This Week in History: 12-18 August

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visiting the Ahmadiyya ARC exposition, Jalsa Salana UK 2016

12 August 2016: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted valuable guidance to the guests and volunteers of the Jalsa Salana UK 2016. While mentioning the exhibitions during the Jalsa, Huzooraa said:

“During the Jalsa, some departments have set up their exhibitions as well. An exhibition from the Ahmadiyya Archive and Research Centre has also been set up; similarly, The Review of Religions has also organised an exhibition consisting of old manuscripts of the Holy Quran and in regards to the Shroud of Turin. Both of these exhibitions are very informative in their respective dimensions. Time has been allocated for both men and women, therefore, they should try to benefit from them.”

13 August 2010: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa instructed all Ahmadis to pray for the Ahmadis of Pakistan, and that He may always keep us under His mercy and keep the Jamaat protected from all kinds of harms. Huzooraa said that in Pakistan, the leadership and people in power did not realise as to which direction they were moving. Huzooraa prayed that Allah the Almighty may grant more progress to Islam and Ahmadiyyat. 

14 August 2009: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned an Ahmadi from Jordan, Taha Qazaq Sahib, who had passed away recently. His father was the second Ahmadi in Haifa, and from here Ahmadiyyat spread to Kababir as well. 

During the 1970s, he started to attend Jalsa Salana Rabwah and continued until Jalsas were held there. A day after Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV’srh migration to the UK, Taha Qazaq Sahib reached London. He regularly attended Jalsa Salana UK as well. He was a sincere servant of Khilafat and this trait was visible in his actions as well. He was a member of the scheme of Wasiyyat and sacrificed 1/8 of his income.

When Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh initiated the project for the Arabic translation of Tafsir-e-Kabir, he promised to bear all the expenses of this project. Thus, this project was financially aided by his contributions.   

14 August 2015: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Kamal Aftab Sahib of Huddersfield, UK, who had passed away on 7 August 2015 due to leukaemia, at the age of 33.

He had the opportunity to serve the Jamaat in various capacities, including regional qaid of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Yorkshire, and secretary tarbiyat Jamaat Huddersfield South. During the last days of his life, while remaining in his room in the hospital, he initiated a campaign to raise £50,000 for Leukaemia research. The Guardian awarded him with the “2014 Volunteer of the Year”.

Kamal Aftab 1
Kamal Aftab Sahib

14 August 2016: On this day, the 50th Jalsa Salana UK concluded with yet another faith-inspiring address by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. During the Jalsa, Huzooraa had announced that more than 584,000 people joined Ahmadiyyat during the previous year.

15 August 2008: During his Friday Sermon in Hamburg, Germany, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa stated that he had visited Hamburg after a very long time, and that two new mosques had been built there. Therefore, these two mosques, Baitul Karim of Stade and Baitus Sami of Hannover would be inaugurated.

16 August 2013: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa instructed the Jamaat that if the tarbiyat department continued to remind members of the Jamaat to make a connection with the Khalifa of the time and called their attention towards listening to his Friday Sermons and various addresses, then, on the one hand, it would strengthen their bond with Khilafat, while also solving all tarbiyat-related problems. 

17 August 2007: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa spoke about what was promised to true believers. Towards the end, he said:

“Therefore, disgrace and failure is decreed for the opponents of the Promised Messiahas, and it is the promise of Allah the Almighty that He is with his Jamaat. If we set the highest levels of taqwa and faith, then we will witness the scenes of victories in our own lives.”

18 August 2006: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that during the previous sermon on 11 August, he had advised members of the Jamaat to pray in regard to his tour of America. Thereafter, he had received many letters and faxes from all around the world in which people narrated their dreams and expressed their concern in this regard. All of them suggested not to go on the tour and so, he had also decided not to go there for the time being. Huzooraa added that recent incidents which had occurred at airports had also indicated that the decision to postpone the tour was correct, and if Allah created better circumstances in the future, he would travel at some other time. 

Huzooraa further said that during Jalsa Salana UK, around 25 to 30 thousand letters had been received from all over the world, especially from Pakistan, congratulating him on a successful Jalsa Salana UK. Huzooraa said, “I express my thankfulness to all those through this message.”

18 August 2007: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa began his journey to France, Holland and Germany. A delegation of six cars departed from the Fazl Mosque and offered Zuhr and Asr prayers at Calais port. Upon reaching the Baitus Salam mission house in Paris, Huzooraa led Maghrib and Isha prayers. Before leading the prayers, Huzooraa also inspected the mosque that was under construction within the premises of the mission house. (Al Fazl International, 7 September 2007, p. 16)

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