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Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | April 12, 2019

Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2019

Peace be upon you all. 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 be upon you all,

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah He is alone 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 name of the first of the badri companions that I will mention today is Hazrat Hussain bin Haris. His mother’s name was Suhaila bint Khazai and he belonged to Banu Muttalib bin ‘Abdi Manaaf tribe.

He migrated to Medina along with his two brothers, Hazrat Tufail and Hazrat ‘Ubaidah. Hazrat Mistah bin Asasah and Hazrat ‘Abbaad bin Muttalib also accompanied them. While in Medina, he stayed at the house of Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Salama ‘Ajlaani. According to a narration by Muhammad bin Ishaq, the Holy Prophet (saw) established

A bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Hussain and Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Jubair. Hazrat Hussain participated in all of the battles alongside the Holy Prophet (saw) including the Battles of Badr and Uhud. The two brothers of Hazrat Hussain – Hazrat ‘Ubaidah and Hazrat Tufail – also participated in the Battle of Badr.

Hazrat Hussain passed away in 32 A.H. The name of Hazrat Hussain’s son was ‘Abdullah, while his daughters were Khadija and Hind, and they also accepted Islam. At the occasion of the Battle of Khayber, the Holy Prophet (saw) gave grains weighing 100 wasaq to both of them.

1 Wasaq equals 60 saa’, and 1 saa’ is equal to 2.5 kg. Thus, the Holy Prophet (saw) gave them grains weighing almost 375 maund [equivalent to about approximately 13,500 kg] due to His regard for their father. The next companion is Hazrat Safwan (ra). His father’s name was Wahab bin Rabi’ah.

The title of Hazrat Safwan was Abu ‘Amr. He belonged to the tribe of Banu Haris bin Fehr. His father’s name was Wahab bin Rabi’ah. In one of the narrations, his father’s name has also been recorded as “Wuhaib”. His mother’s name was Daad bint Hajdam, who was known as “Baidaa”.

For this reason, Hazrat Safwan was also referred to as Ibn Baidaa [the son of Baidaa]. He was the brother of Hazrat Sahl and Hazrat Suhail. These two brothers are different from Sahl and Suhail, from whom the Holy Prophet (saw) bought a plot of land for the Masjid-e-Nabawi.

The Holy Prophet (saw) established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Safwan and Hazrat Rafe’ bin Mu’alla. According to another narration, the bond was established with Hazrat Rafe’ bin ‘Ajlaan. Various opinions also exist regarding his demise. According to some, he was martyred by Tu’aimah bin ‘Adi during the Battle of Badr.

According to another narration he was not martyred during the Battle of Badr, rather he participated in all of the battles alongside the Holy Prophet (saw) including the Battles of Badr. With regards to Hazrat Safwan, it is also reported in one narration that he returned to Mecca

After the Battle of Badr and after some time migrated back again. We also find a narration which stated that he stayed in Mecca until the Victory of Mecca. Hazrat Ibn Abbas narrates that, “The Holy Prophet (saw) “included him in the Campaign of ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh and sent him towards Abwaa.”

According to various narrations, he is reported to have passed away in 18, 30 or 38 A.H. In any case, it is evident from all narrations that he was a badri companion. The next companion to be mentioned is Hazrat Mubashir bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir.

His father’s name was ‘Abd-ul-Munzir and his mother name was Nasiba bint Zaid. He belonged to Banu ‘Amr bin ‘Auf clan of the Aus tribe. The Holy Prophet (saw) formed a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Mubashir bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir and Hazrat ‘Aqil bin Abu Bukair.

According to some narrations the Holy Prophet (saw) formed a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat ‘Aqil bin Abu Bukair (ra) and Hazrat Mujazzir bin Ziad. Nevertheless, Hazrat Mubashir participated in the Battle of Badr and was martyred during the battle. Hazrat Sa’ib bin Abu Lubaba – who was the son of Hazrat Mubashir’s brother,

Abu Lubaba narrates that, “The Holy Prophet (saw) allotted a share of the spoils of war “to Hazrat Mubashir bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir and Ma’an bin ‘Adi brought his share to us.” His brother and his nephews also received a share. At the time of the migration to Medina, from among the ‘Muhajireen’,

Hazrat Abu Salama bin ‘Abd-il-Asad, Hazrat ‘Amir bin Rabi’ah, Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Jahash and his brother Hazrat Abu Ahmad bin Jahash, stayed with Hazrat Mubashir bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir at Quba. Following this, the ‘Muhajireen’ started coming there in great numbers. Hazrat Mubashir bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir participated in the Battle of Badr along with his two brothers,

Hazrat Abu Lubaba bin ‘Abdil Munzir and Hazrat Rafa’ah bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir. Hazrat Rafa’ah participated in the pledge at ‘Aqba along with 70 companions and he also participated in the Battles of Badr and Uhud. He was martyred on the day of Uhud. When the Holy Prophet (saw) set off for the Battle of Badr,

He appointed Hazrat Abu Lubaba as the administrator of Medina and sent him back from Rauha. As has previously been mentioned, Rauha is the name of a place, which is located at a distance of forty miles from Medina. However, the Holy Prophet (saw) allotted a share for him of the spoils of war.

‘Allama Ibn Ishaq states that, “Hazrat Mubashir bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir “belonged to Banu ‘Amr bin ‘Auf tribe. “He was among the Ansari [Muslims native to Medina] companions “who were martyred during the Battle of Badr.” Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Haram relates, “I saw a dream before the Battle of Uhud

“that Hazrat Mubashir bin ‘Abd-il-Munzir is saying to me that I will join them in a few days. “I asked him, ‘Where are you?’ Upon this, he said, ‘We are in heaven. ‘We eat and drink wherever we desire.’ “I asked him, was he not martyred during the Battle of Badr?

“He replied: ‘Indeed, I was certainly martyred, however, I was revived once again.’” This companion mentioned this dream to the Holy Prophet (saw), upon which the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “O Abu Jabir! This is the reality of martyrdom.” A martyr returns to Allah and roams around freely.

While mentioning the companions that were martyred during the Battle of Badr, ‘Allama Zarqani writes, “Two companions belonged to the tribe of Aus. One of them was Hazrat Sa’d bin Khaithama. “Some say that Tu’aima bin ‘Adi martyred him, whereas others say that “‘Amr bin ‘Abdi Wudd martyred him.”

Samwoodi has written in his book “Wafa” that, “According to the statements of historians “it becomes evident that apart from Hazrat ‘Ubaida, “the companions that were martyred during the Battle of Badr were also buried there. “Hazrat ‘Ubaida passed away a little later and as such, he was buried in Safra or Rauha.”

With the support of authentic narrators, Tibrani has related an incident on authority of Ibn Mas’ud in which he stated, “God will most certainly place the souls “of the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) that were martyred on the day of Badr

“among the green birds in heaven and they will eat and drink therein wherever they please. “They will be in this very state when their Lord will appear before them and say to them, “‘O My servants! What do you desire?’ Upon this, they will say,

‘O our Lord! Is there anything greater than the fact that we have already entered heaven?’ “God Almighty will then ask, ‘What do you desire?’ “On the fourth occasion of asking, the companions would say, ‘Return our souls to our bodies, so we can be martyred again

‘in the same manner as we were martyred before.’” The next companion to be mentioned is Hazrat Warqa bin Ayas. There is a difference of opinion about his name. Other than ‘Warqa’, his name has also been recorded as ‘Wadfa’ and ‘Wadqa’. His father’s name was Ayas bin Amr.

He was from the Banu Lozaan bin Ghanam clan of the Khazraj tribe. According to a narration by ‘Alama bin Ishaaq, Hazrat Warqa had the opportunity to participate in the Battle of Badr along with two of his brothers; Hazrat Rabee’ and Hazrat Amr.

Apart from the Battle of Badr, Hazrat Warqa participated in the Battle of Uhud, the Battle of Khandaq and all other battles alongside the Holy Prophet (saw). He was martyred in 11 A.H, in the Battle of Yamama during the Caliphate of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).

The next companion that will be mentioned is Hazrat Muhriz bin Nadhlah (ra) is. His father’s name was Nadhlah bin ‘Abdullah, but according to a different narration, his name was Wahab. His title was Abu Nadhlah. He had a fair complexion and a beautiful countenance.

He was also known by the titles of Fuhaira and Akhram. He was a confederate of the Banu ‘Abd Shams whereas ‘Abdul Al-Ash’al tribe claimed to be his confederates as well. Hazrat Muhriz was known as Muhriz or Akram and he was from a Meccan tribe called Banu Ghanam bin Dudan.

After accepting Islam, the women and men of this tribe were able to migrate to Medina, and Hazrat Muhriz bin Nadhlah was amongst these migrants. Waaqdi states, “I heard from Ibrahim bin Isma’eel that on the Day of Sarh,”

This is the name of the Battle of Zee Qard and the Battle of Al-Ghabah which occurred in six Hijri “other than Hazrat Muhriz bin Nadhlahh, “no one from the house of Banu ‘Abd Al-Ash’al participated in it. “He was riding Hazrat Muhammad bin Muslamah’s horse. “The name of this horse was Zul-Lama’.”

The Messenger of Allah (saw) had established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Muhriz bin Nadhlahh and Hazrat ‘Amarah bin Hazam. He participated in the Battle of Badr, Uhud and Khandaq. Salih bin Qisaan narrates, “Hazrat Muhriz bin Nadhlahh said that,

‘I saw in a dream that the heavens were made to open up for me ‘and I entered and reached the seventh heaven. Then I arrived at the Sidratul Muntaha. ‘I was informed that this is your destination.’ “Hazrat Muhriz (ra) states, ‘This companion mentioned this dream to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)

‘who was an expert in the interpretation of dreams.’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) stated, ‘Rejoice at the glad tidings of martyrdom.’” After this dream, he attained martyrdom. He set off on the Day of Sarh alongside the Holy Prophet (saw) for the Battle of Al-Ghabah,

Also known as Ghazwah Zi Qard which took place in 6 A.H. Amr bin ‘Uthman Jahshi narrates an incident from his forefathers, “Hazrat Muhriz bin Nadhlahh (ra) was 31or 32 years old when he participated in the Battle of Badr,

“and he was close to 37 or 38 years of age at the time of his martyrdom.” The incident of his martyrdom is mentioned in the following manner; while sharing narration about Ghazwah Zi Qard, Hazrat Ayas bin Salma states, “My father informed me that after the Treaty of Hudaibiyah,

“we departed for Medina and stopped at one place. “There was a mount situated between us and the Banu Lihyaan tribe, who were idolaters. “The Holy Prophet (saw) prayed for the person who would spend the night treading the mountain,

“that is, one who would keep an eye out and stand guard for the Holy Prophet (saw) “and the other companions overnight.” Meaning that he would climb the mountain to ensure that no enemy forces attacked. Hazrat Salmah bin Akwa’ says that, “In the evening, I climbed up the mount two or three times.

“Later on we arrived at Medina.” He further says, “The Holy Prophet (saw) sent his camels with Rubaah, “who was a servant of the Holy Prophet. “I mounted Hazrat Talha’s horse and went with him to enable the camels to drink water. “In the morning, ‘Abdur-Rahman Fazaari attacked the camels of the Holy Prophet (saw).

“There was an enemy tribe with them. “They stole the camels belonging to the Holy Prophet (saw) and killed the shepherds.” The narrator further says, “I told Rubaah, ‘O Rubaah! Take this horse to Talhah bin ‘Ubaidullah ‘and inform the Holy Prophet (saw) that the idolaters had stolen his animals.’

“Then I stood on a sand-dune facing Medina and repeated three times, ‘Ya Sabaaha, Ya Sabaaha!’ “The Arabs used to proclaim these words if they saw an enemy return to attack again. “They would raise this as a slogan, connoting a cry for nearby forces to assemble immediately

“and come to the army’s aid to take on the enemy and cause them to flee. “Some have said that it was a rule among the warriors that at nightfall “they would put down their arms and retire to their encampments – “this is another narration about the term Sabaaha –

“and the next day it was used to let the warriors know that “it was morning and they should prepare for battle once again.” This explanation is found in ‘Lughaat-ul-Hadeeth.’ Nonetheless, he [the narrator] says, “I followed in search of them, casting arrows at them “and repeating the couplet poetry, (Arabic)

“Meaning, ‘I am the son of Al-Akwa’; today is the day where all scoundrels will perish!’ “And so, each person I encountered from among them [the thieves] “I would cast an arrow into the camel carriage “until the tip of the arrow reached the rider’s shoulder.

“I would then say, (Arabic) ‘Take that! I am the son of Al-Akwa’; ‘today is the day where all scoundrels will perish.’” He goes on, “I swear by God, I kept hitting them with arrows and injuring them,

“and if any of the cavaliers rode toward me, I would head toward a tree and sit under it.” I.e. I would hide behind the tree and keep shooting arrows at the person until he was injured. “This continued until they reached a narrow passage in a mount and entered it.

“I climbed on top of the mount and began throwing rocks at them.” The people fleeing were the ones who looted the animals belonging to the Holy Prophet (saw) all the while Hazrat Salmah was alone. Initially he pursued them with arrows, after which he says,

“When I reached the valley, I began throwing rocks, and I continued to pursue them “like this until there was no camel belonging to the Holy Prophet (saw) which had not been saved,” meaning that because of the narrow valley, they had to leave the animals behind.

“The thieves ran ahead, leaving the camels between them and myself. “I then continued to pursue them with arrows until they dropped more than 30 blankets “and over 30 spears to lighten their load.” Meaning that the people who were fleeing had already abandoned their camels

But were now also leaving behind their belongings so that they could run with more ease. He further says, “Whatever things they left behind, “I kept placing a rock upon it as a sign so that “the Holy Prophet (saw) and his companions would recognize it.

“They kept running until they reached a narrow valley in which “they encountered one of the sons of Badar Fazaari. “They sat down and began eating, and I took a seat on a nearby mount. “Fazaari asked them, ‘Who was that man?’ “They explained, ‘By God! This man has troubled us a great deal.

“He has been continuously pursuing us since morning, “to the extent that he has taken everything from us.” The man advised that four of the thieves should go toward him. Hazrat Salmah recounts, “Four men from among them climbed the mount in my direction.

“When they reached close enough to me that I could speak to them, I asked them, “‘Do you know who I am?’ They answered, ‘No. who are you?’ “I answered that, ‘I am Salmah bin Akwa’. “He went on addressing the disbelievers, ‘I swear by Him Who has honoured the Holy Prophet (saw)

‘that I can overpower anyone from among you who I wish to. ‘However, if any one of you wishes to overpower me, he cannot do so.’ “One of the four men who had approached him become particularly frightened, said, ‘I think he is right.’

“The four returned to their place and I remained sitting where I was “until I saw the horses of the Holy Prophet (saw) approaching from between the trees. “The first person I saw was Akhram Asadi, and behind him was Abu Qattaadah Ansari, “and behind him was Miqdaad bin Aswad Qundi.

“I grabbed hold of the saddle of Akhram.” i.e. Hazrat Muhriz’s horse, and the enemies turned their backs and dispersed in every direction. There is some confusion here. I think that the others who were there and had sat down to eat food, when they saw that these people

[I.e. the Muslims] have drawn even closer to them, they turned their backs and ran away. He says, “I said, ‘O Akhram [meaning Hazrat Muhriz], “save yourself from them so they do not kill you, “[especially] until the Holy Prophet (saw) and his companions arrive [for support].”

He replied, “O Salmah! If you believe in Allah and the Day of Judgement, “and you know paradise is true and that the fire [meaning the hellfire] is a reality, “then do not stand between myself and martyrdom. “I left him, until he – meaning Akhram – “and ‘Abdur-Rahman leapt into battle against each other.

“They injured ‘Abdur-Rahman along with his horse, and ‘Abdur-Rahman threw a spear at Akhram.” That is, Hazrat Muhriz, and martyred him. “He then mounted his horse and turned to go back and join his own people. “From among those who were coming with the Holy Prophet (saw), Abu Qattaadah pursued Abdur-Rahman.

“Abu Qataadah caught him and killed him with his spear, “for the reason that he had martyred Hazrat Muhriz. “He goes on to say, ‘I swear by Him Who has granted honour to the Holy Prophet (saw) that ‘I continued to follow them on foot,

‘but I kept going until I could not see any of the Holy Prophet’s (saw) companions – ‘not even the dust from their movement – behind me. That is how far ahead I was. ‘This continued until they reached a narrow passage where there was water, ‘which they called Zee Qard.

‘The people, who were perpetrators of theft and had looted, wanted to stop for water, ‘as they were thirsty. ‘However, they saw me pursuing them, and this caused them to flee form there as well, ‘and they were unable to drink even a drop from it.

‘They rushed towards another narrow passage and I also pursued them closely. ‘Whoever from among them I was able to get alone, referring to when I kept pursuing them stealthily, ‘I would pierce an arrow into his shoulder-bone, saying, ‘Take that! I am the son of Al-Akwa’;

‘today is the day where all scoundrels will perish!’” He says that, “One of the idolaters being chased exclaimed, ‘Woe be to Akwa! Is this the same Akwa’ that attacked us in the morning?’ “His constant attacks which were injuring them caused one of them to exclaim,

‘Is this the same Akwa’ who had been chasing them since the morning?’ “Akwa’ announced loudly, ‘O enemies of your own selves! ‘It is the very same Akwa’ from the morning!’ “They consequently left two of their horses behind in the narrow passage. “I brought the two horses back to the Holy Prophet (saw).

“I encountered Aamir, who gave me a bowl filled with milk mixed with water “and an another filled with water. “I performed the ablution and also quenched my thirst. “I then arrived in the presence of the Holy Prophet (saw) who was standing

“at the source of water wherefrom I had chased the looters away that morning.” The Holy Prophet (saw) had already reached that location. “I saw that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) took the camels and everything else “which I had retrieved form the idolaters, “and Hazrat Bilal slaughtered a camel from among the camels

“that I had taken back from the thieves. “He was cooking liver and the hump-meat of the camel for the Holy Prophet (saw). “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! ‘Grant me permission to select 100 men from the army of people who have come with you,

‘so that I can pursue the thieves and kill them all. ‘Not a single person form among them shall remain to tell their tribe what transpired.’” He said this about those who had come and looted the property of the Muslims and were going to run away with it.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) laughed so energetically that the white of his blessed teeth “became visible in the light of the fire. “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “O Salmah! Do you really think you can do this? “That you can really kill them even before they arrive back home?”

“I said, ‘I swear by the One Who has granted you honour!’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, ‘By now they would have reached ‘the outskirts of Ghatfan.’” In another narration, it is said that when Hazrat Salma bin Akwa sought permission

From the Holy Prophet (saw) to go in pursuit of the idolaters, the Holy Prophet (saw) replied, “(Arabic) – O ibn Akwa! You have overcome them, now let them be.” I. e. there was no point in going after them and killing them, instead he should forgive them.

Thus, Hazrat Salma bin Akwa (ra) continuously battled with them on his own. Later, when Hazat Muhriz (ra) came, the bandits launched an attack, either secretly or through other means, and martyred him. Initially, Hazrat Salma bin Akwa (ra) took hold of Hazrat Muhriz’s horse and caused the enemy to disperse,

However they again launched an attack and martyred Hazrat Muhriz (ra). Therefore, from this incident we learn of the account of Hazrat Muhriz (ra)’s martyrdom and secondly the bravery of Hazrat Salma bin Akwa (ra) and his knowledge of warfare

And combat as a result of which he was able to retrieve all of the possessions from the bandits. However, most importantly from this we can observe the excellent example of the Holy Prophet (saw) in that when Hazrat Salman bin Akwa (ra) sought permission to go in pursuit of the bandits even

After he had recovered all the stolen items and possessions, the Holy Prophet (saw) however did not grant him permission because they had recovered all their possessions and thus there was no need. The reason for this was because the Holy Prophet (saw) did not wish to engage in any battle or bloodshed.

Thus, since all the stolen items had been recovered and the culprits ran away with some of their men having sustained injuries as well, the Holy Prophet (saw) therefore did not further pursue the matter and avoided any further conflict or fighting. Nonetheless, he further relates,

“During the course of this conversation in which the Holy Prophet (saw) was saying “to not pursue them and to let them go, “an individual from among the Bani Ghatfan tribe came and said that so “and so individual had slaughtered a camel for them,

“however while he was preparing it and taking of its skin, “they noticed a cloud of dust and thus they fled from there as well. “The next morning, the Holy Prophet (saw) stated, ‘Amongst us today, “our most skilled rider is Abu Qatada (ra) and the most excellent foot solider is Salma (ra).”

That is among those who engaged in battle whilst on foot and this was because Salma had caused the enemy great difficultly. He further relates, “The Holy Prophet (saw) granted me with a double share of the reward; “one for a rider and the other for a foot soldier.

“Also, upon returning to Medina, the Holy Prophet (saw) placed me behind him “on his camel called Asbaa. “Whilst travelling back to Medina, one of the Ansar whom no one could outrun in a race, “offered a challenge if anyone wanted to compete with him in a race back to Medina.”

Despite undergoing great hardship from the enemy and engaging in battles, the companions (ra) also took part in light-hearted moments by offering one another to simple challenges. This allowed them to pass time and also alleviate the constant mental strain they had to endure from the enemy.

In any case, he offered a challenge to compete with him in a race. He further relates, “He repeated this challenge several times and when I heard this, “I said in a light-hearted manner: ‘Do you not have any respect for your elders? Do you not have any fear of them?’

“To which he replied, ‘No, except for the Holy Prophet (saw).’ “I said to the Holy Prophet (saw), ‘O Prophet (saw) of Allah! ‘May my parents be sacrificed for your sake, allow me to compete with him.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, ‘Go ahead if you wish to.’

“I therefore accepted his challenge and turned my feet and jumped off and started to run. “I ran after him for some distance but then in order to conserve my energy, “I slowed down whilst chasing after him.

“I again began to sprint and caught up with this individual who was the fastest runner in Medina. “Upon catching up with him, I punched him between his shoulders and said, ‘By God, you have been left behind.’” Another narrator says, “I believe he said that he remained ahead of him till Medina

“and then they stayed three nights there “and then set off to Khaybar in the company of the Holy Prophet (saw).” Tabari has recorded some details in relation to this expedition. Hazrat Asim bin Amr bin Qatada (ra) relates, “The very first horse which reached the enemy

“belonged to Hazrat Muhriz bin Nazlah (ra) who was from the Banu Asad bin Huzaima tribe.” Hazrat Muhriz bin Nazlah (ra) was also known by the names of Akhram and Qumair. When a call was made to gather people together in fear of the enemy’s attack,

Hazrat Mahmood bin Maslmah’s horse, which was tied in his garden at the time, jumped up and began to run upon hearing the neighing sounds of the other horses. This was an excellent and well-trained horse.

When the women of the Banu Abdil Ash’al tribe saw this tied up horse jump and leap in this manner, they said to Hazrat Muhriz bin Nazlah (ra): “O Qumair! “Do you possesses the strength to ride on this horse despite seeing the condition

“that it is in and reach the Holy Prophet (saw) and his companions?” Hazrat Muhriz (ra) replied in the affirmative and said he was ready. The women then handed the horse over to him and he rode off on it.

Hazrat Muhriz (ra) loosened the reigns of the horse to the point that he caught up with the companions who were traveling in the company of the Holy Prophet (saw). Hazrat Muhriz (ra) went ahead of them and then whilst standing before them, he said,

“O small party of men! Wait here so that the other Muhajireen and Ansar “who are still behind can join you.” The narrator states that, “One of the enemies then launched an attack “and martyred Hazrat Muhriz (ra). “The horse he was riding on then began to run uncontrollably

“and no one was able to overpower it, to the point that it returned to the houses of Abdil Ash’al “and stood calmly by the rope it was originally tied to.” Apart from Hazrat Muhriz (ra), no one else was martyred on that day from among the Muslims.

According to the narration of Sahih Muslim, the horse’s name was Dhul Lama and it belonged to Hazrat Muhammad bin Maslamah. However, according to another narration, Hazrat Muhriz bin Nazlah was martyred while riding on the horse of Hazrat Okasha bin Mihsan.

The horse was known as Jannah and other animals were also freed from the thieves. The Holy Prophet (saw) travelled to the mountain of Ghazwah Dhi Qurd and stopped there for one day and one night. It was here that other companions were able to join him.

Salma bin Akwa submitted to the Holy Prophet (saw), “O Messenger (saw) of Allah! “If you send a hundred men with me, we will also be able to free the remaining animals from them “and will strangle the necks of the enemy.” The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, “Where will you go because by now

“they are probably drinking the wine of Ghatfan.” Thereafter, the Holy Prophet (saw) divided them into groups of a hundred each and distributed camels amongst them to eat. The Holy Prophet (saw) then returned to Medina. The Holy Prophet (saw) did not go in pursuit of the enemy

And left them and Hazrat Muhriz was the only person who was martyred. According to another narration, “Hazrat Muhriz (ra) was the first martyr among the horse riders.” This is also mentioned in the narration that was quoted initially. The next companion is Hazrat Suwaibit bin Sa’d, who was also known as Suwaibit bin Harmala.

His name is also reported to be Suwait bin Harmala and Saleet bin Harmala. Hazrat Suwaibit belonged to the tribe of Banu Abd Dar. His mother’s name was Hunaida and he was from amongst the early Muslims. Many of the historians have counted him amongst those companions who migrated towards Abyssinia.

Hazrat Suwaibit migrated to Medina and stayed at the house of Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma Ajlaani. The Holy Prophet (saw) established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Suwait and Hazrat Aaiz bin Maaiz. Hazrat Suwaibit (ra) took part in the Battles of Badr and Uhud.

Hazrat Umme Salma relates, “One year prior to the demise of the Holy Prophet (saw), “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) travelled to Busra, “which is a city situated in Syria, for the purpose of trade. “Nuaiman and Suwaibit bin Harmala also accompanied him during this journey “and both took part in the Battle of Badr.

“Nuaiman was appointed to oversee the provisions of the travel for the entire caravan. “Suwaibit, who had a little humour in his disposition, asked Nuaiman to give him food.” He was appointed to look after the food of the caravan they took with them for the journey.

“Nuaiman replied that he will not give out food until Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) returned. “Suwaibit responded that if he did not give him any food then he will cause him grief.” This has briefly been mentioned before as well. Whilst on their journey, they passed by a tribe and Hazrat Suwaibit asked them

If they would like to purchase his slave and the people of the tribe agreed. Hazrat Suwaibit then said, “O people of the tribe! “Remember however that he is a slave that speaks and he will continue to say that he is a free man.

“When he repeatedly says this, do not leave him and ruin this transaction.” They replied that this will not be the case and that they wish to purchase the servant and bought him for 10 camels. They then came to Hazrat Nu’aiman and placed a cloth or rope around his neck.

Nu’aiman said, “He is joking with you, I am a free man and not a slave.” They replied, “He already warned us that you would say this,” hence they took him away. When Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) returned and people narrated the incident about Nu’aiman to him, he went after that tribe.

Hazrat Abu Bakr returned their camels to them and brought back Nu’aiman. He said to them that he is a free man and not a slave, and that it was a joke. The companions would joke with one another in this manner.

Nonetheless, when the group returned and informed the Holy Prophet (saw) of the incident, the narrator of the account mentioned that the Holy Prophet (saw) laughed audibly. The Holy Prophet (saw) and his companions would continuously remember the incident for an entire year and this joke became widely known.

In the aforementioned incident there is a small difference in certain narrations; in some books it is written that the one who sold the slave was not Hazrat Suwaibit, rather it was Hazrat Nu’aiman. Having narrated the incidents of the Companions, I would like to briefly speak about the revelation of the Promised Messiah (as);

(Arabic). That is, “Enlarge your abode.” The Promised Messiah (as) was vouchsafed this revelation at different times. The Promised Messiah (as) says that initially when God Almighty granted him the revelation of “Enlarge your abode”, only a two or three people would come to meet him and sit in his gatherings,

Nor did many people know of him. Subsequently the Promised Messiah (as) received many other revelations and alongside them, the revelation of “Enlarge your abode” was revealed to him on several occasions. In the other revelations, God Almighty promised to grant him various blessings.

When God Almighty instructs his prophets by way of revelation to carry out a certain task, it means that God Almighty would assist them with Divine succour and support. Moreover, God would provide the means to fulfil the task; and this is something we have witnessed for ourselves.

The history of the Jama’at is proof of how God Almighty fulfilled this prophecy with full grandeur and glory, and how He continues to fulfil the prophecy to this day. At different times, God Almighty has shown us – humble servants of the Promised Messiah (as) – just how this prophecy continues to be fulfilled.

Every revelation vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah (as) or any command by God Almighty or any tidings bestowed to him in the form of revelation, is in fact the spread of the religion of the Holy Prophet (saw), that is, it is glad tidings regarding the spread

And progress of Islam through the Promised Messiah (as). After the demise of the Promised Messiah (as), there were tidings that the message of the Holy Prophet (saw) was to continue through the institution of Khilafat. Therefore, every progress forward or any advancement that we witness is in reality

Part of the wider scheme which God Almighty has ordained for the spread of Islam throughout the world. After these brief words, I once again return to the words of the revelation of the Promised Messiah (as): (Arabic). After Khilafat moved to the UK, the Jama’at has established new places in Britain,

As well as other parts of Europe; USA; Africa; and many other countries of the world. Along with the spread of the Jama’at, God Almighty has constantly granted us new places. When Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) migrated here, God Almighty immediately showed a miraculous sign of His Divine support

And enabled the Jama’at to purchase 25-acres of land, [later] named Islamabad. Subsequently, a further six acres was later added to this. The Jalsa Salana [Annual Convention] would take place here and it contained residential homes for Jama’at employees and Waqf-e Zindagis [life devotees]. There was a small house for the residence of Khalifatul Masih,

A few offices and one of the barrack-style buildings was used as a mosque to offer prayers. I remember when I came here in 1985, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) especially said to me that God Almighty has granted us an excellent site, which is even sufficient enough to serve as the headquarters.

Although these were not his exact words, however he said words to this effect. Furthermore, there are some other evidences which also indicate this, and I am convinced that it was the wish of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) to make the headquarters in Islamabad. Nevertheless, God Almighty has appointed a time for everything

And He has now granted us the opportunity to carry out construction work in Islamabad. New offices have been built with better amenities. A purpose built mosque has been constructed; along with a residence for Khalifatul Masih; houses for life devotees and Jama’at workers have been built and more will be built in due course.

The offices in London were houses that had been converted temporarily into offices. The space was congested and was difficult to operate in these circumstances. Since the workload has increased manifold, it was difficult to continue due to a scarcity of space. In addition to this, the council would make complaints that these houses

Are for residential purposes as opposed to offices and therefore we should close the offices. From time to time they would voice their concerns. Now after the reconstruction, the three or four offices that would operate in these houses will be moving to Islamabad, God Willing.

Owing to the Islamabad redevelopment, God Almighty has granted the Jama’at a large two storey building in Farnham, situated two to three miles away. In this building there is the printing press and a few other offices. Aside from this, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK have also bought a large building there.

Prior to this, God Almighty enabled us to purchase Hadeeqatul Mahdi to hold the Jalsa Salana – a site which spans over 200 acres. In addition to this, Jamia Ahmadiyya UK, which was previously in London, also moved nearby. God Almighty granted us the new site for Jamia Ahmadiyya UK for a remarkably low price,

Which was far better in terms of atmosphere and facilities. The current site is also approximately 30 acres. All of these places are situated at a 10 – 20-minute drive from Islamabad. There was no plan in place to purchase all of these sited due to the redevelopment of Islamabad,

Rather, it was God Almighty who provided us with all of these sites close to one another. Alongside the headquarters, God Almighty granted us all of the other sites. It is important for Jamia Ahmadiyya to be close by. Since all of these sites are situated near to one another,

Pray to God Almighty that may He make this a blessing for us in all respects. As I have mentioned earlier, the residence of the Khalifa and some offices have been constructed there. A large mosque has also been built.

Therefore, in a few days’ time – God Willing – I will also relocate to Islamabad. After the move, pray that may this change in residence prove to be a blessing in every respect. May God Almighty continuously shower His blessings on us.

May God Almighty enable us to propagate the message of Islam from Islamabad more than before and may the revelation (Arabic) not only be related to physical expansion, rather, may it aid in fulfilling the plans of God Almighty.

At this point, I would also like to say that the neighbours of the Fazl Mosque have always had grievances and complained about Ahmadis who come to the mosque, of the increased traffic or parking issues. Therefore, the people coming for prayers to Islamabad

Or anyone who comes to visit should be mindful of this and not allow any instance for the neighbours of Islamabad to make similar complaints. Indeed, the people residing nearby will come to Islamabad, therefore, always be mindful of the traffic regulations.

As for the Friday Prayers, I will mostly lead the Friday prayers here in Baitul Futuh, God Willing. I have asked Ameer Sahib UK [National President] to devise a plan as to which people or Jama’ats will offer Jummah in Islamabad, or which people wish to offer their prayers there.

It will be those people living nearby, if they wish to offer the prayers in Islamabad they can do so. As for who they will be and how it will be divided; the people living within a 20-mile radius can offer the Friday prayers in Islamabad.

Nonetheless, the details of this will be given by Ameer Sahib to the relevant Sadaraan [Local Presidents]. We will soon come to know how many people or Jama’ats outside this 20-mile radius would like to offer the Friday prayers in Islamabad or how this can be arranged.

Nevertheless, I once again would reiterate to pray that may God Almighty bless this plan and relocation in every respect. 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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