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Mauritius and India Tours

Summary of Friday Sermon

delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

January 20th, 2006

NOTE: Alislam Team takes full responsibility for any errors or miscommunication in this Synopsis of the Friday Sermon

Huzuraba delivered his Friday Sermon today from Bait ul Futuh, Morden, after his return to UK from his trips of Mauritius and India. Huzuraba said according to the wishes of others he usually relates the accounts of his travels.

Accordingly, Huzuraba said his first stop was Mauritius, where the Muslim population is about 17% and Ahmadis number in their few thousands, yet their sincerity and enthusiasm is distinctive. At the airport Huzuraba was met with a most overwhelming reception of sincerity with people’s faces glowing, which moved Huzuraba to glorify Allah for fulfilling His promises to the Promised Messiahas in far off places.

Huzuraba highly appreciated that the Mauritius Jama’at has built mosques at small distances, constructed them beautifully and that they keep them clean. He said that the Jama’at, regardless of social standing has a collective sense of sacrifice; he counselled them to pray for themselves that may the virus of arrogance never enter their minds.

Huzuraba mentioned the opposition of the mullah Mauritius Jama’at faces and in particular recounted an episode that took place on the last day of Jalsa Salana. A rowdy crowd gathered outside the entrance gate prior to Huzuraba’s arrival there and shouted uncouth slogans. The Ameer Sahib was highly concerned lest an impassioned Ahmadi responded to their rowdiness or that anything happened at Huzuraba arrival, therefore he arranged for Huzuraba’s to enter from an alternative access. Huzuraba said it was Allah’s special blessing that the Mauritius Jama’at displayed extraordinary patience and steadfastness in keeping with the teachings of the Promised Messiahas, anything contrary could have created disorder and would have been a blemish on the peaceable reputation of the Jama’at. Huzuraba distinctly remarked that no one should assume that we are patient and forgive these people due to any weakness as such; it is our undertaking to continue to be steadfast. Despite the mayhem created outside, Huzuraba said a number of dignitaries were courageous and attended the Jalsa. The roguish crowd outside raised a slogan that the “Ahmadi Khalifa” had run scared – co-incidentally at this very time Huzuraba could be heard taking the Ba’ait pledge! At the conclusion of Jalsa, Huzuraba said the guests from outside came up to Huzuraba and thanked him.

At a later stage Huzuraba also met the President of Mauritius who Huzuraba said is a Hindu and a most decent person who still displays photographs from the Mauritius trip of Hadhrat Khalifa tul Masih IVra in his house as a token of blessing.

Generally speaking of the decent people who understand and appreciate the exploits of the wicked mullah but do nothing about it, Huzuraba cautioned that if the mullah is let loose then it would be very difficult to get rid of him, just as Khalifa tul Masih IVra once said that if the government of Pakistan did not get rid of the mullah, they will never be free of him. Huzuraba cautioned that if the meddling of the mullah is not separated from politics, progress will not be possible and that Muslims governments could still wake up this fact.

Huzuraba related an inspiring story of a young man from Mauritius who met Huzuraba and after some reflection took Bai’at.
Huzuraba told of a day trip to a tiny island near Mauritius named Rodriguez where he laid the foundation for a new mosque. Huzuraba said the Jama’at there is small but gaining sincerity. Of the tiny island Huzuraba prayed may it come into the fold of Ahmadiyyat in its entirety. Huzuraba also told of a few Tabligh opportunities his delegation had in Rodriguez as well as in Mauritius. Huzuraba also mentioned a reception in Mauritius which was attended by many dignitaries.

Huzuraba said the trip and the Jalsa of Mauritius was extremely successful and he paid great tribute to those who worked tirelessly and most sincerely for it and he prayed that may Allah reward each person of the Mauritius Jama’at. Huzuraba specially remarked over his astonishment at finding that great number of people had arrived to bid him farewell at the airport at 2 AM. He said he did not expect this at all at this hour of the night and that with the grace of Allah their sincerity and earnestness was evident.

From Mauritius Huzuraba arrived in India and said that landing at Delhi emotions took on a different perspective due to closeness to Qadian. Huzuraba stayed in Delhi for a few days and visited the historical buildings of the region. After visiting Qutab Minar (an historic tower dating twelfth century) Huzuraba suddenly expressed the wish to visit the tomb of Bakhtiyar Kaki (a Muslim saint from twelfth century) which threw his security people in a dilemma as the access to the tomb is via small narrow allies and one has to remove shoes about a hundred yards in advance; Huzuraba was undeterred by this, so onwards the group went through ally-ways. Huzuraba said at the tomb he noticed the way people were praying was contradictory to Islamic teachings and tantamount to shirk; Huzuraba said he prayed that O Allah this was your servant and now people are practicing shirk through him.

Huzuraba said he was delighted to note on checking that the Promised Messiah had visited the tomb of Bakhtiyar Kaki exactly a hundred years ago in November 1905 and now Huzuraba had the opportunity to do that in subordination to the Promised Messiahas – Huzuraba read extract from Malfoozat regarding the visit of a hundred years ago in which the Promised Messiahas described Bakhtiyar Kaki as among “Olya Ullah” (friends of Allah).

Among the great buildings around Delhi depicting the rise and fall of Muslim rulers Huzuraba mentioned visiting the Tughlakabad Fort and related a visit by Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) there during which he had gone into a spiritual trance. Later Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) gave a series of speeches on this spiritual experience which is now published in a book form entitled “Roohani Sair” (Spiritual Journey) which Huzuraba recommended every person who can read Urdu should read.

Next Huzuraba mentioned arriving at Qadian via train. Of his feeling on reaching Qadian, Huzuraba said they simply cannot be expressed in words; the glory of Minara tul Masih, the peace of the Bahishti Maqbara. Huzuraba said he did not know where his one month stay went. He said this was the only trip the memory of which makes him restless; of the hamlet of the Messiah, Huzuraba said it is difficult to say anything else.

Huzuraba said since the 1991 visit of Hadhrat Khalifa tul Masih IVra much development has taken place in Qadian in terms of buildings, yet people have retained their simplicity. Huzuraba said he had stressed to them that the simplicity and the peace that prevails in Qadian due to the sacrifices given by the dervishes of Qadian should be upheld and maintained and that the new-comers should also maintain the sanctity of the place.

Huzuraba said the non-Muslim populace of Qadian were also most cordial and affectionate.

Speaking of the warmth of the faith of people who had arrived from all over India for the Jalsa Huzuraba said they appeared to belong of another world. Huzuraba said their sincerity and their earnestness to attend the Jalsa due to Huzuraba’s presence was remarkable; despite being underprivileged they had travelled great distances, come from regions with totally opposite climate and totally different customs yet their zeal was amazing. Of the air of spirituality and sincerity in Qadian Huzuraba said it could only be felt by those who were there and the state of those who came for mulaqat with him, Huzuraba said only he could feel that.

Of those who had travelled from Pakistan for the Qadian Jalsa Huzuraba said it was not possible to describe their sense of deprivation. Huzuraba spoke of some who has expressed their helplessness and vulnerability through poetry which moved Huzuraba a lot; he said he met them for a few seconds each yet those few seconds spoke volumes. He prayed that may Allah remove these separations.

Huzuraba enjoined saying of nafl Salat and said that turning to Allah with total sincerity is the only means to open the ways to Rabwah to Qadian and to Mecca and Medina.

Huzuraba also mentioned his visit to the house in the town of Hoshyarpur where the Promised Messiahas spent 40 days in isolation engaged in spiritual exercise of profound worship of Allah and during which he was given the glad-tidings of a ‘promised’ son who would be a reformer.

In conclusion Huzuraba said when he had arrived at Qadian people had tears of happiness in their eyes and on his departure they had tears of sadness at the separation; Huzuraba said to people of Qadian and Rabwah that to remove the pain of separation they should shed these tears enduringly, submitting to Allah making heart-rending and poignant entreaties in that He brings forth the hour of triumph.