Ata-ul-Haye Nasir, Al Hakam
In his Friday Sermon of 9 November 1934, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra stated that currently, religious and political parties were gathering against the Jamaat and people of all religions were against them – not just people of one religion. So, all these afflictions were different links of the same chain and it was the duty of members of the Jamaat to face them very carefully.
Huzoorra said that it was for this reason that after constantly praying to Allah the Almighty and after seeing a divine vision, he had prepared a scheme, which he would start outlining from the following Friday.
After this, Huzoorra narrated visions and dreams in the context of this scheme, the interpretation of which was described by Huzoorra, that Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya will see extraordinary victories and progress through this scheme.
During this Friday sermon, Huzoorra outlined three demands for the Jamaat to follow. Huzoorra said:
“When some people in the Jamaat do not even pay the monthly chanda and are not ready to make even this small sacrifice, then how can I assume that they are ready to offer bigger sacrifices? I am ashamed to call this chanda a sacrifice, but even if it is considered a sacrifice, we must understand that when we refrain from smaller sacrifices, then how will we be encouraged to make bigger sacrifices?
“Mere verbal declaration never makes a person succeed …
“We do not believe in a particular time, but say that when God Almighty wills, He will accomplish this task, and if we spend even a hundred years in this task, then what is our harm in it. We have to serve the Jamaat and the servant has nothing to do with the outcome of his work. He serves and is never afraid to serve…..
“It is clear from the Holy Quran that when there is a war going on, there can be no success without fighting like بُنۡیَانٌ مَّرۡصُوۡصٌ [a strong structure cemented with molten lead]. It is as if this sign of victory has been ordained by God Almighty that the believers should stand side by side against the enemy and become a lead clad wall; no crack or hole should be visible. This is the symbol of a victorious nation as revealed by God Almighty.
“According to this, unless there is unity in our Jamaat that guarantees victory, how can I be sure that you will be able to do anything significant in the fight that is in front of us? … Today, on the one hand, the Ahraris are against our Jamaat and on the other, those who are non-Ahrari but still sympathise with them – Sikhs and Hindus – are also with them.
“So while different religions are uniting in opposition to us, I want to see this example in my Jamaat that it becomes بُنۡیَانٌ مَّرۡصُوۡصٌ [a strong structure cemented with molten lead] …
“So, my second commandment is that, within this week, every person who has a grudge with another person and every person who has stopped talking to someone should go and apologise to his brother and make peace. If you are not forgiven, you should apologise to the person with humility and accept all kinds of shame before them so that mercy may arise in their heart and they may remove resentment from their heart. When I make another announcement, let there be no two Ahmadis at that time who do not talk to each other. So go and clear your hearts; go and unite by apologising to your brothers; go and remove every form of discord from within you; then the angels of God Almighty will descend to help you. Heavenly armies will descend to fight your enemies and your enemy will be considered God’s enemy. Here are two examples I would like to see in my Jamaat.
“Whoever reads the words of this sermon should not sleep until they obey this command, unless it is impossible for them to do so … The secretaries of the Jamaat should convene their local jamaats after receiving this sermon of mine and tell them that [Khalifatul Masih] has commanded that today, only that person will join this war who clears all of his arrears in chanda and is regular in its payment in the future. Then convey to them another command that [Khalifatul Masih] commands that today, only that person can join this war, who has no quarrel or fight with any of his brothers and who has reconciled and united with his brother.
“When I choose people for sacrifice, I will ask each person if there is any resentment or malice for anyone in their heart, and if I find out that there is malice and hatred towards any person, I will assume that you are not بُنۡیَانٌ مَّرۡصُوۡصٌ [a strong structure cemented with molten lead] and you are not stood shoulder to shoulder with your brother. It is well nigh possible that the enemy attacks us from your shoulder; so go, I do not need you.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, pp. 366-371)
Huzoorra further stated:
“For now, I would like to make another announcement and that is that I need people, as soon as possible, who are ready to leave their homeland for the Jamaat. They should be willing to risk their lives and go through all the hardships of hunger and thirst, without any salary.
“Therefore, I announce that those youth who are ready for these tasks should submit their names. Regarding the qualifications of the youth, I would like to say that they should be either maulvi [fazil], Madrassa-e-Ahmadiyya graduates or at least matriculation pass or a graduate.
“I know that there are many young people in our Jamaat who are a burden on their parents and squander their money. I tell them not to waste themselves in this way. Islam needs their service today; Ahmadiyyat needs these young sons today. They should come forward and present their names. The response to this announcement will also give me an idea of how many people in the Jamaat are willing to make sacrifices practically.
“I also ask the fathers of the youth to present their children in the way of God Almighty; I ask mothers to present their children in the way of God Almighty, but such young people are needed who are free and whose condition is such that they are not government employees, nor businessmen, nor students and only young people who are waiting at home for a job. I don’t even need people who are engaged in the Jamaat’s work, nor do I need young people who are running shops or farming. I call only on those young people who have not yet found jobs and whose devotion will not hurt their agriculture or trade. So, I tell the unemployed youth to go ahead; I tell their fathers to prepare their children and I tell their mothers to get their sons ready for service and remember that the parents who offer their children in the way of God Almighty, they share in every reward that the child earns and whatever their child does for the progress of the Jamaat, parents will also get its reward. In this regard, it is also a condition that these young people have to dedicate themselves for at least three years, although sometimes, work may continue for a longer period of time.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, pp. 372-373)
At the end of this sermon, Huzoorra informed members of the Jamaat that the scheme which he had intended to present, would be presented next Friday.
In the Friday sermon dated 16 November 1934, Huzoorra referred to a letter, in which it was suggested that the teachings of the Jamaat about loyalty to the government should be reconsidered as perhaps it had gone too far. In response to this, Huzoorra said:
“I would like to point out that the definition of loyalty to the government as laid out by our Jamaat has been done so with such conviction and certainty that I still consider it as true and correct as it was before. And I believe that this is the definition that will fulfil the will of the Promised Messiahas and the Holy Prophetsa and God Almighty. And no matter how dangerous the situation may arise in the future, without a minute’s pause, I am ready to tread along the path we have always followed, because I am absolutely convinced that the teaching of loyalty to the government … is absolutely correct and right and there is no possibility of any change in it.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, p. 377)
Then, referring to the delay in narrating the scheme, Huzoorra said that he could have explained the scheme at the beginning, but some potential harms prevented him from describing the scheme, which could have been detrimental to Muslims and the Jamaat. (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, p. 387)
Further Huzoorra stated that even though the Jamaat was small in number, Allah the Almighty had granted knowledge and understanding to members of the Jamaat. Due to their righteous conduct, Huzoorra said that Allah the Almighty would surely grant the Jamaat success.
Huzoorra also instructed the Jamaat that they should not take any step without farsightedness and wisdom.
After this, explaining about the ongoing opposition and the great tribulations which may arise in the future, Huzoorra said:
“I have stated many times that the fitna of the Ahrar is not a major one. Even after their jalsa, I do not say that their fitna is an extraordinary one. But when I say that this fitna is not a major one, this does not mean that it is not a great fitna, but it means that greater fitnas are yet to come before the Jamaat … So, it must be remembered that when I say that this fitna is not a great one, it means that you should not think that this is the last fitna, but understand that it is a prelude to great battles and there are even greater fitnas than this to come, which will be faced by the Jamaat.
“We are not to spread Ahmadiyyat in any one city or country, but it is to be promulgated to the whole world. So while our goal is to compete with the whole world, how can we assume that if we defeat Chaudhry Afzal Haq Sahib of Lahore, Maulvi Mazhar Ali Sahib and Ataullah Sahib Bukhari and Maulvi Zafar Ali Sahib and their friends, then we can easily conquer the whole world? …
“A lot of people have promised me that they are willing to sacrifice their lives and their wealth. There are many jamaats and people belonging to different jamaats, who have made promises for this sacrifice. Aside from men, women have also offered themselves for this sacrifice and I think if everyone is counted, the number will reach thousands. I rejoice in my heart that Allah has breathed into our Jamaat such a spirit of sacrifice that it is ready to endure all kinds of hardships for the sake of faith and is ready to respond to every call which comes from God and His Messenger and His deputies.
“This is a source of happiness. But since these promises are premature and I have not yet stated the scheme which I intend to describe, I am not entirely satisfied because people may not have properly assessed the sacrifice and when the demand for real sacrifice is put before them, some of them may start offering excuses … Therefore, I would like to point out that only those who will present their names after the scheme is announced, will be considered as real devotees.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, vol. 15, pp. 389-393)
Huzoorra then explained that the current fitna against Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya is religious, economic and political at the same time. In this regard, he said:
“When [non-Ahmadis] hear that so many people have converted to Islam through Ahmadis in such and such country, so many people have converted to Islam in Africa and so many in the United States, they ask the maulvis, ‘What else do you do except making infidels?’ When the maulvis hear these words, they do not have anything to say except, ‘We should prepare sticks and if any Ahmadi is seen, they will be beaten’ …
“Recently, a report was published by the Church of England in which, while mentioning Africa, at seven different places it was stated that Ahmadis have harmed the progress of Christianity. Because of these circumstances, Muslims, Christians and Arya Samajists, all three religions want to unite to wipe us [Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya] out.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, pp. 398-400)
In relation to the opposing ulema, Huzoorra stated that they assumed that their edicts of infidelity would efface this community and they claimed that this Jamaat was so small that it could not achieve any success. Those people who used to think that they could crush Ahmadis whenever they wanted, were now amazed to witness the progress of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. They saw that this Jamaat has a champion, which would eventually conquer the whole world.
Huzoorra further stated that people may despise us, but the Jamaat did not have enmity for anyone. He said that the Jamaat was a well-wisher for Muslims and Hindus alike, in fact the Jamaat wished everyone well.
Towards the end of this sermon, Huzoorra announced that the rest of the details regarding the scheme would be stated in the following Friday sermon. But since the first part of the subject was specifically about women, therefore women should come in large numbers on that day.
During the Friday sermon of 23 November 1934, while highlighting the strategy that had been adopted in connection with this scheme, Huzoorra stated:
“There are some plans that man has to hide from his opponents. They are not intrinsically harmful. No one in the world can object if it [the concealed information] is revealed after a certain time, but when it is being practiced, if the opponent knows about it, then it becomes difficult for man to succeed.
“For example, an army of an oppressed nation attacks a city, which marches forward to defend themselves from the oppressor, in fact, to conquer the fort that was its own. This is not only a good deed, but also an act worthy of reward. But if these people send a message to the enemy’s army and tell them, ‘We will enter through such and such pass’, ‘We will have this many soldiers, this many guns, this many cannons with us and this will be our way of fighting’, then the inevitable result will be that the enemy will find a counterstrategy before they see the plan reach its fruition and will easily defeat their attack …
“So just as a clever general’s job is to keep the enemy’s forces to one specific side and spend his strengths on his own army so that he can achieve maximum success, in the same way, it is the duty of the missionary administrator to keep the opposing propaganda in such a way that the work of preaching is not harmed and the opposing party does not know the reality of the actual work, and thus succeeds by keeping opponents unaware of it.
“Thus, given these circumstances, there are some parts of my scheme that I will not describe in detail because if I describe them, the result will not be as important and spectacular as it could be by ignoring certain details. I have felt the need to state this clearly because the Holy Quran forbids the formation of secret societies and covert operations and I have stated this openly so that the difference between the two may be known …
“I say it openly that we will carry out preaching. Yes, there will be some secrecy in it. That is, we will not inform the enemy about the battlefront or the means of preaching. It will be that preaching which is a lawful act. The only difference is that the means and place of preaching will be kept a secret and thus maximum benefit will be gained from preaching …
“I did not make the scheme mandatory because there are parts of it which will not be explained in detail and I demand such sincere people who despite this secrecy, can offer their sacrifices and those who do not wish to, may not. In this way, I do not want to leave room for even the slightest objection. Even if not a single person joins the scheme, I am only responsible for myself before Allah the Almighty. My job is to preach, train, draw people to their duties and place the commandments of God Almighty before them. I am responsible only for my life and certainly I am responsible for conveying the call of God Almighty.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, pp. 405-409)
Huzoorra then explained the importance of creating an environment of sacrifice and good deeds. He said:
“No great sacrifice can be made unless an environment is created for it. If a good seed is planted in a place where it cannot germinate or during a season when it cannot grow is of no use and the result of trying to grow it will be that hard work will be wasted because it cannot grow in that specific place or season. Therefore, for success to be achievable, it is necessary that the environment is right and the surrounding conditions are favourable. If the surrounding conditions are not favourable, then success cannot be achieved. Many people are deprived of goodness because they do not understand this point. They may have the spirit and passion to do good deeds, but they cannot create an environment under which they can make the right sacrifices …
“If a person says, without bringing about a change in [their] circumstances, that all their wealth is present [as a donation] while knowing that they have nothing to give, then such a person is a hypocrite and a fool. If such a one makes this claim out of sincerity and without thinking, then such a one is a sincere fool. If they make such a claim with wisdom, they will have thought about what part of their wealth they are sacrificing. Unless such a person reduces their expenses from 100 to 95, 90, 60 or 70, what sacrifice is there left to make?” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 15, pp. 409-411)
After this, Huzoorra went on to state the 19 demands of Tahrik-e-Jadid.