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Organ of The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore (UK) also known as the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement. Presenting the Islam taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s). Islam as a peaceful, rational, inclusive, loving and respectful religion.

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Contents

The Call of the Messiah 2

Sufism by Dr Ikram Jahangiri 4

Are_Christians_and_Jews_Muslims_too

Br Dr Ejaz Naqvi 11

Riyad_Over the Moon over Ramadan show 13

Prayers for Ramadan 14

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‣ What the British Muslims Need to do

‣ Saudi Brothers turn to Moderate Islam.

‣ 27 kar sevaks embraced islam to find forgiveness

Babari Masjid.

‣ Islam and Women's Rights.

‣ Prayer in Different Religions.

‣ Words and Deeds

‣ Al Aqsa

‣ Ibn Rushd Passed Away in 1198!

‣ Do All Jews celebrate the Hanukkah?

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The Call of the

Messiah

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam

Ahmad

The Promised Messiah and Mahdi

Correction

I see that my name is mentioned as the writer

of the article Fasting in summer and winter;

a spiritual approach. This is incorrect. The

writer is Mr. Riaz Ahmadali, and not me.

Please set this straight. Reza Ghafoerkhan

(Editor’s note: Any quotations from the Quran

are translated from the author’s explanations

and are not literal translations of the verse

quoted. This extract is from the English translation

of a lecture he delivered in the city of Sialkot,

now in Pakistan, taken from the Lahore Ahmadiyya

publication ‘Essence of Islam’.)

Tansmigration of Souls analysed

So far the error of the Arya Samaj is in connection

with the recognition of God and His

powers. The other part, regarding Law, is also

full of errors. Firstly, there is the doctrine of

transmigration according to which the soul assumes

different bodies in different births. The

point which strikes one most in this doctrine is

that Almighty God is represented as a most

cruel and hard-hearted being whose anger can

never be appeased. In the Arya Samajic code of

beliefs, God is first shorn of His glory and divested

of the power of creation, and then in

strange contradiction with it, He is invested

with an arbitrary and tyrannical power over the

souls to punish them for billions of years for disobedience

of commandments to which He has

no right to exact obedience. For, if He has not

created the souls, He has no absolute right to require

them to obey Him. Or assuming that He

has acquired such a right, it must at all events

be very limited in its scope like the right acquired

by a ruler over his subjects. But the interminable

series of punishments which every

soul has to undergo according to the doctrine of

transmigration in one body after another, is absolutely

inconsistent with such an acquired

right and the principles of justice. According to

the Muslim doctrine, not only are soul and matter

with their attributes and properties created

by the hand of God, but even the punishment

which they must receive for disobedience to

their Master, does not last for ever. Thus, Almighty

God says in the Holy Quran with regard

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to the eternity of the punishment of sinners:

“Except in so far as thy Lord wills, for thy Lord

does whatever He wills.” Here we are told that

though the punishment of the sinners is spoken

of as lasting eternally, yet it is not without an

end in the sense in which God is without an end,

but only because of its length, and the mercy of

God will then overtake them, for He is powerful

and does what He wills. This verse is further explained

by a tradition according to which the

Holy Prophet is reported to have said: “A time

will come over hell when there will be no one in

it and a cold breeze (of the mercy of God) will

blow upon its gates.” The Arya Samaj teaching

represents the Divine Being as a peevish and revengeful

master whose anger can never be appeased.

The Christians also entertain the belief

that a man shall be condemned to eternal hell

for every sin and that his tortures will know no

end. But the wonder is that while proposing

endless torture for other men, the son of God is

made to bear punishment for three days only.

This unrelenting cruelty to others and improper

leniency to His own son, is absolutely inconsistent

with the mercy and justice of God. Instead

of God being let off with such a slight torture

the son should have been made to bear the

heavier punishment, because being the son of

God and as such possessing greater power than

mortals, he was the only fit person to bear up

under a heavy and never-ending punishment. In

short the Christian and the Arya Samaj doctrines

are both open to the same objection,

while some Muslims too are guilty of a departure

from the reasonable teaching of the Quran

on this point. But the Holy Quran has expressed

itself in clear and unequivocal words the exposition

of the doctrine of eternal hell, and hence

the blame which attaches to some of its votaries,

cannot be laid at its door. Another error of

which the Muslims are guilty, because of going

against the teachings of the Holy Quran, is relating

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of his death in the clearest words but some Muslims

still hold him to be alive and think that he

would come back to this world.

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Another objection against the doctrine of

transmigration is that it is against true purity. If

the mother, sister or daughter of a person dies

today, she may be reborn tomorrow and, in a

few years become the wife of the self-same person

and thus relations may be contracted which

are prohibited by the Vedas. This difficulty

which vitiates the purity of the family life cannot

be obviated unless the birth of every child is

attended with a document containing particulars

as to the relations in which it stood to different

persons in the previous birth. But since

no such arrangement has been made, the upholders

of this doctrine shall have to confess

that Almighty God Himself is the cause of

spreading an evil in

this world. But leaving

aside these objections,

it is difficult to

understand what

good results from

casting souls into the

revolution of births.

Mukti or salvation, as

must be admitted by

every sensible person,

depends upon

gayan i.e., Divine

knowledge, and if the

doctrine of transmigration had any truth in it,

the Divine knowledge attained by a soul in a

previous birth ought not to have been lost. On

the other hand, every fragment of Divine

knowledge attained in one birth, should have

been a stepping stone for the acquirement of

more knowledge, and the previous store ought

to have been added to the newly acquired one,

thus bringing a person nearer and nearer to the

fountain of salvation But it is clear that every

child comes into the world utterly ignorant and

the previous store of knowledge amassed with

great labour during a whole life is utterly

wasted like the fortune of a prodigal man. The

revolution of successive births, therefore, in no

way assists the attainment of salvation, for

whatever store of Divine knowledge is accumulated

in one birth is utterly wasted in the transition

to the next. This process of the gain and loss

of knowledge at the beginning and end of each

birth, makes the attainment of salvation almost

an impossibility, and therefore metempsychosis

does not afford the least assistance to such attainment.

A really insurmountable difficulty in

the way of souls for the attainment of salvation

is that they must lose everything they gain without

any fault of theirs and simply because God

has wished to cast them into the maze of transmigration.

And in spite of these difficulties, the

salvation obtained is temporary and not permanent,

and thus after enjoying this hard-won rest

for a short time, the soul is again cast out from

the abode of bliss to undergo similar revolutions

of ceaseless tortures.

The second doctrine owned by the Arya Samaj

which strikes at

Lahore-Ahmadiyya Mosque and Centre Rotterdam. the very root of the

true purity of life, is

the doctrine of Niyoga.

I do not ascribe

this doctrine to the

Vedas; nay, I tremble

at the idea of making

the Vedas responsible

for such a hideous

doctrine. I am sure

that human nature repels

the idea extremely

disgusting

that a man should tell his own chaste wife who

belongs to a respectable and noble family to

have connection with a stranger simply for the

chance of getting a son, in spite of the continuance

of her conjugal relation with her own husband,

or that the wife should herself desire to

adopt such a shameful course of life. Even some

animals are so jealous of their mates that they

do not like their living with other males. It is not

my object to enter into any discussion here. I

humbly entreat the leaders of the Arya Samaj to

renounce this doctrine, because in it lies their

moral betterment. The people of this country

have already much fallen off from true purity

and if practices like the Niyoga remain in vogue,

the moral degradation of the country would

only grow deeper and deeper day by day.

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Sufism

The Path of every Muslim via ‘common’

Islam, Quran and Sunnah

by Ikram Jahangiri

Sufism is a term thrown around without

much understanding. Given its vague connotation

and misuse, it is one of the few terms that

can be more clearly understood by clarifying as

to what Sufism is not.

Sufism is often misattributed to practices,

formalities, conventions and traditions such as:

wird and wazifa (repetition of certain holy

words), pir and murid (the spiritual guide and

the disciple), silsilah (line of spiritual descent)

and sajjadah nashin (those who sit in the seat of

the teacher), bai'at (oath of allegiance to the

head) of sajjadah, and tasbih (prayer-carpet

and strung beads), sarod and wajd (hymnsinging

and ecstasy), zikr-bil-jahr and zikr kafi

(loud repetitions and low repetitions),

darwaish and fakir (the ascetic hermit), hal

(working up an ecstatic mood), mast and

malang (oblivious of everything and reckless),

ghauth, qutub, abdal, wali (the

various spiritual ranks), salik

(the seeker after Truth), sirr

(the secret) and a hundred

and one others. And under

this superstructure was

crushed the vision of Ghazali,

Rumi, Hafiz and the rest of the

great sufis. Theirs

was a cry of “back

to Islamic simplicity.”

But those who

came after them,

men of narrower

views and commoner

clay, outdid

the mulla 1 himself in weaving a web of rites and

rituals, forms and names, around the simple

Truth of Islam. The general decadence of the

1 Urdu mullā, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master,

friend. Not be confused with ordinary Mullah of a

mosque.

2 Mysticism in Islam by Khwaja Kamal-ud-din, under the

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world of Islam has in no small degree been influenced

by the mushroom of the sufi schools,

now deformed and degenerated, that sprang up

here, there and everywhere. A wave of lethargy

swept over all those who fell under their influence.

What was this life worth? A sufi looks forward

to things of the hereafter. While here, he

must be content with whatever befalls him. His

sole care must be to do the will of the pir, whose

mysterious influence with God would secure

him a position of special privilege with Him.

Thus, was undermined the moral backbone of

once a manly, strenuous race. The Islamic life of

strife and struggle gave place to a life of morbid

humility and contentment. The Islamic straightforward

commonsense code of life was subordinated

to the caprice of an ignorant pir. 2

Even the sources of Sufism are misconstrued:

Some people mistakenly believe that it is

some sort of inherent knowledge that has been

transmitted from generation to generation and

runs parallel with the recognised laws of the

shariat (Islamic law). They hold that it was originally

secretly taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad

(peace be upon

him) to Hazrat Ali, the

fourth Caliph, and then

passed on through him to

the rest of the Muslim

community. Hazrat Ali's

name is most often associated

with sufism because

the leading sufis in many of

the sufi orders trace their

genealogy to Hazrat Ali. However, it is incorrect

to ascribe the origin of Islamic Sufism to Hazrat

Ali solely on this ground because the genealogy

of sufis from some other orders leads to Hazrat

Abu Bakr, the first Caliph.

The belief that Hazrat Ali was vouchsafed by

the Holy Prophet some secret spiritual

knowledge quite distinct from the shariat is not

tenable. The Quranic injunction to the Holy

section: Introduction by Maulana Yakub Khan and Maulana

Aftab-ud-din Ahmad, p. 18, pub: Aftab-ud-Din Ahmad

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Prophet on this matter is clear:

“O Messenger deliver that which has been revealed

to thee from thy Lord.” (5:67)

If the Holy Prophet had kept any of the revelation

to himself and secretly conveyed it to

one of his relatives (Hazrat Ali), it would be in

clear violation of his duty as a messenger.

This belief in the secret transmission of

knowledge, however, provided an opportunity

to some people for trickery and deceit. In the

name of tariqat (way) they innovated hundreds

of false beliefs, and laid down the basis of another

shariat besides the Islamic shariat. They

justified these innovations on the grounds that

it was the spiritual knowledge which had been

transmitted by word of mouth from generation

to generation and constituted a much more efficacious

way of communion with God as compared

to the known shariat. 3

The idea that Sufism is a secret path outside

Quran, must not and cannot be taken seriously,

as such a belief brings into question the very integrity

of Quran and the Prophet, who repeatedly

state the opposite, i.e. open declaration of

the faith, its basis and practices. Nothing the

Prophet said in the name of Islam was anything

which is not supported by Quran:

The Lahore-Ahmadiyya Mosque, Berlin, Germany

15:94. Therefore declare openly what you [–

Muhammad] are commanded (to deliver) and

turn away from the polytheists. 4

6:50. Say, ‘I [–Muhammad] do not say to you

that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor do I

know the unseen; and I do not say to you (that) I

am an angel. I indeed follow only what is revealed

to me.’ Say, ‘Can a blind person and one gifted

with sight be alike?’ Will you not even then give

thought? 5

The extensive monastic isolationism and

ritualism of Sufism in the name of spirituality,

and that too, allegedly, sanctioned by Prophet, is

factually opposed by Quran, which, on the contrary,

restricts even the ‘good’ rituals. For example,

a month long fasting and four rikahs of a

prayer, if exceeded, are considered transgressions

by Quran, despite good intentions of its

practitioner:

5:87. O YOU who believe! Do not forbid yourselves

good and pure things which Allah has

made lawful for you, and do not transgress. Verily,

Allah does not like the transgressors. 6

Rather on the reverse, the prayers, the fasting

and charity are to be conducted in moderation

and in normal state of daily affairs and

there is no timeout for monasticism at the cost

of daily livelihood and relationships:

17:78-79. Observe Prayer at the declining

and paling of the sun, on to the complete darkness

(in diverse hours) of the night, and recite

the Quran at dawn. Verily, the regular recital

(of the Quran) at dawn is (specially) acceptable

(to God) and witnessed (by the angels). And remain

awake for it (- the recitation of the Quran

and Prayer) for a part of the night after having

risen from sleep as a supererogatory service for

you. Thus it may be that your Lord will raise you

to a laudable exalted position. 7

73:20. Surely, your Lord knows that you remain

standing (to say Night Prayers) for nearly

two thirds of the night and (sometimes) half or

one third of it; and so does a party of those (of

3 Position of Sufi-ism (Tasawwuf) in Islam: by Dr. Basharat

Ahmad, Compiled by Dr. Mohammad Ahmad

(link: http://aaiil.org/text/books/others/basharatahmad/essaysislamicsufiism/essaysislamicsufiismpdf.shtml)

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4 Al-Hijr – The Rock: Nooruddin

5 Al-Anam – The Cattle: Nooruddin

6 Al-Ma’idah – The Table Spread with Food: Nooruddin

7 Isra – The Night-Journey: Nooruddin


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your believing Companions) who are with you.

And Allah determines the night and the day (-

sometime the nights are long and sometime they

are short and sometime the day and the night are

equal). He knows that you (- the Muslims in general)

will not be able to keep up so long a vigil (to

say Night Prayer). He has, therefore, turned to

you with mercy. Recite then, as much of the Quran

(in your Night Prayer) as is easily possible. He

knows that some of you may be taken ill and others

may be moving about in the land seeking Allah's

bounty, and still others who may be fighting

for the cause of Allah, so (O Muslims!) recite as

much of it (- the Quran) as is easily possible (for

you). You shall, however, observe Prayer (regularly

five times a day in all events). And go on presenting

Zakat and set apart a goodly portion (of

your possessions to give for (the sake of) Allah.

And whatever good you send on before for yourselves,

you will find it with Allah as the best of

things meriting the greatest reward. And seek

protection of Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Protecting,

Ever Merciful. 8

62:9-10. O you who believe! when the call is

made for (the Congregational) Prayer on Friday

then hasten to extol the name of Allah and leave

off all business. That is best for you if you only

knew. And when the Prayer is finished, disperse in

the land and seek Allah's grace and bounty (and

restart your business), and go on remembering

Allah much that you may achieve an all-round

success. 9

2:187. (Though during Fasting you must abstain

from all the urges of nature including the

sexual urge) it is made lawful for you on the

nights of the fasts to approach and lie with your

wives (for sexual relationship). They are (a sort

of) garment for you and you are (a sort of) garment

for them. Allah knows that you have been

doing injustice to yourselves (by restricting conjugal

relations with your wives even at night), so

He turned to you with mercy and provided you

relief; now enjoy their company (at night during

Ramadan) and seek what Allah has ordained for

you. Eat and drink till the white streak of the

dawn becomes distinct to you from the black

streak (of the darkness), then complete the fast

till nightfall. And you shall not lie with them (-

your wives) while you perform I`tikaf (- while you

are secluding in the mosque for prayer and devotion

to God). These are the limits (imposed) by Allah

so do not approach these (limits). Thus does

Allah explain His commandments for people that

they may become secure against evil. 10

25:67. And (the true servants of God are

those) who, when spending, are neither extravagant

nor niggardly, (but their spendings follow)

a middle course, ever moderate; 11

Any transgression of rituals and practices in

name of faith that we commonly see in Sufism,

has parallels in monastic inventions by the followers

of the Jesus, that Quran shuns:

57:27. Then We caused a series of Our Messengers

one after the other to follow them closely

in their footsteps, and we caused Jesus, son of

Mary, to follow them, and We gave him (- Jesus)

the Evangel. And We placed compassion and

mercy in the hearts of those who followed him,

but as for monasticism they invented it themselves,

We did not enjoin it upon them. (They

started monastic life) to seek Allah's pleasure,

but they did not observe it (as faithfully) as it

should have been observed. Yet We duly rewarded

such of them as (truly) believed but many of them

were transgressors. 12

Sufism, as commonly known for its style

and practices, is alleged to Prophet Muhammad.

It has parallels to a faith misconstrued to Jesus.

Quran outlines as follows, which implies that

the Prophet too will disavow himself from such

inventions by his followers:

5:116. AND when Allah said, ‘O Jesus, son of

Mary! Did you say to the people, “Take me and my

mother for two gods beside Allah?”’ He (-Jesus)

replied, ‘Glory be to You! It was not possible and

proper for me to say a thing to which I had no

right. If I had said it, you would indeed have

known it, (for) you know all that is in my mind

but I do not know what is in Yours. It is You alone

Who truly know all things unseen.

5:117. ‘I said nothing to them except that

what You had commanded me, “Worship Allah,

My Lord as well as your Lord”. I was a witness

8 Al-Muzzammil – He That Has Wrapped Himself Up:

Nooruddin

9 Al-Jumu`ah – The Congregation: Nooruddin

10 Al-Baqarah – The Cow: Nooruddin

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11 Al-Furqan – The Standard of True and False: Nooruddin

12 Al-Hadid – The Iron: Nooruddin


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over them (only) so long as I remained among

them but ever since You caused me to die, You

Yourself have been the Watcher over them and

You are the Witness to everything.

5:118. ‘If You punish them, then surely they

are Your servants and if You pardon them, You

surely are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.’ 13

While reading the common literature about

Sufism and in personal discussions with those

who practice Sufism as a path, it soon emerges

that their practices, which teeter on monkery,

are not found in Sunnah or Hadiths. By common

knowledge, Sufism, its thoughts and practices

tend to be enshrined in an esoteric mysticism

that can only be understood by and passed from

a master to a student and cannot be preached.

Even the discussion held in Sufi gatherings, that

one can find on internet, are centered on discussion

in which Quran tends not be the center of

gravity, rather the wits and perceptions of the

group leader hold sway over the audience.

Whereas, in Quran, the Prophet clearly states

that he cannot say, preach or follow that which

is not in Quran, and is obviously different from

the commonly practiced and pursed Sufism:

10:15. When Our clear verses are recited to

them, those who fear not the meeting with Us,

nor do they cherish any hope (for the same,) say,

‘Bring a Quran other than this one or (at least)

make some changes in it.’ Say (to them), ‘It is not

for me to introduce changes in it of my own accord.

I follow nothing but what is revealed to me.

Truly if I disobey my Lord I fear the punishment

of a great (dreadful) Day.’

10:16. Say, ‘Had Allah (so) willed (that He

should replace the teachings of the Quran with

some other teachings), I should not have recited

this (Quran) to you, nor would He have made it

known to you. I had indeed lived among you a

(whole) lifetime before this (claim to

Prophethood. Was not my truthfulness undisputed?).

Will you not then refrain (from opposing

me)?’

10:17. Who is then more unjust than he who

forges a lie in the name of Allah or cries lies to His

Messages? It is but certain that the guilty shall

never attain their goal. 14

Sufism teeters on cultism in which the

leader of the order is to be blindly followed in

thought and action as such leaders are considered

by their followers as intercessors with Allah

for them. Quran not only rejects such claim

to fame of the intercessors but mocks such belief:

10:18. And (some) people worship, apart

from Allah, things that can neither harm them (of

their own accord) nor can help them. They say,

These are our intercessors with Allah.’ Say, ‘Do

you (presume to) inform Allah of the things of

whose existence in the heavens or in the earth He

does not know?’ Glory be to Him! High be He, exalted

above (all the things) they associate (with

Him). 15

Tasawwuf (the way of the Sufis, Sufism) if to

be followed, cannot be outside of the pale of

Shariat and Sunnah (the way of the Prophet Muhammad,

PBUH) and the Book (Quran), for the

mere fact that:

5:3…This day have I perfected for you your

faith and completed My blessings upon you and

have chosen Islam for your religion... 16

2:2. This is the only perfect Book [–the

Quran], wanting in naught, containing nothing

doubtful, harmful or destructive, there is no false

charge in it. It is a guidance for those who guard

against evil; 17

3:31.Say, `Follow me [–the Sunnah], if you

love Allah, (if you do so) Allah will love you and

grant you protection from your sins.… 18

With negatives surrounding Sufism out of

the way, the path of a Sufi, a Muslim, is vividly

identified in Quran:

The technical meanings of Islam are those

indicated in the following verse: Nay, whoever

submits himself whole-heartedly to Allah, and he

is a doer of good to others, he shall have his reward

from his Lord. And there is no fear for such

people, nor do they grieve. (2:112)

This means that a Muslim is one who commits

his entire being in the way of God, the Most

13 Al-Maidah – The Table Spread with Food: Nooruddin

14 Yunus – Jonah: Nooruddin

15 ibid

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16 Al-Maidah – The Table Spread with Food: Nooruddin

17 Al-Baqarah – The Cow: Nooruddin

18 Al-Imran – The Family of Imran: Nooruddin


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High. That is, he dedicates himself completely to

Allah, for the pursuance of His will and for the

attainment of His pleasure. He then devotes

himself to doing good deeds for the sake of God,

and employs all his practical faculties in His

path. In short, his life is entirely for Allah in both

belief and deed. 19

The progressive stages of Sufism are outlined

in the same verse 2:112. It should also be

remembered here that in the verse mentioned

above, i.e. Nay whoever submits himself wholeheartedly

to Allah, and he is a doer of good to others,

he shall have his reward from his Lord; and

there is no fear for such people, nor do they

grieve, the three stages of perfect spiritual obedience

are: fana (annihilation), baqa (continuance)

and liqa (meeting with God). As described

above, the phrase “submits himself wholeheartedly

to Allah” gives the lesson that the entirety

of a person's being with all his faculties

must be handed over to God and dedicated in

His way. This is the state which is called fana. It

has been so named by spiritual scientists because

of the kind of death (of the lower self)

that takes place when a person, acting according

to the dictates of this verse, hands over his

whole being with all its faculties to God by devoting

it to His way, and refrains completely

from the urges and comforts of his lower self.

The words of the verse immediately after,

“and he is a doer of good to others”, refers to the

stage of baqa. This is the stage when a person,

after a complete negation of the self, begins to

act under Divine motivation and instigation,

and after the cessation of all baser movements

is set into motion under Divine inspiration. This

is that second life which should be appropriately

termed baqa.

The words of the verse after this, “he shall

have his reward from his Lord, and there is no

fear for such people, nor do they grieve”, affirms

the certainty of receiving reward, and negates

the presence of fear and grief. This is a reference

to the state of liqa. In this state a person

achieves that high status in knowledge, conviction,

trust and love, where the reward for his

sincerity, faith and fidelity is no longer mere imagination

or conjecture, but is as certain, manifest,

and perceptible, as if he had received it. He

acquires such a faith in the existence of God as

if he can see Him. All fears about the future vanish

and no trace is left of any past or present

grief. He perceives the existence of every spiritual

blessing. This state, which is clear of all

murkiness, safe from every doubt, and free from

the fear of the unknown, is termed liqa. The

word muhsin (doer of good) in this verse corroborates

this description of the state of liqa,

because as explained by the Holy Prophet Muhammad

ihsan denotes that perfect state in

which man forms such a close relationship with

God during worship that it is as if he were seeing

Him.

The rank of liqa is fully attained by the spiritual

wayfarer when the divine hue conceals and

covers the human element under it as completely

as fire hides the colour of molten iron, so

that to outward appearance there is nothing but

fire. This is the stage at which some spiritual

students, when they reached it, have erred and

mistaken shuhud (the presence of the Divine Being)

as wujud (unity with the Divine Being). To

those saints who reached this rank, or those

who attained some measure of it, certain spiritual

scholars have applied the term 'sons of

God'. This analogy has been made because such

persons have completely embraced Divine attributes,

and just as a son bears some resemblance

in appearance and features to his father,

they too, by reflection, bear some resemblance

to God's beautiful attributes in which they are

moulded. Although such a term is not explicitly

used in the language of the shariah, the spiritual

men have, in fact, deduced it from the Holy

Quran. As Allah, the Glorious says:

Remember Allah as you remember your fathers;

nay, with an even stronger remembrance.

(2:200)

It is obvious that if the shariah had meant to

19 Philosophy of Sufi-ism (Tasawwuf) in Islam: by Hazrat

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, Compiled by Dr. Mohammad

Ahmad (link:

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forbid the metaphorical use of such terms then

God would have kept His word free from the

kind of expression from which the legality of

such usage could be deduced. 20

Only the first stage of a Sufi is volitional,

while the subsequent two are endowed:

It should be noted that the stages of baqa

and liqa cannot be achieved by effort and are, in

fact, endowed. Human endeavour can take a

person only up to the stage of fana where the

journey of all the righteous persons and spiritual

wayfarers ends as the limits of human capabilities

have been reached. And when the purified

souls reach this stage of fana, it is the pattern

of Allah, and has always been so, that the

winds of His bounty blow and propel the

traveler to the stages of baqa and liqa. With this

research, it is evident that all the difficulties and

deprivations of this journey are up to the stage

of fana and beyond it effort, endeavour and

hard work are not factors for further advancement.

In fact, it is the pure love that develops in

the stage of fana for the Supreme and Generous

God which causes a spark from the love of God

to automatically fall on the devotee and this is

referred to as the stages of baqa and liqa. And

when the love of Allah descends upon the love

of the servant, then with the union of both these

loves, the bright and complete reflection of the

Holy Spirit (Ruh-al Qudus) is generated in the

heart of that person. At the stage of liqa, the

light of that Holy Spirit is very prominent and

the unusual feats of empowerment that we have

discussed earlier are manifested by these

people. This light of the Holy Spirit is always

with them and resides within them. They do not

separate from it under any condition, nor does

the light separate from them. The light emanates

from them with every breath and is cast

on every object they see and with their speech

it exhibits its luminescence to the audience.

This light is called the Ruh-al-Qudus (The Holy

Spirit). This is, however, only the reflection of

the Real Holy Spirit which resides in Heaven.

This reflection of the Holy Spirit resides in the

pure hearts and souls forever, and does not separate

from them for even a moment. 21

The stage of liqa has examples in Quran. The

liqa of the prophet is thus mentioned where he

addresses his followers as O My servants 22 with

the voice of Allah:

39:10. Say, `O My servants who believe! take

your Lord as a shield. There is a good reward for

those who do good in (the life of) this world. And

(if you are persecuted for your faith know that)

the earth of Allah is vast and spacious (enough to

provide you shelter). Certainly the patiently, persevering

and steadfast will be given their reward

beyond measure.' 23

39:53. Say, `O My servants who have committed

excesses against their own souls, do not despair

of the mercy of Allah. Surely, Allah forgives

all sins. Verily, He is the Great Protector, the Ever

Merciful.' 24

The liqa stage was not limited to the

Prophet alone. His companions shared a similar

stage:

8:17. Therefore (in this war O Muslims!) you

killed them not. (As a matter of fact) it was Allah

Who killed them. And (O Prophet!) it was not you

who threw (a handful of small stones) when you

did (apparently) throw them (towards the enemy)

but it was Allah Who threw (that He might

vanquish your enemies) and that He might confer

on the believers from Himself a bounteous favour.

Verily, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. 25

One of the divines of our times, Hazrat

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Mujaddid of the 14 th

century of Hijra, shares his epitome stage of liqa

as manifested revelations:

“You are from Me and I am from you, and the

earth and the heavens are with you as they are

with Me, and you are from Our water and other

20 ibid

21 ibid

22 Kitab al-Bariyya or An Account of Exoneration by Hazrat

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, translated by Dr. Zahid Aziz,

p. 104, Nottingham, England, November 1999.

I Shall Love All Mankind.

(link:http://www.ahmadiyya.org/bookspdf/bar/conts.htm)

23 Al-Zumar – The Multitudes: Nooruddin

24 ibid

25 Al-Anfal – The Voluntary Gifts: Nooruddin


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people from dust, and you are from Me as My

unity and you are with Me at that stage of union

as is not known to any creature. God praises you

from His throne. You proceeded from Him and

He chose you from out of the whole world. You

are exalted in my court. I approved you for Myself.

You are the light of the world, your eminence

is wonderful. I shall raise you towards

Myself and I shall keep your group triumphant

till the day of judgment. You have been blessed,

God increased your honour. You are God’s prestige,

so He shall not abandon you. You are the

eternal word, so you shall not be obliterated. I

shall come to you along with armies. You shall

receive my spoils of war. I shall bestow honour

on you and protect you. This will happen, this

will happen, this will happen, and then there

shall be passing away. For you, are My perfect

rewards. Tell the people that if you love God

then come and walk in my wake so that God may

also love you. God is witness to my truth, then

why do you not believe? You are before My eyes.

I named you ‘one resigned to the will of God’.

God praises you from the throne. We praise you

and send benediction on you. People will wish

to extinguish this light but God will take this

light, which is His light, to perfection. We shall

cast terror in their hearts. Our victory shall

come and the affair of the times shall end with

Us. That day it shall be said: Was it not the truth?

I am with you wherever you are. Whither you

face, God faces the same way. To pledge allegiance

to you is like pledging allegiance to Me,

your hand is My hand. People will come to you

from afar and God’s help will descend upon you.

People will get revelations from God about you

and will help you. None can avert God’s prophecies.”

“O Ahmad, blessing has been made to issue

from your lips and mention of your name has

been exalted. God will illuminate your argument.

You are brave, if faith had been [as distant

as] at the Pleiades, you would have found it.

Treasures of God’s blessing have been given to

you. The mention of your forefathers shall be

cut off, and God shall start with you. I intended

to make My successor so I have created Adam,

that is, you Avahan (God descended in you). God

shall not abandon you, nor leave you till He distinguishes

between the pure and the polluted. I

was a hidden treasure so I desired to be recognized.

You are a mediator between Me and the

entire creation. I breathed My spirit in you. You

shall be helped and none shall find place to escape

to. You have descended with the truth and

in you the prophecies of the prophets have been

fulfilled. God sent His apostle to strengthen His

religion and make it triumphant over all religions.

God made him descend near Qadian and

he alighted with truth, and was made to alight

with truth, and this was ordained from the beginning.

You people were at the brink of an

abyss, God sent him to rescue you. O My Ahmad,

you are My wish and are with Me. I planted the

tree of your eminence with My own hand. I shall

make you the leader of the people and shall help

you. Do the people wonder at this? Say: God is a

wonder. He chooses whom He pleases and is not

questioned about His actions. God’s shadow

shall be on you and He shall remain your shield.

The heaven was closed up and also the earth,

We opened them both. You are that Jesus whose

time shall not be wasted. A pearl like you cannot

be wasted. We shall make you a sign for the people

and this had been destined from the beginning.

You are with me. Your secret is My secret.

You are dignified and chosen in this world and

the hereafter. For you is a special reward and

you are dignified above the whole world. Go

forth rejoicing as your time has drawn nigh, and

the feet of the Muhammadans are settled firmly

on a very high minaret. I shall show my splendour,

I shall lift you with a show of My power. A

warner came to the world but the world accepted

him not. But God will accept him and will

manifest his truth with very powerful attacks.

For him is that abode where man cannot reach

by the strength of his deeds. You are with Me,

for you the night and day have been created. You

have that relationship with Me which is not

known to the creatures. O people, the light of

God has come to you, so do not become rejectors.”

26

While keeping the above discussion in

mind, the following verses, in a nutshell, encapsulate

the Sufi stages of the Prophet, commonly

26 Ibid, p. 99-101

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called as ‘Mi’raj’, the spiritual journey and ascension

– We made the vision which We showed

you (being carried to Jerusalem from Makkah by

night) (17:60). 27 According to Quran the sojourn

was solely cantered on the Prophet following

the path of Quran:

53:1. I call to witness every part of the Qur'an

when it is revealed,

53:2. That your comrade (Muhammad) has

neither deviated (from true guidance in his practices)

nor has he erred (in his beliefs).

53:3. He does not say anything out of (his

own) fanciful desire.

53:4. This (Qur'an) is nothing but (pure) revelation,

revealed (to him by God).

53:5. The Lord of Mighty Powers has taught

him (this discourse).

53:6. (The Lord) Whose powers become manifest

in manifold and frequent ways, with the result

that he (- this Messenger of God) attained

perfection and fullest vigour (both intellectually

and physically).

53:7. And he attained to the zenith of heights

(in his spiritual ascension).

53:8. Then he drew near to Him and afterwards

he descended (to humankind, for their

guidance).

53:9. So that he became (as it were) one

chord to two bows or closer still.

53:10. Then He revealed that excellent and

mighty (Qur'anic) revelation which He had to

send to His servant (Muhammad),

53:11. Whose mind made no mistake in (the

interpretation of) that which he saw (during the

ascension).

53:12. Will you doubt and dispute with him

concerning that (sight) which he saw with his

own eyes (it being no figment of imagination)?

53:13. And, of course, he saw Him (in His another

manifestation to him) yet another time.

53:14. It was near the Sidrah which stands at

the farthest end (of knowledge),

53:15. Near where also is the Garden which is

the real eternal abode.

53:16. (This was) when the sublime thing (-

the Divine Manifestation) which was to cover Sidrah

had covered it.

53:17. (When he saw the Divine Manifestation)

his eye deviated not (from the certainty of

the Truth) nor did it wander away (from the invincible

faith on which he stood).

53:18. (It was the moment when) he saw the

greatly important signs of his Lord. 28

In conclusion, Sufism, in light of Quran, is

not a separate creed or path that was passed secretly

from the Prophet to Ali and others. The

path of a Sufi is path of mainstream Islam and of

each and every Muslim. All prophets and reformers

(-Mujaddids) were Muslims. Thus,

every Prophet was a Sufi and so was every Mujaddid,

with the difference that the office of

Prophethood ended with Prophet Muhammad

(PBUH) and after him the Mujaddids is a conferred

position by Allah Himself and cannot be

attained by voluntary effort alone.

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Are Christians and Jews

Muslims Too?

By Dr EJAZ NAQVI, MD

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/askamuslim

/2018/05/are-christians-and-jews-muslimstoo/

Islam means submission (to the will of God)

and Muslim means submitter. The Quran considers

Jews and Christians (as well as Pre-Muhammad

Prophets) as Muslims, though not in

the traditional sense Muslims are viewed today.

Yes I have heard “how is it possible for them to

be Muslims if they lived before Muhammad”. It

depends on how we define “Muslims”.

» And do not dispute with the people of the

Book [typically a reference to Jews and

Christians] except by the best manners, except

those of them who act unjustly, and say: We

believe in that which has been revealed to us

and revealed to you, and our God and your God

is One, and to Him do we submit. The Quran

29:46

The Arabic word used is Muslimoon for the

bolded portion. There are many instances when

prophets before the time of Prophet Muhammad

are called ‘Muslims’ in the Qur’an. For example,

when Jesus asked his disciples for helpers,

they affirmed that they were ‘Muslims’.

27 Isra - The Night-Journey: Nooruddin

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» When Jesus found Unbelief on their part

He said: “Who will be My helpers to (the work

of) God?” Said the disciples: “We are God’s helpers:

We believe in God, and bear you witness

that we are Muslim (submitters). The Quran

3:52

Similar language is used when Jacob gave final

advice to his children and on many other

similar occasions.

The concept of submission is at the core of

Islamic beliefs. Islam is a way of life, rather than

just a religion consisting of a set of beliefs and

rituals. According to this doctrine, one belongs

to God and everything one does is for pleasing,

serving, and getting near to God, so much so

that at the height of this state, God’s will becomes

your will.

» Nay, whoever submits His whole self to Allah

and is a doer of good, He will get his reward

with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall

they grieve. 2:112

» We shall surely test your steadfastness

with fear and famine, with loss of property, life,

and produce. Give good news to those who endure

with patience; who, when afflicted with calamity,

say: ‘We belong to Allah and to Him we

shall return.’ 2:155–156

Remember God Often

The Quran not only commands followers to

submit to His will but emphasises that God

must be remembered often, and His remembrance

must be part of our daily lives.

» For sure, in the creation of the

heavens and the earth and the alternation

of the night and the day,

there are signs for men of understanding.

Those who remember Allah

while standing, sitting, and lying

on their sides, and meditate on

the creation of the heavens and the

earth, then cry out: ‘Our Rabb

[Lord]! You have not created this in

vain. Glory to You.’ 3:190–191

Another verse is often cited about the remembrance

of God: “Therefore, remember Me,

and, I will remember you, be grateful to Me and

never deny Me.” 2:152

The Arabic word for remembrance of God is

“dhikr.” This can be in the form of repeating His

name, keeping His name in the heart and mind,

remembering His commands (doing good

deeds and avoiding bad ones), as well as elevating

and glorifying His name. Many consider this

verse a bargain and sign of God’s mercy.

Submission to God in the Torah

The concept of submission is not unique to

Muslims. It is similar to the concept of d’veykut,

meaning “clinging” in Jewish tradition. D’veykut

means one is clinging to God with such faith and

devotion that his will and God’s will merge into

one will. The following is a passage from the Torah

(Moses is addressing his people):

» Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God

require from you, but to fear the LORD your

God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to

serve the LORD your God with all your heart

and with all your soul and to keep the LORD’S

commandments and His statutes which I am

commanding you today for your good.” Deuteronomy

10:12–13

As I mentioned on my last post, this ‘fear’ is

more ‘being in awe’ or being God conscious. The

oldest prayer in Judaism, Shema proclaims:

» Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the

LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God

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with all your heart and with all your soul and

with all your might. These words, which I am

commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your sons and

shall talk of them when you sit in your house

and when you walk by the way and when you lie

down and when you rise up. You shall bind them

as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals

on your forehead. You shall write them on

the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4–9

The similarity of Quran verses 3:190–191,

quoted above, and Deuteronomy 6:4–9 is striking:

Both command the followers to remember

God in all phases: sitting, standing, and lying. In

addition to submitting to Him, the constant remembrance

throughout the day is meant to encourage

one to do good deeds and eschew bad

deeds as ordained by God. In other words, be

God-conscious.

Submission in the New Testament

The relationship with God is viewed as one

between a master and servants. I often hear

from my Christian friends all the time that they

are ‘serving God’, a concept shared by Jews and

Muslims. Even though the passage quoted below

is being addressed to adulterers, it can be

easily applied to everyone, adulterers or not.

» Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil

and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and

He will draw near to you. James 4:7–8

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Riyadh over the ‘moon’ with

attractive Ramadan show

From Arab News www.arabnews.com/node/1312706/saudi-arabia

Life in Saudi Arabia completely changes

during Ramadan as nights come alive with the

sighting of the crescent.

Traditionally, the holy month always triggers

a flurry of religious activities and cultural

and entertainment events. Saudi Vision 2030

has given a new impetus to those activities with

the public and private sectors regularly coming

up with novel ideas.

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“Seven Moons” — a month-long event —

has gained public attention due to its rich content,

high quality, big investment and creativity.

Organizers started from scratch and after three

weeks of nonstop work turned deserted land in

the north of the Saudi capital city into a colorful

story representing the past, present and future.

“Seven Moons” is a story that blends Islamic

history, values, cultural concepts and entertainment.

The concept was inspired by the significance

of the sight of the Ramadan crescent.

Phases of the moon always mean something

in the Muslim world. The event has seven

moons designed in the shape of domes, a symbol

of Islamic architecture throughout the ages.

The event not only appeals to Saudis or Muslims,

it attracts many non-Muslim expats due to

its representation of Islam in a diverse and artistic

way.

Arab News met Rayan Rammal, creative director

at RTime Creative, and Ibrahim Alwaeli,

project manager at RTime Creative, to find out

more.

“It is specifically tailored for the holy month

of Ramadan; the event is a journey into four

main Islamic eras, each represented in a dome.

Each dome serves its guests with the cultural

environment and cuisine that relates to the period

it is representing,” Rayan said.

The story of the “Seven Moons” begins from

the first few seconds you look at the entrance

gate, which has the design of an open book because

what visitors will listen, see and live is an

experience of different Islamic ages that only

exists in books. The main theme is “the history

of Islam.”

The main dome features a great video-mapping

show that speaks about all Islamic eras

with visual effects to tell stories of people’s lives

and show different types of architecture. There

are seven videos that speak about different

ages. “The 7th Dome (main dome), is located in

the centre and is the main attraction dome with

high-tech 3D mapping projections.

The six remaining domes shed light on the

Rise of Islam (1-41 AH), the Umayyad Period

(41-132 AH), the Abbasid Period (132-899 AH),

the Andalusian Period (138-422 AH); another

dome represents the mosques where people

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for educational and cultural purposes for children

in which there are 15 sections including Islamic

studies, science, painting and moral stories,”

Rayan said.

The outdoor space is used by Saudi artists,

who draw Islamic decorations, calligraphy and

arts that blend Islamic ages with the modern

age. The event is full of activities that include silent

shows, video mapping, storytellers, puppet

shows, sand painting and impromptu comedy

shows.

“We want to create an event that is beneficial

and attractive for Muslims and non-Muslims.

It is the time to educate people about our

history and culture,” he said.

Ibrahim Alwaeli described the Saudi entertainment

market as one that appreciates highquality

events and is ready to accept new ideas.

The General Entertainment Authority provides

unwavering support to innovative ideas,”

he said.

The event, which cost about SR15 million

($4 million), was a push for competitiveness in

terms of innovation and creativity.

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Prayers based on Surah

Fatihah for Ramadan

As urged by

Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali (rahmatullah

alaihai)

Translated and compiled by Zahid Aziz.

Every year in the month of Ramadan, Maulana

Muhammad Ali in his khutbas and writings

used to exhort the Jama‘at to undertake a spiritual

exertion (mujahida) in two forms. One was

to fall in prayer before God and beseech Him

tearfully in tahajjud prayers to enable us to

carry out the work of the propagation of Islam

and the Quran, and the other was to make financial

sacrifices for these causes. In this connection,

he wrote many heart-felt, moving prayers

and urged all members of the Jama‘at that at

least in the month of Ramadan they should say

the tahajjud prayers and include these supplications

in them.

We translate below some prayers he urged

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upon the Jama‘at, which are based on the verses

of Sura Fatihah.

“We must pray for only one objective, and

that is for the triumph of Islam. When we recite

Sura Fatiha the same purpose should be before

our minds.

Al-hamdu li-llahi Rabb il-alamin — ‘All

praise is for Allah, the Lord of the worlds’.

O God, You are the nourisher unto perfection

of all the worlds. Now nourish those by

means of the Quran who are deprived of this

blessing of Yours. Nourish us as well and provide

for us the means by which we can spread

Your Quran and Your name in the world. Yes,

nourish the Jama‘at whose sole aim is to take

this spiritual sustenance of Yours to the world.

O God, Who granted the Holy Prophet Muhammad

and his Companions unique success

enabling them to transform the destinies of the

entire countries and nations, foster and nourish

us and our Jama‘at today to make it reach the

pinnacle of success in spreading the Quran and

propagating Islam in the world. Let the foundations

for the propagation of Your religion be laid

by our hands, upon which an edifice continues

to be raised till the Day of Judgment.

Ar-Rahman-ir-Rahim — ‘The Beneficent, the

Merciful’.

Your mercy is so boundless that it is

aroused even without humans asking for it. It is

by Your mercy that the efforts of human beings

come to fruition. By Your beneficence provide

guidance through the Quran to those who are

engulfed in darkness. Make successful our insignificant

efforts, that we may take Your holy message

to these people.

Maliki yaum-id-din — ‘Master of the day of

Judgment’.

O God, we are Your humble, unworthy servants.

There are shortcomings in us, in myself, in

my Jama‘at. Sometimes Your orders are even

disobeyed. By means of Your authority of judgment,

forgive our faults and infringements, and

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Iyya-ka na‘budu wa iyya-ka nasta‘in —‘You

do we serve and You do we beseech for help’.

We serve You and wish to exalt Your name

in the world. This is the sole aim of our lives. But

we are small in numbers and weak while the

task is mammoth. We who are exhausted, weak,

humble and sinful, beg only You for help. Grant

this Jama‘at the success which You bestow on

people who spread Your name in the world.

Ihdi-nas-sirat al-mustaqim, sirat-allazina

an-amta alai-him — ‘Guide us on the right path,

the path of those upon whom You bestowed favours’.

You have been showering Your servants

with the greatest favours. You have never let

those fail who made it their aim in life to exalt

Your name. Guiding us on the straight path, confer

on us the same favour which You granted to

those before us. Blow the breeze of Your help

upon us as You made it flow for them and open

the doors of Your bounty upon us in the same

way.

Ghair-il-maghdubi alaihim wa la-ddallin —

‘Not those upon whom wrath is brought down,

nor those who go astray’.

O Master, let it not be that we make worldly

gain to be our objective and give up spreading

religion, as is the state of the general Muslims

today, or that we become misguided and destroy

our powers for the sake of following exaggerated,

wrong beliefs, as some are doing.”

Another prayer by Maulana Muhammad Ali:

manifested through our hands, may Your light

illuminate our dark hearts, and may we witness

with our own eyes the fulfilment of Your promise.”

(From A Mighty Striving, biography of Maulana

Muhammad Ali, pages 316–317)

Once Maulana Muhammad Ali suggested

three types of supplications which were as follows:

“1. Prayer for spiritual fostering by Allah:

‘All praise is for Allah, the Lord of the

worlds.’

— O God, Your providence comprehends

every iota of the universe. You have provided

the very best means for the physical development

of human beings. Now provide for Your

creation, who have moved far off from You and

are lost in darkness racing towards destruction,

spiritual nourishment through the Quran. Acquaint

their hearts with the bliss that is attained

by bowing at Your threshold.

— O God, Who granted the Holy Prophet

Muhammad and his Companions unique success

enabling them to transform the destinies of

the entire countries and nations, foster and

nourish us and our Jama‘at today to make it

reach the pinnacle of success in spreading the

Quran and propagating Islam in the world. Let

the foundations for the propagation of Your religion

be laid by our hands, upon which an edifice

continues to be raised till the Day of Judgment.

2. Prayer for triumph over unbelief:

“O God, Your Holy Word that was revealed

for the guidance of the world is not being spread

even by its believers. But it is Your promise that

You will make it prevail in the world. We too

heard the voice of one who came to call to Your

message (Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad), and

our feeble hands came forward to take this

great burden. It was this voice which revived

our dead hearts. But our Jama‘at is like an ant

facing the mountain of unbelief. It is Your promise

that has strengthened our hearts. We need

Your help above all. We know we are unworthy

and not fit to receive Your help, but, O God, Your

religion, Your Quran and Your Prophet are deserving

of Your help. Let help for them be today

I Shall Love All Mankind.

‘Forgive us, grant us protection, have mercy

on us. You are our Patron, grant us victory over

the disbelieving people!’

— O God, unbelief is dominant over the

world. Love of worldly things and wealth have

taken hold of human hearts. Human beings are

being led astray by possession of physical

power, material resources and outward adornments.

But, O God, it is Your promise that You

shall make Islam triumph in the world. It is Your

promise that after falling into the greatest deviation

and wrongdoing people will again turn to

You. Fulfil this promise of Yours today and let


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the truth overcome falsehood and let Islam triumph

over unbelief.

— O God, the armies of unbelief and misguidance

are attacking with full force. Your

strength in the past too has been manifested

through weak human beings. Let it be manifest

today through this small Jama‘at. We are weak,

humble and sinners but we have a strong zeal to

see Islam prevail over unbelief. Forgive us our

faults, grant us protection, save us from stumbling,

and be our helper and make this weak

Jama‘at of Islam overcome the vast strength of

unbelief. O God, make the Quran and Muhammad

Rasulullah and Islam triumphant in the

world, and wipe off the forces of unbelief and

misguidance.

3. Prayer for help from Allah:

Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech

for help.’

— O God, we do as much as it is in our

power to obey You and to spread Your name and

Your Word in the world, but we are weak and

cannot fully discharge our duty of obeying You.

Help us and produce within us the greatest

strength to obey You.

— O God, spreading Your name in the world

is the exalted mission for which You had been

The Mosque at our Centre

appointing Your chosen ones, and it was only

with Your help that they succeeded in achieving

this magnificent goal. One such chosen man of

Yours has entrusted us with this task, but we are

small in numbers, weak, and lacking in means.

We are opposed not only by outsiders but also

by our own who hamper our way. Guide us

through Your graciousness and infuse in us the

same strength with which You have ever filled

Your chosen ones, and create in our hearts the

same light with which You have been illuminating

the hearts of Your chosen ones.

— O God, spreading Your message in the

world is the most difficult of tasks in the world.

Whenever such a reformation came about, it

was not because of the strength of any man or

army but it was from Your aid and succour. So

we seek from You that help and aid which You

have been bestowing upon Your chosen ones.”

(A Mighty Striving, pages 314 – 315)

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