In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Ever Merciful.
Love for All, Hatred for None.
Summary of Friday Sermon
delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
September 23rd, 2005
(NOTE: Alislam Team takes full responsibility for any errors or miscommunication in this Synopsis of the Friday Sermon by Sister Shermeen Butt)
Huzuraba delivered this Friday Sermon in Norway. Citing verse 93 of Surah Al Imran (3:93) Huzuraba based the sermon on the rewards of monetary sacrifice made in the way of Allah.
Huzuraba said the commandment to spend in the way of Allah is one of the basic commandments and that it has been mentioned in the very beginning of the Holy Qur’an (2: 4); that while it is necessary to worship God to attain His nearness, it is also necessary to spend in His way out of one’s wholesome earnings, and that it purifies the soul.
Relating the paramount examples of monetary sacrifice as made by the Companions of the Holy Prophetsaw Huzuraba recounted how womenfolk would donate heaps of jewellery and how Hadhrat Umer ra and Hadhrat Abu Bakr ra set supreme examples of spending in the cause of Allah by donating literally half and all of their property respectively and how Hadhrat Abu Talha gave away his most profitable orchard of dates.
The Promised Messiahas paraphrases the above Al Imran verse saying that true piety that takes one to the point of salvation is not attained unless one spends out of what is most precious to one. Referring to the Companions of the Holy Prophetsaw he writes that they too were family men like the rest of us but they gave their very lives for the cause of Allah. No one can claim piety by giving what is useless and worthless, the passage to piety is narrow and unless one does not give what is dear to one, it cannot be negotiated. One goes through all manner of trouble to attain worldly designations; thus how can the title of ‘beloved of God’ be attained easily?
In the current age, Huzuraba said, it was the companions of the Promised Messiah as who, through his inspiration, brought about a revolutionary fervour to spend in the way of Allah. Today, we, their progeny, who have pledged allegiance to the Promised Messiahas and who believe in the perpetuity of the Khilafat that is Divinely established, have to maintain those standards for therein lies our salvation.
Huzuraba read further from the august writings of the Promised Messiahas and explained that if one aspired to prosperity and blessings one must avoid niggardliness by all accounts.
Referring to the Quranic term of ‘goodly loan’ (2: 246) Huzuraba explained that Allah is indeed never in need of any loan; the Quranic term is a reference to monetary sacrifice and by way of explaining to us it denotes that if we spend in His way He shall return it; manifold. Huzuraba explained that spending in the way of Allah one’s sins are also pardoned.
Huzuraba cited a few Ahadith to further expound the excellence of spending in the way of Allah and continued to read more extracts from the writings of the Promised Messiahas detailing extraordinary episodes of monetary sacrifices made by his companions. Huzuraba said this spirit has continued through time and is prevalent to this day. No one race or nation has monopoly over this fervour; it prevails within the Community all over the world.
Next Huzuraba addressed the Norway Jama’at specifically, initiating a monetary appeal (Tehrik) in order to resume an abandoned project to build a mosque. Huzuraba acknowledged that although plentiful donations were initially received for this project yet it was halted. Huzuraba said he had noticed the sincerity and earnestness of the Norwegian Jama’at; he urged them to make a resolve and move onwards with this project and to accomplish it. Huzuraba said in the current global climate, especially in the West, it is extremely necessary to promote ways and means to take God’s message to the world. Huzuraba cautioned against the potential negligence of this project and prayed that may that never happen. Huzuraba also prayed that may the Norwegian Jama’at be among those about whom the Promised Messiahas said “they are sincerely devoted”.