Friday Sermon: Al-Shaheed - The Witness, The Observer

June 7th, 2002

Hazoor continued with the subject of the Divine attributes of Al-Shahid and Al-Shaheed The Observer, The Witness. Hazoor elucidated the subject with reference to Quranic verses, ahadith and various writings and said that Allah the Exalted is indeed sufficient as a Witness for the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him). Hazoor recounted that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote that the Quranic verses also bear witness to the fact that the second coming of the Messiah will be like Jesus (on whom be peace) in spirit and that Islam’s triumph will come about through him, whether in person or through his followers.

As regards the connotation of the word Shaheed that signifies a martyr, Hazoor recounted the incidence of the battle of Uhad and said that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) would instruct to bury the martyrs without giving them the traditional wash and that he had two martyrs wrapped in a single sheet and instructed to lower the body of the one of the two who knew the Holy Quran most first in the grave.

Hazoor added that there are many who profess to believe in Allah and His Messenger but their actions do not match their words and that Allah bears witness that these people are liars. Hazoor recounted that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) said that the angels are witnesses of God in the heavens and that believers are witnesses of God on this earth. Hazoor said that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) would say to his ummah around him that he was to bear witness for them and that he feared that his witnessing would cause punishment for their ill deeds.

Hazoor said that that Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) has indeed been appointed as a witness over his ummah and that he brought a message that is to unite all the nations of the world as one, in that everyone acknowledges the unity of God.