Monday, June 6, 2011

An Ahmadi Mujaddid in Africa

In the beginning of the year 2001, Allah chose a spiritual progeny of the Promised Massih (as) Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib of Mauritius as His Chosen Messenger of our times- at a time when the world was about to enter the Third Millennium of the Christian Era and the Muslim world had firmly entered the Fifteenth century. In a post- Communist world order, Islam became the new enemy of the ‘Liberal’, ‘Democratic’, western, Christian, "free world". More than ever, Islam as a religion and Muslims as a community is under relentless attack from varying forces. So, the appearance of the new Messenger of Allah could not have been more timely and necessary.  

If we look at the history of prophethood, it was at the age of forty that the Holy Prophet of Islam Muhammad (sa) began to receive messages from the Unseen and was raised to that august spiritual position through recurring Divine revelations. Like wise, the Promised Massih Hadhrat Ahmad (as) was also blessed with Divine revelations by the time he was forty years of age. It is remarkable to note that Allah, the Exalted chose to elevate the spiritual status of Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib by the time he turned forty years of age in 2001.

All Ahmadis agree that most prophecies regarding the Imam Mahdi and the Promised Massih have been fulfilled at the time of Hadhrat Ahmad (as). Yet, it is a fact that there are several prophecies remain to be fulfilled in greater measure in our times. It is thus instructive to note that several Hadiths foretells of the coming of the Mahdi (that is, the Khalifatullah) in some 20 to 30 years after the 1400 years after Hijra (of the Holy prophet of Islam).

People will gather around the Mahdi in 1400”. (Risalat al-Khuruj al-Mahdi, p. 108). In another Hadith, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) said:

“Count two or three decades after the decades of Hijri 1400. At that time, the Mahdi emerges...” (Asmal Masalik Lieyyam Mahdiyy Maliki Li Kull-id Dunya Biemrillah-il Malik, Qalda bin Zayd, p. 216)

In the last decade, Allah, the Most High bestowed many titles on Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib- “Hadhrat”, “Amir’ul Mu’mineen”, “Muhyi-ud-Din”, “Mujaddid”, “Khalifatullah”, “Nabiullah” and “Rasulullah”. In a recent Friday Sermon, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) observed:

If we analyse these Hadiths, all these points in the direction of my epoch, my coming. I was expelled from the Nizam-e-Jamaat Ahmadiyya on 01 January 2001 (that is, 1421 Hijri). We are now in 1432 Hijri and I made my proclamation as Amir’ul Momeneen on 19 January 2003 (that is, 1423 Hijri), Muhyi-ud-Din on 06 December 2003 (that is, 1423 Hijri), Khalifatullah on 26 May 2008 (that is, 1429 Hijri) and Messiah, Mujaddid and Prophet of Allah officially (though I already received these revelations beforehand until Allah made me stand up to proclaim it officially) in 2010 (that is, 1431 Hijri)”.

In December 2003, proclaiming that Allah had made him the Muhyi-ud-Din/ Mujaddid of this era, Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) stated:

“I want neither pelf nor power. I have been commissioned by Allah as a Warner unto mankind, to deliver His Message to you. Should you accept it, you shall have felicity in this life as well as in the life to come. Should you reject the word of Allah, surely Allah will decide between you and me. As from today, I take Allah as my witness that I am the Muhyi-ud-Din of this era.”

For a list of Divine revelations vouchsafed to him, click here. 

Ever since the advent of Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius, as the Mujaddid of this era among the Ahmadi Muslims in Africa, and especially with the establishment of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam fractions and branches in Asia- India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, etc.- the spiritual environment in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya circles have become vibrant and charged. In the last decade and more, with the help of Messages from the Unseen and other Divine revelations, the Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah of this age has been addressing the believers, general Muslims and the followers of other religions- Christians, Jews, the Hindus and the Buddhists- on pure belief in Tawheed and all aspects of leading a meaningful, spiritual life in our especially complex, contemporary times. He has been counselling and cautioning the world leaders on the need for moderation and balance, tolerance and amity, justice and peace for facilitating a shared living in our small, but troubled world.

As the Qur’an emphatically declares, the raising of a Divine servant being a prerogative of Allah the Almighty, it is incumbent upon all believers to accept and help the lofty mission of a spiritual Master whenever such a one arrives among them. It is very natural, then, that many devout Ahmadis have begun their personal study of what it means to be an Ahmadi and a Muslim in a new century, especially with the advent of someone who says he comes from Allah and who confirms what we know as the explanations of the Promised Massih (as) on the teachings of Islam and wants to renew the faith of all believers in Islam by being a practical model for them in their everyday lives. There is, thus, ground for sincere hope and a spiritual expectation that the teachings familiar in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and the spiritual intuition of individual Ahmadis would invariably lead them to the recognition of the Divine Reformer, with the trickling down of information and knowledge about the Divine Manifestation in Mauritius, in Africa, Insha Allah.

Divine Revelations : Precepts in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya...

Members of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, outside of Mauritius, brought up as they are on steady stream of literature on the continuity of Divine revelations in spiritual theory, would find it extremely hard to believe, that someone could be expelled from the Jamaat for being a recipient of Divine revelations. As it happened in India in 2010, when the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam was established in the state of Kerala in the south of India, some Ahmadis completely rejected this possibility. After eloquently explaining the fundamental beliefs in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya that Divine revelations will continue till the Day of Judgement, ahmadi brother Shabeeb Haneef Sahib of Keralawho was specially authorized by the Ahmadi youth wing leaders in Kerala to discuss the matter with us, wrote: 

 "....I really don’t get the point when it is being alleged that any person, moreover an ahmadi, was rusticated from Nizaam-e- Jamath just because of the reason that he received revelations. Because Hazrath Khalifathul Maseeh IV (rahmahullahu alaihi) as well as Hazrath Khalifathul Maseeh V(atba) has always been repeatedly saying about common ahmadis, who have been experiencing true dreams and revelations, throughout  their various speeches and Khuthbas. So it is quite impossible to simply accept the allegation that an ahmadi  was suspended from Nizam - e- jamath  just because he received revelations. There must be something else that is not evident to us at the moment.”

....versus the actual Practice in the Jamaat

What is unclear to the common folks is very clear to the mandarins in the Jamaat-e- Ahmadiyya. All Prophets and Divine Reformers raised in the past has had a brush with the ritual elites of the day who sought to dominate the people and control all mundane authority in themselves. Put differently, at the time of the advent of a Divine Reformer, the condition of religious decadence will have reached such a state that the society may have become a wasteland of spirituality. When the recipient of Divine revelations is raised by Allah (twa), the religious elite at the helm of affairs in the land will show arrogance and contempt for the message of the Divine. 

Instead of showing obedience to the grandeur of Divine Will and Decree, these will behave like the army of the Satan, claiming superiority for themselves. They will seek to pounce upon the Divine servant through their machinations and wily plots, unleashing the fires of insinuation, back-biting and jealousy. By all devious means at their disposal, the religious vultures seek to devour their blessed brothers while they are still alive among them. This is exactly what happened in the case of the present Divine Manifestation as well. In the context of the Divine Manifestation in Mauritius, the religious thugs in the Nizam-e-Jamaat sought to extinguish the Light of Allah coming down through Hadhrat Sahib (atba) in our times. Like in the times of Hadhrat Musa (as), the Pharoahs, the Hamans and the Korahs – chieftains, priestly class and the elites- issued a charge sheet and their mundane expulsion order against this servant of God for the simple reason that he is a recipient of Divine revelations. 

When Allah (twa) began to grace His servant with a series of Divine revelations and spiritual inspirations of extraordinary quality, the servile creatures at the helm of affairs twisted these instances of Heavenly Mercy as an occasion to get even with a Daai-Illallah, whose preaching efforts had been recognized, admired and applauded by the Caliph himself. When an Ahmadi who was aware of the fact of revelations descending on Hadhrat Munir Sahib mentioned the same to the Jamaat administration in Mauritius for the collective benefit of all the Ahmadis, they attributed ambitions of power and authority on a Divine servant and His spiritual messages were interpreted as an unfolding "Fitna against the spirit of the Nizam-e-Jamaat". 

Like the rats smelling a mischief opportunity, the jealous chieftains found a way to assert their worship of the man-elected-man and position themselves as the great defenders of Islam Ahmadiyya and the "Quibla to Allah", which they called Khilafat". They plotted like the brethren of Joseph (as): Assassination of a person is the worst form of ‘censoring’ his ideas. They hatched that an expulsion from the Nizam-e-Jamaat would and could serve the same purpose, in the case of this recipient of Divine revelations. Put differently, for the "crime" of Divine revelations, expulsion from the Nizam-e-Jamaat is the equivalent of a religious execution. (We have extensively documented the criminality of the Ahmadi elites. For writings in that series, click here:  123456789101112131415). 

Consumed by the hallucinations induced by the self-serving, inflated and unreal, mechanic reports of  "millions" of Bai'at in the Jamaat at that point of time, the then, ageing fourth Khalifa took a hasty decision within days of the report to endorse the expulsion. Unbelievable as it might sound, his decision was doomed on slippery grounds as he did not bother to check the accuracy, reliability and veracity of the Report, nor to seek a clarification on the allegations, if not, hear out the real, aggrieved party in the situation, who has been unfairly targeted by his own religious establishment. Like most people who persecute Divine servants, the real significance of the Divine Messages descenting on Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib at that point of time completely escaped the Fourth Khalifa, due to the blurring of vision induced by the circumstances of bad advice and other human fallibilities. Without thinking through and weighing the circumstances and larger issues in the present case- which involved the question of Revelations from Allah (swt) on a righteous spiritual progeny of the Promised Massih (as), the Khalifa committed a historic, administrative blunderBut for his subsequent departure from this world after that fatal decision- had he been alive in this decade- perhaps the Fourth Khalifa could have acknowledged his lapse of judgement and realized the flawed perception he adopted in this grave matter. May Allah forgive him for that astounding hubris in sending up a curse on an Elect of Allah. (For other writings on the Fourth Khalifa, including on the "Bai'at in millions" episode and a critique of his views on Mujaddidiyat,  click here: 123456 ). 

That Allah (twa) had put that mundane curse on the dustbin of history is evident in many different ways today. After all, 13 years have gone and truth can no more remain hidden in a small world. The fraudulence of the Mauritius Amir (and also his other crimes), with whose charge-sheet and report the fourth Caliph chose to go along and endorse the expulsion,  were not only unveiled by the fullness of time in the last decade, but he was also thrown out from his chair. Crimes were such that the present Caliph had to liquidate him from his office position on serious charges of financial corruption and blatant nepotism. And thus, those who facilitated  and conspired in the despicable crime against an Elect of Allah had been consumed by a record of evil doing among their own people. Viewed in retrospect, there is little doubt that the religious criminals in the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya in Mauritius are not just guilty of questionable integrity and nepotism and financial fraudulence. Those who facilitated the Report embarrassed and blemished the record of the Fourth Khalifa as well.  While the Khalifa's earthly career ended shortly after he uttered and sent the Mubahila prayer against the Divine servant in his very lifetime, on the contrary, the  Mission of the Divine servant has progressed step by step, Alhamdulillah. 

Ruminating on his personal life and the present spiritual Mission, Hadhrat Sahib once stated: 

"For now, what I can tell you and the world, is that my academic education is very limited, and that since a child I had in me a profound love to serve the religion of Allah, and that is why my time was spent mostly in the mosque (since 7 years old), and following the missionaries and tabligh volunteers (in my early teens) to go and preach Islam in all parts of Mauritius. It is the same love to spread the message of Islam and Ahmadiyyat (the good news of the advent of the Promised Messiah (as)) which made me serve the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Every human needs to feed himself and his family. As I needed a job, what was better for me than to work for my own Jamaat? Despite difficult times which I was bound to go through, but this experience today has proved to be fruitful for this humble self because Allah made me witnessed how the officials and other people from the Jamaat of the Promised Messiah (as) have fallen prey to the luring of Satan.

My love for Allah, I keep it in my heart and soul, but that love surged forth to such an extent that Allah admitted me in His mercy and chose me as His humble Messenger. Even though I am a weak human, but Allah so desired to elevated me to my present spiritual status. What I can assure the world is that a sinner I am, but had not it been for the grace of Allah on me, I would have been ruined. I am a human, but Allah made me His Messenger. Should you discard all your arrogance, and pretension to knowledge and superiority to other people, should you love Allah and worship Him alone instead of this temporal world, therefore you shall have felicity in both worlds..." 

It is, in a way, not at all surprising that his own people- the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community- officially rejected him. In the past, Prophets had only been treated in the same ways. By their own communities and peoples!  If anything, the summary expulsion from the Community and the social boycott applied against him only confirmed the terminal decline in the moral standards of the Community and the wisdom of Allah’s decision to raise a Warner among them.