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Incident of Raji

Extract taken from The Life & Character of the Seal of Prophets Volume II by Hazrat Mirza Bashir Aḥmad M.A.Page Number 362 – 365

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These were days of grave danger for the Muslims and the Holy Prophet (sa) was receiving horrific news from all four ends. However, the greatest danger posed to the Holy Prophet (sa) was from the Quraish of Makkah, who had grown very bold and daring due to the battle of Uḥud. Perceiving this threat, in the month of Safar 4 A.H., the Holy Prophet (sa) assembled a party of ten Companions, appointed Asim bin Thabit (ra) as their Amir and ordered them to secretly go towards Makkah and obtain intelligence with regards to the Quraish, and then inform him about their plans and motives. However, this party had not yet departed, when a few people from the tribes of Aḍal and Qarah presented themselves before the Holy Prophet  (sa), and said that many people from among their tribes were inclined towards Islam and that the Holy Prophet  (sa) should send a few men with them, who could convert them to Islam and educate them. The Holy Prophet (sa) was happy to hear their request and the same party which had been assembled for the reconnaissance mission was sent off with them instead. However, in actuality, as was later discovered, these people were liars and had come to Madinah upon the incitement of the Banu Laḥyan, who sought revenge for the execution of their chief, Sufyan bin Khalid, and had thus contrived the plan that when the Muslims come out of Madinah on this pretence, they would attack them. In lieu of this service, the Banu Laḥyan promised the people of Aḍal and Qarah a hefty reward of many camels. When the treacherous people of Adal and Qarah reached between Asfan and Makkah, they secretly sent word to the Banu Laḥyan that the Muslims were accompanying them and that they should come as well. Upon this, 200 young men from the Banu Laḥyan, 100 of whom were archers, set forth in pursuit of the Muslims, and subdued them at a place known as Raji. But how could 10 men compete against 200 warriors? The Muslims, however, had not been taught to throw in their arms. The Companions immediately ascended to a nearby hillock and prepared for battle. The disbelievers, who did not consider deception as being reprehensible, called out to them and said, “Come down from the mountain, we give you a firm promise that we shall not kill you.” Asim  (ra) responded, “We have no confidence whatsoever in your treaties and agreements. We cannot descend on your guarantee.” Then, he raised his head towards the heaven and said, “O God! You are witnessing our state. Do convey knowledge of our condition to Your Messenger.” Hence, Asim  (ra) and his Companions stood and fought and were finally martyred in battle.

When seven Companions had been put to death, and only Khubaib bin Adiyy  (ra), Zaid bin Dathinah  (ra), and one other Companion were left, the disbelievers whose actual desire was to capture these people alive, called out again and said, “There is still time. Come down and we promise not to cause you any harm.” This time, these innocent Muslims fell into their trap and descended. However, as soon as they stepped down, the disbelievers tied them with the strings of their arrow bows. Upon this, the Companion of Khubaib  (ra) and Zaid  (ra), whose name has been recorded in history as being Abdullah bin Ṭariq  (ra), could not restrain himself and called out, “This is your first breach of agreement and who knows what you shall do hereafter,” and Abdullah (ra) refused to continue along with them. For some distance, the disbelievers dragged Abdullah (ra) along, beating and assaulting him, and then killed him and left him for dead. Moreover, now that their revenge had been sought, in order to please the Quraish, and also in the greed of money, they took Khubaib  (ra) and Zaid  (ra) and made way to Makkah; upon reaching there, they sold both of them to the Quraish. As such, Khubaib  (ra) was purchased by the sons of Ḥarith bin Amir bin Naufal, because Khubaib (ra) had slain Ḥarith in the battle of Badr and Zaid (ra) was purchased by Ṣafwan bin Umayyah.

These two Companions were still in a state of captivity when one day Khubaib  (ra) asked the daughter of Ḥarith if he could be given a razor for his own personal use, and she gave him one. When Khubaib  (ra) was holding this razor, a small child of the daughter of Ḥarith happened to come over to Khubaib  (ra) playing here and there; and he placed him on his thigh. When the mother saw that Khubaib  (ra) was holding a razor in his hand and her child was sitting on his thigh, she began to tremble and her face turned pale in fear. When Khubaib  (ra) saw her, he understood that she was fearful and said, “Do you think that I will kill this child? Do not think this. God-Willing, I shall never commit such an act.” Upon hearing these words, the faded countenance of the mother lit up. This lady was so deeply influenced by the high moral character of Khubaib  (ra) that afterwards, she would always say,

“I have never seen a prisoner as good as Khubaib.”

She would also say, “On one occasion, I saw a bunch of grapes in the hand of Khubaib  (ra) and he was picking grapes one by one and eating them, although there was no sign of grapes in Makkah during those days and Khubaib  (ra) was shackled in strong iron chains.” She says, “I believe that these were heavenly provisions which would come to Khubaib.”

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Tabligh at Wimbledon Championships — From the July 1997 publication

Sadr Sahib wanted to use the 1997 Wimbledon Championships as a means of promoting to an audience which he had never previously targeted. Huzooraba said that the intention of our activities should be to show the visitors to the Championships that we are not the stereo-typed Muslims which they have seen in the media… In this way, we would be able to convey a powerful image of the true Islam.

A team of Khuddam led by Naseer Khan got together and ran the event. The team lived for 3 weeks at the Khuddam office at Hardwicks Way. During this time they worked around the clock with little or no sleep in order to formulate their plans and put these into action. The main objectives of the initiative were to:

  1. Setup and run an exhibition depicting the achievements of the Jama’at in a powerful and impactful manner.
  2. Provide refreshments to people camping overnight for tickets to Wimbledon.
  3. Organise and run guided tours of the London Mosque where another exhibition would be set up depicting the history of the site.

A shop was acquired at a prime site on Wimbledon Park Road, just outside Southfields Station. By the Grace of Allah, this shop had just been bought by 2 Khuddam who were seeking to launch a business from it. However, they willingly offered the premises to Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK to host the exhibition from. A huge 30 foot banner was put up outside the shop which read “Welcome to the Wimbledon Championships- Greetings from the London Mosque, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK”.

As the banner was unfolded for the first time, it was met by claps from the locals who thoroughly enjoyed the message.

The Khuddam team spent their evenings providing hot drinks and biscuits to the visitors to Wimbledon who were camped outside. As they did this they engaged in long talks with the visitors, presenting an Islam which was totally new and unknown to most of them.

Many visitors left their camps for a short time to visit the Fazl Mosque. Groups of Atfal were dressed in uniform and could be seen everywhere. The locals said that it was as if the Ahmadis had totally taken over the area as the scale of their presence was so impressive.

One individual entered the fold of the Community simply from seeing how well the Khuddam worked as a team, and the way they conducted themselves.

Notes left in the visitors book read: “It is interesting, one can feel the love for others.” (Shirley Monro, UK)

“Enjoyed learning about something new and beautiful.” (Tammy King, Canada)

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Moments From History: Jalsa Musleh-e-Maud

In 1944, Khalifatul-Masih IIra, after receiving divine guidance, claimed to be the Musleh Maud that the Promised Messiahas had prophecied. To commemorate the fulfilment of a grand prophecy, Jalsas were arranged in which Hazrat Musleh Maudra announced his claim. The photo on the left is from the Jalsa Musleh Maud in Delhi, 1944. Hazrat Musleh Maudra can be seen standing in the centre of the stage. His son, (Hazrat) Mirza Tahir Ahmad, who later became the Khalifatul-Masih IVrh can be seen seated to his right. There are a number of other elders in the photograph all of whom can be seen with a look of devotion upon their faces for the Khalifah of the time.

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Moral Ethics – Address of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (rh) to Atfalul Ahmadiyya UK at the Annual Atfal Rally in 1993

“I will now turn briefly to another point. Righteousness and self confidence. You have advantages from living in a powerful and advanced country of the world but you have disadvantages also. There are good points and bad points. The bad points are cultural and moral deterioration. The British people do not realise that culture is something that can be totally disassociated from moral responsibility. In the name of culture they feel they can do anything and no one can stop them or restrict them. They feel they are free to do whatever they please, with the result, that they step into areas which Allah forbids. They trespass religious code and ethics in the name of culture and freedom. They violate the Word of God and moral principles which are accepted universally. This is an area of danger and I must warn you of it. I have come across some cases of children who go astray in teenage years to lead a life not of goodness but are told that they are free to do what they want. [As if they are told] who are your parents and religious leaders to tell you what to do? You are free, it’s a free country, enjoy yourself. This is the insinuation of what they are told by teachers and other students and they do not understand the underlying trap in this teaching. So I must warn you against this type of philosophy of freedom. They are talking of freedom in an area which does not belong to them. They say God and parents have no right to interfere in that area. It is similar to your parents telling you that you are free as a person, so why respect the laws of England or any other country. You may do what you please. You may steal, mug people, bribe and be bribed – enjoy yourself, this country is yours, this is your land and no one can stop you. If your parents were to teach you this will the society accept it? Will they not react and call it a rebellion against the law of the land? They certainly would as this is their area where they enjoy strength and power. And that will be their reaction if someone from elsewhere interferes in their area of command, and yet they shamelessly interfere where they have no right to. They interfere in the area of God’s commandments, and religious ethics and moral values. The area that belongs to your parents and religious leaders [in such matters] you should listen to them. This should be clearly understood.”

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