Most precious friends of the Community
Assalamoalaikum warahamatullahe wabarakatahou
The passing away of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV was like a tremor that shook the entire Community. Indeed our eyes are tear-filled and our hearts grieving and distressed, yet we submit to the Will of our Lord and bow down to His decree. Our hearts resound to the cries of our souls, in that, Inna lillahi wa inna alaihi raji’oon. We all are [consigned] trusts of God [on this earth] and accept this weighty trial that has come from Him.
How Dear is our Lord Who has sent the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in this era to reform the world and to establish the Shariah of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) and in order for this great cause to prevail continually has promised a ‘second manifestation’ that is eternal and shall continue till the Day of Judgment and which transforms the state of fear of the believers at the passing away of each Khalifa into peace through a new Khalifa.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote:
“So my dear ones! It has been the way of Allah from the beginning that He displays two ‘manifestations’ of His Power in that two false delights of the opponents are manifestly demolished. It is therefore not possible that God Almighty should now abandon this long established way. Therefore, do not grieve at what I have imparted to you and do not be heartbroken for you are destined to witness the ‘second manifestation’ which will be better for you because it is everlasting and its linkage will not be terminated till the Day of Judgment”. (Al Wasiyyat. Roohani Khaza’een. Vol. 20 pages 305, 306)
It is a tremendous grace and favour of Allah the Exalted that He changed the state of fear generated at the passing away of Hazoor ( rahma’ullah ta’ala) into peace and set the ‘second manifestation’ in motion through Divine decree. Therefore assist me with prayers, because one individual alone cannot honour the magnificent task that Allah the Exalted has designated to us. Engage in prayers and make these prayers abundant and demonstrate that as ever, today too the ‘second manifestation’ and the Community is as one being and Inshallah will always remain so.
The ‘second manifestation’ is an immense gift from God with an objective to unite a nation and protect it from discord. It is that string in which the Community is threaded like pearls. If pearls are scattered about they are neither safe nor do they look beautiful. Indeed pearls threaded in a string alone are secure and at their loveliest. True faith cannot advance without a ‘second manifestation’. Therefore keep a link of love, sincerity and devotion with it, make your zeal for obedience to Khilafat everlasting. Develop the fervour of your love for it to such an extent that all other relationships appear trivial compared to it. All blessings are in loyalty to the Imam and this alone is a shield for you against all trouble and strife. Hence Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
‘Just as only that branch is fruit-bearing that is attached to a tree and a severed branch that is cut off from a tree cannot bear fruit, similarly only that person can serve the Community beneficially who is devoted to the Imam. One who does not keep a bond with the Imam, despite having all the knowledge of the world, cannot be of any useful help.’
So, if you aim to progress and be triumphant over the world, then my advice to you and my message for you is to maintain a bond with Khilafat and to firmly hold onto this cord of Allah. All our advancements are inherently dependant on a bond with Khilafat. May Allah help and support you and may He enable you to be inspired to a supreme sense of sincerity and devotion with the Khilafat e Ahmadiyya.
Mirza Masroor Ahmad
Khalifatul Masih V
London 11th May 2003