100 Years Ago… – Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II on how to attain peace of mind

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The Moslem Sunrise, April 1922

Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra

Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad[ra] said:

“No human being is free from pain and trouble, be he a prophet or a politician, a scientist or a seer.

“Every trouble does not destroy our internal peace, but only that which a man thinks, is the sure cause of his destruction. A pain or grief which he thinks will finally result in something good for him does not at all disturb his peace; rather, it strengthens it.

“Consequently, we find Godly and God-fearing persons always happy at heart, notwithstanding severe hardships and innumerable difficulties in their way. Not only do their faces show signs of happiness, but their hearts are full of bliss and certainty, for they have found God the Almighty, Who is the fountain-head of all blessings, Who controls every atom of the universe, and Who possesses the power to remove all troubles.

“The difficulties they are subjected to are not meant to bring about their destruction.

“Such people cannot be said to be suffering. They are above all cares. They look upon worldly calamities with a scornful smile while its vicissitudes can hardly affect them. Their share of pains is far greater than that of other people, so that God may show the strength of their mind to the world and give proof of His own power. Apparently, they seem to be suffering, but their hearts are full of joy. Moreover, they suffer for the sake of others, and to suffer for others is a pleasure in itself. So, they are twice pleased, firstly because they know they are suffering for others and secondly because they are secure against any danger of ruin.

“There is only one way to attain peace of mind, and that is to attain union with that Great Being Who is the Creator and Controller of all those causes which bring about pain or loss to human beings.

“I declare that to attain union with God there is only one door open – belief in and faithful adherence to the Islamic teachings as expounded by Hazrat Mirza Gulam Ahmad of Qadian, peace be on him. Reason is one way for the attainment of this object as it leads a seeker after truth to certainty. Another way is to keep company with a Godly person whose attention and care remove a lot of doubts without logical reasoning. One who honestly uses these two means can easily verify the truth of Islam and of the Ahmadia movement. His faith is then founded on reason and arguments and not on mere supposition. Moreover, he can attain to this stage by practising Islamic injunctions. After this stage has been attained a man becomes secure against fire and acquires a certain and sure degree of mental peace. The Almighty God has already made it easy of attainment.”

(Transcribed by Al Hakam from the original in The Moslem Sunrise, April 1922)

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