Ahmadi Muslim VideoTube Friday Sermon Khalifa V Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | January 15, 2021

Friday Sermon | خطبئہِ جمعہ | January 15, 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 (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. The accounts from the life of Hazrat Ali (ra) were being mentioned and I will continue to narrate them today as well. In fact, all the material that I had collected in relation to him will be completed today, InshAllah [God willing].

The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Hazrat Imam Hussain (ra) once asked (Hazrat Ali (ra)), ‘Do you love me?’ “Hazrat Ali (ra) replied, ‘Yes.’ “Hazrat Hussain (ra) was greatly astonished at this “as to how one’s heart could instil the love for two things at the same time. “Following this, Hazrat Imam Hussain (as) said,

“‘Who will you love when it comes to deciding between the two?’ “Hazrat Ali (ra) replied, ‘I will love Allah.’” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has also mentioned this incident and states, “Hazrat Hassan (ra) asked Hazrat Ali (ra), ‘Do you love me?’ “Hazrat Ali (ra) replied, ‘Yes, I do.’

“Following this, Hazrat Hassan (ra) asked, ‘Do you love God Almighty?’ “Hazrat Ali (ra) replied, ‘Yes.’ “Upon this, Hazrat Hassan (ra) said, “‘Then you are committing a form of Shirk [associating partners with God] “‘as Shirk is defined as associating one’s with the love for God Almighty.’

“Hazrat Ali (ra) replied, ‘Hassan, I am not committing Shirk. “‘There is no doubt that I love you, “‘but when your love comes up against my love for God Almighty, “‘I will immediately cast [your love] aside!'” In relation to an incident regarding Hazrat Ali (ra), Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra), states,

“Whenever Hazrat Ali (ra) was confronted with a huge trial, “he would pray to Allah the Almighty in the following manner: “That is, ‘O Kaf Ha Ya ‘Ain Sad! Forgive me!’ “According to a narration of Umm-e-Hani, “the meaning of these abbreviated letters, “as mentioned by the Holy Prophet (saw), is as follows. “Kaf stands for the attribute of Kafi (All-Sufficient), “Ha stands for the attribute of Hadi (True Guide),

“‘Ain stands for the attribute of ‘Aalim or ‘Alim (All-Knowing) “and Sad stands for the attribute of Sadiq (Truthful). “In other words, he was praying to Allah the Almighty in the following manner that “”O Allah! You are the All-Sufficient, the True Guide, the All-Knowing and the Truthful!

“”I implore You by all of Your attributes and ask You to forgive me!”” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “The scholars [of the Holy Qur’an] have mentioned an incident relating to Hazrat Ali (ra), “which is that He once called out to one of his servants, but he did not respond.

“Hazrat Ali (ra) called him several times, but he still did not reply. “After a short while, this servant coincidentally appeared before Hazrat Ali (ra), “upon which Hazrat Ali (ra) asked him, “‘What happened to you? I called you numerous times, but you did not respond to me!’ “He replied, ‘The fact of the matter is that I was certain of your kindness “‘and I considered myself protected from your punishment and therefore, “‘I did not respond to you.’ “Hazrat Ali (ra) was so pleased with this reply of his that he freed him.” Now, if this had been a worldly person,

He may have punished him for taking advantage of his kindness, however, Hazrat Ali (ra) rewarded him instead. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that there was an individual, who used to teach Hazrat Ali’s (ra) sons, Hassan (ra) and Hussain (ra). Once, Hazrat Ali (ra) passed by his sons

And heard their tutor teaching them to pronounce Khatiman Nabiyyeen. Hazrat Ali (ra) said, “Do not teach my sons to say Khatiman Nabiyyeen “rather teach them to say Khataman Nabiyyeen (in other words with a fathah [a diacritical mark] above the latter ta as opposed to a kasrah [a diacritical mark] under it).

“Despite the fact that both pronunciations are possible, “however I prefer for it to be pronounced as Khataman Nabiyyeen “because it means the ‘Seal of the Prophets’ “whereas Khatiman Nabiyeen would mean ‘the one who ends prophethood.’ “Thus, teach my sons [to pronounce it] with a fathah above the letter ta.”

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further states, “It is proven regarding Hazrat Ali (ra) “that he had committed the Holy Qur’an to memory (Hafiz) and in fact, “he had started the work of compiling the Holy Qur’an according to the order of its revelation “immediately after the demise of the Holy Prophet (saw).”

At another instance, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “Once a companion invited the Holy Prophet (saw) for a meal. “Some other companions had also been invited among whom was Hazrat Ali (ra). “Hazrat Ali (ra) was younger in age as compared to the others,

“and so some companions decided to engage with him in a light-hearted manner. “As they ate dates, they would place the date-stones in front of Hazrat Ali (ra) “and the Holy Prophet (saw) was doing the same. “Hazrat Ali (ra) was young and occupied himself in eating, and so he did not notice.

“When he finally did realize, he found a pile of date-stones in front of him. “The companions in a light-hearted manner said to Hazrat Ali (ra), “‘You have eaten all the dates! Look at the pile of date-stones in front of you.’ “Hazrat Ali (ra) also had a light-hearted disposition

“and would not become annoyed at such things. “Had this been his nature, he would have argued with the companions “and said that they were falsely accusing him or were thinking ill of him. “Hazrat Ali (ra) understood that they were simply engaging with him in a light-hearted manner

“and thought to himself that it was best for him to also reply in a light-hearted manner. “Hence he said, “‘You have even eaten the date-stones as well, whilst I have been keeping them to one side.'” Meaning [Hazrat Ali (ra) said in a light-hearted manner] that as they had been eating the dates

They ate the date-stones along with them however he did not and the proof was that he had a pile of date-stones in front of him. Thus, the light-hearted comment of the companions was turned back on them. At another instance, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states in relation to Hazrat Ali (ra),

“It is mentioned in the Hadith that once, “while the Holy Prophet (saw) was reciting the Holy Qur’an [during prayer], “Hazrat Ali (ra) reminded him of a certain portion. “After the prayer had concluded, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to Hazrat Ali (ra), “‘It was not your duty to do so,

“‘I have appointed certain people to remind me if I ever make a mistake.'” The Holy Prophet (saw) was reciting the Holy Qur’an during prayer when he missed a portion upon which Hazrat Ali (ra) reminded him. The Holy Prophet (saw) told him that he had already appointed certain people for this task

And so Hazrat Ali (ra) did not need to, despite the fact that Hazrat Ali (ra) was quite learned as well. At another instance, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “There is a commandment in the Holy Qur’an “that before consulting with the Holy Prophet (saw) on any matter, “one should give Sadaqa [alms].

“It is mentioned that before this commandment, “Hazrat Ali (ra) had never consulted with the Holy Prophet (saw). “However, after this commandment had been revealed, “Hazrat Ali (ra) went to the Holy Prophet (saw), “and after giving some amount as Sadaqa [alms],

“he said that he wished to consult the Holy Prophet (saw) on a matter, “and so the Holy Prophet (saw) took Hazrat Ali (ra) to one side and spoke with him. “Another companion later asked Hazrat Ali (ra) “what it was that he had consulted with the Holy Prophet (saw) about.

“Hazrat Ali (ra) replied, ‘I did not need to consult about anything specific, “‘however I wished to fulfil this commandment of the Holy Qur’an.'” Such were the ways of the companions. In another narration with regards to this incident it is mentioned

That a companion would go from house to house in order to fulfil the Qur’anic injunction that if a member of a house turns them away then they must return from there. He says, “I tried on several occasions, and in fact,

“at times I would go daily to people’s houses hoping that one would tell me to go back, “and that I may do so happily and thereby fulfil this commandment of the Holy Qur’an, “yet this wish of mine would not be fulfilled

“as no one from any of the houses would tell me to return.” Nowadays, if it is said to anyone that they are busy and they should return or that they cannot meet, people get offended by it, but the level of righteousness of the companions was such

That they would try to act upon each and every injunction of the Holy Qur’an. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that the Holy Prophet (saw) once asked the companions for some alms. Hazrat Ali (ra) went out, cut some grass and having sold it, he gave the amount he had received from it in alms.

Whilst mentioning an incident, perhaps in one of his classes, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) stated that Hazrat Allamah Ubaidullah Sahib Bismil was a very distinguished Shi’a scholar. He was so learned and possessed such deep knowledge that even after becoming an Ahmadi,

Some of his books were not only being taught in the time of the Promised Messiah (as), they were also being taught after the partition [of India] and continue to be taught in Shi’a schools. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) says, “I remember that a Shi’a gentleman came to speak to me

“when I was serving in the Waqf-e-Jadid department. “After our discussion, he expressed how he was satisfied “and by the grace of Allah he became an Ahmadi. “After making this decision he told me that he was a Shi’a scholar, “however he had not disclosed this to me previously.

“I do not remember exactly what position he held, “but he was from a village in Sheikhupura or Faisalabad, or from some area nearby. “He told me that he held such and such position among the Shi’as and that he was a scholar.”

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) is saying that the person who pledged his allegiance was a Shi’a scholar, who lived in Shekhupura. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) continued by saying, “he told me that he was a scholar and had held a high status among the Shi’as.

“He further said to me that even to this day the books of Ubaidullah Sahib Bismil “are still being taught in their schools.” Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) says, “Such was the immense influence of his knowledge “and yet these Shi’as do not even tell us that they teach the books of Bismil Sahib.

“I only happened to find out through this scholar “but even whilst teaching these books they do not mention who Bismil Sahib was “and what happened to him later. “He accepted the Promised Messiah (as) and relinquished all the honour he had attained “from the time he spent whilst following the Shi’a faith.”

This is a reference from his book. Hence, the reference is not from any ordinary person. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) is giving a reference from this book after explaining its background and said that Al-Bazar has written in his Musnad that Hazrat Ali (ra) asked of his people, “Tell me who is the bravest person?”

They replied, “You are the bravest.” Hazrat Ali (ra) then said, “I always fight one who is equal to me so how can I be the bravest?” He asked again, “Who is the bravest?” The people answered, “We do not know. Please tell us.” Hazrat Ali (ra) then stated, “The bravest and most courageous person is Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).” Hazrat Ali (ra) stated, “The most brave and courageous was Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). “Hearken! During the Battle of Badr, we made a canopy for the Holy Prophet (saw)

“and began conferring amongst ourselves “as to who would stay with the Holy Prophet (saw) under the canopy, “lest an idolater attacks the Holy Prophet (saw). “By God! None from among us had stepped forward yet “when Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) went with his sword drawn and stood beside the Holy Prophet (saw).

“Subsequently no idolater dared to launch an attack. “Had they dared to attack, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) would have struck them immediately. “That is why he was the bravest of all.” i.e. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). This incident was narrated by Hazrat Ali (ra). Hazrat Ali, may Allah bestow him with honour, states:

“On one occasion the idolaters surrounded the Holy Prophet (saw) “and were dragging him around saying that he is the one who says that God is one. “By God! No one had the courage to stand up to the idolaters “By God! No one had the courage to stand up to the idolaters, “but Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) fought them and pushing them aside, he made them disperse. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) kept on repeating the words, “‘Woe be on to you! You harm a person who says that only Allah is his Lord.’”

Stating this, Hazrat Ali (ra) lifted his cloak over his face and wept so profusely that his beard became soaked and then said, “May Allah guide you! “O people tell me, were the believers from the people of the Pharaoh [in the time of Moses (as)] “better or Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)?

“Those from among the people of the Pharaoh who accepted belief “did not sacrifice themselves for their prophet as much as Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) did.” When the people heard this they remained silent, upon which Hazrat Ali (ra) said, “O people! Why do you not respond?

“I swear by God! One moment [in the life] of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) “is better and greater than a thousand moments of the believers “from among of the people of Pharaoh. “The reason for this is because the people in the time of the Pharaoh used to conceal their faith,

“whereas Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) professed his faith openly.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) writes, “The Holy Prophet (saw) once advised Hazrat Ali (ra) saying, “‘O Ali! Even if one person accepts Islam due to your preaching, “‘that would be better for you than if you had a large herd of sheep’s and goats

“‘that were passing between two mountains and seeing them would please you.'” Hazrat Ummul Mumineen, Hazrat Umm Salamah (ra) states, “I swear that I heard the Holy Prophet (saw) say, “‘Whosoever loves Ali, loves me, and whosoever loves me, loves Allah. “‘And whoever harbours malice against Ali, harbours malice against me

“‘and whosoever harbours malice against me harbours malice against Allah.'” Hazrat Dharr (ra) narrates that Hazrat Ali (ra) said, “I swear by the One Who causes the grain to sprout and created the soul! “Verily the Holy Prophet (saw), the Immaculate one,

“took a pledge from me that only a believer will have love for me “and only a hypocrite will harbour malice against me.” Hazrat Ali (ra) narrates that the Holy Prophet (saw) called him and said: “Your example is like Prophet Jesus (as) in that the Jews opposed him so much

“that they fabricated a grievous calumny against his mother. “The Christians exceeded all bounds in their love for him (i.e. for Jesus (as)) “to the extent that they gave him a rank and station that was not for him.” Hazrat Ali (ra) then said,

“Take heed! Two types of people will perish owing to their beliefs about me; “the first are they who exceed all limits in their love for me “and grant me that rank that is not for me, “and the second are they who harbour malice against me and forge calumnies against me.”

With regards to the distribution of the spoils received known as “Fay”, which are those spoils captured without a physical war taking place, Hazrat Ali (ra) adopted the practice of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (ra). When these spoils would come to him, Hazrat Ali (ra) would distribute everything and would not save anything from it,

Except for that which he was unable to distribute that day. He would say, “O material world! Go and deceive someone else [on account of your lure].” Hazrat Ali (ra) would not accept anything from the spoils of “Fay”, nor would he give any to his close friends or relatives.

He would only assign honest and trustworthy people as governors or to other offices. If he would learn about any dishonesty committed by any of his governors, he would write the following verses to them: “[O mankind!] There has indeed come to you an exhortation from your Lord.” “Give full measure and full weight with equity, and defraud not people of their things “and commit not iniquity in the earth, causing disorder.” “That which is left with you by Allah is better for you, if you are believers. “And I am not a keeper over you.”

He would further add: “From the time this letter reaches you, “ensure that you safeguard the wealth that is entrusted with you “until I send a person to you who can take those possessions from you.” Hazrat Ali (ra) would then look towards the sky and pray:

“O Allah! Verily You know that I never commanded them to commit injustice against Your people, “nor did I command them to forsake the rights owed to You.” Abjar bin Jarmouz narrates that his father said to him: “I saw Hazrat Ali (ra) departing from Kufa. “At the time he was wearing two Qitri cloaks

(this is the name of a settlement in Bahrain, where red stripped cloth was made), “one of which he was wearing as a lower garment “that draped up to the middle of his calf and the other he wore as a cloak.

“He held a whip in his hand and as he walked through the market place, “he advised the people to fear Allah, to speak the truth, “to buy and sell in good faith and to give full measure and accurate weight [of the goods].”

Mujama’ Taimi narrates that once Hazrat Ali (ra) distributed all the wealth that was in the Treasury [Bait-ul-Maal] amongst the Muslims. He then ordered for it to be whitewashed with limestone. After this, he offered the Salat and hoped

That this [room of the treasury] would be a witness for him on the Day of Judgement. Whilst speaking about Hazrat Ali (ra), on one occasion Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) writes: “The Promised Messiah (as) has stated, “‘I saw another dream on December 7, 1892

“‘that I had become Hazrat Ali, may Allah bestow him with honour; “‘meaning that in my dream I felt as if I was Hazrat Ali (ra). “‘It is one of the wonders of a dream “‘that sometimes a person feels that he is someone else

“‘and in that way I felt at the time that I was Ali Murtaza “‘and the situation was that a group of Khawarij was opposing my Khilafat, “‘that is to say, they wished to obstruct my becoming Khalifah “‘and were creating mischief for that purpose.

“‘Then I saw the Holy Prophet, on whom be the peace and blessings of Allah, close to me “‘and he said with kindness and affection: “‘That is: “O ‘Ali! Stay away from them, their helpers, and their harvest. “‘”Leave them and turn away from them.” “‘I found that the Holy Prophet (saw) advised me to be steadfast in the midst of that trial “‘and to refrain from getting involved with those people.

“‘He told me that I was in the right, but that it would be better not to address them.'” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further states: “Hazrat Ali’s (ra) army took over the spoils belonging to the Khwarij “and distributed the weapons and the mounts used in the war amongst the people.

“But upon returning to Kufa, “Hazrat Ali (ra) returned the possessions, slaves and concubines to their owners.” On another occasion, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “Hazrat Umar’s (ra) Caliphate was further away from the era of the Holy Prophet (saw) “as compared to the Caliphate of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).

“The same was the case with Hazrat Uthman (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra). “Undoubtedly their rank was lesser than that of the Caliphs before them. “However, the incidents that occurred in the time of Hazrat Uthman (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra) “were not as a result of them being lower in rank,

“but it was owing to the distance from the era of the Holy Prophet (saw). “The reason for this is that majority of the people present “during the eras of the Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) “were those who had spent time in the company of the Holy Prophet (saw).

“However, later on, those who had not enjoyed the company of the Holy Prophet (saw) “became more influential. “Thus, one person asked Hazrat Ali (ra) the reason why the conflict and discord “witnessed in his time were not witnessed in the eras of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra)?

“To this Hazrat Ali (ra) replied: ‘The fact of the matter is that “‘the people serving under Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) were like me, “‘and the people serving under me in this era are like you.'” Narrating another incident on a different occasion, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated:

“During the time when the war between Hazrat Ali (ra) and Mu’awiyah was ensuing, “a person went to Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (ra) and said: “‘Why do you not participate in the wars alongside Hazrat Ali (ra), “‘when the Qur’an clearly states: “‘[And fight them until there is no persecution]’

“To this Abdullah bin Umar replied: “‘We fulfilled this commandment in the time of the Holy Prophet (saw) “‘when Islam was still spreading and one would be persecuted owing to their religion (i.e. one would either be killed or tortured for accepting Islam).

“‘Until a time when Islam spread and then no one would be put in trial due to their faith (i.e. the wars that were [previously] fought were because the [Muslims] were forced to change their faith, and it was against those who wished to return them back to their original faith [idolatry]).

“‘Now the faith has been established. “‘There is no dispute over one’s religion anymore, “‘but there is a difference in opinion on certain matters. “‘That is why these wars are taking place and for this reason I do not take part in them.'” Nevertheless, this was his viewpoint. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states:

“When a Byzantine king learnt of the war between Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Mu’awiya (ra), “he wished to launch an attack against the Islamic states. “Hazrat Mu’awiyah (ra) wrote to him and said: “‘Beware! Do not be deceived by our internal dispute.

“‘If you launch an attack, I will be the first general to march against you and fight “‘under the army of Hazrat Ali (ra).'” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has mentioned this in more detail in another place: “there was a time when seeing the conflict between Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Amir Mu’awiyah (ra),

“a Byzantine king wished to send an army to attack the Muslims. “At the time, the Byzantine Empire wielded the same power that USA holds today “Upon learning of his intentions to launch an attack, “a Christian priest, who was very intelligent, said, “‘Your Majesty, take my advice and refrain from launching an attack.

“‘Even though they have disagreements amongst themselves, “‘however, they will all unite against you, leaving aside all their differences.'” He then gave an example, either he did it in a contemptuous manner or perhaps he felt that this was a better example to give, in any case, he said,

“‘If you bring some dogs and starve them for a while and then place some meat before them, “‘they will begin to fight one another. “‘However, if you were to set a lion against the same dogs, “‘they both will set aside their differences and launch a joint attack on the lion.’

“Through this example, he conveyed [to the king] that “he wanted to take advantage of the disagreement between Hazrat Ali (ra) and Muawiyah (ra), “however he should know that if ever there was a question of an external attack, “they both will cast their differences aside and will unite against the enemy.

“And this is precisely what happened. “When Hazrat Muawiyah (ra) learnt of the Byzantine King’s intentions, “he sent him a message, stating, “‘You seek to take advantage of the disagreements between us and attack the Muslims, “‘however let it be known that even though there is discord between me and Hazrat Ali (ra),

“‘but if your army launches an attack, “‘then I will be the first general to set out against your army from Hazrat Ali’s (ra) side.'” Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra) relates that Hazrat Umar (ra) used to say, “The most excellent reciter of the Holy Qur’an amongst is Ubbay bin Ka’b (ra)

“and the one who is best in giving verdicts is Ali (ra).” Hazrat Umm Atiyya relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) sent an army [for an expedition] and Hazrat Ali (ra) was also a part of it. She states that she heard the Holy Prophet (saw) recite the following prayer:

“O Allah, do not cause me to die until You show me Ali.” The Holy Prophet (saw) sent Hazrat Ali (ra) on a military expedition and when he returned, the Holy Prophet (saw) stated to him, “Allah, His Messenger (saw) and Gabriel are pleased with you.” There is another incident in which Amir Muawiyah (ra)

Asked Zarar Saudai to recount the qualities of Hazrat Ali (ra) to him. He replied, “O Leader of the Faithful, excuse me from this.” Amir Muawiyah (ra) insisted that he must inform him. Upon this, Zarar stated, “If that is the case, then listen.

“By God, Hazrat Ali (ra) was a man of great courage and possessed strong faculties. “He spoke decisively and issued verdicts based on justice. “He was a fountain of knowledge and insight and his every word was filled with deep wisdom. “He expressed aversion for worldly material and its attractions

“and loved the solitude of [the worship in the] night. “He would weep profusely and carefully deliberate and ponder over matters. “He dressed modestly and ate simple food. “He lived among us just like an ordinary person. “If ever we would ask him a question, he would give us the answer

“and if we enquired about an incident, he would inform us about it. “By God, despite the fact that we had a bond of great mutual love and closeness, “but owing to the awe of his grandeur, we would speak very little before him.

“He would show great respect to those who were devout and pious and held the poor close. “Even the strongest of people could not influence him with their falsehood “and even the weakest would never be disappointed by his high level of justice. “By God, on certain occasions, I saw that

“when the night entered its latter stages and the stars began to dim, “he would take hold of his beard and would tremble like one who has been bitten by a snake “and would profusely weep like one who is overcome with extreme sorrow

“and he would say, ‘O world, leave me and go and deceive someone else. “‘Why do you come to me with all your allure and attractions? “‘What you desire of me shall never come to pass, shall never come to pass. “‘I have announced my intentions to divorce you thrice,

“‘after which there is no possibility of reunion. “‘This is because your life is short and you hold no significance (He was speaking symbolically to the world). “‘Your life is short and you hold no significance. “‘There are very little provisions yet the journey is long and perilous.'” When he mentioned all of these qualities,

Amir Muawiyah (ra) began to cry upon hearing them and said, “May Allah bestow His mercy upon Abul Hasan (ra). “By God, he was certainly like this. “O Zarar, how sorrowful were you upon Ali’s (ra) demise?” Zarar replied, “The same level of grief that would be experienced by a mother

“whose child is slaughtered whilst in her lap.” Hazrat Ali’s (ra) jurisprudential verdicts are well-known and I will relate some of those which Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has mentioned. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “Tabari has written about an incident from the era of Hazrat Ali (ra)

“which illustrates the great caution they took right from the inception of Islam. “The incident is as follows; Adl bin Uthman relates – (Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has also included the entire Arabic text of this narration, However, I will leave the Arabic text out for now, but InshAllah [God willing],

When the sermon is officially published, it will be included in that. However, for now I will present its translation only. The translation is:) – “[Adl bin Uthman relates] that Hazrat Ali (ra) was staying outside of Hamdan “when he saw two groups fighting against each other.

“Hazrat Ali (ra) reconciled the two groups and made peace between them, “however he had not gone too far, when he heard someone calling for help. “Hazrat Ali (ra) ran so quickly towards him that his footsteps could be heard “and he kept repeating, ‘Help is here, help is here’.

“As he approached closer, he saw that one of the men had grabbed hold of another man. “Upon seeing Hazrat Ali (ra), he said, ‘O Leader of the Faithful, “‘I sold him a piece of cloth for 9 dirham. “‘However, the condition also was that none of the dirhams should be faulty or defective,

“‘which he, i.e. the buyer had agreed to. “‘However, he gave me some defective dirhams “‘and when I came to exchange these defective dirhams, he refused to do so. “‘When I insisted, he slapped me.’ “Hazrat Ali (ra) instructed the buyer to exchange the coins.

“He then asked the other individual to provide proof that he slapped him. “When he presented the proof, Hazrat Ali (ra) told the one who slapped him to sit down “and told the other individual to seek retribution. “Upon this, he said, ‘O Leader of the Faithful, I forgive him.’

“Hazrat Ali (ra) replied, ‘You may have forgiven him, “‘but I wish to act with caution in relation to your rights.'” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) writes, “It seems that this individual was of a very simple disposition “and was not fully aware of his loss and gains.

“And so, the one who had perpetrated the act of slapping him “was whipped seven times as punishment. “Hazrat Ali (ra) stated, ‘He may have forgiven you, “‘but this punishment has been handed to you by the government.'” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has mentioned another incident which shows the excellent conduct of Hazrat Ali (ra):

“Once, Hazrat Ali (ra) saw that someone had physically attacked another individual. “Hazrat Ali (ra) stopped him and told the victim that he should now hit him back in retribution. “However, he replied that he had forgiven him. “Hazrat Ali (ra) realised that

“this individual was only refusing to do so out of fear of the other individual “as the perpetrator of the act was a very oppressive individual. “Therefore, Hazrat Ali (ra) stated, ‘You have exercised your personal right and forgiven him, “‘however I will exercise my official right [as a leader].’

“Hazrat Ali (ra) then handed him a punishment equal to that “which he had committed against the weaker individual.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “Once, a legal matter involving Hazrat Ali (ra) was presented before a Muslim magistrate, “who showed some leniency towards Hazrat Ali (ra). “Upon this, Hazrat Ali (ra) stated,

“‘This is the first act of injustice on your part by showing leniency to me. “‘At this moment, me and the other party are equal.'” Whilst mentioning the qualities of Hazrat Ali (ra), the Promised Messiah (as) states, “Was he not the most eloquent among the people, the most articulate in speech

“and the one who could breathe life through his words? “Thus, he could have gathered people around him within an hour or even less “due to the strength of his speech and oration, “which would have affected the listeners and attracted them.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states,

“I know for certain that no one can be deemed a true believer nor a Muslim “until they instil within themselves the qualities of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), Hazrat Umar (ra), “Hazrat Uthman (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra), may Allah be pleased with them all. “Their hearts were pure from the love of this world,

“instead they devoted their lives in the way of God Almighty.” The Promised Messiah (as) then further states, “The Khawarij proclaim that Hazrat Ali (ra) was rebellious “and accuse him of committing many unrighteous acts. “In fact, they consider him to be completely devoid of any faith.

“Thus, a natural question that arises here is that if righteousness, truthfulness and honesty “is an essential requirement for one to become a Siddiq [the truthful one], “then why is it that God Almighty made certain matters appear unclear or doubtful “for the people relating to these pious men, who were prophets, messengers and saints?

(Why were people not able to understand the true reality of the matters in relation to them? Why were their circumstances and their true character hidden from these people) “and why did they fail to understand their words and actions to such an extent

“that they completely expelled them from the fold of righteousness, truthfulness and honesty? “And considered them to be from among the oppressors, who usurped the wealth of others, “unlawfully shed the blood of others, committed deception and treachery “and were subservient to their inner desires and committed vice?

“In fact, there are many people in the world who neither claim to be a messenger, “prophet, saint, Imam or the Khalifah of the Muslims, “and yet no one levels a single allegation against their way of life or their character. “The answer to this question is that God Almighty did this

“so that the true reality of those who are His chosen and beloved servants “remains hidden from those evil ones, “who are quick to pass judgment and in whose nature it is to think ill of others “just as God Almighty has concealed Himself from others.”

In other words, just as people think ill of Allah the Almighty, Who is hidden, in the same way these evil people think ill of His beloved servants as well and are quick to level allegations against them. These very people are ones who are devoid of righteousness

And yet level accusations against those who are righteous. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “There is no doubt that Hazrat Ali (ra) was a hope for the seekers of the truth “and an unparalleled model of generosity. “He was divine proof for the people and the best example of his time.

“He was the light of Allah that was to illuminate the world. “But the era of his Caliphate was not a time of peace and safety, “but a time of intense conflict and discord. “People differed between his Caliphate and the Caliphate of Ibn Abi Sufyan

“and would look to them in a state of utter perplexity. “Some people considered them to be like two bright Furqad [two bright stars of Ursa Minor] stars “and considered them equal in stature. “The fact of the matter is that the truth was on the side of [Ali] Al-Murtaza.

“Those who fought against him were rebellious and transgressors. “However, his Caliphate was not the recipient of the glad-tiding given by the Gracious God “regarding the establishment of peace and security. “In fact, Hazrat Ali al-Murtaza (ra) was given a lot of pain from his opponents

“and his Caliphate was tarnished through various kinds of evils. “Allah had greatly blessed him but he remained full of sorrow and grief his entire life. “He was not able to propagate the message of Islam “and eradicate the Satanic forces [in the land] like the Caliphs before him,

“in fact he was not even spared from being reviled by his own people. “His every plan and desire was denied by his people and they failed to unite around him. “Rather, they were bent on continuously carrying out injustices against him and causing him pain.

“They hindered him and placed obstacles in every path of his. “However, he was extremely patient and amongst the righteous, “but still we cannot say “that his caliphate was a fulfilment of the glad-tidings mentioned in Ayat-e-Istikhlaf “because his Caliphate was during an era of disorder, rebellion and turmoil.” The Promised Messiah (as) states,

“It is vital to believe that Siddiq-e-Akbar (ra) [Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra)], “Hazrat Farooq-e-Umar (ra) [Hazrat Umar Farooq (ra)], “Hazrat Dhun-Nurain (ra) (i.e. Hazrat Uthman (ra)) “and Hazrat Ali Murtaza (ra) were all the custodians of the faith.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states regarding the status of Hazrat Ali (ra),

“Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, was righteous and pious. “He was a beloved of Allah, the Gracious God. “He was the elect of Allah and the chief of his era. “He was the victorious lion of Allah, the Benevolent, “a pure-hearted and generous youth who belonged to God.

“He was peerless and his bravery was such that he would remain resolute in the battlefield, “even if an army from among the enemy stood in front of him. “He lived his life with great humility, “reaching the highest peak of piety that a mortal can attain. “He would sacrifice his money and wealth

“and was the foremost in consoling and helping the destitute, orphans and neighbours. “On the battlefield, he demonstrated extraordinary feats of bravery “and displayed a miraculous skill in handling the sword and spear. “At the same time, he was soft-spoken and an eloquent orator.

“His words would penetrate the hearts of the listeners and remove the corrosion of their minds. “His countenance shone bright with the light of truth. “He was an outstanding orator; “whosoever competed with him in this field would themselves step down, “overpowered and defeated [by his eloquence].

“His every attribute was outstanding, and he was flawless in his speech and eloquence. “He who denies his perfection adopts the way of the shameless. “He would encourage others to remove the difficulties of the helpless. “He would command to feed the poor and needy.

“He was among those who were honoured with the nearness of God, “and the foremost people who drank from the fountain of the Qur’an’s wisdom “and was gifted with a deep understanding and insight of the intricacies of the Qur’an.

“I have seen him (i.e. Hazrat Ali (ra)), but not in a dream, rather in a state of wakefulness. “I met him in a vision [Kashf] and whilst in this state; “Hazrat Ali (ra) bestowed upon me the commentary of the Book of Allah, “the Knower of the Unseen, and said:

“‘This is my commentary; and now it is bestowed upon you; “‘rejoice over that which has been bestowed upon you.’ (in other words, Hazrat Ali (ra) gave this commentary to the Promised Messiah (as)). “He stated, ‘May this be a blessing for you.’ “Thus, I stretched forth my hand and took the commentary

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

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

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

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

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

“as mothers are anxious on account of the tribulations of their children.” Certain non-Ahmadis raise allegations on this stating that how wrong it is to say such a thing in that he placed his head on her thigh. However, the Promised Messiah (as) has given the example of a mother.

If one reads the entire extract from the beginning and the qualities he has mentioned in relation to her and then reads this particular sentence in which it states that she showed kindness to him like that of a mother, then it leaves no room for any allegation.

However, since their minds are polluted therefore, they raise such allegations. In any case, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “It was then conveyed to me that my relationship with her “(i.e. with Hazrat Fatimah (ra)) was like that of a spiritual son.

“It passed through my mind that her sorrow was an indication of the persecution “that I was to undergo at the hands of my people, countrymen and enemies. “Then Hasan (ra) and Husain (ra) approached me “and expressed their affection towards me like that of brothers “and met me like kind well-wishers.

“This vision was one of those that I experienced while I was awake, “and this took place many years ago. “I have a unique relationship with Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Husain (ra), “of which only God, the Lord of East and West, knows its true reality.

“In fact, I have deep love for Hazrat Ali (ra) and his sons. “I am an enemy of the one who is an enemy of them. “However, I am not unjust nor am I from among the oppressors.

“It is not possible for me to turn away from what Allah the Almighty has revealed to me, “and I am not of the transgressors. “However, if you fail to accept this, then for you your deeds and for me my deeds “and Allah will judge between us for He is the best of judges.”

This completes the accounts from the life of Hazrat Ali (ra) and next series of accounts will now begin, InshAllah [God willing]. At this time, I would like to announce that, InshAllah [God willing], after offering prayers, I will launch a new television channel which will broadcast 24-hours. It is called ‘MTA Ghana.’

The Wahab Adam Studio in Ghana was completed in 2017 and named in honour of the late Amir and Missionary In-charge. The studio produces over 60 percent of the current programmes for MTA Africa channels. The studio has 17 full-time staff members and over 60 volunteers who are trained in the various departments.

The Wahab Adam Studios is one of the most advanced studios in Ghana and has some of the best facilities. Various media organisations and broadcasters send their staff to the studio for training purposes and work experience. The studio has produced many live programmes

Including the first Qur’an Competition in Africa, Ramadan programmes and many others. A new channel is now being launched under the name of MTA Ghana. MTA Ghana will be a new 24-hour national TV channel broadcasting on the digital platform in Ghana.

MTA Ghana will be available to view without the need of a satellite dish and can be accessed through a normal aerial. This means that the people of Ghana can easily access it even with a normal antenna. The channel can be found in the same place as the other major TV channels in Ghana

And will be accessible to hundreds of thousands of homes within the country and will cover all regions from the South to the North. Programmes will be produced from the Wahab Adam studios in various languages of Ghana including English, Twi, Ga, Hausa and others. The transmission and scheduling of the channel

Will be run locally from the Wahab Adam studios through Lajna volunteers and other teams. Many programmes will be produced to provide moral training and other educational programmes and in this way the true and beautiful teachings of Islam will be conveyed to the people through this channel.

MTA Ghana will be the only dedicated Islamic channel on the digital platform in Ghana. InshAllah [God willing]! On the one hand, the opponents of the Jama’at seek to hinder our path, but at the same time, Allah the Almighty opens many other new avenues for us.

These are the blessings of Allah the Almighty upon the Jama’at. InshAllah [God willing], those paths of ours which they have hindered will also open at its appropriate time. However, at the same time, Allah the Almighty has granted us the means of our happiness and joy.

Thus, this channel will InshAllah [God willing], cover the entire country, and maybe even certain areas in the neighbouring countries as well. InshAllah [God willing], as I have just mentioned, after the Friday prayers, I will inaugurate the channel. Furthermore, as I have been drawing attention towards these days

That pray especially for those who have been [falsely] imprisoned in Pakistan and Algeria; may Allah Almighty create the means for them to be freed. Pray for the general state of affairs in Pakistan as well, may Allah Almighty enable Ahmadis there to live in peace.

May He bring the opponents of Ahmadiyyat to their senses; if not, then may Allah Almighty deal with them as He so wills and enable Ahmadis to be freed of them. The Ahmadis of Pakistan should also particularly focus on offering voluntary supplications, praying and giving Sadaqaat.

May Allah Almighty keep them in His protection and security. 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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