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Friday Sermon: Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims: Steadfastness and Prayers

 Today's Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fātiḥah Huzur proceeded.

Huzur (a.b.a.) reminded that opposition and persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community is not a new thing. Troublemakers gather and attribute diverse unsubstantiated accusations to the Ahmadiyya Community to incite opposition and to ignite fires for hatred.

Huzur (a.b.a.) said that we find from the Holy Quran that all messengers have been opposed, ridiculed, interfered with and resisted in their heavenly undertakings. He referred to the verse,

"And in like manner have We made for every Prophet an enemy, evil ones from among men and Jinn. They suggest one to another gilded speech in order to deceive — and if thy Lord had enforced His will, they would not have done it; so leave them alone with that which they fabricate —" (6:113)

Troublemaking clergy are deceiving in the name of faith. Some leaders have also joined them. They spread non-existing rumors that have nothing to do with reality. Their lies, ridicule and mockery strengthen the faith a true Ahmadi Muslim.

Huzur (a.b.a.) pointed that while most Ahmadis are bearing atrocities with courage, some naively propose that as tyranny and injustice have reached their pinnacle, aggression should be responded with aggression. This idea may be infusing internally or externally to mislead Ahmadis. Huzur (a.b.a.) said that this is a view of ignorance. Such members have forgotten our fundamental teachings and principles. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) taught us to bear tyranny and persecution with patience. The progress and victory destined for the Promised Messiah (a.s.) is to be attained by turning to righteousness, love, affection, and prayers.

The Promised Messiah (a.s.) warned his followers that his way was not easy and trouble free. Members will face the loss of emotions, wealth, and life. They will have to persevere and be patient and respond in kind.

Huzur (a.b.a.) said that to act against these teachings is to create disorder and to provide an excuse for mischief to opponents. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) taught us to counter violence, tyranny and aggression with patience and prayers. By acting otherwise, we call two curses upon us, one of the Almighty and the other of the people. Therefore, we are not to respond abuse and disorder with abuse and disorder... Read Full Summary