Ahmadi Muslim VideoTube Friday Sermon Khalifa V Friday Sermon: Ramzan, Taqwa and Steadfastness: 2nd June 2017

Friday Sermon: Ramzan, Taqwa and Steadfastness: 2nd June 2017

Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2017

Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah. Come to Prayer Come to success

Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is none worthy of worship except Allah. Peace be upon you all, I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah He is alone and has no partner

and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) 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 Thy displeasure,

and those who have not gone astray. [Arabic, Holy Qur’an 2:184] “O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, “as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous.” Alhamdulillah, that we are being enabled

to experience the month of Ramadan once more in our lives. The Holy Prophet (saw) once said that ‘if people knew about the excellences of Ramadan, ‘then my Ummah [Muslim community at large] would have wished the entire year to be Ramadan.’

Upon this, a person asked him as to what the excellences of Ramadan were. He replied, ‘Verily, paradise is decorated for Ramadan from the beginning to the end of the year.’ Likewise, in another narration, reported by Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra), the Holy Prophet (saw) said

that ‘whoever observes fasting during Ramadan in a state of faith and while self-evaluating, ‘his previous sins will be forgiven and if you knew what the excellences of Ramadan are, ‘you would have wished that the entire year were Ramadan.’

Thus, the excellence of Ramadan neither lies in the days of this month, nor in refraining from food and drink for a certain period of time per se. Allah the Almighty does not prepare the paradise all year long for this only.

That is, the Holy Prophet (saw) has clearly stated in the second hadith that this station is granted by fasting in a state of faith and by spending one’s days and nights during Ramadan while undertaking a constant self-analysis.

When this is the state, then the previous sins will also be forgiven. When man increases in faith, undertakes self-evaluation, watches over his shortcomings and actions, focuses on fulfilling the rights of Allah

and the rights of people and tries to make his actions conducive to the Will of Allah, only then is he granted forgiveness for his [past] sins. This is also the purpose of fasting during Ramadan, which Allah has mentioned in the Qur’an.

In the verse, which I recited, [it is said that] ‘fasting is prescribed for you, ‘the month of Ramadan is designated every year so that you may become righteous and taqwa means ‘that every action should be undertaken for the pleasure of Allah the Almighty.

‘Then only can you benefit from the fasting and save yourselves from the onslaughts of satan. ‘When, you will fast with sincerity, being righteous, will you come in the refuge of Allah.’ And man can only be safe from the satan when he is in the refuge of Allah.

Otherwise, there is an open challenge from satan; as soon as man move slightly away from the refuge of Allah, he is seized by satan and brought under his control. Thus, it is the increase in faith and self- analysis,

which brings one into the refuge of Allah the Almighty. This can only come true, if one is led by righteousness. What should be the condition and standard of faith and righteousness and how can they be achieved?

Only he can truly address us regarding these matters who has been appointed by God for this task and it can only be understood through the true servant of the Holy Prophet (saw) and the Imam of the age who was indeed sent by God for this mission.

He it was who, by bringing faith back to the earth, was to teach the ways of adopting and establishing righteousness in the hearts. Hence, we see that his books, his speeches in different sittings and his instructions all point to this fact from different angles.

The Holy Prophet (saw) stated ‘whoever fasts during Ramadan in a state of faith ‘while self-examining will have his previous sins forgiven.’ This is not something ordinary. The Promised Messiah (as) taught us that a state of faith cannot be attained to

until and unless one recognises God. He further stated that we must cross the great stage of recognising and understanding God and if our understanding of God is defective or mingled with doubt or in any way weak, our faith shall never be glowing and imbued with light.

So how can one recognise God? This takes place through the manifestation of God’s Rahimiyyat (attribute of Mercy) I.e. recognising God may only be achieved by means of the demonstration of God’s attribute of Mercy. Creating such a bond with God will happen

when we experience God Almighty’s attributes of Rahimiyyat, Grace and Might. And these can only be experienced through worship of God and an extraordinary relationship with Him. He further states that when God attributes of Rahimiyyat, Grace and Might are experienced,

they safeguard from carnal passions, as carnal passions are brought about due to weakness of faith and conviction. If however, faith be not feeble and there be perfect faith in God, then carnal passions would never be produced.

He then stated that the blessings of the hereafter are not as dear to man as much as he is enamoured with luxuries, material goods and wealth of this world. Man is quick to exclaim that the blessings of the hereafter are dear to him,

but if they really were so dear to him then he would make the same effort to attain them as he does in attaining the material goods of this world, or rather even more.

It is thus evident that there is a lack of faith in God’s Might, Rahimiyyat and His true promises. There is a need to examine ourselves in this regard. Hence, after such clarification, it can be well understood that this faith is no ordinary matter.

In fact this is a great matter and an enormous target which we have been given, it is not only the fasting for 30 days, or preparing for the month of Ramadan, for these hold little importance. This importance can only increase when all our efforts

from the training in this month are produced throughout the year. The Holy Prophet (saw) provided us with the guidelines of life in two sentences. It does not suffice to simply utter that we observe the fasts in a state of faith and

therefore our sins will all be forgiven, as this is what the Holy Prophet (saw) taught. When the Holy Prophet (saw) instructed to observe the fasts while self-examining it means that one must examine his faith according to the test which is the test of

strengthening the relationship with God and acting upon His commandments. Therefore, we must examine if we are acting upon this or not. Whilst explaining the condition of faith and the way to rectify it, the Promised Messiah (as) in one place writes

“In actuality, there are two types of faith in God. “One is restricted merely to the lip-service which has no effect on deeds and actions.” Faith is expressed but is not demonstrated in actions.

“The second type of faith in God is such which comes with practical testimony. “As long as the second type of faith is not created, I cannot say that a man believes in God.

“It is beyond me that a man claims to believe in God but at the same time “is indulged in sin and vice. “A large percentage of the world are of the first category.” He states “I know that these people declare their faith in God but

“I see that despite this declaration, they are engulfed in the filth this world “and polluted with the mist of sinfulness.” He continues “What is the cause for faith in the Omnipresent God to not be created?

“For example, one would never take the belongings of even a very lowly person “with the knowledge that he is present. “Yet, how can one have the audacity to go against God and His commandments, “in whom he has declares his belief?”

He (as) states “I accept that the majority of the world verbally declares that it believes in God. “Some declare their faith in Parmeshar, others say God, some take another name, “but when their declaration of faith is put to the test in the practical aspect,

“then it must be said that it is nothing more than a claim without any practical evidence.” The Promised Messiah (as) stated “It is found within the nature of man “that if one believes in a particular system, then naturally one wishes to abstain

“from its consequences and desires to gain its benefits. “Behold, Arsenic is a poison and if an individual knows that even a drop is enough to kill a person, “they would never dare to drink it, for the reason that they are aware that it would be fatal.

“Why then do they not believe in Allah and experience the effects “that believing in God entails.” The Promised Messiah (as) continues “If one were to have faith in God Almighty as potent as Arsenic

“then it would annihilate all passions and desires, but alas, this is not the case. “One is left with no option but to say that it is a mere assertion “and that one’s faith has not turned into conviction.

“If one has professed belief, then they should have full conviction.” “That individual only deceives themselves “and is in doubt who say that they believe in God.” The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Thus, the first responsibility of man

“should be to review their belief in God Almighty. “This implies that they must not commit any deed that would indicate “that they do not hold any regard for the Majesty of God, “nor should it contradict any command of God Almighty.”

Thus, this is the manner in which a believer can analyse themselves during this month of Ramadan. A special atmosphere is created in which one is compelled to perform more virtues and focus on worship by seeing other adherents [doing the same].

In such an atmosphere we must focus our attention on our worship and perform pious deeds. Then whilst concentrating on our virtuous deeds we must seek forgiveness for our past sins by prostrating before our Lord, thereby making the worship performed during this month of Ramadan and

the changes we made become part of our future lives. As for the sins that were forgiven or the doors of paradise that were opened, one should always strive to keep them open. In order to partake of the blessings of Ramadan, one must strive for this

by prostrating before God Almighty with the utmost humility, [stating] that may we continue to reap these blessings and may we also succeed in achieving the high standards for which fasting has been prescribed by God Almighty and that is to attain righteousness.

I will also present excerpts on how one can progress further in righteousness, as explained to us by the Promised Messiah (as). Man’s faith advances when one makes progress in their righteousness. Thus, as it has been mentioned previously that the Holy Prophet (saw) said

“one should asses the state of their faith and analyse themselves during the month of Ramadan”. This means that one should use these days to increase in righteousness in a manner that they are completely subservient to the Will of God Almighty.

Should one succeed in doing so, righteousness will become an intrinsic part of one’s life. The changes one brings about within them during this month of Ramadan are not confined to this month alone, rather these blessings are permanent.

Whilst drawing our attention to this matter, the Promised Messiah (as) states “The purpose of the teachings of the Qur’an and Islam were to develop Taqwah [righteousness], “and this very thing cannot be witnessed anywhere today.

“People fast and also offer their prayers, yet owing to the fact that they are devoid of any “righteousness these very fasts and prayers lead them to sin.” In today’s day and age, the fact that we see acts of terror being committed

in the name of Islam, where innocent people are being killed, is all taking place because there is a void of righteousness. In recent times an incident has occurred almost every day and takes place due to Muslims.

Two days ago, approximately one hundred people were brutally killed in Afghanistan. Will Ramadan be of any benefit for such people [who commit these acts]? Will they partake of the blessings that are attached with its grandeur?

Absolutely not, because these people commit acts that are contrary to the commands of God Almighty. Also because they have moved away from the commandments of God and moved away from righteousness. In complete harmony with the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) has stated:

“Even prayer without righteousness is futile and is the key to hell.” It is the key that leads one towards hell. Thus, how can Ramadan be of any benefit for those who are bereft of any righteousness?

As for those who commit atrocities in the name of God and His Messenger (saw), they can never partake of the blessings of Ramadan, rather they are the ones who will suffer the Wrath of God.

Thus, when we witness these brutal and barbaric acts, we as Ahmadis should seek repentance from God Almighty by prostrating to him even more than before, for He has separated us from these tyrants and enabled us to accept the Promised Messiah (as).

We should always be mindful of our actions and should strive to strengthen our faith. With regards to showing gratitude to Allah the Almighty, the Promised Messiah (as) demonstrated to us those ways which can lead to God.

The Promised Messiah (as) stated: “The core principals of faith are righteousness and purity.” The core tenants of faith are made up of righteousness and purity. He (as) states “Faith begins with this and with it ones faith is saturated and flourishes,

“whilst their carnal desires become extinguished.” Thus, this extract of the Promised Messiah (as) sheds further light on the fact that faith cannot exist without righteousness. Not only is it a core principal of faith, in fact,

one is unable to safeguard their faith nor will it advance further. If one adopts righteousness, then they will be able to perform virtuous deeds; and when one performs virtuous deeds that are in line with the Will of God, then ones faith can develop further.

Another aspect that can be extracted from this is that one is unable to reap the fruits of this blessed month unless they increase in righteousness. If one increases in their righteousness, they will also increase in their faith and analyse themselves more.

When one is mindful about analysing their own condition, it will quell carnal desires, and as mentioned earlier, when ones carnal desires are subdued one is able to draw closer to God Almighty by acting on His commandments.

Whilst explaining the true meaning of righteousness, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “Real Taqwah which cleanses and purifies a person and for which Prophets appear to establish, “has vanished from the world. “Is there anyone who is the reflection of: ‘He indeed truly propsers who purifies it.’

“Purity and cleanliness are excellent virtues and angels greet one who is pure. “People do not value this otherwise they would obtain all types of delights “and pleasures through permissible means”. The Promised Messiah (as) is saying that if people valued Taqwah

then they would be granted worldly desires and satisfactions through permitted means rather than through inappropriate and forbidden ways. “A thief steals to get money and possessions however if he or she shows patience instead,

“God the Almighty would fulfil this need for money and belongings in other ways. “An adulterer commits adultery however if he or she displays patience, “God the Almighty would fulfil this desire through other means in a manner that would please Him.

“The Hadith mentions that a thief only ever steals “when he or she is not in a state of being a Momin (true believer). “And an adulterer only commits adultery when he or she is not in a state of being a Momin”.

(When a person loses faith and belief he or she then commits such transgressions.) “For example, if a goat perceives a lion standing over it, the goat would not be able to eat grass. “Do people not have as much faith as a goat?”

Elsewhere a narration is reported in a newspaper, the Promised Messiah (as) said in a gathering: “The Hadith mentions that a thief will never steal if he is a Momin. “It is completely true that a goat will forget all sense of permissible food

“if it perceives a lion standing over it. “If one fears God the Almighty in this same way, it is impossible that they will ever commit a sin. “The real root and the ultimate objective is Taqwah. “One who attains Taqwah, can attain everything however without it,

“one can never avoid both big and small sins.” He (as) says “The rule of worldly governments cannot save a person from wrongdoing”. A worldly leader or ruler is not able to be right beside its subjects at all times

to instill constant awe and fear over them. “It is when man is all alone that the thought crosses his mind to commit an act of sin, “otherwise he never would. “That moment of isolation is when he becomes an Atheist,”.

(Naturally, when a person is alone he does not think that God is present or looking over him, and so in other words he becomes an Athiest at that moment.) “He does not consider that his God is right beside him and is watching him.

“If he did consider this, he would never transgress and commit a wrongdoing. “Everything relies on Taqwah” (all things are dependent on Taqwah). “The Qurans begins on this basis. “Taqwah is what is inferred from ‘Thee alone do worship and Thee alone do we implore for help.’

“Although man is carrying out the action, out of fear he does not attribute to himself. “Rather he beseeches God’s help and seeks His assistance for the future as well.” We say “Thee alone do we worship” and whilst saying this we are performing the act of worship.

However man does not attribute it to himself despite this and instead he says “Thee alone do we implore for help.” He says that the worship he is performing is due to God’s help.

It is God Who has enabled him to worship otherwise it would not have been possible. A person then supplicates to attain God’s help in future that He continues to grant him the ability to perform worship. In short, this is the standard of Taqwah.

He (as) further says: “The second chapter [of the Holy Qur’an] begins with ‘It is a guidance for the righteous’. “Prayer, fasting, Zakat and so on are all accepted when a person becomes righteous.” And so all of the aforementioned will be accepted when a person adopts Taqwah.

Otherwise they will not be accepted if one is devoid of Taqwah. He (as) says “At this point God Almighty erases all motivations of a person to committing sin.” In other words if one has complete Taqwah, Allah the Almighty eradicates all temptations and

instigations that entice him towards transgressing. He (as) states “When man is need of a wife, He [God] will provide that. “When he is need of medicine, He will provide that. Whatever man is need of,

“God provides for that and He provides in ways that is unimaginable to a person. He (as) says “Another verse of the Quran states [Arabic, Holy Qur’an 41:31] “This verse also signifies the righteous.”

In other words those who declare that Allah is their Lord and remain firmly upon the belief that He alone fulfils all their needs and He alone sustains them, will have angels descend on them

saying that since they now adopted Taqwah, they should not fear and nor worry about past deeds. He (as) states “[The part of the verse:] ‘and those who remain steadfast’ also infers Taqwah” This means that whether they face tribulations and trials, earthquakes and fierce storms,

they never turn away from the pledge they have made with God Almighty of remaining steadfast. It is not that only when Ramadan comes each year, one decides to act upon this and adopt Taqwah;

in this month alone the doors of paradise are opened. The necessary requisite is steadfastness. He (as) says ‘When this is adopted such people are given the reward by Allah the Almighty of [Arabic] ” ‘the angels descend upon them’ and tell them to neither fear nor grieve,

“for your Lord is your Guardian. [Arabic] “And ‘rejoice in the Garden that you were promised.’ He (as) says “this refers to the paradise of this life, not the paradise of the hereafter.” Indeed Allah is giving glad tidings to those

who tread on the path of Taqwah of the paradise of this world. As the Holy Qur’an says: [Arabic] He (as) states “After this it [the Quran] says [Arabic] ‘We are your friends in this life and in the Hereafter.’

“Thus Allah the Almighty forgives the sins of a person who steadfastly performs virtuous deeds. “Not only this, but further He also bestows them with the bounties of this world “and also becomes their friend in the hereafter.

“How fortunate and blessed are those among us who reform our state during this Ramadan and “who resolutely and with steadfast determination make every effort to lead our lives “in accordance with the commands of Allah the Almighty.”

Explaining further about Taqwah and steadfastness, the Promised Messiah (as) says: “In the beginning a true Muslim has to display patience. “The Companions experienced times when they were forced to survive on leaves and at other times

“they did not even have a piece of bread to eat. “No one can benefit another person unless it is ordained by Allah the Almighty. “A person who adopts Taqwah has doors and means opened to him by Him.” [Arabic]

“Believe truly in Allah the Almighty.” This verse has two parts The first is that for those who truly believe, Allah the Almighty will find for him a way or means out and will provide him through that. The second part means that, [Arabic]

Allah the Almighty will provide for the person in ways that are unimaginable to him. He (as) says: “Hold true belief in Allah the Almighty as you will attain everything from that. “This requires steadfastness and determination.

“The exalted rank of the Prophets was attained through their steadfastness and patience.” He (as) says “What possible use can empty and lifeless prayer and fasting give to one?” To simply pray and fast during Ramadan will not achieve anything,

but rather when one does so with a permanent and determined conviction, it is then the he or she will attain everything. “Thus, Allah wants us to become righteous so that the doors of His countless Grace open upon us,

“and particularly during the month of Ramadan, the doors to His Grace are opened upon those “who instil Taqwa [righteousness] within them. “In order to become righteous, one needs to not only abstain from committing vice “but also to adopt virtuous deeds.”

Expounding upon this, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “In order for one to become righteous, it is necessary that after strongly abstaining “from the more bold/obtrusive sins such as adultery, stealing, usurping the rights of others,

“displaying arrogance, contempt and miserliness, one should refrain from lowly practices and “conversely seek to progress in adopting high moral qualities.” One should refrain from all such lowly habits and progress in adopting high morals – this is a necessary condition. He (as) further states:

“One should treat others with compassion, kindness and be sincere and truthful with God. “And should search for ways to serve others which are worthy of admiration.” One should render such deeds and service to others which is truly worthy of praise and

extraordinary in nature and only then is it possible for one to acquire a high level of Taqwa. One should afford good treatment to others while displaying a spirit of selflessness and should fulfil the due rights of God Almighty as well as the rights of fellow man

in an exemplary manner which is worthy of praise. He (as) further states “It is as result of this that one can become righteous and only those can be truly regarded “as righteous who exhibit all these attributes collectively within them.”

“In other words, a person will not be called righteous “who only inculcates one of these attributes, rather one must instil all of these attributes “within one’s self and it is regarding such people that it is said: “[Arabic] Hence, what more could one ask for?

“Allah the Almighty Himself becomes the guardian of such people as He states: “[Arabic] ‘And He protects the righteous’ “In the Hadith [tradition of the Holy Prophet] is states: “Allah the Almighty becomes their hands with which they hold, their eyes with which they see,

“their ears with which they hear and their feet with which they walk’. “In another Hadith it states: ‘I declare that one who becomes the enemy of My Wali ‘[friend of Allah], let him then be prepared to face me.’

“In another places it states: when a person attacks the Wali [friend] of Allah, “then Allah the Almighty immediately seizes him just like a lioness pounces with rage “if one was to snatch away her cub from her.”

Elaborating on the importance of Taqwa and the objective of his advent, he (as) states “The reason why I have been appointed is because the field of Taqwa is empty. “There is a need for Taqwa rather than taking up the sword which has been declared unlawful.

“If you adopt Taqwa, then the whole world will come by your side, thus adopt Taqwa. “Those who drink alcohol or where alcohol is considered a central aspect of “their religious traditions have no relation with Taqwa and are waging a war against piety.

“Therefore, if Allah the Almighty grants our Jamaat such good fortunate people and “grants them the ability to combat against evil and they seek to progress in the field of Taqwa, “purity then this is a great achievement and there is nothing that can be more effective than this.”

He (as) further stated: “At this present time, if one were to cast a glance at all the religions “of the world, then Taqwa, which is its true essence, is not to be found and the attractions “of the world have instead been given divine status.

“The true God has become hidden and is mocked. “However, God now desires for Him to be recognised and that mankind be granted insight into Him. “Those who deem their worldly affairs as their god can never place their trust solely in Him.”

Further advising us, He (as) states: “Those who simply do the Bai’at and think that this alone will suffice in saving them from “God’s punishment have erred and are deceived by none else but themselves.”

He (as) further states: “If a patient does not take the required dose of medication which “the doctor prescribes then it is futile to hold any kind of hope to be cured.

“Thus, adopt such level of Taqwa and purity which will enable one to be saved from God’s wrath.” He (as) further adds “Allah the Almighty shows mercy to those who turn towards Him because

“if that were not the case then the world would have become engulfed in great darkness.” He (as) further states “When a person becomes righteousness then Allah the Almighty places “a degree of distinction between him and those who do not [possess Taqwa]’

He (as) further states “Our Jamaat should therefore be fearful of this because only those “shall be saved who have the level of Taqwa which God Almighty desires from us. “Allah the Almighty has established this Community for the purpose of attaining Taqwa

“because the field of Taqwa is completely empty.” Thus, given the fact that we are experiencing yet another Ramadan in our lives, and moreover Allah has stated that this month comes in order for us to attain Taqwa and

the Promised Messiah (as) has also stated that this Jamaat has been established by Allah so that we attain Taqwa, therefore this places a heavy responsibility on us wherin we should continue to self-evaluate at all times.

Allah the Almighty has prescribed these days which are full of blessings and therefore we should bring about such changes within ourselves and strive to attain the level of Taqwa which Allah the Almighty wants to see in us.

And this should not be just limited to the month of Ramadan but should become permanently become a part of our lives. May Allah the Almighty grant us the opportunity to do this. After the Friday prayer, I shall lead a funeral prayer in absentia of respected

Khwaja Ahmad Hussain Sahib Darwaish, Qadian, who was the son of respected Muhammad Hussain Sahib. He passed away on 31st May 2017 at the age of 92 “Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.”

He was born in 1926 in a village called Sekhwan, which is near Qadian. His maternal grandfather was Hazrat Mia Imam Din Sahib and also his two brothers, Mia Nizam Din and Mia Khair Din Sahib were the companions of the Promised Messiah (as).

Khwaja Ahmad Hussain Sahib experienced a lot of poverty during his childhood years. At the age of nine he moved along with his family to live in Qadian and due to his circumstances

he could not attain an education, however he had a great desire right from his childhood to study. Owing to his personal efforts, he was able to read the Holy Qur’an and would later sit in the Majaalis-e-Irfan of Hazrat Musleh Mau’udra in Qadian

and was able to greatly increase his knowledge by participating in them. During the partition of the country, after consulting with his parents, he was happy to remain behind in Qadian and thereon led a simple life of a Dervish.

There also came a time when the Anjuman [administration of the Jamaat] had no funds left to give them any allowance as the resources were very limited and therefore some of the Dervish who possessed any kind of skill/talent were asked to go out and find work.

Since he knew the craft of tailoring, therefore from 1953 to 1962, he worked in the southern part of India and provided for himself. He then returned to Qadian and had the opportunity to serve in various departments of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya.

In 1989 he took his retirement and along with serving the Jamaat, he also opened a sewing shop in front of the gates of the Mubarak Mosque. He was very regular in his prayers and also in Tahajjud [pre-dawn voluntary prayer]. He was very quiet and extremely kind.

In 2005 he had the opportunity to attend the UK’s Jalsa Salana [Annual Convention]. He had the opportunity to see four Khulafa [caliphs] in his life time from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) to the fifth Khalifa.

He was always in the habit of doing his own work himself and always advised his children to remain firmly attached with the institution of Khilafat. His first marriage took place in his own family,

however the instruction of the Jamaat at the time was to send the wives to Pakistan and so after his marriage in 1946, he sent his wife to Pakistan. Since her mother was a non-Ahmadi and did not co-operate with him, he eventually lost all contact with her.

His second marriage took place in 1953 with Hamida Beghum Sahiba from Hyderabad Deccan. He had four daughters and one son from her. His son, Khwaja Bashir Ahmad Sahib, is currently the Headmaster of Talim-ul-Islam School in Qadian

and one of his daughters, Saleema Qamar Sahib, is the wife of Naseer Ahmad Qamar Sahib, who is the Additional Wakil-ul-Isha’at in London. And another son-in-law of his is Hafeez Bhatti Sahib who is also serving the Jamaat in Qadian.

His daughter and the wife of Naseer Qamar Sahib, writes: “He possessed many qualities. “He was extremely devoted to his prayers, very simple, hardworking, “had an extremely pleasant temperament, “passionately devoted to Khilafat and had very noble disposition.”

She further states “After my marriage, I was extremely sad when I had to move to Rabwah. “However, he said, ‘there is no need to be sad. ‘You are very fortunate that you will be able to directly listen

‘to the Friday sermons of the Khalifa of the time every Friday.’ “He always had the desire to offer all his prayers at the mosque. “A few years ago, he suffered from a stroke and therefore could not go to the mosque but

“he would always pray and also request others to pray that Allah the Almighty grant strength “to his legs so that he can go to the mosque. He also possessed many other qualities.” May Allah the Almighty elevate his status.

Despite enduring difficult circumstances, he educated all of his daughters and enabled them to attain an education to BA level. His son also acquired an MSc and BSc and also an MA and as mentioned earlier that he is currently serving as the Headmaster in Talim-ul-Islam School.

May Allah the Almighty enable his progeny and future generations to form relationship of loyalty with Khilafat. And the sacrifices he had made, may they continue to be remembered by his progeny and

his future generations to come and may they form a loyal and sincere relationship with the Jamaat. 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 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.

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