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Friday Sermon: 13th February 2015 (Urdu)

Friday Sermon: 13th February 2015 (Urdu)

Friday Sermon: 13th February 2015 (Urdu)

Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2015

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except God 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 Thy displeasure, and those who have not gone astray.

Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) once delivered a sermon on communal and collective shortcomings and weaknesses and he explained the root causes and he drew the attention of the members of the Jama’at to safeguard themselves from these. As the subject matter is something needed today, I have availed from

Hazrat Musleh Maud’s (ra) sermon in today’s discourse. Deficiencies and weaknesses always consist of two categories. One is the individual deficiencies and weaknesses and the other is the collective deficiencies and weaknesses. Good qualities also consist of two types. One is the good qualities of an individual and the other is the communal good qualities.

Individual shortcomings are found in individual people but are not a national or collective trait. Similarly, there are good characteristics of an individual that are not a collective tendency but rather they are an individual affinity. An individual is able to develop good traits by acquiring knowledge and by making efforts.

And on the other hand, every individual develops faults and failings as a result of their surroundings and circumstances. It should be borne in mind that vices and virtues or good qualities and shortcomings all emerge depending on one’s environment and influences.

To exemplify this, one can think of a seed. It is unable to grow without soil or earth. Nowadays new techniques have produced a special compost. It enhances the water absorption and growth of the crop. This is placed in large pots or containers in huge indoor areas.

But in any case, without soil and earth, the seed cannot grow. To properly avail of any crop, it is necessary to provide the right conditions. This is either the right soil or earth or something with a similar feature to it. If the seed grows without the proper conditions, it will soon die.

In the same way, virtues and vices or good qualities and shortcomings all form as a direct result of the environment and influences a person encounters. In short, one’s surroundings and environment are an essential cause in the growth of either his or her good or bad characteristics.

The external influences will only effect the growth of good or bad qualities when the required soil or conditions is provided. However, the environment also consists of two types. It is not necessary that a particular environment will have the exact same effect on every individual.

In fact, those circumstances will only impact an individual and not the entire community. An example of this is of soil in which only particular crops can grow. Hazrat Musleh Maud says that for example – saffron. Although it grows in India, it does not grow in every part of the country.

But rather, it only grows In Kashmir. And even there, it only grows in a particular area where a unique type of saffron grows of the highest quality. Landowners and rice sellers in Pakistan will be aware that fragrant Basmati rice found in Kallar does not grow anywhere else in Pakistan.

Expert Agriculturist have tried their level best to reproduce the same type of fragrant rice but they failed. So in short, for certain crops, Allah the Almighty has made it a law of nature that specific conditions are essential without which qualities and traits do not manifest.

There is then the elements of the earth and weather, all of which also have an effect on the crops. Conversely, there are some crops such as wheat and also gardens which grow everywhere in a country. Although there may be varying rates of growth but nonetheless it grows in all areas.

In the same way, there are some bad traits or good traits in people which under certain influences or factors take root in the entire community. They become the means of either the decline or progress of the whole collective. Bad habits of an individual may be rectified

By the individual and if he really makes an effort then not only can he remove those bad traits but rather he could even develop individual good qualities. However, when good or bad habits form into a communal or collective trait,

An individual’s effort alone has no impact because the individual is merely a part of the collective and thus only his efforts cannot reform the community as a whole. Rather, the failings in the entire community indeed have an effect on individuals.

If the whole environment of an area is corrupted, all its residents will be adversely effected. We can take the example of the human body and of a person who swallows poison. It would have an effect on one’s hands, feet, different body parts or the mind.

It would be impossible to happen otherwise and thus it would harm the entire body. Similarly, we eat various foods such as meat, fruits and other things which give benefit to the entire body. This is because the individual body parts make up the whole body.

This is why poisons swallowed will have an effect on each body part and correspondingly good food will give benefit to each body part. Thus, good and bad traits that develop in an entire community impact everyone. Good or bad qualities intrinsic in an entire community cannot be tackled

By specific parts of the body or by a particular individual. One person’s reformation will not reform the entire collective nor remove the maladies nor spread good because undoubtedly the entire community has an influence on the individual. In short, the rule is that if the entire community derives benefit

So too do parts or individuals of the community and if the entire community is harmed or is negatively impacted, then parts or individuals of the community also suffer as a result. Ailments found in an individual can be pinpointed and cured through efforts and the person

Himself can even do this if he detects his own shortcomings and then strives to remove them. However, to remove maladies from the entire community requires for the whole community to reflect as a collective. If, as an entire community, determined efforts are not made towards removing

Vices and deficiencies and everyone is not prepared to try and cure those failings then those failings take root into the whole community. Then, these shortcomings at a certain point ultimately result in the destruction and ruin of the entire people. Thus, whilst it is essential for everyone to reflect on their individual weaknesses,

It is also necessary as a community to pinpoint our weaknesses as the whole and then as a collective, to cure and remove them. Every individual would have to play their role towards identifying these faults because without a combined and collective endeavour to cure our failings, we will never be able to succeed.

Observe in worldly law – for example take a landowner or farmer who encounters a natural disaster such as a flood. He cannot construct a dam on his own to safeguard himself from it. To make provisions for this or to make a dam is the remit of the government.

It is the government that makes the combined and collective provisions. Government is a term to describe a collection of individuals and so where any government is inept, there the entire nation suffers. And so we saw exactly this in recent floods in Pakistan and this has always been the case there.

Although certain natural disasters are impossible to safeguard from, there are some natural disasters that one can take precautions against and measures can be taken beforehand. Despite this, however, man due to his carelessness ends up showing negligence and suffers loss and so if the entire nation or the government continue to neglect their responsibilities,

The loss and harm suffered multiplies manifold as we normally observe happens in the world. Therefore, we need to reflect and reform as a collective community or nation. Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) discoursing on this in the context of the Jama’at draws the attention of the Jama’at members and explains how we should

Measure and reflect on these communal and collective deficiencies. He says that, there will be benefit in the Jama’at deliberating on various shortcomings from different angles and seeking out their remedies. There are various means of doing so which should be able to identify and diagnose

The communal and collective faults and maladies which can then be cured. The first means is by spreading education and teachings among a community or collective which then every member of the community considers obligatory to act upon.

If these were bad and immoral teachings which have or could have a negative effect on a person- as is the case with regards to some religions – then bad traits develop within him or her and thus innovations also form or it could be that due to innovations, vices develop.

A religion which advocates erroneous doctrines will negatively impact each of its followers. It will adversely impact a follower of that religion socially and culturally so it will not just affect the adherent of such a religion spiritually but rather its bad effects will manifest in the social and cultural lives.

However, we as Muslims believe the Holy Quran to be the word of God. We hold firm faith that it is flawless and perfect and thus it is impossible that it can lead to bad effects, that when its teachings are without fault, then clearly nothing bad can ever come of it.

In short, Muslims believe that nothing bad can emanate from it. However, the question is are all Muslims free of vice and bad traits? Observing our surroundings and the general condition of the Muslims, it reveals that the majority are embroiled in immoralities and so we need to stop to think about the following.

There are no imperfections in the Holy Quran and God Almighty has announced within it Himself that the Quran is without any flaw. It is a perfect and complete Law. There are numerous prophecies in the Holy Quran which have been fulfilled and are continuing to be fulfilled and so the proclamation of God

Is certainly true that the Quran’s teachings are perfect and without any deficiencies. Thus, we definitely believe the aforementioned to be truthful and so the question remains that wherein lie these shortcomings and faults. The answer to this should be that people have failed to understand the teachings of the Quran

And have acted wrongly as a result. If the Quran is flawless then undoubtedly all that remains is that there are shortcomings in our understanding of its teachings and how to act upon them. Undoubtedly, the Quran is perfect. It is only a misunderstanding of it that has impacted the Muslim Community.

These failings have arisen as a result of the Muslim Scholars of both past and present not comprehending the Quranic teachings. In any case, the end result is obvious and is what we are observing occurring today. Now, the scholars or commentators of the Holy Quran past and present undoubtedly

Held individual or personal viewpoints. However, the Muslim community would not consider them to be individual views rather the Muslims look solely towards these scholars. Because mistaken views and commentaries were espoused, the Muslim people who were following those scholars and commentators

Could not avail all the teachings of the Holy Quran despite it being the best and perfect message and in fact they are suffering as a result. And this is the reason why vices and immoralities are striving in these societies.

Certain wrongful views became custom which have nothing to do with the teachings of Islam. They became influenced by their surroundings, by other religions and by the advancement of civilisation and wrongfully considered those as part of their faith. Nonetheless, many faults appeared. It is a great favour of God the Almighty that we are

A part of the Promised Messiah (as)’s community. And these age old practices or customs thus are devoid of any kind of wisdom, have no effect on us and neither should they have any effect. However, even so, we are not completely safe from these

And this is because there are certain people within the community who hold personal views and on certain occasions, concerning a particular matter, they start to raise doubts and suspicions. Although, they deem no harm in interpreting a certain matter in another way.

At times, some of the new scholars give commentaries according to their understanding. Although this is not forbidden and in fact they should do so but there are certain principles for this. By making such an error, wrong views can develop. Therefore, in order to avoid this, the scholars should also express their

Interpretation and views in accordance with Khilafat and indeed Nizaam-e-Jama’at, the administrative system of the community. Even though, generally, we are undoubtedly free from such views by the Grace of God the Almighty. However, there is a constant need to protect ourselves from these errors.

And the only way to do this is by observing the mistakes of the Non-Ahmadis because this reflection would ensure that we do not allow these errors to enter into us. Thus, we can prevent the whole community from falling into such errors. We also need to observe the people that live

In our surroundings, whatever the religion they belong to. Whether they believe in God or any religion or not. We should identify those collective shortcomings and failings that are prevalent in them as a nation. We should extend the scope of this to pinpointing the errors and deficiencies in our neighbouring countries also.

In fact, now the world has drawn so close together that everyone is like a neighbour to one another. That is to say, the long distances are no easily reachable and the media has also brought the world closer together. We are able to witness all of their good qualities as well as shortcomings

And weaknesses and neighbouring countries influence each other. The children are influenced by the environment of its neighbouring country also. Even if the parents train their children, when there is such weaknesses present then regardless of their upbringing and training, the children will take influence from their surroundings.

Also, children spend most of their time in school and playing with their friends. And in this day and age, they are able to discover friends who enter through the television which are influencing children and adults alike. As a result, children no longer listen to their parents and parents are also creating a

Distance from their children due to their other commitments or because of other reasons. There are some parents who are polluting their environment at home themselves through television and other means. The consequences of it are which in fact are now evident that they begin

To harm their children and the children no longer respect their parents. They say that in such an environment this is the way to live and if you have come here you will have to live like this. These no longer remain individual ills and weaknesses but are developing into communal and collective ills.

Homes are being destroyed. Parents are not only spiritually but also physically killing their children. In the name of freedom, the western society is heading towards destruction and this is an evil that has affected the whole nation but it is now also engulfing some Ahmadis in its course.

Before this ill develops into a communal one and spreads and after having believed in the Promised Messiah (as) we once again fall back into being ignorant, it is necessary that we heighten our efforts as a collective community to protect ourselves from these maladies. All of the branches of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s administration

Should collectively deliberate over this matter and formulate a strategy to try and stop this now if there are any ills before, God forbid, these ills of the western countries affect us as a whole. We have taken the responsibility to cure the world.

We have pledged and announced that we shall cure the world and so if those who are going to cure become ill then who shall relieve the world of its personal and social ills? We should also keep in view that some nations on account of these specific

Circumstances and conditions can develop both good and bad practices. This has been illustrated by an example cited by Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) that our Jama’at by the grace of God the Almighty has spread all across the world and God Almighty is winning the hearts of the people in far distant lands

And now by the grace of Allah the Almighty, this has greatly expanded. However, a doctrine of the Jama’at is that we do not offer our Salat behind a Non-Ahmadi Imam because the Non-Ahmadi Imam has not accepted that Imam that God Almighty has appointed for this day and age.

Not only do they not believe in him but they speak of him in extremely vile language. Therefore, we cannot give precedence to an Imam appointed by people over an Imam that has been chosen by God. Therefore, we do not read Salat behind them.

Generally, with the grace of the Almighty Allah, we now have Salat centres and mosques whereby Ahmadis can and do offer their Salat in congregation. But there are still certain areas where there are only one or two Ahmadi households. Therefore, they offer their Salat in their homes.

But instead of offering their Salat in congregation, they offer it individually. I have drawn attention to this previously as well that you can offer your Salat in congregation at home also. There is no harm in doing so. Some people, due to their other commitments, offer their Salat individually

Or some combine their Salat because of their work. But this is all because they do not give enough consideration into going to the mosque or the mosque is not close to their homes or the mosque that is nearby is a Non-Ahmadi mosque

And we are forbidden to enter them in certain areas or due to other reasons. Therefore, they do offer their Salat but they offer it at home and usually do not pay much attention to offering it in congregation or it is perhaps because they have a habit of unnecessarily combining

Their prayers despite drawing so much attention towards this and after countless admonishments, there are a large number of people that show no interest and passion for congregational prayer. Thus, it is becoming a collective and communal ailment and therefore it requires an intense cure.

It is not an ailment affecting only an individual that is, a particular person did not attend a mosque to offer his Salat in congregation. The manner in which people are showing their lack of concern has taken the form of a social flaw and ill.

Due to certain circumstances and the provisions of it has reduced the importance of congregational prayer. No doubt there are many Ahmadis who offer their Salat at home and among them, there are some who pray very fervently whilst a large number of Muslims may not worship with such devotion.

But the ones that do pray just go to the mosque even if it may be for display. There is even an increase in the worshippers going to the mosque also according to the news. Whether they read Salat with full attention or not nevertheless they still go to the mosque.

And there they listen to all sorts of false statements made against the Community and this creates a lot of enmity in them as well as lots of ills. But they still go to the mosque. However, if we want to go to the mosques then it should

Be with the intent of cleansing ourselves from sins. Therefore there is a big difference in when we go to the mosque and in their visit to the mosques. But they have developed this habit but we still greatly lack in this.

Therefore we should always remember that only the true believers should fill the mosques. And a true believer is the one who has accepted the Imam of the Age. This is as opposed to those who in the name of worship create disorder and discord.

This collective weakness of not offering the Salat in congregation at the mosque or to combine the prayers becomes even greater when we note that its importance is reducing in the minds of the children. Some children after observing the condition of their parents have started

To say that there are only three prayers in the day. When they are told that there are in fact five prayers they reply that they have only seen their parents offer three prayers. Therefore we need to assess and plan everywhere otherwise this will develop into a communal ill in the next generation.

As I mentioned before that we need to observe our surrounding environment and formulate an extensive plan. Today the state of the world is that it is moving away from God Almighty and religion therefore if we do not gratefully strive then all kinds of ills will develop within us.

One will follow the other and merely the name of faith will remain without its actual spirit. If an epidemic or illness breaks out in any area we immediately begin to hurry and take precautionary measures. Therefore how much effort will be required to remove the dangers of a spiritual ailment?

As I mentioned earlier that now the world has become as one and we need to make an even greater effort to cure this contagious illness. Those who take precautionary measures or vaccinations remain somewhat protected from these physical ailments as compared to others.

Therefore as I mentioned before that to protect yourself from all kinds of spiritual ailments there is a need to reflect over the precautionary measures at every level of society. The wrong beliefs and the variations in practices that these curers of Islam have introduced have caused a large section of Muslims

To deviate despite having perfect teachings. Now after reforming ourselves, we need to strive to ensure we do not deviate. I have presented a few examples and we need to continuously examine where the Muslims became weak and deviated and how are we going to protect ourselves as a result.

It is important to accept the Promised Messiah (as) and also to know his teachings and then to adhere to it. We shouldn’t get washed along with the current. In fact our duty is to fashion our condition in accordance to our teaching.

It is important to strengthen our bond with Khilafat and in this day and age God Almighty has provided us with MTA and websites of the Community and we need to remain attached to them also. Instead of watching nonsensical programmes. Through it we are able to learn the teachings of the Holy Qur’an

And the knowledge and wisdom of the Promised Messiah (as). We are able to find the true teachings of Islam through these resources. Therefore we need to strongly attach ourselves to these. As mentioned earlier that we must remember that the Muslims have been given the Holy Qur’an

But despite this many ills have developed within them. As a result of which it was necessary that certain ailments were to emerge in them. Therefore one of the major factors to cause a collective and social ill in them was that

The Muslims firmly believe that the Holy Qur’an is a complete and perfect book that mentions everything and from the beginning and end this is a means of guiding mankind. From this it seems that the Holy Qur’an’s beauty is shown as a defect because despite the Holy Qur’an

There seems to be a negative impact on the Muslims. However if we look carefully we find that it is a beauty but by perceiving it incorrectly it has caused a huge defect in the Muslims. There is no doubt that the Holy Qur’an is a complete and perfect book.

And there is no doubt that it is guidance for mankind until the day of judgement. And there is no doubt that in this either that God Almighty who has created the human mind is also aware hat the characteristics of the mind is that if it is not made to think or reflect ,

It eventually loses its function and no longer has the capacity to develop. Therefore even though God Almighty has made the Holy Qur’an perfect, every injunction He has given, He has left a part therein for the human mind. Certain rules have been laid out which are very clear and obvious

Whilst others have been left for the mind to ponder so that man searches for himself lest the mind ceases to function. That is why the Holy Qur’an has been revealed in such words and phraseology that only through deep contemplation can one seek it’s wisdom and understand its meaning.

If the purpose of the Holy Qur’an was to provide equal benefit to everyone then it would have consisted of a fair and simple text and whether someone pondered over its subject matter or not would have equally been aware of each part of it.

Therefore it was the Divine will that the human mind should not become suspended and dysfunctional and remain not to be nurtured due to its failure of thinking. However as I mentioned earlier it should be made clear that there are certain rules and conditions for them.

And in this day and age, the Promised Messiah (as) outlines many of those principles by writing in a commentary of the Holy Qur’an. We need to keep them in mind and find further new truths of the Holy Qur’an in accordance to those principles.

Like other Muslims if we only attach ourselves with the old commentaries then we will not be able to explore new truths and avenues that the Promised Messiah (as) has shown us. Today there are many doctors and scholars among the non-Ahmadis who consider themselves as the commentators of the Holy Qur’an.

But consult the literature and commentaries of our Community when delivering the lectures. And in fact some are reading Tafseere Kabeer. However the Holy Qur’an is a complete and perfect book and there is no doubt in it. But only those are granted guidance who read it, deliberate over its meaning

And adhere to its teachings and the practices. It is not Sufficient to only keep hold of one instruction and think that you have been guided, in fact every instruction has to be implemented. It informs us of individual and communal ills as well as good qualities.

For the teaching of the latter days and to widen their thoughts and to show them light to understand the Holy Qur’an God has stated in it that He would send His chosen person in the latter days. However those who do not reflect on it, even the scholars, have become ignorant

And have rejected the one sent by God. Thus they are deprived of the expansive knowledge of the Holy Qur’an. They are lost in ignorance and instead of showing the qualities of Islam, they present an erroneous interpretation of Islam and bring it in disrepute.

Such acts of other Muslims should spur us even more to not only look at what is apparent but whilst understanding the spirit of Islamic teachings we should eradicate every ill before it becomes communal and active. We should make every good deed a communal and collective and instil it’s practice on the entire community.

May we always be able to facilitate such an environment and transfer it onto our future generations. So that evil is forbidden from spreading and rather it produces virtues and goodness. May Allah the Almighty enable us to do so. Today after the prayers, I will lead two funeral prayers with the body as present

And two funeral prayers in absentia. The first funeral prayer that is present is of Razia Musarat Khan Sahiba wife of respected Abdul Latif Khan Sahib of Hounslow who is the Secretary Rishta Nata. She passed away on the 11th February 2015 at the age of 79 years.

To God we Belong and to Him is the return. She was the daughter-in-law of Hazrat Muhammed Zahoor Khan Sahib, companion of the Promised Messiah (as), and daughter of Subedaar Karam Baksh Sahib. She migrated to England in 1962. She served as Sadr Lajna Hounslow for 2 years in 1975

And for a long time she got the opportunity to serve as the Secretary Ziafat for Lajna in Hounslow. Beside her guests of Jama’at events she used to show hospitality with immense jot along with her team. In Hounslow other than Ahmadi children she also got the opportunity to teach

The recitation of the Holy Qur’an to children of non-Ahmadi acquaintances. She was a person of very good disposition, she was jovial, hospitable and a virtuous and sincere noble woman. She had a relationship of loyalty and sincerity to Khilafat and she raised her children well.

In one way or the other her children are able to serve the faith. Other than her husband her two daughters and four sons are left behind in remembrance. Zaheer Khan Sahib is the Sadr of the Hounslow Jama’at and he also works as Naib Afsar Jalsa Gah.

May Allah the Almighty exalt the status of the deceased. The second funeral is of respected Amir Shiraz Sahib son of respected Shahid Mahmood Sahib of Morden South. He passed away on the 12th February 2015 due to cancer at the age of 29 years. To God we Belong and to Him is the return.

Hazrat Misri Hassan Din Sahib, companion of the Promised Messiah (as), was his great grandfather And Hakim Jalaluddin Sahib was his father’s maternal great grandfather. Other than the work in his local Jama’at he used to enthusiastically offer himself for Khidmat-e-Khalq and Security duty during Jalsa Salana.

He was a person of very good disposition and a sincere young man. Besides his parents he has left behind his wife and his two and a half years old daughter in remembrance. The deceased had cancer and spent a long period of distressful disease very pleasantly.

During the extremity of his sickness he visited me and every time he visited he was smiling. He was a very beloved child. May Allah the Almighty treat him with forgiveness and love. May He cover him under His wings of Mercy. May Allah the Almighty keep his wife and daughter under His protection

And security and grant them patience. May Allah grant his parents patience and courage. The first funeral prayer in absentia is of Respected Al-Haaj Rasheed Ahmad Sahib who passed away in Milwaukee America. He passed away on 7th February 2015.

To God we belong and to Him is the return. At the time of detail his age was 91 years. The deceased was born in St Louis a city in America in 1923. In 1947 he performed his oath of allegiance and converted to Islam Ahmadiyyat.

In 1949, two years after taking the oath of allegiance, he travelled to Rabwah to acquire religious education. And Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) personally went to the railway station to greet him. He studied in Jamia Ahmadiyya for five years and officially became a missionary.

During his stay in Pakistan he mastered Urdu and the Punjabi languages. He had the honour to be the first American to join the Jamia Ahmadiyya. Similarly during his five year stay in Rabwah he also had the good fortune of gaining the companionship of Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) especially.

Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) arranged his marriage with Respected Sehra Qudsia Sahiba, daughter of Haji Ibrahim Khalil Sahib; missionary of the Ahmadiyya community. From this marriage he had three children of which one son has passed away. The other son and a daughter from this marriage are alive and residential in America.

In 1955 he was sent to America as a missionary after graduating from Jamia Ahmadiyya. At the time of his departure from Rabwah, Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) advised him and granted a cap for a turban as a gift in which the piece from the cloth of Promised Messiah (as) was stitched.

He had this with him even to this date and now it is with his children. He was the first local American missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community USA. Other than serving as a missionary in Chicago, St Louis and other cities in America, he also served as President Jama’at USA.

Besides this he was the President for Milwaukee for a very long time. He also got the opportunity to serve in other various offices. His second marriage was arranged with Azeeza Ahmad daughter of Khalid Usman Sahib former Sadr of St Louis Jama’at. He had two sons and two daughters from this marriage.

He was so passionate about preaching that it was his strongest desire. He never missed an opportunity of propagation. During his presidency of the Milwaukee Jama’at foundation of a large Jama’at consisting of American Ahmadis was laid. This Milwaukee Jama’at is large as compared to other Jama’ats in the AMC USA.

In 1998 he had the good fortune to perform the Hajj. In Milwaukee besides the Jama’at he was very well known amongst people of other faiths. For the past 20 years he was appearing regularly on Islam Live, a television programme. Till the last moments of his life he regularly

Visited stalls for propagation organised by the Jama’at. Prior to his demise, he was in a conscious state he did preaching of Ahmadiyyat to the nurses. 1985-1986 he organised a large gatherings of Muslims generally in the city’s well known university; The University of Wisconsin.

He was in touch with the youngsters from the University of Wisconsin. He used to deliver speeches on campus regularly and inform thousands of students of the peaceful teachings of Islam. He used to keep in touch with numerous local and state people.

He used to hold a meeting for the general public on Sunday in which other than Ahmadi friends people from different faiths used to attend and benefit from his words. Upon requests from friends and approval from the centre, recollection of special companionship with Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra)

Or journeys undertaken towards different places in Pakistan and sittings of different question and answer sessions and writing notes in his notebook whilst sitting down in the sessions, this was to be published in a book form. For this purpose this book was ready for publication after hard work of several years.

Now it will be published after approval from the centre. Murabbi Silsila Farhan Iqbal Rabbani writes, “As a missionary I met him for the first time nine months ago. “Despite my young age he met me with immense love. “When I sought his advice regarding certain programmes and

“talks in Jam’at he addressed me in Urdu and said: ‘Maulana Sahib, you are the representative of the Khalifa of the time, ‘whatever you say, we will only obey you.’” He had immense passion for obedience. Shamshad Sahib also writes; “When I came to America, “I always heard him speaking about Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra).”

He had fashioned his life according to the sayings of Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra). He delivered a speech in the Jalsa Salana USA last year about the memories of Hazrat Musleh Ma’ud (ra) and what message would the present and future generations convey through these memories.

It will not be unnecessary to say this in defence of Islam Ahmadiyyat and Khilafat that he was always a bare sword for the propagation and defence of Ahmadiyyat and Khilafat. He was ever ready for the propagation of Ahmadiyyat.

Even in old age when his body was weak and feeble he used to do Tabligh by himself. He was known as ‘Mr. Tabligh’ and by the grace of Allah Many people attended his funeral there in USA. There is another funeral prayer in absentia for Hassan Abdullah Sahib of Detroit.

He is also American and he passed away on the 30th January 2015. To Him we belong and to Him is our return. He was born in a Christian family on 26th September 1929. His birth name was William Henry. In the 1970s, he had the privilege of accepting Islam Ahmadiyyat through his Ahmadi brother;

Respected Wahab Sahib who was his class fellow. After his acceptance of Islam he was named Hassan Abdullah. The deceased possessed many virtues and he was a devoted Ahmadi. He had immense love for the Holy Qur’an. Daily recitation of the Holy Qur’an was his routine.

He used to say that he recites the first and the last verses of Surah Al-Kahf constantly. He used to offer the Jummah prayers regularly. He was the first one to arrive at the mosque and called the Adhan in a melodious voice.

He arrived for the Jummah prayers ahead of time, offered voluntary prayers and recited the Qur’an. He used to wear very neat and tidy clothes. Once he was sick he came directly from the hospital to Jummah instead of going home. When Detriot mosque was set on fire it was reconstructed,

During this time he offered his house with utmost sincerity to the members of the Jama’at so that they can offer Jummah prayers there. He used to study the books and magazines of the Jama’at with great zeal. He was one of the special individuals whose spirit was eager in search of the truth.

For this reason he was able to accept the message of the Promised Messiah (as) and till the last moment of his life, he fulfilled the oath of allegiance. His wife has passed away and his children are not Ahmadi.

May Allah the Almighty treat him with forgiveness and love and grant a high status to the deceased. 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 (saw) is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other

And to do good to others as one does to one’s kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He too will remember you;

Call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.

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