Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2015
A few days ago, someone showed me a short video of an African Maulvi (Muslim Cleric) who was teaching the recitation Holy Qur’an to people of a mature age and upon little mistakes he was beating them viciously. If it is not someone’s mother tongue and they have matured in age,
I.e. people of 17-18 years of age or older, how can they pronounce each Arabic letter correctly like the reciters of the Holy Qur’an? The consequence is that people become far-removed from recitation of the Holy Qur’an altogether.
This is the reason why many non-Arabs amongst the Muslims do not know how to recite the Holy Qur’an. Therefore, if someone wants to teach the Holy Qur’an, it should be taught in such a manner that develops enthusiasm and love. Recently, a Japanese women who lives here came to meet me.
She took the Bai’at (oath of allegiance) a short while ago. She told me that, by the Grace of Allah the Almighty, she completed [reading] the Holy Qur’an in three years and she wanted to recite something to me from it. I said, ‘Please do go ahead and recite something.’
So she recited Ayatal Qursi and was so absorbed in it that it was astonishing. Therefore, the real thing is that there should be such love for the Holy Qur’an that it should be recited whilst being fully immersed in it. The real purpose is not merely to recite
Whilst creating sounds from the throat ostentatiously like Qaris. Allah the Almighty has commanded us to recite the Holy Qur’an with Tarteel (reciting the Holy Qur’an in a clear and distinct manner), while pausing and in the best possible pronunciation.
If we say that we should pronounce Arabic like Arabs, then this is a difficult thing to do. Some letters cannot be pronounced correctly by non-Arabs at all, unless they are raised amongst Arabs. Japanese people also cannot pronounce some of the Arabic letters. For example, in this [Japanese] lady’s recitation she did not differentiate
Between the [Arabic] letter ‘Khay’ and ‘Hay’ or the ‘Hay’ was being pronounced more prominently than the letter ‘Khay’. After listening to the recitation of this Japanese lady I got the impression that, if not all Japanese,
Then most of them will also have trouble in pronouncing certain [Arabic] letters as she did. Nonetheless, the real thing is having love for the Word of God the Almighty. It should be recited correctly as much as possible and one should strive towards this.
It should not be that one should only become a Qari and take part in competitions for show. No Qari or Arab can compete with the love that Allah the Almighty and His Prophet (saw) had for Hazrat Bilal’s (ra) “ As-had ” instead of “ Ash-had .”
Hence, people amongst the non-Muslims are accepting Islam and entering the Community. As I have stated earlier, a majority of Muslims do not know how to recite the Holy Qur’an. There are many occasions when our Missionaries in Africa have to teach the recitation of the Holy Qur’an from the very beginning
And they have to start from the Qaidah. The Holy Qur’an has to be newly taught to these people. Thus teachers of the Holy Qur’an should teach them in such a way that it inculcates eagerness and enthusiasm in them to recite the Holy Qur’an. May Allah the Almighty reward the Pakistani lady
Who not only taught the Holy Qur’an to this Japanese lady; rather it seemed that she infused love for the Holy Qur’an in her also. Therefore the real thing is not to recite the Holy Qur’an merely like Qaris. And the thought should not be entertained that
If the words are not pronounced in a certain manner, one should stop the recitation of the Holy Qur’an. It is integral to recite the Holy Qur’an. One should strive to improve in the recitation; however, one should not stop the recitation of the Holy Qur’an
Only because we cannot pronounce certain letters or they are difficult to pronounce. Rather, every Ahmadi should pay attention to the recitation of the Holy Qur’an daily. Certainly, as I stated before, one should strive to pronounce the letters as close as possible to the original pronunciation with ease.
Then, on top of that there should be efforts to improve it. At one place Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “The struggle to pronounce each word like a Qari is not appropriate “because God the Almighty has not granted us (the non-Arabs) with this ability.”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “My deceased wife, Umme Tahir, “used to say that her father had a great desire to learn and teach the Holy Qur’an. “He had appointed teachers to teach the Holy Qur’an to his own sons. “He had also entrusted his daughter to him to teach the Holy Qur’an.
“Umme Tahir describes that that teacher would severely beat the students “and used to press down on our fingers while placing small branches, like pencils, “in between them (Some of the teachers used pencils for this purpose as well). “They would beat us and thrash us
“because they said we were unable recite with the correct pronunciation. “We, the Punjabi people, have an accent “that we cannot pronounce the Arabic words like the Arabs.” Then Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) narrated the incident of the Arab whom I have mentioned in my previous sermon. He came to visit the Promised Messiah (as).
When the Promised Messiah (as) used the letter ‘Dhaad’ a few times, the Arab said “how can you be the Promised Messiah (as)? “You cannot even pronounce the letter ‘Dhaad’ correctly.” This Arab committed this absurd act. Each country has its own accent.
Arab themselves say that “we are the natural speakers (of the Arabic language). “Indian people cannot pronounce the language properly.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) said that, “the Indian people recite the letter ‘ Dhaad’ like ‘ Daad’ or as ‘Zaad’ “but its roots are different.
“Therefore, Arabs themselves say that, ‘we are the natural speakers (of the Arabic language) ‘and nobody else can pronounce it correctly’ then what is the point of objecting?” Therefore Arab Ahmadis should also keep this point in mind. Generally, the majority understand this point.
However, there is a condition of pride in the disposition of certain people. There is a Pakistani woman who is married to an Arab. She thinks that by producing the sound [for Arabic words] from her throat, she has pronounced them correctly although her pronunciation is not correct.
If this matter remained confined to her person, then it would not matter and I would not need to address this. However, I have learned that she ridicules during gatherings and says that “Pakistani people cannot pronounce certain Arabic words correctly. “They cannot recite the Holy Qur’an. “They cannot pronounce the Arabic words correctly
“and the Arabs then make fun of them.” I do not believe that every Arab is like this and would mock in this manner. It is possible that the Arabs that she is married into probably make fun in this way.
Not only is it that Islam is to acquaint every nation with the word of God by winning hearts but also to inculcate its love for its recitation. Everyone has different accents. Everyone tries to recite the Holy Qur’an in the best manner due to their love for it. This indeed should be the case
And one should be considerate of the Tarteel (reciting the Holy Qur’an in a distinct manner). Those who are familiar with this and can pronounce correctly should help the new Muslims where possible. However we cannot permit people to ridicule others regarding this.
Hence, those people who know the correct pronunciation should be considerate of this. There are various nations and various people and everyone has their own accent and they cannot all pronounce Arabic letters properly. Now I will narrate some accounts with reference to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra).
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says at one place that, “There is a famous saying about the current condition of the Muslims.” Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) is narrating an example to describe the plight of the Muslims and says: “There is a famous saying of a cowardly man who thought that he is very courageous.
“He went to tattoo artists. “It was a custom of old times that the courageous and strong men “used to get symbols tattooed according to their character and morals.” It is also a custom here in Europe. Anyway, “He also went to a tattoo artist.
“The tattoo artists asked ‘What do you want to get tattooed?’ “He replied, ‘I want to get a lion tattooed.’ “When the tattoo artist was about to draw the lion’s face and pricked his skin with the needle- “since he was not courageous but only thought that he was and the pain was inevitable-
“he asked ‘What are you going to do?’ “The tattoo artist replied that ‘I am going to tattoo a lion.’ “He asked, ‘What part of the lion are you going to tattoo?’ “He replied, ‘I am going to tattoo the tail.’
“That person enquired, ‘Can a lion not be considered a lion if its tail is cut off?’ “The tattoo artist replied, ‘It is still a lion.’ “So he said, ‘Alright then, leave the tail and carry on.’ “When the tattoo artist pricked his skin with the needle, he asked, ‘What are you doing now?’
“He replied, ‘I am going to tattoo the right forelimb. “That person enquired, ‘If a lion’s right forelimb is severed in a fight or a struggle, “is it not be considered a lion? “The tattoo artist replied, ‘It is still considered a lion.’ “He said, ‘Then leave it and carry on.’
“Similarly, when the tattoo artist was about to tattoo the left forelimb “that person instructed him to carry on without it as he said a lion is considered a lion without it. “Then the tattoo artist tried to tattoo the leg of a lion, that person said the same thing.
“At last the tattoo artist sat down and the person who wanted to get the tattoo, “who thought he was very courageous enquired, ‘Why are you not working?’ “The tattoo artist said, ‘Nothing is left, what shall I do?’” Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) says that “This is how Islam is treated now days.
“Particularly, this is the practice of Muslim clerics and leaders.” They raise huge slogans but there is no practice. What they advise others has nothing to do with the teachings of Islam. ‘Abstain from this’, ‘abstain from this’, ‘abstain from that’ is what they instruct others.
They say to abstain from everything but devour everything for their personal gains. In reference to this while giving another example Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says that, “Our maternal grandfather, Hazrat Mir Nasir Nawaab Sahib used to say that ‘There was a lot of restlessness in my disposition during adolescence.’”
He was the maternal grandson of Mir Dard and was from Delhi, where mangoes are available. “He used to say that, ‘When my parents and siblings used to eat mangoes ‘in the morning during that season, ‘I used to put the sweet mangoes aside by labelling it as sour
‘and used to eat the rest of the mangoes with everyone.’” In order to eat the mango one has to taste it beforehand so he used to taste it and label it as sour although it was sweet. “‘When the mangoes were finished, I used to say that “I am still hungry.
“And so, I will eat these sour mangoes as well.” And I used to eat all the mangoes. ‘One day my elder brother, who became the spiritual successor of Mir Dard, ‘said “I am still hungry as well. “I will also eat the sour mangoes today.”
‘I asked him not to eat them but he did not listen. ‘Eventually, he also ate the mangoes and said, “My, these are very sweet, I don’t know why you said they were sour.” Therefore, he would keep the sweet mangoes aside whilst eating the other mangoes with the rest of them
And afterwards he would also eat the ones he said were sour. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says that the situation of the Muslims of today is exactly the same. If such is the condition of those who say that the Shariah of Islam should be imposed
Then what can be expected of those who are not even aware of [the teachings of] Islam? Those who want to implement the Shariah also act in the same way as they put aside certain things for themselves deceptively. The case of [Hazrat Musleh Maud’s grandfather] was due to childhood innocence
But here they deliberately commit wrong acts. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says that those who are unfamiliar with the teaching of Islam will similarly devour everything, including bone and flesh regardless of whether they are wrong. Therefore, as we can see all around us that the Ulema [Muslim scholars] of today
Are creating such justifications and thereby ransacking and looting everything and this is a great tragedy for Islam in this age. Due to these Ulema [Muslim scholars], others are also committing such acts in the name of Islam. It is because of these Ulema [Muslim scholars] that various organisations have formed
Which are perpetrating heinous and barbaric acts of cruelty and injustice. May Allah the Almighty have mercy upon the Muslims. Then, how can one reform himself and increase his level of belief and also develop a relationship with God Almighty? Drawing attention to this, Hazrat Musleh Maud on one occasion
Advising the Jama’at said, “If you instil Taqwa [righteousness] and piety “and inculcate the habit of prayer and remembrance of God “and regularly invoke Durood [salutation] and offer the Tahajjud prayer, “most certainly God Almighty will bless you with a share of true dreams
“and visions and will honour you with revelation and will speak to you.” A living miracle is one which is experienced at a personal level. Indeed, the miracles of Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Moses and Hazrat Isa (as) were great but as far as man’s own personal experience is concerned
Only those miracles are great which one can experience for himself. Many people ask this question today. Therefore if you want to witness miracles then it is necessary to form a relationship with God Almighty. Citing the example of Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheed Sahib
With regards to high level of belief and personal signs, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “Look at the example of Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheed! “When he accepted Ahmadiyyat and after staying a short while in Qadian returned to Kabul, “the governor of Kabul called him and demanded he repent.
He replied, “how can I repent? “When I left from Qadian, I immediately saw in a vison that I was in handcuffs. “Therefore, when God Almighty has already informed me “that I would be placed in handcuffs while in the way [of God], “then how can I now try to take them off?
“These handcuffs should remain around my hands “so that the words of my Lord are fulfilled.” Now look, this firm belief and certainty of his was because he had seen this dream himself. Therefore, regardless of how limited one’s knowledge is,
If he witnesses a dream, even if it is a false dream, he will be full of certainty – although if he conceals it due to cowardice then it is a different matter of course. Therefore, if one’s faith is strong and he has a strong relationship with God Almighty
Then one is never fearful from worldly people. Citing another example of this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “Hazrat Sufi Ahmad Jaan Sahib Ludhianvi was a very noble person “and was counted among the pious people of his time. “Once the Maharaja of Jammu asked him to visit Jammu and to pray for him.
“However, Sufi Jaan Sahib refused “and said that if you want me to pray for you then you have to come here. “Why should I come all the way to you?” Therefore, if one has a relationship with God Almighty
Then he is never scared of others – regardless of how great or important they may be. Regarding the level of devotion people initially had for the Promised Messiah (as) and then after his claim, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “In view of Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya’s popularity,
“we can say that the Promised Messiah (as) had hundreds of thousands of devout devotees. “A testimony of one is present who passed away before the Promised Messiah (as) made his claim i.e. Hazrat Sufi Ahmad Jaan Sahib who was mentioned earlier
“who told the Maharaja that he should come himself if he wanted him to pray for him. “Before the Promised Messiah (as) made his claim, “Sufi Ahmad Jaan Sahib Ludhianvi spoke of the Promised Messiah (as) “and in one of his couplets which we have often heard, he writes:
The gaze of all the ailing is upon you For the sake of God! Become the Messiah [Saviour]! This was in fact the foresight of a saintly person. Sufi Ahmad Jaan Sahib was a Wali Ullah [one who is a friend or very close to God]
And it was his foresight that enabled him to determine that the Promised Messiah (as) was indeed the Messiah regardless of whether he had made a claim or not. However, we can say that even those who did not possess such deep foresight
Understood that the salvation of Islam was dependent upon the Promised Messiah (as). However, when he was equipped with the weapon that was to give Islam victory and annihilate the enemy and was given the life giving water that would grant life to the Muslims, many sincere prominent individuals developed animosity towards him.
They would remark that it is a pity, the person who we thought was like gold has turned out to be copper. Hundreds of thousands, at once, started thinking ill of him to the extent that when he announced to take the Bai’at,
Only forty people took Bai’at (oath of allegiance) on the first day. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, many of the senior Muslim scholars would say that it is only the Promised Messiah (as) who can serve Islam. They would even send people to go to the Promised Messiah (as).
Indeed, Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib wrote that, “After the publication of Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, “I travelled to Qadian by foot in order to meet Mirza Sahib.” Maulvi Muhammad Hussain Sahib Batalvi, who in the end spent all his efforts opposing the Promised Messiah (as) also wrote that
In the last 1300 years no one has served Islam as much as the Promised Messiah (as). Even today various so-called Islamic T.V channels state that there was a need to serve Islam then and indeed he did serve Islam but, God forbid, he deviated later on.
However, the reality is that the hearts of these people are devoid of insight and the person whom God Almighty has made gold, they regard him as copper. Instead of observing where the practical testimony of God Almighty lies they have sunk into the darkness of their egotism and self-conceit.
These people are leading the other Muslims astray who have less knowledge. May God Almighty grant them wisdom! Once, in the Shura of 1931, Darul Bai’at [location of first Bai’at] in Ludhiana was mentioned. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) told the delegates that according to him this was a very important matter
I.e. the Darul Bai’at in Ludhiana. The Promised Messiah (as) had specifically mentioned this. In fact he had called Ludhiana Baab-e-Lud [door of Lud], the location where the Dajjal had been prophesied to be killed and the location where the enemy shall be defeated.
Therefore, the place where the Promised Messiah (as) travelled to from Qadian in order to take the Bai’at should have a specia regard in the Jama’at. When Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) requested the Promised Messiah (as) to take his Bai’at ,
The Promised Messiah (as) said that the Bai’at will not be taken here i.e. will not be taken in Qadian and he took the Bai’at in Ludhiana. Ahmed Jaan Sahib, a saint from that area who passed away before the Promised Messiah (as) made his claim,
Was among those whom God Almighty had enabled to accept the Promised Messiah (as) from before (as mentioned earlier). At the time of his demise, he gathered all his family members and said that, “Hazrat Mirza Sahib will claim to be the Messiah “and so you must all accept him.”
And so, the whole family accepted the Promised Messiah (as). Pir Manzoor Muhammad Sahib and Pir Iftikhar Ahmad Sahib are his sons and Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I’s wife is his daughter. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that, “It is my intention “to mark out the place of the Bai’at
“and designate a special place where a sign should be put up “and on this occasion a Jalsa should be held there. “The Promised Messiah (as) took the Bai’at of forty people at this place “and all their names should be inscribed there.”
By the grace of God Almighty the house in Ludhiana is with the Jama’at now. I am not aware as to what extent the Jama’at has acted on this instruction and what is currently happening. I do not have the records before me, however, this record can be made available.
Nonetheless, there is an effort being made to commemorate this historic site. Speaking about Ludhiana and the prophecy of Musleh Maud, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “The Holy Prophet (sa) saw a dream “in which a bunch of grapes of heaven were brought before him “and he was told that they were for Abu Jahl.
“The interpretation of this was that his son, Ikrama will be granted paradise. “This was precisely the case.” He then related an incident where God Almighty made the son of Abu Jahal so pious that he offered tremendous sacrifices for his faith. Once during a battle, the Muslims were in extreme difficulty.
The Christians would very accurately shoot their arrows straight into the eyes of the Muslims and many companions [may Allah be pleased with them all] were martyred. Ikrama, the son of Abu Jahl, could not tolerate this and sought permission from his army’s officer to attack them.
Along with sixty other brave souls they attacked the heart of the enemy line. The attack was so intense that their commander had to flee in order to save himself and this caused chaos among the enemy. They fought with such bravery that when the Islamic army came
They found them either martyred or severely injured. Hazrat Ikrama (ra) also sustained severe injuries. One of the officers brought water for the injured and tried to give it to Ikrama first. However, Ikrama saw Hazrat Sohail bin Umar looking for water
And told the officer to first give the water to Sohail and he will drink it after that. He said, I cannot allow myself to drink water while my brother is thirsty. When he went to Sohail, Harris bin Hasham was lying injured next to him. Sohail said first give the water to Harris.
When he got to Harris, he had already passed away, therefore he went back to Sohail and he too had passed away. Eventually he came to Ikrama and he too had passed away. This was Ikrama, the son of Abu Jahl. Therefore, if someone is wicked, has no faith and is a liar,
Who can say that his son shall also suffer from the same fate? However, God Almighty’s word has such testimonies which manifest such truths and if it does not possess such testimonies then it is not worthy of believing in.
The true essence of this is in fact how the prophecies of God Almighty are fulfilled. When the Holy Prophet (sa) first saw the vision, he was very worried that how can it be possible that Abu Jahl is in paradise and I am presenting him a bunch of grapes?
However, the interpretation was that in fact his son would accept Islam and will offer extraordinary sacrifices for it. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that the Promised Messiah’s prophecy of ‘Musleh Maud’ (a Promised Reformer) also has many other testimonies in it like other prophecies. The Promised Messiah (as) made this prophecy at a time
When even the people of Qadian did not know him. Many elders of Qadian said that they were not even aware of the Promised Messiah (as). They thought that Ghulam Murtaza Sahib had only one son, Mirza Ghulam Qadir.
A person who is so unknown that even the people of his own village do not know of him makes a prophecy that God Almighty will grant him progeny. That the progeny will stay alive and one of his son’s fame shall reach the ends of the earth
And through him his message will reach all over the world. Who can make such a statement like this on his own accord? He then further stated that this son will ‘make three into four.’ One of the meanings of this is that he shall be born in the fourth year of the prophecy.
Thus, this prophecy was made in 1886 and Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that , “I was born on 12 January, 1889” and the Promised Messiah (as) took the first Bai’at on 23 March 1889 in Ludhiana. This prophecy is very popular in our Jama’at as well as outside the Jama’at.
People often used to ask, who is that son? Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says that, “The prophecy also stated the name ‘Mahmood’, “therefore the Promised Messiah (as) named me Mahmood “And since is the prophecy also had the name, Bashir Sani, “therefore the full name given to me was Bashir ud Din Mahmood Ahmad.
“As far as the prophecy is concerned regarding the progeny “and it remaining alive was indeed fulfilled “and he also had the opportunity to name one of his sons Mahmood. “However, the world was awaiting to find out “which of his sons was this prophecy regarding.
“Therefore I came to Ludhiana today in order to explain this.” Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) was in Ludhiana. He says that, “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a relation with Ludhiana in various ways. “There are several aspects of the importance of Ludhiana.
“The Promised Messiah (as) took the first oath of allegiance in this very city. “This is the first relation. “After the Promised Messiah (as), Hazrat Maulavi Nurudin Sahib was his first Khalifa. “And his marriage took place in Ludhiana “in the household of Late Hazrat Munshi Ahmad Jaan Sahib. This is the second relation.
“And the boy mentioned in this prophecy was born from the womb “of the wife of the Promised Messiah (as) who lived in Ludhiana as well.” Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) says, “I remember that I lived here “for some time as well during my childhood.
“At that time, I was so young that I do not remember anything specific “from that time because I was two and half years old.” Now look how Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) is mentioning some things that he remembers which usually are hard to remember from that young age.
Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) says, “I remember only one incident and this, “the house we lived in was at the end of the road and the road was straight. “I came out of my house and a little boy was coming from the opposite direction.
“He came near me and threw a dead lizard at me. “I was so terrified that I ran towards the house crying. “I remember the image of that market. “It is a straight market. “Though I do not know which market was that. “Our house was at one end.
“So I have spent many several months of my childhood here. “Therefore this city has a relation with Ahmadiyyat in several ways.” Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) says that, “There is a great significance of this city.” As he has stated. However, he says, “I was thinking that people definitely oppose
“that which is announced on the commandment of God the Almighty. “The prophecy of Musleh Maud (ra) was similarly announced “and a gathering was held in Lahore before Ludhiana “and in Gurdaspur, but there was no opposition.” Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) said, “Despite my announcement
“that this prophecy has been fulfilled, there was no opposition against me. “How come there was no opposition towards me? “When I arrived in Ludhiana and as I was passing through the city, “a procession of people was passing through raising slogans, “that God Forbid, ‘Mirza has died, Mirza has died.’”
Anyway, this does not affect us. They have committed this act of mockery because they forgot the teachings of the Holy Prophet (saw). However the prophecy of the Promised Messiah (as) was fulfilled with outright magnificence. Furthermore, Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) has prayed that
May Allah enable the people of Ludhiana to accept the Promised Messiah (as) and the ones who are raising slogans in opposition today may raise slogans tomorrow in favour of us. While mentioning the devotion and love and relationship of a companion of the Promised Messiah (as), Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that
“Mian ‘Abdullah Sahib Thanori (ra) possessed the same love within him. “Once he came to Qadian and met the Promised Messiah (as). “The Promised Messiah (as) was utilising him for some task. “For this reason, when the Mian ‘Abdullah Sahib Thanori’s leave of absence ended
“and he sought permission to depart from the Promised Messiah (as), “the Promised Messiah (as) said ‘Just stay for now.’ “Therefore he sent an application to extend his leave of absence “but the department [where he was employed] replied that ‘Further time off cannot be granted.’ “He mentioned this matter to the Promised Messiah (as),
“upon which the Promised Messiah (as) once again said ‘Just stay.’ “Therefore he wrote that ‘I cannot return right now.’ “Upon this, the department dismissed him. “This was a government department. “He stayed in Qadian for 4 to 6 months, “as much as the Promised Messiah (as) had asked him to stay, he stayed.
“Upon his return, the department raised this issue “that the officer who had dismissed him was not authorised to dismiss him. “Therefore, he was reinstated in his former position “and he received the salary from previous months which he had spent in Qadian.” Similarly, Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) illustrated another example of an incident
Which occurred with relation to Munshi Zafar Ahmad Sahib Kapoorthalwi. Hazrat Musleh maud (ra) states that, “I was on my way to Dalhousie. “On the way, Mian Atta-ullah Sahib, an advocate, narrated the following to me.” This incident has also been published in Al-Hakam in 1934
Thus I shall narrate this in the words of Munshi Sahib. “I worked in the field of law and once I closed all the court files and travelled to Qadian. “On the third day I sought permission to leave “but the Promised Messiah (as) said, ‘Not right now. Stay here!’
“After this I did not deem it appropriate to ask again “thinking that the Promised Messiah (as) will let me know himself “and one month passed in this wait. “The files were at my house and the work shut down “and I started to receive harsh letters but my condition was such that
“there was no worry at all about these letters.” He says that “I forgot everything. “If letters are coming, let them come. “There was such joy and fascination in the Promised Messiah’s (as) companionship “that neither did I worry about losing my job “nor there was any fear and anxiety of being interrogated.
“Then I received a very harsh letter from there.” He says that “I took this letter and placed it in front of the Promised Messiah (as). “The Promised Messiah (as) read it and said, ‘Write that I cannot return. ‘It is not possible for me to return right now.’
“I wrote the exact same sentence in my reply and another month passed. “One day the Promised Messiah (as) asked ‘How many days has it been?’ “Then he started to count the days and said ‘Alright, you can go now.’ “I returned to Kapurthala, and went to the house of Lalah Harchandaas, a magistrate.
“My work was at this Magistrate’s courtroom “and wanted to find out what would be the final decision; “will I still work here, has he fired me or was I fined? “When I arrived at the Magistrate’s home, he said, ‘Munshi Ji, perhaps Mirza Sahib [as] did not allow you to return.’
“I replied, ‘Yes.’ The magistrate said, ‘His order takes precedence.’” That is, the order of the Promised Messiah (as). So Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says that “In the narration by Mian ‘Ataa-ullah Sahib, “there is more to what the Late Munshi Sahib said.
“That is ‘When the Promised Messiah (as) said ‘Write that I cannot return’ “so I wrote the exact same words to the Magistrate. “This was the group that demonstrated such high standards that we will not be embarrassed in front of the Communities that have passed.
Regardless of the many weaknesses in the members of our Community, if the Companions of Moses (as) present their models before us, we can present the model of this group before them. Similarly, if the Companions of Jesus (as) present their great achievements on the Day of Judgment,
Then we can present these Companions before them with pride. The saying of the Holy Prophet (sa) that, ‘I cannot say that there is a difference between my people and the people of the Mahdi’, actually he said this because of such people. These were the people who offered every type of sacrifice
And were ready to bear every type of trial just like Abu Bakr (ra), ‘Umar (ra), ‘Usman (ra) and ‘Ali (ra). Look at Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra). I did not mention his name because God the Almighty has blessed him with a distinguished status in the Community.
The incidents of his sacrifice are also very astonishing. At the time when he arrived in Qadian, his medical practice was well established in Bhera, a clinic was open and work was established on a large scale. When Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) sought permission to leave
From the Promised Messiah (as), he said ‘What is the point of leaving, just stay here.’ Then Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) did not even return to collect his belongings, rather, he sent someone to Bhera for this purpose. These are the sacrifices which have distinguished communities in front of God the Almighty
And this is the status which every person should tirelessly strive to obtain. A philosophical belief alone cannot benefit man in any way. A belief with sweetness of love and affection is the only belief which can benefit man. A philosopher may make several claims of his love,
It has no weight more than a reason because he did not witness the truth from the heart, rather, he witnesses the truth with his understanding alone. But no one can deceive the one who does not witness the truth with understanding, rather, he witnesses the truth sent by God the Almighty with the heart
And he recognises the signs of Allah because the hand of philosophy is raised from the mind and the hand of love is raised from the heart. May Allah the Almighty enable us to recognise the Imam of the Age with insight from the heart. May He enable us to remain steadfast on this,
May He enable to become those who recognise the signs of Allah and Satan is never able to deceive us. After offering prayers, I will lead a funeral prayer of a Darvesh brother of ours, Respected Maulavi Khursheed Ahmad Sahib Parbhakar, son of Mukaram Chaudhry Nuwaab Deen Sahib.
He passed away on 28 July, 2015 at the age of 94 years. “Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return” (Holy Qur’an 2:157). He was born in a village in Laipur – current day Faisalabad. He was a born Ahmadi.
In 1936, he visited Qadian at the age of 15 for the first time and attended a Q&A session with Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra). He traveled on foot from Qadian to Amritsar and from there to Lahore approximately 95 km because he did not have funds for return fare.
He entered the institution of Wasiyyat at the age of 19. In 1937 he wrote to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) that, “The deadline for entering Tehrik-e-Jadid ended in 1936 and I was a student then. “Now I am receiving some salary.
“Please grant me permission to partake in Tehrik- e-Jadid as an exceptional case.” Upon this request, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) granted him permission along with all the non-working students who had obtained employment. Maulavi Khursheed Ahmad Sahib worked on the lands of the Jama’at in Sindh.
At the start of 1947, he devoted his life and arrived in Qadian. The same year India was divided as a result of which he got the honour of being a Darvesh. He spent his years as a Darvesh with immense patience, gratitude and faithfulness. As a missionary in the rural areas, he did Tabligh
And outreach work in an excellent manner in the province of Uttar Pradesh in India. After returning to Qadian from the field, he got the opportunity to serve as a teacher in Ta’leem-ul-Islam High School and Madrassa Ahmadiyya Qadian. Under Nizarat-e-Da’wat Tabligh, he studied Hindi for three years
And obtained three degrees of Hindi: Ratan, Boshan and Parbhakar. He had studied a good deal about Veda, Bible, Gita and Guru Granth Sahib. He continuously wrote research articles about Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. He was blessed to translate the Holy Qur’an in Hindi.
The publication of his articles started in 1952 in the weekly newspaper ‘Badr Qadian’ when this newspaper resumed production after the partition of the country and this continued till 2013. So this series of articles covers a span of 70 years. Besides this, his articles were published in other magazines of the Community
Which include ‘Mishkaat-e-Rah-e-Iman’. Also, his articles were published in various national newspapers which include ‘Daily Hind Sama Chaar Malaap’ and newspapers of Kashmir. A booklet written by the deceased, The Present Government and Ahmadi Muslims, was published in 1963 under the Office of Daawate Tabligh and was very popular.
His articles and poems were of a high standard. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) has praised him a lot and one can find out from reading his material that it was coming from the heart. His articles were of a literary nature. He was a person who had a lot of self-respect.
He never liked to be dependent on anyone. He would do his own work by himself. Along the literary work, while taking care of the children he did farming and raised cattle. When he owned property, he managed to provide his children with a residence and returned the property of the Community to Anjuman.
This is a great example that he set. Even during the days of severe illness, he continued going to the mosque regularly to perform prayers. He used to see true dreams which he shared with the Caliphs. He had informed his younger son, Ibrahim, about his death a month prior to it
And reminded him about it a week before it happened. He was married twice. First marriage took place with Alam Bibi Sahiba in 1944 through which he had a son Munir Ahmad who is in Pakistan. The second marriage took place with Ayesha Begum Sahiba, daughter of Abdur Razzaq Sahib of Hibli Karnatak in 1956
From whom he had 5 sons and 3 daughters. His sons; Israel Ahmad, Krishan Ahmad, Ibrahim Ahmad and sons-in-law Shakeel Ahmad and Mahmood Ahmad are serving the Community. May Allah the Almighty elevate the status of the deceased and may Allah enable his children and generations to always stay connected with Khilafat and the Community.