Monday, August 1, 2011

Noor'ul Islam Masjid- Mathra, Kerala

Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam, Kerala announced the historic inauguration of the Noor’ul Islam Mosque at Mathra in the south-Indian state of Kerala on Friday, July 22, 2011. The inauguration of the Mosque represents a giant step forward for the nascent Sahih Al Islam Community in Kerala, which came into existence only after October 2010. The Mosque is a 400 sq. feet building, situated on a modest 20 cents of land (1/5 of an acre of land in Kerala) gifted to the Kerala Jamaat by the Amir Jamaluddin Sahib and his respected wife Shareefa Beevi Sahiba. 

Interestingly, the Mosque building itself has a rich history that is inextricably intertwined with all that is good and bad in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. If we observe, all the present members of the Kerala Jamaat originally belonged to the Ahmadiyya Jamaat before recognizing and accepting the Divine Manifestation in the person of Hadhrat Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius. Likewise, the present Mosque at Mathra was originally constructed by the Ahmadis of Kerala in 1990 and it used to be the local Ahmadiyya Centre for years. 

Ahmadiyya Jamaat was established in Mathra in February 1988 when Jamaluddin Sahib and three of his friends took Bai’at at the hands of the late Mirza Waseem Ahmad Sahib (grandson of the Promised Massih (as) and the then Nazir A’la, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Qadian). They embraced Ahmadiyyat, convinced by the moral superiority of the Ahmadiyya viewpoint on spiritual issues and by witnessing the sublime spirituality of common Ahmadis at  the Annual Conference of the Ahmadiyya Community at Vaniyambalam in Northern Kerala (where they came on a truth-seeking mission). As the newly started Ahmadiyya Community faced persecution and social boycott from the Sunni Muslims of the area, President Jamaluddin Sahib made available his own property for the construction of a centre for the Jamaat.

As he and his family moved to the capital city in 1991, the Jamaat administration in Mathra moved to other people and those who came after him thought differently and disparagingly about his role and contributions to the Jamaat, leading to a widening rift in relations which manifested itself in different ways. Later, the officers of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Qadian examined the ‘power’ equations within the Jamaat and felt that internal issues could be resolved by removing the ‘inconvenient’ Jamaluddin Sahib for questioning their administrative excesses and for daring to seek justice even at the door of the Khalifa who sits above them as the highest authority in the Jamaat- e- Ahmadiyya.

Just as it happened in the past in the case of the expulsion of the new Messenger of Allah, the Fifth Khalifa chose to hear only the official story and Jamaluddin Sahib found himself outside the Nizam-e-Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and the Mosque was abandoned.

Troubled as he was by these instances of injustice and humiliation, expulsion and social boycott imposed by his own people in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, Jamaluddin Sahib kept his patience and made every effort to return to what he believed was the Jamaat of the Promised Massih (as). At least eight of his applications in a period of five years seeking to return to the Jamaat was thwarted within the administrative machinery of the Jamaat. In any case, he never heard from the Khalifa he always addressed in the letters.

When the 'lords' of the Jamaat became blind to the anguished cries of a righteous soul, he became convinced that only a people who have lost all their spiritual moorings can behave the way the leadership did and prayed fervently for Divine Help in his spiritual quest. By sheer chance (or was it a Divine Plan? We believe that not even a leaf moves without the permission of Allah), Jamaluddin Sahib came to know about the coming of a Prophet/Messenger of Allah in Africa who teaches Tauhid and corrects doctrinal mistakes of Ahmadis which led to their present predicament, including deification of their Khulafa and pervasive injustice and blatant nopitism within the administrative system of the Nizam-e-Jamaat.

The rest is history.

In a special message from Mauritius, while inaugurating the First Mosque in Kerala, Hadhrat Khalifatullah noted:  

“Islam is said to have reached the shores of Kerala during the very lifetime of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa). One of the oldest Mosques, outside of Arabia, is in Kerala. And during the lifetime of the Promised Massih (as) also, there were Bai’ats made in Kerala. And during the very lifetime of this humble self as Messenger of Allah of this era, it is you people in Kerala who have got the blessings of first recognizing the Messenger of Allah of your era, taken Bai’ats and built a Mosque, dedicated to Tauhid only for the pleasure of Allah.  May Allah bless all those who have contributed financially or otherwise in the construction of this first historical Mosque of our Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam of Kerala. Your contributions shall never go to waste, provided you always stay attach to Allah, to His Prophet Muhammad (sa) and this humble self, the Messenger of Allah of your era.

Indeed you may not see it now as historical, but others after you shall see it as an historical occurrence and Mosque. Indeed, your children, and their children and their children shall profit from the blessings which you have now contributed to the propagation of Deen-i-Islam. Always attach yourself firmly to Tauhid, never let go of Tauhid…A Mosque built for Allah must be a pure sanctuary where the believers derive the blessings of Allah, and not otherwise”…

For the Full Text of the Special Message, click here.