Friday Sermon: Al Jabbar- The Subduer

April 19th, 2002

Hazoor continued with the subject of the Divine attribute of Al-Jabbar in his Friday Sermon today. Hazoor said that previously he had explained various meanings of the word Jabbar from the lexicon and today he would elucidate the subject with reference to other aspects.

One connotation of the word Jabbar is mending as opposed to breaking, as in the mending [healing] of a bone – it denotes the making good of something. It therefore signifies the Divine quality to make amend where things have gone wrong, as it were: ‘to trouble-shoot’. Hazoor said that also derived from the root word of ‘Jabr’ is the quality/attribute to reform and in this regard one attribute of Allah is that of ‘Musleh’ or the Reformer.

As always Hazoor expounded the subject with Quranic verses and various ahadith that further clarified the subject. Hazoor explained how the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) continuously sought Allah’s help to make good all matters, in particular matters of faith. Reading excerpts from the writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Hazoor explained that Allah the Exalted makes good the condition of the hearts of those believe and who do good deeds. Hazoor said one who wishes to reform has to first work on self-improvement, purify oneself and attain the light of cognisance and then consequently perform refined deeds. Hazoor explained in the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) own words that he indeed was the one who was sent to perform timely reformation of creation, that he had come to once again manifest the truth about the faith that had somehow got blurred. Hazoor said the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) enjoined that patience was a requisite of reformation and that unless one sought the company of the righteous one could not embark on the journey of self-purification because it is not possible to achieve purity without a sense of analogy.