Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2016
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.
There are some parents who are extremely strict with their children and reprimand them harshly. Other parents are extremely forgiving of everything their children do wrong to the extent that the children lose all sense of right and wrong. Both of these extremes have a negative impact on the upbringing of the child.
When parents are excessively strict on every matter and scold and always suppress their child without reason, it makes the child rebellious and disobedient. Ultimately, the child reaches an age where they no longer even care about what is appropriate. Similarly, as I have mentioned, unfairly taking the child’s side at all times also
Has a negative effect on the child’s training. This attitude of the parents has particularly a detrimental impact on young children entering an age of adolescence – especially if it is the father. And so, to make children understand at their young age, it is necessary to provide them with explanations when telling them anything.
This is all the more applicable in the current day and age, where children are not only influenced by a limited environment and sphere; rather they are affected by the entire country and even beyond that, the entire world. In these circumstances, parents, and especially fathers, should be very mindful of administering
Either firmness or gentleness and explaining things to their children in a suitable manner. This is also the responsibility of fathers; they should not leave this solely for the mother to deal with. How would the Promised Messiah (as) give training in this connection?
There is an account that Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) relates in this regard as part of his commentary into what things are Halal [lawful] and which are Tayyab [wholesome]. He says: “We should bear in mind that Allah the Almighty created various animals for different purposes.
“Some appear extremely beautiful and stunning; others have very melodious voices; “some animals are made of meat which is delicious to eat; and the meat of some animals “possesses medicinal qualities to give strength and help overcome ailments.” One should not eat the meat of animals only considering whether it is halal .
“There may be animals of which to eat their meat would be of no harm, “however those animal [are beneficial in other ways because they] eat worms or maggots, “which are hazardous to human health or damaging to crops. “There are, for example, birds which are Halal,
“however governments have placed restrictions on killing them.” Similar restrictions are in place in Pakistan because those birds eat worms and maggots found among crops. “And so, there are animals whose meat is Halal to eat and also Tayyab .
“However in the context of the general benefit of mankind, its meat does not remain Tayyab . “And so an animal may be Halal as well as Tayyab , “however the greater benefit and good needs to be taken into account.
“One has to abandon their individual benefit for the benefit of all others. “The benefit of all people takes precedence over personal preference, “because otherwise if this is not taken into account, “man will be deprived of certain other benefits [the animal provides].” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says: “I was taught this lesson from childhood.
“Once as a young child, I brought back a parrot from a hunt. “The Promised Messiah (as) said immediately after seeing this: ‘Mahmood! ‘Its meat is not Haraam [unlawful], however Alla the Almighty has not created every animal to eat. ‘Some animals are so stunning to look that they comfort our eyes.
‘Some animals have such melodious voices that it gives great satisfaction to our ears.’ ‘In short, God Almighty has created blessings and bounties for each of our senses. ‘These blessings and bounties should not be taken only for our sense of taste.’”
In other words we should not kill and eat every animal to satisfy our sense of taste. We should also consider its other benefits and not only our own delight in eating its meat. The Promised Messiah (as) said to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra): ‘Now look how beautiful this parrot is.
‘How delightful must it be for a person to see one sitting on a tree?’ Thus, this is the beautiful manner of training and educating, which not only strikes a chord in one’s heart, but further instils the command of God in our minds
That, although we may eat what is Halal [lawful] and Tayyab [wholesome] we should still be carefu God Almighty has given the commands for what is lawful and what is wholesome but their definitions can change. Therefore, some animals which are providing other benefits,
While they may be lawful to eat, are not Tayyab because they are beneficial in other ways and their use elsewhere is undoubtedly greater over using their meat for food. I shall now present some other accounts narrated by Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra).
The Promised Messiah (as) came to eliminate the additions and deviations that had entered religion and to present the beautiful teachings of Islam. This being his mission, how could it be possible therefore, that the Promised Messiah (as) ever introduced additions and deviations to the religion, God forbid? Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) relates an incident:
“The Promised Messiah (as) had himself arranged for his photograph to be taken. “However, once, a postcard was presented to him that had his photo on it and he said: ‘I cannot give permission for this.’ “He directed the Jama’at (Community) that no member should purchase it.
“Subsequently, no one dared to do anything similar again’’. However once again, I have observed that, via WhatsApp and in their tweets, people have extracted those postcards from somewhere, and are sending them around. The postcards that were used some time in the distant past and people have acquired it
From their elders and forefathers. Some have purchased them from old book shops. This is a very wrong approach and should be ended. The Promised Messiah (as) had his photograph taken for the benefit of people in faraway places and especially for Europeans, who are good at assessing or recognising a person
Through their facial appearance, so that it would lead them to search for the truth and carry out further research. However, when the Promised Messiah (as) saw that people were printing his photo on postcards and making it a source of business, he felt that it could lead to additions and deviations to the religion
And strictly forbade it. In fact, in some cases the Promised Messiah (as) ordered for them to be removed completely. Thus, those people who have made such pictures a source of their business and who sell them at extortionate prices, they need to pay special heed to this.
Then there are some who add colours to the photographs of the Promised Messiah (as) although there is no colour photo of the Promised Messiah (as). This is completely wrong and we need to be mindful of this as well. Similarly, people need to abstain from inappropriate use of the photos of the Khulafa.
Once, on the subject of cinema and bioscope, a debate occurred in a Shura before Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra). Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) stated, “It is not correct to say that cinema, bioscope and phonograph in themselves are something bad. “The Promised Messiah (as) has heard the phonograph himself,
“in fact he even wrote a poem on it and had it read. “He also invited the Hindus in the area to come and listen to it.” One of the couplets of this poem was: ‘The sound is coming from the phonograph ‘Search for God with the heart and not through empty boasts.’
Thus, cinema itself is not something bad. People often ask whether it is a sin to go there. However, while cinema in itself is not something bad, what is being projected through them in this day and age is something that is detrimental to one’s morals.
There is nothing wrong with a film which has Tabligh [preaching] and educational aspects and has no element of posturing or fanfare. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “According to me, fanfare for even Tablighi purpose is not allowed
Thus, from this, it should be clear to those who say that there is no harm if sometimes music is used in programmes on MTA. Or, the Voice of Islam radio has recently started and there is also no harm if music is played on that also.
The Promised Messiah (as) came in order to end these additions and deviations. We need to mould our thinking in accordance to the objective of his advent. It is not forbidden to take advantage of new inventions, nor are they considered as deviations, but their wrong use turns them into additions and deviations.
Some people suggest that matters concerning Tabligh [preaching] and and Tarbiyyat [moral development] should be presented in a dramatized manner, as they will prove more effective. It should always be remembered, if we introduce something wrong in our programmes,
Then after some time, a hundred harmful additions and deviations will find their way. According to non-Ahmadis, listening to the Holy Quran with music is allowed. However, an Ahmadi must strive against such additions and deviations, therefore we need to refrain from these things and make a concerted effort in this regard.
Once, a non-Ahmadi wrote an article in a newspaper, which, although is amusing, but at the same time reveals the ignorance of a Maulvi [cleric] and their way of thinking. The writer wrote that once a lady was singing in Arabic with music
And the Maulvi was also taken there and started swinging along to the music and also kept saying SubhanAllah , MashaAllah a Allahu Akbar [glorifications for God Almighty] When asked why he was swinging along, he replied “can’t you see how beautifully she is reciting the Holy Quran!”
Since she was singing in Arabic, he thought it was the Holy Quran. Therefore, this is how thoughts also alter with the spread of harmful deviations. Regarding the doctors, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) once said, “While treating their patients, doctors think that they alone can treat their patients
“and do not feel the need to show [the patient to] anyone else “or seek consultation from someone, particularly in the case of Indian doctors.” Further explaining this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “99% of the Indian doctors consider it insulting to consult another person”.
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, regarding Dr Hashmatullah Sahib, who was his doctor, “There is no doubt that with regards to experience, “he was better than all the other surgeons I have seen. However, in spite of this, “it does not mean that he does not need to seek consultation.”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “It was a practise of the Promised Messiah (as) and when I got ill in 1918, I also did the same, “which was to gather all the physicians as well as the doctors. “I would take the medicine from the doctors and also of the physicians.
“You never know through which medicine God Almighty can grant cure. “If a doctor considers himself to be god, he may do so, “however we consider him to be a human only”. Similarly, even today many doctors become upset when they find out
That someone else was used instead of them for treatment, and this however is wrong. At times, people who carry out treatment using plants and herbs are not even proper physicians, yet they learn such remedies and are able to effectively treat the patients. Where doctors sometimes fail and their treatment is not successful,
There these kinds of remedies and cures are very useful. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “Syed Ahmad Noor Kabli had a wound on his nose and had tried various treatments. “He even visited the Mayo hospital in Lahore. He even had an X-ray as part of his treatment,
“in order to identify why there was a wound but it only deteriorated further. “Eventually, he went to Peshawar and was treated by a barber. “He cured the wound within three days of giving the medicine. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says “there are now many experts who have the skills
“and if they were to be kept alive, they would further result in creating more skills.” By keeping them alive it means that they should conduct further research into it and encourage them to continue with their practise. “However, what happens is that people living in the third world who know these remedies
“do not make an effort to keep them alive and as a result there is no progress. “If people paid attention towards this, it would result in many more new sciences developing.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further says “the wrestlers [in the sub-content] and the barbers
“know how to treat the bones and can cure old and crooked bones.-” Some of them are experts in this, while others are just self-proclaimed and break the bones which are already intact. However some of them hold great expertise in this and one should try and learn it and then spread it.
“In the old days, people were very miserly in promoting these talents/skills “and since no one would tell others therefore they became non-existent.” Many things that people knew before are no longer practised because they would not tell anyone about it, lest someone else becomes aware of it.
“However, the people of Europe do not do this, “in fact they promote their sciences and they are able to earn more money also. “Some medications are initially made patent but later are made accessible to all. “The Promised Messiah (as) used to relate
“that there was once a barber who knew how to bandage wounds in such a way “that even wounds which were large and had deteriorated would be cured. “People would come to see him from great distances in order to be cured. “When his son asked how he did this, he would reply
“that there cannot exist two people in the world who know of this method, “therefore the knowledge of this would stay with him alone “and he would not even disclose it to his son. Eventually, he became old and extremely ill,
“so his son asked that at least now he should tell him the method, as life was unpredictable. “He replied that very well, if he thought that he was going to pass away then he would tell him “but then stopped and thought what if he recovered
“and therefore did not disclose the method. However, after a few hours he passed away “and the poor son was left deprived of learning this method.” He thought that he would be able to learn this method but he remained ignorant of it due to his father’s stubbornness.
And so, neither his father and nor his method could be of any use to the son. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “greed does not become a means of prosperity, “but rather of humiliation and disgrace “therefore one should not be miserly in matters regarding education and knowledge
“and an effort should be made to try and promote it.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says “At times, it can become a means of destroying families “and to pass on these sciences and knowledge is not harmful, rather is it beneficial “because through this, knowledge prospers.
“I wish that these sciences, particularly those that are dying, should be developed further.” Thus, at times, it is the doctors who are becoming a means of pain for others because of their arrogance, and at other times, it is ignorance that causes knowledge to fade away.
As a result, the world which was benefiting from the knowledge, from becomes deprived of it. This is very common among developing nations and the Ahmadiyya community needs to pay particular attention towards this and should seek to remove this ignorance. People have different temperaments; some are very sincere and accept things with openheartedness.
However, some are very hasty and even though they may not have any ill intention, they still object, or they would say something in such a way that appears like an objection. Speaking of the latter, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states in one place:
“In the time of the Promised Messiah (as), two people of these differing disposition “came together (i.e. they convened in one place). “On the 4th April 1905, a very terrible earthquake struck, and during this time, “the Promised Messiah (as) had received many revelations regarding the earthquakes-”
The Promised Messiah (as) received many revelations that earthquakes would occur. “Out of his respect and honour for the words of God Almighty, “the Promised Messiah (as) went into his garden. At the time, many foolish people would say “that the Promised Messiah (as) out of fear from the plague had gone into the garden.”
In those days there was the outbreak of the plague and the earthquakes were also coming, hence they said that from fear of the plague, the Promised Messiah (as) went into the garden. “It is rather strange but I even heard this being uttered from the mouth of some Ahmadis.
“However, the Promised Messiah (as) never left his house out of fear of the plague. “Since the Promised Messiah (as) had received so many revelations regarding the earthquakes, “therefore he deemed it appropriate to stay in the garden for a certain period. “The Promised Messiah (as) advised his companions to also stay there.
“Since this happened so quickly, therefore a few tents were arranged “and some people placed sheets over bricks and built canopies to live under them “and the Promised Messiah (as) kept everyone in his company.” Thus, those with a hasty temperament raise objections without thinking and our friends should refrain from this.
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) saw the Promised Messiah (as) while delivering the Revealed Sermon. Describing this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “God Almighty told the Promised Messiah (as) “to deliver the Eid sermon in Arabic and God Almighty will give the knowledge. “The Promised Messiah (as) had never delivered a speech in Arabic before
“but when the Promised Messiah (as) came to deliver the speech and started to speak. “I can clearly recall that I could not understand Arabic as I was very young “but the Promised Messiah (as) was in a highly beautiful and spiritual state
“and I was intently listening to the sermon from beginning to the end, “even though I did not understand a single word.” Regarding the importance of the Mubarak mosque in Qadian, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) related an incident, which was mentioned in the Al-Fazl newspaper in the following report:
“Some friends stated that they were not sure which mosque was the Mubarak mosque “that was mentioned in the Promised Messiah’s announcement regarding the Revealed Sermon.” This was the question that was asked to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra). “Upon this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) had the Revealed Sermon brought to him
“and after having read the announcement explained that it is referring to the same mosque “which the Promised Messiah (as) had built. He then related that “Once [Hazrat] Umm-ul-Monineen [Promised Messiah’s wife] became ill “and was unwell for almost forty days. “One day, the Promised Messiah (as) said ‘there was a revelation regarding this mosque.’
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) only briefly mentioned some of the words, the actual words of the revelation are: [Arabic] This mosque is a source of blessings, and is blessed itself. In it will be performed every blessed deed.] “The Promised Messiah (as) said ‘Since there is revelation regarding this mosque therefore
‘lets go to the mosque and administer the medicine to Hazrat Amma Jaan inside the mosque’. “‘The Promised Messiah (as) gave the medicine inside the mosque “and within two hours [Hazrat] Umm-ul-Momineen was cured.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) advised doctors to fulfil the dues of serving faith and to strive
In this regard. Regarding this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “People who are ailing are influenced by the truth much quicker. “Once a doctor asked the Promised Messiah (as) that how he could serve faith? “The Promised Messiah (as) replied that he should do Tabligh [preach] to his patients
“as this was a very good opportunity since the hearts of the patients are softened.” Therefore, the doctors of this day and age should also adopt this kind of thinking. And such a thought and practise, alongside attaining worldly gains, will also grant the opportunity to serve faith as well as attaining God Almighty’s grace.
These days, the issue of Purdah [veil] is often raised in the West with a lot of hue and cry. Either with reference to women’s rights, or eradicating extremism or in general criticism of Islam. God Almighty has mentioned the various aspects as to how one should observe the Purdah [veil]
And in what circumstances. It also mentions about the beauty of women, which becomes evident as it states. ‘except that which is apparent thereof’ (24:32). Explaining this, and also presenting an extract of the Promised Messiah (as), Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “‘except that which is apparent thereof’
“means those parts of the body, which becomes evident itself “and which cannot be hidden owing to factors beyond one’s control. “These factors could relate to one’s physical structure, for instance height, “which is also an aspect of beauty but it is impossible for it to be concealed.
“Therefore, the Sharia does not prohibit one from showing this. “Or, if one is ill and has to show a part of the body to a doctor for treatment, “according to the Holy Quran this can also be revealed.
“In fact, the Promised Messiah (as) used to say that it is possible a doctor may advise a women “to not cover her face and if she does it may be detrimental to her health. “And, may even tell her to walk out and about outdoors without her face covered,
“otherwise her health could further deteriorate. “In such instance, it will be permissible for a women to walk outside without covering her face. “In fact, according to some jurisprudents, “if a women is expecting and there is no good female nurse available and the doctor advises
“for her baby to be delivered by an able doctor because her condition is dangerous, “it will be permissible for her baby to be delivered by a male doctor. “If a women does not have her baby delivered by a male doctor and as a result she dies,
“she will stand before God Almighty as sinful as a person who has committed suicide. “Furthermore, factors [beyond one’s control] can also relate to one’s work. “For instance, I have given the example of families involved in farming work.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) had given their example earlier.
“These women have no choice but have to work along with the men and help them in order to “make ends meet. And so, all these are included in ‘except that which is apparent thereof’.” Therefore, Islam has granted freedom but also placed some restriction and has not given a complete free rein.
In certain situations it has allowed to reduce the amount of covering and lower the standard of the Purdah [veil], however at the same time, it has also prohibited from unlawfully discarding the Islamic injunctions. Islam does not allow for immorality in the name of freedom. Regarding the Promised Messiah’s contemplation/study of faith,
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “the foundation of Islamic matters is based on contemplation/study. “There exists such intricate wisdom in it and at times if they are not understood properly, “it can lead one towards misguidance. “The Promised Messiah (as) once stated in a gathering that if a man were to act righteously,
“he could marry one hundred times. “This statement was published in one of the newspapers of the community and as a result “many people began saying that it seems that perhaps the Promised Messiah’s belief “is that four marriages was not the uppermost limit.”
The men must have become very happy that four is not the limit and one can marry as many times as he wills. “Hazrat Mir Nasir Nawab Sahib informed the Promised Messiah (as) of the arguments “taking place outside and asked what the Promised Messiah (as) meant by this [statement of his].
“The Promised Messiah (as) replied that what he meant was that if someone’s wife passed away “or he gives her a divorce for some reason then a person can marry someone else instead. “In this way, he could marry a hundred times “and by saying this he was rejecting the concept found in other faiths.
“This statement was said in relation to a previous discussion that was taking place. “Sometimes people give a verdict without considering the full backdrop and context. “This statement of the Promised Messiah (as) was said “because the Promised Messiah (as) was rejecting the concept found in other faiths
“wherein a person can never re-marry, even if his wife dies or they are divorced, “a person only marries once. Particularly if the wife has passed away. “And so, the Promised Messiah (as) rejected this concept “and this statement was made in relation to this.”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states “if this statement of the Promised Messiah (as) remained unexplained “then after a short period of time it would have been perceived “that one can marry as many times as he wants as long as one abided by righteousness!” These days, men marry twice or thrice
And do not even abide by the condition of Taqwa [righteousness]. The condition of righteousness is essential. Regarding this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “I remember that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra), for a certain time, held the view “that it was permissible to have more than four wives.
“In those days, since the community was very small “and when members got together, such issues were keenly discussed, “this issue also came under discussion. “Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) said that the limit of four wives was not proven from Sharia, “and also presented a narration of Abu Dawood, in which it stated
“that Hazrat Imam Hassan had 18 or 19 Nikahs [Islamic contract of marriage]. ” In the same gathering, it was also mentioned by someone “that the Promised Messiah (as) did not hold this view. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) thought that “perhaps the Promised Messiah (as) was not fully aware of this matter,
“and therefore sent someone with the book, which contained the reference to Abu Dawood’s narration “regarding Hazrat Imam Hassan (ra), to show it to the Promised Messiah (as).” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says “The person who was taking the book “to the Promised Messiah (as) also met me on the way.
“He had the book under his arm and was walking very eagerly, “so I asked what the matter was? “He replied that he was on his way to show a reference to the Promised Messiah (as).” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says “Seeing his enthusiasm and also because of the nature
“of the issue under discussion, I remained there in order to wait for him on his return. “Soon after, he returned, and I noticed that “on his way to the Promised Messiah (as), he was very happy and cheerful “but on his way back his head was bowed down.
“So, I asked him what the matter was? “He replied that the Promised Messiah (as) told him to go and ask Maulvi Sahib “that where does it say that [Hazrat Imam Hassan] had all these wives at once.” Thus, the matter was resolved that one cannot have more than four wives,
And even in those instances there are conditions. Taqwa [righteousness] is the most important condition. In regards to responding to the call of the Imam, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “Against the voice of the Imam, the voices of ordinary people do not count for anything.
“It is your responsibility that upon hearing the call of the prophet of God, “you respond immediately and make every effort to act on this; “in this lies the key to all your accomplishments. “Even if someone is offering Salat and is called by the prophet of God,
“Even if someone is offering Salat and is called by the prophet of God, “it is his duty to respond to the prophet of God and end his Salat.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says “With the grace of Allah, “we have practical examples of this in our community.
“Once Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) was called by the Promised Messiah (as), “who ended his Salat and responded. “Perhaps there are similar examples of Mir Mahdi Hussan (ra) and Mian Abdullah Sanori Sahib (ra). They did so at different times. “Some people raised objections to this, to which the Promised Messiah (as)
“quoted this verse of the Holy Quran: [ARABIC] ‘Treat not the calling of the Messenger among you like the calling of one of you to another. ‘Allah does know those of you who steal away covertly. ‘So let those who go against His command, beware,
‘lest a trial afflict them or a grievous punishment overtake them.’ (24:64) There is also the verse: [ARABIC] ‘O ye who believe! Respond to Allah, ‘and the Messenger when he calls you that he may give you life’ (8:25). So to respond to the call of the prophet promptly is unquestionably essential
And is a sign of robustness of faith. That is why, these elders acted in absolutely the right way. Their real objective was not to offer Salat or to carry out any other act of virtuousness; their true objective, in the presence of a prophet and in fact always,
Was to attain nearness to Allah and obey His commandment. We have examples of these in the companions of the Promised Messiah (as) as well as the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw). One important point that Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) mentioned, which is as important today as ever, is that
“A true believer does not need a lot of persuasion; even a hint is enough for him. “After taking the hint, a believer carries out the commandments with such dedication “that others may regard him as crazy. “Therefore, all perfect believers in the history of mankind were called crazy by the world.
“May Allah treat him with forgiveness.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) once related that “Maulwi Muhammad Yaar was my teacher “and he had a kind of obsession; he was totally and utterly lost in the love “and dedication of the Promised Messiah (as). “He used to believe that this dedication and commitment
“had elevated him to the status of the Promised son and the Promised Reformer.” Because of his love for the Promised Messiah, he thought he was the promised son. “It was a habit of the Promised Messiah (as) that at times he would talk so passionately
“that he would move his hands in a manner that would seem as if he was beckoning someone. “Once the Promised Messiah (as) was passionately addressing a congregation, “during which Maulwi Yaar Muhammad Sahib leapt forward, “jumping over to get close to the Promised Messiah (as). “Afterwards, someone asked him, what were you doing?
“To which Maulwi Sahib replied that I saw that the Promised Messiah (as) gestured me “to come forward and that’s why I hurried to get closer to him. “This was a kind of obsession; but sometime obsessions can be good. “This obsession helped Maulwi Sahib to progress in devotion and dedication and not in resentment.
“Those lost in devotion, interpret every gesture as a call to come forward. “Even when a gesture is not meant to summon them, they still see it this way!” So Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) questioned that “A community who claims to love Allah, “why then does it not follow the commandments of God?
“Do we not even have as much love as Maulwi Yaar Muhammad Sahib had “when he interpreted every gesture of the Promised Messiah (as) as a hint to come forward? “God’s commandments are clear and His Messiah’s directives are unambiguous “and you still don’t pay any attention!”
So it is really important to reflect on this and assess, how well we understand the commandments and signs of Allah the Exalted. We must be careful that everything we do is in concordance with the pleasure and the commandment of God.
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says that “the objective of our actions should not be to please people” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) relates that “Maulwi Ghulaam Ali was a strict Wahabi. “Wahabi edict was that Jumu’ah [Friday] prayers can be offered in India
“and Hanafi edict was that it was not permissible to offer Jumu’ah prayers in India.” Those days, people used to argue over strange points. “Hanafi viewpoint was the Friday prayers should be offered in the city, “where the judge, the king and Imam all were Muslims.
“Due to the British Raj in India, there was no longer a Muslim ruler or judge, “so Hanafi regarded it unlawful to offer Friday prayers in India. “This created a problem as they knew that Allah says in the Holy Quran that
“when you are called for Jumu’ah prayers, you give up everything to go to the prayers. “So they were uncomfortable with this edict. “They wanted to offer Jumu’ah prayers and on the other hand, “they were concerned that a Hanafi cleric will issue an edict against them!
“To overcome this problem, Hanafi adopted a practice that on Fridays, “first they would offer Jumu’ah prayers and then offer four Rak’at [units] of Zuhr as well. “Their idea behind this was that if offering Friday Prayers was right, then they are saved
“and if it turned out that saying the Zuhr was t right thing, they were doing that too. “That is why Hanafi used to call the Zuhr prayers as “ Ihtiatee ” [precautionary]. “They thought if God did not accept their Friday Prayer, we will compensate it with the Zuhr Salat.
“And the same would be valid, to compensate the Zuhr Salat for the Friday Prayer. “So if someone was seen not offering “ Ihtiatee ”, the general perception was that he was a Wahabi. “The Promised Messiah (as) used to relate that “once he travelled to Gurdaspur with Maulwi Ghlualaam Ali Sahib.
“When it was Jumu’ah time, he went to a nearby mosque and offered the Jumu’ah prayers. “His usual practices were similar to Wahabis, “as Wahabis consider it mandatory to follow Hadith; they believe that to attain salvation “it is compulsory to follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (saw).
“In any case, the Promised Messiah (as) offered the Jumu’ah prayers “with Maulwi Ghlualaam Ali Sahib. “After the Jumu’ah prayers, Maulwi Ghlualaam Ali Sahib offered four Raka’at Salat for Zuhr as w “The Promised Messiah (as) later related that ‘I inquired,
‘why are you offering these four Rak’at?’ Maulwi Ghlualaam Ali Sahib replied, this is “Ihtiatee”. “The Promised Messiah (as) said, ‘but you are a Wahabi and to offer four Rak’at ‘after Jumu’ah prayers is against the practice of Wahabi sect!’ “To which, Maulwi Ghlualaam Ali Sahib replied that ‘this “Ihtiatee” is not offered
‘so that God would accept either of these two prayers; my Zuhr prayers or my Friday prayers? ‘This is to please the crowds so that they do not turn against me!’” So some people act in this way as Maulwi Ghlualaam Ali Sahib did. He pleased himself by offering Jumu’ah prayers
And then offered Zuhr Salat, just to please other people! Once the Promised Messiah (as) was asked in one of his gatherings that people of our community shave their beards! To which he responded, “the real objective is to attain the love of God.
“Once my followers develop a true love of God in their hearts, “they will feel compelled by themselves to follow our practices”. May we fully understand the advice of the Promised Messiah (as) and develop a true love of God in our hearts.
May all our words and actions are in concordance with the commandment of God. After the prayers, I will lead the funeral prayer in absentia of Abdun-Noor Jabi Sahib of Syria. He was born in 1989; all his details are not written clearly here. In any case, according to the information given:
He qualified in business management only a few months before he was arrested in 2013 by government agents. The reason he was arrested was that someone borrowed his mobile phone to ring the rebels. These were the early days of the difficulties in Syria,
When there was nothing objectionable in lending one’s mobile phone to others. And so, from his mobile phone, one of the rebels arranged some financial transactions. The government agencies intercepted this phone call and traced the owner of the mobile of Abdun-Noor Jabi Sahib,
So he was arrested on suspicion of having links with the rebels and was martyred. According to the medical report, he died of severe head injuries three days after being arrested. The police there tortures people just like the rebels do. The news of his demise was received by his family on 22 February 2013.
‘Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.’ Abdun-Noor Jabi Sahib was the grandson of Saleem Aljabee, an Ahmadi elder; who visited Rabwah during the time of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra). He speaks very good Urdu. Abdun-Noor Jabi Sahib was known as well-mannered, gentle, softly spoken and sociable.
He had a mild temperament. Abdun-Noor Jabi Sahib was well built and strong. His sister Hibatul Rahman Jabi says that “before he was born, “my mother saw a dream that she has given birth to a son “and it was said to her that she has given birth to pure light.
“Then Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) named him Abdun-Noor.” She says that her brother was very obedient and smart; everyone admired him for his manners and ability. “On my last phone call to him, he said ‘if I am a true Ahmadi, ‘then I will forgive others.’
May Allah increase his status in paradise and grant patience to his relatives, including mother, grandfather, sister and brother. We should also pray for the situation in Syria. In response to the oppression by the government, the rebel group has developed and both sides exceed in oppression and atrocities.
The other group is Da’ish who is committing shameful atrocities In the name of Islam. The people of Syria are safe nowhere, neither in the hands of the government, the rebels or Da’ish. They are all as cruel as on another. Ahmadis and other civilians are all suffering, in this all.
May Allah show His mercy and have mercy on this country and relieve them from oppressors. 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.