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  • SUMMARY

  • Status of Prophethood of the Promised Messiah

  • Patience

  • Status of Prophethood of the Promised Messiah

  • The detailed advice of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) to people taking Baiat

  • Divine Promises of Triumph

  • Divine Promises of Triumph

  • Divine Promises of Triumph

  • Divine Promises of Triumph

  • Our responsibilities

  • Our responsibilities

  • In one of his revelations, God addressed the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) as the son of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him): I am with you. O son of the Messenger of Allah.

    [Tadhkirah p. 707] Divine Promises of TriumphHudhur said we face restrictions in some Muslim countries and cannot openly do Tabligh there. If one Tabligh source is not available, with wisdom another can be adopted. If direct Tabligh is not allowed in places, God provided us with MTA, which is taking the message all over the world.

  • Divine Promises of Triumph Some commandments are related to Shariah, like those regarding Salat and Zakat. These carry the prophecy that some people will disobey them

    The other kind of commandment is one that comes into force by Gods direct decree

  • A tremendous glad-tiding

  • Funeral prayers in absentiaSahibzada Rashed Latif sahib Rashedi. He passed away on 27 April in Los Angeles. He was the grandson of Sahibzaba Latif saheed. He had a very sincere connection with Jamaat. He had moved to USA in 1965. On the instruction of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (may Allah have mercy on him) he translated Tadhkirah in a regional Afghan languageMubarak Mahmood sahib, a missionary of the Community. He passed away on 4 May after long illness at the age of 42. He graduated from Jamia Ahmadiyya in 1989. He served the Jamaat in Tanzania for eight years but later came back to Rabwah. He was diagnosed with cancer but kept working in spite of the illness and always remained cheerful. He leaves behind a widow and three sons. His parents also survive him. May God elevate their station and may He forgive them.

    The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote in his book Nuzul ul Masih: God has decreed from the beginning and has declared it as His law and His way that He and His Prophets will always triumph. Therefore, as I am His Prophet, that is, I am Commissioned by Him, however without a new law, or a new claim or a new name, rather, I have come in the name of that very noble, Seal of all the Prophets, and from among him and as his manifestation. This is why I say that just as it has been from ancient time, that is, from the era of Adam to that of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), the meaning of this verse has always come true. It will yet again, come true in my support: Allah has decreed: Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers. Verily, Allah is Powerful, Mighty. (58:22)

    *If anyone has any such ideas, then Hudhur wants each Ahmadi to be clear that in light of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was a Prophet. Just as the extract Hudhur read out states that he was a Prophet, without a new law and in complete subordination of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and in light of the Quranic statement: Andamongothers from among them who have not yet joined them (62:4). Indeed, Ahmadis in Pakistan and Indonesia are being bitterly persecuted because they accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) as a Prophet. God forbid, our opponents say that we consider the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) as the last Prophet. Whereas this is unthinkable for an Ahmadi. It is part of our faith that such lofty a station has the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), that his follower has been granted the status of Prophethood. Indeed, he is the Seal of all the Prophets and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is a Prophet of God in his subservience alone. If we did not accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) as a Prophet then our claim that Islam will be triumphant through its second phase would be erroneous, because God has promised triumph with a Prophet; not a Mujaddad (reformer) as stated in Andamongothers from among them who have not yet joined them. That is also why the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had advised that when the Messiah comes, take my greetings to him even if you have to crawl over glaciers to reach him. This was to strengthen belief and to take part in the final struggle for triumph, which was to be made with proofs and reasoning and to be among those who are true believers.

    *Ahmadis accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) so that their belief in God and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is further strengthened and they can witness the glory of triumph of Islam. It should also be remembered that without the status of Prophethood for the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) there can be no Khilafat. Khilafat is borne out of Prophethood and is to operate on the precepts of Prophethood. The continuity of the system of the Ahmadiyya Community and the Khilafat can only be in the instance when we accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) as a Prophet.

    *Once some people had gathered for Baiat and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) gave them detailed advice. The summation of which is that Baiat and repentance should not be just verbal professing, rather it should be from the heart. Hudhur said a person taking Baiat wants to bring about a pure change and this is experienced even today. People develop in spirituality, their letters express this and people around them feel the change in them. Families are astonished at the transformation people go through after taking Baiat. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) also advised not to make Baiat conditional to any worldly objective. He said one should not be perturbed by difficulties after taking Baiat. Gradually, true believers prevail over their enemies. The weapons of triumph are: Istaghfar, (seeking forgiveness from God), repentance, familiarisation of religious knowledge and five daily Prayers. Salat is the key to acceptance of prayers. One should pray during Salat, and should avoid all badness, whether it is regarding rights of God or rights of mankind. Hudhur said this advice is not only for the newcomers. An Ahmadis faith should be congruous to the time he or she has been an Ahmadi.

    *Once some people had gathered for Baiat and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) gave them detailed advice. The summation of which is that Baiat and repentance should not be just verbal professing, rather it should be from the heart. Hudhur said a person taking Baiat wants to bring about a pure change and this is experienced even today. People develop in spirituality, their letters express this and people around them feel the change in them. Families are astonished at the transformation people go through after taking Baiat. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) also advised not to make Baiat conditional to any worldly objective. He said one should not be perturbed by difficulties after taking Baiat. Gradually, true believers prevail over their enemies. The weapons of triumph are: Istaghfar, (seeking forgiveness from God), repentance, familiarisation of religious knowledge and five daily Prayers. Salat is the key to acceptance of prayers. One should pray during Salat, and should avoid all badness, whether it is regarding rights of God or rights of mankind. Hudhur said this advice is not only for the newcomers. An Ahmadis faith should be congruous to the time he or she has been an Ahmadi.

    Explaining Istaghfar, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said, it is seeking forgiveness for ones past sins as well as future sins and to come in Gods refuge. Repentance is to feel revulsion at the wrongdoings that one is involved in and make firm resolve to avoid them and to seek help from God. As regards familiarisation of religious knowledge, first and foremost is the Holy Quran, followed by in this age, the writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in light of the Quran and the authentic Ahadith - writings that prove the true superiority of the teachings of Islam through proofs and reasoning. Firm belief in God as the Creator of everything, that He has complete knowledge of all that is in the heavens and the earth, He has power over everything and He watches over us every second. With these thoughts, one cannot do something that is against the will of God and ones attention is drawn to the five daily Prayers as well as general prayers. With fulfilment of prayers and Divine promises, ones belief strengthens. When one abides by these aspects one is spontaneously drawn towards fulfilling rights of God and rights of mankind. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said if one brings about these revolutionary changes in oneself, one will become part of the triumph that is destined for the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

    *It is indeed Gods promise that He will grant triumph to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), but he advised his followers that these were the weapons to bring about triumph, otherwise ones participation will be merely in name and not in deed. Hudhur said each one of us should try and be a part of this triumph. The Divine glad-tidings about the triumph can be witnessed with each day that dawns on the Ahmadiyya Community. Given the intensity with which we are being opposed, let alone moving one step forward, it would not even have been possible for us to survive for one moment. Yet, it is with Gods promises that the Community is progressing by the day. God informed the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) of the progress