Report By Muhammad Ahmad. Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at held its Khilafat Day on Sunday, May 31st, 2020. This years’ Khilafat Day was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. Members from Detroit, Dayton, and Columbus celebrated the event jointly as mid-west regional Khilafat Day.
Ameer Jama’at USA, respected Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad Sahib graciously attended and presided the program.
The formal program started with the recitation and translation from the Holy Quran by Qummer Mahmood sahib of the Detroit Jama’at. Following the recitation, Masood Khan sahib of Detroit Jama’at recited a poem and presented a translation.
Regional missionary, respected Shamshad Nasir sahib welcomed and thanked Ameer Sahib USA for taking time to attend and preside over the program. He also welcomed the members from the three chapters, Dayton, Detroit and Columbus in his welcome remarks and thanked them all for being present to attend the program.
Murabbi Shamshad Nasir provided the background of the Khilafat Day and its beginning in the Jamaat.
“Khilafat of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community started on May 27th, 1908 when Hazrat Hakeem Nurruddeen (ra) was chosen after the demise of promised Messiah Ahmad(pbuh). That’s why we commemorate Khilafat Day every year on May 27th. For the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at this is a special day that comes in the month of May” said Murabee Shamshad Nasir.
We celebrate Khilafat day in remembrance of the significance of the system of spiritual leadership within the community known as Khilafat, he continued.
The very first time that Khilafat Day was celebrated by the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat was on 27 May 1957. This was in accordance with the instruction of Hazrat Musleh Maud, Khalifatul Masih II that he had given on the Ijtema of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya in Rabwah in October 1956.
The venue of this august convention in Rabwah was Masjid Mubarak and was presided over by Hazrat Maulana Abul Ata then Principal, Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah. The proceedings, that started at 7am and lasted till 11am, consisted of addresses delivered by scholars of the Jamaat on a variety of aspects of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. Speeches covered the Quranic aspect of the institution of Khilafat, how it is to be understood from the Ahadith, how the Promised Messiah(as) gave a clear indication about it in Al Wasiyyat (The Will) and how Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) had not only a firm belief in Khilafat but also made his belief known on many occasions when he saw a group of people drifting away from it.
Murrabi Shamshad Nasir gave to quotations from Hazrat Khaliful Massieh V May Allah be his helper, of last years his address in Germany and Uk to Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya, where Hazoor advised that “ The Task and mission of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya is to protect and defend the Khilafate Ahmadiyya, and you can do it only when you listen to Khalifa and spread his message to others”
Following Murabee sahib’s remarks, Ameer sahib invited Dr. Ahmad Munir sahib of Detroit Jama’at to give his presentation on the topic of “Allah’s Help and Assistance with Khilafat-e-Ahamdiyya”.
Ahmad Munir sahib spoke at length with specific incidences from Jama’at history where clearly enemies of the Jama’at thought that Jama’at days were numbered starting from the demise of Promised Messiah (as) and each time during the demise of the successors of the Promised Messiah (as). However, each time by the sheer Help, Mercy and Support of Allah, Jama’at continued to progress, become stronger and increase in not only size but also in faith despite increased opposition from the enemies.
Following that, Kamil Salam Sahib of the Columbus Jama’at spoke on the blessings of Khilafat with reference to USA Jama’at 100 years in America.
He provided multiple examples of US Jama’at’s progress during the last 100 year. He quoted examples including the number of mosques built under the guidance of various Khulafa even though Jama’at members numbered only a few with extremely limited resources. By the Grace of Allah all these projects were completed successfully under the guidance of the Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya.
Frasat Ahmad sahib of Detroit Jama’at later recited a poem and provided translation.
Following the poem, President Detroit Jama’at Maqbool Tahir sahib thanked respected Ameer Sahib for his time to join the Detroit Jama’at members for the Khilafat Day and preside over the 2020 Khlfata day program despite his busy schedule. He then invited Dr. Abdul Qudus Shahid and Rafi Malik sahiban presidents of Dayton and Columbus Jama’ats respectively to make announcements related to their respective chapters.
At the conclusion, respected Ameer sahib addressed the members. Ameer sahib drew the attention that We should be examining And reviewing our conditions, we should listen and obey the khalifa tul Maseeh, we should follow his guidance, as mentioned in Holy Quran to offer Salat 5 times a day and offer all kind of sacrifices. Ameer sahib led the members in silent prayers and thanked all for attending the program.
May Allah reward all the organizers who worked hard to put together the program and the presenters for preparing and delivering great presentations to make the program a success. Ameen