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The true victory of Islam, as is evident from the word 'Islam' (submission) itself, lies in our complete surrendering our selves to God and freeing ourselves of our egos and our passions. No idol, whether it is the idol of our desires, our our intentions, or the idol of creature worship, should stand in our way, and we should submit ourselves entirely to the will of God. After reaching this state of Fana (self-annihilation), we will attain baqa (the life of eternity) which will give our eyes a new light, our minds a new passion; and we will become a wholly new being and the same Eternal God will become for us a new God. This is the true victory, and one aspect of it is Divine ammunion.(the green announcement p. 28)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday Sermon Delivered by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, on February 25th, 2011 : Prayers for Muslim Ummah and the case for Divine Khilafat

Hudhur gave a discourse on the
current situation in the Muslim world
and the need for Divinely-guided
Hudhur said today he wished to draw
attention to prayers regarding the
entire Muslim world. He said sympathy
with the Muslims demands, as does the
love of the Holy Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be on him) that an
Ahmadi, who is a true Muslim, prays
for whoever associates himself with
the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be on him), calls himself a Muslim
and is being made a target because of
being a Muslim or for the current
agitation and lawlessness in Muslim
countries. We accept the Imam of the
age and thus it is our obligation more
than any other to express our
sympathy to the Muslims. In our Bai ’at
we pledge to have sympathy with
God ’s creation, thus our compassion
for Muslims should be that much more.
We do not have worldly power or
resources with which we could help
them, in particular help those few
countries where the current political
situation is degenerating. However,
we can pray for them and for this each
Ahmadi should pay attention. Those
Ahmadis who reside in these countries
or originate from there and have
connections with the politicians there,
should make them aware that rather
than personal gain these politicians
should think of national interests.
Usually, when Muslims attain political
power or come into any position of
power they forget Haququl ebaad
(rights of mankind). The real reason
for this is lack of Taqwa
(righteousness). They forget the basic
commandment of the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be on him) and
the Book with which they are
associated, that the distinguishing
factor between Muslims and the others
is Taqwa. Once this distinction does
not remain, worldliness takes over.
Although the name of Islam is made
use of, but in its name Haququl ebaad
and Haququllah (rights of God) are
trampled on. Wealth and lust for
power is given precedence over God’s
commandments or in order to manage
wealth and to strengthen power,
foreign governments are relied on and
are given priority over own
countrymen and if needed, the
countrymen are persecuted and
transgressed against.
Greed has made some leaders so
selfish that there is no comparison
between what they fill their personal
coffers with and how they serve
humanity. News are emerging where
hundreds of kilograms of gold has
been stashed away, or a country’s
assets have been placed in Swiss
banks in personal accounts,
numerous properties have been
bought in foreign lands, all this while
the masses are desperate for two
square meals. This is not the condition
in just Arab countries, in Pakistan too,
situation is such that it is difficult for
some to have one square meal. But the
leaders run up bills of hundred of
thousands when shopping abroad. Be
it the leaders of Pakistan, the Middle
East or North Africa; people who have
been given the Book and the Sunnah
which is ever-living, yet they are
making a mockery of Haququl ebaad
and Haququllah. They are usurping
the property of their countrymen.
What can be expected of such people
in terms of running governments on
lines of Taqwa? They can create
disorder, can govern on the sway of
power for a while, but they cannot be
a source of peace for the masses. In
such situations, reaction materialises.
Hudhur said such reaction may appear
sudden, but it is not sudden. Deep
within, sentiments heat up for a long
time. This has become evident in some
countries; in other countries it will
become evident. When the eventual
outpouring of lava takes place, it also
scorches the powerful. As this reaction
of the victims against the oppressors
has no procedure, the oppressed try
their utmost for freedom and when
they succeed, they too take up
oppression. This is why it is greatly
needed that Ahmadis pray for the
Muslim world before every country is
engulfed in this and a long chain of
oppression starts. May God give sense
to both governments and the masses,
enabling them to adopt Taqwa. If
Muslim leaders had Taqwa they would
have looked after the rights of their
people. The organisation of Muslims
countries would not have been an
organisation in mere name, they
would have helped each other. If real
Taqwa was adhered to, the world of
Islam would have had a standing. A
large part of Asia is ruled by Muslim
governments and some other parts of
the world as well, but they are
generally regarded as
underdeveloped or developing
countries. Those who have the wealth
of oil are under the influence of
foreign powers. The strings of the aid
they provide to underdeveloped
countries are in the hands of
outsiders. Rather than have fear of
God, they fear people. Due to their
personal interests they have not
invested the wealth of their countries
in building industry and have made no
progress in agriculture. This, in spite of
the climate of most Muslim countries
being conducive to growing different
kinds of crops. They could bring about
a revolution with the resource of oil,
but their preferences are different.
Muslim scientists and inventors are
valued in foreign countries because
they are not provided with facilities in
their own countries. If they try to
progress, personal, vested interests of
the authorities obstruct them. Among
Muslim countries, Malaysia is
considered technologically advanced,
but the developed world even refers
to it as a developing country.
Hudhur said all this is due to an
absence of Taqwa and values have
changed. If progress has to be made,
true values have to be recognised. The
current situation is extremely
worrying. The Holy Qur ’an states:
‘Surely all believers are
brothers…’ (49:11). Yet the news
these days tell of countries like Egypt
where the government did not stop at
taking action against the people,
rather they created divisions among
people and provided arms to those
supporting the government. If Muslim
governments lay claim to being
democratic then unless the masses
turn to extreme violence, the
governments should be patient. Yet, it
has been in the news that hundreds of
lives have been taken. They raise the
claim to democracy mimicking the
West but have no tolerance. If they
wish to emulate democracy, they have
to inculcate tolerance.
All that has been taking place recently
in Egypt and Libya etc. or that which
has been going on in Afghanistan and
Pakistan for years through the hands
of the extremist is a negation of that
spirit of brotherhood which Islam
commands. Today, in order to restore
the name of Islam, to create peace
between the masses and the
leadership, Taqwa is needed and no
one is interested to pay attention to
this. What is needed is that everyone
turns to God and reflects as to what
should be done when there is a
situation of: ‘Corruption has
appeared on land and sea…’ (30:42).
Hudhur said the Qur’an gives its
solution as did the Holy Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be on
him) and that is the way to accept the
Messiah and the Mahdi and take the
Prophet ’s (peace and blessings of
Allah be on him) greeting to him.
Unless they consider this they will
continue to increase in worldly greed.
Taqwa is attained by connecting to
God, indeed Taqwa is attained by
adopting the ways shown by the Holy
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah
be on him). Next Hudhur gave a
summarised account of a piece he was
sent taken from a website in which a
Muslim organisation talks about a
permanent solution to the current
state of affairs. It sees the current
struggle for freedom in some Muslim
countries as positive and says that
Muslims need to raise their voices
against tyrants. Commenting on
Western media, it says terminology
used about Islam makes it appear
frightening. But these people are not
willing to accept the system of Khilafat.
For the past ten years much has been
written against Islam regarding Burqa,
the Qur ’an, the Holy Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be on him) and
the Shariah. It says that in an Islamic
state Khilafat is central and that is why
it is the core of our faith. It is Khilafat
alone that can keep a watchful eye on
the rulers and can create emancipation
of all kinds. It says that this is the only
way through which the Ummah can
spread light in the world. It suggests
that efforts should be made to
establish Khilafat. Hudhur said indeed
the piece correctly maintains that in
order to unify Muslims and to maintain
justice it is the system of Khilafat alone
that can rightly guide. However, the
method suggested therein that the
masses should stage uprising, is
Hudhur said the indication is of the
right way but Khilafat cannot be
achieved through an effort of the
masses. Did the Rightly Guided Khilafat
establish through human effort?
Indeed, it was a state of fear from
which God raised Hadhrat Abu Bakr
(may Allah be pleased with him) for
Khilafat. Hudhur said Khilafat is a
conferment, it is a blessing of God for
the believers. The Holy Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be on him)
foretold about the Rightly Guided
Khilafat after him, he also foretold of a
long period of oppression after which
he foretold of a ray of hope which can
be seen in the Quranic statement of:
‘And among others from among
them who have not yet joined
them …’ (62:4). He had said that the
Messiah will be a non-Arab and of
Persian descent, and due to his
subordination to the Holy Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be on
him) his station will be that of a non-
law-bearing Prophet. Hadhrat Huzaifa
narrated that the Holy Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be on him) said:
‘ Prophethood shall remain among you
as long as Allah shall will. He will bring
about its end and follow it with
Khilafat on the precepts of
prophethood for as long as He shall
will and then bring about its end. A
tyrannical monarchy will then follow
and will remain as long as Allah shall
will and then come to an end. There
will follow thereafter monarchical
despotism to last as long as Allah shall
will and come to an end upon His
decree. There will then emerge Khilafat
on precept of Prophethood.’ The Holy
Prophet said no more.
Hudhur explained that it is God’s
mercy that comes into action for the
establishment of Khilafat. How do they
propose to establish Khilafat in every
country, they are not even in
agreement over Imamat of Salat. There
is only one solution and that is to
accept the Promised Messiah (on
whom be peace) and then accept the
Khilafat that has been in place after
him. This Khilafat was not established
by displaying extremist stance. This
Khilafat was borne out of calling on
God’s mercy. Khilafat that is granted by
God’s mercy and favour will not just be
a guarantee of peace for the Ummah, it
will be so for the entire world, it will
draw the attention of governments
and the masses to their obligations
respectively. The Ahmadiyya
Community only presents one solution
to all these disorders: in order to
become Khaira Ummah (the best
people) remove the fear of the world
from heart, make a connection with
God and accomplish your life in this
world and the Hereafter. Be assured
that if God wishes, He can still speak to
whomsoever He wishes. This will come
to pass by connecting to the Imam of
the age; this alone will rectify the
condition of the Muslims.
Hudhur explained that one who came
with the mercy of God brought back
faith from the Pleiades as foretold by
the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allah be on him) and after him
Khilafat was established, also, as
foretold by him. The Promised Messiah
(on whom be peace) also said that
after him God will send a ‘Second
Manifestation’. Ahmadis should take
this message wherever they can that if
stability is perceived to be in the
shield/protection of Khilafat, then in
accordance with the prophecy of the
Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be on him) such a Khilafat exists.
There is no need to fire bullets for it,
come and be a part of this Divine
system and thus become a source of
strengthening the Ummah. This alone
will display true obedience to the Holy
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah
be on him). Hudhur prayed that may
God make them understand this very
basic point and rather than trying here
and there, they come to the way that
God has taught. Meanwhile, Ahmadis
should focus on prayers.
May God grant each Muslim country
leadership that is sensible and has fear
of God. In countries where for now it
appears peaceful, the rulers seem to
serving self-interests and those in the
wings also seem to have the same
ways. Seeing the reaction in some
countries, tyrannical kings are also
raising voices about rights of people.
It appears that each country is now
unsafe in this regard, whichever
powers are working behind the
scenes; those that will usher in peace
or those that will create disorder.
Seeing the situation, Saudi Arabia has
announced further reforms. Many new
powers are emerging. Some appear to
be telling the world powers that now
that they have experienced their
erstwhile ‘allies’, they should try them.
The former rulers have placed people
in position who will maintain the same
governmental policy. However, now
that awareness has been generated in
people that this is an unacceptable
way, it poses the danger of religious
extremists taking advantage of the
situation. This could create a different
set of problems. World powers will
take overt as well as covert action in
response to this; they will never
tolerate their interests to be effected.
The current internal strife in Third
world Muslim countries is due to the
clash of the interests of different world
powers. It is the tragedy of these
Muslim countries that they are pawns
in the hands of the outsiders and do
not look after their national interests.
The proverbial mullah is devoid of
Taqwa and is even more dangerous
than the self-interested rulers. This is a
cause for deep concern and requires
Internal and external powers are
frantically trying to take control and
the masses are being crushed. There
was a time when it was said about
Iraq that it was so developed that it
appeared like a European country. It
has now been reduced to ruins. The
situation in Iraq has increased
restlessness in Arab countries and
some African countries and owing to
the natural resources there, world
powers now wish to have their
foothold there. In short, this evident
oppression appears to be taking the
world towards destruction. If true
Taqwa is not generated, if justice is not
established then one day or the other,
destruction will engulf the world and it
is not inconceivable that some Muslims
countries will become the trigger
factor. May God give Muslim countries
rulers who are just and who abide by
Taqwa and who cooperate and wish
for cooperation in the name of virtue,
in compliance of the Quranic
commandment: ‘…And help one
another in righteousness and
piety ;’ (5:3). The apparent situation,
however, does not appear thus. It
appears to be a case of: ‘Corruption
has appeared on land and sea…’
(30:42). We can but pray or at the
most take our message to a limited
number of people.
Hudhur said recently a Bengali
professor sahib came to see him and
posed the question that if Ahmadis
were to be in the majority, what was
the guarantee that they would not
oppress others. Hudhur told him that a
majority that is borne out of winning
hearts and minds, that gives a
message of love, indeed spreads love,
which keeps Taqwa and God ’s
pleasure in view cooperates in
virtuous matters as well as takes
cooperation in virtuous matters. The
system of rightly-guided Khilafat is
based on giving rights to people not
appropriating their rights. Due to
human failing, wrong decisions can be
made, but if there is Taqwa, things are
put right. In spite of being persecuted,
Ahmadis are anxious at the current
state of affairs in the Muslim world and
write to Hudhur about it. Hudhur said
we are to be concerned and
sympathetic to the Muslim world
regardless of anything and should
pray for them, InshaAllah we will
continue to do so. Those Ahmadis
who live in the Arab countries and
have some influence should tell Muslim
politicians and leaders that if they do
not take heed and do not try their
utmost to establish justice and Taqwa
and do not take themselves out of the
mullah ’s snare, are not vigilant of the
extremists, it is entirely possible that in
the name of religion, the proverbial
mullah will try to take full control of
the government in some countries.
This could bring such drastic results to
the fore which could push the masses
further into darkness. In the name of
religion, one sect will continue to
persecute another sect and world
powers will thus have a licence to
intervene in the name of peace-
keeping. This would lead to further
chaos, there will be loss of lives, loss of
property and directly or indirectly a
possibility of being chained into
subjugation will come to pass. Above
all, as mentioned before, a wide-
ranging war could engulf the world.
May God have mercy and give sense to
the Muslim Ummah and their rulers,
may they inculcate fear of God in

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