Last Updated on 19th April 2023
Ata-ul-Haye Nasir, Al Hakam
While expressing his determination to spread the message of Islam, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad – al-Musleh al-Maudra – states in one of his couplets:
پھیلائیں گے صداقتِ اسلام كچھ بھى ہو
جائیں گے ہم جہاں بھى كہ جانا پڑے ہمیں
“We will propagate the truthfulness of Islam at any cost, we will go wherever we might need to.”
With this fervour, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra pushed forward the mission of the Promised Messiahas to establish true Islam all across the world and for this, sent Ahmadi missionaries far and wide. He urged and motivated Ahmadis to carry out tabligh, no matter what profession or location they were in.
During his Friday Sermon on 13 February 1920, Huzoorra said:
“The name of the Promised Messiahas had spread all over the world within a few years, and there is no part where his name has not yet reached. Look at that town [of Qadian] and then ponder over the fame it has attained through the Promised Messiahas. […] Now, by the sheer grace of God Almighty, there are clear indications of the propagation of Islam [all over the world]. Our missionary [Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra] would have reached America by now, insha-Allah. Similarly, there is progress in Africa and Ceylon [now Sri Lanka], and propagation [of Islam] is going on in Germany. […] Islam is progressing in Russia as well since the seed has been sown there and the people are seeking missionaries from us. […]
“The days are approaching for the fulfilment of the prophecy that the sun shall rise from the West:
[لَا تَقُوْمُ السَّاعَةُ حَتَّى تَطْلُعَ الشَّمْسُ مِنْ مَغْرِبِهَا]
“[The Hour will not be established till the sun rises from the West. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Tafsir, Hadith 4635)].” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 6, pp. 393-394)
During his Friday Sermon on 8 September 1922, while advising the Jamaat to propagate Islam, Huzoorra said that, Ahmadis had a great objective in front of them:
“We have a huge task in front of us; we have the responsibility to make efforts [for the propagation of Islam] in England, India, America, France, Germany, Russia, Kabul, Iran, and China. In fact, we must make efforts in the whole world. […]
“[The materialistic people] make efforts to attain peace in this life alone. However, we strive to attain peace in this world and the Hereafter as well. […] Therefore, every member of the Jamaat must make efforts with full passion and zeal.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 7, pp. 359-360)
During his Friday Sermon on 24 November 1922, while advising the Jamaat to offer sacrifices for the propagation of Islam, Huzoorra said that God Almighty had given them the task to propagate the message of Islam all over the world:
“It is one of the great aims and objectives of Islam, as it is stated:
كُنۡتُمۡ خَیْرَ اُمَّۃٍ اُخۡرِجَتۡ لِلنَّاسِ تَاۡمُرُوۡنَ بِالۡمَعۡرُوۡفِ وَتَنۡہَوۡنَ عَنِ الۡمُنۡكَرِ
“‘You are the best people raised for the good of mankind; you enjoin what is good and forbid evil.’ [Surah Aal-e-Imran, Ch.3: V.111]
“Therefore, the purpose behind the establishment of the Ummat-e-Islamiyyah is to unite mankind on one hand. [Worldly] people establish various societies to unite people on one platform. However, they are ‘unaware’ of the person who had proclaimed that the sole purpose behind his advent was to unite the world, and for this objective, established a Jamaat; that person is the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa.
“Thus, this duty is amongst the fundamentals of Islam and therefore, it is our responsibility. We are required to pursue this objective through various means, which need huge expenses and the establishment of missions at various places.” (Ibid, p. 416)
Huzoorra continued by saying Ahmadis were required to offer financial sacrifices and devote themselves to tabligh in different parts of the world.
While mentioning America, Huzoorra said that, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahibra was working day and night to propagate the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat. However, there was a dire need to send more missionaries to achieve the desired results.
“We can never abandon tabligh [preaching the message of Islam] – it is the duty of every Ahmadi.” (Ibid, p. 418)
During his Friday Sermon on 27 May 1927, Huzoorra said:
“Our desire and endeavours are to bring the whole world within the fold of Islam. […] I have propagated the message of Islam to various countries outside of India. For instance, currently, there are thousands of Muslims in West Africa who have accepted Islam through the efforts of the missionaries I sent there. Similarly, there are many who have proclaimed the kalima [Islamic creed] in Europe and America as well.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 11, pp. 123-125)
During his Friday Sermon on 10 November 1933, Huzoorra said:
“[In the early days of Ahmadiyyat] there was a time when the number of Ahmadis around the world was even less than those present here for Jumuah prayer today. However, the Jamaat was still progressing and the people were inclining towards the Jamaat, so much so that the fame of Ahmadiyyat even reached Europe and America.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 14, p. 273)
Huzoorra added that this was all due to the grace and succour of Allah the Almighty.
During his Friday Sermon on 9 March 1934, while mentioning the Ahrar’s opposition, Huzoorra said, members of the Jamaat were required to utilise the means of tabligh to overpower the Ahrar’s opposition since this was the method which would enable the Jamaat to become victorious the world over. Huzoorra said:
“Therefore, go and preach to them [the message of Ahmadiyyat] and explain to them the fresh signs of God Almighty which are being manifested in the world.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, pp. 79-80)
During his Friday Sermon on 23 November 1934, Huzoorra said:
“A nation requires to spread in times of trouble. In the Holy Quran, Allah the Almighty tells Muslims that if there was passion [from the opponents] against the Muslims in Mecca, then why did they not go out and spread to other countries? If they went out, Allah the Almighty would open many avenues for their progress. […]
“How do we know where our Medinitelife [referring to the prosperity of Muslims after migrating to Medina] begins? Qadian is indeed our religious centre, but I don’t know where our centre of glory and power is. It could be in any other city in India, and it could be in China, Japan, the Philippines, Sumatra, Java, Russia, the United States, or any other country in the world. So when we find out that people are seeking to humiliate the Jamaat for no reason, they want to crush us, then it becomes our duty to go out and find out where our Medinitelife begins.” (Ibid, pp. 433-434)
During his Friday Sermon on 15 March 1935, Huzoorra quoted the following verse of the Holy Quran:
فَاِذَا قُضِیَتِ الصَّلٰوۃُ فَانۡتَشِرُوۡا فِى الۡاَرۡضِ وَابۡتَغُوۡا مِنۡ فَضۡلِ اللّٰہِ
“And when the Prayer is finished, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s grace.” (Surah al-Jumuah, Ch.62: V.11)
Commenting on this verse, Huzoorra said:
“There is a ‘permission’ from Allah the Almighty to disperse after the Jumuah prayer. However, it was to turn into a ‘commandment’ during the seventh millennium when the Promised Messiah would come, in other words, فَانۡتَشِرُوۡا فِى الۡاَرۡضِ would mean to disperse in the land for tabligh [preaching]. […]
“During the time of the Holy Prophetsa, God Almighty had revealed that Medina was the most suitable place for the propagation of Islam. […] In this era, God Almighty wants us to disperse to all countries of the world and to search for a country that could serve Ahmadiyyat as ‘Medina’. For this purpose, when we will disperse to various countries of the world, we will be sowing the seed of Ahmadiyyat in all countries, and thus, the Will of God Almighty to spread Ahmadiyyat in all countries of the world will be fulfilled. […]
“We will go to Japan and China and convey to them the message of Ahmadiyyat. However, some of them may accept the message and others may reject it. […] Similarly, we will go to Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Arabia, the Philippines Islands, Sumatra, Java, Nepal, Jordan, and America, and convey to them the message of Ahmadiyyat. We will also go to the European states for the tabligh of Ahmadiyyat. […]
“Therefore – since this is the age of tabligh – thus, God Almighty has not specifically named any country to be the most suitable for the propagation of Ahmadiyyat, rather, in the words وَابۡتَغُوۡا مِنۡ فَضۡلِ اللّٰہِ [And seek of Allah’s grace], Allah the Almighty has declared it an obligation for us to seek that ‘grace’.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 16, pp. 200-205)
During his Friday Sermon on 28 June 1935, Huzoorra said:
“Whether the opponents consider our Jamaat to be ‘worthless’ or declare that ‘this community is small in numbers’, it is certain that one day they will have to acknowledge the significance of this Jamaat. […]
“Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya is present in various countries, such as India, Ceylon [now Sri Lanka], the Straits Settlements, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, China, Sumatra, Java, Austria, Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Natal, Gold Coast [now Ghana], Sierra Leone, Nigeria, etc.
“Our Jamaat is also present in that part of Africa which was anciently called German Africa, then in Mauritius, the United States of America […] Belgium, England […] and Russia as well. There is no continent of the world where our Jamaat is not established. This is the factor that indicates a community’s strength in the world.” (Ibid, p. 370)
During his Friday Sermon on 27 November 1942, while outlining the objectives of the Tahrik-e-Jadid scheme, Huzoorra said:
“We need men. We need funds. We need determination and perseverance and we need prayers that will shake the throne of God Almighty; the combination of all these is called Tahrik-e-Jadid.
“Tahrik-e-Jadid has been initiated so we can accumulate such funds which could help us in easily and conveniently conveying the name of God Almighty to the corners of the world.
“Tahrik-e-Jadid has been initiated for the purpose of having people who dedicate themselves to the propagation of the religion of God and spend their lives engaged in this task. […] We will certainly need to send some people to Europe, America and Japan and they will have to devote their whole lives to this cause. […]
“Members of the Jamaat are proud that Sahibzada Abdul Latif Sahibra Shaheed sacrificed his life for the Jamaat. However, we do not need only a single Abdul Latif to revive the Jamaat; instead, hundreds of Abdul Latifs are needed who should go out to different countries and sacrifice their lives for Islam and Ahmadiyyat. Unless [people like] Abdul Latif are born in every country and every region, the grandeur and majesty of Ahmadiyyat cannot be established until that time.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 23, pp. 522-525)
During his Friday Sermon on 18 January 1952, while shedding light on the objectives of Tahrik-e-Jadid, Huzoorra said:
“The work of Tahrik-e-Jadid is neither limited to a few years, nor the duty of a few people only, but rather this scheme has been initiated to achieve the victory of Islam over all other religions – which is the core objective behind the establishment of Ahmadiyyat. […]
“During the Latter-Days, Islam was to pass through difficult times [according to the prophecies of the Holy Prophetsa], which would have ‘damaged’ its greatness and glory, and the opponents would have the opportunity to raise allegations against Islam and to disrespect it. After that, Islam was destined to regain its glory and reach such a position that would make the opponents disappointed.
“And the responsibility [to help Islam regain its glory and greatness] lies on everyone who claims to be a Muslim and Ahmadi. Therefore, in regards to the task of achieving Islam’s victory over the entire world and the spread of Ahmadiyyat, a Muslim and Ahmadi can never say that ‘it is someone else’s duty, not mine’. This is the duty of every Ahmadi and it will continue in every era till the Day of Judgement. […]
“The only method to achieve the victory of Islam over all other religions is to perform tabligh. […] This is the Jihad which is incumbent upon the Muslims forever. […] The Jihad which was presented by the Promised Messiahas and which is being followed by us [in this era] can never end. […] Jihad means to reform oneself and to carry out tabligh for converting people to Islam. […]
“You should tell every Ahmadi that those who participate in [the sacrifices under the scheme of] Tahrik-e-Jadid, in fact, fulfil the purpose behind the establishment of Ahmadiyyat. […] We will have to offer sacrifices for the sake of Islam since our God has entrusted to us the responsibility [to propagate Islam to all corners of the world].” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 33, pp. 12-16)
During his Friday Sermon on 20 January 1956, Huzoorra said:
“When America presents its heart and soul to the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, then will we consider that America has accepted Islam. […] The day America constructs hundreds of thousands of mosques; the day when hundreds of thousands call the adhan from the minarets; the day when imams numbering hundreds of thousands lead the five daily prayers in mosques, will be the day when we consider that America has progressed.”
Huzoorra further said:
“Therefore, I advise the youth that these are the days for you to make efforts. Europe and America are seeking missionaries for the propagation of Islam. Today, America alone is seeking 200 missionaries, but tomorrow they will not seek 200, rather they will require 2,000 missionaries. The day after, they will not ask for 2,000, but they will ask for 200,000 missionaries. The day after that, they will not ask for 200,000 missionaries; rather they will ask for 20 million missionaries and the preparation of 20 million missionaries will require 200 years.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 37, pp. 24-28)
May Allah the Almighty enable all of us to spread the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat to all corners of the world. Amin