Feb. 6: Khalifatul Masih II – Pearls of Wisdom
- Even if one looks at very good things with a very negative attitude or intent, one can be misled into erroneous paths as a result — Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra), while talking about the negative impact of debating in which people say things that are not from their heart, mentions the case of two people who engaged in a study of the Promised Messiah’s books but adopting the opposing point of view from their own. The result was that the one who originally was in favor, became an opponent, and the one who was an opponent, became a follower. So, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) says, thatthis way of participating in debates is very dangerous and can sometimes lead to very grave results. So, even if one looks at very good things with a very negative attitude or intent, then one can be misled into erroneous paths as a result. Many people level criticisms at the Promised Messiah’s (as) writings — that this is written there, and that is written and they do this because their reason for reading is only for the purpose of making a criticism. They do not look at the context and such people even find objections in the Word of God. This is why Allah Himself says in the Holy Quran that it is for the believers a cure and a mercy, but for those who seek to make objections or those who exceed all bounds, it causes them to fall into a state of loss and they continue to become more and more distant from God and faith. Even if it be the Word of God, it can be of no benefit till it is read with a pure heart. Please view 02:00—07:07.
- We should give up the habit of offering Salat individually and rather go to offer Salat in congregation — With regard to the importance of Salat, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) mentions an incident from the life of the Promised Messiah (as). The Promised Messiah (as) went to attend a case in the courts, but the proceedings got delayed and the time for Salat came. Despite people’s advice, the Promised Messiah (as) went to offer the Salat and soon thereafter he was called into court for the proceedings. However, being occupied in Prayer, he came after having completed the Prayer. Now the rule of the courts is, that in his absence the judge should have declared in favor of the opposing party, but Allah loved this devotion of the Promised Messiah (as) so much that He moved the judge to ignore his absence due to his being involved in prayer at that time and decided the case in his or his father’s favor. Then, at another place, Hazrat Musleh Maood (ra) says concerning the importance of offering Salat in congregation, that one should gather the whole family and offer Salat in congregation and that due to this not being the habit of the people, the value of salat in congregation has fallen badly in people’s estimation. People should give up the habit of offering Salat individually and rather go to offer Salat in congregation. When the Promised Messiah (as) could not go to offer Salat at the mosque, he would offer the salat in congregation at home, and it was very rare indeed that he would offer any salat on his own. Mostly on such occasions he would include our mother and offer the Salat in congregation thus, and the other women would also join with our mother, so as a first resort, all friends should come together and offer Salat in congregation, and if someone cannot do this, he should offer the salat in congregation at his home with his wife and children. Friends should make arrangements everywhere for the offering of Salat in congregation. Where the town is big, the members should make arrangements by streets and sections of the city, and where there are no mosques, they should try to build mosques. Thus, in any case, the importance of offering salat in congregation is such that even if the salat has to be offered at home it should be offered in congregation by including the wife and children so that the children get into the habit of offering their salat in congregation. Then the Promised Messiah (as) emphasized greatly that Salat should be offered with all its attendant requirements. Hazrat Musleh Maood (ra) said in this connection that the offering of the salat with all its obligations and requirements is an immensely beautiful thing, but if we go on being careless and depriving it of all the necessities and requirements, then it goes on becoming a useless and worthless thing which serves no purpose. The beauty of salat is in it being offered with all the due care and attention it merits, but if it is not offered in this way it becomes a worthless thing, and such a salat can never be full of blessings. The Promised Messiah (as) used to say that people offer their prayers the way that hens peck at grains on the ground. Such salat can certainly not provide any benefit. Indeed at times such salat can be the cause of a curse from God descending on a person. Please see 07:13—12:20.
- Every strata of the Jama’at, and every section of the Jama’at, must give the custom of saying salaams (i.e., greeting with salaam) great attention as this is a saying of the Holy Prophet (saw) — Once a complaint was made to the Promised Messiah (as) that the young do not offer the elders salaams. Upon this, the Promised Messiah (as) said that the commandment to say salaams applies equally to both, the elders and the young alike. Hazrat Musleh Maood (ra) says he remembers a couplet the Promised Messiah (as) used to recite: who nah ayay to too chal aiy mir, teree kiya iss main shaan ghattee haiy (“If they do not come you should go, your grandeur is not affected by you doing this”)…If one brother does not accept or obey a command of the Holy Prophet (saw) why should we not be the ones to obey this command of the Holy Prophet (saw) and become the beneficiaries of God’s blessings thus. Thus, if this complaint is true, then this act is contrary to wisdom and of low moral stature. There is no such command that only the young or the juniors should offer salams. If the junior person has not offered salaams, the senior should do so himself. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) says that this is my practice that when the thought occurs, I myself offer salaam first and instead of making a complaint, the senior officers should adopt this method and say salaams themselves first. So all our officeholders should try to establish their own example and be the first in offering salaams, and it should not be the case that they wait for the junior or the young to say salaams to them first. There are also some senior people who sometimes do not reply to people’s salaams or do so with great difficulty — I receive such complaints also that the senior people do not reply, or do so, so softly or in such an awkward manner, as if this is a great difficulty that has been imposed upon them. Every strata of the Jama’at and every section of the Jama’at must give this custom of saying salaams great attention as this is a saying of the Holy Prophet. Please view 12:29—14:59.
- We should try to stop false rumors from spreading and instead they should be confronted — Hazrat Musleh Maood (ra) says that the Promised Messiah (as) used to relate an event that once a thief came into the house of Rustam [a famous figure renowned for his bravery] and although, without doubt, Rustam was very brave, and although he was expert in warfare, and knew how to wield a sword very well, not necessarily was it the case that he could overcome someone in wrestling. In any case, when the thief entered the house and he tried to catch him but the thief was expert in wrestling and he managed to throw Rustam to the ground. At that time Rustam thought that now he would be killed, so he shouted out, ‘Here comes Rustam.’ When the thief heard this he left him immediately and ran away. In other words the thief kept fighting with Rustam and in fact had succeeded in throwing him to the ground but ran away afraid of his name. So by relating this story, the Promised Messiah (as) is saying that sometimes people spread stories to break the people’s resolve. He says that when a man is present in his house and a fire takes hold he is not so affected as he is when he is not present at home and he hears that his house has caught fire. Then he said at a time when there was a war going on that bombs dropping at some place is not so dangerous as the rumor and news spreading everywhere that bombs are falling. So false rumors spreading can sometimes create cowardice and break the resolve of the people. So in order to maintain one’s own bravery and resolve it is very essential that we should try to stop false rumors from spreading and they should be confronted. Please see 24:08—26:50.
- We should all be mindful of the importance of hard work and effort, and we should endeavor at all times to think and work fast, with due thought and care — Hazrat Musleh Maood (ra) says that working at a fast pace can make a great change in the stature of a person, and then he said that children should be taught to think and work fast. But he cautioned by fast is not meant doing things hastily and without due care. But to do things quickly after and with due thought. One who makes haste without thought is a satan. But one who works fast after due thought and care is a solider of Allah, the Exalted. Please see 44:21—45:30…The Promised Messiah (as) says no matter where a momin (believer) stays, he will have to do work. So, it is not the case that after death and after reaching paradise, there will just be rest and more rest in paradise. We will have work to do there…And if in anyone’s mind this thought took hold that now it is the time to rest, then it would mean that he had lost his faith. Because the thing that Islam has designated as faith and rest, is to do work. Allah, the Exalted, says very clearly: So when thou art free, strive hard, And to thy Lord do thou attend whole-heartedly. [94:8-9]. This is the subtlety which we must remember always. There is no rest for you in the sense in which the people of the world employ this word. Because in the sense in which the Holy Quran mentions, rest it is that which you can easily attain. The meaning which the world ascribes to this word, “rest,” is most certainly wrong, and the person who searches for this type of “rest,” such a one will remain blind in this world and also in the next. So, it is the job of the believer that he should keep himself busy in his work. Having attained to a height, he should be prepared to undertake the next target. And this is the secret for success of our individual and national progress and success. May Allah, the Exalted, bless us to carry out this obligation in this way. Aameen! Please see 54:03—55:52.
- We need to pay due attention to the importance of physical exercise for our well-being — Hazrat Musleh Maood (ra) says about the Promised Messiah (as) that I have seen that he would work all day long inside the house, but daily he would also go for a walk at least once. And he (as) was very strict in this despite his age and occupations.He used to say that walking in the open fresh air is of great benefit for the brain. And so Hazrat Musleh Maood is advising that if this is done then we would become of benefit to the world with good health and also good brains. So in these days also our children and young need to pay attention to playing in the open fresh air. And their attention needs to be drawn to this and the students of the Jamias need at least to devote one and a half hours to this activity daily. These days the computer and such games have made this very necessary and if there is no difficulty, walks and games in the open air should be done. Please see 45:35—47:37.
Feb. 13: Essence of Conscious Nation Building
- Remember that flaws and shortcomings develop due to the influence of the environment. In addition to self-reflection, we need to make an earnest effort, as a community, to reflect on communal shortcomings and to rectify them; and in this remedial effort, each individual has to play his/her role — Shortcomings are of two kinds, individual and communal, just as good qualities are also both individual and communal. It should be remembered that flaws and shortcomings develop due to the influence of the environment. Just as a seed cannot germinate without soil and even if it did, it would wither away very soon, shortcomings and virtues which are borne of flaws and good qualities are influenced by environment, making environmental factors a necessary element. Environments are also of two types; one kind only affects individuals and does not influence everyone in a community…Virtue or evil also develop due to specific situations on a communal level and results in the rise or fall of nations. Individuals can improve and progress through effort, but an individual’s effort cannot impact communal good or evil. An individual is only an element of a community and a communal shortcoming cannot be rectified by reformation of just one element…An individual can correct himself, but the entire community needs to reflect and make effort for communal reformation. While it is important for each individual to self-reflect, it is also important to reflect on communal shortcomings and rectify them. There can be no success without collective remedy! Please view 02:03—14:25.
- It can be beneficial if the Jama’at reflects over nation’s shortcomings and remedies them. Shortcomings and flaws do not remain individual flaws, they become communal ills. We should reflect and see what communal shortcomings people of other faiths, or those of no faith, have. — Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that, with reference to Ahmadiyya Jama’at, it can be beneficial if the Jama’at reflects over nation’s shortcomings and remedies them. Harmful innovations in religion can spread badness, and erroneous beliefs influence everyone and this can also negatively impact culture. However, we are Muslim and consider the Holy Qur’an to be Word of God and believe its teachings to be flawless. Indeed, flawless teachings do not have adverse impact. So, are all Muslims free from badness? Generally speaking most Muslims are embroiled in badness. This is indeed worth reflecting over in light of the fact that the Holy Qur’an is free from any flaw and has brought the perfect religious law. Much of what the Holy Qur’an states has come to pass and God’s declaration that its teaching is free of flaw is also truthful. Question arises, where does the deficiency lie? It is of course in understanding the teaching incorrectly and in practicing it incorrectly. These errors may have crept in by the erroneous understanding of religious scholars past and present. These scholars have their points of view, but the nation follows them blindly even though some among them are highly educated. And thus shortcomings and flaws crept into communities, environment had its effect, adverse effect of cultures of other religions was taken, and cultural aspects were deemed religious aspects! We are fortunate to belong to the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), and traditions which are devoid of any wisdom should not have any impact on us. However, we too are not completely safe. People with different viewpoints enter the Jama’at, and some newcomer scholars interpret matters according to their own mind-set. Of course it is not forbidden to do so; however, there are some principles which need to be followed in this regard. In order to avoid promoting any erroneous concept, scholars should express their views in subordination of Khilafat. With the grace of God our Jama’at is generally free from such issues, but there is need to be constantly aware of this. Please see 16:15—25:48.
- Our environment also affects children, and parents may potentially kill their children spiritually as well as physically — Our environment definitely affects us. Parents may impart their own values to their children, but our environment also affects them; andchildren spend a large part of their day at school, and at home too, ‘friends’ can be made through other means who can have a negative impact on children and adults alike. Children do not listen to parents, and some parents react badly and are oppressive to the children, and this leads to children losing respects for parents. These shortcomings and flaws do not remain individual flaws; they become communal ills, and homes are broken. Parents kill their children spiritually as well as physically. Some Ahmadis are also being influenced by the communal ills of the Western world. Before these shortcomings affect us any further, we need to heighten our efforts to rectify them. All parts of Jama’at Ahmadiyya should think collectively and plan to eradicate these ills right away; before the ills of the Western world creep into us as communal ills. We have pledged and declared to remedy the world of its ills. How could this be if the very people who are to cure become afflicted! Please view 26:29—30:32.
- There is not much focus on congregational Salat, and there is too much inclination to combine Salat — In general, our Jama’at has mosques and centers all over the world, but there are some areas where there are only a few Ahmadi homes and instead of offering their Salat together, Ahmadis offer it at home. This happens because some are busy while others combine their Salat due to their hectic work schedule. There is not much focus on congregational Salat and there is too much inclination to combine Salat. As if these aspects are becoming our communal shortcomings. There is a critical need to remedy this. This flaw is not individual based, but is heading towards becoming a communal failing and shortcoming. [Our appreciation of the] significance of congregational Salat has declined. Although Ahmadis offer their Salat at home with deep tenderness and humility which perhaps other Muslims do not, but other Muslims are very regular in going to mosque even if they do it for pretense. And of course, once in the mosques, they utter nonsense about the Jama’at which is creating ills among them, whereas our objective to go to the mosque is to remove our ills. We need to pay attention that mosques are filled and populated by true believers. Not offering Salat in the mosque, or combining Salat, becomes that much more perilous on a communal level when we note that children are losing the significance of congregational Salat and some even say that Salat is offered three times a day (due to combining). Urgent reflection and planning is required by everywhere in this regard otherwise this could become a communal ill for our next generation! And one ill leads to another, and faith remains all but in name with its spirit lost. There is great need to make endeavors to avoid spiritual illness. Please see 30:33—37:51.
- Misguided acts of other Muslims should spur us even more to not only look at what is apparent, but while understanding the spirit of Islamic teachings, we should eradicate every ill before it becomes communal. Those who take precautionary measures remain somewhat safe from apparent ills — Thus, we need to take precautionary measures. After reforming ourselves we need to constantly safeguard against such ills. We should ponder on the areas where ills have entered in the lives of other Muslims and they have lost the way. We should not go with the flow; in fact we should mould situations to suit us. We need to remain connected with Khilafat and also need to keep in touch with MTA and our website alislam.org. They provide us the true teachings. It is worth remembering that Muslims were given a Book like the Holy Qur’an yet they have so many ills and shortcomings…There is no doubt that the Holy Qur’an is a perfect Book and will be a source of guidance till the Day of Judgement. Indeed, there is also no doubt that God Who is the Creator of the human mind knew that if the mind is not trained to think, it loses its functions and loses its capacity to develop. Therefore, although God made the Holy Qur’an flawless and perfect, He left one part of each commandment therein for the human mind to work out. Some of its principles are clear and decisive, while other aspects need human mind to reflect and think so that the human mind does not become redundant. The Holy Qur’an has been revealed in words and phraseology which promote deliberation which in turn results in unfolding of knowledge. If this was not so, the Holy Qur’an would have been clear to understand for all without any reflection. The Divine Will behind this was not to let the human mind become redundant and stunted. However, there are some rules and regulations; some principles regarding this. In this age, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has guided us about them and has given us his own interpretations and commentaries which should always be kept in view. And those who wish to look for new points in the Holy Qur’an should do so in line with the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) guidance. The Holy Qur’an is a perfect Book and it has everything in it, but only those are granted guidance from it who read it, reflect over it and try and put it in practice.It informs us of individual and communal ills as well as good qualities. For the teaching of people of the latter days and to widen their thoughts and to show them light and understand the Holy Qur’an, God has declared in it that He would send His chosen person in the latter days. However, those who do not reflect on it, have rejected the one sent by God and are thus deprived of the expansive knowledge of the Holy Qur’an. They are lost in ignorance and bring Islam in disrepute. Such acts of other Muslims should spur us even more to not only look at what is apparent, but while understanding the spirit of Islamic teachings, we should eradicate every ill before it becomes communal. Please see 38:15—47:32.
Feb. 27: Khalifatul Masih II – Pearls of Wisdom
- We need to believe in what Almighty Allah has said and stick to such beliefs, as opposed to accommodating or presenting our beliefs in such a way that would appease the other ulema (religious leaders) — Once a person came to see the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and presumed to advise him on how to get self-absorbed religious leaders to agree on something. For example, he said, it should be put to important religious leaders by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that Christian belief on death of Christ has caused Islam great damage. And they should be asked how it could be responded to. In other words, the person suggested that words should be fed to the religious leaders so they may assume they are the ones who have come up with the answer. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) told him that had his claim been borne of human scheming, perhaps this is exactly how he would have dealt with the matter, but since he had announced with the commandment of God, he had proceeded to do it exactly as he had been Divinely instructed! Please view 07:10—11:14 for a detailed explanation on this important point.
- Only the views of Prophets of God are correct about miracles, and others cannot reach what Prophets personally experience — Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) explained that only the views of Prophets of God are correct about miracles and others cannot reach what Prophets personally experience. Indeed, holy persons who are devoted to God can understand matters up to a point, but not to the extent Prophets can! He said he had received perhaps a thousand revelations (at the time of writing), but all these revelations could not even measure up to revelations received by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in a single night! Please see 11:15—17:47.
- Honor of Khulafa is in following the one whose Bai’at they have taken — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has written that Hazrat Maulana Nur ud Din Sahib (may Allah be pleased with him) operated in synchronization with the Promised Messiah like the pulse. Yet, if any of his reference was to be presented along with a reference of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), it would be highly inappropriate. Honor of Khulafa is in following the one whose Bai’at they have taken. If due to unawareness they make a mistake and anyone around them is aware of the matter, he should come forward and explain what the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had said on the subject. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that God had endowed him with great comprehension and he was also greatly capable of understanding the words of one sent from God, but this did not signify that he could compete with one commissioned by God! He said if anyone presented a reference of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) along with a reference of his, it would be nothing more than his humiliation. It is also not necessary for a Khalifa to know everything. Indeed, Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) did not know all Ahadith; similarly if anyone has knowledge of something the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said and shares it, it is very generous of them…If a Khalifa was to give an interpretation which appears contrary to the interpretation of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), he should be informed. If the Khalifa of the time considers that his interpretation could be gleaned from the Promised Messiah’s interpretation, fine, or else he would correct his interpretation. It is not that there is any contradiction of views. There is no contradiction; the cause of any such occurrence would be unawareness. Please view 17:48—29:45.
- We need to pay particular attention to forgiveness and the practice of forgiving others — Detractors and enemies of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) contended with him on every level including social boycott. Yet, when they came to him asking for forgiveness, he would always forgive. Once his opponents were apprehended and the magistrate said what was the point in detaining them if Mirza Sahib was to pardon them later! Indeed, when the culprits went to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and asked to be forgiven, they were! Please see 32:08—33:56.
- We should be mindful of the importance of promoting inter-faith debate — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) promoted inter-faith debate. He put the idea to his opponents to hold a convention where everyone would explain the qualities of their faith. The Promised Messiah (as) believed that others had a right to propagate their faith just as much as he, the Promised Messiah (as), had a right to propagate his. Please see 35:20—36:33.
- Rather than any human agency or government, as Ahmadis, we believe that it is Almighty Allah alone Who is safeguarding Makkah and Medina from the Heavens — A Turkish diplomat visited Qadian during the lifetime of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He was collecting donations from Muslims to strengthen the Turkish government. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) honoured him as a guest and also advised him. He counseled about honesty, trustworthiness and said persecution of people should be shunned. He forewarned him about the state of affairs and told him that he had experienced visions with bad premonitions about treachery within Turkey. The diplomat did not take to this kind of advice very well and this gave way to a reaction in India. It was said that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had humiliated the Turkish government which was [at that time] the guardian of the holiest places in Islam, Makkah and Medina. In response to this the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said you say Turkey safeguards Makkah and Medina whereas it is Makkah and Medina that are safeguarding the Turkish government. We consider that God is safeguarding Makkah and Medina from the Heavens. Indeed, if an enemy were to attack, human effort may be made in an apparent manner. But we firmly believe anyone who looked at Makkah and Medina with bad intent will be ruined by God. If God forbid such a time was ever to come when physical defense of these sacred places was needed, the world would see how the Ahmadiyya Jama’at would be at the forefront of sacrifice, InshAllah. Please see 37:23—43:16.