Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2022
Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is the Messenger of Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is the Messenger of Allah Come to Prayer Come to Prayer Come to success Come to success Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest There is none worthy of worship except Allah Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is One and has no partner. and I bear witness that Muhammad (sa) is His Servant and Messenger. After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, The Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings,
Those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. In relation to the Badri companions, the accounts from the life of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) were being narrated. There are certain narrations of the Holy Prophet (sa) in relation to the status and rank of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra).
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) has the blessings and distinct honour that during the Makkan period, the Holy Prophet (sa) would visit his house everyday once or twice. Hazrat Amr bin al-Aas (ra) narrates, “The Holy Prophet (sa) appointed me as the commander-in-chief of the Dhat al-Salasil army.
“I presented myself before the Holy Prophet (sa) and submitted, ‘who is most beloved to you among the people?’ “the Holy Prophet (sa) replied, ‘Aishah’, “I then asked, ‘Who is most beloved to you amongst the men?’ “and the Holy Prophet (sa) replied, ‘her father.’
“I then asked, ‘Who is most beloved to you after him?’ “and the Holy Prophet (sa) replied, ‘Umar bin al-Khattab’ “and in this manner the Holy Prophet (sa) include a few other people among them.” Hazrat Salamah bin Akwa’ (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated,
“Abu Bakr is the most excellent and lofty amongst the people, except if there is a prophet.” Hazrat Anas bin Malik (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “the most benevolent and merciful towards my people is Abu Bakr.” Hazrat Abu Sa’eed (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated,
“those of a lofty rank will be seen by those who occupy a lesser rank “as if they are stars that appear (on the horizon).” In other words, those who possess a high rank will be seen by those who are of a lesser rank
As if they are looking at stars that appear on the horizon. (The Holy Prophet (sa) further stated) “and Abu Bakr and Umar are among them.” They hold such a high rank that people will look at them just like one looks up at the stars high up in the skies.
The Holy Prophet (sa) then stated, “How excellent are both of them!” Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “There is no one who I have not repaid for any act of kindness they have done to me, “except for Abu Bakr.
“His acts of kindness towards me shall be rewarded by Allah the Almighty on the Day of Judgment.” During his final illness, the Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “there is no one amongst the people “who has extended their kind treatment towards me with their life and wealth
“as much as Abu Bakr bin Quhafah has done. “If I were to make someone a Khalil (close friend) from among the people, “then I most certainly would have made Abu Bakr my Khalil. “However, the bond and friendship in Islam is more superior.
“Close all the windows in this mosque except for the window of Abu Bakr.” This is a narration from Sahih al-Bukhari. The Holy Prophet (sa) also stated, “Abu Bakr is from me and I am from Abu Bakr. “Abu Bakr is my brother in this world and in the hereafter.”
There is a narration in Sunan al-Tirmidhi in which Hazrat Anas (ra) relates that regarding Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra), the Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “They are both the chiefs of the first ones and the last ones amongst the elders of Paradise, “with the exception of the Prophets and Messengers.
“O Ali do not tell them this.” The narrator states that when the Holy Prophet (sa) said this, he instructed Hazrat Ali (ra) not to tell them. Hazrat Anas (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) would come outside and sit amongst the Ansar and Muhajir companions
And Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) would also be present. None of the companions would raise their glance towards the Holy Prophet (sa), except for Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra). They would both look at the Holy Prophet (sa) and the Holy Prophet (sa) would look back at them.
They would both smile and the Holy Prophet (sa) would also smile in return. Hazrat Ibn Umar (ra) narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), “You are my companion in paradise and in the cave.” Hazrat Jubair bin Mut’im (ra) relates that
A woman once came to the Holy Prophet (sa) and spoke about a particular matter and the Holy Prophet (sa) gave an instruction in relation to it. She then submitted, “O Messenger (sa) of Allah! What are your thoughts if I am unable to meet you?”
(In other words, if she was in need of something again and the Holy Prophet (sa) had passed away). The Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “if you do not find me, then go to Abu Bakr. “He shall fulfil your needs.” Hazrat Ibn Umar (ra) relates
That the Holy Prophet (sa) once came outside and entered the mosque. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) were on either side of the Holy Prophet (sa) and he was holding their hands. The Holy Prophet (sa) then stated, “We shall be raised on the Day of Judgment just like this.”
Hazrat Abdullah bin Hantab (ra) narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) saw Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) and stated, “they are both like ears and eyes (to me).” In other words, they were among his closest companions. Hazrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated,
“Every prophet has two viziers in Heaven and two viziers on the earth. “My two viziers in Heaven are Gabriel and Michael, “and my two viziers on the earth are Abu Bakr and Umar.” The Holy Prophet (sa) then gave them the glad tidings of paradise.
Saeed bin Musayyib relates that Hazrat Abu Musa Ash’ari (ra) told him that once he performed ablution and came outside and said that he would remain in the company of the Holy Prophet (sa) for the entire day. (In other words, he devoted the entire day in order to serve the Holy Prophet (sa)).
He went to the mosque and enquired about the Holy Prophet (sa). The people mentioned that he came out and had gone in such and such direction. He states that, “I followed after the Holy Prophet (sa) “and would enquire on the way from others until I found out
“that the Holy Prophet (sa) was at a well called Bi’r-e-Arees next to the Quba Mosque. “I went and sat next to the door which was made from branches of date palm. “When the Holy Prophet (sa) finished from the call of nature,
“he performed ablution and I stood up and went towards the Holy Prophet (sa). “I saw that the Holy Prophet (sa) was sitting on the well of Bi’r-e-Arees and was sat on its wall “and had lifted the cloth above his ankles and his feet were dangling below.
“I offered greetings of peace to the Holy Prophet (sa) “and then turned around and sat next to the door. “I said to myself that ‘today, I shall serve as the courtier for the Holy Prophet (sa).’ “In that time, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) also came and tried to push the door,
“upon which I asked who it was and he replied, ‘Abu Bakr’. “I told him to wait and then went to the Holy Prophet (sa) and submitted, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! It is Abu Bakr and he seeks permission to enter.’
“The Holy Prophet (sa) stated, ‘allow him to enter and give him the glad tiding of paradise.’ “I then went to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and asked him to enter “and informed him that the Holy Prophet (sa) gave him the glad tiding of paradise.
“Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) then entered and sat to the right of the Holy Prophet (sa) on the wall “and he also let his feet dangle in the well just as the Holy Prophet (sa) had done “and he also lifted the cloth from his ankles.
“I returned (to the door) once again and sat down. “I had left my brother behind so that he could perform ablution and also join me “and I thought in my heart, ‘if Allah desires good for him (by this he meant his brother), ‘then He shall bring him here.’
“I then noticed that someone was trying to move the door. “I asked who it was and he replied, ‘Umar bin Khattab’. “I told him to wait and I then went to the Holy Prophet (sa) “and offered my greeting of peace and submitted,
‘it is Umar bin Khattab and he seeks permission to enter inside.’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘allow him to enter and give him the glad tiding of paradise.’ “I then went to him and told him to enter “and that the Holy Prophet (sa) gave him the glad tiding of paradise.
“He entered and sat on the wall to the left of the Holy Prophet (sa) “and he also dangled his feet in the well. “I returned once again and sat down. I then said to myself that, ‘If Allah desires good for such and such person, He shall bring them here,’
“and again thought of my brother. “In that time, another person came and tried to move the door. “I enquired who it was and he replied, ‘Uthman bin Affan.’ “I told him to wait and I informed the Holy Prophet (sa).
“The Holy Prophet (sa) stated, ‘permit him to enter and give him the glad tiding of paradise, ‘despite a great trial that is going to befall him.’ “I then went to Hazrat Uthman (ra) and asked him to come inside
“and told him that the Holy Prophet (sa) had given him the glad tiding of paradise, “despite a great trial that was going to befall him. “Hazrat Uthman (ra) entered and saw that there was no more space on one side of the wall
“and so he sat on the wall opposite the Holy Prophet (sa).” Hazrat Anas (ra) states, “The Holy Prophet (sa) climbed (mount) Uhud “while accompanied by Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), Hazrat Umar (ra) and Hazrat Uthman (ra), “and it began to shake. “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘O Uhud, be calm.’
“I believe the Holy Prophet (sa) also stomped his foot, ‘because none stands on you other than a Prophet, one who is truthful and two martyrs.’” Hazrat Sa’eed bin Zaid (ra) states, “I bear testament “regarding nine people being heaven-bound and if I say the same about a tenth, “I would not be a sinner.”
He was asked how this was? He replied, “We were on Mount Hira alongside the Holy Prophet (sa) when it began to shake. “Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) said (the first narration was from Bukhari, “(this one if from Tirmidhi and mentions Hira)
‘Be calm, O Hira. Surely there is a Prophet, truthful one and martyr standing on you.’” Someone asked who the ten heaven-bound people were. Hazrat Sa’eed bin Zaid (ra) said, “the Holy Prophet (sa), Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, “Talhah, Zubair, Sa’d and Abdur Rahman bin Auf.”
When asked who the tenth was, Hazrat Sa’eed bin Zaid (ra) said it was him. Here, it should be clarified that this narration mentions the ten esteemed Companions to whom the Holy Prophet (sa) gave the glad tidings of Paradise during their lifetimes.
They were those close to the Holy Prophet (sa) and he would also seek counsel from them, and they have been regarded in history as the “Asharah Mubasharah”, meaning ten people given the glad tidings of Paradise. However, it should be kept in mind that
The Holy Prophet (sa) did not just give the glad tidings of Paradise to ten people alone, rather there are numerous other male and female Companions to whom the Holy Prophet (sa) gave the glad tidings of Paradise. Thus, aside from these ten, the names of about 50 other male and female companions
Are found to be mentioned. Furthermore, approximately 313 Companions who partook in the Battle of Badr, those who took part in the Battle of Uhud and those who were present at Bai’at-e-Rizwan for the Treaty of Hudaibiyah were all given the glad tidings of Paradise. Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra) narrates,
“The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘who among you is fasting today?’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said that he was. “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘who among you accompanied a funeral procession today?’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said that he had. “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘who among you fed a poor person today?’
“Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said that he did. “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘Who among you visited a sick person today?’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said that he had. “Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘Whoever possesses all of these qualities shall enter Paradise.’” This narration is from Sahih Muslim.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra) narrates, “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘Gabriel came to me, took hold of my hand ‘and showed me the door to heaven through which my people would enter.’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said, ‘if only I had been with you so that I too could have seen it.’
“The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘O Abu Bakr, you are the first from among my people who will enter Paradise.’” Whilst further expounding on this, Hazrat Musleh Mau’ud (ra) states, “Once, the Holy Prophet (sa) was sitting in a gathering “in which the Companions were sitting around him,
“and he began mentioning how things would be in heaven. “Then, he made mention of the bounties which Allah the Almighty had decreed for him. “When Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) heard this, he said, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah, pray that I may accompany you in Paradise.’
“According to some narrations, another Companion has also been named “while Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) has been named in other narrations. “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘I am hopeful that you will be alongside me ‘and I pray to Allah the Almighty for it to be so.’ “When the Holy Prophet (sa) said this,
“it naturally also occurred to the other Companions to ask the Holy Prophet (sa) “to make the same prayer for them. “Initially they had thought that it was not their fate “to accompany the Holy Prophet (sa) in Paradise, “however when Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), or according to other narrations another Companion said this
“and the Holy Prophet (sa) prayed for them, “they now had an example and they realised that this was not out of the realm of possibility. “Hence, another Companion stood up and submitted, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah, pray for me as well, ‘that God Almighty keeps me alongside you in Paradise.’
“The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘May God Almighty bestow His blessings upon you as well, ‘however the prayer has now gone in favour of the one who asked first.’” Hazrat Musleh Mau’ud (ra) states, “once, the Holy Prophet (sa) said,
‘Whoever performs such and such worship the most will enter from such and such gate into heaven, ‘and whoever performs such and such worship the most ‘will enter from such and such gate into heaven.’ “In this way, the Holy Prophet (sa) named various forms of worship
“and said that those who lay more emphasis on various good deeds “will enter through the various seven gates of heaven. “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was also sitting in that gathering and said, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah, they will enter through the various gates ‘because they will have focused on individual forms of worship.
‘But O Messenger (sa) of Allah, if someone were to give emphasis to all the forms of worship, ‘then how will they be treated?’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘That person will enter through all seven gates of heaven, ‘and O Abu Bakr, I am hopeful that you will be among those people.’”
These accounts will continue in the future, God willing. At this time, I would like to mention some deceased members whose funeral prayers I will also lead. The first mention is of respected Abdul Basit Sahib, Amir Jama’at Indonesia, who passed away on 8th October at the age of 71. He was the son of Maulvi Abdul Wahid Sumatri. After studying FA, when he was at the age of 20, he enrolled in Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah on 20th September 1972. He passed Jamia Ahmadiyya Shahid exams at the beginning of 1981
And then in the same year he returned to his home country Indonesia as a missionary. In 1987, the administrative body (Majlis-e-Amla) of Indonesia suggested that an Indonesian missionary should go to Kuala Lampur to obtain Malaysian nationality and then be sent to Thailand for Tabligh and his name was recommended for this task.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) approved this recommendation, and he was assigned to Thailand. Later, he was reassigned to Indonesia where he remained for the rest of his life and also served for a long time as the Amir. His total time of service spanned 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. His wife Mosli Wadi Sahiba says, “The deceased had a great deal of pain for this Movement “and always gave precedence to the Community. “As his wife, I can attest to his attachment and services to the Community.”
His nephew, Tahir says, “The deceased would fully implement any directive “that was received from the headquarters. “Once, he had made plans to visit some family in Malaysia “for which he had already purchased his plane ticket.” He says, “However after about a week when I met him again,
“I asked him why he had not gone to Malaysia. “He responded he had not been granted permission to go “in the letter that he received from the headquarters “and so he cancelled his plan of going to Malaysia without caring for his ticket.” An office bearer who worked with him says,
“He would teach and explain things to us with love and compassion. “Despite being Amir Jama’at, he never demanded any special treatment from the Community. “He would utilise whatever he was given by the Community. He preferred simplicity. “Often during office hours, he would sit with us, read letters and dictate notes.
“He respected missionaries a great deal. “He possessed very deep and vast knowledge. “Whenever he made a decision, he would always consult with the administrative body. “He was dignified, yet humble; very sociable and would meet everyone, “young and old in a very pleasant manner. “He had profound love for Khilafat.
“He would advise us to abandon any of our own opinions “in light of an instruction from the Khalifah of the time and also act upon it. “He gave precedence to the administrative system of the Community. “He was very watchful over the Community’s finances, and he protected it well.
“He would be stern in the face of disobedience. “He would often arrive at the offices before many of the other workers. “If, for some reason, he could not come into the office or was running late, “he would make sure to inform his staff.
“In addition, when he would leave the office to tend to any matter – “even for a brief moment – he would make certain of informing the office staff. “He was remarkably scrupulous in checking reports and letters. “He would thoroughly check everything
“and if immediate action was required, then he would work late into the night. “When he would go to visit Ahmadis, he would always bring gifts for our children. “He would always treat others with kindness and love. “He was a leader who would endeavour to make others happy.
“For us and for all those in Indonesia, it was as though Amir Sahib was our spiritual father. “He would always give priority to the system and traditions of the Community. “(These are the very qualities that an Amir (president) should possess.)
“When he would become upset, he would still be considerate and respectful toward others; “he would not say things haphazardly in anger. “When it came to giving reprimands, he would always make reformation his objective; “he would not hold any enmity or malice, rather his objective was always reformation.”
He further states, “Many Ahmadis here would consult him regarding religious matters “and other matters relating to their properties. “His efforts to love and care for the members of the Community in Indonesia were extraordinary. “Even in the past year during his illness – which lasted for a year –
“he was engaged in different meetings, “correspondences, and other services for the Community “as was his norm and did not slow down.” Mahmud Wardi Sahib, who serves here in London under the Indonesian Desk, states, “Some aspects of his personality were exceptionally prominent, “the most prominent aspect being his ocean of knowledge.
“He gave great importance to knowledge. “He was always passionate about seeking knowledge. “He had vast knowledge on a range of topics. “He was proficient in holding a satisfactory discussion on any topic that presented itself. “Apart from the books of the Community, he had a firm grasp on general knowledge as well.
“He would read newspapers regularly, “be it national of international, be it in Indonesian or English. “He would not deliver lengthy and prolonged speeches “but would speak concisely and comprehensively. “While speaking, he was able to convey his message in simple terms. “People of all walks of life would understand his words effortlessly.”
He further states, “His daily attire was very simple, but he was a dignified man. “He was completely free of any sort of pretence or ostentation. “People of all walks of life were able to speak with him freely but would always respect him “and be considerate toward his position when speaking to him.”
Fazal Umar Farooq Sahib, a missionary and teacher in Jamia Ahmadiyya (in Indonesia), says, “I have been close to Amir Sahib since I was a child. “When the Community in Indonesia was passing through very difficult times, “all the members of the Community found strength in his efforts, patience and perseverance.
“He would teach everyone to pray. “He would offer his prayers with great pain and humility. “He would always come to the mosque on time for prayer. “He was very considerate towards life-devotees. “Whenever a missionary was entering the field of work, “he would make sure to personally grant them a gift.”
Saifullah Mubarak Sahib, who is also a teacher in Jamia (Ahmadiyya Indonesia), states, “Maulana Abdul Basit Sahib was a lofty example for life-devotees. “He never failed to attend all Community events. “He would speak to others in a warm and respectful manner.
“Any gathering attended by him would become uplifted by his presence. He was always smiling.” He further states, “When I studied in Jamia Ahmadiyya Indonesia, “he would sit with us students after the Maghrib prayer, “asking about our well-being and making small talk.” Furthermore, Nooruddeen Sahib, another missionary, says,
“He was an Amir who led by example. “In 2018, the foundation stone for our mosque was laid. “At the time, we had 60 million rupees.” The Indonesian rupee has very low market value, and so they speak of numbers in the millions and billions. Bearing this in mind, he said, “We had 60 million,
“but we needed approximately 1.5 billion rupees for the mosque. “Whilst advising the members, he (Amir Sahib) said, ‘You should start the construction of the mosque with whatever funds are available, ‘however, we will witness the help of Allah the Almighty thereafter. ‘There is no need to fear.
‘Even if we need 1.5 billion Indonesian rupees, first start with the 60 million that you have.’” This amount isn’t even one tenth (of the total required). In fact, it is about three or four percent. He continues, “After giving us this advice,
“he took his wallet out from his pocket and gave contributions for the mosque. “Upon this, the members of the Community began to actively make contributions and sacrifices, “so much so that within two years, we had completed 80 percent of the mosque’s construction. “Following this, the pandemic struck.
“The members’ income decreased and the mosque’s construction came to a halt.” He continues, “We went back to him “and told him that we would like to complete the construction of the mosque, “however, we need 150 million rupees to do so.
“We were confident that the Markaz (central headquarters) would help us in this effort, “but Amir Sahib said, ‘Markaz will not help you. ‘You are capable of collecting this amount without asking anyone for help.’ “He then asked how many Ahmadis are contributing, and I told him that there are 160.
“Upon hearing this, he smiled and very calmly said, ‘Tell every single member to contribute about 10 million rupees each ‘(which is about 100 to 150 sterling) and you will have completed your collection.’” He continues, “In the beginning, we did not think we could achieve this so easily,
“but when we started to act upon his advice, “the hearts of the members of the Community filled with love and passion “to sacrifice their best wealth for the construction of the mosque. “Despite this, (Amir Sahib) still contributed a large amount on his own behalf as well.
“Thus, within three years, the mosque was completed in February.” Apart from the members of the Community, he had built relationships with others as well. Luqman Hakim Saifuddeen Sahib, the former Minister of Religious Affairs, said, “I consider him as an individual of national importance, who would always put humanity first.
“Wherever he would go, he would always emphasise how we should respect humanity “and inculcate mutual tolerance, and care for one another.” He continues, “In my view, it is our responsibility to uphold these principles, “not just for Ahmadis, but for all the people of Indonesia.
“We should follow his example and strive to act upon the guidance he has given us. “All the differences and conflicts that arise between us, “lead to the spread of hatred and dishonour for humanity and should thus be removed.” The Ambassador of Tunis in Indonesia, Zahiri Sahib, writes,
“It was from Amir Sahib that I learned how to love the Holy Prophet (sa), “the Ahl-e-Bait (family of the Holy Prophet (sa)), “and the religious scholars, and then to act upon their excellent teachings. “Ahmadis faced many cruelties and abuse in Indonesia. “Many cruelties took place in Indonesia
“and he (Amir Sahib) endured those trying times with great patience “and managed the Ahmadis there in an excellent manner.” Nonetheless, he writes, “Despite the many cruelties, injustices and abuse faced by Ahmadis, “Amir Sahib taught us that “we should serve our faith, country and humanity with sincerity and devotion
“because it is the principle of Ahmadis all over the world that ‘Love for all, Hatred for none.’ “I testify that Amir Sahib was a beloved of Allah the Almighty, “a scholar, a simple man and possessed great morals.” Mrs. Sharifuddeen, a leader of a national organisation, wrote,
“The manner in which Amir Sahib spoke was very impactful. “Even though he was soft spoken and respectful, his love for the country was evident. “It was as though the motto ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’ came alive through his words. “We testify to the fact that he was a good man,
“and such a leader who was always faithful and spoke to everyone with strong sentiments of love.” Mirajuddeen Sahib writes, “As an Amir, the Ahmadiyya Community endured great opposition during his leadership. “In Indonesia, there were many instances where Ahmadis were attacked. “He endured all such occurrences with courage and composure.
“Government officials also greatly respected him. “This is all owing to the excellent relations he had established.” Ausum Sahib, the principal of Jamia Ahmadiyya Indonesia, writes, “Amir Sahib was an ever-devout servant of Khilafat. “Being my neighbour, he would often accompany me on my way to the mosque for prayer.
“Whenever he would go on a tour, “he would inform me about where he was going and advise me to also go on tours. “He cared a great deal for Jamia Ahmadiyya. “As a board member of Jamia Ahmadiyya, whilst taking the students’ interviews,
“he would always advise them saying, ‘You are going to become missionaries. ‘Thus, you should strive to become examples for the whole Community.’” He further states, “He would also give me guidance and indicate to me “which students were struggling on an individual basis and to try and assist them.”
He always paid particular interest in the well-being of the students of Jamia. Irshad Malhi Sahib, a missionary in America says, “Basit Sahib was my class fellow and also my roommate, “hence I had the opportunity to get to know him very closely.
“He was very sharp and incredibly intelligent. He was good natured, hospitable and cheerful. “He was a very competent badminton player and would always win in Rabwah. “He told me that in the days when he was coming from Indonesia to Rabwah, “he received a wonderful offer from a company to play,
“which caused great concern to his father Maulana Abdul Wahid Sahib, “lest his son Abdul Basit change his mind of going to Jamia out of greed from this big offer.” (Irshad Sahib) states, “When he learnt of this concern from his father, “he reassured his father and made an oath
“that he would never abandon his faith for the sake of any worldly gain. “In this way, he rejected an offer of great economic benefit. “I (Irshad Sahib) have witnessed all my life “that he always gave precedence to his faith over the world and fulfilled this oath.
“He had boundless love for Khilafat and was completely devoted to it. “From his time as a student he was very close to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh). “In a light-hearted exchange with him, “we used to say that he was the favourite of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh).
“Similarly, in the era of every Khilafat he displayed utmost sincerity and loyalty.” May Allah grant him mercy and forgiveness and elevate him in rank, and may Allah Almighty continue to grant the Community more missionaries and workers like him. I also saw him to always display complete obedience and selflessness, as I have mentioned.
May Allah continue to provide the replacements for those who depart. The missionaries in Indonesia in particular, and also those around the world must keep his example in mind. These are not tales of the past, rather these people are from this very day and age,
Who have given precedence to their faith over the world and done justice to their dedication. The next funeral is of Zainab Ramazan Sahiba, wife of Yusuf Uthman Kambala Sahib, a missionary in Tanzania. She passed away a few days ago at the age of 70. Her husband Yusuf Uthman Kambala Sahib says, “My wife was very pious and sincere and would participate in all the work of the Community. “She held great relationships with the neighbours. “She looked after the poor and orphans. “She showed great respect to missionaries. “She was at the forefront in giving alms.
“Wherever we lived she would always be at the forefront “in rendering her services to the Community. “She would always display wonderful sincerity to all Ahmadis. “She was battling cancer for two to two and a half years, “and was receiving treatment from the best doctors,
“but in the end, it was the decree of Allah Almighty “and she passed away in the past few days.” He writes, “Almost one thousand people attended her funeral from Tabora and other areas, “among whom were non-Ahmadi relatives too.” She has three sons and three daughters who are now all married.
May Allah Almighty grant her mercy and forgiveness. The next funeral is of Haleema Begum Sahiba, wife of Shaikh Abdul Qadeer Sahib Darwesh of Qadian. She passed away last month. The deceased was regular in fasting and observing prayer. She was a patient, grateful, humble and well-mannered woman. She made efforts to make her children regular in offering prayers and reciting the Holy Qur’an. As long as her health permitted she continued to teach the children in Qadian the Holy Qur’an.
She had immense love for Khilafat and would be ready (to participate) in any scheme from the Khalifah of the time. She spent the time as a Darwesh with great patience and gratitude, and in spite of poverty, she would never leave a beggar empty-handed.
As a result of the house of the deceased being close to Dar al-Khilafat, during the days of Jalsa it would always be filled with guests. After welcoming guests with great courtesy, she would take care of them in an excellent manner. She was also a Musia.
Her son Shaikh Nasir Waheed Sahib is serving as the deputy administrator of the Noor Hospital in Qadian. She has three daughters who live abroad. May Allah Almighty grant the deceased mercy and forgiveness. The next funeral is of Maile Anisa Apisai Sahiba of Kiribati. The various accounts in her life are extraordinary,
As well as the incident regarding her acceptance of Ahmadiyyat. She was a very sincere and dedicated woman. She passed away a few days ago. She passed away at the age of 73. Khwajah Faiz Sahib, missionary of Kiribati says, “Maile Anisa Apisai Sahiba was the first Ahmadi woman of Kiribati. “She somehow found a copy of the Holy Qur’an in that corner of the world –
“such a place where it is very rare to find books from other places. “When she found this copy of the Holy Qur’an she began to read it herself “(it had the translation alongside it). “After reading the Holy Qur’an, Maile Anisa Apisai Sahiba became so impressed by it
“that she believed in it in her heart and there and then began to wear the veil.” When the first missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hafiz Jibrail Sayed Sahib reached Kiribati, he asked the people if there were any Muslims. They pointed towards Maile Anisa Apisai Sahiba
Saying that she is the only Muslim of the entire country. How wonderful is the grace of Allah that within a year of Maile Anisa Apisai Sahiba accepting Islam, upon the instructions of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) a missionary reached Kiribati. This fearless young woman then began to preach to her family and friends,
Even before the missionary had arrived. For this reason she became known in this country with the population of only 1,000 as the only woman to have accepted Islam. Therefore, even before the missionary Hafiz Jibrail Sahib reached Kiribati, Allah the Almighty had granted him a Sultan-e-Naseer (helper)
Who was ready-made for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. She became renowned for being the only Muslim there who wore the veil and who preached to the people. When the first missionary Hafiz Jibrail Sahib came to Kiribati, Maile Anisa Apisai Sahiba pledged her allegiance and entered the fold of the Ahmadiyya Community.
She made preparations for the residency and provisions for the missionary, and then immediately began her preaching. Many people joined the Community as a result of her preaching. She had immense love for the Community. She showed great respect to missionaries. Despite the severe opposition from the people, her faith never wavered.
She would wear the veil wherever she went and this Islamic attire of hers was also a means of propagation, even though people would at times scoff at her, curse her and even argue with her and torment her.
She never let the standard of her faith or veil falter and left behind an excellent example in which one wears the veil for the sake of God and not worry what people would say. When she initially accepted Islam she did not know how to pray,
So aside from the sajdah (prostration), she began to pray in her own way. When her father saw her praying in a new way, he became extremely angry and threatened to rip the Qur’an up. In reply she said, “Then you ought to rip out those pages of the Gospels
“where it is mentioned that Jesus prostrated before God.” She displayed great courage and remained resolute upon her faith. Then by the grace of Allah, with the arrival of the missionary, she not only learned how to pray, but began teaching others as well.
People residing in that part of the world would look upon Islam with contempt. In that time, this courageous woman stood up and challenged everyone. She would present the teachings of Islam without any fear. She would not fear anyone except Allah the Almighty.
Owing to this attribute of hers, many people including politicians were in awe of her. Owing to this awe and her strong faith, Allah the Almighty ensured that the politicians were influenced by this to such an extent that they even helped with the registration of the Community, which previously was rejected due to opposition.
Her awe was such that in her presence, there were those who knew her and were unable to say anything negative against Islam. The doors of her house were always open for people to come and ask her any questions they wished. She would encourage everyone in her house to become regular in offering prayers.
For a long period of time her house was used as the Salat centre. When her son, Ahmad Apisai, reached a mature age, she dedicated him for the services of the Community and sent him to Jamia Ahmadiyya Ghana. Many people tried to stop her and asked her why she was sending her son there,
And said that they would kill her son there but despite this, she took pride in sending her there. However, in line with the will of God, when Ahmad Apisai reached Africa, he fell ill due to malaria and subsequently passed away there. At that occasion, those same people came and said,
“Look at what has happened, Islam is false and that is why your son died.” However, Maile Anisa Apisai Sahiba was not troubled by it in the slightest and did not pay any attention to them. Instead, she remained steadfast upon Islam
And began to work for the sake of Islam with even more vigour and passion. Her faith did not waver in the slightest nor did anything get in the way of her standard of purdah. The rest of her children also remained steadfast upon Islam and continued propagating the message.
She is survived by three daughters and one son. May Allah the Almighty grant them patience and enable them to serve Islam and Ahmadiyyat in the same way as their mother. May Allah the Almighty bless the seeds she sowed there and in accordance to her wishes,
May this small island come under the fold of Islam Ahmadiyyat. May Allah the Almighty continue to grant the Ahmadiyya community women like her, who are fearless, who set an example for others and have passion for propagating the message of Islam and remain steadfast upon their faith, and may He grant us such mothers
Who did justice to propagating the faith even more than missionaries. May Allah the Almighty shower His forgiveness and mercy upon her and elevate her status. 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 (sa) 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.