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We all know that January is the first month of the Year – this may be true for the Christians and for all who follow the Gregorian calendar.  Muslims, on the other hand, recognize and use the Gregorian calendar dated from the year, according to some Christians, of the birth of Sayyiduna ‘Isa (as), but do not recognize its validity for any purpose.   Muslims, and others who follow their own calendars use it to avoid any confusion and to remain somewhat ‘convenient’.

It is highly important that Muslims do not forget altogether that we have our very own and very distinct Islamic Calendar based on the lunar cycle – as opposed to the Gregorian calendar which is based on the Solar calendar.  There are many reasons why we should not forget the importance of the Islamic Calendar.  For example, many of the faraa-id (obligations) are tied to the Islamic months – if we do not track the months, therefore, we will not complete these obligations. And our practice of Islam will be under threat.  It is this, with which we measure the Islamic months and our obligations that are derived with certain times throughout the year.

Another example of the importance of the Islamic months comes in the form of the 5th and sanctimonious month of dhu-al-Hajj, which all Muslims recognize as the month in which muslims perform the holy pilgrimage to the House of Allah.   Hajj cannot be performed in any other month.


Similarly, the obligation of the fasts of Ramadan are tied with sighting the waxing crescent of the moon of the month of Sha’ban and the new crescent of the month of Ramadan.  If we miss either, then our Ramadan will be incomplete.  More relevant for our purposes now, is the fact that this month, the month of Rabīʿ al-Awwal, is the month that was written in history as the month of the birth of the Mercy, the Holy Prophet, the Chosen One, that Great Messenger, Muḥammad ibn Abdullāh, al-Muṣṭafā, ṣalla-Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam…

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Mawahib al-Rahman (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (peace be upon him  عليه السلام)) – Part 1

 

Having read and re-read some of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani’s (peace be upon him عليه السلام) works recently with a serious eye and with a host of prayers for a deeper understanding of them, I will be starting a new series of posts in which I will translate and post quotes, wisdom, and poignant words of advice from the writings and discourses of the Imam Mahdi, the Mujaddid of the 14th century of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar and the second advent of the Messiah as awaited by the followers of many revealed religions.
 
I pray that they are beneficial for readers and that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى  Glorified be He, the High) pentrates our hearts and minds and imbibes us with the colour and spirit of his chosen people.
 
*Please note that these translations are not official translations of the works of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (peace be upon him عليه السلام), but are my own personal efforts at translating the arabic and urdu works.  Readers should refer to the original for an accurate and untainted version – which I shall endeavour to put alongside any translation.

For the Original Arabic Works please go to http://www.islamahmadiyya.net
For the Original Urdu Works please go to http://www.alislam.org and then to Library – Books – Urdu Books

  

1.     ‘Light and Darkness’

 

“اتبعوا النور و لا تؤثروا السُّرَى، وانظروا اِلى وجه الله و لا تنظروا اِلى الورى”

 

“Follow the light and do not give preference to darkness; Look towards the countenance of Allah, and look not towards the created beings.”

 

 

[مواهب الرحمن، 80، مرزا غلام احمد القادياني]

[Mawahib al-Rahman, p.80, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani]

 

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 Along with all the talk of Islam undergoing or needing reform or a re-reading of the texts from every edifice of the internet all the way to Turkey, There are some unnecessary points being made, and also some vital points being missed.

Take, for example, the recent project undertaken by Zia-uddin Sardar through which he ‘asks’ some questions and invites answers from those who claim to be in the know, as well as offering his own admittedly ‘academic’ opinion.
This received commendations and standing ovations from advocates of ‘modern islam’ or ‘moderate islam’ from all over the world.  However, it also received, and continues to receive intense criticism from the Muslim intelligentia, and those who advcoate a ‘traditional route to analysing the texts’ only by those who are well versed with the texts themselves and their relative interpretative methodologies.
A certain Abdallah Hassan wrote a strongly worded letter to Zia-uddin Sardar making known his grievances here: http://maqasid.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/blogging-the-quran-letter-to-ziauddin-sarda/
I have to say although I complement Zia-Uddin Sardar on his stance in defence of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in face of the persecution and vitriolic abuse that Ahmadi Muslims suffer from certain elements of the Islamic Community, I must disagree with him and Madeleine Bunting on their approach of “interpreting the Qur’an” purely with their thoughts and intellect and without recourse to the classical methodologies which are necessary pre-requisites for the understanding and exposition of the Qur’anic verities and subtleties.

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24th Muharram 1429 AH

Saturday 2nd February 2008

Books of Hadhrat Sayyidna Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (as) in Arabic

 Sayyidna Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (qaddasa Allaho sirruhu)

السلامُ عليكم و رحمة اللهِ تعَالَى و بَرَكاتهُ

Peace be upon You and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings

الحمدُ لِ اللهِ رَبِّ العَالَمِين

All Praise Belongs to Allah – Lord of the Worlds

نَحمَدُهُ وَ نُصَلِّي عَلَى رَسُولِهِ الكَرِم

We Praise Him and invoke blessings upon His Noble Messenger (saw)

This short Information page was provoked at the request of ‘nazimtableegh’ which can be read here.

I was very pleased to hear that many more people from the land and lingua-franca of our Noble Prophet (saw) are responding and are being blessed by Allah by guiding them to the Imam of this Age. 

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This is a brief excerpt from correspondence I had with some people in regards to the recent actions that the Government of Indonesia, under compulsion from the Islamic Political Parties,  took against the Ahmadiyyah community.

It was reported in the Jakarta Post, and on the ‘Indonesia Matters’ Blog that Ahmadiyya Leaders in Indonesia ‘caved in’ to pressure from national political and religious leaders and diminished the status of Sayyidna Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (qaddasa Allahu sirruhu) as demanded by them.

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