To “burn” in the love of Allah and excel in spirituality is what the lexicon of Ramadan signifies. Travelling through this holy month while burning our destructive habits, conflicts, immorality and spiritual rust is the essence of Ramadan.
Allah declares it Himself:
“O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you … so that you may become righteous.”
Sadly, for some, Ramadan teaches hatred towards Ahmadi Muslims. They take the “burning” element literally and light fires of hate, discord and animosity against a peaceful and loving community. This Ramadan was no different.
From government ministers tweeting unimaginable hate to TV presenters supporting extreme politics and artists toiling to improve their following – ignoring the essence of Ramadan – it’s prime time for such people to blaze fires of hatred against a peaceful community.
For Ahmadi Muslims, the hostility grew their faith further while also highlighting the blessing only they enjoy; Khilafat. The endless persecution and barring of Ahmadi Muslims, especially in Pakistan, is a dark and lengthy history. But the resilience, patience and prayers-alone attitude that Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya, for over a century, has ingrained amongst millions of Ahmadis is the miracle here.
Without such a divinely guided leader, our minds grow to dark and horrible consequences that the anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric would have brought.
Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya proves, again and again, the divine promise of, “He will surely give them in exchange security [and peace] after their fear.” (Surah al-Nur; Ch.24: V.56)
Where Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya has preached patience and prayer in the face of hatred, it has created a nation of Muslims who don’t simply inherit their faith, but learn and practise it as the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, desired.
Khilafat has been the guiding light which takes millions onto the path towards God Almighty – the purpose of our lives. Despite spewing hatred against Ahmadiyyat by opponents, Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya continues to manifest Allah’s promise of “He will surely establish for them their religion”.
Our history looks up at the great, unshakable tree of faith that Allah has nurtured and established through Khilafat; none can uproot it. This is the true Eid for Muslims. The fulfilment of the divine promise of establishing Khilafat to guide and direct Muslims towards the Islam that Allah and His Prophetsa desired for them to follow.
The hatred in the Muslim world begs for the twilight of this Eid to manifest, the disunity amongst the Muslims cries for the Eid of Khilafat and the spiritual state of the world craves it. The world needs not to wait.
The sun of Khilafat had risen long ago and its bright light shines in the hearts of millions across the world! Hundreds of thousands, from diverse nationalities and beliefs, accept this Khilafat every single year. As a result, they talk about the inner peace, spiritual guidance and religious direction they have found in their lives.
Muslims who were confused, far away and without direction found the path towards Allah once again through Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. Atheists who abandoned God found proof of His existence by holding the hand of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. Those trapped in dark wells of immorality managed to climb out and see the bright sun of faith by holding onto the “rope of Allah” – Khilafat.
It is ironic that Muslims pass through the month of Ramadan and beg for unity, guidance and even the return of Jesusas; they crave for this Eid. At the same time, when Ahmadi Muslims give the good news of the arrival of this Eid, many turn away and refuse to celebrate Allah’s blessing.
Where the Eid of Ramadan will be a celebration and another opportunity to excel in righteousness, Ahmadi Muslims will also enjoy the Eid of Khilafat that the Muslim Ummah, in fact the world, awaits.
It is about this Eid that the Promised Messiahas said:
“… its coming is better for you because it is everlasting – the continuity of which will not end till the Day of Judgement.” (The Will, p.7)