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Spiritual Development & Propagation of the Message of True Islam

Summary of Friday Sermon

delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

January 05th, 2007

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

Huzur delivered his Friday Sermon from Nun Speet, Holland. Huzur spoke on the urgency of our own spiritual development and the ensuing propagation of the message of true Islam.

Huzur said like other Western countries the Jama’at in Holland also constitutes of three types of Ahmadis. One type is of those who have mostly emigrated from Pakistan, and to some extent from India, and have been Ahmadis for three to four generations. Secondly, those who belong to other Muslim countries and have accepted the Imam of the age in compliance with the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Thirdly the indigenous people of Holland whom God has enabled to accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and they have thus become the fulfilment of the vision of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) whereupon he held white birds

Huzur said this is just the beginning and that in time throngs upon throngs of white birds shall come into the fold of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He added that it is the obligation of the first type of Ahmadis that he mentioned to lend a hand to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) in getting hold of these white birds and later to support and foster them. Otherwise the claims of belonging to the lineage of companions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) would be empty words. Helping and assisting in the mission of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) will not only earn you the best reward it will also elevate the status of your ancestors in Paradise and will be a source of contentment for them. Huzur said this was a great chance to do good and one that should not be wasted.

Through His quality of being Gracious Allah has given you the opportunity to come here (West) for which each Ahmadi should be grateful and this sense of thankfulness can be expressed by staying firm on piety , by taking the message of Ahmadiyyat to each person in the country, by building mosques, by honouring each other’s rights, by compliance of the administrative system of the Community and above all this thankfulness may be expressed by enhancing the standards of our worship of God. Only then we will be fulfilling the purpose of the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) who said that his advent was ‘to strengthen the faith and to prove the existence of God to people’. He said ‘I have been sent so that the time of truth may return and taqwa is inculcated in hearts’.

Addressing the second and third types of Ahmadis as described before, Huzur said they are those who have brought about a pure change in themselves and have rejected the teachings of the concept of trinity. They too should be thankful and enhance their standards of piety and take the message of Ahmadiyyat to others. Huzur said a most extensive programme should be planned by the local Jama’at to take the message of Ahmadiyyat to each individual. Indeed Allah appointed the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) to gather people of all religions as a single ummah (body of people). Huzur said those who have come into Ahmadiyyat at a later stage should not focus on the practices of perhaps those who brought them into Ahmadiyyat. If they have failings they are accountable to God for those. Certainly many are pious, who do good and forbid evil. Anyway in Islam each person is responsible for each act of theirs. If you observe a traditional Ahmadi going astray, pray for them and engage in Istaghfar yourself. When old and new Ahmadis alike, will aim to work resolutely for the purpose of the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), standards of connections with Allah will develop and the Dutch people will be drawn to you. They attack Islam for they are not aware of the beautiful teachings of Islam. They take certain extreme stances, like the furore on the issue of banning headscarf. They are considering using legislation over this. The reason is that a most horrific picture of Islam has been presented to them and they do not know about the rightful and most beautiful picture of Islam. Had the Ahmadis residing here paid attention to this issue from the beginning and had introduced Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam, to people, I think this situation would not have arisen. There is still time. Present real Islam to them by way of a venture/enterprise. I had drawn attention to this earlier but enough endeavours were not made.

Huzur added that our aim should always be to take goodwill and kindness to the world and this is what the teachings of Islam are all about. First and foremost we have to bring about pure changes in ourselves and our children and to promote good amongst ourselves. The key step for this would be to develop our standards of connection with Allah and those of our worship. This would lead on to honouring each other’s rights. When we will do good and forbid from evil the outsiders will notice us. People around us, where we work, where we live, will take note and will want to know more if we present ideal examples. Allah will then enlighten the decent among them, indeed there are many decent people in each nation.

Huzur said by all means adopt their good points but not their weaknesses. Prove it to them that we are the best among people (khair ul ummah). Huzur cautioned not to chase numbers in terms of drawing people to Ahmadiyyat. The objective should be to have those people on board who have high levels of taqwa (righteousness).

Huzur said if one does not develop one’s standards of piety and does not focus on worship of God then one is not among those who fulfil the objective of the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) whether one is from among those who have recently come into bai’at (pledge of allegiance) or from among the young generation. Huzur stressed the need to focus on planning programmes for moral training and propagation of Islam.

Huzur said a great way to draw other’s attention is by building mosques. The Jama’at in Holland has not built a mosque on its own as yet. The only existing mosque (other than mission houses) was built by donations by Pakistan Lajna some 50 years ago. Huzur said now the Jama’at was large enough and if they were to be determined and inculcated a sense of sacrifice they could build mosques. Once they started work Allah would help. Huzur said a sign of khair ul ummah is that they have trust and reliance in Allah. If the building of a mosque was started InshaAllah it would be constructed. Huzur advised not to under-estimate yourself, and added that in actual fact it is under-estimating the grace and blessings of Allah. If you have faith, then have certainty in the grace and blessings of Allah. Huzur suggested a target of one mosque built every two years in the areas where Jama’at is established. Huzur urged them to pay attention to building of mosque along with Tabligh efforts and said that Holland should not lag behind anymore and should accept this challenge.

Huzur said if you try and establish the Unity of God with sincerity of purpose you will experience Divine signs, the manifestation of which was promised to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) throughout his era.

Huzur prayed that may Allah enable each Ahmadi to stay firm on taqwa and to fulfil the purpose of the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Huzur said if you truly understand the purpose of the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) you will be the recipient of Divine favours. May Allah enable us to attain these favours by living our lives in accordance with the expectations of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

In conclusion Huzur said to step forward with a renewed enthusiasm for Tabligh and raise the standards of worship of God. May Allah, having enabled us to bring about pure changes in ourselves, make us the recipient of His favours.