The Promised Messiah & Imam Mahdi, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)
I am thankful to God Almighty for granting me a sincere and loyal community. I observe that whenever I call upon them for any task or purpose, they swiftly and passionately come forward, in an attempt to outstrip one another, according to their own strength and ability. I can see that they possess devotion and sincerity. Whenever I make a command, they are ready to obey. The truth is that no nation or community can be moulded until they possess this spirit of fervour, sincerity and devotion in obeying and following their leader. The Messiah, on whom be peace, was made to suffer difficulties and misfortunes, due to the weakness and unwilling nature of his community–among other things. As such, when Jesus (as) was arrested, one of his greatest disciples, Peter, rejected his master and guide; in fact, not only did he reject him, he cursed him three times. Most of the disciples abandoned Christ and fled. In contrast, the example of devotion and loyalty that the companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) demonstrated is unparalleled in the history of the world. They bore all sorts of grief for the Holy Prophet (sa) as though it was nothing; they even left behind their beloved homeland, and gave up their wealth, property and friends. Ultimately, these companions did not even hesitate or express any regret in laying down their lives for the sake of the Holy Prophet (sa). It was this very loyalty and devotion that ultimately blessed them with prosperity.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), Malfuzat–Volume 2 (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications Ltd., 2019), 53