Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, delivered the Friday sermon at the Baitul-Futuh Mosque in London today. The main subject of his sermon was the great prophecy of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, concerning the Promised Reformer (Muslih Mau’ud).
The Khalifatul-Masih V, may Allah be his support, said that only that religion is a living religion which continues to manifest God’s powers. Today, only Islam meets this criterion and only in Islam God communicates with man, responds to prayers and manifests his powers. To manifest His powers in this age, He sent His Messiah in the world in accordance with related prophecies. All favors, now, will be bestowed only through the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani was the perfect lover of the Holy Prophet sent in this age for the revival of Islam.
He said that the Promised Messiah prophesied about events which only could have been known by the Almighty to happen in future. The world witnessed the fulfillment of these prophecies. The Promised Messiah was greatly affected by the objection of adversaries on the pristine teachings of Islam and prayed fervently before the Almighty for signs in support of His faith. The Promised Messiah was guided by the Almighty to go to the town of Hoshiarpur in India for a forty-day retreat of prayer and worship which resulted in the Almighty favoring the Promised Messiah with the sign of a promised son known among the Ahmadis as the Prophecy of the Muslih Mau’ud (Promised Reformer). This prophecy was fulfilled in the person of Hadrat Mirza Mahmud Ahmad (1889-1965), the second successor to the Promised Messiah, peace be on him.
The Khalifatul-Masih V read the words of the prophecy which explain the purpose and details of the prophecy that He will favor the Promised Messiah with a handsome son who will have exceptional qualities, will serve the cause of Islam in a splendid manner with lasting impact on its progress and spread in the world, will benefit the oppressed, will excel intellectually and spiritually, will attain fame to the corners of the earth, and nations will be blessed through him.
He said that the Khalifatul-Masih II announced in 1944 that he himself indeed was the one who was promised in this prophecy. Yaum Muslih Mau’ud (The Promised Reformer Day) is celebrated in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community every year so that members become familiar with the details of the fulfillment of this great prophecy. It is not a birthday celebration as it is celebrated on the day of the prophecy (20 February 1886) and not the day of the birth of the blessed son which was 12 January 1889. This prophecy was for the second revival of Islam and has the status of a milestone in this respect.
The Khalifatul–Masih V mentioned that there were 52 aspects of the prophecy. He explained whom the Promised Messiah designated as the Promised Reformer by quoting from a number of writings of the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, which elaborated on how the Almighty had informed the Promised Messiah of the births of his promised son and other sons and how those prophesies were fulfilled.
The Khalifatul-Masih V explained that Hadrat Muslih Mau’ud was Caliph for 52 years and his Caliphate is a shining proof of the fulfillment of this prophesy. The speeches and writings of the Muslih Mau’ud reflect his concern for the condition the Muslim populace and his intellectual and spiritual service to the Islamic world and Islam. The 52 (or, in another view, 58) aspects of the prophecy are evident in the person and the life of the Muslih Mau’ud.
The Khalifatul-Masih V, may Allah be his support, explained how the Muslih Mau’ud at the young age of nineteen determined to carry out of the work of the Promised Messiah and pursued this objective throughout his life selflessly and with full vigor and attention and realized success with the grace of the Almighty against all adverse mischief, machinations and plots. The Muslih Mau’ud also advised the members of the community to carry out their duties with the same determination, spirit and zeal that the carrying out of the mission of the Promised Messiah is their personal sole responsibility. If every member works with such zeal, their difficulties will become light and insignificant for them. Our purpose is to establish the superiority of Islam by creating unity among Muslim states, and establishing equity and justice in the world and protecting rights of every person.
The worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said that our objectives are noble and to accomplish them we will have to make significant efforts and bring about pristine changes among ourselves and establish a contact with our Lord and create love of Islam and love of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. This prophecy signified that the mission of the Promised Messiah will not be limited to his life but rather will extend beyond his time and will extend to the last days through the manifestation of the second power, that is, Khilafat. While this prophecy stands as the proof of the truth of the Promised Messiah as the promised son established a system for the administration of the Community and established systems for the propagation of Islam, its results appear every day with a new manifestation. Every Ahamdi has a role to play to strengthen this system. They should realize that they have not to limit reformation to themselves but have to cater for their next generations too that they also never forget their purpose of establishing Oneness of God in the world and be prepared for every sacrifice in this respect and not rest until this purpose is attained. We have to make every Muslim country and every Muslim aware of the mission and purpose of the advent of the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him. We have to make them realize that their dignity and respect lies in unity. This is the message we have to deliver to them. We have to make the message reach Libya, Syria and Egypt that if they continue to follow tribal politics, they will shake the foundations of their own countries leading to disintegration and ultimately, slavery, and ask them to ponder over the message of the one sent by God for this age for their benefit.
At the conclusion, the Khalifatul-Masih V announced that after the Friday services he will lead the funeral service of Shaikh Musawwir Ahmad of Jillingham who passed away at the age of 25.
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)