In his Friday Sermon today Hazoor elucidated the continuing theme of the Divine attribute of Al-Aziz (The Mighty) with particular reference to the opening verses of Surah Al-Jumu’ah. Expounding the phenomenon of the coming of the Promised Messiah in the Latter-Days that the Quranic verses unfold, Hazoor said that the power of the Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings be on him) holiness was such that it would purify people 1300 later in the exact manner as it originally did. It was Allah’s promise that in the time of the Latter-Days there will be righteous people who will match the Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) in their spiritual excellence and that all this will be achieved through the latent beneficence of the Holy Prophet (may peace and blessings be on him). Hazoor said these people would endure trials and tribulations and calamities but will remain steadfast and that fear will be insignificant for them. Hazoor said that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) told us that the beneficence of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) will be placed in him and those who will enter his community will be those that the Holy Quran refers to as ‘Aakhareen’ or believers of the Latter-Days. Referring to the Quranic mention of completion of religion that the corresponding revelation of Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him), Hazoor said the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) told us that this completion comprised of the completion of guidance and the completion of propagation and that the period for the latter kind of completion is the period of the Promised Messiah. Hazoor explained that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) told us that the he was a spiritual heir of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) and therefore had by implication obtained his knowledge, excellent nature, and indeed the title of prophet hood, that he was the Second Manifestation of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) and that this understanding of his mission supported and upheld the Quranic mention of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) as Khataman nabiyyeen (The Seal of all the Prophets).
Further commenting on other Quranic verses Hazoor said that death was in actual fact benevolence in that it releases man form the troubles of this life and afterwards spiritual progress starts. Hazoor said success of this world is not free from troubles and that the situation of success and failure is corresponding to the state of life and death.
Among the many related revelations of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that Hazoor read out, one is as follows:
“Do not be amazed by My command, We wish to grant you honour and wish to protect you.”
The Jumu'ah (Friday) prayer is one form of congregational worship in Islam. It takes place every Friday. Regular attendance at the Jumu'ah prayer is enjoined on the believer. According to a Saying of Muhammad(sa) this congregational prayer is twenty-five times more blessed than worship performed alone. (Bukhari)
“O ye who believe! When the call is made for Prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business. That is best for you, if you only knew.” more
“… (He who) offers the Prayers and listens quitely when the Imam stands up for sermon, will have his sins forgiven between that Friday and the next” (Bukhari)