Khilafat, Prayers and Martyrdom of Mehdi Ali Qamar by Khalifa of Islam A great favour of God which has united Ahmadiyya community as one and which has been prevalent since the passing of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is the institution of Khilafat. The last 106 years of the history of the community bear witness to the fact that after the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) passing, just as he stated in his booklet Al Wasiyyat (The Will) members of the community have accepted Khilafat with perfect obedience. Every Ahmadi across the world no matter what his ethnic background or nationality understands very well that adherence to Khilafat on the precepts of Prophethood which was to start after the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is his biggest duty.

Huzoor said here he did not refer to those who separated in the early years and now do not have any standing, rather the large majority of Ahmadiyya community which understands the status of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and has the insight that in adherence to Khilafat lies its unity, its progress and from it comes the strength to respond to the attacks of enemies of Ahmadiyyat, Islam. This is because Divine help and succour is now associated with the Khilafat of the second phase of Islam.

However, it needs to be understood that mere verbally professing one’s faith does not garner God’s grace. Ayat e Istakhlaf (verse 56 of Surah Al Nur) promises Khilafat to the true believers and gives the glad-tiding of changing their fear in peace and promises to establish them. This is indeed promised to those who pray, worship God and make sacrifices to uphold Unity of God. There are many who say لا الہ الا اللہ (there is none worthy of worship save Allah) but in reality only those appreciate لا الہ الا اللہ who only turn to God in every situation and who do not turn to anyone except God. Each Khilafat Day that we commemorate should draw us towards worship of God, prayer, staying firm on Unity of God as well as gauging our standard of disseminating Unity of God. If our standards in this regard are not rising, then holding conventions, giving speeches, academic discourses and other celebrations mean nothing. What is needed is to understand the spirit of it all. We will understand the reality of Unity of God if we are drawn to prayers and will be made recipients of God’s grace which was promised to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

God has drawn our attention to prayer and His worship to stay connected to Khilafat, to absorb Divine blessings, to get rid of our difficulties and to have inner peace and prayer and worship indeed are our real weapons on which we can rely constantly. Temporary ways and means do not bring success. We note that in the historical accounts of Prophets of God success only came through prayer, in particular in history of Islam and uniquely in the time of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and Khulafa e Rashideen (the Rightly Guided Caliphs) triumphs came through prayer and not through worldly strength. It should be remembered however, that in spite of all the Divine promises, sacrifice of life was given and standards of worship were always raised.

Huzoor mentioned by the by that last Friday he had spoken with reference to an Ahmadi whose Shia friend had told him that Ahmadis do not respond to matters appropriately and Huzoor had said that it appeared the Ahmadi friend was also of the same view. Although Huzoor had not mentioned any name, it appears the person understood and wrote to Huzoor to say that it was only his Shia friend’s view and he was not of the same opinion. Huzoor said he does get informed from various sources that people do hold such views. We should remember that all blessings are in prayers, as God has stated: ‘So pray to thy Lord, and offer sacrifice.’ (108:3). It is worship of God and sacrifices that make us recipients of God’s grace. There is no doubt that it is in human nature to be perturbed when trials and tribulations get lengthy. As mentioned in last Friday sermon, in such situations true believers raise the anxious voice of ‘…When will come the help of Allah?…’ (2:215). They say so not out of despair but to draw God’s mercy. They do so by completely submitting and surrendering themselves to God, taking their prayers to their highest point and abiding by high levels of sacrifice. And then, in response, comes the sound: ‘…Yea, surely the help of Allah is nigh.’ (2:215).


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