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Friday Sermon: Khilafat

 After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta’uz, Tasmia and Sura Fatiah Hazrat Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen recited verse 56 of Sura Al-Nur and then (aba) said:

The translation of this verse is as follows:

“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.”

 

This verse, as it is evident from the subject matter, declares the promise of Allah the Almighty to Muslims that Khilafat [i.e. Calipahte]will continue to remain in Islam. However, according to a saying of the Holy Prophet (sa), due to the conduct of the Muslims and the state of their faith, this blessing was to be temporarily seized from them. Nevertheless, the Holy Prophet (sa) also added that, in accordance with the promise of Allah the Almighty, this system was to be re-established. Khilafat on the precepts of prophethood was to be re-established and reinstated in the world for those who are firm in their faith, do good deeds and follow this final and complete religion.

Whilst mentioning the lack of knowledge of the Muslims, or rather the lack of understanding and ignorance of the Muslim scholars, the Promised Messiah (as) stated: “Some people deny the general connotation of the verse: [Arabic] (i.e. the broader meaning of this verse) by saying that Minkum] from among you] can only refer to the companions [of the Holy Prophet (sa)] and the rightly guided caliphate terminated with them.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states: “I ask the question, can any virtuous individual entertain the belief that the dispensation and caliphate of Prophet Moses (as) lasted for fourteen hundred years, yet that individual who was the best of all the Messengers and the best among all the Prophets – the blessings of whose dispensation was to last until the Day of Judgement – his blessings were to last only until his era, as if to say that God Almighty did not wish for the blessings of his model to be exhibited through his spiritual Caliphs”

Thus, there are people who are of this opinion as well about whom the Holy Prophet (sa) mentioned with detail. However, there are some individuals who wish to establish the Caliphate using the support of worldly powers. These people have failed to understand the clear message of God Almighty that this promise is stipulated with faith and virtuous deeds. Becoming a true servant of God Almighty is a condition attached to this promise. Three years ago, a journalist in Ireland asked me ‘what is the truth behind the system of Caliphate that has appeared in the Islamic world? What dangers are posed to your Caliphate by this?’ I explained to him that they are a group of extremists and their end will be the same as rest of the extremist organisations. Recently here in the United Kingdom an incident took place in Manchester where twenty-two or twenty-three people were needlessly killed including innocent children. This was an outrageous act of cruelty and can never be associated with the teachings of Islam at any cost. We are perturbed by these atrocious acts of terror. May Allah have mercy on the deceased and grant steadfastness to their relatives. May Allah stop the hands of these tyrants who are carrying out vicious acts in the name of Islam and Khilafat [Caliphate]... Read Full Summary