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Acceptance of Prayers (dua)

Summary of Friday Sermon

delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

October 13th, 2006

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

Huzur continued with his theme of prayers (dua) in the Friday sermon. Huzur said we are now entering in the last ten days of Ramadan when the acceptance of prayer is manifested more than before, this is the time when Allah bestows His exclusive nearness to us and all Ahmadis should endeavour to take advantage of this. While we pray for ourselves and our families in our own language we should also make those prayers which Allah has taught us and which received the greatest degree of acceptance.
May Allah enable us that we pray for ourselves, our dear ones and the Community and may these prayers be accepted and may our practice of praying in this manner be not temporary and may it continue long after Ramadan is over. Huzur said people write anguished letters to him requesting prayers for their troubles, may they continue to pray and be steadfast once their troubles are removed.

An Ahmadi is not to spend his/her life on the precept that once the objective is achieved Allah is forgotten; our prayers should be lasting and enduring. A true believer ought to turn ever more to God when he/she is granted blessings as well as during times of trials and should not be selfish and only turn to Him in time of need; bring about a pure change during Ramadan but later fall behind. Rather we need to turn to Allah with a sense of thankfulness and gratefulness so that He may continue to grant us with His favours and blessings. May Allah make it so that we are the recipients of the prayer by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) whereby he prayed that his entire Community is of God-fearing people who wake up at night and fall down before Allah, that they are people whose models remind others of Allah, who are firm on the highest degree of taqwa and purity and who give precedence to faith over this world.

From the Quranic verses Huzur quoted the first was from Surah Al Naml verse 20 (27:20). Explaining Huzur said that it is only with Allah’s grace that we are enabled to do good. It is an immense favour of Allah on Ahmadis that in substantiation of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) we are counted among the Community of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). The rest of the Muslim world is divided and split despite having governmental power and being oil-rich. Their religious leaders are ever misleading them and sectarian strife is widespread. All this despite [inheriting] the beautiful teaching of Islam is because they have rejected the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Ahmadis should be ever grateful and thankful to Allah for the blessing of being among the Community of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

Next Huzur cited prayers for righteous offspring from Surah Al Imran (3:39) and Surah Al Saffat (37:101) and said that after marriage people are naturally keen to have children but when making a prayer for this, it should be borne in mind that the prayer is for righteous offspring who would go on to serve faith. Furthermore it is most significant that parents should reflect on their own standing in this respect. In particular parent of children who are in Waqf e Nau scheme need to really reflect on this and pray that may Allah grant us children who truly serve faith and who seek the way of Allah’s pleasure.

Huzur cited verse 25 of Surah Bani Israel (17:25) and expounded on the kind and gentle conduct one is to maintain with one’s parents. Huzur said no matter what the parents do, it is incumbent upon their children to extend nothing but kindness and courtesy to them because no matter how much we try we can never return our parent’s kindness and favours. Huzur quoted a few Ahadith to further explain the subject and said that he notes that at times people [men] serve their parents very well, which is great, however, on the other hand they are not mindful of the upbringing of their own children because they mistreat the mother of their children and are thus negligent of the training of their offspring. They do not draw the attention of their children to respect their mothers, whereas it is most important.

Next Huzur cited a number of Quranic prayers for protection against the opponents and asked the congregation to say Ameen to all the prayers. These prayers were from Surah Al Mu’minun (23:27), Surah Al Tahrim (66:12) Surah Al Saba (34:27) Surah Al Qamar (54:11) Surah Al Shu’ara (26:119) and Surah Al Maidah (5:84). Huzur said we should particularly say these prayers these days.

Huzur also cited a few prayers of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) – among them were: ‘O Allah we place You [as shield] against them and seek Your refuge from their mischief’. And ‘O’ One Who [has the power to] turn hearts, firmly establish my heart on Your faith’.

Huzur then cited some revealed prayers of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that seek Allah’s help and refuge from the opposing people. Huzur then read some extracts from the noble writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that counsel and advise with love and affection. Huzur said if the others still do not comprehend his message then Allah’s decree shall come to pass as will its logical conclusion. Still, Huzur said, we should continue to pray that if these people can be saved may they be saved; otherwise their divisive leaders shall be dealt with by God Himself.

Quoting the term ‘Adam II’ from the writing of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Huzur said may Allah enable us to make sincere prayers so that we are able to accomplish the mission of ‘Adam II’ to the best of our abilities in the sight of Allah.