Tahir Ahmad Machengo, Kenya Correspondent
“What a beautiful programme it was, I enjoyed every moment and I have learnt a lot”, remarked one guest who attended Musleh-e-Maud Day in Nairobi, Kenya on 22 February 2020.
The event had started recitation of the Holy Quran and an Urdu poem. The chair, Ismail Bakari Sahib, then welcomed all members and invited the first speaker for the day. Basharat Malik Sahib explained the background of Musleh-e-Maud Day, recalling the Friday Sermon of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa on the importance of this celebration.
He said that Musleh-e-Maud Day is not held to celebrate the birthday of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, rather it is held to recall the revelation from Allah to the Promised Messiahas regarding a son whom he will be blessed with, and will grow up to become the champion of Islam.
He narrated that prior to this, the Promised Messiahas had been confronted by several enemies of Islam who were demanding for a sign to show the truthfulness of Islam as a living religion. In response, the Promised Messiahas sought solitude in the town of Hoshiarpur, India spending 40 days in seclusion to speak to his Lord to guide him and give him a sign for the triumph of Islam. Allah gave him the glad tidings about the birth of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra who would be born within a period of nine years, starting from February 1886.
“It was only until after 58 years, in 1944, that Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, the second successor of the Promised Messiahas, himself claimed to be that Promised Reformer even though Jamaat members were urging him to declare openly that he was Musleh-e-Maud prior” said Nasir Hadji Sahib in his speech.
He continued to elaborate that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra himself didn’t have any hurry to declare himself as the Promised Son and Reformer and waited for Allah to tell him Himself, only then he declared he was the recipient of the prophecy.
Amir and Missionary-in-Charge Kenya, Tariq Mahmood Zafar Sahib then urged all members to read the Jamaat’s literature to expand their knowledge about the Jamaat and its history. He prayed that may Allah enable us to emulate Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra.
Indeed, it was a blessed function in a beautiful serene evening. May Allah bless our beloved Huzooraa. Long live Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya!