The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth Khalifa, has said that holding rallies or marches was not the way to celebrate the date of birth of the Founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw. Instead he called on all Muslims to inform the world of the peaceful and noble character of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw.
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad made the comments whilst delivering the weekly Friday Sermon from the Baitul Futuh Mosque in South West London, on 25 January 2013.
During the hour-long sermon, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad talked about the grand status of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw as explained by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian.
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also narrated the signs and dreams shown to the companions of the Promised Messiah which testified to the truth of his claim.
With reference to celebrating the date of birth of the Holy Prophetsaw, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“These days many Muslims are celebrating the date of birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw by holding rallies. However, true happiness and celebration cannot be gained by holding rallies or marches, but can only be achieved by spreading the true message of the Holy Prophetsaw to the corners of the earth; by conveying his beautiful teachings to every single person of the world and by invoking salutations (Durood) upon the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw.”
Commenting upon rallies taking place in Pakistan, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“At this time, the extremist opponents of Ahmadiyyat will be holding rallies in Rabwah and apart from insulting and cursing the Promised Messiahas, nothing else will be done. The blessed character of the Holy Prophetsaw will not even be discussed; instead they will abuse the Promised Messiah and use the filthiest language about his Jamaat. These are the people, who despite calling themselves Muslims, have moved far away from true Islam.”
Later in the day, rallies were indeed held in and around Rabwah, in which the extremist opponents of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat continually abused Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian and raised derogatory slogans about him on the pretext of celebrating the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw.
It is of great regret that any so-called Muslims can celebrate the life of the Holy Prophetsaw, who was the ultimate source of peace, compassion, mercy and tolerance, by resorting to curses and hate-filled vitriol.
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concluded his sermon by praying that the Muslim world is guided towards the true teachings of Islam.