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by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
January 17th, 2003

In his Friday Sermon today Hazuraba continued the subject of Kashf or vision with reference to verse 52 of Surah Shura (Chapter 42). Today Hazuraba recounted the experiences of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Hazuraba said that as opposed to the incomparable visions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) among which plenty were also experienced/seen by others the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) visions were confined to himself.

Hazuraba related many visions in which the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was shown the dismal end of his opponents in advance. Hazuraba said that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) met Jesus and Baba Nanak in his visions. As regards Jesus, the visions demonstrated a display of mutual closeness and presented Jesus as humble and righteous who claimed to be a mortal. Hazuraba added that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) saw a vision regarding Surah Al Fatihah (Chapter 1) whereby he saw the Surah in the form of a fully blossomed rose, indeed later the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) penned an exhaustive commentary on the Surah with a mention of the ‘rose’ link. Moreover, he had many other spiritual visions where Allah the Exalted gave him metaphorical messages generally pertaining to his spiritual triumphs. In one such vision the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) saw himself as if with arms around Allah the Exalted Who spoke to him in Punjabi, the translation of which would be: “If you become mine, the entire world shall be yours.”

In conclusion of his sermon Hazuraba mentioned a separate subject. He said he had received a letter from a very distressed young woman whose parents are not very well off and who is now subjected to constant derision by her in-laws for not bringing in adequate dowry. Hazuraba enjoined not to lay any significance on dowry and said that in actual fact a good-natured young woman herself is the genuine dowry or gift. Hazuraba enjoined to shun these negative practices and to follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him).