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Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2022

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 (saw) is the Messenger of Allah

I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) 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 be upon you all

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 (saw) is His Servant and Messenger. After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings,

Those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. Accounts from the life of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra) were being related two sermons ago and it was mentioned that Suraqah, in greed of the reward, also set out in pursuit of the Holy Prophet (saw).

However, when the decree of Allah the Almighty created hurdles before him, he requested the Holy Prophet (saw) to grant him protection when he would come into rule and he also requested the Holy Prophet (saw) for this to be in writing. There are various narrations in this regard. According to one narration,

The Holy Prophet (saw) addressed him whilst he was returning and said, “O Suraqah! What shall be your state when the bangles of the Chosroes shall be on your wrists?” Suraqah turned around in astonishment and said, “Chosroes, the son of Hormizd?” The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “Yes, Chosroes, son of Hormizd.”

Hence, during the era of Hazrat Umar (ra)’s Khilafat, when the bangles, crown and girdle of the Chosroes were brought before him, he called for Suraqah and said, “Raise your hands.” He then placed the bangles around his wrists and said, “Proclaim that all praise belongs to Allah the Almighty,

“Who seized both of these from the Chosroes, son of Hormizd and granted them to you.” It is also mentioned that Suraqah did not accept Islam during this migration, but did so when the Holy Prophet (saw) was returning from Hunayn and Taif, at a place called Jirana.

Jirana is the name of a well located close to Makkah and on the way towards Taif. [On that occasion,] the Holy Prophet(saw) said to Suraqah, “What shall be your state when you shall wear the bangles of the Chosroes?” In Seerat Khatam-un-Nabiyyeen [The Life and Character of the Seal of Prophets (saw)],

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has related this in the following manner, “The Holy Prophet (saw) started off, “but only a short time had passed when Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) noticed “that a man was racing his horse in pursuit of them.

“Upon this, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) worriedly said, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! A man pursues us.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Do not worry, Allah is with us.’ “This pursuant was Suraqah bin Malik, “who describes the tale of his pursuance in the following words,

“when the Holy Prophet (saw) left Makkah, the infidels of the Quraish announced “that whosoever brings back the Holy Prophet (saw) “or Abu Bakr (ra) dead or alive, shall be given such and such a bounty, “and this announcement was given to us through their messengers as well.” Suraqah said this.

“After this, one day, I was sitting in a gathering of my people, the Banu Mudlij, “when one man from the Quraish came to us “and addressed me saying, I have just seen two personages to the coast of the sea. “I perceive that perhaps they are Muhammad (saw) and his companions.

Suraqah says, I immediately figured that this must be them.” Following this, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has mentioned the details of this incident including Suraqahs pursuit, the omen not showing in his favour and also his horse sinking into the sand, all of which have already been mentioned. Nevertheless, Suraqah says,

“This entire ordeal led me to believe that this mans star is prosperous and that in the end, “the Holy Prophet (saw) would be victorious. “Therefore, in a gesture of peace, “I said, Your people have set such and such a bounty for your assassination or capture,

“and people have planned such and such against you. “I also came with the same intention, but now I shall return.” Then with regards to further details regarding Suraqah and the prophecy of the bangles of Chosroes, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes, “When Suraqah was about to return, the Holy Prophet (saw) said,

‘What shall be your state when the bangles of the Chosroes shall be on your wrists?’ “Flabbergasted, Suraqah inquired, ‘Chosroes son of Hormizd, the Emperor of Iran?’ “‘Yes,’ responded the Holy Prophet (saw). Suraqahs eyes were left wide open in amazement. “A Bedouin of the Arabian Desert and the bangles of the Chosroes,

“Emperor of Iran! But look at the display of the power of truth. “When Iran was conquered in the reign of Hazrat Umar (ra), “the treasure of the Chosroes came to the Muslims as spoils of war. “The bangles of the Chosroes also came to Madinah in these spoils.

“Hazrat Umar (ra) summoned Suraqah, who had become Muslim after the Fall of Makkah, “and put the bangles of the Chosroes on his wrists, which were laden with precious jewels.” Whilst mentioning this incident, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “The Makkans announced a reward of 100 camels for

“whoever caught Muhammad (saw) or Abu Bakr (ra), dead or alive. “The announcement was made among the tribes around Makkah. “Tempted by the reward, Suraqah bin Malik, a Bedouin chief, started in pursuit of the party “and ultimately sighted them on the road to Madinah. “Upon seeing the two mounted camels,

“he realised that it was the Holy Prophet (saw) and Abu Bakr (ra), “he spurred on his horse after them.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) then mentioned the entire incident of Suraqahs horse stumbling and falling and also him seeking an omen [by throwing arrows]. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) continues,

“Suraqah says: The Holy Prophet (saw) rode with dignity, and did not look back. “Abu Bakr (ra), however, looked back again and again evidently, “out of fear for the safety of the Holy Prophet (saw).” After mentioning the details of the incident whereby Suraqah pursued after them, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) writes,

“Just as Suraqah was about to leave, “the Holy Prophet (saw) received a revelation from Allah the Almighty about the future events “and said, Suraqah, how wilt thou feel with the gold bangles of the Chosroes on thy wrists? “In utter astonishment, Suraqah asked, ‘Which Chosroes? Chosroes bin Hormizd, the Emperor of Iran?’

“The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Yes.’ “Sixteen or seventeen years later the prophecy was literally fulfilled. “Suraqah accepted Islam and went to Madinah. “After the demise of the Holy Prophet (saw), “first Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), and then Hazrat Umar (ra) became the Khalifahs of Islam.

“The growing influence of Islam led the Iranians to attack the Muslims “but, instead of defeating the Muslims, they themselves were defeated. “The capital of Iran fell to the Muslims who captured its treasures, “including the gold bangles which the Chosroes wore when he would sit on the royal throne.

“After becoming a Muslim, Suraqah used to relate the incident of the migration with great pride. “Thus, the Muslims were well aware that the Holy Prophet (saw) had stated to him, Suraqah, “how wilt thou feel with the gold bangles of the Chosroes on thy wrists?

“When the spoils of the war were placed before Hazrat Umar (ra), “he saw the gold bangles of Chosroes and recalled that very incident. “It was a time of weakness in which the Messenger (saw) of Allah was forced “to leave his city and migrate to Madinah, “and the reason why Suraqah

“and other men raced their horses in pursuit of him was “so that they could somehow bring him back to “the Makkans alive and acquire the reward of 100 camels. “It was in such a time that the Holy Prophet (saw) stated,

“Suraqah, how wilt thou feel with the gold bangles of the Chosroes on thy wrists? “How grand a prophecy this was and how manifestly clear was this news of the unseen. “When Hazrat Umar (ra) saw the bangles of Chosroes before him, “the power of God was visible before his eyes.

“He, therefore, sent for Suraqah. “When Suraqah came, Hazrat Umar (ra) ordered him to put on the gold bangles. “Suraqah stated, ‘O Khalifa of the Messenger (saw) of Allah!! “It is forbidden for Muslims to wear gold. “Hazrat Umar (ra) stated, this is true, but not for occasions such as this one.

“Allah the Almighty had shown the Holy Prophet (saw) “that Chosroes’ gold bangles were on your wrists; “therefore either you wear them now or then I will punish you. “Suraqah was only objecting out of deference to the Shariat; “otherwise he was as eager as anyone else to provide

“visible proof of the fulfilment of the great prophecy. “Suraqah put on the bangles and Muslims witnessed “with their very eyes the fulfilment of this grand prophecy.” It is further mentioned that on his way back, Suraqah encountered an envoy that was sent to seek out the Holy Prophet (saw).

They asked Suraqah for any information about the Holy Prophet (saw), but Suraqah not only refrained from telling them anything, he also spoke to them in a manner that caused them to halt their search. During this journey of migration, there is an incident recorded in reference to Umm Mabad which is as follows:

“During the journey of migration, the caravan of “the Holy Prophet (saw) stopped by a tent to acquire provisions for their journey. “This was the tent of Umm Mabad, whose real name was Atikah bint Khalid. “She belonged to the branch of the Khuzaah tribe from the Banu Kab.

“She was the sister of Hazrat Hubaish bin Khalid, “who was a companion and had the honour of relating traditions [of the Holy Prophet (saw)]. “Umm Mabads husband was known as Abu Mabad. “It is said that he, too, had the honour of relating traditions of the Holy Prophet (saw).

“He passed away during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (saw). The exact name of Abu Mabad is unknown. “The tent of Umm Mabad was located in Qudaid, “which is a small village close to Makkah, located a few miles south of Rabiq.

“This is also where the altar of the well-known idol, manat, was located.” The people of Madinah would worship this idol. “Umm Mabad was a brave and strong woman, “who would sit by the front of her tent and feed those who passed by.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) and his companions asked to purchase meat and dates from her, “but she did not have what they required. “At that point in time, the people of Umm Mabad were impoverished and drought-stricken. “Umm Mabad said, ‘If we had anything, we would not keep it from you.’

“The Holy Prophet (saw) saw a goat in one corner of the tent and inquired, ‘O Umm Mabad, what is the condition of this goat?’ “She replied, ‘This goat has been overcome by weakness to the extent ‘that it cannot keep up with the herd.’

“In other words, it is so weak that it cannot even go out to graze with the rest of the herd. “The Holy Prophet (saw) asked, ‘Does it give milk?’ “She replied, ‘It is so weak that it would be impossible for it to produce any milk.’

“The Holy Prophet (saw) asked, ‘Would you permit me to try and draw milk from it?’ “She said, ‘If you sense that she will give milk, then by all means. I do not have any objection to it.’ “Thus, the Holy Prophet (saw) was brought the goat.

“He passed his hand over her udder, and with the name of Allah, the Mighty and Powerful, “prayed for the goat of Umm Mabad to be blessed. “The goat comfortably stood before the Holy Prophet (saw), “began to produce milk and ruminate. “Then, the Holy Prophet (saw) sought a vessel

“from them large enough to satiate an entire gathering. “The goat produced so much milk to the extent that the froth overflowed from the vessel. “The Holy Prophet (saw) offered the milk to Umm Mabad, who became fully satiated. “He then offered the milk to his companions, who also became fully satiated.

“After everyone else, the Holy Prophet (saw) himself drank from the milk and said, ‘He who serves others to drink should be the last to drink himself.’ “After a brief pause, the Holy Prophet (saw) milked the goat “once more until the vessel was full again.

“He left that vessel with Umm Mabad, purchased the goat from her and continued on his journey.” It is written, “On the one hand, the Holy Prophet (saw) “and his exceptionally devoted companion who was with him on the journey,

“Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), were journeying with divine help and in the shade of protective angels, “while on the other hand, the Makkans had not given up in their search. “They continued in their pursuit of the Holy Prophet (saw). “It so happened that the pursuit of a search party

“from the Quraish led them to the tent of Umm Mabad. “As soon as they disembarked from their horses, “they began to inquire about the Holy Prophet (saw). “Umm Mabad realized what was happening and said, ‘You are saying things that I have never heard of, nor do I understand what you people are after.’

“As soon as the search party became more aggressive in their questioning, “this brave and astute woman said, ‘If you do not leave from here at once, I will call upon the people of my tribe.’ “They recognized the status of this woman and thus realized “that it would be better for them to leave.”

The Holy Prophet (saw) was still en route when he met Hazrat Zubair, who was returning along with a Muslim caravan of merchants from Syria. Hazrat Zubair presented the Holy Prophet (saw) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) with white clothes. In reference to this meeting, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmed Sahib (ra) writes,

“On the way, he met Zubair bin Al-Awwam, “who was returning to Makkah with a small party of Muslimsfrom a trading expedition in Syria. “Zubair gifted a white set of clothing to the Holy Prophet (saw) and one to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)

“and said, ‘After my return to Makkah, I too shall soon join you in Madinah.’” There is a narration in Bukhari which states that on the way, many of the caravans that would pass by would recognise Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) as he would often embark on trade journies using those routes.

They would enquire who he was with and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) would reply, “He shows me the way.” In other words, “This person guides me to the right path.” People would assume that the Holy Prophet (saw) was his guide whereas Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) meant in terms of spiritual guidance. With regards to this, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes,

“Since the profession of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was that of a businessman, “he would travel this route to and from continuously. “Most people recognized him, but were not familiar with the Holy Prophet (saw). “As such, they would inquire of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra), Who is the man ahead of you?”

“Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) would respond: (Arabic) – ‘This is my guide.’ “They would think that he is a guide hired by Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) to direct his route, “but the actual intent of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was something else.”

With regards to reaching their final destination it is written that on the Monday, after travelling for eight days, with the help of God they finally reached Quba which was en route to Madinah. It is mentioned in Hadith that the Holy Prophet (saw) was born on a Monday, he left Makkah on a Monday,

He arrived in Madinah on a Monday and passed away on a Monday. Quba was the name of a well and the village thus became commonly known as Quba where the Ansar tribe of Banu Amr bin Auf lived. This village was situated at a distance of two miles from Madinah.

According to other opinions, Quba was situated at a distance of three miles from Madinah and was also known as Aliya bin Aliya. The Muslims in Madinah heard about the Holy Prophet (saw)’s departure from Makkah and every morning they would go up to Harrah and wait for him.

Madinah is situated between two Harrahs. A Harrah is a dark stony terrain. Harrah Waqim is situated to the east of Madinah and is also known as Harrah Banu Quraizah and the other one is called Harratul Wabrah, which is situated at a distance of three miles from Madinah.

They would wait until the intense of heat of the afternoon would compel them to leave. They would go in the morning and wait and then return in the afternoon. One day, the people of Madinah waited for quite a while before returning.

As they reached their homes, a Jew climbed onto one of their forts in order to do some work and saw the Holy Prophet (saw) and his companions who were wearing white clothes. The mirage was moving away from them. Upon seeing this, the Jew could not hold back and loudly cried,

“O Arabs! Here comes your leader who you were waiting for!” The Muslims rushed for their weapons and then met the Holy Prophet (saw) in the plains of Harrah. The Holy Prophet (saw) along with the rest of the companions turned to his right and reached the village of the Banu Amr bin Auf.

This took place on a Monday in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) stood up for the people whilst the Holy Prophet (saw) quietly remained seated. Those Ansar who had not previously met the Holy Prophet (saw) came and offered their greetings of peace to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).

When the sun began to shine upon the Holy Prophet (saw), Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) stepped forward and created a shade for him with his mantle. It was then that people realised who the Holy Prophet (saw) was. The Holy Prophet (saw) spent more than 10 nights in the village of Banu Amr bin Auf

And according to a narration of Bukhari, he spent 14 nights and laid the foundation for the mosque regarding which it is stated that its foundation have been established upon Taqwa [righteousness] and the Holy Prophet (saw) prayed inside it.

According to this narration of Bukhari, the Holy Prophet (saw) spent more than 10 nights in Quba. According to another narration, the Holy Prophet (saw) spent four days in Banu Amr bin Auf, i.e.Quba, that is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the Holy Prophet (saw) left for Madinah.

According to another narration, it is said that the Holy Prophet (saw) spent 22 nights [in Quba]. With regards to the Holy Prophet (saw)s arrival in Quba, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states, “After seeing off Suraqah and having travelled some distance, “the Holy Prophet (saw) arrived in Madinah.

“The people of Madinah were eagerly awaiting his arrival. “A more auspicious day could not have dawned for them. “For, the sun which had risen for Makkah had come instead to shine on Madinah. “The moment (the people of Madinah) heard the news “that the Holy Prophet (saw) was no longer in Makkah,

“they were expecting his arrival. Parties of them would travel miles out of Madinah to look for him every morning and they would return disappointed in the evening. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) reached near Madinah, he decided to stop for a while in Quba, a nearby village.

“A Jew saw their camels and realised that this was the caravan of the Holy Prophet (saw). “He climbed a hillock and shouted, ‘O progeny of Qaila,'” Qaila was the name of one of the grandmothers of the people of Madinah

And hence they were also known as the progeny of Qaila, “‘he for whom you waited has come.’ “Everyone in Madinah who heard this cry rushed to Quba, “while the people of Quba, were overjoyed at the arrival of the Holy Prophet (saw) in their midst. “The utter simplicity of the Holy Prophet (saw)

Is illustrated by an incident which took place at this time. “Most people in Madinah had not seen the Holy Prophet (saw) before. “The Holy Prophet (saw) was sat under a tree outside of Quba, “and people rushed towards them from Madinah. “Since the Holy Prophet (saw) was sat in a most simple manner,

“many of them who were unaware took Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) for the Holy Prophet (saw). “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra), though younger, “had a greyer beard and was wearing slightly better clothes than the Holy Prophet (saw). “Hence, they would turn to him and sit in front of him with great respect.

“When Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) saw this, he realised that people had made a mistake. “He quickly rose and took his mantle and hung it against the sun and said, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! You are in the sun. I make this shade for you.’

“In this subtle manner, he made plain to the people their error.” Whilst mentioning the details of this incident, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) has referenced a narration of Bukhari and writes, “There is a narration in Bukhari related by Bara bin Azib that,

‘I have never seen the Ansar as happy as they were ‘at the arrival of the Holy Prophet (saw) to Madinah, on any other occasion.’ “Tirmidhi and Ibni Majah have related from Anas bin Malik that, ‘When the Holy Prophet (saw) arrived, ‘we felt as if Madinah had become illuminated;

‘and on the day that the Holy Prophet (saw) passed away, ‘the city of Madinah never seemed darker. ‘After meeting the people who had come to receive him, the Holy Prophet (saw) – ‘due to a reason which history has not recorded – did not enter the city directly.

‘Instead, the Holy Prophet (saw) travelled out of his way to the right, ‘and went to an elevated habitation named Quba, ‘which was situated at a distance of 2 to 2.5 miles from the city. ‘Various families of the Ansar resided here; among them, the family of Amr bin Auf is distinct.

‘In that era, Kulthum bin Al-Hadam was the chief of this family. ‘The Ansar of Quba gave the Holy Prophet (saw) a very warm welcome. ‘The Holy Prophet (saw) stayed in the home of Kulthum bin Al-Hadam. ‘Those Muhajirin who had already reached Quba prior to the arrival of the Holy Prophet (saw),

‘were residing in the home of Kulthum bin Al-Hadam and other nobles from among the Ansar. ‘Perhaps this is the reason behind the Holy Prophet (saw) deciding to first stop in Quba. ‘In an instance, news of the arrival of the Holy Prophet (saw) spread throughout Madinah.

‘All of the Muslims began to gather in troops ‘at the residence of the Holy Prophet (saw) restlessly, in the fervour of their love.’” With regards to the construction of Masjid Quba it is mentioned that when the Holy Prophet (saw) arrived in Quba,

He laid the foundation for a mosque which is known as Masjid Quba. It is mentioned in Sahih Bukhari that the Holy Prophet (saw) spent more than 10 nights in the village of Banu Amr bin Auf and laid the foundation of a mosque regarding

Which it is stated that its foundations were laid on Taqwa and the Holy Prophet (saw) offered his prayers inside it. It is also mentioned in the narration that when the Holy Prophet (saw) laid the foundation, he first placed a stone in the direction of the Qiblah.

Thereafter, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) placed a stone and then Hazrat Umar (ra) placed a stone next to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)s stone. After this, the rest of the people began working on its construction. During the construction of Masjid Quba, the Holy Prophet (saw) would carry a stone tied to his stomach

And it would be a very heavy stone and the Holy Prophet (saw) would then place it down. Others would come and would want to lift the stone but they would be unable to do so. Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) would instruct them to leave it and to take another stone instead.

In relation to Masjid Quba it is mentioned that this was the very mosque whose foundations were established upon Taqwa. However, according to some other narrations it is said that Masjid Nabwi is the mosque whose foundations have been established upon Taqwa.

It is mentioned in Sirat Al-Halabiyyah that there is no contradiction in the two narrations because both mosques have been established upon the foundation of Taqwa. This view has been supported by Hazrat ibn Abbas (ra). In his view, the foundations of all the mosques of Madinah,

In which Masjid Quba is included, were established upon Taqwa, but the mosque regarding which the verse of the Holy Quran was revealed was indeed Masjid Quba. After spending 10 or 14 nights in Quba, the Holy Prophet (saw) left for Madinah. On the way when the Holy Prophet (saw) reached

The village of the Banu Salim bin Auf, it was a Friday. The Holy Prophet (saw), along with the Muslims, offered the Jummah prayers [Friday prayers] in mosque situated in the Valley of Ranoona. The total number of people was 100. The Valley of Ranoona is situated to the south of Madinah.

Ever since the Holy Prophet (saw) offered his Jummah prayers there, it is known as “Masjid Al-Jummah.” This was the first Jummah offered in Madinah. Perhaps the mosque was built afterwards and was named Masjid Al-Jummah because the Holy Prophet (saw) offered his Jummah there. It is then mentioned that after offering the Jummah prayers,

The Holy Prophet (saw) mounted upon his camel and left for Madinah and he had seated Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) behind him. The greed of the reward made a lot of people pursue after the Holy Prophet (saw). There is an incident mentioned in books of history; Buraidah bin Husaib states,

“When the Quraish announced a reward of 100 camels for whoever goes after the Holy Prophet (saw) “and brings them back dead or alive, I was also tempted by greed. “Subsequently, I set out with 70 riders from the Banu Sahm and met with the Holy Prophet (saw).

“The Holy Prophet (saw) asked me who I was, to which I replied, ‘Buraidah.’ “Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) turned towards Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and said, ‘O Abu Bakr! We have been granted relief and our matter has eased.’

“The Holy Prophet (saw) then said, ‘Which tribe do you belong to?’ I replied, ‘The tribe of Aslam.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘May peace be with them.’ “He then asked, ‘From which progeny?’ to which I replied, ‘from among the Banu Sahm.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘O Abu Bakr! You are very fortunate.’

“Buraidah then asked the Holy Prophet (saw), ‘Who are you?’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, ‘I am Muhammad (saw), son of Abdullah, the Messenger of Allah.’ “Upon this Buraidah said, ‘I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, ‘and Muhammad (saw) is His servant and messenger.’”

Buraidah accepted Islam and also all those who were with him. Buraidah then said: “All praise belongs to Allah, “the Banu Sahm accepted Islam wholeheartedly without any compulsion.” The following morning, Buraidah said, “O Messenger (saw) of Allah! “You ought to enter Madinah with a flag.”

He then took off his turban and tied it to a spear and began walking ahead of the Holy Prophet (saw), the Muslims then entered Madinah. Regarding the Holy Prophet (saw) entering Madinah, Hazrat Anas bin Malik has narrated an account in Sahih Al-Bukhari as follows: “The Messenger (saw) of Allah came to Madinah

And stayed in the upper part of Madinah for 14 nights with a tribe called Banu Amr bin Auf. “He then sent for the chiefs of Banu al-Najjar, who came armed with their swords. “I remember this incident as if I can see the Holy Prophet (saw) riding his camel before my very eyes

“and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was riding behind him and the chiefs of Banu al-Najjar were around him “till he dismounted in the courtyard of Abu Ayyub.” Mentioning about this incident, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes, “After a stay of more than ten days in Quba, on Friday,

“the Holy Prophet (saw) set out for the heart of the city. “A large party from among the An?ar and Muhajirin accompanied the Holy Prophet (saw). “The Holy Prophet (saw) was riding a camel, and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was behind him. “Slowly but surely, this caravan slowly began to advance towards the city.

“The time for Friday prayers arrived en-route. “The Holy Prophet (saw) stopped in the neighbourhood of the Banu Salim bin Auf. “He delivered a sermon to his Companions, and led the Friday Prayer. “Historians write that, although the Friday Prayer had already begun, “this was the first prayer service which the Holy Prophet (saw)led himself

“and thereafter the formal practise of the Friday Prayer began.” From this narration it also suggests that the mosque was built later. “After completing the Friday Prayers, “the caravan of the Holy Prophet (saw) continued to slowly proceed further. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) would pass by the homes of Muslims,

“in the fervour of their love they would move forward and say, ‘O Messenger (saw) of Allah! This is our home. Our wealth and lives are at your behest. ‘We also possess means of protection. Please stay with us.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) would supplicate for their prosperity and slowly moved towards the city.

“In the fervour of their happiness, “the Muslim ladies and girls climbed the roofs of their homes and began singing: “Today, the full moon has risen upon us from the valleys of Mount Wada; “For this reason, gratitude to Allah has become forever obligatory upon us. “The Muslim children ran about in the streets “and alleys of Madinah singing, Muhammad (saw) has arrived. “The Messenger (saw) of Allah has arrived.

“To express their happiness upon the arrival of the Holy Prophet (saw), “the Abyssinian slaves of Madinah would move about demonstrating their feats of swordsmanship. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) entered the city, “every individual desired that the Holy Prophet (saw) stay with him. “Each and every person would advance to offer his services.

“The Holy Prophet (saw) would respond lovingly to everyone, “and move forward until his she-camel reached the neighbourhood of the Banu Najjar. “At this place, the people of Banu Najjar stood in rows, “decorated with arms to welcome the Holy Prophet (saw).

“The girls of this tribe were reciting the following couplet whilst beating their drums: ‘We are girls of the Banu Najjar; How fortunate are we that Muhammad (saw), ‘the Messenger of Allah, has come to stay in our neighbourhood.’” With regards to the Holy Prophet (saw) calling over his family and the family of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) to Madinah, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) writes,

“A short while after arriving in Madinah, the Holy Prophet (saw) sent his freed slave, Zaid, “to Makkah to bring his family and relatives. “The Makkans had been overwhelmed by the sudden “and well-planned departure of the Holy Prophet (saw) and his followers “and so, for some time they stopped their cruelty to the Muslims.

“Owing to this, when the Prophet’s family “and the family of Abu Bakr (ra) left Makkah they raised no objections. “The two families reached Madinah safe and sound. “In the meantime, the Holy Prophet (saw) laid the foundations of a mosque on the site he had bought.

“After this, he built houses for himself and for his Companions.” After migrating to Madinah, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) stayed in Suna with Hazrat Khubaib bin Usaf. Suna was the name of a place on the outskirts, which was approximately two miles from Masjid Nabawi. Hazrat Khubaib belonged to the Banu Harith bin Khazraj tribe.

In one narration, it is mentioned that Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) stayed with Hazrat Kharijah bin Zaid. According to some narrations, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) built his house and clothes mill in Suna and began trading from there. God Willing, these accounts will continue in the future.

At present I would like to speak about some deceased members, among whom, the first mention is of Chaudhry Asghar Ali Klar Sahib, who was imprisoned in the way of Allah. He was the son of Muhammad Sharif Sahib Klar Bahawalpur.

On 10 January, he became unwell whilst he was in prison and passed away in hospital. “Verily, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.” In this way, he will be counted amongst the martyrs. According to the details, on 24th September 2021, he was God-forbid charged under the Blasphemy law,

Under Section 295-C, at the Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Police station in Bahawalpur. They instantly sanction Ahmadis under the Blasphemy law. He was arrested on 26th September after which the deceased remained in Bahawalpur jail. On 4th January, the deceased was transferred to Bahawalpur Hospital after vomiting blood and received treatment.

However, on 10th January, just before the time of Fajr he passed away in hospital whilst in a state of imprisonment. “Verily, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.” At the time of his demise, he was 70 years old.

On 8th January there was a court hearing for Asghar Sahibs bail request, however the police did not bring the records, owing to which the hearing was postponed to 11th January. However, before the verdict, the deceased passed away and met with his creator.

Asghar Sahib was a prisoner in the way of Allah for 3 months and 15 days. In 1971, whilst he was still young, the deceased pledged allegiance and joined the Ahmadiyya community himself after completing his Matriculation examination.

He was the only Ahmadi in his family and had to face a lot of opposition due to it, however, he always remained steadfast. He obtained a Masters degree in Maths from FC College [Lahore]. During his studies, because he had accepted Ahmadiyyat, his parents stopped supporting him financially,

And placed a condition stating that they would only help pay for his studies if he left Ahmadiyyat. Despite this, he remained steadfast and paid for his studies by giving tuition to other children. Later on, upon seeing his steadfastness and righteousness, his father stopped his opposition.

One virtue on part of his father was that he feared that his son, who was an Ahmadi, would not be given his share from his inheritance, his father decided to transfer his share in his lifetime. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, the deceased gave

Wasiyyat at a rate of 1/8th and would readily partake in financial initiatives. He would pay the full amount [of chanda] with the announcement of the new year. He had a sincere bond of love with Khilafat. Hospitality and respect for life-devotees and guests from the central headquarters was a particular quality of his.

He would offer his car to be used in official Community visits. He had a passion to propagate the message of Islam and would bravely invite others towards Allah the Almighty. Allah the Almighty enabled many righteous souls to accept the message of Ahmadiyyat and join the Community through Asghar Sahib.

Aside from being regular in fasting and the obligatory prayers, he was regular in offering the tahajjud prayers. He would look after the poor and was always willing to help and assist others. Despite opposition from his family members, he would help every single member of his family financially and was courteous towards them.

The deceased had a deep yearning to attain martyrdom, and Allah the Almighty fulfilled his wish in this way. Asghar Sahibs wife says, “Whilst he was in jail, during a visit, “he said that Allah the Almighty had conveyed the greetings of peace to him three times.

“He narrated another dream in which he saw his body leaving the jail.” The deceased served as Nazim Ansarullah, Zaeem Ala of Bahawalpur city, secretary Dawat ilallah, Secretary Waqf-e-Jadid, Secretary Islah-o-Irshad of the district. At the time of his demise he was serving as the Qadhi of the district.

Asghar sahib is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter. One of his sons is abroad and his daughter is in Canada. May Allah the Almighty shower His mercy and forgiveness on Asghar Ali Klar sahib and elevate his station. May Allah the Almighty bestow steadfastness

And patience to those he leaves behind and enable them to follow in his footsteps. Also pray for others who have been imprisoned in the way of Allah, may Allah ensure the means for their release. The next mention is of Mirza Mumtaz Ahmad Sahib, who was a worker in Wakalat-e-Ulya, Rabwah.

He passed away at the age of 85 “Verily, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.” He was a Musi by the grace of Allah the Almighty. Ahmadiyyat was established in his family through his father Captain Doctor Sher Muhammad Ali Sahib, who accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1923.

Mirza Mumtaz Sahib began working as a clerk in the office of Amanat Tehrik-e-Jadid in April 1964 and served in this post for the remainder of his life a span of 58 years. He was married to Majida Begum, daughter of respected Chaudhary Muzaffar Din Bengali Sahib.

Allah the Almighty blessed them with two sons and a daughter. His grandson Khalid Mansoor writes, “My grandfather always encouraged us to continue serving the Community. “He would explain to us the importance of praying in congregation and enjoined us to do so.”

He says, “After my father passed away, my grandfather never let me feel his absence. “I always found him to be a friend, and always saw him busy with Community work. “He was an exemplary friend, father and worker of the Community. He treated everyone with love, compassion and kindness.

“He was very punctual and would highlight its importance.” Saeed Ahmad Sahib, one of the workers who had the opportunity of working alongside him says, “I had the opportunity to work alongside him for quite some time; “he worked in a very meticulous manner,

“and after completing his work, he would help his colleagues in their work as well.” Luqman Saqib Sahib, a missionary says, “I observed that despite being physically frail, “he would complete the tasks entrusted to him with efficiency and in an excellent manner. “His memory remained remarkable until the very end;

“he could immediately recall matters from many years ago “and would specify which files they were in and where they could be found. “He appreciated decent jokes and would enjoy them, yet at the same time, “it was not in his nature to talk or converse unnecessarily.

“If there was some extra time after he had completed his work, “he would remain seated in the office and go over some old files.” Dr Sultan Mubashar also writes, “He was very humble; “despite being a senior worker he would always wait his turn “and never expressed any haste when he visited the hospital.

“One of his great qualities was showing gratefulness and appreciation, “and he was also extremely patient. “Despite enduring an extended illness which caused great discomfort, he never became impatient.” His circle of friends was very small; it comprised a few friends from the office.

I myself have seen him to be very quiet in nature and interacting with his close friends. It was his routine to go straight home from the office, and then from home to the office. He worked very hard and he lived his life with sincerity and loyalty.

May Allah the Almighty grant him His forgiveness and mercy. May He enable his children to carry on his virtues. The next mention is of Colonel Doctor (retired) Abdul Khaliq Sahib, who was the former administrator of the Fazl-e-Umar Hospital. He recently passed away at the age of 97,

“Verily, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.” He was a Musi by the grace of Allah the Almighty. Ahmadiyyat was introduced to his family through his father Mian Muhammad Alam Sahib, who accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1919, and Dr Abdul Khaliq Sahib accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1938.

Whilst recounting the incidents surrounding his own Ba’ait, he says, “Our father had subscribed to Al Fazal, and I was introduced to Ahmadiyyat by studying that. “Then in 1938, the three of us siblings accepted Ahmadiyyat. “Our respected mother was regular in offering prayers and fasting; “she also accepted Ahmadiyyat a short while after us.”

He says, “I went to Qadian for the first time on the occasion of Jalsa in 1939 “which was also the Jubilee Jalsa, after which I would often attend the Jalsa.” His wife passed away in 1987, and they had two sons and two daughters.

One of his sons is Dr Abdu Bari, who is the Amir of Community Ahmadiyya Islamabad. When the government of Bhutto issued the unjust ordinance declaring Ahmadis as non-Muslims in 1974, Doctor Sahib resigned from his government job and offered his services under the Nusrat Jahan Scheme.

In 1977, he was sent by the Central Headquarters to Sierra Leone, where he served humanity for three years. Then in 1992, PIA started flights to Tashkent; seeing this as an opportunity, Doctor Sahib requested to do Waqf-e-Aarzi [temporary period of devoted service] in Tashkent and Uzbekistan. The Central Headquarters approved this request,

And he, along with his younger sister travelled to Samarqand and Bukhara where they spent their Waqf-e-Aarzi. During this time, he selflessly served humanity and also had the honour of spreading the message of Ahmadiyyat. In 1994, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) appointed him as the administrator of the Fazl-e-Umar Hospital in Rabwah,

A post in which he served until 2005, a period of more than ten years. Various construction and expansion projects were completed during his time. One of his children writes, that despite being 80 or 81 years of age at the time, he had a youthful spirit of service.

At the same time, he was aware that old age was dawning upon him. Thus he wrote a request to me in 2005 for retirement, and thereafter he officially took retirement. He then took up residence in Islamabad, where he served as a local Qadhi. His elder son, Dr Abdul Bari says,

“He was always mindful of his children’s religious and moral training. “He would recite the Holy Quran throughout the day, and this was his favourite practice. “Whenever decisions had to be made in important matters, “he would always decide in light of the Holy Quran.”

His son-in-law Dr Muzaffar Ali Nasir who is the Naib Amir of District Wah Cantt says, “To this day, I have never seen anyone recite the Holy Quran as much as he did. “He loved the Quran; once, when he was discharged from the hospital, the staff were sad,

“saying,’ Who would recite the Holy Quran to them?’ “His regularity in offering Tahajjud, whether in the winter or the summer was exemplary for us. “He had a deep love for Khilafat and the Community. “He led a simple life and never complained.” His brothers grandson Abdul Samad Rizvi Sahib writes,

“He endured every hardship and would give up “his own happiness for the sake of attaining Allah the Almightys pleasure.” He says, “I had the opportunity of staying at his home in Rabwah on many occasions; “his personality was a means for me to recognise the Living God.

“The standard of his tahajjud prayers was exemplary; “the honour and love for Khilafat was deeply rooted within him “and this proved to be an excellent means for our moral training.” Dr Abdul Khaliq, a doctor at the Fazl-e-Umar Hospital says, “He was very kind to the young doctors at the hospital,

“and would encourage the senior doctors to pay special attention to the younger doctors training. “He overlooked the finances of the hospital with honesty and care. “He tended to the poor and needy by spending out of his own pocket.” Dr Ashraf Muhammad Ahmad says, “He was considerate, tender-hearted and forbearing.

“He was very kind, and did not have the habit of speaking much. “He kept a detailed watch over administrative matters “and would ensure that principles were adhered to.” He would encourage other doctors to undertake Waqf-e-Aarzi at Fazl-e-Umar Hospital, including his sons and his son-in-laws.

May Allah the Almighty grant the deceased his forgiveness and mercy and enable his children to carry on his virtues. After the [Friday] prayers, I will lead these funeral prayers [in absentia]. All praise is due to Allah We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection;

We confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path.

And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other

And to do good to others as one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He too will remember you;

Call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.

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