Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2020
Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah Come to Prayer Come to Prayer Come to success Come to success Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest There is none worthy of worship except Allah Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is One and has no partner. and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is His Servant and Messenger. After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings,
Those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. In the previous sermon, I spoke about Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh. While mentioning the Battle of Ahzab and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes in Seerat Khatamun Nabiyeen:
“In this war, the Muslims did not suffer a great loss of lives; only five or six men were martyred. “Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh, who was the head-chieftain of the Aus tribe sustained such a heavy wound “that in the end, he could not recover.
“This was a loss for the Muslims which could not be compensated. “Only three men from the army of the disbelievers were killed, “however, in this battle, the Quraish received such a blow “that afterwards, they could never muster the courage to round up a large group
“and set out like this again, or attack Medina. “The prophecy of the Holy Prophet (saw) was fulfilled to the letter.” This was also mentioned in the previous sermon. The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “The disbelievers will not have the courage to attack us in future.”
Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh sustained an injury to his wrist during the Battle of the Ditch which led to his martyrdom. Hazrat A’isha (ra) relates: “I went out on the day of the Battle of the Ditch. “I was following the footsteps of the people
“while I heard a light sound of footsteps coming from behind. “When I looked back, I saw Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh along with his nephew, Harith bin Aus “and he was holding a shield. “I sat down on the floor. “Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh went past me reciting the following verses: “i.e. ‘Wait a little till Hamal [the camel] joins the battle – “‘What an excellent death it is when it comes on the right time.'” Hazrat A’isha (ra) further states: “Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh was wearing chain armour, yet both of his sides were exposed.”
That is, due to his heavy and wide build, his sides were protruding out from the armour. She further states, “I feared that both sides of his body “that are outside of the armour could get injured.” Hazrat Sa’d (ra) was amongst those people who were tall and of a heavy build.
Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh was injured by Ibn Ariqah. Ibn Ariqah’s name was Habban bin ‘Abd Manaf. He belonged to the Banu ‘Amir Bin Lu’ayy tribe. Ariqah was the name of his father. Hazrat Jabir (ra) narrates: “When an artery in Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh’s arm was struck by an arrow,
“the Messenger (saw) of Allah removed the arrowhead with his own hands “and then using the same arrowhead he cut the wound and then branded it. “However, it became swollen. Hence, the Holy Prophet (saw) again made a cut and branded it.” Hazrat A’isha (ra) narrates: “Ibn Ariqah, a person from among the idolaters,
“was shooting arrows at Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh. “While shooting an arrow, he said, ‘Here you go! I am Ibn Ariqah.’ “The arrows struck one of the arteries of Hazrat Sa’d (ra)’s arm. “After being wounded, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) “supplicated to Allah the Almighty in the following manner,
‘O Allah! Do not cause me to die ‘until I am content with the matter concerning the Banu Qurayza’.” Hazrat A’isha (ra) relates that Hazrat Sa’d (ra) sustained a wound on the day of the battle of the Ditch. An individual from the Quraish, Habban bin ‘Ariqah, shot the arrow at his wrist.
The Holy Prophet (saw) erected a tent for him in the mosque so that he could stay near him and tend to him. Hazrat A’isha (ra) relates that the wound of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) dried and started to heal. Upon this, he prayed, “O Allah! You are aware of the fact
“that there is nothing dearer to me than fighting these people in Your cause, “who rejected Your Prophet (saw) and forced him to leave. “O Allah! I perceive that You have put an end to the war between us and them. “If anything remains of the battle against the Quraish then keep me alive
“in order strive Your way and fight against them. “However, if You have put an end to the war between us, as I believe, “then open up my artery and let this wound be the cause of my martyrdom.” Hazrat A’isha (ra) relates
That the wound tore open the same night and his blood started to flow out. The people of Banu Ghaffar had set up their tents in [the compound of] the Prophet’s Mosque. When the blood flowed down and reached them, they became frightened. People said,
“O people in the tent! What is this? There is blood coming from your area towards us?” They then saw that blood was coming out from the wound of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) and he passed away owing to this very injury. Hazrat Ibn ‘Abbas (ra) relates
That when blood started to flow out from Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh, the Holy Prophet (saw) got up, went to him and embraced him closely with him to the point that his blood came onto the face and beard of the Holy Prophet (saw).
Since the blood was flowing out, therefore people tried to protect the Holy Prophet (saw) from any blood going on him but the more they would try for the blood to not come onto the Holy Prophet (saw),
The more he would hold him even closer and kept holding him until Hazrat Sa’d (ra) passed away. In another narration it is mentioned that when the wound of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh burst open and the Holy Prophet (saw) became aware of this,
He went to him, placed Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh’s head on his lap and covered him with a white cloth. Following this, the Holy Prophet (saw) prayed, “O Allah! Sa’d fought in Your cause, accepted Your Prophet (saw) “and fulfilled whatever responsibility was entrusted to him. “Thus, grant acceptance to his soul
“by virtue of this just as You grant acceptance to others souls.” Hazrat Sa’d (ra) was almost on the brink of death but still conscious when he heard the words of the Holy Prophet (saw). Upon this, he opened his eyes and said, “O Messenger (saw) of Allah! May peace be upon you!
“I bear witness that you are the Messenger (saw) of Allah!” When the family members of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) saw that the Holy Prophet (saw) had placed Hazrat Sa’d’s (ra) ead on his lap, they became scared. When the Holy Prophet (saw) was informed of this
That the members of Sa’d’s (ra) family became afraid when they saw his head placed on your lap, the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “I pray for there to be just as many angels present at the time of Sa’d’s (ra) demise “as there are people present now.”
This was the prayer offered by the Holy Prophet (saw). Hazrat Anas (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) had been gifted a cloak of fine silk. The Holy Prophet (saw) would forbid the wearing of silk, and so people were surprised to see him with it. The Holy Prophet (saw) said,
“By Him in Whose Hands is Muhammad’s (saw) life, “the handkerchiefs of Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh in heaven will be more beautiful than this.” This is narrated in Bukhari. The companions saw the silk in the Holy Prophet’s (saw) hands and wondered whether Holy Prophet (saw) might use it, as he had forbidden it.
However, when the Holy Prophet (saw) saw their reaction, he then gave this example [of Hazrat Sa’d (ra)]. In fact, it is further clarified from the Hadith of Sahih Muslim that the companions expressed their astonishment [at the quality of the cloth]. It is narrated by Hazrat Baraa (ra)
That a silk cloak was presented to the Holy Prophet (saw) as a gift, which the companions began to touch and admired its softness. Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “Are you admiring its softness? “Surely, the handkerchiefs of Sa`d (ra) bin Mu`adh in heaven are better and softer than this.”
Hazrat Jabir (ra) narrates, “I heard the Holy Prophet (saw) say that “God’s throne shook upon the demise of Sa`d (ra) bin Mu`adh,” – this is the narration from Bukhari. The narration is also recorded in Muslim and states that Hazrat Anas (ra) bin Malik relates
That when the coffin of Sa’d bin Mu’adh (ra) was placed before the Messenger (saw) of Allah, he (saw) said, “the throne of the Gracious God shook because of him.” While explaining these events with some further detail, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes:
“The wound which Hazrat Sa‘d (ra) bin Mu’adh, chief of the Aus tribe, “had sustained on the occasion of the Battle of the Ditch, “did not manage to fully heal despite tireless medical attention. “His wound would continue to tear after healing to some extent. “Since he was an exceptionally sincere Companion
“and the Holy Prophet (saw) was especially concerned for his medical treatment, “on the way back from the Battle of the Ditch, the Holy Prophet (saw) instructed “that he should be kept in a tent in the courtyard of the Mosque, “so that the Holy Prophet (saw) could easily check up on his progress.
“Thus, he was entrusted to the care of a Muslim lady by the name of Rufaidah, “who possessed expertise in medical treatment and nursing, “and would generally setup a camp in the veranda of the Mosque “in order to treat Muslims who had been wounded. “However, despite this extraordinary attention,
“the condition of Sa’d (ra) did not improve, “and it was during this particular time that the account of Banu Quraizah took place as well, “due to which he was made to endure extreme hardship and fatigue, “and his illness deteriorated even further. “During these very days, one night, Sa‘d (ra) supplicated with great emotion:
“‘O My Lord! You know well the intense desire in my heart “to partake in Jihad to defend Your religion in the face of that nation “who has rejected Your Messenger and exiled him from his homeland. “O My Master! I perceive that war has now come to an end between the Quraish and ourselves.
“However, if in Your estimation there is still more conflict, “then grant me enough respite that I may strive in Your cause through Jihad against them; “but if our fighting them has come to an end, I no longer desire to live, let me die a martyr.”
It is narrated that the very same night, the wound of Sa‘d (ra) tore open and there was so much blood loss that it began to flow out of the tent. When people rushed into the tent with concern, the condition of Sa‘d (ra) had seriously deteriorated.
And it was in this very state, Sa‘d (ra) breathed his last. The Holy Prophet (saw) was deeply saddened by the demise of Sa‘d (ra). Undoubtedly, in light of the circumstances of that era, the demise of Sa‘d (ra) was a loss which could not be compensated.
Sa‘d (ra) almost possessed the same status among the Ansar which Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) possessed among the Muhajireen. In his sincerity, in his sacrifice, in his service of Islam, in his love for the Holy Prophet (saw), this individual possessed such a lofty rank, which is attained only by a few.
His every movement demonstrated that love for Islam and the Founder of Islam was the nurture of his soul. Since he was the chief of his tribe, his example had a very deep and practical influence on the Ansar. It was only natural for the Holy Prophet (saw) to feel saddened
Upon the demise of such a worthy spiritual son. However, the Holy Prophet (saw) exhibited the highest level of patience and bowed his head before Divine Will with obedience and submission. When the funeral procession of Sa‘d (ra) was being lead to the graveyard,
Due to her love, his elderly mother lamented over him in somewhat of a loud voice. In this mourning, according to the custom of that time, various qualities of Sa‘d (ra) were mentioned. When the Holy Prophet (saw) heard the sounds of this lamentation,
Although he did not approve of the custom of lamentation in principle, he said, ‘Women who lament often utter a great deal of falsehood, but at this time, ‘whatever the mother of Sa‘d has said is true,’ i.e., whatever qualities have been attributed to Sa‘d (ra) are correct.
After this, the Holy Prophet (saw) lead the funeral prayer and accompanied the procession himself for the burial. The Holy Prophet (saw) remained there until the burial was complete and finally returned after he had prayed over the grave. It was perhaps during this time that on one occasion, the Holy Prophet (saw) said: ‘Upon the demise of Sa‘d, the throne of the Gracious God shook.’ This means that the mercy of God happily welcomed the soul of Sa‘d (ra) in the world of the hereafter. On one occasion, when the Holy Prophet (saw) received some pieces of silk cloth from somewhere as a gift,
A few Companions spoke of their soft and gentle texture with great amazement, and considered them to be out of the ordinary. The Holy Prophet (saw) responded, ‘Do you marvel at the softness of these cloths? ‘By God, the mantles of Sa‘d in paradise are far more soft and valuable than these.’
In the Ahadith which were mentioned before -of Bukhari and then Muslim – speak of handkerchiefs, however Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has translated this to mean cloths. In any case, according to the Arabic word which has been used, it can also mean cloth.
Hazrat Sa’d’s (ra) mother continuously recited the following couplet out of her grief: “The mother of Sa’d grieves the loss of Sa’d; an embodiment of intellect and valour, “an embodiment of bravery and civility. “What can be said of the grandeur of that time; a leader who filled all voids.” Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said: “Every woman who wails upon someone’s demise is a liar (i.e., unnecessarily over exaggerates) except the mother of Sa’d.” This reference is from Al-Tabaqatul Qubra. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) was of a heavy build and when his body was lifted, the hypocrites said that
“we have never seen the coffin of any man to be so light as that of Hazrat Sa`d (ra).” They continuously said that this was because of the decision he had made regarding the Banu Quraiza, i.e. they wished to present this in a negative light.
When the Holy Prophet (saw) was informed of this, he said, “by Him in Whose Hands in my life, “the reason you perceive the coffin of Sa`d to be light is because angels are carrying it.” According to another narration, the Holy Prophet (saw) said that,
“there are seventy thousand angels present at the funeral of Sa’d bin Mu’adh (ra), “who have never descended upon the earth until today.” It is narrated by Hazrat A’isha (ra) that “I saw the Holy Prophet (saw) “walking in front of the funeral procession of Hazrat Sa`d (ra) bin Mu`adh.”
Hazrat Abu Sa`eed Khudri (ra) relates, “I was among those who dug the grave of Hazrat Sa`d (ra) bin Mu`adh in Jannatul Baqi. “When we would dig some dirt, we could smell musk, until we had dug the entire grave. “The Holy Prophet (saw) arrived once we had finished digging the grave.
“The coffin of Hazrat Sa`d (ra) was placed beside the grave, “and the Holy Prophet (saw) led the funeral prayer.” The narrator says that “I saw so many people, that Jannatul Baqi was completely full.” Abdur Rahman bin Jabir relates from his father, “when Hazrat Sa`d’s (ra) grave was prepared,
“four people, Harith bin Aus, Usaid bin Hudair, Abu Naila Silkaan bin Salama “and Salama bin Salaama bin Wakhsh went down into the grave. “The Holy Prophet (saw) was standing towards the feet of Hazrat Sa`d (ra); “when Hazrat Sa`d’s (ra) body was lowered into the grave,
“the complexion of the Holy Prophet’s (saw) face changed. “He proclaimed SubhanAllah (Holy is Allah) three times; “all the companions repeated after him and said SubhanAllah three times “to the point that it echoed throughout Jannatul Baqi. “Then, the Holy Prophet (saw) proclaimed Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) three times;
“the companions repeated Allahu Akbar after him “to the point that the words echoed throughout Jannatul Baqi. “It was said to the Holy Prophet (saw), ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah, we saw that change in complexion on your countenance, “‘and you proclaimed SubhanAllah three times; “‘what was the reason for this?’
“The Holy Prophet (saw) replied saying, ‘The grave was narrow and Sa’d’s body was pressed in. ‘And if anyone was to be saved from this it was surely Sa`d. ‘Thus Allah Almighty expanded the grave for him’.” Miswar bin Rifa` Qurzi relates that
Hazrat Sa`d (ra) bin Mu`adh’s mother came to lower him into the grave but was told to return. The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “let her stay.” She came and saw Hazrat Sa`d (ra) in the grave before any bricks or soil was laid over the grave, and said, “I am certain you are with Allah.”
The Holy Prophet (saw) offered his condolences to Hazrat Sa`d’s (ra) mother by the grave and then sat to the side. When the Muslims placed the soil onto the grave, and made it even and sprinkled water over it,
The Holy Prophet (saw) returned beside the grave, stood there for some time, prayed, and then left. Hazrat A’isha (ra) narrates, “Aside from the Holy Prophet (saw) and two of his companions, “Hazrat Abur Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra), “no one’s departure was more difficult to bear for the Muslims
“than that of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu`adh.” Hazrat Sa`d (ra) bin Mu`adh was 37 years of age at the time of his demise. The Holy Prophet (saw) said to the mother of Hazrat Sa`d (ra) bin Mu`adh, “will your sorrow not end and will your tears not cease?
“For your son is the first person for whom Allah Almighty smiled and for whom His throne shook” When the Holy Prophet (saw) had buried Hazrat Sa`d (ra) and returned from his funeral, tears were flowing down to his beard. There is a narration of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) in which he said,
“no doubt I am weak, but there are three things in which I am resolute; (there were three things which he said about himself (that despite being weak, he was very firm in them and he acted upon them). “First, whatever I heard from the Holy Prophet (saw) I found to be true
“(he never had any reservations). “Second, I never let any thought other than that of prayer come into my mind while offering prayer, “until I had completed it (he offered prayer with great concentration). “Third, there was no funeral in which I would not put myself in place of the deceased and think,
“‘what will he say and what will be asked of him?’ “As if he was the one who was being questioned (he was mindful of the hereafter).” Hazrat A’isha (ra) used to say that “there were three people from the Ansar who were all from Banu Abd Ash`al,
“and except for the Holy Prophet (saw), no one was given superiority over them. “They were “Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu`adh (ra), Hazrat Usaid bin Hudair, and Hazrat Ibaad (ra) bin Bishr.” The next companion to be mentioned is Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas. Hazrat Sa’d (ra)’s title was Abu Ishaq.
His father’s name was Malik Uhaib, and according to other narrations was Malik bin Wuhaib. However, his father was more prominently known by his title of Abu Waqas, hence his name is Sa’d bin Abi Waqas. His mother’s name was Hamna bint Sufyan.
Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas belonged to the Banu Zuhrah from the Quraish. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas is among those ten companions whom the Holy Prophet (saw) gave glad-tidings of paradise during their lifetime. These ten companions are known as the Ashra Mubashra
And Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas was the last among them to pass away. All of these companions, i.e. the Ashra Mubashra were from among the Muhajireen [i.e. those who migrated from Mecca to Medina] and the Holy Prophet (saw) was pleased with them at the time of his demise.
In relation his acceptance of faith, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas relates: “The day I accepted Islam, no one else accepted Islam on that day. “I waited for seven days “and the condition at the time was such that I made up one third of the total Muslims,
“i.e. there were only three of us.” Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas states that he accepted Islam even before the obligatory prayers had been prescribed. Narrating the account of his acceptance of Islam, Hazrat Sa’d’s (ra) daughter relates that Hazrat Sa’d (ra) stated:
“I saw in a dream that it was extremely dark and I could not see anything. “Suddenly, I saw that the moon had arose and I began walking towards it. “However, I noticed that Hazrat Zaid (ra) bin Haritha, “Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) had started walking towards the moon before me.
“I asked them when did they reach and they replied that they just reached.” Hazrat Sa’d (ra) further states that by then he already knew that the Holy Prophet (saw) was discreetly inviting people to Islam. Thus, he went to Shaib Ajyaad to meet the Holy Prophet (saw).
Ajyaad is the name of a place situated next to the mountain of Saffa where the Holy Prophet (saw) used to graze sheep. The Holy Prophet (saw) had just finished his Asr prayer when Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas arrived and became a Muslim after doing the Bai’at.
The daughter of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas, Aisha bint Sa’d narrates: “I heard my father say that when he accepted Islam, he was 17 years old.” According to other narrations it is mentioned that when he accepted Islam he was 19 years old. From among the pioneer Muslims,
There were five individuals who accepted Islam owing to the preaching to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and later went on to become some of the most distinguished companions of a lofty status. The third person [out of these five] was Hazrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqas. This has been taken from Seerat Khatamun Nabiyeen,
Where it is stated that he was a youth when he accepted Islam, i.e. he was 19 years old at the time. He belonged to the Banu Zuhra tribe and was very brave and courageous. During the Caliphate of Hazrat Umar (ra) he conquered Iraq and passed away during the reign of Amir Muawiya.
Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas has recorded many narrations from the Holy Prophet (saw). Mus’ab, Hazrat Sa’d’s son, states that his father said to him: “My mother (i.e. Hazrat Sa’d’s mother) had made an oath “that she would never speak to him unless he abandons his faith” i.e. until he forsakes Islam.
Accordingly, she stopped eating and drinking. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) further stated: “My mother said to me: ‘You say that Allah the Almighty instructs you to show kindness to your parents. ‘I am your mother ‘and therefore I instruct you to leave this faith and listen to what I have to say’.”
The narrator states that she remained in this state [of without food and drink] for three days and due to extreme weakness she was in a state of semi consciousness. Her son, Amarah, went to bring water and gave it to her. When she regained consciousness she began to curse Hazrat Sa’d.
On this occasion Allah the Almighty revealed the following verse: ‘And We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents.’ The verse: ‘And We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents.’ is from Surah Al-Ankabut. Further in Surah Luqman it is stated: “And if they contend with thee to make thee set up equals with Me obey them not.” It is also mentioned: (ARABIC) “But be a kind companion to them in all worldly affairs.” If the question arises of associating partners with God Almighty, then one should not obey them.
This matter is then discussed here in detail, but as far as worldly relations is concerned, one must show them compassion. “But be a kind companion to them in all worldly affairs.” Hazrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqas (ra) states: “I loved my mother dearly” The first narration was from [Sahih] Muslim. From another source, it is mentioned in a book of history that Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas stated:
“I loved my mother dearly, but when I accepted Islam, “she said: ‘What sort of religion have you accepted. “Either you forsake this faith, “or else I will stop eating and drinking until death overtakes me.'” Hazrat Sa’d (ra) states that he said to his mother:
“My dear mother! Please do not do this, because I will never forsake my religion.” Hazrat Sa’d (ra) further narrates: “For one day and one night, “my mother did not eat or drink anything, “and as a result her health deteriorated.
“At this point I said to her: ‘By Allah! If you had a thousand lives, “and lost each of them, one after the other, I would still not abandon my faith.'” When his mother saw this reaction, she began to eat and drink. It was on this occasion that God Almighty revealed the following verse: “And if they contend with thee to make thee set up equals with Me concerning “which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not, “but be a kind companion to them in all worldly affairs.” The Holy Prophet (saw) would call Hazrat Sa’d (ra) his uncle.
On one occasion Hazrat Sa’d (ra) was approaching and on seeing him, the Holy Prophet (saw) said: “My uncle approaches, “how great indeed is he! If anyone has an uncle the likes of mine, let him show us.” Imam Tirmidhi has stated the reason for this was that
Just like the Holy Prophet’s mother belonged to the Banu Zuhra tribe, so did Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas. Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra) narrates that the Holy Prophet (saw) was standing on Mount Hira when it began shaking. The Holy Prophet (saw) then said,
“Remain still O Hira, for there is none upon this mount except for a Prophet, Siddique [truthful] “or a Shaheed [a martyr].” On the mount at the time stood the Holy Prophet (saw), Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), Hazrat Umar (ra), Hazrat Uthman (ra), Hazrat Ali (ra),
Hazrat Talha (ra) bin Ubaidillah, Hazrat Zubair (ra) bin Al-Awam, and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas. This narration is from [Sahih] Muslim. In the early days of Islam when the Muslims would pray in secrecy, on one occasion Hazrat Sa’d (ra) was offering prayers in one of the valleys around Mecca
Along with some other companions. The idolaters saw them and began making fun of the Muslims and criticising Islam, to the extent that it led to a quarrel. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) hit one of the idolaters over the head with a bone of a camel, with such force that his head was cut open.
Thus, this was the first blood that was shed in Islam. When the disbelievers of Mecca imposed a boycott on the Muslims and they were besieged in the Valley of Abu Talib. Hazrat Sa’d bin (ra) Abi Waqas was among the Muslims that suffered these hardships. Mentioning this incident in Seerat Khatamun Nabiyeen,
Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes: “To read about the difficulties and hardships that these detainees were compelled to “bear makes the body tremble. “Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) narrate “that sometimes, like animals, they survived by eating the leaves of wild trees. Sa‘d bin Abi Waqqas (ra) states
“that once, during the night, his foot fell upon something that seemed to be moist and soft “(perhaps it was the piece of a date). “At that time, he was in such a state of hunger that he immediately picked it up and swallowed it.
“He states that until this day I do not know what that thing was. “On another occasion, due to extreme hunger, when he found a dry piece of skin on the ground, “he took it, softened it and cleaned it with water, cooked it, and ate it.
“He spent three days in this state of divine hospitality.” When Allah the Almighty commanded the Muslims to migrate, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas also migrated to Medina and stayed with his brother Utbah bin Abi Waqas, who was an idolater.
Utbah had killed someone in Mecca and thus he fled to Medina and settled there. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) was amongst the first people to migrate. The Holy Prophet (saw) established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas and Hazrat Mus’ab (ra) bin Umair,
Whereas according to another narration the bond of brotherhood was established between Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Mu’adh. Maulana Ghulam Ali Sahib Saif has presented a justification for the difference between the two narrations. He states that [perhaps] in Mecca,
The bond of brotherhood was established with Hazrat Mus’ab (ra) bin Umair and in Medina it was established with Hazrat Sa’d bin Mu’adh. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas was a brave and skilled cavalier from among the Quraish. During battles, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas was one of the companions
Who were entrusted with responsibility of guarding the Holy Prophet (saw). Abu Ishaaq narrates that there were four powerful fighters among the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw): Hazrat Umar (ra), Hazrat Ali (ra), Hazrat Zubair (ra) and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas.
After the migration to Medina, the Muslims remained fearful of an attack by the disbelievers and owing to this apprehension, they found it difficult to sleep at night. The Holy Prophet (saw) would remain awake at night. In this regard, there is a narration by Hazrat Aisha (ra) in which she states:
“Upon arrival in Medina, on one night, the Holy Prophet (saw) had difficulty sleeping. “He then prayed: ‘If only a suitable man from among my companions were to stand guard.’” Hazrat Aisha (ra) further narrates: “We were still in this state when we heard the clanking of arms.
“The Holy Prophet (saw) enquired who it was. “The one who came responded: ‘It is I, Sa’d bin Abi Waqas.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) enquired as to why he had come, “to which he replied: ‘My heart was perturbed about you, therefore I came to stand guard.’
“The Holy Prophet (saw) prayed for Sa’d and then fell asleep.” This narration is mentioned in both Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, but the details of the prayer are not mentioned. However, Imam Tirmidhi has recorded the details of the prayer under the virtues of Hazrat Sa’d (ra).
In this narration, Hazrat Sa’d’s (ra) son, Qais narrates: “My father used to say that the Holy Prophet (saw) prayed for him in the following manner: ‘O Allah! Accept the prayer of Sa’d, whenever he prays to you’.” In Al-Kamal fi Asma ar-Rijaal, it is written that the Holy Prophet (saw) prayed:
“O Allah! May Sa’ds arrow always land on its target and accept his prayers.” Owing to this prayer of the Holy Prophet (saw), Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas was known for the acceptance of prayers. Once, a person accused Hazrat Sa’d (ra) of falsehood. Hazrat Sa’d (ra) prayed:
‘O Allah! If he [i.e. the accuser] is lying, then relinquish him of his sight, ‘may he live a long life and may he be struck with misfortune.’ Thus, that individual endured all three of these things. In one narration Qais bin Abi Hazim states: “Once, I was going to the market place in Medina.
“When I reached Hijar-ul-Zaid, “I saw a large crowd had gathered around an individual on a mount “who was cursing Hazrat Ali (ra). “In the meantime, Hazrat Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas came and stood amongst the people “and enquired about what was the cause of the commotion.
“The people replied that the individual was uttering profanities against Hazrat Ali (ra). “The people gave way for Hazrat Sa’d (ra) to move forwards “until he stood right in front of the individual and asked him: ‘Why are you cursing Hazrat Ali (ra)?’ “Did he not accept Islam from its inception?
“Was he not the first person to offer prayers alongside the Holy Prophet (saw)? “Is he not the most pious amongst the people? “Is he not the most knowledgeable amongst the people? “Did the Holy Prophet (saw) not give his daughter’s hand in marriage to him, “thereby granting him the honour of becoming his son-in-law?
“Was he not carrying the flag during the battles fought alongside the Holy Prophet (saw)?'” The narrator further states: “Hazrat Sa’d (ra) then turned to face the Qiblah, “and lifting his hands for prayer, he supplicated: ‘O Allah! If this individual has cursed one of the friends of Allah (i.e. Hazrat Ali (ra))
‘then make him a sign of your Power before this crowd disperses’.” This is a narration of Mustadrak and the narrator is Qais. He states: “By God! The crowd had not yet dispersed “when the mount he was riding caused him to fall.
“It placed its feet on his head and stamped on his head and crushed it, causing his death.” There is a similar account of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) standing guard on the occasion of the Battle of the Ditch just as he spent the night standing guard immediately after the Holy Prophet’s (saw) migration to Medina.
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “Hazrat A’isha (ra) narrates, “the Holy Prophet (saw) had become extremely tired from standing guard “and keeping vigilant in the nights. “The Holy Prophet (saw) would also stand on guard in the nights along with the other companions. “When his body could no longer bear the intense cold temperature,
“the Holy Prophet (saw) would return and lay down beside me in a blanket “and as soon as his body would warm, he would return to guard the damaged part of the ditch. “Having not slept continuously for many days, “the Holy Prophet (saw) one day became extremely exhausted
“and wished some devoted Muslim would come “and he could sleep in ease. “Soon he heard a voice. It was Sa’d (ra) bin Abi Waqas. “The Holy Prophet (saw) asked him why he had come. ‘To stand guard for you,’ said Sa’d (ra). “There is no need to stand guard for me,” said the Holy Prophet (saw)
“A part of the ditch is damaged. Go and guard it so that the Muslims may be safe.” “And so Sa’d (ra) went, and the Holy Prophet (saw) was able to sleep for a short while’.” The remaining accounts of Hazrat Sa’d (ra) will be related in the future sermon, God willing.
Now, I will lead the funeral prayer in absentia for three deceased members. The first is of respected Master Abdus Sami Khan Kathigri, who passed away on 6th July in Rabwah: “To Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.” The deceased was born in 1937 in Qadian. His father, Abdul Raheem Sahib Kathigri
Was among the longstanding members who have served the community. His grandfather, Hazrat Chaudhry Abdus Salaam Khan Sahib Kathigri was a companion and had the honour of doing Bai’at at the blessed hands of the Promised Messiah (as) in 1903. Master Sami Sahib acquired his primary education in Qadian
And did his matriculation exams in Rabwah having migrated there after the partition. He has one son and one daughter and his wife passed away a few years ago. After completing his BSc in 1960, he began to teach in Talim-ul-Islam school on a voluntary basis
And after completing his BEd in 1962 he was formally appointed as a teacher. In 1969 he completed his MEd from the Punjab University Lahore and became a senior teacher. In 1970 he was appointed as the headmaster of Talim-ul-Islam High School in Rabwah. However, the school was then nationalised
And since the schools were nationalised, he was then transferred by the government in 1970 to another school. Thereafter, he taught in various schools. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the Zaim of Ansarullah; and from 2013 to 2016, he had the opportunity to serve as the local president for Dar-ul-Rehmat Sharqi.
He was also my teacher and would teach in a very excellent manner. He would always have a kind expression on his face and would explain in a very excellent manner. May Allah the Almighty grant him His forgiveness and mercy and elevate his station.
May He enable his progeny to also remain attached with the Jama’at and Khilafat. The next funeral is of respected Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib, who passed away on 28th May at the age of 83: “To Allah we belong and to Him shall we return”
He was the son of respected Syed Sadiq Ali Sahib and Syeda Salma Beghum Sahiba, daughter of Syed Mehboob Alim Bihari Sahib. He was born in the blessed village of Qadian and grew up in its pure and holy environment. His father, Syed Sadiq Ali Sahib of Sihranpur
Took the Bai’at at the blessed hands of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra). Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib’s maternal grandfather, Hazrat Syed Mehboob Alim Sahib Bihari was honoured with martyrdom after being shot by an opponent on 19 September 1947 during the time of partition. The brother of Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib’s maternal grandfather,
Hazrat Syed Mehboob Alim Sahib served as the auditor of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya. He also had the honour of walking by foot from Bihar to Qadian in order to do the Bai’at. Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib also had the opportunity to serve as the local president of the Earlsfield Jama’at.
After taking retirement, he also had the opportunity to serve for sixteen years as a volunteer in respected Amir Sahib UK’s office. He rendered his duty in an extremely diligent manner. His expression would always reflect kindness and had a very light-hearted nature. He would carry out his work very attentively
And would never work in a way whereby he would become overwhelmed or cause distress to others. In fact, he would try to work in a manner whereby he would try to personally do all the work and even help others in their work as well.
His marriage took place in 1968 with respected A’isha Sadiq Sahiba, daughter of Babu Muhammad Alim Sahib, who worked as a station master. While in Rabwah, his wife also had the opportunity to serve in various departments of the auxiliary organisation of Lajna. Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib had two sons and two daughters.
One of his sons, Dr Kaleemullah Sadiq Sahib does a lot of volunteer work in MTA. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib was very regular in his Tahajjud. When he travelled to perform the Umrah, he was suffering severe knee problems
And his wife states that despite being provided with a wheelchair, he stated that he wanted to attain the rewards of Umrah and will perform it by foot. Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib was also very mindful of paying his Chandas. Many people, including his children, have written to me about his various qualities.
No doubt children mention the qualities – and the manner in which his children are, MashAllah, attached to the Jama’at, it is evident that Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib instilled the love of Khilafat and the Jama’at in his children’s hearts and has raised them up in an excellent manner.
However, as the Holy Prophet (saw) has stated that one’s neighbours, acquaintances are the ones who truly testify a person’s piety and conduct and this indeed has been fulfilled in Syed Mujeebullah Sadiq Sahib. He not only helped his non-Ahmadi neighbours himself but also encouraged his children to help them as well.
Upon his demise, these neighbours were extremely sad. Similarly, all of his colleagues in the office have particularly mentioned his qualities of possessing a good nature, working with great dedication and attention and also assisting his fellow work colleagues. He did his own work and also helped serve others as well,
For example he would even make the tea himself offer it to them. When I moved to Islamabad last year, he was very concerned as to how he will be able to offer his Friday prayers behind me and also shared his concern with me as well during a Mulaqat. However, I assured him that,
God willing, the Friday prayers will mostly be offered in Baitul Futuh and whenever its offered in Islamabad then he could come here. Upon hearing this, his face lit up with joy. In order to keep his children close to the mosque, after the migration of Hazrat Khalifatul Maish IV (rh),
He purchased a house close to Masjid Fazl and would daily travel for an hour for work himself but so long as his children remain attached to the mosque. This was the same concern he had now as well that by moving far away, how would he be able to offer his Friday prayers.
In any case, he was an extremely devout and pious individual. He lived his life with utmost loyalty and dedication and tried to instil this amongst his children as well. May Allah the Almighty grant him His mercy and forgiveness and elevate his station.
May He also enable his children to remain attached to Khilafat and the Jama’at according to his expectation, in fact even beyond that. May Allah the Almighty also keep his wife in His protection and grant her the means of comfort and peace.
The details of the third funeral have already been mentioned in a previous sermon but was not offered last week. The funeral is of Rana Naeemuddin Sahib who served the Jama’at for a long time and was also an Aseer Rahe Maula [prisoned due to his faith].
I will also lead his funeral prayer after the Friday prayers along with the other funerals, God willing. May Allah the Almighty grant them all His forgiveness and mercy. 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.