This Week in History: 22-28 July

Chris Grayling MP (former Secretary of State for Transport, UK) meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

22 July 2016: On this day, Chris Grayling MP, the then Secretary of State for Transport, UK had the opportunity to meet Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, London. 

During the meeting, Mr Grayling had the opportunity to discuss various matters including the future of Britain, in light of the Brexit referendum. Also discussed was the continued threat of terrorism and extremism, the ongoing refugee crisis and various other issues.

23 July 2004: During his Friday Sermon before the Jalsa Salana UK 2004, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted valuable guidance to the volunteers and staff of Jalsa Salana. He advised everyone to serve the guests of the Promised Messiahas to the best of their abilities. Huzooraa said that Jalsa Salana UK had now attained the status of a markazi (central) Jalsa due to the presence of Khalifatul Masih in the UK. For this reason, Huzooraa said, members of the Jamaat ought to make every possible effort to participate in this Jalsa. 

24 July 2009: During his Friday Sermon, on the first day of Jalsa Salana UK 2009, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa gave guidance in regard to the ongoing swine flu. Huzooraa said that the government was advising all to abide by the preventive measures and announcements were also being telecast on MTA. Huzooraa then instructed the Jalsa organisers to put precautionary measures in place and also instructed the guests to abide by all the preventive measures and cooperate with the volunteers.   

Huzooraa prayed that may Allah the Almighty save every Ahmadi from all kinds of diseases, and may the Jalsa guests safely return to their homes after benefitting from the blessings of Jalsa Salana. 

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the Friday Sermon on the first day of Jalsa Salana UK 2009

25 July 2014: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the last Friday Sermon of Ramadan 2014, in which he spoke at length about Lailatul Qadr (the Night of Decree), and instructed members of the Jamaat to seek to adopt taqwa (true fear of God) and to increase in the worship of Allah.

Huzooraa also gave a detailed analysis of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Huzooraa said:

“With great regret, it must be said that today, it is the ill fortune of many Muslim countries that they are no longer united. Members of the public are fighting amongst themselves; citizens are also fighting with governments, whilst governments are inflicting cruelty upon their public. Therefore, not only has unity been lost, but great cruelties and injustices are being perpetrated. The result of the lack of unity is that non-Muslim countries now have the confidence to do whatever they please against the Muslims and this is the very reason that Israel is currently engaged in killing scores of innocent Palestinians in the most cruel manner. If the Muslims were united and followed the path of God then the collective strength of the Muslim nations is so great that this cruelty could never have taken place.” (“World Muslim Leader prays for innocent Victims of Israel-Palestine Conflict”,

26 July 2013: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted guidance to members of the Jamaat to pay special attention towards the tarbiyat and education of their children so that they can play their role in the progress of the country and nation. Huzooraa emphasised that it was a shared responsibility of both parents. 

27 July 2007: During his Friday Sermon, on the first day of Jalsa Salana UK 2007, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted guidance to the Jalsa guests and advised them to cooperate with the volunteers. Huzooraa said that sometimes, the Jalsa guests took offense when they were asked to go through security checks. Huzooraa said that there was no disrespect in being asked to be checked. Thus, they should fully cooperate with the volunteers.  

Huzooraa said that he recalled being checked before entering Masjid Aqsa, Rabwah on the occasions of Eid or Friday Sermons, but he never objected to it. When he was appointed by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh as the nazir-e-ala and amir-e-muqami, even then he was checked but he did not mind.   

27 July 2012: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Maryam Sultana Sahiba, wife of Dr Muhammad Ahmad Khan Sahib Shaheed, who had passed away on 18 July 2012. Huzooraa said that her father was Inayatullah Afghani Sahib, who was a follower of Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheedra, and had joined Ahmadiyyat at the hand of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira.

Huzooraa said that she was very fond of preaching the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat. Her husband was martyred in Kohat in 1957. Since they were the only Ahmadi household in the area and they had young children, there was no one to help her make arrangements for bringing the funeral to Rabwah, as her husband was a musi. Moreover, there was no way for any communication either. Therefore, she somehow rented a truck and brought the dead body to Nakhla first as Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra was there at the time, and the funeral was offered there. After that, the funeral was brought to Rabwah and the burial took place. 

27 July 2014: On this day, three female members of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, including a 7-year-old child and an 8-month-old infant, were martyred by a mob inKachi-Pump, Gujranwala, Pakistan, whilst the local police stood by and watched the massacre.

The mob gathered at the above-mentioned place – where more than 15 Ahmadi Muslim families lived close to each other – on the pretext that an Ahmadi youth had defaced a picture of the Ka‘bah on Facebook, which was completely false. The homes of Ahmadi Muslims were burnt, ransacked and looted. In total, eight homes belonging to Ahmadi Muslims were burnt by the mob.

The deceased wereBushra BibiSahiba (in her 50s), and her two granddaughters, Hira aged 7 and Kainaataged 8 months. Mubashara Bibi Sahiba, who was 7 months pregnant, suffered a miscarriage. Eight other women and children also suffered injuries.

During his Friday Sermon on 1 August 2014, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned this painful incident, and stated that if the opponents of the Jamaat did not mend their ways, then Allah the Almighty’s wrath would be their future. 

28 July 2006: During his Friday Sermon, on the first day of Jalsa Salana UK 2006, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted guidance to the Jalsa guests. Huzooraa also said:

“Sometimes [those Jalsa guests] who come from outside [of the UK] borrow money from their acquaintances for shopping etc. They should avoid taking such loans as it ruins the spirit of contentment; and then one spends without any control, without thinking that the debt has to be returned and disregarding how they will be able to do this. As I have said, the purpose for which you have come [to attend the Jalsa] is to try to attain the treasure that the Promised Messiahas wanted to distribute.”

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