Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) states:
When you find the Mahdi, perform bai‘at at his hand. You must go to him, even if you have to reach him across icebound mountains on your knees. He is the Khalifatullah, [he is] the Mahdi.”
- (Sunan Ibn-e-Majah, Kitabul-Fitan, Babu Khurujil-Mahdi, Hadith no. 4074)
The Promised Massih Hadhrat Ahmad (as) says in Arabic:
Laa waliya ba'di illallazi howa minni wa ala ahdi- There is no Wali after me except one who comes from me and has a relationship with me. [“ Khutbah Ilhamiyyah”, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 16, pp.69-70; Internet Edition ]
The fulfilment of these Divine prophecies has taken place in our times, with the raising of Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius as the Khalifatullah, in complete obedience to the Holy Prophet (sa) and the Promised Massih (as), as per the glad tidings they have vouchsafed to the humankind in general and the Muslim Ummah in particular.
Yet, it is a fact that people with myopic vision cannot see far. They are glued to what their fathers have been worshipping and what they are familiar with, rather than listening to the Divine revelations and signs. In their stupidity, they even seek to ridicule the Divine Message and laugh at the Messenger and his humble servants.
It is a Sunnat Allah that the Divine servants are raised in apparently humble circumstances and often in a state of helplessness. So much so that the mundanely-preoccupied ridicule the Divine Plan and the trials it entails for the believers and the larger community in the land. The richness of religion and the grandeur of spiritual heights are beyond the materialists. And they cannot perceive the invisible hands of help and succour of God that sustains the mission of the Messenger of the times. For instance, the Holy Qur’an refers to the modest fortunes of Prophet Moses (as): “None believed in Moses except a few of his people because of the fear of Pharaoh and his chiefs persecuting them” (10:83).
Just as a sapling grows up to a big tree and thereby testifies to the grandeur and majesty of the Creator, the gradual and step by step progress of the Divine Manifestation and the Divine Elect points to the extraordinary plan of Allah the Most High to demonstrate His existence and establish His Design. There will indeed be a time when true seekers of faith will be able to transcend the mountains and cross the deserts and navigate the waters and reach their destination and discharge their obligation of obedience to the Divine servant, Insha Allah.
The servants of God ultimately triumph
Khalifatul Masih I Hadhrat Maulana Hakkim Nur-ud-Din (ra) (1841-1914) was steeped in spiritual wisdom of profound depth. In one of his speeches, Hadhrat Maulana Sahib eloquently spoke about the larger theme of true spirituality, the eventual triumph of the True Path:
Look! There was nothing so magnetic in the language or attire, site or surrounding, habit or custom, character or conduct of the residents of Qadian as to attract and draw to it people from distant climes like moths to a lamp. Never so! In fact, in our view, Qadian was a desolate and barren valley. In the other such valley (area around Mecca) at least the Arabic language had reached its zenith. But here in Qadian, even this attraction was non-existent. In the first there was a clannish homogeneity which was in itself a strength and advantage. This also was totally lacking here in Qadian.
Here only a sweet and melodious Voice was raised by a singly chosen individual, on promise of succour and support from the Almighty, to give prominent priority to matters of faith over worldly considerations. You heard this voice and responded and accepted it.
Allah the Almighty who is also "Rabbul-Aalameen", had made it a rule that, in beginning, only the poor and ordinary joined the Prophets and Messengers. While, as those who were called great and elite conjoined to oppose. They pooled up all their strategy and strength to obliterate and annihilate the chosen ones. But they, in the end, met their retribution and were levelled down. The men of God, with Allah's help and support, became ultimately triumph.
This took place just to show that God's people were not indebted to anyone else. They became simply a manifestation of Allah's Benevolence, grace and might so that the faith of the weak chosen ones got strengthened and they, in sheer gratitude and thanks-giving sang Hosannas in praise of the Almighty.
(Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih I, Khutbaat-e-Noor, Vol 2, pg. 214-216)