Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The 'Spring' of Divine Manifestation

"Spring is here again: once again, God's Word is fulfilled"
- a Divine revelation received by the Promised Messiah (as).

Every March we remember the sublime mystical visions and extraordinary spiritual events in Mauritius in the year 2000-01marking the descent of the Divine Manifestation in the person of our beloved Imam Hadhrat Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba). As the Divine Manifestation of our times enters its twentieth year; this week also marks for the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam International, the 11th anniversary of its distinct identity as a spiritual commune,  Alhamdulillah, Soumma Alhamdulillah. 

For the last two decades now, Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius has been blessed with an abundance of Divine communications and spiritual messages, to a level and scale unheard of in the records of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya since the times of the Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) in the previous century. Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) proclaims that Allah (swt) has bestowed upon him several spiritual titles in this era- Khalifatullah; Mujaddid, Messiah; Muhyi-ud-Din, etc.- and that these spiritual titles point to his Divinely-inspired mission: of reclaiming and revitalizing the enduring message of Tawheed in this new century of the Islamic Era- 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 Saheb (atba) preaches pure Divine messages coming from the Unseen; inviting people to consider the extraordinary possibility of acceding to the Divine countenance in this era as well by following his noble example.

The Divine Manifestation of Mauritius traces its roots in the finest traditions of Islamic spirituality. Several verses in the Holy Qur'an contain the Divine Promise and glad tidings (24:56; 15:10; 4:70; 1:6-7) regarding the appearance  of Divinely-imbued souls among the believers. Such Divine savants shall speak with the help of the Holy Spirit (Rooh-il-Quddus), and will strive, through their inspired , personal example and steadfast preaching efforts, to renew the days of the Holy Prophet (sa) among the true devotees and lovers of God Almighty in their eras. Indeed, the prophecies contained in the sacred traditions of the Holy Prophet (sa) also clarify and amplify such spiritual expectations among the Muslims, especially in difficult days for the Ummat-e-Muhammadiyya. Against that holy spiritual backdrop, reproduced below is extracts from a long poem written by the Promised Messiah Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian, celebrating the advent of the spring of Divine Manifestation in the blessed lives of true devotees and lovers of God in every era of Islam, Alhamdulillah, Soumma Alhamdulillah. 

...In such days that are like dark nights,
The favour of the Just God holds the hands of people.

He sends an enlightened one to His creatures,
So that darkness may be dispelled through his light;

So that the ardent lover’s weeping and lamenting
Awaken God’s creatures from their slumber;

So that people recognize the straight path,
So that deniers know that God exists;

When such a person appears in the world,
God manifests his greatness to the world.

Spring arrives with his advent;
The season of blooming flowers appears with his advent.

The time of seeing the Beloved returns with his advent,
And tranquillity returns to restless lovers.

The moon-like face of the Beloved becomes visible,
And the sun again rises to its zenith.
Once again tulips and roses begin to laugh, dallying;
Once again nightingales begin to sing.

The unseen hand of God nurtures him through His grace,
The dawn of his truth breaks in full manifestation.

The light of revelation, like the spring breeze,
Blows its fragrance upon him from the unseen.
He becomes the recipient of revelation embodying secrets divine,
That is, the secrets which are solely God’s prerogative;

So that he may reveal the true facts,
And completely shatter the head of disbelief.

Thus it is that He, the Benevolent, the Holy, the Almighty God,
Enlightens him to shine like the bright sun;
And through him bestows sight upon eyes,
And through him, restores hearing to ears.‬
Anyone who comes to him with sincerity and purity of heart
Is cured by God’s command.

The Prophet of Excellent Qualities has prophesied,
Having received knowledge from God, the Knower of the unseen:
At the head of every century, a man will appear in the world.’
Who is worthy of this task?
So that the Faith be cleansed of innovations,
And so that God’s creatures attain blessings from him....

I do not make false promises to seekers [after truth];
I would be a liar should I fail to present a sign of it.‫

Indeed I was born to fulfill this Sign,
And I am free from every other concern, care, and grief.‬

As this good fortune was my destiny,
Gradually my time came.

I am calling the world towards the fountain of limpid water,
Like a mother who runs after her children,

So that, perchance, the thirsty wandering in the wilderness,
Hearing my clamour and call, might come to me.
But the condition is humility, truthfulness, and purity of heart,
And coming with the awareness of their being needy and with the
fear of God.

And seeking with meekness and humility of heart,
And with sincerity and perfect obedience....’

---Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Part IV.