Ataul Mujeeb Rashed, Missionary-in-Charge UK
Khilafat is the lifeline of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. Allah the Exalted has promised Muslims the blessing of khilafat in the Holy Quran:
“Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me. Then whoso is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious.” (Surah al-Nur, Ch.24: V.56)
In this verse, Allah the Exalted has made a definite promise of khilafat with Muslims with two conditions: faith and good deeds.
The purpose of the advent of prophets in the world is to establish tawhid – belief in the unity of God – and the basic and ultimate purpose of true khilafat is the establishment of tawhid and unity among mankind. Allah the Exalted says in the Holy Qur’an:
وَ اعۡتَصِمُوۡا بِحَبۡلِ اللّٰہِ جَمِیۡعًا وَّ لَا تَفَرَّقُوۡا
“And hold fast, all together, by the rope of Allah, and be not divided…” (Surah Al-e-Imran, Ch.3: V.104)
It is stated herein that, as the means for the guidance of the whole mankind and their unification, Allah the Exalted has sent down the hablullah (rope of Allah). Hablullah refers to the Islamic faith and the holy personage of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as well as the Messiah who has been sent to the whole world in subordination to the Holy Prophetsa.
Moreover, it also purports to the institution of Khilafat in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. A strong bond with that institution is the means to our progress, unity and salvation. It is our duty to hold this rope of Allah firmly and keep holding onto it.
Khilafat – Message of universal unity
The usage of words “universal unity” in the title is based on profound wisdom and truth. It is important to grasp its meaning. The concept of unity starts with Allah the Exalted, Who is the One and Only in His being and in His attributes. There is no one comparable to Him. He is the only Creator and Master of all the universe. His attribute of Rabb-ul-Alameen (Lord of all the worlds) points to His Exalted status. Moreover, the book of guidance – the Holy Quran – that He vouchsafed to the world provides guidance to all and sundry – Arabs and non-Arabs alike. He said it is a “guidance for mankind” (Surah al-Baqarah, Ch.2: V.186)
The Almighty Allah has granted our beloved master, the perfect guide, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafasa, the status of Khatam al-Nabiyyin, which encompasses in it perfection, excellence and universality. Allah directed him to announce:
قُلۡ یٰۤاَیُّہَا النَّاسُ اِنِّیۡ رَسُوۡلُ اللّٰہِ اِلَیۡکُمۡ جَمِیۡعَۨا
“Say, ‘O mankind! Truly I am a Messenger to you all from Allah.” (Surah al-A‘raf, Ch.7: V.159)
This is a magnificent proclamation of universal prophethood that is unequalled by any other prophet. The scope of Khilafat-e-Rashida that was established with divine support after the Prophet’ssa demise was also worldwide. Every rightly guided Khalifa was referred to as Khalifatur-Rasul (Khalifa of the Messengersa).
The universal message continued to spread to all corners of the world as far as possible by means of this institution of Khilafat. And when Allah the Exalted sent the Promised Messiahas for completion of the propagation of Islam in the Latter Days, his sphere of activity covered the whole world, in the capacity of the ummati and zilli (as his follower and in his reflection) Prophet of the Holy Prophetsa. As such, he propagated the message of the true Islam throughout the whole world. He described the sphere of his mission in the following words:
“This, indeed, is the Will of Allah now to unify all the nations spread out in the world.” (Chashma-e-Ma‘rifat, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 23, p. 76)
He further added:
“God Almighty desires to draw all those who live in various habitations of the world, be it Europe or Asia and who have virtuous nature, to the Unity of God and unite His servants under one Faith. This indeed is the purpose of God for which I have been sent to the world.” (The Will, pp. 8-9)
He also explained that the progress of the Jamaat would continue after his demise as per the divine promise:
“He will promote and advance this Jamaat to the full. A part of it will happen at my hands, and some after me.” (The Will, pp. 4-5)
After his demise, in fulfilment of divine promises, the power of God manifested for the second time and the rightly guided Khilafat was established in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Thus, the progress of the true Islam commenced on a global scale. Globalisation depends on the means available and the communication industry of the age, which continues to advance all the time.
With the wide-sweeping development of social media and the means of mutual communication, nowadays the whole world has become a global village. We are observing the fulfilment of the Quranic prophecy:
وَ اِذَا النُّفُوۡسُ زُوِّجَتۡ
“And when the people are brought together”, the extent of which is increasing extraordinarily with the advancing age. (Surah al-Takwir, Ch.81: V.8)
The Promised Messiahas says:
“The means are now available to continue and promote the unification of different nations.” (Chashma-e-Ma‘rifat, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 23, p. 76)
The abundance and vastness with which the propagation of Islam is taking place throughout the world during the blessed period of the Fifth Khilafat is unparalleled and unique in every respect. The manifestation of unification on such a vast scale under the universal benevolence of Khilafat is unprecedented.
Worldwide campaign for peace and unity
Following the sunnah of the Holy Prophetsa, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa has written efficacious letters to prominent political leaders and religious heads of the world individually, inviting them to unite and work together for peace and security. He has also toured most of the major countries of the world and delivered the same message in one-to-one meetings with heads of those countries.
During these travels, Huzooraa has also addressed most effectively the government chambers in countries including Great Britain, Germany, America, the EU, New Zealand and Canada several times. These speeches were widely reported in the press. An annual Peace Symposium is being held in London for the last 15 years, wherein Huzoor’saa magnificent lectures on universal unity are listened to most attentively.
A Peace Prize is also awarded every year to a person engaged in selfless services for the sake of world peace, along with pointing to pathways to peace, messages to unite for mutual love, respect and service to humanity. The Khalifa’s immense efforts to pave the path for establishing universal unity are great and effective examples.
Captivating hearts by international call for peace
The frequency with which Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa has propagated and proclaimed Islam’s message of peace and prosperity throughout the world has created a deep impression, so much so that in these countries, Huzooraa is remembered as the “ambassador of peace”. There is a strong consensus developing among world leaders that peace can only be established in the world by adopting the viewpoints presented by the real Islam, as being proclaimed by the head of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Islam.
It is becoming increasingly clear to the heads of states and intellectuals of the world – and they declare it openly – that the true Islam is the one being presented by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Such acknowledgements by non-Muslim leaders are plentiful. I present just one example that bears clear testimony to the fact that the viewpoints expressed by the Khalifa keep winning the hearts of the world.
In 2012, Huzooraa addressed the European Parliament in Brussels. Bishop Dr Amen Howard from Geneva (Switzerland) was there to attend Huzoor’saa lecture. He was a representative of the inter-faith, international and founding president of the charity, Feed a Family. He said:
“This man is no magician, but his words work like magic. He speaks in a gentle tone, but the words uttered by him have an extraordinary power, grandeur and effect. I have never seen a man with such courage in my life. If this world had only three men like him, an astonishing peace revolution could be brought about within days, not months, and this world can become a cradle of peace and brotherhood. I did not have a good impression about Islam before, but Huzoor’s address has completely changed my view about Islam.” (Ahmadiyya Gazette, Canada, May 2018, p. 20)
This is just one out of hundreds of examples indicating that the institution of Khilafat in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat is bringing about an ideological revolution in the world by propagating true Islamic viewpoints. A unity and unanimity is developing in the hearts of the people with the blessing of Khilafat.
“Every nation will drink of this fountain”
About 131 years ago, from an obscure little hamlet called Qadian (of which it was rightly said that “no one knew as to where it was located”) a call was made, about which Allah the Almighty decreed, “I will cause they message to reach the corners of the earth”. That call was a small seed sown by divine command and it grew into a holy tree with worldwide dimensions and continues to expand at every moment. This holy tree of Ahmadiyyat has 213 countries under its canopy.
Ahmadiyyat is the name of a spiritual fountain, about which the Founder of the Jamaat, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian declared under divine authority, “Every nation will drink of this fountain.” (Tajalliyat-e-Ilahiya, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 20, p. 409)
By the grace of Allah, this prophecy has been fulfilled. The beneficence of this spiritual fountain is increasing and spreading day by day. The holy tree of Ahmadiyyat had started bearing sweet fruit during the blessed life of the Promised Messiahas and pious people from various faiths responded positively to this divine call.
People from different nations and races from India and other countries joined the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, and after his demise when the institution of Khilafat commenced in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, this trend became increasingly prevalent during every Khilafat. The Ahmadiyya heaven started being adorned with shining stars and this galaxy got brighter and brighter all over the world with the blessings of khilafat.
There is a long list of dedicated and devoted servants of Ahmadiyyat from different countries and nationalities who entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat through the true Islamic Khilafat in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Enlightened by Ahmadiyyat they presented a fascinating scene of a united ummah. The process is ongoing and progressive. How delightful it is when we see, on the one hand, pious people of Arabia like Syed Munir al-Husni, Taha al-Qazaq, Mustafa Thabit and Muhammad Hilmi al-Shafi and on the other, prominent devotees like Bashir Ahmad Orchard, Abdus Salam Madsen, Sven Hansen, Muhammad Abdul Hadi Chiussi, Nasir Ahmad Scrivener and Hadayatullah Hübsch from the Western world!
We have seen the likes of Ravil Bukharaev from Russia, Muhammad Osman Chao from China, Abdul Wahab bin Adam, Ismail BK Addo, Amri Abedi and Sir FM Sanghate, who rendered prominent services to their countries and their religion.
These are but a few examples of devotees, who have left indelible marks of worldwide unity as their legacy by rendering selfless services under the umbrella of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya.
Jalsa Salana – Example of worldwide unity
A beautiful example of worldwide unity is the international Jalsa Salana of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. It was started by the Promised Messiahas in Qadian in 1891. Starting with passionate entreaties, it has now grown into a holy tree of global proportions and these Jalsas are organised throughout the world. The central Jalsa Salana is convened in Britain, which is, undoubtedly, an incomparable spiritual gathering organised under the umbrella of Khilafat, to which the lovers of Islam flock from over one hundred countries.
The blessed participation by the Khalifa and his insightful speeches create such a spiritual atmosphere during these three days that it instils peace and spiritual bliss into the participants. One who attends the Jalsa once, leaves with the desire and resolve to come back again and again. Non-Ahmadi and non-Muslims from all over the world also attend the Jalsa and openly declare that participation in this spiritual gathering has opened their eyes.
Having witnessed the living picture of the peaceful Islam, especially listening to insightful speeches of Huzooraa and having an audience with him, has changed their lives altogether. People of different colours, races and nationalities come as strangers and leave with mutual love and brotherly and sisterly sentiments; they leave with tearful eyes and the intention to come back again.
Undoubtedly, this spiritual gathering is a unique example of global brotherhood and unity under the umbrella of Khilafat. That, indeed, was the purpose of this Jalsa as stated by the Promised Messiahas: “It is to unite spiritually all the brothers into one.” (Majmua-e-Ishtiharat, Vol. 1, p. 341)
I can say with utmost certainty that you cannot find the like of this atmosphere of love, mutual brotherhood and unity anywhere else in the world. Undoubtedly, the only force that can unify the scattered and broken-down humanity is Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. This is the only spiritual power that can blend the whole of mankind into one unit.
International Bai‘at – An inspiring example of global unity
The Ahmadiyya Jamaat is the flag-bearer of unity of mankind in the whole world under the umbrella of Khilafat. One such fascinating scene we observe every year at Jalsa Salana is in the form of the International Bai‘at. During this Bai’at, one representative from each of the seven continents of the world places his hand under the blessed hand of the spiritual head, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa, and all others establish a physical link with the Khalifa by putting their hands on the shoulder of the person in front and repeat the words of allegiance in Urdu and English.
Simultaneously, these words are repeated in many languages of the world. The whole proceeding echoes throughout the world. Hundreds of thousands of people of all colours and races from many countries enter the fold of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam simultaneously and thus present an inspiring scene of an unparalleled nature. Under the umbrella of khilafat this caravan of global unity marches on and on.
(To be continued…)