Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2021
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. “If you help him not, then know that Allah helped him “even when the disbelievers drove him forth while he was one of the two
“when they were both in the cave, when he said to his companion, ‘Grieve not, for Allah is with us.’ “Then Allah sent down His peace on him, and strengthened him with hosts which you did not see, “and humbled the word of those who disbelieved,
“and it is the word of Allah alone which is supreme. “And Allah is Mighty, Wise.” (Holy Qur’an Ch9:v40) In the previous sermon, the incident of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) with regards to the Cave of Thaur was being mentioned. In the following verse of the Holy Qur’an
Which relates to this incident when the enemies had reached the Cave of Thaur, Allah the Almighty states, the translation of which is: “If you help him not, then know that Allah helped him “even when the disbelievers drove him forth “while he was one of the two when they were both in the cave,
“when he said to his companion, ‘Grieve not, for Allah is with us.’ “Then Allah sent down His peace on him, “and strengthened him with hosts which you did not see, “and humbled the word of those who disbelieved, “and it is the word of Allah alone which is supreme. “And Allah is Mighty, Wise.”
This has been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an in relation to the incident that took place in the Cave of Thaur. The disbelievers of Makkah were speaking to one another at the entrance of the cave. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) heard them and became anxious
As to what would happen if they were to capture the Holy Prophet (sa) at this place because the entire religion of Islam was due to the blessed life of the Holy Prophet (sa). When the Holy Prophet (sa) noticed that Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was becoming anxious, he said:
“Grieve not, for Allah is with us o Abu Bakr.” The enemy followed the Holy Prophet (sa) and when they reached the mountain where the Cave of Thaur was located, the person who was searching their tracks said, “I cannot tell where these two individuals went from here.”
When they came near the cave, he said, “By God! The person you are pursuing did not go beyond this point.” When the person searching the tracks uttered these words at the entrance of the cave, and at this point someone even wanted to take a look inside the cave,
Umayyah bin Khalaf said in a rather harsh and careless manner, “I have seen this web and tree here even before Muhammad (sa) was born. “You must have lost your mind. “How could he be here? Let us leave this place and look for him elsewhere.” Having said this, the people returned.
In Sirat Khatamun-Nabiyyin (The Life and Character of the Seal of Prophets (sa)), Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has mentioned the announcement of the Quraish of Makkah and their pursuit of the Holy Prophet (sa) in the following manner, “An open announcement was made “that whoever brings Muhammad (sa) back, dead or alive,
“shall be given a bounty of 100 camels. “Therefore, longing for this reward, many people set out in all directions of Makkah. “Even the chieftains of the Quraish set out behind the Holy Prophet (sa), “and following clues, they precisely reached the mouth of the Cave of Thaur.
“Arriving here, their detectives said, ‘That is it. The footsteps go no further. ‘Therefore, either Muhammad (sa) is hiding nearby, ‘or he has ascended to the heavens.’ “Someone said, ‘Go and check the inside of this cave as well,’ “but someone else said, ‘Alas! What logic is there in such an idea?
‘Is it possible for an individual to hide in such a Cave? ‘This is an extremely dark and dangerous place, and we have always looked upon it as such.’ “It is also narrated that after the Holy Prophet (sa) entered the cave,
“a spider spun a web on the tree which was located just at the entrance of the cave, “and a pigeon made a nest and laid its eggs on the branch “which was exactly in front of the cave. “(According to Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra))
“This narration is weak, but if something of this sort happened, “it is not bewildering in the least. “(Although it is a weak narration, however it is not astonishing). “In some cases, a spider weaves a web over a vast area in just minutes,
“and it does not take long for a pigeon to make a nest and lay its eggs. “Therefore, if, by His Divine power, God the Almighty made this happen “for the protection of His messenger, it is not unbelievable. “Rather, considering the situation at hand, it is completely plausible.
“In any case, no man from the Quraish went in, and all the people returned from here.” Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) further writes, “It is narrated that the Quraish reached so near “that their feet could be seen from inside the cave, “and their voices could be heard.
“At this instance, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) apprehensively, but quietly, “said to the Holy Prophet (sa), ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! ‘The Quraish are so close that their feet can be seen. ‘If they come forward even a little more, and snare in, they will be able to see us.’
“The Holy Prophet (sa) said: ‘Worry not, Allah is with us’ “Then the Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘O Abu Bakr! What do you infer of those two individuals, the third of Whom is God?’ “Meaning, ‘O Abu Bakr! What do you infer of those two individuals, the third of Whom is God?’
“In another narration it is related that when the Quraish reached the mouth of the Cave, “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) became very worried. “When the Holy Prophet (sa) noticed his anxiety, “he comforted him that there is nothing to worry about. “At this, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said in a weeping tone:
‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! If I am killed, I am merely one man. ‘But if (God-forbid) you are harmed, then it is as if the entire community has been erased.’ “Meaning, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! If I am killed, I am merely one man.
‘But if (God-forbid) you are harmed, then it is as if the entire community has been erased.’ “Upon this, after receiving revelation from God, “the Holy Prophet (sa) responded in the following words: “Meaning, ‘O Abu Bakr, do not worry at all, because Allah is with us, ‘and we are both under His Divine protection.’ “In other words, ‘You are worried for me, ‘and in the passion of your sincerity, you feel no grief for your own life.
‘However, at this time, not only is God the Almighty my protector, but yours as well, ‘and He shall protect us from the evil of our enemy.’” This was a reference from Sirat Khatamun-Nabiyyin. Whilst mentioning these details, in one instance Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states,
“When the Holy Prophet (sa) was commanded by Allah Almighty to migrate, “he departed with Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) to Cave Thaur, situated 6-7 miles from Makkah. “At the peak of this mountain was a cave in which they sat and hid.
“When the disbelievers saw in the morning that he was not present in his home, “and that he had successfully escaped in spite of all the security measures in place, “they immediately set off in search of him. “They hired the best trackers of Makkah who had expertise in recognising footprints,
“who led them to the Cave of Thaur. “They said that Muhammad (sa) has to be here. There are no further footprints beyond here. “At the time, the enemies were right at the mouth of the cave and the entrance was not narrow. “It was not difficult to glance inside,
“in fact it was such an open and spacious entrance to the cave “that it was easy to look inside and see if there was anyone sitting there or not. “Yet despite this being the case, the Holy Prophet (sa) was never overcome with fear, “in fact, due to the spiritual strength he possessed,
“the heart of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) also remained firm, “and he did not say like the companions of Moses (as) that they were going to be captured. “Rather, if he ever uttered something, it was that, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah,
‘the enemies are so close that if they even lower their heads a little they would see us.’ “However, the Holy Prophet (sa) stated: “‘Remain quiet Abu Bakr, we are not just two in this moment, ‘the third with us is Allah, so how will they be able to spot us?’
“‘Remain quiet Abu Bakr, we are not just two in this moment, ‘the third with us is Allah, so how will they be able to spot us?’ “Hence, this is what came to pass. “Despite the enemy reaching the entrance of the cave,
“they were not able to move forward and look inside, and from there they wandered back. “One aspect from this incident is that where the companions of Moses (as) panicked saying, ‘O Moses we have been captured,’ “with the thought that even Moses (as) would be seized and they would all be captured by Pharaoh,
“the trust of Muhammad (sa) was such that the impact it had on his companion was such “that his tongue would not even utter the words, ‘we have been caught.’ “All he said was that the enemy was so close now that if they wished to they could spot us.
“Yet Muhammad (sa), Messenger of Allah, would not even tolerate this fear, “and said, ‘do not think that we are only two at this moment in time, ‘for another Being is with us, Who is our God.’” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states in another instance,
“When the people of Makkah had intensified their injustices against the Holy Prophet (sa) “to the extent that it was hindering their efforts to propagate their faith, “Allah the Almighty commanded that they leave Makkah. “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was prepared to depart from Makkah alongside him.
“He was told prior to this on a number of occasions to make his way, “but he was not prepared to leave without the Holy Prophet (sa). “When the Holy Prophet (sa) was about to depart, he had Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) accompany him.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “When they left in the night,
“there is a place in the mountains in which they remained – which I also saw during the Hajj – “where there is a small cave, the mouth of which is 2-3 yards wide. “When the Makkans realised that the Holy Prophet (sa) had left (Makkah) “they went in pursuit of him.
“There used to be very skilled trackers among the Arabs, “and with their help, they managed to reach the exact spot “where the Holy Prophet (sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) were sat. “By divine decree, some bushes had grown in front of the mouth of the cave, “the branches of which had intertwined.
“If the people had moved these branches aside “they would have easily seen the Holy Prophet (sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) sat there. “When the trackers reached this spot, “they said that either they have ascended to heaven, or they are sat in there. “They have not gone any further than here.
“Imagine at the time how delicate the situation was. “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) became concerned, but not for himself, “rather, for the sake of the Holy Prophet (sa). “The Holy Prophet (sa) then said: ‘do not grieve, for Allah is with us.’ “Had the Holy Prophet (sa) not witnessed God Almighty with him,
“it would have been impossible to not worry in such a delicate situation. “Even the most courageous of people would panicked “if the enemy had reached even close to their exact spot. “Yet, when the enemies of the Holy Prophet (sa) –
“who had been after his life for the last 13 years – had reached the exact spot, “and to whom the trackers were saying “that he had either ascended to heaven or is sat in there, and has not gone any further, “in that moment the Holy Prophet (sa) uttered:
“‘Allah is with us so you have no reason to worry.’ “It was due to his deep knowledge of God that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated this. “The Holy Prophet (sa) felt the presence of Allah within himself “and understood that with his own perishing, would perish the very cognisance of the Divine,
“which is why no one could cause him to perish.” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Jesus (as), chose just one person – Thomas – to accompany him, “just as our Holy Prophet (sa) chose only Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) “at the time of the migration to Madinah.
“The Roman Empire had declared Jesus (as) to be a rebel, “and even Pilate had been assassinated on the order of Caesar due to the same accusation, “because he was a secret supporter of Jesus (as) and his wife was also the follower of Jesus (as).
“Hence, it was necessary that Jesus (as) should depart the country secretly “and not take a group with him. “Therefore, he took only Thomas the apostle with him on this journey, “just as our Holy Prophet (sa), “took only Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) with him in his journey to Madinah.
“And just as the rest of the Companions of our Holy Prophet (sa) “joined him in Madinah having taken different routes, “so did the disciples of Jesus (as) join him through different routes at different times.” Then at another instance, the Promised Messiah (as) says,
“In short, the truth and sincerity of Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) manifested at a time “when the Holy Prophet (sa), was surrounded by his assailants. “Although some of them were of the opinion that he should merely be banished from Makkah, “most of them actually sought to put an end to his life.
“It was at that hour that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) “demonstrated his sincerity and loyalty, “which will shine as an example until the end of time. “In this trying hour, the very selection of the Holy Prophet (sa), is an outstanding argument
“in favour of the truthfulness and supreme loyalty of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) “This is also the case with the selection of the Holy Prophet (sa). “At that time, the Holy Prophet (sa) had seventy or eighty companions, “and even Hazrat Ali (ra) was with him, but from all of these companions,
“the Holy Prophet (sa) chose none other than Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). “What is the secret in this? “The fact is that a Prophet sees through the eye of God Almighty, “and his insight comes from God Almighty. “Therefore, Allah the Almighty had informed the Holy Prophet (sa), “by means of vision and revelation
“that the best and most appropriate person for this task was Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra). “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) accompanied the Holy Prophet (sa) in this difficult hour. “This was a time of perilous trial. “When a similar time dawned upon the Messiah (as), his disciples abandoned him and fled,
“and one of them even stood before him and cursed him. “But each and every one of the noble companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) “demonstrated complete loyalty. “Therefore, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) stood by the Holy Prophet (sa)
“and gave him full support, and when they reached a cave known as the Cave of Thaur, “they both took refuge in the cave. “The evil disbelievers who had conspired to harm the Holy Prophet (sa) “were led to this cave in their search. “Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) submitted to the Holy Prophet (sa),
‘Now, these people are upon us, and if any one of them looks down even slightly, ‘they will be able to see us, and we shall be apprehended.’ “At that time, the Holy Prophet (sa) said: ‘do not fear in the least, for Allah the Almighty is with us.’
“Meaning, ‘do not fear in the least, for Allah the Almighty is with us.’ “Reflect on these words. The Holy Prophet (sa), “joins Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) with himself and states: ‘Verily, Allah is with us.’ “The Arabic words ‘ma’ana’ (with us) refer to both of them, i.e. ‘with you and I.’
“Allah the Almighty placed the Holy Prophet (sa) on one side “and Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) on the other. “At that time, both of them were in a state of trial. “For it was at this point in time when the foundation of Islam
“was either going to be secured or brought to an end. “The enemy stood at the mouth of the cave and various opinions were being voiced. “Some said that the cave ought to be searched because the footprints end at the cave,
“while others pointed out that it was impossible for a person to pass through here “and enter the cave as a spider had woven a web at the mouth of the cave “and a pigeon had laid its eggs. “These discussions could be heard from within the cave
“and the Holy Prophet (sa) could also hear them clearly. “In this state of affairs, the enemy had come to kill them both “and had set out with immense vigour to complete their task, “but just observe the remarkable courage of the Holy Prophet (sa),
“who says to his true friend: ‘Grieve not, for Allah is with us.’ “These words evidently demonstrate “that the Holy Prophet (sa) said the aforementioned phrase with his tongue, “because such words could only be expressed with a voice and not through sign language. “The enemy stood outside consulting amongst themselves, and inside the cave,
“both servant and master are also engaged in discourse. “The Holy Prophet (sa) had no concern that the enemy would hear his voice “and this is proof of his remarkable faith and his insight into Allah the Almighty. “It demonstrates that he had full trust in the promises of God Almighty.
“This one example alone is enough to show the bravery of the Holy Prophet (sa).” Then in another instance, the Promised Messiah (as) stated, “An extraordinary manifestation that God, the Glorious, “exhibited for safeguarding His immaculate Prophet (sa) was that, “though his enemies arrived outside the cave
“in which the Holy Prophet (sa) was hidden with his companion, they could not see him, “for God Almighty had sent a pair of pigeons “which built a nest the same night at the entrance of the cave and also laid their eggs there,
“and by Divine command a spider also wove its web at the place, “whereby the enemies of the Prophet (sa) became baffled and returned frustrated.” In the narrations it is stated that according to the agreed arrangements, Hazrat Abu Bakr’s (ra) astute son,
Hazrat Abdullah bin A bi Bakr would come to Cave Thaur in the evenings and inform them about the daily activities of Makkah. He would receive instructions and then at dawn he would return to Makkah discreetly, as if he spent the entire night in Makkah. Furthermore, the wisdom of Aamir bin Fuhairah was such
That after he gave them goats’ milk, he would bring back the flock of goats in a way that it would conceal the footprints of Hazrat Abdullah bin Abi Bakr (ra). Some biographers have written that Hazrat Asma (ra) would bring food each night, however this seems highly unlikely.
Given the dangerous circumstances at the time, some biographers state that for a woman to visit there (cave Thaur) each night would be akin to exposing the entire plan, and this is the correct viewpoint. Furthermore, since Hazrat Abdullah bin Abi Bakr (ra) was visiting each day,
There was no need for Hazrat Asma (ra) to bring food. Nonetheless, Allah knows best. Three days passed by in this manner. When the people of Makkah searched all the surrounding places and returned unsuccessful, they consulted with one another and announced a large reward;
They sent town criers to each nearby settlement to make the announcement that whosoever brings back Muhammad (sa), dead or alive, will receive a reward of 100 camels. The greed of such a large reward reinvigorated many people to set out in search of the Holy Prophet (sa).
At the same time, since three days had passed, Abdullah bin Urayqit brought the camels according to the agreed plan. A narration of Sahih al-Bukhari mentions that it was settled with Abdullah bin Urayqit that after three days had passed, he would bring the camels with him on the next morning.
From this narration, it seems that the journey from Cave Thaur to Madinah began in the morning, however, from another narration of Bukhari it is clarified that the journey in fact started in the evening time. Whilst mentioning Abdullah bin Urayqit, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes,
“The Holy Prophet (sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) had entrusted their camels to him, “and explained that after three nights, on the morning of the third day, “to reach the Cave of Thaur with their camels. “Therefore, as per the agreement, he reached there. “This is a famous narration of Bukhari,
“but historians write that the Holy Prophet (sa) left during the night time, “and this itself, is supported by another narration of Bukhari. “Moreover, the idea that the Holy Prophet (sa) departed at night “seems to be the most believable notion as well.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, The Holy Prophet (sa) left the cave
On the night of Monday 1st Rabiul Awwal and continued the journey. According to Ibn Sa’d, the Holy Prophet (sa) left the cave on the night of Monday 4th Rabiul Awwal. The first date was narrated by Khamis and the commentator of Sahih Al-Bukhari, Allamah Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani writes that Imam Hakim states
That there are numerous narrations which state that the Holy Prophet (sa) left Makkah on Monday and arrived in Madinah on Monday as well, except for Muhammad bin Musa Khwarizmi. He stated that the Holy Prophet (sa) left Makkah on Thursday. In order to reconcile these different narrations,
Allamah Ibn Hajar writes that the Holy Prophet (sa) left Makkah on Thursday and after spending three nights in the cave, i.e. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he left for Madinah on the night of Monday. The camel which the Holy Prophet (sa) mounted himself upon is said to be Al-Qaswa.
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) mounted upon a camel along with Amir bin Fuhairah, while Urayqit mounted on a camel of his own. The total wealth that Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) had at the time in his home was five to six thousand dirham and he brought this with him.
According to some narrations, Amir bin Fuhairah and Hazrat Asma (ra) came with the food which consisted of roasted goat meat. Upon reaching there they realised that they had no cloth to tie the food and water vessel with. Hazrat Asma (ra) loosened her girdle and ripped it into two pieces.
With one of the pieces she tied the food and with the other piece she tied the water vessel. Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) gave Hazrat Asma (ra) the glad-tidings of two girdles in paradise. He then told everyone to leave and started his journey with the following prayer:
“O Allah! Become my Companion in this journey of mine and become the Guardian of my family.” This incident of tying the food was previously mentioned that it took place when they were departing from the house of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).
However, in this narration it is reported to have taken place at this occasion. Thus, there are two different occasions reported in history as to when this particular incident took place. Some are of the opinion that this incident took place when the Holy Prophet (sa) was migrating from Makkah
And was leaving from the house of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and was going towards the cave of Thaur. However, another opinion is that this incident took place when the Holy Prophet (sa) was leaving the cave of Thaur and migrating towards Madinah. In any case, there are two narrations,
However based on the details of the migration which have been mentioned by Hazrat Aishah (ra) and recorded in Bukhari it seems that this incident took place when they were leaving from the house of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). Thus, it is deemed more appropriate to give preference to the narration of Bukhari.
This is because firstly due to the confidentiality of their stay in the cave of Thaur, it seems unlikely that Hazrat Asma (ra) would go there to take food. Hazrat Abdullah bin Abi Bakr and Hazrat Amir bin Fuhairah were already going there secretly every day,
Therefore for a woman to go there (in such circumstances) would go against the measures adopted for security and precaution. Nevertheless, the incident of tying the food with her girdle in the home also demonstrates Hazrat Asma’s (ra) devotion and extreme love (for the Holy Prophet (sa))
As she did not want to waste any time by looking for something else to tie the food with. Of course, it can be said that this took place in the cave because there was nothing available there to tie the food with, but this incident could have taken place in the home as well
Whereby she did not find something immediately and so to save time she took her girdle and tied the food with it and thus helped to see Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and the Holy Prophet (sa) off on their journey. Hence, according to the narration of Bukhari,
It seems more accurate that the incident of tying the food took place when they were about to leave from the house of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) as opposed to leaving from the cave of Thaur for Madinah. In any case Allah knows best. Hazrat Asma (ra) relates,
“When the Holy Prophet (sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) left for the migration, “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) took all his wealth with him which amounted to five or six thousand dirhams.” She further relates, “Our grandfather, Abu Quhafah came to us “and by that time he had lost his eyesight.
“He said, ‘By Allah, he (i.e. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)) has left you in a trial ‘not only on account of himself but also through his wealth.’ “Upon this, I stated, ‘O my grandfather! ‘Certainly not, for he has left us with an abundance of wealth.’
“I then took some stones and placed them in an aperture “where my father would put his money and then placed a cloth over them. “I then took hold of my grandfather’s hand and said, ‘here place your hand on the wealth.’ “He placed his hand on it and then said,
‘if he has left so much wealth behind then he has done well and there is no harm done.’” Hazrat Asma (ra) further relates, “I swear by Allah, “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) did not leave anything behind “but I just wanted to reassure this elderly man through this.” Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes,
“After he left the Cave, the Holy Prophet (sa) mounted himself upon a camel “which in light of various narrations, was named Al-Qaswa, “while Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and his servant, Amir bin Fuhairah mounted upon the other. “Upon his departure, the Holy Prophet (sa) cast a final glance towards Makkah,
“and said in intense grief, ‘O city of Makkah! ‘You are more beloved to me than all the places of the world, ‘but your people have not allowed me to live here.’ “At that time, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said, ‘These people have exiled their prophet. Indeed they shall be destroyed.’”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “After waiting two days in the cave, according to the agreed plan, “the mounts were brought near the cave in the night “and the Holy Prophet (sa) and his companions set out on fleet camels. “The Holy Prophet (sa) and the guide were mounted on one of the camels.
“It is also mentioned in the narrations that both were mounted on one camel “and according to other narrations there were three camels. “In any case, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and his servant, “Amir bin Fuhairah were mounted on the other camel. “Just before departing for Madinah,
“the Holy Prophet (sa) turned towards the direction of Makkah, “the holy city which was his birthplace, where his advent took place “and the place where his ancestors from the time of Hazrat Ismael (as) had been living. “The Holy Prophet (sa) cast a final glance and addressed the city with great anguish,
“O city of Makkah, you are more beloved to me than all the places of the world, “but your people have not allowed me to live here.’ “At that time, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) said with great regret, ‘These people have exiled their prophet. Indeed they shall be destroyed.’”
According to one narration, when they reached Juhfa, which is situated approximately 82 miles from Makkah, the following verse was revealed: “Most surely, He Who has made the teaching of the Qur’an “binding on thee will bring thee back to thy place of return.” (Holy Qur’an 28:86)
“Most surely, He Who has made the teaching of the Qur’an “binding on thee will bring thee back to thy place of return.” (Holy Qur’an 28:86) They continued the journey through the entire night and as midday approached, they took some rest in the shade of a large rock.
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) prepared a place for the Holy Prophet (sa) to lay down and then requested him to take some rest and the Holy Prophet (sa) then laid down. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) then left to see whether anyone was coming in pursuit of them.
During this time, a shepherd came towards them in search of some shade. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) relates, “I asked him, ‘Young boy, whose servant are you?’ “He replied that he was the servant of one the members of the Quraish. “He said the name which I recognised.
“I then asked him if his goats had any milk to which he replied in the affirmative. “I then asked him if he could draw some milk for us to which he agreed. “And so, I asked him to draw out some milk for us.
“The young boy took hold of one of his goats’ leg and placed it between his shank and thigh. “I told him to first properly clean the udders “and then under my supervision I had the milk drawn out into the bowl.
“He then added some water to cool the milk and I then presented it to the Holy Prophet (sa).” According to some narrations, when Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) came to present the milk to the Holy Prophet (sa), he was still asleep. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) did not deem it appropriate
To disturb the Holy Prophet (sa) whilst he was resting and so waited until the Holy Prophet (sa) woke up. When the Holy Prophet (sa) woke up, he presented the milk and submitted, “O Messenger (sa) of Allah! Please drink this.” The Holy Prophet (sa) drank so much
That Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) states that his disposition was filled with happiness. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) then submitted, “O Messenger (sa) of Allah! “The time for our departure has come.” The Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “yes”. In another narration, it states that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “We should continue on with our journey.”
Upon which Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) submitted, “Yes my master!” and following this they continued on with their journey. The incident in relation to the pursuit of Suraqah bin Malik is as follows: Urayqit, who was an exceptionally skillful guide, started the journey towards Madinah from the coastal towns,
Which was a different route from the traditional route to Madinah. The news of a 100 camels as a reward had spread in Makkah and its neighbouring areas and everyone was desirous of attaining this huge reward. Suraqah bin Malik, who later became a Muslim, related this this incident after having embraced Islam,
“The disbelievers amongst the Quraish sent a messenger who announced a bounty “for whosoever brought back the Holy Prophet (sa) or Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), dead or alive.” Suraqah further relates, “I was sitting in a gathering of my people, the Banu Mudlij, when someone came to us.
“He was standing there whilst we were all sat and he said, ‘O Suraqah! I have just seen some shadows from the coast of the sea.’ “or he said, ‘I have seen a caravan consisting of three people ‘and I believe that it is Muhammad (sa).’”
Suraqah says, “I immediately figured that this must be them, “but I wanted to acquire all the reward for myself “and so I quickly took control of the delicate situation “and signalled with my eye to the person who brought this news to remain quiet
“and I said, ‘No, it cannot be the caravan of Muhammad (sa), ‘in fact the people you are referring to have just passed in front of us ‘and belong to such and such tribe who are searching for their lost camels.’”
Suraqah says “Having remained sat there for a short while so as not to raise any suspicion, “I left the gathering and came to my lady servant and said, ‘Saddle my fast-paced horse and take it to the rear of the home and wait there for me.’” Suraqah later arrived there and then states,
“I then took an omen, which turned out to be against my journey, “however I showed no concern and kicked the horse with my foot “and raced off in pursuit of the caravan which I believed to be the caravan of Muhammad (sa).” Suraqah says, “Quickly covering the distances, I reached close to the caravan.
“I was still a little distance away when something unusual happened “and my horse struck something and I fell off it. “I stood up and again took an omen, which yet again turned out against my wish, “but I wanted to take back Muhammad (sa) with me and receive the award of a 100 camels.
“I stood up and mounted on my horse again and now I was so close “that not only was I able to recognise that this was Muhammad (sa) and Abu Bakr, “but I could also hear Muhammad (sa) recite something. “Once again, my horse badly struck something
“and its feet were driven into the ground and I fell off it. “I regained myself and scolded the horse, “however the horse was unable to hoist them out of the ground. “Finally, when it was able to stand upright, “the dust from its two feet spread into the air like a cloud of smoke.”
In other words, the feet of the horse had been so firmly driven into the ground that when it took them out, there was a cloud of dust. Suraqah states, “I again took an omen by a throw of arrows “and again the outcome was that which I did not desire.
“And so, whilst stood in that very place, “I gave a call for reconciliation and said, ‘you will not receive any harm from me.’” Upon this the Holy Prophet (sa) turned towards Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and said, “Ask him what is it that he wants.”
To which Suraqah replied, “I am Suraqah and I wish to speak to you all.” And so, they stopped and Suraqah then told them that the people of Makkah had announced a reward of a 100 camels for whoever captured them dead or alive.
He stated, “In order to attain this reward I came in pursuit of you, “however after seeing what has happened to me “I am convinced that this plan of mine is not right.” After this, he also offered some provisions to the Holy Prophet (sa), but the Holy Prophet (sa) did not accept them
And only stated that their whereabouts should be kept secret. Suraqah gave his promise and along with this he also stated, “I am sure that someday you will become a king. “Please give me a written declaration of peace so that when I come in your presence, “I am treated respectfully.”
According to a narration, Suraqah requested for a written declaration of peace and upon the instruction of the Holy Prophet (sa) Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) wrote this for him and according to another narration it was Amir bin Fuhairah who wrote it. Following this, Suraqah took the written declaration and returned.
These accounts will, God-willing, continue. God-willing, from tomorrow the New Year will begin. May Allah the Almighty make the coming year a blessed one for the members of the Jama’at and also collectively for the entire Jama’at in every respect. May Allah the Almighty protect the Jama’at from every kind of evil
And completely destroy the ploys of the enemies. May we abundantly witness in our lifetime the fulfilment of the promises that Allah the Almighty vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah (as). May Allah the Almighty enable us to witness these. Thus, continue to pray a lot and enter the New Year with prayers.
Make a particular effort to observe the Tahajjud prayer. Various mosques will also be organising (congregational Tahajjud) and those that have not done so should also make arrangements for this. If it cannot be done in congregation, then one should offer the Tahajjud prayer individually or arrangements should be made in the homes (for congregation).
Nonetheless, ensure to offer the Tahajjud prayer and offer supplications. Although one should be in the habit of offering the Tahajjud prayer, but after offering it tomorrow try to then make this a permanent habit in your lives. May Allah the Almighty grant everyone the ability to do this.
In addition to the Durood and Istighfar, also recite the following prayers as much as possible: “Our Lord, let not our hearts become perverse after Thou hast guided us; “and bestow on us mercy from Thyself; surely, Thou alone art the Bestower.” “Our Lord, let not our hearts become perverse after Thou hast guided us;
“and bestow on us mercy from Thyself; surely, Thou alone art the Bestower.” Also recite the following prayer: “Our Lord, forgive us our errors and our excesses in our conduct, “and make firm our steps and help us against the disbelieving people.” “Our Lord, forgive us our errors and our excesses in our conduct,
“and make firm our steps and help us against the disbelieving people.” May Allah the Almighty grant every Ahmadi the ability to do so. After the Friday prayers, I will also lead the funeral prayers in absentia of a few members. I will mention some details about them.
The first mention is of Malik Farooq Ahmad Khokhar Sahib, who had served as Amir Jama’at for Multan. He passed away on 18th December at the age of 80. His father was Malik Umar Ali Khokhar Sahib, who was known as the nobleman of Multan, and his mother was Syedah Nusrat Jahan Begum. She was known by the name of Syedah Begum. She was the daughter of Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaaq Sahib (ra).
Malik Umar Ali accepted Ahmadiyyat and had the opportunity to take the bai’at in his youth by going to Qadian during the time of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra). Malik Umar Ali Sahib passed away quite young, and at that time, Malik Farooq Ahmad Sahib was only about 20 to 22 years of age;
He was in his youth. Aside from his land in Karachi, Malik Umar Ali Sahib owned a few businesses there. Malik Farooq Ahmad Sahib was able to handle all of this in an excellent manner and provided care for his mother and step-mother and siblings.
For a long period of time, Malik Farooq Ahmad Khokhar Sahib served as Qa’id Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya for Multan, and following that, as a local Qa’id of Multan. From 1980 to 1985, he had the opportunity to serve as the Amir of Multan,
And during this appointment, he also served as Amir in the city of Multan. He was married in 1968 to Dardanah Sahiba, the daughter of Hazrat Mirza Aziz Ahmad Sahib (ra). Their Nikah was announced by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra). Allah the Almighty blessed them with one son and five daughters.
His wife states, “He was a very loving and caring person. “He would pay attention to the small things, “pray Tahajjud regularly and would also wake me up for Tahajjud every day. “Even on the day he passed away, he offered voluntary prayers and then went to bed.
“He would always try to remain in a state of Wudhu.” She continues, “He was not yet appointed as Amir, “but whenever any sort of problem emerged regarding an Ahmadi – “or even upon a phone call from an Ahmadi – he would be ready to offer his services.
“When he became Amir he told me that I should always have some food and tea prepared “because guests could be expected at any moment.” She says, “I do not remember a time when we did not have guests over. “Someone would always be staying at our home.
“He would also offer our home to missionaries to stay. “Our home had become the office. He was very generous and loving. “All our non-Ahmadi relatives – the whole Khokhar family, in fact – “deeply respected and loved him. He always honoured his relations with them all.
“By the grace of Allah the Almighty, he recited the Holy Qur’an in an excellent manner.” She continues, “When I used to recite the Holy Qur’an, “he would correct me without having to look at the Holy Qur’an.” His son Talha says, “He took great care of both his mothers “and never differentiated between them.
“He also discharged the responsibility of having all his brothers and sisters married. “His home was always open to everyone, just as his heart was, especially for life-devotees. “He had prepared a house in Khair Agli Mari, “and he used to say that he built it especially for the Jama’at.
“He never denied anyone to stay there. Whoever wanted to would go and stay there.” He continues, “During the hardships that followed the legislative ordinance in 1984, “by the grace of God, he continued to encourage to his colleagues in Multan “and the city with his courageous personality.
“He never allowed them to weaken and falter. “By the grace of Allah, he was a part of the envoy “during the migration of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh). “At one occasion, he also had the opportunity to lead that envoy “and guided them to the right route.”
His son further says, “During my father’s appointment as Amir, “our home was more of an office than a home and it was always a lively atmosphere. “He had delegated his work of tending to his land to his younger brother “and dedicated all of his own time for the service of faith.
“Everyone would come to see him without any sort of formality. “He had a very easy-going disposition. “He would also help his non-Ahmadi relatives financially.” He continues, “Some of our relatives who attended the funeral were crying saying “that they had been left on their own for he would take care of them.
“He inculcated the habit of praying within us, especially the Fajr (morning) prayer.” His younger daughter, Faiza, says, “Our father’s unwavering trust in Allah was exemplary for us. “He endured hard times and all sorts of circumstances; he was orphaned in his youth.
“He saw times of hardship and of ease, but I have observed since childhood “that my father very openly declared his trust in Allah “and would often say that all of his work was completed by Allah the Almighty Himself.” She says, “My father had boundless love for Khilafat.
“Whenever he would speak about Khilafat, he would begin to cry. “He was even subjected to a severe hardship and endured it with great patience and prayers.” His younger brother Malik Tariq Ali Khokhar, who is from his second mother says, “My father passed away when I was nine years old,
“and my older brother Malik Farooq was 22 years old. “However he took care of us just like a father and throughout my life, “he never let me feel the absence of my father.” He then writes, “He had a particular influence over his non-Ahmadi relatives “and he would take care of them as well.
“He was also supporting many Ahmadi families, “and after sponsoring the education of many children, he helped them get jobs as well.” He says, “My brother would give anyone in need a loan, “and would never ask for it to be returned.
“He always would give it with the intention that this was a loan not to be returned.” He says, “Many new converts have said that after entering the fold of Ahmadiyyat, “Malik Farooq Khokhar Sahib treated them like his own, and would help to fulfil their needs.
“He had turned 80 years of age, but for the last two years, “he was concerned about fulfilling the payment of property “which he had pledged (as financial sacrifice).” He was able to pay the majority of it, and some amount remains. May Allah the Almighty enable his children to fulfil the remaining amount.
His sister Tahira, who is also from his second mother, says, “My brother always treated me like a caring father. “His greatest quality was that he never made any distinction between “ his actual siblings and step siblings, rather he treated all of his siblings equally “and treated both his mothers equally as well.
“He never made us feel like we have separate mothers.” She then says, “He truly was like my father; his relationship with me was just like any father “who silently supports his daughter in hardship and in happiness.” His daughter Namud-e-Sehar says, “There are some prominent aspects of my father’s life which I constantly recall.
“Foremost among them are his hospitality and his relationship of love with others.” She continues, “His standard of hospitality was such “that if some food had been prepared at home, and some guest came to eat “while the members of our household were sitting at the table about to eat,
“he would send that same food to the guests, “and the members of the household would simply fry some eggs and eat those.” She then says, “A person makes many mistakes through the course of their life. “There are ups and downs, and as such, he had to endure some trials during his lifetime,
“but even then, he never said anything against Khilafat “which would make us feel as if the Khalifa’s decision was wrong. “He took special care to ensure that our household listened to the Friday Sermon “and remained attached with the Jama’at.” May Allah the Almighty grant him His forgiveness and mercy.
May He grant his children patience and forbearance, and enable them to excel in virtue. The next mention is of Rahmatullah Sahib from Indonesia, who passed away at the age of 66. He was born in East Java. He did bai’at (oath of allegiance) and entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat in 1980 through the efforts of respected Suyuti Aziz Ahmad Sahib, the former Head of Tabligh (propagation) for Indonesia. He also became part of the Wasiyyat scheme in 1993.
He continued to serve the Jama’at in Karantaka until his demise. He is survived by his wife, three children and six grandchildren. His wife writes, “He once saw a dream “in which he was among a large group of people standing in lines. “In the dream, he asked someone which line he should join.
“Someone pointed him in the direction of a line “in which a holy person was standing, whom he did not recognise. “Sometime later, he learned that the holy person whom he saw in the dream “was the Promised Messiah (as),
“and it was for this reason that he accepted the truth of Ahmadiyyat and did bai’at.” His daughter writes, “After doing bai’at, not only did he serve in the central Jama’at, “but he also served at a local level in Majlis Ansarullah. “The Jama’at would receive threats of attacks from its opponents.
“The deceased would bravely defend the Jama’at. “He was very generous; whenever someone came to him for help or needed a loan, “he would always help them.” His third daughter writes, “He loved Khilafat a great deal, and was very obedient.”
The Amir of Indonesia, Abdul Basit Sahib writes, “He greatly loved Khilafat and the Jama’at.” He says, “There is a Jama’at in one of the cities of East Java, “where the opponents of the Jama’at attacked our mosque a few times, “and pressured the local authorities to restrict the Jama’at’s activities.
“Upon this, Rahmatullah Sahib bravely stood up to the opponents and the authorities, “and responded to the allegations which they were raising. “Due to his efforts, the Jama’at is still established there to this day “and no restrictions were imposed.” May Allah the Almighty grant him His forgiveness and mercy
And enable his children to carry on his virtues. The next mention is of Al-Haaj Abdul Hameed Taak Sahib of Yaripora Kashmir. He passed away on 24 December at the age of 94. He was a Musi by the grace of Allah the Almighty. He was the son of Muhammad Ikram Taak Sahib of Yaripora, who was one of the early Ahmadis in this area. He was very virtuous, kind, sociable, beloved by all, dignified, and quiet in nature.
He was able to serve the Jama’at for a long time. He was the provincial Amir of Jammu and Kashmir, and was also the district Amir and Nazim Ansarullah. He also served the central Jama’at in various positions. Every year, he was an honorary member of the Anjuman Tehrik-e-Jadid India.
During his time as provincial Amir, in 1987, five Jama’at schools were established. He strove a great deal for the establishment of various mosques and mission houses. He would also strive to enhance the intellectual capabilities of youngsters and was always at the forefront in this task.
He was well respected in Yaripora due to his services to society. May Allah the Almighty grant him His forgiveness and mercy. May his progeny be pious and righteous, and be bestowed with the ability to serve (the Jama’at). 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.