Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih delivered his Friday sermon on various dreams of some companions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
Hadhrat Muhammad Fazil sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He relates that after returning home from his initial trip to Qadian, he started doing Tabligh and his first contact was his teacher. The night of the first day of Tabligh he saw in a dream that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is holding his right hand and they are walking briskly. He sees himself in Medina where the residences of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) were and he does not see the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) around. Fazil sahib sees nine mud houses and thinks that these are the abodes of the blessed wives. He also sees a mosque and thinks to himself that it is Masjid e Nabawi. He related this dream to his teacher in the morning and gave him the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) book ‘A’ina Kamalat Islam’ to read. Fifteen days later, his teacher went to Qadian to take Bai’at.
Hadhrat Nizam ud Din sahib(may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1890 or 1891. He relates that he had seen a lot before he took Bai’at. Once as he came out of Masjib Mubarak after Salat he saw two presentable men in the vestibule who asked where Mirza sahib was. As he decided to take them to him, they requested that he walked behind them so that they could recognise him themselves. At the time the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) sat in an informal gathering. Promptly the men asked him if his name was Ghulam Ahmad. He replied in the affirmative. They next asked him if he had claimed to be the Promised Messiah and he said he had. They then gave him the salaam of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Next Nizam ud Din sahib relates his dream in which he sees the Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) blessed hand is on the right shoulder of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and he says, ‘he is the Messiah, take his Bai’at and send him my salaam.’ This moved Nizam ud Din sahib tremendously and he prayed most effusively. Following his sincere and earnest prayers he saw a profusion of dreams. In the last of this series of dreams that led him to take Bai’at he saw that a river is flowing from the east to the west and the water of this river is sparkling clean with no pollutant in it. Nizam sahib is happily swimming in it. Just then a person who had not become Ahmadi at the time calls him and says that although he is bathing in the river the area around his heart is all dry. He looks and finds this to be so. He jumps about in the water to wet the area around his heart but it remains dry. The on-looking person asks him to look towards the east where there is a magnificent bridge as well as Mirza sahib’s house. The person asks Nizam sahib to go in that direction but he refuses. The person asks again and this time Nizam sahib goes in that direction. He finds a grassy edge of the river and he dries himself. The area of his heart which had been dry previously is now saturated as if it is a fountain. Nizam ud Din sahib took Bai’at the very same day.
Hadhrat Khair Din sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1906. He relates a dream of his in which he saw that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) leads Friday Prayer like Eid Prayer. He sees that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) enters a room holding the Holy Qur’an and four unkempt Sikh men follow him, probably carrying a weapon which is not visible. Khair Din sahib feels concerned that they may attack. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) sits on a chair and starts reading the Holy Qur’an and the Sikh men listen. Later they come out of the room drying their tearful eyes. It appears that they have accepted the message.
Hadhrat Abdul Raheem sahib Nayyar (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1901. He relates that he read the words ‘my prophethood’ in the writing of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) which made him feel debilitated. He did not speak to anyone after this. On the third day he was told in a revelation ‘La raiba Fi’ (There is no doubt in it). Later, he had an opportunity to read books and his knowledge was increased and eventually the time came when he went to Qadian for Bai’at.
Hadhrat Abdul Rasheed sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1897. He saw in a dream that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is ill and lying in bed while the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is standing by the bed as one does when looking after the ailing. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) stands up with the support of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and gives a lecture on the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah after which the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) regains his health and his face becomes lively. Rasheed sahib inferred from this dream that Islam will be revived through the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
Hadhrat Syed Zain ul Abideen WaliUllah sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1903. He relates that when he was seven or eight years old there was talk in his family of someone claiming to be the Mahdi who had seen a dream that angels are sowing black plants and are saying that these are plants of the plague. Around that time Zain ul Abideen sahib saw a dream that he hears that his grandfather is coming so he rushes out and sees his grandfather coming. He is dressed in green and has a white beard and tells Zain ul Abideen sahib that he has come to teach him the Holy Qur’an. In another dream he saw that the kalmia is inscribed on the front of a mosque but it is a little faded. The Imam of the age arrives and enters the mosque and he follows him. The rows for Salat inside the mosque are not quite straight and the Imam of the age straightens them. Zain ul Abideen sahib relates that at that time it was the commonly held belief that Muslims had been ruined and that it was time for the Imam Mahdi to come. His family had not yet become Ahmadi. His mother used to speak of the arrival of the Imam Mahdi with delight and used to say that his arrival was to coincide with lunar and solar eclipses which had taken place. He relates that these were his childhood dreams and incidents reveal that such dreams are prophetic dreams from God and both adults and children see them.
Hadhrat Munshi Qazi Mehboob Alam sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1898. He relates that when he first went to Qadian and wished to take Bai’at immediately the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) advised him to wait for a few days. He said he should stay for at least three days. He saw a dream on his very first day in Qadian. He saw that light descends from heaven and entering through his ear, permeates his entire body and then exits from his other ear to return to the heavens. Further light comes down in resplendent rainbow colours and it appears as if the entire earth has been lighted and there is an air of rapture about. In the morning he realised he would copiously partake of heavenly blessings therefore he requested for Bai’at but the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace asked him to wait for at least three days, after which he took Bai’at on the blessed hand of the Promised Messiah.
He also relates that a lawyer from Lahore called Kareem Buksh used to utter extremely vulgar abuse about the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Once during discussion he asked, ‘who says Jesus has died?’ Munshi sahib replied that he could prove that Jesus had died. On this Kareem Buksh slapped him so hard that Munshi sahib fainted. The following night he saw in a dream that Kareem Buksh is lying on a broken bedstead and there is a pit under the bed and he is falling into it and is very helpless. Munshi sahib told the man that he would be disgraced. A short time later his widowed daughter became pregnant with an illegitimate child. A secretive abortion was organised but both the mother and the foetus did not survive. The police was involved and an investigation took place and it cost the man a lot of money and he was disgraced. He did not leave his house due to embarrassment. When Munshi sahib came to know this he went to his house and asked him if he had tasted the outcome of opposing the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) or not? The man started hurling abuse at Munshi sahib and went inside his house humiliated.
Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih said cautionary episodes like this still come to pass but are not related due to certain reasons. In the current situation in Pakistan, God is still avenging those who are disrespectful to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and they are disgraced and humiliated. When the time is right these episodes will be related.
Hadhrat Maulana Ghulam Rasool Rajiki sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1897 via letter and in person two years later. He relates that Maulwi Imam ud Din sahib went to Qadian before him but returned with opposing thoughts. However, when Maulana Rajiki saw many dreams in which he saw the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had come to Qadian, Imam ud Din sahib was also affected and they both went to Qadian in 1899. He relates that as they went to the mosque Maulwi sahib was in the front and he walked behind. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) asked ‘the boy’ to come forward. Overwhelmed with the great status of the Promised Messiah, Rajiki sahib began to cry out. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) stroked him on his back again and again and reassured him but he kept crying.
Hadhrat Chaudhry Ahmad Din sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1905. He relates that before he had read the books of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) he saw a dream. He saw a tomb in the dream which he felt was the tomb of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). It had a silver railing. A man puts a garland on the grave and his hands go underneath the grave so much so that he places the garland under the blessed body. As a result the deceased comes up in the form of a twelve year old boy and first greets Ahmad Din sahib who feels that his face resembles ‘Mirza sahib’. He wondered how could the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) return to the world against Divine promise. He also wondered if it was ‘Mirza sahib’ who called himself the reflection of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). This dream had an impact on Ahmad Din sahib about the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
Hadhrat Mehr Ghulam Hassan sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1898. Prior to taking Bai’at he saw a dream in which he saw a man flying a kite. He also saw a villa belonging to American priests and in the villa an embellished throne is floating in the air on which a young boy sat playing the flute. The man flying the kite flew the kite towards the boy on the throne and no sooner had the kite struck the boy’s head that there was smoke everywhere and the throne and the boy disappeared in a puff of the smoke but no harm came to the kite. Relating another of his dreams he says that he saw that he is roaming with his brother in a village belonging to Hindus and they see an elderly person reading the Holy Qur’an. On their way back the person is still reading the Qur’an. Mehr sahib thinks the person is a staunch Muslim and very courageous that he is reading the Qur’an in a Hindu village. Later, after Mehr sahib had taken Bai’at and saw a photograph of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and he realised that the man flying the kite as well as the man reading the Qur’an was the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
He also relates that he once went to Qadian and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) asked him about the plague situation in Sialkot. He gave an account and also narrated a dream of his. In the dream he saw that armed policemen are guarding his house. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) told him his family will be saved from the plague and God will be their Protector.
Hadhrat Sheikh Atta Muhammad sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He relates that he saw a dream in which the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) writes Atta sahib’s name in a book in red ink. He also saw seven land stewards and among them he is the only one the Promised Messiah calls. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) interpreted this as seven land stewards becoming Ahmadi.
Hadhrat Malik Ghulam Hussain Mohajer (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1891. He relates that he belonged to the Shia sect and practised their entire creed. Someone called Munshi Gulab Din used to read various books including those of Imam Ghazali to him and would say that if anyone who wrote books of the stature of Imam Ghazali was born in that age he would walk up to 400 miles to see him. As it happened, the Promised Messiah’s two [early] books ‘Tauzeeh Maram’ and ‘Fateh Islam’ reached him through someone who had been to Qadian and taken Bai’at. He lent the books to Munshi Gulab Din for a few days who read them out to Mohajer sahib and remarked that the writings were far superior to those of Imam Ghazali. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had issued a poster about Bai’at in those days. Thus Munshi Gulab Din, Mohajer sahib and a third person promptly wrote letters of Bai’at. Mohajer sahib reminded Munshi Gulab Din that he had said that if he found someone’s writings to be superior to those of Imam Ghazali he would walk hundreds of miles to meet them. They resolved to make the travel and set off. When they reached Batala they went to an inn to spend the night but it had no beds, so they went to the local mosque to spend the night. By chance this was the mosque of Maulwi Muhammad Hussain Batalwi [one of the biggest opponent of the Promised Messiah]. The next morning he enquired where the travellers were heading. When they explained he dissuaded them from going to Qadian and said that if ‘Mirza’ had been truthful would the Maulwi not have accepted him! He said going to Qadian was a waste of money. Mohajer sahib said they had already spent the money travelling this far so they would definitely go to Qadian. When they reached Qadian Jalsa had started. They ate and spent the night in Qadian and went back to the Jalsa in the morning. When the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) arrived Mohajer sahib said to his companions, ‘can you see such a spiritually resplendent face elsewhere? Had we listened to Maulwi Muhammad Hussain how unfortunate would we have been!’
Hadhrat Hakeem Abdul Muhammad sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He took Bai’at in 1905. He relates that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said in a speech that those who, due to their lack of knowledge, cannot make a decision about the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) should say the prayer: ‘Guide us in the right path — The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not incurred Thy displeasure, and those who have not gone astray’ (1:6 -7) with profusion. By doing so, the truth will be revealed to them at the most within forty days. Hakeem sahib relates that he started praying immediately and the truth was revealed to him within a week. He saw a dream that he is in a mosque and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) comes. He moves forward to shake his hand when a blind maulwi stops him, he tries to reach the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) from another direction but the blind maulwis comes in his way again. This happens one more time, so much so that it angers Hakeem sahib and he raises his hand to hit the maulwi when the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) tells him not to be angry. Hakeem sahib explains that he wishes to shake the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) hand but the maulwi was stopping him. Just then Hakeem sahib woke up. He related his dream to someone in the morning who told him to relate it in a letter and also explain that he considered this dream a source of his request for Bai’at. The request was accepted and in the reply Hakeem sahib received the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had written that even if someone hurled a mountain of abuse on him he was not to respond.
Next Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih said that Qadian Jalsa Salana will commence from tomorrow. Twenty two countries will be represented at the Jalsa. Attendees should try and avail of the Jalsa to the fullest. Time should be spent in prayers and if the opportunity arises prayers should be made at the holy locations [in Qadian] where the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) used to pray. Emphasis should be given to prayers for the advancement of the Jama’at and for us to be rid of the enemy. Prayers should also be made for the Muslim Ummah. The situation in Muslim countries in particular in Syria is critical. Syrian Ahmadis say the state of affairs is so dire that it cannot be imagined by those who are not there. May God keep everyone there in general and Ahmadis in particular safe. May God give sense to the authorities as well as the public to reach a compromise rather than fight! Extremist elements as well as anti-Islam elements are taking advantage of this situation. May God eliminate them both and may the true and beautiful face of Islam be evident to the world! May God bless our good intentions and endeavours and may we see the entire world under the banner of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).
Next Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih announced that he would lead three funeral Prayers in absentia.
Professor Bashir Ahmad Choudhry sahib. He was 68 and had been present at the Model Town mosque in Lahore on 28 May 2010. He had sustained many injuries on the day and had endured physical as well as mental pain but did not ever complain.
Babar Ali sahib. He was 30 years old and passed away on 17 December. His passing away is a kind of martyrdom. He was travelling on a Jama’at trip in fog when his motor cycle collided with a tractor on a narrow road. He passed away on his way to the hospital. He was a Moosi and Waqfe Zinadgi.
Rubina Nusrat Zafar sahiba. She was the widow of Mirza Zafar Ahmad sahib shaheed who was a martyr at Darul Zikr Lahore on 28 May 2010. Rubina sahiba suffered from cancer for the past two years and passed away on 3 December. She had demonstrated great courage and steadfastness after the martyrdom of her husband. Her services to Lajna extended over a long period.