2013 khutba action items ft

We compiled all our khutba action items from August 2013 onward – that’s when we began archiving these onto our site – into one post so that you can check your own progress. Please click the dates to watch Huzoor (aba)’s original sermon and read its translation.

  • December 27, 2013 – Love & Brotherhood
    • There is a special atmosphere of spirituality associated with the Qadian Jalsa and all sincere Ahmadis around the world should utilize the three days of this Jalsa making special efforts to remember and live up to the expectations of the Promised Messiah (as) by resolving to undertake a permanent reformation of oneself.
    • Don’t be one of those who say something and do something else –i.e., God’s commandment: ‘O ye who believe! why do you say what you do not do? (61:3) should always be kept in view in order to attain our objectives. Be realistic and do not only keep an eye on your good points; on the contrary, keep an eye on your weaknesses and correct them and submit to the commandments of God and the Holy Prophet (saw) and do not make any excuses as regards honesty, sincerity, obedience and modesty.
    • Keep the model of Hazrat Abu Bakr Sadeeq (ra) and the example of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) at the Battle of Hunayn before you – It is time to enthusiastically  say “lubbaiq” to the commandments of moral reformation (jihad of the self) and to cut off the necks of the rebellious horses of our “nafs” (self).
    • Set new standards of love and brotherhood  – The Promised Messiah (as) once declared that he had been sent to establish two things in the world — (i) Tauheed and (ii) love and brotherhood.
    • All Ahmadis should engage in prayers for the well-being of our brothers and sisters who are experiencing persecution in various countries of the world (especially in Pakistan, Indonesia, Syria, etc.) — May Almighty Allah give them patience and strength, may He make things easy for them and relieve them from every form of oppression and persecution. This is an important prayer in context of universal brotherhood and unity.
    • The following are some additional steps towards practical, effective personal reformation (following on from Huzoor’s (aba) Friday Sermon of last week):
    • Taking a long-term view of the consequences of our actions with a view to the possible reward or punishment in the Hereafter – quite often man only thinks of the near-term expediency of his actions (such as the short-term monetary gain from dishonesty or cheating) misguidedly thinking that he wouldn’t be held accountable for them on the Day of Judgement.
    • Appreciating the correlation between habit and practice – The frequent practice of bad deeds or immorality makes these bad deeds habitual, numbing one’s sensitivities as to why the deed is bad in the first place and/or awareness that a person is committing such a bad deed or engaged in immorality. The law of the land can and should play a part in effecting reformation and breaking bad habits through good governance, as can religious exhortation. “God commands to advice and even if there is an iota of faith in someone, advice works.” Huzoor (aba) also reminded us to be especially mindful of all types of intoxicants including modern-day intoxicants such as excessive watching of TV/movies, the Internet, etc.
    • Don’t let emotions (love for material goods or family) become a hindrance in your reformation – Huzoor (aba) noted with concern how some parents out of over-indulgence, do not make their children conform to Islamic teachings especially in a liberal society, and/or they encourage their children to misguidedly assert themselves even when Islamic teachings require them to adopt humility and honesty in all situations.
    • The need to constantly watch over one’s self – We should weigh the consequences of everything we do and contemplate whether what we are doing is permissible or not. Huzoor (aba) drew the attention of Ahmadis in all fields of life and Ahmadi businessmen, traders, shopkeepers, etc. in particular to be watchful in this regard; they should be honest in their dealings and ensure that their profit margins are reasonable and not exploitative. Similarly, purdah/hijab is being abandoned because the Quranic commandment is not often reminded and it is not spoken about in families. Thus, it is very important for reformation of practice to continually mention what is wicked and what is virtuous.
    • Fear and love of Almighty Allah should overcome any loyalty to human relations and customs/societal dictates.
    • Aim to effect reformation in your entire family – If one does not work hard towards saving one’s family, one day the family would cause ruin. While everyone in the family should make an effort in this regard, the head of the family has a particularly important role to play here and to establish an example for family members to follow. And such efforts can not typically be made without sacrifice (e.g., self-reformation, time, setting limits, etc.).
    • Each member of the Jama’at needs to self-reflect, make sacrifice and make a firm pledge  – While our Jama’at has triumphed vis-a-vis matters of faith and creed such that our viewpoint is increasingly being taken up by others, our practices and deeds are lacking. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) has encapsulated this rather splendidly in these few words:‘Up till now there are only two walls of faith/creed. We have not yet made the two walls of practice/deeds. This is why a thief can come in and steal our property. When, as a result of sacrifice we will complete our four walls, all ways for the thief’s entry will be closed.’
    • Our pledge – Today we pledge that we will give sacrifice of our personal wishes, wishes of our family and will fully try to give each such sacrifice which brings about reformation of practice. May God enable us to do so!
  • December 13, 2013 – Aspects of Self Reformation
    • The following are some steps towards practical, effective personal reformation –i.e., “how to put Jack in the box” (Jamaat members are encouraged to listen to Huzoor’s (aba) last two sermons to fully understand the use of Huzoor’s “Jack in the box” analogy).
    • Positing the questions Huzoor (aba) mentioned in last week’s Friday Sermon.
    • Familiarizing and adhering to the some 700 commandments mentioned in the Holy Quran bearing in mind that all are worthy of our attention – i.e., no commandment is too small and there is no sin nor vice that is trivial in import.
    • Determining the root cause for one’s propensity to stray away from these commandments – Based on Huzoor’s (aba) readings on this matter, this root cause is often attributable to the fact that many people – sometimes consciously and sometimes being influenced by the society around them as opposed to the teachings of the Holy Quran and the example of the Holy Prophet (saw) – have determined that some sins are “small” and others are “big.” They begin to think that carrying out a small sin is a harmless thing or that its punishment is not very severe. We need to remember that  Allah Almighty has assigned a punishment for every small and big sin and when we look at how the Holy Prophet (saw) has discussed and described small and big sins and good deeds, we find that he has described these differently for different people in different situations. When a person is neglecting a certain commandment thinking it to be a minor virtue, it is this negligence that will push him/her towards the commission of a great sin and it is this neglected minor virtue that becomes a “big sin,” irrespective of whether this person is mindful of not committing other sins which he/she has deemed to be “bigger.”
    • Remembering and keeping at the forefront of one’s mind that every good or evil deed has to be measured and seen in the context of each person’s own situation and circumstances – “in different situations the actions of different people can affect the definition of good and bad deed for that person…big evils are those which he/she finds himself unable to abandon and encounters the greatest difficulty in setting aside and which have become a part of his habitual actions. And the big virtues are those that a person finds very difficult to accomplish. In other words many evil deeds are big for one person and small for another and similarly many good deeds are big for one person and quite small for another.”Islam has labeled that virtuous deed as being big the doing of which is most difficult and it is a different righteous deed for each person. And Islam has labeled that evil deed as being big from which it is difficult to save oneself.
    • Keeping in mind that our self-made definitions or code of morality will not enable us to adopt virtues and shun evil unless they encompass and give all Quranic commandments due weight. Many times one can do oneself much harm if he/she starts to make his/her own definitions/interpretation in deciding which evil deeds to abandon and which to hang on to and not confront; and determine some good deeds to adopt and leave others.
    • The importance of collective action – To bring to end the tendency to commit one or more evil deeds we all need to put forth a full-fledged effort in a collective manner. Each one of us needs to bear in mind that there is a society, a Jama’at, and the need is for every member of the Jama’at to make an effort. A society cannot be rid of evil if everyone makes his or her own definition of virtue and evil; then one person will be thinking of a thing to be bad or a big evil while another will be thinking it to be a small evil and it may be that a third would be holding on to yet another thought about the thing.
    • We need to think along the same, consistent lines if we are to uproot evil – For example the vast majority of Muslims considers the eating of pork to be absolutely against Islamic teachings and irrespective of whether they are a  mischief-maker, thief, adulterer, robber – (i.e., they will do any and all of these things and yet call themselves Muslims), but if you ask any such person to eat the flesh of swine he will respond by saying that I am a Muslim how can I do this? How can I eat the flesh of a pig? The reason is that in the Muslims as a whole this feeling has taken root that the eating of the flesh of swine is a sin and not allowed – that it is haram, prohibited. By the same token Huzoor (aba) says, “So to stop evil deeds and to promote good and virtuous deeds we have to wake up the very soul of every member of the society and realize that even a small righteous act of goodness is a big virtue and that even a small evil act is a grave sin. Until this kind of thinking develops in every one of us and an effort will not be made to bring this about, the evil deeds will continue to exist in society and these will continue to impede the work of bringing about a practical reformation.”
    • As parents we need to set a righteous example – It is well known that children learn what they see and live around themselves. If the parents are righteous and observe the salat and recite the Holy Quran and live with each other in an atmosphere of love and affection and abhor falsehood, then the children, under their care and influence, will also be such as will adopt virtues. Parents need to keep an eye on the outside environment of the children (for example, the company that they keep) as well as keep an eye on how their children conduct themselves within the house; for example, the programs that they watch on the television or see through their Internet access.
    • Tarbiyat of children should not be delayed – it can start from the age of 2-3 years and the thought should not cross the parents’ mind that we will start the child’s training when the child grows older. Children are impressionable and become set in their ways early on and so when they get older it becomes more difficult to accept anything different.
  • December 6, 2013 – Instrospection & Self Reformation
    • Need for Introspection and Self-Reformation: Each person who is appointed to serve the Jama’at needs to self-reflect in particular, and every Ahmadi needs to self-reflect in general. The dues of Bai’at are not fulfilled merely by verbal professions of faith and by accepting, rather there is no point unless there is strong resolve and brilliant action. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Remember mere verbosity and phraseology cannot avail unless it is followed by practice. Mere words carry no weight.’ He also said: ‘Make your faith weighty. Practice is the ornament of faith.’
    • True believers and moderation:  When a true believer embraces every virtue and runs away from sin then alone can he practice moderation. However, when we see the state of affairs as far as the lifestyle changes the Promised Messiah (as) wished to bring about, we have cause for concern. Is our environment and society around us being positively influenced by us or are we being influenced by our environment? (Please listen to the Friday Sermon to hear the list of questions that Huzoor (aba) encouraged us to ask ourselves on a regular basis. If the answer to these questions is in the negative, then we are distant from the teachings of the Promised Messiah (as) and should be concerned about our lifestyle).
    • True believers and progress: Progressive communities keep an eye on their weaknesses and they keep an eye on the facts. We cannot feel happy that 50% or such and such per cent of us are reformed. If we are to bring about a revolutionary change in the world we need to keep 100% reformation as our target. If we reform our lifestyles 100%, all the conflicts, litigations, efforts to harm others financially, greed for property, watching foul material on television and other media, efforts to demean each other, all ills will be removed.
    • Reminder to all Ahmadis: Each Ahmadi needs to commit to a personal Jihad to avoid social ills. Remember that when lifestyle weaknesses get tangled with societal considerations and trends, they can shake the roots of belief; sometimes in ways that we don’t fully realize until it is too late. For example, socials ills can enter homes in the name of entertainment and influence youngsters and weak-willed people. This is cause for concern for all Ahmadis. Taking advantage of modern inventions is not prohibited. Ahmadis should utilise these inventions to spread the message of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and not come under the influence of indecency and faithlessness and assign themselves to the detractors. The elders should be good role models and the younger ones should make full efforts and seek help from God to be protected from societal ills and evil influences. In addition to raising our personal defense, we need to make efforts to reforms others and makes a special connection with God for this purpose, then along with saving others we will also be reforming ourselves. We will be saving our next generation and will be the saviors of the weak-willed and thus the sequence will continue and last till the Day of Judgment and rather than spread evil, new inventions will be source of spreading God’s name in every country and every part of the world.
    • Reminder to Office-holders: Matters are brought to Huzoor’s attention showing that office-holders do not have self-control and tolerance. If someone speaks to them in a loud tone their ego and honor gets in the way and a false sense of pride surfaces. One who considers jamaat work as a Divine blessing tolerates everything for the pleasure of Almighty Allah and the knowledge that all honor belongs to God forces him to be humble and meek. Act upon the saying ‘Assume that you are worse than all the rest’ and suppress your egos and root out any strain of arrogance. The model which needs to be portrayed by every office-holder in his/her lifestyle, by every worker of the Jama’at in his/her lifestyle and by every Ahmadi in his/her lifestyle should reflect Allah the Exalted’s revelation to the Promised Messiah (as): “He (Allah) is pleased with your humble ways.”
  • November 29, 2013 – Seeking the Pleasure of Allah
    • Status of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him): Younger members of the Jamaat as well as new Ahmadis need to understand and appreciate the special status of the Khilafat of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) – “The status of this Khilafat is between the status of being commissioned by God and Khilafat… Just as it is true that Prophets do not come every day, it is also true that a promised Khalifa also does not come every day” (please listen to Huzoor’s khutbah for further explanation).
    • What is the true purpose of life: While many scholars and philosophers pontificate on this, the Holy Quran informs us that the true purpose of life is engaging in the worship of Allah the Exalted, and the essence of real worship is seeking the pleasure of Almighty Allah in every matter. Real worship of Allah is, for example, when one earns a livelihood according to the commandments of God and not with lies and deception and while forgetting God. Rights of worship of God are not fulfilled merely by offering Salat. If other commandments of God are not kept in view then offering Salat is of no use. As Ahmadi Muslims we have a huge responsibility and trust to discharge in this regard because while we have convinced the world as regards our creed through the message of the Promised Messiah (as), there is still the need however, to convince the world about Islam as regards our practices, because without this our detractors cannot be really influenced.
    • Emphasis on Truthfulness: The purpose of the advent of the Prophets of God in this world is to establish truthfulness and honesty and set a model which a beholder cannot escape being impressed with. This is the trust given to believers and it is our obligation to safeguard it. For example, while our detractors cannot perceive the sincerity of the heart and faith, they can perceive truthfulness. As a result, Huzoor (aba) pointed out, if we do not adhere to truthfulness in every matter, then coming to the mosque to offer Salat will not be real worship of Almighty Allah. Similarly rancor, malice, jealousy and many other ills destroy the essence of worship of Allah the Exalted. As Ahmadis, we need to establish truthfulness and honesty and setting such a model which a beholder cannot escape being impressed with.
    • Responsibility of Parents: “Remember a person who does not teach pious morals to his children not only commits enmity against his children, but commits enmity against the mission, enmity against the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and commits enmity against Allah the Exalted.” The true inheritance that we leave to provide for our children and secure their future well-being is good moral training and piety, and if our children lack the awareness and enthusiasm to exhibit good morals, then we as parents are accountable for our negligence in this respect. When their child speaks falsehood, or thieves or commits a crime, if a parent supports the child and tries to protect him/her, the first crime the parents commit is violating Almighty Allah’s commandment: ‘…save yourselves and your families from a Fire…’ but they do not do this, and the second crime is that they break the Divine commandment of: ‘…but help not one another in sin and transgression…’ The wealth that we have received from the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) are high morals and it is our duty to make our children inheritors of these. If due to negligence there is a slip-up, then a believer is obligated not to help each other in sin. On the contrary he/she should detach himself/herself from the person who has committed the crime. Allah the Exalted has shown example of believers and no one can say it is not possible to do this (please listen to Huzoor’s (aba) Khutbah for a narration of some of these accounts shared by Huzoor (aba)).When reforming ourselves and our children in this regard, we need to remind ourselves, as was the example of the respected companions of the Promised Messiah (as), that the punishment of this world is less than the punishment of the Hereafter.
    • Responsibility of each Ahmadi:  We need to realize that by sending the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Allah the Exalted has put a huge responsibility on us. Even if a person has a mammoth amount of ills, it is not difficult to rid of them if each one of us resolves to do so. Only then will the Khutbahs/Friday Sermons such as this one have a lasting impact upon us. We can honor this trust if we make sure we pass good virtues to our children and they in turn to the next generation. Huzoor (aba) said: “I wish to say at this time that members of the Jamaat should reform their own children and other youngsters of the Jama’at. Abandon falsehood, deception, fraud, deceit, back-biting etc. and bad habits, so much so that anyone dealing with you feels that these people are very good people.”
  • November 22, 2013 – Faith, Salat & Steadfastness
    • One should not come up with useless spiritual exercises and endeavors, like hermits, of one’s own accord. The Promised Messiah (as) was appointed by Almighty Allah so that he (as) may show us and the world how to reach Allah the Exalted.
    • There is no point reciting a few words in parrot-like fashion during Bai’at.  We have to make the conditions of Bai’at the objective of our lives and self-reflect, ponder, plan and seek help from God for success in bringing about such a change that each one of us can say, ‘I am a different person having accepted and living by the conditions of the Bai’at.’
    •  We need to tell the world that it will achieve salvation by coming under the banner of ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger’.
    • We have to pay due attention to exercising Sabr (patience) and Salat (prayers) to be the recipient of Almighty Allah’s blessings (please listen to the Friday Sermon to understand Huzoor’s (aba) detailed explanation of the terms “sabr” and “salat” and how to attain high levels of each of these virtues).
    • In the context of Salat, we need to populate our mosques on a permanent basis and not out of temporary enthusiasm. If maximum levels of attendance at a mosque is not sustainable due to traveling distance, then those living at a distance from the mosque should populate and frequent their Salat Center.
  • November 8, 2013 – Be a Man of God
    • We need to remind ourselves that the purpose ofthe existence ofJamaatAhmadiyya is for each one of us to make every act for the pleasure of God and ourobjectivesshould be those which the Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) tried toattain:
      • They constantly gave sacrifice of life, property and time and paid the dues of God while fearing Him.
      • They supplicated to God and were never proud of any of their sacrifices, rather they prayed for their efforts to gain acceptance.
      • They awakened at night and did not ever neglect remembering God during the day in spite of their trade and commerce.
    • This is the objective all of us have to attain about which the Qur’an states that once this is attained the objective of one’s creation is attained.
    • The Promised Messiah (as) expected of us that that a revolutionary change should come in our practices and by acting on the teaching of the Qur’an and the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (saw) we should make it evident to the world that we are the people among whom a revolutionary change has taken place due to the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah.
    • For this we need to self-reflect and strengthen our connection with God and pay the dues of His worship, and pay the dues of mankind.
    • We need to live with mutual love and instill a higher code of civility among ourselves.
    •  The first matter about which God will hold us accountable is upholding pledges. As regards our pledge of allegiance with the Promised Messiah (as) it is not sufficient for us to say that we have taken the Bai’at of the Promised Messiah (as) and are now Ahmadis nor that the long-term Ahmadis re-new their Bai’at at the hand of Khilafat and think it sufficient. It is pointless to repeat a few words  in parrot-like fashion at the time of Bai’at. There is no benefit in this.
    • We need to self-reflect with the aim of self-purification. We need to instill such a change that we become a new person. This is the pain which needs to be appreciated when taking/renewing Bai’at.
    • There are many facets to being a true believer, but some of the basic ones we need to turn our immediate attention to are:
      • Follow the commandments to pay the dues of worship of God.
      • Try and reconcile with each other in order to please God.
      • Our mutual consultations should be for the good of the world.
      • Enjoin good and forbid evil.
      • Honor our trusts, abide by our pledges, stay firm on truth and abide by qawl-e-sadeed (the right word) to such an extent that we do not say anything ambiguous and shifty.
      • If you are asked to bear witness against your own, do so with fairness and honesty.
      • Fill ourselves with a keen sense of sacrifice for each other.
      • Make positive assumption about others. Instill a spirit of brotherhood, and rather than find fault in others we should find good points.
      • Do not harbor grudges with each other based on hearsay (if just this single aspect is practiced by every single member of the Jama’at, Huzoor (aba) said one hundred per cent progress would be enhanced).
      • Be kind and civil to your spouse.
      • Forgive the faults of each other.
      • Display humility. Humility is the proviso to gain nearness to Allah for He does not like arrogance. Jama’at office-holders should show humility as well as members of the Jama’at.
      • Strive to suppress your anger (suppressing one’s anger is the sign of a true believer).
      • Take pains to honor your pledges because, as mentioned earlier, Allah the Exalted will hold us accountable as regards our pledges. Particularly, the pledge of allegiance we have taken in the form of Bai’at needs to be understood, acted upon and honored.
  • November 1, 2013 – Building Mosques and Steadfastness in Worship of Allah:
    • Be constant and steadfast in the observance of Taqwa thereby fulfilling the true purpose of your existence. Apparent sincerity and sacrifices (whether of time or wealth) borne of temporary enthusiasm are not sufficient for a true believer. Rather, we need to worship God with constancy with the awareness that God is the Master of all powers and watches over everything one does, only He has the knowledge of what is deep in one’s heart and also that He has knowledge of what one intends to do in the future.
    • Do not limit your goals and aspirations to just worldly objectives and desires. We shouldn’t remember Allah only in time of worldly considerations or need, nor just in old age. Aspire to be drawn closely to Almighty Allah at a young age and in times of ease and prosperity. Worldly fears have no place; instead we should only fear Allah. If you belong to Allah, then not only will you realize Allah, but also the world. You will get spiritual and material succor.
    • Don’t let worldly things be a distraction for you. Ahmadis should aspire to be such believers ‘…whom neither trade nor commerce makes oblivious…’ in their remembrance of Allah, Prayer and Zakat.
    • When the call of ‘Come to Salat’ during Adhan is made, one should forget one’s trade and commerce and go to the mosque. Mobile phones should be put to their best use by setting alarms for Salat times. Those who live close by should attend mosques, and those who are at long distances should offer their Salat at work. People around them will notice this and will be intrigued. Invite your friends to the mosque and thus one would be remembering God as well as initiating taking the message of Islam to others.
    • Purify yourself in such a manner that worldly matters do not make you negligent of Allah, and then you will find that your world will become subservient to faith. Man has not been created for the world, however this does not mean that you become unproductive  – being slothful or lazy is also sin. If the heart is pure and one is eager to please God, then the world also becomes ‘Halal’ for a person.
    • We need to fill our homes with remembrance of Allah if we wish for Almighty Allah’s blessings and also wish to include our homes in those homes which are exalted by God’s command.
    • While paying the dues of worship of God, let’s exhibit high morals, love, affection and cooperation in our society and thus truly introduce Islam to the people of the region and help remove the misconceptions about Islam.
    • Do not rely merely on traditional ways of Tabligh; but find new, innovative ways and means to carry it out. Remember that if your resolve is strong in this regard, even a small Jama’at can generate significant results from Tabligh.
  • October 25, 2013 – Building of Mosques and Our Responsibilities:
    • As Ahmadis, our spirit of sacrifice, love, sincerity and obedience should not be borne of any temporary sense of enthusiasm for a particular campaign or project (e.g., building a single mosque, etc.), but instead should be lasting and enduring, and should also be instilled in our next generation.
    • We and our next generations need to fulfill our dues towards our mosques (i.e., populate our mosques) and this is best done by establishing a true connection with Allah and when we honor our dues of coming in the Bai’at of the true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).
    • Be just – justice needs to be established first within our respective families (e.g., honoring dues of our spouse, children, respecting parents and siblings, etc.) and then within our society/community (honoring the rights of each other as regards general societal ties, whether it is in business dealings or another matter), from where it extends to justice and peace among nations/countries (dues towards mankind, being compassionate to the needs of fellow beings).
    • Be  mindful of the education and training of children. Children typically remain connected to faith when you serve as a role model for them, especially during their impressionable years. We need to instill in our children that they are Ahmadi Muslims and educate them about the difference in them and the others.
    • Work hard at developing an individual connection with Allah the Exalted (it is an extremely erroneous concept to ask others for prayers, including Huzoor (aba), but not pray oneself) and impress upon your children to do the same. The prime action in this regard is to be mindful of the five daily prayers with due concentration and fervor. Pray for yourself, each other and the Jamaat.
    • It is the responsibility of each Ahmadi to establish our faith over worldly matters in such a way that “the time between one Salat and the next should be spent as if we are guarding a border, guarding ourselves against Satan, and we should go to the mosque with the raiment of Taqwa.”
    • Be moderate in your diet and other extravagances as overindulgence takes you away from your attention to faith matters.
  • October 18, 2013 – Prime Attributes of the True Servants of Allah: Allah does not like inconsistency between what you say and what you do – it is a sin. There should be consistency in the words and deeds of an Ahmadi. Aim to earn Allah’s pleasure in everything you say and do. Youngsters in particular should be mindful of not getting impressed by people who deliberately flaunt social norms and moral decency in the name of being transparent or expressing themselves. Indeed sometimes youngsters are unwittingly trapped by such things, for example while there are advantages of electronic/digital media (such as television, the Internet, chatting, etc.) they can become a source of misery and despair for the user if used in a way that takes one away from Allah. Search for those things that bring you closer to Almighty Allah and earn His pleasure. Shun dishonesty, arrogance, jealously, suspicion, lewdness, profanity and vain talk. Remove yourselves from such gatherings or conversations, including those conversations that lead to the passing of derogatory and disparaging comments or backbiting.Avoid evil and seek Allah’s help against the influence of Satan in everything you do (for example, invoking Almighty Allah’s name and seeking His help before starting anything, reciting Surah Al Falq and Surah Al Nas three times before going to sleep and blow on oneself to avoid satanic thoughts and to seek protection against evil). Our standard of honesty should be such that we are willing to testify against ourselves. The essence of Tabligh is to be truthful and when you call people to Allah the Exalted, reflect on your own personal actions and whether they comply with earning the pleasure and favor of Allah (i.e., be mindful of fully practicing in your daily life what you are preaching to others – for example, speaking the truth and honesty in business dealings, modesty and observance of purdah, giving due regard to five daily prayers, etc). We need to live by our motto, “love for all hatred for none.” As appealing as this is in the context of our Tabligh to non-Ahmadis, we need to create this atmosphere of love and respect in our own homes first before preaching it to others. Pay particular attention to watching MTA in your homes. Don’t deprive yourself of this blessing as just watching MTA programming on a regular basis (in addition to Huzoor’s Khutbahs) has brought about profound positive changes in Ahmadi and non-Ahmadi households.
  • October 11, 2013 – Strive to Fulfill the Conditions of Bai’at: We need to be always conducting a self-examination as to whether the standard and exemplary nature of our faith is increasing. Rather than observing others, we need to be mindful of our own standard of righteousness and our own adherence to the covenants of Bai’at. We need to reflect whether we are more obsessed with and reliant on worldly concerns or on earning the pleasure and winning the favor of Almighty Allah. Are we offering our five daily prayers with the due regard as is required by our faith? We need to strive to raise the standard of moral uprightness as required by the Promised Messiah (as) such that our personal example attracts the attention of others and opens the avenue to Tabligh. We need to adhere to even the seemingly smaller points and articles of faith without consideration of worldly concerns or what our peers may say (for example, Ahmadi Muslim youth in the western countries should adopt good western values, but they should not, under any pressure or complex, fall for the un-Islamic values of the West; e.g., Ahmadi  Muslim men and women should try to refrain from shaking hands across genders, Ahmadis should exhibit high morals and ethics in their daily lives even though others may be susceptible to things like bribery, corruption, etc.).
  • October 4, 2013 – Jalsa Salana Australia 2013We as Ahmadis need to become more aware of our manifold responsibilities as an Ahmadi – improve manifold our own practical life by acting on the teachings of Islam, increase manifold our adherence to the faith especially via salaat and dua having complete faith in the power and acceptance of prayer, examine our level of adherence to the Bai’at by self examining our personal level of taqwa. While trying to discharge the obligations we owe to Allah, there is a need for every Ahmadi to look at his/her obligations and responsibilities to fellow human beings. We need to suppress our egos and snuff out any semblance of arrogance and conceit (which are often the product of being in a state of anger or rage).
  • September 27, 2013 – Ahmadiyyat in Singapore, Indonesia and MalayasiaWe should look to reform ourselves and increase our level of spirituality. Be introspective and conduct a self-examination; there is no point in being an Ahmadi if we aren’t improving in our personal level of Ahmadiyyat. We need to draw people to the true Islam through our personal actions thereby emulating the character and traits of the Holy Prophet (saw) and projecting these as best as we can. Our actions should bear witness to the fact that we are Ahmadis leaving even our opponents to acknowledge that we represent the true face of Islam. Be grateful to Almighty Allah and it is important that we recognize that this thankfulness is best exhibited when we try and adapt our actions and wishes according to the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (saw). It is extremely important that we listen to Huzoor (aba)’s Friday Sermons (and other similar addresses) on a regular basis; and it is imperative that we just not listen to them but embrace the subject matter of these Friday Sermons as Huzoor (aba) purposely addresses issues and frames the subject matter and context based on the need of the time.
  • September 20, 2013 – Essence of Spiritual Excellence: Let us remember to pay heed to the rights of Allah as well as the rights of His creation. Let’s pray that may Allah enable us to keep our righteous actions pure and worthy of his acceptance by keeping us away sins such as backbiting, pride, arrogance, self-conceit, envy and mercilessness that make good actions worthless in the sight of Allah. May Allah enable us to follow the example of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and keep our good deeds solely for seeking the pleasure of Allah.
  • September 13, 2013 – The Syrian Crisis: As Ahmadis, we should pay special attention to prayers to Almighty Allah to save the world from the path of destruction on which it seems to be headed. Borne of the requisite of loyalty to one’s country, every Ahmadi living in every country of the world should alert the politicians of his/her country to these dangers. We should pray for mankind in general and the Muslim Ummah in particular to be spared from this devastation. We are repeatedly enjoined to seek Taqwa (righteousness) and fear Divine accountability. If one is to be saved from Divine accountability then one should pay one’s dues and obligations and leave the matter of the ruler with God and stay engaged in prayers.
  • September 6, 2013 – Review of Jalsa Salana UK 2013: Our fervor of service to fellow beings is a source of silent Tabligh. As such, each one of us should exhibit high standards and an unwavering commitment to service. Service to Jama’at is based on teamwork. Be humble, God fearing and avoid self-praise and self-promotion. Pray for Ahmadis in Pakistan in connection with possible mischief being planned by our opponents on September 7th.
  • August 30, 2013 – Jalsa Salana UK 2013: Responsibilities of guests and participants of the Jalsa – Need to honor the hosts’ and organizers’ rights and discharge our responsibilities as their guests in a spirit of cooperation and gratitude. Most important responsibility as a guest is being grateful to Almighty Allah and then be grateful to and pray for all those people whose untiring efforts made our stay here comfortable. Be hospitable to each other and deal with each other with happiness and a smiling countenance as the Holy Prophet (saw) laid great stress on this and said that this is a great virtue. Always keep in mind the objective of being the beneficiaries of the prayers of the Promised Messiah (as) and maintain the goal of demonstrating the highest of morals. Do not be like those about whom the Promised Messiah (as) said that they have ears but they do not hear and they have hearts but they do not understand. Perfect your faith by doing good deeds solely for the sake of winning the pleasure of Allah and forgetting, and not being at all concerned with, whether your good deeds draw any reward from God or not.

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