Wednesday, April 6, 2011

‘Khilafat on the precept of Prophethood’

Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius has been claiming for more than a decade now that Allah (swt) has indeed raised him with a Divine Mission, as His Khalifa and Mujaddid of this new century of the Islamic Era. He has been loudly proclaiming before the entire world that he has come as a blessing from the Lord Almighty for the Ahmadis and others who recognize the divine manifestation in this era, who has come in fulfillment of the glad tidings vouchsafed to the Promised Massih Hadhrat Ahmad (as) and also to the Musleh Maoud Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (ra). Verily, We have ever been sending Messengers, as a mercy from thy Lord. Verily, He is the All Hearing, the All Knowing”. (44:6-7). 

We are presenting below certain extracts from the Friday Sermon of May 29, 2009 delivered by the Khalifatullah (atba) of our times. The sermon explains the role and status of a Divinely-raised Khalifatullah and points out that the coming of a Khalifatullah is within the purview of Khilafat on the precept of Prophethood’:   

A Khalifatullah govern between the people by that which Allah the Almighty has revealed to him, and follow not their vain desires. The Khalifatullah must beware in case the opponent seduce him from just some part of that which Allah the Almighty has revealed to him. Khalifatullah means the Representative of Allah (God), and according to Islam he comes from Allah to guide mankind towards the Creator, thus by this means becomes the representative of the people spiritual and mundane welfare. He is God’s vicegerent, that is to say by virtue of the powers delegated to him, and within the limits prescribed by the Qur’an and the teaching of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). The Khalifatullah is required to exercise divine authority, he is not just an individual ruler who has to be restored, but is man’s representation of God’s authority on earth, and also by uniting Muslim nations through divine instructions and peaceful political action.

Let me say a Hadith and this Hadith from Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal prophesies two eras of caliphate (both on the lines/precepts of prophethood).

Hazrat Huzaifa (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: 

“Prophethood will remain among you as long as Allah wills. Then caliphate (Khilafat) on the lines of Prophethood shall commence, and remain as long as Allah wills. Then corrupt/erosive monarchy would take place, and it will remain as long as Allah wills. After that, despotic kingship would emerge, and it will remain as long as Allah wills. Then, the caliphate (Khilafat) shall come once again, based on the precept of prophethood.”

In this Hadith the first era of caliphate is commonly accepted by the Muslims as that of the Rashidun

The era after the Promised Messiah, there has been the Khalifat’ul Massih, a caliphate that the Ahmadiyya Jamaat has elected which would implement the injunctions of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, and this has remained as long as Allah willed. 

Then corruption took place and the teachings of Islam and the Promised Messiah (on him be peace) were trampled to dust, and the Ahmadis gave Khilafat more importance than Quran, Sunnah and teachings of the Promised Messiah. And especially when they have said “Khilafat is our life”, Allah has removed His Divine Light, favour and raised this humble one as His Khalifatullah, and this humble one has not been elected by men, but, Allah has chosen His beloved one to continue the work of Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Promised Messiah (on him be peace).

The coming of a Khalifatullah is based only on the precept of prophethood. It is very important to note that the prophethood is chosen by Allah, not by men, and he is working according to the instruction of his Creator only and he gets inspirations, revelations, and instructions only from Allah the Almighty. And whoever takes away his hand when the Khalifatullah makes his proclamation and gives Bai’at (allegiance to God) will meet Him (Allah) on the Day of Resurrection without having any proof for him, and whoever dies whilst there was no Bai’at on his neck (to a Khalifatullah), he dies a death in the days of ignorance (Jahilliya).

In this era, it is an obligation upon all the Muslims and humanity in general to accept the coming of a Khalifatullah and the Khalifatullah is the pillar upon which other pillars rest. The Ahkam (laws) of the Khalifatullah are implemented through him, and there is no difference regarding the obligation of that between the Ummah (Ulemas, scholars, mullahs etc).

Like the other Muslim brothers and their Ulemahs said that, after the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) there will no prophet who will come. For them (like the so-called Mawlana Anas said), the door of prophethood has been closed. These so-called Mullahs have not realized the potential consequences of losing the blessings of prophethood; the judges will be suspended, the wilayaat (provinces) will be nullified … the decrees of those in authority will not be executed and all the people will be on the verge of Haraam.

So, the coming of a Khalifatullah in this era is one of the greatest obligations of Islam. In fact, there is no establishment of the Sahih Al Islam except with the coming of a Khalifatullah”...