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SUMMARY OF FRIDAY SERMON

by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
June 4th, 2004

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


Calling to the way of Allah

Huzuraba delivered today’s Friday Sermon at the opening session of Holland’s 24th Jalsa Salana at Nunspeet.

Choosing the subject of ‘calling to the way of Allah’ Huzuraba recited verse 34 of Surah Ha Mim Sajdah (41:34) and said that it is most pleasing to Allah when His servants call His creation towards Him, freeing them from the trap of Satan.

Huzuraba said it is a particular Divine grace on the Ahmadis that they have been enabled to belong to the people of the ‘perfect guide’, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) as well as the Community of his true devotee the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Along with this supreme privilege comes the great responsibility, in light of the hadith that enjoins to like for others what one likes for oneself, to take the message of truth to all the Muslims of the world who are lost in their wait for the Mahdi and who are ensnared by the avaricious mullah. Ahmadis should have compassion for all humanity and in particular for Muslims and should feel compelled to take them out of the darkness and into the light of truth, especially in view of the current precarious world situation.

Huzuraba related that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) likened the guiding of one person to the right path by someone to be better than him/her acquiring thoroughbred red camels.

Citing many excerpts from the writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Huzuraba said a serious approach needs to be adopted for carrying Allah’s message to the world. Today we are not to defend Islam with force; rather it is the requisite of the time that we spend our wealth and time for the cause of faith, to utilize the treasures of arguments and proofs that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has given us to further this cause. Huzuraba said today we have the blessing of MTA through which not only the message of Islam reaches the corners of the earth, it is also a source of education for those of us who feel a lack of religious knowledge. Huzuraba said each Ahmadi no matter where he/she lives in the world should make it obligatory on themselves to devote one or two weeks twice a year in taking the message of Islam to people. He counselled to turn to God and to do this task with sincerity rather than consider it as a target reaching exercise.

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) taught us that one way to enhance one’s age was to dedicate oneself for the cause of God; Huzuraba prayed that may we be able to do this with real ardour as well as with a flair of wisdom and sagacity.

Huzuraba cited verse 126 of Surah Al Nahl (16:126) and explained that diverse people are of different dispositions and this should be kept in mind when taking Allah’s message to them, it should be done in accordance to their outlook, employing wisdom. Huzuraba further explained that ‘wisdom’ does not denote to conceal something due to cowardice, rather as Hadhrat Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) stated that one should convey the message in conformity with the mental state of the other person.

Huzuraba said it is our good fortune that we have discovered the real truth and that we need to pay great attention in taking this message to everyone.

Citing verse 3 of Surah Al Saff (61:3) Huzuraba stressed the importance of having no discrepancy between one’s words and deeds. Huzuraba said Allah is the Knower of the unseen and we cannot ever deceive Him, for this, he said we need to continually analyse ourselves.

Huzuraba urged all office holders of the Community, all life-devotees, each man, woman, child to present themselves as a model to the world. He urged people to take the message of truth to like-minded people, cultivator-to-cultivator, lawyer-to-lawyer, doctor-to-doctor etc.

Huzuraba enjoined to seek forgiveness of Allah for all our weaknesses and negligence and to supplicate to Him to enable us to honour the rights of Allah, the rights of mankind and to be able to discharge of our duties.

In conclusion Huzuraba prayed that may we be enabled to achieve these objectives.