May 1: Khalifatul Masih II – Pearls of Wisdom
- Every Ahmadi needs to remember this well that Allah, the Exalted, has said to the Holy Prophet (saw) also that you will be able to intercede on behalf of someone only when permission is given — It is evident from a’hadith, that the Holy Prophet (saw) would only intercede when he was given permission [by Allah, the Exalted]. So how foolish is the one who says that someone would be able to intercede on his/her behalf. This false notion has led to many bad customs in our societies such as worship of the graves of people, and has led to the association of partners with God because people have begun to worship their religious divines. Please view 02:36—07:20.
- It is clear that Allah, the Exalted, does involve Himself in the affairs of men, and He displays His Power as He wishes and how He wishes — So this is Divine purpose in action, but we know that many ills result from lack of precautions and many things are cured through treatment, but when Allah, the Exalted, desires He intervenes also, andthe weapon of prayers has been taught to man for this very purpose so he may go the presence of God Almighty and say that I do not desire liberty, I have become totally frustrated at my condition and circumstances, please bestow your Grace upon me and intervene in my affairs. And Allah, the Exalted, also observes that this person has become reliant on God and desires that I should intervene in his affairs; so He intervenes and manifests His Power. Please see 11:07—14:38.
- The work of a believer is to serve a fellow human being as much as he can and consider this a means of earning merit in the sight of God, but when on the other hand the will and decree of God Almighty comes into operation, he does not express any sort of impatience or lack of contentment — But those who are in the habit of complaining, earn a double loss, both here and in the hereafter…So it is our utmost duty that we manifest upon the world both of our beauties: On the one hand we should spread the majestic sign of God Almighty and let the world know that this was manifested as a way of establishing the truth of the Promised Messiah (as), and on the other hand be the source of help and assistance to those affected by the tragedy…Those who die due to tragic events, they are also our very own and they may be dying due to the fulfillment of some awe-inspiring events about which the Promised Messiah (as) had prophesied. So it is our duty to help all such who are suffering. This is why the Ahmadiyya Jama’at also helps people in distress. If we display both these, our beauties, then both the powers of Allah will manifest in our favor also. That Power that descends from the heavens and also that which manifests itself from the earth…So these incidents from the life of the Promised Messiah (as) make clear to us various aspects and responsibilities. Serving the needs of the child, concern for his health and treatment, concern for a nearby friend, attention to his care and treatment, expression of happiness upon fulfillment of Allah’s Signs, and when the Decree of Allah manifested itself then feeling as if nothing at all had happened, drawing the attention of the member of Jama’at towards Allah, advising them forcefully to pay attention and struggle mightily for the attainment of high objectives, pointing out that the true purpose is to win the pleasure of Allah, and when we see the fulfillment of Allah’s promises and on the one side we are totally content, on the other when we see the humanity suffering and in need of service there, we have to serve with full force and full attention. Please see 21:53—27:47 and also 29:38—32:07
May 8: Khalifatul Masih II – Pearls of Wisdom
- The growth and progress of Qadian is a divine sign in itself, and we should ponder and reflect upon it, as well as similar anecdotes, to inspire our faith, and express gratitude to Allah the Exalted — Last Friday’s sermon touched upon early accounts of Qadian when it was a small, unknown place. When the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) went for walks, he would be accompanied by just the odd person and they walked on pathways alongside bushes. Qadian has progressed greatly since then, progress which was foretold by God…Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) explained this progress as a tremendous sign of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He recounted the original size of Masjid Mubarak in the times of the Promised Messiah where perhaps only two rows of worshippers could be accommodated and he compared it to its extension in his time. He encouraged people to visit the mosque and imagine how Ahmadis had been astonished when the small mosque which could only accommodate two rows of around five worshipers per row, had a third row and around fifteen worshippers. Huzoor (aba) encouraged all of us to reflect upon this tremendous blessing of Almighty Allah and similar faith inspiring incidents all of which highlight the truth of the Promised Messiah (as). Please view 06:18—12:24.
- The progress of Qadian should also remind all Ahmadis of our responsibilities as members of the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as) — For example, Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) draws our attention to the observance of Salat, especially congregational Salat, with reference to the growth of Qadian…Full mosques are made a source of our progress by God.Expansion of Qadian and the expansion of our Jama’at is not going to be in the context of space and numbers, and will be more in context of our filled homes and filled mosques. When we talk about building mosques, we should forge a sincere connection with God so that God does not leave us, and we can experience the fulfillment of every prophecy of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) with glory…As Qadian is developing with new buildings, people of Qadian are also building homes, as are Ahmadis from other parts of India and indeed from around the world. However, the fundamental aspect is that the secret of every success is to fill the houses of God. This fact is also associated with the general success and progress of the Jama’at. We should always remember that God has promised not just progress of Qadian, but of the entire Jama’at. Please see 12:24—25:24 and 28:34—32:50.
- Explaining a question regarding putting flowers on graves, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) said it is an absurd and idle practice; an innovation with no basis in the religion of Islam — Some people used to place flowers on the tomb of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) so it is now fenced off. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) called the practices of taking earth/soil from a grave as a blessing and placing flowers on graves idle and absurd because they are of no benefit to the deceased. That said, the departed soul has an affinity with its burial place…the Holy Qur’an states: ‘Then He causes him to die and assigns a grave to him’ (80:22) A deceased person’s soul has an affinity with its burial place, but placing flowers on graves has no significance…Of course, prayers should be said on gravesides because they are beneficial to the deceased in terms of reward and punishment and one should pray for spiritual rewards for the deceased, but no kind of shirk (associating partners with God) should be practiced. Please see 35:48—40:32.
- Arrogance can make even an educated person lose his senses, and expose the weakness in their faith — Please see 40:32—45:23 to understand this point in context of an account relating to the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) masterpiece writing ‘The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam’ and how God’s word was fulfilled, but the weakness of Khawaja Sahib’s faith [who later left the Ahmadiyya Jama’at] tried to keep it hidden.
- Members of our Jama’at should refrain from sitting in gatherings where derogatory or offensive/abusive language is used against Islam, the Holy Prophet (saw), the Jama’at and its elders — If an Ahmadi goes to such places it shows they lack the sense of honor for their faith. Why would one go to a place where one expects one’s parents will be abused! If one does, it shows that one has a very low sense of honor. In the times of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) the Aryas held a convention in Lahore and invited him to write an article to be read at the convention. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said he knew there would be abuse at the convention and declined to take part. Some people insisted that he should take part, so in spite of feeling disgust, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote an article and sent Hazrat Maulana Nur ud Din (may Allah be pleased with him) to read it. Hazrat Musleh Maud also went along. The article was based on a message of love and harmony. When the Arya speaker read his piece it had abusive language towards the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Hazrat Musleh Maud got up to leave. Others said Hazrat Maulawi Sahib was still seated. He wanted to leave, but on the advice of others he stayed. Something he lived to regret. When the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) came to know of the situation, he was most displeased as to why they had not left. Sometimes there is nothing wrong in publishing such abusive narratives so that they can be part of corroboration of the community.But sitting in such gatherings is honoring them and members of our Jama’at should not do so! Please see 45:30—51:24.
May 16: Promised Messiah – Exalted status of the Holy Prophet
- Our detractors do what they do, but as ever their ploys will only further burnish our faith and will enrich our connection with the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) — Indeed God sent the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) with spiritual treasures and promised him success. The more our opponents try to suppress us, the greater is our advancement and InshaAllah things will work out in this vein again…If previously we were remiss in reading the books of the Promised Messiah (as), then this recent action [of the government of Punjab in Pakistan to ban the publication and display of some Jama’at publications] should catalyze a stronger desire to read the works and educational treasures of the Promised Messiah’s (as) and to benefit from them…As such, there is no need for Jama’at members to worry about the government of Punjab’s recent decision. It should be remembered that this opposition against the Jama’at is nothing new. Throughout the history of the Jama’at the so-called religious leaders have raised objections and created difficulties for the Jama’at and they are not going to stop. Neither their ploys harmed the Jama’at in the past, nor will they harm it in future. No mother has born a child who can stop the Divine mission of the Promised Messiah…Huzoor (aba) has decided that dars (lesson) on the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) books should now be given more than ever. Thus restrictions placed in one province of Pakistan will end up being beneficial for everyone. The dars will be in the original language of the books, but material will be available in many other languages. Those who are worried about the situation should let go their concerns. Please view 07:43—11:59.
- Huzoor (aba) presented a selection of extracts from the writings of the Promised Messiah (as) which, contrary to our opponents’ claims, clearly demonstrate the tremendous love and esteem that the Promised Messiah (as) had for the glory and blessed status of the Holy Prophet (saw) — For example, please listen to 14:30—16:47, 17:30—33:26, 33:30—38:30, 38:35—41:46, as well as 41:49—48:22 on the blessed status of the Holy Prophet (saw) as the Seal of the Prophets.
May 29: The Blessings of Khilafat
- It is the duty of each person who takes Bai’at to always stay firm on it, to bring about pure changes in himself/herself, and adhere to Khilafat which operates in the ways of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) — We are fortunate that we have experienced fulfillment of the glad-tiding of Khilafat on the precepts of Prophethood and we are among those mentioned in the verse of Surah Al Jumu’ah: ‘And among others from among them who have not yet joined them…’ (62:4). We accepted the person about whom the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said that he would bring faith back from the Pleiades and we were enabled to give greeting to the Messiah whom the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) sent greetings. We also have had the grace to take Bai’at of the Khulafa of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). All these blessings demand from every Ahmadi to bring about pure changes in him and this is the duty of all his followers so that they may fulfil the dues of Bai’at. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was to bring faith down from the Pleiades and fill his follower’s hearts with it. Each Ahmadi bears witness that this was accomplished. However, establishing this faith was not limited to the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) lifetime or to a few decades after him because after making his prophecy, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said no more which signified that this Khilafat was to remain in all its glory till the Judgement Day. It is thus the duty of each person who takes Bai’at to always stay firm on it and adhere to Khilafat which operates in the ways of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). And also spread Oneness of God (tauheed) in the world. God sent the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) for this task and it was also for this task that his servant the Promised Messiah was sent, and it was also indeed for this task that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) foretold of the Khilafat that would last till the Day of Judgement. Please view 06:56—13:31.
- The system of Khilafat is connected to religious progress, and it is a part of Islamic Shariah — We all know that religious progress, unity, and the integrity of worship within Jama’at cannot take place without Khilafat. Permanence of Khilafat is a part of faith. Please see 14:23—17:46.
- The beneficence of Khilafat is now here to stay, but those who give precedence to the world over faith will be deprived of it — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) also said that the second Manifestation is established by God and indeed we observe Divine support for it and those who believe in it will continue to observe this Divine support. Islam lost its glory when materialism and worldliness entered it. The beneficence of Khilafat is now here to stay, but those who give precedence to world over faith will be deprived of it. God has promised to change the state of fear to peace through Khilafat for those who will pay God’s dues. Among these are observance of Salat and not holding any partners with God. There are different preferences in the world and people are in pursuit of materialism, and in their pursuit they use falsehood which is likeshirk, associating partners with God…Ahmadis who follow wrong practices (such as lying, cheating, etc.) are doubly culpable and they need to self-reflect. Please see 38:49—44:00.
- Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) said it is incumbent on every believer to work with the Khalifa night and day. Huzoor (aba) gave some important instructions in this regard for all of us, especially to office-holders and workers of the Jama’at — Huzoor (aba) said to office-holders and workers of the Jama’at that they have been blessed and enabled to serve the Jama’at merely owing to connection with Khilafat. Huzoor (aba) said it was credulous for people to assume that their knowledge, intellect or hard work was behind any good results/success. In matters of faith, there can be no blessing at all without Khilafat as it has been historically proven. It is love and loyalty to Khilafat that attracts God’s grace, and brings about good results/success because Khilafat is a system God established. If office-holders feel any element of self-importance they should do istaghfar. If the awareness of those with religious knowledge, wisdom of the wise, intellect of those with worldly knowledge and skill of experts brings extraordinary results in Jama’at work, it is only and only due to connection with Khilafat because God has promised blessings in this regard. Knowledge and skill can work in worldly matters, but in Jama’at matters everything works due to the blessings of Khilafat. Religious scholars should educate new comers and youngsters about the true connection with Khilafat. Office-holders are also responsible to do this, some of whom have little knowledge of religion. Some people tell Huzoor that they hold such and such office. Huzoor tells them not to say that they hold such and such office, but to say that they serve in such and such capacity. People should develop in righteousness and in connecting to Khilafat. Some office-holders think it is sufficient to commemorate Khilafat Day once a year. Huzoor (aba) mentioned this earlier as well with reference to Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him), that adequate emphasis is not given to Khilafat in the Jama’at. Since then some effort has been made, but there is room for improvement…No doubt, meeting in person develops personal connection and love on both sides, but if scholars and office-holders continue to mention the significance of Khilafat among the Jama’at, faith is strengthened and polished. Office-holders talk about their own importance, men and Lajna both, but they do not instill significance of Khilafat in hearts and minds as it should be instilled. If they do this, their own significance will also increase. Missionaries, office-holders or those with religious knowledge should become helpers and supporters of Khilafat. It is wrong to assume that stressing the significance of Khilafat once is the end of the matter. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said it is incumbent on every believer who feels compassion for faith, and sincerity for the Jama’at, and wishes for God’s work to carry on with dignity, and that Islam regains the honor it had in the time of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), and that the endeavors of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in this regard are not negated, to work with the Khalifa night and day! He said words of the Khalifa should be relayed again and again and again to the Jama’at until even those of little intelligence understand them. May God enable us to not only listen to the words of Khilafat, but also practice them. Please view 44:00—55:45 to understand Huzoor’s (aba) important instructions.