gm In the name of Allah, the Gracious the Merciful
Volume 2 Issue 5 May 2011
Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia (Youngmens' Auxiliary) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Australia
Al Masroor is a monthly publication since January 2009 by Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia
The Holy Quran -‐ selected verse
Hadith – Sayings of the Holy Prophet (saw)
Friday Sermon – summary
Introduction to Ahmadiyyat
Jalsa Salana Australia 2011
Our common cause with Pope Benedict XVI
Upcoming Events §
Quran Classes -‐ Every Monday in Sydney at 6:45pm
Khilafat Day -‐ 29th May
Tabligh Day – 19th June
Contact Us firstname.lastname@example.org
Jalsa Salana Australia 2011
The Holy Quran Surah Al-‐Sajdah Chapter 32: Verse 6
(Excerpt from the Writing of the Promised Messiah)
He will plan His Ordinance from the heaven unto the earth, then will it go up to Him in a day the duration of which is a thousand years according as you reckon. 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
Ali (ra.) relates that the Holy Prophet (sm) said: “A time will come when nothing will remain of Islam except its name and nothing will remain of the Quran except its script. Mosques will be full of worshippers, but as far as righteousness is concerned they will be empty and deserted. Their ulama (religious scholars) will be the worst of creatures under the canopy of the heavens. Evil plots will originate from them and to them will they return.” (Mishkat) Selected Sayings of the Holy Prophet of Islam page 58 Published by: Islam International Publications Ltd. 1988
Editor (Urdu Section):
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.
Tahir Sheikh C o n t r i b u t i n g E d i t o r s : Ataul Awal Nasir Ahmad
We encourage members to read Huzur’s (atba) Friday sermons which can be found at: http://www.alislam.org/archives/
Murad Mahmood Khan Sikder Taher Ahmad
For your benefit we have published below, a summary of Huzur’s (atba) recent Friday Sermons.
Nations cannot be reformed, without the reformation of its youth.
Corruption among Muslim leadership th 15 April 2011 Hudhur highlighted passages in the book of the Promised Messiah(as) entitled ‘Al Huda’ for the MTA 3 programme maker, Sharif Odeh sahib as a reference point. The condition that the Promised Messiah(as) depicted in the book is not just the current state of the few countries where uprisings have taken place, such was also the state of affairs at the time of his writing. In response to his pronouncement, storm of opposition arose but the good thing that came out of this was that the detractors of Ahmadis avowed to serve faith and started Tabligh. Hudhur said the accounts that he receives of those who are taking Bai’ats illustrate how restless pious-‐ souls had been to find the truth and how God guided them. When the true teachings of Islam are unfolded through the Promised Messiah(as), each such person who has compassion for faith, gives importance to this message and is ready to make any sacrifice for its sake. Illustrating the condition of Muslim rulers, the Promised Messiah(as) said that rulers of the time who are considered as elders of the faith are in fact inclined wholeheartedly towards the embellishments of this world. Many a calamity is befalling the world of Islam and the world of Islam is like an ailing person breathing his last. Citing the condition of the religious scholars, the Promised Messiah(as) said the majority of them are like a disease for Islam. They counsel, but do not practice what they preach. Giving a solution to these conditions, the Promised Messiah(as) wrote in the same book that people should leave of all the other sects and should search if God has sent some remedy?
Message from the Editorial Board: Please send any relevant information or articles of interest to us for publication. Please also visit the following informative sites: -‐ www.alislam.org -‐ www.alislam.org.au A copy of this newsletter is also available from the Khuddam page of www.alislam.org.au
Truth, Faith, Righteousness and Obedience nd 22 April 2011 An Ahmadi who claims to come into the fold of the Bai’at of the Promised Messiah(as) should always keep his expectations from the community in view. When we assert that as Ahmadis we have believed in the Promised Messiah(as), we need to reflect whether we have tried to bring about those changes in our faith which the Qur’an teaches and the Companions of the Prophet(as) inculcated. The Promised Messiah(as) has drawn a lot of attention in his pronouncements and writings that the true spirit of Ahmadiyyat can only be sustained when we continue to self-‐reflect and when there is no conflict between our word and deed. Moodi Khan sahib had obtained a BSc from Aligarh University at a time when very few Muslim young men studied science, he was offered a good job but he related all this to Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II(ra) and added that he did not wish to get embroiled in worldliness and would rather sweep the streets of Qadian. The time that we are going through is also the time of the Promised Messiah(as) and we have yet to see the fulfilment of many promises. Hudhur said he had once expressed concern regarding those who give security duties in Pakistan after the Lahore incident. Hudhur said obedience has different forms, different standards. There is obedience of God’s commandment and of the Nizam (administration) of the Community. The finest example of this in the Ahmadiyya Community can be seen in Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih I(ra). The Ahmadiyya Khilafat never takes decisions that are contrary to the commandments of God. Addressing the office-‐holders, Hudhur said they can be deemed representatives of Khilafat only when they fulfil the requisites of justice with fear of God.
The Al Masroor editorial team takes full responsibility for any errors or miscommunications in this newsletter. “Ahmadiyya Muslim Community established in Australia since 1903”
Faith inspiring stories of new converts to Islam th 29 April 2011
Promised Messiah(as) said many pious natured who sought guidance from Allah, Allah guided them. In these times too, to prove the truth of the Promised Messiah(as), Allah continues to guide those who are sincere in the search of truth. An Egyptian friend who performed Istikhara in accordance with the procedure outlined by the Promised Messiah(as) accepted Ahmadiyyat after truth was unfold to him through a dream. A missionary of ours in the US writes that Abdus-‐ Saleem was made aware of the traditional procedure for the Istikhara Prayer. He offered the istikhara Prayer and later on accepted Ahmadiyyat after he saw Promised Messiah(as) in his dream. The Amir sahib of Indonesia writes about a member. One day he was asked to consider performing the Istikhara Prayer. He was shown a vision explaining the truth of Promised Messiah(as) and Ahmadiyyat after which he along with his spouse came in the fold of Islam Ahmadiyyat. The Amir sahib of Canada writes, Bill Robinson was a resident of St Thomas, Ontario and was an enthusiastic Christian. After praying to God, he managed to reach the truth and accepted Ahmadiyyat in March 2011. Muhammad Yahya from Algeria says, I availed the opportunity to enter Ahmadiyyat a few months ago. He came across MTA while his son was surfing different channels and during his searches where the program Al-‐Hiwarul-‐Mubashir was on. He accepted Ahmadiyyat after watching few programs. Mahmud Yahya Ali from Yemen writes, I performed Istikhara to discover the truth of the Promised Messiah(as). The Amir sahib of Benin writes, One day in the morning the Maulawi called, and requested a visit to his village to see him. When we went to him, he said, I saw your Imam, Khalifatul-‐Masih V, in a dream and he said, What are you waiting for? Enter the Community. After this dream he accepted Ahmadiyyat. Death of Ahmad Baqir sahib, Kamil Rasheed Rashid sahib and Muhammad Mustafa Rab sahib of Syria. Death of Lutfur-‐Rahman Shakir Sahb.
The Correct Islamic Viewpoint of Intercession th 6 May 2011 Due to lack of education, a large majority in India and Pakistan assume that Pirs can fulfil their wishes. Christianity claims that through the atoning death of Jesus(as) his followers are ‘reconciled’ to God. The Promised Messiah(as) informs us: ‘Remember, it is wholly calumnious to ascribe divinity to Jesus (as). In his lifetime, Jesus(as) could not reform his disciples, his death on the Cross was also considered accursed by the Jews. Always remember that the lofty station of the Holy Prophet(saw) is the real station of intercession. And his miracles have taken place from his lifetime to this day. The Promised Messiah(as) explained in light of Ayatul Kursi that God is that Being Who combines all perfect attributes and is free from all defects. The Promised Messiah(as) related that once Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan sahib(ra)’s son fell very ill and he requested the Promised Messiah(as) for prayer. The prayer was not answered favourably, so the Promised Messiah(as) said he would try intercession. The Promised Messiah(as) also said that prayer can only be beneficial for that person who also reforms himself. If the Prophet intercedes but the person for whom he intercedes does not come out of life of negligence, intercession can not avail that person. Hudhur presented a few prayers of the Promised Messiah(as) as regards intercession. Hudhur explained that now the Prophet (saw) and it is through seeking only living Prophet is the Holy beneficence of his beneficence that the Promised Messiah(as) came.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (atba) Khalifatul Masih V
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
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 be-‐ Nasray 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
Muslim Television Ahmadiyya Mr. or Esquire, implying respect.
(By Syed Tariq Ahmad, Qaid Majlis Bait-‐ul Huda)
Salutations & Meanings sas / saw
Majlis Bait-‐ul Huda
By the Grace of Almighty Allah, April was another busy month for Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya in general and specially for Majlis Baitul Huda. The 27th Annual Jalsa Salana was held from 22nd to 24th April, hence there were numerous hours spent in preparation for this. Majlis Baitul Huda had the most attendance in the two waqar-‐e-‐amals organised at the Mosque before the Jalsa weekend. A large number of Khuddam from our Majlis spent lot of time and effort on other days as well apart from the usual Sundays in preparing for the Jalsa Salana. The Sunday after the Jalsa Salana, which was the 1st of May, Majlis Baitul Huda held their monthly meeting at the Mosque, where 13 Khuddam attended. Various tarbiyyat and taleem issues were discussed. Khuddam also spent around 30 minutes cleaning the Mosque surroundings and picking up all the rubbish that was left behind after the Jalsa Salana.
(By Mohammad Iqbal, Mutmaa’d Majlis Al-‐Noor)
With Jalsa Salana preparation, April is always the busiest month during the whole year, especially for shoba khidmat-‐e-‐Khalqa & Waqar-‐e-‐amal. During jalsa salana preparation we did five waqar-‐e-‐Amal but the main Waqar-‐e-‐ Amal was done on Sundays until Jalsa Salana where we spend around 16 hours altogether, there were 40 khuddam who participated in these waqar-‐e-‐Amal cutting grass, gardening and washing and painting the Khilafat Hall floor. Our Khuddam especially took this task upon themselves as Jamaat needed this to finish before Jalsa. During Jalsa Salana Alhamdulillah around 50 khuddam took part in different shoba-‐ jaat such as Registration, Khidmat-‐e-‐Khlaq, Security etc.
Majlis South Australia
(By Imran Ahmed, Nazim Isha’at Majlis South Australia)
This month both halqas held Waqar-‐e-‐Amal in two different areas. Halqa Al-‐Noor performed Waqar-‐e-‐Amal at Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach and the other halqa, Halqa Fazal-‐e-‐Umar did their Waqar-‐e-‐Amal at Panalatinga Road, Woodcroft. At West Beach a total of 12 members participated and at Woodcroft we had a total of 15 members including 3 Atfal.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Birth News:
Mr & Mrs Farhaj Mansoor Sheikh of Majlis South Australia have been blessed with a baby girl, Priya Sheikh on the 16th of April 2011. (May Allah grant the new born a healthy life and enable her to be a dedicated servant of Islam)
Introduction to Ahmadiyyat
(By Khalid Saifullah Khan, National Vice President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Australia )
Ahmadiyyat is not a new religion but a sect of Islam:
Photos Jalsa Salana
Ahmadiyyat is not a new religion, but is a sect of Islam which was founded in 1889 by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India (1835-‐1908). Basing his claim on Divine Revelation, he claimed to be the same Promised Messiah and Imam Al-‐ Mahdi whose advent had been foretold by Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa, peace and blessings be upon him. He held the spiritual status of an ‘Ummati Nabi’, a ‘Follower Prophet’ subordinate to his holy master Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon him, without bringing a new ‘Shariah’ (Law) or ordinance. While the Ahmadis have believed in him, the other Muslims are waiting for Jesus to descend from heaven, where he was lifted bodily by God at the time of crucifixion. These two are the most contentious issues between Ahmadi Muslims and other Muslims, though there are other smaller differences as well, which are stated in the ensuing paragraphs. The Ahmadiyya Movement is an embodiment of true Islam in its original and pristine form. It seeks to unite mankind with its Creator and to establish peace in the world. Millions of people belonging to 195 countries have so far joined the fold of Ahmadiyyat, and the number is growing every day. After his death in 1908, Hazrat Ahmad, peace be upon him, was succeeded by his Caliphs. The title of the supreme head of the worldwide community is Khalifa-‐tul-‐ Masih i.e. ‘Successor of the Promised Messiah’. He is elected by an electoral college comprising elders of the community serving at senior levels. But according to Quran it is Allah Himself Who appoints the Khalifa and His way is to make the hearts of the electors inclined towards that person whom He regards to be the best to undertake this onerous responsibility. The present Khalifa, who is fifth in succession, is Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is the great grandson of Hazrat Ahmad. He is presently based in London. The international administrative headquarter of the community is in Rabwah, Pakistan, while Qadian India, from where the Movement was started, continues to be its eternal spiritual centre after Mecca and Medina. Beliefs of Ahmadi Muslims: Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, peace be on him, founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam declared his beliefs as under: “We do believe that there is none worthy of worship except God Almighty and Sayyedna (our chief) Hazrat Muhammad, the Chosen One, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is His Messenger and the Khatamul-‐Anbiya. We believe that angels are a reality, that Resurrection is a reality and that the Day of Judgement is a reality; that Heaven is a reality and so is Hell. We do believe that whatever the Glorious and Majestic God has stated in the Holy Quran and whatever our Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has stated is all, according to the aforementioned statement, the truth. We do believe that the person who subtracts an iota from the Islamic law or adds to it as much, or lays the foundation in any manner for rejection of Islamic injunction or attempts to declare unlawful what has been lawful in Islam, is an infidel and a renegade to Islam. We admonish our Jamaat (community) that they must adhere tenaciously to the fundamental article of faith that: ‘There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is His Messenger’, as long as they live and they should die holding fast
to the same belief. Also they must have firm faith in all the Messengers of Allah and Revealed Books which have been authenticated by the Holy Quran. They should abide strictly by the Quranic injunctions. They should strictly observe Prayers and Fast, pay Zakat, and perform the Hajj (pilgrimage). They should observe Islam by fully complying with all the injunctions, obligations and prohibitions pronounced by God and His Messenger…. We call to witness the heaven and the earth that, that exactly is our faith.” (Ayyamus-‐Sulh, p 323) (To be continued in the next edition of Al-‐Masroor)
3 days Annual Convention of the AMAA was held in Sydney
Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) 2011 of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia was held on 22nd -‐ 24th April 2011 at Baitul Huda Mosque Sydney, Australia. It was the 27th Jalsa Salana. According to the Media Release “The major aim of the gathering was that the sincere members of the Jama’at should be able to derive religious benefits and at the same time they should acquire more knowledge and advance in their God realisation. One advantage is that meeting their friends will broaden their circle of brotherhood and it will strengthen the mutual ties.” Guests from Inter-‐State, including ACT, QLD, VIC, SA and WA started coming to the Bait-‐Ul-‐Huda Mosque on Thursday, the 21st of April 2010, a day prior to the commencement of the Jalsa. On this day, after Maghrib/Isha prayers, all the workers (around 250) of the Jalsa Salana gathered in the Mosque to listen to Ameer and Missionary In charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Australia, Maulana Mahmood Ahmad give advice to the members. The brief session began at 7:50 pm with the recitation and translation of the Holy Quran by Mujeeb-‐Ur-‐Rahman Sanauri. Mahmood Ahmad Ameer Sahib started his speech by highlighting that this Jalsa is the blessing of the Allah and is not an ordinary gathering. He advised that all workers serve the guests with open hearts and smiles on their faces. One should feel happiness and satisfaction after serving the guests. He pointed out that the purpose of the Jalsa is to worship and remember Allah. Prayers should be offered 5 times a day in congregation with minimum as possible workers left on duty during prayers if needed. Mahmood Ahmad Ameer Sahib continued to advise that all muawins should cooperate with nazims and work as a team. The guests should also cooperate with the workers and overlook mistakes. Mahmood Ahmad Ameer Sahib further advised that everyone should keep an eye out in the surroundings for security reasons. If anyone or anything is seen that is not familiar, one should notify the head of security and should never panic. However, overall dua (prayer) is necessary as Allah is the best Protector. Mahmood Ahmad Ameer Sahib ended his talk with silent prayers at 8:10 pm.
More than one thousand Ladies & Gents attended the 3 days Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia in Sydney. There was 6 Session of the
Annual Convention 2011 and A number of non-‐Ahmadi guests, including delegates and different community leaders were present in the few session. For more information, please visit the official website of AMAA
Our common cause with the Pope Benedict XVI: Pakistan should Repeal Blasphemy Law On this issue we completely and whole heartedly agree with the Pope.
MILAN. Jan 2011 — In a forceful appeal for religious freedom, Pope Benedict XVI urged Pakistan on Monday to repeal contentious blasphemy laws as he called on governments worldwide to do more to enable Christians to practice their faith without violence, intolerance or restriction. The pope was speaking in an annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a long-‐scheduled event. But this year his words came after bomb attacks in Iraq and Egypt — the most recent in the Egyptian city of Alexandria less than two weeks ago — and the assassination last week of a leading Pakistani politician who had opposed his country's law that makes blasphemy against Islam punishable by death. The politician, Salman Taseer, had campaigned against the law and had petitioned the government to re-‐examine the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death last November under the legislation.
Mr. Taseer's "tragic murder," the pope said, "shows the urgent need to make progress in this direction: the worship of God furthers fraternity and love, not hatred and division."
To read more click here