Martyrs of Ahmadiyyat

 My Dear Khuddam and Atfal brothers, 

    

I hope and pray that you and your families are in the best of health, Insha’Allah.
 
On 19 October 2012 yet another Ahmadi Muslim was brutally martyred in Karachi. His name was Saad Farooq and he was only 26 years old. He had been married for just a few days. Inna lillahey wa inna illehey rajeoon.
 
Other members of his family were also injured in the attack. His father and his father-in-law were both shot and critically injured. His younger brother Ummad Farooq was also shot and left with a bullet lodged just under his eye.
 
In this tragic incident two brothers, both Khuddam, were amongst those who were attacked and targeted for no other reason than they had accepted the Promised Messiah (as). Whilst we live our lives in comfort and ease in the UK, our brothers and sisters in Pakistan are facing endless cruelties and persecution beyond our imagination.
 
The Ahmadis are enduring such trials with patience and bravery. Indeed in his Friday Sermon on 26 October 2012, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V(aba) narrated that before he got married Saad Farooq used to often say to his fiancee that he desired martyrdom. If we look at ourselves can we say that we share such noble desires and a willingness to make every sacrifice for the sake of our beliefs? Can we too claim that our faith is more important to us than our lives?
 
As some of you may have heard Ummad Farooq Sahib is a student at Sunderland University and was in Karachi for his brother’s wedding. Since his return to the UK he has undergone surgery at a hospital in Birmingham to remove the bullet from his eye and in this way Masha’Allah his sight has been saved. His story has received widespread media coverage in the UK and thus through his sacrifice, awareness of the persecution faced by the Jama'at has increased.
 
I recently met with Ummad Farooq Sahib and certainly the patience and courage he displayed is an example to us all. I would ask all of you to watch a BBC interview conducted with Ummad that can be accessed from the following link:
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20224176
 
When you watch this interview hopefully it will inspire within you a realisation of the difficulties faced by our Ahmadi brothers and sisters. Sometimes I hear reports that certain Khuddam say they do not have time for Waqar-e-Amal or to attend a local or regional Ijtema. If we are unwilling to make such small sacrifices of our time, then how can we claim to fulfil our pledge? Saad Farooq Sahib Shaheed and his family have fulfilled their pledge and we must learn from their example.
 
The Promised Messiah(as) and his Khulafa have continually taught that it is through sacrifice that our Jama'at will progress and ultimately be victorious. Ahmadis in Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and elsewhere are making those sacrifices on a daily basis. The fruits of such sacrifices are visible in the progress our Jama'at is making throughout the world. But it should not be that in the country where Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih (aba) resides that the Khuddam are left behind. What a source of shame and sorrow that would be.
 
We, members of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, should be willing to make every sacrifice we can for the sake of Islam, for the sake of the Holy Prophet (saw), for the sake of the Promised Messiah (as) and for the sake of protecting the institution of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. We should be the standard bearers for others to follow.
 
May Allah enable each and every one of us to honour and fulfil the pledge that we have made to sacrifice everything for the sake of our Jama'at.
 
Wassalam
 
 
Mirza Waqas Ahmad
Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK