Huzur gave a discourse on the manifestation of God being Wali of the pious and devout followers of Prophets of God in his Friday Sermon today.
Huzur said that in his past few sermons he has been giving discourse on the subject of Al Wali in light of Quranic verses, explaining how God manifests being a Friend and Maula (Protector) and how indeed should a person try and become God’s friend. The highest status of a friend of God was of course granted to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).
‘We are your friends in this life and the Hereafter. Therein you will have all that your souls will desire, and therein you will have all that you will ask for – .’ (41:32) Huzur said the foremost recipient of this statement is the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), God’s greatest beloved, the one for whom the world was created and for whom God manifested as Al Wali from his birth to his passing away. God thus assured him: ‘…And Allah will protect thee from men…’ (5:68) and protected him from all harm. During his migration to Medina while he hid in a cave with Hadhrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) he thus assured his companion, ‘…Grieve not, for Allah is with us…’(9:40).
Due to the power of the holiness of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) the manifestation of God being a Wali of believers could be seen among his followers. When God sent the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) he too witnessed many instances of God being his Wali.
Hadhrat Zubair’s son Abdullah bin Zubair relates that his father told him at the time of a battle that he his life would be taken during the event. He advised his son to pat off his debts by selling his property and also gave specific other instructions. He told his son at if at any time he would face problem in paying off the debt, he should seek help of his Maula (Protector). Abdullah bin Zubair asked who was his Maula? The father replied, Allah. It is related that whenever the son faced any difficulty in paying off the debt, he would pray ‘O Maula of Zubair, pay off his debt’ and the situation would be resolved.
Once some Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) were deceptively asked by people of a tribe to provide them with religious training, but instead martyred them. One of the martyrs was Ahsan bin Thabit. After taking the life of Ahsan the enemy tried to get hold of his head because a woman of the enemy had vowed to drink alcohol in his skull because he had killed her two sons at the Battle of Uhad. However, a swarm of bees came in between the enemy and where Ahsan’s body lay. The enemy decided to return at night to take his body. Heavy rain fell during night and there was flooding which swept Ahsan’s body away. After accepting Islam Ahsan had pledged that he would never touch an idolater and also would not allow an idolater to touch him. When Hadhrat Umer (may Allah be pleased with him) was informed of this incident, he said ‘God protects believers’. Thus God protected Ahsan even after death.
Once, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) sent some of his Companions on an expedition with just one bag of dates for food. During the expedition the Companions would just eat one date daily and would suck on it as they had nothing else to eat. They would soak tree leaves and eat them. They found a huge fish by the sea, as it was carrion they decided not to eat it. They then thought that they had been sent by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), and were in a vulnerable state so they would eat it. The fish was so big that it lasted them a month. They also utilised its oil. God had made this arrangement for them. After their return they told the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and he said they had done the correct thing. Huzur said thus was God’s way of helping the Companions. God states to those who have perfect belief in Him, abide by His taqwa and put their trust in Him, ‘And will provide for him from where he expects not…’ (65:4). Huzur said God fulfils His promises to the believers in this world and strengthens their faith that he will indeed fulfil the promises made in the Hereafter as well.
In fulfilment of His promise of ‘And among others from among them who have not yet joined them…’ (62:4) God sent the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and blessed his followers with manifestations of Him being their Wali.
Dr. Idr Deen sahib heard from someone that if one wished to become a friend of God (wali’ullah) one should go to Qadian. Dr. Idr Deen sahib wrote a letter of bai’at to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Maulana Rajiki sahib relates that he would often talk with his friend Chaudhary Nawab Khan about the spiritual glories of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). They once discussed that when Hadhrat Maulana Nur-ud-din was asked that he was already quite an exceptional person what had he gained from the bai’at of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace)? The reply was that there were many gains but one was that while previously he could have the blessed sighting of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in his sleep, after bai’at he could also experience it while awake. He said one tremendous benefit of the company of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was that the love of the world had completely cooled off from the heart of Hadhrat Maulana Nur-ud-din.
Chaudhary Allah Daad sahib once someone asked Maulana Rajiki whether it was true that certain prayers bring about monetary help? He replied that yes a specific instant of particular spirituality can make this possible. He said if he experienced such an instant he would tell Chaudhary Allah Daad sahib of a specific prayer. Maulana Rajiki experienced such a moment and wrote down the prayer that came to him and gave it to Chaudhary Allah Daad sahib advising him to always keep it on his person, who promptly it in the folds of his turban. God accepted the prayer in a way that he benefited from it for an entire year. Somehow, he then lost the prayer and the sequence of the blessing came to an end.
Hakeem Muhammad Ismail sahib relates that during the circumcision of his son mistakenly a blood vessel was cut and the baby became extremely ill. Panicking he rushed to get some medicine. Maulwi Sher Ali sahib happened to pass by. Hakeem Muhammad Ismail sahib told him the incident and asked for prayers who promptly raised his hands to pray. When the father returned home he suggested that the child be given milk. The child took milk like a healthy baby.
Muhammad Hussain Jhelumi sahib relates that when a child-less non-Ahmadi woman who had been married for many years heard that Maulwi Sher Ali sahib was visiting he asked if he could get her an amulet. Muhammad Hussain Jhelumi sahib said there would be no amulet but Maulwi sahib could definitely be asked for prayers. A year after the prayers were made the woman was blessed with a son.
Maulana Rajiki related that due to Tabligh work he had been granted a spiritual condition that his prayers gained acceptance immediately. Once, Chaudhary Allah Daad sahib, who had not yet accepted Ahmadiyyat and suffered from chronic asthma spoke of his helplessness over the disease. He said he had tried every possible cure but the doctors had deemed his condition incurable. Maulana Rajiki told him that despair and belief could not go together. He asked for some water and seeking inspiration from the Divine quality of Al Shafi (the Healer) he prayed on the water with deep concentration. Chaudhary Allah Daad sahib was perfectly cured and did not ever suffer with asthma again.
Huzur related another incident of the acceptance of the prayers of Maulana Rajiki where non-Ahmadi people from a nearby village had heard of his acceptance of prayer and came to him to pray for their family member who was suffering from tuberculosis. Maulana Rajiki’s father told him to go to the village and pray. Immediately after Maulana Rajiki offered Salat the patient felt better. Although these people had had good faith in Ahmadiyyat they did not accept it. God informed Maulana Rajiki that the person had been grated healing as a proof of the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat, however, if they did not accept it the person would die on a specific date. God so willed that the patient got better but the disease attacked him again and on exactly the date foretold, he passed away. Astonishingly his family still did not accept Ahmadiyyat.
Once a man came to Hadhrat Maulana Nur-ud-din and gave him Rupee 200 to keep as his trust for a while. Soon after another man came and asked Hadhrat Maulana Nur-ud-din for a loan of Rupee 100. He gave the man the money from the amount given to him earlier and put the receipt in the bag which contained the rest of the money and sent the bag home. Shortly, the man who had left the money returned and said he had changed his mind, he wanted the money back. He said he would return in an hour to get it. When he returned Hadhrat Maulana Nur-ud-din said to him it is wrong to rely on people, I did wrong but God look how my Maula helps. By the time they man returned Hadhrat Maulana Nur-ud-din had got Rupee 100 from somewhere which he returned to the man.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that God declares that whoever bears animosity with His wali is tantamount to preparing war against God. He said that friends of God have the tenor of children of God. When a person opposes them God’s sense of honour is aroused. Friends of God are people who negate their self in God’s way and who forsake all personal desires and only follow what is God’s will. When one opposes a believer such as this how could he be called a believer. Hurting one commissioned by God can never bear good fruit. Huzur said God has always manifested a sense of honour for the Promised Messiah and continues to do so but those who do not wish to understand this, will not. God’s connection with the Promised Messiah, with the Community prevails to this day. God demonstrates to those who turn to Him in complete sincerity that anyone can partake of nearness of God and become His wali. One who sincerely looks for God is never deprived.
Huzur read out a lengthy prayer of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and then announced the sad deaths of two Ahmadis. Rana Saleem Ahmad sahib of Sangher in Pakistan was martyred outside the mosque yesterday. Some wretched person shot him at point blank range. The decreased was an educated person, a Moosi , who was very active in the Community and was running a very popular school in the area. He leaves behind a widow, two daughters and a son. May God grant them steadfastness and elevate the status of the deceased. Giani Abdul Latif sahib Dervish passed away a few days ago at the age of eighty-two. He was one of the 313 Dervishes of the era of Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) and among his various services to the Community had been a manager of Al Fazl. In spite of economic constraint he was always cheerful and cheered everyone in his company. One of his daughters is the sadr Lajna of Qadian and his children are being enabled to serve the Community in different capacities. May God enable them to follow in the steps of their father and may He elevate the station of the deceased. Huzur announced to lead funeral Prayers in absentai of the two deceased after Jummah.
The Jumu'ah (Friday) prayer is one form of congregational worship in Islam. It takes place every Friday. Regular attendance at the Jumu'ah prayer is enjoined on the believer. According to a Saying of Muhammad(sa) this congregational prayer is twenty-five times more blessed than worship performed alone. (Bukhari)
“O ye who believe! When the call is made for Prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business. That is best for you, if you only knew.” more
“… (He who) offers the Prayers and listens quitely when the Imam stands up for sermon, will have his sins forgiven between that Friday and the next” (Bukhari)