Tuesday, June 12, 2018

'Lailat-ul-Qadr': Times of a 'Khalifatullah'

In the evocative language of the Qur'an, the descent of Divine revelations take place on 'Laila-tul Qadr': the 'Night of Destiny'. When people grope in the darkness of spiritual despair, the Divine Mercy unfolds itself in the form of a Blessed Soul. Hence, the life and times of a Divinely-raised renewer of Faith among the Muslims can be described as a period of Divine Blessings.  As we have recently noted in another post, the Promised Massih Hadhrat Ahmad (as) specifically linked the coming of Khalifatullah in every century with the spiritual concept of Laila-tul Qadr. In his book “Victory of Islam”, the Promised Massih (as) clearly stated that the Khalifatullah appears to rouse people to spiritual consciousness and that angels descent with him- through revelations, they enable him to provide a living testimonial to the vitality of Islam in that age. 

As the Divinely-raised "Muhyi-ud-Din" and "Khalifatullah" of this era, Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius is the most qualified spiritual commentator on matters of Divine verities in our times. On the blessed occasion of the 27th of Ramadan (1439 AH) today, we are reproducing an important Friday Sermon of 03 June 2011, wherein Hadhrat Saheb (atba) profoundly explained the relevance of 'Laila-tul-Qadr' to the blessed advent of Divine Elects in every era, also keeping in view the blessed writings of the Promised Massih (as) on the theme.

Read the extracts from the Friday Sermon:

By the grace of Allah, one of my sincere disciples called my attention on the fact that the Promised Messiah (as) draw the people’s attention to the coming of a Khalifatullah, especially when he speaks about the period of a Khalifatullah as a Laila-tul-Qadr (Night of Decree, of blessings) and that when the Caliph of Allah comes down to earth, he comes down accompanied with the light of Allah which thereafter the sincere people who surrounds the Khalifatullah receive. 

By the grace of Allah, the Promised Messiah (as) has in other others say he has come to earth in the mantle of a Khalifatullah, but that which is much more surprising is that he has already said that not only in his time there shall be one (a Khalifatullah), but this Khalifatullah shall come in confirmation of his (the Promised Messiah’s) truthfulness. It is this Khalifatullah who shall come in conformity with his words and he shall come in confirmation of his truth like the Promised Messiah (as) came in confirmation of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa), where the Prophet of Allah (sa) said (while putting his hand on the shoulders of Salman Farsi) that when faith shall go to the Pleiades, then there shall come someone from Persian descent shall bring it back.

The Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) said in his book “The Victory of Islam”:

Mankind is in a state of agitation and stir in anticipation of what is to come. At that juncture, the ignorant contemplates that the world has taken a turn for the better, all by itself. Indeed, this reformation is the result of the efforts of those angels who appear along with the Khalifa of Allah (Khalifa-tullah) and confer extraordinary powers upon people to understand and accept the Truth. They awaken the masses from their slumber, alert the careless, grant hearing to the deaf, quicken the dead and raise the entombed out of their graves. Then, people suddenly begin to open their eyes and those issues that were, until this time, concealed from their hearts begin to unravel. In reality, these angels are not different from this Khalifa of Allah (Khalifa-tullah). They are indeed a reflection of the Divine illumination on his face and manifestations of his endurance towards his mission. Such a person may be physically distant or nigh, he may be an acquaintance or totally alien, yet all are attracted with a magnetic force provided the capacity of reformation is present in them.

In that period of the Khalifa all the moves of humanity towards piety and the generation of enthusiasm, be it amongst the Asians, the Europeans or the Americans, is the result of the motivation of the angels   who appear alongside the Khalifa of Allah (Khalifa-tullah). This is a Divine Law which will never see change. It is clear and easy to understand. It is your misfortune if you fail to ponder over this occurrence for this humble self has come from Allah with guidance and truth. Therefore you will observe signs of my conformity to truth in every direction. That time is not far, indeed it is at hand, when you will observe armies of angels descend from heaven into the hearts of Asians, Europeans and Americans.

You are already aware of the testimony of the Holy Qur’an that with the appearance of angels is essential in order to incline hearts towards the truth. Therefore, you should await the fulfillment of this sign. If you do not notice this appearance of the angels or a clear evidence of their influence or an extraordinary favour in the hearts of humanity, then you are justified to contend that no one has appeared from the heavens. But if all these signs do come to pass, then you should refrain from rejecting the truth, lest you should be counted in the sight of God amongst the rebellious.”

From these extracts of the book of the Promised Messiah (as), it is also clear that he is giving the good news of the coming of a Khalifatullah, who shall come accompanied with angels (that is, divine revelations) and that light shall brighten the hearts of those thirsty of divine light and of His unity and message. Therefore the Promised Messiah (as) clearly said also that there shall come a time when people shall witness those signs which shall come as a confirmation of his veracity.

By the grace of Allah, Allah sent me in confirmation of His prophecy mentioned in the Holy Quran in Chapter 62, the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) and also those of the Promised Messiah (as). I have made you understand several times in the past that I have come in confirmation of my master Hazrat Muhammad (sa), and Allah has sent me as the Khalifatullah of this era with an army of angels, and especially with the Holy Spirit so that all hearts thirsty of Allah, the divine light and the veracity of the divine teachings can find salvation and attain to the goal of their existence.

O souls! Converge towards that Light which is beckoning you to it, so that it may cure you from your blindness and establish for you your sight in such a way that hidden secrets become manifest. These secrets are found in the Book of Allah (the Quran) itself.

Moreover, when the Promised Messiah (as) wrote the book “Victory of Islam), for me personally, he did not say “Victory of Ahmadiyyat” but on the contrary the “Victory of Islam”. Thus the victory of Islam shall be found in the hands of a Caliph of Allah and it shall be in Sahih al Islam (True Islam), whereby he brings Islam back to its authenticity.

Do not turn your backs to these messages. Thus, maximise the implementation of these noble works alongside the Prophet of Allah. He also has a mission, a work which he has to do from Allah. When his work is finished, he also has to leave this world like everybody else. Therefore after his death, it is then that your conscience shall be awakened, and you shall realise (your error) but then it shall be too late. When he came to you, you rejected him and you turned your backs to his messages. Then you shall have (no choice) but to wait for divine punishment seizing you because you rejected this humble servant, his message and persecuted him etc.

Thus, Allah (Glory be to Him) sent me to give you the message. It is now your responsibility to conform to this message once you receive this message…”