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Jalsa Salana Japan

Summary of Friday Sermon

delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

May 12th, 2006

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

Huzuraba delivered his Friday Sermon from Nagoya, Japan, thus inaugurating the Jalsa Salana of Japan.

Huzuraba referred to taking the message of the Promised Messiahas, which is indeed the teaching of the Holy Prophetsaw to the people of Japan and said that it was the wish of the Promised Messiahas to arrange for books and literature to be published for the Japanese people whom he considered to be searching for a good religion. It was in 1935 that Hadhrat Musleh Maudra sent missionaries to this country – these people worked with great dedication and devotion. However, with the Second World War situation changed and there were obstacles. The country suffered great loss in the War; however, being a courageous nation they have made great post-war progress especially in the field of technology. This has inclined them to worldly things, yet they remain interested in religion and have a desire to learn about Islam.

Addressing the congregation Huzuraba said most of them had emigrated from Pakistan and have had business opportunities in Japan; some had married in the Japanese community and with the grace of Allah their children were holding on to the pledge of allegiance and Inshallah they will facilitate in spreading Ahmadiyyat in the country.

Huzuraba said many in the congregation were from the families of the companions of the Promised Messiahas and they should be mindful that they are representative of Islam in the land. It was the Promised Messiah’sas desire to spread Islam in this country as its inhabitants are good-natured people. Huzuraba said this task should not be simply left for the missionaries; indeed members of the Community should self-reflect and analyse themselves, reform their ways and mould their lives in accordance to Islam. In doing so, it is their practices that will attract people to the Islamic teaching. Huzuraba urged that this should be sought via prayers.

Further elucidating the ways and means to achieve this Huzuraba said we need to establish a living connection with Allah and the most significant way to attain this is to raise one’s standard of worship of God, this, he said is only possible with continual remembrance of Allah and with a sense of thankfulness for all His blessings.

Huzuraba said Salat must be offered with all its requisites as taught by the Holy Prophetsaw; indeed the pace of life is very fast in this country but Allah declares that He is One Who sustains life and is the Provider therefore one must not imagine that one is providing for oneself merely through one’s efforts. Allah provides for all other creation and provides for us in the same manner. It is therefore of paramount significance that Ahmadis uphold and maintain worship of God; indeed Allah is not in need of our worship rather it is for own good and well-being that prayers work for.

Huzuraba said as Ahmadis we maintain that we are to join/connect with those who were before us, the awwaleen (the earlier ones) and for this we have to come up to their high standards.

Citing hadith and writings of the Promised Messiahas Huzuraba laid great emphasis on observance of Salat; to resist the satanic temptations that incline us to worldly pursuits and keep us away from remembrance of Allah and urged to make endeavours to observe Salat with utter devotion. The Holy Prophetsaw said that negligence in observance of Salat takes one towards kufr (disbelief) and this ultimately is tantamount to associating partners of Allah.

Huzuraba strongly urged towards early training of children in these matters and stressed that rudimentarily the love of Allah should be instilled in their hearts, however, this is not possible if parents do not have a living connection with Allah.

In conjunction with observance of Salat Huzuraba elucidated the significance of financial giving and said that in the era of the Promised Messiahas financial and monetary giving has greater implication; it purifies one and guarantees goodness for one and one’s family, it brings one closer to Paradise and away from the fire of Hell. Allah commands in the Holy Qur’an not to associate partners with Him, to observe Salat and to pay Zakat and to maintain close links with kindred/family. Huzuraba said those on whom Zakat is applicable should pay it and added that in the times of the Holy Prophetsaw whenever the need arose the Prophet would make appeal for financial giving/sacrifice. The Promised Messiahas followed in this tradition and this is being carried on by his Khalifas. Huzuraba said that in this day and age when priorities are fast changing financial giving is of great importance. Addressing the congregation Huzuraba said their economic situation has vastly improved by coming to this country but were they paying their chanda (monetary contribution) by the prescribed rate, could it be that they were not disclosing their correct income? Indeed it is like deceiving Allah although He is All-Knowing and is full aware of what is in hearts. Huzuraba reiterated that he has said it many times before that if one’s situation requires one may write to him and seek a remission in chanda payment, however, by making incorrect payments one not only commits the sin of false payment but also commits the sin of lying. Huzuraba urged to take this responsibility seriously and said that with worship of God and financial giving avenues of Tabligh are opened.

Further expounding the counsel of the Holy Prophetsaw to be kind to close relative Huzuraba said this entails relations from both the husband and the wife’s side. He said this counsel would of greater significance for those who have married into Japanese families and would enhance opportunities for Tabligh. However, in order to convey the message of Islam to others the prerequisite of bringing about a pure change in oneself is a necessity. Huzuraba read extracts from the Promised Messiah’sas writings and urged to take note of the message therein to reform oneself and said that the message of Islam should be taken to each house in the land.

Huzuraba concluded on prayers that may Allah remove any weaknesses through supplications of the two days of Jalsa and may He enable for the message of Islam to be taken to this part of the world.

Huzuraba announced that following Jummah he would lead two funeral prayers in absentia; one that of Dr. Mujeeb ur Rahman Pasha of Pakistan who was gunned down by an unknown assailant two days ago and was thus martyred. The other funeral prayer was for Huzuraba’s late aunt, Sahibzabi Mahmooda Begum sahiba, the wife of late Mirza Munnawar Ahmad Sahib who passed away a few months ago.