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Friday Sermon: Khilafat, Prayers and Martyrdom of Mehdi Ali Qamar

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

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A great favour of God which has united Ahmadiyya community as one and which has been prevalent since the passing of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is the institution of Khilafat. The last 106 years of the history of the community bear witness to the fact that after the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) passing, just as he stated in his booklet Al Wasiyyat (The Will) members of the community have accepted Khilafat with perfect obedience. Every Ahmadi across the world no matter what his ethnic background or nationality understands very well that adherence to Khilafat on the precepts of Prophethood which was to start after the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is his biggest duty.

Huzoor said here he did not refer to those who separated in the early years and now do not have any standing, rather the large majority of Ahmadiyya community which understands the status of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and has the insight that in adherence to Khilafat lies its unity, its progress and from it comes the strength to respond to the attacks of enemies of Ahmadiyyat, Islam. This is because Divine help and succour is now associated with the Khilafat of the second phase of Islam.

However, it needs to be understood that mere verbally professing one’s faith does not garner God’s grace. Ayat e Istakhlaf (verse 56 of Surah Al Nur) promises Khilafat to the true believers and gives the glad-tiding of changing their fear in peace and promises to establish them. This is indeed promised to those who pray, worship God and make sacrifices to uphold Unity of God. There are many who say لا الہ الا اللہ (there is none worthy of worship save Allah) but in reality only those appreciate لا الہ الا اللہ who only turn to God in every situation and who do not turn to anyone except God. Each Khilafat Day that we commemorate should draw us towards worship of God, prayer, staying firm on Unity of God as well as gauging our standard of disseminating Unity of God. If our standards in this regard are not rising, then holding conventions, giving speeches, academic discourses and other celebrations mean nothing. What is needed is to understand the spirit of it all. We will understand the reality of Unity of God if we are drawn to prayers and will be made recipients of God’s grace which was promised to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

God has drawn our attention to prayer and His worship to stay connected to Khilafat, to absorb Divine blessings, to get rid of our difficulties and to have inner peace and prayer and worship indeed are our real weapons on which we can rely constantly. Temporary ways and means do not bring success. We note that in the historical accounts of Prophets of God success only came through prayer, in particular in history of Islam and uniquely in the time of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and Khulafa e Rashideen (the Rightly Guided Caliphs) triumphs came through prayer and not through worldly strength. It should be remembered however, that in spite of all the Divine promises, sacrifice of life was given and standards of worship were always raised.

Huzoor mentioned by the by that last Friday he had spoken with reference to an Ahmadi whose Shia friend had told him that Ahmadis do not respond to matters appropriately and Huzoor had said that it appeared the Ahmadi friend was also of the same view. Although Huzoor had not mentioned any name, it appears the person understood and wrote to Huzoor to say that it was only his Shia friend’s view and he was not of the same opinion. Huzoor said he does get informed from various sources that people do hold such views. We should remember that all blessings are in prayers, as God has stated: ‘So pray to thy Lord, and offer sacrifice.’ (108:3). It is worship of God and sacrifices that make us recipients of God’s grace. There is no doubt that it is in human nature to be perturbed when trials and tribulations get lengthy. As mentioned in last Friday sermon, in such situations true believers raise the anxious voice of ‘…When will come the help of Allah?...’ (2:215). They say so not out of despair but to draw God’s mercy. They do so by completely submitting and surrendering themselves to God, taking their prayers to their highest point and abiding by high levels of sacrifice. And then, in response, comes the sound: ‘…Yea, surely the help of Allah is nigh.’ (2:215).

God revealed this to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) on different occasions and also manifested this in practice and we too are witness to it and InshaAllah will continue to be witness to it. God’s help comes in specific spheres and of course there is the ultimate magnificent triumph of Divine help and succour which we will witness! The enemy is scheming dangerous schemes. In worldly perspective the situation in Muslim countries, especially in Pakistan is extremely perilous. However, God has power over everything and He is the Best of Planners and He will reduce the enemy’s plans to dust! We need to turn to prayer and to Istighfar (seeking forgiveness of Allah) to remove our anxieties and also to be able to take care of our triumph. God states: ‘Glorify thy Lord, with His praise, and seek forgiveness of Him…’ (110:4) We all need to understand this subject and we need to take our prayers to their highest point. Huzoor said that he has mentioned it before that we have a very good appreciation of the spirit of sacrifice but we need to understand the reality of prayers. In order to enjoy the fruits of our sacrifices, we greatly need to elevate the level of our prayers and need to generate that condition in ourselves which God wants. God states: ‘Or, Who answers the distressed person when he calls upon Him, and removes the evil, and makes you successors in the earth? Is there a God besides Allah? Little is it that you reflect.’ (27:63)

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote:

‘Remember, God Almighty is without any care and unless prayer is made abundantly and with pathos, He does not care. A person whose wife or child is unwell or when someone faces intense grief, he becomes very distressed. Unless prayer is sincere and heart-felt and is made in a state of distress it remains ineffective and pointless. It is essential that prayer is made with an anguished heart for it to be accepted, as it is stated: ‘Or, Who answers the distressed person when he calls upon Him…’ (27:63). (Tafseer: The Promised Messiah, vol. III, p. 574)

We need to focus on prayer and worship of God more than ever and we need to make them with heart-felt pathos and we need to draw God’s mercy. Next Huzoor drew attention to some prayers which were first exhorted by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) at the time of the Jama’at’s centenary and Huzoor also reminded them later at the time of Khilafat centenary. These prayers should neither be forgotten nor decreased; rather they should be made part of our daily lives. In addition we need to adorn our Salat. These prayers are often cited on MTA but Huzoor also mentioned them by way of reminding.

Foremost is Surah Al Fatehah; it should be recited abundantly. Durud (sending blessings and salutations on the Holy Prophet) should also be recited copiously. Then there is the prayer which was revealed to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and should be recited a lot:

‘Holy is Allah and worthy of all praise, Holy is Allah, the Great. O Allah bestow Your blessings on Muhammad and on the people of Muhammad.’

Hazrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said: ‘There are two expressions which are very light on the tongue to utter but are very weighty in the balance and are very dear to the Gracious God. And they are: Holy is Allah and worthy of all praise, Holy is Allah, the Great.’ Huzoor said since these phrases are dear to the Gracious God, we need to recite them to attract His mercy.

Then there is the prayer: ‘Our Lord, let not our hearts get perverse after Thou hast guided us; and bestow on us mercy from Thyself; surely, Thou alone art the Bestower.’ (3:9) Hazrat Nawab Begum Sahiba (may Allah be pleased with her) had a dream after the passing away of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in which he advised her to say this prayer abundantly. When she related her dream to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) he said he would never stop reciting this prayer and will recite it abundantly. He said that while the prayer beseeches for strength of faith, it was also a great prayer to stay connected to Khilafat.

Another prayer that needs to be focussed on is: ‘O our Lord, pour forth steadfastness upon us, and make our steps firm, and help us against the disbelieving people.’ (2:251)

And the prayer: ‘O Allah, we make You a shield against enemies and we take refuge in You from their evils.’ A Tradition relates that when the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) used to sense danger from a body of people, he used to say this prayer.

We should also engage in Istighfar a lot: ‘I beg pardon of Allah, my Lord from all my sins and turn to Him.’

A while ago Huzoor had exhorted to say this prayer in light of a dream: ‘O Lord everything is subservient to You. O Lord, protect us, help us and have mercy on us.’ The prayer cited in last Friday sermon should also be included in regular prayers: ‘Our Lord, forgive us our errors and our excesses in our conduct, and make firm our steps and help us against the disbelieving people.’ (3:148)

The Promised Messiah[as] said: I was praying for the members of my Jama‘at and then for Qadian when the revelation came to me: ‘They have drawn away from the fashion of life’ And ‘Then grind them down a fine grinding.’ The Promised Messiah [as] said: I wondered why the act of grinding has been attributed to me. Then I looked at the prayer which is written on the wall of the Chamber of Prayer which is as follows: ‘Lord, hear my prayer and crush Your enemies and my enemies and fulfil Your promise and help Your servant and show us Your days and sharpen for us Your sword and spare not a single mischief maker out of the disbelievers.’ (Tadhkirah, p. 664, 2009 edition)

Next Huzoor said he would pay tribute to a very dear, sincere, loyal, most useful individual who also had many other great qualities. He was Dr Mehdi Ali Qamar , son of Chaudhry Farzand Ali Sahib. He was martyred in Rabwah on 26 May 2014. He was going to visit the Bahishti cemetery in Rabwah with his wife, one son and a relative at 5 a.m. when two unknown assailants came on a motorbike and shot him. Dr Mehdi Ali was a cardiologist from USA who was visiting Rabwah with his wife and two children for Waqfe Arzi (short-term voluntary service) at Tahir Heart Institute. He was staying at the institute and on the day was about to visit the cemetery after Fajr Salat. As he approached the gate of the cemetery two men appeared on a motor bike and fired at him and fled on the main road. Dr Mehdi was fired eleven times and was martyred on the spot. Inna lillahe wa inna illahi raji’oon.

Dr Shaheed’s family is from district Faisalabad. His father Chaudhry Farzand Ali Sahib took Bai’at in his youth at the hand of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him). Following this, his older brother also took Bai’at and the family moved to Rabwah. Dr Shaheed’s maternal grandfather Master Zia ud Din Sahib Shaheed was the first martyr among the martyrs of Rabwah in 1974 during the firing at Sargodha station.

Dr Mehdi Ali was born on 23 December 1963. The day Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib, known as ‘Qamarul Anbiya’ (moon of Prophets) passed away. In light of this his father added the name ‘Qamar’ to Dr Medhi’s name and his maternal grandfather also added the name of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) to Dr Mehdi’s name. His full name was Mehdi Ali Bashir ud Din Qamar. He received his early education in Rabwah. He was a very intelligent and promising student. When he joined medical school in Faisalabad he faced a lot of antagonism and had to leave. However, he went back to finish his studies. He served at Fazl e Umer hospital, Rabwah from 1989 to 1991.

He immigrated to Canada with his mother where he passed the medical exams and started his internship. He went to Brooklyn University in New York to specialise in cardiology and started working in Columbus, Ohio and settled there. When Huzoor urged doctors to serve at Tahir Heart Institute Dr Mehdi was one of the doctors who devoted voluntary service at the institute. This was his third such visit there. He had also served Jama’at on various other levels.

He was an extremely gentle, compassionate person who never had any disagreements with anyone. His wife says he was extremely gentle and loving with her and always overlooked any errors and took great care of his family. He was extremely affectionate to his children, and gave time to their education and training and had a most obliging temperament. His wife says if she got annoyed at something he would always say to her not to be angry. He was extremely humble. His deportment with his in-laws was very kind. His mother-in-law says that she once stayed with them for five years and she never heard him raise him voice and he always treated her like his mother. He was very hospitable and guests would stay at their place during Jama’at events. He would also fetch guests from the airport. He helped the disadvantaged a great deal.

Dr Mehdi also had artistic flair and was a very good poet. His poetry collection entitled ‘Barg e Khayal’ is in the stages of publication. He was also a skilled calligraphist. He had great love and devotion for Khilafat and always keenly complied when exhorted towards good causes. He gave most generously to donations and financial schemes and donated a large sum towards the mosque in Columbus. Likewise, he donated generously towards the mosque in his ancestral neighbourhood in Rabwah. He was also at the forefront of donating to Tahir Heart Institute. He was intensely keen on calling people to God and was very well read in terms of religious material. Dr Mehdi used to give most effective responses to allegations and objections on YouTube.

Dr Mehdi Ali leaves behind his widow, Wajeeha Mehdi Sahiba and three sons. Abdullah Ali, 15, Hashim Ali, 7 and Asher Ali, 3, who was with him at the time of shooting.

Huzoor quoted some verses from Dr Mehdi Shaheed’s poetry. He said in his last poem, written on 28 March 2014:

We shall exchange face to face with death, words on how life is attained

No Yazid will be able to erase, for truthful are the words of son of Batool

Everything will perish and only will remain the words of God and His Messenger

In an earlier poem, he wrote:

This alone is my wish Allah in Your way

If only my blood would avail!

He also wrote:

The grace of Truth has thus given me the drink of life

That it has bonded my way of life with Khilafat

While the sun and the moon admire the light of Istakhlaf

Dismal gloom has fallen over disciples of Iblis (Satan)

Hadi Ali Sahib, who is our missionary and lived here (in the UK) for a long time is the older brother of Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed. He says his brother also loved calligraphy like himself. He writes our brother was an extraordinary human being and although his loss is great for our entire family, with the grace of God alone, the family submits to the will of God and remains steadfast. Dr Mehdi Ali’s email signature was in Arabic meaning: ‘Say to people what is good’

His sister writes that Dr Mehdi Ali had a wise and solemn personality from childhood and was not interested in idle things. From childhood he observed Salat keenly and was an active member of the auxiliary organisation. As a child he used to be part of the group of children who waken people for Fajr Salat in Rabwah by reciting out aloud. He loved reading from an early age and was very well read in religious works. He used to seek advantage of keeping company of the elders in Rabwah. He had a very special love for Rabwah and ultimately gave his life on its soil. He became a doctor following his parents’ wishes and indeed became a very accomplished doctor. He received many awards for his profession. He never wasted time and was ever seeking knowledge. In spite of his busy schedule he took time to spend with his wife and children and taught his children to read the Holy Qur’an. He had a very forgiving nature and would rather put himself in trouble than let others suffer.

His college room-mate Dr Mahmood writes that Dr Mehdi Ali was regular in Salat and fasting from college days. He was a little senior to Dr Mahmood, so he would guide and help him most gently. He was part of the group of doctors who pioneered Rabwah Blood Bank and his input was most significant in getting the Blood Bank started.

Dr Nasim Rehmatullah Sahib writes that Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed was a very humble person who always had a smile on his face.

Huzoor said Dr Mehdi Shaheed met Huzoor a short while ago and since learning about his martyrdom, Huzoor sees his cheerful smiling face before his eyes. He had a very peaceful face. Some, who have seen photographs, have written to Huzoor that Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed looks as if peacefully asleep while his chest is drenched in blood.

Sadr of Columbus Jama’at, Abdul Salam Sahib writes that Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed arrived in Columbus ten years ago and had always been a very active member. He had great sense of obedience of the Jama’at and always greeted others cheerfully. He never declined any task given to him and had a passionate love of Khilafat.

Huzoor said when he visited Columbus in 2012 Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed had stayed up all night to decorate the mosque and do calligraphy with Hadi Ali Sahib and then he went to work in the morning. He always paid for whatever decoration work of the mosque he did from his own pocket. When he worked around the mosque no one could image that he was such a senior doctor. He worked with great simplicity.

A doctor friend writes that he had the opportunity to work with him. Sometimes people would get jealous of his professional success and created trouble for him. However, he always faced such situations cheerfully and was never seen to display anger and was always calm and smiling. He used to say why we should be perturbed, we have prayers of the Khalifa of the time with us.

When he came here (UK) he met Huzoor and was very happy and on his return he told his friends that he had met Huzoor and talked about the meeting.

His email used to have a signature that one should bring those changes in oneself that one wishes to see in others and he was a living example of this.

Our Dr Noori Sahib of Tahir Heart Institute writes that Dr Mehdi Ali was extremely popular among the patients. The underprivileged came to him for treatment most eagerly. He treated each patient with personal care and interest. He had an extremely simple nature and would be dressed so simply that it would be difficult to point him out when among the patients. He volunteered services for Tahir Heart Institute most freely. His regular visits to Tahir Heart Institute showed his sincere commitment to his profession. He had an extremely humble nature and an excellent memory. His interests included the Holy Qur’an, books of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), poetry and calligraphy.

Mubarak Siddiqui Sahib, who is here, was his class fellow. He writes that Mehdi Ali had the qualities of a true believer from an early age. He was very intelligent and a devoted servant of the Jama’at who adored Khilafat. In spite of being way ahead of us in his academic and financial standing he had an extremely humble and forbearing nature. Sometimes during school days I did not have some course books. He would say to me, I have read this book half of the day, now you read it for the rest of the day. So much so, that at times he would even lend me his book day before the exam and yet most of the time he would attain first position in the class. When he recently came to London I said to him you are now a renowned surgeon in USA, let us go to a very good restaurant. But he replied I am the same humble person. We can go to eat in any humble restaurant. I never heard him say a single uncivilised word and he had a great sense of honour for the Jama’at. No one could dare say anything negative in his presence about any small office-holder. He was an exemplary Ahmadi and would financially help his friends extremely discreetly.

Another friend of his writes that Dr Mehdi Ali had a very melodious voice and participated in Tilawat and poem recitation competitions from an early age and achieved good position. He often recited poetic verses of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) which his friend says resonate since his martyrdom:

Forever have they schemed to destroy the garden of Ahmad

But the Lord’s concealed design waits in their way

Why would a true believer look for a killer!

His eyes are lightening and his sighs are like swords!

O’ oppressor! Your sins will be your downfall

They shall ensnare your feet like fetters!

Dr Sultan Mubasher Sahib writes that Dr Mehdi Ali was most compassionate about the poor. He opened a bank account on his last visit to Rabwah and asked Dr Mubasher to help the needy with the funds that he had deposited. Once he rang to say that an ex-worker of the Jama’at was in need of funds as he was having a house built, and if he could be helped with Rupee 100,000. He also said that he would pay for any medical student’s college expenses.

Dr Mehdi’s friend Hafiz Abdul Qudoos says that when Dr Mehdi was working in Fazl e Umer hospital he came to see him and told him that a homeless patient in the hospital was in need of blood. He said he had given one bottle of blood and wanted his friend to give another bottle.

Dr Mehdi Ali Shaheed used to send material for Tahir Heart Institute including stents and used to say that he was proud to serve the hospital. He wanted to build a house in Rabwah so that he was not a burden on Jama’at accommodation. He was satisfied about the upbringing of his children in spite of living in USA. This was because he personally made time for his children.

One of his friends says that they have a loving brotherly relationship. He says when he arrived in Rabwah this time on a Saturday he called me and asked to come over. It was 10 p.m. and I asked him to rest, but he insisted that I went to see him. We met. Most lovingly he gave an up-to-date stethoscope as a gift, asked me about the Qibla direction etc. He says we met at late evening and talked till quarter past eleven when I left. A few hours later, in the early morning he went to Bahishti graveyard and was martyred there.

The website of the newspaper Dawn commented on the martyrdom of Dr Mehdi Ali by giving the background of the opposition against the Jama’at followed by the words:

‘Dr Qamar Ali Mehdi was no ordinary doctor. While he held the Young Investigator Award by the American College of Cardiology and was identified among America's Top Physicians for the year 2003-2004 and America's Top Cardiologists for years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He also held the Physician Recognition Award by the American Medical Association. His bespectacled bright face smiled next to his profile that read:

‘I believe in delivering the best possible patient care, maintaining the highest professional standards, contributing to the progress of the institutions I am affiliated with. My first priority is to deliver my professional responsibilities with competency, honesty and integrity.’

And with competence, honesty and integrity, he did.’

In conclusion, the writer observed:

‘I am sorry, Dr Qamar Ali Mehdi, I failed to protect you but I raise my voice against this persecution. I forgo my safety just so that tomorrow I don’t die unheard.’

Many newspapers of USA, Canada and the UK around the world have condemned the barbaric and inhuman killing of Dr Mehdi Ali. More than thirty newspapers have carried the news. These include, National Post Canada, The Star Canada, CBC News Canada, Global News, CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Columbus Despatch, Wall Street Journal, The Express Tribune, Washington Times, The Strategic Intelligence, Daily Mail, BBC Urdu, Al Jezeera, Down etc. While all these newspapers have condemned the barbaric killing of Dr Mehdi Ali, they have also introduced the Jama’at and given details of our persecution of the past few decades. By way of introduction these newspaper have mentioned the claim of Messiahship of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and given his name, they have also mentioned that Ahmadiyya Jama’at is a peaceable community and condemns killing of innocent lives in the name of Jihad. Some papers have also praised the charitable work of the Jama’at. Dr Mehdi Ali opened new avenues of Tabligh by giving his life and had the Jama’at introduced.

Wall Street Journal, which is a world famous newspaper published in USA has covered the news of the martyrdom by introducing the Jama’at and citing its persecution and has then quoted the chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan: ‘Every religious minority in Pakistan is persecuted, but the Ahmadiyya community faces the worst treatment. Several local-language newspapers publish anti-Ahmadi material but there is no action against them. If the Christian community comes under attack, you'll see the prime minister issuing a statement of condemnation, officials visiting the victims. But that is not the case with the Ahmadi community. There is no one standing by them.’ Huzoor remarked God stands by the Ahmadis and will continue to stand by us in future.

The newspaper also quoted a colleague of Dr Mehdi Ali, Shantani Sinha: ‘He was one of the most honest, ethical and not-a-bad-bone-in-his-body kind of person’ said Dr. Sinha, adding that Dr. Qamar returned to Pakistan to provide free cardiac care. ‘He was very giving.’ Dr Sinha also said: ‘There [was] a possibility that this could have happened, and he knew it. I just hope that it will probably help raise awareness about a senseless killing of a very nice person who had gone to do a good thing.’

The newspaper also quotes a police official as saying: ‘We often see pamphlets and posters that say it is against Islam to be treated at this hospital because it is run by Ahmadis.’

Al Jazeera reported a researcher as saying that regular reports are received about people attacking the Ahmadiyya community safe in the knowledge that the state will do practically nothing to bring them to justice.

Washington Post also reported that these crimes are taking place because everyone knows no action will be taken.

Lancaster Gazette, a local newspaper of the area where Dr Mehdi lived has covered his martyrdom in detail and with comments of his colleagues. ‘It’s sad,” cardiovascular business development manager Kelly Marion said. There’s lots of tears, and Dr. Qamar is missed greatly.’

Qamar was a founding physician member of the Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute at FMC in 2011 and was honored as a Legendary Philanthropist by the medical center in 2013.’ The paper also said that Dr Mehdi’s death has not only affected the Ahmadiyya community but has also been felt by the wider community.

In its coverage of the news, The Columbus Dispatch interviewed Dr Mehdi Ali’s son and reported: ‘What is a son to feel when his father is slain for the offense of providing free medical care to the poor in his native land? Abdullah Ali considered the question. ‘I am disappointed,’ the 16-year-old calmly said. Not anger or vengeance.’

Fox 28 Columbus also carried an interview of Dr Mehdi Ali’s son Abdullah Ali in which he said that his father was a great person and he is sure that had the murderers stopped to have a word with him, he would have brought some positive change in their lives. He said the killers only did this to harm a community about which he was sure they did not know anything.

Huzoor remarked that indeed, this is the fact. Maulawis have poisoned people against us , who are completely ignorant of things.

BBC Urdu has also covered the martyrdom and mentioned the Ahmadiyya persecution and also published an image of the pamphlet telling people that getting treatment from Tahir Heart Institute was forbidden and a grievous sin. It also says that anyone who has a connection with Ahmadis becomes an infidel. Inna lillah!

This martyr had a successful life and spent it serving humanity and met death that gave him eternal life with God. May God give this dear brother of ours a high station in Paradise and may his station be ever elevated, may he be granted a place in the feet of God’s beloveds. May God keep his wife and children in His protection and may all the wishes and prayers of Dr Mehdi Ali for his children be fulfilled. As I mentioned earlier, the greatest weapon to attain progress and vanquish the enemy is prayer. However, God also draws attention to certain apparent ways and means which should also be used in conjunction as much as possible. Therefore, in light of this incidence, the management in Rabwah needs to be vigilant more than ever. Utilise your sources and planning to the maximum and then leave the matter with God. Every citizen of Rabwah needs to be alert.

This dear martyr has spilled his blood on the soil of Rabwah and drawn our attention towards prayer and planning. Thus, there is a great need to pay attention. Ahmadis around the world should pray for Pakistani Ahmadis because they are now living in extremely intolerable conditions and the situation is worsening! May God also enable us to do so! The entire country has become an account of cruelty and oppression. A few days ago a woman was stoned to death outside the High Court. Murder and mayhem takes place there every day and we cannot even say that it is because they have martyred an Ahmadi. When this martyrdom, this oppression took place, certainly police officials would have been present and it would have happened in front of them.

This oppression in Pakistan is taking place in the name of God and His Messenger. In the name of that Messenger who was a benefactor of humanity, who was a mercy for all the worlds. Our hearts bleed at this. If they have to perpetrate oppression at least they should not do it in the name of God and His Messenger. They should not commit persecution in the name of that benefactor of humanity and mercy for all the worlds and bring Islam in disrepute! But they do not understand and they do not know where they are heading! When God’s decree will come to pass and InshaAllah it will come to pass, these people will be eliminated. Neither the oppressors will remain nor the backers of oppression. Thus, we need to pray and pray a lot. May God take the public out of the ensnare of the religious clergy and may they understand the truth and accept the Imam of the age.

Huzoor said he would lead funeral Prayer in absentia of Shaheed after Friday Prayer.

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  • A great favour of God which has united Ahmadiyya community as one and which has been prevalent since the passing of the Promised Messiah(as) is the institution of Khilafat. The last 106 years of the history of the community bear witness to the fact that after the Promised Messiah’s(as) passing, just as he stated in his booklet Al Wasiyyat (The Will) members of the community have accepted Khilafat with perfect obedience.
  • God has drawn our attention to prayer and His worship to stay connected to Khilafat, to absorb Divine blessings, to get rid of our difficulties and to have inner peace and prayer and worship indeed are our real weapons on which we can rely constantly. Temporary ways and means do not bring success. We note that in the historical accounts of Prophets of God success only came through prayer, in particular in history of Islam and uniquely in the time of the Holy Prophet(saw).
  • We need to focus on prayer and worship of God more than ever and we need to make them with heart-felt pathos and we need to draw God’s mercy. Next Huzoor drew attention to some prayers which were first exhorted by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III(rh) at the time of the Jama’at’s centenary and Huzoor also reminded them later at the time of Khilafat centenary. These prayers should neither be forgotten nor decreased.
  • Next Huzoor said he would pay tribute to a very dear, sincere, loyal, most useful individual who also had many other great qualities. He was Dr Mehdi Ali Qamar , son of Chaudhry Farzand Ali Sahib. He was martyred in Rabwah on 26 May 2014. He was going to visit the Bahishti cemetery in Rabwah with his wife, one son and a relative at 5 a.m. when two unknown assailants came on a motorbike and shot him.
  • Dr Mehdi also had artistic flair and was a very good poet. His poetry collection entitled ‘Barg e Khayal’ is in the stages of publication. He was also a skilled calligraphist. He had great love and devotion for Khilafat and always keenly complied when exhorted towards good causes. He gave most generously to donations and financial schemes and donated a large sum towards the mosque in Columbus.
  • Our Dr Noori Sahib of Tahir Heart Institute writes that Dr Mehdi Ali was extremely popular among the patients. The underprivileged came to him for treatment most eagerly. He treated each patient with personal care and interest. He had an extremely simple nature and would be dressed so simply that it would be difficult to point him out when among the patients. He volunteered services for Tahir Heart Institute most freely.
  • This oppression in Pakistan is taking place in the name of God and His Messenger. In the name of that Messenger who was a benefactor of humanity, who was a mercy for all the worlds. Our hearts bleed at this. If they have to perpetrate oppression at least they should not do it in the name of God and His Messenger. They should not commit persecution in the name of that benefactor of humanity and mercy for all the worlds and bring Islam in disrepute!
  • اﷲتعالیٰ کا ایک بہت بڑا احسان جس نے جماعت احمدیہ کو ایک اکائی میں پرویا ہوا ہے ، حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کے بعد جاری نظام خلافت ہے ، جماعت احمدیہ کی تاریخ کے گزشتہ 106 سال اس بات کے گواہ ہیں کہ حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کے وصال کے بعد جیسا کہ آپؑ نے رسالہ الوصیت میں بیان فرمایا تھا ، افراد جماعت نے کامل اطاعت کے ساتھ نظام خلافت کو قبول کیا۔
  • خلافت سے وابستہ رہتے ہوئے اﷲتعالیٰ کے فضلوں کو جذب کرنے اور پریشانیوں سے نجات پانے اور امن کی حالت میں آنے والوں کیلئے اﷲتعالیٰ نے دعاؤں اور عبادتوں کی طرف توجہ دلائی ہے، پس یہی ہمارے اصل ہتھیار ہیں جن پر ہم مکمل اور مستقل انحصار کر سکتے ہیں، دعاؤں کے ہتھیاروں کو چھوڑ کر ہم چھوٹے اور عارضی ہتھیاروں کو دیکھیں گے تو ہمیں کامیابی نہیں مل سکتی، نہ چھوٹے ہتھیاروں سے کسی کو کامیابی ملی ہے ، انبیاء کی تاریخ میں ہمیں کامیابیاں انہیں دعاؤں کے ذریعے سے ہی ملتی نظر آتی ہیں اور خاص طور پر جب ہم اسلام کی تاریخ دیکھیں اور خاص طور پر ہم آنحضرت ﷺ اور خلافت راشدہ کے زمانے کو دیکھیں۔
  • پس ہمیں اپنی دعاؤں میں اور عبادتوںمیں پہلے سے بڑھ کر توجہ دینے کی ضرورت ہے، اضطراب پیدا کرنے کی ضرورت ہے، اﷲتعالیٰ کے رحم کو ابھارنے کی ضرورت ہے، حضور نے بعض دعاؤں کی طرف توجہ دلائی، جو پہلے بھی جماعت احمدیہ کی جوبلی کیلئے بھی حضرت خلیفۃ المسیح الثالث نے بتائیں تھیں پھر بعد میں خلافت جوبلی کیلئے حضرت خلیفۃ المسیح الخامس نے بھی بتائیں تھیں، ان کو بھولنا نہیں نہ کم کرنا ہے، ان کو ہمیشہ کرتے رہنا چاہئے۔
  • حضور نے فرمایا کہ آج وہ اپنے انتہائی پیارے مخلص ، باوفا، نافع الناس اور بہت سی خوبیوں کے مالک جن کا نام ڈاکٹر مہدی علی قمر ابن چوہدری فرزند علی صاحب تھاکا ذکر خیر کریں گے، جنہیں 26 مئی 2014 کو ربوہ میں شہید کر دیا گیا ، واقعہ یہ ہے کہ دو نامعلوم موٹر سائیکل سوار صبح تقریبا پانچ بجے جب یہ بہشتی مقبرے جارہے تھے دارلفضل کے قریب، وہاں فائرنگ کر کے انہیں شہید کر دیا گیا۔
  • ڈاکٹر مہدی اپنے شعبہ کے علاوہ ادبی ذوق بھی رکھتے تھے ، ایک اچھے شاعر بھی تھے، ان کا مجموعہ کلام برگ خیال کے نام سے طباعت کے مراحل میں ہے، اسی طرح کیلی گرافی بھی اچھی کر لیتے تھے ، خلافت سے انتہائی گہری محبت اور خلوص کا تعلق تھا ان کا، ہر تحریک پر فوری لبیک کہنے والے تھے، بڑھ چڑھ کر چندہ دیتے تھے ، کولمبس کی مسجد کی تعمیر میں بہت بڑی خطیر رقم پیش کی انہوں نے، اس کی زیبائش اور آ رائش کا کام بھی کیا انہوں نے۔
  • ہمارے ڈاکٹر نوری صاحب طاہر ہارٹ انسٹیٹیوٹ کے کہتے ہیں ڈاکٹر مہدی علی صاحب اپنے مریضوں میں بے حد مقبول تھے ، غریب اور نادار مریض آپ کے پاس بہت خوشی اور امید سے علاج کیلئے آ تے تھے، ذاتی دلچسپی اور توجہ سے ہر مریض کو دیکھتے، طبیعت میں انتہائی سادگی تھی، لباس اتنا سادہ ہوتا کہ ان کو مریضوں کے درمیان پہچاننا مشکل ہوتا تھا ، طاہر ہارٹ انسٹیٹیوٹ میں رضا کارانہ طور پر بغیر کسی تکلف کے اپنے آ پ کو پیش کیا۔
  • جو ظلم ہو رہا ہے پاکستان میں ہر ایک پہ وہ اﷲاور رسول کے نام پر ہورہا ہے، اس رسول کے نام پر ہورہا ہے جو محسن انسانیت ہے، اس رسول کے نام پر ہورہا ہے جو رحمتہ اللعالمین ہے، پس ہمارے دل اس بات سے زخمی اور چھلنی ہوتے ہیں کہ اگر ظلم کرنے ہیں تو کم از کم اﷲاور رسول کے نام پر تو نہ کرو، اس محسن انسانیت اور رحمتہ اللعالمین کے نام پر تو نہ کرو ، اسلام کو بدنام تو نہ کرو۔
About Friday Sermon

The Jumu'ah (Friday) prayer is one form of congregational worship in Islam. It takes place every Friday. Regular attendance at the Jumu'ah prayer is enjoined on the believer. According to a Saying of Muhammadsa this congregational prayer is twenty-five times more blessed than worship performed alone. (Bukhari)

Friday Sermons in the Quran

“O ye who believe! When the call is made for Prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business. That is best for you, if you only knew.” more

Friday Sermons in the Hadith

“… (He who) offers the Prayers and listens quitely when the Imam stands up for sermon, will have his sins forgiven between that Friday and the next”(Bukhari)