105th Anniversary of Ahmadiyya Khilafat.
Posted on May 27th, 2013

By A. Abdul Aziz Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at “”…” Sri Lanka.

 May 27 “”…” is being observed as “ƒ”¹…”Khilafat Day’ by Ahmadi Muslim throughout the world. After the demise of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad “”…” the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in May 26, 1908, the system of Khilafat (the Spiritual Leadership in Islam) was re-established in May 27, 1908, in accordance with the promise by Allah the Almighty in the Holy Qur’an (Ch: 24, Verse: 56).

Given below is an excerpt of the Friday Sermon of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, delivered on 24th May 2013, at “ƒ”¹…”Baithul Noor’, Calgary, Canada. gave a discourse on the system of Khilafat  in  Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam.

 Ahmadiyya Khalifa started his sermon by reciting verses of Holy Qur’an from Chapter 24 and verses  52 “”…” 57, the meaning of which are:-

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“The response of the believers, when they are called to Allah and His Messenger in order that he may judge between them, is only that they say: “ƒ”¹…”We hear and we obey.’ And it is they who will prosper. “(24:52)

“And whoso obeys Allah and His Messenger, and fears Allah, and takes Him as a shield for protection, it is they who will be successful.” (24:53)

 “And they swear by Allah their strongest oaths that, if thou command them, they will surely go forth. Say, “ƒ”¹…”Swear not; what is required is actual obedience in what is right. Surely, Allah is well aware of what you do.” (24:54)

 “Say, “ƒ”¹…”Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger.’ But if you turn away, then upon him is his burden, and upon you is your burden. And if you obey him, you will be rightly guided. And the messenger is not responsible but for the plain delivery of the Message.” (24:55)

 “Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me. Then whoso is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious.” (24:56)

 “And observe Prayer and give the Zakat and obey the Messenger, that you may be shown mercy.”  (24:57)

 For the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at there is a special day that comes in the month of May. I mean the 27th of May, which is known as Khilafat Day and is celebrated as such by the Jama’at. With reference to this, despite the fact that three days still remain, I have chosen to talk about this topic today.

While the 26th of May 1908 was a heart rending day for the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, and it shook the faith of many, and caused restlessness in the hearts of some, for the enemies of Ahmadiyyat it was a day they used to inflict pain and try and suffering on the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.

In the history of Ahmadiyyat, there are such painful accounts recorded of the statements and acts of the enemies of Ahmadiyyat that one is amazed to read them and it is difficult to imagine that a human being can stoop to such a low state and involve himself in the kinds of actions that they undertook at the time of the death of the Promised Messiah  – Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (peace be on him).

How could such deplorable deeds be expected from those who attribute themselves to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) who was sent as a Mercy to all the worlds!

People act in accord with their nature but on the 27th of May 1908, we saw the Might and Decree of Allah manifest itself and we saw Him fulfilling His Promise. 27th of May came heralding a message of peace and security for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. This day came bearing the glad tidings of the fulfillment of the promises that God had made with the Promised Messiah (as) and it came to scorch the enemies of Ahmadiyyat in the fire of their own rage and frustration and it came as a day that destroyed their false joys and happiness.

The 27th of May is not an ordinary day for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. This is a very important day and this importance increases yet more when we cast a glance at the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The vast majority of the Muslims of the world look to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at with great regret and resentment, infact we should say they look at us grudgingly and with great envy that we have Khilafat (System of Spiritual Leadership established among us.

They have tried many times to establish Khilafat among their own selves and they keep trying, but they have always been unsuccessful in this endeavor for the very powerful reason that they have disobeyed a clear directive of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had said that when the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi appears, they should take whatever pain and suffering may be necessary and go, crawling on their knees, over glaciers of ice if need be, and convey his salams, greetings of peace, to him.

 Then, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) also informed everyone of the signs, that if they see being fulfilled, they should realize that the one making the claim is true in his claim. These signs that the Holy Prophet mentioned are both heavenly and earthly and they are frequently made mention of among our gatherings and also we present them to our opponents with regularity – but I will not mention them at this time.

It is, however, a cause of great misfortune for those who do not believe that, for worldly and material reasons, or for fear of the so-called Muslim divines and clerics, or because they do not pay attention or heed the directives of the Holy Prophet, not only have they not accepted the one who made the claim to being the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, but their governments have become so audacious as to use most foul language when referring to this holy personage who has been sent by God.

Their actions are indeed evil. And all this, despite knowing full well that the age in which we live is shouting and informing anyone who cares to listen that this is the time for the one who was to come to have indeed made his appearance. Allah has shown all the signs confirming these things and continues to show signs, but still these people continue to oppose the one sent by God.

After each act of opposition by the enemies of Ahmadiyyat, Allah castigates them with a new punishment but their defiance and audacity is such that they are not willing to give up their opposition. So if this is not their great misfortune what is it and what can we say it is?

In any case, as I said, this day is of great importance and the Holy Prophet (sa) has himself made an announcement to this effect in one of his prophecies. The exact date was not foretold, but certainly, by announcing the advent of one who would be his greatest and most ardent and true lover, who would come as the Promised Messiah and then after him announcing that an era of Khilafat would begin, he made a prophecy of this day’s coming.

So what could be more important than that about which the Holy Prophet himself should have made an announcement?

There is a hadith (sayings of Prophet) of the Holy Prophet (sa) narrated by Hazrat Huzaifa (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be on him.) said:

“Prophethood will remain among you as long as Allah wills. Then He will take it away and Khilafat on the lines of Prophethood shall commence, and then, when Allah wills, He will take away this bounty also. Then in accordance with His Decree corrupt/erosive monarchy would be established, which will make people sad and feel constrained and then when this era will come to an end, in accord with another Decree of God, despotic kingship would emerge till the Mercy of God will descend and bring this era of tyranny and excess to an end. Then again, Khilafat on the precept of Prophethood shall be established,” and then after saying this, the Holy Prophet became silent.

 So clearly in this Hadith, first the Holy Prophet (PBUH) talks about his own Prophethood and then he talks about the establishment of Khilafat-e-Rashida, the Rightly Guided Khilafat which would move forward on the pattern, or lines of prophethood, and the world saw and witnessed how the first four Khilafats, which are referred to as Khilafat-e-Rashida, had nothing to do with the worldly kingships and their pomp and glory. They operated with just one goal in mind; to please Allah and kept this in view as they discharged the duties of Khilafat. Then also the world saw how every word of what the Holy Prophet had said came true when he said that there would be times when kingships would reign and at times these would be a little less severe and at other times they would be very severe in their treatment of the people.

So if we read history we see the words of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) coming to fulfilment by the establishment of Khilafat-e-Rashida and then the kingships in which to some degree of severity we saw tyranny and excess taking place. The kings who came were more inclined to the world and material things than the faith.

Then the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that, as it has always happened, God turns with Mercy to His creatures, and after a long period of darkness, God’s Mercy shall descend and bring to an end the era of tyranny and excess. And Khilafat on the pattern of Prophethood would again be established. And then he became silent as it is stated in the Hadith.

Every one can ponder on this hadith and see that the Holy Prophet’s prophecy about Khilafat-e-Rashida was fulfilled, then his words predicting the coming into being of relatively less despotic, and then immensely despotic era of kingships also were fulfilled.

So then how can there be any doubt about the last part of his prophecy? So when all the signs have been fulfilled and also Allah has declared in the Holy Quran:

And among others from among them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise. (62:4)

In other words Allah will again arrange things for the coming into being of Khilafat on the pattern of prophethood.

Allah, the Exalted, says, “He is the Mighty, the Wise.”

So when Allah’s Mighty, All Encompassing Wisdom determined, and when His Mercy was moved, the Muslims were freed from despotic kingships and Khilafat on the pattern of prophethood was established as He desired.

So we Ahmadis are fortunate because we bear witness to the truth of the first part of the Holy Prophet’s prophecy, and believe in it, and have seen it being fulfilled, and we are those who also believe in the last part of his prophecy. We believe fully that this part of his prophecy also has been fulfilled.

There is another hadith of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) which relates to the verse from Sura Jumu’ah,

And among others from among them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise. (62:4)

Keeping in mind these words of Allah, and keeping in mind the conditions of the world and having seen all the signs that have been manifested, we have believed in the Imam of the Age who was to have come.

In one of his sayings, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has referred to the Promised Messiah (a.s) as, “nabeeullah,” or Messenger and Prophet of Allah. Then the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has also said that between me and the Promised Messiah (as) there is no Prophet. Then in accord with verse 4 of Sura Jumu’ah, wa aakhareena minhum, the Holy Rrophet (PBUH) said that the one who was to be raised in the latter days would be like unto his own coming into the world.

In other words, the person who was to come, the Promised Messiah (a.s) would be so totally immersed in his love of the Holy Prophet, that he would become, as it were, his reflection and thus he would attain the title of Prophet upon being sent into the world.

While explaining this verse of Sura Jumu’ah, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had placed his hand on the shoulder of Hazrat Salman Farsi (r.a) and said that the one who was to come in the latter days would be from among these people and would be a non-Arab.

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) also told us the sign which relates the disappearance of faith and it being lifted to the farthest heavens. This is a sign of the times that these Ulema, Muslim religious divines, clerics, also accept and they acknowledge that at the time when the Promised Messiah (a.s) had made his claim, the condition of the faith of the Muslims was extremely poor as if faith had disappeared from the world.

So they all see that all the signs have been fulfilled. And the signs having been fulfilled tells us that the Promised Messiah (a.s) who was to come had indeed come at the appointed time.

 Here, let me also make clear that by virtue of the Promised Messiah (a.s) being the Khatamul Khulafa he attained to the very highest pinnacle of Khilafat on the pattern of prophethood or we can say that he was bestowed the very highest pinnacle of Khilafat on the pattern of prophethood.

And by virtue of him being the Promised Messiah (a.s) and in fulfilment of the words of the Holy Prophet, by being totally immersed in the love of the Holy Prophet he was bestowed also a reflected prophethood. Thus the system of Khilafat that began with the Promised Messiah (as) is in reality a continuation of the pattern of the prophethood of the Holy Prophet (sa). And the work that is to be done by this Khilafat is to insure that the commandments of the Holy Quran are followed by the Muslim Community (Umma), and the rights and duties that are due to Allah and to His Creatures are fulfilled and discharged by the Muslims. And by making the practice (sunna) of the Holy Prophet our model, insure that it is acted upon and the Jama’at is urged to act upon it. So Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyys is a continuation of Khilafat-e-Rashida in this period of the rejuvenation of Islam in the latter days.

With regard to the first period of Islam, and after learning from Allah, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had announced that the Khilafat-e-Rashida would come to an end after a certain period of time. But with regard to the Khilafat that would be started during the renaissance of Islam in the latter days, he had given the good news from God that this Khilafat would remain forever.

But for which people is this good news given? Most certainly this good news is given and will be true in favor of those who will discharge the dues of Khilafat. Those who will walk on the ways of righteousness (taqwa), righteousness, and do good deeds, and those who will go on perfecting their worship.

Ahmadiyya Khalifa went on to say that the greatest heartrending time that came upon the Jama’at was indeed when the Promised Messiah (a.s) passed away. The enemies were happy and the members of the Jama’at were in a state of fear but the Promised Messiah (as) had been preparing the Jama’at for this for quite some time by telling them that Allah had told him repeatedly that the time of his death was near. But he had said that this was no cause for concern or of becoming despondent.

Ahmadiyya Founder Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – the Promised Messiah (a.s) wrote all this down in his book, “The Will.” And where he wrote this, that he would soon be departing from this world, he also laid out the Jama’at’s spiritual, financial, and operational methodology and informed everyone that the Jama’at would indeed become established and continue to exist forever.

He informed the members of the Jama’at that they should not worry, because Allah had promised to him that He would cause the Jama’at to go on flourishing; because this was the Jama’at, regarding the progress of which, the Holy Prophet had given the good news, and it was the Jama’at within which he had said that Khilafat was to be re-established in the latter days.

The Promised Messiah (a.s) writes in his book “ƒ”¹…”Al Wasiyyat’,

God’s Word informs me that many calamities will occur and many disasters will descend on the earth””‚ some during my lifetime and some after I have gone. And He will promote and advance this Jama”ƒ”¹…”at to the full. A part of it will happen at my hands, and some after me. [Al-Wasiyyat]

 He goes on to say:

Thus He manifests two kinds of Power. (1) First He shows the Hand of His Power at the hands of His Prophets themselves. (2) Second, when with the  death of a Prophet, difficulties and problems arise and the enemy feels stronger and thinks that things are in disarray and is convinced that now this Jama”ƒ”¹…”at will become extinct and even members of the Jama”ƒ”¹…”at, too, are in a quandary and their backs are broken, and some of the unfortunate ones choose paths that lead to apostasy, then it is that God for the second time shows His Mighty Power and supports and takes care of the shaken Jama”ƒ”¹…”at. [Al Wasiyyat]

 He says further:

… it is essential for you to witness the second Manifestation also, and its Coming is better for you because it is everlasting the continuity of which will not end till the Day of Judgement. And that second Manifestation cannot  come unless I depart. But when I depart, God will send that second Manifestation for you which shall always stay with you just as promised by God in Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya. And this promise is not for my person. Rather the promise is with reference to you, as God [addressing me] says: I shall make this Jama”ƒ”¹…”at who are your followers, prevail over others till the Day of Judgment. [Al Wasiyyat]

 Ahmadiyya Khalifa said:

So by the Grace of Allah, the Exalted, for the last 105 years we have been seeing Allah fulfill this promise of His. The Jama’at went through all kinds of periods of difficulties, but by the Grace of Allah, the Jama’at kept moving forward at a very considerable speed along its trajectory of success and achievements.

If the enemy tries to impose upon the Jama’at a period of tyranny and brutality in one country, Allah counters by opening up for the Jama’at, in another country, extraordinary ways and means for progress. But not only this, even in the country in which difficulties are created for us, there too, Allah continues to strengthen the faith of the members of the Jama’at. And then, when I see this and experience it in my own person, that despite all my weaknesses, how Allah, the Exalted, enables the Jama’at to continue to march forward on the grand and expansive freeways of success and achievement, faith increases even more in Allah, and belief in His promises continues to become yet more perfect and complete.

Certainly it is the invisible Hand of Allah which continues to push the Jama’at forward more and more. And whomsoever Allah will make the Khalifa, regardless of what the condition of that person maybe, He shall continue to bestow upon him His Help and Support. Insha-Allah!

Ahmadiyya Supreme Head further said: as I said, Allah, the Exalted, has initiated this system of Khilafat in Ahmadiyyat and this system can not be initiated anywhere else. Ahmadis are indeed fortunate because, by accepting the Promised Messiah (as), they have been blessed with the bounty of Khilafat.

So always remember that the Promise that Allah has made is not unconditional. It is conditional on certain things. And when these conditions are fulfilled, then, by the Grace of Allah, security will also be bestowed and the state of fear shall be changed into one of peace and the members of the Jama’at have experienced this many times.

A non Ahmadi leader of some renown, a friend of an Ahmadi, said that although I do not believe you to be true, yet this I believe, after watching this whole affair, that the practical and manifest decree of God and His support is with you. So there are such people also who despite witnessing everything still insist on sticking to their heedless and obstinate ways.

The wave of tyranny that is blowing in Pakistan these days is an expression of the fact that Ahmadis are continuing to make gains and progress and they see the fields of our success continue to expand more every day and all their attempts to finish us never succeed. They continue trying to figure out how they should go about destroying us?

But I say to these people that, O enemies of Ahmadiyyat! Remember that our Lord, our Friend, is that God Who is the Possessor of All Powers. He will never allow you to succeed. The progress of Islam is now destined to take place through the Promised Messiah (as). The flag of the Holy Prophet of Islam will now be raised in the world through the servants of the Promised Messiah (as), this flag will be raised now in the world by those who have firm faith in Khilafat on the pattern of prophethood, those who are attached to Khilafat, who have become the beads of the necklace that is the Jama’at-e-Ahmadiyya, who have firmly gotten hold of the rope of Allah. So no effort of yours, and no misdeed or attack that you carry out, even if it be with the help of any worldly government, will be able to stop Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya from achieving its purpose nor will any such effort be able to stop the progress of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The members of the Jama’at should also remember that, as I said, treading on the paths of righteousness (taqwa), righteousness, establishing salat, prayer, and advancing in financial sacrifices will continue to enable them to benefit from the bounties of Khilafat. So it is the duty of every single person that he make a full fledged effort so that by the Grace and Mercy of Allah, he should take a large share of these bounties.

In conclusion, Ahmadiyya Khalifa read out few writings of Ahmadiyya Founder – Promised Messiah  and some of which are:

Don’t think that God will let you go to waste. You are the seed which the Hand of God has sown in the earth. God says that this seed will grow and flower and its branches will spread in all directions and it will become a huge tree. So, blessed is one who believes in what God says and does not fear the trials which he suffers in His path. For, the coming of trials is essential so that God may try you to see who is true in his declaration of Bai”ƒ”¹…”at and who is false.

 Then the Promised Messiah (a.s) says:

God addressed me and said that I should inform my Jama”ƒ”¹…”at that those who believe and their belief is not adulterated with worldly considerations and is free from hypocrisy and cowardice and is not found wanting at any stage of obedience, such people are the favourites of God. And God says that indeed these are the ones whose station is that of Truth.

May Allah enable all of us to fulfill all the wishes and desires that the Promised Messiah (as) had and enable all of us to establish a true and fully loyal connection with Khilafat and bestow upon us the ability to establish the highest standards of obedience and enable us to achieve the highest levels of our worship so that we all continue to be blessed with the bounty of Khilafat.  Aameen!

The English translation of the Sermon, the video link is as below:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W3P258qRwY&feature=youtu.be

One Response to “105th Anniversary of Ahmadiyya Khilafat.”

  1. Noor ul Amin Says:

    Khilafat is True spiritual leadership blesses and graced by the Almighty.

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