by Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Naib Amir, USA
Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, 2006 | Urdu Version
The ultimate in Al-Jannah on earth was the coming of The Holy Prophet(sa). The advent of The Holy Prophet(sa) is described metaphorically as the appearance of God Almighty. He had attained the stage of Ruh ul Amin — The Spirit of Security, a state beyond the imagination of man; a state of getting together with God. A state of Perfect Unity – Dana Fa Ta Dalla (53:10). The Holy Prophet (saw) became the mirror reflecting Divine Attributes. He was Al Abd. The Holy Quran calls him Abdullah (72:20) — The Servant of Allah; the Exemplar par excellence.
For the latter days God in His Mercy sent us the servant of The Servant — Ghulam Ahmad. It was revealed to the Promised Messiah(as) Inni Anzaltu Ma aka Al-Jannah : I have caused Paradise to descend with thee.
Although the presence of prophets of God amongst mankind is Paradise on earth, the revelation to The Promised Messiah(as) would indicate that God would through the The Promised Messiah(as) institute a dynamic system that would lead to God and Paradise for the coming generations.
The dynamic system consists of two components 1) Al Wasiyyat 2) Khilafat. Al Wasiyyat requires continued struggle, effort, sacrifice and righteous conduct and leads to the reward of Khilafat. Khilafat fosters unity, quality belief in The Unity of Allah and provides Divine Proximity. Al Wasiyyat and Khilafat are interdependent and lead to the reward of Al Jannah.
The Promised Messiah(as) instituted the system of Al Wasiyyat in 1905 so the ensuing Divine Blessings of Khilafat will continue till the end of times.
The Promised Messiah(as) came to revive this Ummah and foster a spiritually elite Ummah that would through its efforts and sacrifices and fortified by the prayers of The Promised Messiah(as) and the Grace of God would evolve spiritually through the stages of Kafur (76:6), Tafjir (76:7), Zanjabil (76:18) and Salsabil (76:19) and be the recipients of Ruh ul Qudus [ Fe Hey Min Ruh Hey Na (66:13) ] and become Al Sabiqun (56:11) and Al Muqarabun (56:12).
The Holy Quran says Khilafat is “Promised to those amongst the believers ( who have quality faith) and who do good works …” (24:56) That means Khilafat is dependent on a minimum of a core group of believers who are truly righteous and who do good works and thereby benefit the rest of the mankind by their service and by ensuring that Khilafat continues.
This is what was envisioned in Al Wasiyyat by The Promised Messiah(as). The Promised Messiah(as) desired that most Ahmadis be that core group of people who are designated “Kuntum Khaira Ummatin– The best people raised for the good of mankind” (3:111). That is, Ahmadis, by their sacrifice, their righteousness and their good deeds should ennoble the rest of mankind.
The Holy Quran clearly mentions the concept of Al Wasiyyat in the following words “Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their wealth (for what price?) for the Paradise they shall have…” (9:111) This verse is amplified by the verse of The Holy Quran “Never shall you attain quality righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love..” (3:93) The word used in this verse for quality righteousness is Al-Birra which means goodness and righteousness of a high order. It means to acquire quality righteousness and quality faith in The Unity of God our efforts and sacrifices should be of a high order. We should sacrifice the things we love the most.
Al Wasiyyat encourages a practical manifestation of this verse and is a tangible indicator of a person’s sacrifice and his/her commitment to achieve quality righteousness and its ensuing benefits. Al Wasiyyat is the means to be counted and rewarded as the “Shakireen” (3:145)
The Holy Quran says “Wa Izal Jannato uzlefath – When Paradise is brought near ..” (81:14). Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II(ra)in a sermon delivered on August 26, 1932 in explaining this verse noted “Allah has blessed us with a great opportunity. Paradise has been made approachable. The system of Al Wasiyyat is a path to this…”
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Al Khamis in a series of discourses has advised the Jamaat to increase the quality and quantity of their salat and worship of Allah, and that they increase the quality and quantity of their material sacrifices and more and more of us should participate in Al Wasiyyat. Hazur said “The Promised Messiah(as) has shown us the most comprehensive way of acquiring goodness and moving in the direction of progress and a good ending. That way is the system of Al Wasiyyat. We must commit to it and participate in it as best as we can so a time will come when Allah will say “ Fad Khuli Ibaadi Wad Khuli Jannati— So enter thou amongst my chosen servants and enter thou My Garden .” (89:31-32)
The Promised Messiah(as) said: Rejoice and be happy that the field of achieving nearness to God is vacant and there is no other competitor. Every nation is busy loving the world and no one is paying attention to matters which please God. Now is the time to enter this door fulfilling all its requirements so you may become recipients of The Special Prize from God.”
Al Wasiyyat sustains true Khilafat. Through Khilafat we achieve and maintain unity of mankind and indoctrinate ourselves with The Unity of Allah and proclaim it to the rest of the world. Khilafat is the magnet that attracts The Mercy and Grace of Allah. Khilafat is The Rope of Allah. Khilafat is Divine Proximity. Khilafat is Divine Will manifest. Khilafat is Divine Protection. Khilafat is peace and security. Khilafat is The Great Reward — Ajran Azeem. (48:30) Khilafat is Al Jannah.
We are the beneficiaries of the prayers of The Promised Messiah(as). The Grace of God has guided us to Al Wasiyyat so we may aspire to that high status of “My prayer and my sacrifice, my life and my death, are all for Allah, The Lord of the Worlds.” (6:163).