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How Can Muslims Reject the Khalifatul-Masih When They Don’t Have Anyone Else to Unite Them?

His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad - Khalifatul-Masih V is the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Strongly opposed to the Khalifatul-Masih being considered the Caliph of Islam, recently, some Muslims made the effort to take away his God-given mantle. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba is the Fifth Khalifah and the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His Holinessaba has been an avid defender of Islam and an orator for peace throughout his caliphate. At a time when Islam and Muslims are vilified, a Caliphate is sorely needed so that the entire Ummah can become unified. No one has done more to defend and protect the teachings of Islam than his Holinessaba.

In an era riddled with ignorance, Islam and its followers are under constant scrutiny due to its mischaracterised portrayal. A religion that spread across the world from the deserts of Arabia, on the basis of the Oneness of God; is now feared. A religion that spread across the world illuminating curious minds with knowledge; is now considered backwards. A religion that spread across the world securing freedom for all; is now viewed as the oppressor and the basis for terror. With the blessed coming of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadianas, began the revival of Islam. With the hand of the Almighty God resting on the shoulder of the Fifth Khalifa to the Messiah, His Holinessaba continues to separate the true Islam from all falsehood.

Since being appointed Khalifah in 2003, His Holinessaba has performed the Jihad of the modern age, by leading an international campaign to spread the true message of Islam through all forms of print and digital media. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which is united at the divinely guided hand of his Holinessaba have engaged in several grassroots efforts to serve humanity. The Community’s efforts in disaster relief, charitable fundraising, building schools and hospitals, and holding interfaith dialogue encapsulates the true meaning of Islam – peace and submission to Allah.

Despite the Community’s inspired efforts to portray the true Islam under the guidance of his Holinessaba, it has faced relentless persecution, including the 2010 massacre in Lahore killing over 90 peaceful worshipers attending Friday prayers. His Holinessaba instructed his followers to reply in the same way as they have always done, by praying and turning to Allah.

“The more we bow before Allah, the Almighty, the more humility we show not only outwardly but from the depths of our heart, treading along the path of righteousness, the more we will continue to receive the bounties of Allah, the Almighty” [1] .

At a time when protesting and rioting have become normalised, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, under the guidance of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba, has sought the path of perseverance through peace and meekness.

In 2004, his Holinessaba launched the annual Peace Symposium [2] which attracted various individuals of different faiths and beliefs including ministers, religious dignitaries, politicians and parliamentarians. Each year his Holinessaba explains the Islamic solutions to contemporary issues.

“Thus, it is imperative that nations and their leaders do not focus only on their own national interests, but consider what is best for the world at large. Dialogue with other nations and communities is vital and each party should work together with a spirit of tolerance and with the shared objective of developing true and sustainable peace in the world[3].

Furthering this, he launched the “Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the advancement of peace”; an annual peace prize gifted to an individual or organisation that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to furthering peace and humanitarianism.

Untethered to any political party or agenda, His Holinessaba has counselled many national and international governments, including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the US Congress and UNESCO. Even in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, His Holinessaba has written to several world leaders advising them in the best cause of action, and reminding them that humanity cannot be saved without God’s help [4].

“Governments need to make policies that establish and protect mutual respect, through which hurting the sentiments of others or causing them any type of harm should be outlawed. With regard to the immigrants, they must enter with a willingness to integrate with the local people, whilst the locals should be ready to open their hearts and display tolerance.” (The Khalifa of Islam addressing the European Parliament [5])

When it comes to a global and multicultural religion such as Islam that forms the institutional basis of many governments across the globe, one would expect that such countries would mirror the way of the Holy Prophetsa and reflect his peaceful teachings. Unfortunately, violence, terrorism, discrimination and racism are themes that are synonymous to many Muslim countries.

Along with widespread persecution of Ahmadi Muslims, the most prominent religious discrimination is in Saudi Arabia, the epicentre of Islam. Shias face oppression in both Eastern and Southern regions. According to a 2009 Human Rights Watch report, Shiite citizens in Saudi Arabia “face systematic discrimination in religion, education, justice, and employment” [6].

Egypt also, with its 90% Muslim majority, fails in implementing societal peace and civil liberty. Human Rights Watch reports “since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi secured a second term in a largely unfree and unfair presidential election in March, his security forces have escalated a campaign of intimidation, violence, and arrests against political opponents, civil society activists, and many others who have simply voiced mild criticism of the government. The Egyptian government and state media have framed this repression under the guise of combating terrorism” [7].

And Iran, an almost exclusively Muslim country, struggles in affording rights to all and establishing justice. “Women continued to face entrenched discrimination in family and criminal law, including in relation to marriage, divorce, employment, inheritance and political office. Authorities failed to criminalize gender-based violence against women and girls, including domestic violence and early and forced marriage, which remained widespread” taken from amnesty.org in regards to women’s rights in Iran [8].

How is it that nations that pride themselves on following in the steps of the Holy Prophet Muhammedsa fail to give their own people the right to be free, and be equal? The Holy Prophet Muhammadsa said: “A white has no superiority over black. Nor a black has any superiority over white, except by piety and good action

Thus, His Holinessaba, the true Khalifah of Islam, carries the torch of Islam saving humanity from sinking into a dark void of hatred and sin, through his prayers and his actions. Addressing the female members of his community he said “Islamic teachings are unambiguous. If women are precluded from doing certain jobs, this is not because they are deemed incapable or because their rights are being compromised, […] as far as the rights are concerned, they are equal” [9].

His Holinessaba has captured the essence of Islam and promoted its teaching in today’s world. In a recent interview, addressing the racial injustices that grappled America, he said that it was the  duty of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to condemn brutality and to make every single possible effort to highlight the long-term injustices against black people in the United States. He said that we must not only advocate on their behalf but also strive to achieve justice and equality [10].

This Khalifah of Islam does not yearn the pleasures of this world or its people. He endeavours to please only God and to bring humanity closer to Him. How can anyone deny Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba his God-given mantle as Khalifah, especially when the world has no other antidote to its self-consuming poison?

 

[1] His Holiness (aba)’s sermon on the occasion of Khilafat centenary, https://www.khalifatulmasih.org/articles/centenary-address/

[2] https://peacesymposium.org.uk/the-ahmadiyya-muslim-peace-prize

[3] His Holiness (aba)’s sermon at the national peace symposium 2019, https://www.alislam.org/articles/true-sustainable-world-peace/

[4] More information can be found here: https://tariqmagazine.org/caliph-of-peace/, https://www.reviewofreligions.org/26918/letters-sent-to-world-leaders-by-head-of-ahmadiyya-muslim-community-during-covid-19-pandemic/#leaderssame

[5] “Khalifa of Islam makes historic address at European Parliament”, https://www.alislam.org/press-release/khalifa-of-islam-makes-historic-address-at-european-parliament/

[6] Human Rights Watch Report on “Saudi Arabia: Treat Shia Equally”, https://www.hrw.org/news/2009/09/03/saudi-arabia-treat-shia-equally

[7] Human Rights Watch report on Egypt, https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/egypt

[8] Amnesty International’s report on Iran, https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/iran/report-iran/

[9] Islam and Women’s Rights, https://www.khalifatulmasih.org/articles/islam-and-womens-rights/

[10] Review of Religion article on “Islam & Black Lives Matter – Guidance of the Khalifa”,  https://www.reviewofreligions.org/24370/islam-black-lives-matter-guidance-of-the-khalifa/

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How Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Began

Described as the ‘backbone’ of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; the way Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya was founded in 1938 speaks volumes to its close relationship with the Khalifah of the time.

Image by: MKA UK Isha'at

Whilst laying the foundation of this auxiliary organisation, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IIra prophesied:

“I am contemplating over what our response will be to the onslaughts of the opponents. My mind possesses abridged knowledge of each and every matter, which also includes Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. Indeed, [this organisation] is a source of spiritual training, knowledge and moral development. This moment in time is the age of training and developing the youth, and the period of training is a period of obscurity. People may assume that nothing is happening, however when a nation emerges into the practical field having attained moral development, the entire world becomes a witness of the outcome. In reality such a nation – which arises at the gesture of a hand and sits at the gesture of a hand – shall create a great revolution in the world (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat Volume VIII Page 445).

The Establishment of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya

With regards to the manner in which Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya was established, respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Sahib states:

“As I arrived home in the evening of the 20th January 1938 having been dismissed from Jamia Ahmadiyya, an office-bearer of the Private Secretary informed me that I have been summoned by Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IIra. When I arrived in the presence of Huzoor, he presented two published tracts of Sheikh Abdurrahman Misri Sahib before me and stated, ‘Write a response to this. Go to the Darul Mujahideen and employ the life-devotees to assist you, and if you please, include some from Jamia as well. However, do not seek assistance from any superior scholars. You are permitted to only acquire the support of Maulvi Qamar Din Sahib and Maulvi Zuhoor Hussain Sahib, and begin immediately. If you require any books, I will provide them from my personal library.’ Thus, I took the tracts and without even eating, proceeded to work along with some life-devotees. One day, Huzoor further instructed me to hold a meeting in order to elect the office-bearers for this task.”

(An extract from the interview of respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib by Mirza Sultan Ahmad Sahib and Sultan Mubashir Sahib)

Thus, on 31 of January 1938 following the Asr prayer, ten youth gathered at the accommodation of respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib in Qadian on account of his invitation. These very youth proceeded to seek the help and assistance of God Almighty, having vowed to strive towards serving the progress of Ahmadiyyat and remaining steadfast in their corroboration of Khilafat, and to always counter any dissention that arises against it. The youth who were at the forefront of this organisation are as follows:

  • Maulvi Qamar-u-Din Sahib
  • Hafiz Bashir Ahmad Sahib
  • Maulana Zahoor Hussain Sahib
  • Maulana Ghulam Ahmad Farukh Sahib
  • Maulana Muhammad Siddiq Sahib (Librarian)
  • Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Jaleel Sahib
  • Hafiz Qudratullah Sahib
  • Maulvi Muhammad Yusuf Sahib
  • Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Jaleel Sahib
  • Choudhry Khalil Ahmad Nasir Sahib

These youth held an election to appoint the office-bearers of this organisation in their first meeting. During the election, the names were suggested first, followed by their approval. Respected Maulvi Qamar-u-Din Sahib was elected as the president and respected Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib as the secretary which was later approved by Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IIra on 4th February 1938.

The Organisation Being Referred to as Khuddamul Ahmadiyya

Since this organisation was being established with the permission of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, Huzoor was requested to provide a name for this organisation. Hence, respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib states:

“As I presented the report of the election, Huzoor took out a blue-coloured lined paper from the pad and wrote the words ‘Khuddamul Ahmadiyya’ with his blessed pen.”

Respected Syed Mukhtar Ahmad Hashmi Sahib states that Huzoor also wrote down the date, 4th February 1938.

(Translated by Huzaifah Tahir, MKA UK Isha’at)

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‘The sheep are longing to see their shepherd.’

A beautiful poem submitted by a Khadim expressing his heartfelt emotions and feelings regarding the health and recovery of our beloved Imam, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba). May Allah grant him a swift recovery and a long & healthy life, Ameen.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih V (aba)

Beloved Huzoor,

 

You’ve been with us in both joy and pain.

For us you’ve taken on so much strain.

You’ve guided us through failure and success.

We pledge to obey you and do our best to impress.

 

You’ve accustomed us to keep hold of your rope.

In the bleakest of days, you are our beacon of hope.

You’ve shown us plenty of Allah’s Might.

In the darkest of nights, you are our beacon of light.

 

The sheep are longing to see their shepherd.

The love for their master remains unfettered.

This wait for you seems so very long.

We pray you remain healthy and strong.

 

O Allah, show us again our guiding moon.

Beloved Huzoor, we pray you may recover soon.

 

IFHAM MIRZA BAIG

Hayes, UK

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