Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih said that when he came for Friday Prayers last week, he saw a large number of reporters had gathered. Upon inquiring, he was told that they had come to observe the Ahmadis’ response in light of the Muslim reaction to the hurtful film in the USA. Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih replied that his sermon was going to be on the same subject and he would give a discourse on what the response should be. The enraged reaction of the Muslims [to the film] was, in a way, right although in places it had manifested wrongly. The station that we hold the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in our hearts cannot be perceived by a worldly person.
That is why they have no insight into the deep hurt it has caused us. The New Zealand reporter stressed and repeatedly mentioned that Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih had spoken severely in his sermon and had said that all these people would go to Hell.
He was replied that people who acted in this manner towards the beloveds of God and did it persistently, mocking and deriding them, then God’s decree also comes to pass and He chastises them.
The reporter did not say anything to this, but appeared somewhat frightened. His report was broadcast on New Zealand national TV. It was the first time that a Jama’at news item was broadcast on New Zealand national TV and the local Jama’at was quite pleased about this introduction. In the news item, the words of the English translator of the sermon regarding ‘these people would go to Hell’ were also included. In isolation and out of context this phrase could have had a negative effect. Unlike other non-Muslim reporters it was fair of this reporter, that Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih’s own words, spoken during the interview saying that we do not approve of violent protests and rioting and an Ahmadi Muslim would never be seen in a disorderly act, were also included in the item.
The report also said that Ahmadis were a minority Muslim community and were persecuted by Muslims and said that it remained to be seen what effect, if any, the words of their Khalifa would have on other Muslims apart from the Ahmadis.
The report also featured footage of violent protests and maulwis raising slogans. Through this report, the true message of Islam reached New Zealand and other countries via their websites.
Even if we had tried, we could not have conveyed the message on this scale. The New Zealand Jama’at should now try and take this message all over. Similarly, the message would have been heard in countries around New Zealand. They should try and plan extensive programmes regarding the blessed life of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).
The Newsnight reporter present said that he had seen the film and there was nothing in it to merit the reaction. He also said that the Friday sermon was also quite detailed on the subject and in places harsh words were used to refute what was simply humour. Such is the state of their morals.
Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih told him that he did not know how he had viewed the film and what his standard was, but the love and reverence that Muslims had for the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) could not be understood by him.
Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih told him that although he had not seen the film, but one or two things that someone who had seen the film had related to him were unbearable and in light of them, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih could not possibly dare see the film. He said his blood boiled by merely listening about them.
Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih asked him that if someone verbally abused his father and said vulgar things about him, what would his reaction be? He was told that the station of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was much higher than this for Muslims