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Divine Attribute of Maalik (The Master) Part III

Summary of Friday Sermon

delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

March 30th, 2007

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

After Sura Fatiha, Huzoor (aba) recited verse 190 of Chapter 3, Sura Al-`Imran.

Then Huzoor (aba) stated:

Allah the Exalted, who is the Master of everything, is the Master of the heavens and the Master of the earth. There is nothing that is beyond His jurisdiction. Allah has described His attributes of Master and King in many different ways in the Holy Quran. It is the duty of every believer to gain thorough understanding of these attributes of Allah. He should keep this in mind and while seeking Allah’s help, should tread on the path shown by Him. He should pay attention to His worship, obey His commandments, and discharge his duties towards His creatures. He should fear from Him who is the Master of the Day of Judgment from the day when rewards and punishments will be decided. No sane person can claim, merely on the basis of having done many good deeds during his lifetime, that he will be going to heaven. Such a person will be called a fool. We have heard this Hadith many a time where the Holy Prophet (saw) has stated that even he will not enter paradise without Allah’s Mercy and Blessing.

Huzoor (aba) stated that it is the Holy Prophet (saw) for whose sake the heavens and the earth were created. He was the Master Prophet. Allah has declared in the Holy Quran, "Allah sends down His blessings on the Prophet and His angles pray for him. O ye who believe, you too should invoke His blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace. (33:57)"

His only goal was to win the pleasure of Allah. His nights were spent such that his feet would swell from standing up worshipping Allah. Hazrat Aisha (ra) testified that his nights and his days were the true reflections of the Holy Quran. Then again, Allah has declared in the Holy Quran about the Holy Prophet (saw) "And thou dost, surely, possess sublime moral excellences." In other words, Allah is declaring that the Holy Prophet (saw) has achieved supreme excellence in his teachings and his deeds. Then, Allah makes the Holy Prophet (saw), proclaim through the Holy Quran, "Say, ‘My Prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds;"

In spite of all these guarantees, in spite of all his good deeds, in spite of all the testimonials of friends and foes he expresses fear. This was not because he did not have faith in Allah’s promises. This was so because he understood Allah’s attributes the best. He is the one who really understood the meanings of Allah’s attribute of Master of the Day of Judgment. This is why he always sought Allah’s mercy. And this is what he prescribed for his followers also.

Huzoor (aba) stated this is the truth that man’s salvation lies in seeking mercy and blessing from the One who is the Master of the Day of Judgment. No one knows which deed is acceptable in the sight of Allah and which one is not. Allah knows the inner most secrets of man and the intentions behind any act.

Huzoor (aba) further illustrated the subject by quoting an example of a pious person who was falsely accused of a murder. He appealed to Allah’s Justice and prayed for him being saved from this trial. However, his prayer was not heard and he was given the death sentence. He again prayed, appealing to Allah’s Justice. Upon this, he was told that since he asked for justice, then he is being given justice. Although he was falsely accused this time, however, in the past, he had killed an animal in a cruel manner and this is what he is being punished for now.

Hazrat Masih Maud (as) has stated that the salvation in the hereafter is a gift from Allah for those who believe in Him, who accelerated towards His obedience, acting upon His commandments, in worshiping Him, and in gaining understanding of His attributes. This salvation, despite excelling in obedience and carrying out all commandments, is not a right that is owed to you but a gift from Allah, the exalted.

Huzoor (aba) stated that if Allah was merely a just God, then none of those would be able to benefit from His mercy who were only in the early stages of making the effort to tread the right path. This is why, we should always pray for His mercy and blessing, and forgiveness.

Huzoor (aba) stated that it is our duty to reflect Allah’s attributes in our selves. The Holy Prophet (saw) was the perfect reflection of Allah’s attributes. He excelled all others in mercy and forgiveness. He forgave the most bitter enemies who had persecuted him and his followers for a long time. He gave example of the treatment of Ikramah, son of Abu Jahal. Huzoor (aba) further illustrated the subject by quoting some Ahadith.

In the end, Huzoor (aba) prayed that may Allah enable us, following the footsteps of this most perfect reflection of Allah’s attributes, keeping our egos in check, to the best of our abilities, to be kind and loving to each other. May we appear before Allah on the Day of Judgment with such deeds that will attract His mercy and forgiveness. Aameen.