Today Hazoor delivered his Friday Sermon on the Divine attribute of Al-Wahab, “The Bestower”.
Expounding the meaning of the word ‘Wahab’ Hazoor said that it denotes a Being Who bestows on everyone according to his or her rights and Who showers blessings on people on a wide scale and that this bestowal is free from any motive or sense of recompense.
Hazoor further elucidated the subject by presenting it in light of several verses of the Holy Quran, ahadith and various writings. Hazoor related that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) said that if Allah so wished He could turn the heart of anyone among mankind and that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) would constantly pray to Allah the Exalted to keep his heart firm in matters of faith. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) recounted that Allah the Exalted had bestowed Laila tul Qadr (Night of the Decree) on his people, a blessing hitherto not bestowed on any other people.
Further illustrating the subject Hazoor cited several Quranic verses pertaining to Ibrahimi prayers and prayers made by other prophets of God, including Hadhrat Zachariah, Daud, Sulaiman, Ayub (peace be on them all) and the favours of Allah the Exalted that were bestowed on them. Hazoor explained that Allah the Exalted did not just bestow the blessing of prophet hood on them, rather they were also granted with righteous progeny and worldly possessions because these prophets of God sacrificed everything of theirs for the sake of God and always gave preference to spiritual matters over worldly affairs.
Commenting on a Quranic prayer for a righteous family Hazoor related the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) writings that illustrate that this blessing is bestowed only when one gives preference to God over all else.
Hazoor said that such is the lofty station of prophet hood that it can only be granted by a Being that is both mighty and generous and that Being is only Allah’s Who can confer this bestowal on a pauper if He so wishes, regardless of the fact that people around him like him or not.
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)