The Promised Messiah (a.s.) : The need for The Imam
After reciting Tashahhud, Ta‘awwuz and Surah al-Fatihah, His Holiness(aba) recited the following verses of the Holy Qur’an:
‘He it is Who has raised among the Unlettered people a Messenger from among themselves who recites unto them His Signs, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and wisdom, although they had been, before, in manifest misguidance; And among others from among them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.’ (62:3-4)
Establishment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba) said that a few days ago it was 23rd March and this day is important to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as it was on this day that the Community was established.
His Holiness(aba) said that every year we should remind ourselves of the purpose of the advent of the Promised Messiah(as), that is to revive the teachings of Islam and to present these to the world. Each and every Ahmadi must strive to partake in the blessings of this mission. His Holiness(aba) said that in order to do so we must first and foremost reform ourselves.
Prophecies Regarding the Promised Messiah(as)
His Holiness(aba) then presented some prophecies of the Promised Messiah(as) which have been fulfilled and continue to be fulfilled. His Holiness(aba) quoted the Promised Messiah(as) when he stated that God Almighty sent the Holy Prophet(sa) in a time of complete darkness and imbued them with a spiritual light. God Almighty now sent Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) – who was of Persian descent – in this era of darkness and misguidance to bring faith once more to the world. His Holiness(aba) said that the Promised Messiah(as) defended Islam after it was being attacked from every direction. And it was destined for the Promised Messiah(as) to be from among the Muslim Ummah (people), in accordance with the aforementioned verses and the sayings of the Holy Prophet(sa).
His Holiness(aba) said that thousands of people witnessed the sign of the Dhus-Sineen star, the prohibiting from Hajj, the commencement of the railway system and the outbreak of the plague – all of which were prophecies of the Holy Prophet(sa). He said that the comparison between the companions of the Promised Messiah(as) and those of the Holy Prophet(sa) are very similar; for both had to endure persecution and malicious treatment. Just as the first companions were the people of God, so too are these companions of the Promised Messiah(as) for they are the people of God and He looks after such people who act righteously and remember death often.
His Holiness(aba) mentioned further fulfilled prophecies such as the new modes of transport, the eclipses in the month of Ramadan, the increase in publication of books, the increase in facilities for mankind, and the destruction of certain towns and cities due to the wrath of God. It was in this era that the Promised Messiah(as) was prophesied to appear.
His Holiness(aba) cited the Promised Messiah(as) as he claimed to be this very person who was appointed by God Almighty as a fulfilment of these prophecies, and he was informed by God of this so many times that there was no room left for any doubt about it. The Promised Messiah(as) even saw that the fulfilment of the prophecy that the camel would be forsaken would be to the extent that even a rail line would be built between Makkah and Madinah – this too has come to fulfilment over 1,300 years after the prophecy was made by the Holy Prophet(sa).
A Messiah Like Jesus(as) & the Support of God
Then, His Holiness(aba) mentioned how the Promised Messiah(as) would be like Jesus(as) as both would be rejected by their people, as they presented the pure teachings of their respective religions. He said that the people are so engrossed in the world and have little care for their faith or for the Holy Qur’an. His Holiness(aba) reminded us that we must all assess ourselves in this regard even after having accepted the Promised Messiah(as). These teachings were always to be protected by God Almighty and in this era the Promised Messiah(as) was appointed to continue this task of safeguarding the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, after they had become so misunderstood by the Muslims.
His Holiness(aba) then cited the Promised Messiah(as) as he stated that he has demonstrated to the world how Islam has superiority over all other religions. But when he would present this to Muslims, they would become enraged and curse him. His Holiness(aba) said that this is still the case today. A false person would have been destroyed by all the opposition faced, but God Almighty was indeed with the Promised Messiah(as) and supporting him throughout and placing love for him in the hearts of people from all around the world. The Promised Messiah(as) said that the Muslims should show their gratitude to God for sending these blessings from the heavens and saving them at the right time instead of trying to oppose him.
The Revival of Islam & a Great Revolution
His Holiness(aba) continued quoting the Promised Messiah(as) who stated that the life of Islam lies in accepting the death of Jesus(as), and just as God Almighty spoke to the previous prophets, so too does He speak to him, but this was purely due to his subservience to the Holy Prophet(sa). He was the reflection of the Holy Prophet(sa) and from his Ummah (people), due to this that he too was sent as a prophet of God. The Promised Messiah(as) then stated that ever since he was appointed by God, a revolution was taking place before his eyes as the people were abandoning shirk (associating partners with God) they had been engrossed in, and turning to the unity of God. He said that this is reaching all people and one day they will all be one.
A Request for Prayers
His Holiness(aba) prayed that all people, especially the Muslims are enabled to understand the message and accept the Promised Messiah(as) who came to revive faith. He also said we should pray for the Ahmadis in Pakistan and Algeria where the situation continues to worsen. His Holiness(aba) prayed that all Ahmadis are protected by God Almighty, but that each and every Ahmadi must also turn to God Almighty, fulfil the rights of God and mankind, and form a special bond with Him.
Summary prepared by The Review of Religions.