Today Huzur delivered his sermon on the faith-inspiring prophecy of Musleh-e-Maud (the Promised Reformer) and said that its fulfilment was an immense proof of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as).
Huzur said that Ahmadis are familiar with the day of 20th of February as relating to this glorious prophecy. On this day the Promised Messiah (as) was given the glad tidings in a revelation of the birth of a son who would possess numerous qualities. Among other things, it was prophesied that the Jama'at (Ahmadiyya Community) would experience exceptional progress during the era of the Promised Reformer.
Huzur said that today he would present extracts in the words of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) himself which shed light on how this prophecy was fulfilled in his person.
In 1914 Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) was conferred by God with the mantle of Khilafat. It was 30 years later – in 1944 – that he announced he fulfilled the prophecy of the Promised Reformer. Even before, many of the scholars and general membership of the Jama'at felt that the prophecy was fulfilled in his person, and encouraged him to announce that he was the Musleh-e-Maud (Promised Reformer).
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) responded to them that if the prophecy seemed to be fulfilled in his person, then so be it, but what was the need for him to make an announcement? He mentioned that on one occasion, a list was published of the past Mujadideen (Reformers) in Islam and this list was published after being seen by the Promised Messiah (as). Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) said how many in this list had made a claim to being a Reformer? The Promised Messiah (as) himself said that Aurengzab [Mughal Emporer] appeared to be a Reformer of his era. Umar bin Abdul Aziz is said to be a Reformer but he too never claimed or announced to be so. An announcement is only needed for a commissioned Reformer, such as the Promised Messiah. For a non-appointed Reformer, a claim is not necessary.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) further explained that this was why he did not need to make an announcement. He said that members of the Jama'at should not be agitated by taunts of the opponents in this regard. Their slander, insults and attempts to disgrace do not matter because one can be humiliated people, but true honour is given in the court of God the Almighty. One who treads in the way of God, is given honour in the sight of God, regardless of contempt of the people. One who makes a false claim may gain success in the world, however he will ultimately falter because he does not have the respect of God. He said that therefore in both secular and spiritual matters, one should always adopt truthfulness. And the way to judge one is on the manner of support they receive from God the Almighty.
Yet despite this, once Allah the Almighty commanded him to make the announcement – he then proclaimed that he was the Promised Reformer.
Huzur says that even when he did make this claim, he did not just proceed to stand up and state boldly that he was the Promised Reformer. Rather he said that according to his nature it was very difficult for him to do so. Once he had announced that that God had told him the prophecy was clearly fulfilled in his person, on the one side members of the Community were joyous. However on the other, the Ghair Mubaieen (those who refused to take the Bai'at of the Khalifah) started their opposition.
In the Jalsa Salana of 1945, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) addressed this opposition and in particular the stance of Maulana Muhammad Ali. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) said that since he made him claim to being the Promised Reformer, Maulana Muhammad Ali had needlessly began opposing him. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) said that he had made his claim based on revelations, dreams and the Will of God. However Maulana Muhammad Ali was unable to present any dream or revelation to the contrary to rebut his claim. The only evidence Mualana Muhammad Ali presented was a 30-year old revelation, which was proved incorrect in context.
In order to prove themselves to be truthful the enemy of the prophets allege that the revelations bestowed to the prophets are conjured up by themselves. The Jews and Christians levelled the same allegation against the Holy Prophet (sa) as well. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) states that it is a wonder as to why God Almighty did not bestow true revelations upon the Jews and the Christians as opposed to the Holy Prophet (sa), in order to expose which party was false.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) states that even today, Maulvi Muhammad Ali Sahib has levelled the same allegation that the revelations vouchsafed to me are false. Why has God Almighty not revealed any true revelation to Maulvi Sahib in order to decipher which one of us is telling the truth?
Huzur then presented a few revelations bestowed to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) which prove that he was the Promised Reformer. The first one occurred during the time of the Promised Messiah (as), which the Promised Messiah (as) noted in his diary which he recorded his own revelations. That revelation was: "Verily, I shall make thy followers victorious over those who have rejected thee until the day of Judgement" Hazrat Musleh-e- Maud (ra) states that there is profound meaning behind this revelation in that this revelation is similar to the one bestowed upon Jesus (as) as is mentioned in the Quran. However the wording of that is: "And will place those who follow thee above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection". This is because the claim of Jesus (as) was to be the final prophet in the Mosaic dispensation. In that case people oppose such a claim, then only after a long period of time do people accept that prophet. However God Almighty wished to exalt the claimant of Musleh-e-Maud (Promised Reformer) to the status of Khilafat, and a Khalifah inherits a community immediately, that is why the clause "And will place those people" was not needed. Thus by stating in the revelation that "Verily, I shall make thy followers victorious over those who have rejected thee until the day of Judgement", God Almighty indicated that sometime in the future he will grant him [i.e. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra)] an established community, which in turn will be strengthened by God Almighty.
The wording "I will make those who have believed in thee…" as mentioned in the Quran are not required here as there will not be any need to wait for people to accept the message. Despite the fact that the enemies will scheme to destroy it, and will try their level best to create a storm of opposition, yet God Almighty will grant him [i.e. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra)] an established community and will ensure that their enemies are crushed.
Peghami's [those who refused to pledge allegiance at the hands of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) and formed their own Community] claim that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) made his claim based on one dream he saw. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) has stated that this was not a dream, as it contained words that were revealed; it was a revelation that was received over 40 years ago.
The second sign which was revealed to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) that alluded to him being the Promised Son was experienced in a Kashf [vision]. Harzat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that while in state of Kashf, he saw that a parcel was handed to him which had two names written on it, Muhiy-ul-deen and Muin-ul-deen. The name, Muhiy-ul-deen, referred to the Promised Messiahas who came for the revival of Islam and Muin-ul-deen referred to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud, who came to assist and help in the cause of Islam.
The third sign which Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) mentioned was a revelation he received. The revelation was, 'O progeny of Daud! Adhere to the commandments of Allah the Almighty while being grateful to Him'. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that by stating, 'progeny of Daud', Allah the Almighty has likened him to Hazrat Suleman(as). Hazrat Suleman(as) became the Khalifa after Hazrat Daud(as) and was also his son.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that the fourth sign which attests to him being the Promised Son is a Kashf [vision] which he experienced. In this Kashf, he saw that he was praying in the Promised Messiah's Bait-ul-Dua [small chamber in which the promised Messiah(ra) used to pray] when suddenly it was made apparent to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) that the Promised Messiahas was Abraham. It was also revealed to him that many other Abrahams have appeared in this Ummah [followers of the Holy Prophetsa], for instance, he was informed that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I(ra) was also Abraham. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) was then told that he was also Abraham.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that the fifth sign which was revealed to him was in a dream close to the time of the Promised Messiah's demise. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) saw an angel in a dream and told Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) that he will teach him the commentary of Surah Al-Fatiha. The angle said that until now all the commentators of the Holy Quran have only written a commentary up to the words, Yaum-e-Deen [the Day of Judgment], however he shall teach Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) the complete commentary of Surah Al-Fatiha. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that when he woke up, he could not no longer recall what the angel had taught him. Nonetheless, since that day, Allah the Almighty taught Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) countless intricate and subtle meanings from Surah Al-Fatiha. In fact, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that Allah the Almighty taught Him a very comprehensive programme in light of Surah Al-Faitha in order to establish the grandeur of Islam. Thus, the true meaning of this dream was that the general comprehension of the Holy Quran and in particular the meaning of Surah Al-Fatiha was granted to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra).
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) also mentioned that he received a revelation, 'Surely we will annihilate them'. Those who left the Jama'at at the time claimed to be the majority making up 95% of the Jama'at. Indeed, this proved to be the case and Khwaja Kamal-ul-Din Sahib prior to his demise acknowledged that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra)'s revelation was certainly fulfilled and they were annihilated.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that Allah the Almighty has revealed countless signs which prove that this prophecy was fulfilled in his person.
Huzur concluded by saying that in the coming days many Jalsas (gatherings/events) will be held in commemoration of the fulfilment of this prophecy in Jama'ats and also many programmes will be broadcast on MTA. Members of the Jama'at should make maximum effort to attend and listen to these programmes in order to develop a deeper understanding of this prophecy. There are countless signs mentioned in this prophecy and all of them have been fulfilled in Hazrat Musleh Maud(ra) with great splendour.