This Week in History: 8-14 July

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa being interviewed by CNN, Silver Spring, USA

8 July 2005: During his Friday Sermon, while narrating about his visits to different African countries, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“As mentioned earlier, as a result of these tours, new zeal for making progress is infused within the Jamaat, whether this progress is tarbiyat-wise, or to excel one another in financial sacrifices, or in tabligh. If a situation arises where there is no progress, then after direct communication [with the Khalifa of the time], the efforts towards progress increase manifold because of the relationship between [members of] the Jamaat and Khilafat. Whichever country I visit, the Ahmadis there mention this [impact] in their letters, whether they are African Ahmadis or from other countries. […] We witness these scenes everywhere, in Africa and Canada as well. Many have expressed their determination, in personal meetings and letters as well, to bring a spiritual change in themselves. May Allah enable them to do so.” 

8 July 2016: Following the death of the renowned humanitarian, Abdul Sattar Edhi of Pakistan, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Mr Abdul Sattar Edhi. On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I would like to extend my condolences to his family and loved ones.

“Abdul Sattar Edhi was an extremely sincere man who devoted his entire life to serving humanity. Living his own life with great simplicity, his only concern was to selflessly serve others and to help those in need. Indeed, it was his exemplary humanitarian and philanthropic work that led him to being the second recipient of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace.

“I pray that Pakistan is blessed with many more people who exhibit the same selflessness, sincerity and humanity that Abdul Sattar Edhi displayed throughout his life so that Pakistan can be saved from its current plight and move towards a better and brighter future.

“May God Almighty have mercy on the deceased and grant patience to his family members and all of those left bereaved at this difficult and sad time.” (“Statement by Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community following death of Abdul Sattar Edhi”,, 10 July 2016)

9 July 2004: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“I had instructed those who worked in places where pork was used, to be careful about eating in such places, and secondly, that they should leave such jobs and look for other jobs. On this, an individual wrote to me saying that he had purchased some restaurants, or bought one restaurant, [and said] ‘If pork is not used in food in that area, then the business does not flourish. In some cases, fat is used.’ He wrote, ‘Now I have bought it, and if I do not run it in this way, there will be a huge loss, thus permission be granted.’ 

“As far as permission is concerned, I cannot grant it. Moreover, it is their own thinking that the business will not flourish and there will be no sales. If it is unsuccessful, you should sell it and search for a new business then. Allah the Almighty is the Provider. If you leave it in good faith, then [Allah the Almighty] will create means for better work.”

9 July 2010: On this day, upon the completion of a series of Friday Sermons dedicated to the Lahore Martyrs, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned them collectively, and instructed the Jamaat to remember them in prayers.  

10 July 2009: While commentating on Allah the Almighty’s attribute of Al-Rafi‘ (the Exalter) during his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa shed light on the spiritual ascension of Jesusas. Huzooraa proved through arguments from the Holy Quran and the Bible that Jesusas did not physically ascend to Heaven.

11 July 2003: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Huzooraa said that certain Ahmadis became anxious as a result of the opponents’ enmity and foul language and then wrote letters to him, saying, “As we Ahmadis are on the truth, so we should do mubahala [prayer duel with the opponents].” Huzooraa instructed that permission should be acquired first before doing this.

In this regard, Huzooraa said:

“You should bear in mind, as there is an instruction of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, that you ought to follow the Imam in every matter. Therefore, none of you has the right to try to get ahead of your Imam, or to challenge someone to a mubahala. This is not for everyone to do. There are some rules and regulations. […]

“Therefore, stay behind the shield of the Imam that Allah the Almighty has provided for you and continue to preach according to the methods and arguments taught by the Promised Messiahas. […]

“The opponents who are so desirous of mubahala may do as they please. They may call God as much as they want, rub their foreheads and noses [on the prayer mats]. Their prayers against the Jamaat will never be heard. And, insha-Allah, victory will only be granted to Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam. Always remember the phrase of the Promised Messiahas, that ‘I am an appointed one and I have been given glad tidings of victory.’”

11 July 2011: A lawyer and local president of Nawabshah Jamaat in Pakistan, Malik Mabroor Ahmad Sahib was martyred at 8:15 pm at his chamber. He was 50 years old at the time of death. A person hiding behind the bushes outside his chamber came out and shot him. An attempt was made on his life previously as well. He served the local jamaat as secretary jaidad and was also serving as district nazim umumi

11 July 2015: Prime minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga visited Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at the Fazl Mosque, London on this day. During the meeting, the prime minister thanked Huzooraa for his continued efforts towards promoting world peace and for sending a humanitarian relief team to Tuvalu following Cyclone Pamearlier that year. 

Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga Of Tuvalu with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, London

12 July 2013: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Maulana Abdul Karim Sahib Sharma, a life devotee, who had passed away a few weeks earlier. 

Huzooraa stated that he was born in Qadian on 26 May 1918. His father, Hazrat Sheikh Abdur Rahim Sahib Sharmara (previously Kishan Lal) was a companion of the Promised Messiahas, who converted to Islam from Hinduism, by performing bai‘at in 1904 at the hand of the Promised Messiahas.

Maulana Abdul Karim Sahib Sharma had the opportunity to serve the Jamaat in various capacities, such as amir and missionary-in-charge Uganda and Kenya, and then in the UK as secretary tabligh, secretary tarbiyat and secretary rishta nata as well. He was also a member of the Jamaat UK’s Centenary Jubilee Planning Committee. 

13 July 2012: During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa presented details of his recent tours of America and Canada. Huzooraa said that a CNN correspondent asked him about the possibility of Islam spreading in America. Huzooraa responded by saying, “Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya is presenting the true Islam and the possibilities of its spread are not only in America but in the whole world, because it will not occur through extremism, but by winning the hearts and by conveying the beautiful teachings of Islam.”

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa being interviewed by a reporter of CBC, Calgary, Canada

14 July 2014: Muhammad Imtiaz Ahmad Sahib of Nawabshah, aged 39, was martyred at 4:30 pm on this day. Some unknown motorcyclists came to his shop and fired three bullets at him. Two or three days before this incident, he was informed by a neighbouring shopkeeper that some opponents were making plans against him.  

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