Friday Sermon delivered by the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Khalifatul Masih the V, Huzoor-e-anwar, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah assist him with His Mighty help and grant him a long life) on the 13th September 2013:
English summary of the sermon
The current global situation is fast moving towards devastation. In particular the Syrian crisis could plunge the Arab world in great devastation and if foreign powers join in, the terrible damage ensuing will not be limited to some countries in Asia, but will be worldwide. Neither the countries in Asia, nor the world powers appreciate that this conflict could be a pre-cursor to a World War.
Ahmadis accept the true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), and in following their master, who came to connect man with God and to establish brotherhood, they need to pray a lot for the world to be protected from destruction. We have no other means. We can try and alert the world to the horrific consequences, as indeed we are. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih said as much as possible he has been alerting world leaders and politicians in this regard and members of the Community have also joined him in disseminating the message. Some of these leaders agree most forcefully with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih and tell him that his message is the need of the hour. However, when it is time for action, they change their stance. Ahmadis should try and pay a great deal of attention to pray for mankind in general and the Muslim Ummah in particular to be saved from destruction.
Some eighty eight years ago Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) delivered a Friday sermon on the situation faced by Syria at the time. He mentioned the ancient history of Damascus and its pre-Islamic significance. Later it also became the capital city during Muslim reign. Hazrat Musleh Maud said that at the time the Druze tribe started an uprising for independence and were joined by other Muslims against the French rule. Hazrat Musleh Maud said that the administrative rule in Syria was French although the Mufti also wielded power. If the Mufti did not want anything published, the Governor was powerless. The Ahmadiyya Community had some publications printed which were banned by the Mufti and when the Governor was approached regarding this, he said he could not do anything. Any political dissent was swiftly dealt with by the French rule. In response to the revolt, the French air forces bombarded for 57 hours razing to the ground the historical buildings and killing thousands. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was once given the revelation of: ‘Calamity of Damascus’. This revelation was fulfilled by the 1925 situation for Damascus had never experienced destruction of that scale before. But, some revelations are fulfilled more than once. In that calamity, which lasted 57 hours or so according to a cautious estimate seven to eight thousand souls perished.