Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2019
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. Recently, I toured some of the European countries and two of those countries, Holland and France, also held their Jalsa Salana [annual conventions]. Moreover, inaugurations of mosques and other events with non-Muslims also took place.
There was an event at UNESCO Headquarters in France, which was held with the permission of their administration and they were also invited. In that event, I had the opportunity to explain the Islamic teachings and to highlight the role of Muslims in the advancement of knowledge and science.
UNESCO is an agency of the UN, which has been established for the promotion of education, science and culture. Freedom of the press, eradication of poverty and the conservation of world heritage etc. are also among its objectives. I informed them of the teaching of Islam, the services of the earlier Muslims
And their contribution and the role of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community with regards to these objectives. Likewise, [I presented] the Islamic teaching before politicians and intellectuals in Berlin, which is the capital city of Germany. In view of this notion that exists in the minds of Europeans
And it is especially prevalent in Germany and other European countries that Islam is not compatible with the culture and civilisation of Europe and Islam should therefore not come to Europe and also that Islam is a danger to Europe. I presented the Islamic teaching with regards to this.
Some prominent intellectuals and politicians as well as some diplomats were also present there. They demonstrated and expressed a positive reaction to it. Likewise, Allah the Almighty granted the opportunity to introduce Islam and its teachings in other events. All praise be to Allah, that we were able to witness
The blessings of Allah the Almighty everywhere. Now, I will briefly mention some of the impressions of the guests who participated in the various events, which shows how these people were able to understand the true teachings of Islam and to have their reservations removed.
In Holland, I also had the opportunity to address the Dutch guests on the second day of the Jalsa. 125 non-Muslim Dutch guests participated in that event. A councillor from Nunspeet, where our centre is currently located, while giving his impressions, stated, “A long time ago, I did not even like to come here,”
I.e. having a relationship with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. “However, with the passage of time, our relations improved.” When I arrived there, he was also present to welcome me. He further states, “I have listened to the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community before “and wanted to listen to him again.
“I am very impressed by everything he has said because it seems “that it has developed a deeper relationship between us. “You people,” i.e. the Ahmadiyya Community there) are an active part of the society. “Attending this Jalsa has further strengthened that relationship.”
Rotterdam is a city of Holland and a guest, Haiman Meter, who had come from there said, “I was very anxious prior to coming to the Jalsa, thinking that Muslims are going to gather “at this convention and God knows what may happen! However, upon arriving here,
“I was greatly surprised that people were simply discussing peace. “What I liked most about His Holiness’ address was that he spoke with great courage.” He further stated to his Ahmadi friend, “The pope speaks of peace in general terms “but your Khalifa has directly addressed the powerful nations.”
Then, there was a Dutch couple who participated in this event. They said, “The atmosphere of the Jalsa was incredible. “Everyone was showing kindness and it appeared to be a heavenly atmosphere.” In relation to my address they said, “The address has had a great impact on us
“and we were also impressed by the translators, “who were simultaneously translating in an excellent manner.” This also depends on the quality of the translation and how the translators present it. Hence, our department for translation should make efforts in this regard; MTA is already doing so; but other countries should also ensure
The quality of the translation whenever they organise functions and Jalsas. Another guest, Danny Harking Sahib, participated in the event. He says, “I have an academic background. “Four years ago, I started teaching Dutch in a Dutch institute. “There, I met a Pakistani family who used to come to learn the language.
“Our relationship strengthened and I assured to assist them in every manner. “Their children would also meet me. “They would spend some time with me every week and I also gained some knowledge “about the Jama’at through these children.” Following this, he says, “I have now come here and I am feeling very happy.
“Your Khalifa speaks about peace and mutual harmony.” He further says, “I am a Christian myself and I am able to observe that your Jama’at “does not only treat Ahmadis kindly, “but in fact treats the adherents of all religions with kindness. “Hearing such matters, from a Muslim leader in particular,
“has greatly impacted me because there are many misconceptions regarding Islam these days.” He further says, “His Holiness mentioned the turmoil that has spread across the world “and also emphasised the need to establish peace. “We live together on the earth and we should collectively strive to establish peace.”
Then, there was the inauguration of the mosque which was constructed in the city of Almere in Holland, which is the second purpose-built mosque of the Jama’at. The chairman of the church in Almere, Haiyo Witzel Sahib was in attendance. He says, “The message of your Jama’at is a message of peace.
“Your Khalifa delivered an excellent speech on peace and religious freedom. “Previously, Catholics and Protestants lived peacefully in Almere. “We now hope that Ahmadis will also live peacefully with us.” As a representative of the church, he mentioned this, but in fact the general impression
Of the people there is that by the grace of Allah the Almighty, all of the Ahmadis that live there live in cohesion and are very peaceful. An Arab guest, Zakariya Sahib, was in attendance. He says, “I really enjoyed the event.
“I listened to the address of your Khalifa and if we desire to establish peace, “then we should act in accordance with his address.” He further says, “As an Arab, I would also like to say that the Holy Qur’an was recited at the start “of your event, which I really liked
“because it is uncommon to hear this at events in these countries.” Then, there was a local guest, Diene Sahiba. She says, “This function was very well organised. “I listened to the speech of your Khalifa and it was very good. “Excellent arrangements had been made for the women as well.
“I have attended for the first time, but I will come to the mosque “and meet the women of the Jama’at again and increase our acquaintance.” There was another local guest. He says, “This was my first opportunity to attend such a programme [organised] by Muslims.
“Before I came, my neighbour warned me to be careful. “ He said that, ‘One never knows when and what Muslims might do.’ “However, I greatly enjoyed coming here. “The members of your Jama’at took great care of us right from the beginning till the end.”
Then, another guest was a lady from the local area, Evelin Sahiba. She says, “It is highly unfortunate that the world is not shown this image of Islam. “The members of your Jama’at are very hard-working and hospitable. “I have seen this mosque for the first time today,
“however, I wish to come here in the future again as I have found peace in your mosque.” There are countless such impressions, however, I have only mentioned a few. Following this was the tour of France. The Jalsa was also held there and a similar sitting with non-Ahmadi and non-Muslim guests
Was organised and approximately seventy-five guests attended. One of the guests was a lady, who is an anthropologist by profession. She says, “When the Khalifa said that he condemns the various attacks that took place in France, “he made it clear that Islam has no link with such attacks.”
She further says, “From the true image of Islam as presented “by the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at, it appears that Muslims can easily integrate “into the western world.” She further said, “It is incorrect when people say that Islam does not have a place
“in the western world and that Muslims cannot live in cohesion here. “Such people should have listened to today’s speech.” Then, there was a non-Ahmadi guest, Murtaza Sahib, from Iran. He says, “Today, I became aware of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at and the status “of Khalifat-ul-Masih for the first time.
“People create a lot of propaganda in the world against Islam. “Today, your Khalifa gave all of them an outstanding answer. “The state of the Muslims is such that they are not even aware of their belief and faith. “These people should learn Islam from your Khalifa.”
The truth is that the reality of the teachings of Islam can only be understood by attaching oneself to the Imam of the time, the Promised Mahdi and Messiah (as). Until these Muslims do not realise that they have to pledge initiation to the Promised Messiah (as),
They will not be able to learn about the true Islam. Nevertheless, he says, “Today, the Khalifa made it clear what Jihad truly means “and how it is being misinterpreted. “The incidents presented by the Khalifa in relation to the initial period of Islam
“and account of the Holy Prophet (saw) prove that Islam is a peaceful religion. “This is the first time in my life “that I have heard the message of Islam explained with such wisdom.” Then, a non-Ahmadi guest from Marrakesh, Sufyan Sahib, says, “From today’s address I realised
“that you people are in fact the true and real Muslims and those people, “who say that you are not Muslims, are completely incorrect. “Everything the Maulvis [religious clerics] taught me about Ahmadis from my childhood was false. “In France, people are afraid of Islam and Muslims.
“We did not know how to defend Islam and how to address their fears. “Today, your Khalifa defended Islam in an excellent manner.” As I mentioned before, one can only learn about the actual Islamic teaching after taking the oath of allegiance to the Promised Messiah (as).
Jacob Sahib was another guest in attendance and belongs to the Christian faith states, “The world needs more events such as this one. “Your Khalifa is bringing the people of different nations and faiths together. “He has told us that the terrorists are working to accomplish a political objective.
“Religion stands for good and should not be feared. “His Holiness repeatedly spoke about freedom. “All of this was something new for the French people “as they have an utterly different perception of Islam.” Mackseen Onfraze, was another guest and works for a think tank stated, “Today is a wonderful day of my life.
“I had the chance to directly listen to your Caliph. “He was correct in saying that we are currently passing through such dark times “which is filled with hate. “However, he also taught us that this not due to faith, and that people need not fear Islam.
“His Holiness is absolutely correct in saying that the terrorists have hijacked faith “in order to fulfil their political agenda. “I completely agree with him on this.” He then further he stated, “His Holiness explained to us how we can leave this world a better place
“for our future generations in light of the Islamic teachings.” He further stated, “This address should be published and shared with all of us.” This was the impression by a member of a think tank. Then, as I mentioned earlier, there was an event in UNESCO on 8th October which was attended by ninety-one guests.
The ambassador of Mali in UNESCO, the Ministers of French Internal and External Affairs, the Counsellor to the Ministry of Religious Affairs in France, the Director of the Religious Department, the President of the NATO Memorial, Members of Parliament, Counsellor, Mayors and other people connected with different institutions of the government
Also participated in this event. While expressing his views, Umar Qaida sahib, the ambassador from Mali at UNESCO, stated, “The Head of the Ahmadiyya Community is spreading peace, “and I would like to congratulate him in this regard. “UNESCO is an ideal place to speak about peace.”
He also spoke about how he came to learn about so many things from this address, and he stated, “This is precisely what the Muslim Ummah needs right now.” He is a Muslim himself and lives in Mali. He said, “The concept of universal justice and harmony depicted
“by His Holiness is a vital need of the world today.” The President of NATO memorial, Mr Branton, expressed his pleasure at attending this event. He stated, “This conference was very significant and historic. “It can lead to the establishment of peace, tolerance and brotherhood.
“I wish for everyone to listen to the message of Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.” He then stated, “His Holiness speaks about true Islam which teaches peace and tolerance. “This message is completely different than the actions of terrorists. “His Holiness is putting a lot of effort into promoting this message of peace.”
He then further said, “This is an essential task, and we are also ready to support him.” He then stated, “Every single one of us should strive towards the establishment of peace. “This work should be carried out on all levels, and in this regard, “we should all lead by example.”
Diyalo Sahib, the president of the Catholic organisation associated with Mali, which is located in France, also attended this event. He stated, “I knew about Ahmadis from before. “All faiths should spread the message that we received today to others. “After listening to this beautiful address of His Holiness,
“I now have this ardent desire to pray for the progress of Islam.” He himself however is a Catholic. He then stated, “All of the world’s problems would be resolved if the Islam “that His Holiness speaks about is established in the world.
“When there is respect for the feelings of others, peace will become prevalent everywhere. “There is a dire need of establishing mutual respect. “Each one of us follows their respective faiths. “However, we have one common belief, which is the existence of God.” Another guest, Bernard Sahib stated, “The Islam presented before us today
“was completely different than the propaganda we see on the television. “This is true Islam.” He said, “Today, I acquired knowledge about the Holy Prophet (saw) “and how he established a great society in Medina. “Today, I found out about Islam’s significant role in education “and spreading knowledge worldwide.”
A member of a human rights’ federation in France also attended this event. He stated, “This speech was excellent and insightful. “The steps needed for education and its advancement were mentioned in detail. “His Holiness also mentioned the services rendered by Islam in the field of education. “It was fascinating to learn about this.”
A city council member also attended this event. He stated, “I am in charge of the department in the council “that works to tackle against issues of racism.” Then he stated: “I find what His Holiness said today, particularly, “when he spoke about facilitating equal opportunities for the women to attain education
“and establishing mutual harmony in religious matters extremely important. “This is vital. “Then His Holiness mentioned about the educational and health-related projects “which the Jama’at started in the deprived areas of Africa. “Usually, when Islam is discussed in France or other nations, various fears are mentioned.
“Islamophobia is prevalent in our society, so I was delighted to get an opportunity to hear “positive things about Islam.” He states, “I wanted to come here to find out more about your Community and how it works. “Hence, my wish was fulfilled.” Another guest, Alexandar sahib, Stated, “The Caliph presented a message of peace
“and his speech was full of truth. “His Holiness expressed his views confidently and categorically. “I believe that the Ahmadiyya Community has clearly explained the subject of slavery. “This message was magnificent, and out of all the Muslims, Ahmadis have presented this message, “which is a small Community.”
A journalist in attendance says, “I listened to the address which was wonderful. “I was especially amazed to hear just how much Islam has contributed in the world “towards the advancement in education, to learn about the huge role of the Muslims “in this regard and [His Holiness] gave numerous examples of these.
“In this address, His Holiness gave examples from the Holy Qur’an “and from the [life] of the Holy Prophet (saw) about how they established a peaceful society.” She further says, “I have learnt a great deal today”. A guest by the name of Mr Bezio Waleez, a charity worker, says,
“It was a very important function and the message was wonderful and historic. “It was such a message that the whole world needs to hear. “I have learnt so much from this address and I have come to learn the true meaning “and importance of peace.”
Then there was the opening of the mosque in Strasbourg, which is another city in France, near the border of Germany. Approximately 191 guests were in attendance, among whom was a member of parliament, 5 mayors of different locations, representatives of different religions, heads of different associations, people from various fields and departments,
And also people from all the smaller neighbouring villages. These people came especially due to the fact that they had reservations against Islam, rather some harboured hate, but when they came and attended, their impressions were completely changed. Martine, a member of parliament says, “I am so pleased that His Holiness delivered
“such an insightful speech, addressing peace and brotherhood, “and this message was for the whole world.” She then says, “Ahmadi Muslims are so active, are always ready to go out “and do something and their motto really emanates from their actions.”
She then says, “I shall come visit again some time when there are fewer people around, “so that we can freely sit and discuss. “In doing so I will have a better understanding of your values “and this is very necessary for the betterment of our society.”
She then says, “Your Caliph spoke about peace and tolerance “which is a very important message for France and the French people. “The French people need to know that the Islam we hear about in the media is very different “indeed from the true Islam. “We need to learn about the true Islam.”
A Deputy President of one of the departments from the council of Berin, attended the function. He says, “We have a Buddhist European Centre for the Tibetans in our area. “I know a fair amount about different religions and am fully aware “of the services of the Christians, Jews, Judeo-Christians, Buddhists etc.,
“but I am so impressed after listening to the address today, “firstly due to the words of His Holiness, “and secondly, due to his concept of ‘Love for all, hatred for none’. “He presented a complete image of Islam. “He spoke about Islam in a manner which is completely different
“to the way Islam is portrayed and understood nowadays. “His words and views are in complete accordance with one another. “He firmly believes in keeping his doors open for everyone “and I have learnt so much from today’s address, and this is surely the path to peace.”
Mr Queba and another woman, who perhaps is his wife, were also in attendance at the opening of the mosque in Strasbourg. They said, “Prior to accepting the invitation to this function, “we conducted some research on the internet and learnt about your Community. “After learning about the efforts of the Community,
“we whole-heartedly accepted the invitation “and the aspect which really pleased us was the fact that inter-religious “and mutual understanding was further developed. “Furthermore, the Islamic teachings on human rights, in particular those of the neighbours “were really highlighted in the address.”
Hence, prior to attending our events, many of the attendees research about our Community via the internet and learn a great deal about the true teachings of Islam. One guest said, “I find it impossible to express my feelings at this moment. “I had no idea before of this Community within Islam.
“I met some members of the Community who invited me to this event, “so I conducted some research on the internet and decided to come, “and what a great decision that was! I cannot leave without praising what I have heard today. “This is a peaceful branch of Islam and the true image of Islam.
“This is such an Islam which is filled with humanity and love. “I am now aware that the Islam we are presented is in fact not Islam one bit, “it is something completely different. “I have also learnt that the Islamic moral teachings are the same as those of Christianity.”
These people have no choice but to say this, but in private sittings many also expressed that [the moral teachings of Islam] are far greater than those of Christianity. He then says, “Having heard what the Caliph had to say, “I am certain that this is an extraordinary Community.”
Mr. Justin, the President of the District Council in the city says, “In the beginning I had many reservations when I heard that a mosque was going to be built here, “but after hearing that your motto is ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’, I thought to myself that,
“how could I not accept [the invitation] of those “who raise such a loving slogan in this day and age? “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community can act like a sword “and play a vital role in fighting terrorism and extremism. “In France, the people do not yet know enough about the Community,
“but we should look to the viewpoint of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in tackling extremism “and the current problems and we should learn from them, “which is why you have a great task ahead of you.”
Mr Lukinsar, the Mayor of one of the cities says, “This is the first time I have attended a mosque. “If this is what it is to enter a mosque, as I have witnessed today, “then I shall come to the mosque on a daily basis.
“I was so pleased to come to the mosque and I felt so much comfort and peace “that I cannot begin to describe it.” Thereafter, we travelled to Germany and on 14th October the mosque in Wiesbaden was inaugurated. The inaugural ceremony took place in a well-known hall there
As there was limited space in the actual precinct of the mosque. A total of 370 guests attended this function, including the Lord Mayor, among others. There were also members of the Provincial Assembly and government representatives of different ministries. There were directors of different departments of the government, police officers,
Priests, professors, doctors, lawyers etc. and people of all walks of life. The Priest of a Catholic Church said, “His Holiness covered all the points in a very comprehensive manner “and I agree 100% with all the points mentioned by His Holiness in his address;
“to love others and to pay the due rights of God Almighty all form part “of my own beliefs and teachings as well. “Similarly, till this day I had never heard such a broad “and comprehensive explanation of the God of Islam,
“in which not only was His Perfect Unity mentioned, but also that He is the same One God “and Lord of all religions, nations and civilisations and that He is All-Knowing “and distinguishes not between any of His creation in neither creed nor nation, “when it comes to doing good to them.”
He then says, “How great would it be if all the leaders of the world “would deliver such speeches about peace. “I now wish to remain in contact with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community “and I will certainly come to visit the mosque.” These people themselves have entertained the idea that the God of Islam
And the God of Christianity are not the same, but when they are told the truth, they have no choice but to accept it. A representative of a Church in Mainz was also in attendance. He says, “What His Holiness said about the rights of neighbours
“and the Islamic teachings he presented was very much new to me and very interesting. “This is the first time I have heard any religious leader give so much emphasis “on the rights of neighbours.” A lawyer from a law firm says, “The broadmindedness of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
“had already amazed those in my office, “but after hearing what you said about the rights of neighbours “and the vastness of the definition of a neighbour whereby the whole city is counted, “has left me even more astonished. “Likewise, the scope of attention and sympathy of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
“has become even wider for those who live in this city.” Another guest, Susan, who is a teacher says, “What I liked most of this address was “that all mankind has One Creator and we all believe in the same God. “This is something we should all keep in mind.”
Vonnie, who belongs to the ‘Die Grüne’ party and works in the Integration department in the Wiesbaden Parliament, says, “This address was very inspiring. “One thing which was really important to me “and which I shall never forget was “that all Ahmadi Muslims should become beneficial citizens in their area.
“Not only should the Ahmadis act upon this, we should all do so. “If all the Muslim groups were open-minded like the Ahmadi Muslims, “then it would become so easy for us to co-exist.” Here I would like to make it clear that although we do live together
But at times there are some who tend to show weakness [and compromise their own teachings]. Thus, you should speak to others whilst remaining grounded within the teachings of Islam, and by staying within this sphere of moral conduct, we can tell others about our teachings, so there is no need to fear.
The meaning of integration is to display high moral conduct whilst explaining the teachings of Islam. Nevertheless, I shall now present the impressions of the next guest who is a school teacher. He says, “This was the first time I came to know about your Community “and the organisation was fantastic.
“I found it very important that the Caliph said more attention needs to be given on tolerance “and that we should treat followers of other religions, “and in fact the whole world with love and affection. “This is rarely witnessed in our society these days and other religions are also forgetting this.
“However, you have given importance to these values. “I will now certainly visit your mosque and seek the answers to all the questions “that are in my mind.” A doctor from a local hospital said, “If religious figures give the teachings that were presented today “by the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community in his speech,
“then we would be able to establish respect for one another in our society. “The Church must also promote a similar message. “At present, there are many questions that Church has failed to address.” He further says: “The Church has so far avoided answering many of the questions
“that the Imam of Ahmadiyya Community raised and answered from many angles, “and without any hesitation he elaborated on the Islamic teachings.” He then says: “The most pleasing aspect is that all of His Holiness’s explanations “and commentaries are such that it establishes peace and harmony.” Haik Bradar Sahiba, a guest said: “His Holiness explained
“that God Almighty is the Lord of all the Worlds “and the depth of this concept interested me greatly. “The most astonishing fact was that although God Almighty is One and without any partner, “but He is the God of all religions and people, Who cares for everyone without any distinction.”
Thus, for the wise and those who deliberate, they are left with no option but to accept Tauhid [the Oneness of God] and is imperative for them to accept the One God, Who is All-Powerful. It is the responsibility of every Ahmadi to spread this message of Tauhid to others.
Bawar Sahiba says: “It was a great honour for me to be a part of this blessed gathering. “All the reservations and misconceptions that I had were removed “by Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community where he explained and outlined the Islamic teachings. “I have now understood many things.”
One guest remarked: “The most important teaching to establish peace that was mentioned “in the speech was that one should always be mindful of the values and beliefs of others. “I was aware of the fact that there are many sects within Islam, “but I was completely unaware of this peaceful [Ahmadiyya] Community.”
Mukhtari Sahib, who works in the Wiesbaden Police force said, “Todays program demonstrates that Muslims wish to present a different side of Islam, “which proves that in reality Islam is a peaceful religion. “I really liked the idea mentioned by the Caliph that the Ahmadiyya Community “run projects in Africa.”
The Baitul Hameed Mosque was also inaugurated in Fulda and 330 guests attended the ceremony. The Lord Mayor was in attendance, however, after welcoming us outside he then left. The Mayors of other localities were present as well as council members, former Member of Parliaments and chairmen of various parties.
The chairman of Round Table – which is a religious committee – was also present. The people of Fulda have many reservations about Muslims, in fact, there is opposition there. This was an old centre for Christianity and is famous for upholding their traditions. It is the wish of the Church to uphold their traditions,
However the people of that area are also moving away from Christian values altogether. Owing to this fear, not all of the Church representatives attended the event. Similarly, some Members of Parliament did not attend the event
And it was for the same reason the Lord Mayor said that he would not like to speak at the event. Instead he said he would welcome everyone and also sat down but owing to fear of opposition he did not sit on the stage.
The sentiments of some of the guests that attended the event is as follows: Regarding the part of my speech where I mentioned that all of us ought to unite on a common ground and through this we can achieve global peace, Haral Sahib said,
“Given the circumstances of the present global climate, the [aforementioned] principle “that was outlined is worthy of being followed “and this in fact is exactly what the world needs at this moment in time.” He then said: “I now know that whatever we had been informed about Islam
“previously was not an accurate representation of the true teachings of Islam. “Therefore, todays event was beneficial and the message I take back is of peace.” A teacher of a local school said: “This message ought to be played in school to the students
“and they ought to be asked which religion presents such a beautiful teaching?” He then said: “At the very least, I would like to be given a copy of the proceedings “so I can share the evenings atmosphere with my students.”
A mayor of a neighbouring town said: “The Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community addressed both “the reservations and also explained the true teachings. “He clearly highlighted the reasons why there is agitation in certain parts of the society “and the reasons why the peace of the society is being destroyed.
“Despite all this, he never injured the sentiments of any other sect or faction of society, “rather he spoke whilst explaining human values “and presented ‘food for thought’ for the entire world at large.” Doctor Kolor said: “I was greatly impressed by how receptive the Ahmadiyya Community is,
“which was explained by the Caliph when he said that in order to uphold the rights of others, “everyone must open their hearts and remove all misconceptions.” She goes on to say: “I also strive to ensure that there is religious tolerance in my hospital “and that people are content through spirituality.
“I found this very peace and contentment in this event “and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to come here today.” As mentioned previously, there was a speech on the topic of Islam and Europe or the comparison between civilisation and culture.
In this event there were 27 members of the national assembly including; 3 representatives from the Foreign Office – among them there were directors of religion and politics; 5 professors; Vice-President of the Berlin University and Professor Steinbach, who is an accredited Professor of Middle Eastern Studies in Germany.
In addition to this there were political officers of the French and United States Embassy’s, various representatives of the government, religious figures, representatives of the church and other communities. There were also representatives from the Press and Media, as well as Amnesty International.
Alexander Sahib, who is a member of parliament said: “The message of peace and harmony “that was explained by His Holiness was based on the teachings of the Holy Quran “and supported those teachings with the help of the Quran and the example of the founder of Islam.
“Although the subject of the address was novel and dealt with contemporary issues, “however, the Caliph supported his views with original Islamic sources. “This proves that from the outset, Islam and the Holy Quran teaches compassion, “peace and harmony amongst all of mankind. “In my opinion this address ought to spread far and wide
“so that people in the west would understand the true teachings of Islam.” Neils Annen, who is the Minister of State said: “Having listened to the explanation “and analysis in which the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community explained introduced
“Islam and Ahmadiyyat as well as introducing how religion as a whole plays a role in society, “I feel that the Ahmadiyya Community strives for the rights of human values. “This not only safeguards the rights of a certain religion or sect, “rather, it supports human values on a global scale.”
Christopher Stakes Sahib said: “I have seldom attended a program “or seen such a program organised by a Muslim community “where the atmosphere of the event was so peaceful, and the speeches at the event were “so comprehensive and inclusive. “It pleased me to see that someone was able to highlight the hidden conflicts concealed
“behind the seemingly progressing and civilised society.” He further said, “His Holiness clearly outlined the dangers of the impending nuclear war.” Christian Bishal Sahib, who is a Member of Parliament, said, “The Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community correctly pointed out crux of the current problems, “and since he has correctly identified them, therefore the remedies
“he pointed out for solving the agitation among the people are lasting.” Zakeleen Sahiba, another Member of Parliament said, “The Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community highlighted his beliefs from various angles “and left no ambiguities.” She then said that she agreed with every word of the speech.
Professor Herbert Hede said: “By ensuring that their members seek education, “the Ahmadiyya Community has distinguished itself from all other religious movements. “The outcome of a community that places so much emphasis on education “is that they would go on to lead others, as opposed to follow something blindly.”
Axel Sahib, a Member of Parliament said: “I will go home and read this address again. “I will spread its message as far as I am able to.” Hispain Leden Sahiba said, “I do not ascribe to any faith but the manner “in which the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Community has shown compassion
“for our future generations and warned the leadership “of the consequences has had a profound effect on me. “It is my desire to spread this message so that humanity at large could realise this “and so that they take responsibility for our future generations.” Professor Christopher Walikman said: “I really enjoyed the programme
“and I learnt a lot from listening to the address. “I have also noted down many references of the Holy Quran that were mentioned in the address. “I will now read the address again when I reach home.” A Christian guest states, “Prior to this event, I had never heard
“how much emphasis Islam lays upon peace and seeks for its establishment. “I am delighted that the address of the Head of the Ahmadiyya Community was heard “by the representatives of various political parties. “Similarly, I saw a Jewish Rabbis and Muslims from other sects here as well.”
Another guest commented, “The attention of every individual was drawn “towards their responsibilities as to how they can establish peace. “His Holiness explained in very simple terms that mankind must live with one another “with a spirit of peace and love and one of the most important factors “for this is to respect one another.
“His Holiness also mentioned that there are plentiful resources in the world “and enough for everyone if they are utilised properly.” Another guests said, “His Holiness directed our attention towards various aspects. “The very first thing he mentioned was that in today’s society,
“religion is not given any importance and is seen in a negative manner. “As Christians, we also feel the same. “Aside from this, what I felt was extremely important “in His Holiness’ address was the importance of education and moral training. “In this regard, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a model for everyone.
“If people were to realise what their Holy Book teaches, “they will be safeguarded from many of the ills of today.” “Thus, it is the responsibility of the Ahmadi youth to pay particular attention “towards reading and studying the Holy Qur’an.” They should then inform others of its teachings and they will have no choice
But to ponder over it, learn of its wisdom and act upon it and accept it. One of the guests in attendance was a spokesperson for Amnesty International. He states, “I was extremely pleased from what I heard today. “The explanation of civilisation and culture with reference
“to the second caliph [of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community] “and their relationship with one another is something “that even the intellectuals of today cannot refute.” He further states, “The Caliph has elucidated upon “the verses of the Holy Qur’an in an excellent manner. “These are the same verses which the opponents of Islam
“present by taking them out from its context.” Another guest, Nahondi Sahiba, states, “By circulating this address on a wide-scale to Europe “will help remove the reservations and negative views people have about Islam.” The Mehdiabad Mosque was also inaugurated and members of Germany’s National Parliament, the Lord Mayor, members of the Provincial Assembly, speaker
And deputy speaker of the Provincial Assembly, 5 local mayors of the area and 5 chairmen of parliament and approximately 170 guests were present. One of the guests in attendance was the vice mayor, she said, “I will certainly go back and spread the words of the Caliph. “Whenever anyone levels an allegation against Islam,
“I will try to defend Islam by presenting the words of the Caliph. “His Holiness did not only address us but also the members of his Community “and told them after building the mosque, they must serve mankind even more than before.” A guest, Angelica Sahiba, said, “From today’s address I learnt
“that we should assess our general day-to-day conduct with others. “We must extend our help to our friends and strangers alike.” Another guest stated, “We were extremely delighted to have attended this event. “Many of our reservations have been removed and the manner
“in which tolerance was explained is something that is of importance to all faiths.” Another guest, Unsaya Ulaf Sahib, who is a consultant of the minister of president, he states, “What I liked most about the address by His Holiness was “that he mentioned such aspects which lead to establishing unity amongst all faiths.
“I am a member of a Christian church and despite there being many difference between our faith “and the manner in which we worship, yet the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community “highlighted such aspects which everyone can agree to.
“I personally believe that we all have One God, however we worship Him in different forms.” Nevertheless, they are accepting the truth even if it is just this to extent. Paitak Sahib was another guest in attendance, he states, “In his address, His Holiness beautifully explained the status of women
“and shows the true status of a woman in Islam and the honour of women in society.” May Allah the Almighty enable their hearts to understand the true teaching of Islam, enable them to accept its teachings, believe in the true concept of the Unity of God
And come under the flag of the Holy Prophet (saw). This is the only means to attain prosperity because their temporary worldly progress cannot secure the means to attain true prosperity. I would also like to mention some details regarding media coverage.
News reports were published in Holland by two media channels, RTV Nunspeet and Euro Times, and 70,000 people received its coverage. During the Bait-ul-Afiyat Mosque opening, a news channel of Almere reported on this event which reached out to 1.5 million people. Similarly, thousands of people received this news through various social media platforms.
They have estimated that the total media coverage during the tour of Holland reached to 16 million people. Majority of this coverage was in regards to the opening of the mosque in Almere which was covered by a national TV channel.
A national news agency of France published an article on the address delivered in UNESCO. The author of the article wrote at the end that he was surprised that the Khalifah did not mention anything about the persecution against Ahmadis. In relation to the Mahdi Mosque opening in Strasbourg,
The DNA newspaper published a report and was also covered by a radio channel. Through these various media outlets, the news reached out to millions of people. In Germany, there were events held in Wiesbaden, Fulda, Berlin and Mahdiabad. According to the report of their secretary for external affairs,
The message was conveyed to approximately 49 million people through 13 newspaper reports, 4 TV channels, one radio station and 13 reports through electronic media. Similarly, The Review of Religions conveyed the message through their various means to approximaltey 1.5 million people.
As I mentioned earlier that may Allah enable the people to understand this message. After the Friday Prayers, I shall lead a funeral prayer in absentia of respected Maulvi Mahmood Ahmad Sahib who was a missionary from Palghat, Kerala, India. He passed away on 15th October at the age of 54:
“Surely to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.” Ahmadiyyat entered his family through his father, respected Maulvi K Muhammad Alvi Sahib, who was a very prominent scholar of the non-Ahmadis. Owing to his acceptance of Ahmadiyyat, he faced intense opposition. Hundreds of people in the province of Kerala accepted Ahmadiyyat through him
Maulvi K Mahmood Ahmad Sahib left his college studies on the advice of his father and joined Jamia Ahmadiyya and graduated in 1988. He was a great scholar, very pious and regular in his prayers, observing the fasts and offering the Tahajjud prayer. He was extremely devout in his worship, looked after the poor,
Extremely patient and full of gratitude and a sincere person. He had a very deep knowledge of the Holy Quran, Ahadith, book of the Promised Messiah (as) and the Khulafa. He was very proficient in Arabic, Malayalam and Tamil. He also kept his own personal library which included many rare and unique books.
He had the opportunity to serve in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Lakashadweep and outside of India, he served in Kuwait. He was a very good speaker and debater. Upon the instruction of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh), he had the opportunity to debate against a very staunch opponent of the Jama’at along
With respected Maulana Dost Muhammad Shahid Sahib and Hafiz Muzaffar Ahmad Sahib. The deceased was a Musi and leaves behind two wives and three daughters. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, two of his son-in-laws are also life-devotees. One of his son-in-laws writes, “In vacation of his final year during his Jamia studies,
“he did not go home on the instruction of his father “and instead dedicated the entire time to study the books of the Promised Messiah (as).” This is a great example for the students of Jamia. In order to completely wipe out Ahmadiyyat from Kerala, all of the non-Ahmadi Muslim sects got together
And formed an organisation called Anjuman Isha’at-e-Islam. This organisation travelled all across Kerala and held gatherings in which they spoke against the Ahmadiyya Community and raised allegations against the writings of the Promised Messiah (as). In response to this, the Jama’at held various gatherings which were all conducted under the lead of Maulvi Mahmood Sahib.
The Jama’at had very historic debates against the Anjuman Isha’at-e-Islam in 1998 and in 2015 and the deceased had the opportunity to represent the Jama’at as its debater. Aside from this, he also had the opportunity successfully debate against the Ahle-Quran and Ahle Hadith sects. The deceased was very regular in his prayers
And began observing the Tahajjud prayer from a very young age. His son-in-law writes that there is an incident from his youth that once the deceased could not offer his Tahajjud prayer. Upon this his father said to him, “Son, do you not wish to attain the status of Maqam-e-Mahmood?”
“After this, he always remembered this advice and adhered to this for the rest of his life, “to the extent that despite his illness and state of extreme weakness, he adhered to this. He had a bond of great love and affection for Khilafat and was extremely loyal. “In any Talimi, Tarbiyyati and Tablighi sitting,
“he would always devote a large part of the time to speak about the subject of Khilafat “and would often become very emotional when speaking on this subject. “In 2015, a lady, along with her children, accepted Ahmadiyyat “and her husband was out of the country at the time.
“When he returned, the deceased preached to him “and he asked why it was essential to believe in Khilafat. “Upon this, the deceased spoke about the status of Khilafat “and its important and blessings in such an emotional manner “that tears began to flow from his eyes.
“Although he had heard everything else as well but this in particular “had such a profound impact on the non-Ahmadi that he immediately accepted Ahmadiyyat.” In reality, he was a Sultan-e-Naseer [great helper] of Khilafat. May God Almighty grant him His mercy and forgiveness.
May He elevate his status and enable his progeny to continue his good deeds. 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.