat Fatimah (ra) was settled with Hazrat Ali (ra), the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “My Lord had already commanded me to do this [i.e. regarding the marriage]”

Once the marriage had taken place, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to Hazrat Ali (ra), “When Fatimah (ra) arrives, do not say anything to her until I do not come.” Hazrat Fatimah (ra) came with Hazrat Umm Aiman (ra) and sat to one side of the house.

Hazrat Ali (ra) says that he also sat to one side. After this, the Holy Prophet (saw) arrived and asked, “Where is my brother?” Hazrat Umm Aiman (ra) asked, “Your brother? And you gave your daughter in marriage to him?” The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, “Yes.”

The Holy Prophet (saw) entered and asked Hazrat Fatimah (ra) to bring him water – this was a relation in which marriage is permissible, because Hazrat Ali (ra) was not his actual brother – She stood up and brought a bowl of water that was in the house.

The Holy Prophet (saw) rinsed his mouth with the water and said to Hazrat Fatimah (ra) to come forward. She moved forward; the Holy Prophet (saw) then sprinkled some water over her head and recited the following prayer: Meaning “O Allah! I seek Your refuge for her and her progeny from Satan the Accursed.” The Holy Prophet (saw) then asked her to turn around. When she turned around, the Holy Prophet (saw) sprinkled water between her shoulders and then did the same to Hazrat Ali (ra).

The Holy Prophet (saw) then said to Hazrat Ali (ra), “Now go to your wife with the name of Allah and His blessings.” In another narration Hazrat Ali (ra) stated that the Holy Prophet (saw) performed ablution in a bowl and then sprinkled the water on Hazrat Fatimah (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra).

He then offered the following prayer: “O Allah! Bestow blessings on both of them and bless this union.” Hazrat `Aisha (ra) and Hazrat Umm Salmah (ra) narrate, “The Holy Prophet (saw) instructed us to prepare Hazrat Fatimah (ra) for her wedding “and also for us to take her to Hazrat Ali (ra).

“Thus, we turned our attention to the arrangements of the house; “we coated [the walls] with soft mud from the outskirts of Batha [name of a place near Mecca], “then filled two pillows with date palm sheaths, carding it with our hands.

“We then placed dates and raisons to eat as well as sweet water to drink. “We took a stick and fixed it on one side of the room “so that clothes could be hung from it as well as the water skin. “We did not witness a better wedding than Hazrat Fatimah’s (ra).

“The Walima consisted of dates, barely, cheese and hais.” Hais is made from dates, clarified butter and cheese, etc. Hazrat Asma bint Umais narrates: “At that time, we did not witness a better wedding than this one.” With regards to the marriage of Hazrat Fatimah (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra),

A detailed account has been mentioned in Seerat Khatamun Nabiyeen as follows: “Hazrat Fatimah (ra) was the youngest child of the Holy Prophet (saw), “from among the children he was blessed with from Hazrat Khadijah (ra). “The Holy Prophet (saw) held Hazrat Fatimah (ra) most dear to himself, “and on account of her personal merit,

“she was undoubtedly most worthy of this distinct love. “Now, her age had more or less reached fifteen, “and she had begun to receive proposals of marriage. “It was Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) who was the very first to make a request for Hazrat Fatimah (ra) “but the Holy Prophet (saw) apologised.

“Then, Hazrat Umar (ra) made a proposal, but his request was not accepted either. “After this, upon judging that the intention of the Holy Prophet (saw) “seemed to be with respect to Hazrat Ali (ra), “both these honourable men approached Hazrat Ali (ra)

“and encouraged him to make a proposal with regards to Hazrat Fatimah (ra). “Hazrat Ali (ra) who was perhaps already desirous, but was silent out of modesty, “immediately presented himself before the Holy Prophet (saw) and submitted a proposal. “The Holy Prophet (saw) had already received an indication by way of divine revelation

“that the marriage of Hazrat Fatimah (ra) should take place with Hazrat Ali (ra). “Hence, when Hazrat Ali (ra) presented a request, “the Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘I have already received a divine indication in this respect.’ “Then, the Holy Prophet (saw) sought the consent of Hazrat Fatimah (ra), “who remained silent out of modesty.

“In a way, this was also an expression of acceptance. “Therefore, the Holy Prophet (saw) gathered a community of the Muhajireen and Ansar, “and formally announced the marriage of Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra). “This event took place in the beginning or middle of 2 AH.

“Afterwards, when the Battle of Badr had taken place “it was proposed that the Rukhsatanah [marriage] be held in the month of Dhul-Hijjah 2 AH. “The Holy Prophet (saw) called upon Hazrat Ali (ra) “and inquired of him as to whether he had anything to pay the Mehr.

(The incident regarding the orchard which was mentioned last time was before the marriage took place, therefore I had correctly narrated it) “Hazrat Ali (ra) submitted, ‘O Messenger of Allah! I have nothing.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) responded, “‘What about that chainmail I gave to you on that day (i.e., from the spoils of Badr)?’

“Hazrat Ali (ra) responded, “That I do have.” “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “That shall suffice, bring it.” “Hence, this chainmail was sold for 480 dirhams “and the Holy Prophet (saw) arranged for the expenses of the wedding from this very amount. “The dowry which the Holy Prophet (saw) gave to Hazrat Fatimah (ra)

“consisted of an embroidered shawl, “a cushion made of hide which had been filled with dry date palm leaves, and a water-skin. “It is also related in one narration that the Holy Prophet (saw) also gave “Hazrat Fatimah (ra) a hand-mill as part of her dowry.

“When these items had been arranged for, there was a need to obtain a home. “Until now, Hazrat Ali (ra) perhaps lived with the Holy Prophet (saw) “in an apartment built next to the mosque. “However, a separate abode was now required, “where husband and wife could reside after marriage.

“Therefore, the Holy Prophet (saw) instructed Hazrat Ali (ra) “to find a place where both of them could reside. “Hazrat Ali (ra) temporarily arranged for a home “and the Rukhsatanah of Hazrat Fatimah (ra) took place. “On the very same day, after the Rukhsatanah,

“the Holy Prophet (saw) visited their new home and called for some water to be brought to him, “prayed on it and then sprinkled it on both Hazrat Fatimah (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra), “whilst repeating the following words: “Meaning, ‘O my Allah! Bless the mutual relations of both of them, “‘and bless those relations of both which are built with others and bless their progeny.’ “After this, the Holy Prophet (saw) left the newly wedded couple alone and returned. “Afterwards, one day, when the Holy Prophet (saw) came to visit Hazrat Fatimah (ra),

“she submitted to the Holy Prophet (saw) “that Harithah bin Nu‘man Ansari (ra) was in possession of a few homes, “and asked if the Holy Prophet (saw) would request him to vacate one of them. “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘He has already vacated so many homes for our sake.

“‘Now I feel embarrassed in requesting more of him.’ “In some way or another, when Harithah (ra) happened to find out about this, “he came running to the Holy Prophet (saw) and submitted, “‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! Everything I own belongs to you my Master.

“‘By God, whatever you accept of me causes me greater joy then that which remains with me.’ “Then, this faithful Companion insisted and vacated one of his homes, and presented it to the Holy Prophet (saw). “After this, Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra) moved to this home.” Despite their impoverished and straitened circumstances

Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra) were examples of devotion and piety. In the Ahadith, we find a narration in which Hazrat Ali (ra) states, “Hazrat Fatimah (ra) complained of pain in her hands due to using the hand mill. “During this time, a few prisoners were brought to the Holy Prophet (saw).

“Hazrat Fatimah (ra) went to visit the Holy Prophet (saw), “but she did not find him at home. “Hazrat Fatimah (ra) met Hazrat `Aisha (ra) and informed her of the reason why she came. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) returned, “Hazrat `Aisha (ra) informed him why Hazrat Fatimah (ra) had visited.”

Hazrat Ali (ra) further narrates: “The Holy Prophet (saw) visited us when we had just retired to our beds. “We were about to stand up for him, but the Holy Prophet (saw) stated: ‘Remain as you are.’

“He then sat with us in a way that I felt the coolness from his feet near my chest. “He then said: ‘Shall I not inform both of you “‘about that which is better than what you came to ask for earlier? “‘That is when you both lie down to sleep

‘”recite ‘Allahu Akbar’ [Allah is the Greatest]] 34 times, “‘‘SubhanAllah [Glory to Allah] 33 times, “‘and ‘Alhamdolillah’ [All praise is due to Allah] 33 times. “‘This will be better for both of you than requesting for a worker for the house.'” Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra) narrates, “Hazrat Fatimah (ra) went to the Holy Prophet (saw)

“in order to request for a worker for the home and expressed difficulty in the housework. “The Holy Prophet (saw) stated, ‘You will not find such a worker with me’” “meaning that she will not be given a worker, “as the Holy Prophet (saw) did not wish to give her one.

“Even though she was entitled to one “as Hazrat Ali (ra) also had a share in the spoils of war. “However, the Holy Prophet (saw) did not give her one. “Instead the Holy Prophet (saw) said to her, “Shall I not tell you about something “”which will be better for you than obtaining a worker?

“”Before going to sleep, you should recite ‘SubhanAllah’ 33 times, “”‘Alhamdolillah’ 33 times and ‘Allahu Akbar’ 34 times.”” This is a narration of Sahih Muslim. In his biography of the Holy Prophet (saw), Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) mentions this incident using the reference mentioned in Sahih Bukhari:

“Hazrat Fatimah (ra) complained to the Holy Prophet (saw) “that using the hand mill caused her pain. “During this time, some captives were brought to the Holy Prophet (saw). “Hazrat Fatimah (ra) went to visit the Holy Prophet (saw) but did not find him at home.

“She then informed Hazrat `Aisha (ra) as to the reason why she came and then returned home. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) returned home, “Hazrat `Aisha (ra) informed him about the reasons for Hazrat Fatimah (ra) visiting earlier. “Hazrat Fatimah (ra) states: ‘The Holy Prophet (saw) came to visit us

“‘when we had retired to bed. “‘Upon seeing him I attempted to get up, “‘but the Holy Prophet (saw) stated for us to remain laying down. “‘He sat down with us in a way that I felt the breeze from his footsteps near my chest. “‘When he sat down he said,

“‘Shall I not inform you of something which is better than that which you enquired about? “‘That is before you go to sleep, recite ‘Allahu Akbar’ [Allah is the Greatest]] 34 times, “‘‘SubhanAllah [Glory to Allah] 33 times “‘and ‘Alhamdolillah’ [All praise is due to Allah] 33 times.

“‘This will be far greater for you than a worker.'” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further writes, “From this incident it demonstrates “just how particular the Holy Prophet (saw) was in regards to the distribution of wealth. “Despite the fact that Hazrat Fatimah (ra) was in need of a worker

“owing to pain in her hands from the grinding stones, “the Holy Prophet (saw) did not give her one, “and instead diverted her attention towards God Almighty by urging her to pray. “If the Holy Prophet (saw) wished to, he could have given a worker to Hazrat Fatimah (ra),

“because the wealth that would come to the Holy Prophet (saw) “was for the distribution amongst the companions. “And Hazrat Ali (ra) had a right from that share, as did Hazrat Fatimah (ra). “However, the Holy Prophet (saw) erred on the side of caution

“and did not wish to bestow anything from that to any of his close relations. “The reason for this was that perhaps the people that came later “would have drawn their own conclusions from this incident “and kings would deem that they have a right over the wealth that belonged to the people.

“Therefore, remaining cautious of this, “the Holy Prophet (saw) did not bestow Hazrat Fatimah (ra) anyone “from among the captives that were brought to him. “It should be remembered here that God Almighty had already stipulated a portion from the wealth “for the Holy Prophet (saw) and his relatives.

“He would spend from among this and also grant to his family members. “However, until his portion was not granted to him, “he would never spend from it, nor would he give it to his relatives. “Can the world present the example of any king

“who was so cautious and careful with spending from the treasury? “If such an example exists, then it is only from among the servants of this pure individual, “otherwise no other religion can present such an example.” Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) relates that,

“The Holy Prophet (saw) one night visited me and his daughter, Hazrat Fatimah (ra), “and enquired, ‘Do you both not pray?’ “Hazrat Ali submitted, ‘O Messnger (saw) of Allah, our lives are in the hands of God, “‘thus He causes us to awaken from our sleep whenever He wills.’

“The Holy Prophet (saw) did not say anything in reply and returned.” In other words, the Holy Prophet (saw) enquired whether or not they offered the Tahajjud prayer [predawn voluntary prayer]. Upon this, Hazrat Ali (ra) replied that if they did not wake up at the time of Tahajjud

Then that was owing to the will of Allah. And whenever Allah willed for them to wake up at that time, then they would offer the Tahajjud prayer. Hazrat Ali (ra) relates that when the Holy Prophet (saw) was returning from there, he heard him say whilst tapping his hand upon his thigh:

[Arabic, Holy Qur’an 18:55] “That is, ‘but of all things man is most contentious.’” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) whilst narrating this incident states, “One night, the Holy Prophet (saw) visited the house of his son-in-law, Hazrat Ali (ra), “and his daughter, Hazrat Fatimah (ra) and enquired, ‘do you offer the Tahajjud prayer?’

“In other words, the prayer which is offered after waking up in the middle of the night. “Hazrat Ali (ra) submitted, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah, we try to offer it but at times, “‘owing to the will of Allah, we remain asleep and miss the Tahajjud prayer.’

“The Holy Prophet (saw) stated, ‘you should offer the Tahajjud prayer’ “and then left to return home and whilst walking back, he kept repeating, [Arabic, Holy Qur’an 18:55] “This is a verse of the Holy Qur’an which means that “most often one is reluctant to admit and acknowledge his error

“and offers all kinds of justifications in order to conceal his faults. “In other words, Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra) should have said that “sometimes they commit the mistake [and oversleep], “instead of saying that it is owing to the will of God Almighty that they remain asleep.

“Why did they attribute their error to Allah the Almighty.” Further explaining this incident, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “Hazrat Ali (ra) narrates an incident when on one occasion “he responded to the Holy Prophet (saw) in a manner which had a slight tone of contentiousness, “but instead of expressing any displeasure,

“the Holy Prophet (saw) gave such a beautiful response “which perhaps Hazrat Ali (ra) continued to enjoy sweet delight of it for the rest of his life “and indeed the pleasure he derived from this was his right alone, “but even now when one carefully ponders

“over this expression of displeasure of the Holy Prophet (saw), “they are left astounded. “There is a tradition from Bukhari, in which Hazrat Ali (ra) narrates, “‘One night, the Holy Prophet (saw) visited me and Fatimah al-Zahra, “‘the daughter of the Holy Prophet (saw), “‘and enquired whether we offered the Tahajjud prayer.

“‘I replied, “O Messenger (saw) of Allah, “‘”our lives are in the hands of Allah and whenever He wills, He causes us to wake up.” “‘Upon hearing this, the Messenger (saw) of Allah returned home and did not say anything to me. “‘However, when he stood up and his back was towards me,

“‘I heard him say whilst he was tapping his hand on this thigh: “‘”but of all things man is most contentious.”‘ “By Allah, look how beautifully the Holy Prophet (saw) explained to Hazrat Ali (ra) “that he should not have responded in the manner he did.

“Had it been anyone else, firstly, they would have responded back “by saying that considering his position and rank, “he had no right to give a response like that. “Or, at the very least, he would have argued that what he had said was incorrect, “that is that a person has no choice

“and that all of one’s actions are controlled by Allah the Almighty; “He does so as He wills, including whether one offers their prayers or not. “He would have argued that such a concept of compulsion was against the Holy Qur’an. “However, the Holy Prophet (saw) did not respond in either manner,

“nor did he become angry or argue with Hazrat Ali (ra) in order to highlight his error. “In fact, he turned to one side and expressed his astonishment at the fact “that how one is always able to find a justification and becomes contentious.

“The reality of the matter is that this one statement of the Holy Prophet (saw) “was filled with countless lessons and had it been anyone else, “they would not have been able to convey a fraction of it “even if they had argued a hundred times. “From this Hadith, we can derive many lessons

“which shed light on the various aspects of the Holy Prophet’s (saw) morals “and it will be appropriate to mention them here.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further states, “Firstly, it reveals just how much concern the Holy Prophet (saw) had “for the adherence to one’s religion and faith

“that he would personally visit the homes of his close relatives in the night “and look after their needs in this regard. “There are many people, who although are virtuous themselves and also counsel others to do the same, “but the condition of their own home is not in order.

“They do not have the potential to even reform the people within their own household “and the famous proverbial expression, “‘just below the lantern lies the darkness’ applies to these very people. “In other words, there example can be likened to a lantern which grants light to its surroundings,

“but right beneath it there remains darkness. “Such people counsel others, but have no concern for their own home “as to whether the people of their own household are deriving any benefit from their light. “However, the Holy Prophet (saw) wished the members of his household

“to also partake of this spiritual light which he wanted to illumine the world with. “For this, the Holy Prophet (saw) would constantly counsel them “and regularly enquire from them and assess their condition. “The moral training of one’s own household members is such a moral excellence

“that if the Holy Prophet (saw) did not possesses this, “then this invaluable trait would have been devoid from his morals qualities. “The second aspect which is evident [from this hadith] “is the absolute conviction the Holy Prophet (saw) had in this teaching “which he presented before the world.

“Not even for a single moment did the Holy Prophet (saw) “ever entertain a doubt regarding this teaching. “People level the allegation that, God-forbid, “the Holy Prophet (saw) did not receive any divine revelation “and only did all of this in order to mislead the people and thereby establish his own rule.

“However, this was certainly not the case. “The Holy Prophet (saw) had such conviction in his prophethood “and having been commissioned by God that one cannot find any such example in the world. “It is possible that one can put on an act before people in order to prove their truthfulness,

“however it is not possible that one would go in the late of hours of the night “to the house of their own daughter and son-in-law and enquire whether they offered the prayer “which one offers by waking up in the middle of the night and which is not even obligatory

“but rather has been left for the believers to decide for themselves “based on their circumstances whether they offer it or not. “Thus, for the Holy Prophet (saw) to visit “the house of his daughter and son-in-law at such a time “and to encourage them to offer the Tahajjud prayer

“proves the absolute conviction he had in this teaching “which he wanted others to adhere to as well. “Otherwise, in the case of a liar, he knows that someone may or may not follow his teaching, “but he would never discreetly visit the home of his children “and advise them to adhere to this teaching.

“In other words, whether one follows such a teaching is a different matter, “but he would never advise his own children at such a time when no else is around to see. “This could only be possible when a person’s heart is filled with conviction “that without following this teaching, one cannot attain any excellence.

“In other words, whether one follows a teaching or not is a different matter. “However, to advise someone about this in the night and away from the sight of others “can only happen if one has complete conviction “that without this teaching one cannot attain the excellences of that faith or its teaching.

“The third aspect which is evident [from this hadith] “is the very reason why I narrated this incident “in that it shows how the Holy Prophet (saw) would show great patience “whilst explaining matters to others and instead of arguing, “he would make them realise their mistake with love and affection.

“In this particular incident, Hazrat Ali (ra) responded to the Holy Prophet’s (saw) question “by saying that once they have fallen asleep, “they have no control over themselves in order to wake up. “A person who is asleep has no control over himself. “Therefore, once he has fallen asleep,

“he no longer has any knowledge that a certain time has come “and he must now do such and such thing. “If Allah causes them to wake up then they offer the prayer “because they have no other choice. (There were no alarm clocks at the time).

“Undoubtedly the Holy Prophet (saw) was surprised to hear this response, “because the level of faith that was instilled in the heart of the Holy Prophet (saw) “was such that it would never allow such a thing to happen

“whereby the time for Tahajjud would pass by and the Holy Prophet (saw) remained unaware of it. “Therefore, the Holy Prophet (saw) simply turned the other way and said “that man never acknowledges his mistake but becomes contentious. “In other words, in future they should not offer an excuse

“but instead make an effort so that they do not miss the time [for the Tahajjud prayer]. “Thus, Hazrat Ali (ra) states that from that day on he never missed his Tahajjud prayer.” The accounts from the life of Hazrat Ali (ra) will continue to be narrated, God willing.

The situation in Pakistan nowadays is getting worse and worse. Whilst following the maulwis [religious clerics] and conspiring with them, some government officials are making efforts to cause us as much harm as possible. Therefore, pray especially in this regard.

May Allah Almighty protect the Ahmadis there, who are living in Rabwah and in the other cities and protect them from the evil of these people. May He safeguard them from their extremely perilous schemes and seize them swiftly. Now, after the Friday Prayer, I shall lead some funeral prayers and briefly speak about them.

The first is of Commander Chaudhary Muhammad Aslam Sahib who passed away on 2nd November 2020: “Verily to Allah we belong, and to Him do we return.” Commander Sahib was born in Gujranwala in 1929. There he passed his matriculation exams and attained the first position.

He then completed his FSC from Ta’limul Islam College and FC Government College. At Government College Lahore he completed his BSC. He then had the honour of completing his MSC at the Punjab University under the tutelage of Dr. Abdus Salam. In 1948 he enlisted in the Furqan Force and was appointed in Azad Kashmir,

Where he was awarded with the Mujahid-e-Kashmir Certificate and the Azadi-e-Kashmir Medal. In 1955, the deceased enlisted in the Pakistan Navy where he served in key positions such as Director of the Pakistan Naval Academy, Deputy President of Inter-service Selection Board in the Studies Cohort

And Deputy Director of Naval Educational Services at the Islamabad Naval Headquarters. He also played a key and fundamental role in the Educational Sector by planning of opening new navy schools and colleges and also in establishing the Bahria University. After retiring from the Pakistan Navy,

He moved to Canada and performed Waqf-e-Arzi for a year at the Toronto Mission House. Thereafter, in 1993 he requested to dedicate himself after retirement, which was approved by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) and so his services to the Jama’at spanned over 28 years.

In that period, he served as Secretary Jaidad, Secretary Rishta Nata, Additional Secretary Mission House, and also assisted at the Homeopathy Clinic, etc. The deceased was very humble and soft-spoken. He was kind and loving to everyone. He was regular in offering his prayers and had a bond of love and devotion with Khilafat.

After his retirement, he strived to spend every moment in service to the Jama’at. For some time he was very unwell, but whenever his health would improve somewhat, he would immediately go to the mission house and he remained keen and diligent in serving his faith right until his last breath.

He is survived by his wife and three sons. May Allah Almighty grant the deceased His forgiveness and mercy and enable his children to continue his good deeds. His daughter-in-law, Nusrat Jahan Sahiba says that he was an extremely kind, compassionate and pious person. He fulfilled his Waqf [devotion] with utmost sincerity.

He was the ideal husband and father. Prior to his demise, he would continue advising his children that it is very important to maintain a relationship with the Jama’at and with God and to remain regular in offering their prayers. He himself was regular all his life in offering prayers

And the Tahajjud [pre-dawn voluntary] prayer. The second funeral is of Shahina Qamar Sahiba, wife of Qamar Ahmad Shafeeq Sahib who is a driver for Nazarat-e-Ulya. Shahina Qamar Sahiba and her son Sammar Ahmad Qamar passed away on 12th November 2020 at 1:30 in the afternoon due to a road accident.

“Verily to Allah we belong, and to Him do we return.” She was 38 years old at the time of her demise and Sammar Ahmad Qamar was 17 years old. Shahina Qamar Sahiba leaves behind her husband, two daughters, a son and three brothers. Shahina Qamar Sahiba’s daughter says,

“My mother was a very pious woman and would always admonish me in doing good. “She would always be the first in doing good deeds and would share everything with me. “She was a very good friend to me. “She would always say, MashAllah that she had a great passion for Jama’at work.

“She would tell me everything.” MashAllah, another special characteristic she mentions is that she had a great passion for Jama’at work and that she was always prepared to render her services, despite the minimal level of education. Her husband also wrote that despite her minimal level of education,

She managed the house in a great manner and raised her children wonderfully. The next mention is of Sammar Ahmad Qamar Sahib, son of Qamar Ahmad Shafeeq Sahib. He was with his mother and passed away with her in the accident. He was a student in the first year of Ta’limul Islam College

And was doing well in his studies, by the grace of Allah. He would serve in Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya duties with great zeal and passion. He was very proactive in his Jama’at work. Whenever a request was made by his in-charge, he would leave whatever work he was doing immediately.

His father writes, “At times I would be on travels for 3 to 4 days at a time, “but he would always say, ‘Father, don’t worry, I will take care of the house affairs. “‘You can go ahead and do your duties’ “and this is how it was in reality.

“He was a very responsible young man.” Sammar Ahmad Qamar’s elder sister, Samreen says, “My brother was very good, MashAllah. “He would never get angry. “If I ever told him off he would never get angry or sad. “In fact, he was very loving to children and to his siblings.”

His other brothers and sisters have written the same thing. May Allah Almighty grant forgiveness and mercy to the deceased and grant patience and forbearance to all his family; the young children and their father as well, as he has lost his son and his wife. The next funeral is of Saeeda Afzal Khokhar Sahiba,

Wife of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Khokhaz Sahib and mother of Shaheed Ashraf Mahmood Khokhar Sahib. Her husband and her son were both martyred. She passed away on 12th September 2020 in Canada: “Verily to Allah we belong, and to Him do we return.”

After the martyrdom of her husband and son, she had to face very difficult circumstances, but she endured every difficulty with utmost patience and forbearance. She lived her life with great dignity and she never uttered a word in complaint. She fulfilled her responsibility in getting her three daughters married.

A few years ago, she had to bear the sudden loss of another one of her young sons, Asif Mahmood Khokhar. She displayed great patience and fortitude on that occasion as well. She was very loving towards her friends and relatives, hospitable and took care of the less fortunate.

She had a bond of devotion, respect and love with Khilafat. She fully participated in Jama’at activities. Her entire life she continued to give alms on behalf of her parents, her martyred husband and son, and other pious people. Her parents were Mirza Afzal Kareem Sahib and Sughra Begum Sahiba,

Who were greatly devoted to Islam and Ahmadiyyat. She was the eldest sister of Mirza Mujeeb Ahmad Sahib and Mirza Fazlur Rahman Sahib of East London. She was the elder sister-in-law of Mubarak Khokhar Sahib of Lahore. She was the elder aunt of Mubarak Siddique Sahib. By the grace of Allah she was a Musi.

She is survived by her son Bilal Ahmad Khokhar Sahib, and three daughters – Tayyiba Qureshi, Tahira Majid and Sameena Khokhar. May Allah Almighty elevate her station, grant her forgiveness and mercy, and enable the children to continue the good deeds of their mother. 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 w o rshipped 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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