The Importance of Cherishing Khilafat

Imagine you had the opportunity to meet any person you wanted every week. If you’re interested in sports, maybe your favourite athlete; if you’re interested in business, maybe a businessman you look up to and if you’re interested in academia, maybe a scholar whose work you appreciate the most. I’m sure you’d carve out the time to ensure that you can meet them. You wouldn’t be “too busy” for it and you wouldn’t be lazy to get up. Well, what if I told you that the most important person on this planet knocks on your door every Friday. They want to meet you, they want to guide you and their love for you is so much that they pray for you every day. Our beloved Huzoor(aba) attempts to connect with us every Friday through his Friday sermon; however, more often than not, we don’t open the door. We take it for granted, but should we? We hear many times that Khilafat is a blessing, but what does that really mean?

In the Holy Quran, Allah the Almighty states:

Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely, make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them

Similarly, the Holy Prophet Muhammad(sa) said;

“Prophethood shall remain among you as long as Allah shall will. He will bring about its end and follow it with Khilafat on the precepts of prophethood for as long as He shall will and then bring about its end… There will then emerge Khilafat on the precept of Prophethood.” The Holy Prophet(sa) said no more (Masnad Ahmad)

From the verse of the Quran and the prophecy in the Hadith, we learn that Khilafat is a promise. Every promise has its conditions. Hence, it is important that we remind ourselves of this and ensure we are meeting the conditions as stated in the Holy Quran, that we are observing prayer, giving alms to the poor (Zakat), and that we are obedient to the Messenger(sa) [28:52-55]. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V(aba) explains that following these conditions brings about a true spiritual change in a believer and puts them in a state where they are able to reap the blessings of Islam (August 2, 2019).

So, just as we all would carve out time, ensure we wake up and be ready to take notes if we had the opportunity to meet our favourite athlete, business mogul or scholar; let’s remind ourselves we have a far more important person who we can meet every Friday. Speaking on khilafat, Hazrat Musleh Maud(ra) states:

“Brethren, it is my last advice to you that all blessings are enshrined in Khilafat. Prophethood is a seed after which Khilafat spreads its munificencies throughout the world. Therefore hold fast to Khilafat and shower the world with its blessings…. And keep reminding my descendants of their family’s covenants in this behalf.”

Hafiz Raza Dard Majlis Muqami

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