With the objective of spreading the message of Islam and to attend the meeting with his disciples and other truth seekers and well-wishers, the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) visited the Rodrigues Islands (located in the heart of the Indian Ocean) last week, May 20-24, 2013. The visit assumes importance as the island has a special significance in the history of the Divine Manifestation in Mauritius. Years before the Divine call and the descent of Divine revelations entrusting him with the larger mandate of revival of Islam Din in this era, Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) used to preach in the Island, calling people to the truth of the Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as). In his Friday Sermon of May 24, 2013 made brief remarks in which he touched upon the contemporary context of his visit within the wider backdrop of the persecution/evil plots he has had to endure from the Jamaat-e- Ahmadiyya in the last decade as a consequence of his Divine mission.
Read the Extracts from the Friday Sermon:
“It is a pleasure for me today to address my Rodrigues brothers and sisters. Today is the salaam is extended from Rodrigues to all nearby islands – Mauritius, Reunion Island, Mayotte, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar – Kerala, Trinidad & Tobago, Japan and other countries in the world where we have our members, to all I extend my “Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuhu” (greeting peace, grace & blessings of Allah be upon you all).
Since Monday 20 May 2013 I am here with you in Rodrigues, and much Jamaat work has been done – administrative, meeting members, Dawa, finding (and dealings for) the centre. I pray a lot for and I wish to thank our brother Aza who has been with us since the beginning, from my departure from Mauritius till my arrival in Rodrigues. He is someone who does his work with much dedication, and he has invested himself wholly in his work, night and day, he and others. May Allah bless him.
Rodrigues is an island which is connected with Mauritius, which belongs to Mauritius as its district, and we have many Mauritians to come to Rodrigues also. And there are also many Rodrigues people who go to Mauritius and despite their birthplace being Rodrigues, but they hold Mauritian passport and identity cards as well as all the privileges which the Mauritians enjoy. And the Mauritians also when they come to Rodrigues, they also adapt to Rodrigues’ life.
Compared to the work which we did at the beginning, the first time in Rodrigues, we came to propagate the mission of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), last era’s Messiah, and we made lots of Dawa – inviting people towards the unicity of Allah and also to inform them that the Promised Messiah awaited by all religions (e.g. Christianity which awaits the coming of Jesus) has already come in the person of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as).
And like you all know, when an era was ending and we entered a new one (the 20th Century) – Year 2000, when for three months, my family and I were in Rodrigues, working very hard and as soon as we came back to Mauritius, ploys have already been devised in Mauritius itself, whereby negative reports were sent against me, and when I went back to Mauritius – You all recall the last sermon I made amongst you in the year 2000, how much you were distressed (tears in the eyes of brothers and sisters) – on the 1st January 2001 itself, Christian (solar) calendar, I was expelled from the Nizam-e-Jamaat. Why?
Because I say that Allah gives me revelations. When a Messenger (of Allah) comes, he does not walks on red carpet (i.e. his mission is not easy). His words, works, messages and invitations towards one God (Allah) are not appreciated by all people. He gets many problems, persecutions, but despite all, he perseveres in his mission. He has full belief, sincerity and hope that when Allah the Almighty has chosen him as His Messenger, being the Messenger of Allah, then come what may, even all kinds of persecutions and tortures that he has to go through, despite the ill-thoughts about his message, despite the plans to expel and humiliate this humble servant of Allah, but today Allah the Almighty… (is with the Messenger of Allah, raised him with a Jamaat).
You all will recall that I came to Rodrigues in 2009 along with my family, my delegation and I return yet again in 2011, and I am now present here with you (this year) in 2013, and now Insha-Allah, we shall open our centre. When back in year 2000, you were upset and in tears during the sermon, after the sermon you approach me to ask me why I spoke as if it was my last visit among you. Some even thought that I prefer to work in such country like Reunion Island and that is why I shall not come to Rodrigues again, and there are some who even thought that I was talking about death and that was why I would not be present among you. But by the grace of Allah, it is death encountered with evil plots, hatred and jealousy of others, who have persecuted me. Had Allah the Almighty not been with me, I would have been a finished man!
But Allah the Almighty little by little raised me, and in 2009 I came back, this time with a Jamaat with which Allah raised me. My goal this time, is to propagate the unicity of Allah, to make you stay firm in your faith in Hazrat Massih Maud (as) and now also I have come with a tabligh, a Dawa to invite you all to believe in the advent of this humble servant whom Allah has sent in this era. Despite all kinds of falsehoods which these people uttered, despite all evil schemes, you who are here and who have witness, and who have related to me many things, among which you said what words these people said and the things they did and which prompted you to stop involving yourself in the Jamaat Ahmadiyya.
Therefore, now I have come back among you, but this time not as a missionary of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya. Now I have come as a Dai-Ill-allah, a servant of Allah, a Messenger of Allah, a Prophet of Allah and I am here before you. Thus, my stay among you is coming to an end, but the work shall continue…”