Amtul Mujeeb Javaid
Al Nusrat, May 2008

Ever since man came into existence, it has been the way of God to send Prophets for the guidance and direction of His creation. After the death of a Prophet, the second Manifestation of God’s Power comes in the form of Khilafat.

Khalifas are spiritual descendants of Prophets and are meant to carry on their mission of spreading the name of Allah in this world. Khalifas are stalwarts of greatness and spiritual enlightenment. Those who sincerely follow their teachings become spiritually elevated. It is a great blessing and beneficence of God that He has included us by virtue of His attribute of Rahmaniyyat (Divine quality of being Gracious) in the Community ofAakhreen (the latter-ones) and that we are now, during the magnificent period of the fifth Khilafat of God’s second Manifestation, witnessing the fulfilment of Divine prophecy.

The Khulafa e Ahmadiyya have worked day in, day out and prayed to God with deep devotion to nurture the Community. They have tirelessly counselled for the welfare, moral and spiritual training and advancement of the Community as a result of which today we see the young sapling of a Community grown into a strong tree and its sweet fruits can be seen by the whole world. Alhamdolillah.

After the death of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Hadhrat Maulana Hakim Nur-ud-din (may Allah be pleased with him) was elected as the first Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Community. He was an extremely pious, temperate person who was blessed with great spirituality and had tremendous trust in Allah. At that delicate time he led the Community with great perseverance, wisdom and scholastic insight. He was a devout lover of the Holy Qur’an. He would meditate deeply for long on the meanings of the Holy Qur’an. It was his favourite vocation to teach and give lessons on the Holy Qur’an. Hence, at every step all his guidance and instructions to the Ahmadiyya Community was based on the Holy Qur’an.

In his sermon delivered on 5th June 1908 he counselled the Community and said:

‘Remember when you have some suspicion, first spit on your right hand side and then read La Hawla wa la quwwata illa billa (There is no power to avoid sin or to do good except through Allah). Practice this abundantly. I repeat my advice; now it your task to be like a weapon, be prepared and be strong. What are these weapons? These prayers of course. Say Istaghfar (seek forgiveness from Allah) and recite La Hawla wa la and invoke blessings on the Prophet (durud) and recite Surah Fatihah with profusion. Take possession of these weapons and use them abundantly. Put your trust in them and always engage in prayers to save yourself from the bad consequences of previous sins. Invoking blessings on the Prophet with profusion and with sincerity of heart on Fridays is like an elixir in the Presence of Allah. Remember Allah; as much as you will remember Allah, He will also remember you just as much in turn and will accept your prayers.’

(Al Hakm vol. 12 14th June 1908)

The sermons of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) were brief but based on deep insight. He would draw attention towards the reformation of various aspects of life in a simple manner.

 

In one Friday Sermon he said:

“Allah states women are your garment. Just as a garment gives one peace and comfort and protects one from heat and cold; has beauty, protects from all sorts of hurt, so does this pairing [of marriage]. Just as garment covers one, similarly men and women should cover each other and should not disclose their matters to others. This results in Divine pleasure and pious offspring. Women should be treated well and their rights should be fulfilled.”

(Friday Sermon 4th June 1909)

Suspicion and ill-will puts one’s faith in jeopardy. He counselled many times to avoid it in a most beautiful manner by relating brief incidents and including his own experiences. He said:

“Suspicion and thinking ill of others causes great damage. Once I bought a book, it was extremely unique. I praised it a lot in company. After a few days, I lost that book. Although I did not doubt anyone in particular, but I definitely thought that someone had stolen it. One day I had the cupboards in my house moved and what did I see but the very book in the spot where the cupboards had been. This showed that I had placed the book [on the cupboard] and it had fallen off the back. At that moment I had insight of two points of discernment. Firstly I was mortified why had I thought ill of another? Secondly, why had I allowed to be sad [on losing that book] when I had the Book of God, dearer and finer than it, with me. Likewise, I had a bed that had 8 layers of bedding. Someone had sent me a very fine cap which had golden thread worked on it. There was a stranger woman in our house at that time, she liked that work [on the cap] a lot and she took keen interest in looking at it. After a while the cap was lost. I did not feel bad at the loss, for the cap neither fitted me nor my children. However, I was drawn to the thought that the woman may have liked it. Long after the woman had left, my bedding was opened up to be dusted and out fell the cap from one of the layers of the bedding. Note how dangerous it is to be suspicious! Allah the Exalted teaches some of His servants as He guided me with His grace and blessings. Other people must be experiencing the same as well. However, you do not learn. The root of suspicion is to pry, needlessly be inquisitive about other people’s affairs and snoop around. God says, ‘And spy not’ (49:13) this suspicion leads to the malady of back-biting. I advice you, continue to analyse your acts and abandon what is bad at the very outset.’

(Badr vol. 9 no. 3 18th November 1909)

Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) loved the Holy Qur’an deeply. He used to teach it regularly and with great devotion. He said:

“I am so deeply in love with the Holy Qur’an, that sometimes its rounded words appear to me like the hair curls of a beloved. And as if a river of the Qur’an flows from my mouth and a garden of the Qur’an blooms in my chest; at times I wonder how to express its cognisance. In short, I cannot live without the Qur’an; it is my sustenance.”

Before his death he counselled his son Abdul Hayee in these words: “I advise you to read this Book of God – read it and put it in practice. I have seen much but have not seen anything like the Qur’an. No doubt, it is the Book of God.”

After the passing away of Hadhrat Maulana Nur-ud-din, Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmood Ahmad (may Allah be pleased with him) was elected as the second Khalifa of the community in 1914.

He was gifted with great perceptive insight and vision and was convinced that a nation’s progress and development depended on the education of its women. If women were equipped with religious as well as secular knowledge, they would perform their duties effectively. He said, “If fifty percent of the women are reformed the whole nation would be reformed.” He had an intense passion to educate and train Ahmadi women. He laid the foundation of Lajna Ima’illah to accomplish this objective and commenced classes on religion for them. He repeatedly emphasized in his speeches that for the progress of Islam, it is important for women to attain religious as well as worldly knowledge.

He felt the significance of this need from the very beginning but for him the key and primary vision for education of women was religious while worldly knowledge was of secondary significance. The first and foremost duty for a woman is the upbringing of children. In this reference he said:

“Women should also be given religious education, because unless both aspects are balanced, a person cannot be called beautiful. Although I have a very busy schedule, I teach women at home, because it is very important for them to study. It is my great desire that our younger generation should grow up with greater enthusiasm for Ahmadiyyat than us so that Allah’s religion can spread to all the corners of the world. That is why I don’t only instruct you to study the Holy Qur’an, but also say that you teach the same to your women and children, so that the way you are together in this life, you may be together in the next life also. This is no insignificant matter. I feel strongly that we should pay prompt attention to educating our women.”
(Al Fazl August 15th 1916)

What kind of education institutions should be there for women for this purpose, he expressed his thoughts in the following words:

“Educational institutions for women should have a curriculum that entails the basic knowledge of literacy and numeracy and then promptly focuses on religious education. Qur’an, Hadith and Sunnah should be taught so that they can train their children. They should also be taught home economics and books should be written for them on this.”
(Report Majlis-e-Mashawarat 1923)

Realizing the great and special significance of the Holy Qur’an and to create enthusiasm in Ahmadis to study and practice the teachings of the Holy Book, he started Qur’an classes for women on a regular basis. He would also hold question and answer sessions in the class. These classes continued till 1918.

Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) was always keen to teach and train the Community. In a speech delivered on January 24th1946, he again emphasized the role of women. He said:

“The fact is that mothers alone are responsible for the good or bad future of children, because a child learns most morality at an early age. If the mothers are strict in watching over their children and see that they do not pick up bad habits, to a large extent they grow up safe from bad habits. However, if a child is not deterred from stealing or telling lies or other bad habits he will not be able to give up that bad habit as an adult.”

(25th January 1943)

Today, it is by virtue of Hadhrat Musleh Maud’s (may Allah be pleased with him) prayers and pure fervour that the Lajna Ima’illah organization is established in towns and cities all over the world. It stands for high morals and high character, and carries forward Islamic teachings and traditions. Besides arranging religious programmes works for social welfare and charity programmes to serve mankind are also carried out by the organisation. Care of the orphans and marriage expenditure of disadvantaged Ahmadi girls is met by Lajna Ima’illah.

Hadhrat Musleh Maud was desirous for Ahmadi women to lead a respectable life in society by being educated. In 1925 he laid the foundation for ‘Madrassa tul Khawateen’. In the beginning when there were no lady teachers, Hadhrat Musleh Maud took on the duty himself. In his sermon delivered on September 28th 1926 he said:

“The primary duty of humanity is to protect the honour of a woman even if she is from among one’s enemy. It is a brave man’s responsibility to defend a woman even if she is of the lowest social order and regardless of her religious persuasion; even if he has to lay down his life for this he should never hesitate to do so. Therefore, be brave and defend the honour of women. God has established honour for women and it is from the ways of Allah.”
(Tarikh-e-Ahmaddiyat Vol: 6, Pages 18-19)

Mosque is a house of God. Since the early Islamic periods it was prophesied that Mahdi will build mosques in every city. On the blessed day of January 6th 1920 God inspired the heart of his beloved servant Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) and generated a strong and fervent passion in him for the construction of a mosque in London. Inspired, Huzur penned a Tehrik (programme) with his hand and gave it to Nazir sahib Bait-ul-Maal (director of Finance) at the time of Asr prayers. The Tehrik was read out in Masjid Mubarak. An amount of Rupee six thousand was collected at this initial announcement alone. The enthusiasm and fervour of the men and women of the poor Jama’at of Qadian was exemplary. In response to the call (for donations) of their beloved Khalifa, women donated most of their jewellery. Our ancestors at that time made sacrifices which bore fruit and the building of the first mosque was completed on the soil of England. For the past 82 years this mosque has been the centre of the activities for propagating Islam in the world. From 30th April 1984 this house of God entered a revolutionary era when our beloved Imam, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (may Allah have mercy on him), in obedience to the will of God, migrated to England and the sun of Khilafat began to rise from the West. Today this mosque has achieved the status of a renowned global centre, achieving a pivotal role in spreading the light of Islam to all the corners of the world with great speed. This indeed is the acclaimed revolutionary period to which Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) referred in a glorious manner in January 12th 1945. He said:

“Allah the Exalted has a great task destined for England. Until He has taken this task, God will not let it weaken. From time immemorial a tremendous task has been Divinely decreed for it, the like of which it has never undertaken and until it has achieved that task no power can destroy it. After the task has been accomplished, it is hoped that in accordance with the prayers and the prophecies of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), [God] will enable it to adopt the true religion, and in this way for centuries to come this nation will have a new life.”
(Al Fazl Qadian 17th January 1945

As an Urdu poetic verse of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) expresses:

That which God states He would certainly carry out

Never is it averted; this indeed is God’s Providence

In November 1965, the period of the third Khilafat e Ahmadiyya began during which progress and advancement of the Community continued. New schemes and programmes were put into practise for the progress of Islam and Ahmadiyyat and to take Allah’s message to all the corners of the world. Among the wisdom and sagacity expressed by Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) his educational scheme is top of the list. In order to inspire the students, both boys and girls, and to let them derive benefit of his prayers, he instructed that students from the primary school level up to PhD. should inform him of their examination results. He would reply to thousand of letters that he received from the Ahmadi students and as an encouragement the students who got distinctions were awarded gold medals and books as prizes from Huzur.

This programme inculcated the desire in the students to achieve great excellence in learning and knowledge, at the same time they had the great desire to progress.

Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) made great efforts to reform us in terms of bad customs. Tayyaba Begum sahiba, wife of Nawabzada Masood Ahmad Khan sahib, writes in her book, “Huzur was a great loving soul, he would overlook and forgive numerous of our mistakes and would correct us with great affection. When he saw anyone doing something wrong, he would advise with such deep love that correction would become the natural outcome. About fifteen or twenty days after the death of our cousin Meer Daud Ahmad sahib, Huzur said, ‘I am going to read the Nikah of your daughter and shall read the Nikah for three other girls alongside so that Hadhrat Aqdas’ poetic verse is fulfilled:

Sorrow is for one day and marriage (happiness) for four

And Holy indeed is He Who has diminished my foes to disgrace!

She further wrote:

‘Later on, as my third daughter was getting married within Rabwah he called me and said: ‘As the wedding is local therefore you must not arrange for a dinner or a meal.’ On the betrothal of a relative the boys’ side wanted to come over to present the ring to the girl. When permission was sought from Huzur he said ‘Just invite your brothers and sister, so that the boys’ family is satisfied, but do not have any elaborate ceremony.’ He thus corrected and reformed at each occasion.’

(Misbah Khalfia III Number)

Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) coined some precious mottos for the Community and gave some golden admonitions, which he derived from the Holy Qur’an, for example, “Keep Smiling”, “Love for all, Hatred for none”, “Rather than arrogance and insolence, always adopt humility”, “Our God is Most Loving, Most Beneficent, never turn away from Him”, “Do not be afraid of anyone except God”.

In 1981, in his address to annual Ijtimas of the auxiliary organizations, he said:

‘Islam cannot be triumphant until we are triumphant over the world in four aspects; these are: we are physically dominant over them; we supersede them in intelligence and capability; we surpass than them in morality; our spiritual development is more enhanced than theirs.”

Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (may Allah have mercy on him) was elected to the eminent office of Khilafat in 1982. In the early period of his Khilafat, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (may Allah have mercy on him) toured four Far-Eastern countries where he held Majlis e Shura, Majlis e Irfan and delivered important speeches, which created a great impact. The Community was infused with a new spirit. It experienced an awakening to serve Islam with great zeal, to work with greater finesse and was motivated to boldly move forward. In his address in Singapore he said:

“One thing which is fundamentally significant and an essential part of moral and spiritual training is regularity in Salat. You cannot live without eating food. Salat is spiritual food and spirituality cannot exist without it. That is why the number of Salat to be offered is the same as the number of times food is eaten. You can argue that in the disadvantaged countries people only eat twice daily, but Islam is not a poor religion. Islam regards you as a rich nation and rich nations take food at least five times a day. Observe the habits of people of the affluent nations, they do not suffice on eating once or twice a day, they eat at least five times and at times more than this. In America as soon as people wake up in the morning they take bed tea, then a full breakfast and thirdly lunch and fourthly they have afternoon tea and fifthly dinner. If we overlook bed tea there is supper that will constitute as the fifth meal. Early morning tea would be like nafl (optional Salat). If they feel peckish during the night they get up and look for something to eat in the kitchen or refrigerator. A believer in this instance looks for Allah’s grace in Tahajjud. If you cannot offer nafl you must offer five prescribed prayers, which are a part of every rich nation in the world. People who do not pray become spiritually dead. Just as one’s physical existence comes to an end without food, similarly by forsaking prayers one cannot exist spiritually. That is why observance of Salat is very important in the life of a Muslim. We should all pay special attention to this because without it we can not attain any success.’

Huzur further said:

‘Islam is a most beautiful religion and has commanded to pray in a most disciplined manner.    In the present era materialistic people have in the name of culture and civilization and after lengthy experimentation appointed the times of taking food while God had allocated these through our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) 1400 years earlier. Therefore, it is essential that along with observance of Salat, it is also arranged to offer it in congregation. If you will not say your prayers in congregation, gradually your children will stop saying their Salat completely. This is the only path to all success and is the only source to attain all that is good and blessed.”

It is our duty to put these wise and insightful admonitions into practice. Emphasising the objective and significance of purdah Khalifatul Masih IV (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“You have to ask yourselves a question; do you observe purdah for the sake of God or for the sake of people? If your answer is that you observe purdah for the sake of Allah then you will have no fear of people; you will not be bothered with what they think about you ; whether they consider you beautiful or not. Whatever people may think of you will be erased from your mind leaving behind only God’s thought. This is a most important question that you should ask yourself before you decide to wear the scarf or observe purdah in the traditional way. If your heart decides that yes, you will observe purdah only for the pleasure of Allah then, I tell you that you will not care one bit for whatever people will say. You can attend any class with confidence. If people talk about you or jeer and taunt you do not care at all about it; let them say what they want to; you just observe purdah. Wrap your scarf well, cover your hair with your scarf, pin it up in a manner that it does not slip off your head again and again. When you will persevere in observing purdah, people will respect you more than before.’

(June 6th 1998)

In this age of materialism, Khalifatul Masih IV (may Allah have mercy on him) was always concerned about the moral and spiritual training of the Community. He desired his sermons and addresses to reach all the Ahmadis without delay so that they could promptly put them to practise. This desire of Huzur was accepted by the Creator of the heavens and the earth materialising in the form of MTA through which the world is now enjoying spiritual sustenance in a most glorious manner. Alhamdolillah.

In April 2003 the Khilafat of Khalifatul Masih V commenced. In his opening address of Jalsa Salana 2007 Huzur said that Ahmadis all over the world, no matter if they live in the jungles of Africa or in the bright cities of Europe and America are witnesses to the fact that the voice of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that rose from the unknown hamlet of Qadian has reached the ends of the earth. But it should be borne in mind that just to make a pledge of allegiance (bai’at) is not sufficient, rather it is most important to put its teaching in practice. Until we practice the teachings with great devotion and sincerity we will not gain anything and will have no advantages. To eliminate evil, bad habits, disbeliefs, agitation and turmoil from this world, we will have to bring spiritual changes in ourselves that are very important for a true Ahmadi. Huzur further said that this is the centenary year of Khilafat e Ahmadiyya hence we should critically analyze ourselves to see whether we have come up to the expectations of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) or not, the expectations that he had from us. So, being an Ahmadi we should try our utmost to mould ourselves according to this teaching. One who sincerely submits to God receives His help and succour and is granted success. God saves him from all evil and protects him, because God is more sincere than the sincerest. Hence, it should be the ultimate aim of each Ahmadi to be connected with such a God. May God help us to bring about such changes in ourselves so that God may fulfil His promises to us and we may not be distant from Him due to our weaknesses. Thus try and gather these blessings with a profusion of prayers; may Allah enable us all to do this. Ameen

Love of wealth and property takes one away from God. In order to attain His nearness one should sacrifice things that one holds dear in His cause. Whenever Ahmadiyya Khulafa have made appeals for monetary schemes, not only men but women have also come forward and made unparalleled sacrifices.

In his second day address to Lajna during the 2007 Jalsa Salana Huzur said

“The revolution that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) brought about among the women has a profusion of citations of monetary sacrifices. Many examples of monetary sacrifices can also be found from among the women in this day and age. A few days ago a lady came to me carrying many boxes of jewellery and said that that was her entire jewellery collection which she had brought to me. She was a little in awe and upon asking said that she was scared that I may not accept her entire jewellery. The jewellery was worth hundreds of thousands which the lady gave away easily. This is a sign of life which, with the grace of Allah, distinguishes Ahmadi ladies from others.” Huzur also admonished that ladies should move onwards in sacrifices with purity of heart and soul and should never give up these traditions and should inculcate in the minds of children that the objective of their lives should be only to please God. And for this they should be ready for all kind of sacrifices.

While addressing Ahmadi women and the young girls of Waqf e Nau Huzur said:

“God has given you a chance to serve in the time of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Remember, we have to gather the world under the banner of God and you have been created to bring about this very revolution. May Allah enable all of you to do so. Ameen.

In his addresses Huzur (may Allah assist him with His mighty help) has repeatedly drawn the attention of the Community to observe Salat regularly, to make prayers and to seek the correct insight and perception of the Unity of God.

In his Friday sermon delivered of January 25th 2008, he said:

“The teaching of the Holy Qur’an is such a beautiful teaching that it purifies every aspect of social life. By virtue of its social discipline based on purification, it is not just the Muslims living in an Islamic country but also the non-Muslims who can enjoy its benefits. Purification of the soul also includes apparent cleanliness. Allah states: ‘Allah loves those who turn to Him and loves those who keep themselves clean’ (2:223). That is, those who turn to God again and again and those who take care of physical and spiritual cleanliness are loved by Him. Hence to submit to God with repentance, to seek Istaghfar (forgiveness from Allah) for one’s mistakes purifies the heart. Likewise, Allah likes physical cleanliness; there are specific instructions for purity and cleanliness. There is cleanliness of teeth, wearing of clean clothes, keeping the body clean and keeping the environment clean. Apparent cleanliness, that is, wudhu (ablution) is compulsory to be able to offer Salat. However, among us Muslims the standard of cleanliness does not match the degree with which it is instructed. Cleanliness is part of faith. Cleanliness of the heart leads to purification of the soul. I have already mentioned earlier how the Companions achieved the purification of their souls, and eliminated sins.”

In the same sermon Huzur also referred to matters of moral training in the following words:

“I want to pinpoint some ills here that have taken root in the hearts of some Ahmadis despite the fact that they have piety in their hearts. Always be mindful that piety and ills cannot coexist. If ills keep growing or remain, they remove piety. Therefore, it is necessary that piety has a strong hold in us and roots out ills so that the heart is purified in real terms. One of these ills is jealousy and another is the habit of telling lies and yet another is the habit of borrowing money and then the habit of not returning what’s borrowed. These ills have created many problems in society today therefore I consider it important to mention them. Jealousy corrodes all piety. It burns it to ashes. Hadhrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said, ‘Do not harbour malice against each others, do not be jealous, do not be indifferent or sever ties with each other. Rather, live like people of God and as brothers. It is not warrantable for a Muslim to remain angry with his brother for more than three days and to sever ties with him.’ (Masnad Ahmad, Masnad Anas bin Malik).

This is what purifies hearts. If purity of heart is to be maintained, if worship of God is to be availed of, if the teachings of that ‘purifier’ are to be taken advantage of, then each person should try and avoid jealousy. I often also mention that it is essential to avoid all manner of disingenuousness. According to Allah’s injunction, falsehood brings one closer to shirk (associating partners with Allah).   Therefore, it is extremely essential for a believer, for a person who wants to purify himself, to avoid it.

In a Tradition Hadhrat Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said, ‘You should adopt truth because truth guides one towards piety and piety leads one to heaven. A person speaks the truth and tries to continue to speak the truth, so much so that he is called siddeeq (truthful) and is recorded as siddeeq in the sight of Allah. We should avoid falsehood because falsehood becomes a source of impiety and sin and impiety and sin take one straight to Fire. A person tells lies and becomes habitual at telling lies so much so that he is recorded as a kadhdhab, that is, a liar, in the sight of Allah.’ (Sahih Bukhari).

In a recent Friday sermon (7th March ’08) Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V reminded the members of the Community to recite the Holy Qur’an in a melodious manner and reflect on its meanings. If parents recite the Holy Qur’an regularly at home, in emulation children will follow suit. Huzur said that this guidance and Shariah (religious law) is for all times. For future spiritual blessings the precepts of the Qur’an should be put in practice. By adopting the teaching of the Holy Qur’an not only would one be making oneself deserving of these blessings but would also be including one’s children in receiving them. The Holy Qur’an is complementary to human nature. One should read it with concentration and reflect on its meanings and practise its precepts. A person who ignores even one of its 700 commandments closes the door to salvation on himself. ‘The fountain head of your prosperity is in the Qur’an’. It is a blessing of Allah to have sent this Book to Muslims. To find the ways of taqwa(righteousness) follow in the footsteps of the Companions. To bring a revolution in the world one has to bring a complete revolution in oneself and one’s children. It is the responsibility of every Ahmadi to honour the dues of this Book.’

In his concluding address at the Jalsa Salana 2007 Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V drew attention towards sincere connection with Khilafat, and the significance of prayers and durud (invoking salutations and blessings on the Prophet) and said: “Allah’s Being is the origin of all luminosity. In accordance with Divine promises the Ahmadiyya Khilafat will continue till the Day of Judgement. We will need to stay connected to Khilafat and safeguard our faith. When each Ahmadi will do so, he/she will witness the blessings of Allah. Each day dawns with its blessings and beneficence for the Ahmadiyya Community. May Allah make each Ahmadi a recipient of the blessings of Khilafat.”

In his concluding remarks Huzur said that invoking salutations and blessings on the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is most significant. A servant (of God) who invokes blessings on the Prophet with profusion is waited on by the world and one who loves the Prophet becomes a beloved of God.

Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) had once said:

‘Khilafat actually means that when the Khalifa says something, all other plans, all schemes, all suggestions are abandoned and it is understood that now the only useful scheme, suggestion or plan is the one about which the Khalifa of the time has commanded. Unless we inculcate this spirit in the Community all the sermons are pointless, all schemes false and all plans are ineffective.’

(Friday sermon 24th January 1936)

From these few aforementioned extracts taken from the countless golden admonitions of the Khulafa e Ahmadiyya one gets a very good idea that they have not left any aspect of moral and spiritual training unanswered. Khilafat is a sphere of peace and security and by coming into it the guidance and obedience of the Khalifa of the time can take us to Divine nearness. In light of these admonitions one is required to reform one’snafs (self) because without the reformation of the nafs a person cannot reach God.

In this tumultuous age an Ahmadi woman has to be a good mother, dedicated wife, dutiful sister and daughter to maintain the sanctity of all relationships. Most of all, inculcate the honour and respect of these relationships in one’s children. Love of Khilafat, its obedience and connection with it is the very foundation on which our success and that of our children’s as well as permanence of faith and the pleasure of God is dependent.

Today under the organisation of ‘Humanity First’ our younger generation is endeavouring to work for the betterment and service of mankind all over the world. All this work is done on voluntary basis with zeal and vigour. It is the obedience and devotion to the Khalifa of the time that inspires hearts to bring about spiritual transformation. If an Ahmadi woman while living in the Western society obeys the instructions of the Khalifa of the time with sincerity of heart, puts his guidance in practice herself as well as counsels her children to do the same, then rest assured the fragrance of your high morals will permeate the environment and will make it pleasant; your children will be the source of your comfort; your and your children’s life and hereafter will be accomplished.

In the light of these pure admonitions inspire your children to sacrifice their time, life and money on one gesture of the Khalifa of the time. Rear them up to be useful members of society, so that they experience the blessings and beneficence of God and are grateful to God that with His grace they have seen the era of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and that they have beheld the light of Khilafat illuminate the ends of the earth.

Huzur (may Allah assist him with His mighty help) says:

“Every Ahmadi should always remember this commandment of Allah the Almighty that if righteousness is inculcated feelings of gratitude will also increase. Hence only that person can be truly grateful who has fear of God, puts His commandments in practice and has a perception and insight of this matter. May Allah advance us in righteousness and also make us His grateful people so that we may be the recipients of His blessings and may have an understanding of the true spirit [of His message]. Ameen.”

Translated by: Aisha Minhas and Shermeen Butt

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