Friday Sermon: The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (a.s.)

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Friday Sermon: The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (a.s.)

Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(at) Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
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Huzur (aba) stated that yesterday, which was 23rd March, was a key date in the history of the Jamaat as it was the point in history when the Jamaat was established at the hand of the Promised Messiah (as). The Promised Messiah (as) announced that the awaited Messiah and Mahd [the Guided one] prophesied by the Holy Prophet (sa) was fulfilled in his personage. The Promised Messiah (as) further stated that his mission was to establish the oneness of God and the love of the Almighty in the hearts of the people.

The Promised Messiah (as) stated that the rank and status he received was due to his veritable and sincere love for the Holy Prophet (sa). Huzur (aba) stated that those people who assert that we consider the status of the Promised Messiah (as) to be greater than the Holy Prophet (sa) (heaven forbid) are guilty of a grave injustice.

Huzur (aba) stated that at present, this is the very allegation being used against Ahmadis in Algeria, to the extent that even women with young children are being arrested and taken hundreds of miles away to face prosecution. However, the message I am receiving from those woman is identical, and they all have stated that they have found the unity of God and the true love of the Holy Prophet (sa) through accepting the Promised Messiah (as). Therefore it is not possible for them to retract from it.

Huzur (aba) stated that whilst we pray for Ahmadis to be relieved of difficulties, we also pray that may God Almighty grant the Muslims the opportunity to accept the ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (sa).

Huzur stated that one can gauge the agony for people to recognise God from the following extract: "[O Lord] My soul is soaring towards you with the utmost certainty, just as a bird soars towards its nest. Thus, I desire from you a sign of your existence, not for sake of my honour nor for any personal reason, so that people recognise you and identify your virtuous paths, lest they deviate from guidance by declaring the one who was sent to be false."

The Promised Messiah (as) further states: "How unfortunate is the man, who even now, is unaware that there is a God who has power over all things. Our paradise lies in our God. Our highest delight is in our God for we have seen Him and found every beauty in Him. This wealth is worth procuring though one might have to lay down one's life to procure it. This ruby is worth purchasing though one may have to lose oneself to acquire it. O ye, who are deprived! Hasten to this fountain as it will satiate you. It is this fountain of life that will save you. What am I to do? How shall I impress the hearts with this good news? What sort of a drum am I to beat in the streets in order to make the announcement that this is your God, so that people might hear? What remedy shall I apply to the ears of the people so that they should listen?"

Huzur (aba) then stated that this is the relationship that we must build with God Almighty and this was the standard the Promised Messiah (as) expected from his followers.

On one occasion the Promised Messiah (as) was reciting the couplet in the Mubarak mosque and tears were flowing from his eyes. The couplet was written by Hasaan bin Saabit and was written in praise of the Holy Prophet (sa), wherein he wrote:

O Muhammad, you were [like] the pupil of my eye which has been blinded since your demise. Whosoever may depart henceforth, for I feared your death alone.

The Promised Messiah (as) stated that while reading this couplet, he wished that it was he who had written these couplets.

Those who level allegations against the Promised Messiah (as) that, God forbid, he considered himself superior in rank to the Holy Prophet (sa) cannot even come close to the love the Promised Messiah (as) actually had for the Holy Prophet (sa).

Regarding this incident, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) Sahib states that the Promised Messiah (as) experienced every kind of difficulty but never expressed his emotions of sorrow or grief on his blessed countenance. However, when it came to the Holy Prophet (sa), he was filled with emotion and tears would flow down from his eyes.

There are countless examples in the books and various sayings of the Promised Messiah (as) which illustrate the deep love he had for the Holy Prophet (sa).

The Promised Messiah (as) once stated that if all of his progeny were murdered before his eyes and his own hands and feet were cut off and the pupils of his eyes were gorged out, it would not pain his heart as it has been pained by the attack on the noble character of the Holy Prophet (sa).

The Promised Messiah (as) did not just merely profess his love for the Holy Prophet by speech alone, in fact every action of his demonstrated the deep love he had for the Holy Prophet (sa). The Promised Messiah (as) said that everything he had attained was due to the Holy Prophet (sa) and by following his noble example. On one occasion he said that he swears by Allah the Almighty that just as God Almighty had spoken to Abraham and then Isaac, Ismael, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Jesus son of Mary and then the Holy Prophet (sa), upon whom He bestowed His most illumine and pure revelation, in the same way He has bestowed His revelation upon him. However, he said that this is purely due to his subservience to the Holy Prophet (sa). The Promised Messiah (as) also stated that had he not been among the followers of the Holy Prophet (sa) and not followed his noble example then even if his virtuous deeds were as high as a mountain, he would never have been bestowed revelation from Allah the Almighty.

After hearing all of this, if someone still levels allegations against the Promised Messiah (as) then this is purely an injustice on their part and done out of foolishness and ignorance.

Not only did the Promised Messiah (as) come to establish the Tauhid [Unity of God]and inform the world of the true status and rank of the Holy Porphet (sa), but he also came to fulfil the rights of God Almighty's creation and also to instil love and compassion for them. Thus, in the ten condition of Bai'at, there are two condition which are directly linked to this:

Condition number 4:

That under the impulse of any passions, he/she shall cause no harm whatsoever to the creatures of God in general and Muslims in particular, neither by his/her tongue, hands, nor any other means.

Condition number 9:

That he/she shall keep himself/herself occupied in the service of God's creatures for His sake only and shall endeavour towards the beneficence of mankind to the best of his/her God-given abilities and powers.

In regards to this, the Promised Messiah (as) stated there are two aspects of faith. Firstly, to believe in the existence of God Almighty and show complete love and devotion to Him. Secondly, to spend all of one's effort and abilities to serve the creation of God Almighty and treating them with sympathy.

In regards to this, the Promised Messiah (as) stated that he would like to inform all the Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Aryas that he did not bear any kind of enmity against anyone. The Promised Messiah (as) also stated that the love he had for the whole of mankind was far more than the love a benevolent mother has for her children. However, his only enemy is the false doctrine which has obliterated the truth. He also that it is his duty to show sympathy to mankind and it was his principal to shun falsehood, Shirk, cruelty, immorality and injustice.

Further elaborating on this, the Promised Messiah (as) stated that every species loves its own kind. Therefore, it becomes the duty of one who invites others to God Almighty that he should love them the most. Thus, 'the Promised Messiah (as) stated that he loves mankind the most and bears no personal enmity with anyone but it is their ill-practises and acts of injustice and cruelty that he despises.

The Promised Messiah (as) further said:

'I have been told that of all the religions, Islam is the true one. Out of all the Guidance only the Guidance in the Quran remains in a perfect state and free from human interpolation. It has been explained to me that out of all the Messengers, the one who brought teachings which are perfect, superlative and unmatched in wisdom, teachings which display the qualities for the best example of man's life, is none other than the Chosen One, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.'

The Promsied Messiah (as) displayed immense compassion even to his opponents – in a way that was astonishing. Mauvli Abdul Kareem Sahib who lived in a section of the Promised Messiah's house related:

'During the days when the plague was rampant, and every day countless people would fall victim to the epidemic and die, I heard the Promised Messiah (as) praying in a manner that left me astounded. There was such passion, fervor and heart-melting agony in his supplication that left even the one hearing it in an extraordinary emotional state. He would weep and cry in prostration upon the Divine threshold, and his voice was filled with such pain and anguish that is sounded like a woman restless in labour.'

Maulvi Sahib says:

'I listened carefully and heard him praying for the mankind to be saved from the punishment of the plague and he prayed that 'O God! Should all these people perish from the wrath of the plague, who will remain to worship you?'

Similarly with a bitter opponent of the Promised Messiah (as), Mualvi Muhammad Hussain Batalvi, who had left no stone unturned to ignite flames of hatred all over the country against him, yet the Promised Messiah (as) display compassion to even him. During a court case the lawyer of the Promised Messiah (as) wished to use disparaging words in the questions relating to the family of Maulvi Hussain Batalvi, but the lawyer was strictly prohibited by the Promised Messiah. The lawyer who was a non-Ahmadi said he was astonished that he was trying to weaken the testimony of the opponent yet the Promised Messiah stopped him due to his high moral standards.

It is the teachings of the Promised Messiah that enable all Ahmadis to never deviate from high moral standards even when faced with opposition. If only people understood that the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi has arrived and that the mission of spreading Islam will only be achieved through his community – and not through swords, weapons or force or by killing innocent people. We will only win the hearts of people and not win over territories and land.

Atrocities are occurring in Europe in the name of Islam by either individuals or groups. In London a few days ago innocent people were attacked and killed in the most barbaric and cruel fashion. People simply walking on a street were mowed down by a car and a policeman was also murdered. All of this has happened because the so called Muslim scholars have led people astray. Rather than instill them with the beautiful teachings of Islam, they infuse them with thoughts of cruelty and barbarity. Huzur said as he has said often before as well, in this situation it is the task of an Ahmadi to display the beauty of Islam before the world.

Huzur ended by quoting the Promised Messiah who said the false belief that Jesus son of Mary will physically descend from the heavens will soon be shunned by Christians and Muslims. Eventually people will realise that this will never occur. The Quran states that all Prophets without exception were mocked. If Jesus were to literally descend from the heavens with the support of angels, who would mock him? [because it would be completely obvious to all if someone descended literally from the sky]. The Promised Messiah however was mocked by all yet it did not and never has hindered his mission. The Promised Messiah said that three centuries will not have passed from the time he was writing this, when Christians and Muslims will rid themselves of this false concept relating to the son of Mary and there will remain only one true religion. The Promised Messiah only came to sow the seed, and he said you will see this seed grow and flourish.

Huzur said we see today how this seed has flourished and reaped fruit and has become a luscious tree.

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  • March 23 is a historical day for us as Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani (as) laid the foundation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at on this day. He said that I am the same Messiah and Mahdi foretold by the Holy Prophet (sa). He said that God wants to bring all righteous souls in this world towards true Tauheed or Unity of God and I have been sent for this reason. Then he said that I have been granted this status due to my love of the Holy Prophet (sa). He said that there is no Messenger and intercessor for humanity now except the Holy Prophet (sa). This is our belief.
  • Despite this, Muslims are carrying out many atrocities against Ahmadis, even against women and children. May Allah safeguard all Ahmadis and may Allah enable Muslims to accept the Messiah and Imam Mahdi who was sent for the revival of Islam.
  • The Promised Messiah (as) had great pain and anguish to call people to one true God. He once said: How unfortunate, indeed, is the man who does not even know that he has a God with power over all things! Our Paradise, indeed, is our God: our highest enjoyment is in God, for we have seen Him and found all beauty in Him. This treasure is worth having, even if at the cost of one's life; and this is a jewel worth procuring even if obtainable only by sacrificing one's entire being. O ye that are devoid, run to this spring, for it will quench your thirst. It is the spring of life that shall save you. What am I to do, and how should I impress this glad tiding upon your mind, with what drum should I go crying through the streets that this is your God, so that all should hear!
  • Huzoor (aba) said that the Promised Messiah (as) has repeatedly said that he attained this status due to his love for the Holy Prophet (sa). For example, the Promised Messiah (as) said: If I wasn’t from the Ummah or people of the Holy Prophet (sa) and did not follow him, then even if my good deeds had been equal to the mountains of this world, I would not have received this status of communion with Allah.
  • Huzoor (aba) also explained other instances of love of the Holy Prophet (sa) from the life of the Promised Messiah (as). Huzoor (aba) says that those who still raise this allegation against the Promised Messiah (as) are ignorant. Their matter is now with Allah.
  • Another important purpose of the Promised Messiah (as) was to instill in hearts the love and sympathy for all mankind. He also included this in the conditions of Bai’at. For example, he said: There are two parts of religion or two main goals .First is to recognize God and to love him; second purpose is to spend all your abilities to love and serve the creation of God.
  • Huzoor (aba) said that may Allah enable all Muslims to accept the Promised Messiah (as). The renaissance of Islam and the victory of Islam are decreed with the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as). The incidents which we are seeing these days (example: London attack) clearly show how the scholars of Islam have damaged the face of Islam. Now, it is our responsibility to defend Islam. Our Jama’at cannot be harmed from their opposition, no matter how severe it is.
  • The Promised Messiah (as) says: The third century from today will not have completed when all those who had been waiting for Jesus, both Muslims and Christians will despair of his coming and entertaining misgivings shall give up their belief and there will be only one Faith in the world and one preceptor. I came only to sow the seed. That seed has been sown by my hands. It will now grow and blossom forth and none dare retard its growth
  • May Allah enable us to become fruitful branches of this tree sown by the Promised Messiah (as). Ameen.
  • تشہد و سورة فاتحہ کی تلاوت کے بعد حضور انور ایدہ اللہ تعالیٰ نے فرمایا : 23 مارچ جماعت احمدیہ کی تاریخ میں بڑا اہم دن ہے کیونکہ اس دن حضرت مرزا غلام احمد قادیانی علیہ السلام نے باقاعدہ طور پر جماعت کی بنیاد رکھی۔ آپ نے فرمایا کہ آنے والا مسیح موعود اورمہدی موعود جس کی آنے کی آنحضرت صلى الله عليه وسلم نے خبر دی تھی وہ میں ہوں۔اور فرمایا کہ خدا چاہتا ہے کہ تمام سعید روحوں کو جو دنیامیں بستی ہیں ان کو حقیقی توحید کی طرف کھینچے اور اسی کیلئے میں بھیجا گیا ہوں۔پھر آپ نے فرمایا کہ یہ مقام و مرتبہ مجھے آنحضرت صلى الله عليه وسلم سے عشق کی وجہ سے ملا ہے ۔ آپ نے فرمایا کہ تمام آدم زادوں کیلئے اب کوئی رسول و شفیع نہیں مگر محمد مصطفیٰ صلى الله عليه وسلم , یہ وہ مقام ہے جو احمدی آنحضرت صلى الله عليه وسلم کو دیتے ہیں۔
  • آج مسلمانوں کا یہ حال ہے کہ احمدیوں پر ہر قسم کے مظالم ڈھا رہے ہیں۔ یہاں تک کہ اب عورتوں اور بچوں کو بھی نشانہ بنایا جا رہا ہے۔ اللہ تعالیٰ ان احمدیوں کی حفاظت فرمائے اور مسلمانوں کو مسیح موعود کو ماننے کی توفیق عطا فرمائے۔ جو کہ اسلام کو دوبارہ زندہ کرنے کیلئے مبعوث کئے گئے ۔
  • حضرت مسیح موعود کو بڑا درد تھا کہ لوگوں کو ایک خدا کی طرف بلایا جائے۔ مثلا فرمایا کہ کیا بدبخت وہ انسان ہے جس کو اب تک یہ پتہ نہیں کہ اُس کا ایک خدا ہے جو ہر ایک چیز پر قادر ہے۔ ہمارا بہشت ہمارا خدا ہے۔ہماری اعلیٰ لذات ہمارے خدا میں ہیں کیو نکہ ہم نے اس کو دیکھا اور ہر ایک خوبصورتی اس میں پائی۔یہ دولت لینے کے لائق ہے اگرچہ جان دینے سے ملے اور یہ لعل خریدنے کے لائق ہے اگرچہ تمام وجود کھونے سے حاصل ہو۔اے محرومو !اس چشمہ کی طرف دوڑو کہ وہ تمہیں سیراب کرےگا۔یہ زند گی کا چشمہ ہے جو تمہیں بچائے گا۔میں کیا کروں اور کس طرح اس خوشخبری کو دلوں میں بٹھادوں۔کس دف سے بازاروں میں منادی کروں کہ تمہارا یہ خدا ہے تا لوگ سن لیں اور کس دوا سے میں علاج کروں تا سننے کے لیے لوگوں کے کان کھلیں ۔
  • حضورِ انور نے فرمایا کہ حضرت مسیح موعود کو یہ مقام آنحضرت صلى الله عليه وسلم کی پیروی کے باعث ملا ۔ فرمایا کہ جو لوگ حضرت مسیح موعو د کی مخالفت کرتے ہیں وہ عشقِ رسول میں آپکے مقابل پر کوئی حیثیت نہیں رکھتے۔ مثلا فرمایا : اگر میں آنحضرت صلى الله عليه وسلم کی امُّت نہ ہوتا اور آپ کی پیروی نہ کرتا تو اگر دنیا کے تمام پہاڑوں کے برابر میرے اعمال ہوتے تو پھر بھی مَیں کبھی یہ شرف مکالمہ مخاطبہ ہرگزنہ پاتا۔
  • حضور نے عشقِ رسول کے اور واقعات بھی بیان فرمانے کے بعد فرمایا کہ یہ باتیں سن کر بھی جو حضرت مسیح موعو دؑ پراعتراض کرتا ہے وہ جاہل اور مفسد ہے اور اس کا معاملہ اب اللہ تعالیٰ پر ہے۔
  • حضور نے فرمایا: حقوق اللہ کی ادائیگی اور خلق اللہ سے محبت کا ادراک دلوانا بھی حضرت مسیح موعود کا ایک اہم مقصد تھا۔ اور اس بات کو آپ نے شرائطِ بیعت میں بھی شامل فرمایا۔ مثلا فرمایا کہ دین کے دو ہی حصے ہیں یا دو بڑے مقاصد ہیں۔ اول یہ کہ خدا کو جاننا اور اس سے محبت کرنا۔دوسرا مقصد یہ ہے کہ اس کے بندوں کی محبت اور خدمت میں اپنے تمام قویٰ کو خرچ کرنا۔ اس کے بعد حضورِانور نے آپ کی سیرت سے حقوق العباد کے بعض واقعات بیان فرمائے۔
  • حضور نے فرمایا کہ اللہ تعالیٰ مسلمانوں کو حضرت مسیح موعو د کو ماننے کی توفیق عطا فرمائے۔ اب اسلام کی حکومت جو دنیا میں قائم ہونی ہےاور اسلام کی جو فتح مقدر ہے وہ اب حضرت مسیح موعود ؑ کی جماعت سے ہی ہونی ہے۔ آجکل جو اسلام کے نام پردنیا میں جو واقعات ہورہے ہیں مثلا دو دن پہلے یہاں لندن میں جو واقعات ہوئے ہیں ۔یہ اسی وجہ سے ہے کہ ان نام نہاد علماء نے لوگوں کی غلط راہنمائی کر کے ان کے دلوں میں اسلام کی خوبصورت تعلیم کے بجائےظلم کے خیالات پیدا کر دیئے ۔اسلام کا دفاع اب ہم احمدیوں کا ہی کام ہے۔ان لوگوں کی مخالفت جماعت کا کچھ نہیں بگاڑ سکتی۔
  • حضرت مسیح موعود نے فرمایا کہ ابھی تیسری صدی آج کے دن سے پوری نہیں ہوگی کہ عیسیٰ کے انتظار کرنے والے کیا مسلمان اور کیا عیسائی سخت نوامید اور بدظن ہو کر اس جھوٹے عقیدہ کو چھوڑیں گے اور دنیا میں ایک ہی مذہب ہوگا اور ایک ہی پیشوا۔میں تو ایک تخم ریزی کرنے آیا ہوں سو میرے ہاتھ سے وہ تخم بویا گیا اور اب وہ بڑھے گا اور پھولے گا اور کوئی نہیں جو اُس کو روک سکے۔
  • اللہ تعالیٰ کے مسیح کے ہاتھ کا لگایا بیج پھل لا رہا ہے اگر ہم نے پھلدار بننا ہے تو پھر اپنے اعمال اور نوع انسان سے ہمدردی اور محبت کو اس طرح بنائیں کہ ہمارے ہر عمل سے ایسا ظاہر ہو۔اللہ تعالیٰ ہم کو اس کی توفیق عطا فرمائے ۔ آمین
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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 Muhammadsa this congregational prayer is twenty-five times more blessed than worship performed alone. (Bukhari)

Friday Sermons in the Quran

“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

Friday Sermons in the Hadith

“… (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)