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Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | February 19, 2021

Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | February 19, 2021

Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | February 19, 2021

Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2021

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 (sa) is the Messenger of Allah

I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) 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 (sa) 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. Within the Jama’at, 20th February is commemorated as the day of the prophecy of Musleh Maud [the Promised Reformer]. I will say a few words in relation to this today as tomorrow is 20th February. It is a lengthy prophecy

Which contains various attributes of the promised son of the Promised Messiah (as), which were vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah (as) by Allah the Almighty. Today, I will speak about one aspect of the prophecy that is, “he will be filled with secular and spiritual knowledge”

And I will do so in light of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra)’s writings and speeches, etc. This will, to some extent, also shed light on another aspect of the prophecy; “he will be extremely intelligent and perceptive”. Despite his limited secular education

And the fact that he had received an education only up until primary level, yet he was endowed with immense secular and spiritual knowledge by God Almighty. These works which he presented on various occasions were so comprehensive and vast that it is difficult to encompass it all in one sermon,

As a matter of fact, even an introduction [to the various aspects of his knowledge] in a single sermon is a difficult task. Even just an introduction would require a series of sermons. Hence, it is not possible for me to mention everything,

Nevertheless, I thought that in order to provide an introduction or a glimpse, I should briefly introduce some of his treatises and speeches. I thought to present some summarised points from these discourses so that a brief glimpse of Hazrat Musleh Maud’s (ra) profound knowledge, understanding and wisdom comes to light.

These topics, speeches and writings consist of the unity of Allah the Almighty, the reality of angels, the rank and status of prophets, the rank and status of Muhammad (sa), the Seal of the Prophets, other spiritual aspects, guidance for Muslims with regards to religion and politics, the Islamic economic and financial system,

Islamic history and also some of the issues related to his time, some of which even exist today. After reading his observations as well as analysing the current issues, we can find the solutions to the present day problems from them. His addresses and writings consist of a plethora of other topics.

However, as I mentioned, even a mere introduction of these is not possible, therefore, I will only provide an introduction to some of them. Moreover, I selected those from when he was entering the prime of his youth; a youth of 16-17 years of age, who had no formal secular or religious education,

Presented such verities that one is left completely astounded. On the subject of the unity of God, at just 17 years of age, he delivered a speech on the occasion of the Jalsa Salana, which Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) also greatly praised and stated that he had presented some truly unique points of wisdom.

Nevertheless, I will present a glimpse of the treasures of his knowledge and understanding from the age of 16, 17 or 18 until he was 34-35 years of age, which is the early period of adulthood. I will not be able to present even 1/50th of everything he said during this period,

Or perhaps even less than this. He attained a long life after this time and being endowed with knowledge from Allah the Almighty, he continued to bestow us with pearls of knowledge and wisdom. In March 1907, when he was only 18 years of age,

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) wrote an extraordinary treatise on the topic of “The Love of God”, which was later published as a book. From this treatise alone it becomes evident just how Allah the Almighty began to grant him secular and spiritual knowledge from the very outset and from a very young age.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated: “God Almighty has created mankind so that they may demonstrate their love for Him. “The purpose and objective for the creation of mankind is so that they remain intoxicated “in the love of God and to continue to partake of this ocean that grants eternal life.” “It is through love [of God] that one can refrain from sins and increase in spirituality. “It is this very love [of God] which enables one to develop true recognition of God “and without this love, one cannot attain true cognisance of the Divine.”

He stated: “Hence, in order to refrain from sins and increase in spirituality, “it is essential for us to strengthen our relationship with God Almighty “and to develop such devotion and love within our hearts that will bring us closer to Him;

“so that we may transform into a sun from which the world will derive light.” Following this, he made a mention of various religions and stated: “God is certainly One. However, every religion has its individual perspective on His Being.” Thereafter, he presented the Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Aryan concepts of God

And proved that a god of such teachings and attributes cannot be worthy of human worship. He presented the teachings of Islam and established that Islam alone presents God as One Who possesses perfect and infinite qualities and beauty and is He Who is truly worthy of the exclusive love and worship of humankind.

As I have explained already that it is clear there is only One God for all people. However, the concept of God depicted in Islam is the true reality as compared to the portrayals of God outlined by other religions.

It is through the understanding presented by Islam that one’s heart can develop the love of God. He described the attributes of God and demonstrated that no other religion details the attributes of God to the same degree as Islam does. Neither is there any parallel in others religion to Islam

In the manner that Islam explains the beauties and excellences of the attributes of God. In conclusion he says that Islam gives evidence of the living God by saying that God still guides His servants even today through revelation as He did in the past. This is most significant characteristic of the living God.

He then writes: “I thus conclude my article as I have proven “that the God presented by the flawed teachings of other religions “is not one who is worthy of the love of humankind. “It is impossible for a person to follow those teachings.”

He writes further: “the teachings of Islam are in accord with human nature. “God the Almighty is Omnipotent and is completely free of any flaws. “The most important quality outlined by Islam is that the one who shows devotion to God “does not receive an immediately clear response.

“In fact, God Almighty first places one through trial and thereafter communicates with him. (This is something that should be kept in view. Allah the Almighty does not give an immediately clear response. One first has to pass through trials after which God speaks to them.)

“The fire that burns in the devotees heart is cooled instantly through God speaking to him, “providing contentment and tranquillity. “It extinguishes the fire of passion and agony in the heart “which arises from longing to receive a reply. “Subsequently one’s heart then begins to glow with love

“and it develops a zeal to become even closer to God. “Ultimately one draws so near to God that he reflects God’s words of “that ‘you are of Me and I am of you’. “This means that my Being is reflected in the world through you and I confer respect upon you. “In essence it is such people who reflect the Glory of God to the world.

“It is such people who are immersed in the river of God’s love “and this is the sole reason why they are conferred with respect.” He further writes: “The more I reflect on the words of ‘love of God’, “the more heartfelt enjoyment and pleasure I derive.

“How beautiful is the religion of Islam that has guided us to this blessing “which illuminates our hearts and enlightens our minds. “Islamic teachings are like dressings to the wounds of our heart. “Were it not for Islam then those searching for the truth would have died in their pursuit.

“Those who had the spirit of love within them would have failed in their desperate search. “This true love would have appeared to be an impossible objective “and considered mere conjecture and imagination. “This is because when people believe there is no higher being deserving of their love,

“what else can they do except for resort to developing doubts and uncertainties. “By granting mankind the religion of Islam, “Allah the Almighty has given sorrowful hearts the means of tranquillity “and those in inner discontent the means of contentment and bliss.

“When one who believes in God realises that God sees all things in him, “knows the depths of his heart, listens and speaks to him “and has the power to reward the one who loves Him, “it brings him to developing an intense delight and happiness in the heart “on account of that special love.”

In other words a person feels bliss and delight. On 28th December 1908 Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) delivered a powerful address at the Jalsa Salana [Annual Convention] on the topic of ‘How can we be successful?’ This is a perspective given was by a merely 19-year-old youth.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) recited the full verses of 111-112 of the Surah At-Taubah, [Arabic, Holy Qur’an 9:111-12] beginning from ‘Surely, Allah has purchased of the believers their persons and their property ‘in return for the Garden they shall have’ until ‘And give glad tidings to those who believe’.

Then he said: “Every person should consider why they have been created in this world. “As every single person will eventually die, “everyone needs to reflect as to what will happen after? “A person toils and expends huge efforts in their brief and temporary life in the world,

“then do we not need to make preparations for the eternal life, which is the life after death?” i.e. the life in hereafter is eternal, is there no need to make preparations for that? This is a very important question. In light of the Holy Qur’an he explains that:

“On a nominal trade one takes profound precautions “and only purchases that which benefits and is profitable to him. “How regrettable is it then that one does not enter that trade which will not profit him “with hundreds of thousands or tens of millions, but will grant him infinite profit.”

“In light of the teachings of the Holy Qur’an he says: “One should accumulate that wealth for themselves that will benefit them “as opposed to that wealth which can easily be wasted by those he leaves behind. “however if he instead enters the trade as outlined in the Holy Qur’an it will benefit him “and nor can anyone bring him to ruin thereafter. “In fact that will continue to benefit him in the life to come.” He further states: “For such people Allah the Almighty personally grants them wealth and treasure.

“Thus when one has Allah as their treasurer what need will he have for anyone or anything else. “One who enters such a trade is counted in the spiritual army of God the Almighty, “and are required to display courage to give up their lives

“for the sake of God in not just words, but in actions.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) then mentioned the success and victories of those who engaged in such spiritual trade, for example Prophet Moses (as) and the Holy Prophet (sa), and explained how Allah the Almighty granted them victory over their enemies.

There are certain conditions attached to this exchange or transaction; firstly, a person should always seek forgiveness for their sins and by seeking forgiveness one can remove the corrosion of their hearts. Secondly, for one to incline towards worship in order to strengthen their relationship with God Almighty.

Thirdly, one ought to ensure that they always praise God Almighty and remain grateful for the blessings He has bestowed upon them. Fourthly, to enjoin good, fifthly, to safeguard the boundaries outlined by God Almighty. In other words, one ought to be mindful of the boundaries set out by God Almighty.

The one who acts according to these conditions and is a sincere believer, they would become the recipient of glad tidings from God Almighty. The one who acts according to these conditions and is a sincere believer, they would become the recipient of glad tidings from God Almighty.

Then in 1916, two years after being elected as Khalifa, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) delivered a speech on the topic of “Remembrance of Allah” [Zikr-e-Ilahi], in which he explained the matters relating to the remembrance of Allah in a most unique and fascinating manner. He explained about what remembrance of Allah entails,

Why it is required, the various forms and benefits of the remembrance of Allah. In this speech he explained the concept of “Zikr” among the Sufis and how their erroneous customs are hindering them from attaining the nearness of God. He stated that there are four types of “Zikr”:

1 – the prescribed prayers, 2 – the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, 3 – oft remembering the attributes of Allah, acknowledging their truthfulness and verbalising their details 4 – to ponder over the attributes of Allah in seclusion and also to publicly proclaim the attributes of Allah.

Similarly, he outlined the ways in which one’s Zikr would be granted acceptance and also the special times for the remembrance of Allah. In this very speech, he stressed the importance of performing the Zikr that would enable one to reach the Exalted Station [Maqam-e-Mahmood], i.e. to offer the Tahajjud prayers regularly.

He outlined more than a dozen ways one can perform the Tahajjud prayers regularly. Likewise, in light of verses of the Holy Qur’an and the Ahadith, he presented 22 methods how one can maintain concentration in their prayers. At the end he mentioned 12 extraordinary benefits of the remembrance of Allah.

A noteworthy incident took place during this very speech; a non-Ahmadi Sufi was attending the Annual Convention and was sitting listening to his speech. He sent in a note to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) saying: “What an extraordinary exposition! “Just one point of wisdom like the one you are mentioning

“are revealed by the Sufis after one has served them for at least ten years (i.e. those that would stay in their company, once they had served them for at least ten years, only then would they reveal a single point) “but you have revealed all the points of wisdom in one sitting.

“What a marvel this is! You have revealed all these points of wisdom at once.” “Divine Providence has Supremacy Over Everything in the Universe”. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) delivered this speech in Patyala on 9th October 1917, the summary of which is as follows:

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) spoke about the truthfulness of Allah the Almighty, Islam, the Holy Qur’an and the Promised Messiah (as) in light of the attribute of Divine Providence [Rabubiyyat]. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) said: “One of the proofs for the existence of Allah the Almighty are His attributes.

“If one ponders over divine attributes and their magnificent powers – “which are manifested at all times – “one is compelled to accept that a Powerful, All-knowing, Wise and Merciful Being exists.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated: “Surah al-Fatihah is the Mother of the Book [Ummul Qur’an]

“and mentions four attributes which are the essence of all the other attributes. “If one ponders over these attributes one can be saved from all erroneous beliefs and practices; “for example, the first attribute is “Lord of all the Worlds”. “Divine Providence is associated with everything that exists “and everything is benefitting from this Providence.

“Thus, the attribute of “Lord of all the Worlds” “compels one to accept that since God Almighty has created all the beneficial forms “of nourishment for the body to subsist, “then certainly He would have created sustenance for the soul, “which is more valuable than the body. “Subsequently Allah the Almighty states: “meaning that a prophet has been sent to every nation “who came for the moral training of mankind “and to guide mankind towards the means for spiritual progress. “In the end, Allah the Almighty sent the Holy Prophet (sa) “for the reformation of all nations and for all times,

“as the Shariah was perfected through him. “For this reason, the Holy Prophet (sa) stated that after him, “in order for man to be bestowed divine communion, “certain people would be appointed to expound upon the wisdom of the sharia “and thereby establish communion with God. “Thus, in accordance with Divine Providence,

“Allah the Almighty appointed the Promised Messiah (as) in this age, “who claimed to be a recipient of divine discourse “and to be appointed for the reformation of mankind. “The practical manifestation of God Almighty’s support for the Promised Messiah (as) “was manifested through the fulfilment of his prophecies

“and the continuously manifesting signs proved the truthfulness of his claim.” At the end Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) mentioned that it is only Islam that presents a living God and one can witness signs of His existence. He also stated that as God Almighty ensured for the spiritual sustenance of man

In the past through His Providence, He does so today also, and by following the paths set out by Him, one can attain all those rewards and blessings that the people attained thousands of years ago. Then there was a lecture “The Outset of Dissention in Islam” delivered in 1919,

Organised by the Martin Historical Society of Islamia College, Lahore. This lecture spans across almost 100 pages. The summary of it is as follows; as mentioned already, on 26th February 1919, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) delivered this extraordinary address in an event organised by the Martin Historical Society in Islamia College, Lahore.

This event was chaired by Syed Abdul Qadir Sahib, who at the time was a renowned Professor in History; he was not an Ahmadi; this event was chaired by him. Explaining the importance of this topic, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated: “the foundation for dissension in Islam was laid

“fifteen years after the demise of the Holy Prophet (sa). “After this time, the cracks of schism between the Muslims continued to widen. “The history of this very era is concealed in heavy veils of darkness. “According to the opponents of Islam this is a hideous blemish upon Islam

“and even to its friends, serves as a perplexing question. “Only a few have sought to cross the swamp of the history of that era safe and sound, “and who were able to succeed in their objective. “It is for this reason that I have decided to speak to you on this very topic.”

Hazrat Musleh Maud’s (ra) thoroughly researched speech contained extremely valuable advice. The essence of the speech was that the belief that some prominent companions were responsible for the spreading dissention and mischief is absolutely false. In his discourse, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) spoke about the early period of Hazrat Usman (ra)’s rule;

The status of Hazrat Usman (ra) in the eyes of the Holy Prophet (sa); how the dissention and rebellion started; the Islamic Caliphate was a religious institution and to harbour malice against the companions is futile; discussing this further Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) mentioned the reasons and factors

That lead to the dissention occurring in the era of Hazrat Usman (ra); the circumstances of Abdullah bin Saba, chief architect of the rebellion; Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) also shed light on the general conditions of the people of Kufa and Syria. Another allegation levelled against Hazrat Usman (ra) is that

He appointed his own governors, who were responsible for this dissention. Giving his verdict about this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated: “Therefore, the people who were sent to carry out this investigation were magnificent people “and no one can raise an objection against their findings. “The unanimous verdict of these three companions “along with the rest of those who were sent to other countries “that there was absolute peace and security, “no sign of injustice and tyranny, “and governors were acting with complete equality and justice “was such a verdict which leaves no room for doubt. “It is clearly evident that all this disorder

“was the result of the mischief of a few transgressors “and the instigation of Abdullah bin Saba. “Hazrat Usman (ra) and his representatives were free from all objections.” i.e. the governors that Hazrat Usman (ra) had appointed. Owing to his natural disposition, Hazrat Usman (ra) continued to afford them with kindness and compassion.

In face of the scheming and revolt by the rebels, he would always say that he did not wish to have the blood of Muslims on his hands. Eminent companions and Hazrat Mu’awiyah gave suggestions for the establishment of peace, but Hazrat Usman (ra) continued to follow his compassionate disposition,

In fact, in order to silence the critics, he accepted their demands to whatever extent it was acceptable for him. Whilst mentioning a key principle in order to understand the reality behind the varying historical accounts, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states:

“A great deal of caution is required with respect to the history of this era, “because no era has followed after the one under discussion, “which has been absent of such people who held sympathy for either one party or the other. “This fact proves to be very detrimental to history

“because when intense hatred or undue love is involved, “a narration can never be transmitted in its true form “A golden principal for the verification of history is that world events are like a chain. “In order to verify the authenticity of an individual incident, “it should be examined after being threaded into this chain

“to see whether the link can be threaded into its proper place or not.” The essence of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra)’s research was that Hazrat Usman (ra) and other companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) were completely free from any blame of this rebellion, in fact their conduct was an example of their excellent morals,

And they always strived to attain the highest stages of piety. Furthermore, he concluded that the companions never raised any allegations against the Khilafat of Hazrat Usman and displayed loyalty to him until the very end. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated: “The allegation against Hazrat Ali (ra), Hazrat Talhah (ra) and Hazrat Zubair (ra)

“of secretly conspiring, is also absolutely false “The allegation which is levelled against the ansar “that they were displeased with Hazrat Usman (ra) is false “because we see that all the chiefs among the ansar endeavoured to ward off this conflict.” After its publication, some externals presented their opinions on this lecture.

Syed Abdul Qadir, MA Professor, Islamia College Lahore began by saying: “He is the esteemed son of a remarkable and learned father, “Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad’s name alone “is guarantee enough that this lecture was to be extremely scholarly. “I have also studied history, but I can confidently say that very few historians –

“whether Muslim or non-Muslims – have reached the crux of the matter “regarding the dissension that arose in the Khilafat of Hazrat Usman “and succeeded in deciphering the real cause of this destructive first civil war. “Hazrat Mirza Sahib not only succeeded in unravelling the causes of the civil war,

“but he clearly and coherently explained all those incidents “which had shaken the institution of Khilafat for a considerable time. “In my opinion, those interested in the History of Islam “would not have come across a discourse as thoroughly researched as this one. “The truth is that only when we study Hazrat Usman (ra)’s Khilafat

“from authentic and primary Islamic sources “can we learn from these events and understand their true value.” Then there is a speech of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) on the topic of “Divine Decree” which was delivered in Masjid Nur, Qadian on the occasion of Jalsa Salana of 1919.

The summary of this address is as follows; the issue of Divine decree is an extremely complicated and delicate matter, which Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) spoke about it with great sagacity. He stated: “I humbly submitted before God Almighty saying: “‘O Allah! If it is not appropriate to speak on this topic,

“‘then place in my heart that I should refrain from doing so,’ “but, it was indicated to me that I should speak about this topic. “Although this topic is complex, and requires great attention and resolve to comprehend it, “however, it will be of great benefit if you understood it.”

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) made reference to this address on different occasions. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) stated: “For Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) to address a large gathering “in which there were people who were of varying academic and intellectual abilities, “is no ordinary feat.

“The extraordinary manner in which he spoke on this subject was a feat only he could achieve.” Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) says: “What was this speech? It was a masterpiece of Islamic theology. “After explaining the importance of the subject of Divine decree

“and mentioning the sayings of the Holy Prophet (sa), he shed light on this topic, “stating that belief in divine decree and the existence of God Almighty are inseparable. “Thereafter, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) discoursed on the opposing views on the subject of Divine decree

“and reconciled the apparent differences in various sayings of the Holy Prophet (sa). “Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) then explained those instances whereby man has greatly erred “owing to his failure of understating the subject of Divine decree. “Then, in light of six Qura’nic verses, “Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) emphatically and comprehensively

“refuted the concept of wahdat-ul-wujud [which literally means, “Oneness of Being” – “a Sufi doctrine, which suggests that God and His creation are one in the same thing]. “Similarly, he disproved those who are on the other end of the extreme in their views,

“and through strong arguments, refuted their belief that God cannot do anything “and everything that happens is owing to man’s own effort. “Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) provided an excellent analysis of how human thought has greatly erred “as a result of confusing the concept of Divine knowledge and Divine decree

“and then beautifully expounded upon this subject.” Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) stated, “This speech discusses every aspect of Divine decree “as well as providing answers to recent and historic allegations. “In relation to Divine decree, “Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) spoke about seven spiritual ranks

“which one can attain after properly understanding the concept of Divine decree “and having fulfilled its prerequisites.” In any case, people often ask about the concept of Divine decree, therefore they should read this book. On another occasion, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) granted guidance to the Muslims on the topic of,

“Turkish Peace and the Responsibilities of Muslims” on the occasion of a conference in Allahabad organised by the Khilafat Committee. The gist of this treatise is that after the conclusion of the First World War, the terms of peace that were formulated by the Allied Powers to the Ottoman Empire

Were extremely humiliating and would result in completely breaking up the Ottoman Empire. Moreover, its naval, land and air forces would be significantly limited as well imposing various other extremely harsh restrictions upon them. Thus, in light of these circumstances, a conference was organised by the Khilafat Committee

To be held from 1-2 June 1920 in Allahabad to discuss the terms offered to the Ottoman Empire and to determine the future strategy of the Muslims [of India]. The famous leader of the Jami’at-e-Ulema in India, Maulana Abdul Bari of Firangi Mahal wrote a letter to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) on 30th May 1920,

Inviting Huzoor to attend the conference and share his thoughts. Within a day, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) penned the entire treatise under the title, “Turkish Peace and the Responsibilities of Muslims” and had it published overnight and sent it with Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Sarwar Shah Sahib,

Hazrat Syed Walliullah Shah Sahib and Hazrat Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Sahib. In this treatise, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) highlighted the flaws in the terms of peace offered to the Ottoman Empire and also gave recommendations as to how the Muslims could be safeguarded from its dire consequences. Through comprehensive and convincing arguments,

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explained his viewpoint and also stated that some of the proposals that have been suggested such as migrating [from India], calling for a general Jihad and non-co-operation [with the British government] are impractical and will cause harm to the Muslims.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) put forward the suggestion that the Muslims ought to become united, and in one voice, convey to the Allies that the terms of peace they have offered to Turkey go against the basic principles which the Allies themselves have set.

Furthermore, the Muslims see these terms as being driven by the hidden hand of Christian enmity and in appeasement to the needs of capitalists. Therefore, the Muslims should express their disapproval of these terms and appeal for them to be changed. Apart from the aforementioned proposals in his treatise,

Hazrat Musleh Maud Maud (ra) also recommended that for the future success and progress of Muslims and Islam, a proper international Islamic organisation should be established. Nowadays, the Muslims claim that they have formed an organisation, however they cannot even collectively agree to any decision.

But despite this, it was Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) who first gave this suggestion. Even today, the attitude of certain Western powers and their treatment towards the Muslim governments resembles the conditions that Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) described in this treatise of his. This extraordinary analysis of the affairs and the proposal put forward

At a time when there was not even internet, etc., is clearly indicative of the fact that Allah the Almighty’s special help and support was with Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) and proves that Allah the Almighty had granted him this knowledge of the world and also fulfilled the promise of granting him wisdom.

Another speech was on the subject of “Angels of Allah” which Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) delivered on 28th December 1920 in Bait-ul-Noor and this speech was delivered over two days. The subject on the Angels of Allah constitutes the fundamental tenets and beliefs of Islam.

Despite the fact this is a very intricate and complex subject, however Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) presented it in a very simple and clear manner. In light of the Holy Qur’an, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explained the reality and need of angels, the various types of angels, their responsibilities and services, etc.

Furthermore, he gave proofs of the existence of angels and comprehensively refuted the allegations and misgivings about the concept of angels through clear argumentation. Towards the end of this speech, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explained the eight means by which one can establish a relationship with the angels and derive benefit from them,

Which are as follows: First, to sit with those upon whom angel Gabriel descends, i.e. to sit in the company of the righteous and the prophets. Second, by invoking salutations [Durood] upon the Holy Prophet (sa). Third, one should instil in their hearts the habit of forgiving

And overlooking the shortcomings of others and becoming pure from thinking ill of others. Fourth, to remain occupied in praising and glorifying Allah the Almighty. Fifth, to recite the Holy Qur’an with full attention. Sixth, to read the books of those upon whom angels descend –

Therefore in this day and age, one ought to read the books of the Promised Messiah (as). Seven, to visit those places where angels particularly descend – there are certain holy places, one should visit them. Eight, to establish a relationship with Khilafat. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) expounded upon all of these aspects.

Another lecture of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) was on “The Need for Religion” in which replied to the questions posed by some college students in Lahore, on 5th March 1921. The summary of this lecture is that in order to give a testimony in a court case,

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) travelled to Lahore on 4th March 1921 and remained there from 4th March to 7th March. On 5th March during an audience with Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra), some of the students asked the following three questions: Firstly, if Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) could shed light on the question

That there is no need for religion and nor does one derive any benefit from it, but if one wants to derive any superficial benefits from it then there is no harm as such to believe in a religion. Secondly, there are people amongst other religions, who make prophecies.

Therefore, Islam does not hold any distinction in this regard in that it has made prophecies. Thirdly, the spread of the Promised Messiah (as)’s community is not a sign of his truthfulness because Lenin in Russia has also witnessed great success. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) comprehensively answered all three question in very simple terms.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explained that the need of religion is inextricably linked with the existence of God. This has been published under the title of “the Need for Religion”. He stated: “The need of religion is inextricably linked with the existence of God.

“If God exists, then naturally there is need for religion as well. “The proof of the existence of God is His Divine communion with His servants. “In this day and age, the prophecies of the Promised Messiah (as) “are continuously being fulfilled “and thus furnishing proofs of the existence of God Almighty.”

In reply to the second question, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated that the fundamental difference between the prophecies of the prophets and those of ordinary people is that others make prophecies based on their own knowledge and they are nothing more than mere conjecture, whereas the prophecies of the prophets are from God Almighty

And made completely in contrary to the prevalent conditions of the time. Furthermore, their prophecies contain many facets and are sublime in nature and possess might and power. In reply to the third question, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated that the success granted to the Promised Messiah (as)

Had already been foretold by him and therefore this success was granted accordingly. Thus, it would be incorrect to claim that since others are successful, therefore the success granted to the Promised Messiah (as) does not serve as a sign of his truthfulness. In any case, this was a very detailed lecture.

In 1921, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) delivered a speech on the existence of God Almighty. It was a very lengthy speech and spans 190 pages [in written form]. The gist of this is that in 1921, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) delivered a very scholarly and comprehensive speech

In a very enlightening manner which was filled with profound intricacies and wisdom. In his speech, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) presented eight proofs of the existence of God Almighty and also answered the allegations which are raised against each of these proofs.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) also proved the existence of God Almighty through His Divine attributes and also explained the various types of attributes – he provided evidence and also explained the different types of attributes of Allah. Furthermore, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) expounded on the teachings of Islam

In contrast to the views of Europeans, Zoroastrians, Hindus and Arya on their respective concept of God Almighty. Moreover, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explained the concept of associating partners with Allah [Shirk] and its various forms and also how to eliminate them. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) also explained how one can witness the Divine

And the different stages in relation to this, the blessings it contains and how one can attain this. In 1921, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) wrote a book, “A Present to His Royal Highness – The Prince of Wales” on the occasion of his visit to India.

The summary of this book is that in December 1921, the Prince of Wales, who was the official heir to the throne of the British Empire, travelled to India for an official visit. He is the same Prince of Wales, who is also known as Edward VIII

And later abdicated the throne in 1936 due to his differences with the Church of England. Upon his visit, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) wrote a book, titled, “A Present to His Royal Highness – The Prince of Wales”. And upon the guidance of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra),

32,208 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community donated one Anna each in order to help arrange for the publication of the book. Through the Punjab Government, this book was presented to the Prince of Wales by a delegation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on February 27th, 1922 as a unique and special gift.

In this very brief and scholarly book, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) expressed his loyalty to the British government as well as providing a brief introduction to the Promised Messiah (as), the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and also explaining the teachings, history and objectives of the Community.

In the end, in line with the practice of the Holy Prophet (sa), Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) presented the Prince with the message of Islam in an extremely convincing manner and invited him to Islam. The Prince of Wales accepted this gift from Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra)

And sent a message of gratitude through his Chief Secretary. With regards to the sentiments about this, the Prince of Wales – who later became known as Edward VIII as I mentioned earlier after he abdicated the throne in 1936 owing to a dispute with the Church of England –

Greatly appreciated this gift and honoured it. Not only did he send a note of thanks through his Chief Secretary, but during his journey from Lahore to Jammu in March of 1922, he read it in its entirety and was very pleased. According to reports, as he was reading the book,

At certain instances his face would glow out appreciation. Similarly, his personal assistant also said that when he [Edward VIII] was reading the book, he would stand up all of a sudden. Eventually, sometime later, he openly declared his disassociation with Christianity.

On 24th April 1922, the Zulfiqar newspaper published a review of this book, saying “We cannot go without appreciating the efforts made by the Second Caliph “of the Ahmadiyya Movement in disseminating the message of Islam. “A large portion of ‘A Gift to the Prince of Wales’ is full of the propagation of Islam

“and is such a magnificent exposition, that non-Ahmadis would be left envious of it. “It is incumbent that when we arrive at the news desk, we must leave our prejudices behind, “and it is thus, upon seeing this gift, that we expressed our resounding approval. “The esteemed author of this gift

“has acted in complete accordance with the practice of the Holy Prophet (sa) “by openly and bravely inviting the heir to the British throne towards Islam. “If any other sect, person or seditious newspaper decides to attack this gift “by adopting the path of enmity and jealousy then that is an entirely separate matter altogether.

“We have not found any instance of sycophancy in this gift; “although there are instances where brief mention of the late Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib’s life “from beginning to end is made, “however those instances are for the sake of fostering peace “and to express loyalty to the government.

“It is clear that God Almighty does not befriend those sects who are evil minded “and stir up disorder, rather He annihilates them.” Similarly, a government-backed newspaper from the Punjab called ‘Civil and Military Gazette’ wrote in its 18th April 1922 edition,

“It has to be accepted that he [i.e. Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (ra)] “has presented his arguments in an excellent manner, with great proficiency and knowledge. “Despite the fact that the underlying purpose of this was the propagation of his message, “whether the Prince of Wales becomes an Ahmadi or not,

“there is no doubt that in the eyes of those who take an interest in religion – “especially in the various religions of India and England – “there is no diminishing the value and enjoyment of this book.” This book had a great impact on the foreign world as well;

It opened up a new path for the propagation of Islam in Western countries. A professor from Vienna, the capital of Austria, who was an expert in three languages expressed his profound happiness upon reading it and lamented about the fact that he was of an advanced age,

Otherwise he would have travelled the world to propagate this book. Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiq (ra) wrote from America that this book had a great impact across America; in fact it seemed as if this book had been written whilst keeping the intellectual standards of America in mind.

Apart from Western countries, this book also gained recognition in Africa. The ‘Leader’ newspaper in Nairobi wrote, “Though I am not a Christian, “I was born in a Christian household and understand their literature. “However, the amount of knowledge and delight I have gained from this “cannot be expressed in words.

“Although the author of this book is a Muslim, “it seems quite likely that he spent years amongst Christians “and has carefully studied their literature. “Otherwise, it would be very difficult to say such things pertaining to Christianity “with so much openness.

“To this day, I have not seen any book which was written on the basis of religion “but remained free of any prejudice. “This is the first book of its stature.” Similarly, there is ‘Ahmadiyyat or the True Islam’ which was a speech from 1924.

The summary of this book was read out at the Wembley Conference – the book itself is quite lengthy, comprising of approximately 250 pages. The Wembley Conference took place in 1924 and the renowned scholars of the world’s religions were invited to deliver lectures on the superiority of their respective religions;

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) was also invited to attend this conference. For the purposes of this conference, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) wrote the voluminous book, ‘Ahmadiyyat or the True Islam’ which he began writing on 24th May and finished on 6th June, thus completing this book within two weeks.

A summary was read out at the conference in the presence of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) by Chaudhary Muhammad Zafrulla Khan Sahib. This lecture was so unique that prominent Christian leaders were compelled to say that without a doubt, the ideas presented in this treatise were completely unique

With respect to its moral training, proofs, and its beauty. Hence, through this lecture, God created an opportunity for the message of Ahmadiyyat, i.e. the true Islam, to reach renowned leaders of other religions, who had no other option but to attest to the truthfulness of Islam.

In this book, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) shed light on the various aspects of the beautiful teachings of Islam in an excellent manner. First, he proved through the verses of ‘Surah As-Saffat’ that holding religious conferences such as these, were foretold 1300 years earlier in the Holy Qur’an.

After this, he gave an introduction to the Ahmadiyya Community and proved through sound evidence that Ahmadiyyat and the true Islam are one and the same. Then, he elucidated the four primary purposes of religion; in relation to this he first clearly explained the concept of God as presented by Islam.

He stated the type of relationship Islam expects a person to have with God as well as the responsibilities placed by God on mankind. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) also removed the misconception that Islam teaches that [worldly] means cannot be used at all and instead all things should be left to God;

In other words, one does not need to do anything at all – this is an allegation raised against Muslims. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated that it is proven through Qur’anic verses that this is not what Islam teaches. In fact, the teaching of Islam is that

One should take full advantage of the means available to them, and then trust should be placed in God. Trust in God does not mean one must abandon all other means, rather trust in God refers to the certainty that God Almighty is a living God.

Then, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) shed light on the fact that at this time, it is only the religion of Islam which can help man reach God, for Islam says that whoever acts in accordance with the teachings it has presented and has a longing to meet God, such a person will certainly find God.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that this uncertainty is only clarified by Islam, wherein it stated that by following its teachings, such people will emerge who become manifestations of divine attributes; i.e. they would reflect upon the divine attributes and adopt them first, and then show the signs to others,

Thus granting them complete understanding regarding the existence of God. Hence, in this era, in order to help people recognize Him and become free from doubt, Allah Almighty sent the Promised Messiah (as). Thereafter, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) discussed at great length the different aspects of morals,

And proved that the moral teachings of Islam are indeed the most perfect and that no other religion can compare to it. He then gave a detailed explanation about the principles of good morals and the ways of abstaining from immoral conduct. He also presented the teachings of Islam with regards to reforming one’s morals.

He then presented the teachings of Islam regarding civilisation, and stated the difference between civilisation and morals in a most excellent manner. He then shed light upon the various ways in which society should interact with one another. After that he presented the rights and responsibilities of the government and its citizens in great detail.

Then, whilst expanding upon this subject, he discussed how the relationships between different governments should be. He presented golden principles mentioned in the Holy Qur’an with regards to solving disputes between nations, stating that if the League of Nations had laid its foundations upon these principles, it would have been successful.

But it failed in its objectives because it did not follow these principles. Now since the UN has also failed to follow these principles, it is proving ineffective and will do so in the future. Nevertheless, at the end of this book Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) shed light upon the circumstances after death,

Whilst also mentioning the reality of the rewards and punishment one will receive in the next life. Not only did he mention the teachings of the Promised Messiah (as), he has also given examples of those who acted upon these teachings, but also how they brought about a revolution in their lives

And the extent to which the Promised Messiah (as) affected their lives whereby some of them preferred to sacrifice their lives over abandoning his teachings. In the end Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) invited the entire world to accept Ahmadiyyat and gave them the glad tidings that the time has come to dispel all these problems.

Furthermore, if they gather at the hands of the one sent by God, they will attain success in their faith and in the world. Upon the conclusion of this speech, the president gave his remarks in similar words stating: “I have nothing further to say,

“for the beauty and exquisiteness has already been expressed in this speech. “I only wish on behalf of all the attendees of the gathering “to thank Hazrat Khalifatul Masih for the wonderful coherence, “fantastic vision and superior manner of reasoning in this speech.

“It is evident from the faces of the attendees that they agree with what I have just said. “I am sure that they will testify that I am right to express my gratitude on their behalf also “and that I am doing justice to this inference.”

One person went to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) and said, “I have worked in India as a missionary for the 30 years “and studied the circumstances and arguments of the Muslims. “But never before have I heard the way in which you presented this topic today “in such a wonderful, clear and exquisite manner.

“Having listened to this speech “I have been deeply impressed in terms of its ideas, coherence and proofs. “For this I congratulate you.” Another person came and said, “I have travelled from France to listen to this speech. “I used to give precedence to Islam over Christianity and Buddhism precedence over Islam,

“but now that I have listened to this speech, and the one presented on behalf of Buddhism, “I accept that Islam alone is the most superior religion. “The beautiful and excellent manner in which you presented Islam [proves], “no other religion can compare to it. “It has left a deep impression upon me.”

There were many other remarks. Mrs Sharples, the secretary of this conference said to Chaudhary Sahib, “I congratulate you and the people are very grateful to you.” The same woman said, “Men and women have been coming to me praising this speech greatly.”

Whilst returning from the conference, a German professor here, was walking on the street, when he approached Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) to congratulate him and said, “I was sat next to some prominent Englishmen “and I saw that some of them were tapping their hands on their knees whilst saying,

“‘Rare ideas. One cannot hear such ideas every day.’” The same German professor states that some people uncontrollably stood up saying, “What a beautiful and true principle,” and the German professor expressed his opinion in these words saying that this occasion was a turning point for Ahmadis,

I.e. a crossroads to success, that even if they spent thousands of pounds, they would never attain such recognition and success as was received by way of this lecture. A Bahai woman listened to the speech and walked side by side with the Ahmadis until they reached their destination.

She said, “I believed in Bahai teachings, “but after listening to the lecture today my beliefs have changed. “I wish to listen to more of your lectures. “Would you please let me know where and when you will deliver further lectures “and I shall most certainly attend.”

One woman followed them and insisted that Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) should come for tea at her home. Another person said that this speech was so fascinating that it was even more dear to him than his love for his country. Thus, I have presented these few glimpses of the pearls of wisdom and knowledge

That Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) possessed between the age of 18 and 35. These were from the youth and early adulthood of a person who – as I have mentioned before – had no formal education, yet was filled with secular and spiritual knowledge.

This is also a sign of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as) and the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (sa). The points I have mentioned are only from a 17-year period, some of which are prior to his election as the Khalifa and some from after that.

Furthermore, I have only presented 1/100th of what Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) said during this time – I mentioned 1/50th earlier – rather even 1/100th has not been mentioned. I believed that I would be able to introduce many of the other books of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra).

Apart from this, there are various sermons and exegesis of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) which are filled with profound truths of knowledge and wisdom; from which streams of knowledge and wisdom spring forth. Furthermore, there are various gatherings in which he afforded guidance to the world.

Thus, this treasure of knowledge which, to a large extent, has been published should be read by the members of the Jama’at. May Allah the Almighty continue to elevate the status of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra). Pray also for the situation in Pakistan.

May Allah the Almighty grant peace, security and comfort to the people living there and through His grace, may He destroy all the plots, schemes and attacks of the enemies. 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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