Showing posts with label Hadhrat Khalifa Sani. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hadhrat Khalifa Sani. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

On the Syrian Quagmire

‘And when the Fire is caused to blaze up’---[Holy Qur’an, 81:13

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (sa) as saying: ‘The last Hour will not come unless there is ‘Harj’. They asked: ‘What is ‘Harj’, O Messenger of Allah?’ Thereupon, the Holy Prophet (sa) said: “Bloodshed, Bloodshed, Bloodshed”.--- (Sahih Al Bukhari/Muslim)

The Civil War in Syria

In less than a month, Syria’s horrific ‘civil’ war will enter into its eighth year. Having already lasted more than the Second World War, the internecine conflict in Syria has profoundly impacted the nation and its people in unimaginable ways. The conflict and its aftereffects has virtually reduced the country to rubble. Entire cities and villages remain abandoned, people having no choice but to flee the mindless violence and mayhem, altering the everyday life-world of the common people forever. Even as hundreds of thousands lost their lives, millions of others had to flee their homes and hearths, seeking refuge elsewhere in the country or beyond the borders, in nations near and far. Thanks to the many actors on the conflict scene and their varying  political interests and strategic calculations, the bloodletting in Syria continues unabated with no end in sight till this day. Indeed, the humanitarian catastrophe that has engulfed this already suffering, impoverished nation shakes the conscience of our common humanity.

How do we explain the extraordinarily mind-numbing shift in the fortunes of the Syrian people in recent times? What are the prospects for peace in the land, especially  in view of its complex regional environment? How does the present situation relate to Divine revelations vouchsafed to the Promised Massih (as)? Can we look at the Syrian quagmire as a Divine Sign of our times? These are some of the few questions and concerns explored in the following article.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

'LIQA': Man's Quest for the True Beloved

Personal Relationship between man and God

Someone, once, asked the Holy Prophet of Islam (pbuh): When would the Day of Judgement be? The Holy Prophet (pbuh) responded by asking the person what had he done in preparation for it?

That was indeed an affectionate reply with deep meaning. One should be more concerned in preparing oneself for it rather than wondering when it would be. Everyone will have to appear before God (Allah). At that time what preparation would you have made in this world to meet God? What is meant is that one should also establish communion with Allah in this world by developing a personal spiritual relationship with Him. It is not a momentary contact with God like a temporary meeting with a friend. It is a continuous and permanent relationship with Allah. The state of personal relationship with God involves continuous and progressive connection with Him. There is no turning back. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

'Musleh Maoud': Then & Now

Divine revelations and prophecies unravel in subtle ways in the fullness of time: testifying to the Grandeur and Mercy of the Lord by confirming the essential truth of what a Divine Elect foretells the world. Yet, the ways of the Lord Almighty are unknowable for the most part, except to the extent and limits of what He chooses to reveal through His Elects. Sometimes, even the Divine Elects themselves may not comprehend in full measure the nuances and implications of a Prophecy they are made to proclaim, as the Lord in His Infinite Wisdom may choose to keep hidden certain aspects till a time or "substitute one revelation for another and God knows best what He reveals"(16:102, 2:107,13:40). And the realization of such prophecies, thus, often may not confirm to the dominant notions and prevailing imaginations of people.  

Today, there are major differences of opinion among the various Ahmadi sects about the meaning and interpretative implications of the prophecy on "Musleh Maoud" made by the Khalifatullah of the previous era, Al Imam Al Mahdi,  Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian. 'Mainstream' Ahmadis of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya (Qadian) feel that the prophecy was fulfilled in the person of the second caliph, Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (ra) (1889-1965) and they attach only some anecdotal value to the fulfillment of this prophecy today, as they do not find any contemporary relevance to it, in a new century of Islam. On the other hand, many other sects of Ahmadis who also believe in the spiritual claims of the Promised Massih (as), do not consider that the prophecy regarding the advent of a Musleh Maoud is fulfilled,especially since they retain, regrettably,  animus against the family and physical progeny of the Promised Massih (as). Many of these groups also feel that the fulfillment of the prophecy is only concerned with the advent of a Mujaddid or a Ma'mur or a Khalifatullah in the new century of Islam- in the Fifteenth Century Hijri, and are waiting for a spiritual churning to take place within the world of Ahmadiyya Islam, especially with the advent of  a number of claimants who say they are recipients of Divine revelations in this era.  

On the prophecy Musleh Maoud, the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam offers a very appealing discourse on the issues and points at the heart of the debate. Devout and thoughtful people among the Ahmadis of various denominations will find much to reflect in the perspective of the Jamaat, as it illumines the Prophecy on Musleh Maoud without falling into the pitfalls that the other perspectives suffer from, right now. Consider the glaring differences: 'Mainstream' Ahmadis have ignored the continuing validity of the Prophecy in the new century of Islam by their denial of significance to the statements and clarifications of Hadhrat Khalifa Sani (ra) while claiming to be the 'Musleh Maoud' of his times, and more importantly, the vital words of Allah (swt) Himself, in the form of Divine revelations vouchsafed to the Promised Massih (as) on the question of his spiritual progeny. On the other hand, the perspectives of the other Ahmadi sects openly reject the intimate connection the Prophecy has with the 'physical' progeny of the Promised Massih (as). As against these glaring lacunae in the understanding of the different groups, Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam upholds both the 'physical' and 'spiritual' dimensions of the prophecy Musleh Maoud. While pointing to the fulfillment of this prophecy in the previous era in the physical progeny of the Promised Massih (as), it also calls attention to the continuing relevance of the Grand Prophecy in the new century of Islam for the spiritual progeny of the Promised Massih (as, especially with Allah (swt) raising Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim (atba) of Mauritius with Divine revelations to proclaim the  fulfillment of this prophecy in this era as well, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar.  

Reproduced below is the text of a Speech delivered by Hazrat Tayyeba Shaheeda Aliah Nasrine Saheba on February 20, 2016 on the Prophecy Musleh Maoud. With copious references from the original sources, the Speech calls attention to the profound spiritual background and historic context of the prophecy Musleh Maoud, even as it provides illuminating inferences on its contemporary relevance. 

Read the Speech Below:  

And to Dawud (David) We gave Suleiman (Solomon). How excellent a slave he was! Surely he was frequent in turning (to Allah) in repentance. (Sad, 38: 30).

Monday, February 20, 2017

Remembering 'Musleh Maoud'

Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (as) was the second successor of the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as). He was a distinguished Khalifa because his birth was foretold by a number of previous prophets and saints. Moreover, the Promised Messiah (as) received a Divine Sign for the truth of Islam as a result of his forty day's prayers at Hoshiarpur (India). God Almighty told him that a pure son would be born to him within the period of nine years. He had already published this prophecy regarding his Muslih Ma'ud (Promised Reformer) on 20 February 1886. In accordance with this divine prophecy and within the specified period, the Promised Son, was born to the Promised Messiah (as) on 12 January 1889 at Qadian. He was named Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad. 

The prophecy about Muslih Ma'ud had also specified some special qualities of the promised son and reformer. For instance, it was foretold that he would be extremely intelligent and highly learned. His fame will spread to the ends of the earth and nations would be blessed through him.