My Dear Members of PAAMA,
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.
May the Lord of mankind open unto you the gates of His mercy and may He so ordain that you are always accompanied by the supplication of His angels. Ameen.
Of all the greatest men on earth, very few are granted sons perfectly reflecting their excellent qualities. Allah, the Most High, decreed that the Promised Messiah(as) receive this special grace. Intimation of this extraordinary blessing was given to him through a wonderful revelation. Allah the Almighty told the Promised Messiah(as) that he would be granted an exceptional son whose qualities and excellence would be truly outstanding.
This grand prophecy was vouchsafed unto the Promised Messiah(as) in 1886. He had been in retreat for 40 days devoting himself entirely in solitude to Divine worship and supplication. Having completed this period, he announced on 20th February 1886 that during the period of his retreat he had been honoured with the disclosure of many matters with regard to the unknown, one being the prophecy of the Promised Son.
On 12th January 1889, the Promised Messiah(as) was blessed with a son whom he named Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad(ra). He was to grow into an intelligent youth, replete with both secular and spiritual knowledge, honoured with Divine revelation and imbued with the Holy Spirit. At the tender age of twenty-five, he assumed the mantle of Khalifatul-Masih II and for over half a century led the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His tenure of office was blessed with enormous success. With extremely limited funds, he established the community in 46 countries, a foundation upon which the community has continued to build so that today it is established in 206 countries. The special insight granted to him by Allah allowed him to know exactly when to launch challenging schemes or to restructure the community in significant ways, the most notable being the establishment of the auxiliary organisations. He also showed a keen understanding of complex political and social issues successfully guiding the community through two fearsome world wars and a migration en masse to Pakistan after the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent from where he started the whole city of Rabwah from absolute scratch in a most inhospitable land.
Hadhrat Musleh Maud – the Promised Reformer(ra) – as he was later designated, stands out in his knowledge and mastery of a vast range of subjects. The fathomless ocean of his knowledge is exposed in his magnum opus, the Tafsir-e-Kabeer, an exhaustive commentary on the Holy Qur’an. In this astounding work, the Hadhrat Musleh Maud(ra) uncovered his mastery on such widely varying fields as history, philosophy, psychology, geology, physics, chemistry, sociology, politics, biology, linguistics, medicine, botany, entomology, embryology, cosmology, astronomy, Egyptology and many more. But above all, this ten thousand-page commentary contains an exposition of thousands of spiritual truths and hidden secrets, many of which had never been presented before.
This was but a glimpse of his unique and glorious services to the cause of Islam so that as members of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrate 20th February as Musleh Maud Day, PAAMA members are also reminded of that holy personage whose advent was, in the words of the prophecy, “as if Allah has descended from heaven.”
May Allah continually exalt his station in Paradise and may He so ordain that we are able to follow in his illustrious footsteps. Ameen.
President Pan-African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK