This Week in History: 5-11 August


5 August 2005: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that earlier that morning, news was received from Pakistan that the police had come to seal the two printing presses of the Jamaat in Rabwah – Nusrat Art Press and Zia-ul-Islam Press – and also planned to ban Al Fazl as well. Huzooraa said that on the one hand, the world considered Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya to present the true image of Islam and on the other, such so-called custodians of Islam were trying to halt its progress. Huzooraa added that we were witnessing the showering of Allah the Almighty’s blessings upon the Jamaat, and these opponents could not halt the progress of the Jamaat. By sealing one or two printing presses of the Jamaat, they could not halt its progress. However, by continuing to do so, these opponents risked the wrath of Allah Almighty.   

5 August 2011: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa spoke on the blessed life of his mother, Hazrat Syeda Nasira Begum Sahiba, who had passed away a few days earlier. 

She was the daughter of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and Hazrat Umm-e-Nasirra, and was born in October 1911. She had served as the sadr of Lajna Imaillah for a long time.

Huzooraa said that after he was elected as Khalifatul Masih V, it was as if there was a change in their relationship, and whenever there was a conversation on the phone, he felt this. Huzooraa added that in Qadian in 2005, when he met her for the first time after Khilafat, it was a strange and unique experience. The respect for Khilafat that he had seen in her eyes for the previous Khulafa, was evident for him as well. It was no longer a relationship of a mother and son; rather, it was a relationship of respect and reverence for Khilafat.

6 August 2010: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Mustafa Thabit Sahib, who had passed away a few days earlier. 

He was born in 1936 in Egypt, and accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1955. He had a great passion for serving Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and prepared a huge amount of material for the people of the Arab world via MTA and was a regular panellist in the MTA programme Al-Hiwar al-Mubashir as well. He would also be at the forefront in financial sacrifice. He wrote various books, such as Muhkamah al-Fikr, Ajwibah ‘anil-Iman, Al-Islam al-Din al-Hayy, Mu‘jizah al-Falakiyyah, Al-Sirah al-Mutahharah, Dala’il Sidq al-Anbiya. Moreover, he also rendered the Arabic translation of Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh, the Five-Volume Commentary and Hazrat Maulvi Nooruddin – Khalifatul-Masih I, by Hazrat Sir Zafrulla Khanra. He had vast knowledge of the Bible and for this reason, many priests respected him. 

7 August 2009: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that an Ahmadi in Multan, Pakistan, 36-year-old Rana Ata-ul-Karim Noon Sahib was martyred by three people who came into his house and fired at him. He was a musi and had a master’s degree in agriculture.  

7 August 2016: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inspected the arrangements of the 50thJalsa Salana UK, and gave guidance to volunteers and staff.

8 August 2008: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa informed members of the Jamaat that a student of Jamia Ahmadiyya Qadian, Waseem Ahmad Sahib, aged 21, had passed away while swimming in a canal near Qadian. He was an experienced swimmer who would also teach others swimming. It seemed as if upon diving into the canal, his head struck against something and he became unconscious and therefore drowned. He was a musi.

Huzoorra also mentioned that another student of Jamia Ahmadiyya Qadian, Hafiz Athar Ahmad Sahib, aged 19, had also passed away in a road accident.

8 August 2014: During his Friday Sermon, with reference to the opposition against the Jamaat, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“At this juncture, I am reminded of a dream, which I have narrated previously as well. That is, if we wish to see a change in circumstances and save the Jamaat from these trials, then as a Jamaat [community], we must prostrate to Allah by purifying our souls for His sake and sincerely and earnestly praying to Him. If we submit to Allah in this manner and this is the state across the Jamaat and our nights are spent in such a way that we pray for the Jamaat, then in a matter of a few days, as a result of a few nights’ prayers, a revolution can be brought about. Otherwise, a revolution shall come and circumstances shall change, but this will take time. It is the Almighty Allah’s promise that circumstances will change, insha-Allah.”

9 August 2013: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa called the attention of the Jamaat that it was the year for the election of the Jamaat’s office-bearers. Thus, Huzooraa said, office-bearers ought to be elected justly, instead of considering one’s own desires and family ties. Such people should be elected who can serve their roles with justice. 

10 August 2007: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Sahibzadi Amatul Aziz Begum Sahiba, who was his maternal aunt and daughter of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and Hazrat Umm-e-Nasirra. She was the daughter-in-law of Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad MAra and wife of Mirza Hameed Ahmad Sahib. 

She served as sadr Lajna Imaillah Lahore from 1967 to 1983.   

Huzooraa mentioned that the green coat of the Promised Messiahas, which Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh would wear on the International Bai‘at and was worn by him too on the International Bai‘at, was given to Sahibzadi Amatul Aziz Begum Sahiba’s husband, Sahibzada Mirza Hameed Ahmad Sahib by Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad MAra

When Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh migrated to England, Mirza Hameed Ahmad Sahib presented this coat to him by saying, “Whenever you wear it, please remember me in your prayers.”

Huzooraa further said that after his appointment as Khalifatul Masih, as Mirza Hameed Ahmadi Sahib had already passed, he mentioned to Sahibzadi Amatul Aziz Begum Sahiba that they had given the coat to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh as a trust (amanat). Thus, she wrote to Huzooraa after consulting with her daughters and said, “Now, this coat has become an intrinsic part of the International Bai‘at. Therefore, we present it as a gift to Khilafat.”

11 August 2006: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa asked the Jamaat to pray for his upcoming tour of America and said that in light of events that had transpired at various airports a day earlier (a plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US), some members expressed concern. Huzooraa asked members of the Jamaat to pray and said that all of our affairs depended on prayers. Huzooraa added that if this journey was blessed in the eyes of Allah the Almighty, then He would remove all the hurdles. 

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