His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah be his helper) was elected as the fifth Caliph (spiritual leader) of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 2003.
The word “Khilafat” or “Caliphate” means “Successor”. The task of successor is to continue the mission and objective of the person whom he is following. The task of the Ahmadiyya Caliphate is to continue pursuing the peaceful objectives laid by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community, which is essentially to worship God and serve humanity. And so, under the guidance of the Institution of Caliphate, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has continued this work for more than one hundred years.
Upon learning how devoted and attached Ahmadi Muslims are to Caliphate, it is possible that a question may arise in the minds of other people. It may be that some people wonder, whether due to such devotion, the Caliph could, God forbid, lead Ahmadis towards extremism or to use force? To answer this, it should be clarified that the first part of the prophecy made by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was that after a long period of spiritual darkness lasting around one-thousand years, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi would appear with teachings of peace, compassion and love. And so as we believe that the first part of the prophecy has been fulfilled, then we must also, according to our beliefs, accept the truth f the second part of the prophecy, which was that following the Promised Messiah, his Caliphate would be permanent and would remain until the end of time. And his Caliphate would continuously draw mankind’s attention to fulfilling the rights owed to God and to His Creation. Rather than cause any threat or danger, the Caliphate of the Promised Messiah would only be a source if peace.
The Holy Qur’an has clearly said that the true system of Caliphate will be a means of transforming a state of fear and panic into a state of peace and security, so long as the people continued to remember God’s commands and follow the guidance of the Caliph.
Where on the one hand the Caliphate in Ahmadiyyat is a source of peace and tranquility for all Ahmadi Muslims, it can also be a source of peace and security for non-Ahmadis if they pay heed to what the Caliph says. The history of the Ahmadiyya Community testifies to the fact that the Promised Messiah himself and all of his Successors emphasized the need to avoid wars and towards fulfilling the rights due to one another. The Promised Messiah himself proclaimed that he had come to bring an end to all forms of religious warfare.
A society where religious wars have come to an end and where mankind’s attention is drawn towards serving humanity and fulfilling each other’s rights can only become a haven of peace. Certainly, this exactly the type of society that the world stands in great need of today. All of the Caliphs who have led the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have always advocated for peace, unity and a sense of mutual brotherhood. Let us give just a couple of examples.
For the past couple of years, the current Caliph, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has been warning that the world stands in desperate need of peace. No one should assume that a war between any two countries will remain limited to just them or to a particular region; rather, ultimately it will culminate with a world war. Indeed, the state of the world today is clearly indicating that we are on the brink of an extremely dangerous global war. Such a war will include countries that possess nuclear weapons and whose leaders are trigger happy and do not care about the horrific consequences of their acts. As a result of their carefree attitudes, the world mat come to witness a truly devastating destruction.
“There is an urgent need for mankind to recognise its Creator as this is the only guarantor for the survival of humanity”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba)
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