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SUMMARY OF FRIDAY SERMON

by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
April 18th, 2003



In his Friday Sermon today Hazuraba commenced explaining the Divine attribute of Al Khabir (The All-Aware) through Quranic verses. These were 4:95, 11:112, 17:97.

Next Hazuraba elucidated the prophetic references in the Holy Quran that have been fulfilled through the ages. Hazuraba recited a verse from Surah Yasin (36:37) and explained that at the time of the advent of the Holy Quran the Arabs were only aware of the husbandry of the ‘date’ whereas now science has proved that let alone fruits, all matter and anti-matter is produced in pairs. Commenting on a verse from Surah Al Inshiqaq (84:4,5) Hazuraba said that this refers to the discovery of the Americas and the commencement of scientific progress. Hazuraba pronounced that a verse of Surah Al Falaq (113:5) is a most magnificent prophecy about the ‘divide and rule’ policy of great powers of the world, in particular of the Imperialist rule of Britain of the last century. Hazuraba called the verse a ‘summary’ of Imperialist values but added that despite all this Islam would advance and triumph. Speaking about a verse of Surah Al Kahf (18:26) Hazuraba said that he has been to see the caves mentioned therein and that it was indeed courageous of those who believed in the unity of God to have escaped to the wilderness to get away from those who associated partners with God. Hazuraba observed that the prophetic mention in Surah Al Rahman (55:25) of the sailing of lofty ships was fulfilled by the creation of large fleets. Hazuraba also mentioned the enormous naval power that USA is employing in the war against Iraq. Hazuraba explained that the references in Surah Al Adiyat (100:10,11,12) and Surah Al Infitar (82:5,6) are prophecies that have come true with the extraordinary advancements made in the field of archaeology.

Next Hazuraba recounted a few ahadith that illustrated that the One who would always inform the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) was indeed the all-Aware God. Hazuraba narrated a tradition in which the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) declared to his then enemy Suraqa that one day he would wear the bracelets of the Emperor Kisra of Iran. What seemed highly implausible then actually came true by Suraqa’s subsequent acceptance of Islam and Islam’s domination in Iran during the time of Hadhrat Umer (may Allah be pleased with him). Among the spoils of war were the sumptuous bracelets of Kisra that were given to Suraqa. Among the prophetic ahadith that Hazuraba recounted was one where the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) said about Hadhrat Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) that his beard would be coloured with blood.

Hazuraba recounted a few traditions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be pleased) that exemplified that he too was indeed Divinely informed about times to come.