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Peace be upon you all.

Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest.

Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah.

I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah.

I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah.

Come to Prayer.

Come to Prayer.

Come to success.

Come to success.

Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest.

There is none worthy of worship except Allah

Peace be upon you all.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah.

He is One and has no partner.

and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is His Servant and Messenger.

After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed.

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.

The Gracious, the Merciful,

Master of the Day of Judgment.

Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help.

Guide us in the right path -

The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings,

those who have not incurred displeasure,

and those who have not gone astray.

In the previous sermon I spoke on Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair.

Some of the accounts from his life still remained which I shall narrate today.

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra), while speaking about Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair being sent

as a missionary to Medina and also in regards to the services he rendered, states,

The Holy Prophet (saw) began to receive revelation which hinted

at the near possibility of migration from Mecca.

Some idea of the place they were to migrate to was also given to him.

It was a town of wells and date-groves.

Initially, the Holy Prophet (saw) thought of Yamamah as the location of migration,

but soon the thought was dismissed.

The Holy Prophet (saw) then waited in the assurance

that whatever place they were destined to go to would certainly become the cradle of Islam.

During this time, the annual Hajj drew near,

and from all parts of Arabia pilgrims began to arrive in Mecca.

As was his practise, the Holy Prophet (saw) went wherever he found a group of people,

expounded to them the teaching of One God and told them

to give up excesses of all kinds and prepare for the Kingdom of God.

Some listened with interest and then left.

Some wished to listen but were sent away by the Meccans.

Some who had already made up their minds, stopped to ridicule.

The Holy Prophet (saw) was in the valley of Mina when he saw a group of six or seven people,

who were the citizens of Medina.

He found that they belonged to the Khazraj tribe, one in alliance with the Jews.

He asked them if they would listen to what he had to say.

Since these people had heard of the Holy Prophet (saw) and were interested;

so they agreed and sat in his company.

The Holy Prophet (saw) spent some time telling them that the Kingdom of God was at hand,

that idols were going to disappear, that the idea of One God was due to triumph,

and piety and purity were once again going to rule.

Would they not, in Medina, welcome the Message? The group became much impressed.

They accepted the Message and promised, on their return to Medina,

to confer with others and report next year whether Medina would be willing

to receive Muslim refugees from Mecca.

Subsequently, they returned and conferred with their friends and relations.

There were, at the time, two Arab and three Jewish tribes at Medina.

The Arab tribes were the Aus and the Khazraj

and the Jewish tribes were the Banu Qurayzah, the Banu Nadir, and the Banu Qaynuqa.

The Aus and the Khazraj were at war.

The Qurayzah and the Nadir were in alliance with the Aus

and the Qaynuqa were with the Khazraj.

Tired of unending warfare, they were inclined to peace.

At last they agreed to acknowledge the Khazraj Chief,

Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul, as King of Medina.

Since they had alliances with the Jews,

the Aus and the Khazraj had heard of prophecies in the Bible.

When the Jews would speak of their troubles and affliction,

they would also mention that they had heard of the advent of a Prophet: like unto Moses.

This advent was near at hand, the Jews used to say

and that it was to mark their return to power and the destruction of their enemies.

When the people of Medina, who had travelled for the pilgrimage,

heard of the Holy Prophet (saw)s claim, they became impressed

and began to wonder whether this Meccan Prophet was the same Prophet

they had heard of from the Jews.

Many young men were impressed by the truthfulness of the Holy Prophet (saw)s teaching

and the prophecies which they had previously heard from the Jews helped them

in believing in the Holy Prophet (saw).

At the next Hajj twelve men from Medina came to Mecca

with the intention to join the Holy Prophet (saw)s faith.

Ten of these belonged to the Khazraj and two to the Aus tribe.

They met the Holy Prophet (saw) in the valley of Mina and, holding the Holy Prophet (saw)s hand,

solemnly declared their belief in the Oneness of God and their resolve to abstain

from all common evils and immoralities, such as theft, killing their daughters,

and from making false accusations against one another.

They also resolved to obey the Prophet (saw) in all good things.

When they returned to Medina,

they started telling others of their new faith with even greater zeal.

The Idols from the houses of Medina were taken out of their niches and thrown on the streets.

Those who used to bow before images began to hold their heads high.

They resolved to bow to none except the One God. The Jews wondered.

Centuries of friendship, exposition and debate had failed to produce the change

which Islam had produced in a few days and the message of the One God

penetrated into the hearts of the people of Medina.

The people of Medina would go to the few Muslims in their midst

and make inquiries about Islam and ask them to teach them their faith.

But the few Muslims could not cope with the large numbers of inquiries,

nor did they know enough about its teaching.

They decided, therefore, to address a request

to the Holy Prophet (saw) to send them someone to teach Islam.

The Holy Prophet (saw) agreed to send Musab (ra), one of the Muslims

who had returned from his migration to Abyssinia.

Thus, Musab (ra) was the first missionary of Islam to go out of Mecca.

At another occasion, whilst speaking on the same subject, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has stated,

When the people of Medina came to know about Islam,

some of them met the Holy Prophet (saw) during the pilgrimage of Hajj

and became convinced of his truthfulness.

They returned to their people and said to them

that the Messenger of whose advent the Jews of Medina used to speak, has taken place in Mecca.

Hence, their hearts became inclined towards the Holy Prophet (saw) and,

at the following Hajj, they sent a delegation to the Holy Prophet (saw).

This delegation professed their belief and pledged their allegiance

to the Holy Prophet (saw) after some discussion.

Since the Holy Prophet (saw) was facing fierce opposition in Mecca at the time,

this meeting took place in a valley away from the sight of the Meccans.

As the Baiat also took place there, it is referred to as Baiat Aqabah.

Aqabah means a valley or a mountain that is difficult to manoeuvre

through or a difficult mountainous path.

The Holy Prophet (saw) gave them the charge of organising

the believers of Medina and advised them to propagate Islam.

He sent one of his young companions, Musab (ra) bin Umair to assist them

and to teach the faith to the Muslims.

Before departing, the delegation also extended an invitation to the Holy Prophet (saw) saying,

should he ever need to leave Mecca, he should come to Medina.

When these people returned to Medina, Islam spread in Medina

within a very short period of time.

Hence, the Holy Prophet (saw) sent some more companions to them,

including Hazrat Umar (ra).

After that, upon receiving the command to migrate, he himself also went to Medina.

Upon his arrival, all the idolaters of Medina accepted Islam

within a very short period of time.

After the migration to Medina, the Holy Prophet (saw)

established a bond of brotherhood

between Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair and Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansari (ra).

Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair participated in the Battles of Badr and Uhud.

During the Battles of Badr and Uhud, the main flag of the Muhajireen

was being carried by Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair.

During the Battle of Badr, the main flag of the Muhajireen

that was being carried by Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair,

was given to him by the Holy Prophet (saw).

Then, there is another similar narration, which has been recorded in Seerat Khatam an-Nabiyyin

by Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahamd Sahib (ra) as follows:

Duing the Battle of Uhud as well, the flag of the Muhajireen

was held by Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair.

The Holy Prophet (saw) began to arrange the Muslim army,

and appointed separate commanders for the various sections of the army.

On this occasion, the Holy Prophet (saw) received news

that the flag of the army of the Quraish was in the hands of Talhah.

Talhah was from that dynasty, who under the administration of Qusayy bin Kilab,

the paramount ancestor of the Quraish,

held the right of standard-bearing in representation of the Quraish during wars.

Upon becoming aware of this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said,

We are more worthy of demonstrating national loyalty,

and then, the Holy Prophet (saw) took the flag of the Muhajirin from Hazrat Ali (ra)

and entrusted it to Musab (ra) bin Umair,

who was also a member of the very same dynasty to which Talhah belonged to.

Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair was martyred during the Battle of Uhud.

On the day of Uhud, Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair was fighting

in front of the Holy Prophet (saw) and was martyred during the battle.

He was martyred by Ibn Qamiah.

In the books of history, it is mentioned that the flag-bearer during the Battle of Uhud,

Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair, protected the flag [of Islam] in an excellent manner.

Hazrat Musab (ra) was carrying the flag on the day of Uhud, when Ibn Qamiah,

who was riding a horse, attacked with his sword and struck the right hand of Hazrat Musab (ra),

with which he was holding the flag, and severed it.

Upon this, Hazrat Musab (ra) started reciting the following verse: [Arabic],

and placed the flag in his left hand.

Ibn Qamiah struck the left hand and severed it as well,

upon which Hazrat Musab (ra) embraced the flag of Islam

with both of his arms and held it to his chest.

Following this, Ibn Qamiah attacked Hazrat Musab (ra)

with a spear for a third time which pierced his chest.

The spear broke and Hazrat Musab (ra) fell to the ground.

Upon this, two individuals from (the tribe of) Banu Abd-id-Dar,

Suwaibit bin Sad bin Harmala and Abu Rum bin Umair, stepped forward.

Abu Rum bin Umair grabbed the flag and it remained in his hands

until the Muslims returned and entered Medina.

Hazrat Musab (ra) was forty years old, or just over forty at the time of martyrdom.

Mentioning this particular incident, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) states

in Seerat Khatam-un-Nabiyyeen:

The army of the Quraish had pretty much surrounded them from all four fronts

and continued to crush the Muslims moment by moment through repeated attacks.

Yet, even after all this, the Muslims probably would have regained themselves shortly thereafter,

but the outrage was that a bold warrior from among the Quraish named Abdullah bin Qamiah

attacked Musab (ra) bin Umair, the flag-bearer of the Muslims

and severed his right hand with the blow of his sword.

Musab (ra) immediately clutched the flag with his other hand

and advanced to confront Ibni Qamiah, but in his second blow,

the other hand was severed as well.

Upon this, Musab (ra) joined both of his severed hands together in an endeavour

to keep the Islamic flag from falling, and held it to his chest,

upon which Ibni Qamiah struck him a third time,

and this time Musab (ra) was martyred and fell to the ground.

As far as the flag was concerned, another Muslim immediately advanced

and took hold of it, but since the size and figure of Musab (ra)

resembled the Holy Prophet (saw),

Ibni Qamiah thought that he had slain the Holy Prophet (saw).

It is also probable that this scheme of his was merely guided

by motives of mischief and deceit.

In any case, when Musab (ra) was martyred and fell,

Ibni Qamiah exclaimed that he had slain Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw).

At this news, the Muslims lost whatever composure was left in them

and their force was scattered completely.

This was also a major reason the Muslims lost their composure during the Battle of Uhud.

Nevertheless, they regrouped later.

When the Holy Prophet (saw) approached the body of Hazrat Musab (ra),

it was turned face down.

The Holy Prophet (saw) stood beside it and recited the following verse: [Arabic].

That is, Among the believers are men

who have been true to the covenant they made with Allah.

There are some of them who have fulfilled their vow,

and some who still wait, and they have not changed their condition in the least.

Following this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said, [Arabic].

That is, the Messenger (saw) of Allah bears witness that even on the Day of Judgment

they will you be counted as martyrs in the sight of Allah.

Then, the Holy Prophet (saw) addressed the companions and said that,

You should visit him and send your salutations upon him.

By that Being, in Whose hand lies my life, he will answer the salutations of everyone

who will send salutations upon him until the day of judgment.

Hazrat Musab (ra)s brothers, Hazrat Abu Rum (ra) bin Umair,

Hazrat Suwaibit (ra) bin Sad and Hazrat Amir (ra) bin Rabiah

lowered him into the grave.

In Seerat Khatam-un-Nabiyyeen,

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) mentions this in the following manner,

One honorable man from among the martyrs of Uhud was Musab (ra) bin Umair.

He was the first Muhajir who came to Medina as a missionary of Islam.

In the era of the Jahiliyyah, among the young men of Mecca, Musab (ra) was considered to be

the most well-dressed and elegant, and lived in great comfort and luxury.

After accepting Islam, his condition was transformed completely.

In fact, there is a narration that on one occasion, the Holy Prophet (saw)

saw him dressed in a cloth which was covered with numerous patches.

At this, the Holy Prophet (saw) was reminded of his earlier life,

and the eyes of the Holy Prophet (saw) began to glisten with tears.

When Musab (ra) was martyred at Uhud, he did not even have enough cloth

by which his body could be fully covered.

If his feet were covered his head would become exposed,

and if his head was covered, his feet would become bare.

As such, according to the instruction of the Holy Prophet (saw),

his head was covered with cloth and his feet were covered with grass.

There is a narration of Sahih Bukhari which states,

Food was brought before Hazrat Abdur Rahman (ra) bin Auf to break the fast

which he was observing at the time.

Upon this he said, Musab (ra) bin Umair was martyred and he was better than me,

but only one sheet was available to shroud him (at the time of his burial).

It was so small that when his head was covered; his feet remained uncovered

and if his feet were covered, his head remained uncovered.

The narrator states that he believes Abdur Rahman (ra) bin Auf also said,

Hamza (ra) was martyred and he was better than me.

Thereafter he continued, Then the bounties of this world were bestowed upon us generously

or perhaps he said, We were granted that which was destined for us and I am afraid

that the reward of our good deeds may have been bestowed to us in this world.

Thereupon he began to cry and left the food untouched.

He became emotional as his attention was on the fear of God Almighty,

and the treatment he would receive from God in the hereafter,

for if they had been granted bounties in this world,

then perhaps they may not receive anything in the next life.

Hazrat Khubbab (ra) bin Art narrates, We migrated with Messenger (saw) of Allah

seeking the pleasure of Allah and expecting our reward from Him.

Some of us died without enjoying anything of it.

Among them was Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair, and there are those among us

whose fruits have ripened and they are choosing from them.

Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair was martyred in the Battle of Uhud,

and there was only one cloth available for us to cover him in.

When we covered his head with it, his feet were exposed,

and when we covered his feet with it, his head was uncovered.

So the Holy Prophet (saw) told us to cover his head

and to put some Idhkhir (i.e., fragrant grass) over his feet.

There is also a narration of Tirmidhi in which Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) narrates,

The Holy Prophet (saw) said, Every prophet has been granted seven noble companions.

The narrator states that perhaps the word used was guardians instead of companions.

However, the Holy Prophet (saw) stated, I have been granted 14 such individuals.

So we asked who these individuals were and the Holy Prophet (saw) stated,

They are my two grandsons, Hasan (ra) and Husain (ra), Jafar (ra), Hamza (ra),

Abu Bakr (ra), Umar (ra), Musab (ra) bin Umair, Bilal (ra), Salman (ra), Miqdad (ra),

Abu Dharr (ra), Ammar (ra) and Abdullah bin Masud (ra).

Hazrat Amir bin Rabiah (ra) relates that his father would often mention,

From the time Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair accepted Islam to the Battle of Uhud,

he remained my close friend and companion.

He was alongside us in both migrations to Abyssinia.

He was my companion during the migration.

I have never seen someone as well-mannered as him

and nor did he engage in dispute with anyone.

When the Holy Prophet (saw) returned to Medina after the Battle of Uhud,

he met Hazrat Hamnah bint Jahsh (ra), the wife of Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair.

The people had informed her that her brother Hazrat Abdullah bin Jahsh (ra)

had been martyred.

She replied by saying [Arabic]

and prayed for him to be granted forgiveness.

Then they informed her of the martyrdom of her maternal uncle Hazrat Hamza (ra),

to which she again replied [Arabic], and prayed for his forgiveness.

Thereafter, the people informed her that her husband Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair

had also been martyred, upon which she began to weep and became restless.

The Holy Prophet (saw) then said, A husband holds a special status in the eyes of his wife.

There is another tradition in which Hazrat Hamnah bint Jahsh (ra) is mentioned.

It stated that when she was told that her brother was martyred she replied,

May Allah have mercy on him and said [Arabic].

The people then said that her husband had also been killed, to which she said, Woe be unto me!.

The Holy Prophet (saw) then said, A relationship between a wife and her husband is like no other.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) has mentioned this incident of the martyrdom

of Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair and the emotions of his wife, in his own words.

He states, The male and female companions who had more than one close relative [martyred],

would be told gradually to avoid being overwhelmed with the sudden news.

When Hazrat Hamnah bint Jahsh (ra),

sister of Hazrat Abdullah bin Jahsh (ra) came to the Holy Prophet (saw),

he told her, O Hamnah, be patient and seek the reward of God Almighty.

She replied, O Messenger (saw) of Allah, what should I seek the reward for?

He said, For your uncle Hamza.

Hazrat Hamnah (ra) then replied, [Arabic].

Thereafter, the Holy Prophet (saw) repeated,

O Hamnah, be patient and seek the reward of God Almighty.

She replied, What should I seek the reward for? He said, For your brother Abdullah.

Hazrat Hamnah (ra) then replied, [Arabic].

The Holy Prophet (saw) once again repeated,

O Hamnah, be patient and seek the reward of God Almighty.

She replied, O Messenger (saw) of Allah, what should I seek the reward for?

He said, For Musab bin Umair, to which she said, Woe be unto me!

After hearing this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said,

Indeed, the husband has a right over his wife that no one else possesses,

however, why did you utter such words?

Hazrat Hamnah (ra) answered, O Messenger (saw) of Allah! It occurred to me

that his children have become orphans, which worried me,

and it was in this state that I uttered these words.

Having listened to this, the Holy Prophet (saw)

prayed for the children of Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair,

saying, O Allah, be their Guardian and Protector,

treat them with kindness and affection and take good care of them.

God Almighty did indeed take good care of them as the prayer of the Holy Prophet (saw) was accepted.

This brings a close to the accounts from the life of Hazrat Musab (ra) bin Umair.

God-willing, the next companion will be mentioned in the future sermon.

I would now like to draw the attention of the Community

to the current outbreak of the coronavirus.

We must all adhere to the precautionary measures

that are set out by governments and the health departments.

From the outset, after consultation with some homeopaths,

I advised about the use of certain homeopathic remedies,

as a precautionary measure as well as for treatment.

These medicines should be taken as this is one possible treatment.

It cannot be said for certain that this is the exact cure for it

or that these homeopathic remedies are for this virus

as little is known about this exact strain of the virus,

but in any case, it is still the closest form of treatment in homeopathy for this type of outbreak.

May Allah the Almighty grant cure through them.

Thus, we ought to use them and at the same time

we must adhere to the precautionary measures that have been outlined.

In relation to this, it is advised that you should avoid large gatherings.

People coming to the mosque should err on the side of caution

and even if they have a slight fever and feel aches and pains in their body,

or if they are sneezing and are suffering from the flu, they should not be come to the mosque.

There are certain etiquettes of the mosque, among them is that

if one is suffering from something such as a contagious illness -

which can affect others - they should avoid coming to the mosque.

Then, in these days especially and generally as well, when sneezing,

one ought to cover ones face with their hands or use a handkerchief.

Some worshippers complain that whilst standing in prayer,

certain people neither place their hands over their face,

nor do they use a handkerchief when they sneeze.

Moreover, they sneeze with such force that some droplets also fall on them.

Thus, people that are worshipping around you also have certain rights,

therefore, everyone ought to be mindful of this.

As mentioned earlier, everyone ought to be more careful about this in these days.

One preventative measure mentioned by the Doctors

is that ones hands and mouth should always be clean.

If ones hands are unclean, they should not touch their face,

or ensure that they use hand sanitizers or they should wash their hands regularly.

However, for a Muslim - as is in our case - who pray five times a day

and also perform the ablution in the correct manner,

which includes cleaning the nose with water etc, then this high standard of hygiene is such

that it can compensate the shortage of sanitizers; as it is reported these days

that owing to panic buying, entire shelves in supermarkets have been emptied of such products.

Nonetheless, if the ablution is performed in the correct manner,

this can not only help towards physical cleanliness,

but one who performs the ablution would subsequently offer their prayers,

which then in turn becomes a means for their spiritual cleanliness as well.

Moreover, in these days we must pay particular attention towards our prayers.

Since I spoke about the etiquettes of the mosque, I would also like to say

that especially in the winter and also at other times (of the year),

those who wear socks to the mosque ought to wear a clean pair of socks each day

and they ought to wash them.

If there is a foul odour from ones socks or feet,

then this can be a source of discomfort for those around that person,

or it will cause discomfort for those who are standing for prayer

and would perform the Sajdah [prostration] in the row behind him.

We should be very mindful of this.

The Holy Prophet (saw) has instructed that one should not eat anything

that gives off a strong odour, such as garlic or (raw) onion and come to the mosque.

At times one belches or if one has bad breath, it is unpleasant for other worshippers

and also spoils the atmosphere of the mosque.

In fact, it is advised to wear fragrance when coming to the mosque.

The Holy Prophet (saw) was so careful in this matter that he stated

that one should not pass through the mosque with raw meat,

let alone someone sat inside the mosque with such odours.

Thus, it is vital for every worshipper to be mindful of their personal hygiene

as well as the cleanliness of the mosque.

However, this does not mean that one ought to use this as an excuse

to stop coming to the mosque.

Everyone ought to assess their own conditions

and make a decision based on their own judgement.

Always remember that only God Almighty knows what is concealed in peoples hearts.

If one feels ill, they ought to seek assurance by consulting a doctor

in order to identify the cause of illness;

in any case, one should avoid going to the mosque for one or two days.

Furthermore, it is being advised that one should refrain from shaking hands

and this is also extremely important, as one does not know what the hands are contaminated with.

Although shaking hands increases the bond with one another and instils mutual love,

however, owing to the current outbreak these days, it is better to avoid this practice.

Even those people who previously raised an outcry that we do not shake hands with men

or women of the opposite gender, have themselves been a target of amusement.

A minister in the cabinet of the German Chancellor refused to shake her hand

and this has been depicted in a humours manner.

Even a member of parliament in the UK has commended the fact

that they are abstaining from shaking hands owing to the coronavirus.

He further said that shaking of hands was not even part of their traditions,

in fact, the tradition was to salute or take off their hats out of respect.

He further stated that in shaking hands or embracing women or trying to kiss them,

they are not even aware if these gestures are even welcome by them

and thus are compelling them to follow suit.

They were not willing to adhere to the commandments of Allah the Almighty,

but nonetheless the spread of this outbreak has drawn their attention towards this injunction.

May Allah the Almighty also enable them to draw closer to Him.

They greatly opposed this injunction of Allah the Almighty,

which we would explain to them in a loving manner

that it is not permissible for us to greet the opposite gender in this manner

and shake their hands.

But in their case it is reported that in various organisations and other places,

they have shunned this practice and at times they have done so in a rude manner.

We however, explained to them courteously that this prohibition was owing to our teachings,

but in their case out of their fear of coronavirus,

they have abstained from this practice, at times even forsaking common courtesy.

Thus, this epidemic has brought about their reformation to some degree in this regard

and as stated earlier, may this reformation enable them to draw closer to Allah the Almighty.

Allah the Almighty knows best to what extent this epidemic will spread

and what He has decreed.

However, if this virus has emerged owing to the Divine wrath of God,

and just as we have seen in the present age, since the advent of the Promised Messiah (as)

there has been a significant increase in the number of epidemics,

diseases, earthquakes and storms,

then one ought to turn towards God Almighty more than ever before to be safeguarded from these.

Moreover, every Ahmadi ought to pay particular attention towards prayers

and also to improve their spiritual condition.

One also ought to pray for the world in general that may Allah the Almighty grant them guidance.

Instead of immersing themselves in worldly endeavours and being neglectful of God,

may Allah enable them to recognise their True Creator.

After this I shall lead some funeral prayers in absentia.

The first is of respected Tanzeel Ahmad Butt, son of Aqeel Ahmad Butt Sahib.

He was a young 11-year-old child who passed away on 27th February 2020,

in fact, in my opinion he was a martyr.

The background of this incident is that it took place in Shahidrah Colony of Delhi Gate, Lahore

when the neighbour of Tanzeel Ahmad Butt sahib brutally killed him on 27th February.

Verily to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.

The edicts of the clerics in Pakistan have ensured that it is easy

to kill an Ahmadi owing to any reason.

This killing is also as a result of this and for this reason,

I count the dearly departed among the martyrs.

Whatever the reason for this killing may be, there is always an underlying hatred against Ahmadiyyat,

and Tanzeel Ahmad Butt was an innocent child

who was not at fault for anything according to the reports received thus far.

The details of this incident is that on 27th February, the mother of Tanzeel Ahmad Butt sahib

sent him to the neighbours house to bring his younger sisters (toy) doll,

which she had left there.

This shows that they (i.e. the two families) had mutual relations.

Only God knows what was the reason for this [killing].

The younger sister had left the (toy) doll at the neighbours house on the day before

and Tanzeel Ahmad Butt was sent to collect it.

When the child did not return after some time,

the mother went to the neighbours house herself.

Initially the neighbours did not open the door.

After some time when they eventually opened the door,

upon enquiry, the neighbour said that he took the doll and had left.

The mother of the deceased informed her husband, Aqeel Sahib,

who immediately began searching for their son with the help of the local Jamaat,

and also reported it to the Police.

When they checked the CCTV cameras of their street,

the child was seen entering the house, but not seen leaving from there.

Upon this, with the help of the police, the neighbours house was searched,

in which they found the body of the child in a trunk.

The police then mentioned that the suspects husband had already informed them

that his wife had killed the child and hid him in the trunk.

The woman, along with the son of the owner of the house,

killed the young child and has now even admitted to the crime.

Tanzeel Ahmad Butt was born on 20th November 2009 in Lahore

and was part of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme.

He was a very active member of the Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya organisation

and would regularly take part in all the Jamaat programmes.

He was counted amongst the intelligent students in his class

and was studying in the fourth year.

After his demise, his results came

and he stood first in his class after attaining 729 marks out of 750.

The deceaseds mother states, Tanzeel was the most obedient out of all my children.

If he ever wanted to do something, he would always seek permission from me first.

If any of the neighbours or an office-bearer asked him to do something,

he would immediately do it and never refuse.

In fact, at times even the neighbour who killed him would get her work done from him.

He would always show obedience to her and fulfil any work she gave him.

His school teachers and Jamaat office-bearers were all very happy with him

and would always praise him.

He would regularly watch programmes on MTA,

especially programmes for children and the sermons.

He would regularly attend the mosque for prayers.

If ever his father would return from the factory very tired

and would be unwilling to go to the mosque,

he would persist and force him to take him to the mosque.

The young child leaves behind his father, Aqeel Ahmad Butt;

mother, Naila Aqeel and four siblings, which include two brothers and two sisters.

May Allah the Almighty grant him His nearness

and grant the murders a punishment they truly deserve.

May God Almighty also grant patience and comfort to the parents.

The second funeral is Brigadier Bashir Ahmad Sahib,

who was the former Amir of Rawalpindi district.

He was the son of Dr Muhammad Abdullah Sahib

and passed away on 16th February at the age of 87:

Surely to Allah we belong and to him shall we return.

The deceased was a Musi and is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

Brigadier Bashir Ahmad Sahib was born in in 1931

to an extremely devout Ahmadi family in the district of Gujrat.

His father, Dr Muhammad Abdullah Sahib did the Baiat and entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat.

The deceased acquired his primary education from Qadian and passed his matriculation exams in 1947.

In 1952 he entered the Pakistan Army after a six (week) long course

in the Pakistans Military Academy.

In 1982 retired from the army as a brigadier.

Thereafter, he served the country by working as the head of a policy institute in Islamabad.

Thus, he had the opportunity to serve his country for 66 years.

In regards to his Jamaat services, I appointed him as the Amir of the Rawalpindi Jamaat in 2012

and he continued to serve as the Amir of the Rawalpindi district

and city until 9th February 2020.

His transfer to Rawalpindi took place in 1979 and for 16 years

he had the opportunity to serve as Naib Amir and Secretary Taleem for the Rawalpindi Jamaat.

He was one of the directors for the Fazl-e-Umar Foundation

and part of many committees of Majlis-e-Shura.

The deceased rendered his service with utmost sincerity and devotion.

He was a very sociable person and would greatly serve others

and wholeheartedly help those in need.

In regards to his Jamaat service he always upheld his principles and was very punctual.

He worked with great efficiency and would also advise the same to his fellow workers,

and he would never tolerate indolence and lethargy,

be it matters of faith or any other work.

Any task he would assign to the members of his executive committee,

he would always follow-up nearer to the time.

He was extremely devout in his supplications and prayers and had great love for Khilafat.

Even until his advanced age, his memory remained sharp.

He had great love for the Holy Prophet (saw) and the Promised Messiah (as)

and would always express his gratitude to Allah the Almighty for enabling him to be an Ahmadi.

He would always have the Holy Quran, Hadith of the Holy Prophet (saw)

and books of the Promised Messiah (as) by his bedside and had studied many books.

He would financially help the poor and needy with great generosity and in a discrete manner.

He would especially show great concern for fulfilling the needs of widows

and was always ever-ready to help them.

Many individuals and entire families were benefiting from his continuous financial help.

He would help to such an extent that someone mentioned that his shop had burn down

and had suffered quite a big loss, however the deceased discretely gave him some money

and told him to not to tell anyone about it.

When this individual went home and looked at the money, it was 200,000 rupees.

When his business restarted, he tried to return the money,

however he told him that he did not give this money with the intention of taking it back.

The missionary of Rawalpindi, Tahir Mahmood Sahib writes,

Amir Sahib had a very composed disposition, he was compassionate,

spoke very little and extremely devout in his prayers.

On Friday, he would come very early to Aiwan-e-Tauhid for the Friday prayers

and would offer his nawafil prayers with great humility and fervency.

Those who would hastily finish their prayers,

he would narrate to them accounts of the companions and other elders of Qadian

where he grew up.

He would express his pleasure at those who would take time in observing their prayers.

He would always remind them of the traditional prayers that one should read.

He himself would also pray and spend a long time in his prayers

and would advise others towards observing prayers as well.

He would always help the needy and his friends,

this is a trait which everyone has mentioned,

and if anyone would thank him for this act of his, he would stop them from doing so.

He had great love for the books of the Promised Messiah (as)

and would share its insights in the meetings.

He was also one of the directors for the Fazl-e-Umar Foundation.

The secretary for the Fazl-e-Umar Foundation, Nasir Shams Sahib writes,

He served as a director for the Fazl-e-Umar Foundation

from the early part of 2011 till the end of 2019.

Despite his old-age and weakness in health,

he would regularly attend the board of directors meetings.

We greatly benefited from his prayers and advice for a long time.

The deceased was an extremely devout and righteous individual

and a great loyal servant of Khilafat.

One particular quality which I personally was witness to was

that he had a strong link with God Almighty

and observed his prayers with utmost humility and sincerity

May Allah the Almighty grant him his forgiveness and mercy.

May He elevate his station and enable his progeny to continue on his good deeds.

The third funeral is of Dr Hameed-ul-Din Sahib

who lived in 121 Geem Be Gakhowal Faisalabad.

He passed away on 29th February 2020: Surely to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return

Ahmadiyyat entered the family of the deceased through his father,

respected Muhammad-ul-Din Sahib and respected Fateh-ul-Din Sahib

who belonged to Farsia, Gurdaspur.

Both did the Baiaat together during the time of Hazrat Khalifatul Maish II (ra).

The deceased was born in Qadian and his mothers paternal uncle,

Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ibrahim Sahib Qadiani (ra)

was a companion of the Promised Messiah (as).

He was a great scholar in the subject of Christianity

and served as a teacher in Madrasa Ahmadiyya for a very long time.

After the partition of India, the deceases family migrated and settled in Faisalabad.

The deceased was a dispenser by profession

and in this way he had the opportunity to serve mankind in his entire area.

He would treat the needy for free.

He led an extremely simple life, was very righteous,

regularly observed his prayers from his childhood

and was very respectful of Islamic customs and traditions.

He had great love for Khilafat, was extremely compassionate,

and had great trust in Allah the Almighty

and was an extremely honest and truthful individual.

He would never refuse help to anyone and would always look out for others and seek to help them.

The deceased had the opportunity to serve the Jamaat in various roles.

One of his sons is Karim-ul-Din Shams Sahib, who is a missionary

and currently serving in Tanzania and was not able to attend the funeral of his father

owing to his Jamaat commitments.

One of his son-in-laws is also a missionary

and another son-in-law is a Muallim of the Jamaat.

Also, one of his grandsons is currently studying in Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah

and is in his final year.

Similarly, he has many other grandsons and granddaughters

who are part of the blessed Waqfe-Nau Scheme.

May Allah the Almighty grant him His forgiveness and mercy and elevate his station.

May He also enable his progeny

to continue to fulfil the due rights of their Baiat with loyalty.

As I mentioned earlier that after the Friday prayers,

I shall lead their funeral prayers in absentia.

All praise is due to Allah

We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection;

we confide in Him, we trust Him alone

and we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls

and from the bad results of our deeds.

Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him;

and whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path.

And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah.

We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you.

Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other

and to do good to others as one does to one 's kindred

and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves

and evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority.

He warns you against being unmindful.

You remember Allah; He too will remember you;

call Him and He will make a response to your call.

And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.

The Description of Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | March 6, 2020 |