Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2014
Today also I will relate some of the accounts narrated by Hadhrat Musleh Maud, which shed light upon various aspects of the life of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace. Further it illustrates various angles in the life of Hadhrat Musleh Maud himself, may Allah be pleased with him.
Hadhrat Musleh Maud says regarding himself, that I should tell you intellectually or academically, that I did not accept the Promised Messiah simply because he was my father. Rather, when I was eleven years old I made a firm resolve, that if through my research
I found the Promised Messiah, God forbid, to be false, I would leave my home. However, I understood and comprehended his truthfulness. My faith continuously enhanced; to the extent that when the Promised Messiah passed away, my faith and conviction only strengthened further.
Then Hadhrat Musleh Maud says, that when he took the bai’at by hand, then he was so overwhelmed with emotions and sentiments, at the age of ten, which cannot be adequately expressed in words. Regarding how the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, used to encourage and advise
To pray and supplicate towards God, even when they were children; In one place Hadhrat Musleh Maud says regarding this: “The chosen one of Allah the Almighty, the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, to whom Allah the Almighty had said: ‘I shall accept all your prayers, but not in the matter of your collaterals’.”
This was a promise, that ‘I shall accept all your prayers, but not in the matter of your collaterals’. Hadhrat Musleh Maud says, “when the court case of Henry Martin Clark was occurring, I was only nine years of age.” “Yet the Promised Messiah requested me for prayers.”
That is, the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would ask Hadhrat Musleh Maud for prayers at nine years of age. “He would also say to the male and female servants at home to pray for him.” “So thus, when he who Allah the Almighty had promised to fulfil all his prayers,
Had considered it necessary to ask others to supplicate for him, imagine how important it is for others to give attention towards this.” In terms of this revelation, that was given to the Promised Messiah, that ‘I shall accept all your prayers, but not in the matter of your collaterals’.
Some people may not be familiar with, or know of this. The Promised Messiah was praying in context of a court case. It involved some of his close relatives, who had taken the matter to court, so that they could take a share in the property of his family.
The brother of the Promised Messiah, the late Mirza Ghulam Qadir Sahib, was fighting in the court on behalf of his family. On the other side there was a government official, who was also related to them. Nonetheless, Mirza Ghulam Qadir Sahib firmly believed that the court case would be decided
In their favour, because the property was under their control and had been so for generations. But when the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, prayed, he received this revelation: The translation of which is: ‘I shall accept all your prayers, but not in the matter of your collaterals.’
The Promised Messiah said thereafter to his family and relatives, that do not needlessly waste your money on court cases and lawyers because you will lose. His brother however believed that he would win the court case. Finally, the verdict was delivered in the lower court in favour of the Promised Messiah’s brother.
There was then an appeal in the Chief Court, where ultimately they lost the case. So the Promised Messiah said: ‘How could this have been possible for you to win this court case, when Allah the Almighty had clearly said otherwise’.
Although Hadhrat Musleh Maud, in the latter part of this account, has spoken with reference to prayers and supplications, but actually he was counselling and advising doctors. Here, teams of doctors immediately convene when there are serious or critical matters. Now, in Pakistan and other countries, this is exactly what occurs.
However, at times there are certain doctors who think that because they are the ones treating a patient, therefore only their treatment should be administered and no other advice or opinion should be ascertained. Hadhrat Sara Begum Sahiba was the wife of Hadhrat Musleh Maud. She died at childbirth.
Regarding this Hadhrat Musleh Maud has said, that doctors should have taken consultation. If they had done so in this situation, then perhaps one of the lives could have been saved. This is why Hadhrat Musleh Maud has said, that if the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace,
Who Allah the Almighty had said his prayers would all be accepted and fulfilled – yet he is asking others for prayers. So thus, other people within their fields and work, if they need to consult or are in need prayers, then they certainly should act upon this. Hadhrat Musleh Maud says regarding himself:
“At the house of Dr Mohammad Hussain Shah Sahib, during the journey where the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, passed away, once Doctor Mirza Yaqoob Sahib came to give him news about the coming of a retired Hindu Session Judge who had come to meet the Promised Messiah.
The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, said at the time: ‘I am ill, however Mahmood is also ill. ‘I am very concerned about his health so with due attention treat him’. So he forgot about his own illness and he was aware that his son was going to become
The Musleh Maud, the Promised son and Reformer, and this is why he was concerned. There is a well-known account of the court case regarding a wall, which was fought at the time of the Promised Messiah, where opponents within his own family and relatives
Constructed a wall on the path to the mosque and therefore obstructed the route. Regarding this, Hadhrat Musleh Maud, may Allah be pleased with him, has narrated the following: “That although I was a child, I clearly recall that our own relatives
Would plant sticks and pegs, so that when guests would come to say their prayers, then in the darkness of the night they should stumble.” “This is what occurred and when the pegs and sticks were uprooted, they began fighting.” “I similarly remember that the opponents had put up a wall outside Masjid Mubarik.”
“Some Ahmadies became passionate and emotional and desired to bring down the wall, but the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, said: ‘It is our duty to show patience and to abide by the law’.” “I remember that I was a child and that with the grace of the Almighty Allah,
From childhood I would see true dreams.” “In a dream I saw that the wall was being taken down.” “People are lifting up one brick at a time and throwing it away.” “I learned in a dream, that some time before this, it had rained.”
“In the same circumstance, I saw in the dream, that Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih the First is coming from the direction of the mosque.” Hadhrat Musleh Maud says, when the court’s verdict came and the wall was taken down, then this is exactly what actually happened.
It rained on that day and after his Dars, when Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih the First was returning, the wall was being taken down at the time. I was also standing there. Because I had already mentioned this dream to Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih the First,
So as soon as he saw me, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih the First said: “Mian, see today your dream has been fulfilled.” Then Hadhrat Musleh Maud, again speaking about this same time period, says: “There was even an era when in the life of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace,
The opponents had closed or obstructed the door of the mosque.” “The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would arrange for the purdah in his home and lead people through his house to the mosque.” “Some people had to take a very long route.” “This path remained closed for six months to a year.”
“Finally, there was a court case and Allah the Almighty provided such means where ultimately the wall was felled.” Now those who visit Qadian can see, that with the grace of the Almighty Allah, very spacious and wide roads and paths have been made.
Regarding encouraging children, Hadhrat Musleh Maud has said, relating one of his own accounts: “I remember something from childhood.” “Whenever my mother would become angry, she would say that his head is very small.” That is the head of Hadhrat Musleh Maud she was referring to.
“I remember that the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would say that this does not matter.” “Rattigan, who was a very famous lawyer and his capability was renowned in the entire nation, also possessed a small head.” “The Promised Messiah says a large head does not prove or give evidence that one is intelligent.”
“One who deprives his children from education, knowledge and spiritual insight; he may have a large head, yet he will be devoid of wit and intelligence.” “One who does not possess enough of a mind or intellect to understand what Allah, His Messenger
Or the Quran actually are, what spiritual insight or knowledge could they possibly ascertain?” So the real and actual thing, which matters is, that we should understand the commandments and injunctions of Allah and His Messenger. We should reflect upon them and we should understand the Holy Quran.
This is the reality through which the mind can be truly illuminated and enlightened. Regarding loyalty to the government, in one place Hadhrat Musleh Maud has said: “When I was a child and starting to understand things, I heard the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, enjoin loyalty to the government.”
“I remained so firmly resolved on adhering to this loyalty, that I would differ with my close friends and even Jamaat leaders.” Some people are keen to debate on such matters and they say that as a result of such and such thing, we should not obey the command of the government.
Except where the government places restrictions on Islamic law, otherwise not. Explaining this elsewhere further, Hadhrat Musleh Maud says, that the Promised Messiah said: “The British government is a blessing from God.” “This does not mean that the people of the British government are very pious and are close to the teachings of Islam.”
“They also have cruel people who are immoral, sinners, performing every manner of vice and bad deeds – so too do we find such people in other nations.” “There are good people found in them, as well as amongst other nations.” “What the blessing is, is that this government hardly ever interferes
Into religious affairs of individuals.” and the matters it does not interfere in, it gives us an opportunity to establish the teachings of Islam.” “So thus it is the grace and blessings of Allah, He has chosen such a government for us.”
This is at a time when the British ruled India, who in individual matters barely interfered. Recently we had the Peace Symposium, where the press reporter said that the same circumstances are here. I replied to him that in matters of religion this government does not interfere.
This is why it is wrong to say, that the circumstances are the same as in Pakistan or the same as in those countries where there are prohibitions against Ahmadies. Nonetheless, Hadhrat Musleh Maud says: “It is possible, if Nazis or fascist people had ruled
Over us, then in some other matters they could have been better than the British.” “It is possible that they would have possessed more fear of God than these people and would have been more just and fair.” “But they would not be giving such individual freedom as the British have.”
“They may have been good in dealing with people, but in terms of the movement they may have been opposed.” “That is, for particular individuals or people they may have been good or favourable, but as a combined community or Jamaat, they would have been opposed.”
“This would infer in such a circumstance, that unless an Islamic government was established, this sphere of establishing Islamic teachings for us, would have been very limited.” “There would be very few commands of Islam that we would have been able to establish.”
“And in this context the Promised Messiah has called the British government a blessing.” Now people raise this allegation that the British have planted the Ahmadiyya community themselves. So the Promised Messiah has only said these words because the British government gave freedom – and he praised them.
The Promised Messiah did not mean that they were more just. It is quite possible that in justice and equity another government may have been better. What is worthy of praise, is that the approach, outlook and style of this Nation, is that they have not given the authority to the state to interfere
In individual and personal matters of the subjects and citizens. In terms of the Jihad of the pen, Hadhrat Musleh Maud has said: “The hearts of prophets are filled with gratefulness.” “Even on the smallest and trivial matters, they feel a lot of gratitude and thankfulness.”
“When the books of the Promised Messiah would be published day and night, then despite the fact that the Promised Messiah would not sleep for nights upon nights, yet when somebody would bring the proof to him at night, then as soon as he came, he would himself get up to receive it.”
“But after the scribe came with the published book, he would himself personally go to receive it.” “He would say alongside ‘Jazakamullah ahsanal jaza’.” “How much effort he has undertaken. Look how much effort they have borne.” “Allah the Almighty give them the best reward.”
“This is despite the fact that he himself would stay awake at nights.” “Many times I would fall asleep seeing the Promised Messiah working and if I ever woke up, I would see him still working and it would continue till morning.”
“Although other people did work for the sake of God, but the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would acutely feel their trouble and pain.” “Why was this?” “It was because in the hearts of the prophets are great feelings and sentiments of kindness, compassion and mercy for other people.”
In terms of how the companions of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would be so considerate, mindful and respectful of the etiquettes and status of the Promised Messiah, that they would be unconcerned for anything else in this manner. Hadhrat Musleh Maud relates one of his accounts.
After narrating this he has drawn attention, that our youth should remember that there are Islamic etiquettes and manners, which they should give attention towards. Hadhrat Musleh Maud actually says during his sermons, that “I have seen that there is no attention given towards teaching youth about Islamic etiquettes.’
“The youth walk around completely informally, with their hands around each other’s necks.” “In fact, they feel nothing in doing this in front of me, because they do not even realise that this is something wrong.” “Their parents and their teachers never gave attention towards their reformation,
Whereas these things have a very deep impact upon our life.” “I have seen that some of the training I received in childhood from certain people, it still has an effect upon me today.” “When I remember those accounts, then I spontaneously pray and supplicate for them.”
“Once I was standing and leaning with my elbow upon someone else’s shoulder, when Master Qadir Buksh Sahib – he was the father of Maulvi Abdul Raheem Dard Sahib – told me off for doing this and said that this was something that was very bad.”
“At the time I was twelve or thirteen years old or thereabout, but whenever I remember that, I pray from my heart for him.” “Similarly, there was a Subedar sahib from Moradabad “ “I remember an account relating to him.”
“As our mother is from Delhi and in Delhi and in fact in Lukhnow, they address others using the Urdu word ‘tum’ which means ‘you’, although ‘aap’ is used for elders.” “Because our mother did not have any other elders present, we did not have the opportunity
To learn from her the use of the Urdu word ‘aap’, (polite version of ‘you’) when addressing elders. “Thus, until I was ten or eleven years old, I would call the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, using the word ‘tum’ (which means ‘you’, but not normally used for elders).”
May Allah the Almighty grant forgiveness to Subedar Sahib and elevate his rank. Hadhrat Musleh Maud says: “Subedar Muhammad Ayub Khan Sahib lived in Moradobad.” “There was a court case in Gurdaspur.” “During a discussion, I said ‘tum’ to Promised Messiah, on whom be peace.” “Subedar Sahib took me to the side and said:
‘You are the son of the Promised Messiah and therefore you have a position of respect.’ ‘But you should remember that you use the word ‘tum’ for someone equal to you, not for elders and respectful people.’ ‘I cannot tolerate this in any way, shape or form being used for the Promised Messiah.’
“So this was the first lesson he gave me regarding this.” So thus, we should give particular attention to Islamic etiquettes and manners. It is particularly true for the people and youth who appear on MTA. Generally speaking, with the grace of the Almighty Allah, there are very good
Programs appearing, but there is one particular program produced from Rabwah nowadays. In it there are missionaries and Waqfeen-e- Zindagis, who are sitting. The manner and style of sitting is extremely inappropriate and wrong. They sit on a chair with their legs open, whilst moving around and have no caps on their heads.
Such programs produced from Rabwah can never be tolerated. Thus from now on, MTA in Pakistan should be mindful of this. The program may be good in terms of its intent and content, but if the presenter or the one conducting the program, is inappropriate, it will never be broadcast.
This is why I have now stopped these programs from being aired again. The missionaries must especially give heed towards this. They have their self-respect, honour and dignity. They should understand that they must uphold this honour and dignity. If an ordinary youth in the world acts in this manner, it would be tolerable.
But when a missionary does so, it is intolerable. Some people have written to me and drawn my attention towards this. Everyone is feeling this, that there is a program produced in Rabwah, where there is a complete lack of dignity and honour. Hadhrat Musleh Maud, may Allah be pleased with him, relates an account,
That “in childhood we also used to play various sports. I would normally play football.” “When people came to Qadian who were cricketers, they prepared a cricket team.” Hadhrat Musleh Maud said: “One day they came to me and said:
Go and request the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, to also come for the game.” “So thus, I went home and at the time the Promised Messiah (as) was writing a book.” “When I explained my purpose of coming, he put down his pen and said:
“Your cricket ball will not even reach outside the ground, whereas I am playing the cricket, the ball of which will reach the corners of the earth.” “Now observe, did the ball of the Promised Messiah, reach the corners of the earth, or not?”
“At this time, in America, Holland, England, Switzerland and Middle East, Africa, Indonesia and in many other countries there are people who know the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace.” “The Government of Philippines would previously not allow us to send a missionary, but in recent days, Bai’ats have started occurring.”
“Only three or four days have passed, when a person wrote a letter to me from Philippines.” Where he said, that ‘consider my letter as pledge of allegiance and please send further literature’. These events are from the time of Hadhrat Musleh Maud. He continues:
“Wherever I learn that there is someone to serve Islam, I immediately write a letter.” So thus he has written, that he also wrote a letter to Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam, Lahore. “I also wrote a Letter to the London Mosque and also to the addresses in Washington, USA.” “Now look, no missionary went to Philippines.”
“But people are automatically becoming acclaimed to Ahmadiyyat.” This is that same cricket ball which the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, hit from Qadian and is now reaching to the ends of the world. This has now become so perfuse widespread, that one is astonished at how Allah the Almighty
Is automatically introducing the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, into the world. I have often related the accounts of people in this respect – in how the Almighty Allah is himself introducing people. When sometimes they see a picture of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, after a time,
They recognise him, or similarly with the photos of the Khulafa. They come to learn that this was the same person who was imparting to them the correct message of Islam. Relating an incident and account, Hadhrat Musleh Maud said:
“Without making hard efforts and toiling, in both religious and worldly matters, one cannot achieve anything.” “The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would say, that ’in our era, all respect and honour has been associated with us, by God.’”
That is to say, that in the era of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, all honour and dignity is linked to the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace. “All honourable people will either be followers of ours, or will be our opponents.” In other words, even if the opponents attain honour,
It will be by virtue of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace. “So the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would say that: ’look at Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib, he is not a major Maulvi.’ ‘There are thousands of such clerics, in India and Punjab.’ ‘His only claim to honour is due to opposing us.’
‘Whether they admit this or not, this is the reality, that today there is honour in either following us, or in opposing us.’ ‘Because the true central focus and object, is us.’ and if opponents attain any honour, it is due to us.’
Expanding on this further, the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, has explained this by saying: ‘One cannot attain reward and blessing until he attains excellence.’ ‘Entering into, or having an interest in religion, will only give benefit through excellences.’ The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, says:
‘Only those benefit from us, who have a strong connection with us.’ ‘Who are either those who oppose us fully, such as Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib and others, – because no one cares about these smaller clerics – ‘or people who have full sincerity and devotion.’
Now, minor clerics have made opposition to the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, a means to earn a living. If they attain any respect and honour, or daily bread to eat, it is only because of this. “A weak bond or connection gives no benefit, in reality, excellences result in blessings.”
“Without this, a person remains deprived from blessings and graces.” “If a person says, that now whatever happens, happens, for we have set sail into the sea.” “If one walks towards God with this mentality, then he will be treated like the earlier ones.” “Ultimately, Allah is not an enemy to anyone.”
“It is necessary for a person to wholly and absolutely submit himself to God and fall upon His threshold. Through this he will attain everything.” “The progress and success, which will become necessitated for him to receive, will be automatically attained.” Thus, every Ahmadi should be mindful of this.
When they have believed, they should submit to God wholly. “Feel the body parts of one who sits near fire. They will all be warm.” “If you touch his face arm or feet, it will feel hot.” “So thus, how can a person who leaves everything and comes near to God and sits before Him,
Yet God’s existence is not visible from him.” “When metal is placed in fire it begins to display some of the elements of the fire, although it is not fire.” “Thus, those who have a close relationship with God, are treated exceptionally.” “Allah the Almighty places the cloak of ‘kun fayakun’ upon them.”
That they say something and it happens “and foolish people even begin to consider them God.” “Whereas all they do, is display the reflection of God.” “So if one wants to derive benefit from religion, then the manner and the way are, that wholly and absolutely devote yourself in submission to God.”
“If the entire body of people, or the whole nation, acts in this way, they will be specially blessed and will attain success and victory in every field.” “It is necessary for our Jamaat to also take this step.” “Many people believe it is enough just to assert something.”
“Whereas one should love Allah the Almighty in such a way, that it becomes something natural, rather than being simply a false claim or assertion.” “Because falsehood and God’s love cannot combine in one place.” “Falsehood is darkness and the love of God is light.” “So how can light and darkness join together?”
Thus, we should constantly assess our own selves. I often draw attention to this, that after coming into the Bai’at, the oath of allegiance of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, we should appear distinct, compared to others. In our belief and conviction of the existence and being of Allah the Almighty,
We should appear distinguished from others and should have a greater belief. In our worship, we should appear distinct from others. In our efforts to establish the highest standards, we should be making greater efforts as compared to anyone else. We should also attain a distinctive status in displaying the highest moral standards.
In abiding by the law, we should be exemplary. In short, in every single aspect an Ahmadi needs to be distinct and distinguish from others. It is only then, that as the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, has said, can we properly avail and benefit from the Bai’at, the oath of allegiance.
Hadhrat Musleh Maud relates an account, relating to kindness and compassion to others. “Once a government official came to meet the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, about an issue.” He said that the non-Ahmadies or the Hindus of Qadian – they would sometimes log false complaints against the Promised Messiah to officials –
So, once an official came to Qadian and said: “These people are your fellow citizens, thus treat them kindly and gently.” The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, responded: “Go and ask Buddeh Shah.” He was a person who lived there. So the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, said:
‘’Ask him if there was even one occasion where he refrained from trying to inflict the greatest amount of harm and damage as possible to me, and then ask him again that have I ever let an opportunity to go to waste, where I ever desisted from treating him kindly and compassionately, without exception.’’
So he kept his head stooped down and remained silent. “This was a glorious example of the Promised Messiah’s morals, on whom be peace.” “So thus, our Jamaat should also be role models in their morals.” “Matters and dealings should be so pure and straightforward, that if one has no money at all,
He still does not touch assets held in trust.” “And they speak so kindly and lovingly, that it has an effect on other people’s hearts.” Explaining that one who becomes used to something, no longer is inconvenienced or pained by it, Hadhrat Musleh Maud says:
‘’I have heard the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, speak on this subject with my very own ears, when he said that Allah the Almighty places two types of trials.’’ “One is the type of trials where a person has a choice.”
“Where he has the option to alleviate the situation or make it easier.” “The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would use as an example that Wudhu, ablution, is also a trial.” “In the winter, when it is freezing and the cold wind is blowing, just the gust of cold wind causes one pain.”
People will not be able to envisage this here. For as in the bathrooms there is heating and there is hot water, but imagine there is no heating, there is cold water and when one has to go about. You can then envisage doing ablution in the winter.
Hadhrat Musleh Maud says, that “a person is commanded by God to perform the Wudhu, the ablution, before offering the prayers.” “Sometimes at the prayer time, hot water may not be available, or at times he may have availability of hot water but it may not be prepared at the time of prayer.”
“Whereas at times he may not even have hot water and only freezing water and thus, he would have to perform the ablution using this water and offer the prayer.” “The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, would say that this is also a trial that God has placed for the believers.”
“But he would say that this is a trial in which a person has an option.” “That is, he is permitted that if the water is cold, he may heat it.” “So as such, this is an optional trial.” Many other examples can be given of optional trials.
“Allah the Almighty has ordained this, but has given him permission that if you are unable to perform the ablution with cold water, then you should heat the water over fire.” “If you do not have fire in your home, you should try to find it from your neighbours.”
“After doing the ablution with hot water, wear proper warm clothes, so you do not feel cold.” People sometimes build water heaters in the Mosques – as a result the water stays warm in it. Thus, poor people who cannot warm water at home,
Should go to the Mosques and perform the ablution through the water heaters. Listeners In the underdeveloped, or less developed countries, can properly envisage and understand this, as well as in fact, the elders among you here. Those who were born here, would perhaps not be able to imagine this,
Because hot water is readily available here. Nonetheless, many of us are aware of this state of affairs in Pakistan, India and in other places. Then he says, that “if there is no facility for a water heater, one can extract water in a bucket from a well and perform the ablution.”
“He would also be able to avoid the cold because in the winter, water from the well is comparatively warmer.” “So thus, if he has no other means, he is able to alleviate his discomfort in this manner.” “Similarly, he would say, that Allah the Almighty ordains that if he wakes up in the morning
And carries out the Fajr prayer, then normally to wake up for the Fajr in the morning in the winter is very difficult and burdensome.” “But if one has ample facilities and provisions, he would not feel discomforted and troubled.”
“For example, if he is in the habit of performing the Tahajjud prayers, what he can do is; at the time of offering the prayers, he should make sure the doors are properly closed, so it remains warm and the cold gust of wind outside cannot enter.”
“Similarly, when he goes to perform the Fajr at the mosque, he can cover himself with a blanket or a light quilt, if he does not have a coat or a warm coat.” “Even one who is poor, he can wear an old waistcoat or coat
And thus he can save himself from the elements of the cold.” “If one is entirely impoverished – he has no blanket, quilt, coat or otherwise, he will not be inflicted on much pain, because he is used to such cold.”
“It is the law of God that one who becomes used to something, is not discomforted by it.” I have witnessed many people in Pakistan, in winter, that whilst we wear warm clothes, the poor person is wearing minimal warm clothing, without socks, is easily walking around
And does not feel the cold and the reason for this is, because he has become used to it. Hadhrat Musleh Maud says, that “for example women sometimes, when cooking over a live fire, where there is wooden coal burning, they sometimes are able to remove the coal or embers, with their own hands
And feel no pain, whereas we would not be able to go even near to that live fire.” So thus, when one becomes used to something, he does not feel any pain. So the first thing is, if one has to pass through a trial, having to endure pain and suffering,
Then he should bear it for the sake of Allah the Almighty. If there is some solution to alleviate the hardship, then he can do so and he should act upon the command and enjoinments of God. If this is not possible, one should become used to it and act in accordance with that.
Once it becomes a habit, this will no longer be a pain or suffering. Hadhrat Musleh Maud does not mention the second part in terms of the second trial, but there is an extract of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace,
Which I should read out; in which he explains the wisdom of trials and tribulations. The Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, says: ‘’Look, Allah was all powerful to prevent any kind of pain, affliction or distress to reach any person and to enable them to only go through a life of pleasure and luxury,
That they lead a royal life and are provided with comfort and enjoyments.” “However, God the Almighty did not make this so.” “There are immense secrets and mysteries in this.” “Observe how dearly parents consider their daughters.” “Often they are dearer to them, than their sons.”
“But finally a time arrives when parents have to separate their daughter from them.” “It requires one to have huge resolve, fortitude and courage.” “From both sides, it is a very miserable and sorrowful state.” That is, at the time when the bride is being seen off, both she and the parents weep.
“After living for fourteen or fifteen years, finally the time comes for this separation.” “A time of great melancholy.” “It should be apt for a foolish person to call this an unkind occasion.” “However, there are some faculties latent within the girl, which are only manifested
When she enters into a relationship with her husband and when she lives amongst the in laws.” “This proves to be a blessing and fortune for both sides and parties concerned.” “This is the same stage for the people of God.” “There are some concealed faculties within them, which are impossible to manifest,
Unless they pass through hardships and difficulties.” “Look, we who relate the morals of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and mention it proudly and boldly, it is only because the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, endured both periods.”
“If this was not the case, how could we present this pre-eminence?” “That is to say, he had to pass through both periods of difficulty and ease.” “Do not look with contempt at times of difficulty, for it attracts God’s pleasure and nearness.”
“To attain this taste of delight, which is received by the accepted and chosen ones of God, all inferior based and worldly desires have to be severed.” “To become the chosen ones of God, one has to endure through hardships and difficulties and be grateful.”
“Every day, he should accept a new type of death upon himself.” “When a person accepts a complete death from worldly desires, greed and one’s self, he is then granted that life which is everlasting and he never dies thereafter.’’ Thus this is a brief sketch of the wisdom of passing through trials.
Hadhrat Musleh Maud said that: “When I was nine or ten years old, another student and I were playing in the home.” “There was a book in the cupboard, upon which there was a blue book cover, which was from the time of our grandfather.” “We were starting to read new fields of knowledge.”
“When I opened the book, it was written, that now Gabriel does not descend.” “I said that this is wrong, for Gabriel still descends on my father.” “The other boy said: ‘No. Gabriel does not descend. It is written in this book.’” “So we started a debate.”
“Finally we went to the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace.” “We both presented our viewpoints.” “He said: ‘What is written in the book is wrong, Gabriel still descends today.’” Hadhrat Musleh Maud relates an incident, saying that “I remember an account of silliness.” “I have recalled this account many a times and laughed
And sometimes I weep, when I reminisce about it.” “However I also greatly respect and honour it.” “Among the accounts of my life I am proud of, includes one of folly. It goes as follows: “One night in the era of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, we were sleeping in the courtyard.”
“It was the summer, clouds started to gather in the sky and thunder roared loudly.” “During this time, near to Qadian, there was lightning.” “Its thunder was so ferocious that every household in Qadian thought that as if the lightning had struck inside their homes.”
“As a result of this thunder and the gathering of the clouds, all people went into the room.” “At this time, those of us sleeping in the courtyard, woke up and went inside.” “I still remember the scene.” “When the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, was going inside,
I put both my hands on the head of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, thinking that if lightning struck, it should hit me and not him.” “Later, when I came to my senses, I laughed at what I had done.”
“For It is we, who will be saved from lightening by the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, rather than the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, being safeguarded through us.” Relating the account of the demise of Hadhrat Maulvi Abdul Kareem Sahib, he says: “In 1905, Maulvi Abdul Kareem Sahib fell ill.”
“I was seventeen years old. It was an age of having fun and playing.” “Maulvi Sahib was ill.” “We would spend our entire day playing.” “One day I took a type of broth to Maulvi Sahib – I do not remember ever enquiring about his well being at any other time.”
“I would believe at the time, that Maulvi Sahib could not even pass away.” “For he would pass away after the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace.” “Maulvi Abdul Kareem Sahib had a temper.” “I took a few lessons of Arabian Nights from him and then that was it.”
“This was the limit of my relationship with him.” “Certainly there were debates that occurred during this time, as to who the angel on the right and the left of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, were.” “Some would say that Maulvi Abdul Kareem was the right angel and some would say
That Mukaram Khalifatul Masih the First was the angel on the right.” “We did not have the fortitude at the time to compare knowledge and tasks.” “It was an age of childishness and to not have mature thought.” “Thus I believe, it was as a result of the love and affection that the First Khalifa
Had towards me, that I favoured the Noor-ud-Deen side.” “Once we inquired from the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, and he corroborated our viewpoint.” “That is to say that Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih the First, was closer to the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace.”
“In short, I had no more relationship with Hadhrat Maulvi Abdul Kareem sahib, except that I held to acclaim his passionate addresses and I was a follower of his love and affection and devotion of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace.”
“However, as soon as I heard about the demise of Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Kareem, my state transformed all together.” “It was like a call of lightning which struck through my body. When I heard of his death, I lost all capacity of endurance and tolerance. I rushed to my room and closed all doors.”
“I fell upon the bed like a lifeless body. Tears flowed from my eyes.” “They were not tears, rather a river of weeping.” “Life is transitory. I would see before my eyes the love of Maulvi Sahib for the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, and his services to him.”
“I would constantly think in my heart that he was a great helper to the Promised Messiah’s mission and the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, must be greatly pained.” “Then my thoughts would be covered and a river of tears would flow down my eyes.”
“That day I could neither eat, nor would my tears subside.” “Seeing my grief-stricken state, the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, was also astonished.” “He said surprised, ‘what has happened to Mahmood’”? “He did not have such a relationship with Maulvi Sahib. He will fall ill.” Then Hadhrat Musleh Maud mentions, relating to 1908,
That “it was not just a new era in my life, but the lives of all Ahmadies.” “It was a year when a person departed from us who was like the soul of our lifeless bodies.” “Who was like the sight of out sightless eyes and was like the light of our dark hearts.”
“It was not a mere separation. It was like doomsday.” “The ground was pulled from under our feet and the heavens moved from their position.” “Allah the Exalted is witness that at the time I had no concern about food or clothing.”
“My sole concern was that even if the entire world left the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, I would not leave him.” “I would establish this movement in the world.” “I am unaware to what extent I have fulfilled this pledge,
But I have always intended that my task to be in accordance with this pledge.” With the grace of the Almighty Allah, every single member of the Jamaat and even those who have come after, that Hadhrat Musleh Maud thoroughly fulfilled this pledge.
In fact, he even guided us to the right ways of discharging our pledges. May Allah the Almighty enable us to fulfil our covenants and pledges. At this time I will lead two funeral prayers. One is where the body is present. Has it arrived? The funeral, which is here, is of Suraiya Begum Sahiba,
Wife of late Chaudhry Abdul Raheem Sahib of Multan. She was in Manchester, UK. She passed away on the 11th November at the age of 77. Surely we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. She was very pious, sincere, regular in prayers, patient and grateful. She was a Moosiya.
She leaves behind six sons and four daughters. One son, Abdul Mateen Sahib, is Zaim Ansarullah of Manchester. The daughter is being enabled to serve as Sadr Lajna Manchester. I will lead her funeral prayer. May Allah the Almighty elevate her rank and enable for her children to remain steadfast upon her pious ways.
The second is a funeral prayer in absentia of Mahmood Abdullah Shabouti Sahib of Yemen. Shabouti Sahib passed away on 9th November 2014, after a long illness. Surely we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. His father sent him to Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah for education. He passed the Maulvi Fazal examination.
After Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, the missionary, he was appointed in Yemen. In Yemen, on 24th May 1934 he was born. His father, Abdullah Muhammad Usman Shabouti Sahib, was the first Yemeni Ahmadi. He did the Bai’at through Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, the missionary.
The father of the late deceased sent him in 1952, to study in Jamia Ahmadiyya, Rabwah. Where he passed his Maulvi Fazal examination. He was the first foreigner to pass this Maulvi Fazal exam. He also passed the Shahid exam from Jamia. In 1960 he became a missionary and returned to Yemen.
But before he returned, his father counselled him to marry in Rabwah and then come back. Tehrik-e-Jadid then arranged for his rishta with the daughter of Mukarram Saeed Bashir Ahmad Shah Sahib with Sahibzaidi Mohtarma Nasreen Shah Sahiba, who is from the family of Shaheed Doctor Abdul Sattar Sahib.
These are the in laws of Shahbouti Sahib. The son of the deceased writes, that all the students of Jamia would relate, that he would offer Fajr prayers in Masjid Mahmood, in Tehrik-e-Jadid quarters. Shabouti Sahib would go to Masjid Mubarak to offer his prayer, because he would go for a walk
With Sahibzada Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib, may Allah be pleased with him. Usman Chini Sahib and Wahab Adam Sahib are among his classmates from Jamia. In the seventies, he worked in Yemen as a missionary, but when the Yemeni government separated from the British government, the communist party came into Yemen,
Who put restrictions upon all religious activities and preaching and thus he was advised by the Jamaat to stop all Jamaat activities. He was looking after the administrative and financial matters of the Jamaat. Juma and both Eids he would lead in Aden University. The mosque at the university was owned by an Ahmadi.
After his demise, the family demanded for it to be returned to them. So the mosque was given back to the family who were not Ahmadi and Shabouti Sahib then presented his house as a mosque. The prayers would then be offered there. He would never take any expenditure from the Jamaat.
He would fulfil all the expenditure from his own pocket. He would not take anything from the Jamaat budget and he would send all the contribution to the centre. In fact, when the early missionaries were allotted plots in Rabwah, the late Shabouti Sahib, returned his plot to the Jamaat.
As I said regarding Wahab Adam Sahib, that he also gave it back to the Jamaat. The deceased had instilled the love of Khilafat amongst his children. He was a greatly devoted person to Khilafat; he came here once and met me. He was very kind to all his relatives whether Ahmadi or Non-Ahmadi
And would regularly meet them and keep contact with them. He leaves behind, apart from Sayeda Naseem Shah Sahiba, five sons and twelve grand children. One of his sons is in Canada. Nasir Ahmad Sahib is here in the UK. May Allah the Almighty elevate the rank of the deceased.
May Allah the Almighty also enable for his children to follow in his footsteps.