gm In the name of Allah, the Gracious the Merciful
Volume 2 Issue 7 July 2011 Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia (Youngmens' Auxiliary) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Australia
Al Masroor Al Masroor is a monthly publication since January 2009 by Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia Contents
The Holy Quran - selected verse
Hadith – Sayings of the Holy Prophet (saw)
Friday Sermon – summary
Talim Tarbiyat & Sports Day
Introduction to Ahmadiyyat
Eid-ul Fitr – 31st August (subject to moon sighting)
Sydney Ijtema, Sydney – 10th-11th September
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The Holy Quran Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2: Verse 184
(Excerpt from the Writing of the Promised Messiah)
184. O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas The Promised Messiah & Mahdi 1835 - 1908
Editorial Board Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia: Rana Ejaz Ahmad email@example.com Muhtamim Isha’at: Mohammed Irfaan Editor: Sharfraz Ahmad Rahim Editor (Urdu Section): Tahir Sheikh Contributing Editors:
Hadith Abu Hurairah (r.a) narrates the the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Allah The Almighty says that all deeds of a man are for his own sake except the fast. “The fast is kept for My sake alone, and I am the reward for it. ‘ The fast is a shield against evil. Thus, when anyone of you is fasting, he should neither indulge in idle talk nor raise his voice. If anyone abuses him or starts quarreling with him he should just say, ‘I am fasting.’ Let Allah the Posessor of Muhammad and his life bear me out: the breath of one who is fasting is purer in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk. One who fasts experiences two joys: he is joyful when he breaks the fast, and he is joyful by virtue of the fast when he meets his Lord.” (Bukhari) Selected Sayings of the Holy Prophet of Islam, page 24 Published by: Islam International Publications Ltd. 1988
Ataul Awal Nasir Ahmad Murad Mahmood Khan Sikder Taher Ahmad
Friday Sermon The Jumu'ah (Friday) prayer is one form of congregational worship in Islam. It takes place every Friday. Regular attendance at the Jumu'ah prayer is enjoined on the saw believer. According to a Saying of Hazrat Muhammad this congregational prayer is twenty-five times more blessed than worship performed alone. We encourage members to read Huzur’s (atba) Friday sermons which can be found at: http://www.alislam.org/archives/ For your benefit we have published below, a summary of Huzur’s (atba) recent Friday Sermons.
Khilafat and Mujaddidiyyat th 10 June 2011 Questions relating to coming of mujadid have arisen in the Jama’at at different times, not by sincere members but by those who wish to create discord. Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II(ra) expounded this matter on various occasions. God promised the Promised Messiah(as) that after him Khilafat would be established and for this God would show tremendous signs of His power. The Promised Messiah(as) wrote that God willed the garden of Islam to be evergreen and fresh, therefore at the turn of every century, He sent a person for the reformation and the ignorant contended with him. Promised Messiah(as) said it was made quite clear to me through Divine revelation that the Messiah, whose advent among the Muslims had been promised from the beginning, and the last Mahdi whose advent had been Divinely decreed to take place at the time of the decline of Islam and the spread of error, and who was to be guided directly by God, and who was to invite people to partake of the heavenly banquet, and whose advent had been foretold by the Holy Prophet(saw) thirteen hundred years in advance, was none other than myself. Hudhur explained that the Promised Messiah(as) was not simply the Mujaddid of the 14th century, rather, he was also the Messiah and the Mahdi and his status was considerably higher than that of a Mujaddid. Hadhur said that the Promised Messiah(as) is the Mujaddid of the last millennium and Khilafat was to be established through him and the work of revival of faith was to be accomplished via Khilafat alone and this indeed has been going on. Hudhur said that God’s support and succour for the Ahmadiyya Khilafat is demonstrated when people of other religions see its Khulafa in their dreams. Death of Khairuddin Barud sahib of Indonesia. Guide us in the right path th 17 June 2011 It is said that there are around two billion Muslims in the world at this time. The prophecy and directive is in front of all the muslims that the Messiah and the Mahdi will appear in the fourteenth century [after Hijrah]. Companions of Holy Prophet(saw) had developed such relationship with the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw) that its example cannot be found. And therefore Allah also blessed them so that they attained the honor of radiyallahu ‘anhum *Allah is well pleased with them… 5:120+. If it is not the blessing of Allah, one can never with his effort show complete obedience and fellowship. One will have to turn to God to absorb his favors. Therefore, if we have to abide by the pledge of allegiance with the Imam of the age in reality then we need to understand the reality of ihdinas-siratal-mustaqim [Guide us in the right path. 1:6]. Fortunate are those of us who, after accepting the Promised Messiah, peace be on him, established the relationship of affinity and fidelity with the second manifestation. Guidance is not just to accept a person sent by Allah, or not just being affiliated with the Community but to mold lives to the teaching and to establish oneself on it is the basis for the foundation of guidance. The prayer of ihdinas-siratal-mustaqim [Guide us in the right path. 1:6] is not just for discharging the rights of the Creator, it is not just to strengthen one’s belief, but this prayer also is for discharging the rights of creation. The Promised Messiah(as), advising us, said at one place, “If there is a part of deficit in dealing with Allah, the same will be from the other side.” The sirat mustaqim *straight path+ was to make man after abandoning the traits of animals, and then it was to turn him into a civilized man. And then turn civilized men to godly men.
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Narratives of Companions of the Promised Messiah(as) th 24 June 2011 Hudhur said we should spend these three days of the year purely for the sake of God in the educational, instructive and spiritual environment of Jalsa. The Promised Messiah(as) said that nations are being prepared to bring about pious changes and be included in this Community. This should be a cause for concern for the long-term Ahmadis. Hadhrat Zia ul Haq sahib(ra): he travelled through India to reach Qadian, along with two friends. They met the Promised Messiah(as) after Zuhr and took their Bai’at after Maghrib. Hadhrat Nizam uddin sahib(ra): He writes that just as he wanted to seek leave from the Promised Messiah(as) after Jalsa, a person asked the Promised Messiah(as) to give him a Wazifa (a prayer). The Promised Messiah(as) smiled and said ‘recite Durud profusely, this alone is the Wazifa. Hadhrat Mian Ameer ud Din(ra): He writes that he once told the Promised Messiah(as) about his debts. The Promised Messiah(as) told him to recite Durud profusely and say Istaghfar profusely. Hadhrat Chaudhry Abdul Aziz sahib(ra): He writes that he attended the Jalsa of 1907, which was the last Jalsa of the lifetime of the Promised Messiah(as). Hadhrat Allah Ditta sahib(ra): He writes that it was perhaps 1903 or 1904 that during his visit to Qadian on the occasion of Eid some discrimination was made about special and ordinary guests at the Langar. Maulwi Burhan uddin Jhelumi(ra): When the Promised Messiah(as) wrote Braheen e Ahmadiyya, Burhan sahib felt this person was auspicious and felt he needed to go and see him. Hadhrat Muhammad Ali Azher sahib(ra): He writes that the Jalsa of 1906 was held in Masjid Aqsa which had been extended by then. Due to lack of space, some people stood on the roof top of a neighbouring house that belonged to a Hindu for Salat. Hadhrat Maulwi Muhammad Ibrahim sahib Baqapuri(ra): He writes that when he arrived in Qadian he thought how he could put the people there to the test. He had found a scholar there most knowledgeable and courteous and had found the Promised Messiah(as) to be matchless. Hadhrat Zainul Abadeen Shah sahib(ra): He writes that during the time when the Promised Messiah(as) was receiving revelations about his passing away, he delivered a speech in Masjid Aqsa in which he gave a commentary of Surah Al Fatihah and spoke on the meanings of Ebudiyyat (servitude to God). Hudhur said God fulfilled His promises and the Community of the Promised Messiah(as) is growing by the day and continues to grow. Sense of Gratitude for Jalsa Salana st 1 July 2011 Hudhur said due to the Jalsa Salana Germany taking place at a new venue this year, the German Ameer sahib and the management were excited and certainly the Jama'at members must have also felt it. Today Jalsa takes place in the entire Ahmadiyya world. Almost all year round Jalsa takes place somewhere or the other. Last weekend it was the German Jalsa and this weekend the Jalsa of USA and Canada are taking place. Hudhur said each Ahmadi who attended Jalsa should always try and enhance the standard of Taqwa. According to His promise to the Promised Messiah(as) God is going to grant triumph to him. The significance here is that if we adhere to Taqwa we can be part of the promised triumph. We should be grateful to God each moment by remembering His favours on us and by engaging in His remembrance each moment and by practising His commandment each moment we should make each fibre of our being grateful to Him. Hudhur said he noted a few things and others were reported to him which he would mention now for future betterment. If those who only criticise really wish for betterment then rather than talk among themselves they should inform the management and should pray for the management. The outside guests from Germany and other neighbouring countries had a very good impression of the Jalsa. Whichever guest Hudhur spoke to told him that they were impressed with the arrangements, the mutual love and bond of the Community and the duty-holders. The overall hard work of the workers at the Jalsa was such that the attendees should be grateful to them. The German Jama'at is very developed in sincerity and loyalty. Hudhur said MTA should have been mentioned. The German MTA worked day and night and presented very good programmes. A few young men from London had also come to help.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said one who is careless and indolent cannotattain the same degree of Divine grace as one who makes an effort with all one’s might and with sincerity to search for God
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (atba) Khalifatul Masih V
Majlis Queensland (By Syed Mubarak Ahmed, Majlis Queensland)
Salutations & Meanings
sas / saw
Razi Allah anho
Razi Alah anha
Salla Allaho alaihay wa sallam - Peace & blessings of Allah be on him, used for Holy Prophet of Islam, Sayyedna Muhammad, SAS
Alayhe Salam - Peace be on him, used for Prophets of God ayyadah Allah tala beNasray hil-Aziz, may Allah assist him. A prayer recited with Khalifat al-Masih’s official title. (RA) May Allah be pleased with him. Used for a male companion of the Prophet or a revered person who has passed away
(RA) used for a female companion of the Prophet or revered lady who has passed away
Caliph / Khalifa
Head of the Muslim community, literally successor (Ar. Khalifa)
The Successor of the Messiah
Hadhrat / Hazrat
A courtesy title used for a revered & righteous person. Holiness
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During the month of June 2011 Majlis Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya Queensland organised a number of programs like Sanat-o-Tijarat class, Sports Day, waqar-eamal and participated in Taleem/Tarbiyyat classes (held regularly) and Jalsa Seerat un Nabi. We also invited a qualified Auto mechanic to educate khuddam on basic car servicing and safety issues. Alhamdolillah program was a true success. Jalsa Seerat un Nabi was organized in conjunction with Jamaat’s program. Two speakers from Khuddam and one from Atfal delivered speeches on different aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (saw). One non-Ahmedi guest also took part in the program. Sports day was held on 26th June. We played 2 cricket and 2 volleyball matches. Khuddam also took part in general cleaning and maintenance of the ground. This program coincided with Lajna’s Meena Bazaar and was a great success in terms of raising money for Meena Bazar as well as for physical and moral training of khuddam. More then 50 Khuddam attended the Sports day. Sports and waqar-e-amal are the two regular features of Majlis Qld because of the on going construction work at Bait-ul-Masroor. Sports helps to bring more Khuddam to the noble work. More than 30 khuddam participate in waqar-e-amal each Sunday.
Majlis ACT (By Kamran Ahmed, Qaid Majlis ACT)
We had our Tarbiyyati ijlas on 25th June 2011. Five khuddam participated in the ijlas which lasted for one hour. We focused on tarbiyyati issues related to 5 daily prayers, recitation of The Holy Quran and writing letters to Huzur. We also had our Taleemi class on the same day which was focused on the syllabus provided by markaz. Our discussion was mainly on Quranic prayers. We also discussed about general and Islamic knowledge mentioned in the syllabus.
Majlis Al-Noor (By Mohammad Iqbal, Mutmaa’d Majlis Al-Noor)
Mr. or Esquire, implying respect.
Alhamdolillah, this month was one of busiest month in different majlis activities. By the help of all amila members, zuma and saqeen, we organized visit to all 3 halqajat where we organized talim & tarbiyati classes held on different days. Our majlis was very active in sports during whole month. There were 2 cricket competitions organized with non-Ahmadi cricket teams.
Majlis Western Australia (By Essa Waseem, Mutmaa’d Majlis Western Australia)
We organised a meeting at Bibra Lake Community Centre on 12 June 2011. Members were advised to distribute Tabligh Pamphlet to general public, focus on namaz and send their reports on time. Qaid sahib congratulated Khuddam for a successful Khilafat Day program held on 29th May 2011. Khuddam were reminded about the upcoming Ijtema to be held on 23rd July 2011
Majlis Bait-ul Huda (By Syed Tariq Ahmad, Qaid Majlis Bait-ul Huda)
Majlis Baitul Huda held a BBQ combined with their Majlis June meeting on Sunday the 3rd of July at Br. Feisal Ahmedi’s residence at Grose Vale, which is roughly a 30 minute drive from the Mosque heading towards Blue Mountains. Khuddam got together at the Mosque at 10am and then headed out to Grose Vale. The day turned out to be quite warm and sunny with blue skies all around, which was great news. The focus in the meeting was on prayers (salaat), with a summary of a Huzur’s (aba) Friday Sermon read out to Khuddam. After the meeting, everyone got into the delicious BBQ, which was cooked up by Feisal, Javed and Qais Ahmedi. Zuhr / Asr prayers were offered in congregation next, followed by a bush walk led by Qais Ahmedi up to a very scenic lookout overseeing the Grose River. During the bush walk, Khuddam learnt a few bush walking and survival techniques and tips from Qais Ahmedi. This brought an end to a most enjoyable day. Tabligh Day for Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Sydney was also held in the month of June, on the 19th of the month. The main event on this day was a T20 Cricket Match played between a Sydney Khuddam team and a Non-Ahmadi Indian team. Our Majlis took active part in this which we won by a close score.
Talim Tarbiyyat Sports Day - 15th May 2011 (By Mohammed Irfaan, Muhatamim Isha’at, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia )
We started the day slow but eventually picked up as the day went on. We ended up with about 120 attendance - its not a bad effort but certainly can be improved. Jazakomullah to each organising member and to Qaid saheb Baitul Huda & his team for hosting the event. May Allah reward you all for your efforts. The day started off with a friendly cricket match at 9am. Followed by the opening session at 10.30am with Quran Tilawat recited by Qaid saheb Baitul Huda, Syed Tariq Ahmad. The Khuddam Ahad was then led by Sadr saheb, MKAA. This was then followed by a Nazm from Br Kashif Malik in a very melodious voice followed by opening address by Muhtamim Muqami saheb, Sharfraz Ahmad Rahim who mainly spoke on importance and focus on Namaz followed by dua by Sadr saheb. First session was beautifully presented by Mirza Imran Ahsan Karim saheb on the subject of Jamaat structures and institutions. This was then followed by a speech from Mohd Iqbal saheb on the Fundamentals of Islam (covering Faith and Pillars of Islam). Ahmad Ibrahim saheb covered of a session on Job search/skills and how we can benefit Jamaat as well. Haris Khan saheb, Qaid Majlis Al Sadaqat chaired an open discussion session on how to use Jamaat System effectively. Muhtamim Taleem, Br Kashif Shahzad distributed the Taleem syllabus for the month of May and also held a short Religious Knowledge Quiz. Combined Zuhr and Asr namaz was offered followed by lunch in Khilafat Centenary Hall. The day was wrapped up with friendly games of Volleyball around 5pm.
Introduction to Ahmadiyyat (By Khalid Saifullah Khan, National Vice President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Australia )
(continued from the previous edition of Al-Masroor) Different views held by major religions regarding the death of Jesus: Mystery surrounds the death of Jesus son of Mary and is a controversial issue between the followers of three major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jews claim that he died an accursed death on Cross and it being so he met the fate of impostor prophets and therefore, he was false in his claim as the awaited Messiah. Christians believe that Jesus himself accepted the accursed death on the Cross, in order to atone for the sins of mankind and was later resurrected. Orthodox Muslims generally believe that at the time of Jesus’ Crucifixion, God made someone else to look like him, who was crucified instead. God saved Jesus by lifting him bodily to heaven, from where he will descend in later days to spread Islam, as prophesied by the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings upon him. Inspired by God, Hazrat Ahmad proved the death of Jesus from Quran, Traditions of the Holy Prophet, Bible, ancient Hindu and Buddhist records, and old medical and historical books etc. He wrote a book in 1899, titled, “Jesus in India”, the theme of which was the escape of Jesus from death on Cross, in a condition of swoon, and after recovery from wounds, his journey to India in search of the Lost Tribes of Israel. The basic issue between Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis is, therefore, the natural death of Jesus. If Jesus is bodily alive on some planet of this physical universe – as nonAhmadis say - then naturally he should descend himself in fulfilment of the prophecy of the Holy Different views held by major religions regarding the death of Jesus: Mystery surrounds the death of Jesus son of Mary and is a controversial issue between the followers of three major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jews claim that he died an accursed death on Cross and it being so he met the fate of impostor prophets and therefore, he was false in his claim as the awaited Messiah. Christians believe that Jesus himself accepted the accursed death on the Cross, in order to atone for the sins of mankind and was later resurrected. Orthodox Muslims generally believe that at the time of Jesus’ Crucifixion, God made someone else to look like him, who was crucified instead. God saved Jesus by lifting him bodily to heaven, from where he will descend in later days to spread Islam, as prophesied by the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings upon him. Inspired by God, Hazrat Ahmad proved the death of Jesus from Quran, Traditions of the Holy Prophet, Bible, ancient Hindu and Buddhist records, and old medical and historical books etc. He wrote a book in 1899, titled, “Jesus in India”, the theme of which was the escape of Jesus from death on Cross, in a condition of swoon, and after recovery from wounds, his journey to India in search of the Lost Tribes of Israel. The basic issue between Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis is, therefore, the natural death of Jesus. If Jesus is bodily alive on some planet of this physical universe – as nonAhmadis say - then naturally he should descend himself in fulfilment of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet. But if he has passed away like all other Prophets, then the claim of Hazrat Ahmad, that God had raised him in the spiritual likeness of Jesus deserves to be considered seriously and accepted.
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Continuity of Revelation: Present day non-Ahmadis believe that God no longer speaks to His servants and Revelation came to its end with the death of the Holy Prophet. On the contrary, Ahmadis believe that to speak to His servants, is an eternal Attribute of God, and therefore, even today He speaks to whom He pleases, as He did in the past. Of course, no new command can come because the Sharia has been perfected in the form of Quran. Hazrat Ahmad claimed to be the recipient of sure and abundant converse of God which contained news of the future and unseen, which have been fulfilled and continue to be fulfilled. God showed innumerable signs at his hand, the description of which is beyond the scope of this essay. He declared: “The God Who has manifested Himself to all the Prophets and appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai and appeared to Jesus on Mount Sier and shone forth to Hazrat Muhammad, the Chosen One, peace be on him, on Mount Paran, the same Mighty and High God has manifested Himself to me. He has talked to me and said: I am the High Being to establish Whose worship all the Prophets were sent. I alone am the Creator and the Master and have no associate. I am not subject to birth or death (Zameema Risala Jihad p 8; Essence of Islam, Vol I, p 26) all the Prophets were sent. I alone am the Creator and the Master and have no associate. I am not subject to birth or death (Zameema Risala Jihad p 8; Essence of Islam, Vol I, p 26) “to be continued in next edition”