The Revealed Sermon

English Translation of ‘Khutbah Ilhamiyya’

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian

Introduction by Nasir Ahmad

The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, always wanted his followers to come frequently to Qadian to derive benefits from his discourses and companionship. He sent special invitations on the eve of the two Eids and the three-day annual conference which was held during the Christmas holidays. It was during the Christmas holidays of 1900 that the Holy Founder, under divine instructions, sent out invitations in advance to his followers to come to Qadian on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha which was to fall on 11th April 1901.

About three hundred of his followers from all over Punjab and other parts of India, travelling from as far as Bombay, flocked to Qadian, a remote village of Punjab. The day before Eid-ul-Adha, which is called the day of Arafah, the Holy Founder secluded himself in a special room for prayers. From there he sent a note to his close comrade, Hazrat Maulana Nur-ud-Din, telling him to inform all his followers who were present at that time to give their names if they wished to be included in the list of those for whom he wanted to make special prayers.

On 10th April, Maghrib and Isha congregational prayers were combined. People were still pouring in to meet him, but immediately after the prayers he left for his room as he had promised Allah that he would spend the time in special prayers for the cause of Islam and the welfare of his community.

The extension of the Central Mosque in Qadian was nearing completion, so the Holy Founder instructed that the Eid-ul-Adha congregation be held there. It was the usual practice of Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karim, another very close and learned companion of the Holy Founder, to request him after each Eid congregational prayer to exhort his followers. This time, the Holy Founder had not been feeling well for the last three days and it was unlikely that he would be able to say something after the Eid congregational prayer. But still Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karim went to his room and said that he had come to make a special request that the Founder should say even a few words after the prayer. The Holy Founder agreed to it and said that Allah also had commanded him to deliver a sermon in Arabic. He also told him that he had received an inspiration:

کَلَامٌ اُفۡصِحَتۡ مِنۡ لَّدُنۡ رَّبٍّ کَرِیۡمٍ

“Kalam-un Ufsihat mil-la-dur-Rabbin Karim”

that is,

“Allah has granted eloquence to the speech.”

On Eid day, at 8 o’clock, the courtyard and inside of the mosque had already been filled with people. The Holy Founder came at 8.30. Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karim led the Eid congregational prayer. The congregation ended at about 9.30. As usual, Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karim requested the Holy Founder to say a few words. The Holy Founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, delivered a short sermon in Urdu, elucidating arguments and facts about how Islam is a complete and living guidance from Allah. Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karim again requested him to exhort his followers to foster unity and love for one another. After giving a brief exhortation, the Holy Founder said that he was going to deliver a sermon in Arabic as was commanded to him in a revelation.

He then asked Hazrat Maulana Hakim Nur-ud-Din and Maulana Abdul Karim to get ready to write down in Arabic the sermon which he was going to deliver them. The subject was The Real Objective of Sacrifice in Islam. The delivery of the sermon was so fast and the language and expressions in Arabic were of such a high quality that even a person like Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karim, who had a very good command of Arabic and was quite fast in noting down speeches, was unable to keep pace with the delivery and had to interrupt the Holy Founder requesting him several times to repeat certain words. At the time of delivery, everyone felt that the Founder was in a state of deep spiritual trance. His voice, his speech and the expressions emanating from his tongue bore a peculiar resonance that triggered off an inner effervescence and brought spiritual elation into the hearts of the listeners.

Later on, the Holy Imam said that during the sermon, ideas and expressions were coming to his mind as if he were reading from a scroll moving before his eyes.

People who knew Arabic were listening to the sermon with rapt attention and were lost in the eloquent delivery and beauty of the language and the expressions. It had an unusual spiritual impact on the audience.

Afterwards, Hazrat Maulana Abdul Karim presented the Urdu translation of the Arabic sermon. While the Urdu translation was being presented, the Holy Imam went into prostration as a spontaneous thanksgiving to Allah for bestowing on him His special grace in granting him eloquence in the Arabic language.

Later on, the Holy Imam published this sermon along with two chapters added to it dealing with his claims and mission. The text of the sermon is contained in the first thirty-eight pages of the book now entitled Khutbah Ilhamiyya (The Inspired Sermon). It was published on 17 October 1902. The present article is the English translation of the Urdu version. We may note here, too, that the book, Khutbah Ilhamiyya also contains a Persian translation of the Arabic text.

Nasir Ahmad