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Salat

وَ مَا خَلَقۡتُ الۡجِنَّ وَ الۡاِنۡسَ اِلَّا لِیَعۡبُدُوۡنِ

And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me. (Al-Dhariyat : 57) (Quoted by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih in Friday sermon June 24, 2016).

  1. If we have such worshippers who say prayers full of pleasure and delight, then the financial system will be improved by itself. Because as a person’s standard of righteousness rises, he gives more attention to financial sacrifice. Not only this, but the issues involving Internal Affairs and Qazaa will be resolved to a great extent. And rest of the departments will become active, too, provided everyone offers their prayers properly. (January 20, 2017).
  2. While it is a given that offering Salat is obligatory on every Ahmadi, but along with that, as per the Holy Prophet’s (sa) instructions, the congregational prayers are obligatory on every able Muslim man. But as we see, people do not pay attention towards it. And weakness in this matter can be noticed. No doubt that prayers are obligatory on all true believers and they themselves are responsible for it, but we also have an established system in Jama’at. The Jama’at organization should also keep reminding people about congregational prayers. I keep drawing attention of the Jama’at towards this subject in my sermons in one way or the other. But this is the responsibility of missionaries and the organization to take it from there and disseminate my instructions to draw people’s attention towards it. They should convey the message of the importance of congregational prayer over and over again to each member of Jama’at. In reality, we will only be able to fulfill the duty of being an Ahmadi when we safeguard our prayers and are also able to attain spiritual pleasure from them. When we start achieving spiritual pleasure and delight from our prayers, then we will automatically be inclined towards offering them. (January 20, 2017).
  3. In some Jama’ats, there is a favorable presence in congregational prayers. Still, some people are always missing out on a prayer or two. There are several such members who sometimes don’t offer a couple of prayers here and there. Sometimes, the reason is that the organization of Jama’at is not drawing their attention towards this matter and that the organization has other preferences. Firstly, not everyone listens to my sermons. To conclude that 100% of members listen to the Friday Sermon is wrong. And even if they listen, the responsibility still lies with the organization to constantly remind. The very reason behind establishing a system is to give attention to moral training. (January 20, 2017).
  4. The first and the foremost [point] that we should always keep in view – and it is also the purpose of our creation – is “to worship God”. As Allah says and as the Promised Messiah (as) has stated, Allah says in the Holy Qur’an, “I have not created jinn and men but that they may worship Me”, (51:57). I have repeated it several times, drawing attention to this matter, but many of us remember it for a few days and then forget it. (June 24, 2016).
  5. At times, due to severe weather or owing to shorter nights, attendance can be low at the time of Fajr Salat. Or people combine their Zuhr and Asr Salat. So, owing to severe weather, not having enough sleep due to short nights, or being busy in work, people either miss offering Salat or combine them. These days the Salat time in these countries [the sermon was delivered in London] is going backwards and at the time of Fajr Salat, there is a decrease of one and half rows [at the mosque]. Sometimes the numbers increase because of visitors from abroad but the locals, who live close by, should come to the mosque regularly for Salat – especially for Fajr Salat. This should not be just here [in the UK], but everywhere in the world. Much improvement can be made in this regard if officeholders and life-devotees pay attention to this. (April 15, 2016).
  6. Salat is obligatory on a 10-year-old child and parents should supervise in this regard. This can only be fulfilled when parents also offer Salat with due care. (January 2, 2015).
  7. For men, “Offering Salat with its requisites,” means to go to the mosque five times a day, unless when not feeling well or due to a genuine excuse. If this was practiced, our mosques would fill up. If only the officeholders started following this, it would make a huge difference. Effort is required in this matter and the Jama’at and the auxiliary organizations need to pay a lot of attention here! The Promised Messiah (as) said if a man wishes to forego Salat, then he has not achieved much more than animals. (January 2, 2015).
  8. The observance of Salat is a fundamental divine directive which has been declared to be the very reason for the creation of a human being … when a very important and essential directive of Allah is not being fulfilled, is not being acted upon, then the claim that we will do this or that is entirely useless. (May 24, 2013).
  9. At Fajr, some people were asleep in the hall [The sermon was delivered in Germany on the first day of Jalsa there]. Salat needs to be offered even if they were unwell. Such a sight should not be seen in the hall. The Tarbiyat department should take note of this. (June 1, 2012).
  10. No undue optimism should be expressed in context of Salat unless every single Ahmadi is 100% firm on the requisites of Salat. (February 22, 2008).
  11. There is usually a complaint from the women’s side that the Salat rows are not straight and even the officeholders stand in uneven rows. Another complaint is that elderly or unwell ladies place chairs in the middle of rows to offer their Salat. This usually takes place at large gatherings like Jalsa, etc. Those who have to offer their Salat sitting on chairs should move to one side or at the back. (April 13, 2007).