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Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
Review of Religions Monthly - May 2014
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  • 1. Special Interview with Shareef Odeh from the Holy Land 34 Listen to the Voice from the Heavens! 26 The Miracle of the Revealed Sermon 20 Khilafat Day - a 2nd Message to the Arab World 58 VOL. 109 - ISSUE FIVEMAY 2014 WWW.REVIEWOFRELIGIONS.ORG AMESSAGE tothe ARAB WORLD
  • 2. The Holy Prophet Muhammadsa prophesied that the Promised Messiahas would be raised near a white minaret, east of Damascus. This prophecy was fulfilled with the advent of the Promised Messiahas from Qadian, India, a city directly east of Damascus. The Promised Messiahas & imam mahdi Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas , the Promised Messiah and Mahdi was born to a noble family in Qadian, India.  From an early age he had a keen interest in religion and developed a love for the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa . He was also known for his honesty, friendliness and resolve. Over time his knowledge and understanding of religion and its application to society deepened. Being a Muslim it was his firm belief that all religions were true at their source but with the passage of time had drifted away from their original teachings; he upheld the dignity of religion and demonstrated its relevance to everyone. His earnest defence of religion was ultimately blessed when he started to receive direct revelation from Allah – a blessing that he continued for the rest of his life. His mission was to revitalise the truth that all religions held within them and to revive the teachings of Islam. It was through this that he would bring mankind together and establish everlasting peace. In 1889, under Divine Guidance, Hazrat Ahmadas founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – a community that has since grown in its stature and strength and has remained active in conveying the message of Islam to the ends of the earth. Hazrat Ahmadas had established himself as a respected writer and had written over 80 books. His writings have been translated into more than 60 languages and continue to inspire readers to this day. One of his greatest scholarly works was The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam, prepared as a paper and read out at the Conference of Great Religions in 1896. He also wrote a fascinating treatise in 1899 entitled Jesus in India, a book that uncovered remarkable evidence of Jesus’sas journey to India. In 1902, the Promised Messiahas initiated The Review of Religions which has covered a vast array of topics on religion, philosophy and contemporary issues of the day. It is the longest running English magazine in defence of Islam and the values it teaches. From 1889 until the time of his demise in 1908 tens of thousands of people accepted him. This blessing has continued and will continue through his Khulafa (successors). Currently under the fifth successor, we are seeing that the tide of acceptance is worldwide and that the message of Prophet Ahmadas has really reached the ends of the earth. ©makhzan-e-tasaweer Verily, Allah accepts the repentance of only those who do evil in ignorance and then repent soon after.These are they to whom Allah turns with mercy; and Allah is All-Knowing, Wise. ISLAM, THE HOLY QUR’AN, CH.4:V.18. Narrated Abu Hurairara : I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.” ISLAM, THE HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMADSA , HADITH OF BUKHARI. Human sins are forgiven through repentance. Divine wisdom leaves some individuals free to commit sins so that thereby they should become aware of their weakness and may be forgiven through repentance.This is the law that is appointed for man and it is suited to man’s nature. ISLAM, THE PROMISED MESSIAHAS , THE ESSENCE OF ISLAM: VOLUME I, P.156. If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY, 2 CHRONICLES, 7:14. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. CHRISTIANITY, MATTHEW, 3:2. Great is repentance; it turns premeditated sins into incentives for right conduct. JUDAISM, TALMUD, YOMA, 86B. If one hides the evil, it adds and grows. If one bares it and repents, the sin dies out. Therefore all Buddha’s say that the wise do not hide sin. BUDDHISM, MAHAPARINIRVANA SUTRA. Repentance WORLD FAITHS founder of the review of religions
  • 3. 8 The Spiritual Revival of the Arabs HAZRAT MIRZA GHULAM AHMADAS , THE PROMISED MESSIAH AND IMAM MAHDI 14 From the Archives: The Promised Reformer of Islam Personal experiences of being in the august company of the Promised Messiah. SIR CHAUDHRY MUHAMMAD ZAFRULLA KHANRA 20 The Miracle of the ‘Revealed Sermon’ SARAH WASEEM, UK 26 Listen to the Voice from the Heavens 3 day live programme broadcast from the tiny hamlet of Qadian. TARIQ H. MALIK, OHIO, USA 34 Laying the Foundations for a Spiritual Revolution Among the Arabs An Interview with Muhammad Shareef Odeh from the Holy Land. 42 A Message to the Arab World In his first ever message in Arabic, His Holiness delivers a rallying call. HAZRAT MIRZA MASROOR AHMADABA , HEAD OF THE WORLDWIDE AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY, KHALIFATUL MASIH V 52 Reaction from the Arab World to the Message Arabs around the world respond 58 Message to Arab world on ‘Khilafat Day’ His Holiness delivers a 2nd historic message regarding the foretold institution of Khilafat. 3426 42 CONTENTS MAY 2014 VOL.109 ISSUE FIVE
  • 4. M A N A G E M E N T B O A R D Chairman: Munir-Ud-Din Shams Secretary: Syed Amer Safir Board Members: Mubarak Ahmad Zaffar, Ataul Mujeeb Rashed, Naseer Qamar, Abdul Baqi Arshad, Abid Waheed Ahmad Khan, Aziz Ahmad Bilal C H I E F E D I T O R & M A N A G E R Syed Amer Safir E D I T O R I A L B O A R D Amtul Razzaq Carmichael, Bockarie Tommy Kallon, Fazal Ahmad, Hassan Wahab, Hibba Turrauf, Jonathan Butterworth, Mansoor Saqi, Munazza Khan, Murtaza Ahmad, Nakasha Ahmad, Navida Syed, Sarah Waseem, Shahzad Ahmad, Tariq H. Malik W E B D E V E L O P E R & I T Hibba Turrauf, Mubashra Ahmad A S S O C I AT E E D I T O R S Nakasha Ahmad, Tariq H. Malik (Sub-Editor: Mariam Rahman) S U B - E D I T O R S Head: Hibba Turrauf Sub-Editors: Ayesha Malik, Nusrat Haq, Maryam Malik, H O U S E S T Y L E G U I D E Head: Maleeha Ahmad Team: Sadia Shah, Humaira Omer P R O O F R E A D E R S Head: Munawara Ghauri. Deputy: Farhana Dar. Proofreaders: Abdul Ghany Jahangeer Khan, Hina Rahman, Amina Abbasi, Ayesha Patel S TA F F W R I T E R S & R E S E A R C H E R S Arif Khan, Tazeen Ahmad, Harris Zafar, Meliha Hayat D I S T R I B U T I O N / S U B S C R I P T I O N Head: Mohammad Hanif Team: Sami Ullah, Musa Sattar A R T E D I T O R S. Taalay Ahmad P R I N T E D I T I O N D E S I G N E R Ahsan Khan I N D E X I N G / TA G G I N G T E A M Head: Mirza Krishan Ahmad. Deputy: Amtus Shakoor Tayyaba Ahmed. Team: Humaira Omer, Humda Sohail, S. Taalay Ahmad, Ruhana Hamood, Mubahil Shakir, Adila Bari, Hassan Raza Ahmad T W I T T E R Hibba Turrauf, Mala Khan, Nudrat Ahmad The English Rendering of the 5 Volume Commentary of the Holy Qur’an One of the most insightful commentaries of the Holy Qur’an ever written. Commentary by Hazrat Mirza Bashir-Ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad(ra) Read it online at: http://www.alislam.org/quran/ Or Purchase the print version at: http://store.alislam.org/ ©AMAGALLERYUK NOTE ABOUT REFERENCES Verse references to the Holy Qur’an count ‘Bismillah…’ (In the Name of Allah…) as the first verse of each Chapter. In some non-standard texts, this is not counted. Should the reader refer to such texts, the verse quoted in The Review of Religions will be found a verse earlier, i.e. at one verse less than the number quoted in this journal. For the ease of non-Muslim readers, ‘sa ’ or ‘(saw) ’ after the words, ‘Holy Prophet’, or the name ‘Muhammad’, are used normally in small letters. They stand for ‘Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ meaning ‘peace and blessings of Allah be upon him’. Likewise, the letters ‘as ’ or ‘(as) ’ after the name of all other prophets is an abbreviation meaning ‘peace be upon him’ derived from ‘Alaihis salatu wassalam’ which are words that a Muslim utters out of respect whenever he or she comes across that name. The abbreviation ‘ra ’ or ‘(ra) ’ stands for ‘Raziallahu Ta’ala anhu and is used for Companions of a Prophet, meaning Allah be pleased with him or her (when followed by the relevant Arabic pronoun). Finally, ‘rh ’ or ‘(rh) ’ for Rahemahullahu Ta’ala means the Mercy of Allah the Exalted be upon him. In keeping with current universal practice, local transliterations of names of places are preferred to their anglicised versions, e.g. Makkah instead of Mecca, etc.
  • 5. H ave you any notion what was the strange event that occurred in the wasteland of Arabia when hundreds of thousands of the dead were revived within a few days,and those who had been misguided through generations exhibited Divine complexion, and those who were blind began to see, and those who had been dumb began to utter words of Divine wisdom,and the world under- went a revolution which no eye had seen before and no ear had heard of. Do you know how all this came about? It was the supplications during dark nights of one who had lost himself in God which caused a revolution in the world, and showed such wonders as could never have been expected from that Unlettered and Helpless one [the Holy Prophetsa ].Send down Thy blessings and peace, O Allah, on him and his people according to the amount of pain and anguish he felt for his Ummah, and pour down upon him the light of Thy mercy forever.[1] I always wonder how high was the status of this Arabian Prophet,whose name was Muhammad,(thousands of blessings and peace be upon him). One cannot reach the limit of his high status and it is not given to man to estimate correctly his spiritual effectiveness.It is a pity that his rank has not been recognized,as it should have been. He was the champion who restored to the world the Unity of God, which had disappeared from the world; he loved God in the extreme and his soul melted out of sympathy for mankind. Therefore, God, Who knew the secret of his heart, exalted him above all the Prophets and all the first ones and the last ones and bestowed upon him in his lifetime all that he desired. He is the fountainhead of every grace and a person who claims any superior- ity without acknowledging his grace is not a man but is the spawn of Satan, because the Holy Prophetsa has been bestowed the key to every exaltation The Spiritual Revival of the Arabs hazrat mirza ghulam ahmadas , the promised messiah and imam mahdi Do you know how all this came about? It was the supplications during dark nights of one who had lost himself in God which caused a revolution in the world, and showed such wonders as could never have been expected from that Unlettered and Helpless one [the Holy Prophetsa ]. We present extracts from the writings of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdias , on the Holy Prophetsa and the Arab World. MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 9
  • 6. ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ َ‫و‬ ‫ﷲ‬ ‫ﺎ‬ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬‫ا‬ ‫ﺎ‬ْ‫ﱄ‬‫اﺟ‬‫ر‬ُ‫ﻌ‬َ‫ن‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬ ‫اﷲ‬ ‫ﻋﺒﺎد‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﺎم‬ّ‫اﻟﺸ‬ ‫اﺑﺪال‬ ‫ﻟﻚ‬ ‫ﻳﺪﻋﻮن‬ ‫ �ں‬�‫آ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺼﺎﱀ‬‫۔‬‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ ‫ �اد‬� � ّ‫د‬‫ر‬ ُ‫اﷲ‬‫و‬ْ‫اﻋ‬ُ‫ﻠﻢ‬‫ﱠ‬‫ﺼ‬‫ﺑﺎﻟ‬‫اب‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ [Urdu] ‘Volcano.’ Again a paper was shown,on which was written: ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ َ‫و‬ ‫ﷲ‬ ‫ﺎ‬ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ِ‫ا‬ ‫ﺎ‬ْ‫ﱄ‬ِ‫اﺟ‬‫ر‬ُ‫ﻌ‬َ‫ن‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬ ‫اﷲ‬ ‫ﻋﺒﺎد‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﺎم‬ّ‫اﻟﺸ‬ ‫اﺑﺪال‬ ‫ﻟﻚ‬ ‫ﻳﺪﻋﻮن‬ ‫ �ں‬�‫آ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺼﺎﱀ‬‫۔‬‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ ‫ �اد‬� � ّ‫د‬‫ر‬ ُ‫اﷲ‬‫و‬ْ‫اﻋ‬ُ‫ﻠﻢ‬‫ﱠ‬‫ﺼ‬‫ﺑﺎﻟ‬‫اب‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ [Arabic] ‘Setting right the affairs of the Arabs. Journey among the Arabs.’ Then a paper was shown on which was written: ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ َ‫و‬ ‫ﷲ‬ ‫ﺎ‬ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ِ‫ا‬ ‫ﺎ‬ْ‫ﱄ‬ِ‫اﺟ‬‫ر‬ُ‫ﻌ‬َ‫ن‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬ ‫اﷲ‬ ‫ﻋﺒﺎد‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﺎم‬ّ‫اﻟﺸ‬ ‫اﺑﺪال‬ ‫ﻟﻚ‬ ‫ﻳﺪﻋﻮن‬ ‫ �ں‬�‫آ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺼﺎﱀ‬‫۔‬‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ ‫ �اد‬� � ّ‫د‬‫ر‬ ُ‫اﷲ‬‫و‬ْ‫اﻋ‬ُ‫ﻠﻢ‬‫ﱠ‬‫ﺼ‬‫ﺑﺎﻟ‬‫اب‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ [Urdu] ‘Successful.’ Then a paper was shown on which was written: ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ َ‫و‬ ‫ﷲ‬ ‫ﺎ‬ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ِ‫ا‬ ‫ﺎ‬ْ‫ﱄ‬ِ‫اﺟ‬‫ر‬ُ‫ﻌ‬َ‫ن‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬ ‫اﷲ‬ ‫ﻋﺒﺎد‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﺎم‬ّ‫اﻟﺸ‬ ‫اﺑﺪال‬ ‫ﻟﻚ‬ ‫ﻳﺪﻋﻮن‬ ‫ �ں‬�‫آ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺼﺎﱀ‬‫۔‬‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ ‫ �اد‬� � ّ‫د‬‫ر‬ ُ‫اﷲ‬‫و‬ْ‫اﻋ‬ُ‫ﻠﻢ‬‫ﱠ‬‫ﺼ‬‫ﺑﺎﻟ‬‫اب‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ [Urdu] Averting an affliction. Mention was being made of the phrase ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ َ‫و‬ ‫ﷲ‬ ‫ﺎ‬ّ‫ﻧ‬‫ا‬ِ‫ا‬ ‫ﺎ‬ْ‫ﱄ‬ِ‫اﺟ‬‫ر‬ُ‫ﻌ‬َ‫ن‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬ ‫اﷲ‬ ‫ﻋﺒﺎد‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﺎم‬ّ‫اﻟﺸ‬ ‫اﺑﺪال‬ ‫ﻟﻚ‬ ‫ﻳﺪﻋﻮن‬ ‫ �ں‬�‫آ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺼﺎﱀ‬‫۔‬‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ ‫ �اد‬� � ّ‫د‬‫ر‬ ُ‫اﷲ‬‫و‬ْ‫اﻋ‬ُ‫ﻠﻢ‬‫ﱠ‬‫ﺼ‬‫ﺑﺎﻟ‬‫اب‬‫ﻮ‬ ‫اﻟﻌﺮب‬ ‫ﻣﺴﲑ‬ in today’s revelation. The Promised Messiahas said: “This canmean:Travelling amongthe Arabs. This might be an indication that I might visit Arab Countries.Twenty five or twenty six years ago I saw in a dream that someone was writing my name. He wrote half of it in Arabic and half in English. Migration is also a characteristic of Prophets but some of the dreams of a Prophet are fulfilled through him in his own time,and others are fulfilled through a descendant or a follower of his.For instance, the Holy Prophet, on whom be the peace and blessings of Allah, was given the keys of the treasuries of Cesar and Chosroes and these countries were conquered in the time of Hazrat Umarra .”[4] endnotes 1. Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas , Blessings of Prayer (Surrey: Islam International Publications Ltd., 2007), 17. 2. Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas , Haqiqat-ul- Wahi, Roohani Khaza’in, Vol. 22, 118-119. 3. Maktubat-e-Ahmadiyyah, Vol. 1, p. 86, Letter dated April 6, 1885 (Eng. Translation in Tadhkirah, p. 160). 4. Badar, Vol. 1, 23, September 7, 1905, p. 2 and Al-Hakam, vol. 9, no. 32, September 10, 1905, p. 3 (Eng.Translation in Tadhkirah, pp. 743-744). and he has been given the treasury of every understanding. He who does not receive through him is deprived forever.I am nothing and possess nothing.I would be most ungrateful if I were not to con- fess that I have learnt of the true Unity of God through this Prophet.The recogni- tion of the Living God we have achieved through this perfect Prophet and through his light. The honour of converse with God, through which we behold His countenance, has been bestowed upon me through this great Prophet. The ray of this sun of guidance falls like sunshine upon me and I continue illumined only so long as I am adjusted towards it.[2] April 6, 1885 Just now I have seen in a dream that I am confronted with some difficulty and say: ‘To Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.’ I said to the person who was interrogating me on behalf of the government: ‘Will they imprison me or put me to death?’ His reply was somewhat to the effect that arrangements to be humiliated have been made. I said: ‘I am under the control of my God Almighty,the Glorious.I will sit where He will direct me to sit and I will stand where He directs me to stand’and then the revelation came to me:  That is [Arabic] ‘The abdal [devotees] of Syria and the servants of Allah from among the Arabs are supplicating on your behalf.’ Allah alone knows what the import is and when or how it might come to pass. [Allah knows best].[3] September 7, 1905 A paper was shown (to me in a vision) like a money order form and fifteen rupees were laid close to it.(Within a short time after this vision,a money order for fifteen rupees was received.) A paper was shown (in a vision) on which was written: the spiritual revival of the arabs This might be an indication that I might visit Arab Countries...  10 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 11
  • 7. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD THE PROMISED MESSIAH & MAHDIAS The Review of Religions serialised the famous treatise The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam, by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Initially written for the Conference of Great Religions on December 26- 29,1896, each speaker at the conference was asked to present to the audience the beauties of their own religion based upon its scripture, proving that it was the true religion, based on the following topics: • The Physical, Moral, and Spiritual States of Man; • What is the State of Man after Death? • The Object of Man’s Life and the Means of its Attainment; • The Operation of the Practical Ordinances of the Law in This Life and the Next; • Sources of Divine Knowledge SERIALISED IN The Review of Religions PLEASEDONATENOW THEY URGENTLY NEED FOOD, SHELTERAND MEDICAL SUPPLIES SYRIACRISISAPPEAL TEXT TEXT“HFSY01 £AMOUNT” TO 70070 CALL 020 8417 0082 WEB WWW.JUSTGIVING.COM/ SYRIA-CRISIS-APPEAL WEB WWW.UK.HUMANITYFIRST.ORG OVER 100kFATALITIES OVER 4.25mFORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES OVER 2mFLED MOSTLY TO LEBANON, JORDAN,TURKEY, IRAQ & EGYPT U.K Charity Registration No. 1149693 Canadian Registration 87254 1040 RR0001 Germany Vereinsregister Nr: VR11185 US Incorporated EIN: 20-0464012 BY DONATING £30 HELPA FAMILY OF 5 TO SURVIVETHE HARSHWINTER Read online: www.alislam.org/books/ Or purchase here: store.alislam.org/englishbooks.html
  • 8. “The greatest event in the whole long and fascinating course of the history of the evolution of man, physical, moral, intel- lectual and spiritual, was the advent of Muhammadsa ; the Prophet of Islam, the Messenger of Allah, par excellence, the Perfect Man.The tremendous revolution initiated through him has helped shape the destiny of man through the ages.The impact of this revolution was miracu- lously reinforced and reinvigorated, just short of a century ago, through his sec- ond advent, spiritual in character, in the person of his perfect reflection, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (1835- 1908). He laid the foundation of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam in 1889. He was to establish the superiority of Islam over all other faiths,which he did. The reason why I have been bestowed the honour of being graciously directed by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh , Head of the Ahmadiyya Movement,to address this august assembly this morning,is that I am one of the still surviving members The Reformer of Islam by sir muhammad zafrulla khanra Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khanra . Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas The Promised Reformer FROM THE Archives Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khanra (1893-1985) was a found- ing father of Pakistan; a politician, diplomat and international jurist, known particularly as Pakistan’s first ever Foreign Minister. He was the first Muslim and Pakistani President for the United Nations General Assembly and the International Court of Justice in the Hague. He was also an eminent and most esteemed scholar of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who had the honour of being a companion of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas , the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi. He penned several books and translated the Holy Qur’an into English. The following speech was delivered by Sir Zafrulla Khanra at the inauguration of the Pedrobad Mosque in Spain on the 10th of September 1982. It was the first mosque built in Spain for over 500 years, since the expulsion of Islam from Spain. In this speech, the author covers the need for a Reformer of Islam and his personal experiences and feelings in having met the Promised Messiahas . MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 15
  • 9. seeker after truth, they yield little profit in the case of a person who has recourse to them only for the sake of opposition. The history of the Ahmadiyya Movement, though still short of a century, is stud- ded with divine proofs of the truth of its Holy Founder,and of Allah’s continuous support of it. That is evidence which no reasoning can refute or dispel. The basic claim of the Holy Founder of the Movement was that he was the constant recipient of Divine verbal reve- lation.That claim was either true or false. If it was true, then whatever that Divine revelation proclaimed as his status and mission must be accepted. If that claim was false,he was (God forbid) an impos- tor,and no further attention need be paid to him. How can this issue be conclu- sively determined? The Holy Qur’an sets forth a decisive criterion that an impostor is most surely destroyed by God.[1] How did God deal with this claimant? This is not a matter of argument; it is a ques- tion of fact. He who yearns may read. It is a long and continuous spectacle of Divine favours and bounties; a series of triumphs. A tree is known by the fruits thereof. Carry out an honest and unprejudiced comparison of the fruits of the trees of Ahmadiyyat and of the trees of its oppo- nents, and abide by the result. The Holy Qur’an recites a series of blessings which characterise the faith- ful; so does the Holy Prophetsa .I venture to draw attention to one out of each category. (a) The Holy Qur’an says: “Allah has promised those among you who believe and act righteously that He will surely make them Successors in the earth as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that after their state of fear He will grant them peace and security.They will worship Me and will not associate anything with Me.Those who dis- believe thereafter, they will be the rebellious ones.”[2] The Holy Prophetsa explained that he would be followed by Spiritual Successors, and that after a time their place would be taken by a system of monarchy, and that in the latter days Spiritual Succession would be restored. That is what has happened.The Promised Messiahas has been followed by Spiritual of the company who had, by the Grace and Mercy of Allah, the good fortune of being enabled to make the covenant of allegiance at the blessed hands of the Promised Messiahas himself. I am fully conscious of my unworthiness,and realise that I am the least of the company among whom I have the honour to be included, and am most deeply grateful to Hazrat Khalifatul Masihrh , one of whose hum- blest servants I am,for the honour he has so benignly bestowed on me. September 3, 1904, was a red-letter day in my life. On that day I was, by Divine Grace, granted the inestimable privilege of beholding for the first time,the blessed countenance of the Promised Messiahas and Mahdi, while his speech was being read out by one of his principal disciples, Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sahibra , to a public audience in Lahore. From the moment my gaze rested on that glorious vision,it remained riveted to it through- out the reading of the lecture,which took more than an hour. I was deeply stirred and my soul poured forth its homage to him. I felt myself deeply and completely committed.There has never since been a shadow of a doubt,nor a moment of hes- itation. I have, through the sheer Grace and Mercy of Allah, been throughout firmly based on the unshakeable and immoveable rock of certainty of faith. Alhamdulillah. I was then only eleven years of age. Soon after completing my fourteenth year,I swore formal allegiance to the Promised Messiahas and Mahdi,at his own blessed hands,on September 16, 1907, in Qadian. That Roll of Honour was closed,less than a year later, by his demise at Lahore, on May 26, 1908. For my own satisfaction I have never felt the need of any rea- son or argument. The torch that was by Allah’s Grace and Mercy lit within my soul seventy eight years ago, has shined ever more brightly with the passage of time, reinforced by my observation and experience and by the witness of Allah. I have always had a feeling that though reason and argument are useful and help- ful in the case of an earnest and sincere From the moment my gaze rested on that glorious vision, it remained riveted to it throughout the reading of the lecture, which took more than an hour. I was deeply stirred and my soul poured forth its homage to him. the reformer of islam 16 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 17
  • 10. Successors, one after the other since his death, and today, almost three quarters of a Century later, you find his fourth successor present here among you.Thus, has Allah the Exalted,once more fulfilled His promise set out in the Holy Qur’an. (b) A Hadith says: Abu Hurairahra has related: ‘Among that which I learnt from the Holy Prophetsa was that he said: “Allah will raise for this people,in the beginning of every century, one who will revive its faith.”’[3] This prediction of the Holy Prophetsa has been fulfilled throughout. In the early part of the fourteenth century of the Islamic era, Allah raised Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas for the revival of Islam. No one else made that claim. The fifteenth century of the Islamic era has only just begun. Why is it that outside the Ahmadiyya Movement,the rest of the Islamic world has been bereft of two of the principal bounties promised by Allah to those who are faithful and righteous? Reflect,O ye, who are gifted with insight. Is it not perchance because Allah is the Patron of the faithful,and those who lack true faith have no patron.[4] Our last word is: All Praise belongs to Allah, Lord and Sustainer of the Universe. endnotes 1. Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Haqqah, Verse 45-48. 2. Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Nur, Verse 56. 3. Abu Daud, Kitabal Malahan, p. 589. 4. Holy Qur’an, Surah Muhammad, Verse 11. Why is it that outside the Ahmadiyya Movement, the rest of the Islamic world has been bereft of two of the principal bounties promised by Allah to those who are faithful and righteous? Reflect, O ye, who are gifted with insight. Write to us with comments, feedback and suggestions at info@reviewofreligions.org Follow us on Twitter @ReviewReligions the reformer of islam ONLINE Visit our website, where you can browse past issues, subscribe to the print edition and send us feedback or comments. www.reviewofreligions.org 18 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014
  • 11. Throughout history, when Allah has wished to communicate His Message to us, He has chosen the righteous, pious and sincere ones to be bearers of His words, irrespective of their worldly status at the time. The Holy Prophet Muhammadsa represented the pinnacle of such Messengers.Unlettered and without any support, Allah chose him to convey the Holy Qur’an; the final Word of Allah to mankind. History bears witness to the magnitude of his success in doing so, not because of any special personal abilities,but because of Divine guidance and intervention.The success of the mes- senger is thus testimony to the truth of the message. Fourteen hundred years later,Allah chose another humble servant and worshipper to convey His message and bring back the true Islam to the world once again. This time He did so through the person of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas , the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, foretold as the Reformer of the Age. In a recent Friday Sermon,His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba ,fifth Successor to the Promised Messiah and Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,provided an in-depth expla- nation of the miracle of the ‘Revealed Sermon’of the Promised Messiahas .That discourse forms the basis for this article. The Promised Messiahas had only received a very basic elementary edu- cation and did not study at any school nor did he have any special tuition from learned scholars.Thus, when he claimed to be the Messiah, his enemies taunted him and declared him ignorant, stating that God could never have made such a one the Mahdi and the Messiah to revive Islam. The Promised Messiahas had never been to Arabia, nor lived with Arabs. Qadian was an unknown village where Arabic was neither spoken nor written as a living language,but was considered a classic lan- guage by the Muslims of the time. Such circumstances would not have allowed him to acquire any proficiency, and yet God granted him a vast knowledge of The Miracle of the ‘Revealed Sermon’ by sarah waseem, uk Area of Aqsa Mosque where The Promised Messiah(as) delivered the Divinely Revealed Sermon (Khutba Ilhaamiyyah) of Eid-ul- Adha on 11 April 1900. © MAKHZAN-E-TASAWEER Fourteen hundred years later, Allah chose another humble servant and worshipper to convey His message and bring back the true Islam to the world once again. MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 21
  • 12. to read out the Urdu translation to the audience. It is reported that as Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karimra was reading out the trans- lation, the Promised Messiahra fell into prostration in a fervent expression of gratitude to God and the whole audience also fell into prostration with him.Rising from the prostration, the Promised Messiahas said: “‘I have just seen [in a vision] in red letters the word ‘Mubarak’ (felicitation). This means that the address has found acceptance.” The Promised Messiahas writes: “On the morning of the day of ‘Idul-Adha, I received the revelation ‘Say something in Arabic’. This was communicated to sev- eral friends. I had never made a speech in Arabic before. When on that day I stood up to deliver the ‘Id sermon in Arabic, God Almighty made a clear and eloquent Arabic address flow from my tongue which was pregnant with meaning and which is set out in the book entitled Khutbah Ilhamiyyah [Revealed Sermon]. The address extends over several juzw[1] and was made spon- taneously in one continuous delivery. God has called it a sign in His revelation, for the address was delivered entirely under the influence of Divine power. I do not believe that any Arabic orator, scholar or literary figure, can deliver such a speech extempore. Approximately one hundred and fifty indi- viduals were witness to this speech.”[2] He further tells us: “It seemed as if a fountain had begun to flow from the unseen, and I knew not whether it was I who was speaking or whether it was an angel speaking through my tongue. I knew only that I had no part in this address. Sentence after sentence issued from my mouth and each one was for me a sign. These sentences have been published by the name of ‘The Revealed Sermon’. Read this book and you will realize how impossible it is for someone to stand up and extemporar- ily deliver such a long speech in Arabic.This is a miracle of a literary nature that God has shown, and no one can present anything like it.”[3] and mastery over the Arabic language. Ijazul Masih, was his first book in Arabic on the excellences of the Holy Qur’an. Confident of Divine support, he chal- lenged Muslim scholars of the Arab and non-Arab world to produce a work of similar magnitude. However, none responded to his challenge. An even greater sign of the truth of the Promised Messiah’sas claim was to come on the occasion of Eid–ul-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice, April 11th 1900,the day when he delivered Khutbah Ilhamiyyah (the Revealed Sermon); the first time that he had delivered a sermon in Arabic. Until that time he had never made any speeches in Arabic. Indeed, it was not customary among the Indian Muslim scholars to address gatherings in Arabic. The day before, the Promised Messiahas informed Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Nooruddinra ,his closest companion,that he would be spending the day and part of the night in prayers for himself and his friends. The next day, Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karimra ,another companion,asked the Promised Messiahas about making an address to which the Promised Messiahas replied,‘God has commanded and it was revealed to me last night to address the audience in some Arabic phrases. I had thought it was about some other audi- ence but it may be this audience.’ Before he began the Sermon, the Promised Messiahas speaking in Urdu said that this sermon was a sign for the fulfilment of the prayers he had made the previous day and part of the night, and that if the sermon was delivered extem- pore in Arabic, all the prayers would be accepted. When the Promised Messiahas rose to deliver the Sermon,he instructed Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Nooruddinra and Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karimra to sit close by, to transcribe the Sermon. He repeated each word three times as the two men transcribed. After the Sermon was completed, the Promised Messiahas asked Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karimra Confident of Divine support, he challenged Muslim scholars of the Arab and non-Arab world to produce a work of similar magnitude. However, none responded to his challenge. Rising from the prostration, the Promised Messiahas said:“‘I have just seen [in a vision] in red letters the word ‘Mubarak’ (felicitation). This means that the address has found acceptance.” the miracle of the ‘revealed sermon’ 22 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 23
  • 13. the Messenger’s words are not his own but those of Allah,The Almighty. Speaking in our time about Khutbah Ilhamiyyah,His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba , Fifth Successor (Khalifah) of the Promised Messiahas ,said in his Friday sermon of 11th April of this year: “These are the magnificent words of the invitation that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) gave with the command of Allah the Exalted on 11 April 1900. This sign continues to demonstrate its glory to this day and to this day no expert linguistic or great scholar or author even if he is from Arabia can match it. How could this ever be matched,for these were the words of God which were uttered from the tongue of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). May God give the world in general and the Arab Muslims in particular, the understanding and the courage to recognise the message of the one sent by God and may they become helpers of the true devotee of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in making the Muslim Ummah a united Ummah. May God also enable us to fulfil our responsibilities!” endnotes 1. 16 pages of a bound book. 2. Nazulul Masih,Ruhani Khaza’in,Vol.18,p.588 (Eng.Translation,Tadhkirah,p.455,2009 edition). 3. Haqiqat-ul-Wahi,Ruhani Khaza’in,Vol.22,pp. 375-376 (Eng. Translation, Essence of Islam, Vol. 5, pp. 159-160). 4. Khutbah Ilhamiyyah, pp. 61-62, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 16. 5. Khutbah Ilhamiyyah, pp. 69-71, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 16. The Sermon was published in August 1901. The Promised Messiahas arranged for a scribe to write it and translated it in Urdu and Persian himself. The actual Sermon concludes on page 38 of the book and forms the first chapter. The Promised Messiahas wrote the remain- der of the book at a later time.The entire book was named The Revealed Sermon. Syed Abdul Hai, an Arab scholar from Arabia, has commented: “After reading the eloquent writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) I was convinced that no one could write like that without Divine support. I stayed in Qadian in order to find out for myself an episode of such Divine support. When the time of the Revealed Sermon came I saw with my own eyes the revelatory and miraculous Sermon being revealed and heard with my own ears how the individual spoke extremely eloquently as clear as the day without any help. Therefore, after listening to the Revealed Sermon I took Bai’at with com- plete conviction.” Below are two extracts from this sermon. “O People! I am the Messiah of the Muhammadan dispensation. I am Ahmad, the Mahdi and my Lord truly is with me from my childhood till I reach my grave. I have been granted the fire that is all-con- suming and the water that is sweet!”[4] “I am the one to conclude Wilayat (friend- ship with God), just as our Holy Prophetsa concluded Prophethood. He is the seal of all the Prophets and I am the seal of all Auliya there will be no Wali after me but he who will be from me and will take my pledge. I have been sent by my God with all power, blessing and honour and my foot is on a minaret which is the loftiest of all. Fear God, O young men and recognise me and do not live disobediently and do not die disobedient. The era is nearby and the time is close when each soul will be held accountable for what it did and will be recompensed.”[5] Indeed,the truth of a Messenger of Allah can be determined by the content and quality of message that he brings and the manner in which it is presented,because the miracle of the ‘revealed sermon’ The Sermon was published in August 1901.The Promised Messiahas arranged for a scribe to write it and translated it in Urdu and Persian himself. May God give the world in general and the Arab Muslims in particular, the understanding and the courage to recognise the message of the one sent by God and may they become helpers of the true devotee of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in making the Muslim Ummah a united Ummah. 24 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 25
  • 14. ‘Listen to the Voice of the Heavens, “The Messiah has come, The Messiah has come!”’* The Tiny Hamlet of Qadian in India hosts Historic Live Programme! by tariq h. malik, ohio, usa A three-day programme called ‘Listen to the voice of the heavens, “The Messiah has come,The Messiah has come!”’ was broadcasted live from Qadian, India, from 21 March to 23 March 2014, to celebrate the ‘Promised Messiahas day.’ Arab members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hosted the programme in Arabic – addressing the Arab world in particular.     MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 27
  • 15. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Kababir, from the Holy Land, played an integral role in publicising this event to the Arab world. As a result, more than 2 million people witnessed this occasion, which was also advertised heavily on social media websites.The following dis- tinguished members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community were part of the panel of this programme: • Mr. Muhammad Shareef Odeh President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Kababir, the Holy Land. • Mr. Falahuddin Odeh Kababir, the Holy Land. • Mr. Amen Maliki Kababir, the Holy Land. • Mr. Maulana Muhammad Hameed Kausar Qadian, India. The programme covered the religious and economic circumstances during the time of the Promised Messiahas .Various incidents from his birth, childhood, the early period of his life, and his relation- ship with Allah were also discussed. Views relating to the life of the Promised Messiahas  were exchanged, for example; his services for Islam, his achievements as an author, and his miraculous signs including the great sign of his knowledge of the Arabic language. Various short documentaries were played throughout this three-day programme. The purpose of these documentaries was to introduce a selection of revered sites, both inside and outside of Qadian,to the audience.These documentaries included the following places: Baitul Al-Riyadhat: The place where the Promised Messiahas fasted for almost 9 months during his early years before the demise of his father. Masjid Mubarak: Masjid (Mosque) Mubarak was built by the Promised Messiahas in 1883 AC under divine instruction. Masjid Mubarak: Masjid (Mosque) Mubarak was built by the Promised Messiahas in 1883 AC under divine instruction. ‘listen to the voice of the heavens...’ 28 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014
  • 16. The room where the Promised Messiahas penned Haqiqatul Wahi and Chashma-e- Ma’rifat. He also spent his last days in this room. Fazl-e-Umar printing press.This historic printing press was also covered in this program.’ The room where the Promised Messiahas was born. Baitul Al-Riyadhat: The place where the Promised Messiahas fasted for almost 9 months during his early years before the demise of his father. Al-Daar: House of the Promised Messiahas about which he also received a revelation,‘I will protect all those who are within the periphery of your house.’ (Kashtee Nooh,page 4,5 October 1902). Khutba Ilhamiyyah  (The Revealed Sermon):The Promised Messiahas deliv- ered this famous Eid Sermon on 11 April 1900, in Masjid Aqsa. This sermon was eloquently delivered in Arabic with the utmost fluency and was a great mira- cle of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas . Hoshiarpur: The Promised Messiahas travelled to Hoshiarpur and prayed in seclusion for 40 days in response to a challenge posed by his opponents. As a result, while he was still in Hoshiarpur, God the Almighty gave him glad tid- ings of a boy from his own progeny with many superior qualities and distinctive attributes. Bait Al-Du’a: This room was built by the Promised Messiahas on 13 March 1903, so that he could pray there most intensively and devotedly. Minartul Masih: In accordance with divine instructions and in order to fulfil a prophecy of the Holy Prophetsa , the Promised Messiahas laid the foundation stone of this minaret on Friday 13 March 1903. Masjid Aqsa: This mosque was built by Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, father of the Promised Messiahas , who was determined to construct a mosque there and paid an enormous amount of money to purchase this land. 30 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 31
  • 17. ‘When the Promised Messiahas  completed writing this poem, his face lit up with joy and he said: “Allah has told me that this poem has found acceptance by Allah. He will bestow His love and the love of the Prophetsa  and will grant His nearness to anyone who commits this poem to memory and recites it constantly.”’ Hazrat Dr.Khalifa Rashiduddinra  narrates that: ‘The Promised Messiahas  used to advise regarding the Qaseedah that whosoever memorised this Qaseedah,his memory would be blessed (enhanced) by Allah.’ On 23 March 2014, the final day of this programme, a pre-recorded special message in Arabic, by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaba , was broadcasted from Qadian.This address was indeed, very faith inspiring and replete with enlightenment.This was a very blessed moment in the history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as it was the first time that Khalifatul Masih Vaba addressed Arab members of the Community in Arabic via MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya). * This article is based on reports provided by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community India. Darul Ba’it Ludhiana: On 23 March 1889, the Promised Messiahas laid the foundation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. A total of 40 companions took the oath of allegiance at the hand of the Promised Messiahas that day.This was done in the house of Hazrat Sufi Ahmad Jaanra  in the city of Ludhiana,also known as Darul Ba’it. Throughout this three-day programme, a recorded version of Qaseedah, which was recited very beautifully, was played during intermissions. This Arabic poem was first published by its’ author, the Promised Messiahas , in his book ‘A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam in 1893. Hazrat Pir Sirajul Haqra  narrates that: The Round Room: After the construction of Masjid Mubarak, this was the second room that was built in 1893. This room was used as a guest room. Darul Ziafat (Guest House): This service was initiated from the house of the Promised Messiahas . The Promised Messiahas laid its foundation and, in the beginning, served guests with his own blessed hands. Sometimes, if there was a shortage of food, the Promised Messiahas sent his own food for guests. This service continues to this day for the guests of the Promised Messiahas . Bahishti Maqbrah: The Promised Messiahas established this cemetery under Divine commandment, for the burial of the virtuous people of the community. The conditions for the burial in this special area required a person to offer at least one tenth of his income annually, one tenth of his fixed assets and prepare to offer great sacrifices for the cause and service of Islam. 32 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 33
  • 18. The 23rd of March 2014, marked the 125th  anniversary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. In 1889, 125 years earlier, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian, who claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi,laid the foundation for the most dynamic Muslim Community in the world. However, the 23rd March 2014, was also an event of huge sig- nificance for all Arabs. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba , the Fifth Successor to the Promised Messiah and Mahdias , delivered an address to the Arab world the translation of which is being pre- sented in this edition. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba (Fifth Spiritual Successor of the Promised Messiahas ) had always pre- viously spoken in either Urdu or English. This was the first time ever that he had addressed the world in Arabic. How the Khalifah of the Promised Messiahaba is Elected To truly understand the significance of this event, some context would not go amiss. For Ahmadi Muslims the Khalifah is a man of God, elected by people, but in reality chosen by God Himself. In the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Khalifah is chosen by an Electoral Committee consisting of various Umara (National Heads of the Ahmadiyya Community); elders, schol- ars, missionaries and others. I had the blessed fortune of being a member of the Electoral College during the election of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba as the Fifth Khalifah.I feel it is completely rel- evant and indeed essential, to relate my experience. At the time I did not envisage any person to nominate,and nor was I even aware of Mirza Masroor Ahmad.When I reached the Fazl Mosque in London (a small mosque which was host to the Khilafat election and residence of the Khalifatul Masih since 1984 when Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifah IVrh , was forced to migrate from Pakistan), I brought up Laying the Foundations for a Spiritual Revolution Introduction to “A Message to the Arab World” An Interview with Muhammad Shareef Odeh from Kababir in the Holy Land I had the blessed fortune of being a member of the Electoral College during the election of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba as the Fifth Khalifah. I feel it is completely relevant and indeed essential, to relate my experience. MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 35
  • 19. been completed; an astonishing achieve- ment given that the Promised Messiahas wrote over 88 books in his lifetime. Whilst work in other languages contin- ues,Arabic is the only language in which all the books of the Promised Messiahas have been translated. The importance of the delivery of the message of the Promised Messiahas in Arabic to the Arabs, cannot be overes- timated. Because the Holy Qur’an was revealed in Arabic, Arabs find it very difficult to digest matters of spiritual relevance unless they are in Arabic. The Promised Messiahas wrote in Hamamtul Bushra in Arabic of his deep love for the Arab people and his longing to visit them. He received the revelation that he would be particularly successful towards Arabs in his mission. We appear to be wit- nessing the fulfilment of this under the leadership of this Khalifat.There appears to be a link with another revelation that was revealed over 100 years ago by God to the Promised Messiahas – ‘Inne Ma’ka ya Masroor’ (I am with you O Masroor’). The fact that this revelation was in Arabic seems to connect with the huge success of the mission for the Promised Messiahas particularly with Arabs in this era, the era of the 5th Khilafat of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba . In short, the point that I wish to high- light is that God does as He Wills. He appointed Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba as the Khalifah.And it seems God so willed that the progress of Ahmadiyyat, the revival of the true Islam,amongst Arabs, was destined to take off in this era.Other circumstances support this notion that the beginnings of a spiritual revolution amongst Arabs through Ahmadiyyat was set to commence. Launch of a Ground-breaking TV Channel for the Arab World One day during an informal discussion in his office, His Holiness suggested the idea to launch a TV channel in Arabic on Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) – the official sat- ellite TV station of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community which already hosts MTA 1 and 2 in English,Urdu and other languages. Our immediate response was to recommend that we should not pro- ceed with such a huge venture, as we in my mind the image and name of the person who I thought I should vote for. The electoral committee members had lined up outside and I took my position in the line,ready to enter the mosque for the election process.To my disbelief the person I had envisaged to nominate was stood directly behind me.Considering it disrespectful to be stood in front of him,I removed myself from the line and headed all the way to the back of the queue. Right then someone passed by just in front of me and joined the line directly behind where I had repositioned myself. To this day I cannot fully explain what I felt in my heart at that moment. When my eyes set sight on him, I inexplicably and instantly knew that this was the per- son I should vote for.It was as if a bolt of lightning had struck my inner core.There was a powerful feeling and commanding sensation that sprung from within my heart.I felt that God was telling me that this was the person I should vote for.And that person I would come to know, was Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba . Thus,when I initially arrived for the elec- tion I had already made up my mind who to vote for. However, Allah completely changed my way of thinking and inspired me to vote for someone else.He inspired me to vote for Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba . Other members of the electoral commit- tee would later relate that they were also inspired through dreams and visions to vote for Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba . And this is how the Khalifah of the Promised Messiahaba is indeed chosen by God. Preparing the Arabs Under the Khilafat of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba , the Arab people have been especially blessed. This era has witnessed a sharp rise in people from the Arab world accepting the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdias and entering Ahmadiyyat - the True Islam.Under this Khilafat, work to translate all the books of the Promised Messiahas (compiled in the collection called Ruhani Khazaain, or ‘Spiritual Treasures’) into Arabic has To this day I cannot fully explain what I felt in my heart at that moment. When my eyes set sight on him, I inexplicably and instantly knew that this was the person I should vote for. It was as if a bolt of lightning had struck my inner core. laying the foundations for a spiritual revolution 36 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 37
  • 20. the Arab world, by presenting the true, rational and peaceful image of Islam,yet other Muslims decided to restrain our voice. Regardless, at the time we were extremely worried, and when I went to meet with His Holiness in London, he mentioned the verse of the Holy Qur’an: ‘… so their Lord destroyed them com- pletely because of their sin, and made it (destruction) overtake all of them alike.’[1] A few days later, news media promi- nently reported that two fibre links deep in the Red Sea were inexplicably bro- ken off, effecting millions of people in Egypt. This was surely a sign of God’s Support.They may have tried to shut us down,but God continued with His plan. After we re-launched, we gained more success than ever before. Alhamdullilah (All Praise belongs to Allah). AWarning Regarding the‘Arab Spring’ Ignored Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saba love for the Arab people was further dem- onstrated when many years ago, at the very beginning of the unrest in the Arab world,he warned in an hour long Friday Sermon of the dangers of the Arab upris- ing,later termed by the West as the ‘Arab Spring’. While the world celebrated the masses rising up against their tyrannical leaders,His Holiness warned them of the consequences of these uprisings in his Friday sermon of April 1st 2011. His Holiness warned at the beginning of the Arab Spring that it would only lead to a cycle of violence and cruelty.The new leaders would continue their oppression and Muslims ultimately would suffer the most.His Holiness said the Holy Qur’an states: ‘Allah…forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and transgression.’[2] This verse refers to one who usurps the rights due to others or exceeds in rightful dues. If rulers or the public transgress in this respect they would break the boundaries set by God. His Holiness explained that the Promised Messiahas said: “O Muslims! If you encounter mutual disa- greement of any kind, entrust the matter to God and His Prophet for judgement. If you believe in the Day of Judgement then take this course, for this is the most excellent interpretation.” His Holiness explained that the judge- ment of God and His Prophet is not to rebel, no matter what sort of worldly situation is faced. The world has tragically witnessed the consequences of disobeying this warning felt that it was seemingly impossible to do so. There are only a small number of Arab Ahmadis – how could we possi- bly run a 24-hour TV Station in Arabic? Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba , the Khalifah of the Promised Messiahas , however decided that it would go ahead. In August 2005, MTA International launched the first ever satellite channel in Arabic that opened regular interfaith dia- logue between Muslims and Christians – MTA 3 Al-Arabiyya. One of the flagship programmes on the channel is Al-Hiwar al Mubashir, which literally means ‘Direct Dialogue without any Barriers’and targeted Arabic speak- ers in the Middle East. Later on the programme was extended to include dia- logue with Muslims as well. Al Hiwar’s aim was to present the true teachings of Islam in an unbiased way through free speech,discussion and dialogue.The pop- ularity of the programme with Middle Eastern viewers was unexpected and unprecedented and reports were received from even those opposed to Ahmadiyyat that the programmes were provoking dis- cussion among ordinary non-Ahmadis going about their everyday duties, on buses, on trains and in cafes. Part of the reason for this was that the Al Hiwar al Mubashir discussed topics previously considered taboo among Muslims and generated a huge response from Arabs across the Middle East. As in the time of the Promised Messiahas ,Muslims who had previously converted to Christianity began returning to Islam,once they heard the truth about its beautiful teachings. However, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is abhorred by many mainstream Muslims. Persecution and suppression has always been a tac- tic used against Divine Communities since time immemorial. Nile Set, based in Egypt, undoubtedly due to external high-level pressures, shut down MTA 3 Al-Arabiyya in an attempt to block our voice.This was a huge and unprecedented incident that attracted international interest. How ironic that the Ahmadis were playing the most prominent role in curbing the tide of Christianity in In August 2005, MTA International launched the first ever satellite channel in Arabic that opened regular interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Christians – MTA 3 Al-Arabiyya. laying the foundations for a spiritual revolution 38 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 39
  • 21. by His Holiness. The initial happiness caused by the fact that the cruel dicta- tors were removed; quickly turned sour as people realised that the new governments and leaders were no different to the pre- vious leaders; in fact, some were even crueller than the people they replaced. Arab rulers and their subjects have pitted themselves against one another and the Middle East is now in complete disar- ray. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been killed in Syria, Egypt and other countries.Muslims continue to kill other Muslims.The masses do not fulfil the rights of the rulers and the new rul- ers commit injustices against their own citizens.Meanwhile,external and foreign forces continue to interfere due to their vested interests. Listen to the Voice from the Heavens The Prophet Muhammadsa had proph- esied the appearance of the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi,whose advent would occur in the latter days when the Muslims would find themselves in complete turmoil and would be only paying lip service to the faith. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas claimed to be that very Chosen One sent by God and he established the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 1889 under Divine Guidance to connect mankind with God and to inculcate all peoples to dis- play love and compassion to one another. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at,I had the blessed opportunity to be asked to present three programmes in Arabic from the birthplace of the Promised Messiahas in Qadian, India, which described the life of the Promised Messiahas and where he lived and prayed. The climax of this three-day programme was a special message in Arabic read out by His Holiness,Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba .I truly believe the foundations for a spiritual revolution in the Arab world has been laid. A direct invita- tion has been issued in the language of the Arabs. It is now up to the Arabs to respond to this call.To conclude I quote the title of this live programme: ‘Listen to the Voice from the Heavens! The Messiah has Come, The Messiah Has Come!’ Interview by Amer Safir endnotes 1. Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Shams, Verse 15. 2. Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Nahl, Verse 91. laying the foundations for a spiritual revolution The world is passing through turbulent times.The global economic crisis continues to manifest new and grave dangers at every juncture.The similarities of the current circumstances to the build-up of the Second World War are stark. Events appear to be moving us rapidly towards aThird World War.The consequences of a nuclear war are beyond our imagination. In this book, the historic addresses of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba , Fifth Khalifah of the Promised Messiah and Supreme Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, to prominent dignitaries at Capitol Hill, the House of Commons, the European Parliament and other notable locations around the world have been collated.The book also includes the momentous letters sent by His Holiness to the numerous world leaders. Over and over again, His Holiness has reminded all that the only means of averting a global catastrophe is for nations to establish justice as an absolute requirement of their dealings with others. Even if mutual enmity exists, impartiality must be observed at all times, because history has taught us that this alone is the way to eliminate all traces of hatreds and to build everlasting peace. Read online at: www.alislam.org Purchase the book here: http://store.alislam.org/ 40 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014
  • 22. Translated from the Arabic* “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful; We praise Him and invoke our blessings on His noble Messenger and on His servant the Promised Messiah; With Allah’s Grace and Mercy – Surely, Allah alone is our Helper; My Dear Arab brothers and sisters; May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you. Today I had wished to address you briefly in Urdu and to have my message trans- lated simultaneously into Arabic.Due to the persuasion of Mr Muḥammad Sharīf Odeh and other Arab brothers I decided to read the Arabic translation of this message instead. This is solely because the importance of this day inspired me to attain a share of the munificence and blessings of the language of my Master and Guide Muḥammadsa , and the final and complete Book of Allah.Hence con- sidering today’s significance I would like to personally address you in this blessed language. Indeed this is a great day which takes my mind fourteen centuries back to behold my Master and Guide Muhammadsa , sitting with his faithful Companions, may Allah be pleased with all of them, in the Prophet’s Mosque in Sacred Madinah. He shares knowledge, per- ception and spiritual fruits with them. Their hearts were certainly full of abso- lute belief of the predominance of Islam and its prosperity,magnificence and vic- tory and the fulfilment of the Final Law as an incontestable Divine destiny.It was in this state that the following glad tiding was revealed to increase the conviction of their hearts with certainty of faith: ‘And among others from among them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.’1 A Message to the Arab World In his first ever message in Arabic, broadcast on Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International on 23rd March, His Holiness called on all Arabs to accept the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi hazrat mirza masroor ahmadaba khalifatul masih v head of the worldwide ahmadiyya muslim community Indeed this is a great day which takes my mind fourteen centuries back to behold my Master and Guide Muhammadsa , sitting with his faithful Companions, may Allah be pleased with all of them, in the Prophet’s Mosque in Sacred Madinah. MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 43
  • 23. With the Grace of Allah the Almighty we have witnessed the fulfilment of this grand prophecy; after a passage of the era of decline and darkness, we saw the revival of Islam initiated for a second time in a clear and manifest way with the ful- filment of all the signs exactly according to the prophecy of the Best of Mankindsa on the 23rd of March 1889. It testified to the truthfulness of the truly Truthful and Trustworthy Prophet Muhammadsa and to the fact that he is the Seal of the Prophets in the Last Era also. All signs and prophecies have been fulfilled in this age and among them the fulfilment of a Great Prophecy which appeared in the heavens, which is the Lunar and Solar eclipses in the month of Ramaḍān exactly according to the determined dates prophesied by the Holy Prophetsa . This phenomena never occurred as a Sign for anyone else. This prophecy, which confirmed the Truth of the Holy Prophetsa and the Truthfulness of the One who has been raised [as the promised Messiah and Imam Mahdias ] appeared to be a great testimony for this truthful servant and sincere lover of the eternal Prophet. It appeared once in the Eastern hemisphere and another time in the Western hemi- sphere bearing testimony to my Master and Guide, the Most Noble among mankind and the Seal of the Prophets in fulfilment of the words of Allah the Almighty in His preserved Book which states: ‘And We have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner, for all mankind, but most men know not.’4 Although this sign appeared as an evi- dence to confirm the Truth of claim of the Promised Messiahas , it is in reality a proof ordained by Allah the Almighty to establish the Sovereignty and the Law of the Holy Prophetsa in the East,West and in every part of the world.It was in order to inform [the world] that now the only Living Religion that exists on the face of the Earth is Islam and the only living Prophet is Muḥammad, the Messenger of Allah, upon him the most beneficent blessings and the purest form of Peace. O,my dear brothers,certainly,this is the significance of this Day, on which Allah the Almighty honoured Hazrat Mirza Ghulām Aḥmad of Qadianas to be the Promised Messiah and the Imam Mahdi for the supreme Devotion, Loyalty and Love he showed for his Master and Guidesa . God instructed Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian to establish One of the companions asks my Master and Guide several times and repeatedly who in reality the “others” were? The remaining companions were listening attentively and hoping to be informed by the one,on whom the peace and blessings of Allah descended, about those fortu- nate ones who will have the honour to join the noble Companions stated in the verse: ‘And among others from among them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.’2 The Holy Prophetsa remained silent for a while and then places his honourable hand with immense tender-heartedness on the shoulder of Salman, the Persian who lived among those truly purified Arabs, and says: ‘’Even if faith ascended to the Pleiades [com- pletely disappeared from the earth] there would be a man from his people who would restore faith back to earth.’’ Through the grandeur of this prophecy by my Master and Guide, the Companions clearly perceived and comprehended the nature of these words, that it was determined by Allah, the Most High that this religion [of Islam] will after its predominance, victory and triumph encounter a period of decline and dec- adence when nothing will remain of Islam and Faith except their name and the Muslims in those days will be among those whose actions do not corroborate their words. But Allah the Almighty revealed this Perfect and Final Law in order to last forever until the Day of Resurrection and did not reveal it to remain lost in the Pleiades; on the contrary the Holy Prophetsa gave the glad tiding of a non- Arab man who would be of Persian origin who would restore faith for a sec- ond time. He would establish a Divine Community who will give credence to words by its deeds, who will give prece- dence to their faith over worldly matters, who will completely submit to the Law of the Holy Qur’an and be ever ready to provide all sacrifices for this purpose in the same way as the Companions. By mentioning these two periods the Holy Prophetsa has guided us to the true meaning and significance of the verse: ‘And among others from among them who have not yet joined them’3 and made us aware of the majesty, splendour and greatness, which the religion of Islam will obtain in the Last Era. a message to the arab world 44 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 45
  • 24. heartfelt pain for your nation by tell- ing them: Let’s raise, all united and all together the banner of the Holy Prophetsa aloft all over the world and cause country after country,nation after nation and per- son after person to be transformed into submissive and obedient servants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Hence, I am going to present to you as a blessing and as a reminder that Message, which the Imam of the age, who is the Promised Messiah and the Imam Mahdias , had directed to the Arabs. The Promised Messiahas stated: ‘Peace be upon you, O ye who are the pious and the chosen ones among the pure-hearted Arabs. Peace be upon you, O people of the land of Prophethood, adjacent to the magnificent House of Allah. You are the best nation among the nations in Islam and the best and most exalted party of Allah. No people would be able to obtain your glory and status as you acquired more honour,glory and standing.Most sufficient is the pride which Allah bestowed on you by com- mencing His revelation with Adamas and completing it with that Prophetsa , who is from among you and from your land which was his abode, his shelter and his place of birth.And how should you know who was that Prophet! It is Muḥammadsa , the Elected One, the Pride of the Prophets,the Seal of the Messengers and Imam of all Mankind. His Benevolence is an irrefutable evidence on every person. His revelation encompasses all past met- aphors and allegories, deeper meanings and most important issues that reached every transient being. His Religion revived the dead by means of spiritual knowledge of the truth and by different ways of guidance. O Allah, send Your Blessing, Peace and Prosperity on him and bless him with the sum of all what is in the earth consisting of drops of water, particles and the living and the dead and all what is in the heavens and the sum of all that is visible and hidden. Convey to him our Salutation of Peace, which fills the entire heavens. Blessed are the peo- ple who carry the yoke of Muḥammad – peace and blessings be upon him - and blessed is the heart which ultimately reaches him by accompanying him and losing itself in his love. O, ye, inhabitants of the land on which the Chosen One placed his blessed foot- steps. May Allah have Mercy on you. May He be pleased with you and may you be pleased with Him. O Servants of Allah,I think greatly of you and my soul a Community of “later ones’’among the Pure,Sincere and Righteous [servants of Allah] to join the earlier people by tak- ing from them the Bai‘at [covenant of allegiance] in order to fearlessly sacrifice their lives,wealth and time for the sake of the renaissance of Islam and on the other hand to raise aloft the banner of the Holy Prophetsa in all corners of the world. Surely We bear witness that our Master Muhammadsa is the Messenger of Allah and Seal of the Prophets and proclaim to the world the perfection of his excel- lences and have firm faith in our mission to make people recognise the finality of his Prophethood and for every individual become a true servant of his.Hence,this is no easy task which has been entrusted on the believers in the Promised Messiah and the Imam Mahdias . That is why we are celebrating this Day to analyse and review ourselves by assessing our practical state in order to perform our utmost efforts to become a part of those “others’’of the last days about whom the Holy Prophetsa gave the glad tidings in that gathering of his Companions when he foretold the fact that they will join the earlier ones.Because of this [great proph- ecy which has been fulfilled] we should not relax unless we gather the whole world to submit in complete devotion to the Holy Prophetsa .Certainly,the task that Allah the Almighty has entrusted on us is not ordinary after having believed in the Promised Messiah and the Imam Mahdias . O, ye among the Arabs who are for- tunate and who believed in the most sincere servant of the Holy Prophetsa ; you took the pledge to help fulfil this great mission! Hence, go forth and preach with wisdom to all the Muslims especially those who speak the language of this Final Prophet, who is the dearest to Allah Almighty; those who can read, speak and understand the complete and perfect book and the Final Law. Inform them that their safety and prosperous life and success is determined in being united, all together, at the hands of the Promised Messiahas and becoming one Community.Be Helpers of the Promised Messiahas by conveying his anguish and O, ye among the Arabs who are fortunate and who believed in the most sincere servant of the Holy Prophetsa ; you took the pledge to help fulfil this great mission! a message to the arab world 46 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 47
  • 25. successful in this objective,God Willing. O, dearest ones, the Lord, the Almighty has manifested Himself to me in an extraordinary way in support of Islam and its revival; He favoured me with all types of bounties and foretold about the age of darkness in Islam and the most pitiful state of the people of the Best of Mankindsa ,while giving me the glad tid- ing of immense forms of grace, spiritual victories and Divine Succour. O Arab nations and people, I longed to share these blessings with you; and I was eagerly waiting for this Day; so do you have the desire to join me for the sake of Allah, the Lord the worlds?’6 And so this is a small part of his message that I have presented before you, which contains words full of love,affection and sympathy.If today all the Muslims in the world and Arabs in particular accept the heartfelt message of wisdom of this sin- cere servant of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah upon him, and respond to his call, then certainly the state of the Islamic countries, which is causing distress and restlessness, will be transformed into a condition of the fulfil- ment of glad tidings and the obtainment of all forms of mercy and happiness. May Allah the Almighty enable all Muslims and the Arabs in particular to respond to this call so that the lumines- cence of Islam can illuminate the world for a second time; and so all mankind can come to recognise the One and only God. O,Allah,grant us victory,and help us to perform our duties and allow us to see in our lives the triumph of Islam over all other religions.Ameen,O Lord of the Worlds!” *Translated by Ibrahim Ikhlaf endnotes 1. Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Jumu’ah, Verse 4. 2. Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Jumu’ah, Verse 4. . 3. Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Jumu’ah, Verse 4. Holy Qur’an, Sūrah Al-Sabā’, Verse 29. 5. At-Tabīgh, al-Khazā’in ar-Rūhāniyyah, Part 5, pp. 419-422. 6. Hamāmatul-Bushra, p. 22. is yearning to meet you. I have the deep wish to see your land and your blessed towns in order to visit the place of the Best of Mankindsa and brighten my eyes with its dust and observe the righteous- ness and to visit the righteous people, to see Makkah, its holy sites and its reli- gious scholars in order to be granted the delight of my eyes by witnessing the Friends of Allah and the great landmarks of the Holy abode. I beseech Allah to provide me by His immense Grace the sight of your land and to grant me the joy of seeing you in person. O my brothers,I have immense love and affection towards you, your country, the sand and pebbles along the pathways and roads and I give preference to you over everything else in the world. O dearest Arabs, Allah had especially favoured you with His extraordinary blessings and special qualities and with His immeasurable Mercy. Among you is the House of Allah, which endowed the Mother of all towns with Blessings and among you is the tomb of the Blessed Prophetsa , who spread the unity of Allah in all the corners of the world and clearly manifested the Majesty and Glory of Allah. From among you there were people who supported Allah and His Messenger with all their heart and all their soul and mind. They sacrificed their wealth and their lives to propagate the religion of Allah and His most pure Book. You are unquestionably the ones who have been bestowed these special blessings and certainly the one who does not honour you is committing injustice and transgresses. O, brothers, I am writing to you my message with a broken heart and with a stream of tears flowing from my eyes; therefore listen to my words; May Allah grant you the best rewards.’5 ‘I am with you with my heart and soul, O Arabs of noble descent! My Lord has surely given me glad tidings about Arabs and has revealed to me that I should help them, that I may safeguard their trust, and show them the right path, and set their affairs right. And you will find me O Arab nations and people, I longed to share these blessings with you; and I was eagerly waiting for this Day; so do you have the desire to join me for the sake of Allah, the Lord the worlds?’ a message to the arab world 48 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 49
  • 26. Minartul Masih: In accordance with divine instructions and in order to fulfil a prophecy of the Holy Prophetsa , the Promised Messiahas laid the foundation stone of this minaret on Friday 13 March 1903.© MAKHZAN-E-TASAWEER
  • 27. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. Please pray that God enables me to become one of the helpers of the Promised Messiahas and His Khalifahaba .” Marwi Ahmad Shabuti Sahiba “My joy and happiness knows no bounds. I cannot possibly express my emotions at this time. Every single word emanating from His Holiness struck a chord in my heart and filled it with immense passion and alacrity. I wish to become the sand and stones of the streets where His Holiness will set his blessed foot to visit the Arab countries, God Willing!” Dr. Wasaam Al-Baraki Sahib “Allah has blessed His Holiness with a special strength.The message was a beautiful symmetry of captivating writing, speech and delivery. His Holiness gave his address in such an alluring and beautiful manner that even non-Arabs who have spent their entire lives learning Arabic, would not have had the strength to do the same.” Tamim Abu Daka Sahib “The Beloved Khalifah’saba address was a compilation of countless great blessings and it was reflective of His Holiness’s great personality, faith and sincerity. By delivering this address in Arabic, His Holiness honored the Arabic language and the Arab people. As I heard His Holiness’s address, my heart was overcome with joy and it felt as if I had entered into heaven. Every single word of His Holiness’s address was testament to the fact that they poured forth from the heart of an ambassador of peace and security who desires spiritual tranquility and peace for every human being in the world.” Mahir Al-Madini Sahib “Gratitude to God for He guided and granted us the ability to follow the Imam of the Age, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas . We can never thank God enough for this blessing. Listening to His Holiness speak in Arabic sparked emotions of happiness and joy. God the Almighty has blessed us with being able to witness the day when Khalifatul Masih Vaba relayed his message to Arabs in their very own language! ‘Verily, I am with you, O Masroor!’ May Allah support you and help you.” Kareem Sabri Sahib “It was a very powerful and effective address and was particularly persuasive because Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaba was addressing the Arabs directly in Arabic.The influence of this address will be extraordinary. May Allah support you and help you. God willing a mighty victory is nigh. Your Holiness! Please pray for the entire Ummah (Muslim People) and the Arab Muslims that Allah the Almighty enables them to accept His Appointed One, the Promised Messiahas .This address will have such a positive effect on the Arab world that we will witness millions of Ahmadis entering into the Reaction from the Arab World to the Message by the Khalifah 52 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 53
  • 28. they are able to openly propagate the message of Ahmadiyyat everywhere.” Mazin Khabaz Sahib “I am unable to express my feelings adequately. His Holiness’s Arabic address brought coolness to our hearts. We are as happy as if we were celebrating Eid today. We pray to Allah that He blesses His Holiness’s life and provides him with assistance and support from the heavens and the earth.” Sha’ar Kalbuna Sahiba “I was anxiously waiting for His Holiness’s address. When His Holiness began his address, I experienced an unusual awe and fear through my body. My heart was beating like a bird which had just learned to fly and it felt like sitting on His Holiness’s shoulder to embrace him.This rendition filled my eyes with tears and a strange condition of delight and humility overcame me. Beloved Huzuraba , you speaking Arabic in this manner was an extraordinary surprise for us. You placing the correct vowel at the last alphabet of every word was truly a proof of your prowess of the Arabic language.” Nshwaan ‘Abdullah Mu’jib Sahib “I learned Urdu so that I wouldn’t be deprived of listening to His Holiness’s voice directly, and would be able to understand his words myself. I cherish being able to listen to His Holiness’s Friday Sermons in Urdu. However, when all of a sudden I heard my Khalifahaba address me in my own language, I did not focus on the words of the message rather felt euphoric hearing his heavenly Arabic voice. As a child it had been my ardent desire to sit next to the Holy Prophetsa and speak with him. After hearing your address it felt as if I was sitting at the Holy Prophet’ ssa holy court. I am lost for words to express my thanks to you. Your love and affection towards us Arabs is more than the love shown to us by our parents.” Bashri ‘Emarati Sahiba “This address has brought about a massive tremor. O God, guide innumerable number of people towards Ahmadiyyat – The True Islam. The greatness of this address by His Holiness will leave a profound effect on my heart for the rest of my life. While I was listening to His Holiness’s address, my heart was pounding with intense emotion and it felt as if His Holiness was delivering his address whilst standing right in front of me and tears were flowing from the eyes.” Rafiq Sharifa Sahiba “Your Holiness, you have made us extremely happy. You caused us to forget the trial and tribulations of emigrating from our homeland. It felt as if my heart left my body due to immense joy and happiness and with you it traveled back fourteen hundred years to attend a gathering with the Holy Prophetsa , when he placed his blessed hand on the shoulder of Hazrat Salman the Persianra with complete affection and grace. Huzuraba I have noted this date, this day marks two Eid festivals for the Arab people. I have firm faith that this is a great turning point for the Arab people and they will accept the Imam of the age in vast numbers. Huzuraba we have received your message, and with all our hearts and souls we say, ‘Yes, O Leader of the believers, we hear and we obey.’ May Allah the Almighty grant the Arab people wisdom and insight so that they understand this message and accept the true servant of the Holy Prophetsa . May Allah change the conditions of Ahmadis so that reaction from the arab world to the message by the khalifah 54 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 55
  • 29. “His Holiness’s address to the Arabs in their language; Arabic, was a priceless gift. My eyes are full of tears at the condition of the Arabs. After receiving much respect and honour, currently the Arab nation has sunk deeply into the abyss of debasement. Now, His Holiness’s address has, once again, revived hope within this nation to attain that honour. Now the Arab nation should wake up from its’ slumber and hearken to this message. After His Holiness’s address I am, once again, beginning to take pride in my Arab ethnicity. O Beloved Imam, please pray that each one of us is enumerated amongst those who were first to say ‘Labaik’ at His Holiness’s call. Ameen!” Asmaa Kamaal Sahiba “His Holiness, when we heard the great news that His Holiness will address us in Arabic, it felt as if Eid is about to happen again. Hence, I cleaned my home to prepare for Eid and awaited my Beloved Huzur’s Arabic address. On the eve of the 23rd , you graciously fulfilled this glad tiding and we witnessed His Holiness’s words descend on hearts.These blessed words caused my heart to sway and increased love and devotion of God the Almighty. I am requesting prayers for this love to be eternal and steadfastness and spiritual success.” Bisinah Mansoor ‘Audeh Sahiba “His Holiness, after listening to your honourable address, the verse        ‫ﺑﺮ‬ ‫ﮐﻞ‬‫ﺗﻌﻠﻢ‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﻋﻠﻢ‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬ ‫ک‬‫ﺗﺒﺎر‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﳏﻤﺪ‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬‫ﻛﺔ‬ came to mind. Blessings of the Holy Prophetsa and his true lover, the Promised Messiahas , can be witnessed behind the preparation of this address.        ‫ﺑﺮ‬ ‫ﮐﻞ‬‫ﺗﻌﻠﻢ‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﻋﻠﻢ‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬ ‫ک‬‫ﺗﺒﺎر‬ ‫و‬ ‫ﳏﻤﺪ‬ ‫ﻣﻦ‬‫ﻛﺔ‬ - ” Syed Abdul ‘Aziz Sahib Alhamdulillah (all praise belongs to Allah) for His Holiness addressing us in the Arabic language! I stood up due to intense emotions and could not sit down throughout the entire address. It is impossible to describe the feelings and emotions of the heart.” Fuwaad ‘Audeh Sahib reaction from the arab world to the message by the khalifah 56 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014
  • 30. The Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba , the Fifth Khalifah delivered a special mes- sage to the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during a live Arabic television programme broadcast on Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) on 27th May 2014. The programme, hosted by Mr. Muhammad Sharif Odeh, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Kababir, the Holy Land, celebrated the 106th  anniversary of the Institution of Khilafat. Following his special mes- sage, Arab-speaking Ahmadi Muslims in different countries called into the programme and conveyed their greet- ings of peace to the Khalifah who in turn reciprocated. The callers were all overcome with emotion as they had the opportunity to converse with the Khalifah – who Ahmadi Muslims believe to be divinely appointed. The special programme came just over two months after His Holiness delivered his first ever Arabic address which was televised on the occasion of the 125th  Anniversary of the establishment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, featured earlier in this Edition. Translated from the Urdu. “In the name of Allah, The Gracious, The Merciful. We praise Him and invoke our blessings on His noble Messenger and on His servant the Promised Messiah. I would first of all like to congratulate everyone upon the blessed completion of 106 years of the institution of Khilafat being established.It is a sign of the truth- fulness of the Promised Messiahas in the way each year we continue to witness Divine help and support manifesting through Khilafat.The past 106 years are testament to this. In his book Al-Wassiyat (The Will) the Promised Messiahas mentions the mani- festation of two powers of Divine Grace. The first is of Nabuwwat (Prophethood) and the second is of Khilafat. Within the book The Will itself the Promised Messiahas clarifies the nature of this Second Manifestation of Allah the Almighty’s Might.Citing the example of Hazrat Abu Bakrra he says that after the demise of the Holy Prophetsa , there was Message to the Arab World on ‘Khilafat Day’ hazrat mirza masroor ahmadaba khalifatul masih v head of the worldwide ahmadiyya muslim community MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 59
  • 31. referring to the Second Manifestation being perpetual and everlasting, the Promised Messiahas is giving us the glad tiding of the system and institution of Khilafat that would remain established forever after him. He is not referring to any Mujaddid2 who would appear imme- diately after his demise to rejuvenate the faith, but rather the Promised Messiahas is referring to a Khilafah who would represent him and of whom the people would take the Bai’at (the covenant of allegiance). The Promised Messiahas said that “After me, he will take the Bai’at from you in my name.”Thus the Promised Messiahas has not given authority for the Bai’at to be taken of an Anjamun3 . In this con- nection I would like to relate to you a true and amusing account. A person from the progeny of someone from the Lahori Community, who at the outset of the Second Khilafat did not perform the Bai’at, visited Rabwah during the era of the Third Khilafat. He observed the great progress and organisation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and admitted that indeed he would not find the same in his community. After the migration of the Fourth Khalifah from Rabwah the same person coinci- dently visited Rabwah. It was that same organised system, Anjamun and people who were working there. However he now said that “I have realised that this same Anjamun is not running anywhere near as effectively as the Anjamun being run directly under Khilafat.” And so undeniably for the Khalifah of the time to be directly present anywhere has an altogether distinct impact, which even non-Ahmadis come to realise. I have explained that the Promised Messiah’sas statements and writings cat- egorically rebut the notion that only a Mujaddid was to appear after him and he also said in manifest terms that he is the Mujaddid of the last era. Therefore it is Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya in servitude to the Promised Messiahas that with the Grace of the Almighty furthers the mis- sion of reviving the faith.In truth history testifies that when Mujaddid’s appeared before the Promised Messiahas more than one Mujadddid appeared at any one time. The scope of the Mujaddid’s was limited to their respective time periods and thus after the Mujadidds departed from this world, corruption once again beset their followers.Their task and efforts of refor- mation and reviving the faith were further limited to their local areas or regions and was restricted to removing only the spe- cific vices and evils that were prevalent in a state of great commotion, apprehen- sion and concern. In such circumstances Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiqra was made to arise by Allah the Almighty who once again transformed the state of fear into peace and security. The Promised Messiahas then explains with reference to Aayat-e-Istakhlaf1 that Khilafat is the guarantor for security and peace. Furthermore the Promised Messiahas gives the reassurance that: “Let it be clear that after my demise you will see the second manifestation of Allah the Almighty’s might. It will be perpetual and will last until the end of time.” What can we comprehend and deduct from all of this? It is absolutely clear that by referring to Hazrat Abu Bakrra , by referring to Aayat-e-Istakhlaf and by It is absolutely clear that by referring to Hazrat Abu Bakrra , by referring to Aayat-e-Istakhlaf and by referring to the Second Manifestation being perpetual and everlasting, the Promised Messiahas is giving us the glad tiding of the system and institution of Khilafat that would remain established forever after him. 60 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 61
  • 32. Khilafat after him that will remain until the end of time,which will endeavour to further his mission all over the world.This glad tiding was in fact based on a Hadith of the Holy Prophetsa . In the Hadith the Holy Prophetsa said a rightly guided Khilafat would be established after his demise; a period of despotic monar- chy would then commence after which there would ensue a period of darkness; then finally Khilafat on the precepts of Prophethood would be established until the Day of Judgement. And so the glad tiding of an everlasting Khilafat was not only given by the Promised Messiahas ; indeed the Holy Prophetsa imparted this glad tiding to us through his Sayings. Today Allah’s practical testimony con- firms the incontestable reality that after the Promised Messiahas the institu- tion of Khilafat was certainly Divinely established and receives Allah’s Help and Support. Our work in the world to translate the Holy Qur’an, preach Islam to all mankind, bring hundreds of thou- sands of people under the banner of true Islam and for millions to unite as one body in complete submission after taking the Bai’at who are prepared to sacrifice everything – could all of this have been possible through human efforts alone? At this moment in time, all of you are watching MTA4 on TV simultaneously all around the world and people every- where in the world listen to the Friday Sermons of the Khalifah of the time and also watch various MTA programmes; if we consider all of this in view of the resources of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community then no one in the word could ever imagine this to be possible.Is this evidence alone not sufficient to prove Allah’s practical testimony? From a worldly perspective many people of the world do not have any connection with religion, yet at times for guidance still turn towards the Khalifah of the Ahmadiyya Community. Whenever I have the opportunity to present the beautiful teachings of Islam in different countries of the world, I say to people that if you desire your sustenance and prosperity in life then you should follow certain principles. You should establish justice and remove double standards in your policies and only then can you establish peace and cater for your lives in this world and the next. I mentioned MTA earlier. I should inform you that with the Grace of Almighty Allah MTA—which formed through the blessing of Khilafat and the Muslims of that place. Indeed many a Mujaddid carried out work to reform people and revive the faith, but they did not consider themselves as Mujaddids. It was others who understood they were Mujaddids, declared them as such and conveyed to others that such and such person was a Mujaddid. The advent of the Promised Messiahas and Imam Mahdias was a great favour and blessing of Allah upon us. By per- fectly following ours and his master and guide, the Holy Prophetsa , the Seal of the Prophetssa , the Promised Messiahas was sent as the Khatamul Khulafah, Khatamul Auliya and Mujjaddid-e- Alf- e-Aakhir. Just as the Holy Prophetsa was sent for all mankind, all eras and all nations to remove all evil and corrup- tion in the world similarly,the Promised Messiahas was sent by Allah in this era in perfect following of the Holy Prophetsa to remove the ills and evils found in all of mankind today, until the end of the time.It is therefore completely wrong to place the Promised Messiahas in the cat- egory of an ordinary Mujaddid. The era of the Promised Messiahas , the scope of his mission and his task of reviving the faith encompasses all eras,all nations and removing all vices and innovations from all mankind. As mentioned the Promised Messiahas gave the glad tidings of an institution of Our work in the world to translate the Holy Qur’an, preach Islam to all mankind, bring hundreds of thousands of people under the banner of true Islam and for millions to unite as one body in complete submission after taking the Bai’at who are prepared to sacrifice everything – could all of this have been possible through human efforts alone? 62 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 63
  • 33. placed the responsibility in the following revelation: “Unite all Muslims on the face of the earth on the one faith (Islam).” And so, to accumulate the blessings of Allah the Almighty, just as the Arabs played their role in accepting Islam in its first period, the Arabs should now similarly play their role in this second era of the revival of Islam! May Allah the Almighty enable you to achieve this. And so all Arab Ahmadis spread all over the world should understand their responsibility; that you must strive to ful- fil this to a greater degree than before. With the Grace of Almighty Allah there is no doubt, and I bear witness, that Arabs who have accepted the Promised Messiahas show immense loyalty,sincerity and obedience to Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. So therefore continue to enhance this dedication and devotion to Khilafat so we can rapidly gather the world under the banner of the Holy Prophetsa ! Jazakamullah5 .” endnotes 1. Aayat-e-Istikhlaf refers to Chapter 24, Verse 56 of the Holy Qur’an which speaks of “Successors”(Khalifas) who will appear among the believers as a reward and blessing.The verse reads: “Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me.Then whoso is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious. 2. Reformer. 3. Executive Body. 4. Muslim Television International (MTA) is the official satellite TV station of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (www.mta.tv). 5. May Allah reward you. broadcasts all over the world in every country: in Asia,Europe,Africa,America and even in the islands—has transformed the manner of thinking of people entirely. And thus Ahmadis have been united and advance together in one direction and this unity of the Ahmadis has become a unique identity. Although Allah the Almighty bestowed MTA as a means [for unity], it is in fact through obedi- ence and love and understanding of the true blessings of Khilafat that this spirit has been developed among the Ahmadis all over the world.Can a greater example be presented of the rejuvenation of the faith and of unity then how Ahmadis all over world at the slightest signal (of the Khalifah) act immediately and spontaneously? May Allah the Almighty enable us to play our roles for this message and prac- tical testimony to be understood after coming under the Bai’at of the Promised Messiahas , and to help raise the banner of the Holy Prophetsa and establish the governance and authority of Allah in the world.May we understand this and may the Muslim Ummah all over the world also. It is a special responsibility of the Arab world that they should understand the final message of the Holy Prophetsa in which he completely eliminated any dif- ferences between Arabs and non-Arabs, blacks and whites. Thus, now servitude to the servant of the Holy Prophetsa and obedience to Khilafat are the only means of attract- ing the blessings of Allah the Almighty and there is now no other path to attract God’s blessings.May Allah the Almighty enable all Ahmadis to understand this and to comprehend its significance and be enabled to spread this message within their own circles of influence. We can thus fulfil the mission of the Promised Messiahas on whom Allah the Almighty And so, to accumulate the blessings of Allah the Almighty, just as the Arabs played their role in accepting Islam in its first period, the Arabs should now similarly play their role in this second era of the revival of Islam! May Allah the Almighty enable you to achieve this. message to the arab world on ‘khilafat day’ 64 THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS | MAY 2014 MAY 2014 | THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS 65
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