Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad: 'Increase the fervour of supplications in face of intensified persecution'

· Ahmadiyyat: True Islam

Source / Courtesy:  Alislam.org

Khalifatul Masih V (aba) said in Friday sermon on October 7, 2011:

There is an element of opposition within the sphere of Islam as well, which Jamaat Ahmadiyya is also tackling. These are the people who spread the false teachings of Islam attributing them to the holy name of the Prophet of Islam (saw) and propagating nothing but hatred against the Promised Messiah (as) who was the most devoted servant of the Holy Prophet (saw). They are laying thorns in the paths of the followers of the Promised Messiah (as) and vehemently attacking them as a result of their vicious hatred. The so-called Ulema (scholars) in Pakistan are taking the lead in the performance and execution of these barbarous and heinous acts. The Promised Messiah (as) has written in the book Tadhkiratush Shahadatain that the Amir of Kabul was in fact afraid of the Ulema and thus the martyrdom of Sahibzada Abdul Lateef Shaheed was a result of the verdict of these Ulema. The Amir of Kabul himself held Sahibzada Abdul Lateef in reverence, but the Ulema controlled the Amir of Kabul. The exact same situation is present today in Pakistan. The Government along with the people of the nation are nothing but a puppet in the hands of these ulema and their hateful beliefs.

Ahmadis who live in Pakistan today are not distressed by the sacrifice of their properties and lives alone, they are tormented and troubled by the attacks and onslaughts in form of verbal abuse and printed posters using extremely filthy and heinous language (which a decent man would not be able to read or hear) in public places. The officials when addressed either pay no heed or admit that they have no power in face of these offenses. Tales of great patience and sacrifices are being written by the Ahmadis in Pakistan. These sacrifices can be turned into concrete results in only one way, that is to prostrate before God, lament before the Lord in worship, supplicate in the manner in which the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) did. It is prayers alone that can protect us against the onslaught of these evil opponents. Enemies are intensifying in their efforts, and our efforts in prayers and in supplication should be equally proportionate, in fact even greater, so that we witness Divine blessings in our favour. Huzur (aba) said that he wished to draw the attention of those Ahmadis living in Pakistan specifically to special prayers with greater zeal. Along with prayers, try to fast (nafl i.e. supererogatory) one day during the week as well. Huzur (aba) then addressed the Pakistani Ahmadis living in other parts of the world and advised them to supplicate for their fellow brethren living in Pakistan. He then turned towards the non-Pakistani Ahmadis and instructed them to supplicate as well. May Allah Almighty annihilate these enemies of God, so that peace can be established, and falsehood comes to an end so that the nation can be salvaged, otherwise there is no guarantee to save the country from a fate of doom. When supplications will be offered in earnest, they will be heard in the Divine threshold. Today, this persecution and hostility which has reached its extreme, should arouse in us the fervour and ardour to offer humble supplications before God Almighty. Each Ahmadi should offer prayers like an agitated soul because God does not reject the prayer offered in such a state. The Holy Quran states:

“Or, Who answers the distressed person when he calls upon Him, and removes the evil, and makes you successors in the earth? Is there a God besides Allah? Little is it that you reflect.” (27:63)

The Promised Messiah (as) has taught us that unless there is absolute anguish and tenderness in the heart which beseeches the Mercy of the Lord, that supplication will have no value in the sight of God Almighty. This anguish of the heart is a pre-condition for the acceptance of prayer.

Every Ahmadi should offer such prayers in pain and in humility, especially those living in Pakistan, who are experiencing these cruelties directly. Prayers are our only weapon, our only tool. Hadhrat Khalifatul Massih V (aba) experienced a dream during the previous Khilafat, in which he heard that if 100% of Ahmadis in Pakistan lament before God with the purity of heart, then these atrocities can be eliminated as a result of prayers offered merely in a few nights. Huzur (aba) said that since the first day of his Khilafat, he has been drawing the attention of the Jamaat towards dua, and towards bringing a change in one’s own spiritual condition. He said that unintentionally, his every speech or address takes the direction towards the same subject.

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