Friday sermon delivered on 10th March 2023 by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah be his Helper), from Masjid Mubarak in Islamabad, Tilford, UK.
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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. During the Friday sermons these days, I have been mentioning the excellences and beauties of the Holy Qur’an. Whilst mentioning its excellences and beauties, the Promised Messiah (as) said that the Holy Qur’an is a perfect book;
Elaborating further on this, the Promised Messiah (as) says at one place: “I tell you truthfully that the Holy Qur’an is such a complete and comprehensive book “that no other book can match it.” Giving an example, the Promised Messiah (as) says:
“Is there any verse of the Vedas that can match (the verse) ‘it is a guidance for the righteous’? “If verbal confessions are to be considered, “that is if one is to overlook the fruits and results (of a book) “then the entire world acknowledges God in one way or another
“and also views one’s devotion, worship, almsgiving “and virtuous deeds as something positive. “Moreover, it also acts upon these things in one way or another. “In that case, what did the Vedas give to the world? “(He was replying to Hindus up to this point.)
“You should either prove that those nations that do not follow the Vedas “are void of virtuous deeds, or present an outstanding sign.” The Promised Messiah (as) says: “At the very outset of the Qur’an, “those advancements have been promised which the soul naturally desires.
“In Surah al-Fatihah ‘Guide us to the straight path’ has been taught “and we have been told to pray by saying ‘O Allah! Guide us to the straight path.’” Allah Almighty taught us this prayer and along with teaching us this prayer for seeking guidance,
It also contained a promise that I will guide you in the straight path. The Promised Messiah (as) further says: “The straight path of those on whom You have bestowed Your favours. “Along with this prayer, the following glad-tidings have been given “in the very first verse of Surah al-Baqarah,
“(This is a perfect Book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the righteous.)’” Along with teaching a prayer for seeking guidance, a code of conduct for its attainment has also been presented that if one acts in accordance with this book, they will be guided like the righteous are.
In other words, the souls supplicate and the acceptance of that prayer manifests itself simultaneously and the promise of the acceptance of prayer is fulfilled in the form of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an. On the one hand, there is prayer and on the other hand, is its result.
This is the favour and grace of God Almighty upon us, but it is unfortunate that the world is unaware and ignorant to it and is being destroyed because it has distanced itself from it. Following this, the Promised Messiah (as) says: “I say once again that the characteristics of the righteous
“that have been outlined by God in the beginning of the Holy Qur’an “are counted as ordinary characteristics. “However, when a person believes in the Qur’an and makes it their source of guidance, “they attain those lofty stations and ranks of the righteous,
“which have been stated in the clause ‘it is a guidance for the righteous.’ “Contemplating over this purpose of the Holy Qur’an grants one such pleasure “that it is not possible to put it in words. “The reason for this is that because of this,
“one becomes aware of the special favours of God Almighty and the perfection of the Holy Qur’an.” Elaborating on the teachings of the Holy Qur’an being perfect, the Promised Messiah (as) says: “The conditions and need of the time is also a proof “for the necessity of the advent of the Holy Prophet (sa),
“and the ultimate outcome of it has been stated in: “(ARABIC – Today I have perfected (your religion) for you)”, i.e., meaning the time and conditions of the world was a proof of the advent of the Holy Prophet (sa), because there was a need at the time.
So, the result of the advent and how the teachings were completed, was stated in “This day I have perfected (your religion) for you”. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Hence, this is the second chapter in the book of prophethood, as it were. “‘Perfection’ does not simply mean that all the chapters were revealed;
“rather, it also refers to the perfection of the self and the purification of the heart.” Though the Holy Qur’an was revealed and the teachings were given in book form, this is not what is meant by ‘perfection’. Rather, perfection means that all the prerequisites of purifying ones soul are contained within it.
Those who acted upon it, it (the Holy Qur’an) made them into complete beings, it purified the heart and cleansed it. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “(The Holy Qur’an transformed man) From an animal-like state into humans, “then after this into intelligent and moral humans,
“and then transformed them into God-fearing humans and purified the soul “and elevated them in the perfection and taming of the self.” It (the Qur’an) also taught humanity the highest stages of becoming civilised and taught the highest stages of purification of the self and elevated them to this rank.
And in this way, it also completed and perfected the book of Allah. The Promised Messiah (as) further says: “To the extent that there is no truth or fact that is not found within the Holy Qur’an. “I have said to (Shiv Narayan) Agnihotri many times”
He was the founder of a religious group of the Hindus. He was first in a sect, then he started his own sect or started his own religious group. Nonetheless, there was much debate happening between him and the Promised Messiah (as). The Promised Messiah (as) states:
“I said to him many times that tell me any truth which is not present in the Holy Qur’an, “but he was not able to do so. “I have been studying the Bible for a long time. “The words that the Christians are proud of;
“all such truths are preserved and presented with even more perfection within the Holy Qur’an, “but how unfortunate it is that Muslims do not pay attention to this. “They do not even ponder over the Holy Qur’an, “nor is there any awe in their hearts for it (the Holy Qur’an).
“Otherwise, this fact alone is reason enough for being proud of the Qur’an “and that there is no comparison with anything else.” He (as) further states: “Thus, the verse “(ARABIC -‘Today I have perfected your Religion for you’) “has two aspects to it. “Firstly, that it has purified you (it has cleansed man).
“Secondly, it completed the book. “(He revealed the complete Law and code of ethics.) “It is said that when this verse was revealed, it was a Friday. “A Jewish man said to Hazrat Umar (ra) that “you should have celebrated a day of Eid at the revelation of this verse.
“(It is such a perfect and awe-inspiring verse, “(that Eid should have been celebrated on that day out of happiness. “(This is what the Jew said to Hazrat Umar (ra)) “Hazrat Umar (ra) said that Friday is already an Eid day. “(The verse was revealed on a Friday, so Friday is already Eid)
“but many people are unaware of this Eid. “On the other Eid days people change their outfits, but they are heedless of this Eid, “and they come in dirty and tattered clothing. “(Hazrat Umar (ra) is also elucidating the importance of Friday prayer, “(and how important it is to offer Friday prayer.)”
He said: “In my opinion, this Eid is greater than the other Eid days “(meaning there should be special care and preparation to offer the Friday prayers. “(One should not simply offer the Eid prayer every year.) “For this Eid, there is Surah Al-Jumu’ah,
“and it was for this reason that the Eid prayer is shortened. “And it was on a Friday, at the time of Asr that Prophet Adam (as) was born. “And this Eid is also a proof of this age that the first man was born on this Eid,
“and the completion of the Holy Qur’an happened on this day also.” Then, explaining the idea that the Holy Qur’an is a true judge of Hadith, The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Another error which exists among a vast majority of Muslims
“is that they give precedence to the Hadith over the Holy Qur’an while it is wrong to do so. “The Holy Qur’an possesses a rank of certainty while the Hadith possess an element of conjecture. “(The teaching of the Holy Qur’an is a definitive teaching, we cannot call the hadith definitive.
“(Many narrations were collected later on.) “The Hadith are not a judge over the Holy Qur’an, “rather, it is the Holy Qur’an that stands as an authority over the Hadith. “(It is the Holy Qur’an that will pass verdict.) “Nevertheless, the Hadith are an exposition of the Holy Qur’an
“(there are many Hadith from which we can find explanations of a verse) “and ought to be given their due rank. “It is incumbent to believe in a Hadith so long as it accords with “and does not oppose the Holy Qur’an. “However, if a Hadith contradicts the Holy Qur’an,
“then such a statement is no Hadith at all but is rather a worthless statement. “Nevertheless, the Hadith are important in order to understand the Holy Qur’an. “(But we should also remember that there are many narrations among the Hadith “(from which verses of the Qur’an are elucidated.
“(This is why there are some narrations of the early companions; “(for this reason, we should try to understand it, “(but we should be cautious that a hadith is not contradictory to the Holy Qur’an.) “For the divine commandments revealed in the Holy Qur’an “were first put into practice by the Holy Prophet (sa),
“and then practiced by others under his instruction. “In this manner the Holy Prophet set an example. “If this example had not existed, Islam could never have been understood. “Still, the primary source remains the Holy Qur’an. “Some who experience visions learn certain Ahadith directly from the Holy Prophet (sa)
“and others do not know about them “or they are able to confirm the authenticity of a Hadith that is already present.” The Promised Messiah (as) has also written about himself that he directly heard some Ahadith from the Holy Prophet (sa) himself. Then, mentioning the eloquence of the Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) states:
“its style is profoundly eloquent, balanced, delicate, soft, and awe-inspiring. “Even if a zealous critic and staunch opponent of Islam, “who is also well-versed in Arabic writing and composition, “were categorically commanded by a ruler having full authority, “to produce the like of the Holy Qur’an in, say, twenty years-
“which amounts to a lifetime of effort-under the penalty of death, he will fail to do so. “Nay, even if he is told to take just a few lines from the Qur’an “and try to match or excel them in such a way “that his text should not only comprise all the truths and verities
“contained in the relevant portion of the Qur’an, “but should also be equally eloquent, “even then, in spite of his undying enmity, fear of being disgraced as well as of death, “he can never have the power to produce anything like it,
“even if he were to summon to his aid hundreds of linguists and writers from around the world.” On the one side he will be fearful. Even when told by the judge that he has twenty years to produce something equal to the Qur’an,
Or even a few verses or lines, he will be incapable of doing so. This is the excellence of the Holy Qur’an and of its eloquence. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “This is no imaginary supposition or fanciful thought, “rather, ever since the Holy Qur’an was revealed this challenge
“has been presented to the world of producing something the like thereof.” Even today some enemies of Islam attempt to produce something equal to it. Every day someone causes mischief and claims they will produce something like it, yet they always fail to get anywhere near the eloquence and articulacy of the Qur’an,
And all that remains are mere claims. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “In respect of eloquence and articulacy (it is impossible to match it), “if the sequence of the verses in Surah al-Fatihah, for example, were altered, “the superlative meanings and lofty objectives in the current sequence “could never be expressed in any other manner.
“Take any chapter of the Holy Qur’an, even if it is Surah al-Ikhlas: (ARABIC) “The insights and verities that have been expounded in the Holy Qur’an “in such an exquisite and subtle manner cannot be matched by anyone. “This too is a miracle of the Qur’an. “I am astonished when certain ignorant people,
“in their attempt to attack the unparalleled nature of the Holy Qur’an, “assert that the Maqamat-e-Hariri and Sab’ah Mu’allaqah “(these are two books) are matchless and peerless. “(They think that these are very lofty books and are matchless). “They do not even understand that the author of Hariri
“has never claimed that his work is unequalled, “and further, even he himself was convinced of the miraculously eloquent nature of the Qur’an. “Such critics disregard the truth and virtue present in the Holy Qur’an “and give preference to mere words. “Books of this nature are devoid of truth and wisdom.
“The excellence and grounds for a miracle is that it takes every aspect into consideration. “It ought to maintain eloquence and articulacy but preserve truth and wisdom as well. “This miracle is specific to the Holy Qur’an alone “(i.e., it possesses eloquence, articulacy, truth and wisdom),
“which shines like the sun and which possesses a miraculous power in every sense.” The Promised Messiah (as) then states: “In an attempt to challenge the miraculous nature of the Holy Qur’an “in respect of its eloquence and articulacy, “Reverend Pfander once presented various passages of Hariri, Abul-Fadl and some English books.
“This was quite a while ago. “Even then, I thought to myself that he was being deceptive. “Firstly, none of these writers have ever claimed that their words are unparalleled; “in fact, they have always admitted their own inability and praised the Holy Qur’an. “Secondly, in the works of such authors,
“meaning is always subordinated to the choice of words. “They are nothing but words joined together. “For the purpose of rhyme, a writer looks for one word to complement the other, “and wisdom and meaning is ignored in the text. “However, the Holy Qur’an ensures that the truth and wisdom are never compromised.
“(There is truth therein, as well as wisdom. “(It is not merely a joining of words. Beauty is not produced from this.) “The fact of the matter is that to state words of truth and wisdom “and also maintain rhyme in such words is a feat that is possible only through divine succour.
“(The true essence is that there be truth and wisdom, whilst adhering to the correct rhyming. “(Only then can one understand it is from divine support.) “Otherwise, the words of human beings “are like the examples we see in the works of Hariri and others.”
The Promised Messiah (as) once further expounded upon this in a gathering. In this gathering it was mentioned that in Tafsir Ijaz-ul-Masih it is mentioned that God has not given anyone the ability to challenge the Holy Qur’an. (This exegesis was being discussed). Upon this, the Promised Messiah (as) stated whilst sat in this gathering,
“There are two views with regards to the Holy Qur’an being a miracle. “The first is that God Almighty rendered the opponents powerless. “In other words, they did not have the ability at the time in order to challenge the Holy Qur’an.
“The second view – which is correct, true and authentic, and we also hold the same view – “is that the opponents themselves were powerless in order to offer any challenge. “The fact is that their knowledge and intellect had been seized from them.
“The miracle of the Holy Qur’an can be understood in light of our exegesis of the Qur’an. “There are thousands of opponents present at this time, who are deemed as great scholars, “and even in the public announcements that were issued “such words were used in order to rouse their sense of honour,
“yet despite this, there was not a single one of them who could challenge this sign.” Thus, we ought to read the literature of the Promised Messiah (as) in light of this perspective as well so that we understand the Holy Qur’an. On another occasion, the Promised Messiah (as) states,
“God Almighty has made the Holy Qur’an a miracle “and that is with respect to its extraordinary moral teachings, “the principles it sets forth for establishing a civilization, its eloquence and articulacy. “There is no one who can challenge this. “Likewise, its knowledge of the unseen and prophecies are also a miracle.
“In this era, no master magician can ever make such a claim. “(It is filled with eloquence and articulacy “(and also contains knowledge of the unseen and prophecies. “(A magician cannot produce such a thing nor make a claim of this kind). “Similarly, Allah the Almighty has granted a clear distinction to my signs,
“so that no one can have any excuse (to not accept them) “and God Almighty has clearly manifested His signs “which are free of any kind of doubt or misgiving.” Then, in relation to the eloquence of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) states,
“The eloquence and articulacy of human beings is subject to vocabulary “and possesses nothing more than rhymes. “For example an Arab has written: (ARABIC) “This means, ‘I set out for Rome, and set out I did on a camel whose bowels were closed.’
“It is obvious that these words at the end have only been employed for the purpose of rhyme. “It is a miracle of the Holy Qur’an, “however, that all of its words have been strung like pearls “and placed precisely where they belong in such a manner
“that not a single word can be moved from one place and put somewhere else, “or replaced with another word more apt, “and despite all this, it contains all the necessary elements of rhyme, “eloquence and articulacy.” Then, on another occasion, whilst expounding upon the beauty of the Qur’an’s eloquence and articulacy,
The Promised Messiah (as) stated in a gathering, “All of the signs and miracles which are being manifested here, “in fact, are the miracles and signs of the Holy Prophet (sa), “and likewise, these prophecies, are in fact, the prophecies of the Holy Qur’an.
“This is because these are all the blessings owing to my subservience to the Holy Prophet (sa) “and the teaching of the Holy Qur’an. “At this present time, there is no other religion, “whose followers and adherents can claim that they can make prophecies “or that miracles are demonstrated through him.
“Thus, in this respect, the miraculous nature of the Holy Qur’an “is far superior than any other scripture.” The miracles of the Promised Messiah (as) are in fact owing to the Holy Qur’an and due to his subservience to the Holy Prophet (sa). The Promised Messiah (as) further states,
“Another aspect of its eloquence and articulacy is that it is of the highest degree “and so perfect that even the opponents, “who possess a fair-mind, have had to acknowledge this fact. “The Holy Qur’an has declared: (ARABIC) “(then produce a Chapter like it)
“However, till this day, no one has been able to produce a like thereof. “(This is the challenge of the Holy Qur’an to bring forth any chapter like thereof). “The Arabs spoke with great eloquence and articulacy, “and they would hold large gatherings on special occasions
“and recite their poetry before them, even they were unable to meet this challenge. “Furthermore, the eloquence and articulacy of the Holy Qur’an is not simply “that one should focus upon its flow of words and ignore the meaning. “In fact, just as its words have been placed in an extraordinary sequence,
“so too does it contain great verities and insights. “It is not possible for any human to convey such truths and verities “and at the same time also take into consideration its eloquence and articulacy.” The Promised Messiah (as) then stated, “In one place the Allah the Almighty states: (ARABIC)
“That is, he recites unto them the pure scriptures which contain truths and verities. “Those who hold expertise in the art of writing know “that whilst writing it is very difficult to also be considerate “of imparting a holy teaching and high morals. “Moreover, it is such an effective and captivating teaching
“which removes one’s base morals and instils excellent morals in its place. “The condition of the Arabs is not hidden from anyone. “They had become an embodiment of all the ills and evils “and had been in this deteriorated state for centuries. “However, the grace and blessings of the Holy Prophet (sa) were so powerful
“that the entire condition of the country transformed in a period of just 30 years. “It was indeed the impact of this teaching.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “If one takes even the shortest of chapters of the Holy Qur’an,
“they will find that not only does it contain a high degree of eloquence and articulacy, “but it is also filled with unique qualities of its teachings and wondrous signs. “Take the example of Surah Al-Ikhlas; “it has mentioned all the various aspects of Tauhid (unity of God).
“(It is a short chapter, yet it contains the entire subject of Tauhid) “and rejected every form of Shirk (idolatry). “Similarly, take the example of Surah Al-Fatihah; how miraculous it is. “It is a short chapter which only contains seven verses, “however it contains the gist, essence and exposition of the entire Holy Qur’an.
“Furthermore, it mentions the existence of God, His attributes, the need for prayer, “the means of its acceptance, the best method of attaining benefit through one’s supplication, “how to avoid those paths which can lead one to harm “and also the rebuttal of all the false teachings in all the religions of the world.
“(All of this has been mentioned in this short chapter, Surah Al-Fatihah.) “If one observes the other scriptures and the followers of other faiths, “they will find that they mention the ills and flaws of other religions “and level criticism against its teachings.
“However, what the followers of other religions fail to do is to present a superior teaching “in place of the teachings which they level criticism against. “They may claim to protect one from a particular ill, “however, they do not present a superior teaching in its place.
“This is not found in any religion and this honour belongs to the Holy Qur’an alone. “Where the Holy Qur’an rejects and highlights the false teachings of other religions, “it also presents the true and pure teaching as well.” This is such an exquisiteness which even the so-called intellectuals cannot even deny.
I have observed on many occasions that when a solution to a particular issue in light of the Holy Qur’an is presented before the non-Muslims, they acknowledge it. Whilst mentioning the qualities of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Qur’an is a book that is easy to understand.
“Some foolish people claim that they cannot understand the Holy Qur’an, “therefore there is no need to pay attention towards it as it is very difficult. “This is a mistake on their part.” They have found an excuse that since it is very difficult,
Therefore there is no need to pay much attention to it and reading it once is enough. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Holy Qur’an has explained the beliefs in such an eloquent manner “that it is unmatched and peerless and its arguments leave an impression upon the hearts.”
As far as the matters related to the beliefs are concerned, the Holy Qur’an has clearly expounded upon them. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “The Qur’an is so eloquent and articulate that even the Bedouins of Arabia, “who were completely illiterate, were able to understand it. “Therefore, how can people today not understand it?”
They were illiterate people who lived away from the city and were completely ignorant. In fact, they were even worse than humans and were later transformed into godly people. Therefore, if they were able to understand (the Holy Qur’an) then how is it
That these people fail to understand it, a majority of whom are educated. The Promised Messiah (as) says: “Straightforward, true, and simple logic is what is present in the Holy Qur’an. “There is no complexity in it. It is a straight path that God has taught us.
“One should study the Qur’an carefully and make note of the dos and don’ts discreetly “and act upon them, and just by doing this, he will get to please his God. “(It is a simple process; one ought to act on all the commands
“(that have been ordained and refrain from those things which have been forbidden. “(Through this God will be pleased) “As for the phraseology coined by the philosophers and Sufis (Mystics)- “they mostly become cause for people to stumble because they embody ambiguities and intricacies.” One should not follow the philosophers and the mystics,
Because they have mentioned certain terminologies and presented the teachings of the Holy Qur’an in such a difficult manner that it becomes a source for people to stumble. Thus, if people in the world face any difficulties then it is owing to philosophers, mystics or so called scholars.
The Promised Messiah (as) states: “A venerable person has written- “I believe in good faith with some good intention, despite his statement being incorrect- “that Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was not a perfect saint and as his nuzul (descent) was not complete, “he only had su’ood (ascent),
“(i.e., he refers to his ascent and connection with Allah the Almighty, “(saying that he did not receive divine revelation, but his prayers were accepted) “and that is why he showed many miracles. “Had his nuzul been perfect, he would not have shown any miracle. “(this is what the person stated)
“The extent to which this statement contradicts the Holy Qur’an is quite obvious. “This statement is totally against the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith. “The truth is that Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was from among the perfect servants of God.
“If one were to criticize him for his miracles, then this criticism would extend to all Prophets.” However, it should be remembered that some people, some of their followers have mentioned greatly exaggerated accounts about the miracles they demonstrated. These things are wrong, indeed they demonstrated those miracles
Which are in line with the law of nature and the Islamic Sharia. These are demonstrated by prophets and that is what they performed as well. The Promised Messiah (as) states that all this is a result of people following the erroneous terminologies of the mystics,
Which have no basis in the Qur’an, nor the Hadith. One sect does not believe in it at all whereas on the other hand another sect exaggerates to such an extent that they exceed all bounds. As for those who do not accept,
It is due to the mystics and those who do accept they make their own erroneous interpretations. For this reason we must always deliberate and analyse them in light of the law of nature and sharia, as well as the miracles performed by the prophets.
Nobody can demonstrate a miracle greater than that shown by the prophets. The Holy Qur’an presents God in His true form. In this regard, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “Thank God that the Qur’an has not presented a god of such imperfect attributes “who is neither the owner of souls nor of particles;
“neither can he give them salvation nor can he accept repentance of anyone. “According to the Holy Qur’an, we belong to a God who is our Creator, our Master, our Sustainer. “He is Most Gracious, He is Most Merciful, and He is the Master of the Day of Judgement.
“It is an occasion for the believers to be grateful that “He has granted us the Book that reveals His true attributes. “This is a great blessing of God Almighty.” God Willing, I shall narrate further extracts on the Promised Messiah’s (as) wisdom and understanding related to the station and rank of the Holy Qur’an,
And will conclude this for now. May Allah the Almighty enable us to understand these teachings and to act upon them; may He enable us to read and understand the Qur’an. I will now mention about some deceased members including a member who was martyred in Bangladesh and lead their funeral prayers in absentia.
As we all know, last Friday the Jalsa Salana was taking place in Bangladesh when rioters and terrorists attacked. Initially, the Police had reassured the organisers that they would maintain order and that nothing would happen, and said we could go ahead with our Jalsa.
However when the rioters came, the police stood by as mere spectators, to the extent that only after several hours had elapsed and they received orders from their superiors did they take action. However, by then, a lot had already happened. Nonetheless, in this disorder, one of our young brothers,
Zahid Hasan Sahib, son of Abu Bakr Sahib of Bangladesh was martyred – (Verily to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return). National President, Abdul Awwal Sahib writes: “Zahid Hasan Sahib was martyred on 3rd March during the Jalsa “which was taking place in Ahmednagar, Panchagarh district
“whilst he was on duty at the gate of the premises owing to an attack by the opponents. “At the time of his martyrdom he was 25 years old. “(Verily to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return). “The deceased pledged allegiance in 2019.
“After just three months, he requested to join the Al-Wasiyyat scheme. “His family followed the Ahl-e-Hadith sect. “After accepting Ahmadiyyat, the late martyr began preaching to his parents, “as a result of which they had the fortune of pledging allegiance in 2020.” After pledging allegiance, the late martyr would write letters to me regularly.
The reason for his conversion was that one of his fellow students, Muhammad Rifat Hasan, who was studying for a Bsc in science and technology in the Pundra University of Science (and Technology), Bogra, began preaching to him about Ahmadiyyat. When he understood the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat after two years of preaching, he pledged allegiance.
Awwal Sahib writes: “Since the start of the Jalsa, “the clerics and their accomplices had surrounded the Jalsa premise “and began attacking the walls and western gate. “Aside from throwing stones, they would use any local weapon they could get their hands
“such as axes and stakes etc, and they set fire to whatever they could. “Khuddam carried out their duties with immense bravery. “Nobody was outside (of the premises) except those on duty. “Everyone including the Khuddam were protecting (the premises) from the inside.” He further says: “1 hour and 45 mins after the Jalsa began,
“the opponents managed to break one part of the wall. “It was at that time that the Khuddam were instructed “to ensure the safety of the Jalsa site at all costs. “At the time, Zahid Hasan, the late martyr, was stationed at Gate No.1.
“Along with his fellow Khuddam, he bravely and quickly made his way “to stop the people who had entered and were heading towards the Jalsa Gah. “During this time, he became separated from his comrades “and so the attackers used this opportunity to strike him.
“They struck him in the back of the head with an axe “or some other sharp weapon and dragged him for some distance. “They mercilessly and brutally attacked his face, body and other parts, “thus proving their inhumanity. “The deceased martyr Zahid Hassan was so mercilessly killed “that it took two hours to identify him.”
This is the state of these Muslims. The have exceeded all bounds in cruelty and barbarity in the name of Allah and His Messenger (sa). During times of war, Holy Prophet (sa) forbade mutilating even the enemy and disbelievers, yet these people carry out such actions
Against those who proclaim their belief in Allah and His Messenger (sa). It is Allah alone Who can seize and reduce them to dust. They say that the assailants also snatched his identity card from his chest, but since he was wearing the Khuddamul Ahmadiyya duty uniform, they were able to identify him.
When his body was finally retrieved, his funeral prayer was offered after the Tahajjud and Fajr prayers; thousands of Ahmadis from around the country who had gathered for the Convention participated in the funeral. During the funeral prayer, a condition like no other overcame everyone
And everyone was extremely emotional as they wept before God Almighty. According to the law, a post-mortem exam was done on his body, after which an envoy departed in the afternoon with his body in an ambulance towards his ancestral village where he was buried at 10pm. The deceased martyr’s closest friend Riffat Hassan says
That he befriended him during their time studying in university. He was naturally very kind however he was not very inclined towards worship, but after accepting Ahmadiyyat, he completely changed and he became regular in offering prayers in congregation. He was and extremely humble and meek young man.
He says, “I never seen him speak in a loud tone in five years. “His auspiciousness can be gleaned from the fact “that a few months after accepting Ahmadiyyat, he had the honour of doing his Wasiyyat.” He then says, “Zahid Hassan, the martyr, “was an active member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.
“Before his martyrdom, he had been serving as the regional Mu’tamid for Dhaka “and Barishal and he was also the Za’im for the Motijheel area.” The Qaid and Muhtamim Muqami of the same area Zahoorul Islam Sahib says, “He was regular in the Auxiliary’s work and he was very obedient to his seniors.
“He would happily fulfil whatever duty he was assigned. “He would always be the first to convey the greeting of ‘Salam’ “and he would always be smiling.” He says, “About a year or a little more than a year ago, “he obtained his BSc after which he began doing service in a company.
“If ever he had to leave Dhaka for his service, “he would find an opportunity to visit the nearby Jama’ats. “On his personal Facebook account, his profile was the translation of the verse “(ARABIC – ‘And he who puts his trust in Allah – He is sufficient for him’)”
Sharif Ahmad sahib, who is a missionary, says, “I was posted in the Tabaria Jama’at “when his friend Riffat Hussain brought him as a Tabligh contact “and he expressed his desire to do pledge allegiance. “I told him that he should take some more time and investigate thoroughly.
“He replied, ‘Although I already attest to the truthfulness of this Community, ‘I will do as you say and come back and pledge allegiance later.’ “Hence the deceased came back again, “or perhaps it was the time after and pledged allegiance. “The missionary says that after performing the Bai’at,
“the deceased made great effort in order to understand Ahmadiyyat and the system of Khilafat. “He acquired knowledge in great depth.” As I mentioned earlier, he would also write to me as well. In his last letter which he wrote to me was just before leaving for the Jalsa
And he mentioned, “We are travelling to the Jalsa by train “and the enemy has very dangerous plans. “In some places they have also lit fires. “Nevertheless, we shall – God Willing – conduct the Jalsa.” He then expressed his faith.
He also expressed his desire that his relatives and members of his village also accept Ahmadiyyat and for his entire village to enter the fold of Ahmadiyyat. This was his letter which he wrote to me. A Khadim mentioned, “The deceased martyr was such a humble worker
“that whenever someone assigned him some work, he never refused. “In a light hearted manner I would often say, ‘Brother Zahid, if we continue to work like this we shall come to an end.’ “Upon hearing this he would always laugh. “The deceased was also a Moosi.
“I once asked him why he entered the scheme of Wasiyyat so quickly. “Upon this, he said, ‘The Imam Mahdi is true and whatever he said was also true. ‘The Promised Messiah (as) instructed the members to do Wasiyyat, therefore I did the Wasiyyat.’ “Upon hearing his response, I was left astounded
“at how strong his belief was in the Promised Messiah (as).” He further states, “Once, the deceased martyr was asked “about the primary factor which led to his Bai’at. “To this he said that until now no one who had claimed to be the Imam Mahdi,
“Messiah or a prophet had ever succeeded and nor any community. “It was only Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as) (who succeeded). “If the Promised Messiah (as) was not truthful “then his fate would have been like the other false claimants.” As was mentioned earlier that the deceased martyr’s parents are still alive
And by the grace of Allah the Almighty are Ahmadis. The deceased martyr was their only son and was not married yet. He has two sisters, both of whom are married, however they are non-Ahmadi and are still being preached to. May Allah the Almighty grant patience and steadfastness to his parents.
As I said, he was their only son and so it is an immense sense of grief for them. One can only overcome this grief through the grace of Allah the Almighty. May Allah the Almighty also elevate the station of the deceased martyr. Nonetheless he has acquired a life of eternity
In accordance with the instructions of Allah the Almighty. May Allah the Almighty bestow His special favours upon him and may He quickly seize the perpetrators of this cruelty. The enemy thinks that by making the Jama’at members undergo these trials and through these harsh measures, they will make them lose courage.
However, it is the total opposite. I have received letters from Bangladesh and from the youth that “if further martyrdoms are required then pray that we are also among them.” Thus, the wretched enemy cannot do any harm against such people. In any case, we ought to pray that
May Allah the Almighty protect us from their evil ploys and bestow His mercy and grace upon us. Pay particular attention towards prayers these days. The second funeral I wish to mention is of Kamal Bada Sahib of Algeria, who passed away on 2 February at the age of 57.
(Verily to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return). The President of the (local) Community Abdul Aleem writes, “The deceased was a true believer and a sincere Ahmadi. “He always kept his home open for the Community’s events, prayers, “and activities for propagating the message.
“All Ahmadis attest to the strength of his faith, hospitality, and open heartedness. “The deceased is survived by his wife and three children; “two sons who are not Ahmadis and a daughter who is an Ahmadi. “His wife, respected Karima Sahiba “has previously served as the President of the Women’s Auxiliary Organisation.”
Hassan Zamoli Sahib of Algeria says, “Kamal Bada Sahib was very sincere Ahmadi who rendered great services. “Despite facing difficulties from his neighbours, “he kept his home open for prayers until the very end. “Sometimes, he would even cook food himself for those coming to offer the Friday prayers.
“He would participate in various humanitarian work as well as donating blood. “Different events would also be held at his house as well as the Eid prayers. “The deceased was also part of a delegation on behalf of the Community “which went to meet the government.”
The deceased used to say, “We are writing the history of this Community” due to the difficulties we are facing these days in Algeria. Now, the deceased himself has become a part of this very history. May Allah the Almighty bestow His forgiveness and mercy. The next funeral is of Dr Shameem Malik Sahiba,
Who was the wife of respected Maqsood Ahmad Malik Shaheed, who was martyred at Darul Zikr, Lahore in 2010. Sometime after husband’s martyrdom, she moved to Canada which is where she passed away. The deceased attained her PhD; she taught as a college professor.
She continued to climb the ranks until she became the head of department, however at the same time, she carried out her responsibilities at home and raised her children in an excellent manner. Without any discrimination, she was hospitable with an open heart to all different types of people.
She tended to the needy and gave sound advice. She always preached the message to non-Ahmadis, including non-Ahmadi relatives. She would study the books of the Promised Messiah (as). During her lifetime, a thesis was written about her at Punjab University. Usually a thesis is written after (someone has passed away)
But this one was written in her lifetime. She had a profound passion for education. She taught the Holy Qur’an to many. She was regular in fasting, offering prayers, and reciting the Holy Qur’an. She was also regular in offering Tahajjud (pre-dawn voluntary prayer).
She always adhered to the tenets of Islam and observed the veil. She was sincere and loyal; she had a special love for Khilafat. The deceased was a Musia and is survived by a son and four daughters. She was the sister of Malik Tahir Ahmad Sahib, Amir Jama’at Lahore.
May Allah the Almighty grant her forgiveness and mercy and enable her children and progeny to always remain attached with Khilafat and the Jama’at. The next mention is of Farhad Ahmad, son of Irshad Ahmad Amini Sahib of Germany. He recently passed away at the age of 26. The young man was studying at Frankfurt University. He was part of the blessed scheme of Waqf-e-Nau. Prior to his demise, he had the opportunity of serving the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association at a local and regional level. He was a very virtuous, positive, obedient and sociable young man.
He was always ready to serve the Community and its auxiliaries. Just a day before his passing, he spent all day and then went late into the night serving at an event of the Community. The next morning, after offering Fajr (prayer offered right before dawn) in the mosque,
He participated in a meeting of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. After the meeting, he set out to return home. When he reached his car, he began feeling unwell. The missionary saw him from the window of the mission house and went to help him.
In the meantime, he was able to sit in his car however his health greatly deteriorated. Doctors later confirmed that he had a severe heart attack. The ambulance arrived in a matter of three to four minutes and administered first aid and tried for about 45 minutes,
However God Almighty’s decree prevailed, and he passed away. Farhad Ahmad was his parent’s only son. May Allah the Almighty grant his parents patience and forbearance, grant him forgiveness and mercy, and elevate his station. The next funeral is of Jawaid Ahmed Bismil Sahib who was residing in Canada.
He recently passed away at the age of 72 after enduring an extended illness. He served for about 20 to 25 years as the manager of the Tahrik-e-Jadid grounds. He then also had the opportunity of serving the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association along with other services to the Community.
He also had the opportunity to serve as the Amir of District Umarkot. He is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters. His son Tahir Ahmed sahib says, “My father possessed many great qualities. “He was a servant of the faith, beneficial to others, had a deep love for Khilafat,
“and he always strove to establish a unique relationship with Khilafat. “He took great care of the poor. “Whenever he went back (to Pakistan), since he was a landowner and had property in Sindh, “he would take gifts and clothes for his poor farmers which they could use for their weddings.”
He says, “He was very hospitable and there would be guests at our home every day “whom he would tend to with simplicity. “Allah the Almighty also made him very brave. “He always kept the pride and honour of the Community at the forefront “whenever faced with opposition.
“He bravely followed the Community in various legal matters. “It was due to this that the opponents attacked him twice, however Allah the Almighty saved him. “He worked tirelessly and he always carefully regarded the wealth of the Community. “He had a great deal of trust in Allah the Almighty.
“He was a simple person, and his greatest quality was that in his final illness “which extended for a long time, “he endured it with great patience and remained content upon the will of Allah the Almighty.” He says, “A day before his demise,
“his doctor said that never before had he seen such patience in a person. “He never complained. “When he was informed that the doctors had deemed him to be incurable, “(he was somewhat conscious, he could not speak but he could hear) “he took this news very calmly and accepted it.”
His son says, “He had a passion for offering Tahujjud “and the remembrance of Allah and his first prayer was always for the Khalifa of the time. “He would also encourage us to pray as well. “He was very perceptive and intelligent.
“He was extremely grateful and would endure strained and difficult circumstances with a smile. “He had a pure heart.” Then, his son writes, “He was an excellent teacher and a kind father. “He would fulfil all of our desires and was an excellent consultant. “He had a strong character.”
By the grace of Allah the Almighty his children are well attached with the Community. I have also known him for a long time; the qualities which his son has mentioned and others have also written about him, I have seen for myself that he did indeed possess all of these great qualities.
May Allah the Almighty grant him forgiveness and mercy. 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.