Friday Sermon: Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims: Steadfastness and Prayers

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Friday Sermon: Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims: Steadfastness and Prayers

Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(at) Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
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Today's Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fātiḥah Huzur proceeded.

Huzur (a.b.a.) reminded that opposition and persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community is not a new thing. Troublemakers gather and attribute diverse unsubstantiated accusations to the Ahmadiyya Community to incite opposition and to ignite fires for hatred.

Huzur (a.b.a.) said that we find from the Holy Quran that all messengers have been opposed, ridiculed, interfered with and resisted in their heavenly undertakings. He referred to the verse,

"And in like manner have We made for every Prophet an enemy, evil ones from among men and Jinn. They suggest one to another gilded speech in order to deceive — and if thy Lord had enforced His will, they would not have done it; so leave them alone with that which they fabricate —" (6:113)

Troublemaking clergy are deceiving in the name of faith. Some leaders have also joined them. They spread non-existing rumors that have nothing to do with reality. Their lies, ridicule and mockery strengthen the faith a true Ahmadi Muslim.

Huzur (a.b.a.) pointed that while most Ahmadis are bearing atrocities with courage, some naively propose that as tyranny and injustice have reached their pinnacle, aggression should be responded with aggression. This idea may be infusing internally or externally to mislead Ahmadis. Huzur (a.b.a.) said that this is a view of ignorance. Such members have forgotten our fundamental teachings and principles. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) taught us to bear tyranny and persecution with patience. The progress and victory destined for the Promised Messiah (a.s.) is to be attained by turning to righteousness, love, affection, and prayers.

The Promised Messiah (a.s.) warned his followers that his way was not easy and trouble free. Members will face the loss of emotions, wealth, and life. They will have to persevere and be patient and respond in kind.

Huzur (a.b.a.) said that to act against these teachings is to create disorder and to provide an excuse for mischief to opponents. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) taught us to counter violence, tyranny and aggression with patience and prayers. By acting otherwise, we call two curses upon us, one of the Almighty and the other of the people. Therefore, we are not to respond abuse and disorder with abuse and disorder.

Huzur (a.b.a.) pointed out that with respect to the Ahmadi Muslims, the Pakistani law sides with the aggressor. Courts are helpless before the clergy. Clergy threatens the judges and the judges continue to postpone hearings in fear of the clergy. Law is not prepared to dispense justice. Therefore, hold strong the threshold of the Almighty and continue to make a concerted effort to reach the pinnacle of your prayers.

Trials are destined for the intermediate period before the final success. Trials well up feelings for fervent and sincere prayers. We should not become impatient and doubtful. Our job is to hold fast to the rope of Allah with patience.

Majority of Ahmadis in Pakistan are patient and carry a strong faith. It is the ones outside who are more perturbed. If you love your brothers than hold fast the rope of Allah.

The directive of the Promised Messiah (a.s.) to us is to be have compassion for the enemy while bearing his abuse. To hold fast to patience and prayer is a sign of faith.

The Promised Messiah (a.s.) advised the light-hearted and delicate to sever with him and leave rather than bear hardship. Though when such people return, they will not gain the same respected as those who stayed.

Righteous does not carry mischief in his heart. Compassion increases with righteousness. A Muslim cannot harbor rancor in his heart. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) advised compassion and goodwill for all. We should firmly establish ourselves on Islamic teachings and righteousness.

Huzur (a.b.a.) further pointed out that ignorance cannot be part of real righteousness. He referred to the verses,

O ye who believe! if you fear Allah, He will grant you a distinction and will remove your evils from you and will forgive you; and Allah is Lord of great bounty. (8:30)

O ye who believe! fear Allah and believe in His Messenger; He will give you a double share of His mercy, and will provide for you a light wherein you will walk, and will grant you forgiveness — and verily Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful —(57:29)

To point out that the difference is the light that guides the believer in all his actions, utterings, abilities, feelings, comprehension, guess, eyes, ears, tongue, oration, activity, and rest and enlighten his path.

Huzur (a.b.a.) pointed out that Muslim leaders have tried to establish Islamic state by spending large amounts but have failed because the service and spread of Islam is destined to be accomplished by the Promised Messiah (a.s.) and his followers. We can succeed only by following the footsteps of the Promised Messiah (a.s.). No one can equal righteousness and light.

Huzur (a.b.a.) said that every opposition of the cause of the Promised Messiah (a.s.) has failed in the past. Despite internal and external opposition and attacks, the Ahmadiyya Community is now established in 209 countries of the world.

Huzur (a.b.a.) pointed out that Allah does not deprive an ordinary righteous person his reward then how can we imagine that he will deprive the whole Community of the reward of its righteousness.

Huzur (a.b.a.) reminded of the teachings of the Promised Messiah (a.s.) that to become a special nation, our life, death, activity, rest, excitement, should all be for God and we should continue to step forward in difficulty and adversity. We will have to show active example so that Almighty shows active example. We should not rest at one level, we have to raise our standards. This Community is destined to progress. This seed is destined to grow and become a great tree. May we be able to meet the expectations hoped from us.

At the end, Huzur (a.b.a.) gave the details about Malik Khalid Javaid who had heart attack during the attack on the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Dulmial and passed away as medical help could not be made available in time due to the siege of the mosque by an unruly mob.

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  • In his Friday Sermon today, Huzoor(aba) said that the enmity of Jama’at is not a new concept. The communities of all Prophets were opposed by religious clerics and leaders of the time. For example, Allah says in Holy Quran: “And in like manner have We made for every Prophet an enemy, evil ones from among men and Jinn.”
  • Huzoor(aba) said that some Ahmadis say that we should now respond harshly to this enmity. This is absolutely ignorant and wrongful. These people have forgotten the true teachings of the Promised Messiah(as) that we should respond to such cruelty through love, kindness and prayers. The Promised Messiah(as) was supposed to come as the king of peace and he told his people that my ways are not easy. There are hardship and we will have to forget emotions and bear all types of financial and bodily loss. Huzoor(aba) presented various excerpts of the Promised Messiah(as) to illustrate that our encounter is not with weapons but with prayers.
  • Huzoor(aba) said that the other Muslims are without any leadership and are giving bad name to Islam despite having and spent millions of dollars. The revival of Islam and its true message is now associated with the Promised Messiah(as) and his Jama’at.
  • Huzoor(aba) said that we need to inculcate Taqwa and righteousness in ourselves by following the true teachings of the Promised Messiah(as). Only this can bring us victories and rid us of opposition and oppression. The Promised Messiah(as) said that Taqwa will give you such light that no worldly power would be able to fight you. Allah has also said in the Holy Quran: “that the most honorable among you are those who are most righteous.”
  • Huzoor(aba) said, if our actions are not in line with the teachings of Islam, then there is no Taqwa. In such case, We need to worry about our Taqwa and if we are not following the guidance of the Imam of the time then we are moving away from noor (light). Hence we need to take our accountability. Are our prayer’s in line with the desire of Allah? Then we are certain that God’s help and support is with us. Allah will create for us the sky and land, and if we desire anything else beside that then we will achieve nothing. The service to Islam is destined with the Promised Messiah(as) and his Jama’at. This can only happen if we tread on the path of whom God has appointed and sent otherwise no matter how much we strive worldly we will achieve nothing.
  • The Promised Messiah(as) said, God has told me that I will tell you, those who have believed and are pure from worldly desire, they are loved by God. They walk on the path of truthfulness. Hence, it is necessary to walk on the path of truthfulness in order to witness the victories which are destined with you. In order to finish the time period of opposition faster we must increase the standard of Taqwa and that Islam becomes victorious all over the world. God has promised that this Jama’at will grow and flourish and no government power can stop it.
  • May Allah enable everyone to be part of that branch which will spread and grow. And face the enemy with prayers and patience. Ameen!
  • At the end, Huzoor(aba) announced the funeral prayer of Malik Khalid Javed sahib who had passed away of heart attack during the attack on the mosque in Dulmial, Pakistan.
  • تشہد اور سورۃ فاتحہ کی تلاوت کے بعد حضور انور ایدہ اﷲتعالیٰ نے فرمایا:جماعت احمدیہ کی مخالفت کوئی نئی بات نہیں ، ہمیشہ سے خدا کی جماعتوں کی مخالفت شیاطین اور زمانہ کے علماء کرتے ہیں، قرآن کریم میں بھی اﷲتعالیٰ فرماتا ہے کہ ہر نبی کی مخالفت ہوتی ہے، مثلا فرمایا ہم نے ہر جن اور سرکشوں میں سے ہر ایک کا دشمن بنا دیا اور وہ وہ بعض بعض کو ملمع کی ہوئی باتیں دلوں میں ڈالتے ہیں ، یہ سرکش علماء دین کے نام پر دھوکہ دیتے ہیں اور عوام الناس کو بھڑکاتے ہیں بعض لیڈر بھی ان کے ساتھ ملے ہوئے ہیں ۔
  • حضور نے فرمایا کہ بعض لوگ ایسے بھی ہیں جو کہتے ہیں کہ ہمیں سختی سے جوا ب دینا چاہئے ، یہ جہالت کی بات ہے اور نہایت غلط سوچ ہے ، یہ لوگ حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کی اصل تعلیم کو بھول گئے ہیں کہ ہم نے سختی کا جواب سختی سے نہیں بلکہ صبر، نرمی اور دعاؤں سے دینا ہے ، حضرت مسیح موعودؑ نے امن کا شہزادہ بن کر آنا تھا اور آپ نے ماننے والوں کو کہ دیا تھا کہ میرے راستے آسان نہیں ہیں ، ان میں سختیاں ہیں، یہاں جذبات کو بھی مارنا ہوگا اور جانی و مالی نقصان کو بھی برداشت کرنا ہوگا ، حضور انور نے حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کے متعدد اقتباسات کی روشنی میں اس بات کو پیش کیا کہ ہمارااصل مقابلہ ہتھیاروں سے نہیں بلکہ دعاؤں سے ہیں ۔
  • حضور نے فرمایا دوسرے مسلمان تو بغیر راہنما کے ہیں اس لئے ان کا یہ حال ہے کہ لاکھوں ڈالر خرچ کرنے کے باوجوددنیا میں ذلیل و خوار ہو رہے ہیں ، اسلام کی تبلیغ اور شان اب حضرت مسیح موعودؑ سے اور آپ کی جماعت سے مقدر ہے۔
  • غلبہ اور فتح کیلئے ضروری ہے کہ حضرت مسیح موعودؑ کی تعلیم پر چلتے ہوئے تقویٰ پیدا کیا جائے ، اسی طرح ہمیں نور اور وہ طاقتیں عطا ہونگی جن کا مقابلہ کوئی دنیوی طاقت نہیں کر سکتی ، اﷲتعالیٰ نے بھی قرآن کریم میں فرمایا ہے کہ ’ان اکرمکم عندﷲ اتقاکم‘۔
  • ہمارے عمل اگر اسلامی تعلیم کے مطابق نہیں تو تقویٰ نہیں ہے ، اس صورت میں ہمیں اپنے تقویٰ کی فکر کرنی چاہئے ، نامساعد حالات میں اگر زمانہ کے امام کی ہدایات پر عمل نہیں کر رہے تو ہم اس نور سے دور چلے جائیں گے ، پس ہمیں پہلے اپنے جائزہ لینے کی ضرورت ہے ، کیا ہماری دعائیں ایسی ہیں جیسا خداتعالیٰ چاہتا ہے ، پس ہمیں پہلے اپنے جائزہ لینے کی ضرورت ہے کہ کیا ہماری دعائیں ایسی ہیں جیسی خدا تعالیٰ چاتا ہے تو پھر ہم کو یقین ہونا چاہیے کہ اس کی مدد قریب ہے اور اللہ تعالیٰ ہی ہمارے لئے ملک بھی بنائے گا اور ہمارے لئے زمینیں بھی ہمو ار کرے گا اور اگر اس سے ہٹ کر حاصل کرنا چا ہیں گے تو کچھ نہیں ملے گا، اسلام کی خدمت اب مقدر ہے حضرت مسیح موعود ؑاور آپ کی جماعت کے ذریعہ سے اور یہ اسی صورت ممکن ہے جب ہم اس کے بھیجے ہوئے کے نقش قدم پر چلیں ورنہ دنیاوی لحاظ سے جتنی کوشش کر لیں ہمارے پاس طاقت ہے نہ وسائل ہیں ۔
  • حضرت مسیح موعودؑ فرماتے ہیں کہ خدانے مجھےمخاطب کر کے فرمایا کہ میں تمھیں بتاؤں کہ جو لوگ ایمان لائے اور دنیاوی ملونی سےپاک ہیں وہ لوگ خداکےپسندیدہ لوگ ہیں یہی ہیں جن کے صدق کے قدم ہیں ،پس اس صدق کے قدم پر چلنے کی ضرورت ہے ،تاکہ ان فتوحات کے نظارے ہم دیکھ سکیں جو آپؑ کے ساتھ وابستہ اور مقدر ہیں ،یہ ابتلاءء کا دور ختم ہونے والا دور ہے ،اس میں تیزی پیدا کرنے کے لئے تقوی کے معیاروں کو بڑھانے اور بڑھاتے چلے جانے کی ضرورت ہے تاکہ سب دینوں پر اسلام کو غلبہ حاصل ہو، اللہ تعالیٰ نے یہ وعدہ فرمایا ہواہےکہ اس جماعت نے بڑھنا ہے اور پھلنا اور پھولنا ہے کوئی دنیاوی طاقت اس کو ختم نہیں کر سکتی ۔
  • اللہ تعالیٰ کرے ہم میں سے ہر ایک اس درخت کی پھلنے پھولنے والی شاخ بن جائے اور آپ ؑکی توقعات پر پورا اترنےوالے ہوں اور صبر و دعا کے ساتھ دشمن کے ہر حملہ کو ناکام و نامراد کرتے چلے جانے والے ہوں ۔ آمین۔
  • آخر پر حضورِ انور نے دوالمیال حادثہ میں شہید ہونے والے مکرم ملک خالد جاوید صاحب کی نماز جنازہ غائب کا اعلان کرتے ہوئے انکی متعدد خوبیوں کا ذکر کیا اور فرمایا کہ آپ نے اپنے بیٹے حافظ سبحان ایوب کو قرآ ن حفظ کروایا۔
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