Our opponents’ enmity is due to our heeding God’s call: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s address at Jalsa Salana Rabwah 1950

Ata-ul-Haye Nasir, Al Hakam
Jalsa Salana
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra addressing at the occasion of Jalsa Salana Rabwah

History bears witness to the fact that attempts have always been made to efface divine communities from the face of the earth. The opponents with such intentions, however, are unaware that God Almighty has promised the ultimate victory of His communities. The support of God openly declares:

اُولٰٓئِكَ حِزۡبُ اللّٰهِ ؕ اَلَاۤ اِنَّ حِزۡبَ اللّٰهِ هُمُ الۡمُفۡلِحُوۡنَ

“They are Allah’s party. Hearken ye [O people]! It is Allah’s party who will be successful.” (Surah al-Mujadalah, Ch.58: V.23)

The same is the case with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. The history of Ahmadiyyat testifies that the opposition of the Jamaat could never halt its progress, rather it has always proved to be fruitful.

The Promised Messiahas once said:

“Note that all kinds of things are made use of in farming. There is water and seed. Still, there is the need for manure which is extremely filthy. So, in the same way, filthy opposition does the work of manure for our Movement.” (Malfuzat [English], Vol. 10, p. 474)  

On 11 November 1921, while answering a question, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra stated that when people hear about Ahmadiyyat, “the noble-natured among them will accept it and others will get angry. The true religion always makes people furious because they think that in its presence, their religion is at stake. The anger of the people here is justified because they have their own worries.” (Al Hakam, 17 December 2021, Issue 196, p. 17)

On 27 December 1950, during his inaugural address at the Jalsa Salana Rabwah, Pakistan, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra spoke about the reasons behind the opposition of Ahmadiyyat.

In the beginning, Huzoorra said that the Jamaat was facing severe opposition from all sides, and it seemed as if the whole world had turned against Ahmadiyyat. 

Huzoorra added that the Ahmadiyya Jamaat has never deprived anyone of their rights, rather we serve people, and while the opponents oppress us, the members of our Jamaat express mercy and sympathy in return.

Huzoorra continued:

“When the opponents exhibit their grudge and enmity towards us, the members of our Jamaat treat them with love and compassion. When others do not hold true love towards the country and nation, rather just act with artificiality, the members of our Jamaat express their sympathy and love towards their country, nation, co-religionists, Muslims, and in fact the whole mankind, whether they have any connection with Islam or not. Moreover, despite the fact that the opponents consider us to be liable to be killed, we always strive for everyone’s well-being.  

“The world does not befriend us, but the reason is not that we have afflicted any loss upon them or oppressed anyone, rather it is due to the fact that we have made a bond with our Creator and Master. This is the reason behind the world’s enmity towards us. However, we can never abandon our Master, and for this sake, we can even sacrifice our lives. We cannot abandon Him, even not for any government. […] We cannot leave God Almighty at any cost. The enmity of our opponents towards us is only because we have accepted the Call of God Almighty. […]

“The opponents want us to abandon God, whereas if we abandon Him then we would have nothing left, either in this world or the Hereafter. These people want us to leave God, however, we only have one response: ‘Take from us our country, freedom, honour, wealth, and we are even ready to sacrifice our lives, but we will never abandon God Almighty.’” (Al Fazl, 31 December 1950, p.3)

Huzoorra further said:

“Let us pray to our Master that ‘O our Master, we have proclaimed that we have become your servants, and the world is opposing us. […] O God, instil within us such a revolution that even if the world continues to oppose us, we may prove truthful and sincere in our claim to have love for you, and may we become your true servants. Then all kinds of opposition will become a source of pleasure for us, and we will face these hardships with happiness, since attaining your nearness is as if one has achieved everything, and to endure abuses for Your sake is better than the whole world. O God, enable us to be truthful in this claim, instil your love within us, create within us an inclination towards you, and may the whole world disappear from our thoughts save Your Being. […]’

“Let us seek help from God Almighty, and may we spread the message of Ahmadiyyat to all corners with such zeal that people become compelled to pay attention towards this, and eventually they may be able to accept this [message].” (Ibid, pp. 3-5)

The history of Ahmadiyyat bears witness that in every era, opponents have left no stone unturned in order to harm the Jamaat, however, they were at loss in each and every attempt. 

In every trial and affliction, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya seeks help from Allah the Almighty alone, as He has promised to help and support His divine Jamaat. 

During his Friday Sermon on 8 August 2014, while speaking about the opposition of the Jamaat, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“At this juncture, I am reminded of a dream, which I have narrated previously as well. That is, if we wish to see a change in circumstances and save the Jamaat from these trials, then as a Jamaat [community], we must prostrate to Allah by purifying our souls for His sake and sincerely and earnestly praying to Him. If we submit to Allah in this manner and this is the state across the Jamaat and our nights are spent in such a way that we pray for the Jamaat, then in a matter of a few days, as a result of a few nights’ prayers, a revolution can be brought about. Otherwise, a revolution shall come and circumstances shall change, but this will take time. It is the Almighty Allah’s promise that circumstances will change, insha-Allah.” (Al Hakam, 5 August 2022, Issue 229, p. 3)

On 6 August 2022, during his address at the Jalsa Salana UK 2022, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa narrated the blessings of Allah the Almighty on Ahmadiyyat and the progress during the past year. Huzooraa stated that by the grace of Allah, 355 new jamaats were established, aside from Pakistan, and there were 855 places where the seed of Ahmadiyyat had been planted for the first time. Moreover, 1,76,836 people entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat during the past year.

In short, despite severe opposition, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya is continuously progressing under the divine leadership of Khilafat and will continue to do so, insha-Allah. It is our duty to always remain loyal to Khilafat and obey all commands given to us by Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa.   

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