In the course of his Friday Sermon of 06 December 2013, the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim (atba) of Mauritius spoke about the demise of the great politician and human rights fighter Mr. Nelson Mandela who died early that morning at the age of 95. The passing away of Nelson Mandela is truly an end of an era for the South African people and for all those who struggle for human rights, individual dignity, inter-racial equality and social peace, national self –determination, solidarity and reconciliation in our troubled world.
Huzur (atba) talked a lot on the good works done by Mr. Mandela and the injustice which happened to him when he was imprisoned for 27 years, and the true forgiving nature he expressed when he was released from prison and fought for the rights of both white and black people to live life on an equal footing – the white people were considered as superior and used to enter buildings through the front door, while the black people did not have such rights and had to go through the back door. He became the first “black” president of South Africa and obtained a Nobel Prize for Peace.
Huzur (atba) talked also about the Mahatma Gandhi and likened him to Mandela who were both born leaders, knowing how to lead their people to get justice and to exhibit a good nature. He called attention to a great irony in the Muslim world: despite that we Muslims have everything being perfected for us: a perfect book, a perfect prophet and model, yet Muslims are fighting against each other and they do not even hesitate to kill their brothers when they go to attend their Jum’ah prayer. Muslims are fighting each other, and Ahmadis (mainstream) in particular, despite the great motto: Love for All, Hatred for None, are not honouring those words. He pointed out that Muslim Politicians could learn the example from such a high and humble and peace-promoting personality whom Mr. Nelson Mandela represented.
Huzur (atba) also reminded the congregation about the prophecy mentioned in December 2012 where High personalities were to leave this world in the year 2013, and verily Nelson Mandela is a high and respected personality. Huzur (atba) extends on his behalf as well as the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam International his and our sincere condolences to the bereaved family of late Mr. Nelson Mandela.