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. Accounts from the life of Hazrat Umar (ra) were being narrated in the previous sermons and I will continue to do so today as well. Mentioning Hazrat Umar’s (ra) detachment of worldly things and his piety, Hazrat Hafsah bint Umar (ra) relates
That she once said to her respected father, “O Leader of the Faithful”. In another narration it is mentioned that she addressed him in the following manner, “O my father! Allah has increased your provisions, “granted you victories and has also given you wealth in abundance.
“Why then do you not choose to eat food which is softer than the food you eat “and why do you not wear garments made of a softer material than the ones you wear?” Hazrat Umar (ra) replied, “I will ask you to make the decision in this regard.
“Do you not remember how many hardships the Holy Prophet (sa) had to endure during his life?” The narrator says that he continuously reminded Hazrat Hafsah (ra) of this so much so that Hazrat Hafsah (ra) began to cry. Following this, Hazrat Umar (ra) stated,
“By Allah! As long as I have the strength to do so, “I will continue to partake of the hardships “endured by the Holy Prophet (sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), “so that perhaps through this I may be able to join them in their life of comfort.”
In one narration it is also mentioned that Hazrat Umar (ra) said to Hazrat Hafsah (ra), “O Hafsah, daughter of Umar! You have sought the welfare of your nation, “but have not sought the welfare of your father. “You have advised me to do such
“and such as I would be able to serve my nation better by doing so. “However, this does not concern my welfare.” Following this, Hazrat Umar (ra) stated, “My family has a right only over my life and my wealth,
“but they do not have any right over my faith and what I have been entrusted with.” In other words, they do not have the right to say anything to him in relation to what had been entrusted to him and how he was to fulfil that responsibility
And they did not have any right to say anything to him in this regard. Hazrat Ikrimah bin Khalid relates that Hazrat Hafsah (ra), Hazrat Abdullah (ra) and some other individuals were speaking to Hazrat Umar (ra) and said,
“If you eat better food, you will be stronger whilst serving for the cause of the truth.” Hazrat Umar (ra) replied, “Do all of you hold the same opinion?” They all replied in the affirmative. Upon this, Hazrat Umar (ra) replied, “I have understood that you seek my welfare,
“but I left both of my friends, “i.e. the Holy Prophet (sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) on this very path “and if I do not adopt the same path as them, “I will not be able to meet them at the final destination.”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “The era of the Holy Prophet (sa) “was an era of in which they faced fear and danger “and we can learn lessons from the commandments he gave the Muslims at that time. “It was his own practise and he had also advised others
“not to prepare more than one dish for food.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) was mentioning this in one of his sermons in relation to Tahrik-e-Jadid. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further states, “The guidance of the Holy Prophet (sa) was not to make more than one dish “and he emphasised this to such a degree
“that some companions adopted a very extreme attitude in this regard. “On one occasion, vinegar and salt were placed before Hazrat Umar (ra) “and he enquired as to why two dishes had been presented “since the Holy Prophet (sa) had instructed that there should be only one dish.
“The people mentioned to Hazrat Umar (ra) that these were not two separate dishes, “in fact the salt and vinegar combined to form one dish, “however Hazrat Umar (ra) did not accept this and stated that they were in fact two separate dishes. “Though there was an element of an extreme attitude
“in this act of Hazrat Umar (ra) owing to his love for the Holy Prophet (sa). “However, this perhaps was not what the Holy Prophet (sa) meant, “but nevertheless this incident shows how much emphasis he placed on this “in view of the fact that the Muslims needed to adopt simplicity.”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “I do not make the same kind of demand from you as Hazrat Umar (ra) did “and I do not state that salt is to be counted as a separate dish from vinegar. “However, I do ask of you that for the next three years from today,
“during the course of which I shall make a yearly announcement “so that if the situation of fear transforms then this instruction shall also change, “(and the instruction is) that every Ahmadi who wishes to partake in this battle with us “should pledge to only eat one dish.
“That is, roti and broth or rice and broth. “These do not count as two separate dishes, rather they both combine to form one dish. “However, it is not permitted for one to prepare two broths to eat with their roti or rice.” This was during the time when the Tahrik-e-Jadid scheme was announced.
At the time, the Jama’at was in need (of resources) and so it was announced that one ought to reduce their expenses and donate them towards their Chanda. Now, by the grace of Allah the Almighty the conditions have changed and therefore this restriction is no longer required,
But even then one should not indulge in extravagances. Whilst expounding upon the verse: (ARABIC) (And those who, when they spend, (ARABIC) (And those who, when they spend, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “Allah the Almighty states that if one wants to become a Servant of Allah, “then it is necessary for them to consider two factors when spending their wealth. “Firstly, one should not indulge in extravagances. “Eating food is not for the sole purpose of luxury and delight,
“rather it is to attain strength, power and enable the body to continue functioning. “Likewise, when one wears clothes, it is not to show others, “rather it is cover one’s body and in order to preserve one’s dignity “which Allah the Almighty has granted to humankind.
“The example of the companions demonstrates that this is exactly what they practiced. “Once, Hazrat Umar (ra) travelled to Syria and the companions there were wearing silk clothes. “By ‘silk clothes’ it means garments which had some silk in it “because to wear a garment made purely form silk is forbidden
“unless one is exempt due to an illness. “Hazrat Umar (ra) instructed his companions to throw sand at them, “in other words he was extremely displeased. “He then stated, ‘Have you become so accustomed to luxuries ‘that you have started wearing silk clothes?’ “Upon this, one of the companions took of his upper garment
“and showed that he was wearing another heavy garment beneath it which was made of thick wool. “He then stated to Hazrat Umar (ra), “‘We have not worn these silk clothes because we like them, ‘rather it is a custom among the people of this country.
‘Right from their childhood, these people are accustomed to see their leaders ‘living in a very grandiose and spectacular manner. ‘Thus, in view of the political traditions of the country ‘we have also worn such clothes but we have not come under their influence in any way.
‘Thus, the practise of the companions shows what is meant by overindulgence. ‘It means that one should not spend their wealth on such things ‘which they are not in need of and it’s merely done as a form of luxury and lavishness. ‘Hence, God Almighty states that the true servants of Allah
‘are those who do not waste their wealth and nor spend it ostentatiously. ‘Rather, they spend it on that which is helpful and beneficial. ‘Secondly, one should not hold back from spending their wealth ‘where it is deemed necessary to spend one’s wealth,
‘in other words where one can be of benefit if they spend their wealth. ‘Thus, one should not spend their wealth in a manner ‘which is contrary to the will of Allah the Almighty and secondly, ‘one should not abstain from speeding their wealth ‘whereby they are not even fulfilling their rightful dues.
‘These are two conditions in relation to spending one’s wealth ‘in order to become a true servant of Allah. ‘However, there many people who either spend excessively ‘or then they are extremely miserly.’” Hazrat Umar (ra) was so against lavish and extravagant clothes
That he did not even like it if an enemy who had been captured was brought before him in such clothing. This has been mentioned in detail in the incident relating to the Persian commander, Hormuzan. Though I have previously explained this incident, however I shall mention some details from it in order to explain.
When Tustar was conquered, Hormuzan, who was the commander of the Persian forces, surrendered himself over to the Muslims. He was then sent to Hazrat Umar (ra) in Madinah. However, before entering Madinah, the Muslims who were taking him put his silk garments on him
So that Hazrat Umar (ra) and the Muslims could see him in his true state. When Hormuzan appeared before Hazrat Umar (ra), he enquired whether this was Hormuzan. The people replied in the affirmative. Following this, Hazrat Umar (ra) carefully observed him and his garments and then stated,
“I seek refuge in Allah the Almighty from the fire and I seek help from Allah the Almighty.” The people who brought him mentioned that this was Hormuzan and that Hazrat Umar (ra) should speak to him. However, Hazrat Umar (ra) stated that he would certainly not speak to him
Until he removed his lavish and extravagant garments and his jewellery. When all of this was removed, then Hazrat Umar (ra) spoke to him. Hazrat Umar’s (ra) level of humility and righteousness can be gauged from the following incident: Hazrat Urwah bin Zubair narrates that
He saw Umar bin Al-Khattab (ra) carrying waterskin on his shoulder. Upon this, he submitted, “O Leader of the Faithful! This does not behove you.” Hazrat Umar (ra) stated, “When the various delegations from different countries arrived “whilst demonstrating their utmost obedience, “a sense of self-importance developed in my heart.
“Thus, in order to remove this feeling from me, I decided to carry this waterskin.” Hazrat Yahya bin Abdi Al-Rahman bin Hatib relates from his father that they were once returning from Makkah in the company of Hazrat Umar (ra) and upon reaching the valleys of Zajnan, they stopped.
Zajnan is the name of a place which is situated about 25 miles from Makkah. He further narrates that Hazrat Umar (ra) then stated, “At this place I can still recall the time when I would tend to the camels of my father, Khattab. “He was a man of a very stern disposition.
“I would take the camels laden with sticks “and thereafter I would take them with grass placed upon them. “However, today my condition is such that people travel far and wide in my land “and there is no one above me. “In other words, I am a ruler of a vast and expansive land
“in which people travel a great distance and come and meet me “and also there is no other ruler in this world who rules over me.” He then recited the following couplet: “Whatever you can see has no reality to it apart from being a temporary source of joy. “One’s wealth and progeny will come to an end and it is only God Who lives forever.” Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) states in relation to this that once,
Hazrat Umar (ra) was returning from Hajj and he stopped under a tree. Huzaifah, who had a very informal relationship with Hazrat Umar (ra) took courage and enquired as to why Hazrat Umar (ra) had stopped there. Upon this, Hazrat Umar (ra) stated,
“There was a time when I would tend to a camel of mine “and once my father scolded me under this tree. “Today, my condition is such that let alone camels, “hundreds of thousands of people are ready to sacrifice their lives “if I was to command them by the mere indication of my eyes.”
In relation to this, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “Is it not an astonishing fact that a person who would once herd camels became a great king? “Not only was he granted a worldly kingdom, but a spiritual one too.
“This indeed was Hazrat Umar (ra) who would tend to the camels in his earlier years. “On one occasion, he went to perform the Hajj and on the way he stood at a particular place. “The heat was extremely intense and people were greatly affected by it.
“However, no one had the courage to ask why he was standing there. “Eventually, a companion, who was a close friend of Hazrat Umar (ra) “and he would often ask Hazrat Umar (ra) about the outbreak of Fitna (evil/disorder) “was approached by the people to ask Hazrat Umar (ra)
“as to why he was stood at that particular place. “Subsequently, he submitted to Hazrat Umar (ra), “proceed ahead, why have you stopped here?” “Upon this, Hazrat Umar (ra) stated, “The reason why I have stopped here “is because once I was herding the camels “and took some rest under this tree owing to exhaustion.
“My father came and hit me, saying, ‘did I send you so you could sit here and sleep?’ “Thus, such was my condition, but after having accepted the Holy Prophet (sa), “God Almighty elevated me to such a rank “that if today I were to command hundreds of thousands of people
“they would be willing to sacrifice their lives for me.” “From this incident and various other incidents like this “reveal the previous condition of the companions “but after following the Holy Prophet (sa), their conditions completely transformed. “They attained such a rank and knowledge which no one else possessed.”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) further states, “The reason I have narrated this account is “that one ought to ponder how a person who used to herd camels “was granted such spiritual and worldly knowledge that no one else could fathom. “One should ponder that on the one hand
“there was a time when Hazrat Umar (ra) would tend to camels and sheep “which is something that is perceived to not even remotely be associated with knowledge, “and then on the other hand came a time where the people of Europe, “who have a deep understanding of the laws and principals of governance,
“show great admiration of the laws and legislations designed by Hazrat Umar (ra). “What connection is there between one who tends to camels and a ruler? “However, Hazrat Umar (ra) accomplished such feats “that the world looks at him with great respect and praises his governance.
“Moreover, look at the example of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), “who was an ordinary merchant, “however today the world is astonished as to how he attained such wisdom, intellect and thinking. “However, I tell you that he attained everything from the Holy Qur’an.
“He pondered over the Holy Qur’an, thus he learnt all that which the entire world was bereft of. “This is because the Holy Qur’an is such a tool that if one cleanses their heart with it, “their heart will be so purified that it begins to reflect every aspect of secular knowledge
“and a door is opened for such an individual “that no one is then able to stop the knowledge that is revealed upon one’s heart. “Thus, it is important for every individual “to strive in reading and pondering over the Holy Qur’an.” With regards to Hazrat Umar’s (ra) humility and humbleness,
There is a narration from Jubair bin Nufair who states that a group of people said to Hazrat Umar (ra), “O Leader of the Faithful! By Allah, we have not seen anyone more just and truthful, “and firm against the hypocrites than yourself. “Indeed, after the Holy Prophet (sa), you are the best among us.”
Auf bin Malik said to the person who said this, “By Allah, you have lied. “Verily we have seen the best person among us after the Holy Prophet (sa)” i.e. the one better than Hazrat Umar (ra). Hazrat Umar (ra) asked, “O Auf! Who is that person?” to which he replied, “Abu Bakr”.
Hazrat Umar (ra) then said that Auf has spoken the truth and about the person who said the earlier statement that he had lied. He then said, “By Allah! Abu Bakr was even purer than the scent of musk “and I am even more lost than the camels at home.”
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “In the Ahadith it is mentioned that on one occasion, “Hazrat Umar (ra) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) had a disagreement about something which intensified. “Hazrat Umar (ra) had a rather impassioned nature “and for this reason Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) thought it wise to leave the place,
“lest the matter worsens. “When Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) tried to leave, “Hazrat Umar (ra) stepped forward and held on to his cloak, “implying that he must answer him before leaving. “When Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) managed to release himself, his cloak ripped. “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) left from there and went home.
“However, Hazrat Umar (ra) suspected “that perhaps Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) would complain about him to the Holy Prophet (sa), “and so he followed him, so that he could present his viewpoint. “Along the way, Hazrat Umar (ra) lost sighting of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). “Hazrat Umar (ra) thought that
“Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) went to the Holy Prophet (sa) to complain about him “and so he went straight to the Holy Prophet (sa). “But when Hazrat Umar (ra) went to the Holy Prophet (sa), “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was not present. “However, since Hazrat Umar (ra) regretted what he had done, he submitted,
“‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! I have committed an error and I treated Abu Bakr harshly. ‘Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) is not to blame, it is all my fault.’ “When Hazrat Umar (ra) had gone to see the Holy Prophet (sa), “someone informed Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)
“that Hazrat Umar (ra) went to complain to the Holy Prophet (sa) about him. “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) thought to himself that he should also go and clear the matter, “lest only one side of the case was presented; “therefore he would go and present his side of the story as well.
“When Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) reached the gathering, “Hazrat Umar (ra) was saying, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! ‘I have made a mistake, I quarrelled with Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and ripped his cloak.’ “When the Holy Prophet (sa) heard this, anger could be seen in his expression and he said,
“‘O people! What is the matter with you! ‘When the entire world rejected me and opposed me, including all of you, ‘at that time it was only Abu Bakr who accepted me and helped me in every way.’
“He then said in a sorrowful tone, ‘Will you not let Abu Bakr and myself be even now?’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) was saying these words when Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) entered.” “This (i.e. what occurred thereafter) is the example of true love;
“instead of saying that it was not his fault and was all Umar’s (ra) fault; “when Abu Bakr (ra) entered and saw that the Holy Prophet (sa) was displeased, “as his true lover, he could not bear to see the Holy Prophet (sa) in pain because of him;
“for this reason, as soon as Abu Bakr (ra) came, “he sat down on his knees before the Holy Prophet (sa) and submitted, “‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! It is not Umar’s fault, but it is my fault.’” Hazrat Umar (ra) narrates that
He once asked the people about the blood money in the case of an abortion. Mughira stated that the Holy Prophet (sa) had said one should free a male or female slave as blood money. Hazrat Umar (ra) then said to bring someone who would corroborate this matter he had just mentioned.
Muhammad bin Maslamah confirmed that he was in the presence of the Holy Prophet (sa) and that is what he had said. i.e. if one is guilty of oppression or cruelty which leads to a miscarriage or if one forces a woman to have an abortion, then that person must give blood money.
Whosoever has committed this injustice has to pay the blood money which is to free a male or female slave. Hazrat Abu Sa’id narrates, “Abu Musa Ash’ari came to visit Hazrat Umar (ra) “and sought permission saying, ‘Peace be upon you! Do I have permission to enter?’
“Hazrat Umar (ra) thought to himself that he has only asked permission once. “After remaining silent for a short while, Abu Musa again said, “‘Peace be upon you! Do I have permission to enter?’ “Hazrat Umar (ra) replied to his greeting in his heart and then thought to himself
“that he has only sought permission twice. “After waiting for a little while again, Abu Musa Ash’ari sought permission again saying, “‘Peace be upon you! Do I have permission to enter?’ “After having sought permission two or three times from Hazrat Umar (ra), Abu Musa Ash’ari then left.
“(When he sought permission to enter three times “(and did not hear a reply from Hazrat Umar (ra), he decided to leave). “Hazrat Umar (ra) asked the door keeper, ‘What did Abu Musa do?’ He replied that he had left. “Hazrat Umar said for Abu Musa to be brought before him.
“When he came before Hazrat Umar (ra), he asked him, ‘What did you do?’ “He replied, ‘I have acted in accordance with the Sunnah.’ “Hazrat Umar (ra) replied, ‘Sunnah? ‘By Allah, you will have to prove that this is an act of Sunnah, ‘otherwise I will deal with you severely.’”
Abu Sa’id Khudri (ra) further narrates, “Abu Musa then came to us. “At the time we were sat with a group of Ansar. “Abu Musa Ash’ari stated, ‘O Ansar! Is there anyone who would know ‘the sayings of the Holy Prophet (sa) more than you! Did the Holy Prophet (sa) not say: ‘i.e. one can seek permission (up to) three times. ‘If one is granted permission they may enter the house, ‘and if they are not given permission then they should return.’ “Upon hearing this, the people mocked and laughed.” Abu Sa’id Khudri further narrates, “I raised my head towards Abu Musa Ash’ari and said,
“‘whatever punishment you receive for this, I will have an equal share of it. ‘I bear witness that you spoke the truth.’” The narrator says, i.e. Abu Sa’id that he went to Hazrat Umar (ra) and informed him of the saying of the Holy Prophet (sa).
Hazrat Umar (ra) said, “Very well! I was unaware of this Hadith, “but now I have come to know of it.” There is a narration of Sahih Muslim in which Hazrat Abu Hurairah states: “We were sitting in the company of the Holy Prophet (sa)
“along with Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) as well as others. “The Holy Prophet (sa) got up and left, but there was a delay in him returning. “We feared that he may be in danger, and owing to this we stood up and left.
“I was the first to fear this and so I left in search of the Holy Prophet (sa). “I arrived at a garden that belonged to the Banu Najjar. “I circled the garden looking for the entrance, but was unable to find it.
“I then saw a stream flowing inside the garden from a well outside “and so I crouched down, like a fox and entered the garden through the stream “and went to the Holy Prophet (sa). “The Holy Prophet (sa) enquired, ‘Is it Abu Hurairah?’ I replied in the affirmative.
“He asked what was the matter to which I replied, “‘You were among us, after which you stood up and left, “but there was a delay in you returning. We feared you may be harmed. “I was the first to worry and so I followed you up to this garden;
“I had to crouch like a fox to enter into the garden and the others are following behind me. “The Holy Prophet (sa) addressed me saying, ‘O Abu Hurairah’ “and gave me his sandals and said, “‘Take my sandals and inform whoever you meet outside this garden,
‘that if they testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah ‘and truly have this belief in their hearts, then give them glad tidings of paradise.’” Hazrat Abu Hurairah further narrates, “When I went back, the first person I met was Umar. “He asked, ‘O Abu Hurairah! What are these sandals?’
“I said that these sandals belong to the Holy Prophet (sa) “and he has sent me with these as a sign to give glad-tidings of paradise to the one who testifies “that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and truly holds this belief in their hearts.
“Upon this, Hazrat Umar (ra) struck my chest in anger with great force and I fell on my back. “He said, ‘O Abu Hurairah! Go back.’ (i.e. that there was no need to say anything to anyone).
“I returned to the Holy Prophet (sa) and was about to cry when Hazrat Umar (ra) came behind me. “The Holy Prophet (sa) asked, ‘O Abu Hurairah! What is the matter?’ “I informed him that, ‘I met with Umar and told him about the message you had sent me with,
‘but Umar struck me on my chest with such force that I fell backwards and Umar told me to return.’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) asked, ‘O Umar! Why did you do such a thing?’ “Hazrat Umar (ra) replied, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! ‘May my mother and father be sacrificed for you!
‘Did you send Abu Hurairah with your sandals and tell him to give glad-tidings of paradise ‘to the one who testifies that there is none worthy of worship except Allah ‘and has firm belief in this?’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) replied in the affirmative. Upon this Hazrat Umar (ra) submitted,
“‘Please do not do such a thing, for I fear that people will rely on this alone. ‘Therefore, it would be best to let them carry on performing virtuous deeds ‘and acting on the commandments so that they become true believers.
‘Otherwise they will rely upon the declaration of “There is none worthy of worship except Allah” ‘and consider it to be sufficient in order to enter paradise. “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘very well, leave it.’” Hazrat Umar (ra) thus had a very cautious approach.
There is a narration in which it is mentioned that even Satan runs away from Umar. In Sahih Bukhari it is narrated by Hazrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas that Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (ra) sought permission from the Holy Prophet (sa) to enter inside. At the time some women from the Quraish
Were sitting in the Holy Prophet’s (sa) company and speaking to him. They were asking for more expenses and their voices were louder than the Holy Prophet’s (sa) voice. When Hazrat Umar (ra) sought permission to enter, they quickly went behind a veil. The Holy Prophet (sa) permitted Hazrat Umar (ra) to enter.
When Hazrat Umar (ra) entered, the Holy Prophet (sa) was smiling. Hazrat Umar (ra) said, “O Messenger (sa) of Allah, may Allah always keep you smiling.” The Holy Prophet (sa) replied, “I am astonished by the women that were just here. “When they heard your voice, they quickly retreated behind the veil.”
Upon this, Hazrat Umar (ra) submitted, “O Messenger (sa) of Allah, “however you are more worthy of being feared”. Then, while addressing those women in a loud voice, Hazrat Umar (ra) stated, “O heedless women, are you intimidated by me and not the Holy Prophet (sa)?”
The women replied, “Indeed, because you are stern in nature and hard-hearted, “whereas the Holy Prophet (sa) is not.” Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) said, “Hear me, O son of Khattab. “I swear by the One in Whose hands is my life, whenever Satan crosses paths with you,
“he has most certainly diverged his path (in fear of you).” Hazrat Aisha (ra) relates, “Once while the Holy Prophet (sa) was seated, “we heard some commotion and the sounds of children. “The Holy Prophet (sa) stood up and saw “that there was an Abyssinian woman dancing while the children had gathered around her.
“The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘O Aisha, come and see.’ “I went and started to watch, placing my chin on the shoulder of the Holy Prophet (sa). “My chin was placed in-between the head and the shoulder of the Holy Prophet (sa). “He then asked me, ‘Have you seen enough?’
“I said ‘not yet’ because I wanted to see how much he cared about me. “When Hazrat Umar (ra) arrived, everyone fled from around that woman.” Hazrat Aisha (ra) continues, “Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) said, “‘I see that the Satans of jinn and man flee from Umar.’”
Hazrat Aisha (ra) says that following this, she returned from there. Hazrat Buraydah relates that once when the Holy Prophet (sa) returned from an expedition, a woman of dark complexion came and asked, “O Messenger (sa) of Allah, “I took a vow that if Allah the Almighty brought you back to us in safety,
“I would sing and beat the drum before you.” The Holy Prophet (sa) said, “If you had taken a vow, then you may do so, otherwise you cannot.” Thus, she began to beat the drum. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) arrived and she continued to beat the drum.
Hazrat Ali (ra) arrived, but she continued to beat the drum. Then, Hazrat Usman (ra) arrived, but she still continued to beat the drum. When Hazrat Umar (ra) arrived, however, she placed the drum beneath her and sat on top of it. The Holy Prophet (sa) said, “O Umar, even Satan fears you.
“I was present and seated, yet she was still beating the drum. “Abu Bakr came, Ali came, Usman came, yet she continued to beat the drum. “However, O Umar, when you came, she put the drum away.” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Holy Prophet (sa) told Hazrat Umar (ra)
“that if Satan crosses paths with him, then he diverges to a different path and fears him. “This proves the fact that Satan fled from Hazrat Umar (ra) “like one who is unmanly and disgraced.” There is a narration regarding the fact
That truth and serenity emanated from the tongue and heart of Hazrat Umar (ra). It is narrated by Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar that the Holy Prophet (sa) once said, “Allah has caused the truth to flow from the tongue and heart of Umar.” Hazrat Ibn Abbas relates from his brother, Fazl, who said,
“I heard the Holy Prophet (sa) say, ‘Umar bin Khattab accompanies me wherever I please, ‘and I accompany him wherever he pleases. ‘After me, wherever Umar bin Khattab will be, the truth will be with him.’” Hazrat Ali (ra) once said, “We used to speak amongst each other
“about how serenity flows from the tongue and heart of Hazrat Umar (ra).” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “The Holy Prophet (sa) once addressed one of his wives and said, “‘Prepare my provisions for a journey.’ “She began to make preparations for his travels.
“He then told Hazrat Aisha (ra) to roast some seeds and grains for him. “This is the kind of provisions that typically consisted of in those days. “Thus, she began to sift out any dust or dirt from the seeds. “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) came to visit his daughter at home and saw these preparations
“and asked Hazrat Aisha (ra), ‘What is happening? ‘Is the Holy Prophet (sa) preparing for a journey?’ “She replied, ‘It seems to be so, ‘because the Holy Prophet (sa) told us to make preparations for travel.’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) inquired if there were plans for a battle, but she replied,
“‘I do not know. The Holy Prophet (sa) just told us to make preparations for travel ‘and that is what we are doing.’ “Two to three days later, the Holy Prophet (sa) called upon “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) and told them how the men of God came
“and informed him about a certain incident that took place. “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘God has informed me of the incident beforehand, ‘that they (i.e. the people of Mecca) would commit treason ‘and we have made a covenant with them.
‘It would go against our faith to now become fearful and not prepare for combat ‘after witnessing the bravery and strength of the Meccans. ‘We will have to go there, so what is your opinion on the matter?’ “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) submitted, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah,
‘you have entered into a covenant with them and they are your own people. ‘(In other words, would he fight against his own people?) “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘We will not fight our people, ‘we will fight those who violated the covenant.’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) then asked Hazrat Umar (ra), who submitted,
“‘In Allah’s name, I would pray every day that we might see this day ‘when we could fight the disbelievers in defence of the Holy Prophet (sa).’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘Abu Bakr is very soft-natured, ‘but Umar is more frequent in speaking straightforwardly.’ “The Holy Prophet (sa) continued, ‘Make preparations.’
“Then, the Holy Prophet (sa) had an announcement made in the surrounding tribes “that everyone who believes in Allah and His Messenger (sa) should congregate in Madinah “in the beginning days of Ramadan. “Thus, they started to gather to the extent
“that an army enumerating many thousands of men was organized and they set out for war.” Regarding the excellence of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra), Hazrat Abu Saeed Khudri narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) said, “From among the ‘illiyyin’ (the loftiest people),
“one will gaze at the dwellers of paradise, and due to his countenance, “the whole of paradise will glow and radiate as though it were a shining star, “and Abu Bakr and Umar are among those people – both are such excellent people.”
Abu Usman narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) appointed Hazrat Amr bin Aas as the commander of the army for the battle of Zat al-Salasil. This is a place approximately a days-journey away from Madinah. This is according to the mode of travel in that time.
It is the name of a well in the region of the tribe of Juzam, further out from the valley of al-Qura. Hazrat Amr states, “When I returned to the Holy Prophet (sa), “I asked him who is most beloved to him. “The Holy Prophet (sa) replied, ‘Aisha.’
“I then asked who is the most beloved to him amongst the men. “The Holy Prophet (sa) replied, ‘The father of Aisha.’ “I then asked who was after him. “The Holy Prophet (sa) replied, ‘Umar.’ “He then proceeded to name other men.” Hazrat Anas relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) would come out
And sit with his companions from among the Muhajirin and the Ansar. Among them were Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra), but none of them would raise their glance to look at the Holy Prophet (sa) except Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra).
Both of them would look at the Holy Prophet (sa) and smile, and in turn, he would look at the two of them and smile. Hazrat Ibn Umar relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) once came out and entered the mosque with Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra).
One was to his right side, and the other to his left and he had hold of their hand. He stated, “This is how we shall be raised on the Day of Judgement.” Abdullah bin Hantab relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) once saw Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) and said,
“They are both eyes and ears.” Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah relates that Hazrat Umar (ra) said to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), “O ye who is the best man after the Messenger (sa) of Allah!” Thereupon, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) replied, “If this is what you say,
“I tell you that I heard the Holy Prophet (sa) state, “‘the sun has not set upon anyone greater than Umar.’” Hazrat Ibn Umar narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) said, “I am the first person for whom the earth shall be rent asunder, followed by Abu Bakr, then Umar.
“Then I shall go to the dwellers of Baqi’ and they shall be raised with me. “Then I shall wait for the people of Makkah until I shall be raised between the two holy cities.” Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ud relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated,
“One of the dwellers of paradise is coming to you.” Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) then came. The Holy Prophet (sa) once more said “One of the dwellers of paradise is coming to you,” after which Hazrat Umar (ra) came. Hazrat Anas narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) said
With regards to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra), “These two are the chiefs of all the elders of paradise, “from among its first and its last people, except for the prophets and messengers.” Hazrat Hudhaifah relates that the Holy Prophet (sa) said, “After me, follow both Abu Bakr and Umar.”
Hazrat Abu Sa’id Khudri narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated, “Every prophet has two viziers in heaven and two viziers in the earth. “My two viziers in heaven are Gabriel and Michael, “and my two viziers on earth are Abu Bakr and Umar.”
Hazrat Hudhaifah relates, “We were sat with the Holy Prophet (sa) when he said, “‘I do not know for how long I shall remain among you, ‘therefore so you must follow these two after me.’ “He then indicated towards Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra).”
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) relates that one day the Holy Prophet (sa) asked, “Who among you has seen a dream?” One person replied, “I saw that a scale had descended from the sky. “It weighed both yourself and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and you were heavier in the scales than him.
“Then Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) were weighed, “and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was heavier in the scales. “Then Hazrat Umar (ra) and Hazrat Usman (ra) were weighed, “and Hazrat Umar (ra) was heavier in the scales. “The scale was then taken away.”
The narrator then says, “We then saw signs of displeasure “on the Holy Prophet’s (sa) countenance.” In another narration it is mentioned that after hearing the dream, the Holy Prophet (sa) said, “This is the Khilafat after prophethood, “and thereafter Allah shall grant monarchy to whoever He pleases.”
Abd Khair relates that Hazrat Ali (ra) was standing at the pulpit and said, “O people, shall I not tell you of the best person in this Ummah after the Holy Prophet (sa)?” the people replied in the affirmative. Hazrat Ali (ra) then said, “Abu Bakr (ra).”
He then remained silent for a short while before saying, “O people, shall I not tell you of the best person in this Ummah after the Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). “He is Umar (ra)?” Abu Juhaifah says that he heard Hazrat Ali (ra) say,
“The best among this Ummah after the Holy Prophet (sa) is Abu Bakr (ra) then Umar (ra).” These accounts shall continue in the future, God-willing. The accounts from the life of Hazrat Umar (ra) will continue for some time. Now I shall mention some deceased members,
Whose funeral prayer I shall lead after the (Friday) prayer. The first mention is of respected Kamran Ahmad Sahib Shaheed, son of Naseer Ahmad Sahib of Peshawar. On 9th November (2021), opponents opened fire on him in his office and martyred him. He was 44 years of age at the time of his martyrdom. He was working as an accountant in a factory owned by an Ahmadi, respected Shafiqur Rahman Sahib. An armed person entered his office and opened fire, as a result of which he was struck by four bullets and was martyred on the scene. The assailant fled after the incident. Ahmadiyyat was established in the family of the deceased martyr through his father, respected Naseer Ahmad Sahib’s maternal grandfather, Hazrat Nabi Bakhsh Sahib (ra), son of Fateh Din Sahib of Bhini Bangar, which is near Qadian.
He did Bai’at at the blessed hand of the Promised Messiah (as) in 1902 and entered into the fold of Ahmadiyyat. A short while ago, the deceased martyr bought a store with his brother and made it into an office. The landlord of the store evicted them on a single day’s notice,
Only because they were Ahmadi. Thereafter, he renamed the roundabout (near it) as “Khatme Nabuwwat roundabout”. Then after they purchased another store nearby, opponents rioted and evicted them from that store as well. In October, a large demonstration was held near their house and inflammatory speeches against the Jama’at were made.
They say that they had never seen such a large demonstration before that and severe hatred (against the Jama’at) was spread in that area. For several years, the deceased martyr was the accountant for a private company, but due to opposition, he asked to leave that position.
Upon this, the company told him that his standard and integrity were so high that they did not wish to let him go, and that he should continue going to them, even if it was just for a few minutes. When they learned of his martyrdom, they were deeply affected by it.
The deceased martyr possessed many great qualities. His father says, “Once, he arrived home late, and I asked him why he had returned home so late. “He said that there was a lady from the family of an opponent of the Jama’at “who needed blood, and so he gave his own blood.
“He did so because that family was not financially well-off, and had no other options. “They have their own standards and we have ours.” He would always be at the forefront of serving others. He would be the first one present when it came to rendering any service or duty for the Jama’at,
And would take it upon himself to stand guard in the areas where there was greater threat of danger. Whenever someone would suggest to him that he should migrate, he would say, “If we leave from here, then Ahmadis who have less means will be made to face even more hardships”.
He was exemplary in offering Chanda and would pay his financial contributions at the earliest possible time. Once, when he was 12 or 13 years of age, he was apprehended and taken into custody by the police for distributing pamphlets about a prayer duel and was released the next day.
He (his father) says that he saw a dream two days before his martyrdom, in which an elderly lady was cleaning his house and said that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) was coming. A little while later, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) arrived and took hold of the deceased martyr’s hand and lovingly said,
“We will remain together and you will remain by my side.” By the grace of Allah the Almighty, he was part of the Wasiyyat scheme. He was tender-hearted and loved by everyone in his area. He was very virtuous, sympathetic to the poor and had a deep love for Khilafat.
He is survived by his parents; his father Naseer Ahmad Sahib and his mother, his wife, and three children, aged 13, 11 and eight. May Allah the Almighty be the Protector and Helper of these children and grant everyone forbearance and patience.
May He also grant the deceased with His forgiveness and mercy and elevate his station. Pray for his mother as well, who is suffering from cancer; may Allah the Almighty bestow His blessings. The next mention is of Dr Mirza Nubair Ahmad and his (wife) Ayesha Amber Syed Sahiba,
Both of whom passed away due to an accident in Milwaukee, USA. Dr Mirza Nubair Ahmad was 35 years of age. His great-paternal grandfather was Hazrat Deputy Mian Muhammad Sharif Sahib (ra), who was a companion of the Promised Messiah (as). His grandmother was the daughter of Master Abdur Rahman Sahib (ra). His great-maternal grandfather was also a companion (of the Promised Messiah (as)). There were many companions (of the Promised Messiah (as)) in his family.
He moved to America in 2012; he joined the Wasiyyat scheme at the age of 17. He was serving as Qaid Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. Among the members in the local Jama’at, it is said that he was one of the people who offered the most amount towards purchasing a new building for the Milwaukee mosque.
He is survived by his father Mirza Naseer Ahmad Sahib, who is currently the Secretary Umur-e-Amma in Islamabad, his mother who is the Regional Sadr Lajna in Islamabad, his sister Nadia and two brothers. His wife Ayesha Amber was also with him and passed away.
She was the daughter of Syed Sajjad Shah Sahib of Japan, and the sister of our Missionary Syed Ibrahem who is currently serving in Japan. Ahmadiyyat was established in their family through Syed Abdur Raheem Shah Sahib of Phagla when he did bai’at at the hand of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) in 1930.
As I mentioned, Ayesha Amber was in an accident along with her husband, and she passed away two days later. She was an active team member of MTA International. She would do the live Japanese translation of my sermons and then would also do the subtitling in Japanese.
She is survived by her father Syed Sajjad Ahmad, her mother Durresameen Syed, three brothers and a sister. Her brother Ibrahem Sahib who is a Missionary in Japan says, “She helped me in many of my Jama’at duties. “She helped me in translating ‘Lecture Lahore’ and ‘Our God’ into Japanese. “Although she had studied pharmacy,
“I would be astonished at how high her standard of translation was.” Her elder sister Fatima says, “I happened to come across her diary, “and each page was divided into two topics; “one would be titled ‘My Worldly Life’ and the other would be titled ‘My Spiritual Life’.
“The worldly page was dedicated to her day to day activities and worldly endeavours, “while the spirituality page was dedicated to matters of spirituality, “notes regarding the Jama’at and religious knowledge. “She had beautifully written on each page and with great care.”
She pondered over every word of the Khalifah of the time and acted upon them, and would advise her sister and brothers to do the same in her special way. She also shared the teachings of Islam with her Japanese friends. May Allah the Almighty grant both the deceased
With His forgiveness and mercy and elevate their stations. The next mention is of Chaudhary Naseer Ahmad Sahib, who was serving as the Secretary Finance in the Karachi Clifton Jama’at. He was the son of Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad Sahib of Rabwah. He passed away at the age of 69. At the time of his demise, he was leading his wife and brother-in-law in the Fajr prayer, and it was during the prostration in the second Rakat of the prayer that his heart stopped and he retuned to Allah the Almighty. By the grace of Allah the Almighty he was a Musi.
The Promised Messiah (as) has said that passing away whilst praying is an honourable demise. His father Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad Sahib was also able to serve the Community for 25 years after his retirement, serving as the Naib Nazir Zara’at and Wakil al-Zara’at.
His younger brother Chaudhary Naeem Ahmad Sahib is the current Afsar Khazana of the Anjuman. He is survived by his wife Nusrat Naseer Sahiba, and he did not have any children. He moved to Karachi in 1972 where he worked. He was able to serve the Community in various capacities there
And he rendered extraordinary services. May Allah the Almighty grant him His forgiveness and mercy. The next mention is of Sardaran Bibi Sahiba, wife of Chaudhary Nabi Bakhsh Sahib, of Dar al-Rahmat Gharbi Rabwah. She passed away recently. They were originally from Pathankot District Gurdaspur, and then migrated to Pakistan; first to Sialkot and then to Sindh. Her parents and entire family are Shia. When she converted to Ahmadiyyat along with her family in 1949, her parents said that her husband had become a disbeliever and that she should return (home to them).
(She did not accept Ahmadiyyat with her family rather it was with her husband, (the rest of her family did not accept Ahmadiyyat). They said to her that her husband had become a disbeliever and so she should leave him.
Upon this, she replied to her family by saying, “It is now that I have become a true Muslim. “With you, I used to offer only the Fajr prayer, “whereas now, not only to I offer all five daily prayers, “but I also regularly offer Tahajjud prayers. “Therefore, I will not come back to you.”
Even when she met her parents after 14 years and they were still cold towards her, and despite this, their hearts never softened and they never went to meet her. She truly loved the Community and she was devoted to Khilafat. She tended to the poor, was virtuous and sincere. She was a Musia.
She is survived by three sons and four daughters. Her eldest son Dr Abdur Raheem Sahib was able to serve in Sierra Leone for five years under the Nusrat Jahan Scheme. Her youngest son Abdul Khaliq Nayyar Sahib is a Missionary currently serving in Cameroon.
He is the Missionary In-charge there as well as the Ameer. Due to his service in the field, he was unable to attend his mother’s funeral. May Allah the Almighty grant everyone patience and forbearance, and may He elevate the deceased’s station. 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.