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Friday Sermon: Faith and Resoluteness of the Companions of Promised Messiah (a.s.)

 Hudhur Aqdas related a few more incidents of the companions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) highlighting their resoluteness.

 
Mian Abdullah Khan sahib: He writes that although he had taken Bai’at he did not meet the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in person. Once during the year of the plague in India someone asked him if he believed Hazrat Isa (on whom be peace) was alive and he replied from a scientific perspective that he did not. He was then told that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had claimed that he was the Promised Messiah and that the Messiah of the Israelites had passed away. Mian sahib immediately wrote a letter of Bai’at and soon after left for Africa. His father had not opposed him at the time of his Bai’at but wrote to him when he was in Africa that unless he gave up his belief in the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) he would disinherit him. Mian sahib was employed as a station master in the railways at the time. He did not reply to the letter for ten days and then mentioned it to his wife. His wife was uneducated but she said that God had provided for them and if his father did not accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) why did he want them to renounce their belief? She said if he so wished he could disinherit them. Mian sahib’s father wrote back and said that Mian sahib was his only son and he had written the first letter on the incitement of others. Mian sahib wrote back as he had earlier and the father also responded in the same manner. When Mian sahib came home on leave he discussed the matter with his father. His father told him that he knew Mirza sahib from the time when he was employed in Sialkot and was perhaps twenty, twenty-two years old and was a very pious person. He said he was also of similar age at the time. A man had come to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), which the father had witnessed himself, and told him that he thought he was the Mahdi. Hearing this, Mian sahib said to his father that this was a sign from God for him, but the father said even if Mirza sahib was truthful, he would not accept him. Mian sahib said Istighfar and left.
 
Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Rasheed sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He writes that [following his Bai’at] his parents had turned him out of the family home when a friend of his parents suggested to him that they should see a certain Maulwi so that it could be understood what Rasheed sahib had to say. He writes that he was very enthusiastic in those days so he agreed. Upon meeting, the Maulwi remarked why the person had brought the Kafir along. Rasheed sahib was upset to hear this but decided to stay to conclude the matter and his acquaintance also said that if the Maulwi could not explain matters to the young man how he could explain to any other ‘Mirzai’? The Maulwi cited a Hadith and went on to give a detailed commentary on it but Rasheed sahib said the words of the Hadith proved that it was open to interpretation and he then started to cross examine the Maulwi which bothered him. The Hadith under question is related in Bukhari and Muslim and is as follows: ‘How fragile will be your condition when son of Mary, who will be the embodiment of Messiah, will descend; he will be your Imam and will be from among you.’ Hudhur Aqdas explained that another version states, ‘due to being from among you he will carry your Imamat’. Rasheed sahib told the Maulwi that he was interpreting it incorrectly. He cited Quranic verses to support his argument and also related another Hadith and gave its detailed commentary. The Maulwi was perplexed and enraged and told his father’s friend that did he not tell him he would not listen? The Father’s friend reported to the father that the Maulwi could not make Rasheed sahib understand his point of view but then assured him by saying, ‘he is a youngster, he will understand’.
 
Hudhur Aqdas explained that with the grace of God knowledge of Maulwis cannot even match our youngsters but Maulwis are stubborn. Saqib Zairvi sahib wrote that once he happened to overhear a ‘scholar’ Ataullah Shah Bukhari say that even if God told him that Mirza sahib was truthful, he would not accept it.
 
Relating about Hazrat Abdul Hassan sahib, Ali Muhammad sahib writes that his opponents used to persecute him most harshly but this did not deter him and he carried on doing Tabligh.
 
Hazrat Hafiz Ghulam Rasool Wazirabadi (may Allah be pleased with him): He writes that he once arrived in Qadian exasperated by the opposition and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) asked him why he was so perturbed? Hafiz sahib writes it appeared from the tone of voice of the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) that he wanted to offer financial help but Hafiz sahib only wanted peace of mind. He writes he had gone to Qadian to strengthen his heart by virtue of the power of holiness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He writes one should not go to those commissioned by God to take financial help, rather one should make an offering. He writes the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) prayed a lot for him.
 
Hazrat Babu Abdul Rahman sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He writes that his relatives, friends and neighbours were very pleased with him due to his humility and meekness but after they heard the news of his Bai’at, everyone apart from his ancestral relatives, who had taken Bai’at with him, became his great enemies.
 
Hudhur Aqdas said this is what happens with Prophets of God and their followers. Hudhur said once Hudhur went to a village near Faisalabad where non-Ahmadis told him about Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Mazher sahib that they had not seen a lawyer as pious, pure, God-fearing, honest as him who always took on the right cases. But he had one defect and that was that he was a Qadiani.
 
Babu sahib writes that his relatives shunned him and also incited the public to do the same. The milkman stopped serving him and it was said that anyone who passed from under an Ahmadi house will become a Kafir. However, the irony was that the Maulwis who thus advised people, ate at Babu sahib’s house. After his Bai’at he started offering his Salat separately and the neighbours argued about this. He stopped going to the mosque to offer Salat and started congregational Salat at home. However the owner of the [rented] house asked him to vacate the house. Babu sahib rented another house and carried on with congregational Salat there. Meanwhile they purchased some property to build a mosque and an Ahmadi Dr. Basharat sahib moved to the area. His presence gave a lot of strength to the local Jama’at, he was passionate and openly led Salat. He was ever engaged in Tabligh and used to say that he wished he could have it written in bold letters that Hazrat Isa (on whom be peace) has passed away and could announce it by displaying the words on his chest.
 
Hazrat Sheikh Ataullah sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He writes that he received acceptance of his Bai’at via post from Qadian, accompanied by some literature including the newspaper Al Hakm. Sheikh sahib says he publicised the paper and it became popular but this was followed by extreme opposition. Frequent rallies were held and Ahmadis were forced to ‘repent’. As a result, a few weak Ahmadis who could not endure the harsh treatment, started to slip and leave. Sheikh sahib writes only two other Ahmadis and he remained firm. One of them had by the grace of God partaken the spiritual light directly from the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in person at Qadian but God had enabled Sheikh sahib to have enlightenment from the unseen and none of the opposition influenced him. In fact the more they tried to scare him, the stronger his faith grew.
 
Hazrat Mian Abdul Majeed Khan sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He writes that once opponents held a large rally in which animosity against him was voiced. Many schemes against him were uttered, he was warned about [social] boycott and uneducated people were incited against him by calling him a traitor and a rebel. One night Mian sahib left for the woodland where he turned to the Qibla and in his mind asked the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) for some help. He cried with anguish and God listened to his cries. Here Hudhur Aqdas explained that Mian sahib’s condition did not connote any element of shirk. It was just his manner that he had the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in mind as he prayed to God to save him from the cruelty of people. Indeed, he was pleading God. Mian sahib writes that he fell asleep and had a dream in which he saw that opponents have encircled his house and are shouting that they will kill him. Meanwhile, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) appears and holds his arms and turns his face towards the heavens and says ‘fly towards the heavens’. Mian sahib writes that it is with the power of the holiness of the Promised Messiah that he flies to the heavens as the opponents stood watching in astonishment. When he woke up he was very happy and was completely convinced that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was commissioned by God. Next morning opponents gathered around his house once again and Mian sahib told them that through His manifestation God had given him such strength that even if his body was sawn off his heart could not turn away from the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Next night he saw in his dream that the police has encircled his house and is saying that now the government will pressurise him and if he did not desist, he will be killed. Mian sahib is very anxious when once again the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) appears and holds both his arms by his blessed hands and again turns his face towards the heavens and tells him to fly towards the heavens and as the night before, Mian sahib flies towards the heavens. He writes that both these dreams immensely strengthened his faith. At the time of writing he had not seen the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and says in response to his letter he received a letter from the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) asking him to promptly go to Qadian.