The worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates 112th Khilafat Day with prayers, gratitude and obedience
By Zahir Muhammad Mannan, Patch Contributor
May 31, 2020
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“Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me. Then whoso is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious.” This is the Quranic verse (24:56) that we Muslims call Ayat Al Istikhlaf wherein we’re promised Khilafat or Successorship. But of what kind? As Ahmadi Muslims we recognize that the mantle of Khilafat was first bestowed upon our father Adam, Peace be upon him, by Almighty Allah Himself as he was made the first representative of God in the lowest heaven we call earth. We tend to forget how we’re all united under father Adam, peace be upon him, as his children, irrespective of color, creed, heritage, status, or title. After Hazrat Adam every true and major Prophet and Messenger of God including, but not limited to, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, Muhammad, and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Peace and blessings be upon them all, were Adams and Khalifas of God. They also left behind a succession of representatives to their Prophethood that would unite and lead their respective communities morally, spiritually, and administratively.
History shows us that this gift was also taken away when righteousness disappeared and communities became ungrateful, rebellious, and divided. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace and blessings be upon him, foretold that he would have a rightly guided Caliphate and that it would come to an end, thereafter a period of unjust rulers would ensue, but true Successorship would once again emerge on the precepts of Prophethood, and exactly that happened according to history.
So, where is the righteous Khilafa today? As an Ahmadi Muslim, I humbly call your attention to our rightly-guided, peace-championing leader Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Fifth Caliph of Messiah Ahmad and worldwide head of my Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He’s been lovingly serving and warning mankind of a calamitous end either from our own hands through another world war or through Divine chastisement if we don’t reform ourselves by recognizing the true Creator and fulfilling the rights we owe to Him as well as to His creation unbiasedly and justly from the inner personal levels to the outer collective and governmental levels. All this is recorded in his book “World Crises and Pathway to Peace”
We believe that the awaited Messiah and Mahdi, Divinely Guided One, of the latter days came in the person of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, pbuh. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, advised us to flock to this Mahdi and enter into a spiritual covenant of obedience with him even if we have to crawl over icy mountains because he would be the Khalifa or Representative of our Creator in the last days. Messiah Ahmad, pbuh, was revealed how he was the Khatam ul Khalifa or Seal of the Successors of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, and the first manifestation of Divine power in our day and age. In his book “The Will” Messiah Ahmad, pbuh, prophesied the arrival of a second Divine manifestation after him which would last until Judgement Day. That promise was fulfilled with the establishment of the Khilafat of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on May 27th, 1908 when Hazrat Hakeem Nurruddeen, with whom God is pleased, was chosen after the demise of Messiah Ahmad, pbuh. That’s why we commemorate Khilafat Day every year on May 27th. We’re grateful for this glad tiding and being unified behind this spiritual leadership which is laying the foundation of a just, peaceful, and loving future.
Since then, this prophesied Kingdom of Heaven, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, has spread to over 200 countries, built over 16,000 Houses of Worship, 600 schools, and 30 hospitals. We’ve translated the Qur’an into 70 languages and educate on the true peaceful, healing teachings of Islam through the twenty-four hour, seven days per week running Muslim Television Ahmadiyya. We also stand at the forefront of disaster relief through our non-profit, charitable organization called Humanity First.
All these blessings of growth and prosperity through the obedience to the unifying, life-giving, spiritual leadership of true Khilafat.
It is only through the nourishment of this spiritual Sun that the world can now hope to thrive in humility, servitude, peace, unity, and “love for all, hatred for none”.