By Navida Sayed
Year after year the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr marks the first day of the rest of the year ahead to put into practice the goodwill, piety and self-discipline acquired during Ramadhan. Eid is a joyous day celebrated by young and old dressed in new clothes. People from all diversities flock together wealthy and poor, to stand side-by-side, shoulder to shoulder and offer congregational Eid ul Fitr Prayer promoting universal brotherhood. They greet and embrace each other in a spirit of peace; a joyous celebration at the end of Ramadan, a sacred month providing the training opportunities of spiritual cleansing, increased devotional worship, self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, generosity, and charity.
Sadly this Ramadhan we have witnessed a dismal wave of barbaric terrorist attacks in Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, and Baghdad and most recently Islam’s holy sacred site Medina. Killing innocent civilians on a holy day and daring to carry out a terrorist attack in a holy city in the close vicinity of our beloved Holy Prophet’s (peace be upon him) burial place, substantiates more than ever the fact that the terrorists have no regard for Islam whatsoever.
Regardless of the fact that the Muslim world has united to condemn the attack at one of Islam’s holiest sites, the biggest problem is that there is no unity or guidance amongst the Muslims. Unfortunately many misinformed individuals fall prey to the non-righteous so-called Muslim clerics, misleading and luring them to believe that they will be rewarded and go to heaven by committing evil, cruel and barbaric terrorist acts.
Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Promised Messiah, warned about this more than a hundred years ago concerning the Dajjal, a term which has two connotations: First, it signifies a group which supports falsehood and works with cunning and deceit. Secondly, it is the name of the Satan who is the father of all falsehood and corruption. [Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, p. 326][i] saying:
‘Remember, the sum total of the evils which the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophesied would spread in the latter days, is Dajjaliyyat, of which the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has said there are hundreds of branches. Hence, those Maulavis are also branches of the tree of Dajjaliyat who blindly follow the beaten path and have abandoned the Holy Qur’an, so that though they recite it, it doesn’t get past their tongues. Today Dajjaliyat is spreading its web like a spider. The disbeliever with his disbelief, the hypocrite with hypocrisy, the alcoholic with his drinking, and the Maulavi with his preaching without practice and with his black heart, are all weaving the net of Dajjaliyat. Nothing can break up this web but the heavenly weapon, and no one can wield this weapon but ‘Isa who should descend from that very heaven. So ‘Isa has descended and the promise of God was bound to be fulfilled. [Nishan-e-Asmani, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 4, p.369] [ii]
Tragically, due to the lack of harmony and unity amongst Muslims, Islamic nations have so much internal animosity where persecution and disorder is prevalent. It is a time to set aside differences and engage the renowned and influential scholars involved in discussions, to educate the public about false ideologies. Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed explained a very important Hadith regarding the latter days and the enemies of Islam.
Our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw in a vision that the Dajjal was performing the circuit of the Ka‘bah, and was doing it stealthily, like a thief, so that he could destroy the Ka‘bah whenever the opportunity offered…. Every intelligent person will interpret this revelation as a vision through which the spiritual condition of the Dajjal was revealed to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and that this allegory presented itself to him in a vision in which he saw the Dajjal was circuiting the Ka‘bah like an actual person. What it meant was that the Dajjal would be a bitter enemy of Islam and would hover around the Ka‘bah with evil intentions. We know that just as the watchman goes around the houses at night, so does a thief. But while the watchman seeks to protect the houses and to catch the thief, the thief’s motive is to steal and plunder. Thus the interpretation of this vision of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is that the Dajjal will be preoccupied with trying to violate the sanctity of the Ka‘bah, while the Promised Messiah, who was also seen performing circuit of the Ka‘bah, would be busy protecting the House of Allah and trying to apprehend the Dajjal. [Ayyam-us-Sulh, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 14, pp. 274-275] [iii]
Thus this Hadith indicates that in the latter days the thief, who is designated Dajjal, will try his utmost to demolish the structure of Islam, and that the Promised Messiah, out of his devotion to Islam, will raise his supplications to heaven, and that all angels will lend him their support so that he should be victorious in this last final battle. He will neither get tired, nor dejected, nor will he slacken his efforts, but will try his utmost to catch the thief. [Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, pp. 323-324][iv]
In this day and age, the continuous effort to eradicate the false ideology of jihad and extremism in the entire world is being carried out with great strength by the grand leadership of the true Khilafat of Ahmadiyya Islam established after the Promised Messiah.
Eid Greetings to the entire Muslim world with hope and prayers that all Muslims unite under one banner of peace to save the world from destruction.
I end with the words of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace),
‘Alas! Heaven is bearing witness and you do not hear; the earth is crying out: One is needed, one is needed, and you pay no attention! O unfortunate people! arise and see that in this time of distress, Islam has been trodden underfoot and has been maligned like criminals. It has been counted among liars and has been written down among unholy ones. Then would not God’s jealousy be aroused at such at time? Understand then that heaven is drawing close and the days are near when every ear shall hear the affirmation: ‘I am present’.
(Kitab-ul-Bariyyah, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 13 , pp. 228 -330 – Essence of Islam, Vol. IV, pp. )
[i] Ġulām Aḥmad, Chaudhry Muḥammad Ẓafrullāh Khān, and Munawar Aḥmad Saʻeed. The Essence Of Islam. Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications, 2005. Print. pg.202
[ii] Ġulām Aḥmad, Chaudhry Muḥammad Ẓafrullāh Khān, and Munawar Aḥmad Saʻeed. The Essence Of Islam. Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications, 2005. Print. pg.284-285
[iii] Ġulām Aḥmad, Chaudhry Muḥammad Ẓafrullāh Khān, and Munawar Aḥmad Saʻeed. The Essence Of Islam. Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications, 2005. Print. pg.287
[iv] Ġulām Aḥmad, Chaudhry Muḥammad Ẓafrullāh Khān, and Munawar Aḥmad Saʻeed. The Essence Of Islam. Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications, 2005. Print. pg.288-289