June 11, 2011 at Kodiyathoor.
Kodiyathoor is a village-town in
with a 90 percent Muslim population. Muslims of various sects- Sunnis, Mujahid,
Jamaat-e- Islami, Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam and
the Ahmadis have their presence in the place and they have a rich
history of harmonious coexistence and spiritual dialogue and even intellectual
confrontation. In 1988, when the late Fourth Khalifa issued the Mubahala Challenge, there actually was a
Mubahala between the Ahmadis
and the Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam in
The Meeting started with Tilawatul Qur’an by K. Saleem Sahib of Alappuzha. Abdul Hakkim Sahib, Secretary- Tabligh, welcomed the gathering and explained the context of the Meeting. Jamaluddin Sahib, Amir Jamaat of Kerala was chairing the session.
In his speech, the Amir Sahib talked at length about the spiritual phenomena of prophets and divine reformers emerging in every age and in every land and made references to the Indian/ Hindu Prophets as well. He recited Qur’anic verses (4:70, 3:82, 33:8,15:10) to drive home the point about the covenants Allah has taken from previous prophets and the blessings available to righteous believers in every age. He then cited the great tradition of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) regarding the appearance of Mujaddidin in every century. And he mentioned the names of those Mujaddidin for every century (up to the 14th) listed by the Ahmadis in their books. Amir Sahib concluded his speech by introducing the message of the new Mujaddid Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib of
and the spiritual titles that Allah, the Most High has
bestowed on him in the last decade. Mauritius
Secretary Dr. E. Thahir Sahib, in his speech, dealt at length with the troubling issue of injustice in the Ahmadiyya Community. Drawing on his personal experiences, Dr. Thahir Sahib graphically portrayed the machinery of injustice that is prevalent inside the Ahmadiyya Community. The episode of his expulsion from the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, without any explanation or reason being offered for the same was brought to the attention of people. He, then, dealt with the latest Friday sermon of Khalifatul Massih V on the issue of Khilafat and Mujaddidiyat (which came only a day ahead of the Meeting- on June 10, 2011) and succinctly rebutted the presumptions and arguments of the Ahmadiyya Khalifa in the light of the Holy Qur’an.
The Meeting was well attended by local people of the area. The gathering had members of all denominational groups in the area. Around 150 people attended the Programme when the Meeting Hall had a seating capacity of only 50! Most people patiently stood by to listen to the speeches. Amir Sahib concluded the Meeting by thanking everyone for their presence and patient attention to the speeches delivered on the occasion.
After the meeting, many local people came to interact with the Amir Sahib and Dr. Thahir Sahib, expressing curiosity and interest in knowing about the divine mission of the Khalifatullah. Journalists were also present in the gathering and they took note of the proceedings to report in the media.
The book of the Khalifatullah- Hold Fast to the Rope of Allah (which was translated into Malayalam and published by the Kerala Jamaat) was distributed along with other leaflets about the divine mission. Audio/ Video recording of the Programme was also arranged.
A small band of Sahih Al Islam brothers made tireless efforts to accomplish the unthinkable. Brothers K. Saleem Sahib, Abu Baker Sahib and K. Abdul Hakkim Sahib took care of the logistical aspects of the Programme. Muhammad Siraj Sahib was in charge of distributing our literature to every one who wanted to have a look at our message. In spite of his physical constraints, Muhammad Basheer Sahib came all the way to attend the Programme and to give moral support to the small team at work. May Allah reward them all for their sacrifices in taking the message of Allah in our times to the people, Ameen.
It was indeed a Divine Blessing that the rains kept away from the Meeting all through the evening, in spite of the times being the rainy season in Kerala.