Extracts from the Friday Sermon by Hadrat Khalīfa-tul-Masīh V (May Allah be his Helper) delivered on 26 May 2017
English Translation: Friday Sermon 26 May 2017 - Islam Ahmadiyya
(24:56) 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.
In this verse of the Holy Quran, Allah has promised Khilafat to Muslims with the conditions of faith and good actions. The Holy Prophet (sa) had foretold that Allah would re-establish the institution of Khilafat in the latter days. We see many wrong notions about Khilafat being preached today by some Muslims scholars. Some even say that there is no need for Khilafat now and that all Muslims should try to act upon Islamic teachings according to his or her understanding.
In the commentary of the verse of Khilafat, the Promised Messiah (as) has rejected this interpretation that the Khilafat of the Holy Prophet (sa) was only limited to 30 years. He said that how can any righteous Muslim believe that the Khilafat of Hazrat Musa continued for over 1400 years, but for the Master of all Prophets of God (sa), Allah limited it to only 30 years. This interpretation is entirely wrong.
Then we see some Muslims today who want to establish Khilafat through power and worldly government. These people do not understand that Allah has conditioned Khilafat in the Holy Quran with faith and good deeds. These extremist groups are supported by worldly powers which will disappear once they stop receiving their funding. They have done nothing but create chaos. For example, the recent killing of over 20 people in Manchester was absolutely brutal and has nothing to do with Islamic teachings or the institution of Khilafat. Similarly, it pains us to see thousands being killed in Muslim countries and those being killed by indiscriminate bombings of powerful nations. Following the Quran and accepting the Messiah of this age, we have sympathy for all such people.
The system of Khilafat is one that changes fear into peace and is a source of strengthening the faith. This is the system mentioned in Surah Jumu’ah (ch. 62) by the Holy Quran and further expounded upon by the Holy Prophet (sa) that Allah will send a reformer in latter days. He said that my Ummah is a blessed Ummah; it won’t be apparent whether its first days are more blessed or its latter days. Huzur (aba) said that that these blessed latter days will not come by following clerics and worldly leaders. This is only possible by following the Promised Messiah (as) who was sent by Allah for this purpose.
Ahmadis should always remember that along with the promise of Khilafat, Allah has drawn our attention towards his worship. If you will uphold your worship of God, all of your fears will be replaced with peace and harmony. We have seen the history of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya that God’s help has always been with the Jama’at and this help and progress continues to increase today with the message now reaching millions of people worldwide. This is all due to the promises of Allah with the Promised Messiah (as) which he has outlined in the booklet ‘the Will’.
The enmity of Islam and Ahmadiyyat continues to grow today, but remember that the eventual victory of Islam is decreed at the hands of the Promised Messiah (as) and Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. It doesn’t matter how much effort the enemies put in as they are decreed to fail.
May Allah enable us to increase in our worship of God so that we become part of this victory. Ameen.
Huzur also said that he would lead the funeral prayers of Chaudhry Hameed Ahmad sahib who passed away on May 20th 2017 after Jumu’ah prayers