Friday Sermon: The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (a.s.)

 Huzur (aba) stated that yesterday, which was 23rd March, was a key date in the history of the Jamaat as it was the point in history when the Jamaat was established at the hand of the Promised Messiah (as). The Promised Messiah (as) announced that the awaited Messiah and Mahd [the Guided one] prophesied by the Holy Prophet (sa) was fulfilled in his personage. The Promised Messiah (as) further stated that his mission was to establish the oneness of God and the love of the Almighty in the hearts of the people.

The Promised Messiah (as) stated that the rank and status he received was due to his veritable and sincere love for the Holy Prophet (sa). Huzur (aba) stated that those people who assert that we consider the status of the Promised Messiah (as) to be greater than the Holy Prophet (sa) (heaven forbid) are guilty of a grave injustice.

Huzur (aba) stated that at present, this is the very allegation being used against Ahmadis in Algeria, to the extent that even women with young children are being arrested and taken hundreds of miles away to face prosecution. However, the message I am receiving from those woman is identical, and they all have stated that they have found the unity of God and the true love of the Holy Prophet (sa) through accepting the Promised Messiah (as). Therefore it is not possible for them to retract from it.

Huzur (aba) stated that whilst we pray for Ahmadis to be relieved of difficulties, we also pray that may God Almighty grant the Muslims the opportunity to accept the ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (sa).

Huzur stated that one can gauge the agony for people to recognise God from the following extract: "[O Lord] My soul is soaring towards you with the utmost certainty, just as a bird soars towards its nest. Thus, I desire from you a sign of your existence, not for sake of my honour nor for any personal reason, so that people recognise you and identify your virtuous paths, lest they deviate from guidance by declaring the one who was sent to be false."

The Promised Messiah (as) further states: "How unfortunate is the man, who even now, is unaware that there is a God who has power over all things. Our paradise lies in our God. Our highest delight is in our God for we have seen Him and found every beauty in Him. This wealth is worth procuring though one might have to lay down one's life to procure it. This ruby is worth purchasing though one may have to lose oneself to acquire it. O ye, who are deprived! Hasten to this fountain as it will satiate you. It is this fountain of life that will save you. What am I to do? How shall I impress the hearts with this good news? What sort of a drum am I to beat in the streets in order to make the announcement that this is your God, so that people might hear? What remedy shall I apply to the ears of the people so that they should listen?"

Huzur (aba) then stated that this is the relationship that we must build with God Almighty and this was the standard the Promised Messiah (as) expected from his followers.

On one occasion the Promised Messiah (as) was reciting the couplet in the Mubarak mosque and tears were flowing from his eyes. The couplet was written by Hasaan bin Saabit and was written in praise of the Holy Prophet (sa), wherein he wrote:

O Muhammad, you were [like] the pupil of my eye which has been blinded since your demise. Whosoever may depart henceforth, for I feared your death alone.

The Promised Messiah (as) stated that while reading this couplet, he wished that it was he who had written these couplets.

Those who level allegations against the Promised Messiah (as) that, God forbid, he considered himself superior in rank to the Holy Prophet (sa) cannot even come close to the love the Promised Messiah (as) actually had for the Holy Prophet (sa).

Regarding this incident, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) Sahib states that the Promised Messiah (as) experienced every kind of difficulty but never expressed his emotions of sorrow or grief on his blessed countenance. However, when it came to the Holy Prophet (sa), he was filled with emotion and tears would flow down from his eyes.

There are countless examples in the books and various sayings of the Promised Messiah (as) which illustrate the deep love he had for the Holy Prophet (sa)... Read Full Summary