Friday sermon delivered on 17th 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. The rank, status and excellences of the Holy Qur’an were being mentioned since the last few weeks. Expounding on the objective of religion according to the Holy Qur’an
And the impact it has, and should have, on the human faculties, the Promised Messiah (as) says, “The Gospels have provided no answer with regards to the question “of what impact religion has on the human faculties. “This is because the Gospels do not follow the paths of wisdom.
“However, the Holy Qur’an has repeatedly provided the answer to this matter in great detail “and has stated that the purpose of religion is not such “that it should change the inherent faculties of man and transform a wolf into a goat, as it were.
“(That is, transforming something powerful into something that is absolutely weak). “Rather, the primary objective of religion is to guide the inherent human faculties and abilities “(i.e., to guide the abilities and faculties endowed to humans by Allah the Almighty) “so that they be utilised on the proper and appropriate occasion.
“Religion does not have the authority to completely change an inherent faculty. “Indeed, it has the authority to guide those faculties to be utilised on its proper occasion. “For example, it should not only emphasise mercy and forgiveness, “rather, it should teach to utilise all of one’s faculties.”
It should not teach to only show mercy and forgive. Rather, according to the need and situation, it should encourage the use of the appropriate faculty for the specific occasion. The ultimate objective is to bring about reformation and improvement and one should try to achieve this objective in every way possible.
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “It should not only emphasise upon showing mercy and forgiveness. “Rather, it should teach to use all of one’s faculties, “because not a single human faculty can be considered as bad. “In fact, their disproportionate and inappropriate use makes it bad.
“Moreover, a reprehensible individual is not reprehensible due to his inherent faculties. “Rather, he is reprehensible due to their inappropriate use.” A small example of this is as follows. If there is a physically strong man, who commits cruelties to display his strength, or if there is a person with authority,
Who commits injustices and if they are not compassionate towards others and do not utilise their faculties on the right occasion and only desire to prove their superiority and dominance then such a person will be deemed as evil. His faculties are not evil, but their use is. His actions are evil.
Then, explaining that among the objectives of his advent was to prove and establish the truthfulness of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) says, “It is indeed true that Muslims do not at all comprehend the Holy Qur’an.
“However, it is now the desire of God to manifest the correct understanding of the Holy Qur’an. “God has appointed me for this very purpose “and I am able to understand the Holy Qur’an through His revelations. “The teaching of the Holy Qur’an is such that it cannot be objected against
“and it is filled with so much wisdom “that even a philosopher cannot not find an opportunity to criticise it.” Then, whilst mentioning the grandeur of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) advised the Jama’at, “Ponder over the Holy Qur’an, for it contains everything.
“It explains good and evil deeds, and news regarding the future, etc. “Know full well that the religion which it presents is such “that no one can raise any allegations against it, “because its blessings and spiritual fruits are readily and consistently found. “Religion was not explained in its entirety in the Gospels.
“Its teachings may have suited the circumstances and conditions of that era, “but it is certainly not applicable for every era and condition. “(It was suitable for the time in which Prophet Jesus (as) came, but not anymore.) “This honour belongs to the Holy Qur’an alone
“in that Allah the Almighty vouchsafed the cure to every ailment, “and has provided guidance for one’s every faculty, “and has also taught the method of how to remove the sin which it has outlined. “For this reason, recite the Holy Qur’an often, continue to pray,
“and try to conduct your actions in accordance with its teachings.” With regards to carefully pondering over the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) further states, “One should abstain from rituals and religious innovations, “otherwise gradually they begin to enter into teachings of Islam (Shariah).
“Rather, it is better that instead of spending time reciting various incantations, “one should spend their time pondering over the Holy Qur’an.” People desire that they should be taught a particular incantation or some brief words, so that they may spend their time reciting it.
However, the Promised Messiah (as) has stated that this should not be the case, in fact one ought to spend their time focusing on the Holy Qur’an. There are some people who spend most of their time in “Wazaif” (spiritual incantations)
And those who adopt these practices do not even know the meaning of these words. They think that this is the only means of their spiritual betterment. The Promised Messiah (as) has stated, “Instead they should spend this time in reflecting upon the Holy Qur’an.
“This would be better and one can attain spiritual progress through this.” There are many religious innovations which have taken root amongst the non-Ahamdi Muslims due to this. However, some Ahmadis have also become influenced by this. Therefore, we have to safeguard ourselves from this
And pay more attention towards reading the translation and commentary of the Holy Qur’an. From next week Thursday, and in some places on Wednesday, the month of Ramadan is starting. Make an even greater effort in reciting, teaching and understanding the Holy Qur’an during this month of Ramadan. The Promised Messiah (as) states,
“If there is a hardened heart, then the way to make it soft is to keep reciting the Holy Qur’an. “Wherever there is a prayer in it, “the believer also desires that he be included in this mercy of his Lord. “The example of the Holy Qur’an is like a garden;
“one picks one type of flower from one place, “then walks a little further and picks a different type of flower. “Thus, you should also derive benefit from every place accordingly.” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Spiritual progress is achieved through this “in that one adheres to the commandments and prohibitions.”
The commandments which Allah the Almighty has given should be acted upon, and whatever He has prohibited us from, one should try to abstain from it. One should observe this. These are the flowers that one plucks from the garden. The Promised Messiah (as) further states,
“Some people, who believe they have excelled so much in their religious knowledge, “have even gone to the extent that regarding certain chapters of the Holy Qur’an “(the Promised Messiah (as) has given the example of Surah Yasin) “regarding this they claim that if one recites it in such and such specific way
“then they will attain blessings, otherwise they will not. “These statements are as if they claiming to be God.” Thus, we should especially abstain from these sorts of practices. While explaining that there are two ways in which one can fail to act upon the Holy Qur’an,
The first of which is to completely abandon it, and the second is to fail to understand its true meaning. Thus, either they don’t act upon it completely, or they don’t act according to its true meaning. The Promised Messiah (as) explains in relation to this,
“There are two ways in which one fails to act upon the Holy Qur’an, “one is to completely abandon it and the second is to neglect its true meanings. “To completely abandon the Holy Qur’an is to not read the Word of God at all. “Just as many people are called Muslims,
“but they are completely unaware of the text of the Holy Qur’an. “The second way is that although they do recite the Holy Qur’an, “but they do not believe in its blessings, spiritual light, and mercy contained therein. “Thus, if one adopts either of these two practices, they should try to avoid this.”
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “There is a saying of Imam Jafar, “and Allah knows best how true it is whereby he stated that “‘I read the Qur’an so much that I begin to receive revelation.’ “(The Promised Messiah (as) explains that Allah knows best
“(whether he said this or not and how true it is.) “but the statement is rational nonetheless, “because things which belong to the same kind attract one another. “Now in this era, people have added countless explanations; “Shias have their own and Sunnis have their own.”
The Promised Messiah (as) explains by narrating an incident that, “once a Shia said to my father that ‘I will tell you a particular phrase, ‘just recite that and then you will no longer need to purify yourself or perform ablution.’” In other words, the phrase alone would be sufficient
And that would replace his purification and his ablution. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Disbelief, innovation, apostasy, and rejection of God, etc., “have found their way within Islam “because the words of a singular person were given as much importance “as should have been given to the Word of God.
“This is why the companions (ra) believed “the Ahadith to have a lower status than the Holy Qur’an.” The Promised Messiah (as) narrates an incident that, “Once, Hazrat Umar (ra) was about to make a decision “when an old woman got up and said that such and such thing is written in a hadith.”
In other words, she attributed her statement to the Holy Prophet (sa). One ought to remember that although the Ahadith were compiled later on, however some companions would at times write them down at that time as well. The Promised Messiah (as) continues (to narrate the account),
“Upon this, Hazrat Umar (ra) said that I cannot abandon the Book of Allah for an old woman.” The Word of Allah the Almighty was different to what the lady was narrating. Whatever the Word of Allah says, that is the truth. Thus, this is the truth and this is what we should adopt.
If this does not happen, then innovations will keep spreading, and it for this reason that innovations keep spreading in the Muslims, and in this way, it is pushing them further from the real teachings of the Holy Qur’an.
This is seen in many Muslims, just as I gave the example that the Promised Messiah (as) stated that the Shia scholar said to the father of the Promised Messiah (as) that there is one particular phrase, if he recites it then he will neither need to perform ablution nor purify himself.
The majority of the Muslim Ummah is ignorant. Whichever direction these so-called “scholars” take them, they walk that way, and innovations in faith keep spreading. Despite this, the allegation is levelled against us that we have changed the Holy Qur’an. Whilst explaining that the progress of Muslims is dependent upon the Qur’an,
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Until Muslims do not completely follow and adhere to the Holy Qur’an, “they cannot progress in any way. “However far they keep straying from the Qur’an, “they are equally moving further away from the different stages and paths of progress.
“Acting upon the Holy Qur’an is the means of progress and guidance. “Allah the Almighty has not forbidden one from lawful means of trade, farming, “and acquiring livelihood, but they should not be considered the objective in itself; “rather, they should be kept as a means of serving the faith.
“The purpose of Zakat is the same, that this wealth is a service to faith.” Thus, a believer should not make the pursuit of worldly material as the objective of their life, rather, the purpose of life which Allah Almighty has outlined for mankind should be their ultimate objective,
Which is to strive in becoming true worshippers and to continue striving to act upon His commandments. The commandment to give Zakat and to spend in the way of Allah has been given so that one not only spends their wealth to fulfil their own desires,
But also to spend it on the advancement of faith and to fulfil the rights of Allah and the rights of His creation. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Qur’an is a sack of jewels, yet people are unaware of it.” He states, “It is unfortunate
“that people do not pay attention to the Qur’an with fervour and diligence. “Attention is not given to the Holy Qur’an “in the same way as a worldly person focusses on their worldly pursuits, “or as a poet concentrates on their poetry.” The Promised Messiah (as) then states, “There was a poet in Batala.
“He had compiled a book of his poetic works in Persian. “One of the couplets was: “(PERSIAN) ‘The gentle breeze shies away as it looks upon the countenance of a flower.’ “However, in search of the second verse, for six months he remained confounded and perplexed
“(he continued to search for it and ponder over it). “Eventually, one day he went to a cloth merchant’s shop to purchase some clothes. “The merchant took out many bags of clothes yet none of them were to his liking. “In the end, when he stood up having not bought anything,
“the cloth merchant (the shopkeeper) became angry saying, ‘You had me open so many bags and caused me undue inconvenience.’ “Thereupon, the (poet) thought of the second verse “and in this way he was able to complete the couplet: “(PERSIAN) ‘The gentle breeze shies away as it looks upon the countenance of a flower,
‘that it opens the covering of the blossom, yet is unable to wrap it up.’” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “In order to understand the verse of the Holy Qur’an, “people do not make the same amount of effort as the poet made for this one verse.”
He states, “The Qur’an is a sack of jewels, yet people are unaware of it.” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Torah and Gospels do not contain such secrets “and intricacies as are replete in the Holy Qur’an. “Furthermore, the Holy Qur’an doesn’t just mention all the various matters as a mere claim,
“as is the case in the Torah and Gospels which only make claims, “rather, the Holy Qur’an demonstrates proof and evidence (it does it with evidence). “Everything it mentions is accompanied by strong and robust proof. “Just as there is an attraction to the eloquence and articulacy of the Holy Qur’an,
“and just as its teachings have a rationality and allurement, “in the same way its proofs are effective.” Thus, no other book can compare to the Holy Qur’an. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “Just as the Holy Qur’an is superior to all scriptures,
“the rank of the Holy Prophet (sa) is also loftier than that of all other prophets.” Hence, when you read something in the Holy Qur’an, there you should also seek its proofs. Whilst mentioning the quality of the Holy Qur’an that no sorcery can hold against it,
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “We ought to remember that we are presenting the Holy Qur’an, “in the face of which all sorcery vanishes away. “No falsehood or magic can compete with it. “What is it that our enemies possess and carry with them? “Know for certain that the Holy Qur’an is that magnificent weapon,
“which no falsehood has any chance of challenging. “For this reason no one who follows falsehood can challenge us or our community, “and they therefore refuse any dialogue with us. “This is a heavenly weapon which can never be defeated.” Hence, this draws our attention towards greatly pondering and reflecting over the Holy Qur’an
So that we may improve on our spiritual and intellectual state, and in order to refute our opponents. Whilst mentioning that adhering to the Holy Qur’an leads to attaining God Almighty, providing one shows complete obedience to the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “We have only one Messenger (sa),
“and only one Holy Qur’an was revealed to him, by following which one can attain God. “Nowadays, the self-concocted methods of the so-called saints, and the Saifis of the saints. ““Saifis” refer to the incantations “which are recited for 40 consecutive days to cause harm to a person.”
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “All of these evil charms, prayers and incantations “are tools to lead one astray from the right path. “Hence, one must safeguard against them. “These people wish to break the seal of the Khatamul Anbiya’(Seal of the Prophets), “and it is as though they have created their own shariah (law).
“Bear in mind that without following the Holy Qur’an, “the directives of the Holy Prophet (sa), prayer, fasting etc., which are the prescribed ways, “there is no other key to opening the doors to the grace and blessings of God Almighty. “Misguided is one who abandons these paths and chooses a new path for themselves.
“One who fails to follow the commands of Allah and His Messenger (sa), “and instead treads other paths in search of Him will die unsuccessful.” A quality of the Holy Qur’an mentioned by the Promised Messiah (as) is that it has made it obligatory to believe in the prophets of every nation.
Hence, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Qur’an is a book worthy of reverence “and has established the foundation of peace among nations. “It has accepted the prophets of every nation. “Only the Holy Qur’an has the special honour of imparting the following teaching to the world: “(ARABIC)
“That is, O Muslims, say ‘we believe in all the prophets of the world ‘and we do not differentiate amongst them who we shall follow and who we shall reject.’” The Promised Messiah (as) also put forth a challenge to bring forth the name of another books that establishes peace such as this.
Another quality of the Holy Qur’an is its sequence and order. In respect to this, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Holy Qur’an has greatly taken into consideration the order and sequence. “A large part of the eloquence of the Qur’an is in relation to this.
“This is because orderliness is an element of eloquent expression. “In fact, the highest order of expression is that which exhibits wisdom (in its order and sequence). “He whose speech is bereft of, or lacks in structure and sequence “cannot be considered eloquent and articulate.”
In other words, an eloquent writer or speaker is one whose words appear at an appropriate time and place and comprehensively encapsulates the subject-matter. Furthermore, such eloquence should be expressed in beautiful words that not only conveys brilliant meanings but also maintains sentence structure. Thus, the Promised Messiah (as) states,
“Such a person can never be considered eloquent and articulate, “particularly one who completely neglects order and sequence. “Such a person is surely mad “because one whose speech is unstructured cannot have their senses intact. “(If there is no structure and organization (in one’s expression), “(then it means that they are mad.)
“Thus, how is it possible that the miraculous and pure Word of God, “which is eloquent, articulate and claims to call toward all kinds of truths, “is lacking in order and sequence, such that is necessary for it to be considered eloquent?”
The Holy Qur’an is the Word of Allah the Almighty and is filled with eloquence and articulacy. It is impossible for it to lack in order and sequence, as claimed by those who raise allegations. Whilst mentioning two miracles of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) states,
“Besides the Holy Qur’an, there is no other means to attain heavenly light. “The Ummah of Muhammad (sa) has been granted the following two miracles until the end of time “so that there always remains a clear distinction between truth and falsehood
“and that there never comes a time when falsehood can contend with the truth: “that is the miracle of the words of the Qur’an “and the miracle of the potency of the words of the Qur’an. “(In other words, the first miracle is the words of the Qur’an
“(and the second is its impact and effectiveness. These are the two miracles). “Since the very beginning, false religions have been unable to contend with these miracles. “If the miracle of the words of the Qur’an existed independently of the miracle of its impact, “then the Ummah of Muhammad (sa) would not have any superiority
“in relation to its signs and spirituality. “Piety and virtue alone cannot bring forth miracles.” The teachings of the Holy Qur’an also have an impact if one truly adheres to them. Adhering to the Holy Qur’an also brings about signs of salvation during one’s life. In this regard, the Promised Messiah (as) states,
“The Holy Qur’an, which is the basis of obeying the Holy Prophet (sa), “is such a book whose adherence manifests signs of salvation in this very world. “This is because it is the only book that can take the incomplete state of man “to the state of perfection, both extrinsically and intrinsically,
“and grant freedom from all doubt.” The incomplete state of man refers to those who are weak and lacking. The Holy Qur’an not only removes their weaknesses but elevates them to a higher state. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “Extrinsically, the message (of the Holy Qur’an) contains complete verities and truths
“that can, with sound reason, refute all such doubts in the world “that prevent one from reaching God and that have given rise to many false factions “and it refutes all such false thoughts which have taken root in the hearts of the misguided.” The Holy Qur’an clearly elucidates through arguments and verities
That remove doubt in all shape and form. Indeed, the condition is that one must understand (the Holy Qur’an), and to understand it, one must derive benefit from the words of those who teach it. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “The light of a true and perfect teaching
“that was demanded in this time of darkness shines forth from (the Holy Qur’an) like the sun.” In this age, where darkness is spreading, where people are becoming far removed from religion, where indecency and immorality is prevalent, where the distance to God is growing – in a state of such darkness –
We must hearken to the Holy Qur’an which contains all that is necessary to repel this darkness and attain the light. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “All of this is shining forth from it like the sun; it is bright and vivid like the sun.
“The cure for all diseases originating from our carnal passions is found within it. “It is filled with truth and reasoning, “and not a single iota of spiritual knowledge has been left out that could appear in the future. “Intrinsically, adhering (to the Holy Qur’an) perfectly cleanses the heart to such a degree
“(the condition is that it must be adhered to perfectly) “that a person is completely purified of their inner filth and attains communion with God. “(A relationship is formed with Allah the Almighty). “The light of acceptance illuminates upon him “and Divine favour and bounties cradle him to such an extent
“that when he prays in a time of hardship, “God Almighty answers those prayers out of His sheer mercy and benevolence. “(In other words, Allah the Almighty shows immense kindness, mercy and beneficence). “Often, if such an individual supplicates even a thousand times “in the course of hardship and distress,
“he receives a clear, delightful, blessed and loving answer “from his Gracious Lord a thousand times over. “Divine revelation showers upon him like rain and his heart brims with divine love “in the same way that a clear glass bottle overflows with a delightful perfume.
“He is granted a pure and pleasurable sense of love and yearning “that frees him from the even the strongest of chains of human weakness “and removes him from the darkness of smoke. “(He is withdrawn from the polluted air and smoke) “and is brought towards the cool and refreshing breeze of his True Beloved
“that breathes new life into him at every given moment.” Then, the Promised Messiah (as) states that the Holy Qur’an is a message that is certain and undisputable. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Holy Qur’an is the Book of Allah, “beyond which we possess nothing more certain and undisputable.
“It is the Word of God that is pure of all doubt and conjecture.” Whilst elaborating on the fact that the Holy Qur’an has come to unite the nations of the world, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “Initially, God sent a code of conduct to each nation individually.
“Thereafter, He desired that in light of the Unity of God, the people should also be united. “Thus, he sent the Holy Qur’an to unite all people, “thereby informing the people that a time is coming “when God will bring all nations under one single nation;
“and all countries will be united; and all languages will be united.” Some people wonder why there are many different faiths; they are there according to their respective eras, where their reason and understanding were limited, and their teachings were in line with their abilities. In the past, religion came to individual nations.
Now, the time has come when everyone can come together, thus, a perfect Shariah was sent to us in the form of the Holy Qur’an. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “All countries will be united; all languages will be united.” These days, the term “global village” is used to show
How the world has united and taken the form of one city. Nonetheless, despite there being different languages spoken across the globe, the Holy Qur’an is unique in that it is recited in Arabic by all Muslims, no matter where they are in the world or to which nation they belong to.
Similarly, it is also used in the five daily prayers. Then, whilst mentioning that the Holy Qur’an has bestowed a favour upon the earlier prophets and books, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Holy Qur’an has bestowed a great favour upon the prophets and scriptures of the past “in that it has given authentic knowledge
“about those incidents mentioned previously as mere stories. “I tell you truly that a person cannot break free from these fables “until they read the Holy Qur’an; “because it behoves only the grandeur of the Holy Qur’an as it states: “(ARABIC) “It is the Balance, light, a cure and a mercy.
“Whosoever recites the Holy Qur’an and considers it to be mere tales “has not read the Holy Qur’an, rather they have dishonoured it. “Why have our opponents become so active in their enmity against us? “Is it because we wish to portray the Qur’an as light personified, wisdom and insight –
“just as Allah the Almighty has commanded? “Our opponents wish to show that the Qur’an is nothing more than a collection of fables, “but this is completely unacceptable for us. “Through His grace, Allah the Almighty has revealed to us “that the Holy Qur’an is a living book full of radiance.
“Therefore, why should we worry about their opposition?” With regards to the grandeur of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) says, “Among the clear proofs of the Holy Qur’an’s greatness, “one such proof is that it contains extraordinary knowledge; “finding the like thereof in the Torah or Gospels is a futile task.
“(It is a pointless task as it cannot be compared) “Irrespective of whether a person is among the elite or ordinary, “each one can benefit from the knowledge in the Qur’an “according to their own understanding and capacity.” Thus, every person ought to develop a habit
Of pondering over the meanings and significance of the Qur’an, so that we can learn about the beauty of the word of God Almighty. Regarding the commands and prohibitions mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) says, “From the beginning to the end,
“the Qur’an is replete with commands and prohibitions and divine injunctions. “There are several hundred branches of these divine injunctions.” On another instance, the Promised Messiah (as) has said that whilst reciting the Qur’an one ought to search for these and make it a part of their lives.
Only then will we truly benefit from the Word of God. Mentioning the beauties of the Holy Qur’an, on one instance the Promised Messiah (as) says, “It ought to be made clear that the Holy Qur’an is the definitive Word of God
“in which there is no doubt; there is not even an iota that has been added by man. “Its words and meanings are the word of God “and no sect within Islam can survive without this belief. “(i.e., without accepting this they cannot survive).
“Each verse contains an outstanding sequence and is something to be oft recited. “(i.e., it is a revelation that is to be recited again and again) “and each and every letter is in its appropriate place. “Owing to its miraculous nature, it is free from change and interpolation.”
Even the arrangement and order in itself is a miracle and it cannot be altered. Thus, how can one even claim that the Qur’an has been altered, for were this to happen, the Qur’an would become distorted from its original form. It would no longer remain in its pristine condition,
Nor will it cover the same subject matter. Then, whilst mentioning the depth and profound meanings of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) says, “The intricacies and wisdom of the Holy Qur’an “and the truths and verities that lay latent within it “are revealed according to the need of the time.
“For example, in the current time through which we are passing, “the Qur’anic verities revealed are in contrast to the deceptive powers (Antichrist) “that are in existence today, “whereas the people before did not face the challenges of these deceptive powers. “That is why the Qur’anic verities pertaining to it remained obscure from them
“but have been revealed to us.” One can learn of the subject-matter within the Qur’an according to the need of the time. In the earlier times the need was different. And so, the exegesis written in the past were for their own respective times.
The exegesis of the Qur’an being compiled today are for the current era. All of this (knowledge) is derived from within the Holy Qur’an itself and the exegesis is based on that. Only by pondering over the words of the Holy Qur’an will its meanings become apparent.
Thus, only a book of this kind can remain until the end of times, in that one can derive the meanings according to the conditions of the time. Then, mentioning the beauty of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “The hidden verities of the Qur’an which are supported by authentic Ahadith
“and clear and unambiguous verses of the Qur’an can never be redundant in meaning. “Rather, the outstanding miracle, that is the Qur’an, manifests its hidden verities at times “when there is a crucial need to demonstrate its spiritual power.” One can learn of its hidden verities and also infer based upon authentic Ahadith
As well as the clear and unambiguous verses of the Qur’an. The Promised Messiah (as) further says, “The Holy Qur’an contains everything, “but until one possesses insight, nothing can be derived from it. “(the condition is for a person to possess insight) “When a person, who studies the Holy Qur’an,
“moves on into the next year and looks back in retrospect, “they feel as though they were a student at the elementary level, “because this is the Word of God Almighty and so it develops a person accordingly as well.”
It is not the case that a person reads it once and learns everything there is to learn from it. Rather, when one person moves on from one year to the next and then begins contemplating over the Qur’an again, they understand that what they learnt before was akin to elementary study
And were basic things which they grasped, and now they have reached a higher level. In this way a person continuously progresses. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “I disapprove of people who state “that the Holy Qur’an is a book of varying interpretations, “for they dishonour the Holy Qur’an.
“One ought to say that the Holy Qur’an encompasses diverse insights. “(it ought to be deemed as containing an array of insights) “Every part of it is full of countless insights, “and one point of wisdom does not contradict the other. “However, personalities that are predisposed to impatience, enmity and anger
“have no affinity with the Holy Qur’an, nor is the Holy Qur’an opened to such people.” The hidden verities of the Qur’an are revealed to those who ponder over its meanings, purify themselves and seek the protection of Allah the Almighty. Furthermore, it is bestowed upon those who pray to be taught its meanings.
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Without a shadow of a doubt, “all verities and knowledge are gathered within the Holy Qur’an “and it contests with innovations of each era. “The heart of this humble one is a first-hand witness to these blessings and verities.” In our era, it is the Promised Messiah (as) alone
Who has expounded upon the wisdom and intricacies of the Qur’an. One can learn more of this from his writings. If one were to study his books carefully, then one can learn more about the beautiful teachings and intricacies found within the Qur’an. The Promised Messiah (as) further says,
“Undoubtedly, we have been bestowed with the Qur’an “for our prosperity, progress and eternal victory. “Its hidden verities and subtleties are limitless “and these are revealed to a person “after they have completely purified their inner selves and illumined their minds. “Whichever nation Allah the Almighty has put us up against,
“we have gained victory over them through means of the Qur’an. “It is agreeable to an unlettered Bedouin “just as much as it can fulfil the intellectual needs of a philosopher. “(It is not the case that the Qur’an was only revealed for one sect “(and the others remained deprived of it.)
“Unquestionably it contains the solution for every person, every era and every temperament. “Aside from those who are unaware of the reasons why they were created, “or who have an imperfect disposition, “everyone will have no choice but to accept the greatness of the Qur’an.”
I.e., those who are heedless of why they were created or are ignorant, or those who instead of progressing spiritually, regress due to their ignorance, the Qur’an will not benefit such people. However, if they are not like this then it is imperative to believe in the greatness of the Holy Qur’an
And it is these people who benefit from the light of the Qur’an. The Promised Messiah (as) says that Allah the Almighty addressed him saying, “Only the guidance found in the Holy Qur’an “is absolutely perfect and free from all human intervention”. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “My belief is that
“the more the natural sciences progress and practically come to the fore, “the more the greatness of the Holy Qur’an will become clear to the world.” Thus, those who are involved in secular research should also seek help from the Holy Qur’an
And by the grace of Allah the Almighty, there are many who do so. They also write papers on it. One ought to prove the superiority of the Qur’an and show how there are verities hidden within it. Dr Abdus Salam Sahib also always adopted this principle.
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Holy Qur’an, without a shadow of a doubt, “is filled with limitless verities and is sufficient to meet the needs of every era. “The verities, truths, excellences, wisdom and eloquence “is found in its most excellent and complete form in the Holy Qur’an
“and this extraordinary rank is not possessed by any other book.” The Promised Messiah (as) continues, “The Holy Qur’an has been referred to by God as “Khair” (good). “For example, it states: (Arabic, Holy Qur’an 2:270) “(and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted abundant good).”
Thus, the Holy Qur’an is a treasure of wisdom and knowledge. God Almighty has described wisdom and knowledge as wealth. The blessings in this world are also attained through this. Then, whilst giving a warning, the Promised Messiah (as) stated, “Keep in mind that one who do does not abstain from sin shall eventually die,
“and this shall most certainly be the case. “Allah the Almighty sent His Messengers and Prophets and His final book, The Holy Qur’an, “so that the world is not destroyed owing to the poison (of sin). “Rather, they should save themselves by becoming aware of its ill effects.”
Thus, it is the duty of every Ahmadi that while they transform their conditions in accordance to the teaching of the Holy Qur’an, they should also inform the world about this teaching as well and save them from their spiritual and material destruction. The Promised Messiah (as) further states,
“The Holy Prophet (sa) is the Seal of the Prophets and the Holy Qur’an is the Seal of the Books. “Now, there can be no other book and nor any other prayer. “One cannot attain salvation by abandoning that which was stated by the Holy Prophet (sa)
“or what he demonstrated and whatever has been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. “Whoever abandons this shall be cast into hell. This is our faith and belief.” One who holds such views, how can they be guilty of dishonouring the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Prophet (sa)?
If only the general Muslim population could understand this and escape from the clutches of the evil scholars and come to recognise the Imam of this age. The Promised Messiah (sa) further states, “The Holy Qur’an alone is the surest, easiest and most perfect means
“for recognizing the true principles and beliefs upon which our salvation depends.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states, God Almighty states: “(ARABIC) ‘Verily, We Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, ‘and most surely We will be its Guardian.’” In other words, when wrong interpretations emerge
Then in order to rectify them those who have been appointed by Allah the Almighty shall appear. And thus, in accordance with His promise, Allah the Almighty has sent Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian as the appointed one in this age.
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Ponder upon this declaration of Allah the Almighty “and assess the conditions of this era. “The people of other faiths are pulling you away from your faith through their deceitful ploys. “However, you are labelling the Messiah and Mahdi as a Dajjal (antichrist)
“and trying to draw the Muslims away from him.” The Promised Messiah (as) states that they should not just look at the fact that the Promised Messiah (as) has appeared and made a claim, in fact also look at the conditions of the era.
“It is the beginning of the century, there are external attacks (on Islam) “and then look at the conduct of the Muslims, “then ponder as to whether in such circumstances “there is a need of the Dajjal or the Mahdi and Messiah.” The Promised Messiah (as) states that prejudice is a great evil
And it was owing to this that people rejected the prophets in the past. May Allah the Almighty grant wisdom and understanding to the Muslims. Then, whilst mentioning the qualities of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) states, “The Holy Qur’an, from beginning to end, provides two kinds of testimonies-
“the testimony of reason and the testimony of revelation. “In the Holy Qur’an these two are like two great streams running in parallel “and influencing each other continuously.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “The purpose of the Holy Qur’an is to transform those with animalistic traits into humans
“and then it elevates them from humans to those who possess moral qualities “and then from good moral humans to ultimately godly people. “And we find that amongst the Arab people “this objective was achieved in the most excellent manner.” A few years ago, a person belonging to the Jewish faith once said to me
That although he was not a Muslim, however he believed that the Holy Prophet (sa) was indeed a prophet because the revolutionary transformation that was brought about among the Arabs Bedouins could only have been achieved by a prophet. No ordinary person could do such a thing.
It can only be achieved by one who has the support of Allah the Almighty. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “One is astounded when they reflect upon the Holy Qur’an because the Holy Prophet (sa), “who was not even able to read or write, “did not only present a scripture and granted wisdom,
“but he also revealed the means of purification of the soul to such an extent “that it takes to the stage whereby: (ARABIC) ‘He supports them with inspiration from Himself.’ “Carefully ponder over the Holy Qur’an as it leads all types of seekers to their objective
“and quenches all those who are thirsty for the truth.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “Even though all previous divine revelations were revealed “in order to grant people conviction (in the belief in God), “however the Holy Qur’an has laid the foundation “of granting an extraordinary level of conviction to the highest degree.”
In order to ensure the members of his Jama’at completely adhere to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, the Promised Messiah (as) included this as part of the conditions of the Bai’at. The sixth condition reads, “That he/she shall refrain from following unIslamic customs and lustful inclinations
“and shall completely submit himself/herself to the authority of the Holy Qur’an; “and that he/she shall make the Word of God “and the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) “his/her guiding principles in every walk of his/her life.” However, the evil scholars, who are completely bereft of any understanding,
Still allege that we have altered the Holy Qur’an. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “We are not permitted to change, alter, rearrange “or add any words from ourselves to any verse of the Holy Qur’an. “(in other words, neither can we make any change, nor add or remove anything).
“We are not permitted to add anything except if it is proven to have been done “by the practice of the Holy Prophet (sa). “(If the Holy Prophet (sa) from himself made any changes “(then they ought to present the evidence of this),
“however until it is not proven, we cannot make even an iota of a change “to the order and sequence of the Holy Qur’an and nor can we add any words from ourselves. “If we did commit such an act, then we would be guilty of a wrongdoing
“in the sight of Allah and worthy of punishment.” The Promised Messiah (as) has explained that this is not even possible for him, therefore how can people allege that he is guilty of this. And if he did do such a thing then he would be deemed guilty in the sight of Allah the Almighty.
Thus, the Promised Messiah (as) himself has openly declared that it is not permissible to make any kind of change or alteration to the Holy Qur’an. Moreover, he stated that if he were guilty of such an act then he would be guilty of a wrongdoing
And would be held accountable in the sight of Allah the Almighty. However, despite this, those who level allegations against us consider themselves even superior to God Almighty because even though Allah the Almighty has not declared us guilty of such an act,
But they still have and raise a commotion about this and want to punish us. May Allah the Almighty protect every Ahmadi from their evil and turn their evil ploys against them. And may He enable us to understand the true meaning of the Holy Qur’an and act upon it.
Pray for the Ahmadis in Pakistan and the general condition of the country. Also, pray for the Ahmadis in Burkina Faso and the general condition of the country. Pray for the Ahmadis in Bangladesh; may Allah the Almighty keep them in His protection. Even today the Maulvis had planned to create disorder.
Pray for all the Ahmadis in every country. As I mentioned, the month of Ramadan is starting and where you pay particular attention towards reciting and understanding the Holy Qur’an, there you should also pay particular attention towards prayers. May Allah the Almighty grant us all the ability to do this
And enable us to partake from the benefits of Ramadan. 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.