There comes a point in everyone’s life where they question the reason behind their belief; do I actually believe in God, or do I just accept this because it was passed down to me? To some extent, this inherent questioning is useful – it keeps us grounded to reality; I for one would never like to live my life only to realise in my twilight years that there was no real substance in my belief. Inevitably this question trickles down to why we believe in anything.
Every now and then, there is great hue and cry in some parts of the world and a certain class of Muslims are, for some strange reason, compelled to abuse Ahmadis in order to “champion” the cause of Islam. At such moments, I reflect upon the objections that are raised, and the recent questions around Caliphate and its nature made me realise that I don’t believe in the Caliphate of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community by way of theological arguments only. Yes, I understand the reasons why the Promised Messiah – Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas was a true prophet, and by extension his Caliphate is also true, but there is one overarching argument, which, when analysed objectively proves the Caliphate in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is indeed true, and that is when the Holy Qur’an tells us that it is Allah who appoints a Khalifah[i].
When I think about the amount of opposition this Community has faced and the manner in which it is persecuted then observe how – under this leadership – it has grown, not in the manner of normal organisations or communities but literally spread to the ends of the world, and then find that when facing any challenge it champions the cause of Islam in a way that leaves a deep impression on those that oppose the faith, I find myself compelled to accept that this Caliphate is from God.
His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba – the Fifth Caliph, delivers the Friday Sermon every week which is broadcast across the world. The manner in which he presents the true teachings of Islam is something I have never come across anywhere else. The current series of Friday Sermons on the early history of Islam and lives of the companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa is a perfect example of this – addressing current social, economic and political issues that have befallen the Muslims by presenting the example of the pioneers of Islam.
The political turmoil in the Muslim world clearly shows that there is a lack of an in-depth understanding of the Quranic vision on international relations. In Berlin last year, His Holiness spoke on the concern of Islamic values clashing with western civilisation, he outlined the rights that Muslim migrants ought to discharge and the responsibilities of host-nations. The value of such an address cannot be understated – at a time when many Muslims living in the West, especially the youth, are suffering an identity crisis the Caliphate of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community offers hope. It teaches that there is no need to compromise your Islamic lifestyle in order to appear progressive, rather true Islamic values entail that we become beneficial members of society whilst holding onto our religious beliefs. Furthermore, on the topic of international relations the recent letters of His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba written to world leaders and published in the Review of Religions, demonstrates the vast nature of the teachings imparted by His Holiness. Moving from one letter to another we find a deeply sympathetic tone in those words – addressing every world leader, His Holiness offers heartfelt advice to each nation on how it can overcome the challenges it faces with solutions derivative of the Holy Qur’an. Can such a Caliphate be called unislamic?
I do not see a bigger proof of the truth, righteousness and divine origin of this Caliphate, than when I ask others as to what their moral condition would be if they had not taken the Bai’at at the hands of His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Khalifatul-Masih Vaba. The simple truth is that being an Ahmadi Muslim, by virtue of being part of the Community of the Reformer of the Age, pushes one towards self-reformation.
As for championing the cause of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa it suffices to say that before people read, and echo, the mischaracterisation of what Ahmadi Muslims believe in they should read what the Promised Messiahas wrote with regards to the Prophet of Islamsa. They should reflect upon the sermons of His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba that he delivers whenever the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa is attacked in the media, and they should ponder over the practice of Ahmadi Muslims who are guided by this Caliphate. Indeed, this year’s theme for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is The Power of Durood Shareef. This means that an entire year is dedicated to educating Ahmadi Muslim youth on love for the Holy Prophetsa and invoking salutations upon him so that they may continue this practice for life. For far too long many have deemed Ahmadi Muslims as being non-Muslim without proper investigation (not that it makes a difference to us) when in reality the way in which the noble character of the Holy Prophetsa has been presented by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is something that cannot be matched anywhere.
Thus, when reflecting upon Khilafat I find myself to be drawn towards it and compelled, in the way one is compelled to acknowledge his own existence, to affirm its divine origin, not only through theological argumentation but by knowing and recognising that if, at this moment, the true Islam is practiced by anyone, it is surely the Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. At this moment a very pertinent anecdote comes to mind: during the life of the Promised Messiahas when a British officer asked a man as to why he had accepted Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas as the Promised Messiah, the man replied “Sir, I have no proof! Except that every night in my sleep God comes to me and tells me that he is a true Prophet.” Would hundreds of thousands every year, many of them those who already identify as Muslim, be entering the Bai’at of this Caliphate if it did not represent the Islam brought by the Prophet of Islamsa?
[i] The Holy Qur’an Surah An-Noor Verse 56
For more on the letters written by His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad- Khlifatul-Masih (aba), check this article in the Review of Religions.
Kicking Off the Year – Khadim Style
The National Ijtema Sports day for Northern Regions is currently underway in Bradford at Dixons Allerton Academy, and the Khuddam and Atfal present here are thoroughly enjoying all the activities and sessions that are taking place.
Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK is holding this sports day on the instructions of Huzooraba after sports at the National Ijtema 2022 were cancelled due to the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a mark of respect. Huzooraba instructed the Majlis that the sports that were due to take place at the Ijtema should be organised as soon as possible for the benefit of all Khuddam and Atfal that missed out. Subsequently, it was decided for the Majlis to hold 2 sports days – one for the northern regions (taking place today) and another for the southern regions (date to be announced).
Registration started at 8am with Khuddam and Atfal arriving from all around the northern parts of the UK with breakfast served in the marquees set up onsite. The event started at 10am with an opening session chaired by the Nazime Ala Sahib Ijtema, Tariq Hayat Sahib. The plan for the day was announced by Mohtamim Sahib Sehate-Jismani, Abdur Rauf Lodhi Sahib.
Football and Cricket for Khuddam and Atfal took place in grass fields and netball courts. Tarbiyyat ‘Chit Chat Chai’ were held at the auditorium, alongside outdoor and indoor sports, on topics such as relationships, the key to paradise, and working hard or hardly working. The first talk covered a wide range of questions in relation to how Khuddam should approach the idea of getting married, how to decide on the type of spouse that they desire, the qualities they should look for and the attitude they adopt going into the process.
After Namaz-e-Zuhr and Ask a short Talqeen-e-Amal session took place which was on the topic of Namaz. This was followed by a continuation of sports. So far Khuddam and Atfal are finding this it to be a good opportunity to begin the year with an activity that binds the Majlis together in a spirit of brotherhood. The final session is due to take place after Maghrib Namaz, where winning teams will be given prizes by Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. The Khuddam and Atfal attendance at the Sports Day is 780, Alhamdulillah.
Here is some of the feedback from the Khuddam on today’s event.
A Khadim form North West, Abdul Ghalib Sahib, said that “The event has been really good so far, I enjoyed coming together with Khuddam again after the sports were previously cancelled at the Ijtema due to the demise of the Queen”. Another khadim, Waheed Ahmad, said that “It was good that Majlis has found a window to hold such an important event of the Khuddam year”. Another khadim from Scotland said that “It is important for Ahmadi youth to come together, build a sense of togetherness and develop brotherhood.”
Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V Inaugurates Islamabad Convenience Store
On the 1st of April 2022, after Asr Namaz, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) inaugurated the MKA Tuck Shop in Islamabad. Huzoor (aba) opened the Homeopathic Dispensary adjacent to the Tuck Shop before gracing the Khuddam store. Huzoor (aba) unveiled a plaque and led everyone in silent prayer after which Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Abdul Quddus Arif, Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat, Umar Hassan, and Motamid Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Nassar Bhatti, had the opportunity to show Huzoor (aba) the store and its wares.
Huzoor (aba) graced Khuddam with his precious time and distributed sweets to children who had gathered outside.
Immediately after Huzoor (aba) stepped outside the store, Huzoor (aba) was informed by Sadr Sahib about the Khuddam present with Huzoor (aba) speaking to a few as well. All those who had gathered were greatly moved by Huzoor’s presence.
This tuck shop will Insha’Allah serve as a small convenience store for the residents of Islamabad and visitors. The Homeopathy Dispensary has also opened alongside the MKA Tuck Shop.
Wars will Stop when the World Turns to the Promised Messiah Says Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V
In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis.
In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V stated:
Pray that Allah the Almighty grants both sides of the conflict proper understanding and they stop this murder of humanity.
Huzooraba further commented that Muslims should learn from the unity that the West has displayed in condemning the war:
Muslims should learn from this war. The [West] has become united, yet Muslims, despite belonging to one creed, never unite. They had one country destroyed; Iraq was destroyed, Syria was destroyed, Yemen is being destroyed—they cause this destruction through outsiders and are doing it themselves too, instead of being united. At the very least the Muslims should learn, from the West, how to be united.
Huzoor reiterated his continuous message that there will only be peace in the world when the world accepts the Imam of the Age—the Promised Messiahas:
May Allah have mercy on these nations, the Muslim nations and on the Muslim Ummah. This can only happen however, when these people accept the Imam of the Age who has been sent for this very purpose.
May Allah grant them understanding, and where they [the Muslims] reform themselves may they also pray and use their means to stop the world from wars, rather than themselves become embroiled in them.
Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba has been warning of an impending world crisis for a long time and has travelled the world spreading the message of the Promised Messiahas.
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