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Friday Sermon: Proofs of Truth

Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
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    On 7th July 2017, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (May Allāh be his Helper) delivered the Friday Sermon at Baitul Futūh Mosque, London.

    Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: As we observe in the history of prophets, they face opposition after their claim. The fire of opposition and jealousy increases as their community grows. As prophets are sent by Allah the Almighty and He gives them glad tidings ofvictory, opposition never becomes a hindrance in the way to their success. When Allah the Almighty sent Promised Messiah(as) as the Messiah and Mahdi, he too was to be treated in accordance with this practice [of God]. Allah the Almighty informed him beforehand about various forms opposition and the miserable end of the opponents. God also informed him about the progress of his Community in the face of opposition.

    Allah the Almighty revealed many revelations and one of them is as follows: [Translation]

    "I will cause an increase of your true and sincere friends."

    Then, there is another revelation, which is...: [Translation]

    "I am with you and with all your dear ones."

    Then Allah the Almighty said: [Translation]

    "Such people will help you whom We shall inspire from Ourself."

    Then He said: [Translation]

    "I shall bestow honour upon you and shall foster you."

    Yet another revelation is as follows: [Translation]

    "Allah will help you from Himself."

    Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) narrated some faith inspiring incidences in this regard. Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said that these incidences on the one hand, became a means of increasing the faith for Ahmadis and, on the other hand, became signs of the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat for others.

    Nazir Da'wat IlAllah [Director of Preaching] at Qadian wrote that one of his mu'allim's [preacher's] went to his village before Ramadan to inform his relatives of the timings of Ramadan. A non-Ahmadi young man by the name of Iqbal came to the relative's house. Mu'allim sahib introduced himself saying that 'I am a mu'allim of the Ahmadiyya Community'. Upon [hearing] that, the person became furious with anger. The man became disrespectful and abusive towards Promised Messiah(as) and ahmadiyyat.

    Mu'allim sahib said that, we have been taught to reply with prayers in response to abuse. The man warned him that, 'if you're seen in this village ever again then you will face an evil end.' The mu'allim sahib said that only time will tell who will face an evil end. Later, Maulvi Iqbal, who had verbally abused the Jama'at, suddenly died of heart attack. This incident, not only increased the faith of the members of the Jama'at in that tiny village but also greatly influenced the non-Ahmadis as they saw this support of Allah the Almighty for the Promised Messiah(as) .

    Ghanim Sahib from Yemen writes 'Since I became an Ahmadi, I have been doing tabligh [preaching]. 'In the Ramadan of 2010, my neighbour and a few of his friends took me to talk to a Sheikh [scholar] in Jamiatul Iman. The Sheikh was rather respectable but the others became disrespectful and even challenged me to a prayer duel. I accepted the challenge. Thereafter the youths started to intimidate me and hinder me from spreading the message. I prayed 'Oh Allah manifest Your power to them'." He then says, "Subsequently, after one or two days these youngsters began to fight amongst themselves and within a month those youths went away. Their Jamia also became a pile of debris due to the bombing."

    The missionary sahib of Ivory Coast writes that he went with a local missionary to a village to do Tabligh and informed them about the advent of the Promised Messiah and Mahdi. Initially fifteen people accepted Ahmadiyyat, including the village Imam. Despite opposition, community progressed. Then the non-Ahmadi Maulvies went to the local king. The king called local jamaat president sahib and told him to leave Ahmadiyyat or he will expel ahmadies from the land. The Sadr sahib replied that we would leave the village but we will never leave Ahmadiyyat. Then the king had a change of heart and told him that you do not have to leave the village and do as you please.

    The missionary sahib of Benin writes that we do Tabligh [preaching] through a radio program on a weekly basis. The director of this radio channel started opposing us. The works of God are such that he was fired due to allegations of corruption. We invited the newly appointed director to the mission house and he was informed about the teachings of Islam and Ahmadiyyat. Then after some time this new director said he will allow us to have another weekly programme free of charge.

    Ahmad Sahib from Egypt says that he performed Istikhara prayer and saw the house of the Promised Messiah(as) i.e. Dar-ul-Masih in his dream.

    Ahmad Dervaish Sahib from Syria states that 'although I was a Muslim but I was not very religious. In 2008 my brother accepted Ahmadiyyat. I started to read jama'at books to the point that in my heart I accepted Ahmadiyyat I had previously joined the group, which opposed the Syrian government. However, after my decision to accept Ahmadiyyat, I heard the sermons of Khalifatul Masih on this subject and immediately withdrew from activities against the government.'

    A Moroccan man Abdul Karim Sahib says, 'after doing my research I came to the conclusion that the Ahmadiyya Community is a divine community. After reading Minhaj-ul-Talibeen the doubts preventing me from doing the Bai'at were removed and I was ready to do the Bai'at with the full content of the heart.'

    A lady from Yemen, Iman Sahiba, states, 'Right from my childhood I longed to live till the time of the Imam Mahdi and would pray for this. In 2009 my younger brother told me that he saw on a TV channel that some people were announcing the advent of the Imam Mahdi. I started to watch MTA and after seeking satisfaction regarding all the points I had, I wrote to do Bai'at in January 2010."

    Another gentlemen from Yemen states: "I joined various communities, but never found true Islam. Since I began watching the teachings of Islam being explained on MTA, I noticed a change in my condition. It was during these days that I saw myself in a vision. I realised the errors of my ways and God Almighty granted me the opportunity to perform the Bai'at [oath of initiation] in 2012."

    Huzoor (May Allah be his Helper) said: Thus, despite all the Satanic onslaught by our opponents, God Almighty guides the pure natured individuals by opening their hearts and enabling them to accept Ahmadiyyat. God Almighty informed the Promised Messiah (as):

    "God Almighty will exalt your name until this world ceases to exist and will spread your message to the ends of the earth."

    God Almighty then stated:

    "Those people who set out to humiliate you, and are intent on seeing you fail, in addition they wish to destroy you, will themselves be ruined. They will die a death of misery and defeat."

    God Almighty then stated:

    I will grant you followers who are truly sincere with you from the depths of their hearts. I will increase your following and bless their wealth. I will grant salvation to the majority among them and grant them victory over the other Muslim sects until the Day of Judgement."

    Meaning that the other sects of Islam will continue to exist, however, God Willing, it is the Ahmadiyya Community that will reign supreme.

    God Almighty then further stated:

    "The covetous enemies from among the other Muslim sects will not be overlooked or forgotten by God Almighty."

    Which means that he will grant the believers a reward according to the level of their sincerity.

    Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: I will present an extract from the writings of the Promised Messiah (as) where he stated:

    "Do they [i.e. our opponents] believe that through their schemes, baseless allegations and fabrications or derision that they will prevent the Will of God from succeeding, or through their deception they wish to keep the world bereft from receiving its blessings? God Almighty has decreed this in the heavens. If in the past the opponents of the truth had some success, then they may still succeed. However, if it is an established fact that the opponents of God who oppose His heavenly decree always suffer humiliation and defeat, then for such people there is a day that is decreed for their downfall. The decree of God has never been wasted nor will it in the future. God Almighty states: "[Arabic] Allah has decreed:

    'Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers."

    Therefore, since I am His messenger and chosen one without a new Sharia or claim or name – rather I have been given the name of our honourable Prophet, the Seal of the Prophets (sa) and have come as his reflection – therefore I say to you that just as this verse proved to be true in the previous era, i.e. from the time of Prophet Adam (as) up until the Holy Prophet (sa), therefore it will still prove to be true in my favour." God Willing

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    Synopsis:
    • We see in the history of Prophets of God that their communities are always opposed. But because they are sent from God, this animosity cannot stop their progress. After the claims of the Promised Messiah (as), similar behavior was carried out with him and with his Jama’at till this day. Allah gave the news of enmity to the Promised Messiah (as) and also promised his support.
    • Some of the revelations are: 1. I am with you and with those whom you love. 2. Such people will help you whom we have revealed to from the heavens. 3. I shall cause thy message to reach the corners of the earth.
    • Today, people are generally moving away from religion, but such people also exist who are inclined towards God. And this had to be the case because when Allah has sent the Promised Messiah (as), he would also bring people to his community. The opponents are trying to end this Jama’at, while Allah continues to increase the number of lovers of the Promised Messiah (as). This is being done through many ways; for example, MTA, books of Jama’at and of the Promised Messiah (as), true dreams etc. In this regard, Huzoor (aba) narrated some incidents from different countries of Africa, Syria, Mauritius etc.
    • Allah had told the Promised Messiah (as) that until this world perishes, I will keep your name alive in honor. People who seek your humiliation will themselves be humiliated. Huzoor said that now that we see these promises coming true, the promise of victory in numbers will also come true. We have already become victorious in argumentation. What we need to do is continue to increase in our faith and devotion, so that we continue to attract the mercy of Allah.
    • The Promised Messiah (as) said: Do they think that, with their evil plans, lies and mockery, they will be able to halt the decree of Allah or delay it? If it’s a proven fact that the enemies of God always fail and face humiliation in trying to halt the plan of God, then these people are also decreed to fail. God’s word has never gone wrong and he has said: that Me and my Messengers will always prevail. So therefore, because I’m His appointee, but without a new law or a new claim and being a representative of Khatam-an-Nabiyyin (sa), this law will also come true in my case.
    • انبیاء کی تاریخ میں ہم دیکھتے ہیں کہ ان کی جماعتوں کی ہمیشہ سے ہی مخالفت ہوئی ہے۔ لیکن چونکہ بنی من اللہ ہوتا ہےاس لئے کوئی مخالفت ترقی کی راہ میں روک نہیں بنتی۔ حضرت مسیح موعود کے دعویٰ کے بعد آپ کے ساتھ اور آج تک آپکی جماعت سے یہی رویہ جاری ہے۔ اللہ تعالیٰ نے مخالفتوں کی بھی آپ کو خبر دی اور پھر خود حوصلہ افزائی فرمائی۔
    • مثلا یہ الہامات ہیں:میں تیرے اور تیرے پیاروں کے ساتھ ہوں۔ ینصرک رجال نوحی الیھم من السماء۔ میں تیری تبلیغ کو زمین کے کناروں تک پہنچاؤنگا۔
    • بس اللہ تعالیٰ مخالفین کے حملوں کو بھی روک رہا ہے اور لوگوں کے دلوں میں احمدیت کی سچائی بھی ڈال رہا ہے۔اور آج بھی ایسے واقعات ہو رہے ہیں۔ حضورِ انور نے واقعات بیان کئے کہ کس طرح مخالفین کے حملوں کو اللہ تعالیٰ روکتا ہے اور آج بھی ان کو بد انجام تک پہنچاتا ہے۔
    • آج عمومی طور پر دنیا مذہب سے دور ہٹ رہی ہے لیکن ایسا طبقہ بھی ہے جو خدا تعالیٰ کی طرف مائل ہے۔ اور ایسا ہونا ہی تھا کیونکہ اس زمانہ میں اللہ تعالیٰ نے حضرت مسیح موعود علیہ السلام کو بھیجا ہے تو آپ کی طرف لوگوں کو مائل کرنے کا ذریعہ بھی ضرور وہ پیدا کر دیگا۔ مخالفین جماعت کو ختم کرنے کیلئے زور لگا رہے ہیں اور اللہ تعالیٰ آپکے ماننے والوں کا گروہ بڑھاتا جا رہا ہے۔ اس کے مختلف ذرائع ہیں۔ مثلا ایم ٹی اے، جماعتی لٹریچر اور کتب حضرت مسیح موعود علیہ السلام اور سچی خوابیں وغیرہ۔ حضورِ انور نے افریقہ، مصر، شام، ماریشس وغیرہ کے اس سلسلہ میں واقعات بیان فرمائے۔
    • اللہ تعالیٰ نے حضرت مسیح موعود علیہ السلام سے فرمایا تھا کہ خدا تیرے نام کو اس وقت تک کہ دنیا منقطع ہو جائے عزت کے ساتھ قائم رکھے گا۔اور جو لوگ تیری ذلت کی کوشش میں لگے ہوئے ہیں وہ خود ذلیل ہوں گے۔پس جب ہم دیکھتے ہیں کہ وعدے پورے ہو رہے ہیں تو تعددی کثرت کا وعدہ بھی ضرور پورا ہو گا۔ دلائل کے لحاظ سے ہم پہلے ہی غالب آچکے ہیں۔ ضرورت اس بات کی ہے کہ ہم اپنے اخلاص کو بڑھاتے چلے جائیں تا اللہ تعالیٰ کے فضلوں کو جذب کرنے والے ہوں۔
    • حضرت مسیح موعود علیہ السلام فرماتے ہیں: کیا وہ سمجھتے ہیں کہ اپنے منصوبوں سے اور اپنے بے بنیاد جھوٹوں سے اور اپنے افتراؤں سے اور اپنے ہنسی ٹھٹھے سے خدا کے ارادے کو روک دیں گے یا دنیا کو دھوکہ دے کر اس کام کو معرض التوا میں ڈال دیں گے جس کا خدا نے آسمان پر ارادہ کیا ہے ۔ اگر کبھی پہلے بھی حق کے مخالفوں کو ان طریقوں سے کامیابی ہوئی تو وہ بھی کامیاب ہو جائیں گے۔ لیکن اگر یہ ثابت شدہ امر ہے کہ خدا کے مخالف اور اس ارادہ کے مخالف جو آسمان پر کیا گیا ہو ہمیشہ ذلت اور شکست اٹھاتے ہیں تو پھر ان لوگوں کے لئے بھی ایک دن ناکامی اور نامرادی اور رسوائی درپیش ہے ۔ خدا کا فرمودہ کبھی خطا نہیں گیا اور نہ جائے گا ۔ وہ فرماتا ہے خدا نے ابتدا سے لکھ چھوڑا ہو اور اپنا قانون اور اپنی سنت قرار دے دیا ہے کہ وہ اور اس کے رسول ہمیشہ غالب رہیں گے۔ پس چونکہ میں اس کا رسول یعنی فرستادہ ہوں مگر بغیر کسی نئی شریعت اور دعوے اور نئے نام کے بلکہ اسی نبی کریم خاتم الانبیاءکا نام پا کراور اسی میں ہو کر اور اسی کا مظہر بن کر آیا ہوں۔ اس لئے میں کہتا ہوں کہ جیسا کہ قدیم سے یعنی آدم کے زمانہ سے لے کرآنحضرت ﷺ تک ہمیشہ مفہوم اس آیت کا سچا نکلتا ہےایسا ہی اب بھی میرے حق میں سچا نکلے کا ۔
    About Friday Sermon

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