Friday Sermon – 28th February 2020

Friday Sermon – 28th February 2020

Allah is the Greatest
Allah is the Greatest
Allah is the Greatest
Allah is the Greatest
I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah
I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is the Messenger of Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is the Messenger of Allah
Come to Prayer
Come to Prayer
Come to success
Come to success
Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest.
There is none worthy of
worship except Allah.
Peace be upon you all, I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah He is alone and has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His Servant and Messenger After this I seek refuge with
Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the
Gracious, the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah,
Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and
Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou
hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. The name of the companion whose accounts I will
narrate today is Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair. Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair belonged to the
Banu ‘Abd ad-Daar clan of the Quraish tribe. The title of Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra)
bin Umair was Abu Abdullah, and in another narration it has
been reported as Abu Muhammad. Hazrat Mus‘ab’s father’s
name was ‘Umair bin Hashim and his mother’s name was Khannas or Hannas
bint Malik who was an affluent lady from Mecca. Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair’s
parents loved him dearly. Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair’s mother brought
him up giving him many comforts and luxuries and would give him the
best clothes to wear. He used to wear the most excellent
fragrance available in Mecca and even his shoes would be bought from Hadrami, which was the name of a place
and this was exclusive only for the affluent. Hadhramaut was a vast open plain near
the sea, situated to the east of Aden. Nonetheless, he would wear immaculate
clothes and use the best fragrance and even his shoes were
bought from outside [of Mecca]. Hazrat Mus‘ab’s wife’s name
was Hamnah bint Jahsh who was the sister of Ummul Mu’ineem Hazrat Zainab
bint Jahsh, the wife of the Holy Prophet (saw). Hazrat Mus‘ab had one daughter with her. The Holy Prophet (saw) used to
remember Mus‘ab and he used to say, “I have not seen a more
handsome individual than Mus‘ab “who was brought up surrounded
by comforts and luxuries.” Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair was
among the most prominent companions and was also among the first
people who accepted Islam. He accepted Islam at the time when the
Holy Prophet (saw) used to preach in Dar-e-Arqam. However, he kept it secret for fear of the
opposition from his mother and his people. Hazrat Mus‘ab used to meet the
Holy Prophet (saw) in secret. Once Usman bin Talha caught him while
he was praying and informed his mother and other members of his household and
consequently his parents imprisoned him. He remained imprisoned until
his migration to Abyssinia. When he saw an opportunity
he escaped and migrated. After some time, when some of the
migrants returned from Abyssinia to Mecca, Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair
was also among them. When his mother saw his poor state, she decided
to give up the opposition and let her son be. Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair had
the honour of migrating twice; he first migrated to Abyssinia
and then also to Medina. Hazrat Sa‘ad bin Abi Waqas narrates, “I saw
Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair in the time “when he was affluent as well
as after becoming a Muslim. “He endured so many hardships for the sake of
Islam that I saw that his skin used to come off “just as a snake would shed its skin.” They established such standards of
sacrifice that one is amazed by them. Once Hazrat Mus‘ab (ra) bin Umair
came to the Holy Prophet (saw), while he was sitting amongst
some of his companions. On that occasion, the clothes of Hazrat
Mus’ab were patched with pieces of leather. There was a time when he used to
wear clothes of the highest quality but then after becoming a Muslim, the state of his clothes was such that they would
be patched together using pieces of leather. The companions saw Hazrat
Mus’ab and lowered their heads as they were unable to help Hazrat Mus’ab bin
‘Umair in the change of his circumstances. Hazrat Mus’ab stepped forward and offered
his Salam [i.e Islamic greeting of peace]. The Holy Prophet (saw) replied to him and
praised him in a most excellent manner. Following this, the Holy Prophet (saw)
said that, “All praise belongs to Allah! “May worldly people be
granted from this world. “I have seen Mus’ab at a time when
there was no one more affluent “and wealthy in the city
of Mecca than him. “He was the dearest child of his parents. “However, the love of God and His Messenger (saw)
has brought him to this state today “and he left all of that behind for
the sake of God and His pleasure.” Hazrat Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas relates that, “The Holy Prophet (saw) looked
at Hazrat Mus’ab bin ‘Umair “and remembering his previous state of
blessings and fortune, he began to cry. “The Holy Prophet (saw) remembered his [previous]
condition and the sacrifice he was now making.” Hazrat Ali relates: “We were sitting in
the mosque with the Holy Prophet (saw) “when Hazrat Mus’ab bin ‘Umair arrived. “He was wearing a cloak
patched with pieces of leather. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) saw him, “he remembered his previous
state of blessings and fortune “and saw the state that he
was in now and began to cry.” Following this, the
Holy Prophet (saw) said that, “What will your condition be
when one of you will wake up “in the morning in one pair of clothes and
wear another pair of clothes at night?” That is, they would become so affluent that
they would be able to change the clothes they were wearing in the morning to a
different pair of clothes pair at night. Following this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said:
“One plate of food will be placed before him “and another will be taken away,” that
is, there will be various kinds of foods and various dishes will be served,
similar to the custom today, “you will cover your homes in cloths
similar to how the Ka’ba is covered,” i.e. very expensive cloths will be used. This is precisely what is witnessed today or this
affluence was granted to the Muslims later on. The companions said: “O Messenger (saw)
of Allah! Will we be much better off at “that time in comparison to today
and will we have time for worship?” The Companions (ra) asked that in such
affluence and in such circumstances, will they have time for worship and will they
be saved from working and struggling? Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said:
“This is not the case. “Rather, you are better off
today than at that time. “Your condition and your worship and your
standards are much loftier than of those “who will come after you owing
to their wealth and affluence.” I have mentioned the migration to Abysinnia
in reference to other companions, however I will mention it briefly again. In this regard, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad
Sahib (ra) states in Sirat Khatamun-Nabiyyin: “Therefore, upon the instruction
of the Holy Prophet (saw), “in the month of Rajab 5 Nabawī, eleven men
and four women migrated to Abyssinia.” Hazrat Mus’ab (ra) bin
Umair was among them. Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad
Sahib (ra) further writes: “It is very strange that a majority of
these pioneer immigrants were those “who belonged to powerful tribes of the Quraish,
and the weaker were few and far between. “This illustrates two things: firstly, even those
who belonged to the powerful tribes of the Quriash “were not safe from the
cruelties of the Quraish. “Secondly, weak people
such as slaves, etc., “at that time were in such a grave
state of weakness and misery “that they were not even able to migrate “Nonetheless When the
Quraish were informed of this, “they were deeply enraged that
this ‘prey’ has slipped our hands. “Hence, they pursued these immigrants,
but when their men reached the coast, “the ship had already departed, and for
this reason they returned disappointed. “Upon reaching Abyssinia the Muslims
found a life of great peace and protection “from the cruelties of the Quraish
after much difficulty and prayers.” On the occasion of the First Pledge at
Aqabah, 12 individuals came from Medina to take the oath of allegiance at the
hand of the Holy Prophet (saw). When they were preparing to return
to Medina, the Holy Prophet (saw) also sent Hazrat Mus’ab (ra)
bin Umair with them in order to teach them the
Holy Qur’an and about Islam. He was known in Medina by the
titles of Qari [Reciter] and Muqri, i.e. he became known as ‘The Teacher’. According to another tradition, the Aus
and Khzraj tribes of the Ansar went to the Holy Prophet (saw) and requested for
someone in order to teach them the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Prophet (saw) therefore
sent Hazrat Mus’ab (ra) bin Umar. Whilst in Medina,
Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair stayed at the house of Hazrat
As’ad bin Zurarah (ra). He also carried out the
duty of leading the prayers. Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair stayed at the
house of Hazrat As’ad bin Zurarah (ra) for a long period of time but later on, he moved
to the house of Hazrat Sa’d bin Mu’adh (ra). Hazrat Baraa (ra) bin Aazib relates, “The very
first Muhajir Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) “to migrate to Medina were Hazrat Mus’ab (ra)
bin Umair and Hazrat Ibn Umm-e-Maktoom (ra). “When they arrived in Medina, they
began teaching us the Holy Qur’an. “Subsequently Hazrat Ammar (ra), Hazrat
Bilal (ra) and Hazrat Sa’d (ra) also came. “Then Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (ra) came
alongside some other Companions. “Thereafter, the
Holy Prophet (saw) arrived.” He further states: “I have never seen the
people of Medina so happy as on the occasion “when the Holy Prophet (saw) arrived
and the girls and boys were proclaiming, ‘You are the Messenger (saw)
of Allah! You have come to us.’” With regards to Hazrat Mus’ab (ra) bin
Umair, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes in Sirat Khatamun-Nabiyyin: “Those
who accepted Islam in Dar-e-Arqam “are included amongst the pioneers. “Among these, the most renowned are: Mus’ab (ra)
bin ‘Umair, who was from the Banu ‘Abdid-Dar. “He was very handsome and striking,
and was held very dear among his family. “This is the same noble young
man who was sent as a missionary “to Yathrab prior to the migration and
through whom Islam spread in Medina.” It is stated in a book on the
life of the Holy Prophet (saw) that Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair lead the
Friday prayers prior to the migration. Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair requested
permission from the Holy Prophet (saw) before the Second Pledge at Aqabah
to lead the Friday prayers in Medina, and he duly granted permission. Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair
led the first Friday prayers in the house of Hazrat
Sa’d bin Khaithamah (ra), in which 12 people of Medina participated
and on this occasion, he slaughtered a goat. Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair was the first person
in Islam to lead the Friday prayers [in Medina]. However, there is another
narration in which it is mentioned that Hazrat Abu Umamah As’ad bin Zurarah (ra)
was the first to lead a Friday prayer in Medina. Whatever the case may be, Hazrat Musab (ra)
bin Umair was the first missionary there. Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair would go
along with Hazrat As’ad bin Zurarah (ra) to preach in the different
neighbourhoods of the Ansar. Many people accepted Islam as a result of
the preaching of Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair, among whom are some of the prominent
Companions such as Hazrat Sa’d bin Mu’adh (ra), Hazrat Ibaad bin Bishr (ra), Hazrat Muhammad bin
Maslamah (ra), Hazrat Usaid bin Huzair (ra) etc. Whilst mentioning the preaching
efforts of Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra)
writes: “Whilst departing from Makkah, “these twelve new Muslim
converts requested, ‘Please send an Islamic tutor
with us, who can teach us Islam ‘and can preach Islam to our
idolatrous brothers as well.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw)
sent Mus‘ab bin ‘Umair (ra), “a very devout young man from the
‘Abdud-Dar tribe along with them. “An Islamic preacher was referred
to as a Qari or Muqri in those days, “because the majority of their work
was to recite the Holy Qur’an, “as this was the best method of preaching. “As such, Mus‘ab (ra) was also renowned
by the name Muqri in Yathrab. “When he arrived in Medina, Mus‘ab bin Umair (ra)
stayed at the home of As‘ad bin Zurarah (ra), “who was the first Muslim of Medina, and
was a very devout and influential leader. “His home was transformed
into a preaching centre “and Mus‘ab (ra) began to perform
his duties with full attention. “Since the Muslims of Medina lived a collective
life, and Medina was comparatively more peaceful, “upon the proposal of
As‘ad bin Zurarah (ra), “the Holy Prophet (saw)
instructed Mus‘ab bin Umair (ra) “to begin offering the Jumu‘ah Prayer, “and in this way the Muslims began
their life as a unified community. “The blessings of Allah were such as it
was not long before the religion of Islam “began to find popularity
in every home of Medina. “The Aus and the Khazraj began
to accept Islam very rapidly. “In some cases, the entirety of a
tribe would accept Islam in one day. “Thus, the Banu ‘Abdil-Ashhal tribe also accepted
Islam in this manner, and became Muslim at once. “This was a very distinct branch of
the Ansar tribe known as the Aus, “and the chieftain of this tribe
was named Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh. “Not only was he the chieftain
of the ‘Abdul-Ashhal tribe, “but he was the leader of
the entire Aus tribe as well. “When Islam began to find popularity
in Medina, Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh disliked it, “and endeavoured to stop it,” before accepting
Islam, Hazrat Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh opposed it greatly, “but he was closely related
to As‘ad bin Zurarah (ra). “Both of them were cousins, and
As‘ad had become a Muslim. “For this reason Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh
would not approach him personally “so as to prevent a dispute. “As such, he said to another one of
his relatives, Usaid bin Al-Hudair, “I am somewhat embarrassed to say
anything due to As‘ad bin Zurarah,” since he has become a Muslim and is
helping in spreading the message, “but you go and stop Mus‘ab,” instead
of stopping As’ad bin Zurarah, they decided to stop Mus’ab from preaching
“and from spreading this irreligiousness. “Tell As‘ad as well that this
way of life is not right.” Usaid was from the revered
chieftains of the ‘Abdul-Ashhal tribe, and his father had remained the leader of the
entire Aus tribe during the Battle of Bu‘ath. After Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh, Usaid bin Al-Hudair
possessed significant influence within his tribe. Therefore, upon the encouragement of Sa‘d, he went
to Mus‘ab bin Umair (ra) and As‘ad bin Zurarah. He addressed Mus‘ab (ra) in a tone of anger,
saying, “Why do you make our people irreligious? “Abstain from this or the
outcome shall not be pleasant!” Before Mus‘ab (ra) could answer,
Asa‘d (ra) softly told Mus‘ab (ra), “He is a very powerful chieftain of his tribe,
speak to him very sympathetically and lovingly.” Therefore, Mus‘ab (ra) addressed him in a
very respectful and loving tone, and said, “Do not be angry, rather be so kind as to sit and
listen to what we have to say with a cool heart, “then you may formulate your opinion.” Usaid found this to be a logical
proposition and sat down. Mus‘ab (ra) recited the
Holy Qur’an to him and enlightened him of Islamic
teachings very benevolently. Usaid was so moved that he
accepted Islam right away, and said, “There is such a man behind me that if he
converts, our entire tribe will accept Islam, “wait here, I shall send him.” After this Usaid (ra) left, and by some excuse, he
sent Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh to Mus‘ab bin Umair (ra) and As‘ad bin Zurarah (ra). Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh came and furiously
said to As‘ad bin Zurarah (ra), “Look here Asa‘d, indeed, you are misusing
your family relations and this is not right. “If I am silent on this matter, then
it is only owing to our family ties, “but do not take advantage of this.” Upon this, in the same manner as before,
Mus‘ab (ra) tenderly and lovingly cooled him down and said, “Take a seat here and
listen to what I have to say. “If then, there is something
objectionable, you may reject it.” Sa‘d responded, “Alright, this
appeal seems to be rational.” “Resting his spear, he took a seat,
and in the same manner, Mus‘ab (ra) “recited the Holy Qur’an to him and expounded
Islamic principles in his very attractive manner. “It was not long before
this idol also submitted,” i.e. before long, Hazrat Sa’d bin
Muadh also accepted Islam. Therefore, as per the custom, Sa‘d bathed
and recited the Kalimah Shahadah. After this, Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh (ra)
and Usaid bin Al-Hudair (ra) went to their tribesmen and Sa‘d (ra) inquired of them in a particular Arabian custom:
“O Bani ‘Abdul-Ashhal, how do you find me?” They all answered in unison, “You are
our leader and the son of our leader. “We have full trust in you.” Sa‘d (ra) responded, “Then I
have nothing to do with you “until you believe in Allah
and His Messenger.” “After this, Sa‘d (ra) explained the principles of
Islam to them, and evening had not yet come, “before the entire tribe
had converted to Islam. “Sa‘d (ra) and Usaid (ra) broke the idols that
belonged to their people with their own hands. “Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh (ra) and Usaid bin
Al-Hudair (ra) who accepted Islam that day, “are counted amongst the most
eminent of companions.” Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad
Sahib (ra) further says: “And among the Ansar undoubtedly,
they possess a magnificent status. “In particular, Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh (ra)
received a position “amongst the Ansar as did Hadrat Abu
Bakr (ra) amongst the Muhajirin of Makkah. “This young man turned out to be
extremely sincere, remarkably loyal, “and an exceptionally devoted lover
of Islam and the founder of Islam. “Since he was also the chieftain of his tribe,
he was extraordinarily intelligent as well. “He acquired such a position in
Islam which was not only distinctive, “nay, the most distinctive companions
of the Holy Prophet (saw) acquired. “No doubt, upon his early demise, the
words of the Holy Prophet (saw) that, ‘Upon the demise of Sa‘d even the throne of
the Gracious God has come into motion,’ “was based on a very deep reality. “Therefore, in this manner, Islam began to spread
throughout the Aus and the Khazraj very rapidly. “The Jews would look
to this sight in terror. “In their hearts they would say, God
knows what is about to happen.” Owing to the preaching efforts of Hazrat
Mus‘ab bin Umair, many people accepted Islam. On the occasion of Hajj, 13 AH, he brought
a delegation of 70 Ansaris to Mecca. Analysing this from various sources,
Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) writes in Sirat Khatamun-Nabiyyin: “The
following year, that is, Dhul-Hijjah of 13 Nabawi, “on the occasion of Hajj many hundreds of people
from the Aus and the Khazraj came to Makkah. “Among them, there were seventy such
people who had either become Muslim “or now desired to become Muslims, and came to
Makkah in order to meet the Holy Prophet (saw). “Mus‘ab bin Umair (ra)
was also among them. “Mus‘ab’s (ra) mother was alive, and although
she was an idolatress, loved him very much. “When she was informed of his
coming, she sent word that, ‘First come and meet
me, then go elsewhere.’ “Mus‘ab (ra) responded, ‘I have not
yet met the Holy Prophet (saw), ‘I shall come to you
once I have met him.’ “Therefore, he presented himself
before the Holy Prophet (saw) first, “and briefed him on key issues,
then visited his mother.” On seeing that he had not gone to
meet her first. She was very upset. When she saw him, she
began to weep and complain. Mus‘ab (ra) said, “Mother! I tell you something
wonderful which is very beneficial for you, “and shall put an end
to every disagreement. She inquired, “What is that?” Mus‘ab (ra) quietly responded, “This, that you
forsake idol worship and become a Muslim, “and believe in the Holy Prophet (saw).” She was a firm idolatress, and
as soon as she heard this, she began to put up a commotion saying, “I swear by the stars that I shall
never enter your religion,” and signalled her relatives to capture
Mus‘ab (ra), but he managed to escape. There are still some accounts
of Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair which remain to be narrated but since
there are two funerals in absentia, therefore I will end the accounts of Hazrat
Musab (ra) here and will – God Willing – continue to relate them
in the next sermon. The first funeral is of respected
Malik Munawar Ahmad Javed Sahib, son of respected Malik Muzaffar Ahmad Sahib, who
passed away on 22nd February at the age of 84: “Surely to Allah we belong
and to Him shall we return” He was suffering from a
liver ailment for some time and after spending ten days in the
Tahir Heart Hospital for treatment, he passed away and met his Creator. The deceased was a Musi and is survived
by his wife, four sons and two daughters. Malik Munawar Ahmad Javed
Sahib’s paternal grandfather was Hazrat Dr Zafar Chaudhry Sahib (ra) and his maternal grandfather was
Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Karim Sahib (ra), who was from Ghazipur, Gurdaspur. His paternal grandfather was
from DharamKot, Randhawa. Both of his elders, i.e.
both grandfathers, did the Bai’at at the hands of
the Promised Messiah (as) and thereby had the honour of being
counted amongst the companions. Malik Munaver Javed Sahib’s marriage took
place with Salma Javed Sahiba in 1968, who is the daughter of
the late Sufi Hamid Sahib. She was the paternal granddaughter of Hazrat
Hafiz Sufi Ghulam Muhammad Sahib (ra), a missionary who served in Mauritius and who was
also the companion of the Promised Messiah (as). Also, she was the maternal granddaughter
of Hazrat Dr Zafar Hussain Sahib (ra), who was also a companion
of the Promised Messiah (as). Hazrat Sufi Ghulam Muhammad
Sahib (ra), who served in Mauritius, was among the 313 companions
of the Promised Messiah (as). Hence, both Malik Munawar Javed Sahib and
his wife’s maternal and paternal grandfathers were companions of the Promised Messiah (as)
by the grace of Allah the Almighty. On one occasion, whilst mentioning about
his Waqf [life devotion], Malik Sahib stated that he was once listening to the
address of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) in 1982 at the Ansarullah Ijtema. In his address, Huzoor spoke about the
importance of Waqf and in his concluding words, the gist of which was that, “Do you not desire to
spend your very last breath in a state of Waqf?” He states that these words of Huzoor
proved to be a turning point for him and he kept deliberating whether
or not he should do Waqf. In any case, he ultimately decided
to present himself for Waqf and submitted his request to Hazrat
Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) on 10th August 1983. Huzoor (rh) accepted his Waqf
on 18th August 1983 and stated that he could finish up
with his previous work and then join as at the time he
was running his own business. His first official appointment by
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) was on 28th August 1983
in Wakalat Sanat-o-Tijarat and he formally began serving in
the office from 1st October 1983. Prior to his Waqf, he worked for 16 years in
the secretariat of the Punjab Government and after that ran his own
business for ten years. In November 1983, he was appointed as the
manager for ‘The Review of Religions’ magazine and in 1984 he was appointed
as the Muavin Nazir Ziafat. From 20th April 1983 to July 2016, he had the
opportunity to serve as Naib Nazir Ziafat. In 1990, when a committee was
formed for the welfare of the orphans, he was appointed as its first secretary and
rendered this service for approximately 20 years. From 1968 to 1970 he served in
Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Pakistan as the Qaid of his district and also Lahore and continued to
serve for approximately ten years. The deceased also had
the opportunity to serve in the organisation of Majlis
Ansarullah from 1984 to 2014 and during this 31 year of service, he served as
Qaid Tehrik-e-Jadid, Qaid Tarbiyyat, Qaid Isha’at and during the last 5 years, he had the opportunity to serve as the
Naib Sadr of Majlis Ansarullah Pakistan. Narrating an account during his service in the
government office, Malik Sahib once stated, “During my service, one of our senior
officers was extremely prejudiced “and would often invite his Maulvis [religious
clerics] to engage in a debate with me. “On one occasion he brought Allama
Professor Khalid Mahmood Sahib, “who was a renowned scholar at the time. “The debate began and when the Allama Sahib
could not present any adequate argument, “he became angry and began
hurling verbal abuse,” as is the general practise
of the Maulvis. “My officer in-charge, whose name was Abdur
Rehman, began to worry lest the debate “became extremely unfavourable for them. “Assuring my office in-charge, the Allama
said to him – these words of his are such “that they reflect the fact that he truly believed
that the members of the Jama’at have a bond “with Allah the Almighty – he stated that
these people,” i. e. referring to Ahmadis, “have committed such great injustices
against God Almighty, His messenger (saw) “and the Book of Allah that God would
surely have destroyed them by now, “but they continue to be saved each time. “The Maulvi then stated that
the reason why they are saved “is because they profusely
cry in their prayers.” Malik Sahib states, “I asked the Maulvi
Sahib to give me this explanation in writing. “He enquired why I wanted
this and the stated in Punjabi, ‘If I give it in writing today, by tomorrow
you will have it published in a newspaper.’” Thus, the Maulvi had no choice but to admit
that the fervent supplication of the Ahmadis aids them in every instance and Allah the
Almighty grants acceptance to their prayers. Despite considering us to be
wrong, yet they still believe that Allah the Almighty
listens to our prayers. May Allah the Almighty
open their eyes to the truth and may He also save this nation
from their deceptive ways as a result of which they have completely misguided
them and have led people astray. The Muavin Nazir Ziafat,
Osama Azhar Sahib states that Malik Munawar Ahmad Javed Sahib
possessed many excellent qualities. He would wake up in the night and inspect the
Dar-ul-Ziafat and take reports from the workers and depending on the weather, he would also
make arrangements for tea and [boiled] eggs, etc. He would treat the workers in Dar-ul-Ziafat
with great love, affection and compassion. He was aware of the personal circumstances
of each and every worker in the Dar-ul-Ziafat and would discretely offer them
financial help as much as possible. Malik Sahib’s son-in-law, Nadim
Sahibb, who is also his nephew, states that he would always advise
him to offer his prayers, instil love for Khilafat
and to serve the faith. He further states that he once told
him that after taking retirement, he decided to half his voluntary financial
contributions which he previously offered, since his allowance had now reduced. Hence, he drafted a list of all his
promises and then fell asleep. He states that in the night, he saw in a dream
that Allah the Almighty came to him and said, “I am the Lord of this world, I have heard that
you have halved your Chanda contributions? “Come with Me, let Me
show you the universe.” And so, in his dream, Allah the Almighty
showed him His mountains, jungles, valleys, rivers and His gardens. God Almighty then stated, “When I
possess sovereignty over all of these, “then why do you need to worry?” Malik Sahib states that upon
this, he awoke from his dream and abandoned his decision
to halve his contributions and continued to offer
his Chandas as normal. Malik Sahib’s wife states that before
doing Waqf when he used to do business, he would put a large amount of money in
his pocket and wrap his shawl around him and would go out onto the
streets during the winter nights. He would say that if he saw someone
in need then such an individual would most certainly be someone
who was genuinely in need. Thus, one day he saw an individual
who looked extremely worried who informed him that his mother was
extremely ill and he did not have any money. Malik Sahib handed all the money
to him and returned home. Muavin Nazir Ziafat, Asif Majeed Sahib,
who is also a Missionary, writes: “Due to the volume of
guests, on occasions, “the guests would have difficulties
finding accommodation. “Some guests would come to the
office and openly use harsh words. “However, the deceased would
always listen to them happily.” He then says: “At times I have
seen him apologising to guests “with his hands joined together. “Some of the guests he would apologise to would
be the same age as the deceased’s children. “On one occasion, after the guest had left, I said
that I was greatly pained to see him seeking “forgiveness with his hands together, to
which he replied: ‘Why do you feel any pain, “I was the one who put my hands
together [to apologise], not you. “Remember, these are the guests of
the Promised Messiah (as), who ran “without wearing any shoes in order to
chase after a guest who felt aggrieved.” Asif sahib then writes: “Once I was sitting in his
office when the deceased narrated an incident. “The deceased said that one day, “an elderly gentlemen came to his
office and speaking in Punjabi, “he asked in angry tone if he was Malik Munawar
Javed? Malik Sahib answered in the affirmative. “The elderly guest said in Punjabi: ‘Does your
father own the langar khana [in an angry manner]?” Malik Sahib replied: “No, Sir, this is the
Langar Khana of the Promised Messiah (as), “who is the father of both you and I.” Upon this the elderly
gentlemen’s anger subsided and he explained his issues
in a calm and loving manner. At times, the conduct of the guests is also
inappropriate, I receive complaints from people who mention that they were not properly
taken care of or they were ill-treated, but upon further investigation it comes to
light that the guest was impatient as well. Undoubtedly, the relevant department
should always be courteous to the guests, however the guests should also display high
morals, and when faced with such issues, they ought to co-operate with the
administration as much as possible. Nonetheless, Malik Sahib fulfilled his
Waqf [devotion] to the best of his abilities. When I was serving as Nazir-e-A’la, I
was also appointed as Nazir Ziafat, and he was Naib Nazir Ziafat. I witnessed that he would take
great care of Jamaat property and never refrained from saying
what he thought was correct. Even though he was my Naib [deputy], if I
had given an instruction and he thought that something else was better
for the interests of the Jama’at, without hesitation he would
immediately raise his concern and would say that if we work in this
manner it would be more beneficial. This is an attribute that every
Waqf-e-Zindagi [life devotee] ought to adopt in that they should express their
opinion whilst maintaining decorum. He had a strong bond with Khilafat which
was evident from every letter of his, and from the two times
he came to meet me. May Allah Almighty shower His mercy and
forgiveness upon him and elevate his status. May Allah grant his wife and
children patience and steadfastness, and enable them to continue
his virtuous deeds. The second funeral is of Professor
Munawar Shameem Khalid Sahib, son of Sheikh Mahboob Aalam Khalid Sahib, who
passed away in Rabwah on 16th February 2020 at the age of approximately 81 years old. Verily to Allah we belong
and to Him shall we return. As mentioned earlier, his father was
Sheikh Mahboob Aalam Khalid Sahib who was a Nazir and also
a Professor of TI College. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh) then
appointed him as Nazir Baitul Maal Aamad and he served in this
capacity for a long time. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) then appointed
him as Sadr, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya. Shamim Khalid Sahib was his eldest son and he
leaves behind Shahida Munawar Shameem Sahiba, who was his second wife,
and from his first wife who has passed away – he has one son,
Khalid Nur Sahib, who lives in Canada. In 1964, when Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh)
was Principal of the [TI College] and also Sadr, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya,
he led the Nikah ceremony of Munawar Shameem Khalid
Sahib from Masjid Mubarak. At the time, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Sahib (rh) – Khalifatul Masih III stated: “Professor Munawar Shameem
Khalid Sahib is the son of my close “and dear friend Professor
Mahboob Aalam Khalid Sahib “and thus he is dear to
me like my own sons.” Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (rh) had a close
bond with Munawar Shameem Sahib’s father. He served in Majlis Ansarullah
Markaziyya for 28 years. He worked as a professor in TI College
until it became nationalised and after that he worked for an extensive
period of time in a college in Rabwah. I have already mentioned that
Munawar Shameem Sahib was the son of Mahboob Aalam Khalid Sahib and Shameem Sahibs paternal
grandfather was Maulvi Farzand Ali, who was the former Imam of Fazl Mosque,
London and also served as Nazir Baitul Maal. Munawar Shameem Sahib’s second
wife, Shahida Sahiba, states: “He possessed many great qualities
among which the foremost was his love, “devotion and reverence to the Khalifa,
and showing complete obedience to him. “He would listen to the Sermons regularly and
always derive points from these sermons. He was regular in his prayers
and in observing fasts, he would offer the tahajjud prayer and
prayed the five daily prayers in congregation. When owing to his illness he stopped
going to the mosque for the prayers, he was pained greatly by this and
would often be overcome with emotion. He endured his illness with great patience
and never even expressed his pain, nor did he ever have any grievances, instead he
would always recite All praise belongs to Allah. Serving the faith with full sincerity, devotion
and loyalty were among his prominent qualities. He would always serve joyfully
and was very considerate, loyal and treated everyone with kindness. I was a student of his for a short while
when he taught in college, but even after when I was Ameer Muqami and Nazir-e-Aala,
Shameem Sahib always maintained a relationship of respect with me. He never gave the impression
that I was once his student. He would always show obedience to
Khilafat and the Nizam of the Jamaat and even after becoming Khalifa,
his expression was extraordinary. May Allah the Almighty shower
His mercy and forgives on him. May Allah grant him a place
amongst His loved ones and may he enable his family
members to continue his good deeds. God willing, after the Friday prayers
I will lead the funeral prayers in absentia of both
deceased members. All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help
from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against
the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the
right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled,
none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves
to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad
is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May
Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with
justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as
one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which
pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits
revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He
too will remember you; call Him and He will make
a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance
is the highest virtue.

21 thoughts on “Friday Sermon – 28th February 2020

  1. Subhan'Allah. Masha'Allah. May Allah enable us to act upon the advices of our beloved Huzoor e Anwar aba. May Allah grant him a long and healty life and strengthen his hands .Ameen.

  2. ماشاءاللہ بہت خوب اللہ تعالیٰ فضل فرمائے آمین جزاک اللہ آواز پہلے سے اونچی ہوئی ہے سننے میں آسانی ہوتی ہے دل خوش ہو تا ہے اللہ تعالیٰ جزائے خیر عطا فرمائے آمین

  3. Mashllha Allha hazoor poor noor ko sehato slamtee galba islam sea baherpoor lambee zindgee ata fermaya or ham ko her hokam maneny ke tofeeq ta fermay Ameen

  4. اللہ تعالی ہمیں اپنے پیارے آقا کی ان نصایح پر عمل کرنے کی توفیق عطا فرمائے امین۔

  5. اگر کوٸی لڑکی جماعت احمدی میں شامل ہونا چاہتی ہو وہ اپنا گھر بار چھوڑ دینے کو تیار ہو کیا کوٸی ادارہ ایسا موجود ہے جہاں وہ احمدیت کی تربیت بھی حاصل کر سکے اور تحفظ سے رہ بھی سکتی ہو

  6. مییں اپنی مکمل زندگی وقف کرنا چاہتی ہوں مجھے ایک روپیہ بھی بدلے میں نہیں چاہیے کوٸی بھی ادارہ پاکستان میں احمدیت کا ایسا مجھے کوٸی بتا دے میں ایک طلاق یافتہ خاتون ہوں مجھے کچھ بھی اور نہیں چاہیے میں کسی بھی احمدی مدرسے یا ادارے کے لیے اپنی زندگی وقف کر دوں گی ان شاء اللہ

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