Friday Sermon: Raziq & Razzaq

January 25th, 2002

Concluding his series of sermons on the Divine attribute of Al-Razzaq (The Provider) Hazoor today elucidated the subject with reference to the remainder Quranic verses illustrating Allah the Exalted's boundless munificence, presenting the sermon with associated ahadith and excerpts of the Promised Messiah's (on whom be peace) writings. Hazoor explained that man can save himself from sin if he inculcates the belief in himself that besides Allah none can provide sustenance - it is Allah alone who provides all creation the same, even to those who associate partners with Him and that man should in turn, for the love of Allah, feed and care for his fellow human beings, specially the orphans and the needy. Referring to the Quranic description of Paradise, Hazoor stressed that this was indeed a metaphoric narrative and that the Paradise is Allah's ultimate provision that will never be exhausted. Hazoor said that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) told us that Allah the Exalted will bestow the inhabitants of Paradise His ultimate grace in that He will be pleased with them and that He will never be unhappy with them again, adding Hazoor said that Allah the Exalted has arranged blessings for His righteous people of the sort that no eye has seen before, no ear has heard and the like that no one has ever even imagined. This hadith is a testimony indeed that the paradisiacal description of the Holy Quran is but metaphorical. Hazoor explained that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) writes that a sincere person does not belong to this world and that is why the world holds rancour with him and the exclusive blessings that he is granted are concealed from this world. In Islam, the concept of Paradise is that it comes forth from within man, completely dependent on his deeds. Hazoor expounded that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) enjoined to be apprehensive of disobedience to Allah and to seek livelihood with restraint, to take what is permissible (Halal) and to leave what is not (Haram). Hazoor added that Allah the Exalted provides for man from where man cannot even imagine. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote that God facilitates all manner of pleasant arrangements for the righteous and that the fundamental of prosperity is taqwa. Those who adopt taqwa are granted what they seek. Hazoor commented that in this instance one should take heed from the Sikh community. They are firm on their belief in the Unity of God and indeed put their full trust in Him. Consequently, Hazoor said, one does not come across any beggars from their community.

Next Hazoor related several inspirational incidences from the life of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) whereby he received revelations from Allah the Exalted in times of dire monetary need. The nature and the fulfilment of these revelations conveyed absolute precision.