by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)
O Abdul Latif may thousands of blessings be showered on thee, for thou hast, in my own lifetime, manifested unparalleled fidelity for me and I do not know how my followers will behave when I am no more among them.
That courageous man, the beloved of God the Creator, did at last prove his mettle.
He surrendered his life for the sake of the True Beloved (God) as he was completely disinterested in this ephemeral world.
The wilderness of life is full of diverse dangers, as millions of deadly serpents wait in every nook and cranny.
Millions of fires are seen with flames reaching up to the sky where fierce and truculent storms are all raging overhead.
There is a distance of millions of leagues between thee and thy Beloved’s abode and there exist numberless thorny jungles and countless dangers.
Notice the cleverness and amazing performance of this Sheikh from ‘Ajam: he traversed all this spiritual distance in one leap.
It is incumbent that the servant be completely engrossed in the service of the Master in a manner that he is always prepared to sacrifice his being in His service.
He surrendered his life as a sacrifice for the sake of the beloved and he swallowed even poison to acquire Him.
So long as one does not drink the deadly cup for the sake of the beloved, how could he, a mere chaff, acquire immunity from death?
Under such death there lie a hundred lives. If you wish the life eternal, then quaff the goblet full of death.
O ye, who is engrossed in greed and avarice, true longing for the beloved could not abide in thy mean heart.
O ye, whose heart is completely engrossed in the acquisition of mundane possessions and who has sacrificed his honour for sinful desires.
Million armies of devils are chasing thee so that thou mayest burn like straw in the fire of hell.
For the sake of some false hope or fear thy faith begins to quiver.
Do you trample the true faith of God under thy feet for the sake of this faithless abode?
This is what is known as the path of truth and purity; this is the ultimate aim of every man of true faith.
They live only for His sake and have no personal aims; they throw away their own lives in the path of the Lord.
They sever themselves from all worldly fame, honour and status; they surrender theirs and allow their crowns to be taken away from their heads for His sake.
Having relinquished their ego they approach Him through His remembrance and for the sake of the Beloved’s Countenance they sacrifice their personal honours.
Even the mention of their names furnishes us with the opportunity of the remembrance of God, causing one’s faith regarding the truth of God to be enhanced and causing joy for our hearts.
If thou be in the search of true faith, let this be your model, so shall it make the task of the seekers after truth very easy.
But you are fettered to the world; and if you die not for His sake, how could you reach the Beloved Friend?
O ye, the world-seeking dog, how can ye hope to reach the Beloved Friend?
Annihilate thyself in His path so that thou mayest inherit spiritual blessing; and surrender thy life so that a new life be given to you.
Thou art wasting thy life in pride and rancour having shut thine eyes from the path of truth and faith.
The pure-hearted have a strange affinity with the pure-hearted but the evil-minded ones always abhor the true pearl.
The secret of faith is sowing the seed of self-destruction; added to this one has to discard the material life.
When thou truly engageth thyself in bewailing before God Almighty, consequently someone is raised to lead people to the right path.
The heart aware of spiritual secrets bewails at the deplorable condition of the ignorant ones; and those gifted with the light of true knowledge feel pity, in their hearts for the blind ones.
The law of nature has been so ordained that the strong comes to the aid of the weak.
(Translation of an ode, Tadhkiratul Shahadatayn)