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
December 01st, 2006
NOTE: Alislam Team takes full responsibility for any errors or miscommunication in this Synopsis of the Friday Sermon
In today’s Friday Sermon Huzur continued with the topic of the Divine attribute of Rabb (Lord) and its elucidation in terms of ‘Lord of all the worlds’.
Huzur cited verse 67 of Surah Al Mu’min (40:67) and recapping from his last sermon explained that Allah has made it most evident to us that He is the One and Only God Who listens to our sincere supplications and also provides without anyone having to ask Him. For a true believer the only recourse that remains is to be grateful to Him and to focus on His worship and never to be overcome by satanic deception.
Huzur went on to elaborate the innumerable bounties of Allah that surround
us, the arrangements that are in place from time immemorial to provide us
food, drink, clothing. Huzur mentioned the silk-worm that is ever pressed into
to produce the most luxurious cloth as well as the subterranean energy of
oil that is there to facilitate man’s needs of the modern age.
Huzur said it’s a shame that rather than be grateful to God for these bounties humanity is turning away from Him. This fact demands that Ahmadis are thankful to God and in doing so worship Him in the way that He has taught us. Huzur said if we reflect we will only notice and observe that Lord Who is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and Who Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) told us about, Who is bestowing all the bounties and blessings on us and is worthy of our worship.
Referring to the verse cited at the beginning, Huzur said believers are enjoined to declare that none other then Allah, Who is their Lord and is the Lord of all the worlds, is worthy of worship and that they are among those who submit and do not call upon others beside Allah.
Huzur said Allah never abandons His servants. In this age, in accordance with the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and seeing the wretched condition of the Muslim world, Allah sent down a ‘crier’ who called people to One God. By sending the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Allah facilitated spiritual repast for humanity. Citing verse 194 of Surah Al Imran (3:194) Huzur further elucidated and unfolded the subject of complete submission to God. Huzur said we cherish the blessing of the Messiah from Allah and pray to Him alone for sincerity in faith that now that we have accepted the Imam of the age please accept our supplication that we may never be embroiled in any evil and are always saved from sin. When it is time for us to present ourselves in Your Presence may each one of us be among those who strengthened their faith on the call of the Messiah and who steered clear of the wickedness of the world.
Huzur advised all to self-reflect and to assess whether, having heard the call of the ‘crier’, our declaration of complete submission to Allah is based on reality? Have we made the assertion while calling Allah as our Witness or have we done so simply influenced by the surroundings?
Huzur prayed that may Allah enable each Ahmadi to truly recognise the essence of this prayer. However, if we simply call on our Lord from afar yet wish to include ourselves among the righteous then we must assess and reflect as to what extent do we match up to the expectations the Promised Messiah (on whom be us) had of us?
When we seek help from our Lord we should be mindful that our Lord’s teaching is for the entire world, from Asia to Europe to Oceania, in fact the entire universe is at His disposal and wherever in the universe He will enable man to reach, whenever that may be, His commandments will be enforced there.
Expanding this particular point Huzur said when he delivers a sermon or speech on a specific subject in a specific part of the world some Ahmadis elsewhere assume that the advise and admonish is only meant for that specific area. This should not be the attitude of an Ahmadi. When a sermon or a speech based on Divine teachings is given it is meant for all Ahmadis wherever in the world they may reside. This approach alone will bring harmony and this alone will make us the servants of the One Lord, Who is the Lord of all the worlds.
Huzur explained that recently he delivered a sermon on matrimonial affairs
and also addressed Lajna regarding purdah and it has come to his knowledge
that some men and women around the world are assuming that these discourses
were meant only for UK.
With the current means of communications the world is as one place. This has also given way to comparable level of evil everywhere. In light of this age Allah has granted us the blessing of MTA, through which everyone’s attention can be drawn promptly to matters. Thus, if evil is spreading, so is good.
Referring yet again to the latter part of the verse cited at the beginning, Huzur said if it is Muslims who are addressed therein then, the commandments of Allah, which Huzur relates in his discourses are for each and every Ahmadi and everyone should consider them as such.
Huzur said our aim should be to be among those who seek the blessings of being His servants and those who are granted Paradise (89:30,31) and be those who are thankful to Allah that through His grace He enabled us to believe and have faith. We should further pray to do good works (27:21) and for His mercy to envelop us. It is those who sincerely pray in this way and do good works who are the recipients of His pleasure (89:30, 31) and who receive bounties from their Lord. It is essential that we make such prayers fulfilling their requisites and their requisites are ‘good works’.
Huzur said it is also not the way of the world that one can ask for something on one’s own terms and if a person sought this they would be deemed foolish. Huzur related that someone wrote him that their local Rishta Nata department was not being cooperative in finding them a match. When Huzur summoned a report into the matter it transpired that many matches had been suggested to the person unsuccessfully and the cause for this was that the young man himself was only educated to high school standard but wanted a wife who had a masters. He demanded cash and a house in dowry and the wife-to-be was expected to bear the expenses and he was not to be asked to work. Huzur said such a person can only be termed as mentally ill and Rishta Nata department should not pay attention to such cases.
Huzur said some people may not make these demands at the outset but after marriage their attitude is of this nature, when they make demands on the girl’s family, create internal strife and taunt the girl. May Allah have mercy. These people are foolish who transgress against their own selves because none can make transgression against Allah. These are people who have no perception of the Divine attribute of Rubbubiyyat and do not realise that prayers open doors to beneficence. People who have no perception of their Lord and who are devoid of any wisdom should make the prayers that Hadhrat Ibrahim (on whom be peace) made to be firm on wisdom. (Verses 84, 85 and 86 of Surah Al Shu’ara (26:84,85,86).
Huzur said each person may work towards establishing the truth and to be counted among the righteous through prayers and in accordance to their own capacity. However, the fundamental lesson of truth should be remembered by all and everyone should self-reflect in that they do not do anything that is contrary to the truth so that they are enabled to be grateful to Allah for His favours and are the recipient of His bounties.
Huzur said one should be conscientious in all one’s dealings and each evening one should self-reflect and self-assess as to how much one stayed firm on truth. If there is a measure of taqwa and truthfulness in one’s days and one’s nights then there is success, otherwise the prayer made with reference to the ‘crier’ is a deception against oneself and against God.
Huzur said man is prone to weakness and errs. However, it is also essential to try and rid of one’s failings and to seek help from Allah. He is Merciful and Forgiving and has taught us ways of seeking forgiveness through Istaghfar and He accepts Istaghfar that is made with complete sincerity.
Huzur said now that we have accepted the Mahdi we may only turn to the Lord of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) Who is the Lord of all the worlds and must endeavour to spend our lives in accordance to His commandments. To Him alone must each Ahmadi focus to submit to in the manner that the Imam of the age gave us the perception to submit.
In conclusion Huzur read a relevant extract from the noble writings of the
Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).