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SUMMARY OF FRIDAY SERMON

by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
June 25th, 2004

(NOTE: Alislam Team takes full responsibility for any errors or miscommunication in this Synopsis of the Friday Sermon)


Maintaining Taqwa during Travel

Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah strengthen his hands) delivered the following Sermon on June 25th, 2004 at Mississauga's International Centre. In light of the fact that this was the last Friday before Jalsa Salana Canada 2004, Huzuraba instructed everyone traveling from outside the Greater Toronto Area to maintain Taqwa during their travels.

Huzuraba started the Friday Sermon with the recitation of Surah Fatiha.

After the recitation, Huzuraba strongly admonished that Ahmadis must not let the fear of Allah escape their hearts during social, business or religious journeys.

Using Hadiths and the sayings of the Promised Messiah (PBUH), Huzuraba emphasized that all those Ahmadis coming to Toronto to attend Jalsa must travel entirely for the sake of Allah. With regard to this, Huzuraba urged all of them to rid themselves of all spiritual defects, such as anger, gossip and conflict. Huzuraba stressed that all Ahmadis must stay away from pointless discussions and worthless activities. Instead, they must turn their hearts completely towards Allah.

Often, due to lengthy discussions stretching into late nights, particularly during Jalsa days, people tend to miss Fajr prayers, and missed prayers, Huzuraba reminded us, weakens Taqwa.

Huzuraba asserted that Ahmadis must have complete trust and faith in Allah. Trust in people instead of Allah, results in disillusionment and frustration, which leads to conflict. Thus, to avoid conflict, Ahmadis must develop a strong relationship with Allah. A strong relationship with Allah will give rise to successful and solid relationships with fellow human beings. Consequently society and the world will become like heaven.

Huzuraba called attention to the fact that without Taqwa, even worldly relationships and materialistic gains will start to crumble. So, Ahmadis must not sacrifice Taqwa for materialistic reasons.

Huzuraba instructed all Ahmadis to pray before starting a journey. Huzuraba pointed out that our existence is vulnerable and prone to constant danger. One can fall victim to car accidents. Short circuits in our house wiring can burn down our houses. Essentially, human life is fragile. Huzuraba said that this is why one must constantly seek the protection of Allah. New cars must not be depended on for safe journeys, rather, we must seek and depend on the blessings of Allah by worshipping Him.

Huzuraba further advised that when Ahmadis start a journey, they must always appoint one person as their Amir as per instructions by Hadhrat Muhammad (PBUH). Always give the Amir your advice but, as long as his decision lies within Sharia, never challenge his authority. Huzuraba advised that if a family is traveling, the father or elder must be appointed as Amir. Inform children of this rule as this is a good way to train children to understand the obedience system of Jama'at.

Huzuraba also suggested that after returning from any journey, always perform two Rakaat. However, Huzuraba lamented that, unfortunately, people, out of exhaustion, tend to combine or skip even Farz Namaz.

Huzuraba acknowledged that journeys have become relatively convenient due to improved transportation systems. Nonetheless journeys do disrupt routine. Such disruption may hamper regularity in Namaz. However, prayers must not be missed, regardless of disruption or exhaustion or gossiping. A journey can become a piece of punishment if Allahs protection is lost. And this mainly occurs due to missed prayers, Huzuraba added.

Huzuraba also emphasized that following the example of Hadhrat Muhammad (PBUH), journeys should not be started during the night. Even if you must travel at night, never sacrifice your minimum sleep.

Huzuraba went on to say that if driving during Namaz time, park the car and pray. Do not pray while driving, for Namaz is not a burden.

Huzuraba mentioned the Hadith in which Hadhrat Muhammad (PBUH) said that The travel of my umma is Jihad in the way of Allah. Explaining this Hadith, Huzuraba said that a journey must be for the sake of Allah. While traveling, one must ponder about the creation and attributes of Allah. Moreover a journey must bring us closer to Allah. During a journey, try to deliver the message of Allah. Even when you are traveling for business reasons, you should convey the message of Allah through your exemplary behavior and character.

Huzuraba concluded the sermon by stating that Jalsa Salana is a spiritual convention, which must produce spiritual revolution in all Ahmadis