Hazrat Khalifatul Masih recited the following Quranic verses at the start of his Friday sermon today:
‘And no soul can die except by Allah’s leave — a decree with a fixed term. And whoever desires the reward of the present world, We will give him thereof; and whoever desires the reward of the life to come, We will give him thereof; and We will surely reward the grateful.
And many a Prophet there has been beside whom fought a large number of godly people. They slackened not for aught that befell them in the way of Allah, nor did they weaken, nor did they humiliate themselves before the enemy. And Allah loves the steadfast.
And they uttered not a word except that they said: ‘Our Lord, forgive us our errors and our excesses in our conduct, and make firm our steps and help us against the disbelieving people.’
So Allah gave them the reward of this world, as also an excellent reward of the next; and Allah loves those who do good.’ (Surah Ale Imran, verses 146-149)
‘Think not of those, who have been slain in the cause of Allah, as dead. Nay, they are living, in the presence of their Lord, being well provided,
Jubilant because of that which Allah has given them of His bounty; and rejoicing for those who have not yet joined them from behind them, because on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve.
They rejoice at the favour of Allah and His bounty, and at the fact that Allah suffers not the reward of the believers to be lost.’ (Surah Ale Imran, verses 170-172)
It is great grace and favour of God on the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that He has given it people who understand the spirit of their pledges and understand the spirit of sacrifice and not only do they understand the spirit of sacrifice but they also set models of it of which many examples can be found in this age. If it is a matter of financial sacrifice, it is the Ahmadis who demonstrate it, if sacrifice of time is demanded, the Ahmadiyya Jama’at present excellent models of it. Examples of sacrifice of honour can be seen among Ahmadis, they dedicate their lives to spread the message of Islam and if a true model of sacrifice of life is to be seen, the history of Ahmadiyya Jama’at has set its seal on it. In short, any sacrifice which is in accordance with the commandment of God and is for God, is given by Ahmadiyya Jama’at.
Today God has bestowed a community to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) a large majority of which understands the spirit of sacrifice of property, life, time and honour and is also ready to give sacrifice. However, sometimes, due to lack of knowledge or owing to humanness, some will say something which is against the dignity of a true believer and can adversely affect those who have not had the requisite moral training. Some people even write to Huzoor that the period of trials is getting too long. If the period of trails is long, may God soon provide ease, communities of Prophets and true believers believe in the provisions provided through God’s help. However, it is against the dignity of a believer to express reliance on worldly ways and means for support.
For example someone wrote to Huzoor that the persecution of the Jama’at in Pakistan should be broadcast through a large portion of MTA schedule and other means should also be utilised for raising the voice against persecution in the world. The letter gave the impression that perhaps we should also adopt ways of creating noise in a worldly way and make protestations to make the governments who are against us take note and pay attention towards human rights and this period of trials be over. He also wrote that his Shia friend has told him that if what is happening to Ahmadis was happening to Shias, they would take out rallies and demonstrations and raise a clamour of protestations in the world at every minor persecution. He said that Ahmadis do not protest properly and this is why their period of trial is so long.
The first thing to remember here is that when we claim to be a Divine community we should be mindful that such communities do not believe in relying on worldly governments and protestations. There is no hand of any worldly help in the progress of Divine communities. Moreover, worldly help is never unconditional, it is never offered without any clause to capitulate before whoever is offering help and true believers cannot abide by this. They seek help from God and turn to Him alone. When we seek God’s help in times of trials, He opens further avenues of progress and advancement for us. Today, Ahmadis spread all over the world, in 204 countries, are witness to the fact that our trails are opening up new avenues of success for the Jama’at and we are traversing greater heights. We should not be perturbed that our period of trial in one country is long. What should be borne in mind is how far-reaching are the blessings of God for the Jama’at. As far as utilising worldly means to help our cause, indeed, this should be done and with the grace of God, we utilise such means within limits. We make the world aware of the persecution and tell them that if they do not join in putting an end to the persecution, it will simply spread. Yet, we neither rely on any government nor on any human rights organisation, but only on God. This is the subject which Huzoor had expounded in his few previous Friday sermons that believers should always look only to God for all their outcomes.
Ways adopted by worldly people are violent rallies and protestations and riots, they respond to persecution with oppression because they have not been given Divine promises that the ultimate triumph will be theirs. Whereas we have been promised that in spite of state-sponsored persecution God has decreed that we will be given those blessings which are bestowed upon true believers through God’s special grace. We have been promised that the sacrifices given will never go to waste and the ultimate triumph will be ours. The greatest formula for this triumph is of course prayer. The more we will turn to prayers and the more we will devote ourselves to our Lord, the sooner He will show extraordinary signs in our favour. Indeed, our thinking is very different to the thinking of worldly people. We have taken the Bai’at of that Imam of the age to whom God promised triumphs, which we are witnessing. As far as the Shia community or others are concerned, Huzoor said he cannot see they are getting their rights by adopting worldly means of protestations, all that is happening is that persecution is being responded with oppression, which we will never do.
By way of example of the stance of worldly people Huzoor said a newspaper here published an article saying that Muslims are not loyal to this country and they should be expelled/deported. Our press section responded to this and told them that this was incorrect and Islam teaches being loyal to the law of the land and to love ones’ country. They said in response that this was not what how other Muslims behaved and asked us to write something advisory to them. We agreed to write something if they were prepared to print it and sent them a statement written in line with their requirements. The editor or the board declined to publish it on the pretext that they had received some other material that had to be printed although the real reason was that they did not have the courage to publish it. They did not want to displease other Muslim sects who are against Ahmadis as they fear them because of the harsh stance of some Muslims.
Huzoor said that he often tells their leaders and the press that in order to establish peace justice has to be maintained and double standards dropped. Some of them admit that although they will not publicly say so but they have vested interests in the agendas that they pursue. How can we rely on those who are duplicitous! The newspaper was not prepared to publish something expressing love of one’s country. Those who suggest to us that we should seek help from worldly ways and means should ponder how could we look to these people and seek their support. If every Ahmadi understands the reality of reliance and trust in God and begins to put it in practice, the persecution against Ahmadis, wherever in the world it may be, will be blown away by prayers alone. However, the condition is that prayers are made with the requisites of prayers! Indeed, in Pakistan and some other countries Ahmadis are treated very badly, in places it is done under the guise of law. However, this did not start a few decades ago. In fact this persecution has been going on since the time the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) made his claim and established the Jama’at. There was a time when it was felt that he may have to migrate from his ancestral village of Qadian which had been owned by his family for ages.