Strive to conquer hearts, not countries, and show Islam’s superiority over Western ideals: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s advice to the Muslim world

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Last Updated on 3rd September 2022

Ata-ul-Haye Nasir, Al Hakam
Ahmadiyyat Jalsa Liwa

At the beginning of his inaugural address during Jalsa Salana Rabwah on 26 December 1951, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, while mentioning the opposition of the Jamaat, said that the enmity and opposition from the opponents do not make us disappointed or disheartened since we have a firm belief that such treatment is a great blessing which is always granted to divine communities. 

Huzoorra said:

“The love of God Almighty is so precious that if it could be attained through the enmity of opponents, then a [believer] will not only accept it but would even desire for such enmity, so that their love for God may intensify. […]

“Therefore, the opposition, disrespect and humiliation can never divert us from our real objective or dishearten us. Thus, members of the Jamaat must remember that in reality, we have been granted the most honoured and respectful status. The most powerful kings, rulers and leaders rely on human support and during their troubled times, very few come forward to help them, however, during your times of trouble, the One God Himself descends from Heaven to help you.” (Al Fazl, 1 January 1952, p. 3)

Huzoorra further said that this era is a blessed one as God has sent his prophet [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas], and “this is a blessing which was granted to the Jamaats of the Holy Prophetsa, Isaas, and Musaas, and for this blessing God has taught us the prayer:

اِهْدِنَا‭ ‬الصِّرَاطَ‭ ‬الۡمُسۡتَقِيۡمَ۔‭ ‬صِرَاطَ‭ ‬الَّذِيۡنَ‭ ‬اَنۡعَمۡتَ‭ ‬عَلَيۡهِمْ

[‘Guide us in the right path. The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings.’ (Surah al-Fatihah, Ch.1: V.6-7)]” (Ibid, pp. 3-4)   

Huzoorra added that in this era, Allah the Almighty has granted Ahmadis the blessing and honour which has always been granted to His beloved people. Therefore, members of the Jamaat needed to be grateful to Allah the Almighty that He granted them this blessed era. 

Huzoorra concluded by saying that let us pray to God Who is the All-Powerful, turns the impossible into the possible, disappointments into hopes, and doubts into certainty, that He enable us to establish unity, peace and such an order that the world witnesses those peaceful times for which it was longing for centuries. (Ibid)

Hazrat Musleh e Maud
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra

On 27 December 1951, during his second-day address at Jalsa Salana Rabwah, Huzoorra recited Surah al-Asr in the beginning and then said that upon pondering over the world’s history:

“One finds that there are losses, destructions and conflicts everywhere, however, there is something which is unaffected from all these negative impacts, and that is a believer’s faith, righteousness, truthfulness and patience.” (Al Fazl, 21 March 1962, p. 3)

Huzoorra said that these four characteristics are the remedy for all the mischief in the world. Huzoorra added:

“The most important characteristic is faith. It is true that if one attains strong faith then worldly problems and oppositions become insignificant.” (Ibid)

Huzoorra continued by saying that if one attains the nearness of God Almighty after facing various kinds of dangers with firm faith, then one cannot ask for anything better, as God becomes their Helper then. 

“Therefore, one needs to care for their faith and to ponder whether their actions are in accordance with the desire of God or not and whether they have reached that level where a person becomes completely secure from all kinds of dangers to their spirituality. […]

“The Holy Prophetsa states that the smallest pleasure of faith which one attains is:

مَنْ‭ ‬كَانَ‭ ‬أَنْ‭ ‬يُلْقَى‭ ‬فِي‭ ‬النَّارِ‭ ‬أَحَبَّ‭ ‬إِلَيْهِ‭ ‬مِنْ‭ ‬أَنْ‭ ‬يَرْجِعَ‭ ‬فِي‭ ‬الْكُفْرِ‭ ‬بَعْدَ‭ ‬أَنْ‭ ‬أَنْقَذَهُ‭ ‬اللهُ‭ ‬مِنْهُ‭   ‬

“Meaning that when a person ‘prefers to be thrown into the fire than to return to disbelief after Allah has rescued him out of it.’ (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Iman [Hadith 43b])” (Ibid, pp. 3-4)

Huzoorra further said that the Muslims had completely forgotten their real objective and indulged themselves in worldly aims. For this reason, Allah the Almighty had sent the Promised Messiahas who advised the Muslims that they needed to realise their status and objective, i.e. service to Islam.

Huzoorra said there was no doubt that the Muslims needed political strength, and worldly and social progress, however:

“The purpose of the Holy Prophet’ssa advent was the spiritual victory of Islam over all the world. This great objective means that the arguments for the greatness of Islam and Muhammad Rasulullahsa may become so powerful that the opponents should shy from arguing with the Muslims. 

“Today, the European literature which is published [against Islam] points out that Islam has such and such ‘flaw’ and ‘defect’. However [we need to refute these allegations to make] Islam victorious in such a way that the Europeans should write in their books:

“‘Such and such teaching of Islam is very great, however, Christianity has also presented this teaching to some extent, as it is proven from a certain saying of Jesusas that he also presented to the world a similar kind of teaching.’ 

“When European-influenced Muslims look at European democracy, they say:

“‘These fundamentals [of democracy] are also supported from the Holy Quran to some extent, and this feature is also found within us [Islam].’

“This is an apology which the contemporary Muslims are presenting, and this is certainly not a proud day for Islam. The proud day for Islam will be when the following will be testified in Europe and America:

“‘The teaching which Islam presents in regards to purdah is also supported by the Gospels to some extent, and it is also proven from a certain saying of our Messiah [Jesusas] that this kind of purdah should be followed.’ 

“The proud day for Islam will be when the Christians of Europe and America will testify:

“‘The teaching of polygamy which the Muslims present, is undoubtedly correct, and though the Christians had opposed it in the past, it was merely due to their lesser understanding of this matter.’ 

“This will be the victory of Islam and the greatness of Muhammad Rasulullahsa.” (Ibid, p. 11)

Huzoorra continued:

“Who had presented this ideology? It was only presented by Hazrat Mirza Sahibas [the Promised Messiah], and for this, edicts of kufr [disbelief] were issued against him. It was said [by his opponents] that ‘how strange is this idea. Islam can only be victorious by picking up swords and killing the disbelievers.’ However, ponder over and see which ideology is helping the establishment of Islam’s greatness and which ideology can satisfy a true Muslim’s heart. 

“The Promised Messiahas presented the pathway that Islam will be spiritually victorious over the world and the spiritual victory means to bring a religious, political and moral revolution in the world. […]

“Today’s Muslims claim to have freedom, however, they adopt intellectual slavery by wishing to be good followers of the Western civilisation and feel honoured to be its followers. […] However, the Promised Messiahas presented to the world the objective that one day Europe and America will also be his followers. 

“Now see, the objective which the Promised Messiahas presented is to make the people Muslim by changing their religious and moral point of view, and then to mould their actions in accordance with [the teachings of] Islam. This is the objective, that one should keep in their mind and this is also proven by the Holy Quran. Allah the Almighty states:

هُوَ‭ ‬الَّذِيۡۤ‭ ‬اَرۡسَلَ‭ ‬رَسُوۡلَهٗ‭ ‬بِالۡهُدٰي‭ ‬وَدِيۡنِ‭ ‬الۡحَقِّ‭ ‬لِيُظۡهِرَهٗ‭ ‬عَلَي‭ ‬الدِّيۡنِ‭ ‬كُلِّهٖ‭ ‬

“Meaning that ‘He it is Who has sent His Messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religions.’ (Surah as-Saff, Ch 61: V.10)

“Not with sword or stick, لِيُظۡهِرَهٗ‭ ‬عَلَي‭ ‬الدِّيۡنِ‭ ‬كُلِّهٖ ‘that He may cause it to prevail over all religions’, not over all the countries, since it is not a big deal to conquer countries, however, conquering hearts is a big milestone. Now, this verse states the same teaching which the Promised Messiahas has presented [in this era].” (Ibid, pp. 11-12)

Qadian

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra then advised the Muslims to make efforts to spread the beautiful teachings of Islam throughout the world, and if they wanted to be successful, they must follow the pathway which has been presented by the Promised Messiahas.

During his Friday Sermon on 1 February 1952, Huzoorra mentioned some of the false propaganda initiated by the opponents of the Jamaat and explained how they were trying their utmost to harm the Jamaat. After narrating the whole situation in detail, towards the end of his sermon, Huzoorra said:

“Whatever the Promised Messiahas did, was solely for the sake of God Almighty and he had sincere intentions, otherwise, what is the reason that all the maulvis are exerting all of their efforts yet they did not succeed in harming Ahmadiyyat in any way? […] It is clear that God Almighty is helping this Jamaat. When the opponents realise that they cannot overcome Ahmadiyyat through tabligh, they begin their inciteful campaigns, but that also goes in vain. 

“The opponent’s inciteful campaigns could physically harm us temporarily, however, the reality is that this community will continue to flourish. […] Even if all the satanic powers of the world unite together to stop the progress of this community [Ahmadiyyat], the prophecies regarding its propagation in the world will surely be fulfilled, insha-Allah ta’ala, with His Grace and Mercy.” (Al Fazl, 13 February 1952, p. 5)

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