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Revered Elders of the Community

Summary of Friday Sermon

delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

September 1st, 2006

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

Citing verses 58, 59 of Surah Al Ankabut (29:58, 59) Huzur made a brief mention of a few revered elders of the Community who recently passed away.

Huzur said everyone has to go through the process of death and leave this world, it is only God, Who is the Master of Glory and Honour Who shall remain (55: 27, 28) and fortunate are those who adhere to their Lord of Glory and Honour to seek His pleasure and thus leave behind a model for others to follow. Such people are granted reward in this world and as the verse recited at the beginning explains will be rewarded in the Hereafter. Huzur said we hope and pray that the revered elders who recently passed away will be deemed rightful recipients of such reward.

The first mention Huzur made was that of Hadhrat Abdul Haq Sahib who passed away at the long age of 106. Although influenced by Ahmadiyyat from an early age he made his pledge of allegiance (Bai’at) in the era of the second Khilafat and in his devotion went on the emulate the appearance of Hadhrat Khalifa tul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) and in his zeal to be an exemplar almost took on the disposition of the companions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He studied law and requested to have his life devoted (Waqf) however Hadhrat Khalifa tul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) told him to continue practicing law and consider that he indeed was Waqf. He was an erudite man, who made scholarly speeches at Jalsa Salana and wrote books. He served under four Khalifas with the utmost obedience. Such was his sincerity towards the institution of Khilafat that he held the central office holders in great respect in that they are personal appointees of the Khalifa. In this regard Huzur related a few personal episodes of the time he was the Nazir e Ala in Rabwah.

His great honour was that since the inception of the institution of Majlis e Shura in 1922, he had participated in it. Huzur prayed that may Allah grant us such scholarly and spiritual people in future.

The second esteemed person who passed away recently that Huzur mentioned was Maulana Jalal ud Din Qamar Sahib. Huzur said he was a devoted elder of the Community who had served in Palestine and East Africa. He knew various languages, which is the expertise of a missionary. He was simple by nature and had taught at the Jamia Ahmadiyya for eleven years, consequently his students must be spread all over the world today, they should now pray for him.

Huzur then mentioned his aunt Sahibzabi Amatul Basit Sahiba who passed away recently. Huzur said he was close to her from childhood. She had a most extraordinary nature. During Huzur’s childhood they had an adjoining door to her house and as a child he would make ill-timed visits to her house but she would never even give a hint of displeasure and was always the aunt who could be visited at any time with her open door approach. She had great love for Khilafat and despite being senior in age and relation to Huzur always showed immense deference, saying the relationship of Khilafat was the most significant among all other relationships. Huzur said after he became a Khalifa she was probably the first aunt he met and the instant and extraordinary esteem she expressed for Huzur left a lasting imprint on Huzur’s heart. Huzur recounted a few illustrations of her amazing regard for the status of Khilafat. He said that she had been visiting UK for the Jalsa and had stayed on when she felt unwell and went back to Rabwah.

Huzur told of a young boy who had grown up in her house, who is now a father himself and lives in Germany, and how she would visit his family and tell the children that she was their grandmother. Huzur said, if she developed a connection with someone she would carry it through and nurture it wonderfully. When her youngest daughter’s husband was martyred she took care of and looked after her and her children extremely well. Although now her daughter is remarried Huzur asked that prayers be made for her and her children that may Allah fill the vacuum that has been left in their lives and also pray for her other children that may their connection with Khilafat be greater than their mother’s desire.

Huzur then mentioned Master Munawar Ahmad Sahib Shaheed who was martyred in Pakistan on 22nd August. Two unknown persons on a motorbike opened indiscriminate fire on him. He hailed from Gujrat and had three young children. May Allah Himself make arrangements for the care of these children and elevate his station in Paradise. Huzur said the oppressors have always had this random attitude towards Ahamdis that they kill whoever they wish and whenever they wish and the law too goes silent once it finds out that the murdered person is an Ahmadi. Huzur said the enemy thinks that today the Ahmadis have no say in the country [Pakistan] so they can murder them and in their depraved presumption imagine that they are earning reward with Allah. However, one who gives life for Allah lives forever and their spilt blood is never wasted. May Allah recompense the oppressor for the evil done. Huzur said if the country is safe today it is safe because of the Ahmadi. We should pray that may Allah free the country of these persecutors and thus save it. Huzur urged to make abundant prayers for the children of the martyr.

Next Huzur elucidated the way and manner in which the Holy Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be on him) conducted himself at the time of someone passing away. Huzur recounted several Ahadith and stressed that prayer should be made for the deceased. Huzur briefly touched upon the importance of the practice of neighbours providing meals for the bereaved households and said that it should not be left to the Jama’at to provide the meals and if there are Ahmadi households in the neighbourhood of a bereaved family then they should pay attention to this practice. Huzur also drew attention that when funeral of a Musi is taken to Rabwah for burial, arrangement should be made for people to join in the funeral.

Huzur announced that he would lead funeral prayer in absentia of the four people he had mentioned.

In conclusion Huzur said he had thought of giving a discourse today in line with the start of the USA Jalsa Salana, for which Huzur had earlier cancelled his visit. However, Huzur said due to the recent deaths he changed that. Huzur urged the USA Jalsa Salana participants to focus greatly on prayers during the three days of Jalsa and try and bring about a pure change in themselves so that a body of people is prepared there who can establish the Unity of God and serve humanity. Huzur read a most dynamic and spiritually uplifting extract from the writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) on the power and potency of prayer.
Huzur said materialistically speaking USA is the most developed country in the world, may Allah protect the Ahmadis from the negativity of it, he said it is paramount to focus on prayer and that prayer alone is the beneficence of Jalsa. May Allah enable all towards it.