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Friday Sermon: Faith inspiring stories of new converts to Islam

Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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The Promised Messiah, peace be on him, in some of his books, announcing his being the Messiah and Mahdi, has brought to the attention of the scholars, the pious and the general public who are seeking truth that in place of issuing edicts of infidelity without reason, or general public following their scholars without thought or understanding, help should be sought from Allah. … The Promised Messiah, peace be on him, in one of his books, Heavenly Sign, has outlined the procedure. …

Many pious-natured try this prescription. They sought guidance from Allah and Allah guided them. Allah also guides such pious-natured who are in the search of righteousness and Allah guides them in that respect. In these times too, to prove the truth of the Promised Messiah, Allah continues to guide those who are sincere in the search of truth. I will present a few of the examples of such people at this time.

… An Egyptian friend related: “I performed Istikhara in accordance with the procedure outlined by the promised Messiah, peace be on him, and prayed. … I saw the same dream … that I am standing in front of the same relative, and waving the finger of my hand, and say to him three times that by God, the Ahmadiyya Community is on truth.” … Allah provided him the opportunity to pledge allegiance to the Khilafat.

… A missionary of ours in the US writes that Abdus-Saleem … was made aware of the traditional procedure for the Istikhara Prayer. He offered the istikhara Prayer. He saw the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, in a dream. … He … saw the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, in a dream. … He … said that he had attained satisfaction … and wanted to pledge himself to the Ahmadiyya Khilafat. He entered the Ahmadiyya Community. The same night the promised Messiah, peace be on him, manifestly appeared in his dream and saluted him, shook hands with him, and congratulated him on accepting Ahmadiyyat. …

The Shaikhs, the so-called scholars, have continued to deceive the Muslims and the general public for the last 120 years. Even today, the words of the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, are being fulfilled with great splendor. He said, “I observe, and you also see, that the ones who considered us infidel have disappeared while Allah has kept me alive and has multiplied my Community.”

Though the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, is physically not present among us, the increase in the Community and his appearance in dreams confirming his truth is a proof of his life.

The Amir of Indonesia writes about a member. … One day he was asked to consider performing the Istikhara Prayer. … He was shown a vision… A strong person was reciting the words, “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His messenger. Ahmadiyyat is true. You definitely attained the night of decree (Lailatul-Qadr). Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the Mahdi.” He says that he saw this vision many times. Eventually, he accepted Ahmadiyyat in 2008 along with his spouse. He had to face many difficulties after that. By the grace of Allah, he bore all difficulties with patience and steadfastness.

The Amir of Canada writes, “Bill Robinson was a resident of St Thomas, Ontario. He used to be an enthusiastic Christian. He became distanced from Christianity over time and started praying to God, ‘O God, show me the right path.’ He says that one night he prayed very fervently that if God exists then may He show him the right path. In the morning he saw that there was a pamphlet from the Ahmadiyya Community in his e-mail inbox. Taking the e-mail as a heavenly sign, he contacted the Community. He accepted Ahmadiyyat in March 2011. …

Our … Mu‘allam… from Kazakhstan writes that a lady entered pledge of allegiance with Ahmadiyya Community in 2010. … She saw a dream as if someone had written on a board something in Arabic. She could not read it. She was told its meaning that Imam Mahdi is present among you. About two weeks after this, she was much affected when she saw me addressing on MTA during the German … Jalsa Salana… She says that she had already been told that Imam Mahdi had come… She accepted Ahmadiyyat.

Our missionary-in-charge writes from Sierra Leone that … Dr Tamu … witnessed with the oath of God that Allah had disclosed the truth to him. …

Our friend Yasir Burhan from Syria says that he heard the mention of the Community from his cousin. The truth took root in his heart and he got ready for initiation. “I offered two Rak‘at Prayers two days before, and prayed, O Allah, disclose the truth on me clearly and then provide me the opportunity to follow it.” … “I saw in a dream that someone is holding my hand and is dragging me along. I walked a long way with him then I asked where was he taking me to. He said, ‘You will see all by yourself in a while.’ I saw lofty flames and a multitude of people. Seeing this I became scared and released his hand. A light descended from the heaven at that moment. When I saw him, I told him that I will not go with him because I have found comfort, satisfaction and tranquility on seeing this light. After this dream my heart opened up.” … He then entered the pledge of allegiance.

Ra‘na Muhammad is from Jordon. She says, “… I prayed to Allah for clarity of matters. As a result, I saw many dreams. … I was convinced that what the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, has explained is the beautiful and charming teaching of Islam. I asked my spouse to convey my allegiance.”

Lady Fateeha from Algeria says, “After watching many programs on the MTA, I prayed to Allah. I saw in a dream that I am a part of a large community being guided by Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih V wearing his traditional garb. He is guiding towards a mosque which has its doors open and there is light shining inside the mosque. After this, I sent for allegiance…”

Muhammad Yahya from Algeria says, “I availed the opportunity to enter Ahmadiyyat a few months ago. Credit for this goes to my son Saleem who likes to surf channels. He came across MTA during his searches where the program ‘al-Hiwar al-Mubashir (Al-Hiwarul-Mubashir)’ was on. He watched numerous episodes and also called during the programs. He also studied the material on the Arabic website. He pledged allegiance as he did not see anything opposing Shari‘ah and heard clear arguments …”

Tahir Hani writes that Jamil pledged allegiance from Lebanon a little while ago. He started communicating the message to his sister Yasmin but she was not convinced. Today she writes in her letter that on the basis of one of her dreams she has decided to pledge allegiance.

Mahmud Yahya Ali from Yemen writes, “I performed Istikhara to discover the truth of the Promised Messiah, peace be on him. I saw him, peace be on him, in a dream … I performed initiation along with my spouse and children.”

Respected Abdul-Qa’id Ahmad from Yemen writes, “I have been watching MTA for the last two years. I have found the answers to all those questions to which no one else had a rejoinder. My heart was satisfied on seeing the picture of the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, the first time on the MTA. I felt that this person cannot be a liar. I saw numerous dreams after that which carried glad tidings.” … He entered the pledge of allegiance afterwards.

… Khaliq Shu’aib of Benue State … said, ‘I am now satisfied, and I have also seen a dream. [I saw that the dream that] the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, is addressing a large gathering in Nigeria. I am translating his address in Hausa language. At the end of the address, the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, gave me two pens and a book. … I am satisfied and I have become an Ahmadi from my heart.’ …

Our missionary-in-charge in Burkina Faso writes, “… Zaila Abu Bakr … saw a dream. … Zaila was shown pictures. He said, “It was the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, who was in his dream and was calling us to believe.” Thereafter, he entered the pledge of allegiance.

Mahmud Isa is from Syria. He says, “I was introduced to MTA … In the beginning I was shocked and dismayed that the Imam Mahdi had come and gone and we did not come to know while I was waiting …” He writes, “… Four years ago I saw in a dream the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah upon him. … Two years ago when I started watching MTA, then I discovered that the face I had seen in the dream was of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, peace be on him…”

Our missionary in Kyrgyzstan writes that a young man … writes … “I … saw in a dream … it is written in Russian, ‘Islam, the true Faith,’ and a loud voice was proclaiming, ‘Ahmadiyyat, the True Islam.’ My heart was satisfied after this dream and I entered the pledge of allegiance immediately.”

The Amir of Indonesia writes, “Goni Saroni … saw a bright person in white clothes in a dream before he became Ahmadi. He was wearing a white turban on his head. … it was … the Imam Mahdi, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community. After this, Goni started reading the books of the community. … He pledged allegiance in 2008. He was one of the three martyrdoms which happened in Indonesia recently.”

The Amir of Benin writes, “… On day in the morning the … Maulawi called, and requested a visit to his village to see him. When we went to him, he said, ‘I saw your Imam, Khalifatul-Masih V, in a dream and he said, “What are you waiting for? Enter the Community.” He repeated these words many times. I could not respond to him due to his awe. I have been made to understand through this sign that Ahmadiyyat is true and accept it.’ … Due to the ceasing of his opposition there have been conversions there and 51 conversions took place due to the said Imam.”

The Amir of Indonesia writes, “Ida Iskindiana… met the Imam Mahdi in many of her dreams. … In May 2007, their new neighbors invited them. … When Ida iskindriana entered their home, she started trembling. MTA was on. The Khalifatul-Masih IV was in a program. She confirmed that he was the person she used to see. She accepted Ahmadiyyat on 24 May 2007.”

Salamt Ishtobol … joined the scheme of Wasiyyat after reading The Will, a book of the promised Messiah, peace be on him, when it was translated in Kyrgyz. He says, “The dream I saw two years ago has been fulfilled today. Allah had told me the truth of Ahmadiyyat in advance that Wasiyyat is a heavenly scheme and it is a source of blessing to become a part of it.”

Abdul Qadir Haddad from Algeria says, “In 2004, I saw the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, in two personalities. … Two months after I saw the picture of Imam Mahdi, peace be on him, on MTA which was the likeness of the second personality. After that I watched MTA programs at home continuously for the next 15-20 days and accepted Ahmadiyyat.”

Amir of Congo Kinshasa writes, “Didi Kangala … saw a dream one night that many dangerous and vicious wild animals attack him. He could not come up with anything except for that he beat them while pronouncing the word Allah, and the animals fell. … He came to the mission house as the morning dawned. … He was telling the dream with great excitement to the people who were present there. He started attesting that Islam is a true religion and the Ahmadiyya Community is on the truth. He accepted Ahmadiyyat the same day and entered the Community. … ”

Salih Muhammad Iraqi writes from Egypt, “Three years ago I used to hear the attacks of a known priest on Islam and disrespect to the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, and was at pain in my heart as I found myself unable to respond. … When I conducted a research on the internet in this respect, I reached the conclusion that the commentaries of the scholars of the past and their approaches were unable to counter these allegations but rather because of them the priest found courage to object. … As I studied further, and watched MTA programs, I was convinced that these exegeses could not be the result of the personal efforts of someone. … I benefitted for two years with the conclusion that I had discovered the Holy Qur’an. I saw the Mahdi, peace be on him, in a dream. He held my hand and took me to a place where brothers Hani Tahir, Tamim …, Tahir Nadim were sitting around a table cloth. He had me sit down with them. Allah opened my heart to accept Ahmadiyyat after this dream.”

A Russian lady … was introduced to Ahmadiyyat... She was surprised to know that Imam Mahdi had appeared in India and that she was shown in her dream the sun shining in India. She accepted Ahmadiyyat.

I chose these few incidents from many. The Promised Messiah, peace be on him, says,

“Time has come now that the grandeur and greatness of Islam be manifested again. I have appeared with this purpose. Muslims should appreciate the light and blessings which are descending from heaven, and thank Allah the Almighty that they were helped on time, and Allah according to His promise had supported them at the time of distress. But if they will not appreciate this blessing from Allah, Allah will not care about them a bit. He will have his objective achieved but there will be sorrow concerning them.”

May Allah open the hearts of the Muslims. May they be the seekers of help from Allah in recognizing the reality. May Allah continue to strengthen our faiths as well.

After the Friday Prayers, I will lead some funeral services.

One of them is our brother from Syria, Ahmad Baqir. … He performed Istikhara and saw in a dream that the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, went to a famous Salafi Maulawi and the Maulawi disappeared when he approached the place. The Promised Messiah, peace be on him, directed his attention towards this young man and said, “The Maulawi has been distanced.” This young man was quite affected by the dream. He accepted Ahmadiyyat on 15 July 2009 at the age of just 17. Despite that he was a cancer patient, he was quite enthusiastic about spreading the message. Any Maulawi who came to revert him could not stand before him. He used to see true dreams. Some friends related that on the basis of a dream, he had informed some friends beforehand about the current conditions in Syria. His will be one of the funeral services.

The second service will be of Kamil Rasheed Rashid who passed away on 8 April 2011 in Hims, Syria. … His brother relates, “I was outside the house at the time of the firing. My brother went out to search for me on hearing the sound of firing. He spotted me and asked me to hurry home. As he turned after directing me, he became a target of a bullet which hit his heart and he passed away immediately.” Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’un (Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return [2:157].).

From the sermon I delivered on 1 April, he had understood the matter. There was no question of taking part in strikes. He just got out of the house and became a target of a bullet in the firing which was taking place there. … He was just 31 years old. Before accepting Ahmadiyyat, he was a follower of Shaikh Abdul-Hadi Albani who claims that he is the Mahdi and that Isa will descend in his mosque in Damascus. After hearing the arguments for the death of the Jesus, he accepted Ahmadiyyat in 2008.

The third funeral service is for Muhammad Mustafa Rab of Syria. He was resting on the rooftop of his house after offering the Friday Prayers. People were demonstrating in the street below. His son went near the parapet to see. He went to pull him back. A bullet came in the meanwhile and hit his eye. He passed away right there. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’un (Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. [2:157]). … He was introduced to Ahmadiyyat through MTA. …

A funeral is of our Lutfur-Rahman Shakir who has passed away on April 27 after long illness. … He was the eldest son of Maulana Abdur-Rahman Anwar who was the private secretary of the Khalifaul Masih II and the Khalifatul-Masih III, and was one of the initial members of Tahrik Jadid.

He had devoted his life. He was affiliated with Fazl-i-Umar Hospital as a dispenser. He worked with Dr Mirza Munawwar Ahmad. He had the opportunity to travel with the Khalifatul-Masih III to Africa and Europe. He had a strong relationship with Khilafat. He served the people of Rabwah. He had the opportunity to serve Hadrat Amma Jan, the Khalifatul-Masih II and the Khalifatul-Masih III. He had collected the needles as a source of blessing which he used for Hadrat Amma jan, the Khalifatul-Masih II and the Khalifatul-Masih III.

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  • Promised Messiah(as) said many pious natured who sought guidance from Allah, Allah guided them. In these times too, to prove the truth of the Promised Messiah(as), Allah continues to guide those who are sincere in the search of truth.
  • An Egyptian friend who performed Istikhara in accordance with the procedure outlined by the Promised Messiah(as) accepted Ahmadiyyat after truth was unfold to him through a dream.
  • A missionary of ours in the US writes that Abdus-Saleem was made aware of the traditional procedure for the Istikhara Prayer. He offered the istikhara Prayer and later on accepted Ahmadiyyat after he saw Promised Messiah(as) in his dream.
  • The Amir sahib of Indonesia writes about a member. One day he was asked to consider performing the Istikhara Prayer. He was shown a vision explaining the truth of Promised Messiah(as) and Ahmadiyyat after which he along with his spouse came in the fold of Islam Ahmadiyyat.
  • The Amir sahib of Canada writes, Bill Robinson was a resident of St Thomas, Ontario and was an enthusiastic Christian. After praying to God, he managed to reach the truth and accepted Ahmadiyyat in March 2011.
  • Muhammad Yahya from Algeria says, I availed the opportunity to enter Ahmadiyyat a few months ago. He came across MTA while his son was surfing different channels and during his searches where the program Al-Hiwarul-Mubashir was on. He accepted Ahmadiyyat after watching few programs.
  • Mahmud Yahya Ali from Yemen writes, I performed Istikhara to discover the truth of the Promised Messiah(as).
  • The Amir sahib of Benin writes, One day in the morning the Maulawi called, and requested a visit to his village to see him. When we went to him, he said, I saw your Imam, Khalifatul-Masih V, in a dream and he said, What are you waiting for? Enter the Community. After this dream he accepted Ahmadiyyat.
  • Death of Ahmad Baqir sahib, Kamil Rasheed Rashid sahib and Muhammad Mustafa Rab sahib of Syria.
  • Death of Lutfur-Rahman Shakir Sahb.
  • حضرت مسیح موعودؑ نے فرمایا کہ بہت سے نیک فطرت لوگ جنہوں نے خدا تعالیٰ سے مدد چاہی، خدا تعالیٰ نے ان کی راہنمائی کی۔ اس دور میں بھی حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کی سچائی کو ثابت کرنے کیلئے ، اﷲ تعالیٰ سچے دل سے سچائی کی تلاش کرنے والوں کی راہنمائی کرتا ہے۔
  • ایک مصری دوست نے حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کے بتائے ہوئے طریق کے مطابق استخارہ کیااور ان پر جب سچائی ایک خواب کے ذریعہ ظاہر ہوگئی تو انہوں نے احمدیت قبول کر لی۔
  • ہمارے مربی سلسلہ امریکہ سے لکھتے ہیں کہ عبدالسلیم کو استخارہ کے طریق کے متعلق آگاہ کیا گیا۔ انہوں نے استخارہ کیا اور بعد ازاں خواب میں حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کی زیارت ہوئی جس کے بعد انہوں نے جماعت احمدیہ میں شمولیت اختیار کرلی۔
  • انڈونیشیا کے امیر صاحب ایک ممبر کے متعلق لکھتے ہیں کہ ایک روز ان کو استخارہ کرنے کا کہا گیا جس کے بعد انہیں ایک کشف کے ذریعہ حضرت مسیح موعودؑ اور احمدیت کی سچائی کا علم ہوا۔ بعد ازاں ا ٓپ نے اور آپکی زوجہ نے احمدیت میں شمولیت کر لی۔
  • کینیڈا کے امیر صاحب لکھتے ہیں کہ بل رابنسن سینٹ تھامس اونٹایو کا رہائشی تھا اور ایک پر جوش عیسائی تھا۔ خدا تعالیٰ سے دعا کرنے کے بعدانہیں سچائی تک پہنچنے کی توفیق ملی اور آپ نے مارچ ۲۰۱۱ میں احمدیت میں شمولیت اختیار کی۔
  • محمد یحییٰ صاحب الجیریا سے لکھتے ہیں کہ انہیں چند ماہ قبل احمدیت میں شامل ہونے کی توفیق ملی۔ چینل تبدیل کرتے ہوئے انہیں ایم ٹی اےنظر آیا جہاں الحوار المباشر لگا ہواتھا، چند پروگرام دیکھنے کے بعد انہوں نے احمدیت میں شمولیت اختیار کرلی۔
  • محمود یحیٰ صاحب یمن سے لکھتے ہیں کہ انہوں نے استخارہ کیا جس کے بعد انہیں حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کی سچائی کا یقین ہوگیا۔
  • بینن کے امیر صاحب لکھتے ہیں، ایک دن صبح کے وقت مولوی نے ہمیں بلایا اور اپنے گاؤں ہمیں ملنے کی دعوت دی، جب ہم وہاں پہنچے تو اس نے کہا میں نے تمہارے امام حضرت خلیفۃ المسیح الخامس کو خواب میں دیکھا ہے اور وہ کہ رہے ہیں تم کس چیز کا انتظار کر رہے ہو، جماعت میں داخل ہو جاؤ۔ اس خواب کے بعد انہوں نے احمدیت میں شمولیت اختیار کر لی۔
  • احمد باقر صاحب،کامل رشید صاحب اور محمد مصطفیٰ رب صاحب کی شام میں وفات۔
  • لطف الرحمٰن شاکر صاحب کی وفات۔
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