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.
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.
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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