Hazrat Ameer’s 2016 Eid ul Fitr Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa Rakhmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hoo.

I wish you all a very happy Eid ul Adha.

Eid-ul-Adha is widely known as Eid ul-Qurban or Eid of Sacrifice. The root of the Arabic word Qurban is qaf ra ba which means qurb or nearness, i.e., nearness to Allah. Sacrificing in the way of Allah is thus the way to attain nearness to Him. This day reminds us of the utmost submission shown by Hazrat Ibrahim by his immediate readiness to sacrifice his young son, Hazrat Ismail, in obeisance to the vision in which Allah commanded him to do so. Allah stopped him from actually sacrificing Hazrat Ismail and accepted his willingness to do so as the fulfilment of the command. Thus we are given the lesson that we must submit to Allah’s will and be ready to make any sacrifice that may be needed in doing so without questioning.

In the verse of the Holy Qur’an that I have cited above it is made clear that the act of slaughtering an animal is not the end in itself but a means to attain nearness to Him. He says:

Not their flesh, nor their blood, reaches Allah, but to Him is acceptable observance of duty on your part. Thus has He made them subservient to you, that you may magnify Allah for guiding you aright, and give good news to those who do good (to others).

The word Taqwa used in this verse means the observance of one’s duty to Allah and being in a state which keeps one conscious of His presence and motivates one to perform righteous deeds and avoid forbidden ones.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, has said that when we place a knife on the neck of the animal which is to be sacrificed, we must also place it on the neck of the nafs al-ammaarah, the evil inciting spirit within us. Only when we do so, will we be slaughtering the evil inclinations and deeds that we may be harbouring within us. This should lead us to the absolute cleansing of our hearts from the idols we hold within it — idols of pride, ego, self-praise and reliance on worldly means. The ultimate reliance should be on Allah’s help (Tawakkul). Then only will we succeed in achieving the state where all our prayers and sacrifices, indeed our life and death, will solely be for Allah.

The process of this cleansing will make our heart clear of shirk, the association of gods with Allah. Such a heart has been likened to the house of God; it has been likened to the Ka‘ba, free of shirk when first constructed by Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismail and when cleared of idols and purified by the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him. Such a heart is the place where Allah resides and this is the state that every Muslim desires for; a state of nafs al-mutma’innah, the soul at peace with itself and all its surroundings.

I pray that we are able to slaughter the animal within us on this Eid day and start a new journey of nearness to Allah.

Aameen

The Life of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad passed away on the 26th May 1908. We look at his life and ask: What else was the Messiah and Mahdi promised to the Muslims going to do? Also, what Muslims were told by those who stayed behind after Uhud also applies to Ahmadis’.

Hazrat Ayesha’s Marriage

What was Hazrat Ayesha’s age at the time of her marriage to the Holy Prophet?

Critics of Islam have often point at the reported age of Hazrat Ayesha at the time she was married to the Holy Prophet (pbuh). The Lahore Ahmadiyya were one of the very first to do some proper research into what her age must have been, and the evidence showed she must have been much older than the suggested age of six.

In the video above we look at this topic again, and give new evidence to show that Hazrat Ayesha became engaged to the Holy Prophet at 16 and not 6 and that she married him when she was 21.

Contradictions in what the Sunnis believe

We look at an objection against the Promised Messiah. In relates to a statement in his book ‘Evidence of the Holy Quran’ where he refers to a saying of the Holy Prophet (phub) in Bukhari. The objection is that the hadith referred to is not in the Bukhari. We look at this objection in detail and respond to our critics.

The True Claim

It is universally agreed that until 1901 Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s claim was that of a mujaddid, despite use of the titles Promised Messiah and Mahdi. Some claim that in 1901 he changed his claim to that of a prophet. We use a quotation from one of his major works produced in 1908 to show that he always claimed to be a mujaddid and not a prophet.

Hazrat Ameer’s Eid ul Fitr Message

Those to whom We have given the Book follow it as it ought to be followed. These believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it, these it is that are the losers. (2:121)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa Rakhmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hoo.

A very Happy Eid Mubarak to you all!

We have just achieved the goal we set before us to observe the sacred month of Ramadan by fasting, maintaining the mandatory prayers as well as the additional ones in the form of nawafil and tahajjad. We praised Allah through the day and forsook our sleep for observing the sehr and praying in the quiet of the night. We were able to repent for our sins and plead to God to save us from His displeasure and wrath. Many of us joined the taraveeh prayer and listened to the Qur’an being recited, thus fulfilling another command of Allah:


And when the Qur’an is recited, listen to it and remain silent, that mercy may be shown to you.’ (7:204)

As we observed the fast, the foremost thought in our minds was that this was the month of revelation of the Holy Qur’an. By fasting we were expressing our gratitude to Allah for having revealed this Book for our guidance.
The verse I have cited above states that:
 

Those to whom We have given the Book follow it as it ought to be followed. These believe in it. 

 Being Muslims we are the lucky ones who have been given this Book, that is, the Holy Qur’an. So it is imperative for us to ‘follow it as it ought to be followed’.

It is important to note that the word yatloona in Arabic is derived from the root ta la wa which means ‘he followed it’ or ‘did according to it’, and this is the point of reflection in today’s message. Does mere reciting of the Qur’an suffice? Does the mere listening to it in taraveeh prayers suffice?

If we listen or read without appreciating the contents, how can we be able to follow or do according to it? If we do not make an effort to understand the Qur’an or bother to know what commands it contains, how will we be able to mould our lives according to its guidelines? This is a Book sent ‘as guide to those who keep their duty’, that is, ‘who want to become mutaqeen’; those who want to act upon and not just profess the faith.

Let us take this Eid ul Fitr as the day of further strengthening the ties we have developed with Allah by having observed in true spirit the Holy Month of Ramadan. Let this be a day when we resolve to understand the Qur’an and obey every command in it. Let this be a day when we show our sincere determination to continue to maintain and improve on the advancement we have made in the month of Ramadan and thus become of those who follow the Book as it ought to be followed.

I pray that we succeed in continuing to progress towards nearness to Allah and become true mutaqeen, the God-fearing people whose every act is to please Allah. This will fulfil in true spirit the aim of our fasting. 

Aameen


Hazrat Ameer’s 2014 Eid ul Adha message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa Rakhmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hoo

When his Lord said to him, Submit, he said: I submit myself to the Lord of the worlds. (2:131)

Neither their flesh, nor their blood, reaches Allah, but to Him is acceptable observance of duty on your part. Thus has He made them (the animals) subservient to you, that you may magnify Allah for guiding you aright. And give good news to those who do good (to others). (22:37)

Eid ul Adha is here, reminding us again of the spirit of sacrifice embodied by Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismail (may Allah be pleased with them). Every person, irrespective of age, joins the Eid festivity, having his own reason to celebrate this day; the reasons range from physical joy to spiritual experiences. Allah has blessed us with physical senses to express the joy and happiness we experience. Whilst such joy is confined only to the physical being for some, in Islam the expression of joy must be spiritual as well. Continue reading

Hazrat Ameer’s Ramadan ul Mubarak Message

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O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa Rakhmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hoo.

The beginning of Ramadan is a time to thank Allah for giving us another opportunity to observe fasting and gain the benefits of this spiritual experience. In His Wisdom Allah, who is the Maker of our bodies and souls, has written a ‘prescription’ to cure all the moral ills that we may be harbouring. And who would know better the treatment of these ills than the Maker Himself.

A person cured of his/her spiritual ills may be described as ‘muttaqee’ and that is the precise reason Allah cites for prescribing fasting: so that you may become ‘muttaqeen’. Like all prescriptions written, there have to be conditions for their effectiveness. Abstaining from water and food and other bodily needs is the least important here.

The Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has expressly said that it is not hunger and thirst that reaches Allah but what reaches Him is the taqwah of the devotee who is fasting. It is imperative for any treatment to be effective that every detail of the instructions given by the physician is followed to the letter. So, while fasting, it becomes mandatory for us to remember that the fast is not confined to gustatory needs only. It is training in observance of abstinence of all parts of our body and senses as ordained by Allah so that He may be pleased with us.

The reason for man being superior to all creatures of Allah is the gift of control over his body and mind. The freedom of choice is there but there is also ‘reward or punishment’ for proper and improper use of the faculties He has gifted us with.

I must stress that the aim of life is not to avoid hell and earn paradise but it is to earn the love and friendship of Allah, in other words, achieve the status of ‘Wali Ullah’. To achieve this real aim of fasting there would be a long list of dos and don’ts for the various parts of our body. For the sake of brevity I will just quote one example. Let us consider the tongue. It can be used wrongly for lying, slander, abuse, hurling insults and worst of all backbiting. Its desired use would be for truth, spreading the good message of Religion, teaching what is right or wrong and for spreading peace in the world.

You can make your own assessment of the right or wrong usage to which you put the various parts of your body. This will show you the true reflection of your real self in the ‘mirror’. Keeping this in view there is tremendous scope for correction and betterment of one’s self. This effort along with fasting should make us ‘muttaqee’ not only for one month but for the rest of our lives. At the end of Ramadan we should make an effort to continue with the gains of fasting in this blessed Month for the rest of the year.

I pray that Allah grants us the opportunity to observe Ramadan in its true spirit. As we experience the spiritual gains, let us all pray for a peaceful world and Allah’s protection for all. May Allah help those who are going through trials in their lives because of turmoil in the world. I wish you a successful Ramadan and pray that Allah blesses you with attaining its true purpose. Aameen!

As I pray for you, please remember me in yours prayers.

Professor Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed,
Ameer and President,
Worldwide Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement

Saudi newspaper publishing Lahore Ahmadiyya research

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The above photo is the recognition of the service and work of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in the cause of Islam. This Saudi paper published research work by Hazrat Maulana Abdul Haque Vidyarthi, a scholar of comparative religions and world languages, to show that John’s prophecy in the New Testament regarding the coming a glorious prophet was fulfilled in the person of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s).

Sadly, there was not recognition of the fact that the author was a Lahori Ahmadi Muslim. We ask this: If we are non-Muslims why is a Saudi paper using our research to prove the truth of Islam?

Hazrat Amir’s Eid ul Fitr Message

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..And ( He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for having guided you and that you may give thanks. (Al Baqarah 2:185)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa Rakhmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hoo.

I pray that Allah may accept all the prayers and supplications of those who availed the opportunity to progress spiritually by fasting in the blessed month of Ramadan. I hope that we will continue to strive to maintain the nearness to Allah that we have nurtured through the spiritual exercise of fasting. All those who undertake physical exercise to build a good physique realise that after the achievement of their goal they have to continue exercising to maintain it. Similarly, I hope that we will also resolve to make every effort to maintain the closeness to Allah that we have developed. Let us pray that we will strive over the next eleven months, till Allah grants us another Ramadan, to move further on the journey of nearness to Allah.

It would be too simplistic a view to believe that the Muslims are out to celebrate release from a period of restrain they had subjected themselves to. No! It is not so! They are rejoicing the return to their ‘fitra’, the condition of pureness in which they were created, and hence the term ‘Eid ul Fitr’.

Eid carries with it the deeper meaning of happiness of the soul. It should not be taken as a day in the annual calendar that ends with the midnight hour. It should be a process that continues and develops. In fact Eid is the celebration of what we have gained spiritually.

Remember that the colourful and clean clothes worn by everyone, especially the children, on Eid and the glee and smiles on their faces; the sharing of food and sweets and exchanging of gifts is only the outward manifestation of happiness.
The actual joy is within the soul which after the spiritual experience of Ramadan is pure and light as the clothes sparkling bright and faces full of joy.

In the spirit of the verse I have cited above, having completed the number of fasting days prescribed, we should exalt the greatness of Allah for having guided us and we should strive hard to follow His Path.

This message is for you, all your family, friends and members of the Jama‘at. As I pray for your happy, long and successful lives, for a peaceful Pakistan and
indeed the whole world, I request you to pray for me.

I pray that Allah makes this a very happy Eid for all of us.

Aameen

Professor Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed
Ameer and President
Worldwide Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement

Copy the Holy Prophet (saw)

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam says, in this extract, that a Muslim should try and develop in himself the noble qualities and character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s). Allah sent Him (s) to show us that it is possible for us to live a Godly life.