Paint Scrape Eid Cards – DIY Art Project

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Heavyweight paper, such as cardstock or          watercolour paper trimmed to 8.5″ x 5.5″

  • A2 sized envelopes

  • Acrylic Paints (Thicker paints may need to be         thinned with water.)

  • Masking Tape or Washi Tape      

  • Old Credit Card or Rewards Card

  • Paper Towel and Cleaner or Wipes – you will                    be making a mess!

  • Metallic Gold Alphabet Letter Stickers (or              whatever stickers you like)

PROCEDURE:

1.     Start by taping your paper down to your work        surface. Since I was making notecards, I had my              paper cut to 8.5″ x 5.5″. Your work surface will be         getting paint on it, so please don’t do it on your      expensive marble countertops or your heirloom              chest. Have cleaner on hand to clean up quickly                after each piece.

 

 

 

2.     Drip drops of paint along one side of your  paper. Stagger the drops and vary the colours. Have fun Experimenting with drop placements  and colour combinations.

3.     Place an old credit card or gift card above the drops on one side of the card and scrape down pulling the card off the edge of the paper on the other side.

4.     Wipe off the card and remove all the paint before moving to the other side. This will keep both sides looking the same and keep your colors from mixing too much.

5.     Repeat step 3, scraping the paint down off the edge of the paper again.

6.     Finally, peel up your piece from the work surface and wipe away any paint that went off the edge of the card.

7.     Okay, so after you have scraped your paint, cleaned up your mess, and let your beautiful artwork dry, you are ready to finish up your cards. 

8.     All that’s left to do is fold them in half and add a greeting to the front (if you like). When your cards are folded, you can call them done if you like a simple abstract look, or you can add greetings to the front with letter stickers. You can use a variety of metallic gold stickers for the cards.

Send pictures of your creation for a feature in Ayesha Magazine or on the Nasirat Website.

Owner/Author Jennifer Hadfield Website link: Tatertots & Jello  https://tatertotsandjello.com/desk-organization-command-center/

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies:

  • Heavyweight paper, such as cardstock or watercolour paper trimmed to 8.5″ x 5.5″

  • A2 sized envelopes

  • Acrylic Paints (Thicker paints may need to be thinned with water.)

  • Masking Tape or Washi Tape      

  • Old Credit Card or Rewards Card

  • Paper Towel and Cleaner or Wipes – you will be making a mess!

  • Metallic Gold Alphabet Letter Stickers (or whatever stickers you like)

PROCEDURE:

1.     Start by taping your paper down to your work surface. Since I was making notecards, I had my paper cut to 8.5″ x 5.5″. Your work surface will be getting paint on it, so please don’t do it on your expensive marble countertops or your heirloom chest. Have cleaner on hand to clean up quickly after each piece

2.     Drip drops of paint along one side of your paper. Stagger the drops and vary the colours. Have fun experimenting with drop placements and colour combinations.

3.     Place an old credit card or gift card above the drops on one side of the card and scrape down pulling the card off the edge of the paper on the other side.

4.     Wipe off the card and remove all the paint before moving to the other side. This will keep both sides looking the same and keep your colours from mixing too much.

5.     Repeat step 3, scraping the paint down off the edge of the paper again.

6.     Finally, peel up your piece from the work surface and wipe away any paint that went off the edge of the card.

7.     Okay, so after you have scraped your paint, cleaned up your mess, and let your beautiful artwork dry, you are ready to finish up your cards. 

8.     All that’s left to do is fold them in half and add a greeting to the front (if you like). When your cards are folded, you can call them done if you like a simple abstract look, or you can add greetings to the front with letter stickers. You can use a variety of metallic gold stickers for the cards.

Send pictures of your creation for a feature in Ayesha Magazine or on the Nasirat Website.

Owner/Author Jennifer Hadfield Website link: Tatertots & Jello  https://tatertotsandjello.com/desk-organization-command-center/

Ramadhan – Good Deed Calendar

 

Use the following good deeds to write/ decorate

on the calendar and carry out these tasks each

day during the month of Ramadan:

  1. Bake and give food to a neighbour
  2. Donate money/food/clothes/toys to a charity                   of your choice 
  3. Explain to a non-Muslim friend about why we                fast during Ramadan
  4. Teach something beneficial to a younger                    sibling or younger family friend
  5. Recite, or listen to, an extra page of Qur’an                 today
  6. Donate to Humanity First
  7. Write a Letter to Huzoor (may Allah be His                   helper)
  8. Make sure to smile at everyone today!                      (Smiling is sadaqa)
  9. Make a card or note to tell someone you love                 and appreciate them
  10. Pick up rubbish from the street and put it into                the bin
  11. Look out for someone lonely at school, and                  make time to talk and play with them
  12. Pray 2 nafal for Huzoor (may Allah be His                   helper)
  13. No complaining day today
  14. Let someone go ahead of you in a line, show         patience

15. Recylcel/reuse paper, make an effort not to waste water when washing

16.  Read a religious story to your younger sibling or friend

17.  Extra Tasbeeh: Say Alhamdulillah 100 times, and reflect on blessings in your life that make you say “Alhamdulillah”

18.  Visit somebody in hospital

19.  Find opportunities to give genuine compliments throughout the day, and make someone smile

20.  Say Assalam-o-Alaikum to as many people as you can today!

21.  Extra Tasbeeh: Say SubhanAllah 100 times, and reflect on the wonderful things in the world that make you say “SubhanAllah”

22.  Sponsor an orphan

23.  Help parents with laundry

24.  Call grandparents for a chat or visit them 

25.  Lend books to a friend

26.  Pray in the mosque today

27.  Buy a gift and give it to a loved one

28.  Help your parents with some extra house work or chores

29.  Treat an animal with extra kindness

30.  Make an effort to learn something new today

Send pictures of your creation for a feature in Ayesha Magazine or on the Nasirat Website.

Owner/Author Jennifer Hadfield Website link: Tatertots & Jello  https://tatertotsandjello.com/desk-organization-command-center/

 

 

 

 

 

Use the following good deeds to write/ decorate on the calendar and carry out these tasks each day during the month of Ramadan:

  1. Bake and give food to a neighbor
  2. Donate money/food/clothes/toys to a charity of your choice 
  3. Explain to a non-Muslim friend about why we fast during Ramadan
  4. Teach something beneficial to a younger sibling or younger family friend
  5. Recite, or listen to, an extra page of Qur’an today
  6. Donate to Humanity First
  7. Write a Letter to Huzoor (aba)
  8. Make sure to smile at everyone today! (Smiling is sadaqa)
  9. Make a card or note to tell someone you love and appreciate them
  10. Pick up rubbish from the street and put it into the bin
  11. Look out for someone lonely at school, and make time to talk and play with them
  12. Pray 2 nafal for Huzoor (aba)
  13. No complaining day today
  14. Let someone go ahead of you in a line, show patience 
  15. Recylcel/reuse paper, make an effort not to waste water when washing
  16. Read a religious story to your younger sibling or friend
  17. Extra Tasbeeh: Say Alhamdulillah 100 times, and reflect on blessings in your life that make you say “Alhamdulillah”
  18. Visit somebody in hospital
  19. Find opportunities to give genuine compliments throughout the day, and make someone smile
  20. Say Assalam-o-Alaikum to as many people as you can today!
  21. Extra Tasbeeh: Say SubhanAllah 100 times, and reflect on the wonderful things in the world that make you say “SubhanAllah”
  22. Sponsor an orphan
  23. Help parents with laundry
  24. Call grandparents for a chat or visit them 
  25. Lend books to a friend
  26. Pray in the mosque today
  27. Buy a gift and give it to a loved one
  28. Help your parents with some extra house work or chores
  29. Treat an animal with extra kindness
  30. Make an effort to learn something new today

Send pictures of your creation for a feature in Ayesha Magazine or on the Nasirat Website.

Owner/Author Jennifer Hadfield Website link: Tatertots & Jello  https://tatertotsandjello.com/desk-organization-command-center/

United Under One Hand: Memories With Khilafat

Our mulaqat was in November 2018. First, we greeted Huzoor (may Allah be His helper), and then we sat down. A few minutes later, he asked me: “What have you got in that book?” In my hand was a book that I had brought with me in which I had written some ahadith. I showed Huzoor (may Allah be His helper), and he was very impressed. He said that my handwriting was very neat. Then he called my sisters, Saariya and Manaahil. He gave each of us a chocolate and a pen. Finally, we had a picture of everyone with Huzoor (may Allah be His helper). Sabeeka Rashed, age 9 

My name is Naima and I am 10 years old. Let me tell you about my most memorable moment with beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper). My most memorable moment with beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper), was when I got a prize for my Nazam at the National Ijtema 2018 from Huzoor (may Allah be His helper). When my name got called up, I felt nervous but happy at the same time because all I ever wanted in my life was to get an award from beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper). Whilst we were waiting for beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) to arrive, I was waiting eagerly for the life time moment to arrive for me to get an award and cherish this beautiful memory forever. Now whenever I see the beautiful trophy that I received from the blessed hands of Huzoor (may Allah be His helper), I re-live the moment and thank Allah to give me this opportunity. I hope all of you reading this get to experience a moment with our beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) that you can remember forever. Naima Ahmed, age 10 

I’m going to tell you my most memorable moment with my beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper). We were sitting outside in the scorching heat under the canopies. It was last year’s UK’s Jalsa (2018). Temperature was in the 30s. Children, babies, adults were all hot and it was extremely difficult to find any shade. The heat was unbearable. It was the second day of Jalsa, when Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) goes to the ladies for the Lajna address. However, due to the weather, it was hard to concentrate. Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) ‘s speech ended, and then the Nasirat and Lajna Nazam presentations were being echoed throughout. We knew it might be the time that Huzoor could come out very soon. It was all hope, that our beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) possibly might pass our way. But this can only happen sometimes. No one knows if this year would be that lucky year. However, as always, my mum told us to pray that Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) indeed does pass so we are able to see him, even just a glimpse would make our Jalsa the best ever.

I am eager, excited, nervous and start to pray.  We look around and hear notifications from the duty holders for everyone to stay seated, remain quiet, and not move, as Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) will probably pass our way. We all shriek in excitement and our hearts are filled with happiness and joy. My mum says to me and my younger brother and sister to sit close and say salaam and wave when Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) passes. We wait. Then, something happens. Everyone starts to move out of their places. The duty holders tell us Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) is not coming this way. Oh no!! I am so sad. It was so close!

But hang on. What’s that happening now? Oh, my goodness! Huzoor (may Allah be His helper)!!! There he is!! We see him walking! Oh My God, we are stunned. He’s coming our way!! We are huddled together and come up on our knees to get a better look. Masha’Allah he is so beautiful. Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) is walking so gracefully and saying salaam to everyone as he passes. Then, he starts approaching us and waves! Oh wow, it was beautiful. We were all shrieking with happiness!

We start to say how staying in the heat was all worthwhile in the end. But wait a minute. Again?! We can see Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) coming back!! He’s going to pass us the second time! This is unbelievable! We are literally just staring in amazement. Our beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) passed us twice! Alhamdolillah. I cannot explain the joy of that day.  The weather was unbearable, but as my mum said, it was all worth every pain and discomfort seeing the real, cool sun come our way! There are many memorable memories with beloved Huzoor (may Allah be His helper), but I really wanted to share this one with you, as I’m sure it’s something we all can relate to.  Inaya Ahmad

One of my fondest memories of Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) from when I was younger happened when we were staying at Hadeeqatul Mahdi during Jalsa. I think I would have been around 6 or 7 at the time. It was late in the evening and my older brother and I were fighting as per usual. One thing led to another and it resulted in my bracelet being broken. It was my favourite bracelet and I think I must have been somewhat devastated because the way it was broken seemed irreversible. I can’t remember exactly what happened after that but later that evening I was stood next to Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) who was working at his desk. I remember him taking my bracelet (well, at the point it was more like a singular chain) and examining it carefully under the light of the lamp. I looked at his hands with curiosity as I saw him working with the metal clasp of the bracelet. It wasn’t possible to restore to how it was originally but by bending the mental chains he managed to join the bracelet in a different way. I looked on with fascination as I saw my bracelet fixed. Now that I’m older and more aware I know how busy Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) is during Jalsa and it makes me immeasurably grateful that he was able to take time out of his schedule to solve such a comparatively insignificant issue. It also taught me the valuable lesson of not giving up even if a solution isn’t immediately obvious. Yusra Dahri 

2014 was my first travel to see my beloved Khalifa at UK Jalsa. I remember during the USA delegation Mulaqat Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) mentioning Hasan Hakeem of Zion Jamaat and Haji Dhul Yahqub of Milwaukee Jamaat and his wife Nycemah being his dear African American friends who lived some time in Ghana while he was there. Hearing that, I felt so proud and touched that Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) and I had close connections to these humble individuals. When the mic was passed to the ladies side everyone gave short introductions. I sat in the back row. After each lady Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) asked if they were a convert. Each said no but born Ahmadi. When the mic came to me I introduced myself. Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) said to me you must be born Ahmadi. I said yes. He said you look like a born Ahmadi. My heart had melted! It was amazing and a feeling of acceptance that my Khalifa could see that I was born Ahmadi. During my time in London for Jalsa everyone I had approached or approached me assumed I was a convert. I had no idea why they assumed that but Huzoor (may Allah be His helper) could tell right off the bat that I am born and raised Ahmadi which made me feel so special and confirmed to myself that I have been carrying my Ahmadiyyat well and my parents have raised me well to the best of their abilities. Khalida Bakr – USA

It was the year 1956, I was in year 10 and Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra) was writing the Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an, “Tafseer-e-Sagheer”. Huzoor (ra)used to call students from year nine and ten to come and listen to the Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an with his wife, Hazrat Uma-e-Nasir Sahiba. While Huzoor (ra) would be reciting the Tafseer, Hazrat “Choti appa” Maryam Siddiqa sahiba used to take notes. This was a regular practise, occurring twice a week in the mornings. Huzoor (ra) never sat on a chair, rather he would sit on the floor on a mattress with a big round pillow to rest his arm on. There was a very spiritual atmosphere and whenever I think about those days, I count myself very lucky.

Another beautiful memory I have with Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra) is during the days of Jalsa Salana in Pakistan. Rabwah used to be a very busy city with so many special trains and buses hired for the event. Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra)used to take Bai’at (pledge of allegiance) in the morning before the Jalsa Salana programme used to start. The arrangements for the ladies to take Bai’at used to be in Hazrat Ume Nasir Sahiba’s  house. Huzoor (ra) as usual used to sit on the floor on a mattress with a round pillow. I used to do duty with one of my teachers known as “Ustani Memoona” who was Nazima. My duty was filling out the Bai’at forms and taking the thumb impressions. One of Huzoor (ra) wives sat near Huzoor (ra) and the Lajna would put their hand on her hand one by one, repeating the words. We were not sitting too far from Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra) but at the time didn’t realise. I consider myself one of the luckiest people having experienced those blessed days. Halima Rashid 

I went to Jalsa three years ago, and for me it was the best experience I’ve ever had by far. I want to start by saying that I wasn’t expecting to be invited to go, plus it was my first time going out of my country. But since I was invited, I got lots of expectations of this great event, expectations that were later overcome at Jalsa UK. The first thing I saw and felt when I arrived to Jamia UK was the warm welcoming, it felt like being with my family, it felt like being in my country. Love was floating in the air, everyone smiling, new people meeting and talking… It was a paradise for me. I felt so relaxed, confident, happy and blessed. I met so many people, everyone was so kind, and it reminded me why I’m Ahmadi Muslim now, Alhamdolillah. It also reinforced my faith, and I could see that we are more than just a few people in my Jamaat. It empowered me to spread the word, even more than I was doing at that time. Insha’Allah.

I also met the Khalifa (Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah be His helper)), but at that time it had only been months of me being a new Muslim, so I didn’t really know what to do, how to feel about it and most importantly, how important was the Khalifa. But I really wanted to learn more, and I thought that meeting the Khalifa could change this perspective. And it did. I remember, the days before the meeting, I had so many questions, but when I met him all those questions just went away, I was in a blank state. I just introduced myself to him and I told him how happy I was. In the end, it was nice to meet him, nice to listen to his answers which he gave to the other members of my Mexican delegation. Maybe I didn’t do many questions at that moment, but those questions remained in my mind, and in a certain way it has helped me to send these questions in my letters to Huzoor (may Allah be His helper), and only God knows, but this has surely helped me to build a relationship with the Khilafat through these years, Alhamdolillah. Alicia Fabiola Gonzalez Crespo – Mexico

The Promised Messiah (as)

Background

  • He was born in 1835 in Qadian, India.
  • He was from a noble family, land owning family of Qadian.
  • He was educated mainly at home by various tutors as was usual at that time. His education mainly consisted of reading in Persian and Arabic, becoming relatively fluent in the former.
  • He had a very deep love for the Holy Qur’an and for prayer.
  • Most of his time was spent on learning the Holy Qur’an in depth and studying other religions.

Qadian Darul Aman

In 1835 Qadian was a small, dusty village situated in the district of Punjab in India which was very hard to reach.

  • Not many visitors came to Qadian, nor was there a train station at that time.
  • Over time, many left their homes and their belongings, which were sometimes quite affluent, to go and live in the small unknown village of Qadian in India, which for them appeared to be in the wilderness, separated from any main town or transport provisions by a day’s journey.
  • Now Qadian is a large town with schools, offices and a train station. Many visitors come every year to visit the birthplace of the Promised Messiah (as).

The Prophecy

“He, it is Who has raised among the unlettered people a Messenger from among themselves who recites unto them His Signs, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and Wisdom though before that they were in manifest error; And He will raise him among others of them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.”

(Surah Al-Jumuah 62:3-4)

 

A companion of The Holy Prophet (saw) relates:

“One day we were sitting with The Holy Prophet (saw) when this chapter was revealed. I enquired from Muhammad (saw), who are the people to whom the words and among others f them who have not yet joined them refer? Salman (ra), a Persian was sitting among us. The Holy Prophet (saw) put his hand on Salma (ra) and said ‘If faith were to go up to the Pleiades, a man from among these would surely find it.’” (Bukhari).

Revelations from Allah

  • The Promised Messiah (as) received many revelations from Allah. The first was in 1868/9.
  • He defended Islam from many false allegations and spoke and wrote about the beauty of Islamic teachings.
  • He took the first bai’at – the pledge of initiation – from people on 23rd March 1889.
  • He wrote more than 80 books.
  • He spoke and debated on the issue where he could discuss the beauty of Islam and Islamic teachings

An Interesting Event

Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said that at daybreak Ahmadis used to wander around with keen expectation wishing to find out what revelation had been received the night before. They would ask whichever of the Promised Messiah’s children they saw about this. Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood says he and his siblings too would quickly look at the Promised Messiah’s notebook as soon as he left for Salat to see any revelation noted down or they would hear about the revelation in the mosque from his blessed mouth. Thus, was the zest to strengthen faith, glorify and thank God for enabling to accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

(Friday Sermon, 12/04/2015)

 

Small Stories for children

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) used to relate that a gardener’s wife had two daughters. One was married in a family of potters and the other in a family of gardeners. Each time it became cloudy she would panic and say one of her two daughters would suffer. On asking she would explain that if it rained the daughter married in potters’ family would suffer and if it did not rain the daughter married in gardeners’ family would suffer. It is rained the clay pottery of the first daughter would be damaged and if it did not rain the gardens tended by the second daughter’s family would be affected. Likewise, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) related that two individuals from Qadian had some dispute. Their friends tried to reconcile them but they both insisted to take the matter to the court run by the British. They were both followers of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and they both requested him to pray for them. Faced with a dilemma the Promised Messiah said he prayed that may the one who is on truth win. Requesting prayers in this way is like the story of the mother who feared that rain or no rain would affect one or the other daughter of hers because someone had to lose out!

 

Life Lessons and examples

In talking about the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) and his daily routine Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra) says that The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) worked hard to maintain his health and to keep his body very active. He was not lazy or inactive at all. Instead, he was very hard working and very much liked to be in seclusion. He did not ever shun the hard work and many times it happened that whenever he had to go on a journey then the horse was sent by the servant ahead of him and he used to walk on foot, sometimes covering 20 to 25 miles he would reach the destination. Rather many times he used to travel on foot and very rarely he would ride at the back of the mount. This habit of walking on foot remained till the end of his life and when he was over 70 years of age with a number of diseases, yet he used to go out for fresh air and walk about 4 to 5 miles, even up to 7 miles. He used to mention that at the time before his old age he used to get up early before the Fajr prayer and would undertake a walk from Qadian to Wadala. While on the walk, the call for Fajr prayer used to happen at around 5.5 miles of the journey near a village where he used to offer the supplication.

The Promised Son

The Promised Son known as Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-deen Mahmood Ahmad or Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood’s(ra) birth had been prophesied decades before its occurrence most prominently in the Holy Qur’an whilst also having been explained by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Holy Qur’an states: “And He will raise him among others of them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.” (62:4)

Thus, “this verse clearly indicated that in the future other noble persons would be sent by God Almighty to bring mankind back towards His Creator. When this verse was revealed, one companion, Abu Hurreira, repeatedly enquired from the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as to whom the words “who have not yet joined them” referred? Another companion, Salman, who was from Persia, was also sat in the gathering. When answering Abu Hurreira’s question, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) placed his hand on Salman’s shoulder and said: ‘If Faith were to go up to the Pleiades, a man, or men, from among these would surely bring it back’ (Sahih Al Bukhari).

“The Holy Prophet (pbuh) had thus explained that a time would come when the beautiful religion of Islam would become corrupted and defaced. At that time God Almighty would not stand by, but due to His Infinite Love, he would instead send people from amongst the Persian race who would reform Islam and once again spread the true teachings of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). The ultimate fulfilment of this verse came in the person of the Promised Messiah (as) who was sent as a Prophet by God Almighty to rescue Islam from evil forces both within and out of Islam. However, the Promised Messiah’s(as)advent did not herald the completion of the prophecy. On the contrary, because God Almighty had clearly used the words ‘among others of them’ in the verse, Allah had clearly signalled that He would send more than one person. There is no doubt that Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad (ra) was also sent in fulfillment of that grand Qur’anic prophecy. Among other things, this is evidenced by both the events surrounding his birth and his vast achievements in the cause of Islam.” (The Promised Son by Abid Khan).

The Promised Messiah (as) wrote an announcement in relation to the prophecy revealing the birth of ‘the Promised Son’ on 20th February 1886. This was published in a local newspaper known at the time as ‘Riaz-e-Hind,’ dated 1st March 1886. It is, however, essential to note that this was not on a green paper neither was its later developed publication in the form of a leaflet printed on 22nd March 1886. This leaflet included specific details on the divine prophecy for the understanding of both opposers and believers. For example, it highlighted that the birth of the Promised Son may occur at any point during the period of 9 years.

What followed that was a phase of ridicule and criticism by opponents of all faiths against the Promised Messiah. This was because, after the announcement of the prophecy a daughter named Ismat was born on 15th April 1886 followed by the birth of Bashir (the first) who passed away shortly after 16 months on 4th November 1886. As a result, opponents mocked and questioned the prophecy and its divinity. However, despite criticism from all corners, the Promised Messiah spent this time of pain and anguish with utmost humility, patience and in the remembrance of his creator. We learn therefore that the extent of patience and steadfastness exhibited by the Promised Messiah(as) was essential to awaken an understanding of patience in the hearts of Momins (believers) at the standard that their creator wills.

The death of this Son allowed people to question the revelation as it had claimed that the Promised Son would have a long and fulfilling life who would live to serve his faith. The Promised Messiah in response explained that he had not had a clear sign from Allah that this son would be the same Promised Son upon whom he had previously received the revelation and neither had he claimed that the first-born child would be that child.

Consequently, on 1st December 1888 the Promised Messiah (as) wrote a small leaflet named “Haqqani Taqreer bar Waqea Wafat Bashir,” comprising of an explanation defending the prophecy. Stating regardless of anything the set period of 9 years beginning from its initial 20th February announcement will serve the Promised Son according to Allah the almighty’s promise. Hence this leaflet which reiterated and drew close emphasis upon the details of the prophecy was printed and distributed on a green paper, otherwise famously known as the ‘sabz ishtehar.’

On 12th January 1888 around 10 o’clock in the evening, Allah the Almighty miraculously fulfilled this prophecy through the blessed birth of a son showing the Promised Messiah clear signs that this is the Promised Son in accordance to that prophecy. The Promised Messiah(as) announced the birth of the promised son in ‘Siraje Muneer’.

Moreover, Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra) truly possessed all the qualities clearly mentioned in the prophecy. He was blessed with a long and fulfilling life and befitted all the names that were given ‘such as Mubashir [the Promised One], Bashir [Bearer of glad-tidings], Nurullah [Light of Allah] Sayyeb [Heavenly Rain], Charagh Din [Light of Faith] etc., which reveal his perfect potential and inherent light.

The Promised Son known as Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-deen Mahmood Ahmad or Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood’s(ra) birth had been prophesied decades before its occurrence most prominently in the Holy Qur’an whilst also having been explained by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Holy Qur’an states: “And He will raise him among others of them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.” (62:4)

Thus, “this verse clearly indicated that in the future other noble persons would be sent by God Almighty to bring mankind back towards His Creator. When this verse was revealed, one companion, Abu Hurreira, repeatedly enquired from the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as to whom the words “who have not yet joined them” referred? Another companion, Salman, who was from Persia, was also sat in the gathering. When answering Abu Hurreira’s question, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) placed his hand on Salman’s shoulder and said: ‘If Faith were to go up to the Pleiades, a man, or men, from among these would surely bring it back’ (Sahih Al Bukhari).

“The Holy Prophet (pbuh) had thus explained that a time would come when the beautiful religion of Islam would become corrupted and defaced. At that time God Almighty would not stand by, but due to His Infinite Love, he would instead send people from amongst the Persian race who would reform Islam and once again spread the true teachings of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). The ultimate fulfilment of this verse came in the person of the Promised Messiah (as) who was sent as a Prophet by God Almighty to rescue Islam from evil forces both within and out of Islam. However, the Promised Messiah’s(as)advent did not herald the completion of the prophecy. On the contrary, because God Almighty had clearly used the words ‘among others of them’ in the verse, Allah had clearly signalled that He would send more than one person. There is no doubt that Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad (ra) was also sent in fulfillment of that grand Qur’anic prophecy. Among other things, this is evidenced by both the events surrounding his birth and his vast achievements in the cause of Islam.” (The Promised Son by Abid Khan).

The Promised Messiah (as) wrote an announcement in relation to the prophecy revealing the birth of ‘the Promised Son’ on 20th February 1886. This was published in a local newspaper known at the time as ‘Riaz-e-Hind,’ dated 1st March 1886. It is, however, essential to note that this was not on a green paper neither was its later developed publication in the form of a leaflet printed on 22nd March 1886. This leaflet included specific details on the divine prophecy for the understanding of both opposers and believers. For example, it highlighted that the birth of the Promised Son may occur at any point during the period of 9 years.

What followed that was a phase of ridicule and criticism by opponents of all faiths against the Promised Messiah. This was because, after the announcement of the prophecy a daughter named Ismat was born on 15th April 1886 followed by the birth of Bashir (the first) who passed away shortly after 16 months on 4th November 1886. As a result, opponents mocked and questioned the prophecy and its divinity. However, despite criticism from all corners, the Promised Messiah spent this time of pain and anguish with utmost humility, patience and in the remembrance of his creator. We learn therefore that the extent of patience and steadfastness exhibited by the Promised Messiah(as) was essential to awaken an understanding of patience in the hearts of Momins (believers) at the standard that their creator wills.

The death of this Son allowed people to question the revelation as it had claimed that the Promised Son would have a long and fulfilling life who would live to serve his faith. The Promised Messiah in response explained that he had not had a clear sign from Allah that this son would be the same Promised Son upon whom he had previously received the revelation and neither had he claimed that the first-born child would be that child.

Consequently, on 1st December 1888 the Promised Messiah (as) wrote a small leaflet named “Haqqani Taqreer bar Waqea Wafat Bashir,” comprising of an explanation defending the prophecy. Stating regardless of anything the set period of 9 years beginning from its initial 20th February announcement will serve the Promised Son according to Allah the almighty’s promise. Hence this leaflet which reiterated and drew close emphasis upon the details of the prophecy was printed and distributed on a green paper, otherwise famously known as the ‘sabz ishtehar.’

On 12th January 1888 around 10 o’clock in the evening, Allah the Almighty miraculously fulfilled this prophecy through the blessed birth of a son showing the Promised Messiah clear signs that this is the Promised Son in accordance to that prophecy. The Promised Messiah(as) announced the birth of the promised son in ‘Siraje Muneer’.

Moreover, Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra) truly possessed all the qualities clearly mentioned in the prophecy. He was blessed with a long and fulfilling life and befitted all the names that were given ‘such as Mubashir [the Promised One], Bashir [Bearer of glad-tidings], Nurullah [Light of Allah] Sayyeb [Heavenly Rain], Charagh Din [Light of Faith] etc., which reveal his perfect potential and inherent light.

New Years (Jan 2019)

Benefits of Tahajjud

What is Tahajjud Prayer?

Tahajjud prayer is a type of optional, voluntary prayer (Nawafil). It can be offered individually or in a congregation.

 

When is it offered?

Tahajjud prayer is offered in the late hours of the night. The time for Tahajjud prayer starts after midnight and ends when the time for Fajr prayer starts. To offer Tahajjud prayer, one has to go to sleep after Ishaa prayer and wake up at night to pray again. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) used to offer Ishaa prayer and then go to sleep, waking up again just after midnight to pray Tahajjud. To make up for that sleep, he would usually then take a short nap in the afternoon.

 

How many Raka’at is Tahajjud prayer?

Tahajjud prayer typically consists of 8 raka’at, offered in sets of two raka’at. However, anywhere between 2 to 8 raka’at can be offered. In a Friday Sermon delivered on January 2nd 2015, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be His helper) said: Our Jama’at should be regular in Tahajjud. If not much they should offer two units of Prayer.’

 

What are the benefits of Tahajjud prayer?

Tahajjud prayer is a way of becoming close to Allah Almighty. Tahajjud prayer allows you to gain Allah’s special favours as prayers that are offered in Tahajjud are more readily accepted by Allah. One becomes closer to Allah when offering Tahajjud prayer as he/she gives up sleep and the comfort of a bed to pray to Allah Almighty.

 

Although it is not obligatory, it is very strongly emphasised by the Holy Quran. It has always been the practice of the pious people to perform this Prayer regularly in order to gain Allah’s special favours. The supplication made during Tahajjud Prayer are granted acceptance by God Almighty readily. It is also a vehicle for achieving nearness to God, because at that hour, one gives up sleep and forsakes the comfort of one’s bed, to fall prostrate before one’s Lord.

Tahajjud not only benefits an individual’s relationship with Allah, but also has physical benefits. In a Friday sermon delivered on 2nd January 2015, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be His helper) said: ‘Tahajjud should be organised because it was the way of the earlier righteous ones and it is a source of gaining closeness to God. This practice keeps one away from sin and removes bad habits and also keeps one away from physical ailments.’

Although it is not compulsory, Tahajjud prayer and its benefits have mentioned several times in the Holy Quran:

 

Verily getting up at night is the most potent means of subduing the self and most effective in respect of words of Prayer. (73:7)

 

Starting the New Year with Tahajjud

The New Year is celebrated across the world with fireworks and celebrations happening throughout the night, however, the majority of these celebrations consist of worldly activities have no religious concern. As Ahmadis, we are guided by Islam and our Holy Prophet (saw) to spend our New Year by self-reflecting and praying to our creator. In a Friday Sermon delivered on 30th December 2016, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be His helper) guided us all by saying: Thus, if we spend the last night of the previous year and the new day of the New Year pondering over our spiritual conditions and by spending time supplicating towards Allah then we will be the ones who will be working towards a good life hereafter. And if we also indulge in worldly wishes and affairs, then we will lose a lot and gain nothing.’

 

References:

  1. https://www.alislam.org/library/book/ramadhan-blessings/rules-of-fasting/
  2. https://www.alislam.org/friday-sermon/2015-01-02.html
  3. https://www.alislam.org/friday-sermon/2016-12-30.html
  4. https://www.alislam.org/library/book/salat/prayer-offered-in-abnormal-circumstances/
  5. Hygiene of Sleep, Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan – The Review of Religions, April 1993, https://www.alislam.org/library/misc/hygiene-of-sleep/

By Mashel Chaudhry