The Promised Messiah and Mahdi

Hudhur Aqdas said with the grace of God today is an extremely happy and blessed day for the Community and it has the added blessings of Friday. It was 123 years ago today that a magnificent prophecy regarding the second phase of Islam was fulfilled. A prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was fulfilled in accordance with the details he had given and the Promised Mahdi and Messiah’s advent took place. With the commencement of him taking Bai’at, a Community of the latter-days which was to join the earlier ones was formed. We too are fortunate that we are part of this Community.

Each Ahmadi who claims to have taken the Bai’at of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) should be very acutely mindful that it is a huge responsibility. The task of the second phase of Islam which began with the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) requires that his followers instil a revolutionary change in themselves so that they may partake the blessings that are associated with the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

Hudhur Aqdas said that each year on 23 March we should not be joyous merely because we are commemorating Promised Messiah Day or that Alhamdolillah, we are a part of this Community, or that we are aware of its early history or that we organise a Jalsa in this regard. Much more than this, we have to reflect whether we have fulfilled the dues of this Bai’at. Today is also a day of self-reflection and self-accountability. It is a day to ponder over the conditions of Bai’at, a day to renew our pledge and a day to generate resolve for the conditions of Bai’at. While it is a day to glorify God with profusion, it is also a day to invoke Durud on the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) hundreds of thousands of times. Hudhur Aqdas said this significance of 23 March should always be in our view. As a reminder of this, today Hudhur Aqdas gave a discourse based on the words of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) expounding the ten conditions of Bai’at.

First Condition:

The initiate shall solemnly promise that he/she shall abstain from shirk [associating any partner with God] right up tothe day of his/her death.The Promised Messiah stated:

‘Tauhid [Unity of God] does not simply mean that you say la ilaha illAllah with your tongue but then hide hundreds of idols in your heart. Anyone who gives reverence to his own plans, mischief or clever designs as he should revere God, or depends upon another person as one should depend upon God alone, or reveres his own ego as he should revere God alone, in all such conditions he is an idol-worshipper in the sight of Allah. Idols are not merely those that are made of gold, silver, copper or stones. Rather, everything, every statement, or every deed, which is revered in a manner that befits Almighty Allah alone, is an idol in the sight of Allah….Remember that the true Unity of God, which God requires us to affirm and upon which salvation depends, is to believe that God in His Being is free from every associate, whether it be an idol or a human being, or the Sun or Moon, or one’s ego, or one’s cunning or deceit; it is also to conceive of no one as possessing power in opposition to Him, nor to accept anyone as Sustainer, nor to hold anyone as bestowing honour or disgrace, nor to consider anyone as Helper or Supporter; and it is also to confine one’s love to Him and one’s worship, and one’s humility, and one’s hopes, and one’s fear to Him. No Unity can be complete without the following three types of particularisations. First, there is the Unity of Being—that is, to conceive the whole universe as nonexistent in contrast with Him and to consider it mortal and lacking reality. Secondly, the Unity of Attributes—that is that Rabubiyyat [Lordship] and Uluhiyyat [Godhead] are confined to His Being and that all others who appear as sustainers or benefactors are only a part of the system set up by His hand. Thirdly, the Unity of love, sincerity and devotion—that is, not to consider anyone as an associate of God in the matter of love and worship and to be entirely lost in Him. (Siraj-ud-Din ‘Isa’i ke Char Swalon ka Jawab, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 12, pp. 349–350 - Conditions of Bai’at and Responsibilities of an Ahmadi, pp. 17 – 19)

Second Condition:

That he/she shall keep away from falsehood, fornication/adultery, trespasses of the eye, debauchery, dissipation, cruelty, that he/she will not permit himself/herself to be carried away by passions, however strong they might be.The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) stated:

‘The fact is that so long as a person does not renounce the selfish motives which prevent him from telling the truth, he cannot be considered truthful. If a person tells the truth only when he stands to lose nothing, but tells a lie when his honour, property or life are threatened, how can he be considered better than children and the insane? Do minors and the insane not speak this kind of truth? There is hardly anyone in the world who would tell a lie without any motive. Therefore, the truth that is forsaken when faced with possible loss can never form part of true morals. The real occasion of telling the truth is when one apprehends loss of life or property or honour. In this context, the divine teaching is: (al-Hajj, 22:31) (al-Baqarah, 2:283) (al-Baqarah, 2:284) (al-An‘am, 6:153) (al-Nisa’, 4:136) (al-Ma’idah, 5:9)

Keep away from idol worship and lying because falsehood too is an idol; one who relies upon it ceases to rely upon God. Hence, by telling lies, one loses God. When you are summoned to testify to the truth, do not refuse to do so. Do not conceal true testimony; and he who conceals it, his heart is certainly sinful. And when you speak, speak only what is absolutely true and fair, even when you testify against a close relative. Hold fast to truth and justice, and bear witness only for the sake of Allah; never utter a lie even if telling the truth may endanger your lives or your parents’ lives or other loved ones like your children. Let not hostility towards a people prevent you from giving true testimony.

Truthful men and truthful women will eary great reward. They are accustomed to counselling truth… They do not keep company with the untruthful.’ (Islami Usul ki Philosophy, Ruhani Khaza’ in, vol. 10, pp. 360–361 - Conditions of Bai’at and Responsibilities of an Ahmadi, pp. 25 - 27)

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) further stated:

‘Do not go near adultery. That is to say, avoid all occasions that create that thought in your mind. Avoid all ways that carry a risk of getting involved in this sin. Whoever commits adultery goes to the limit of the evil. Adultery is a very evil way. It stops you from reaching your true objective and carries major risks in it.’ (Islami Usul ki Philosophy, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 10, p. 342 - Conditions of Bai’at and Responsibilities of an Ahmadi, pp. 28 - 29) 

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