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. A few days ago, a Maulvi Sahib (Muslim cleric) was mentioning on social media that all the unrest and disorder that is witnessed in the world today is due to the Qadianis (Ahmadis).
In fact, he said that even the unrest in Palestine was due to the Qadianis/Ahmadis. And then, as they always do, he stated that whatever injustices, killings and violence that is carried out against Ahmadis is therefore justified. Thus, this is their level of conduct and these are the kind of things they utter.
Ever since the establishment of Ahmadiyyat, these people, who are the Iaimatul Kufr (i.e. chief of the disbelievers), have been saying such things. However, we express infinite gratitude to Allah the Almighty for we have accepted the Messiah and Mahdi who taught us that despite listening to their hurtful comments
And enduring their physical efforts against us, we ought to display patience and pray. It is the chief of the disbelievers, who have incited the innocent Muslims (against Ahmadis) by spreading false information. The general (Muslim) population perhaps owing to their lack of knowledge believe that Ahmadis, God-forbid, dishonour the Holy Prophet (sa)
And therefore hold the view that such treatment should be meted out against Ahmadis because whatever the Maulvi (Muslim cleric) has said must be true. This is the condition of the general Muslims, however those Maulvis who actually possess knowledge, whatever they say has no basis whatsoever and they simply wish to create disorder,
So that they remain in service at their pulpits and so no one may remove them. Allah the Almighty knows best as to how He will deal with them. However, as I mentioned earlier that our duty is to pray. I mentioned in the Eid Sermon as well
That the Promised Messiah (as) stated that one ought to pray even for their enemies. We are those who pray and will continue to go on praying because this opposition is nothing new for us. In fact, this has been there since the advent of the Promised Messiah (as)
And such attacks were levelled against the Promised Messiah (as) and those who came to listen to him were also attacked. Some people simply attend the gatherings in order to just listen to what is being said. It is not necessary that they will accept what is being said,
However the Maulvis would be scared that if these people listen to the Promised Messiah (as), they will do his Bai’at because they knew that the truth was on his side. Therefore, they would stop them, but not just that they would physically attack against us as well.
But, despite this, the Promised Messiah (as) prayed for such people who would stop others and carry out injustices. And it is owing to these very prayers that despite their opposition (of the Jama’at), some of them accepted Ahmadiyyat, and continue to do so even now. Thus, despite the statement of this Maulvi (cleric),
We do not utter anything negative or use similar language as they do, rather we will continue to pray for them. And just as we have witnessed in the past as well that it is from among these very people, who have then become ardent devotees and this will, God willing, continue to happen.
Despite listening to their harsh statements, we continue to pray for the Muslims in general. We are pained by their suffering and this indeed is due to the teachings of the Promised Messiah (as) and this was the very instruction given to him by Allah the Almighty as well
In that the cruelties which they perpetrate are owing to their misunderstanding and due to their love of the Holy Prophet (sa), which they claim to have, whether or not they actually demonstrate it, but nonetheless, this is what their claim is. Therefore, we are not to pray against them.
In relation to this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has narrated an incident. He states, “I was only a child at the time “and the Promised Messiah (as) was returning after having been invited somewhere. “As he was walking through the marketplace, “people would be stood on the rooftops and would hurl verbal abuse at him
“and would say, ‘Mirza has fled! Mirza has fled!’” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “I couldn’t understand (what they were saying), “I thought perhaps there was some unrest at a gathering “and therefore the Promised Messiah (as) was returning from there. “In any case, in that very instance, I saw that an old man,
“whose hand had been cut and had applied some turmeric mixture upon it, “and it seemed as if the wound was very fresh, “yet even he was tapping his healthy hand upon his injured hand and was saying in Punjabi, “‘Mirza has fled! Mirza has fled!’ “I was astonished owing to my young age
“as to why this man would say that ‘Mirza has fled!’ “What exactly had happened as I just could not understand? “However, this was simply due to their opposition or perhaps the Maulvis had incited the people “and so they uttered whatever came into their hearts, “irrespective of whether or not they knew anything,
“but all they wanted to do was simply say something and so they did.” Similarly, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) relates another incident, “On one occasion, the Promised Messiah (as) was walking in the city of Lahore “and someone attacked him from behind and the Promised Messiah (as) fell down –
“according to other narrations it is mentioned “that the Promised Messiah (as) did not actually fall to the ground “but this person knocked against him.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further states, “Similarly, we saw people throw stones (at the Promised Messiah (as)). “In short, in those days, the opposition was at its peak
“and naturally at times certain members of the Jama’at would become angry “as to why these people would do this for no reason whatsoever. “At that time, the Promised Messiah (as) received a revelation. (Even though this revelation has not been found in any narration as yet,
(however Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has stated that this was a revelation. (But nonetheless, it is mentioned in the form of a couplet of the Promised Messiah (as)): “In other words, ‘O Our appointed one! ‘Even if the Muslims hurl abuse at you, you should still have consideration for them ‘because after all why is it that they hurl abuse at you and try to attack you? ‘They attack you and hurl abuse at you because of the Holy Prophet (sa).
‘Thus it is important you still have consideration for them.’ “The reason why they were acting in such a violent manner “was due to their love for the Holy Prophet (sa), “who is the beloved of Allah the Almighty. “Therefore, whether it was owing to this misunderstanding of theirs “or for any other reason,
“he should have consideration for them and not pray against them. “Therefore, we ought to ponder as to what is the reason behind those who oppose us. “They hurl abuse against us “and say that (drinking) our tea is even worse than (drinking) alcohol
“and to drink alcohol would be considered lawful as opposed to drinking the tea of an Ahmadi.” After mentioning this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “If such people were to realise that the flame of the love for Holy Prophet (sa) “which is in my heart is not even present in millions of their people,
“they would immediately fall at the feet of the Ahmadis. “These people oppose us because they think that we oppose the Holy Prophet (sa) “and this opposition is owing to the misunderstandings on their part.” After mentioning this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further stated, “If people oppose us and say wrongful things against me,
“the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community or against you, “however the members of the Jama’at should know “that these are your fellow brothers and embroiled in a misunderstanding. “Therefore, instead of being angry, you should pray for them “and try to inform those who oppose you of the true reality.
“Once you inform them of the true reality then they will come to know “that we are not the enemies of the Holy Prophet (sa), “rather we are his true lovers “and those very people who are bent upon killing us “would be ready to sacrifice their lives for our sake.”
Therefore, we ought to pray for our opponents. As I mentioned earlier that this is what the Promised Messiah (as) has taught us that we ought to pray for them and it is from among these people that such ardent devotees will emerge and accept (the message).
Whilst narrating an incident of Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sahib, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sahib would relate, “‘I used to live in the upper storey of a house “‘and the Promised Messiah (as) would live in its lower storey. “‘One night I heard crying from below
“‘which was as if a woman was experiencing the pains from labour. “‘I was intrigued and so I tried to listen carefully in order to hear the sound. “‘I realised that the Promised Messiah (as) was praying and was saying, “‘“O Allah, the plague is widespread and people are dying as result of it.
“‘“O Allah, if all these people were to die then who shall be left to believe in You.”’” Then with reference to the same incident but mentioned in a different reference it stated that the sound was coming from the house adjacent (to the Promised Messiah’s (as) house),
But nonetheless the incident is the same and it states, “The Promised Messiah (as) was praying “that if these people were to die then who will accept God. “Now, one ought to reflect upon this because the plague was a sign “that had been foretold by the Holy Prophet (sa)
“and the plague was also prophesied by Promised Messiah (as) as a sign. “However, when the plague emerged, “the very person for whom it came as a sign of his truthfulness “is supplicating with utmost fervency before God Almighty and prays,
“‘O Allah! If these people die as a result if it then who shall believe in You.’ “Thus, a believer ought not to pray against the general population “because the very objective of a believer is to help save humanity.
“If one were to pray against them then how can he save them if the prayer is answered “and they all perish as a result of it? “Ahmadiyyat was established for the very purpose of safeguarding Islam; “Ahmadiyyat was established to safeguard the Muslims and to restore their dignity.
“Therefore, how can we pray against those “for whom we have been tasked to help them attain such lofty ranks?” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “God Almighty is far more Honourable than any of you. “God Almighty addressed the Promised Messiah (as) in a revelation saying: “In this, God Almighty addresses the heart of the Promised Messiah (as) “and makes him profess these words.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) perhaps delivered this speech in Bhera. He mentioned this same couplet in another instance as well. The first incident was different to this and (the incident) took place in Lahore,
Whereas this incident took place in Bhera. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states: “In this (revelation), “God Almighty addresses the heart of the Promised Messiah (as) and makes him profess: “‘O my heart! Look out for the feelings and sentiments of the people, “‘lest their hearts become estranged.
“‘It should not be the case that you become frustrated and pray against them “‘as they love your Messenger (sa) and it is owing to this love for the Messenger (sa) “‘that they hurl abuse at you.’ “‘as they love your Messenger (sa) and it is owing to this love for the Messenger (sa)
“‘that they hurl abuse at you.’ “This is the real essence of the matter. “We know that one group is opposing us unjustly, “but one group is opposing us because they have become caught up in their trap. (Most of the people have fallen victim to their ploy in Pakistan
Or in other countries around the world and for this reason they oppose us.) “As such, their opposition is due to the love of our Master (the Holy Prophet (sa)). “When they understand that we love the Holy Prophet (sa),
“they will then realise that we strive to establish the honour of the Holy Prophet (sa) “and that they ought to help us. “We will certainly see this day, God Willing, how long will this misconception last for?” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “A western author has written:
“‘One can deceive the entire world for a few days or you can deceive a few people continuously, “‘(this indeed is correct), but you can never deceive the entire world forever.’ “i.e. it is possible to deceive all the people for a few days, or ten people forever,
“but it cannot be the case that one deceive the entire world forever.” And this indeed is true for the truth eventually comes to light and we see that those people who are deceived by others (into opposing Ahmadiyyat), eventually it is they who are accepting Ahmadiyyat.
From where are the numbers of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at increasing? It is increasing from those very people who were once with the opponents. Thus, one day this opposition will finish, God-Willing, and these very people will pledge allegiance to the Promised Messiah (as). Many people have written to me, and write these days as well,
That after opposing Ahmadiyyat, they were told to read the literature and pray; when they prayed and read the literature, the truth became apparent for them, and they now wish to pledge allegiance and they eventually join the Jama’at. This practice has existed from before,
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has mentioned this, as well as the other Khulafa, that many people would write letters stating this and they do so today as well. Thus, when the Maulvis (religious clerics) issue verdicts against us, the message of Ahmadiyyat spreads as a result,
And especially to those factions of society to whom it was difficult for us to preach to. So they are doing our work and it will be beneficial to us. We also pray for them, that if there is anyone among them who has an ounce of decency in them,
Then may Allah enable them to see reason and understand (the truth), however we ought to pray especially for the general public and Muslim Ummah at large that may Allah the Almighty save them from their ploys. Nonetheless, when these people oppose us, it is beneficial for us;
Through this (opposition), the message of Ahmadiyyat is reaching those places which it never reached before, or we did not have the means to spread the message there. Subsequently, some people from among them make contact with the Jama’at. Therefore, it is our responsibility to pray and remain patient
And this is the best way which will grant us success, God-Willing. It is our task to ensure our thoughts and sentiments are free from any malice against our fellow Muslims. Continue to pray for them, may Allah the Almighty quickly open their eyes and may they recognise and accept the Imam of the Age.
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.