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Reflections on Khilafat

There’s a reason why millions have pledged their allegiance to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caliphate; if only everyone could see.

By Nauman Hadi
Published on December 18, 2020 at 3:29 pm

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.



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.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) unveils the plaque outside the Convenience Store.


Huzoor (aba) leading Silent Prayer after opening the Store.


Sadr Sahib MKA UK and Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat have the blessed opportunity to present the Store to Huzoor (aba).

Huzoor (aba) graced Khuddam with his precious time and distributed sweets to children who had gathered outside.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) graces Naib Mohtamim Isha’at, Mudabbir Din, with his attention.

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.

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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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Since the Beginning the Message has been the Same

The message of the Khulafah of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been the same since the inception of Khilafat over 100 years ago. It is time the world pays attention.

“I decided to conduct a special military operation. It aims to protect people who have been bullied and subjected to the racial genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” These were the words of Vladimir Putin moments after the invasion began. Communities, governments, and nations around the world have been shocked by the Russian advance on Ukraine, as ministers and members of parliament scramble to find a way to intervene and restore peace across Europe. But as members of the Ahmadiyya community, we must ask, have the Khulafah of the Jamaat not already told the world countless times the steps required to achieve world peace?

Throughout the lives of the Caliphs, we have witnessed their deep desire to establish peace and unity across the world. Firstly, let’s turn our attention to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira.

First Caliphate (1908 – 1914)

Shortly after the sad demise of the Promised Messiahas, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira instructed Khawaja Kamal-ud-Din to deliver the address Paigham-e-Sulh. This was an address written by the Promised Messiahas looking to establish unity between the Hindus and Muslims of India. We find Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Ira effortlessly trying to ensure there was peace in times of civil unrest. Such inter-nation peace set the tone for the many decades that Muslims and Hindus lives side by side in Qadian. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira not only recognised how important this subject was to the Promised Messiahas, but through this, laid the foundations of the Ahmadiyya peace policy (which itself is based on the Holy Qur’an) in a practical sense.

Second Caliphate (1914 – 1965)

We can see throughout the lifetime of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, his marvellous understanding in geopolitical matters; his part in the creation of Pakistan is one example. Similarly, Huzoorra had lived through both World Wars and so was acutely aware of the fragile state the world was in, and the steps required in achieving world peace. When the nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IIra immediately issued a statement on behalf of the entire Jama’at that the Jama’at was staunchly opposed to the use of weapons of mass destruction that end the life of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.  In 1952, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra wrote a letter discussing about how governments across the world could establish true peace. Huzoorra mentioned that: ‘The world is trying to maintain harmony and peace with weapons, laws or reason, but these three things, though necessary in one respect, are not enough.” He continued these three things may have some apparent benefits but can lead to some harm. Instead he mentioned that it is through spirituality that a just and peaceful world could be created. “Spirituality is the name of natural tendencies channelled into morality. When these tendencies are moulded into morals, then rationality is a certain part of them. Consequently, a permanent bond is created which cannot be moved from its place by any greed, evil desire or fear.” This highlights that when one adopts spirituality, their morals and actions become unbreakable and so we would be able to live in a world of true and permanent peace.

Third Caliphate (1965 – 1982)

When we look at the life of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh, we find that not only did he continuously discuss the practical steps required to establish peace, but had also elaborated upon the prophecy of the potential outbreak of World War 3. Huzoorrh,in his book A message of Peace and a Word of Warning stated: “The Promised Messiahas also prophesied that a third world war of even bigger dimensions would follow the Second. The two opposing camps will clash with such suddenness that everyone would be caught unaware. Death and destruction would rain from the sky and fierce flames would engulf the Earth.” However, Huzoorrh stated that man “can yet avert Divine wrath if he stops worshipping the false deities of wealth, power and prestige” and then looks to create a “genuine relationship with his Lord”. When looking at the calamity unfolding before our eyes, we can see exactly how actions can be explained as a result of self-prestige and power, and so seem to be acting and committing such horrid acts. Huzoorrh here expresses the fact that if we want to prevent World War III, as prophesised by the Promised Messiahas, establishing a true relationship with Allah is vital.

Fourth Caliphate (1982 – 2003)

We turn now to the Fourth Khalifah of the Promised Messiahas, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih IVrh. On September 16, 1984, Huzoorrh was asked about the ideals in Islam for establishing peace. Huzoorrh mentioned that there are two key fundamentals. The first being absolute justice to be established across nations and treating others fairly, regardless of their geographical background. The second principle, is what Islam means: peace, and not only peace but also showing and conducting peace towards others. Huzoorrh mentions that this is best explained by the Holy Prophetsa where he narrated that as Muslims, everyone’s honour, property, and life should be safe from another Muslim, and if anyone is hurt in this manner, then their Islam is lost. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IVrh further explained that unless absolute justice and peace are exercised and established, nations would “grow into monsters and trample on others’ rights and would not see it as an injustice”. Today we observe exactly this taking place. Just as Huzoorrh  discussed how nations can turn into ‘monsters’, it is clear how some countries today have essentially become this monster; by acting in unjust ways towards others, showing no respect or honour. Therefore, in their eyes, their actions are completely justified to them.

Fifth Caliphate (2003 – Current)

Let’s now turn towards what the current and Fifth Khalifah, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba has said. Huzooraba has discussed this at length. In the collection of addresses World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace, Huzooraba discusses the matter of establishing world peace. Huzooraba has alluded to the fact that absolute justice is a necessity for this. “The truth is that peace and justice are inseparable. The key requirement to fulfilling this primary goal is absolute justice and fairness in all matters. The Holy Qur’an, in Chapter 4, verse 136, has given us a golden principle and lesson, guiding us about this. It states that as a means to fulfil the requirements of justice, even if you have to bear witness and testify against yourself, your parents or your closest relatives and friends, then you must do so. This is true justice where personal interests are set aside for the common good.”

We observe in today’s world that if nations were to adopt the principles as discussed by the Khulafah, then not only would wars and outbreaks be averted, but a world of peace would be seen where justice and honesty would shine throughout the world.

It is clear to see from all the Khulafah of the Promised Messiah (as), their answers to achieving world peace echo one another. Morality, spirituality, and justice need to be rooted across all the nations of the world, and dealings of honesty and mutual respect are essential. Huzooraba has mentioned that it is his sincere prayer for leaders of the world to act with wisdom for the betterment of mankind, commenting: “Prayer alone that can save you”.

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