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
How Can Muslims Reject the Khalifatul-Masih When They Don’t Have Anyone Else to Unite Them?
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”  .
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  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” .
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 .
“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 )
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” .
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” .
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 .
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” .
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 .
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?
 His Holiness (aba)’s sermon on the occasion of Khilafat centenary, https://www.khalifatulmasih.org/articles/centenary-address/  https://peacesymposium.org.uk/the-ahmadiyya-muslim-peace-prize  His Holiness (aba)’s sermon at the national peace symposium 2019, https://www.alislam.org/articles/true-sustainable-world-peace/  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  “Khalifa of Islam makes historic address at European Parliament”, https://www.alislam.org/press-release/khalifa-of-islam-makes-historic-address-at-european-parliament/  Human Rights Watch Report on “Saudi Arabia: Treat Shia Equally”, https://www.hrw.org/news/2009/09/03/saudi-arabia-treat-shia-equally  Human Rights Watch report on Egypt, https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/egypt  Amnesty International’s report on Iran, https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/iran/report-iran/  Islam and Women’s Rights, https://www.khalifatulmasih.org/articles/islam-and-womens-rights/  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/
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.
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)
A Special Message by Hazrat-Khalifatul Masih V (aba)
Broadcast by MTA International, tex originally transcribed and published by Al Hakam.
After reciting Tashahud and Ta‘awuz, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa stated the following:
Due to the pandemic that has recently spread, numerous world governments have implemented restrictions, including the British government here, that congregational prayers are not allowed at mosques. And, if it is allowed, then no more than two or a few people can convene together, and they too should be members of the same household.
At present, the law has not been clearly defined and people hold differing views, saying that this is only allowed (as I said) with close family members. Others are saying that family or people living together can convene.
Nevertheless, during these conditions, until it does not become clear, we cannot offer Jumuah congregations because even in Friday prayers, some aspects require clarification. That is why, after consultation, I have decided to deliver a message from my office to address and talk to you, instead of delivering a [Friday] Sermon – not observing the Friday congregation.
Every Friday, listening to the sermon of the Khalifa of the time is something that all of you have developed a habit of. If, currently, I do not address the Jamaat, then some people develop despair and various assumptions begin to surface. For this reason, I thought it best to address the Jamaat in one way or another and this transpired into addressing the Jamaat from my office.
Anyhow, like I said, we will not offer the Jumuah congregational prayers [together] and whatever manner that will be adopted for the future will, insha-Allah, be informed to everyone. We cannot leave Friday prayers for a long period of time either and, like I said, my communication with the Jamaat is also essential and in the present conditions, it is even more essential. For this reason, after consultations with lawyers and concerned persons, we will, insha-Allah, come up with the solution.
I would also like to say to members of the Jamaat that where the government has prohibited attending the mosque due to this virus – rather, it has not completely prohibited it; for example here in the UK, individually you can offer prayers at the mosque or a few family members can come and offer their prayers but only while upholding the government’s advice of keeping a safe distance between each other – congregational prayers where everyone attends cannot be offered.
In such conditions, Jamaat members should pay attention to arranging congregational prayers in their homes. Members of the household should also convene and offer Jumuah prayers. Friday sermons can be given by reading extracts from Malfuzat or from other Jamaat literature or other writings of the Promised Messiahas or Al Fazl and Al Hakam. Any mature boy or man from the household can lead the Friday prayer and prayers in general.
In any case, Jumuah congregational prayers cannot be left for a prolonged period. When people begin to prepare for and offer Friday prayers [at home], they will inevitably begin to read and as a result, while increasing in knowledge, despite governmental restrictions to stay at home, there will be religious and spiritual benefit.
In fact, in the initiative of Al Hakam these days, for people to comment on how they are spending their time at home, most people are writing that they are, by reading the Quran, hadith, books of the Promsised Messiah (as) and Jamaat literature, increasing their knowledge. Even in the wider world, worldly people are hugely commenting on different websites and are saying that they also, due to this reason, are getting the opportunity to better their family and personal conditions and that their family life has returned.
Thus, we should also spend time with our families by improving ourselves and positively bringing up children. There are very good programmes shown on MTA; try to spend some time watching these programmes together.
Apart from this, like I have said before, you should fully abide by the rules and regulations that the government has set out for the benefit and health of the populace.
The most important aspect, as I have said in my previous sermons, is to pay a lot of attention towards prayers. Through prayers, we can attract the grace of Allah the Almighty and better our spiritual and physical wellbeing. This is what the Promised Messiah (as) continuously advised us toward and even in such conditions, told us that the most important thing is to seek forgiveness from God Almighty, cleanse our hearts and engage in good works. God the Almighty has given us a great weapon through prayer; through it [prayer] we should try to seek and enter the mercy of Allah the Almighty.
As for not offering Friday congregational prayers [together], in some instances, it is proven from some ahadith that congregational prayers and Friday congregational prayer can be exempt. For example, there is a hadith in Bukhari that Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra), on a rainy day, told the muazins [callers to prayer] not to say “Hayya alas-Salah” (come to prayer) but to say “Sallu fi buyutikum” (pray in your homes). People found this as something novel and raised concern, but Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra) said that he – meaning the Holy Prophet (sa) – “also practised this, who was better than me. Though the Friday prayer is an obligatory duty, yet I disliked putting you to hardship lest you walk in mud and rain.”
This narration, with some differences in wording, is also mentioned in Muslim. It is a narration from Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra) that during a rainy day, he said to his muazin that after he said “Ashadu al-la ilaha ilallah wa ashadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluh”, he should not say “Hayya alas-Salah” (come to prayer) but say, “Sallu fi buyutikum” (pray in your homes). The narrator says that people found this as novel. In reply, Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra) said, “Do you deem this strange? This was done by him, who was better than me. Though the Friday prayer is an obligatory duty. But I disliked putting you to hardship lest you walk in mud and rain.”
Allama Imam Nawawi, in the commentary of this hadith, writes, ‘And in this hadith, the argument to suspend Friday congregation during the constraint of rain etc. is present. And this is also our belief”. He writes, “And this is also our belief and the belief of other jurists, whereas Imam Malik’s (rh) view opposes this. Allah knows better what is right.”
In the same way, [Islamic] jurists have included, within the excuses not to attend Jumuah and congregational prayers, such illness which make it difficult to attend the mosque. Their proof of this is within Allah the Almighty’s instruction that “Allah the Almighty has laid no hardship upon you in religion [Surah al-Hajj, Ch.22, V.79]. On this basis, when the Holy Prophet (sa) fell ill and stopped going to the mosque, he said to tell Abu Bakrra to lead the people in prayer.”
This hadith is mentioned in both Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. In the same way, due to the outbreak of an illness, a person who is fearful has been labelled as one who is ill. And the proof of this is in that narration of Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra) in which the Holy Prophet (sa) said that fear and illness are [legitimate] excuses.
Nonetheless, this disease that can spread and for which the government have set some rules and regulations (and according to following the law of the land, we should also abide by) has meant that in such conditions, convening at one place and offering congregational prayers or Friday congregation is difficult. However, as I have said, in your homes, develop the habit of offering prayers in congregation; children will learn that offering prayers is imperative and offering them in congregation is essential and in today’s condition, where we cannot go to the mosque, it is still important to carry out this obligation in your homes. Pay special attention towards this.
At times, during journeys, such conditions also arose during the life of the Promised Messiah (as) when he did not offer the Jumuah prayer. Nevertheless, there are lots of narrations about this that throw light on the fact that congregating or meeting each other during contagious diseases is not right and we should remain at distance.
As I have said before, we are not leaving this forever and are arranging for Jumuah prayers to take place in homes. I will also endeavour to arrange this.
It is also important to pray that Allah shows His grace. As said before, may Allah the Almighty quickly cleanse the world from this pandemic and may he enable everyone to fulfil all the rights of humanity and recognise their Creator.
May Allah enable us all to do this.
Assalamo alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatahu
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