After reciting Tashahhud, Ta‘awwuz and Surah al-Fatihah, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba) said that he would continue highlighting incidents from the life of Hazrat Ali(ra).
His Holiness(aba) related an incident in which Hazrat Hussain(ra) asked his father Hazrat Ali(ra), as to whether he loved him, to which Hazrat Ali(ra) replied that he did. Hazrat Hussain(ra) then asked whether Hazrat Ali(ra) loved God, to which he replied that he did. Hazrat Hussain(ra) wondered that would this not then be considered Shirk [associating partners with God]? Hazrat Ali(ra) replied that this was not Shirk, for between the love for God and the love for his son, he would choose the love of God.
His Holiness(aba) related an incident that once Hazrat Ali(ra) called out to one of his workers, but he did not respond. He called out a few times but did not hear any reply back. Later he saw him walking by and asked him why he had not responded. He replied by saying that he knew Hazrat Ali(ra) was kind and would not punish him, but would rather show kindness and compassion which he wished to avail. Hazrat Ali(ra) liked this response so much that he freed him.
His Holiness(aba) said that once Hazrat Ali(ra) passed by his sons whilst they were being taught the Holy Qur’an by someone. When he passed by, he heard that they were being taught to say Khatimun Nabiyyin rather than Khatamun Nabiyyin [Seal of Prophets]. He said that though there may be other dialects, however to say Khatimun Nabiyyin would mean the one who ended prophethood, whereas Khatamun Nabiyyin means the Seal of Prophets and that is the correct pronunciation and meaning.
His Holiness(aba) said that in the Qur’an, there is a commandment that one should give alms before consulting with the Holy Prophet(sa) on a matter. Hazrat Ali(ra) had not consulted the Holy Prophet(sa) on a matter before the revelation of this commandment, however after it had been revealed, he went to the Holy Prophet(sa), gave alms and said that he wished to consult with him on a matter. Thus, the Holy Prophet(sa) took him to the side and spoke with him. Later, someone asked Hazrat Ali(ra) what he had consulted the Holy Prophet(sa) on. Hazrat Ali(ra), replied saying that in fact there was no specific matter, he merely wished to fulfill this commandment of the Holy Qur’an which instructs to give alms before consulting with the Holy Prophet(sa).
His Holiness(aba) said that this was the manner in which the companions used to try and fulfill the commandments of the Holy Qur’an. There was a companion who had wished to fulfill the Qur’anic commandment which states that if you go to someone’s home and they do not allow you to enter then you should happily go away. However Hazrat Ali(ra) said that no one ever refused him entry upon his asking. His Holiness(aba) commented that these were the ways of the companions. Today, if someone was to say they are busy and denied another person entry, then they would mind and would be offended.
His Holiness(aba) said that once, the Holy Prophet(sa) advised Hazrat Ali(ra), that if he were to guide even one person to the rightly guided path, it would be better than having the area between two mountains filled with sheep.
His Holiness(aba) said that once, the Holy Prophet(sa) said that anyone who loved Hazrat Ali(ra) loved the Holy Prophet(sa), and whoever loved the Holy Prophet(sa) loved Allah; and anyone who had enmity towards Hazrat Ali(ra) had enmity towards the Holy Prophet(sa), and whoever had enmity with the Holy Prophet(sa) had enmity with Allah. The Holy Prophet(sa) also said that only true believers would love him, whilst the hypocrites would have enmity towards him.
His Holiness(aba) said that Hazrat Ali(ra) would always appoint trustworthy people to posts of authority. However, if he ever learned of a certain person’s dishonesty, he would write a letter to them which contained verses of the Holy Qur’an pertaining to justice and equity.
His Holiness(aba) related an incident when Hazrat Ali(ra) was walking through a market, and he was advising all those he met, to always speak the truth, to be just and equitable, and to conduct business with complete transparency and honesty.
His Holiness(aba) quoted Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad(ra) who said that during the Caliphates of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) and Hazrat Umar(ra) there were less disorders which arose because there were more people who had benefited from being in the company of the Holy Prophet(sa). But later in the Caliphates of Hazrat Uthman(ra) and Hazrat Ali(ra), the number of such people was fewer, and thus there were more disorders. Hence, once when a person asked Hazrat Ali(ra) why there were there less disorders during the eras of the earlier Caliphs, Hazrat Ali(ra) replied by saying that “during their Caliphates they had people like me under them, and during my Caliphate, I have people like you under me.”
His Holiness(aba) said that when the Roman Emperor saw the discord between Hazrat Ali(ra) and Amir Mu‘awiyah(ra), he saw it as an opportunity to attack the Muslims. However, a priest advised the Emperor that he should abstain from any sort of attack, because even if there seemed to be a division amongst the Muslims, they would unite to defend against him. When Hazrat Mu‘awiyah(ra) learned of the Roman Emperor’s intentions, he wrote a letter to him saying that though there may be a disagreement between himself and Hazrat Ali(ra), however if the Roman Emperor decided to attack the Muslims, then he would be the first person to stand in defence along with the army of Hazrat Ali(ra).
His Holiness(aba) said that once, Amir Mu‘awiyah(ra) asked someone to recount the qualities of Hazrat Ali(ra). He said that Hazrat Ali(ra) was steadfast and had great strength. He would make firm and just decisions. He was a fountain of knowledge and wisdom. He had no desire for material things, rather loved the solitude of nightly prayer. He was very wise; he wore simple clothes and ate simple food and lived among the people like an ordinary person. He was always ready to answer any questions asked of him. Though he always showed a great deal of compassion to the people and the people had a great deal of affection for him, people would still feel the awe of his grandeur. He loved those who were spiritual and held the poor close. Even the greatest powers could not convince him with their false stories, and even the weakest would never be disappointed with his high level of justice.
His Holiness(aba) quoted the Promised Messiah(as), who said regarding Hazrat Ali(ra), that he was righteous, pure and of those who are dearest to Allah. He was a lion of God, and was very generous. He was extremely brave in battle, to the extent that he would never move from his place in the battlefield. He was also very proficient in speech, and his words would pierce the hearts. His knowledge was so great that no one could ever compete with him. He always advised people to help the less fortunate and was exemplary in doing so himself. He was extremely close to God Almighty.
His Holiness(aba) said that now he had completed highlighting incidents from the life of Hazrat Ali(ra).
His Holiness(aba) said that after the Friday prayer, he would be launching a new television channel; MTA Ghana.
The Wahab Adam Studio in Ghana was completed in 2017 and named in honour of the late Ameer and Missionary In-charge. The studio produces over 60 percent of the current programmes for MTA Africa channels. The studio has 17 full-time staff members and over 60 volunteers who are trained in the various departments. The Wahab Adam Studios is one of the most advanced studios in Ghana and has some of the best facilities. Various media organisations and broadcasters send their staff to the studio for training purposes and work experience. The studio has produced many LIVE programmes including the 1st African Qur’an Competition, Ramadan programmes and many others.
A new channel is now being launched under the name of MTA Ghana. MTA Ghana will be a new 24 hour national TV channel broadcasting on the digital platform in Ghana. MTA Ghana will be available to view without the need of a satellite dish and can be accessed through a normal aerial. This means that Ghanians can easily access the channel. The channel will be in the same location as the other major channels in Ghana and will be accessible to millions of homes within the country. The main regions of coverage will be Accra and greater Accra, Central Region, Kumasi and surrounding areas, Tamale and Wa.
Programmes will be produced from the Wahab Adam studios in various languages of Ghana including English, Twi, Ga, Hausa and others. The transmission and scheduling of the channel will be run locally from the Wahab Adam studios through Lajna volunteers and other teams. Many programmes have been produced to provide moral training and educate Ghanaians on the true and beautiful teachings of Islam. The addresses of Huzur-e-Anwar [His Holiness] are translated into Twi and the LIVE Friday sermon is broadcast with Twi translations in various mission houses. MTA Ghana will be the only dedicated Islamic channel on the digital platform in Ghana.
His Holiness(aba) said that the opponents of the Community attempt to hinder our progress, yet God Almighty continues to open new paths.
His Holiness(aba) again made an appeal for prayers, for the Ahmadis in Pakistan and Algeria who have been falsely imprisoned. His Holiness(aba) also said to pray for the general state of affairs in Pakistan, that may Allah grant Ahmadis ease and enable the opponents to see reason, and if they are not destined to see reason then may the Ahmadis be saved from their grasp. His Holiness(aba) said that the Ahmadis in Pakistan should give special emphasis to offering supererogatory prayers and giving alms.
(After the Friday prayer, His Holiness(aba) inaugurated MTA Ghana and led silent prayers)
Summary prepared by The Review of Religions.
After reciting the Tashahud, Ta‘awuz, and Surah al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V(aa) stated:
The accounts from the life of Hazrat Ali(ra) were being mentioned and I will continue to narrate them today as well. All the research that I had compiled in relation to him will be completed today, insha-Allah [God-willing].
The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Hazrat Imam Hussain(ra) once asked” Hazrat Ali(ra), “‘Do you love me?’ Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘Yes.’ Hazrat Hussain(ra) was greatly astonished at this as to how one’s heart could instil the love for two things at the same time. Following this, Hazrat Imam Hussain(as) said, ‘Who will you love if you had to choose between the two?’ Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘Allah.’” (Malfuzat, Vol. 7, p. 57)
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) has also mentioned this incident and states:
“Hazrat Hassan(ra) asked Hazrat Ali(ra), ‘Do you love me?’ Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘Yes, I do.’ Following this, Hazrat Hassan(ra) asked, ‘Do you love God Almighty?’ Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘Yes.’
“Upon this, Hazrat Hassan(ra) said, ‘Then you are committing a form of shirk [associating partners with God] as shirk is defined as associating one’s love with the love for God Almighty.’ Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘Hassan, I am not committing shirk. There is no doubt that I love you, but when your love comes up against my love for God Almighty, I will immediately cast my love for you aside!’” (Quroon-e-Ula ki Namwar Khawatin aur Sahabiyat ke Iman Afroz …, Anwar al-Ulum, Vol. 21)
In relation to an incident regarding Hazrat Ali(ra), Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra), states,
“Whenever Hazrat Ali(ra) was confronted with a huge trial, he would pray to Allah the Almighty in the following manner:
یَا کھٰیٰعص اِغْفِرْلِیْ
“That is, ‘O Kaf Ha Ya ‘Ain Sad! Forgive me!’” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 5, p. 17)
According to a narration of Umm-e-Hani, the meaning of these abbreviated letters, as mentioned by the Holy Prophet(sa), is as follows: Kaf stands for the attribute of Kafi (All-Sufficient), Ha stands for the attribute of Hadi (True Guide), ‘Ain stands for the attribute of ‘Aalim or ‘Alim (All-Knowing) and Sad stands for the attribute of Sadiq (Truthful).” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 5, p. 17)
In other words, he was praying to Allah the Almighty in the following manner that “O Allah! You are the All-Sufficient, the True Guide, the All-Knowing and the Truthful! I implore You by all of Your attributes and ask You to forgive me!”
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states:
“The commentators [of the Holy Quran] have mentioned an incident relating to Hazrat Ali(ra), which is that He once called out to one of his servants, but he did not respond. Hazrat Ali(ra) called him several times, but he still did not reply. After a short while, this servant coincidentally appeared before Hazrat Ali(ra), upon which Hazrat Ali(ra) asked him:
مَا لَکَ لَمْ تُجِبْنِی
“‘What happened to you? I called you numerous times, but you did not respond to me!’ He replied:
قَالَ لِثِقَتِیْ بِحِلْمِکَ وَاَمْنٍ مِنْ عُقُوْبَتِکَ فَاسْتَحْسَنَ جَوَابَہٗ وَاَعْتَقَہٗ
“‘The fact of the matter is that I was certain of your kindness and I considered myself protected from your punishment, therefore, I did not respond to you.’ Hazrat Ali(ra) was so pleased with this reply of his that he set him free.” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 58 p. 255)
Now, if this had been a worldly person, he may have punished him for taking advantage of his kindness; however, Hazrat Ali(ra) rewarded him instead.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that there was an individual who used to teach Hazrat Ali’s(ra) sons, Hassan(ra) and Hussain(ra). Once, Hazrat Ali(ra) passed by his sons and heard their tutor teaching them to pronounce خَاتِمَ النبیین [Khatiman Nabiyyeen]. Hazrat Ali(ra) said, “Do not teach my sons to say خَاتِمَ النبیین ; rather, teach them to say خَاتَمَ النبیین [Khataman Nabiyyeen]” in other words, with a fathah [a diacritical mark] above the latter ta as opposed to a kasrah [a diacritical mark] under it. “Despite the fact that both pronunciations are possible; however, I prefer for it to be pronounced as خَاتَمَ النبیین because it means the ‘Seal of the Prophets’ whereas خَاتِمَ النبیین would mean ‘the one who ends prophethood.’ Thus, teach my sons [to pronounce it] with a fathah above the letter تاء [ta].” (Farizah-e-Tabligh aur Ahmadi Khawatin, Anwar al-‘Ulum, Vol. 18, p. 404)
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) further states:
“It is proven regarding Hazrat Ali(ra) that he had committed the Holy Quran to memory (hafiz) and in fact, he had started the work of compiling the Holy Quran according to the order of its revelation immediately after the demise of the Holy Prophet(sa).” (Dibachah Tafsir al-Quran, Anwar al-Ulum, Vol. 20, p. 429)
At another instance, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) says:
“Once, a companion invited the Holy Prophet(sa) for a meal. Some other companions had also been invited, among whom was Hazrat Ali(ra). Hazrat Ali(ra) was younger in age as compared to the others and so, some companions decided to engage with him in a light-hearted manner.
“As they ate dates, they would place the date-stones in front of Hazrat Ali(ra) and the Holy Prophet(sa) was doing the same. Hazrat Ali(ra) was young and occupied himself in eating and so he did not notice. When he finally did realise, he found a pile of date-stones in front of him. The companions, in a light-hearted manner, said to Hazrat Ali(ra), ‘You have eaten all the dates! Look at the pile of date-stones in front of you.’ Hazrat Ali(ra) also had a light-hearted disposition and would not become annoyed at such things. Had this been his nature, he would have argued with the companions and said that they were falsely accusing him or were thinking ill of him.
“Hazrat Ali(ra) understood that they were simply doing this in a humorous manner and so, he thought to himself that it was best for him to also reply in kind. Hence, he said, ‘You have even eaten the date-stones as well, whilst I have been keeping them to one side.”’ Meaning [Hazrat Ali(ra) said in a light-hearted manner] that unlike him, they were eating the dates including the date-stones and the proof was that he had a pile of date-stones in front of him. Thus, through this light-hearted response of his, the joke reverted back onto the companions. (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 33, pp. 259-260)
At another instance, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states in relation to Hazrat Ali(ra):
“It is mentioned in the hadith that once, while the Holy Prophet(sa) was reciting the Holy Quran [during prayer], Hazrat Ali(ra) reminded him of a certain portion. After the prayer had concluded, the Holy Prophet(sa) said to Hazrat Ali(ra), ‘It was not your duty to do so; I have appointed certain people to remind me if I ever make a mistake.’” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 33, p. 299)
The Holy Prophet(sa) was reciting the Holy Quran during prayer when he missed a portion, upon which Hazrat Ali(ra) reminded him. The Holy Prophet(sa) told him that he had already appointed certain people for this task and so Hazrat Ali(ra) did not need to, despite the fact that Hazrat Ali(ra) was quite learned as well.
At another instance, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states:
“There is a commandment in the Holy Quran that before consulting with the Holy Prophet(sa) on any matter, one should give sadaqa [alms]. It is mentioned that before this commandment, Hazrat Ali(ra) had never consulted with the Holy Prophet(sa). However, after this commandment had been revealed, Hazrat Ali(ra) went to the Holy Prophet(sa) and after giving some amount as sadaqa [alms], he said that he wished to consult the Holy Prophet(sa) on a matter and so the Holy Prophet(sa) took Hazrat Ali(ra) to one side and spoke with him.
“Another companion later asked Hazrat Ali(ra) what it was that he had consulted the Holy Prophet(sa) about. Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘I did not need to consult about anything specific; however, I wished to fulfil this commandment of the Holy Quran.’” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 33, p. 752)
Such was the example of the companions.
In another narration, with regard to this incident, it is mentioned that a companion would go from house to house in order to fulfil the Quranic injunction that if a member of a house turns them away, then they must return from there. He says, “I tried on several occasions, and in fact, at times I would go daily to people’s houses hoping that one would tell me to go back and that I may do so happily and thereby fulfil this commandment of the Holy Quran; yet this wish of mine was never fulfilled as no one from any of the houses would tell me to return.” (Al-Qurtubi, Tafsir al-Jami‘ li Ahkam al-Quran, Vol. 15, p. 199, Surah al-Nur, Ayah 29, Mu‘assisat al-Risalah, Beirut, 2006)
Nowadays, if it is said to anyone that they are busy and they should return or that they cannot meet, people get offended by it, but the level of righteousness of the companions was such that they would try to act upon each and every injunction of the Holy Quran.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states that the Holy Prophet(sa) once asked the Companions(ra) for some chanda. Hazrat Ali(ra) went out, cut some grass and having sold it, he gave the amount he had received from it in chanda. (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 33, p. 357)
Whilst mentioning an incident, perhaps in one of his darses [lectures], Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV(rh) stated that Hazrat Allamah Ubaidullah Sahib Bismil was a very distinguished Shia scholar. He was so learned and possessed such deep knowledge that even after becoming an Ahmadi, some of his books were not only being taught in the time of the Promised Messiah(as), but they were also being taught after the partition [of India] and continue to be taught in Shia schools today.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV(rh) says:
“I remember that a Shia gentleman came to speak to me when I was serving in the Waqf-e-Jadid department. After our discussion, he expressed his contentment and by the grace of Allah, he became an Ahmadi. After making this decision, he told me that he was a Shia scholar; however, he had not disclosed this to me previously. I do not remember exactly what position he held, but he was from a village in Sheikhupura or Faisalabad or from some area nearby. He told me that he held such and such position among the Shias and that he was a scholar.”
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV(rh) was saying that the person who pledged his allegiance was a Shia scholar, who lived in Shekhupura.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV(rh) continued by saying:
“He told me that he was a scholar and had held a high status among the Shias. He further said to me that even to this day, the books of Ubaidullah Sahib Bismil are still being taught in their schools.”
“Such was the immense influence of his knowledge and yet, these Shias do not even tell us that they teach the books of Bismil Sahib. I only happened to find out through this scholar, but even whilst teaching these books, they do not mention who Bismil Sahib was and what happened to him later. He accepted the Promised Messiah(as) and relinquished all the honour he had attained from the time he spent whilst following the Shia faith.”
This is a reference from his book. Hence, the reference is not from any ordinary person.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) gave a reference from this book after explaining its background and said that Al-Bazar had written in his Musnad that Hazrat Ali(ra) asked of his people, “Tell me who is the bravest person?” They replied, “You are the bravest.” Hazrat Ali(ra) then said, “I always fight one who is equal to me so how can I be the bravest?” He asked again, “Who is the bravest?” (Bismil Sahib has written this reference in one of his books.) The people answered, “We do not know. Please tell us.” Hazrat Ali(ra) then stated, “The bravest and most courageous person is Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra).”
Hazrat Ali(ra) stated, “The most brave and courageous was Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra). Hearken! During the Battle of Badr, we made a canopy for the Holy Prophet(sa) and began conferring amongst ourselves as to who would stay with the Holy Prophet(sa) under the canopy, lest an idolater attacks the Holy Prophet(sa). By God! None from among us had stepped forward yet when Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) went with his sword drawn and stood beside the Holy Prophet(sa). Subsequently, no idolater dared to launch an attack. Had they dared to attack, Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) would have struck them immediately. That is why he was the bravest of all” i.e. Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra). This incident was narrated by Hazrat Ali(ra).
Hazrat Ali, may Allah bestow him with honour, states:
“On one occasion, the idolaters surrounded the Holy Prophet(sa) and were dragging him around saying that he was the one who says that God is one. By God! No one had the courage to stand up to the idolaters (Hazrat Ali(ra) is narrating this). By God! No one had the courage to stand up to the idolaters, but Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) fought them and pushing them aside, he made them disperse. Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) kept on repeating the words, ‘Woe be unto you! You harm a person who says that only Allah is his Lord.’”
Stating this, Hazrat Ali(ra) lifted his cloak over his face and wept so profusely that his beard became soaked and then said, “May Allah guide you! O people tell me, were the believers from the people of the Pharaoh [in the time of Moses(as)] better or Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra)? Those from among the people of the Pharaoh who accepted belief did not sacrifice themselves for their prophet as much as Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) did.”
When the people heard this, they remained silent, upon which Hazrat Ali(ra) said, “O people! Why do you not respond? I swear by God! One moment [in the life] of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) is better and greater than a thousand moments of the believers from among of the people of Pharaoh. The reason for this is because the people in the time of the Pharaoh used to conceal their faith, whereas Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) professed his faith openly.” (Dars al-Quran Hazrat Khalifatul Masih al-Rabi‘(rh), 16 February 1994)
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) writes:
“The Holy Prophet(sa) once advised Hazrat Ali(ra) saying, ‘O Ali! Even if one person accepts Islam due to your preaching, that would be better for you than if you had a large herd of sheep’s and goats that were passing between two mountains and seeing them would please you.” (Hamare Dhimma Tamam Dunya ko Fatah Karne ka Kam he, Anwar al-Ulum, Vol. 18, p. 464)
Hazrat Ummul Momineen, Hazrat Umm Salamah(ra) states:
“I swear that I heard the Holy Prophet(sa) say, ‘Whosoever loves Ali, loves me and whosoever loves me, loves Allah. And whoever harbours malice against Ali, harbours malice against me and whosoever harbours malice against me harbours malice against Allah.’” (Majma‘ al-Zawa‘id wa Manba‘ al-Fawa‘id, Vol. 9, p. 126, Kitab al-Manaqib, Manaqib Ali bin Talib, Hadith 14757, Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2001)
Hazrat Zirr(ra) narrates that Hazrat Ali(ra) said, “I swear by the One Who causes the grain to sprout and created the soul! Verily the Holy Prophet(sa), the Immaculate one, he gave me a promise that only a believer will have love for me and only a hypocrite will harbour malice against me.” (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Iman, Bab al-Dalil ala Hubb al-Ansar…, Hadith 240)
Hazrat Ali(ra) narrates that the Holy Prophet(sa) called him and said, “Your example is like Prophet Jesus(as) in that the Jews opposed him so much that they fabricated a grievous calumny against his mother. The Christians exceeded all bounds in their love for him (i.e. for Jesus(as)) to the extent that they gave him a rank and station that was not for him.”
Hazrat Ali(ra) then said:
“Take heed! Two types of people will perish owing to their beliefs about me; the first are they who exceed all limits in their love for me and grant me that rank that is not for me, while the second are they who harbour malice against me and forge calumnies against me.” (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 1, Musnad Ali bin Abi Talib, Hadith 1377 [Beirut, Lebanon: Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 439.)
With regard to the distribution of the spoils received known as “fay”, which are those spoils captured without a physical war taking place, Hazrat Ali(ra) adopted the practice of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq(ra). When these spoils would come to him, Hazrat Ali(ra) would distribute everything and would not save anything from it, except for that which he was unable to distribute that day. He would say, “O material world! Go and deceive someone else [on account of your lure]” Hazrat Ali(ra) would not accept anything from the spoils of “fay”, nor would he give any to his close friends or relatives. He would only assign honest and trustworthy people as governors or to other offices. If he would learn about any dishonesty committed by any of his governors, he would write the following verses to them:
قَدْ جَاءَتْکُمْ مَوْعِظَۃٌ مِنْ رَبِّکُمْ
“[O mankind!] There has indeed come to you an exhortation from your Lord” [Ch.10: V.58]
اَوْفُوا الْمِکْیَالَ وَالْمِیْزَانَ بِالْقِسْطِ وَلَا تَبْخَسُوا النَّاسَ اَشْیَاءَہُمْ وَلَا تَعْثَوْا فِی الْأَرْضِ مُفْسِدِیْنَ۔ بَقِیَّۃُ اللّٰہِ خَیْرٌ لَّکُمْ اِنْ کُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِیْنَ وَمَا اَنَا عَلَیْکُمْ بِحَفِیْظٍ
“Give full measure and full weight with equity and defraud not people of their things and commit not iniquity in the earth, causing disorder. That which is left with you by Allah is better for you, if you are believers. And I am not a keeper over you.” [Ch.11: V.86-87]
He would further add, “From the time this letter reaches you, ensure that you safeguard the wealth that is entrusted with you until I send a person to you who can take those possessions from you.”
Hazrat Ali(ra) would then look towards the sky and pray, “O Allah! Verily You know that I never commanded them to commit injustice against Your people, nor did I command them to forsake the rights owed to You.”
Abjar bin Jarmouz narrates that his father said to him, “I saw Hazrat Ali(ra) departing from Kufa. At the time, he was wearing two Qitri cloaks (Qitr is the name of a settlement in Bahrain, where red stripped cloth was made), one of which he was wearing as a lower garment that draped up to the middle of his calf and the other, he wore as a cloak. He held a whip in his hand and as he walked through the marketplace, he advised the people to fear Allah, to speak the truth, to buy and sell in good faith and to give full measure and accurate weight [of the goods].”
Mujama‘ Taimi narrates that once Hazrat Ali(ra) distributed all the wealth that was in the Treasury [Bait-ul-Mal] amongst the Muslims. He then ordered for it to be whitewashed with limestone. After this, he offered the Salat and hoped that this [room of the treasury] would be a witness for him on the Day of Judgement. (Ibn Abd al-Barr, Al-Isti‘ab fi Ma‘rifat al-Ashab, Vol. 3, Dhikr Ali bin Abi Talib [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Jil, 1992], 1111-1113) (Lughat al-Hadith, Vol. 3, p. 575, Nashir Nu‘mani Kutub Khana, Lahore, 2005)
Whilst speaking about Hazrat Ali(ra), on one occasion Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) writes:
“The Promised Messiah(as) has stated, ‘I saw another dream on 7 December 1892 that I had become Hazrat Ali, may Allah bestow him with honour; meaning that in my dream, I felt as if I was Hazrat Ali(ra). It is one of the wonders of a dream that sometimes a person feels that he is someone else and in that way, I felt at the time that I was Ali Murtaza and the situation was that a group of Khawarij was opposing my Khilafat, that is to say, they wished to obstruct my becoming Khalifa and were creating mischief for that purpose. Then I saw the Holy Prophet, on whom be the peace and blessings of Allah, close to me and he said with kindness and affection:
یَا عَلِیُّ! دَعْھُمْ وَ اَنْصَارَھُمْ وَزِرَاعَتَھُمْ
“That is, ‘O Ali! Stay away from them, their helpers, and their harvest. Leave them and turn away from them.’
“I found that the Holy Prophet(sa) advised me to be steadfast in the midst of that trial and to refrain from getting involved with those people. He told me that I was in the right, but that it would be better not to address them.’” (Barakat-e-Khilafat, Anwar al-‘Ulum, Vol. 2, p. 176)
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) further states, “Hazrat Ali(ra)’s army took over the spoils belonging to the Khwarij and distributed the weapons and the mounts used in the war amongst the people. But upon returning to Kufa, Hazrat Ali(ra) returned the possessions, slaves and concubines to their owners.” (Masalah-e-Nubuwwat ke Muta‘alliq Islami Nazariyyah, Anwar al-Ulum, Vol. 23, p. 363)
On another occasion, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states:
“Hazrat Umar’s(ra) Khilafat was further away from the era of the Holy Prophet(sa) as compared to the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra). The same was the case with Hazrat Uthman(ra) and Hazrat Ali(ra). Undoubtedly their rank was lesser than that of the Caliphs before them. However, the incidents that occurred in the time of Hazrat Uthman(ra) and Hazrat Ali(ra) were not as a result of them being lower in rank, but it was owing to the distance from the era of the Holy Prophet(sa). The reason for this is that the majority of the people present during the eras of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) and Hazrat Umar(ra) were those who had spent time in the company of the Holy Prophet(sa). However, later on, those who had not enjoyed the company of the Holy Prophet(sa) became more influential. Thus, a person once asked Hazrat Ali(ra) the reason why the conflict and discord witnessed in his time were not witnessed in the eras of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) and Hazrat Umar(ra)? To this, Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘The fact of the matter is that the people serving under Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) and Hazrat Umar(ra) were like me and the people serving under me in this era are like you.’” (Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya aur Hamari Zimmadarian, Anwar al-Ulum, Vol. 5, p. 95)
Narrating another incident on a different occasion, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) stated:
“During the time when the war between Hazrat Ali(ra) and Muawiyah(ra) was ensuing, a person went to Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar(ra) and said, ‘Why do you not participate in the wars alongside Hazrat Ali(ra), when the Quran clearly states:
وَقٰتِلُوْھُمْ حَتّٰی لَا تَکُوْنَ فِتْنَۃٌ
[And fight them until there is no persecution. (Ch.2: V.194)]
To this, Abdullah bin Umar(ra) replied, ‘… We fulfilled this commandment in the time of the Holy Prophet(sa) when Islam was still spreading and one would be persecuted owing to their religion, i.e. one would either be killed or tortured for accepting Islam. Until a time when Islam spread and then no one would be put in trial due to their faith.” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 2, pp. 427-428)
This means, the wars that were [previously] fought were because the [Muslims] were forced to change their faith and it was against those who wished to return them back to their original faith [idolatry]. He stated that now that faith had been established, there was no dispute over one’s religion anymore, but there was a difference in opinion on certain matters. That is why these wars were taking place and for this reason he do not take part in them. Nevertheless, this was his viewpoint.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states in another place:
“When a Byzantine king learnt of the war between Hazrat Ali(ra) and Hazrat Muawiyah(ra), he wished to launch an attack against the Islamic states. Hazrat Muawiyah(ra) wrote to him and said, ‘Beware! Do not be deceived by our internal dispute. If you launch an attack, I will be the first general to march against you and fight under the army of Hazrat Ali(ra).’” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 4, p. 430)
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) has mentioned this in more detail in another place,
“There was a time when seeing the conflict between Hazrat Ali(ra) and Hazrat Amir Muawiyah(ra), a Byzantine king wished to send an army to attack the Muslims. At the time, the Byzantine Empire wielded the same power that USA holds today. Upon learning of his intentions to launch an attack, a Christian priest, who was very intelligent, said, ‘Your Majesty, take my advice and refrain from launching an attack. Even though they have disagreements amongst themselves; however, they will all unite against you, leaving aside all their differences.’”
He then gave an example; either he did it in a contemptuous manner or perhaps he felt that this was a better example to give; in any case, he said:
“‘If you bring some dogs and starve them for a while and then place some meat before them, they will begin to fight one another. However, if you were to set a lion against the same dogs, they both will set aside their differences and launch a joint attack on the lion.’ Through this example, he conveyed [to the king] that he wanted to take advantage of the disagreement between Hazrat Ali(ra) and Muawiyah(ra); however, he should know that if ever there was a question of an external attack, they both would cast their differences aside and will unite against the enemy. And this is precisely what happened.
When Hazrat Muawiyah(ra) learnt of the Byzantine King’s intentions, he sent him a message, stating, ‘You seek to take advantage of the disagreements between us and attack the Muslims; however, let it be known that even though there is discord between me and Hazrat Ali(ra), but if your army launches an attack, then I will be the first general to set out against your army from Hazrat Ali’s(ra) side.’” (Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Markaziyyah ke Jalsa Salana Ijtima 1956 mein Khitabat, Anwar al-Ulum, Vol. 25, p. 416-417)
Hazrat Ibn Abbas(ra) relates that Hazrat Umar(ra) used to say, “The most excellent reciter of the Holy Quran amongst us is Ubay(ra) bin Kaab and the one who is best in giving verdicts is Ali(ra).” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Tafsir, Surah al-Baqarah, Bab Qauluh Ma Nansakhu… Hadith 4481)
Hazrat Umm Atiyya(ra) relates that the Holy Prophet(sa) sent an army [for an expedition] and Hazrat Ali(ra) was also a part of it. She states that she heard the Holy Prophet(sa) recite the following prayer: “O Allah, do not cause me to die until You show me Ali.” (Ali Ibn al-Athir, Usd al-Ghabah fi Ma‘rifat al-Sahabah, Vol. 4, Dhikr ‘Ali bin Abi Talib [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Fikr, 2003], 100)
The Holy Prophet(sa) sent Hazrat Ali(ra) on a military expedition and when he returned, the Holy Prophet(sa) stated to him, “Allah, His Messenger(sa) and Gabriel are pleased with you.” (Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 13, p. 107, Hadith 36349, Mu’assisat al-Risalah, Beirut, 1985)
There is another incident in which Amir Muawiyah(ra) asked Dirar Saudai to recount the qualities of Hazrat Ali(ra) to him. He replied, “O Leader of the Faithful, excuse me from this.”
Amir Muawiyah(ra) insisted that he must inform him. Upon this, Dirar stated:
“If that is the case, then listen. By God, Hazrat Ali(ra) was a man of great courage and possessed strong faculties. He spoke decisively and issued verdicts based on justice. He was a fountain of knowledge and insight and his every word was filled with deep wisdom. He expressed aversion for worldly material and its attractions and loved the solitude of [the worship in the] night. He would weep profusely and carefully deliberate and ponder over matters. He dressed modestly and ate simple food. He lived among us just like an ordinary person. If ever we would ask him a question, he would give us the answer and if we enquired about an incident, he would inform us about it.
“By God, despite the fact that we had a bond of great mutual love and closeness, but owing to the awe of his grandeur, we would speak very little before him. He would show great respect to those who were devout and pious and held the poor close. Even the strongest of people could not influence him with their falsehood and even the weakest would never be disappointed by his high level of justice.
“By God, on certain occasions, I saw that when the night entered its latter stages and the stars began to dim, he would take hold of his beard and would tremble like one who has been bitten by a snake and would profusely weep like one who is overcome with extreme sorrow and he would say, ‘O world, leave me and go and deceive someone else. Why do you come to me with all your allure and attractions? What you desire of me shall never come to pass, shall never come to pass. I have announced my intentions to divorce you thrice, after which there is no possibility of reunion. This is because your life is short and you hold no significance.’” He was speaking symbolically to the world. “‘Your life is short and you hold no significance. There are very little provisions yet the journey is long and perilous.’”
When he mentioned all of these qualities, Amir Muawiyah(ra) began to cry upon hearing them and said, “May Allah bestow His mercy upon Abul Hasan(ra). By God, he was certainly like this. O Dirar, how sorrowful were you upon Ali’s(ra) demise?” Dirar replied, “The same level of grief that would be experienced by a mother whose child is slaughtered whilst in her lap.” (Ibn Abd al-Barr, Al-Isti‘ab fi Ma‘rifat al-Ashab, Vol. 3, Dhikr Ali bin Abi Talib [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Jil, 1992], 1107-1108.)
Hazrat Ali’s(ra) jurisprudential verdicts are well-known and I will relate some of those which Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) has mentioned. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) states:
“Tabari has written about an incident from the era of Hazrat Ali(ra) which illustrates the great caution they took right from the inception of Islam. The incident is as follows; Adl bin Uthman relates…”
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) has also included the entire Arabic text of this narration; however, I will leave the Arabic text out for now, but insha-Allah when the sermon is officially published, it will be included in that.
رَاَیْتُ عَلِیًّا عَمَّ خَارِجًا مِنْ ھَمْدَانَ فَرَاَی فِئَتَیْنِ تَقْتُلَانِ فَفَرَّقَ بَیْنَھُمَا ثُمَّ مَضٰی فَسَمِعَ صَوْتًا یَاغَوْثًا بِاللّٰہِ فَخَرَجَ یَحُضُّ نَحْوَہٗ حَتّٰی سَمِعْتُ خَفْقَ نَعْلِہٖ وَھُوَ یَقُوْلُ اَتَاکَ الْغَوْثُ فَاِذَا رَجُلٌ یُلَازِمُ رَجُلًا فَقَالَ یَا اَمِیْرَ الْمُؤْمِنِیْنَ بِعْتُ مِنْ ھٰذَا ثَوْ بًا بِتِسْعَۃِ دَرَاھِمَ وَشَرَطْتُ عَلَیْہِ اَنْ لَّا یُعْطِیَنِیْ مَغْمُوْرًا وَلَا مَقْطُوْعًا وَکَانَ شَرْطُھُمْ یَوْمَئِذٍ فَاَتَیْتُہٗ بِھٰذِہِ الدَّرَاھِمِ لِیُبَدِّلَھَا لِیْ فَاَبٰی فَلَزِمْتُہٗ فَلَطَمَنِیْ فَقَالَ اَبْدِلْہُ فَقَالَ بَیِّنَتُکَ عَلَی اللَّطْمَۃِ فَاَتَاہُ بِالْبَیِّنَۃِ فَاَقْعَدَہٗ ثُمَّ قَالَ دُوْنَکَ فَاقْتَصَّ فَقَالَ اِنِّیْ قَدْ عَفَوْتُ یَا اَمِیْرَ الْمُؤْمِنِیْنَ قَالَ اِنَّمَا اَرَدْتُ اَنْ اَحْتَاطَہُ فِیْ حَقِّکَ ثُمَ ضَرَبَ الرَّجُلَ تِسْعَ دُرَّاتٍ وَقَالَ ھٰذَا حَقُّ السُّلْطَانِ
The translation is:
“[Adl bin Uthman relates] that Hazrat Ali(ra) was staying outside of Hamdan when he saw two groups fighting against each other. Hazrat Ali(ra) reconciled the two groups and made peace between them; however, he had not gone too far, when he heard someone calling for help. Hazrat Ali(ra) ran so quickly towards him that his footsteps could be heard and he kept repeating, ‘Help is here, help is here’. As he approached closer, he saw that one of the men had grabbed hold of another man.
“Upon seeing Hazrat Ali(ra), he said, ‘O Leader of the Faithful, I sold him a piece of cloth for nine dirhams. However, the condition also was that none of the dirhams should be faulty or defective, which he, i.e. the buyer had agreed to. However, he gave me some defective dirhams and when I came to exchange these defective dirhams, he refused to do so. When I insisted, he slapped me.’ Hazrat Ali(ra) instructed the buyer to exchange the coins. He then asked the other individual to provide proof that he slapped him. When he presented the proof, Hazrat Ali(ra) told the one who slapped him to sit down and told the other individual to seek retribution. Upon this, he said, ‘O Leader of the Faithful, I forgive him.’ Hazrat Ali(ra) replied, ‘You may have forgiven him, but I wish to act with caution in relation to your rights.’”
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) further writes, “It seems that this individual was of a very simple disposition and was not fully aware of his loss and gains. And so, the one who had perpetrated the act of slapping him was whipped nine times as punishment. Hazrat Ali(ra) stated, ‘He may have forgiven you, but this punishment has been handed to you by the government.’” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 2, pp. 362-363)
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud(ra) has mentioned another incident:
“We find an excellent example of Hazrat Ali’s(ra) conduct from the following incident: Once, Hazrat Ali(ra) saw that someone had physically attacked another individual. Hazrat Ali(ra) stopped him and told the victim that he should now hit him back in retribution. However, he replied that he had forgiven him. Hazrat Ali(ra) realised that this individual was only refusing to do so out of fear of the other individual as the perpetrator of the act was very oppressive. Therefore, Hazrat Ali(ra) stated, ‘You have exercised your personal right and forgiven him; however, I will exercise my official right [as a leader].’ Hazrat Ali(ra) then handed him a punishment equal to that which he had committed against the weaker individual.” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 4, p. 331)
“Once, a legal matter involving Hazrat Ali(ra) was presented before a Muslim magistrate, who showed some leniency towards Hazrat Ali(ra). Upon this, Hazrat Ali(ra) stated, ‘This is the first act of injustice on your part by showing leniency to me. At this moment, me and the other party are equal.’” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 16 p. 516)
Whilst mentioning the qualities of Hazrat Ali(ra), the Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Was he not the most eloquent among the people, the most articulate in speech and the one who could breathe life through his words? Thus, he could have gathered people around him within an hour or even less due to the strength of his speech and oration, which would have affected the listeners and attracted them.” (Sirr al-Khilafah, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 8, p. 350, Urdu Tarjumah of Sirr al-Khilafah, pp. 89-90, Nazarat Ishaat)
The Promised Messiah(as) further states:
“I know for certain that no one can be deemed a true believer nor a Muslim until they instil within themselves the qualities of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra), Hazrat Umar(ra), Hazrat Uthman(ra) and Hazrat Ali(ra), may Allah be pleased with them all. Their hearts were pure from the love of this world, instead they devoted their lives in the way of God Almighty.” (Lecture Ludhiana, Ruhani Khaza‘in, Vol. 20, p. 294)
The Promised Messiah(as) then further states:
“The Khawarij proclaim that Hazrat Ali(ra) was rebellious and accuse him of committing many unrighteous acts. In fact, they consider him to be completely devoid of any faith. Thus, a natural question that arises here is that if righteousness, truthfulness and honesty is an essential requirement for one to become a Siddiq [the truthful one], then why is it that God Almighty made certain matters appear unclear or doubtful for the people relating to these pious men, who were prophets, messengers and saints?” Why were people not able to understand the true reality of the matters in relation to them? Why were their circumstances and their true character hidden from these people “and why did they fail to understand their words and actions to such an extent that they completely expelled them from the fold of righteousness, truthfulness and honesty and considered them to be from among the oppressors, who usurped the wealth of others, unlawfully shed the blood of others, committed deception and treachery and were subservient to their inner desires and committed vice?
“In fact, there are many people in the world who neither claim to be a messenger, nor a prophet, saint, imam or khalifa of the Muslims, and yet no one levels a single allegation against their way of life or their character. The answer to this question is that God Almighty did this so that the true reality of those who are His chosen and beloved servants remains hidden from those evil ones, who are quick to pass judgment and in whose nature it is to think ill of others just as God Almighty has concealed Himself from others.” (Tiryaq al-Qulub, Ruhani Khaza‘in, Vol. 15, p. 422)
In other words, just as people think ill of Allah the Almighty, Who is hidden, in the same way these evil people think ill of His beloved servants as well and are quick to level allegations against them. These very people are ones who are devoid of righteousness and yet level accusations against those who are righteous.
“There is no doubt that Hazrat Ali(ra) was a hope for the seekers of the truth and an unparalleled model of generosity. He was divine proof for the people and the best example of his time. He was the light of Allah that was to illuminate the world. However, the era of his Khilafat was not a time of peace and safety, but a time of intense conflict and discord. People differed between his Khilafat and the Khilafat of Ibn Abi Sufyan and would look to them in a state of utter perplexity. Some people considered them to be like two bright furqad [two bright stars of Ursa Minor] stars and considered them equal in stature.
“The fact of the matter is that the truth was on the side of [Ali] Al-Murtaza. Those who fought against him were rebellious and transgressors. However, his Khilafat was not the recipient of the glad-tidings given by the Gracious God regarding the establishment of peace and security. In fact, Hazrat Ali al-Murtaza(ra) was given a lot of pain from his opponents and his Khilafat was tarnished through various kinds of evils. Allah had greatly blessed him, but he remained full of sorrow and grief his entire life. He was not able to propagate the message of Islam and eradicate the Satanic forces [in the land] like the Khulafa before him; in fact, he was not even spared from being reviled by his own people. His every plan and desire was denied by his people and they failed to unite around him; rather, they were bent on continuously carrying out injustices against him and causing him pain. They hindered him and placed obstacles in every path of his. However, he was extremely patient and amongst the righteous, but still we cannot say that his Khilafat was a fulfilment of the glad-tidings mentioned in Ayat-e-Istikhlaf because his Khilafat was during an era of disorder, rebellion and turmoil.” (Sirr al-Khilafah, Ruhani Khaza‘in, Vol. 8, pp. 352-353, Urdu Tarjumah of Sirr al-Khilafah, pp. 95-96, Nazarat Ishaat)
“It is vital to believe that Siddiq-e-Akbar(ra) [Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq(ra)], Hazrat Farooq-e-Umar(ra) [Hazrat Umar Farooq(ra)], Hazrat Dhun-Nurain(ra) [Hazrat Uthman(ra)] and Hazrat Ali Murtaza(ra) were all the custodians of the faith.” (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 151, Maktub Number 2, Maktub ba Nam Hazrat Sahib Muhammad Ali Khan Sahib)
The Promised Messiah(as) further states regarding the status of Hazrat Ali(ra):
“Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, was righteous and pious. He was a beloved of Allah, the Gracious God. He was the elect of Allah and the chief of his era. He was the victorious lion of Allah, the Benevolent, a pure-hearted and generous youth who belonged to God. He was peerless and his bravery was such that he would remain resolute in the battlefield, even if an army from among the enemy stood in front of him.
“He lived his life with great humility, reaching the highest peak of piety that a mortal can attain. He would sacrifice his money and wealth and was the foremost in consoling and helping the destitute, orphans and his neighbours. On the battlefield, he demonstrated extraordinary feats of bravery and displayed a miraculous skill in handling the sword and spear.
“At the same time, he was soft-spoken and an eloquent orator. His words would penetrate the hearts of the listeners and remove the corrosion of their minds. His countenance shone bright with the light of truth. He was an outstanding orator; whosoever competed with him in this field would themselves step down, overpowered and defeated [by his eloquence]. His every attribute was outstanding and he was flawless in his speech and eloquence. He who denies his perfection adopts the way of the shameless.
“He would encourage others to remove the difficulties of the helpless. He would command to feed the poor and needy. He was among those who were honoured with the nearness of God and the foremost people who drank from the fountain of the Quran’s wisdom and was gifted with a deep understanding and insight of the intricacies of the Quran.
“I have seen him (i.e. Hazrat Ali(ra)), but not in a dream, rather in a state of wakefulness. I met him in a vision [kashf] and whilst in this state, Hazrat Ali(ra) bestowed upon me the commentary of the Book of Allah, the Knower of the Unseen, and said:
“‘This is my commentary, and now it is bestowed upon you; rejoice over that which has been bestowed upon you.’” In other words, Hazrat Ali(ra) gave this commentary to the Promised Messiah(as).
“He stated, ‘May this be a blessing for you.’ Thus, I stretched forth my hand and took the commentary and thanked Allah, the Mighty and Bestower of All Things. I found Hazrat Ali(ra) to be of proportionate build, possessing moral excellence, humble, strong, and had a radiant countenance.
“I affirm, on oath, that Hazrat Ali(ra) met me with great love and affection. It was conveyed to me that he knew me and was aware of my beliefs and he was also aware that my views and beliefs were opposed to the beliefs held by the Shias. But he never expressed any sort of displeasure or disapproval at this, nor did he turn away from me. Instead, he met like one’s beloved and showed me great affection just like a true and sincere friend would do so.
“He was accompanied by both Hasan(ra) and Husain(ra) and by the Chief of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets(sa). Also in their company was a very beautiful, righteous young woman of high status; she was blessed, pure, dignified and worthy of honour: her inner and outer qualities were infused with spiritual light. I found her to be in a state of grief, which she was trying to suppress. It was conveyed to me that she was Fatimah al-Zahra.
I was lying down as she approached me and sat down next to me. She placed my head upon her thigh and was most kind to me. I noticed that she was sorrowful and anxious on account of my troubles, as mothers are anxious on account of the tribulations of their children.”
Certain non-Ahmadis raise allegations on this stating that how wrong it is to say such a thing in that he placed his head on her thigh. However, the Promised Messiah(as) has given the example of a mother. If one reads the entire extract from the beginning and the qualities he has mentioned in relation to her and then reads this particular sentence, in which it states that she showed kindness to him like that of a mother, then it leaves no room for any allegation. However, since their minds are polluted, therefore they raise such allegations. In any case, the Promised Messiah(as) states:
“It was then conveyed to me that my relationship with her” i.e. with Hazrat Fatimah(ra) “was like that of a spiritual son. It passed through my mind that her sorrow was an indication of the persecution that I was to undergo at the hands of my people, countrymen and enemies. Then Hasan(ra) and Husain(ra) approached me and expressed their affection towards me like that of brothers and met me like kind well-wishers. This vision was one of those that I experienced while I was awake and this took place many years ago. I have a unique relationship with Hazrat Ali(ra) and Hazrat Husain(ra), of which only God, the Lord of East and West, knows its true reality. In fact, I have deep love for Hazrat Ali(ra) and his sons. I am an enemy of the one who is an enemy of them. However, I am not unjust, nor am I from among the oppressors. It is not possible for me to turn away from what Allah the Almighty has revealed to me and I am not of the transgressors. However, if you fail to accept this, then for you are your deeds and for me, my deeds and Allah will judge between us for He is the best of judges.” (Sirr al-Khilafah, Ruhani Khaza‘in, Vol. 8, pp. 358-359, Urdu Tarjumah of Sirr al-Khilafah, pp. 108-112, Nazarat Ishaat)
This completes the accounts from the life of Hazrat Ali(ra) and the next series of accounts will now begin insha-Allah.
At this time, I would like to announce that, God-willing, after offering prayers, I will launch a new television channel, which will broadcast 24-hours. It is called “MTA Ghana”.
The Wahab Adam Studio in Ghana was established in 2017 and named in honour of the late amir and missionary-in-charge. The studio produces over 60 percent of the current programmes for MTA Africa channels. The studio has 17 full-time staff members and over 60 volunteers who are trained in the various departments. The Wahab Adam Studios is one of the most advanced studios in Ghana and has some of the best facilities. Various media organisations and broadcasters send their staff to the studio for training purposes and work experience. The studio has produced many live programmes including the first Quran Competition in Africa, Ramadan programmes and many others.
A new channel is now being launched under the name of MTA Ghana. MTA Ghana will be a new 24-hour national television channel broadcasting on the digital platform in Ghana. MTA Ghana will be available to view without the need of a satellite dish and can be accessed through a normal aerial. This means that the people of Ghana can easily access it even with a normal antenna. The channel can be found in the same place as the other major television channels in Ghana and will be accessible to hundreds of thousands of homes within the country and will cover all regions from the South to the North, insha-Allah.
Programmes will be produced from the Wahab Adam studios in various languages of Ghana including English, Twi, Ga, Hausa and others. The transmission and scheduling of the channel will be run locally from the Wahab Adam studios through Lajna volunteers and other teams. Many programmes will be produced to provide moral training and other educational programmes and, in this way, the true and beautiful teachings of Islam will be conveyed to the people through this channel. MTA Ghana will be the only dedicated Islamic channel on the digital platform in Ghana, insha-Allah.
On the one hand, the opponents of the Jamaat seek to hinder our path, but at the same time, Allah the Almighty opens many other new avenues for us. These are the blessings of Allah the Almighty upon the Jamaat. Insha-Allah, those paths of ours, which they have hindered, will also open at its appropriate time. However, at the same time, Allah the Almighty has granted us the means of our happiness and joy. Thus, this channel will insha-Allah cover the entire country and maybe even certain areas in the neighbouring countries as well.
Insha-Allah, as I have just mentioned, after the Friday prayers, I will inaugurate the channel.
Furthermore, I have been drawing attention towards these days to pray especially for those who have been [falsely] imprisoned in Pakistan and Algeria – may Allah Almighty create the means for them to be freed. Pray for the general state of affairs in Pakistan as well, may Allah Almighty enable Ahmadis there to live in peace. May He bring the opponents of Ahmadiyyat to their senses; if not, then may Allah Almighty deal with them as He so wills and enable Ahmadis to be freed of them. The Ahmadis of Pakistan should also particularly focus on offering voluntary supplications, praying and giving sadaqaat. May Allah Almighty keep them in His protection and security.
Original Urdu transcript published in Al Fazl International on 5 February 2021, pp. 5-10. Translated by The Review of Religions.