Hazoor delivered the Friday Sermon today on the Divine quality of ‘Kibriyai’ (greatness) by virtue of which is the Divine attribute of Al-Mutakabbir, "The Exalted".
Hazoor explained the root word "kibr" that signifies grandeur and domination and elaborated that this was a characteristic that befitted none but Allah’s Being for Whom it was a laudable attribute and when applied on humans, the adjective was condemnatory. As always Hazoor elucidated the subject with reference to Quranic verses, ahadith and writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Hazoor explained that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) enjoined to adopt taqwa and to declare Allah’s greatness whenever present on a place of high elevation. Hazoor said the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) admonished that in Heaven only a sheet of haughtiness will come in between the Countenance of Allah the Exalted and people and that Allah the Exalted enhances that person by one degree who adopts one degree of humility for Allah’s sake and downgrades a person by one degree who is haughty by one degree. Hazoor said the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) told us that Allah the Exalted commands that none can give an undertaking about Allah that He will not forgive any particular person on the Day of Judgment and that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) said that on the Day of Judgment those closest to him will be pleasant-natured people and the farthest to him will be those who are impudent and arrogant.
Reading from the writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Hazoor said that the love of God cannot be attained unless one rids oneself of arrogance and inculcates humility and meekness and severs one’s previous relationships and bases one’s love, affection and enmities all for the sake of Allah. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that arrogance was a vice worse that murder and that humility was a prerequisite for a believer. Hazoor said that both Adam (on whom be peace) and Satan had sinned but Adam (on whom be peace) had not been arrogant and had confessed to his sin and that among the many abilities of the prophets of God one is negation of one’s self in that greatness only belongs to Allah.
Hazoor said that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) told us that the finest and most excellent way to purify one’s self was to shun all manner of arrogance, be it of knowledge, of wealth or one’s lineage because all light that dispels darkness comes from God and the true cognisance is attained only when man considers himself to be nothing and seeks that which eradicates the egotistic self. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) admonished his community to avoid arrogance for it is most abominable in the sight of God, he warned that God can take away physical beauty and health from those who deride fellow human beings about the same and that one should make pure intention and adopt absolute humility so that Allah may have mercy on one.
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)