To mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, its World Head, the Fifth Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has delivered an historic address to members of the community.
For the very first time, on 23 March 2014, His Holiness delivered an entire address in the Arabic language – the language in which the Holy Quran was revealed.
Speaking from his office in London, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke of the truth of the Founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and of his devoted servant, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi.
Speaking about the blessed status of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Surely, we bear witness that our Master and Guide, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), is the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets and we proclaim to the world the perfection of his excellences.”
Commenting upon the purpose of the advent of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“After the era of decline and darkness, we witnessed the revival of Islam, with all the major signs of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) having being fulfilled, on the 23rd of March 1889. It testified to the truthfulness of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was the Seal of the Prophets.”
The Khalifa spoke of how the truth of the Promised Messiah’s claim had been supported by countless signs.
He gave the example of the lunar and solar eclipses that occurred during the months of Ramadan on certain prescribed dates as prophesied by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“This phenomena [of the lunar and solar eclipse] never occurred as a Sign for any other claimant. And so this prophecy, testified to the truth of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and the truth of the One who had been sent as the Promised Messiah and Mahdi.”
Speaking about significance of the date, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“On this day Allah the Almighty honoured Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Aḥmad of Qadian to be the Promised Messiah and the long awaited Mahdi because of the loyalty and love he showed for his Master, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).”
During his message, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also quoted extracts from the writings of the Promised Messiah in which he expressed his absolute love for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his great respect for the Arab people.
Addressing the Arab people, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi said:
‘No nation would be able to obtain your glory and status. Most sufficient is the honour that Allah bestowed on you by commencing His revelation with Adam and completing it with that Prophet, who is from amongst you and from your land, which was his abode, his shelter and his place of birth… It is Muhammad (peace be upon him) the Elected One, the Pride of the Prophets, the Seal of the Messengers and Imam of all Mankind.”
The Promised Messiah further said:
“O, dear Arabs! Allah has favoured you with His extraordinary blessings and special qualities and with His great Mercy. Amongst you is the House of Allah, which has endowed the mother of towns with blessings and amongst you is the tomb of the Blessed Prophet, who spread the unity of Allah to all corners of the world and clearly manifested the Glory of Allah. From amongst you there were people who supported Allah and His Messenger with all of their hearts, all of their souls and all of their minds. They sacrificed their wealth and their lives to propagate the religion of Allah and His most pure Book. You are the ones who have been bestowed these special blessings and certainly one who does not honour you is committing injustice.”
At a time when parts of the Arab world have been torn apart through internal conflicts and warfare, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad asked the Arab members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to convey to the Arab World the need to stay united and to accept the Promised Messiah.
Addressing the Arab Ahmadi Muslims, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Go out and preach with full of wisdom to all Muslims, especially those who speak the language of the final [law-bearing] Prophet, who was the dearest to Allah Almighty… Inform them that their safety and prosperity is determined in their being united and all joined at the hands of the Promised Messiah and by becoming one Community. Be Helpers of the Promised Messiah by conveying his anguish and sorrow for your people by telling them to raise aloft the peaceful and loving banner of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) across the entire world.”