Friday Sermon: Pakistan: Prelude to Greater Glory of Islam

Why Ignore Bright Side of Picture?

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

10 October 1947 (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore)

In his Friday Khutbah on October 10, 1947 Maulana Muhammad Ali exhorted Muslims not to forget in their present bitter mood the bright side of the picture. Pakistan, he assured, was the prelude to great things that are in store for Islam. Instead of bewailing their own losses they should feel for the eviction of Islam from East Punjab and set before them the goal to plant the Flag of Islam once more in that territory.

وَ لِلّٰہِ مُلۡکُ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَ الۡاَرۡضِ ؕ وَ یَوۡمَ تَقُوۡمُ السَّاعَۃُ یَوۡمَئِذٍ یَّخۡسَرُ الۡمُبۡطِلُوۡنَ ﴿۲۷﴾ وَ تَرٰی کُلَّ اُمَّۃٍ جَاثِیَۃً ۟ کُلُّ اُمَّۃٍ تُدۡعٰۤی اِلٰی کِتٰبِہَا ؕ اَلۡیَوۡمَ تُجۡزَوۡنَ مَا کُنۡتُمۡ تَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۲۸﴾

“Unto God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. And when the Day of Reckoning comes, it will find those who falsify the Truth as losers. And thou shalt see every nation brought low on its knees. Every nation shall be called to account according to its book (of deeds). This day, you shall receive in the fullest measure return for what you have been doing.” [The Holy Quran, 45:27–28]

Reciting these verses from the Holy Quran, Maulana Muhamad Ali called attention to the immutable law of God that no nation, however mighty, can escape retribution when it resorts to oppression. The Sikhs’ savagery had exceeded all limits and they will find the grip of Nemesis on their throats as soon as their cup of misdeeds is full to the brim. The word Sikha Shahi had become a bye-word for lawlessness, iniquity and oppression in consequence of the misdeeds of the brief spell of Sikh rule in the Punjab. The present phase of Sikh bestiality has put even that proverbial savagery of the old Sikh rule into the shade. Deeds so horrible could never go unpunished. The Sikhs’ day of reckoning could not be far off.

The Maulana advised the Muslims not to brood over the calamities that had befallen them. It served no useful purpose. They must look ahead and face the future. After all, the other party was in no way less hard hit. As a matter of fact, they had lost much more than the Muslims and even now, after exodus, they were undergoing much more hardships. When the Muslims in the Prophet’s [Muhammad (pbuh)] day suffered a reverse in the battle of Uhad [Uhud], the Quran put their minds on exactly this track of thought in order to bring them solace. Why did they brood over that calamity, it reminded them. After all the enemy had suffered two such reverses before.

In the present calamity, too, said the Maulana, Muslims should not forget that the other party was the worse sufferer. If Muslims bewailed the loss of a few districts, the mental anguish of Hindus and Sikhs could be imagined from the fact that they had lost full one-fourth of the country which they considered to be their monopoly. Then there was the consideration that after all the Pakistan was the greatest boon of history that had been conferred on Muslims. And no such boon could be had without corresponding sacrifices. The loss of life and property which Muslims were suffering were only the due price of national freedom. And last but not least, observed the Maulana, Muslims must not forget that were it not for Pakistan, Muslims in the West Punjab and throughout India would have met the same fate. The plan that had been prepared for decades past was to make Hindustan the land of Hindu faith and culture and purge it of all vestige of the alien cult of Islam. We must be thankful to God Almighty for having saved us from that grim fate through the establishment of Pakistan.

The Sikhs’ success in expelling Muslims from East Punjab, continued the Maulana, was a passing phase. If it had been merely a passion to exterminate Muslims, perhaps the Sikhs might have had some chance of success But as a matter of fact they aimed at the elimination of Islam from their country and God Almighty would never tolerate that. Recalling the incident when Abraha invaded the sanctuary of Kaaba to wipe it off, Abdul Muttalib, the Prophet’s grandfather instead of remonstrating, with him against his designs to pull down the Kaaba, asked him to restore to him his 100 camels which Abraha’s men had captured.

“What! You ask for your camels, while I have come to destroy your very Holy of Holies?’’

remarked Abraha.

“Yes”,

retorted Abdul Muttalib,

“I demand my camels because I am their owner. The Kaaba has its own Owner and He will know how to take care of what belongs to Him.”

This, emphasised the Maulana, was every word true in the case of Sikhs enmity against Islam. They hated the very cry of Allah-o-Akbar [Allah is the greatest] and in many a village in the Punjab the Muezzin’s [ one who delivers the call to prayer ] cry of Allah-o-Akbar has led to a brawl between Muslims and Sikhs. Now it was not only the Muslims whom the Sikhs wanted to expel. They wanted to extirpate the very faith of Islam. That could never happen, said the Maulana. The East Punjab could not for all time be shut up against the name of God and the cry of Allah-o-Akbar. That cry was bound to rise once more from every mosque in East Punjab which the Sikhs were just now desecrating.

Islam had a great future in India, and a great role to play, concluded the Maulana. Pakistan was but a prelude to that great Destiny, the requisite process of purification for the coming consummation. He exhorted the Muslims to fix their gaze on this silver lining to the present dark clouds and instead of bemoaning the loss of their personal properties, their hearts should feel the loss of Islam in East Punjab. Instead of hankering after the recapture of what they have left behind, they should set before them the ideal to replant the flag of Islam in East Punjab. That was the surest way to win them God’s nusrat [victory]. And when Muslims have planted the Flag of Islam once more in East Punjab, their lost houses and lands would come to them into the bargain.

Source: The Light (Pakistan), 16 October 1947, p. 1

Original Urdu text: Paigham Sulh, 15 October 1947, pp. 5–7

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