Jamaat Ahmadiyya al Mouslemeen

FRIDAY SERMON

of Hazrat Amirul Momeneen Zafrullah Domun

11 March 2011

At Bait-ul-Rahma Mosque
Les Guibies, Pailles
MAURITUS

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After reciting the Tashahhud, the Ta’uz and the first chapter of Al Fatiha Imam Zafrullah Domun said:

Hazrat Masih Maoodas saw a very bright future for Jamaat Ahmadiyya. There is a famous extract of his writings  that is often quoted to show how Ahmadis will excel in future. He says:

 Almighty Allah has revealed to me that He will make my community to prevail over other communities. My followers will excel over others in knowledge and wisdom because of the light of the truth, arguments and signs of Divine support, and will render the opponents speechless…(Tajalliate Ilahiyya p17)

From this extract it is quite clear that Hazrat Masih Maoodas has said that his followers will make enormous progress in knowledge and marifat which we usually translate by wisdom. But ma’rifat is more than wisdom. When we speak of ma’rifat we speak of knowledge of Allah which a believer gets in his heart and which guides his actions. We also learn from this extract that members of Jamaat Ahmadiyya will have the light of truth, the light of arguments and the light of divine support with them. They will shine so much with these light that all their opponents will become speechless. This is a divine promise. It has to be true for all times to come for all the followers of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as. And the Promise of Allah is always true for His true Lovers.

From this extract we may also infer that whenever and wherever there will be a controversy between Ahmadis and their opponents, the Ahmadis should win if they are guided by the teachings of Hazrat Ahmadas. The contrary also is true. If Ahmadis start losing in front of their opponents then these words cannot be true, Allah forbids. Therefore if Ahmadis genuinely know what their leader Hazrat Ahmad taught them they cannot fail to win the day with any opponent. Hence we may also conclude that what Hazrat Ahmad has taught is a very powerful weapon against all those who oppose his teachings.

These days Jamaat Ahmadiyya International is still having some problems with its opponents of always in some Muslim countries. But unfortunately these opponents are not quite keen to discuss with the representatives of the Jamaat on the controversial issues. However on the net there is a vociferous group who are attacking the Jamaat and we should say that from the Jamaat’s side the response is quite weak. It should not have  been so but it is.

However within the Jamaat recently some controversies have cropped up and according to the extract that we have quoted above the mainstream Jamaat which claims it has a caliph and is divinely guided and presents itself as the custodian of the spiritual heritage of Hazrat Masih Maoodas should have been most forward in arguing against all those who are presenting a different perspective on Ahmadiyyat. But what do we see. The mainstream Jamaat has crawled in its shell and it remains silent and avoids all types of discussion or debate of ideas. Robot like they claim “we have khilafat and that is sufficient and we are not concerned with anything else.” But did Hazrat Masih Maood as expect such a behavior from us? He says that Allah has told him that his followers will always have the last word on any controversy. His opponents will back down speechless. But these days who is accepting retreat speechless? It is they who say that they are his most sincere followers. Can you imagine? The majority guided by a caliph who says he is divinely guided cannot help his followers with the controversies that have recently risen within Jamaat Ahmadiyya. He has become speechless. He has nothing to say. He does not know what to say. Why? Because those who according to him are against the teachings of Hazrat Ahmad as has made the caliph, his amirs and missionaries speechless. Therefore we can easily infer from this situation that the words of Hazrat Ahmadas will remain true and his true followers will make others speechless and those who become speechless are not his true followers!

Last week the amir of Mauritius who has recently been the subject of a financial investigation initiated by the caliph announced in his Friday sermon that since I did not appear to respond to his call to invite the wrath of Allah upon myself he will not continue to discuss about the matter. For him the case is closed. But from Hazrat Masih Maoodas we understand that his followers do not close any case. His followers close the mouth of others, so to say with “the light of truth, arguments and signs of Divine support”. Since we are still in the field and we are asking the amir, his missionary in charge and all those who support them to refute our arguments, they cannot leave the field of contest if they are the true followers of Hazrat Masih Maoodas. If they do so and since we claim that we are the true inheritors of Hazrat Masih Maoodas and they are not, it is clear as the day that we have made them speechless. It is the true followers that make their opponents speechless.

The second point which I want to make about his announcement is that as usual the amir has tried to confound the truth and mix it with falsehood. By the Grace of Allah we have been endowed with such courage that we are not at all afraid to speak the truth whatever the circumstances. My friends and I have too much fear of Allah in our heart to think that we are doing something that He might not see. We are conscious of the Presence of Allah and we try our best not to commit an evil act because we know that Allah is seeing us. How many on the other side can say the same thing? I leave it to them to answer. We are truthful people and we try to cultivate this quality in our young ones also. From the teachings of Hazrat Masih Maood as we understand that we should stay in the company of the truthful and we should avoid what is false. It is a well known fact that within the mainstream Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Mauritius there is no deficit of money but there is a deficit of guidance. It appears that groups are at one another’s throats and that anonymous letters are crisscrossing between many people. As I have said my friends and I say what we have to say without any fear but that of Allah. If we write a letter we sign it. Personally I have never written an anonymous letter in my life and I think it is the same with my brothers and my other friends. They all have the courage of their opinions especially when we have to say something about the mainstream Jamaat. But the amir Jamaat of Mauritius is not known for being a person who speaks his mind fearlessly. So in order to recapture his lost reputation within the Jamaat he has tried to associate these anonymous letters with our pamphlets. He did not specifically say that we wrote those anonymous letters but he implied that there might be a link between them and us. But Allah is my witness that I have nothing to do with their anonymous letters.

Furthermore the amir quoted a hadith and he told the members that they have khilafat and they have to obey their caliph. However he did not give any reference for his hadith. He spoke about a well known hadith related by Hazrat Huzaifa which is found in Muslim. I spoke about this hadith at the end of my sermon of 26th November 2010 (http://www.jaam-international.org/eng/fs/KJ_26Nov10_eng.html. He did not quote the hadith from its original source in full. He paraphrased to say “If there is a caliph of Allah present on earth and he strikes you on your back and he takes possession of your belongings, even then you should submit and obey. And if there is no caliph it would be better for you to meet death by clinging yourself to the trunks of trees. That is to say by staying isolated from all people. This Hadith is sufficient for those who want to see clearly.”(KJ 20110304). The English translation is mine.

To the best of my knowledge there is no mention of a caliph of Allah in the hadith. The hadith speaks about “Jamaatoul Mouslemeen wa imamohoum” which means “a Jamaat of the Muslims with their Imam.” In his eagerness to prove the divine origin of khilafat within Jamaat Ahmadiyya he speaks about “a caliph of Allah”. This is the displacement of words because of which the Jews have been condemned in the Holy Quran. Allah speaks of these Jews at several places. At one place He says  

“So, because of their breaking their covenant, We have  cursed them, and have hardened their hearts. They pervert the words from their proper places and have forgotten a good part of that with which they were exhorted. And thou wilt not cease to discover treachery on their part, except in a few of them. So pardon them and turn away from them. Surely, Allah loves those who do good.”(5:14)

So we see how the amir of Mauritius tries to make the people believe that which do not exist. Furthermore he says if there is no caliph people should go and cling to the trunk of trees. What nonsense. In fact the Holy Prophet said if one does not find such a leader one should remain away from these sects and go into the forest and “eat tree roots to stay alive”. Again a real misquote. And as a knower of Hadith he peremptorily tells the people “This Hadith is sufficient for those who want to see clearly.” Now imagine the innocent Ahmadi who hears his amir quoting such a hadith, he will believe it. But has this person been fed with the proper hadith? Had the amir accepted to talk he might correct the quotation in the next sermon. But who cares besides us?

Now regarding the fact that the caliph might “beat you and take possession of your belongings but you have to submit and obey him”, I will say that I have never heard anything more ridiculous. It is a well known fact that there are many hadiths that have been fabricated to coerce Muslims to submit to ruthless rulers in the past. In modern times some people who have a similar bent as those Muslim political leaders of the past want to do the same thing. They want people to be coerced into submission and so they attribute to the Holy Prophet preposterous words that contradict the Holy Quran. A caliph is here to prevent people from being beaten by others. He is here to preserve the people’s belongings and not to take them by force. I wonder how people can attribute such words to the Holy Prophet and want others to believe them. One should really be an ignorant person for one to do such things in the name of Ahmadiyyat where we have such a rich spiritual heritage.

Since the amir spoke about a hadith from Hazrat Huzaifa I suggest he tells the people the following ones. Hazrat Huzaifa reported:

“The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) narrated to us two ahadith. I have seen one (crystallized into reality), and I am waiting for the other. He told us: Trustworthiness descended in the innermost (root) of the hearts of people. Then the Qur'an was revealed and they learnt from the Qur'an and they learnt from the Sunnah. Then he (the Holy Prophet) told us about the removal of trustworthiness. He said: The man would have a wink of sleep and trustworthiness would be taken away from his heart leaving the impression of a faint mark. He would again sleep and trustworthiness would be taken away from his heart leaving an impression of a blister, as if you rolled down an ember on your foot and it was vesicled. He would see a swelling having nothing in it. He (the Holy Prophet) then took up a pebble and rolled it down over his foot and (said): The people would enter into transactions amongst one another and hardly a person would be left who would return (things) entrusted to him. (And there would be so much paucity of honest persons) till it would be said: There in such and  such tribe is a trustworthy man. And they would also say about a person: How prudent he is, how broad-minded he is and how intelligent he is, whereas in his heart there would not be faith even to the weight of a mustard seed. I have passed through a time in which I did not care with whom amongst you I entered into a transaction, for if he were a Muslim his faith would compel him to discharge his obligations to me and it he were a Christian or a Jew, the ruler would compel him to discharge his obligations to me. But today I would not enter into a transaction with you except so and so.”(Bokhari & Muslim)  

In another hadith Hazrat Abu Huraira says:
Allah’s Apostle said, “When honesty is lost, then wait for The Hour.” It was asked, “How will honesty be lost, O Allah’s Apostle?” He said, “When authority is given to those who do not deserve it, then wait for The Hour.”

I think that these hadiths enlighten us much more about what were to come in the Muslim umma. Jamaat Ahmadiyya was created to protect the real teachings of Islam. It is Allah’s promise that His Group will be victorious. These days we represent that group. We pray that we remain always in that group in name and in deeds. May Allah help us.