The Companions of the Holy Prophet (sa)

Friday Sermon Summary 4th December 2020: ‘Rightly Guided Caliphs – Hazrat Ali (ra)’

After reciting Tashahhud, Ta`awwuz, and Surah al-Fatihah, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) said he would continue highlighting incidents from the life of Hazrat Ali (ra).

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad - Hazrat Ali - Friday sermon

Hazrat Ali (ra)

His Holiness (aba) said that the Holy Prophet (sa) referred to Hazrat Ali (ra) as his brother on two separate occasions. Hazrat Ali (ra) took part in all battles alongside the Holy Prophet (sa) except for the Battle of Tabuk, during which the Holy Prophet (sa) appointed Hazrat Ali (ra) to remain behind and take care of his family.

His Holiness (aba) said that Hazrat Ali (ra) also accompanied the Holy Prophet (sa) during the expedition to Ushairah, during which the Holy Prophet (sa) settled a peace treaty with the Banu Mudlij tribe. His Holiness (aba) said that in one narration it is stated that upon reaching there, Hazrat Ali (ra) fell asleep under a date-palm. When the Holy Prophet (sa) came to wake him up, he saw some dirt on Hazrat Ali (ra) and called him Abu Turab which would become one of Hazrat Ali’s (ra) titles.

Among the Three Best Soldiers

His Holiness (aba) said that during the Battle of Badr, Hazrat Ali (ra) was among the companions whom the Holy Prophet (sa) sent to find out information regarding the Makkans. As the battle began, the Makkans sent forth their three best fighters, and said that three of the best soldiers from the Muslims should be sent forth to fight them. Thus, Hazrat Hamzah (ra), Hazrat Ali (ra), and Hazrat Ubaidah bin Harith (ra) went forth to fight them, and prevailed over the Makkans. During the Battle of Badr, the Holy Prophet (sa) said to both Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra) that the angel Gabriel was on the right side of one of them and the angel Mikael on the right side of the other, and the Angel Israfil was fighting alongside them.

His Holiness (aba) said that during the Battle of Badr Hazrat Ali (ra) would worry about the Holy Prophet (sa). He narrates that whenever he would run back to see the Holy Prophet (sa), he would find him prostrating and praying fervently for victory.

Marriage to Hazrat Fatimah (ra)

His Holiness (aba) said that Hazrat Ali (ra) requested the Holy Prophet (sa) for the hand of his daughter Fatimah in marriage. The Holy Prophet (sa) asked him if he had anything to give in dowry. Hazrat Ali (ra) replied that he had a horse and his coat of armour. The Holy Prophet (sa) instructed that he should keep the horse and sell his chainmail and use that amount as the dowry. His Holiness (aba) commented that just as the Holy Prophet (sa) instructed that the dowry should be arranged, it should be understood that the dowry is a right of the bride and should always be given. 

His Holiness (aba) said that it is stated in one narration, that when Hazrat Fatimah (ra) was being married to Hazrat Ali (ra), the Holy Prophet (sa) said that God had instructed him to do so. It is stated in a narration that upon their wedding, the Holy Prophet (sa) performed ablution with water in a bowl, then he called Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra) and sprinkled the water on both of them whilst praying for them. 

His Holiness (aba) said that despite not being very wealthy, Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra) were very generous with whatever they had. Once, while doing some household work, Hazrat Fatimah (ra) experienced some pain in her hand. Upon this, she requested the Holy Prophet (sa) to grant her a worker who could help with chores around the home. The Holy Prophet (sa) later visited Hazrat Fatimah (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra) in their home, and said that he would tell them something which was better than a worker for the home, which was that they should recite Allahu Akbar [Allah is the greatest] 34 times, Alhamdulillah [All praise belongs to Allah] 33 times, and Subhan Allah [Holy is Allah] 33 times.

His Holiness (aba) said that the Holy Prophet (sa) did not wish for people to think that the Holy Prophet (sa) was using wealth from the treasury for his own family, nor did he wish to set a precedent for future rulers whereby they would think that they could use wealth from the treasury for personal use. Though there was a portion set by God for the Holy Prophet (sa) and his family, the Holy Prophet (sa) only ever used wealth which directly fell under his share. 

Wisdom of the Holy Prophet (sa) in Advising Hazrat Ali (ra)

His Holiness (aba) said that once the Holy Prophet (sa) asked Hazrat Ali (ra) and Hazrat Fatimah (ra) as to whether they would wake up for the Tahajjud [pre-dawn voluntary] prayer. Hazrat Ali (ra) replied that if God wished for them to wake up then they would, otherwise they would not wake up. It is narrated that there was a slightly contentious tone in this reply.

However the Holy Prophet (sa) did not become angry, nor did he say that such a reply should never have been given to him because of the esteemed rank he held. Instead he simply walked away saying that at times, people become contentious in the simplest of matters. This wise course of action adopted by the Holy Prophet (sa) was enough to show Hazrat Ali (ra) that he should not have replied in such a manner. This also showed that the Holy Prophet (sa) always explained matters with great patience and kindness. Hazrat Ali (ra) would go on to say that after this incident, he never missed the Tahajjud prayer.

His Holiness (aba) said that he would continue highlighting the life of Hazrat Ali (ra) in the future.

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Request for Prayers for Ahmadis in Pakistan

His Holiness (aba) said that the conditions in Pakistan continue to deteriorate. Some government leaders plot with the clerics and attempt to cause as much harm to members of our Community as they can. His Holiness (aba) urged everyone to pray for Ahmadis in Pakistan; that they may remain safe from the evils of such people.

Funeral Prayers

His Holiness (aba) said that he would offer the funeral prayers in-absentia of the following deceased members:

Cmdr Ch Muhammad Aslam Sahib of Canada who passed away on November 2, 2020. He had the opportunity of studying under the tutelage of Dr. Abdus Salam. He later served in the Furqan Force stationed in Kashmir where he received various awards. He also served in various capacities in the educational sector under the navy. After retirement, he moved to Canada, where he dedicated his life and served the Community in various capacities which span a period of 28 years. He was extremely kind and humble; he was regular in his prayers and had a great deal of love for Khilafat. Though he was very ill in the recent past, as soon as his health would be slightly better, he would go to the mission house. He is survived by his wife and three sons. His Holiness (aba) prayed that Allah may treat the deceased with mercy and forgiveness and enable his progeny to continue the legacy of his virtuous deeds. 

Shaheena Qamar Sahiba of Pakistan, wife of Qamar Ahmad Shafiq Sahib who is a driver in Nazarat Ulya. She, along with her son, Samar Ahmad Qamar passed away on November 12, 2020 due to a car accident. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and three brothers. She was extremely virtuous, and always advised her children to do the same. She had a very friendly relationship with her children. She also had a passion to serve the Community. Her son Samar Ahmad Qamar who also passed away was 17 years of age and studying in the first year of college. He was always ready to serve the Community, and when called for any work, he would leave whatever he was doing and go to perform whatever duty was required. His Holiness (aba) prayed for the deceased and prayed that this family may be granted patience to bear this loss.

Syeda Afzal Kholhar Sahiba wife of Muhammad Afzal Khikhar. She passed away on September 12, 2020 in Canada. Both her husband and son were martyred due to their faith. After their martyrdom she faced great hardships, but never complained and moved forward with great patience and steadfastness. She fulfilled the responsibility of having all three of her daughters married. She had a loving relationship with every member of her family. She cared for the less fortunate and had a great deal of love for Khilafat. She would be at the forefront of presenting monetary contributions and continued to offer contributions on behalf of her husband and son. She is survived by a son and three daughters. His Holiness (aba) prayed that Allah may treat the deceased with mercy and forgiveness and elevate her station in heaven, and enable her children to continue the legacy of her virtuous deeds.

Summary prepared by The Review of Religions.