Friday, October 5, 2018

Eight Years of the Jamaat in India

A Divine Elect in our Times

The Holy Founder and Imam of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam International, Hadhrat Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) belongs to, and lives in, the Indian Ocean- island State of Mauritius. For close to two decades now, this devout servant of Islam has been proclaiming through all means available that he has a Divinely-inspired mission: of reclaiming and revitalizing the enduring message of Tawheed-thereby helping people appreciate the correct spiritual path; strengthening them morally and spiritually in these bewildering times. Like all men of God throughout history, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) preaches Divine Love. Sharing pure Divine Messages coming from the Unseen, Hadhrat Saheb (atba) invites people to recognize the advent of his humble self in our midst as an Elect of God and consider the extraordinary possibility of acceding to the Divine countenance in this era as well by following his personal example. 

Those familiar with the profound history of Islamic spirituality over the last millennium and more- that witnessed the appearance of so many Divinely-imbued souls as the Pole Stars of the Religion and the Way- would not be surprised by the claims and arguments of Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) in our times. 

Like the Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian noted in the previous era, perfect followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) have always been blessed with Divine converse and guidance, all through Islamic history. The Promised Massih (as) referred to this special Divine phenomenon in many of his writings, when he stated: 

Of all the leaders of Tasawwuf that there have been till the present day, not even one has disagreed with the point that in this religion the path to become the likes of prophets is open, as the Holy Prophet Muhammad has given the glad tidings for spiritual and godly learned persons that the Ulama of my nation are like the Israelite Prophets’. 

The words of Abu Yazid Bustami given below, which are recorded in Tazkirat al-Auliya by Farid-ud-Din Attar, and are also found in other reliable works, are on this basis, as he says: ‘I am Adam, I am Seth, I am Noah, I am Abraham, I am Moses, I am Jesus, I am Muhammad, peace be upon him and upon all these brothers of his’.” (Izala Auham, pp. 258 – 259)

The Promised Massih (as) comprehensively explained in his writings this special type of Divine Manifestation in Islam after the times of the Holy Prophet (sa): 

“The whole Muslim nation is agreed that a non-prophet takes the place of a prophet as a burooz. This is the meaning of the hadith: Ulama ummati ka-anbiya Bani Israil [‘The godly learned ones of my community are like the prophets of Israel’].” (Ayyam as-Sulh,p. 163) 

Here it is worth remembering that the spirituality of our Holy Prophet has always manifested itself at times when the internal crises of Islam became overwhelming, and the ‘essence of Muhammad’ has always made its appearance through some perfect follower. If those statements in Hadith are authentic which say: The Mahdi will arise, and he shall bear my name, and he shall have my morals, then it is a reference to precisely this descent of spirituality. 

But this descent is not confined to any particular sect. There have been hundreds of persons in whom the ‘essence of Muhammad’ was established, and with God they had the names ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Ahmad’ by way of reflection (zill).” (Ainah Kamalat Islam, p. 346) 

The Divine Mission in India

In the years since the official announcement of the Divine Mission of the Muhyi-ud-Din (atba) and the establishment of a community of believers, i.e., the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam International, the Jamaat has found recognition and acceptance among people in different lands, including in this ancient land of the great savants of many religions- India. As it happened, it was on the 5th of October 2010 that the first Bai’at from (and in) Kerala took place- that of Mukarram R. Jamaluddin Saheb of Mathra. This event in its own modest, humble but beautiful way marks an important milestone in the annals of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in Kerala. For, it heralded the recognition in India, of the advent of a Divine Elect in our times in the person of Hadhrat Saheb (atba). 

Along with the formal expressions of faith and oath of allegiance taken by R. Jamaluddin Raother Saheb of Mathra (presently Amir Jamaat-Kerala South), posterity will also count the early personal belief and Tabligh efforts of Dr. Edappakathu Tahir Saheb of Kannur (presently Amir Jamaat-Kerala North) as well- the blessed pioneers of the Divine Mission of the Khalifatullah (atba) in Kerala in that early phase, leading to the formal establishment of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in India.

Addressing his two Amirain recently, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) reminisced on the past and present of the Jamaat in Kerala:

“It is great to see how much good works you both are doing for the welfare of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in Kerala. Alhamdulillah. You both are the first believer in Kerala by the immense of Allah. Mukarram Dr. Tahir Sahib first believed and began his tabligh, and Alhamdulillah, through his Tabligh and the others Mukarram Jamaluddin Sahib gained this message and afterwards through his email and the questions he (Mukarram Jamaluddin Sahib) asked gained belief also and took bai'at officially. So by the immense grace of Allah, you both are the foundation of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in Kerala and it is very delightful to see you both working hard for the cause of the Jamaat and preaching Tawheed and the advent of the Khalifatullah of your age. Alhamdulillah, Summa Alhamdulillah.”

A Divine Message for the Jamaat

It is also instructive to note that during the early days of the Kerala Jamaat, Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) received the following revelation from Allah (swt):

"Tell them O My Messiah: 'The richness of faith is found in a pure heart, true dedication to the cause of Allah and obedience to you as My representative and beloved Messenger of this era.' Allah is pleased that such endeavours have been made by your disciples in Kerala to recognise you as My Messenger and the message brought by you to the world. Your humble prayers have been graced with divine attention. The Hands of Allah was over their hands, reaffirming their belief in you.

Tell them: 'Never let go of the rope of Allah, never turn your backs to the signs you received and the oath of allegiance you took, for then neither Allah nor the angels nor any living human or any creature can ever help you against Allah.' Approval has come from your Lord, thus, make them close to you, as brethren of the same mother and advise them so that they may achieved spiritual insight and come closest to Allah. The Mighty and Wise is ever Watching. All Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds." --- (Received late at night on Friday 08 October 2010)

The Tasks Ahead

The presence of a Divinely-inspired soul certainly marks an important opportunity for all persons who come in touch with him to grow in spirit and to attain purity of faith in its practice, and of course, to learn wisdom: to take note of something useful to him/them in every day life. One of the basic postulates of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam is that even after finding the true path, a believer has to constantly struggle against his/her fallible and malleable consciousness, to protect oneself from falling into error and deviance. As weak humans who are not immune from abusing the God-gifted ‘free’ Will, we have to be critically-aware of the trappings of the Nafs and also be ready to strive to withstand the lure of the satans, as we tread through the difficult spiritual journey in this life- seeking the purification of one’s heart or the oft-blaming consciousness in each one of us.

In recent sermons, Hadhrat Saheb (atba) has put much emphasis on the need for evolving, preserving and sustaining the sublime identity of a true spiritual seeker among all his disciples and followers in the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam. Beyond conventional declarations of religious identity as “Muslims”, or even as members of the Ahmadiyya Firqah, true believers would aspire to transform themselves into dynamic, critically self-aware individuals, capable of deep introspection and soul-searching, so as to penetrate with the help, mercy and grace of Allah (twt)  the elusive path of Hidaya and Maa’rifa. For, it is when the believers become capable of treading in the sublime path of the Almighty that the true purpose of a Divine Mission redeems itself in the ebb and flow of spiritual history.

As the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in India enters into its ninth year and continues its onward march of progress- with the spiritual tree finding roots and branches in new places, may Allah (swt) grant all brothers in faith the blessed opportunity of saying 'Labbaik' to the profound expectations and gentle advice of our Imam (atba) and to remain engaged and connected with one another in a spirit of spiritual solidarity, shared well-being and residual goodwill, Insha-Allah, Aameen.