Ahmadi Muslim VideoTube Friday Sermon Khalifa V Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | February 1, 2019

Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | February 1, 2019

Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | February 1, 2019

Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | February 1, 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 sahabi [companion of The Holy Prophet (saw)], who will be mentioned today, is Hazrat Abu Huzaifah bin Utbah. His title was Abu Huzaifah. The names Hushaim, Haashim, Qais, Hissal, Issal and Miqsam are also attributed to him.

His mother was known by title Umme Safwaan and her name was Fatimah bint Safwan. He had a tall stature and a beautiful countenance. He had accepted Islam before The Holy Prophet (saw) went to Darul Arqam. He was among those who were the first to accept The Holy Prophet (saw).

While commenting on this, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib has written, that, “Abu Huzaifah bin Utbah was from the Banu Umaiyyah. “His father, ‘Utbah bin Rabi‘ah was among the chieftains of the Quraish. “Abu Huzaifah was martyred in the Battle of Yamamah,

“which was fought against Musailimah Kazzab during the caliphate of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).” Hazrat Abu Huzaifah participated in both the migrations to Abyssinia while his wife, Hazrat Sahlah bint Suhail also migrated with him. I have already given an account of the migration to Abyssinia while mentioning other companions

As to how and why it took place. I will mention it here briefly. I will present a summary or some selected and abridged parts of what Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib has taken from different books of history and from the Ahadith. He writes, “When the suffering of the Muslims had reached its limit

“and the Quraish continued to aggravate the affliction of the Muslims, “The Holy Prophet (saw) instructed Muslims to migrate to Abyssinia, and said, ‘The king of Abyssinia is just and equitable. None are subjected to oppression under his rule.’ “During that era a strong Christian sovereignty was established in Abyssinia

“and the king was referred to as the Negus. “Arabia had business relations with Abyssinia. “During that time,” when they migrated, “the personal name of the Negus was As-hamah, “who was a just, intelligent and powerful king. “In any case, when the pains of the Muslims reached their limits, The Holy Prophet (saw)

“instructed that those who could afford should migrate to Abyssinia. “Therefore, upon the instruction of The Holy Prophet (saw), in the month of Rajab 5 Nabawi, “eleven men and four women migrated to Abyssinia. “The well-known names among them were as follows, Hadrat ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan

“and his wife Ruqayyah the daughter of the Holy Prophet (saw), “‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Auf, Zubair bin Al-‘Awwam, Abu Hudhaifah bin ‘Utbah.” The account of whom I am currently narrating. He was also part of this first group “‘Uthman bin Maz‘oon, Mus‘ab bin ‘Umair, “Abu Salamah bin ‘Abdul-Asad and his wife Umme Salamah.”

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib writes, “It is very strange that a majority of these “pioneer immigrants were those who belonged to powerful tribes of the Quraish, “and the weaker were few and far between. “This illustrates two things: firstly, even those who belonged to the powerful tribes of the Quraish

“were not safe from the cruelties of the Quraish. Secondly, weak people such as slaves, etc. “at that time were in such a grave state of weakness “and misery that they were not even able to migrate. “Travelling south, when the immigrants reached Sha‘ibah,

“which was a sea-port in Arabia at that time, by the Grace of Allah “they found a trade ship which was just ready to leave for Abyssinia “and thus, all of them boarded in security. “Upon reaching Abyssinia the Muslims found a life of great peace

“and protection from the cruelties of the Quraish after much difficulty and prayers. “However, as some historians have mentioned, “it had not been long since the immigrants had migrated to Abyssinia, “when a wandering rumour reached them that all of the Quraish had accepted Islam,

“and Mecca was now a place of complete peace and security. “The result of this news was that most immigrants returned immediately.” Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib has shed some light of this rumour as to how and why it spread. Having consulted various books of history, he writes,

“In actuality, although this was a completely false and unsubstantiated rumour, “which was probably spread in order to lure the immigrants to Abyssinia back “and to put them in difficulty. As a matter of fact, on closer investigation, “this rumour and the tale of the immigrants’ return, in itself, seems to be baseless.

“Nonetheless, if it is taken as true, “the incident mentioned in various Ahadith could be hidden beneath the surface.” As mentioned in Bukhari, once The Holy Prophet (saw) recited verses of Surah An-Najm in the courtyard of the Ka‘bah. At that time, many a chieftain of the infidels were also present, along with the Muslims.

“When The Holy Prophet (saw) completed the chapter, he fell into prostration,” upon completing Surah An-Najm, “and with him all the Muslims and infidels fell into prostration as well. “The reason behind the prostration of the disbelievers has not been mentioned in Ahadith,

“but it seems that apparently The Holy Prophet (saw) recited the verses of God “in such a manner as touched the cords of heart. “Those verses were such as particularly illustrated the Unity of God, His Power, and “Majesty in an extremely eloquent and perspicuous manner, and His favours were reminded of.

“Then, the Quraish were warned in a very majestic and awe-inspiring manner, “that in case they did not refrain from their evil doings they would meet the same end “as past nations because they rejected the Messengers of God. “Then, at the conclusion of these verses it was ordered that come and prostrate before Allah.

“After the recitation of these verses, The Holy Prophet (saw) “and all the Muslims fell into prostration at once, “and as a result, these words and this sight had such a miraculous effect on the Quraish, “as they also fell into prostration involuntarily.” Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib writes, “This should not be surprising,

“for under such circumstances, as have been mentioned above, the human heart, at times, “falls in awe and powerlessly commits such a deed as is against its actual principles and religion. “Therefore, at times, we have witnessed that during a severe and sudden affliction,

“even an atheist cries out, ‘O God! O God!’ or ‘O Ram Ram!’ “The Quraish were not even atheist, and they actually believed in the being of God.” Although they associated the idols with Him. We observe this even today that when speaking to some atheists,

They are asked if the name of God came to their minds or at their tongues, when they were afflicted with some sudden affliction, they concede that this was indeed the case. Thus, this was due to the effect of the recitation of that Surah,

The words of the Surah and the action of the Muslims that the chieftains of the disbelievers also fell in prostration along with everyone else. He further writes, “Hence, after the recitation of this majestic word, full of awe, “the community of Muslims all at once fell into prostration;

“it had such a miraculous effect, that the Quraish powerlessly fell into prostration as well. “However, such an influence is usually temporary, and man quickly returns to his original state. As such, same was the case here, for when the Quraish rose from prostration, “they remained the very same idolaters they were before.”

In any case, this occurrence is such as is substantiated by authentic ahadith. “Hence, if the news of the return of the immigrants to Abyssinia is in fact true, “it seems that the Quraish, who were ever-longing to have the immigrants of Abyssinia return,

“probably utilised this action to spread the rumour that the Quraish of Mecca had become “Muslim, and that Mecca was now completely safe for Muslims. “When this rumour reached the immigrants of Abyssinia, they were “naturally delighted to hear it, and in the fervour of their delight, they quickly returned.

“When they were near Mecca, they were enlightened of the actual matter at hand, upon which some “secretly, and others under the protection of a powerful and influential chieftain of the Quraish, “entered Mecca, while others set back again. “Therefore, if there was any truth in the rumour that the Quraish became Muslim,

“it was merely confined to the incident of the prostration upon the recitation of Surah An-Najm.” And Allah knows best. In any case, if the immigrants of Abyssinia did in fact return, a majority of them set back again. Moreover, since the Quraish continued to progress in their infliction of suffering,

And their tyrannies were increasing day by day, other Muslims, upon the instruction of The Holy Prophet (saw), began secret preparations to migrate as well. They began to leave gradually whenever they could find an opportunity to do so. “This chain of migration began in such a manner that ultimately the number of immigrants

“to Abyssinia reached one hundred, eighteen of which were women. “Very few Muslims were left in Mecca with The Holy Prophet (saw). “Some historians have called this migration ‘The Second Migration to Abyssinia’.” There was the first migration and then another group of people followed them.

Likewise, when afterwards the permission was granted for the migration to Medina, Abu Huzaifah and Hazrat Saalim, who was his freed slave, both migrated to Medina. They first migrated to Abyssinia. They also returned during the same period. Their second migration was towards Medina,

Where both of them stayed at the house of Hazrat ‘Abbad bin Bishr. The Holy Prophet (saw) formed a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Abu Huzaifah and Hazrat ‘Abbad bin Bishr. Hazrat Abu Huzaifah also participated in the expedition of Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh.

I will present the details and background to the expedition of Abdullah bin Jahash as mentioned in ‘Life and Character of the Seal of The Prophet (saw)’, “A chieftain of Mecca named Kurz bin Jabir bin Fihri “very cunningly along with a company of the Quraish, suddenly raided a pasture of Madinah,

“which was situated only three miles from the city and fled with camels, belonging to the Muslims. “As soon as The Holy Prophet (saw) received news of this, “he appointed Zaid bin Harithah (ra) as the Amir in his absence, “and set out in his pursuit along with a group of the Companions.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) pursued him until he reached Safwan which is an area close to Badr, “but he made good his escape. “This Ghazwah [expedition] is also known as Ghazwah Badratul-Ula.” It is further written, “This raid of Kurz bin Jabir was not a minor Bedouin act of plunder,”

It was not the case that a Bedouin came to loot and committed this theft out of his sheer ignorance. “Rather, it is definite that he had set out against the Muslims on behalf of the Quraish, “with a particular motive.

“As a matter of fact, is it very likely that he had specifically come with the intention “of inflicting injury upon the very person of The Holy Prophet (saw), “but upon finding the Muslims vigilant, settled upon the robbery of their camels and ran off.

“This also demonstrates that the Quraish of Mecca had planned to raid Madinah “so as to utterly destroy the Muslims. “Naturally, the sudden attack of Kurz bin Jabir had terrified the Muslims greatly, “and since there was a standing threat by the chieftains of Mecca that they would attack

“Madinah and utterly destroy the Muslims, the Muslims were severely apprehensive. “Upon observing these very threats, The Holy Prophet (saw) decided “that the movements of the Quraish should be surveyed from a closer distance,” In order to decipher their plans and intentions.

In order for this there should be measures in place to observe their activities from close. “So that all the necessary intelligence with respect to them may be available on time “and Madinah was safeguarded from all kinds of sudden attacks. “Hence, for this purpose, The Holy Prophet (saw) assembled a party of eight Muhajirin.

“As an act of wisdom, The Holy Prophet (saw) selected such men for this party “who were from the various tribes of the Quraish, “so that it was easier to obtain intelligence with regards to the hidden conspiracies of the Quraish. “The Holy Prophet (saw) appointed his paternal cousin,

“Abdullah bin Jahsh (ra) as the commander of this party.” Huzaifah bin Utbah was also present in this expedition. “In order to ensure that the prime mission of this party was kept secret even from the Muslim masses, “upon ordering this Sariyyah, The Holy Prophet (saw) did not even inform the commander

“of this party as to where he was being sent and for what purpose. “Rather, upon their departure, The Holy Prophet (saw) handed him a sealed letter and” said that, explaining the direction of travel, “This letter contains necessary instructions “for you. When you cover a distance of two days travel from Madinah,

“open the letter and act in accordance with the stipulated instructions.” As such, Abdullah (ra) and his companions set out by the command of their Master. When they had journeyed a distance of two days from Madinah, Abdullah (ra) opened the instructions of the Holy Prophet (saw), which were as follows,

“Go forth to the Valley of Nakhlah between Mecca and Ta’if, “and obtain information on the Quraish and return with news therefrom.” Moreover, since an intelligence mission so close to Mecca was a very delicate task, “at the bottom of this letter, The Holy Prophet (saw) had written “that after the objective of this mission

“became known, if any one from among his companions was hesitant in accompanying this party “and desired to return, then permission would be granted to do so. “Abdullah (ra) read out this guidance to his companions who unanimously affirmed that, “‘We happily present ourselves for this service.’ Then, this party proceeded to Nakhlah.

“Sa‘d bin Abi Waqqas (ra) and ‘Utbah bin Ghazwan (ra) lost their camels en-route, “and were separated from their companions. “Despite their best efforts, they were unable to relocate their companions. “The party was now left with only six people.” These six proceeded with the task at hand.

“This small community reached Nakhlah and became engaged in their work.” i.e. to gain intelligence about the intentions of the disbelievers of Mecca and whether they had any plans to attack Medina. “With the thought of concealing their classified mission, “some of them shaved their heads, so thattravellers, etc.,

“would not be alarmed in any way, and so that “they would consider them as being such people who had come with the intention of ‘Umrah.” They shaved their heads so that other people would think that they are travelling to perform Umrah.

He then says, “However, they had only just arrived there, when suddenly a small caravan “of the Quraish also happened to arrive, which was travelling from Ta’if to Mecca, “and both parties encountered each other.” They realised that this was a group of Muslims and resolved to fight with them.

“The Muslims consulted one another as to what should be done. “The Holy Prophet (saw) had sent them for the purpose of secretly obtaining intelligence, “but on the other hand, war had begun with the Quraish. “Both opponents were before one another and naturally there was a risk that now,

“since the people from the caravan of the Quraish had spotted the Muslims, “their covert intelligence mission would no longer remain secret. “Another predicament was that some Muslims thought that it was perhaps the last day of Rajab, “i.e. a sacred month in which fighting was prohibited as per the ancient Arabian custom.

“Others thought that Rajab had passed and the month of Sha‘ban had started. “In some narrations it has been related that this Sariyyah was dispatched in Jamadiyul-Akhir, “and there was a doubt as to whether this day was of Jamadi or Rajab.

“However, on the other hand, the Valley of Nakhlah was situated right on the outskirts of the Haram “and it was obvious that if a decision was not made that day, “the caravan would have entered the Haram on the following day, the sanctity of which was definite.

“Hence, taking all of these factors into consideration, these six Muslims “eventually decided that the caravan should be attacked, “and the people of the caravan should either be taken captive or killed. “Therefore, they launched an attack in the name of Allah, and as a result, one man,

“whose name was ‘Amr bin Al-Hadrami was killed, and two were taken captive. “However, the fourth individual escaped, and the Muslims were unable to apprehend him.” Thus, their decision to capture them or kill them was not successful in its entirety. “Thereafter, the Muslims seized the goods of the caravan.

“Since one man belonging to the Quraish had escaped and news of this conflict would inevitably “reach Mecca quickly, Abdullah bin Jahsh (ra) and his companions “swiftly returned to Mecca with the spoils.” Orientalists often raise the allegation that this party was sent with the intention of attacking the caravan, which is absolutely incorrect.

The truth of the matter is that when The Holy Prophet (saw) found out that the Companions had attacked the caravan, he was extremely displeased. “As such, it is narrated that when they presented themselves before The Holy Prophet (saw) “and informed him of the entire account, The Holy Prophet (saw) was extremely displeased

“and said, ‘I have not given you permission to fight in the Sacred Month.’” It is then stated that he refused to accept the spoils of war saying, “I will not accept anything from this.” Upon this, Abdullah (ra) and his companions felt extreme remorse and shame.

“Then it is written that, ‘They thought that due to their incurring the displeasure of God ‘and His Messenger, they had been ruined.’ They became extremely worried. “Even the other Companions reproached them and said, ‘You did that which you had not been ordered, and you fought in the Sacred Month,

‘although you had not been ordered at all to fight in this campaign.’ “On the other hand, the Quraish also raised a huge hue and cry, “that the Muslims had violated the sanctity of the Sacred Month. “Since the person who had been killed, ‘Amr bin Al-Hadrami, was a chieftain,

“and was also a confederate of ‘Utbah bin Rabi‘ah, a chieftain of Mecca, this occurrence “greatly enraged the Quraish’s fire of fury. “They began to prepare for an attack upon Madinah with even greater zeal and uproar.” Nonetheless, owing to this incident, there were intense discussions between the Muslims and the

Disbelievers over the fact that the Muslims had launched an attacked in the Sacred Month. In ‘Life and Character of the Seal of The Prophet (saw)’, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib writes, “Finally the following Quranic verse was revealed, “which provided a means of relief for the Muslims (Arabic)

“That is, ‘People ask thee about fighting in the Sacred Month. ‘Tell them: ‘Undoubtedly, fighting in the Sacred Month is a great transgression, ‘but to forcefully hinder men from the religion of God in the Sacred Month; ‘rather, to disbelieve in relation to the Sacred Month and the Sacred Mosque,

‘to violate their sanctity, and then to turn out by coercion, the inhabitants of the Haram, ‘as you are guilty of doing, O ye idolaters, ‘is a greater sin with Allah than fighting in the Sacred Month; ‘and verily, to persecute in the land during the Sacred Month is worse than such fighting,

‘which is for the purpose of preventing persecution. ‘O Ye Muslims! The state of the disbelievers is such that they have become so blinded ‘in their enmity towards you that they will not cease fighting you at any time and at any place,

‘until they turn you back from your faith, if they find the power to do so.’ “Therefore, history establishes that the chieftains of the Quraish would spread “their bloody propaganda even in the Sacred Months. “As a matter of fact, they became even more active in their evil designs during these months,

“taking benefit of the gatherings and journeys which would take place in the Sacred Months. “Furthermore, with great shamelessness, in order to gratify themselves with a false satisfaction, “they would re-arrange the order of the Sacred Months, which was known as Nas’i.”

Until the conquest of Mecca, they continued to treat the Muslims in the same way, or rather they transgressed all limits. In fact, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib writes, “Later on they crossed all bounds, “when during the era of the Treaty of Hudaibiyyah, despite there being a firm covenant

“and agreement, the disbelievers of Mecca and their allies took up the sword “against an ally tribe of the Muslims, in the area of the Haram. “Hence, it was only natural for the Muslims to find comfort in this response revealed by God, “but the Quraish were also brought to level.

“During this time, two of their men arrived in Madinah “in order to have their two captives released.” These were the two people who were captured by the Muslims. “However, until now, Sa‘d bin Abi Waqqas (ra) and ‘Utbah (ra) had not returned.” Their camels had become lost and there was no trace of them.

“On their account, The Holy Prophet (saw) greatly feared that if the Quraish happened to seize them, “they would not release them alive. Hence, for this reason, The Holy Prophet (saw) “refused to release the captives until they returned.” When the Quraish came to free their captives, The Holy Prophet (saw) refused to return them

Until both of them [i.e. Sa’d bn Abi Waqqas and Utbah] returned, he said, “When my men safely reach Madinah, I will release yours.” Therefore, when they both reached Madinah, The Holy Prophet (saw) released both captives for a ransom. “However, from among these two captives, one individual was so deeply impressed by the

“high moral qualities of The Holy Prophet (saw) and the truth of the Islamic teaching “during his stay at Madinah, that even after his release, “he refused to return, and joined the servants of The Holy Prophet (saw). “He was eventually martyred at Bi‘r-e-Ma‘unah. “His name was Hakam bin Kisan (ra).”

If they were converted to Islam through force and oppression, then they would not have accepted Islam in this manner. Regarding Abu Huzaifa (ra), it also said that, “On the day of the Battle of Badr, “he marched ahead to fight against his own father –

“his father was not a Muslim and had come with the non-believers – “however, The Holy Prophet (saw) stopped him and said that someone else “should fight against his father instead. “Subsequently, his father, cousin and nephew were all killed during the Battle of Badr.

“However, Hazrat Huzaifa (ra) demonstrated great patience and whilst remaining content “with the will of God Almighty, he expressed his gratitude to Him for the help He had granted “in favour of The Holy Prophet (saw), that is the victory in the Battle of Badr.”

In another tradition in relation to this incident has been narrated by Ibn Abbas. He states, “On the day of Badr, The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever of you comes up against Abbas, do not kill him ‘because he has come for battle out of compulsion.

‘So just hold him prisoner but do not kill him.’ “When this news reached Hazrat Abu Huzaifa (ra), he did not say it directly “before The Holy Prophet (saw) but said to someone with him, ‘Are we to spare Abbas and yet be expected to kill our own fathers, brothers and relatives?

“‘What is this matter? If confronted [in battle], I swear to God I will surely attack him. “When The Holy Prophet (saw) heard of this, he said, ‘O Abu Hafs! Will someone attack the face of the Uncle of The Messenger of Allah (saw)?’ “Hazrat Umar states that this was the first instance that

“The Holy Prophet (saw) granted him the title, ‘Abu Hafs’. “Hazrat Umar responded, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Please allow me to sever his head with my sword. ‘I swear by God that the person who uttered this is a hypocrite.’

“Hazrat Abu Huzaifah used to say, ‘The Prophet of Allah (saw) forbade Hazrat Umar to do so. ‘However, I did not remain in peace due to what I had stated.’” He must have realised that it was wrong to make such a comment.

He stated, “I shall always remain fearful due to evil consequence of this, “unless I attain martyrdom.” Meaning, dying for the sake of Islam would assure protection from the evil ramifications of his comment. The narrator states, “Hence, he attained martyrdom at the battle of Yamama.”

He said something in a state of emotion, but remained fearful his entire life until the day of his martyrdom. Hazrat Ayesha narrates,“The Prophet of Allah (saw) commanded that the bodies of the idolaters “should be thrown into a pit and it was carried out as commanded.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) stood by them and addressing them stated, ‘O dwellers of the pit! ‘Do you see the promise made by your lord’ – i.e. the idols ‘- to be true? ‘Surely, I find the promise of my Lord to be true.’”

If one was to infer Allah Almighty from this then it meant punishment [for the disbelievers]. The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “Allah Almighty had promised me that ‘I will punish them and they will not be victorious over you.’” The Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah! Are you addressing those who have already expired.”

The Holy Prophet (saw) stated, “They have certainly realised “that your Lord’s promise with you was true.” When they were being thrown into the pit, as per the command of The Holy Prophet (saw), there were signs of disapproval on Hazrat Abu Huzaifah’s face because his father was amongst them as well.

The Holy Prophet (saw) asked him, “O Abu Huzaifah! “By God, it appears you dislike this treatment towards your father.” Hazrat Abu Huzaifah responded, “O Messenger of Allah (saw)! “I swear by God that I have no doubts about Allah and His Messenger (saw),

“but my father was forbearing, truthful and a person of wise judgement. “Whatever he considered being correct, he firmly believed in it. “He did not harbour evil intentions, “and I wished for Allah to guide him towards Islam before his demise. “When I realised that this would no longer be possible and witnessed his end,

“it made me sorrowful.” When The Holy Prophet (saw) heard this, he offered a prayer in his favour. Hazrat Abu Huzaifah (ra) was able to participate in all the battles alongside The Holy Prophet (saw), and he was martyred at the age of fifty-three or fifty-four

In the battle of Yamama during the Caliphate of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra). Now I will mention about a long standing servant and noble member of the Jama’at who passed away a few days ago. His name is Professor Sau’d Ahmad Khan sahib Dehlvi.

He passed away on 21st January, as per will of God. Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. His father, Hazrat Muhammad Hassan Ahsaan Dehlvi was a companion of the Promised Messiah (as). Similarly, his paternal grandfather, Hazrat Mahmood Hassan Khan Sahib, a teacher in Patiala,

Was also a companion of the Promised Messiah (as). The Promised Messiah (as) listed his name amongst the names of his 313 companions at number 301 stating “Maulavi Mahmood Hassan Khan Sahib, a teacher serving in Patiala”. In his exquisite book, Siraaj-e-Muneer, the Promised Messiah (as) listed his name in the list

Of those who offered Chanda for the hospitality and food for guests by writing, “Maulavi Mahmood Hassan Khan Sahib, Patiala.” Professor Sau’d Khan Sahib’s father, Hazrat Muhammad Hassan Sahib Ahsaan Dehlvi had the opportunity to travel to Qadian when he was approximately 10 or 12 years old

And witness first-hand the great sign of the Revealed Sermon. Professor Saud Khan sahib devoted his life for the Ahmadiyya Community in 1945. He obtained B.A. honours in Persian from Aligarh. In 1955 while mentioning about him and his brothers during a Friday sermon, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated,

“I believe that Master Muhammad Hassan Ahsaan sahib has displayed a model which is praiseworthy. “He was an ordinary teacher and a poor man. “He would starve himself in order to educate his children. “Upon graduation, he devoted four out of his seven sons for the service of the Ahmadiyya Community.

“All four of them are currently serving the faith “and almost all of them are serving with the sincerity, which is the spirit of life devotion.” He continued by saying, “If these children were not life devotees of the Ahmadiyya Community,

“then perhaps they would have kept the name of their father alive for 20 years “and would have stated, ‘Our father was an excellent person.’ “However, when this Friday sermon of mine is published, hundreds of thousands of Ahmadis “will remember the name Muhammad Hassan Ahsaan and will praise him.

“They will say: ‘Look how resolute of an Ahmadi he was for he sent his children ‘to obtain higher education even though he was poor himself, ‘then offered them all for the service of the Ahmadiyya Community, that is, ‘he devoted them all.’

“Moreover, those children proved to be pious as they happily accepted their father’s sacrifice “and supported his decision of devoting them for the sake of the Ahmadiyya Community.” Between June 1946 and October 1949 Sau’d Khan Sahib taught in Talimul Islam High School in Qadian.

From October 1949 he spent a few months teaching English in Jamia Ahmadiyya. In 1950 Hazrat Khalitaful Masih II (ra) sent him to Ghana in West Africa to render services to his faith. He served as the first vice principal of the Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Ghana.

Hence, on 30 April 1950 he departed from Karachi and reached Kumasi on 30 June. That is to say that it took two months, the months of May and June to complete his journey. Nowadays we can arrive in five or six hours. On 1 July he began teaching in the Ahmadiyya Secondary School.

With regards to why his journey took so long, his nephew, Irfan Khan Sahib writes, “After his first appointment Sau’d Sahib departed from Rabwah to Ghana and only reached Kumasi “after three extremely difficult and arduous months,” It was approximately two months.

“In those days, one would have to board various ships in order to reach their destination.” They would travel by boat, not aeroplanes. “Therefore, he left Karachi to get to Aden. “He bought a ticket costing 160 rupees, which did not come with any meals and in this way, he

“reached Ghana from Aden not only by boat, but by other modes of transport such as buses and trucks. “He then had to sell his trunk and other belongings “in order to buy a £55 plane ticket to Nigeria and secured all his personal items in a cloth.

“The mission house in Nigeria then bought him a bus ticket to Ghana.” In order to reach Nigeria, he sold his possessions to travel some of the distance by plane. He then took a bus from Nigeria to Ghana. His name is at the top of the list in Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat

Among the eight missionaries sent to East Africa, West Africa and Holland in 1950. The first thing written is “Sau’d Khan Sahib departed Lahore on 25 Awan 1329AH to Ghana.” He returned to Pakistan in 1958 as per instructions of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) and completed his M.A. in history in the Punjab University.

He completed his M.A. in history afterwards. His father, Muhammad Hasan Ahsaan Dehlvi Sahib passed away in August 1955 whilst Sau’d Sahib was in Ghana. In 1961 he was re-appointed to serve in Ghana where he was again enabled to render great services to his faith.

During his tour of Europe, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh) approved of a sitting to be held in Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah after every Maghrib prayer, in which there would be a 15-minute lecture on issues relating to moral training.

This program began on 7 July and it drew much interest as it was a scholarly lecture. Sau’d Sahib was also among the scholars who delivered speeches in this program. On the occasion of the Jalsa Salana, arrangements were made for translation of the speeches

And Sau’d Sahib had the honour of translating the address of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh) into English and he was blessed with this opportunity untill the last Jalsa held in Rabwah. Among the students of professor Sau’d Khan Sahib Dehlvi was Abdul Wahab Adam Sahib, B.K. Addo Sahib who also stayed here.

After returning to Pakistan in 1968, professor Sau’d Khan Sahib Dehlvi was given the responsibility by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh) of teaching in Talimul Islam College which began in 1969. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) appointed him as an English teacher for one year in Jamia Ahmadiyya.

Whilst he served as a professor in Jamia Ahmadiyya, he was still teaching in Talimul Islam College. His duty in Jamia Ahmadiyya started on 2nd March 1987 and he served for one year. Regarding professor Sau’d Khan Sahib Dehlvi, his elder brother Masood Khan Dehlvi Sahib;

Who was the former editor of the Al-Fazl newspaper and passed away a few years ago, would often say, “My brother, Sau’d Ahmad, is a mobile library.” He had vast knowledge and was highly educated. His daughter Rashida Sahiba writes, “My father was an extremely forbearing and humble man and a learned scholar.

“He was very devoted and regular in his worship and his tahajjud prayers. “He would take great care of guests.” What she has written is absolutely correct. His nephew, Nafees Ahmad Ateeq Sahib, who is a missionary, writes, “He [Sau’d Sahib] was an incredibly humble and pious individual who had great trust in God.

“He was a very righteous and modest human being. “His devotion and passion for service to faith are an example for all life-devotees.” He also writes, “He once told me that clothes and other commodities should be used “according to one’s need. It does not behove a life-devotee to follow fashion and lavishness.

“Modesty was an outstanding quality of his.” I. K. Ilyasi Sahib, a Ghanaian student of Sau’d Sahib writes, “Between 1950 to 1955, Sau’d Sahib was the very first Assistant Headmaster “or Naib Principal of the Talimul Islam Secondary School in Kumasi “and prior to this S. P. Ahmad Sahib was the Headmaster.

“Sau’d Sahib was an extremely hard-working and wonderful teacher of the English language, “English history, and European history and I was among the ones whom he taught.” He then writes, “In terms of English grammar, “especially sentence analysis, I have not seen anyone like him. “He played a major role in improving my language skills.”

Mubasher Ayyaz Sahib, the current Principal of the Jamia Ahmadiyya Senior Section in Rabwah writes, “Professor Sau’d Khan Sahib was a very humble respected man and a scholar. “I too was a student when he taught in Jamia Ahmadiyya and till his final year there, “he would always start his classes on time.

“He would teach till the end of the class period, “and if ever students would try to engage him in conversation and not study, “rather than rebuking them harshly or telling them off, “Sau’d Sahib would overlook it in the politest manner and continue teaching.”

He further writes, “I noticed that he had tremendous respect for the students “who had devoted their lives and if he ever had to be strict and tell someone off, “he would always do so whilst keeping their self-respect and dignity in mind.”

Then Mubasher Sahib writes, “When MTA had newly been launched and a range of programs “were being recorded, Sau’d Khan Sahib held programs on the topic of Siratun Nabi. “Despite his old age, he would prepare the entire program with great effort “and allocate questions to us, having hand-written them all in advance.”

He further writes, “At times, if ever the atmosphere became a little tense “whilst preparing for the programme and each person would insist in doing it their own way, “however he was so gentle and filled with such extreme humility “that he would never express any anger on his face.

“In fact, if ever someone said something a little harsh, it would seem as if it did not even enter “his ear and he would gently smile and continue with the recording of the programme “from where it had stopped.” Upon the demise of Professor Sau’d Khan Sahib, his neighbour, Fazl Ilahi Malik Sahib

Expressed his sentiments in a very emotional manner and said that, “It is very rare to find “such neighbours. He had a very simple nature and was a scholarly individual.” He is survived by one daughter and two sons.

One of his sons, Saad Sau’d Sahib, is serving as a local president of a Jama’at in the UK. May God Almighty elevate the station of the deceased. As I mentioned earlier, his qualities and attributes were in actuality far greater than what has been mentioned.

He had an extraordinary love for Khilafat and showed great obedience. May God Almighty also enable his children and future progeny to always remain attached with Khilafat and the Jama’at. May He continue to elevate his status. After the Friday Prayers, I shall lead his funeral prayer in absentia. 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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