Extraordinary message in extraordinary times

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V addresses the worldwide Jamaat from his office

Today, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, delivered a live message for the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa, at the beginning of his address, said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, governments around the world, including the British government, have stopped all congregational prayers.

Huzooraa pointed out that at present, the exact law is not clear. There are various interpretations; some say that a few close relatives and people can congregate, while others have differing opinions.

Nevertheless, in such conditions, until it is not made clear, we cannot offer Jumuah prayers. For this reason, after consultation, Huzooraa said that instead of delivering a Friday Sermon, he would deliver a message.

It has become the habit of Ahmadi Muslims around the world to watch the Friday Sermon on MTA. Huzooraa said that if he had not addressed the Jamaat today, then they would have had a longing to watch the sermon and so, Huzooraa thought it best to address the Jamaat in one way or another.

Huzooraa said, “We cannot, for a prolonged period, leave the Jumuah prayer, and my connection with the Jamaat is also essential”. After consultation, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa explained, a solution to this will be found.

In the UK, people are allowed, individually, to pray at mosques while maintaining distance. But congregational prayers are not allowed at mosques.

In this condition, “Jamaat members should offer congregational prayers at homes and also offer Jumuah prayer with the family. Extracts from Malfuzat, or Jamaat literature, or the writings of the Promised Messiahas, or extracts from Al Fazl or Al Hakam can be read and the khutba [sermon] can be given.”

The Jumuah cannot be left for a long time. “When people will prepare their sermons”, their knowledge will increase.

Huzooraa said, “Al Hakam has started an initiative on how people are spending their time at home. In those comments, most people are writing that they are increasing their knowledge by reading the Quran, hadith and writings of the Promised Messiahas.”

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa explained that even in the wider world, people are commenting on how they are spending their time.

MTA International has lots of beneficial programmes, which should also be watched. Huzooraa emphasised that the governmental advice that is being spread should be followed.

Huzooraa made it clear that prayers are key and through them, one can draw the grace of God. This is what the Promised Messiahas continuously said, that the most important thing is that “we seek God’s forgiveness, cleanse our hearts and remain engaged in good works”.

Where the question of not offering Jumuah prayer comes, it is clear from ahadith that in some conditions, the Jumuah prayer become exempt in mosques. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa mentioned a hadith from Bukhari and Muslim in which Hazrat Ibn Abbasra, when it rained, told the muazins to say “Sallu fi buyutikum” (pray in your homes) as opposed to “Hayya alas-Salah” (come to prayer) and this is also what the Prophetsa of Islam practised when such conditions arose.

Further references from Islamic scholars of jurisprudence were presented by Huzooraa to support this fact. 

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and instructions from the government, Huzooraa said that in their homes, everyone should continue congregational prayers and offering Jumuah prayers.

Huzooraa made it clear that from an Islamic perspective, narrations prove that during contagious pandemics, people should practise distancing and taking cautions.

Everyone should offer Jumuah prayers at home and Huzooraa said that he would make arrangements for this as well.  

Towards the end, Huzooraa prayed that this virus may quickly subside and that mankind makes the most of this time in helping one another in the best possible manner.

22 COMMENTS

  1. This is very important Message from HAZOOR (a.a.). Spread this message to non-Ahmadies too. May Allah Ta’ala protect Us. AMEEN

  2. Extraordinary indeed! May this light continue to ever shine for the world ameen.
    What a relief to see Hazrat Ameerul Momineen (aa). Allah has provided the oxygen to our lungs!

  3. May Allah protect His best creation from this pandemic Covid-19

    May Allah bless our Khalifa and entire Ahmadiyya community worldwide.

  4. May Allah the almighty grant our beloved Huzoorایدہ اللہ تعالی بنصرہ العزیز healthy long life. جزاکم اللہ احسن الجزاء

  5. In Islam there is a relaxation of prayers in mosques in times of fear, heavy rain fall , and obviously if there is a chance of epidemic.

  6. JazakAllah khair
    It is great relief to hear from Huzoor-e-Anwar (aa) especially during this hard time. May Allah bless him with Good health and wellness Aameen

  7. Jazakallah
    Lucky we are that we have a Khalifa of Islam who guides us in the light of true Islam where other muslims are struggling to find some words of wisdom

  8. Alhamdolillah we have been able to see Hazoor-e-Aqdas (aa) live and listen to his comprehensive message of love, Prayers and a hand of shelter on the heads of all members of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya.
    May Allah bless Hazoor-e-Aqdas (aa) with long healthy life full of victories and save us from Corona Pandemic. Amin

  9. Alhamdulillah for giving us the Khalifah. May Allah grant our Huzoor (aa) good health and long life and protect all Ahmadis worldwide from this pandemic. May Allah forgive our sins and remove this affliction as all powers belong to Him alone.

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