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Defining Khilafat


This means that the Khalifa of the time is a successor of a prophet of Allah ... ( Surah Al-Nur, Verse 56). The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said: ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Defining Khilafat

Defining Khilafat
What Does Khilafat Mean?
  • The word Khilafat means successorship.
  • This means that the Khalifa of the time is a
    successor of a prophet of Allah
  • It has been said that Prophets put down the seed
    of Allahs teachings, and Khilafas are bestowed
    upon us to nurture and care for that seed until
    it is a strong and sturdy tree.
  • We are blessed with a Khalifa so that he can
    carry on the religious teachings of the Prophet
    he is following.

In the Holy Quran, Allah says
  • Allah had 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 and that
    He will surely establish for them their religion
    which He has chosen for them and that He will
    surely give them in exchange security and peace
    after their fear They will worship Me, and they
    will not associate anything with Me. Then whoso
    is ungrateful after that, they will be the
    rebellious. (Surah Al-Nur, Verse 56).

The Holy Prophet (SAW) has 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. A tyrannical monarchy will
    then follow and will remain as long as Allah
    shall will and then come to an end. There will
    follow thereafter monarchial despotism to last as
    long as Allah shall will and come to an end upon
    His decree. There will then emerge Khilafat on
    precept of Prophethood." (Masnad Ahmad)

What Does This Mean?
  • Allah has promised Khilafat for us as long as we
    need it.
  • However, Allah the Almighty can also take the
    blessing of Khilafat away from us
  • Allah will bless us with Khilafat if we are
    constantly praying and obeying Him and His

How is a Khalifa Chosen?
  • Allah chooses a prophet from among the believers.
  • In a similar way, Allah chooses who becomes a
  • Allah knows who is the right person to become a
    Khalifa, so he guides the believers to make the
    right choice.
  • The Khalifa is elected by people but chosen by
    God Almighty.

The Guided Khilafat
  • The Guided Khilafat or Khulafa-e-Rashideen are
    the first four Khalifas after the Holy Prophet
  • Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)
  • Hazrat Umar (ra)
  • Hazrat Usman (ra)
  • Hazrat Ali (ra)

The Ahmadiyya Khilafat
  • The Khilafat following the demise of the Promised
    Messiah (as) is known as the Ahmadiyya Khilafat.
  • Hazrat Hakeem Noorudin (ra)
  • Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad (ra)
  • Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra)
  • Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (ra)
  • Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba)

Why Do We Need Khilafat?
  • Allah the All Knowing knows that his believers
    need a divinely guided pious leader to carry on
    His message.
  • There are Muslims all over the world that are
    divided because they do not have one sole leader.
    Unlike these divided Muslims, Ahmadis are a very
    united people.
  • Without unity and harmony, we cannot focus on the
    real teachings of Islam
  • Being unified allows us to be able to accomplish
    so many more Jamaat goals than if we were

  • The Khalifa helps us to stay close to Allah.
  • The Khalifa is here to help us and constantly
    remind us to remain on the same path that the
    Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) wanted us to go on.
  • i.e. Like when a teacher constantly urges you to
    try harder