Friday Sermon delivered at Baitur Rahman Mosque, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
After reciting Tashahhud, Ta’awwuz and Surah al-Fatihah, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba) said that it is a great blessing of God upon those who have come to the USA for enabling them to settle in this developed country.
His Holiness(aba) said that over the past few years, many Ahmadis of Pakistan have settled in the USA and they continue to do so, on account of the fact that the conditions for Ahmadis have continued to become increasingly difficult in Pakistan. Ahmadis should be grateful to such governments who grant them refuge. However, the greatest favour of God upon us is that He has enabled us to accept the Imam of the Age, and the most ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet(sa). Therefore, if we truly wish to be grateful to God, it is incumbent upon us to obey His commandments, do justice to worshipping Him and do justice in fulfilling the rights owed to His creation.
His Holiness(aba) said that in this era, the Promised Messiah(as) is the true guide who, as foretold by the Holy Prophet(sa), was to guide us upon the true path of Islam. We must recognise that the true teachings of Islam today can only be understood through the Promised Messiah(as), for God bestowed upon him true understanding of the Holy Qur’an’s meanings. He is the true lover and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet(sa) and it was based on the practice and teachings of the Holy Prophet(sa) that he desired to teach his Community. Hence, we will have to live our lives according to the manner taught by the Promised Messiah(as). We must accept him to be the judge and just arbiter of this age and we must have firm conviction that if one wishes to tread the true path of Islam, then one must accept and follow the Promised Messiah(as).
His Holiness(aba) said that the Promised Messiah(as) taught that one must not merely accept and pledge allegiance, but they must understand why they have done so and the underlying reasons behind it. Mere doubt or conjecture cannot suffice in one’s life, rather one must have firm conviction. Hence, one must consider that after having accepted the Promised Messiah(as), if they feel any apprehension in something he has taught, then one should ponder over the state of their faith. If one accepts the Promised Messiah(as) to be the judge and just arbiter of this age, then they must resign themselves to his teachings and regard them with respect. The Holy Prophet(sa) assured that there would be an Imam in the latter days who would be the judge and just arbiter. When that is the case, what doubt can remain. Hence, the Promised Messiah(as) said that those who accept him yet still raise objections are more unfortunate than those who simply were unable to recognise him, for such people are blind despite having borne witness to him.
His Holiness(aba) said that not only the Promised Messiah(as), but the Holy Prophet(sa) also foretold that there would be a system of successorship after the Messiah(as) which would remain until the end of times. This system of successorship is none other than the Ahmadiyya Caliphate which continues to uphold the teachings of the judge and just arbiter of this age. Every Ahmadi pledges loyalty and obedience to the Caliphate, therefore it is incumbent upon every Ahmadi to uphold this pledge, in order to uphold their pledge of allegiance to the Promised Messiah(as).
His Holiness(aba) quoted the Promised Messiah(as) who said that this Community was established in order to unveil the truth because without this, no light can be spread to the world. He said that he desired for the light of Islam to spread through practical proofs. Hence, he enjoined Ahmadis to not only read the Holy Qur’an, but to ponder over and understand it. It was for this purpose that the Promised Messiah(as) was commissioned as he was given a deeper understanding of the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an is not a storybook, rather it is a code of conduct for life.
His Holiness(aba) said that if, after coming to these developed countries, we forget this code of conduct and do not focus on our faith, then our future generations will continue to deviate from the faith. Rather than being grateful to God, such people would be forsaking the blessings of God. Our foundational purpose should be to establish a connection with God and to read, ponder and act upon His Book. It is only when we do this that we will be able to do justice to our pledge of allegiance.
His Holiness(aba) said that those who have migrated here may have escaped worldly persecution, however if they do not tread the path of faith and they do not try to understand the Holy Qur’an, then they cannot reap the blessings of Allah the Almighty. Similarly, new Ahmadis or Ahmadis who converted some time ago should remember that merely undertaking the pledge of allegiance does not suffice. Their true purpose will only be fulfilled when they adopt the teachings of Islam, which cannot happen until they read and understand the Book of God, the Holy Qur’an.
His Holiness(aba) quoted the Promised Messiah(as) who said that by accepting him, one may have drawn near to a spring which God created for everlasting life, however one must still drink from this spring. One must beseech God for the ability to drink from this spring, because without the help of God, one is unable to do anything. How can one drink from the spring? One must fulfil the two primary rights; the rights owed to God and the rights owed to His creation. If one not only draws near to the spring but is enabled to drink from it, then they are ensured that their faith will always remain secure. For this reason, it is vital to understand that pledging allegiance is not enough, rather it must be accompanied with actions. It is only then that one can attain the blessings of Allah. One must not merely proclaim ‘I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah’, but they must embody it as well.
His Holiness(aba) said that every person should analyse themselves and think that when they proclaim the Islamic creed, do they truly give precedence to Allah over all else? Do they comply with the commandments of God? Do they turn to prayer when it is time? If this is not the case, then although they proclaim the unity of God, there is a hidden form of shirk (associating partners with God) in their actions. People have given precedence to their worldly work, whereas a true believer understands that they can only achieve true success in their worldly work through the blessings of God. The Promised Messiah(as) said that if one does not reach this realisation, then they have not fulfilled the true purpose of their pledge of allegiance.
His Holiness(aba) said that maintaining a worldly mentality renders a person’s pledge of allegiance to him useless. He said that pledging allegiance to him requires one to bring a sort of death upon themselves, so that they may be born into a new life. In other words, after pledging allegiance, one should come into a new spiritual life. If this is not the case, then such a pledge of allegiance renders no benefit whatsoever. One who pledges allegiance with true sincerity and repents with true sincerity, then God has mercy on them and forgives them and it becomes as if they are granted a new life.
His Holiness(aba) said that we should strive in our worship solely for the sake of God and our actions should be for the sake of attaining the pleasure of God. The current state of the world points to looming dark clouds of destruction. Just yesterday, the American President said that if Russia were to use atomic weapons then they would retaliate. Such retaliation would certainly lead to the world’s destruction. Hence, those living in the developed world should not think they are immune and in such circumstances, it is the responsibility of Ahmadis to pray sincerely to God for the rest of the world. The Promised Messiah(as) said that out of love for His sincere servants, God also saves others. Therefore, one must not think they have ensured their safety and a bright future for their children by migrating here. This is not the case, in fact, it is only God who can save us, which is why we must bow before Him while enjoining our future generations to do the same. Only then can we and our future generations be saved.
His Holiness(aba) said that the world cannot save us. It is only when we embody the Islamic creed that God will have mercy and save us and the rest of the world. We must pay heed before the world becomes steeped in future destruction.
His Holiness(aba) presented a quote of the Promised Messiah(as) who said that when a ship is sinking, everyone cries, but this is a natural reaction and bears no benefit. Only that which is done prior, in times of peace can be rendered beneficial. Such is the case with finding God, in that one should always remain alert as if they are about to be struck by lightning. If one takes preemptive actions, then they will not be struck, however after the fact, wailing will not be of any benefit. At present, there are indications of destruction in the world which can be controlled at present, but could also get out of hand at any moment. Hence, we must sincerely pray with a sense of pain for the world in our hearts. If we do not pay heed, then it is possible that this beautiful world becomes barren.
His Holiness(aba) further quoted the Promised Messiah(as) who said that just as one is kind to their children, another form of kindness is to pray for them to be safeguarded from calamity. One who prays never returns unsuccessful. One should thus be sincere in their prayers. The Promised Messiah(as) said this at a time when the plague was rampant, however as the world is leading itself down a path of destruction, it is ever more important to focus on prayers in order to save the world.
His Holiness(aba) said that the Promised Messiah(as) also advised his community to adopt high morals, as this too is a commandment of God. If one does not reflect on how they spent their days; what they did well and where they fell short, then they cannot improve. Using immoral language can lead to rifts and enmity, hence one should always be mindful of their language. One should use the faculties given to them by God to display the highest levels and standards of moral conduct.
His Holiness(aba) said that the Promised Messiah(as) said that one should also take pride in their faith. If a person is an enemy of Islam and curses at the Holy Prophet(sa) then there should be aversion towards them. However if a person is merely indolent, then good relations should be maintained with them. This means that if a person openly and pointedly opposes and curses Islam and the Holy Prophet(sa), then it is not possible for an Ahmadi to bear this and in such instances our religious pride should take effect. Ahmadis from Pakistan have seen first hand even the vulgar and foul language that is used for the Promised Messiah(as). However, even in the case of such people, we never take the law into our own hands.
His Holiness(aba) said that another quality outlined by the Promised Messiah(as) is mutual harmony and brotherhood. He said that this Community will not flourish until everyone develops mutual love. Rather than treating the weaker ones with contempt and enmity, one should utilise their faculties and treat them with love and affection. He said that a community is formed when one covers the faults of others and a true spirit of brotherhood is cultivated. There should not be internal discord within the community. The Companions also developed mutual love and thus they became a community. The Promised Messiah(as) desired to develop a similar spirit within his community. Hence, high morals demand that due regard must be given to the sentiments of others.
His Holiness(aba) said that these are the high morals we must adopt in order to reap the blessings promised by God to the community of the Promised Messiah(as). No matter our race, whether white, African-American, Pakistani, Indian or Spanish, after having joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community we are all from a single spiritual father. This was the same message given by the Holy Prophet(sa) in his farewell sermon. The Promised Messiah(as) desired for his community to become an example for the world, however in order to become an example one must strive a great deal. We too will have to strive a great deal to increase the standards of our worship and of our moral conduct. These things can only be achieved when one adopts righteousness.
His Holiness(aba) said that thus, if we wish to be grateful to God, then we must constantly analyse ourselves. His Holiness(aba) prayed that may we mould ourselves according to the desires of the Promised Messiah(as), may we give precedence to our faith over the world, may we develop the fear of God and may we truly be those who do justice to ‘I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.’ May we become part of those in the latter days for whom God gave glad tidings to the Holy Prophet(sa).
His Holiness(aba) said that it was on this day 28 years ago, on 14th October that this mosque (Baitur Rahman, Maryland, USA) was inaugurated. Those living in the vicinity of this mosque should analyse themselves and see how much their spirituality has progressed in the last 28 years and whether they have done justice to this mosque. His Holiness(aba) prayed that may God continue to enable people to do justice to this mosque and keep it safe for ages to come.
Summary prepared by The Review of Religions
After reciting the tashahud, ta‘awuz, and Surah al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V(aba) stated:
It is a great favour of Allah the Almighty upon you; the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and those Ahmadis who have migrated to this country in that He has enabled you to come to this developed country. Especially in the last few years, Ahmadis have migrated here from Pakistan and are still coming. Those who have migrated from Pakistan are because the conditions for Ahmadis there are continuing to worsen and it is due to this that it has become difficult for them to live there. Therefore, the Ahmadis here should be grateful to these governments who have allowed many Ahmadis, who were facing persecution, to come and live here. However, the greatest favour which Allah the Almighty has bestowed upon us Ahmadis is that He has granted us the opportunity to accept the Imam of the Age and the true devotee of the Holy Prophet(sa). Thus, we cannot express enough gratitude to Allah the Almighty for this. And to express our gratitude to Allah the Almighty is by adhering to His commandments, to fulfil the rights of His worship and also the rights of His creation. However, this is only possible when we fulfil the due rights of our Bai’at with the Promised Messiah(as). This is because in this day and age, the Promised Messiah(as) is the guide, who according to the prophecy of the Holy Prophet(sa) has guided us on the true teachings of Islam.
Hence, every Ahmadi should be mindful of the fact that now it is only through the Promised Messiah(as) that once can acquire the true teachings of Islam. The reason for this is that the Promised Messiah(as) is that very individual who, in this era, was bestowed with the understanding and insights of the Holy Quran and who was given the true knowledge of Islam by Allah the Almighty. The Promised Messiah(as) is that very individual who is a true devotee of the Holy Prophet(sa) and who desires to morally train his community in accordance with the teachings and traditions of the Holy Prophet(sa). Thus, in order to become true Muslims, we must now turn towards the Promised Messiah(as) and lead our lives in accordance with the path he has prescribed. We must strengthen our faith and have absolute conviction in the advent of the Promised Messiah(as) and consider him to be the Judge and Just Arbiter [Hakam and Adl]. We must uphold the belief that now it is only by following the path prescribed by the Promised Messiah(as) that one can follow the true teachings of Islam. Hence, advising those who have pledged initiation to the Promised Messiah(as) with regards to how they can uphold absolute faith and conviction in him, the Promised Messiah(as) says:
“A person who proclaims to be a believer must elevate his belief to a state of conviction and deep insight.” One should not only believe, but also develop conviction and a deep insight as to why they are pledging initiation.
[The Promised Messiah(as) further states,] “One should not get entangled in conjectures.” You should not form conjectures in your hearts as to why such and such happened. [Such] questions should not arise. The Promised Messiah(as) said, “Remember, conjecture can be of no avail. God Almighty says in the Holy Quran Himself:
اِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا یُغْنِیْ مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَیْـًٔا
‘Surely, conjecture avails nothing against truth’ [Surah Yunus, Ch. 10: V. 37]. It is conviction alone that can enable an individual to succeed. Nothing can be achieved without absolute certainty. If a person starts to form conjectures regarding every matter, he might not be able to survive in the world even for a moment.”
The Promised Messiah(as) further states, “He will not be able to drink water as he will suspect it to have been contaminated with poison. He will not be able to eat food from the market as he will suspect it to have been contaminated with a substance that will end his life. How will he then be able to survive?”
It will become difficult for him to live in such an instance. This is a general example and a person is able to benefit from this in relation to spiritual matters as well. The Promised Messiah(as) said:
“Now, reflect over this yourself and take a verdict from your hearts. If, after having pledged initiation at my hands and having accepted me as the Promised Messiah and the Judge and Just Arbiter, you have felt any grievance in your hearts regarding a decision or action of mine then you should be concerned about your faith. A belief that is filled with concerns and doubts will not produce good results. However, if you have truly attested with your hearts to the fact that the Promised Messiah is indeed the Judge and Just Arbiter then you should surrender yourself, as it were, to his commandments and actions and respect his decisions so that you may be deemed among those who honour and respect the pure teachings of the Holy Prophet(sa). The testimony of the Holy Prophet(sa) is sufficient and he reassures that he will be your Imam [leader]. (In other words, the Promised Messiah(as) who shall appear will be your Imam from among yourselves.) He will be the Judge and Just Arbiter. If you are not content by this then when will you become content? This path can most certainly not be a blessed one if, on the one hand, one affirms their belief, but at the same time holds misgivings in some chambers of his heart.” That is, if we outwardly portray that we have believed, but yet develop doubts regarding certain matters. The Promised Messiah(as) says, “Those who have rejected me and those who raise allegations against me, have in fact not recognised me. However, the one who has accepted me and then raises objections is even more unfortunate as he becomes blind after having witnessed [the truth].” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, pp. 73-74)
Hence, this is the standard of faith we must all attain. The Promised Messiah(as) gave the glad-tidings that after him, a system of Khilafat would be established. (Al-Wasiyyat, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 20, p. 306)
Not only the Promised Messiah(as), but the Holy Prophetsa also informed that along with the advent of the Messiah and the Mahdi, Khilafat would remain established until the end of times. (Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 6, p. 285, Hadith 1896, [Alim-ul-Kutub, Beirut, 1998])
And Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya is that institution which continues the works of the Promised Messiah(as). This is the institution which will uphold the instructions of the Judge and Just Arbiter. In their pledge, every Ahmadi vows loyalty and obedience to Khilafat. Hence, from this perspective, it is incumbent upon every Ahmadi to fulfil their oath of loyalty and obedience to Khilafat, otherwise their pledge of allegiance is of no use. Hence, every Ahmadi should constantly strive to increase their faith and level of conviction. Then, whilst drawing his community’s attention towards carefully reciting the Holy Quran, the Promised(as) states:
“I have constantly advised those who are associated with me that God Almighty has established this community in order to uncover truths because without this, one’s practical life will be devoid of any spiritual light.” The Promised Messiah(as) states, “I desire for Islam’s beauty to be exhibited through practical verities for the entire world and it is for this purpose that I have been commissioned by God. Hence, read the Holy Quran a great deal but not as a mere story; instead, consider it to be a philosophy.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, p. 155)
Therefore, everyone must analyse themselves; have we immersed ourselves in worldly endeavours to the extent that we have forgotten the purpose of our pledge of allegiance? The Promised Messiah(as) states, “God Almighty commissioned me in order to teach and implement the knowledge, understanding and commandments of the Holy Qur’an. Whoever has pledged allegiance to me should understand this significance and ponder over the knowledge and understanding of the Holy Quran.”
They should strive to understand its meanings and commentary, and this cannot happen until we strive to understand and read the Ruhani Khazain [spiritual treasures] of the Promised Messiah(as); until we strive to understand and read the literature he has given to us. The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“The Holy Quran is not mere stories and fables, rather it is a code of life, a code of conduct which is incumbent upon every Ahmadi Muslim to implement.”
If we forget our purpose after having come to these countries and become immersed in worldly endeavours and we do not strive to shape the environment in our homes according to the teachings of the Holy Quran, then our children and progenies will become distant from faith and rather than being grateful we would be negating the blessings bestowed by Allah the Almighty. Hence, there is a great need to ponder and reflect over this. Every Ahmadi, whether old or new, those born here or those who have migrated should understand that our fundamental purpose is to obtain nearness to Allah the Almighty, do justice to His worship and to read, understand and act according to His book. It is only then that we can fulfil our pledge of allegiance. Those who migrated here have escaped worldly opposition, however, if they do not act according to the faith and do not possess understanding of the Holy Quran, then they cannot benefit from the blessings of Allah the Almighty. Similarly, new Ahmadis or those Ahmadis who have been living here for some time should also remember that one’s purpose is not fulfilled simply by pledging allegiance. One’s purpose can only be fulfilled when we adopt the Islamic teachings and this will not happen until we read and understand the Book of Allah the Almighty. The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“I tell you truly that this is a ceremony which Allah the Almighty has created for the virtuous. Blessed are those who benefit from this. Those of you who have associated yourselves with me should absolutely never become prideful and think that you have attained whatever it was that you meant to. It is true that you have attained more virtue than those who deny and have displeased God through their severe opposition and insults. It is also true that you have taken precautions to avoid God’s anger through your positive thinking, however the truth is that you have drawn near to the spring which God has created now in order to attain eternal life. However, the water remains to be drunk. Therefore, seek the ability to be satiated through the grace and benevolence of God Almighty, because without God, nothing can be done.”
Without the grace of God Almighty, nothing can be achieved which is why one should always seek the grace of God. The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Certainly, I am aware that anyone who drinks from this spring will not be ruined because this water grants life, protects against ruin and safeguards against the attacks of Satan. How can one be satiated by this spring? You must completely fulfil the two rights assigned to you by God Almighty; the first are the rights owed to God and the second are of His creation. Know your God to be One and without partner as you declare through the creed:
اَشْھَدُ اَنْ لَّا اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللّٰہُ
“‘I bear witness that there is none who is loved, sought and obeyed aside from Allah.’ This is such a beautiful statement that if it were taught to Jews, Christians or other polytheists and idol worshippers, and they truly understood it, they would certainly never face ruin. It is due to not having this creed that they faced destruction and difficulty and their souls were afflicted and ruined.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, pp. 184-185)
Hence, observe the manner in which the Promised Messiah(as) has reassured us and given us the guarantee that if we take benefit from and drink of the water from the spring we have drawn nearer to after having pledged allegiance and accepting him – not just in words but also through our actions – then it is a guarantee that we will never face spiritual ruin. This is owing to the fact that it was the Promised Messiah(as) who came to further propagate the message of the Holy Quran and the commandments of Allah the Almighty. The Promised Messiah(as) states therefore, remember that pledging allegiance is not enough, rather Allah the Almighty desires action. He who takes action is never deprived of the grace of Allah the Almighty nor will he face ruin. One is able to develop such a practical state when the proclamation of
[‘I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah’] manifests outwardly and inwardly. There should be none else more beloved to you than Allah the Almighty, and nothing that you desire more than His pleasure. You should observe absolute obedience to the commandments of Allah the Almighty.
From this, each and every one of us can evaluate ourselves that upon reciting the Kalimah, is Allah the Almighty indeed more beloved to us than everything else and does attaining His pleasure remain our true objective? Are we completely obedient to the commandments of Allah the Almighty? If, at the time of prayer, we are not immediately inclined to offering prayer, and if we do not leave our worldly pursuits and immediately come for prayer after Allah the Almighty has summoned us, then although we recite the Kalimah, there is a hidden tendency of Shirk [associating partners with Allah] in our hearts; our worldly affairs are standing on par with God Almighty. A believer holds such conviction – and should hold such conviction – that “my worldly affairs and work will only be blessed by Allah the Almighty’s grace. How could it be that my worldly affairs come to stand at par with Allah the Almighty’s calling?” If such is the case, then we have not understood the true essence of the Kalimah; we may pronounce a verbal proclamation but our actions do not align with our proclamation; we may have arrived at the spring but have not extended our hands to drink from it. Thus, the Promised Messiah(as) stated that if this is your state, then you have not done justice to your pledge of allegiance. The Kalimah Shahadah not only teaches us and instructs us to fulfil the rights of Allah the Almighty, but also steers our attention toward fulfilling the rights of His creation as He Himself has instructed and commanded us to do so. When one fulfils both these rights, only then do they become a true believer and only through this can a true Ahmadi Muslim do justice to their pledge of allegiance. Furthermore, whilst advising those who have pledged allegiance to him, the Promised Messiah(as) states:
“If you continue to remain absorbed in the world, then there is no benefit to your repentance at my hand. Repenting at my hand is akin to accepting death in order that you are born into a new life.”
In other words, you should undergo a spiritual rebirth after taking the pledge of allegiance. If one does not find a new spiritual life and the same worldly passions and desires persist, then a pledge of allegiance is of no benefit in this state. The Promised Messiah(as) further states:
“If you do not pledge allegiance with your heart, it will yield no results. In pledging allegiance to me, God desires for an attestation from your heart. Whoever accepts me with a sincere heart and truly repents from their sins, the All-Forgiving and Merciful God will surely forgive their sins. One enters a state as though they have been delivered from their mother’s womb, whereupon angels safeguard them.” One becomes completely innocent. The Promised Messiah(as) further states:
“If even a single pious man lives in a village, then on account of that pious man and for his sake, Allah the Almighty protects that whole village from destruction. However, when destruction comes, it encompasses everyone. Nonetheless, through some way or means, God still saves His servants. It is the practice of Allah that even if a single pious person remains, others are also saved on their account.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, p. 262)
This fundamental principle should always be kept in mind, that Allah the Almighty hears the prayers of His sincere servants and accepts their righteous deeds. Thus, we should strive to make our worship solely for Allah the Almighty’s sake. Our actions should derive the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. It is apparent from the current condition of the world that clouds of a dreadful devastation are looming over us. Yesterday, the American President gave a statement that if the President of Russia makes use of nuclear weapons, then there will be retaliation from the other side as well. The devastation that ensues will result in the end of the world. Therefore, those living in these countries after having migrated here should not be under the impression that they are safe. No one is safe anywhere. When the leaders of the major world powers lose their minds, they do not take any considerations. Thus, in such circumstances, it is the duty of Ahmadis to pray and offer worship solely for the sake of Allah the Almighty. As the Promised Messiah(as) states, for the sake of pious people, for the sake of His sincere servants, Allah the Almighty saves others as well. This is what we derive from the Holy Quran, the words of Allah the Almighty. No one should be under the impression that after migrating here, they are safe and that the future of their children is secure. Not at all. On the contrary, we are passing through very dangerous times. If anyone can save us in these conditions then it is only Allah the Almighty. Thus, bow down before Him and teach your offspring to bow before Him as well so that you may protect yourselves and your children. This world will not save us, nor will it secure our and children’s future. Rather, if we do justice to the proclamation of
لَا اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللّٰہُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ اللّٰہِ
[There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad(sa) is the messenger of Allah] then Allah the Almighty will save the world on account of our humble prayers and good deeds. In these days, offer plentiful prayer in this regard as well before the condition of the world worsens beyond bounds. The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Virtue is that which takes place beforehand. If one were to act later then it would be of no benefit. God does not accept the virtue which merely springs forth from a natural reaction. When a ship sinks, everyone weeps (when a ship is about to sink, everyone begins to weep, yet prior to this everyone is smiling and laughing). However, seeing as crying and weeping are a result of natural demands, it can therefore be of no benefit in that moment, rather it will only be beneficial prior to this, when there is a state of peace. Know for certain that this is the secret to attaining God, whereby one remains vigilant and attentive beforehand. They should remain so cautious as if they are about to be hit by lightning as it strikes. (If one is alert they will be aware of the lightning striking, and so no matter how many thunderbolts there are, they will not be struck by them.) However, the lightning shall hit and destroy one who sees it and cries out, for they fear the lightning and not God.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, p. 265)
Hence, the Promised Messiahas has given us a very clear warning, that one must develop a relationship with God Almighty now. Right now the clouds of danger have begun to form, or at the very least if so willed they can be controlled. But they can also spread at any moment.
Therefore, it is the faith, relationship with God Almighty and prayers of Ahmadis which can save the world from destruction. Supplicate whilst instilling compassion in your hearts for the world. Explain to those within your spheres [of influence] that if we do not turn our attention to the rights of God and the rights of mankind, then this beautiful world can change into one of desolation. Hence, every Ahmadi must strive to fulfil their obligations with this in mind.
Whilst drawing further attention to prayer, the Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Observe how you prepare your fields with effort and hope for some profit, likewise, the days of peace are for hard work. If you remember God now, you shall taste the fruits thereof, even if it seems difficult to attend the prayers in conjunction with all the worldly occupations.”
The Promised Messiah(as) stated very clearly that with all the worldly tasks it may seem very difficult to attend the prayers, even more so the Tahajjud prayers. The Promised Messiah(as) further states:
“However, if one makes it a habit now then they will suffer no more. If you supplicate then that Benevolent and Merciful God will bestow His favours. You carry out your works (i.e. worldly work), you show mercy on yourselves and your households, tend to their needs, show compassion to children, and so as you show them this mercy, there is also another method of doing so (that is to say, just as you show them compassion in a worldly sense, there is also another method of doing so.) What is that method? It is to supplicate for them in your prayers. Pray for them whilst bowing and whilst prostrating that Allah the Almighty averts this trial and protects them from the punishment. One who supplicates does not remain deprived. It is not at all possible for one who prays to be killed like the ignorant impure ones. If this was not the case, then God would never be recognised. He distinguishes between His truthful servants and others. One is seized, whilst the other is saved. Therefore, be sure to fully develop true sincerity.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, p. 266)
Even though the Promised Messiah(as) stated this in that era when the plague was widespread, however it is just as important nowadays, because as I have mentioned, we are witnessing the signs of a global destruction, therefore we especially need to submit to Allah the Almighty, for this is the only way for us and the world to be safeguarded.
The Promised Messiah(as) also gave special instructions to his community to adopt high morals, for displaying high morals is among the commandments of Allah the Almighty. The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Reforming one’s morals is an incredibly difficult task. Until a person reflects over their state, they cannot reform themselves.” One ought to analyse themselves, what does one say, how does one spend their entire day; one should analyse how they are spending their lives, how they are spending each day and reflect over what good deeds they performed or what ill-deeds were they guilty of, what virtues did they do and what evil did they commit. Until one reflects over their own conditions, they cannot reform themselves.
The Promised Messiah(as) then says:
“Uttering profanities will foster hatred, therefore, always keep your tongue under control.” The Promised Messiah(as) further states:
“Observe how a person can never harbour hatred for one whom they consider to be their well-wisher. Utter foolish is the person who does not show any mercy to their own soul and places themselves in grave danger by failing to utilise their faculties properly and does not enhance their moral qualities.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, p. 346)
i.e. wisdom dictates that one ought to nurture the strengths and capabilities bestowed to one by God in such a manner whereby every action is a demonstration of the most excellent morals. If one acts immorally over small and trivial matters, then they place their own selves in great danger. It should also be remembered that on the one hand Islam emphasises that in personal matters, one ought to demonstrate patience, restraint, forbearance and the highest of morals as well as abstaining from quarrels, but at the same time, it also urges one to show their sense of honour and dignity for their faith – whilst remaining within the parameters of the law. Thus, whilst drawing our attention towards the sense of honour for one’s faith, the Promised Messiah(as) says:
“Whosoever announces that they have left the fold of Islam and they utter vile profanities and are a dangerous opponent, their case is different. For example, the companions faced such difficulties and had to listen to the vilification of Islam by some of their relatives. Despite them being close relatives (i.e.d those with whom they had familial ties) the companions gave precedence to Islam.”
The Promised Messiah(as) says:
“A person who is a staunch enemy of Islam and utters vile abuse against the Holy Prophet(sa), they are worthy of contempt and to sever all ties with them. But if a person is such whereby they are indolent in their affairs, then one ought to overlook their shortcoming, as they are deserving of this. And one should not put strain on the relationship they seek to establish.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, p. 346)
If one does not show hostility, then one can maintain ties with them. One ought to maintain cordial ties with them, but if a person is a staunch opponent, and despite repeatedly explaining to them they do not desist in hurling abuse at Islam and the Holy Prophet(sa), then in such an instance one ought to show their sense of dignity and honour for their faith. In this manner, every Ahmadi ought to hold a sense of honour and dignity with regards to the Promised Messiah(as). Despite explaining to a person, if they still hurl abuse against the Promised Messiah(as), then we cannot extend a hand of friendship to such a person, nor should the sense of pride and honour within an Ahmadi permit them to do so. Many people among you have migrated here from Pakistan. They have first-hand experience at just how vulgar the language is that is used against the Promised Messiah(as) by the so called clerics. If we are told to express our love for them or stop ourselves from praying that may their evil return back upon them, then our religious pride and honour does not permit to do this. The same principle will apply in this case as well, as explained by the Promised Messiah(as). At the same time, we do not take the law in our own hands against such people, because this is a teaching of Islam that one should not take the law into their own hands.
Another quality which the Promised Messiah(as) has mentioned that needs to be adopted by Ahmadis after taking the Bai’at is to instil love for one another and a spirit of brotherhood. Imparting guidance on this, the Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Our community cannot flourish until we truly have compassion for each other. We ought to use all our faculties to love those who are weak.” In other words, whatever abilities and faculties we have been granted, we should utilise those and show love to those who are weak, instead of displaying hatred or contempt. The Promised Messiah(as) further states:
“I often hear that when an individual sees another stumble, rather than extending him courtesy, that individual looks at him with abhorrence and disgust.” The Promised Messiah(as) stated this is wrong. He further stated,
“A community can only be formed when people conceal the faults of one another and treat one another like true brothers.”
The Promised Messiahas stated in a very heartfelt manner that it is not right for the Community to have internal conflict. The companions instilled true love and brotherhood for one another and thereby became a Community. The Promised Messiah(as) also expected the same from the members of his Community in that they establish a bond of brotherhood like the companions did. The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Allah the Almighty has established this community in the same manner (i.e. just like the community established by the companions) and He shall establish the same spirit of brotherhood here as well. I have high hopes from God Almighty.”
The Promised Messiah(as) further states:
“To complain about one another, to injure the sentiments of others, to hurt one’s feelings by speaking harshly and to look upon the weak and humble with contempt is a grave sin.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, pp. 348-349)
Thus, to be considerate of one another’s emotions is among high morals. When we adopt these virtues, we will be able to fulfil the expectations of the Promised Messiah(as) and it is only then that we can become the recipients of the rewards which Allah the Almighty has promised to grant the Jamaat of the Promised Messiah(as) and reap the blessings of Allah the Almighty. In the time of the Promised Messiah(as), people belonging to different tribes and communities from within India were entering the fold of the Jamaat. Now, according to the promises vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah(as), people from different nations, tribes, race and ethnicity have entered, and continue to enter the Jamaat from all over the world. Thus, it is a great favour of Allah the Almighty upon people of different nations, race and ethnicity that He has enabled them to enter the Jamaat of the Holy Prophet(sa) and the Jamaat of his true servant and become united like one people. The Promised Messiah(as) has drawn attention to the fact that members should become like brothers to one another. The Promised Messiah(as) stated that though we have different fathers but we share one spiritual father and we are the branches of a single tree. (Malfuzat , Vol. 3, p. 349)
Therefore, irrespective of our race, whether one is white, African American, Pakistani, Indian or Spanish, by entering Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya we have become the progeny of one spiritual father and no one has any superiority over another owing to their race, ethnicity or colour because we have the same spiritual father. This was the same message announced by the Holy Prophet(as) in his final sermon. Therefore, if we are mindful of this and work as one and be considerate of one another’s feelings then Allah the Almighty shall continue to grant us success. The Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Allah the Almighty wants to make our Jama’at as a model for others.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 1, p. 9)
However, can one serve as an example for others through mere superficial words and without any meaningful actions? In order to become an example for others, one has to strive greatly and make great efforts. And we also have to do the same by elevating our standards of worship, reforming our moral conditions and raising the standards of our mutual love and brotherhood. We have to access whether we are serving as an example for others in this regard. Whilst further drawing our attention towards raising our standards, the Promised Messiah(as) states:
“Allah the Almighty loves the righteous. Be mindful of the greatness of Allah the Almighty and remain fearful of Him. (In other words, instil the fear of Allah the Almighty in your hearts) and remember that everyone is the creation of Allah. Do not commit injustice against anyone nor treat them harshly or look down upon anyone.”
“Even if one person in the Jamaat is impure, he will taint the entire Jamaat.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 1, p. 9)
The highest order of sympathy and morals can only be developed when righteousness is instilled in the heart. Advising the Jamaat in relation to this, the Promised Messiah(as) states:
“It is particularly incumbent upon my community to adopt righteousness, especially in view of the fact that they associate themselves with such a person and pledge allegiance to him who claims to be divinely commissioned. In this way, they shall be delivered from the diverse forms of malice, rancour, associating partners with God, and worldly attachment that may plague them.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 1, p. 10)
“And so, let my community grieve, more than anything else…”
One grieves over so many things in the world, however the Promised Messiah(as) states that, “[Let my community grieve], more than anything else over whether they possess righteousness or not.” (Malfuzat , Vol. 1, p. 35)
Thus, if we want to fulfil the due rights of our Bai’at, if we want to become truly grateful for the favours of Allah the Almighty, then we need to constantly assess our conditions. May Allah the Almighty grant us the ability to live our lives according to the expectations of the Promised Messiah(as) and may we always give preference to our faith over the world. May the fear of Allah the Almighty be instilled in our hearts and may we truly fulfil the due rights of the declaration of:
[I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah.]
May we join the Jamaat of the Akhareen [who were to come in the Latter-Days], whose glad-tidings were given to the Holy Prophet(sa) by Allah the Almighty. May Allah the Almighty give us the ability to do so.
Whilst coming here, Amir Sahib mentioned to me that 28 years ago on this very day, 14th October, this mosque was inaugurated. It has been 28 years since the inauguration of this mosque. The Ahmadis living in this area; those who have been residing here for a long time and as well as those who have newly arrived here should reflect upon how much they have progressed in their spirituality. To what extent have they tried to fulfil the due rights of this mosque. May Allah the Almighty enable this mosque to continue serving the people that come here for centuries to come and may He protect it from all kinds of worldly afflictions. However, we can only do true justice to the mosques when we keep them populated whilst trying to fulfil their due rights. May Allah the Almighty give us the ability to do so.
(Official Urdu transcript published in Al Fazl International 4 November 2022, pp. 5-9. Translated by The Review of Religions)