Jalees Ahmad, Al Hakam
A brief glance over the history of Islam evidently illustrates that the disbelievers of Mecca and hypocrites, whilst joining forces, made great efforts to extinguish the light of Allah. Day and night, they exerted every effort to erase the teachings of Islam from the Arabian Peninsula. As they failed in their attempts, they unsheathed their swords and set to murder the Holy Prophetsa and his companions. All their efforts proved vain.
It is evident that the bitter enemies of Islam, blinded by their ego and enmity, failed in their attempts. Not only had Islam spread all throughout Arabia, it had spread far beyond what they had ever anticipated.
God Almighty had promised the Muslims that Islam would spread and prevail:
هُوَ الَّذِيۡۤ اَرۡسَلَ رَسُوۡلَهٗ بِالۡهُدٰي وَ دِيۡنِ الۡحَقِّ لِيُظۡهِرَهٗ عَلَي الدِّيۡنِ كُلِّهٖ ۙ وَ لَوۡ كَرِهَ الۡمُشۡرِكُوۡنَ
“He it is Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may make it prevail over every [other] religion, even though the idolaters may dislike [it].” (Surah al-Taubah, Ch.9: V.33)
“The promise that God would make Islam prevail over every other religion stands for all time. The promise was fulfilled when in its early history Islam triumphed over all peoples, including Christians and the fulfilment of this promise is going to be repeated in the present age, when God has raised the Promised Messiahas, the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, to serve and help the cause of Islam. This triumph is going to be complete and permanent. In fact, most commentators (e.g. Bayan), agree that the final and perfect fulfilment of this promise, as made in the present verse, is to take place at the time of the second advent of Jesus.” (Five-Volume Commentary, Vol. 2, p. 1,154)
The example of those disbelievers of Mecca and hypocrites who attempted to eradicate the light of Allah, who attempted to murder the Holy Prophetsa, who left no stone unturned to achieve their mischievous designs, can be seen in those so-called “scholars” who label Ahmadis non-Muslims, who bar Ahmadis from praying in masjids (mosques) who stop Ahmadis from merely saying salaam, reading the Holy Quran and calling the azan.
While drafting the Treaty of Hudaibiyya, the Quraish of Mecca interjected and said to erase “the Messenger of Allah” from the treaty. Really, how different is the approach of the so-called “scholars” in Pakistan where Ahmadis are labelled non-Muslims and are forbidden to follow the Holy Prophet’ssa teachings? How are such individuals different from that of the disbelievers of Mecca? The disbelievers desired to remove “the Messenger of Allah” from the treaty; however, the so-called ulema – who label Ahmadis as non-Muslim and do not even provide basic human rights – desire to remove “the Messenger of Allah” from the hearts of Ahmadis.
Whether it be Abu Jahl, Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul, the Pharaoh of the time of Mosesas, or the likes of Nimrod, enemies of the truth will always exist. However, it is only Allah Almighty and His messengers who shall prevail:
كَتَبَ اللّٰهُ لَاَغۡلِبَنَّ اَنَا وَ رُسُلِيۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ قَوِيٌّ عَزِيۡزٌ
“Allah has decreed: ‘Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers.’ Verily, Allah is Powerful, Mighty.” (Surah al-Mujadalah, Ch.58: V.22)
It is evident from history that falsehood and those who adhere to falsehood shall lose in their endeavours. History testifies that truth shall always, eventually, prevail over falsehood. No matter how powerful a person, group, or government may be, no matter how many resources they have, no doubt, their mischievous designs will always fall short in comparison to God’s help. When Allah’s help arrives, victory is not far behind.
Ever since Hazrat Ahmad’sas claim of being the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, ever since Allah Almighty testified in favour of Hazrat Ahmadas by causing the Sun and the Moon to eclipse in the month of Ramadan, waves of opposition surged in an effort to sink this heavenly ark; however, no tide of opposition was – or is – mighty enough to sink the ark of Allah’s Messenger.
Whether it be the so-called ulema who declared Hazrat Ahmadas a disbeliever, or the malicious individuals who opposed the need for Khilafat during the time of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, or those unfortunate souls who challenged the Khilafat of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, this heavenly Jamaat of Allah has faced fierce opposition. A common theme in all such situations, however, was the help of Allah and the victory that followed it.
Take the example of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, of 17 September 1974, in which Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims, followed by Ordinance XX of 1984, which prohibited Ahmadis from preaching, professing, or acting upon the teachings of Islam; since then, continuous help from Allah descended upon the Jamaat in such magnitude, as did before, that for any person to deny this would be equivalent to deny the rising of the Sun.
When Pakistan’s constitution tried to halt the voice of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IVrh from reaching Ahmadis in Pakistan, Allah blessed the Jamaat with MTA and enabled the voice of the Khalifa to be heard all around the world.
When Ahmadis were forbidden from building houses of worship, Allah the Exalted enabled the Ahmadiyya Jamaat to build masjids all around the world.
When Pakistan’s Constitution forbade Ahmadis from saying salaam, Allah granted Ahmadis opportunities to promote the peaceful teachings of Islam to the world.
When Ahmadis were forbidden to recite the Holy Quran in Pakistan, Allah favoured the Jamaat with the opportunity to translate the Holy Quran into multiple languages.
When Ahmadis were forbidden to call the azan, Allah gave the Jamaat the means to build mosques in which the name of Allah is exalted and the azan is called five times a day. Whether it is North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia or Oceania, the azan is called in Ahmadi mosques all around the world.
This is Allah’s decree. Under the guidance of Khilafat and through the blessing of the Promised Messiahas – who was prophesied to come in the Latter Days by the Holy Prophetsa of Islam, and about whom the Holy Prophetsa said that when the Mahdi arrives, “then pledge your allegiance to him even if you have to crawl over mountains of snow, for he is the Khalifa of Allah, the Mahdi” (Sunan Ibn Majah , Kitab al-Fitan, Chapter Khuruj al-Mahdi) – Islam Ahmadiyyat has spread and flourished to the corners of the Earth, and will continue to do so, insha-Allah! This is God’s promise. This is His decree.
I end this short piece with the words of the Promised Messiahas who said:
“[…] will the rejection of these people halt the true will of God, which all the Prophets have testified to since the remotest ages? Certainly not!” (Noah’s Ark, p. 13)
Certainly not, indeed.
When opposition against Islam Ahmadiyyat is on the rise, Allah’s help arrives, and victory is not far behind.