- The Promised Messiah (as) had himself said that do not think this Jalsa to be some ordinary kind of gathering; this is the Jalsa through which the name of Islam will be elevated in the world — The Promised Messiah (as) explained further that the foundation stone of this movement has been put in place by the Hand of God Himself and He has prepared nations who will soon come and join them because this is the work of that All-Powerful One for Whom nothing is impossible…This Jasla is indeed such as can bring about revolutions in the minds of the people and that is what it ought to bring about…Talking about his claim, the Promised Messiah (as) states at one place: The Movement which is established to manifest the glory of God and to make clear and prove to the world the blessings of His Messenger and is planted by the very Hand of God Almighty, then such a Movement is taken care of and protected by the very angels of God. Who can destroy such a Movement? Remember that if my Movement is merely a business, its name and every sign of existence will be erased. But if it is from God and most certainly this is the case then even if the entire world opposes it, it will still go on growing and spreading and the angels will protect it and safeguard it. He (as) goes on to say that even if I am not supported by a single person, and no one supports me even then I believe that this Movement will succeed. Please view 09:46–19:36 to listen to the Promised Messiah’s (as) quotations in this regard.
- Every Ahmadi has the responsibility to bring about in him or herself that revolutionary change that the Promised Messiah (as) desires to see in each of us — Our mere participation in these Jalsas is not enough. We must assess ourselves. We must become among those who become deserving of receiving the blessings of the prayers of the Promised Messiah (as). People write to me [Huzoor] asking that we become such people. Is it enough to just join the Jalsa to become such blessed people? No. We have to assess and see whether the change we feel when we join these Jalsas is just a temporary thing or whether it will become a permanent feature of our lives. If we leave every such Jalsa with the full intention to change our lives and become those who will make the needed changes to their lives that are desired by the Promised Messiah (as), then we will go on becoming the recipients of the blessings of the prayers of the Promised Messiah (as). If we do not do this it will be like us saying to Allah that we have not listened to your command (2:187) but we want to be the recipients of the blessings of the Promised Messiah’s (as) prayers. We have to benefit from the environment and atmosphere of the Jalsas and couple these with efforts at making changes in our lives and then pray and then we will become the recipients of the blessings of the prayers of the Promised Messiah (as). Efforts and prayers both are necessary. When Allah the Exalted says that listen to my commandments and pay heed to what I say what are those things that we have to obey and follow? We know what these are. These are the things that are found in the Holy Quran from its beginning to its end. And then, by way of another favor, Allah has made clear to us the import and deep meaning of these commandments by sending the Promised Messiah (as). So now we have no excuse. Please see 20:00–25:35.
- We should become exemplary in soft heartedness, mutual love and brotherhood — Just with reference to the Jalsa where the Promised Messiah (as) has explained to us to discharge the duties we owe to Allah, there, he (as) has also explained to us the need to discharge our obligations to our fellow man also. After drawing our attention to righteousness, purity and piety, the Promised Messiah (as) drew our attention with great pain and feeling, that we should become exemplary in soft heartedness, mutual love and brotherhood – that we should be those who display humility and be ready to make sacrifices for the sake of each other and be such as those who establish new and high standards of truthfulness and good conduct. We should be such as stay away from foul talk and discourteous behavior. So everyone needs to assess himself from this point of view. Are we exemplary in possessing these high morals? Are we making such exemplary sacrifices in helping others? Do we, today, possess those high standards of humility which the Promised Messiah (as) wishes to see in us and which are mentioned by Allah, the Exalted, in the Holy Quran and the examples of which were established for us by the Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw)? If these are not present in us, then the effort is not there that is needed for us to be the recipients of the blessings of the prayers of the Promised Messiah (as) and we are holding on to great hopes. Please see 25:33–29:39.
- We should always keep in front of us, the Promised Messiah’s (as) directions and advice that he gave to elevate the spiritual and moral standards of the members of the Jama’at — The Promised Messiah (as) has given innumerable such pieces of advice. We should keep these in front of us and try to develop a clear distinction between ourselves and the others. Without this we cannot fulfill the purpose of entering into the bai’at…The Promised Messiah (as) made it clear that by understanding some arguments or by making our opponents silent and gaining victory over them by arguments alone we cannot win the pleasure of Allah, the Exalted. It is not enough for us to just acquire knowledge. Acquiring knowledge has its place, but in order to please Allah, the Exalted, and in order to absorb His love we need to make progress in our deeds and actions. We have to change our condition. We have to impose the demands of the commands of Allah, the Exalted, upon our own selves and our condition. Huzoor (aba) read a few of these extracts some of which are presented below, but we should listen to Huzoor’s sermon in its entirety to listen to and reflect on some of the other extracts from the writings of the Promised Messiah (as) read and explained by Huzoor (aba): “If our Jama’at wishes to become a Jama’at then it must accept a death and safeguard itself against material and carnal desires and wishes and hold Allah, the Exalted, above all other things. Many vain and hypocritical pretentious things destroy a man”…At another place the Promised Messiah (as) says: You should try to safeguard yourselves from every type of passion that may lead you astray. Every stranger whom you meet looks upon you and sees your morals and habits and level of perseverance and looks to see how far you abide by the commandments of God. If these are not of the highest grade then he is misled by you. So remember all these things…Then at another place the Promised Messiah (as) says [Huzur Aqdas says this is worthy of listening to with great care and attention]: Only those should be considered to be members of our Jama’at who, in accord with their oath of allegiance [bai’at] truly give precedence to the faith over all worldly matters. When a person, keeping in mind this oath, moves towards God, then Allah, the Exalted, bestows upon him strength. Then Huzur Aqdas (ab) says that the Promised Messiah (as) says with great pain, “that our Jama’at should be such as should not content themselves with mere words but they should be such as fulfil the true intent and purpose of the bai’at. A true internal change should be brought about. You cannot please Allah, the Exalted, by just gaining an understanding of the arguments. If there is no internal change then there is no difference between you and the others”…The Promised Messiah (as) said, “you must make an effort to bring about changes within yourselves. Pray to God in your Salat. Join the ranks of those who strive in Allah’s way, by giving charity and in every other way as is said: And as for those who strive in Our path (29:70).” Please see 29:40–36:50.
- Ahmadis have compassion for mankind and we are moved to see humanity in distress — Today numerous organizations have been formed in the name of implementing Shariah and they are perpetrating such viciousness that one is left aghast whether these are actions of humans or creatures worse than animals in the guise of humans! Recently an atrocity took place in Pakistan which was not just an atrocity but was the worst example of brutality and viciousness. It made one’s hair stand on end and it made mankind scream out in response! Ahmadis have compassion for mankind and we are moved to see humanity in distress. Whereas these were our compatriots and perhaps all of them were Muslims. Our hearts are filled with compassion and we feel distress for them and have great sympathy. Such cruelty perpetrated on them was going to agonize us as indeed it did. Not only were they Pakistani like most of the people sitting in the congregation but they were also Muslims. Also, this incident exceeded all manner of barbarity. The large majority of victims martyred were innocent children some aged five, six and seven years and others ten, eleven and thirteen years. The younger ones would have probably had no idea of terrorism or extremism and perhaps did not know the difference between Muslims and non-Muslims! Yet their lives were taken in a most brutal manner. May God wrap all of them in His cover of mercy and forgiveness and may He also grant patience and steadfastness to their parents. These children were targeted because the so-called implementers of Shariah wanted to avenge Pakistani army.
What kind of Islam is this? What kind of Shariah is this? Hearts of Ahmadis have great compassion for mankind and we are ever ready to share grief of others, our hearts are moved at any painful incident. Many letters were received by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih expressing pain and distress. The incident had a great impact on Hazrat Khalifatul Masih throughout the day. And in such a situation one prays for the destruction of the cruel. May God soon rid the country of these vicious and wicked people, and rid all Muslim countries of them. Seeing these incidents one is reminded of the oppressions committed against Ahmadis but one also feels great pain for the innocent children. May God grant patience and steadfastness to those children and may He Himself provide for them who have lost their parents. Extremism and cruelty is a tragedy of almost every Muslim country, for example Iraq, Syria and Libya and the worst thing is that all this is being carried out in the name of God and His Prophet! Please view 02:03–09:35 and 12:20–14:32.
- The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had strictly forbidden to use force against women and children of even non-Muslims during battle — And when the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) once questioned a Companion who had killed a Jewish child in action, the Companion replied, O Prophet of God, he was only a Jew child killed by mistake, what does it matter? The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) replied was he not an innocent child of man? Such was the standard of sanctity of humanity demonstrated to us by the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and look at the brutal actions perpetrated in the name of Islam now! Please see 09:35–10:38.
- Some verses from the Holy Quran to keep in mind in this context — ‘O ye who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah. Surely, Allah is aware of what you do.’ (5:9) Here God elevates the level of the faith of a true believer and if this element of justice is missing then faith is not complete. God enjoins that even enmity should not incline you to be unfair and your models of fairness and justice should become witness to the teaching of Islam. If only those who are known as Muslims self-reflect and see if their acts draw non-Muslims to them or not! Their acts are even pushing Muslims away! It should be remembered that God states: ‘…And fear Allah…’ and God is not simply aware of everything just for awareness rather, every action of man decides his fate. And those who perpetrate cruelty certainly have a bad ending…God states about those who profess the Kalima that they are: ‘…tender amongst themselves…’ (48:30). Let alone this, today they treat their own worse than one treats the enemy. They kill hundreds of thousands of their own and they martyr their own children! Do they think they will escape chastisement! Never! ‘And whoso kills a believer intentionally, his reward shall be Hell wherein he shall abide. And Allah will be wroth with him and will curse him and will prepare for him a great punishment.’ (4:94) And God further states as to who a true believer is: ‘…and say not to anyone who greets you with the greeting of peace, ‘Thou art not a believer.’ (4:95)…Islam has established sanctity of brotherhood and if anyone tramples upon it and kills one who professes the Kalima then most certainly he will go to Hell and he will always be under God’s curse. Those who die in suicide attacks or while fighting and think they will gain pleasure of God after death are certainly wrong. God has made it very clear that if you kill a believer you will be under God’s curse…God has also stated about the results of harming the sanctity of brotherhood that one sees in this world: ‘And obey Allah and His Messenger and dispute not with one another, lest you falter and your power depart from you. And be steadfast; surely, Allah is with the steadfast.’ (8:47) Today this is exactly what the condition of the Muslim world appears to be, their power is diminishing. Due to in-fighting and numerous terrorist organizations, most countries are like battlegrounds. Please see 16:18–33:21 to listen to a more detailed commentary by Huzoor (aba) on these verses from the Holy Quran.
- “Be compassionate to God’s people and do not oppress them with your tongue, hand or by any other means…” — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said the following: ‘True believers and Muslims are enjoined to be gentle and compassionate’… ‘Each person should look at himself every day and see as to how much he cares about these matters and how much compassion and good will he has for his brothers.’ ‘The common purpose of the advent of all Prophets is to establish true and real love of God and to instil special import in love for and rights of humanity and among brothers. Until these are practiced all matters are merely ceremonial.’ ‘Be compassionate to God’s people and do not oppress them with your tongue, hand or by any other means. Always endeavour for the good of humanity. Do not feel arrogant towards anyone even if they are your subordinate, and do not verbally abuse anyone even if they verbally abuse you. Become meek, forbearing and good of intention and be sympathetic to mankind so that you are accepted’…The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘What does God want from you but this that you treat all humanity with fairness? More than this do good to those who have never done good to you and more than this be compassionate to God’s creatures as if they were your next of kin; as mothers are with their children…The ultimate degree of good is borne of natural instincts like those of a mother.’ (Kishti e Nuh, p. 30 Ruhani Khaza’in Vol 19). Please see 33:24–38:37.
- A reminder for fervent prayers — Huzoor (aba) once again drew our attention towards prayers. Prayers should be said for Pakistan and other Muslim countries, may God bring peace to these countries and may the governments and the public recognize true Islamic values! May God also enable us to maintain good examples! Due to the situation in Syria, Iraq and Libya Ahmadis are suffering on two counts there; for being citizens of those places and also for being Ahmadi. Make special prayers for them. May God release them from their difficulties! Some Ahmadis are in dire straits and are living under the open sky. Both sides are against Ahmadis and under the circumstances no help can be sent to them only God may help and have mercy and soon alleviate their difficulties! Please see 38:38–39:53.
- ‘Never shall you attain to righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love; and whatever you spend, Allah surely knows it well’ [3:93] — In explanation of the above verse, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Man has great love for wealth. This is why it in written in interpretations of dreams that when a person dreams that he takes out his liver and gives it to someone, it signifies giving of wealth. This is why for the attainment of real devoutness and faith it has been stated: ‘Never shall you attain to righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love…’ because a large part of sympathy and compassion for the creation of God necessitates spending of wealth.Compassion for mankind and God’s creation is part and parcel of faith without which faith is not complete. How can man be of benefit to others unless he makes sacrifice! Indeed, sacrifice is essential to benefit others and to sympathise with them. The verse: ‘Never shall you attain to righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love…’ teaches and guides towards this very sacrifice.Spending wealth in the way of Allah the Exalted is a benchmark and acid test of man’s obedience and righteousness. The benchmark and acid test of Divine devoutness in the life of Hazrat Abu Bakr was when the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) made one appeal upon which he submitted the entire contents of his home.’ (Tafseer Hazrat Masih e Maud, Vol. II, p. 131). Financial giving is a great source of discharging rights of mankind and rights of God. The essence of the aforementioned extract of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is that financial giving is required to discharge rights of mankind as well as for publication of faith. Please view 01:51–09:51 to listen to Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this important point.
- God continues to inspire hearts towards financial sacrifice in this day and age — And this is not limited to any specific strata of people or any specific country. In fact this spirit is found wherever there are people associated with the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), be it Africa, Europe or Oceania! God Himself puts it in the hearts of true believers to give more for He knows what the needs and requirements of the faith are. He enables us to partake in good causes. Please view 09:56–50:25 to listen to some faith inspiring accounts in this regard as narrated by Huzoor (aba).
- Every Ahmadi should participate in financial giving according to one’s means — One may pay according to one’s means for Tehrik e Jadid, Waqf e Jadid and other schemes, but everyone should participate. These schemes are to instil the practice of giving in new comers, children and non-earning members and everyone should participate in them…The real objective is to instil a spirit of giving and not to merely collect money (Huzoor (aba) cited the example of a member from Benin who contributed two hen’s eggs which evoked memories from the time of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) when impoverished women would bring hen’s eggs to give as contributions, and Huzoor also gave the example of a seven year old girl who in addition to paying her chanda every month, brought tomatoes, peppers and oranges to give for Tehrik e Jadid)….Such is the spirit of the people of the Jama’at about whom it is assumed that they may be weak in giving. If they are informed and explained in the correct manner, they are prepared to give. The weakness does not lie in their giving; it lies in the administrative system. Please see 14:04–14:28, 17:40–18:17, 20:33–20:51, 22:14–23:25, 29:03–29:45, 31:57–32:23, and 38:15–38:33.
- It is important to understand and remove the misconception that some of us may have that with the obligatory chanda in place, what is the importance and need of Tehrik e Jadid and Waqf e Jadid — Huzoor (aba) said that one Murrabi Sahib wrote that some people complain that with the obligatory chanda in place, what is the need to pay Tehrik e Jadid and Waqfe Jadid! The answer to this was within the letter of the Murrabi Sahib who went on to say that the complaint was made by someone who did not attend Jama’at programmes very much and also was not a regular chanda payer. The obligatory chanda is certainly the first choice for all earning members. However, one may pay according to one’s means for Tehrik e Jadid, Waqfe Jadid and other schemes. These schemes are to instil the practice of giving in new comers, children and non-earning members. Let it be clear that the task of dissemination of faith is increasing and widening and for this attention should be given to financial sacrifice. The odd objector tries and poisons the minds of others. Please see 45:00–50:26. Huzoor (aba) also said that our aim should be to increase the number of Jamaat members who participate in these schemes (53:35–53:50) and for all of us to understand the blessings of participating in these schemes as the vast majority of us do 31:46–32:22.
- Tehrik-e-Jadid 2014: This was, Alhamdolillah, the eightieth year of the scheme and the worldwide contributions stand at £8,470,800.00. This was an increase of more than £600,000 from the year before. To listen to Huzoor’s summary report please see 50:26–58:46.
- Missionary Alhaj Yusuf Edusei Sahib — He was an exceptional individual who had an extraordinary empathy for the mission, and had zeal and eagerness to serve. A role model for all of us. Please view 58:48–1:12:35.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) always advised to pray and supplicate to God — The Promised Messiah (as) was someone appointed by God who had been assured of acceptance of his prayers in the revelation of: ‘I shall accept all your prayers but not in the matter of your collaterals.’ [Tadhkirah, p. 33]. During the court case of Henry Martyn Clark, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) was only nine years old, but the Promised Messiah asked him to pray for the matter and also asked the male and female attendants of the household to pray. If a person who had received God’s promise as regards fulfilment of his prayers laid so much emphasis on prayers, how much more do we need to do so and remind and encourage our children from an early age, as did the Promised Messiah (as), to do so…Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) related this account with reference to prayer but also as advice to doctors. In these countries and also in other parts of the world nowadays a team of doctors confers on critical matters. Yet some doctors do believe that if they are treating someone a second opinion or advice is not required. Hazrat Sara Begum, wife of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with her) died in child birth and Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) felt that had consultation taken place between the doctors, one of the two lives may have been saved. As such, we should also be mindful of praying to Almighty Allah and taking counsel from others when needed in our profession and similar work. Please view 03:32–08:45 to listen to Huzoor (aba) explain this point and provide some context to the revelation cited above.
- Guidance relating to children’s education and enlightenment — If a person with a large head deprives his children of [spiritual] education and knowledge, he has no sense. Please listen to this anecdote of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) relating to the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) emphasis on ilm and irfan in the education and upbringing of children. Please see 12:34–14:01.
- Since his childhood, Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) heard the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) enjoin loyalty to the Government — Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says he too stayed firm on this view in spite of having differences with his friends over it as well as some people of the Jama’at. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that the British Government was a blessing from God. This did not mean that the British were very pious people and close to the teaching of Islam. There were many wicked and evil people among them. The aspect of blessing was that the Government did not interfere in the individual’s freedom and in view of this freedom, the teaching of Islam could be established…This is why the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) called the British Government a blessing. He did not mean that the British are more fair-minded than others. What was praiseworthy was that they did not give authority to the Government to interfere in personal matters. Please see 14:01–17:55.
- Hearts of Prophets of God are replete with gratefulness, and they feel gratitude over small matters — When a book of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was ready for printing and the scribe would bring the manuscript over, he would personally receive the scribe and express gratitude to him for his hard work although as a child Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) saw the Promised Messiah work arduously over his books; he would go to sleep watching his blessed father writing and would awaken to see him still busy writing. Please see 17:59–19:20.
- Muslim youth should be fully aware of Islamic etiquette and all of us should abide by it — Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) felt that Muslims youth were not fully aware of Islamic etiquette. He saw them casually walking with their arms around each other and also did not deter from such postures in his presence. Their parents and teachers had not instilled in them that these were bad practices which left a deep mark on how they lived life. He recalled an incident when at the age of 12 or 13 he stood with his elbow on the shoulder of a boy and Master Qadir Buksh Sahib told him it was not a good thing to do. Each time he remembered the incident his heart was filled with prayers for Master Qadir Sahib. He also recalled that his mother was from Delhi where the familiar Urdu pronoun of ‘tum’ (you) was used while elders were referred to with the formal Urdu pronoun of ‘aap’ (you). As his mother did not have any elders around in Qadian he grew up using the familiar pronoun ‘tum’. Up to the age of ten he even used ‘tum’ when speaking to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Once Subidar Muhammad Ayub Sahib heard him talk to his father with the familiar pronoun ‘tum’. He took him to one side and told him that although he respected him as the son of the Promised Messiah but he must remember that ‘tum’ is used for an equal and he could not tolerate him using it for the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace)… Islamic etiquette should certainly be abided by. MTA produces good programmes but in a programme produced in Rabwah which is presented by murrabis and other life-devotees their manner of sitting is not good. They are seated on chairs with legs spread wide and they continuously move with no dignity. They do not have a cap on. All this is unacceptable. The programme may be very good in its own right but if the presenter is not good, the programme will not be aired. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) has stopped such programmes being broadcast. Murrabis should especially be most mindful of their dignity. If someone from the general public does this it is tolerable but it is intolerable coming from a Murrabi. Please see 19:50–24:35.
- We should always self-reflect, as we are regularly advised in Friday sermons, that after taking Bai’at we should be discernibly different from others — Respect, be it worldly or spiritual, cannot be attained without hard work. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) used to say that in our age God has associated all kind of renown with him. People with reputation will either be our detractors or our sincere followers…The Promised Messiah (as) said only those people could benefit from him who had a strong connection with him; either those who were deeply opposed to him or those who sincerely followed him…We should always self-reflect, as we are regularly advised in Friday sermons, that after taking Bai’at we should be evidently different than the others. This distinction should be clear in our belief in the existence of God, in our worship of God, in our great efforts, in our high morals as well as in our compliance to the law. We need to be distinguished from the rest in everything. Please view 27:28–34:54.
- We should be extremely diligent in honoring our pledges and obligations towards the cause of Islam — Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) has set a shining example in this regard. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said the following about the passing of his blessed father in 1908: ‘It was a new era not just in my life but the lives of all Ahmadis. It was the year a person departed from us who was like the soul of our lifeless bodies, who was like the sight of our sightless eyes and was like the light of our dark hearts. It was not a mere departing, it was apocalyptic. The rug was pulled from beneath our feet and the heavens moved from its position. Allah the Exalted is Witness that at the time I had no concerns about food and clothing. My only concern was that even if the entire world leaves the Promised Messiah, I would not leave him and I would establish his mission in the world. I do not know to what extent have I fulfilled this pledge but I have always intended my tasks to be in accordance with this pledge.’ Please see 48:20–49:35.
- There are numerous blessings that we can draw from listening to and reflecting upon the sayings and writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) — elucidating signs of acceptance of his prayers, his signs, and Divine succour in his favour. Please view 02:05–03:01.
- In response to his prayers, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) received revelations assuring him that he will be saved from the perilous nature of his two long-term ailments — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that he had two long-term ailments. One of them was severe headache. He suffered from this for nearly twenty five years and also used to feel dizzy. Physicians wrote that such symptoms lead to epilepsy. Indeed, the Promised Messiah’s older brother had these symptoms which resulted in epilepsy which caused his death. The Promised Messiah used to pray to be cured of the ailment. He once experienced a vision in which he fights off a dark creature the size of a sheep that had attacked him. It was put in his heart that the creature was epilepsy. Following this the perilous symptoms were gone and the Promised Messiah only occasionally felt dizzy. It was said in one of the prophecies about the Promised Messiah that he will be wrapped in two yellow sheets/covers. The yellow sheets denote two illnesses, one of which was dizziness and the other diabetes. The Promised Messiah felt that doctors opined that diabetes either results in eyesight deterioration or can develop in carbuncle/infection. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) received revelations assuring him that he will be saved from either of the conditions. Please see 08:49–13:48.
- It is important to understand the philosophy behind the acceptance of dua (prayers) — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) reminded us that when God does not accept one prayer, He accepts another prayer in its place. One should put all of one’s trust in Allah the Exalted alone (doing otherwise is tantamount to shirk) and indeed He does not overlook the pain and anguish with which a believer prays to Him. Please see 14:31–18:33 to listen to a more detailed explanation of this important point in the Promised Messiah’s (as) own words as read by Huzoor (aba).
- Sometimes the words of a Prophet take time to materialize, but it happens for certain — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that a specific prophecy of the time of the Promised Messiah was that a new mode of transport will be introduced. The Holy Qur’an mentions that the latter-days will be when she-camels will be obsolete as a mode of transport. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that people travelled on camel-back during Hajj but soon it will be replaced by the railways. People say there are no railways in Saudi Arabia. However, a superfast railway project is underway there which is expected to be completed by 2015. Sometimes words of a Prophet take time to materialise but it happens for certain. Camels have been obsolete as mode of transport for many, many years anyhow. Please see 18:40–20:36.
- Only that person is truly with the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) who abandons his preference for the sake of the Promised Messiah’s preference and who makes the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) the arbiter for his personal wishes, and follows the path of the Promised Messiah — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that he did not present the blessings of the Holy Qur’an as mere fables and stories, rather he presented its miracles which had been in his personal experience, for example the earthquakes and the plague. He said he had predicted these terrible events twenty five years earlier in his book Barahin e Ahmadiyya. He added that there are many more epidemics and calamities to come which will spread in many countries of the world and will cause great anxiety. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said it is possible that these calamities are averted in parts if people fear God. But he added that hearts are too hardened…May Almighty Allah have mercy on us, and as Ahmadis, we need to pray profusely in this regard and be mindful of and self-reflect on our own deeds and actions…The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said Divine signs are for the wise to recognize and if God does not enable one, one may see thousands of signs and still not avail of them…The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that God will not leave this mission without proofs and whoever denied him was destined to be disgraced…The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that his friends were those who accepted him before witnessing any signs. He said in truth those people accepted him who saw him with deep insight and reflected on his words. He said only that person is with him who abandons his preference for the sake of the Promised Messiah’s preference and who makes the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) the arbiter for his personal wishes and follows the path of the Promised Messiah! He said those who seek signs cannot attain the status of those who recognize the hidden truth! May God enable the world to have sense and rather than make demands based on their own wishes, may they understand the current state of affairs which is crying out for an appointee from God. May they recognize the one God sent so that disorder in the world can come to an end! Please see 26:28–46:43.
- Only Allah the Exalted has the real authority to grant succour when help is solicited — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘It should always be remembered that only Allah the Exalted has real authority to grant succour when help is solicited.’ That is, when help is needed it is only God, Who has the real power to help, and He provides it. This is a most significant point which a true believer should always have in view, whether the help sought is on personal level or communal. But it is seen that in practice people do not pay as much attention to this as they should. Most of us say that our needs are met by the grace of God. However, if we ponder over our words in-depth we will note that we consider various means as the sources of accomplishing our tasks. Please view 02:05–04:15.
- ‘And when harm touches you on the sea, all those whom you call upon, except Him, become lost to you. But when He brings you safe to land, you turn aside; and man is very ungrateful.’ (Ch17:v68)— Those who do not have a strong connection with God consider worldly means everything and when all these means fail, it is then that they remember God. They remember God because they are not left with any choice and it is at such times they call out to God seeking His help and confessing Him to be the Master of all powers. This shows us that no matter how powerful they may be, governments and organisations have limited power. As mentioned earlier when all else fails even those who do not have strong connection with God, look to Him. The Holy Qur’an also states that when in despair even atheists and polytheists call out to God in their desperation. The Qur’an states: ‘And when harm touches you on the sea, all those whom you call upon, except Him, become lost to you. But when He brings you safe to land, you turn aside; and man is very ungrateful’ (17:68). God states that when trapped in a storm and in trouble man calls out to God but forgets Him later on. It is human nature to turn to God in extreme humility and pray that if problems are resolved one would always deem God as the source of help. Yet, as soon as man is out of danger he turns to worldliness and is arrogant. Man is ungrateful and God’s mercy is boundless. Please see 14:05–23:39.
- It is very important for all of us to understand and fully appreciate the philosophy and spirit behind the prayer which is said in every Salat: ‘Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help.’ (1:5) — Even worldly materialistic people hold onto God when all else fails. And if they do so, how much more should be those who only turn to God for everything drawn to God at all times! This is why God has taught us a prayer so that our attention is never averted from turning to God and we never think of availing worldly means before God. Indeed, God enjoins to plan for things and put the plan in practice yet one’s trust and reliance should only be in God. One must not turn to God only in the event when all else fails. In fact God has taught us a prayer which is said in every Salat: ‘Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help.’ (1:5) God states that this verse is mutual between God and His servants and He will grant to one who seeks from Him. This guarantee of God becomes constant when a person always looks to God and does not only turn to Him in times of trouble. We should be mindful that as Ahmadis who have taken Bai’at of the Imam of the age and have pledged to live our lives to please God and to turn to God in hard times and in good times we strongly need to comprehend the subject of: ‘Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help’. We should self-reflect and see what is it that we have to do and what is it that we are doing. Is our standard of worship and calling for God’s help in line with what God has enjoined or do we repeat ‘Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help’ thirty two times a day in parrot-like fashion and nothing more! Please see 31:40–39:49 to listen to a more detailed explanation of this important point by Huzoor (aba).
- Every Ahmadi should pray abundantly and repeatedly for each other so that God’s help is with every Ahmadi at all times, everywhere — Our Jama’at has a strong bond as indeed it should. This is a distinction of our Jama’at. Everyone should pray for each other so that God’s help is with every Ahmadi at all times, everywhere. If this will be our condition, we will experience amazing Divine help. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) once said: Remember Allah the Exalted is not in need of anything. He does not care unless prayer is made abundantly and repeatedly. Therein is the secret of our success. Whatever our difficulties; be they from any groups or governments or whether the media is used against us or some other resource, may God help us against everything. We do not expect help from any quarters as indeed we should not. We should pray that if we have erred and as a result have distanced God’s help, may God have mercy on us and forgive us. Take us out of His displeasure and include us among those people who are always showered with His grace and blessings and who have the true insight and perception of: ‘Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help.’ The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Look, Allah the Exalted has given the teaching of ‘Thee alone do we worship’. It was possible that man had relied on his strength and distanced himself from God. Therefore, the teaching of ‘Thee alone do we implore for help’ was given in conjunction. Do not consider that you offer your worship of God with your own strength. Most certainly you do not! Rather, without succour from Allah the Exalted and unless the Holy God enables and grants strength, nothing can come to pass.’ We should always have this important fact in view. May God enable us to do so! Please see 39:50–43:15.
- A reminder for fervent prayers — Huzoor (aba) once again drew our attention towards prayers. The world is going through fast changes. May God make them a source of progress for the Jama’at and may we be those who worship Him and are granted His help and are continually granted. Please see 43:10–43:39.
- The attributes of a true believer are being عابد abid and being humble — Usually discourtesy is borne of arrogance and this is why God states about servants of the Gracious God that they: ‘…walk on the earth in a dignified manner…’ (25: 64) and one who is dignified and humble always avoids altercations, seeks reconciliation and is courteous to others (please see 01:49–05:50)…A main quality of those with high morals is honesty which is also an attribute of true believers. It is only possible to be this way when one abhors falsehood… God also states: ‘…and speak to men kindly…’ (2:84) People who are are irritable and bad-tempered by nature do not show their petulance at all times. When God states to speak with people kindly it is these people who are addressed and are enjoined to be gentle and not to get furious at trivial matters. As for those who disregard this commandment and are needlessly and regularly harsh and do not show any remorse not only lack morals, but are also sinful by discounting God’s commandment. Their worship will not avail. God gives hope of forgiveness to those who show anger under the influence of some passion but are later mortified and try and redress the situation. As for those who are not embarrassed and regretful even after coming to their senses, none of their excuses will work before God. Please see 11:12–23:30. Huzoor (aba) said we need to self-reflect a lot. Huzoor (aba) said he often draws attention to raise our moral standards and not get entangled in egotism over trivial matters. Each member of the Jama’at should try and become a model of humanity. Please listen to the entire sermon for a better understanding and appreciation of this important subject addressed by Huzoor (aba).
- A sensible person will not make any excuse to miss offering Salat. If one is in one’s senses, then one must offer Salat — Many people make many excuses in this regard and this distances them from faith. Each one of us needs to focus on this matter…Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and Lajna need to make special efforts in instilling the practice of regular observance of Salat in the youngsters. Youth is a time of good health and when worship can be offered with its due requisites. In later life one develops ailments which prevent one from offering worship of God with its due requisites. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) especially drew our attention to the fact that only worship during youth and while in good health can be offered with its due requisites. One should try and observe commandments of God even by imposing them on oneself let alone avoid them even with all the convenience granted by God in this regard! Indeed one should worship God as thanksgiving for the good health one has! Much effort should be made in this regard as faith cannot be complete without it. Please see 05:31–11:11.
- Anger and wisdom do not go together…we need to reform ourselves and we need to present that example seeing which the world will say that we have achieved complete control over our emotions — God commands us to suppress our anger, treat others with courtesy, not be obstinate about our mistakes, and try and pay the dues of mankind. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Remember a person who is harsh and is short-tempered can never utter words of wisdom and discernment. The heart which leaps into fury and is enraged when faced with the opposing side is deprived of sagacity. And the mouth that recklessly utters foulness is deprived of perspicacity. Anger and wisdom do not go together. A short-tempered person is foolish and dull of perception. He does not ever triumph in any field. Anger is half frenzy and when it flares up it can turn into proper frenzy.’ The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Two factors lead a person to a state of frenzy; when he thinks ill of others and when his anger becomes excessive. Therefore it is essential that one should avoid thinking ill of others and also avoid anger!’ The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that excessive anger leads one to lose their faith. He also said that the beauty of Islam is in high morals, suppressing needless anger and promoting forgiveness. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has enjoined this in numerous discourses and writings but it is our weakness that we do not practice this as we ought to, including ordinary Ahmadis as well as office-holders. Some relate the words of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) to others and advise them to control their emotions but forget that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that even if you are in the right, lower and humble yourself as if you are a liar. Some people try and prove themselves to be truthful when they are in fact lying and try and appear as the victim when they are in fact the aggressor. How can it be deemed that they have faith? Indeed faith requires that when one comes to one’s senses rather than remain inflexible one should redress any wrong done, and if any emotional hurt is caused to another it should be alleviated. Or at least remorse should be felt. We should self-reflect and see how many of us think on these lines! Please view 23:31–46:16 for some additional references from the Promised Messiah’s (as) writings as read by Huzoor (aba) in explaining this important point.
- Ahmadi society should also have a realization to stop a wrong practice and immorality, and to give advice about it, and to eradicate it, and to have a feeling of dislike for it — If everyone has this realization then even the odd person will not indulge in immoral practices and everyone tries to raise their standard. We have to adopt that way which God and His Messenger commanded and which the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has emphasized in this age. We should practice pardon, gentleness and love. If we see someone perpetrate unfairness we should feel as if it has been enacted on us, in fact we should feel as if the person of the Promised Messiah has been attacked. It is our task to stop the attacks of such people, if not with our hands, then with our tongues and have dislike for such actions in our hearts as well as pray for the victims to be saved from the aggressors. If we will react against immoral practices, our society will react against them; these transgressions will be removed from among us of their own accord…If we follow this, our society will rectify itself very quickly. Our attitudes will fulfil the objective of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). May God enable us to set examples of worship of God as well as examples of high morals and also enable us to make others set them and not get embroiled in confrontations and bring disrepute on the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). May God protect us from all kind of self centeredness! Please see 46:17–49:47.
- ‘I shall give precedence to faith over worldly matters’ — This phrase is a synopsis of the conditions of Bai’at as it is a summary of the pledges of our various auxiliary organisations. And these words are also mentioned in the conditions of Bai’at. In short this phrase is a promise an Ahmadi makes on which his Bai’at is dependent. As does his connection with Khilafat and Nizam-e-(administration of) Jama’at rely on this phrase. If he does not practice this phrase then his claim to Bai’at, connection with Khilafat and Nizam of Jama’at is erroneous. And assertions about Bai’at and attainment of God’s pleasure are reduced to mere verbosity! In this regard the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘If someone asserts during Bai’at that he will give precedence to faith over worldly matters but does not practice it and does not honour his pledge, then what care has God for him?
Everyone needs to have this phrase in view at all times. The basis of fulfilling this pledge is good intention and no excuses should be made. Please view 01:58–06:15.
- We should always remember that it is not enough to simply have high objectives, but one also has to serve and makes sacrifices — God’s pleasure can be attained when one truly gives precedence to faith over worldly matters. Religion does not stop one from marrying an attractive woman, nor from wearing fine clothes, nor from eating fine foods; what is unwarrantable is when any of these become a hindrance in matters of faith. It should always be kept in view that whatever interferes in religious matters should be removed. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said in this regard: ‘Look, there are two types of people; firstly those who accept Islam and then become engrossed in worldly business and trade and Satan overcomes them. I do not mean here that trade is forbidden. Companions were also traders but they gave precedence to faith over worldly matters. When they accepted Islam, they attained true knowledge which filled their hearts with conviction about Islam. This is the reason why they did not falter in any field in face of Satan’s attacks. Nothing stopped them from expressing the truth. Those who become slaves of the world are aficionados of the world and Satan overcomes and vanquishes such people. The other type of people are those who are concerned about the advancement of faith. This is the group which is referred to as HizbAllah (party of Allah). They triumph over Satan and his hosts.’ As stated earlier through the first quote of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), rights of Bai’at are fulfilled by giving precedence to faith over worldly matters. To have an insight of this it is important to seek religious knowledge alongside worldly things, and then the knowledge should be put in practice in one’s life. Without gaining religious knowledge one cannot know what faith is which needs to be given precedence. Please see 15:29–21:23.
- We need to understand the concept of giving precedence to faith over worldly matters properly and pay attention to this more than ever — If we pay the dues of mankind along with paying the dues of God and propagating faith, then we can enjoy blessings of this world as much as we want! We have to fulfil the responsibility of spreading the beautiful teaching of Islam which has been given to us. Translation of the Holy Qur’an in various languages of the world is our responsibility, we have to fulfil this. We have to build mosques everywhere so that we can facilitate true worshippers and for this planning needs to be done in every country. We have to establish the best ideals of human values and with all this even earning a living becomes an aspect of faith.Otherwise what is warrantable becomes unwarrantable for us in the sight of God. If we push aside the thought of paying chanda when the new iPhone is launched or if some money has come in and we wish to buy a new car or buy a suit, what is otherwise warrantable becomes unwarrantable. If efforts are being made to have a mosque built but we give preference to other things, this is also wrong…We should try and instil that spirit which makes the condition of our heart seek the pleasure of God. Please see 24:23–29:29.
- We should always ponder as to how we should utilize our capacities to give precedence to faith over worldly matters — It should always be remembered that the real objective is to attain pleasure of God. A true believer should mould the state of his heart for this purpose and his objective should be pleasure of God, therein is his success and prosperity and this is what giving precedence to faith over worldly matter entails. We have been given the responsibility to do great tasks. We pledge to sacrifice our life, property time and honour. Indeed we should always ponder as to how we should utilise our capacities to give precedence to faith over worldly matters. Huzoor (aba) gave some examples for self-reflection in this regard: (i) Today Ijtema of Ansarullah [UK] starts. They will also have their Shura. They should reflect over this, in their Shura as well and deliberate as to how much they should develop their standards of giving precedence to faith over worldly matters. In fact being Ansarullah they should be deliberating over attaining the standards because at their age Ansarullah should be role models. (ii) God is not in need of anything of ours…All the resources, silver and gold in the world is created by Him. Had He so willed He could have Himself given wealth to people who serve faith, He could have Himself provided them. But He informed us of our objectives and drew our attention to making sacrifice in order to attain the objectives so that we may gain His pleasure. (iii) Alongside wealth God has also bestowed us with children. He could have set in place other means of bringing up children. However, He told parents to bring up their children and spend on them according to their means to attain high ideals so that they children can grow up to serve faith. It is a great responsibility of Ahmadi parents to do the upbringing of their children in a way that they may serve faith. They should nurture their children in such a way that they have an insight into giving precedence to faith over worldly matters from childhood. By entrusting us with these matters God tests us and also confers on us. (iv) Office-holders of all levels should appreciate that their responsibility to fulfil giving precedence to faith over worldly matters is more than others. They have been made responsible to attain this objective and for this there is a great need that they should enhance their level of sacrifice. Office-holders of every level, from neighbourhood to central, having had correct appreciation of their status can try and fulfil his/her pledge as indeed he/she should. God always blesses the sincerity of those who serve faith while feeling its pain and He confers His nearness to them. Office-holders should try their utmost to attain this station. May God enable office-holder of every level and every Ahmadi to have true insight of giving precedence to faith over worldly matters and to practice upon it! Please see 36:10–41:41.
- The advice and incidents in the life of the Promised Messiah (as) remembered by his Companions should be preserved and recalled/narrated — Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) writes that such things sometimes provide answers for questions that arise later. So even the smallest things that are narrated that happened with the Promised Messiah (as) have a lesson. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) has mentioned in his addresses and in his writings some incidents that he was involved in. They contain lessons, they contain advices, and they contain history. They also contain information about the life of the Promised Messiah (as) by reading which we are shown many new aspects of his life. And all these things play a very important role in our lives. These are things that can make our lives much better. As an illustration, Huzoor (aba) narrated one such incident that highlights the tenderness and consideration that the Promised Messiah (as) had for children, and from which we learn the important point that even small children should be brought to the meetings of elders. Please view 02:20–05:45 and 07:05–07:39.
- Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) writes about an incident from which we realize that every action of a child is not to be just borne patiently in a forgiving attitude, without discrimination — Please view 07:40–10:55 to listen to Huzoor (aba) read out the particular incident that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih (ra) was referring to here.
- Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) writes that in my opinion there is no enemy of the children greater than those parents who do not teach their children to offer their prayer in congregation — Please see 10:56–13:09 to listen about a specific incident in this context. From this incident, we can learn how much the Promised Messiah (as) was concerned about the offering of the prayers in congregation in the mosque.
- Our actions should be such so as to reflect our intent to move ahead of our predecessors in the doing of good things — Please see 23:24–26:05 to listen to an incident in this context. The meaning of what Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) had said to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) was that the people who come after, have the duty to continue to build on the foundation laid by such Commissioned people of God. This is a thing which if the coming generations keep in mind, they would themselves be blessed with the grace and bounties of God and they would also be the means of bringing down the grace and the blessings of God upon their peoples. But the intent should be to move ahead of our predecessors in doing of good things. It should not be the case that if a person is the son of a thief he should look to excel in thievery. The children of parents who are steadfast in offering their prayers should try to excel their parents in the offering their prayers.
- Please see 26:10 to 51:06 for some incidents pertaining to the loftiness of the Holy Quran; the importance of exercising self-control and the huge difference in this regard between the actions of the Prophets of God and ordinary people whereby the Prophets of God do not speak out of the needs of their own ego; the person who is conscious and mindful of having committed a sin is the one who makes progress and when a person loses his awareness of having committed a sin, then such a person becomes involved in sinfulness, so man should always continue to evaluate his own state of weakness; the righteousness of the first wife of the Promised Messiah (as), the love that she maintained for all of the Promised Messiah’s (as) children as well as the Promised Messiah (as) himself and held him in great esteem and would not tolerate hearing anything bad about him from anyone; the martyrdom of Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheed; and the condition and temperament of a Prophet of God where, when the opposition intensifies, he feels pain, and when the opponents become silent even then he feels pain, because unless and until there is opposition, the attention of the people is not drawn towards the Divine movement. Huzoor (aba) concluded with the prayer that: May Allah bestow jealousy for the faith in the heart of every Ahmadi. May He cause everyone to increase their connection with God. May He develop patience and fortitude in everyone. And may He bless us the ability to pray to save humanity also. May He bestow upon us the ability to overcome our egos with our humility and humbleness and make us walk on the paths that lead to His Pleasure in a complete way. May we be the ones to follow the ways that will enable us to accomplish the mission of the Promised Messiah (as). And may we be those who do everything that the Promised Messiah (as) had wished or desired for his followers to do. Ameen.
- You are those people who have been raised for the good of other people and for their beneficence — Allah, the Exalted, says in the Holy Quran: You are the best people raised for the good of mankind (3:111). Huzoor Aqdas (aba) says you are those people who have been raised for the good of other people and for their beneficence. This means, from among the duties of Muslims, one of the biggest responsibilities is that the world should be benefitted by them. The world should receive from them goodness and beneficence and not harm or evil. So every Ahmadi must remember that to call the world to goodness and being desirous of good for everyone is the responsibility of every Ahmadi because Allah, through His Grace and Favor has bestowed upon us the bounty of having accepted the Promised Messiah (as)…So doing good to the people and entering into a bai’at of the Promised Messiah (as), and the command of God Almighty, require from us that we come into the world of actions and do everything in our power to be a source of goodness and beneficence and for preventing evil and misdeeds for the people of the world…By saying ‘ukh-ray-jat lin-naas’ [for the whole of mankind] Allah has made our field of actions very vast. So for the good of humanity and for their benefit and improvement we have to show them the right paths that lead to God Almighty. We have to urge them to follow and act upon the commandments of God Almighty…But we cannot make anyone understand these things until we ourselves do not become such as to keep a watch on our end, our final outcome. This is a very great duty that we have to fulfill and carry out with great care, thought and regular assessments. Please view 01:57–03:30 and 08:10–12:37.
- If Allah, the Exalted, has bestowed upon us the name of Khair-e-Ummat, the Best People, we should never and will never, step back from distributing goodness and spreading beneficence — There is no reason whatsoever that we should look upon the claims of the Promised Messiah (as) in any negative or worrisome way nor should we harbor any doubt about God’s support…If Allah, the Exalted, has bestowed upon us the name of Khair-e-Ummat, the Best People, so we will never step back from distributing goodness and spreading beneficence. And this goodness is the conveying of the message of Islam. It is to call the world towards Allah, the Exalted. What can be greater goodness than this…It is necessary that every Ahmadi, in accord with his or her abilities and capabilities, needs to contribute his or her part. The task of the Promised Messiah (as) was to convey to the entire world the message of Islam and to distribute this goodness and beneficence to them all. So this is our task also. Please view 17:19–25:45.
- It is among the responsibilities of a momin (a believer) that, without distinction, he should serve everyone — Huzoor (aba) reminded us: We do have to set people on the right path spiritually, of course, but I want to tell you also that we have been made responsible for delivering goodness and taking care of their material welfare too. And there are commandments in the Holy Quran about this also. We are not told to just take care of goodness for our own people only. We are not commanded just to end the hunger, and provide shelter and take care of the illnesses of our own people alone. We are commanded to take care of others also and indeed of every person in need. Please see 28:19–32:05.
- Every Ahmadi, making use of wisdom, has to take this message of goodness to the people of his or her own section of society so that the world may get to know of Ahmadiyyat, the True Islam — All that we have to do, we have to do relying on our efforts and by gaining the Graces of Allah, the Exalted. Relying on others, or having any kind of thought of reliance on worldly powers will be the cause of our downfall and we must remember this. Divine communities do not seek or get help from worldly powers. What are the efforts through which we can gain success? These are those messages of goodness which I have already mentioned before. And this needs to be spread to every person in the world and by every Ahmadi, no matter what section of society he belongs to, and this is what is needed. We have to put ourselves into the work of outreach — of tabligh, of conveying the message. Labourer, trader, doctor, lawyer, scientists, teacher, farmer…everyone, making use of wisdom has to take this message of goodness to the people of his or her own section of society so that the world may get to know of Ahmadiyyat, the True Islam. And this needs to be done before the time that the seeds of opposition start to be planted or start to grow in places where they have not yet arrived – so that we should have our roots already strongly established in such places. Before the hordes of Satan realize what is happening, the beautiful Islamic teachings of goodness and beneficence should already be prevalent in such places. So this, today, is the work of the servants of the Messiah of Muhammad (sa) that by making use of wisdom and strenuous efforts and gaining the graces of Allah, the Almighty, they go and plant the Islamic teachings of goodness and beneficence in the hearts of everyone. Do your level best for this. It is necessary, in order to achieve this, that we increase the numbers of Daeen-ila-lah [callers to Allah] everywhere and make every one of them active in their work. May Allah enable the members of the Jama’at and also the Nizam [organization/system] of the Jama’at to pay full attention towards this. Aameen. Please see 41:00–45:24.
- The atmosphere of Jalsa Salana affects each pious-natured soul and is a silent source of Tabligh — Some non-Muslims and non-Ahmadis only come to the Jalsa to find out how real are the blessings and beneficences of Jalsa as expressed to them by their Ahmadi friends. After experiencing Jalsa majority of them acknowledge that they find their experience to be greater than envisaged and some are so impressed and affected that they end up taking Bai’at. The Ahmadiyya Jama’at disseminates the beautiful message of Islam and each visitor can see its display of love and affection which compels them to be part of the true Islamic model or at least their objections against Islam are negated through it. This is a proof of the fact that Islamic teaching has never been outdated and Divine help and succour has never left Jama’at Ahmadiyya…This is a sign of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and is also a sign that Divine help and succour is with Khilafat e Ahmadiyya. These matters do not come about through human effort. The atmosphere of Jalsa is a silent source of Tabligh in which each Ahmadi worker is a silent missionary. Please see 09:29–14:34.
- Huzoor (aba) highlighted the importance of inculcating the spirit of duty in children and the desire to serve others — Several guests commented on, and were impressed by, the act of small children served drinking water most lovingly. Children usually like to have everything for themselves but the Jama’at has thus trained its young children that they put the comfort of others first. Please see 16:00—16:45 for an example of this.
- Ahmadis should be grateful to Allah and remember that others are impressed by our ways; as such, we should not suffer from any complex — A lady journalist from Belize said that she felt that had she been born in an Ahmadi home she would not have reacted as rebelliously as she did with her family. Huzoor (aba) said Ahmadis should be grateful to Allah that they were born to Ahmadi families or had accepted Ahmadiyyat and are thus protected from the elements that make others rebellious. Huzoor (aba) said some Ahmadi girls also react badly at times, they should remember that others are also impressed by our ways, so they should not suffer from any complex. The teaching of Islam is in accordance with human nature. Please see 31:05–33:50.
- No one should think that they are the caretakers of reforming the world — Huzoor (aba) said men should remember that they have not been given powers to police others and should restrain themselves. It is not for them to cover the heads of women from outside. Anyislah (reformation) of women is best done by women. Men are commanded to restrain their eyes; they should fulfill their own obligations. There is not even any commandment to forcibly cover the heads of Muslim women let alone non-Muslim women. It is men like these who have hard-line ideas, there may be the odd one among us also, who bring Islam in disrepute. Huzoor said no one should think that they are the caretakers of reforming the world! Similarly a man told an Ahmadi who accompanied another lady journalist to tell her that it was necessary to cover the head in our surroundings and that she should cover her head. Huzoor (aba) said he would say to such men that they should take care of their own families first, the world will InshaAllah be reformed of its own accord. It is acts like these that turn people away from Islam. Huzoor said he had earlier recounted the story of a lady journalist who had turned away from Islamic practice due to the harsh stance of her father. When she saw the freedom [of Ahmadi women] at Jalsa she wished that she had been born in an Ahmadi home. Women should reform women especially in Europe where there is a furore that Muslim men are harsh and unfair and cruel. Such actions by men spoil matters. These things should be handled by women with gentleness. Please see 51:49–55:48.
- Attendees of Jalsa should reform their attitudes; Jamaat Ahmadiyya has no need for people who exhibit a rebellious attitude and challenge instructions — It is in the Hadith as well as the Holy Qur’an that no matter from whom an instruction comes, it should be complied with. Compliance of the Ameer is enjoined and the Holy Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said that even an Ameer whose head is the size of raisin is appointed over you, listen to him. Such rebellious attitudes should not be taken on small matters; whether something is in Hadith or not. Indeed Hadith says obey and comply and this is very essential for everyone who calls themselves an Ahmadi. Huzoor (aba) instructed workers to note down for the next time that if someone shows such attitude they should inform their superior who should then cancel the name card of the individual disallowing them to attend Jalsa. Huzoor said Jama’at Ahmadiyya does not need such rebellious attitudes. Please see 1:01:30–1:04:53
- Accounts of new Ahmadis should not be listened to as interesting stories; these are factual accounts which should be faith-enhancing and we should be grateful to God for His treatment of the Jama’at — Some educated people as well as young people may wonder if the accounts of new-comers to Ahmadiyyat are somewhat overstated. It should be remembered that what Huzoor (aba) presents are not mere stories, but are factual accounts and are instances of a Divine wave. There are indeed countless such accounts from which Huzoor (aba) but chooses a few. Huzoor (aba) said he had said last year that he would relate some of these accounts [apart from at Jalsa Salana] during the course of the year as well. Now, this year’s accounts are also piling up, therefore, today Huzoor related some. This is done so that our faith is strengthened and we are motivated to self-reflect and think how we too can receive guidance from God. Accounts of new Ahmadis should not be listened to as interesting stories; these are factual accounts which should be faith-enhancing and we should be grateful to God for His treatment of the Jama’at. These accounts should inspire us to be mindful of our responsibilities. Indeed, it is our obligation to take the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat to others and while we need to make efforts for this we also need to look at our own practices and adapt them according to ways of God. Our good, positive role models will further strengthen the faith of new Ahmadis. Please see 10:47–14:07.
- Those of us who are born Ahmadis and are long-term Ahmadis have a great responsibility in terms of maintaining a strong connection with God, and reforming our practices — The responsibility of those of us who are born Ahmadis and long-term Ahmadis increases after we listen to accounts of those who are guided by God. We should keep an eye on our own condition and create a connection with God and correct our practices. We should always remember lest our indolence deprives us. It is God’s decree that Ahmadiyyat is going to move onwards and upwards, what we need to do is pay attention that we are also part of this onward progression. Please see 42:52–43:40 for Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this important point.
- The Promised Messiah (as) said: ‘Allah the Exalted does not want our Jama’at’s faith to remain weak. With His grace, Allah the Exalted is manifesting signs to enhance the faith of our Jama’at’ — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘There was a time when we had no more than just the odd person with us and now we see they come in their droves. ‘People will come to you by every distant track.’ Not only this; something supplementary has taken place. The opponents have tried their utmost that people stop coming here. However, ultimately this phrase has come true and now each new person who comes to us is a sign of this revelation.’ The Promised Messiah said: ‘Allah the Exalted does not want our Jama’at’s faith to remain weak. With His grace, Allah the Exalted is manifesting signs to enhance the faith of our Jama’at.’ Huzoor (aba) said this process continues to this day but some unfortunate people not only do not recognize the truth, they oppose it. The Promised Messiah (as) said: ‘God has appointed me, God has sent me. They watch whether the person, who says he has come with the command of God, has God’s support and succor with him or not. However, they saw sign upon sign, but said they were false signs. They saw Divine help and succor upon Divine help and succor and said it was sorcery. What hope can I have for these people who dishonor Word of God Almighty! Respect of the Word of God demanded that as soon as they heard His name they should have surrendered, but their mischief is heightened. They will see for themselves in Whose hand is the ending!’ May God soon show these opponents their ending and may Ahmadiyyat move onwards and upwards and may we always be a part of it. Please see 45:50–48:27.
- The Promised Messiah (as) says: “Good, virtuous conduct is that in which there is not even the thought of any kind of excess or wrongdoing, or conceit, or ostentation, or arrogance or dispossession of the rights of human beings” — The Promised Messiah (as) says, at one place, “In the Holy Quran, Allah, the Exalted, has placed good, virtuous conduct alongwith faith. And good, virtuous conduct is that in which there is not the least bit of discord. Remember that the actions of man are always set upon by thieves – what are these? These are ostentation, meaning when a man does something for show; and conceit, meaning that after having done something he feels happy in his heart [such happiness that comes from self-admiration]. And all types of wickedness and sins that are done by him cause his actions to become falsified. Good, virtuous conduct is that in which there is not even the thought of any kind of excess or wrongdoing, or conceit, or ostentation, or arrogance or dispossession of the rights of human beings”…“Just as man is saved by his good deeds on the day of Judgment, he is saved in this world in the same way,” meaning that good conduct has value here in this world also. The Promised Messiah (as) says, “if there is even one person of good, virtuous conduct in the house, that house remains safe. So you should know that so long as you do not do good deeds, only your belief will not help.” Please see 07:28–17:26 for Huzoor’s (aba) detailed explanation on this.
- It is the duty of every Ahmadi to present a true picture of these good and virtuous deeds because he has accepted the Imam and Prophet of the Age — The Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as) is indeed that tree planted by God Almighty whose roots are strong and whose branches also are green and lush and beautiful and fruit-bearing and which draw the attention of the world towards itself. And this is all because the Promised Messiah (as) introduced us to the true teachings of Islam and encouraged us to follow in the footsteps of the Excellent Exemplar, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) and laid great stress upon it and drew our attention to it and made clear its importance to us. These are the kinds of trees about which the Holy Quran has stated that their roots are strong in the ground, and because of faith and good and virtuous acts, if men are likened to trees, then their green and lush branches are such as to be touching the heavens. Thus, Huzoor (aba) said, because we believe in the Imam of the Age, it is the duty of every Ahmadi that along with having strong faith, become such green and lush branches, become the beautiful leafs of the green and lush branches, become the beautiful flowers and fruits that adorn those branches which should not just look beautiful to the world, but should also be of benefit to them. Otherwise, being perfect in faith and belief without actions is of no benefit. Please see 18:58–24:53 for Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this important point.
- Keep in view the extracts from the writings of the Promised Messiah (as) — Huzoor (aba) read some extracts from the writings of the Promised Messiah (as) and Huzoor (aba) said that these are the admonitions that we need to keep in our view at all times. These are the things that will make us the green and lush branches of the tree of the being of the Promised Messiah (as) and by fulfilling them we will fulfill the purpose of our having entered in the Baia’at with him. These are the things that will enable us to win the love of Allah, the Exalted, InshaAllah. And with these same good and virtuous deeds we will be able to draw the attention of the world towards ourselves also. May Allah Almighty make us like those true believers who are known by virtue of their faith and good and virtuous deeds and become those who attain the nearness of Allah, the Exalted. Please view 35:30–53:02 and read the complete translation of these extracts of the Promised Messiah’s (as) writings in the summary.
- There is no restriction on any person who worships the One God from worshiping in these [our] mosques, whether he is Muslim or not — The mosques of the Muhammadan Messiah announce that Islam is the biggest standard-bearer of religious freedom and for this purpose doors of our mosques are always open. There is no restriction on any person who worships the One God from worshiping in these mosques, whether he is Muslim or not. Every Ahmadi who comes to our mosques announces that according to the teaching of the Holy Qur’an, it is the responsibility of every true Muslim to protect places of worship of all religions and this is as important for him/her as protection of their own mosques is! Our mosques also draw attention that a true believer is loyal to his country and there are countless other requisites that are put upon those who truly associate themselves to mosques so that the rights of God and mankind can be fulfilled in the real sense. All this has been enjoined in the Holy Qur’an, and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) repeatedly drew attention to it as indeed he (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) fulfilled the rights of God and the rights of mankind and established blessed models. This is the real teaching of Islam which the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) taught to implement in this age. Please see 08:20–15:45 for Huzoor’s (aba) further explanation on this.
- One should stop and reflect whether one’s love of God is more, or one’s love of worldly benefits. Otherwise our claims will be hollow and we will be deceiving the world; our life’s objective is to please God and we will not be paying attention to that. Allah the Exalted states elsewhere about those who are included in believers: ‘…But those who believe are stronger in their love for Allah…’ (2:166) No worldly love can control them and they continue to spend their lives in order to attain love of God. They do not forget love of God to make worldly gains because love of God demands that His commandments are practiced, it demands that He is worshipped. It cannot be one makes excuses like one’s employment etc. to miss one’s Salat, and lies are told to gain material benefit. One should stop and reflect whether one’s love of God is more or one’s love of worldly benefits. If love of worldly objects is taking one away from commandments of God, then love of the world is gaining ground. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘It should be known that the sense of honour of God Almighty does not want a believer’s love for Him to have love of another associated with it. Belief is very dear to us and it can only be safeguarded if we do not associate anyone else in our love of God.’ Every Muslim acknowledges love of God and the Prophet and is ready to kill and get killed for this. We will never hear a Muslim say that he does not love God and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Yet how many abide by the commandments of God and the Prophet? Let’s just take Salat. We need to reflect and see if we offer Salat with its due requisites. Many say they offer three or four Salat a day, many offer their Salat in such haste it appear as if they are unburdening themselves. Salat is source of gaining Divine nearness and is an expression of love of God. If we do not adorn the way in which we offer it, we are not fulfilling the requisite of our love for God. It is stated about those who believe that when they are called regarding what God and His Messenger command, they say: we hear and we obey. We need to self-reflect about this matter. This alone will tell us about our condition. The Holy Qur’an has given countless commandments which the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has referred to as 700 commandments and has said that one who does not abide by them is distancing himself from the Promised Messiah. Our faith will be complete when we will abide by all these commandments. Verbal profession of belief in the Hereafter is made, but many among us simply pay lip service to this. If belief in the Hereafter is real, one shuns many things. We are aware of worldly laws and they prevent us from doing many things. Yet we take many wrong steps because we do not think about the Hereafter. Please see 18:40–29:12 for Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this important point.
- When an Ahmadi is known as an Ahmadi his responsibilities increase greatly. He does not remain just an Ahmadi, but becomes a representative of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and this is why the Promised Messiah (as) once said that once you are associated with us, do not bring us in disrepute — This is a most significant point which every Ahmadi should keep in view and by doing so they will become ambassadors of Ahmadiyyat and others will be attracted to their message. By becoming representatives of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) we would be fulfilling the dues of Tabligh and will be helping the world to adorn their worldly lives and their Hereafter and we will garner God’s grace and blessings…What is our connection with God? Are we spending our lives in His fear and love and in accordance with His commandments? If not, then how can we invite others and tell them the one who was promised to come has arrived? Will people not ask us what changes has the Promised Messiah brought about in us that we are inspiring them to bring pure changes in their lives? They can ask us if we have forged sufficient connection with God to be able to invite them to this way! Great efforts need to be made in this regard; the five daily Prayers should be offered in congregation and in a beautiful manner, dues of mosques should be fulfilled, along with obligatory Prayers, optional Prayers should be offered to forge connection with God. There is a great need to pay attention to fulfilling the dues of mankind, both men and women need to understand and appreciate their responsibilities. Please view 31:30–42:20 and in particular the portion 40:28–42:20.
- True Muslim men and women should try to become as truly obedient as Hazrat Maryam was and abide by the commandments of God — God has enjoined every true believer to adopt the qualities of Hazrat Maryam, which are the quality of a true believer. Addressing girls and women Huzoor (aba) said that if the people of Ireland only respected Hazrat Maryam but did not try to adopt her qualities, then this was weakness on their part. True Muslim men and women should try to become as truly obedient as Hazrat Maryam was and abide by commandments of God. One of these commandments is that of modesty and purdah as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. Along with worship of God we should also be mindful of our modest clothing. Please see 42:18–44:16.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘I say truthfully that this advent has been brought about by Allah the Exalted for the fortunate. Blessed are those who avail of it. Those of you who have forged a connection with me should never be proud and feel that you have attained whatever you needed to attain. It is true that compared to the rejecters who have displeased God with their intense rejection and contempt you are closer to being auspicious. It is also true that by being positive in your stance you have been mindful of protecting yourself from the wrath of God Almighty.However, the truth is that you have come to the water spring which God Almighty has created for eternal life at this time, however, you are yet to drink the spring water. Seek enablement from the grace and blessings of God Almighty to be satiated because nothing can happen without God Almighty. I know for certain that whoever will drink from this spring will not be ruined because its water is life-giving and it saves from ruination and protects against satanic attacks. What is the way to satiate from this spring? Indeed, to restore the two obligations given to you by God Almighty and to fulfil them. One of them is the right of God and the other of His creation.’Please see 44:38–46:35. Huzoor (aba) prayed that may God always enable us to fully seek the beneficence of this water spring and then in turn also give its beneficence to the world.
- The Promised Messiah (as) said: ‘Teaching of Islam is two-fold: firstly, rights of Allah and secondly, rights of mankind’ — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘According to the teachings of Islam, the basis of the faith of Islam is only two-fold. Or it could be said that its teaching is based on two main objectives. Firstly, the understanding of One God and the recognition of His existence; to love and truly obey Him in line with the requisites of love and obedience. The second objective is to expend all one’s faculties in the service and compassion of God’s people and to be grateful and gracious to all, from a king to an ordinary person…’ He also said: ‘Teaching of Islam is two-fold: firstly, rights of Allah and secondly, rights of mankind. Rights of Allah include considering Him worthy of obedience and rights of mankind include compassion for God’s creation. It is not good to hurt someone simply due to religious differences.’ There are numerous other similar discourses and writings of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) which draw our attention to our obligations; a matter that the world is currently in need of…Reality is unfolded when the example of the Holy Qur’an, blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) the Rightly Guided Khilafat e Rashida and other Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) is presented before the world. And when it is explained to them that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was sent in this age with this teachingwhich Ahmadiyya Muslims try to disseminate as well as practice, the world takes note! Huzoor said he has observed that when the facts are expounded well it has a remarkable effect even on hardened detractors. Please see 02:00–06:35 for Huzoor’s (aba) further explanation on this.
- Important for Ahmadis to be active members of society and contribute towards charitable causes — Huzoor (aba) said it is good to be involved in charitable causes as this also introduces the Jama’at to others and opens further avenues of Tabligh. Huzoor (aba) mentioned this in the context of Huzoor (aba) recounting how a lady member of the Irish National Assembly said to Huzoor (aba) that she was aware that Ahmadis are active members of society and how Ahmadi women give to charitable causes. Please see 25:10–26:04.
- God’s help and support is with the Promised Messiah (as) and the boundless grace and bounty of God that we receive should strengthen the faith of each Ahmadi — Huzoor (aba) said that wherever we build mosques, God facilitates extraordinary opportunities to spread the message of true Islam. Huzoor (aba) said it was also a great favor of God that his tours abroad were extraordinarily blessed by God. All these blessings open new avenues of Tabligh and the introduction of the Jama’at in accordance with the promises God made to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Our effort is very small but it receives boundless grace and bounty of God which further strengthens the faith of each Ahmadi. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘It is amazing that eyes of these people are not opened even though Allah the Exalted is making the truth shine through abundantly and forcefully in support of our mission. It is also a way of Allah that the allegations of those who accuse others of falsehood attract His Signs.’ The Promised Messiah (as) also said: ‘Once an opponent wrote me a letter saying that people have not left any stone unturned in opposing you. But we do not understand one thing, which is that in spite of this opposition you succeed in everything!’ Huzoor said people still ask this question today but God’s help and support is with the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) which they do not want to see. Their so-called leaders have pulled wool over their eyes in such a way that rather than reach out for light they are looking for darkness. They are experiencing Divine displeasure again and again but do not care. Natural disasters, the pitifully state of the Muslim world and the murder and mayhem does not make them ponder as to what is happening to them! Are they the recipients of Divine blessings and thus also attracting the world to the blessings, or are they repelling the world? May God make them get out of the snare of the so-called, self-serving leaders and practice the true teaching of Islam and accept the Imam who was sent by God! They continue to martyr our people but do they get any inner peace by martyring one Ahmadi? If not daily then weekly hundreds of their own are being killed! There is turmoil and restlessness everywhere in Pakistan. Huzoor prayed that may God also enable us to discharge our obligations well. Please view 37:07–40:50.
- The verses of Surah Al Buruj (Ch 85: 2–12) illustrate exactly the incident perpetrated against Ahmadis in Gujaranwala — Hazrat Khalifatul Masih (aba) said it is such a testimony of the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that if fair-minded Muslims reflect over Surah Al Buruj the reality of the persecution of Ahmadi would open up to them. They would realise the extent of the actions of their leaders, politicians and the government in this regard and they would believe in the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and not be part of this persecution. Please see 02:13–11:41 and listen to the entire Sermon for Huzoor’s explanation and commentary on these verses, especially in context of the contemptible incident in Gujranwala.
- True believers will have to endure being targeted for oppression for a long period — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that progress of Islam demands of us and the demand is of life! Although believers will have to endure the pain, ultimately those who in their presumption will besiege believers from all sides will themselves be destroyed. We saw in Gujranwala, the police also participated in the persecution and those who kindled the fire delighted in burning true believers. Therein is a prophecy that this is how the opponents of true believers will light fire and will encircle them and this is a proof that we are true believers and this includes our opponents in the category of those who kindle fire for the true believers, encircle them and delight in their act. Please see 11:45–17:00.
- With the grace of God, the tree of the Jama’at will grow and flourish, and for this the members of the Jama’at will have to give sacrifices. — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: “Do not think that God will waste you. You are the seed sown by the hand of God in the earth. God states that this seed will develop and flourish and its branches will grow in every direction and it will become a large tree. Fortunate is he who believes in God’s word and is not afraid of the intervening trials.” With the grace of God, the tree of the Jama’at will grow and flourish and for this the members of the Jama’at will have to give sacrifices. As for those who kindle fire, they will themselves burn in the same fire or God will destroy them by other means. ‘Cursed be the people of the trenches – ‘ is a prophecy which has been fulfilled in favor of the Jama’at and will continue to do so. But the opponents will not desist, they will continue with their oppression and persecution but the tree of Ahmadiyyat will also continue to grow. They should have taken lesson from the 125 year old history and progress of the Jama’at that it is not a man-made matter and is from God and by trying to curtail it they are only incurring the displeasure of God. They know neither the Holy Qur’an nor anything said by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) corroborates them. Please see 20:36–24:50.
- “Threaten me not with fire, for fire is my servant and indeed, the servant of my servants” (Tadhkirah, p. 507 2009 edition) — This revelation of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) did not say that fire is a sign for Ahmadis or that it is chastisement for others. No such sign was given. The objective was that we are not frightened of fire. This is fulfilled at times in apparent form and at times in an allegorical form; sometimes fires are extinguished and at other times loss is suffered. We see that in the time of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) the torment destined for the infidels was the torment of war and they were destroyed through it and it was through it that their might was weakened. However, Muslims were also martyred in those wars. Yet, while God deemed the death of the infidels as Hell-bound, it was stated about the loss of Muslim lives that do not consider them dead, for they live and are given the beneficence of new provision every day by God. Our martyrs are also in God’s Paradise! Please see 37:00–43:25 to understand this more fully. Huzoor (aba) also made it clear that our martyrs lost their lives due to smoke inhalation and no one was injured by the fire although the perpetrators continually tried to add fuel to the fire by burning what they did not wish to loot, including household furniture and other means of fuel!
- Ahmadis of Gujaranwala were exemplary during the riots of 1974 and today, yet again they have established a new example of sacrifice — A seven month old girl, an eight year old girl and a woman gave the sacrifice of life and established a new example of sacrifice. In fact a life that had not yet come into this world and was to see this world after two months or so was deprived of coming into the world and gave its sacrifice as well…It is perhaps the first time in the history of Ahmadiyyat that the sacrifice has been all-female. The sacrifice of these innocents will InshaAllah never be fruitless. Those who were martyred included Bushra Begum Sahib wife of late Munir Ahmad Sahib and Hira Tabassum and Kainat Tabassum, daughters of Muhammad Buta Sahib. God elevates the status of martyrs anyhow, may He also grant steadfastness and patience to the bereaved, especially to those who have lost innocent daughters and sisters. May God also grant perfect healing to the injured and may He make good their financial loss and grant them more than before. Please see 33:24–36:59 and 42:20–59:55.
- A true believer should say “lubbaiq” to the message of the Holy Prophet (saw) — Prophets of God are role models and in the aforementioned verse (8:25) by mentioning God in conjunction with Prophets it has been made clear that they say and do whatever God states. Prophets of God should be followed blindly to attain spiritual life and of course it is stated about the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) that it is essential to follow him in order to attain love of God, and true spiritual life can only be attained through love of God. Unless Muslims truly accept what the Holy Prophet (saw) had announced: ‘…If you love Allah, follow me: then will Allah love you…’ (3:32) they cannot be termed as true followers and true believers. Please see 03:14–07:12.
- The Holy Quran refutes all the objections which are raised by people when they see the wrong acts of some Muslims these days — The Holy Qur’an states that even the enmity of a people should not incite you to act other than with justice; the Qur’an states do not shed blood without reason; the Qur’an states that dues of mankind should be paid; the Qur’an states that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was mercy for all the peoples. As indeed the quality of Rahmaniyyat (being gracious) demands that it is without distinction of religion and race and is for one and all. Thus the Holy Qur’an refutes all the objections which are raised by people when they see the wrong acts of some Muslims these days. Prophets of God come to give life but the practices of Muslims today are devoid of life and their acts are heightened to practically end human life. They kill innocents and widows. Huzoor (aba) said that if anyone asks him, as indeed they often do, Huzoor (aba) tells them that God and His Messenger gave the answer to their questions in the beginning of Islam. As the verses of Surah Jumu’ah in the Holy Qur’an state: ‘He it is Who has raised among the Unlettered people a Messenger from among themselves who recites unto them His Signs, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and wisdom, although they had been, before, in manifest misguidance; And among others from among them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.’(62:3-4) The ‘manifest misguidance’ which is apparent from the acts of Muslims today was also rampant in the time of the Holy Prophet (saw) and he was sent to remove it and to give the life-infusing message of Islam. And now in order to spread the life-infusing message the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has been sent and after coming in his Bai’at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is now taking this message further, as is its responsibility. The Holy Prophet (saw) made it very clear that the religious leaders of Islam will one day be the worst of creation, as indeed are the acts of Muslims today. And it was said that this will be the time when the Promised Messiah will descend.We observe that the Promised Messiah (as) claimed that he had brought life-giving water and those who accepted him attained the spiritual life that the water gave. Please see 07:41–13:25 to better understand Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this important point.
- The Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) claim that he had come to give life to the world was fulfilled with great glory and continues to be fulfilled — Now it is only possible to understand Word of God through the Promised Messiah whose task it is to disseminate knowledge of the Holy Qur’an. People are attaining spiritual life through him, indeed they can attain it through him. After fourteen hundred years, he exhibited a model of being a perfect follower of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and absorbed himself totally in his love. This beneficence continues to this day but those who raise objections at Islam do not look at it, whereas, wrong actions of Muslims garner a deluge of objections and anti-Islam propaganda. The Promised Messiah (as) said: “Everyone has personally witnessed the spread of the plague and restrictions placed on going to Hajj. Introduction of the railways in the country and the camels made redundant, all these were the miracles of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) which have been witnessed in this era just as the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) witnessed miracles. This is why Allah the Exalted termed this latter-days party as ‘…from among them…’ so that it may indicate that they are like the Companions as far as observance of miracles is concerned. Think about it! Who else has experienced a time in the precept of Prophethood in the last thirteen hundred years! There are many reasons for our community to be likened to the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them). They witness miracles and signs just as the Companions did, they are suffering from the grief of derision, mockery, cursing and all manner of hurt, abuse and cutting off of ties in the way of God as the Companions did. They continue to attain pure life from God’s evident signs, heavenly succour and teaching of wisdom, just as the Companions did. Many among them weep during Salat and moisten their places of prostration with tears, just as the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) wept’! (Tafseer the Promised Messiah – Vol. 4, pp. 329-330) Please see 13:26–18:40.
- Khilafat is a blessing of God and cannot be snatched! — There is no deficiency in the teaching of Islam and the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (saw), in fact they are both complete and perfect. The fault lies with the religious scholars who mislead people and those who follow them. If Prophets of God did not give life, then confidence in God would also be removed. Religions devoid of life have mere claims to offer and there is nothing life-infusing about them anymore. This is why people are forsaking those religions and only keep a ceremonial connection with no element of faith. It is a great favor of God on Muslims that He sent His Prophet in this age and revived its teaching so that we may continue to receive spiritual life. Those appointed by God come with the promise that they will take those who will follow them to success and they will be given spiritual life. This indeed was also the promise made to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace); that he will triumph and his followers will continue to progress. The system of Khilafat will continue to do his task after him and anyone who will rise against it will be unsuccessful and will fail. Khilafat is a blessing of God and cannot be snatched! It is not attained through persecution, through burying innocents alive. Possession of this system cannot be gained through killing people barbarically. It is a source of giving life and not taking life. Any other system which is snatched cannot have Divine succour and never has done! Please see 21:43–25:05.
- It should be remembered that those who accept people sent from God also have to give sacrifices — They are prepared for every kind of sacrifice because they know their sacrifice would never go in vain and at times they sacrifice their physical life for the sake of spiritual life. There were people in the time of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) who gave sacrifice of family, relatives, wealth, business even life! Yet, they did not allow death to overcome their spiritual life. Even today there are hundreds of thousands who happily give the sacrifice of sentiments, wealth, relations and in some places also sacrifice of life. Some accept the life-giving message of Ahmadiyyat, true Islam and are faced with adversities and troubles. Yet, they do not care and give preference to their spiritual lives to their physical lives. There are numerous examples of people who endure such troubles and Huzoor (aba) presented a few today. Please see 25:12–27:55.
- We have to safeguard our faith wherever difficulties are faced and have to continuously seek the beneficence of the spiritual water that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) gave us — The early Christians hid behind rocks to safeguard their faith and gave sacrifices, we have to strengthen our faith as hard as the rocks and have to prove that the Promised Messiah’s (as) beneficence still prevails and that the task of one commissioned by God is to infuse new life, to strengthen faith and this we have to achieve under all circumstances in the perfect belief that triumph is destined for the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as). Each one of us should realize that they have to be a part of this triumph and in spite of all difficulties make efforts for our own lives and for the lives of others. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘The days are approaching, nay they are near at hand, when only this religion shall be spoken of with honor and respect. God shall grant this religion and this Movement His choicest blessings and unprecedented success and frustrate the designs of all those who seek to destroy them and shall perpetuate their ascendancy till the time the world comes to its end. They jeer at me now but their jeering shall cause no harm, for there has not been a Prophet who has not been jeered at. It was, therefore, incumbent that the Promised Messiah be also jeered at, as God Almighty says: ‘Alas for mankind! There comes not a Messenger to them but they mock at him.’ (36:31). Please see 39:53–46:25.
- We need to keep in mind some of the objectives of attending the Jalsa Salana — In addition to gaining religious knowledge and making spiritual progress (which was also highlighted in last week’s Sermon), the Jalsa Salana provides an environment of being in the company of righteous men and women, and therefore one is inspired to improve in his/her personal standard of righteousnessness. We as Ahmadis have made a pledge to give precedence to faith above all worldly matters, and the Jalsa provides the perfect occasion for identifying ways in which to implement this pledge in the best possible ways. The Jalsa also gives us an opportunity to intensify our fervour in the remembrance of Allah, and also to polish up on our obligations towards our fellow human beings. During Jalsa Salana, we must pay close attention to our acts of worship, as Allah Almighty states: “And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me (51:57). Therefore, the days of Jalsa Salana must be utilized by every participant (be it guests or duty workers) to make every possible effort to attain the nearness and pleasure of Allah Almighty, or else, undertaking this arduous journey to attend this auspicious occasion is to no avail. Please see 02:24–10:12.
- Huzoor (aba) directed our attention towards some of the highest moral values we must all make every effort to attain, and the need to self-reflect whether we exhibit such standards — These include: being mindful and having due regard for huqooq-al-ibad so that we exhibit such high standards of faith that we give precedence to the comfort of our brother over our own comfort (see 10:13–14:02); it is absolutely essential for us to shun our ego, look past any differences or conflicts we may have, and strive towards attaining righteousness (Taqwa) because not only is this the hallmark of a true believer (momin) but also the responsibility of the jamaat of the Promised Messiah (as) (see 14:04–18:41; it is extremely important to look after the underprivileged amongst us, not by thinking that we are doing them a favor, but by understanding this as their God-given right (see 18:42–19:03); one must display an attitude of affection and self-sacrifice towards others, even at the cost of his/her own comfort (see 20:09–20:47); similarly, one must set aside one’s ego and shun all pride and adopt an attitude of humility (see 20:48–21:40). Furthermore, truth, expression of truth and justice must prevail in all our actions, even if it means giving witness against a loved one. Forgiveness and patience are virtues that every Ahmadi must practice. The most beautiful Quranic injunctions regarding absolute justice and kinship have no comparison in any other scriptures. When all participants of Jalsa Salana will adopt these high moral standards, a most beautiful atmosphere will be created, which naturally attracts people towards Ahmadiyyat (see 21:40–24:35). Huzoor (aba) stressed on the importance of saying “Salam” to one another. This act of saying salam can actually become the source of establishing peace in the world today, the condition being that one must say salam to everyone (not only to friends and relatives) with the best possible intention and with the most genuine compassion (see 28:15–30:07).
- Huzoor (aba) drew attention to some organizational matters — Men who are accompanied by their children aged 7 or above must remain in the marquee and listen to the Jalsa program instead of roaming around outside, which causes disturbance along with lack of discipline. Similarly, women with little children must refrain from indulging in conversations while the program is in progress and make every endeavour to listen to the speeches. One must listen to all the speakers rather than picking and choosing a few select orators, as every speech is replete with knowledge and source of blessings. Workers on duty must discharge their duties with full responsibility and participants are urged to listen to the workers, even if they are younger than them in age. Especially during times of peak congestion, display patience and show exemplary discipline. Everyone, including workers and participants, is in charge of security, so keep an eye on your surroundings and report any untowardly behaviour to the authorities. Please see 30:15–35:20.
Huzoor (aba) based today’s Friday sermon on the significance and excellence of the Holy Qur’an.
- The blessings of the month of Ramadhan have been linked to the Holy Qur’an and thus a connection between the two has been established — We should pay the dues of Ramadhan and the Holy Qur’an and understand their mutual connection. These distances which seem very far-off in other days and months are gathered close-by in this month. Thus, a true believer should try and derive as much beneficence from this month as possible, and those dues are to read the Holy Qur’an while fasting, to reflect over it, to listen to or read its commentaries. Huzoor (aba) said: As far as I know and I have assessed that there are many even among us, quite a substantial number, who do not try to pay the dues of the Holy Qur’an even during Ramadhan. They do not read it properly, meaning they do not read it as it should be read with due care and attention. If they read it, they read a little and nonchalantly. Anyway attention needs to be paid to this. The blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), owing to the distinct will of Allah the Exalted, draws our attention to try and finish at least one reading of the Holy Qur’an during Ramadhan and as I said earlier, also reflect over it. Then alone will we be able to practice the words of Allah the Exalted that it is: ‘…a guidance for mankind…’. Allah the Exalted states that during the month of Ramadhan, along with fasting, which is a spiritual endeavour, also try and read and understand this treasure of knowledge and discernment. Make its teachings a part of your life and reflect over its commandments and implement them in your life. Repeat and remind yourself of [any] forgotten parts of it, ruminate its blessings during this month and self-reflect to see as to how much you practice the Holy Qur’an. This is what Allah the Exalted states to us because this is what adorns our life and our ending. Please see 05:07–14:07 for Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this.
- The Holy Qur’an has three qualities as explained by the Promised Messiah (as): The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) explains ‘…a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination…’. ‘This means that: The Holy Qur’an has three qualities. First, it guides people to the knowledge of the faith that had disappeared. Secondly, it sets forth the details of such knowledge as had been briefly stated. Thirdly, it sets forth the decisive word concerning matters over which differences had arisen and thus distinguishes between truth and falsehood.’ (Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 1, pp. 223-227, footnote 11 – Essence of Islam, Vol. 1, p. 482). Thus it is a comprehensive and complete Book which is matchless and in which everything has been stated completely. It points out the errors of the earlier faiths and makes up for their deficiencies. It is a favour of Allah the Exalted that He has given us birth in this age and has also enabled us to accept the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). By thus enabling us, He also facilitated us to understand the significance and knowledge of the Holy Qur’an through him. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) presented the treasures of the knowledge and discernment of the Holy Qur’an to us. True insight in this is gained by reading the Promised Messiah (as) books. Please see 14:10–16:00.
- Our Jama’at should try and be occupied with the Holy Qur’an and ponder over it wholeheartedly night and day — Explaining the significance of the Holy Qur’an and drawing our attention to it the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) says: ‘If we did not have the Holy Qur’an and only had collections of Ahadith as eminent sources of faith we would have been embarrassed to face other people. I have reflected over the word Qur’an and it was disclosed to me that this blessed word contains a great prophecy which is that this alone is the Qur’an, that is, a book worthy of reading. A time will come when more than ever it alone will be the Book worthy of reading when other books will also be read along with it. At that time this alone will be the Book worthy of reading in order to protect the honour of Islam and to eradicate falseness and other books would certainly be worthy of being discarded. This is what ‘Furqan’ means: that is, this Book alone will distinguish between truth and falseness and no book of Hadith or any other book will be of the status. Therefore leave all the books and only read the Book of Allah night and day. Extremely faithless is the person who does not show regard to the Holy Qur’an and is inclined to other books all the time. Our Jama’at should try and be occupied with the Holy Qur’an and ponder over it wholeheartedly and give up being inclined to Ahadith. It is of great regret that the Holy Qur’an is not deliberated over as Ahadith are! Take the weapon of the Holy Qur’an in hand to triumph at this hour. No darkness will be able to withstand this light!’ (Malfuzat, Vol. I, p. 386) Please see 19:29–21:30.
- Pay attention to Salat, especially congregational Salat, and inculcate the habit of reading the Holy Quran to reflect over it — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) once said the following about sources of reformation: ‘How can change and reformation be brought about? The answer is with Salat alone, which is real Prayer. Reflect over the Holy Qur’an for it contains everything; detail of virtues and vices and news of times to come.’ The foremost thing is to be drawn to Salat, especially these days attention should be given to congregational Salat; special arrangements should be made. As the Holy Qur’an is connected to Ramadan, if the habit is formed during these days to read it, reflect over it and practice its teachings in our lives, it will avail in future. The Promised Messiah (as) said, ‘It is the distinction of the Holy Qur’an alone that Allah the Exalted has given the antidote of every ailment in it and has explained the training of all faculties. Removal of any evil that is mentioned is also given. Therefore, continue to recite the Holy Qur’an and continue to pray and try and keep your conduct in line with its teaching.’ Please see 21:35–23:59.
- Anyone who evades at least one of the 700 commandments of the Qur’an, shuts upon himself the door of salvation — The secret of success today remains to practice teachings of the Holy Qur’an; merely accepting it is not sufficient. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) says: ‘The reality is that as long as Muslims are not fully observant and adherent of what Allah the Exalted has taught in the Holy Qur’an they cannot attain any kind of success. The further they go from the Holy Qur’an the further they become from degrees and paths of success. Practicing the Holy Qur’an alone is the source of progress and guidance.’ He advised his Jama’at: ‘Be alert all the time and do not take a single step contrary to Divine teaching and the guidance of the Qur’an. I tell you truly that anyone who evades at least one of the 700 commandments of the Qur’an, shuts upon himself the door of salvation. The ways of true and perfect salvation have been opened by the Qur’an and all the rest is its reflection. Therefore, study the Qur’an with care and hold it very dear with a love that you have not for anything else. As God has said to me: ‘All good is contained in the Qur’an’. This is wholly true. Those people are to be pitied who prefer anything else to it. The fountainhead of all your prosperity and salvation is the Holy Qur’an. There is no religious need of yours which is not filled by the Qur’an. On the Day of Judgement, the Qur’an will confirm or deny your faith.’ Please see 29:24–32:05.
- The proper etiquette of Tilawat (recitation) of the Holy Quran: Someone asked a question about how the Holy Qur’an should be recited and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) answered: ‘The Holy Qur’an should be read carefully and should be reflected on. Hadith relates that there are many reciters of the Holy Qur’an who are cursed by the Holy Qur’an. A person who reads the Qur’an but does not practice it is cursed by the Holy Qur’an. When reciting the Holy Qur’an one comes to a verse about blessing, blessing should sought from God Almighty, and when chastisement of a people is mentioned, refuge should be sought from God Almighty from God Almighty’s chastisement. The Qur’an should be read with due care and attention and it should be practiced on.’ (Malfuzat, Vol. 5, p. 157). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) explains how to fulfill the object of recitation of the Holy Qur’an: ‘People read the Holy Qur’an in a parrot-like fashion without understanding it, just like the rapid chanting of a pundit who neither understands what he is saying nor do the listeners. Similarly the recitation of the Holy Qur’an has been reduced to simply reading a couple of Parts without understanding what has been read. At the very most it is read melodiously and letters of ع (ain) and ق (qaf) are pronounced properly. It is good to read the Holy Qur’an in a fine and melodious manner.’ Hadith also relate that it should be recited well. ‘However, the true objective of recitation of the Holy Qur’an is to be informed of its truths and knowledge so that man can bring about a change in him! Remember that the Holy Qur’an has an amazing philosophy in it. There is a system to it which is not valued. Unless the system of the Holy Qur’an and its sequence is not kept in view and it is not fully reflected over, the objectives of its recitation are not fulfilled.’ ‘Man should read the Holy Qur’an abundantly and when reading it he comes across a prayer, he should also pray and seek the same from God which is sought in the prayer. If he comes across citation of chastisement, he should seek refuge from it and should avoid those bad practices owing to which the people [in the citation] were ruined…The Holy Qur’an can be likened to a garden. Man picks a certain kind of flower from one place and further ahead picks another kind of flower. He should garner benefit according to the situation.’ Please see 34:28–36:37 and also see 37:04–37:53.
- ‘Do not abandon the Holy Qur’an like something forsaken, for therein is your life’ — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Remember, the Holy Qur’an is the fountainhead of true blessings and is a true source of salvation. Those who do not practice the Holy Qur’an are themselves to be blamed. Among those who not practice it, one group is of those who not believe in it and they do not consider it to be Word of God Almighty. These people are very distant and remote. However, how astonishing and regrettable it is when those who believe that it is the Word of God and is a healing formula for salvation also do not practice it. Many among these have not even read it in their entire lives. The example of such people who are so negligent and careless about Word of God is like a person who knows of a clear, sweet and cool water spring with water that is elixir and healing for many illnesses and he has this knowledge for certain. Yet, in spite of knowing this and in spite of being thirsty and suffering from many ailments he does not go to it. How unfortunate and ignorant of him! He should have put his mouth on the spring and satiated himself and derived pleasure from its delicious and healing water. However, in spite of having knowledge, he is as distant from it as someone who has no knowledge of it and he remains distant from it until death overtakes him. The condition of this person is most cautionary. The state of Muslims is also similar these days. They know that the Holy Qur’an is the key to all advancement and all success which they should practice. But, no! it is not at all cared about…Muslims should have had, and it is also necessary for them now, to consider this water spring a magnificent blessing, and value it. Valuing it is in practicing it and then observe how God Almighty alleviates their problems and troubles. If only Muslims would understand and think that Allah the Exalted has created a pious way for them to avail by treading on it.’ (Malfuzat, Vol. 4, pp. 140-141). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) advises with great compassion: ‘Do not abandon the Holy Qur’an like something forsaken, for therein is your life. Those who will honor the Holy Qur’an will be honored in the heavens and those who will give precedence to the Holy Qur’an over every Hadith and every other discourse will be given precedence in the heavens. There is no other book on the face of the earth for mankind but the Holy Qur’an and for the entire human race there is no other Prophet and intercessor but the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).’ (Kashti Nuh, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 19, p. 13). Huzoor (aba) advises us to read the Holy Quran and ponder over it and the parts that you have forgotten, some people forget verses they have previously memorized, repeat them and memorize them once again. Try and practice the commandments which have not been in your view. May Allah the Exalted enable all of us to do so! Please see 40:27–45:42.
- True believers should engage in ‘hamd’ and ‘tasbih’ during Ramadan more than before and raise their standard of worship in order to attain the beneficence of the sacred month. — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘A person who keeps fast should always have it in view that fasting does not simply signify remaining hungry. Rather such a person should engage in remembrance of God so that he can attain devotion to God and is able to forsake worldly desires.’ He said: ‘Fasting signifies this alone that man gives up one kind of bread, which is for physical sustenance, and takes the other kind of bread which is a source of contentment for the soul. People who fast only for the sake of God and not as a mere ritual should stay engaged in hamd (glorification of Allah) tasbih (saying SubhanAllah) and tahlil (saying la ilaha illa Allah/there is no god but Allah) to have the other kind of sustenance.’ Please see 03:45–08:22.
- This is what we should aim for during Ramadhan: Not adopting righteousness temporarily and not fasting on a superficial level merely to remain hungry and thirsty. We should understand the essence of the spirit of Ramadan and not merely wish each other ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ and remain negligent. Attainment of righteousness should be ever present in our mind every day when keeping fast in the morning and when breaking fast in the evening. We should not respond in kind to anyone being aggressive to us. Rather, we should remain silent and simply tell them that we are fasting. We should be mindful that there is no esteem in showing someone down and retorting back to them, rather it is in gaining pleasure of God. We should be mindful as to who is honoured by God. As it is stated: ‘…Verily, the most honourable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you…’ (49:14). Please see 08:07–10:43.
- An extract of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) which would shake anyone with fear of God reads — ‘Only that person is honorable in the sight of Allah the Exalted who is righteous. God will only keep the community of the devout and will ruin the other. This is a sensitive aspect and two cannot be together here, that is, the righteous and the mischievous and foul cannot be in the same place. It is essential that the righteous is upheld and the wicked is ruined. Since God knows who is righteous in His sight, it is a grave cause for concern! Fortunate is the righteous, and wretched is one who comes under [God’s] curse.’ Fasting promotes righteousness and thus is God’s favor and grace on mankind that He puts Satan in fetters during Ramadan so that righteousness can be attained with ease. However, if other matters are given importance during fasting and one is embroiled in a false web of egotism, then fasting will not avail. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has said that it is duplicitous not to break away from such false webs after coming into his Bai’at. Outwardly announce to have adopted righteousness, but have foulness in heart! He has indeed called it a grave cause for concern that only God decides who has righteousness. Therefore, the only recourse is repentance, istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah), tasbih and hamd. Please see 10:49–17:17.
- Khilafat was to be established with Divine help and succour in accordance to the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) through the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and it has been established — Any other slogan raised in the name of Khilafat is a way to acquire worldly gains in the name of faith and to seize governance. Huzoor said that last Friday he was interviewed by a TV channel and he told them that the rightful Khilafat is already established. Khilafat cannot be established through oppression, it is established through Divine help and succor. If only the Muslim Ummah also understood this, their mutual fighting and power struggle would stop. We need to also pray for the Muslim Ummah during Ramadan; because of them the anti-Islamic factions are getting opportunities to bring Islam and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in disrepute. Please see 22:54–27:25.
- Every Ahmadi in the world should fill the air today and during Ramadan with Durood — People who are anti-Islam and harbour rancour about the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) have now made a new film about the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and Hazrat ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) which is being simultaneously released today in Washington and Berlin. These people assume they can, God forbid, make the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) a target of derision. Their life in this world and the Hereafter will be ruined but they cannot see their ending. God states such people reach bad ending. Protest against this film while remaining within the constraints of law will be raised. Huzoor only found out about this yesterday and has instructed the German Jama’at about it and Huzoor said USA Jama’at should also make full efforts in this regard. However, Huzoor said that an Ahmadi’s true expression of love for the Holy Prophet and upholding his glory and greatness is in reciting Durood in abundance. ‘Holy is Allah the Praiseworthy, Holy is Allah, the Great. Bless O Allah Muhammad and the people of Muhammad.’ Every Ahmadi in the world should fill the air today and during Ramadan with Durood. While this is our response to the attacks of the enemy, it also instils righteousness in us and it is righteousness which gives us the glad-tiding of good ending. The enemies of Islam will be reduced to smithereens and will be blown away while success and good ending will be for the truly righteous. InshaAllah! Please see 28:22–31:00.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that he did not consider a person to be from him who knowingly left any of the seven hundred commandments of the Holy Qur’an — As mentioned earlier in the sermon, this is a grave cause for concern. We need to self-reflect and raise our standard of Taqwa. God is Ever Merciful and says that the doors to His mercy are always remains open to those who will adopt righteousness. Please see 33:00–37:13.
- If one accumulates wealth by telling lies, by usurping others, or through deceit, such wealth is not a source of good, it eventually becomes a source of evil — Sometimes people do not give importance to some commandments due to worldly gains. Wealth, children, business and other worldly pursuits appear attractive to them and they end up doing something that let alone righteousness, is even beyond the pale of morality. All provisions come from God; He is the fountainhead of all wealth. If one accumulates wealth by telling lies, by usurping others or through deceit, such wealth is not a source of good, it eventually becomes a source of evil. God says that to avoid His chastisement provision should be acquired through fair means and it is the righteous who is given provision through fair means; this provision comes from God from ways and means beyond imagination. It is stated: ‘…And he who fears Allah — He will make for him a way out,’(65:3) ‘And will provide for him from where he expects not. And he who puts his trust in Allah — He is sufficient for him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. For everything has Allah appointed a measure.’(65:4) The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that it is a favor of God that He liberates a righteous person from what is abhorrent in the world and Himself provides for such a person. God makes a way for a God-fearing person in time of every trouble and provides for him from where the person could not even imagine. He said that those who claim to be righteous but also say that they are experiencing adversity have either too many worldly desires or their claim to righteousness is erroneous. If a person is truly righteous he will have inner peace even in scarcity. Indeed, it is a blessing of God when one does not have too many unnecessary wishes! Ahmadis should try and instil these values during Ramadan where worldly pleasures are only restricted to what is permissible. Indeed, righteous people who are wealthy spend their wealth for the pleasure of God. Please see 37:15–47:20.
- Hopelessness and despondency is a sin — In the Holy Quran, Allah the Exalted says: “O My servants who have committed excesses against their own souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, surely Allah forgives all sins. Verily He is Most Forgiving, Merciful. And turn ye to your Lord, and submit yourselves to Him, before there comes unto you the punishment; for then you shall not be helped. (39:54-55). Similarly, in various verses in the context of various topics Almighty Allah has drawn the attention of His servants that He is Most Forgiving and Ever Merciful. In these verses there is a beautiful message for every such person who is fearful of the punishment of God for having committed sins and wishes to absorb the Mercy of Allah and benefit from His Mercy and Forgiveness. Allah, the Exalted, says, “O My servants despair not My mercy. I am the Master and possess the Power to forgive your sins and wrap you in the raiment of My Mercy.” What a beautiful message and how it lifts our hopes and does away with hopelessness. This is the very message which is saying to the people that hopelessness is a sin. This message takes us in the direction of saving us from weaknesses and keeping us away from the failures of life. This is so because it is hopelessness that often becomes the cause of weakness and lead one to failures.But hopelessness and failures cannot approach the one who comes under the Mercy of Allah, the Exalted. This is the message that shows us the ways by walking upon which we can fulfill the commands of God and achieve the love of God so that by acquiring His nearness we may be able to go on benefiting from His Mercies. Thus this message is a brightly lit up way for all who have lost their direction. This message is a message of life for all who have become spiritually dead. So certainly for those who are agitated and restless because of their own state of being, there can be no more comforting and more sympathetic message than this. Please see 09:42–13:54 for Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this.
- No person is beyond the pale of effecting a reformation: Based on the teachings contained in the Holy Quran and similarly the traditions or narrations of this type of the Holy Prophet (saw) that reach us — all of them tell us that no one, no person is beyond the pale of effecting a reformation. No matter how far gone the situation of a person may have deteriorated, reform is still possible. Everyone can be reformed. Everyone can gain benefit of the Mercy of God Almighty so long as he/she tries truly to purify his/her heart and actions. Please see 14:33–17:13.
- We know for certain that our God is more loving and forgiving towards us even than our own parents. — Almighty Allah prefers forgiveness instead of punishment and His Mercy is the most expansive. This is Allah, the Exalted, Who is the God presented by Islam, Who is the Most Forgiving. And we, the believers, how greatly beholden we are to Him for His enormous beneficence from among which one is that every year in the month of Ramadhan, the doors of His Forgiveness open even more widely. So we are not concerned with how the ignorant see the God of Islam. We know for certain that our God is more loving and forgiving towards us even than our own parents. And our God is He Who comes running towards us so that He may forgive the sins of His servants. Please see 23:27–26:34.
- Let us take particular care to perfect our prayers and worship in this last ten day period of Ramadhan — It is clear that Allah, the Exalted, is making arrangements for us at every step that take us to Paradise. We are passing through the month of Ramadhan these days and the second ten days of Ramadhan is coming to an end and the third period of ten days is about to commence tomorrow or the day after. And this period is full of blessings from this point of view also that, as stated in the hadith, there is a night in this period that is the Night of Destiny, the lailatul qadar. This night is a great means for seeing the signs of the acceptance of prayer, and drawing a servant of God as close as possible to God. So let us take particular care to perfect our prayers and worship in this last ten day period of Ramadhan. There is need also to make whatever we gain in this month to make it a part of our daily lives. To continue to benefit from the Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah, the Exalted, we need to especially keep an eye on our own condition in these days and try to discharge the dues of Ramadhan and in particular of these last ten days of Ramadhan. To try to remove one’s own bad habits, to safeguard oneself from committing sins in the future, to achieve permanent salvation from the fire of Hell, an effort is needed. For every thing an effort has to be made. It cannot be that we achieve something without any effort. This is a general rule. And it is expected from a true believer that he should not look casually at the messages from God and from the Prophet of God. Rather, when they hear, there should develop in their hearts an urge to make these messages a part of their lives. And this desire and urge will become beneficial only when practical steps will be taken to achieve these things. And the practical steps that can yield results and take one towards success are only those that are in accord with those rules and means which have been set in place to achieve these things. Please see 27:50–32:37.
- The Promised Messiah (as) says: “Taubah [repentance] is, in reality a most potent stimulant and a source of great help for the attainment of high morals.” — How can one gain true repentance which should always keep us away from sin? The Promised Messiah (as) says concerning this: “Taubah [repentance] is, in reality a most potent stimulant and a source of great help for the attainment of high morals.” The Promised Messiah (as) goes on to say:
“And it makes a man perfect. In other words, the person who wants to bring about a change and acquire the correct morals, it is incumbent upon him to repent with a true heart and sincere motivation. It should be borne in mind that there are three conditions for repentance, without fulfillment of which true repentance is not achieved. The first condition is to get rid of wicked fancies which arouse evil propensities. Fancies have great influence. Every action is preceded by a fancy. Thus the first condition for repentance is that evil thoughts and fancies should be discarded. The second condition is remorse. Everyone’s conscience admonishes him over every evil, but an unfortunate person leaves his conscience suspended. So a sinner should express remorse over his sin and evil action and should reflect that the pleasure to be derived from them is temporary. The third condition is a firm resolve that he will not revert to those vices. If he adheres to this resolve, God will bestow upon him the strength for true repentance and he will be rid altogether of his vices which will be replaced by good morals and praiseworthy actions. So to acquire strength from Allah, the Exalted, one must make perfect the above mentioned three things and leave off laziness and indolence and becoming totally engaged, pray to Allah, the Exalted.Allah, the Exalted, would then bring about a change. This is the statement of the Promised Messiah (as). Those people should always remember this who say that we prayed to be safeguarded against this or that evil but this bad habit has not gone away. Allah, the Exalted, has not heard our prayers. Some parents become concerned when the children or young men develop bad habits. They say we have tried and prayed also but our prayers have not been heard. So it should be known that this is wrong. For the acceptance of prayer also there are some requirements. They need to be met. Praying for four days and then saying that Allah, the Exalted, has not heard our prayers is transferring one’s own failure on to the shoulders of God. Please see 32:43–44:50 for a detailed explanation of the three conditions for repentance, and acceptance of prayers.
- Keep repentance active always so that it should not become useless — The Promised Messiah (as) says: “Cleanse your actions and be ever involved in the remembrance of Allah and do not become heedless. Just as wild animals who run to save themselves when they become even a little bit lazy get trapped by the hunter similarly one who becomes forgetful of the remembrance of Allah, he becomes prey to Satan. Forever keep repentance alive and never let it die because that part of the body that is used constantly is the one that is always of use and the one that is left unexercised is the one that becomes useless forever. So keep repentance active always so that it should not become useless. If you do not turn to true repentance then its case will be like that of the seed that is planted on a rock, but if you employ true repentance then its case is like that of the seed that is planted on the best soil and yields fruit at its appointed time.” These days anyone trying to achieving true repentance faces a lot of difficulties. The attractions of the world and its temptations hinder us. The Promised Messiah (as) says: “The weapons through which we are going to achieve predominance are Istighfar, Taubah, knowledge of the faith, keeping the greatness of God in our mind and offering the five daily prayers regularly. Salat is the key to the acceptance of prayers. When you offer the salat, make prayers during it, and do not be heedless, and safeguard yourself from every evil whether it be related to the duties owed to God or to His creatures.” Please see 44:00–46:45.
- The significance of the Night of Destiny (Laylatul Qadr) is real as proven through Ahadith and also the Holy Qur’an. However the concept of the Farewell Friday(Jumuatul Wida) is something Muslims or the religious scholars have concocted through their own incorrect interpretations — Hazrat Khalifatul Masih (aba) gave a discourse on these two issues today and availed in part an old Friday sermon of Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) for the purpose. Please see 02:09–03:20 for Huzoor’s (aba) introduction of this subject and please refer to the entire Sermon for a greater appreciation of Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of these two concepts.
- The hour which is called the Night of Destiny is correlated to national harmony and unity, and is taken away from the nation which loses its harmony and unity — Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) raised a very important point as regards the Night of Destiny. He said the hour which is called the Night of Destiny is correlated to national harmony and unity. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that not only the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) forgot the date, in fact its knowledge was removed by Divine command. When we listen to the Hadith we see that had the two Muslims not had the altercation we would have known the specific date. However, very little attention is given to the very important matter that the hour which is called the Night of Destiny is correlated to national harmony and unity, and is taken away from the nation which loses its harmony and unity. Sadly, many Islamic countries do not have any harmony or unity. In the absence of harmony, the blessing of the Night of Destiny is removed and only darkness remains. Please see 04:19–12:35.
- The Night of Destiny means that night when man’s fate is determined and it is decided how he will be dealt with in the coming year — How much will he progress and advance and what benefits will he attain and what losses he will endure. Please see 12:36–13:12.
- In order to avail further blessings of the Night of Decree we should promise to increase our unity and harmony and if there are any cracks in it anywhere, we will promptly mend them — The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said that the more a person is beloved of God the more trials he has to endure. We should reflect if the trials we face as a Jama’at in some places are Night of Destiny for us; a time when one is enabled to pray more than before. May we see this time of spiritual training and development successfully! However, if we waste our standards of keeping unity and harmony then we will not be able to avail of the Night of Destiny. If we uphold our mutual unity for the sake of the pleasure of God we will traverse new destinations. All of us should have this very important point before us that when we will pass through these trials successfully then the decisions about our development will be extraordinary. Indeed, the decisions will be made by God, He is the One Who will listen to prayers and it is Him Who bestows the Night of Destiny. It is important that we abide by the matters which are a source of attaining the Night of Destiny.The dawn that breaks after this Night is also extraordinary. These are the matters we must always have in view in order to seek the beneficence of the Night of Destiny. The Night of Destiny is the name of that moment which gains acceptance and nothing can be more advantageous than what gains acceptance with God. We should strive for sacrifices that will be accepted. In order to avail further blessings of the Night of Decree we should promise to increase our unity and harmony and if there are any cracks in it anywhere, we will promptly mend them and will fully avail of the beneficence of the Night of Decree by being an embodiment of ‘…tender among themselves…’ (48:30). Our efforts in this Ramadan should also focus on removing personal disagreements and estrangements so that we can also enjoy the beneficence and the fruits of the Night of Destiny on a personal level and so that we may also have a measure of the blessings Allah has destined for our Jama’at…As long as we will mould our condition according to the pleasure of God we will have the beneficence of the Night of Destiny. Please see 17:12–25:44 for Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this important matter.
- We need to raise our level of worship of God and to eliminate differences — A believer tries for and wishes to see the progress of his Jama’at at its highest point which God has promised. Having being associated with the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) we should adopt the ways which the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) taught us to be part of the progress and advancement. These ways can be described in two points, which were deemed by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) as the object of his advent. One was to take man closer to his God and the other to make man pay the dues of man. These are the two tasks entrusted to us; to raise our level of worship of God and to eliminate differences. It is not possible if the dues of this objective are paid for people to remain estranged. If we try for this we will also understand the reality of the Night of Destiny. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said at one point: ‘For man the Night of Destiny is the time of his purification.’ This is the kind of Night of Decree we should look for. Please see 25:45–27:41.
- We need to constantly remember that God’s commandments are a favour on us for therein is our good and advantage. Abiding by God’s commandment is not a burden that we should try and find excuses to avoid them — One finds excuses against punishments and penalties. Sensible people do not avoid something that is advantageous…Excuses are found for contrary things! Whereas God’s commandments and instructions are for our own good! We should pay attention to God’s commandments be they about worship or other matters, they are all for our good. Considering any commandment of God as a burden is depriving oneself of beneficence. We were given life by God and He ordained a purpose for this life of ours, as stated: ‘And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me.’ (51:57). This worship by men and the Jinn which is deemed as the purpose of creation is not associated with any special day or special Friday! It signifies every Salat and everyFriday which is obligatory apart from the optional Prayers which one observes according to one’s capacity. As worship is the basic purpose of our creation there is great need to pay attention to it especially as it is for our own good! God’s Divinity is and will remain regardless of our worship, but if we worship Him, along with His favors, we will also be recipients of His blessings. It should always be remembered that our faith will only be pure when we will practice God’s commandments. A sincere believer has a connection of friendship with God and friendship is bilateral. Friends make each other see their point of view with sincerity. This fact also guides us to the concept of acceptance of prayer. If we abide by God’s commandments with sincerity He will also listen to us. Sincere friends do not wish ill for each other. When worldly friends do not wish ill for each other how can God, Who is Most Loyal and values loyalty more than anyone, wish ill for His servant? One only receives grace and blessings from God as a result of sincerity of faith. Please see 27:44–38:25.
- A true believer always tries to hold onto Ramadhan and to “keep” his/her fasts — Fasting in Ramadan is not to be whiled away like other forms of worship, performed as others around you perform and be rid of it. A true believer always tries to hold onto these for keeps. If a true believer observes Salat just once with sincerity of heart then Salat cannot escape his heart for it has an amazing pleasure which inclines him to offer it in future. Salat is not ended with Salaam to mark departure from it, rather Salaam is said because it is God’s commandment.Indeed, Ramadan too does not leave a true believer. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that in Urdu idiom we say that we keep fast and what a fine idiom it is. We do not let go of fasting, rather, we ‘keep it’ and it always makes us a recipient of God’s grace. Hadith demonstrate that if a true believer makes a mistake his good works act as a shield for him and save him from ruination. This is how we should think about every virtue, that it should be permanent and we should not ‘lose’ it. One can really benefit from something which remains, as it is stated in the Holy Qur’an: ‘…enduring good works…’ (18:47). Likewise a Ramadan spent doing good works remains and endures, these days [of Ramadan] will be gone but the good works established during the month will not let the spirit of Ramadan leave us. True believers should make every good thing ‘…enduring good works…’. Ramadan is also worship and worship always stays in the heart of a true believer, likewise we should try and accommodate Ramadan in hearts.The last Friday of Ramadan does not come for Ramadan to depart. Rather it comes so that, if we want and avail of it, we may preserve it in our heart for always. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) called Friday an Eid and Ahadith show that during Friday a time comes when prayers particularly gain acceptance. We should avail of this blessing.Ahmadis do not go to mosques on the last Friday of Ramadan to say to Allah that they are happy to rid of Ramadan. They go to mosques on the last Friday to pray during its blessed moments that although Ramadan will be gone in a few days but O God, safeguard in our hearts the spirit of Ramadan and the worship and good works done during it and may they never leave our heart. If we adopt this stance then we will be making a very blessed use of the day. Please see 38:25–51:00.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih (aba) recited Ch 88:18-21 from the Holy Quran and gave a discourse on obedience in today’s Friday sermon.
- An Imam is needed to negotiate the journey of life and to avoid going astray — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has elucidated obedience of Prophethood and Imamat (spiritual leadership) of the time with reference to these verses. True believers should be mindful and ready for their journey of life and keep provisions, and the best provision of life is righteousness. Please see 07:27–13:30 for Huzoor’s explanation of the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) deep and profound commentary on the spiritual significance of these verses wherein the Promised Messiah (as) has made what may initially appear to be an odd connection between the camel and obedience of Prophethood and Imamat.
- Spiritual development and permanence of those who take the Bai’at of the Promised Messiah (as) is in staying connected to Khilafat — Progress of the Jama’at is also in staying connected to Khilafat, it facilitates facing satanic attacks. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said that an Imam is like a shield. Indeed, safety is behind the shield alone. And being behind the shield means perfect obedience. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also said that whoever obeyed his amir obeyed him and whoever disobeyed his amir, disobeyed him. The Holy Qur’an also commands obedience in several places and it is indeed the secret for communal success and is a point that members of the Jama’at need to understand a great deal. Ahmadis should remember that Islam allows everything that is justifiable. The limits maintained are for moral correction, moral development and unity. See 14:00–19:00.
- Office-holders should self-reflect over their standards of obedience and ponder how they respond to any instruction of the Khalifa of the time — Huzoor (aba), addressing Jama’at office-holders, said that if they wish to assist in the progress of the Jama’at then they need to understand the concept of obedience more than anyone else. If all office-holders on all levels understood the concept of obedience, the members of the Jama’at would inevitably understand it. Everyone would appear as the straight line of travelling camels. Amirs, Sadrs and other office-holders should self-reflect over their standards of obedience and ponder how they respond to any instruction of the Khalifa of the time. Do they obey instantly or do they construe their own meanings of what is instructed? Some office-holders act upon instructions received from the Khalifa of the time but with some hesitation. This does not signify obedience. Obedience is when something is followed instantly. Indeed, it is fine to have your own opinion; however when the Khalifa of the time decides upon something, then one must overlook one’s opinion. Please see 19:00–25:20 and also 52:57–54:55.
- Huzoor said he wished to make it very clear to every Ahmadi, every new Ahmadi and every youth that there is great difference between Khilafat and dictatorship —Khilafat is established after accepting the Imam of the age and everyone takes a pledge to work for the perpetuation of Khilafat. Islam teaches that there is no compulsion in religion, therefore when one accepts faith of one’s own volition it is important to fulfil the pledge one takes. Obedience of Khilafat is important because mutual efforts have to be made to establish God’s kingdom on the earth in the leadership of one Imam. Khilafat also draws attention to paying the dues of mankind, it exhorts to accept them and practice them. It instils the spirit of giving precedence to faith over worldly matters. Khilafat makes tremendous efforts to establish Unity of God whereas aims of worldly leaders are to extend their borders! Huzoor (aba) said: ‘There is no country in the world that I do not go to in my imagination before falling asleep and for whom I do not pray while sleeping and while waking. I am not saying this to count favours, no, this is my duty and may Allah the Exalted make me perform my duty more than ever.’ Huzoor said that his only purpose here was to make it clear that there can be no comparison between Khilafat and worldly leaders. See 26:24–37:17.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that when truly adopted, obedience generates light in the heart — He said spiritual endeavours/exercises were not needed as much as obedience was needed. He also said unity cannot be established without obedience. The Jihad of this age is to reform ourselves and to spread the message of truth and this has to be done following the Khalifa of the time. Huzoor said in order to be saved from being ruined we need to enhance our levels of obedience. No matter how much the enemies of Ahmadiyyat persecute us God will take us to our destination, but obedience is the condition and the obedience has to be complete. See 40:50–46:03 and 48:25–52:30.
- Even if one has to experience inconvenience, one must try one’s best to come to Jalsa — Ahmadis living in the West are fortunate that they can hold Jalsa and other gatherings. They should be grateful for this opportunity and in gratefulness they should fully avail of the Jalsa program. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that the objective of Jalsa Salana was to obtain faith with patience and to only seek faith from Jalsa (by fully attending the Jalsa proceedings and program). Huzoor (aba) also drew attention of the attendees to the fact that coming to Jalsa should be only to learn about faith and work at spiritual development. Please see 09:14–15:03.
- The Promised Messiah (as) said that unless the heart prostrates before God in humility, physical prostration is pointless — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that the qiyam (standing posture) of the heart is to be firm on Divine commandments, and its raku (bowing with hands on knees posture) was to turn to God, and the heart’s sajdah (prostration posture) was to give away one’s self for the sake of God. The Promised Messiah said that he repeatedly advises to purify one’s eyes and make them as spiritually bright as they are physically bright. When our physical eye hurts we go and see a doctor and take pains to make it better and take precautions in this regard. Do we make similar efforts for our spiritual eye? We may pay attention to the discourses of the three-day Jalsa, but once Jalsa is over we go back in the wider world and return to old form. The three days of Jalsa are a remedy for spiritually ill eyes and the rest of the time is time for after-care. See 15:05–19:23.
- Pay the dues of God and the dues of mankind; the absence of this causes considerable distress — Huzoor (aba) gave the example that when young women from Pakistan and other places come to Western countries after marriage, they feel homesick and their parents are also worried about them. Their husband and in-laws are needlessly unfair to them, and on top of that a woman has to face societal scrutiny. People who are unfair in such matters due to their personal egos etc. should fear God. At times office-holders do not fear God and get involved in the unfairness. Please see 20:40–23:13.
- We need to reflect on the heart-felt words of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace)—Can we honestly say that we avoid all form of evil? Can we say, bearing God Witness that we avoid all foul matters and do not inflict pain on anyone? Do we pay the dues of God and of mankind? Are our hearts cleansed or are we trying to cleanse them? If not, then it is great cause for concern. Do we prostrate in humility which would be accepted by God? The Holy Qur’an has clearly stated regarding those who Pray for display: ‘So woe to those who Pray.’ (107:5). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) prayed for God’s grace to turn hearts of his followers and he then said that those who do not make efforts towards this are not from us. May none of us ever incur God’s displeasure! See 23:15–29:39.
- Ramadan is a month of spiritually training our practices — If we connect/link the blessings of these three days (of the Jalsa) with the magnificent blessings of Ramadan, a spiritual revolution could come about. If the three days of Jalsa cannot bring any good change in anyone, then it would be as if they never attended Jalsa. See 30:30–31:30.
- Become true ambassadors of the Jamaat and don’t lose yourselves to the world — Huzoor (aba) said the world of Ahmadiyyat is now competing in good and everyone should endeavour not to be left behind. Those of us who were born as Ahmadis should also be concerned about such matters. If we have come to the West as asylum seekers because of persecution of the Jama’at in Pakistan, then it behooves us to become ambassadors of the Jama’at here and not to lose ourselves in the world! We need to reflect the true teachings of Ahmadiyyat. See 43:03–43:43.
- Understand the importance of hospitality and practice it at all times — The Holy Qur’an has given us a model of hospitality in the person of Hazrat Ibrahim (on whom be peace). One should not wait and ask guests if they should be offered something or not, and one should not worry about spending to serve guests and should look after their comfort. Indeed, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) paid emphasis on hospitality and was most pleased when his followers looked after guests. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) used to go after guests who left displeased with the workers at Langar Khana. These matters are not only for reading, listening and enjoying, rather, they should be put in practice by us. See 44:35–49:58.
Huzoor (aba) based today’s sermon on his recent tour of Germany and the Jalsa Salana there.
- It is the beauty of the Jama’at established by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that it promptly responds to whatever its attention is drawn to — The Friday sermon of June 6 was on the subject of obedience of Khilafat and it was not only intended for the German Jama’at but was for the entire world, although some examples were cited in it with reference to the German Jama’at. Huzoor is pleased that Ahmadis the world over responded to the sermon by promptly expressing their loyalty and particularly mentioned that although some office-holders do try and find their own interpretations on matters, but have given assurance that it will not happen in future. It is the beauty of the Jama’at established by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that it promptly responds to whatever its attention is drawn to. May God enhance all Ahmadis in their obedience and loyalty! Please see 01:55–3:40.
- Members of the Jama’at have an extreme and unique love for their Khalifa — A guest among the Hungarian delegation who is a teacher said that the Jama’at was streets ahead of others in its love and affection and voluntary work. He found the Bai’at ceremony delightful and was most impressed with congregational Salat. He found that the members of the Jama’at had extreme love for Hazrat Khalifatul Masih and this love was spontaneous, borne of natural sentiments. See 16:52–17:50.
- Even people who are listening to Huzoor’s Friday Sermons for the first time gain faith inspiring insight and spiritual nourishment from them — A lady guest from Bosnia told Huzoor (aba) that she had many questions, but had found all the answers in Huzoor’s sermon and had no more questions left. She said she felt she was most fortunate and took Bai’at. Huzoor (aba) told her that the sermon was addressed to long-term Ahmadis, but she remarked that she gained many insights from it. This is how God opens up hearts! Please see 26:36–27:40.
- Every Ahmadi needs to bear in mind that people are watching our actions — As such, we need to be careful that we practice and reflect the true picture of our moral and spiritual teaching. This is an important avenue of Tabligh. See 30:16–30:54.
- Whenever and wherever our mosque is built, our responsibilities increase — Huzoor (aba) said with the building of a mosque our responsibilities where the mosque is built grow, and we need to pay special attention to discharging these enhanced responsibilities. See 38:09–38:32.
- We should ever be aware of our failings and mistakes and should look to remove them — Huzoor (aba) said he also wished to mention aspects which draw us towards self-reflection. God’s extraordinary grace and succour should make us aware that none of us may be deprived of Divine grace owing to our mistakes. We should ever be aware of our failings and mistakes and should look to remove them, in particular the office-holders among us and even more particularly, those office-holders who serve on national level. Huzoor (aba) urged us not to consider even the smallest of jobs trivial; quite often shortcomings in our programs and events arise out of negligence. Only practical improvement will put this right and mere words will not avail. If attention is given, everything can be attained. However, the national office-holders need to come out of their shells. They should not consider themselves officers; rather they should think themselves as servers and serve others. They should instil this view. May God enable them to do so! Whatever success the Jama’at is garnering should be attributed to God’s grace and we should try and enhance in humility, meekness and gratefulness. May this be instilled in all office-holders so that we may absorb greater Divine blessings! Please see 50:43–1:00:15.
- ‘People whom We shall direct by revelation from heaven will help you’ — Huzoor (aba) said the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) received the revelation: ‘People whom We shall direct by revelation from heaven will help you.’ (Tadhkirah, p. 850, 2009 edition) even before his claim and received it many times. Later, in 1907 this revelation was accompanied with: ‘… They will be coming to you by every distant track. (Tadhkirah, p. 975, 2009 edition). This revelation has been fulfilled with great glory, during the lifetime of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) as well as with reference to Khilafat established after him and through him. Not only are these individuals inclined to the Jama’at, rather they dedicate their lives to the cause of the mission with great zeal and sincerity and thus become excellent helpers of the Promised Messiah (as) and are also helpers of his Khulafa. This is a testimony of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as) as well of Khilafat e Ahmadiyya. Such people are pious-natured and God’s grace is on them and it makes them shine brilliantly like a star. One such sincere and devoted individual was respected Abdul Wahab Adam Sahib. Please see 02:05–07:02.
- Huzoor (aba) presented a few aspects of Wahab Adam Sahib’s personality that made him shine brilliantly like a star — Huzoor (aba) in particular spoke about the following qualities of Wahab Adam Sahib: a strong connection with Khilafat; gratefulness and gratitude to Almighty Allah; dedication to his work; compassion and tender-heartedness; obedience and discipline; patience and forbearance; putting others and the needs of others before himself and his own needs; spirit of sacrifice. Please see the following links for some faith-inspiring anecdotes from Maulvi Wahab Adam Sahib’s life: 17:38–19:22; 21:20–21:39; 28:45–31:30; 38:07–39:27; 39:40–40:53; 41:30–41:54; 42:39–43:23; and 59:45–1:01:50.
- It is against the dignity of a believer to express reliance on worldly ways and means for support. Today God has bestowed a community to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) a large majority of which understands the spirit of sacrifice of property, life, time and honour and is also ready to give sacrifice. However, sometimes, due to lack of knowledge or owing to humanness, some will say something which is against the dignity of a true believer and can adversely affect those who have not had the requisite moral training. Some people even write to Huzoor that the period of trials is getting too long. If the period of trails is long, may God soon provide ease, communities of Prophets and true believers believe in the provisions provided through God’s help. However, it is against the dignity of a believer to express reliance on worldly ways and means for support. The first thing to remember here is that when we claim to be a Divine community we should be mindful that such communities do not believe in relying on worldly governments and protestations. There is no hand of any worldly help in the progress of Divine communities. Moreover, worldly help is never unconditional, it is never offered without any clause to capitulate before whoever is offering help and true believers cannot abide by this. True believers seek help from God and turn to Him alone. When we seek God’s help in times of trials, He opens further avenues of progress and advancement for us. Please see 09:55–15:35 and 17:25–18:00 for Huzoor’s explanation of this.
- The greatest formula for the ultimate triumph being ours is, of course, prayer — The more we will turn to prayers and the more we will devote ourselves to our Lord, the sooner He will show extraordinary signs in our favour. If every Ahmadi understands the reality of reliance and trust in God and begins to put it in practice, the persecution against Ahmadis, wherever in the world it may be, will be blown away by prayers alone. However, the condition is that prayers are made with the requisites of prayers! See 18:30–20:35 and 40:58–41:30.
- Our steadfastness wins the pleasure of Almighty Allah — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) explained in context of the later verses of Surah Ale Imran: ‘That is, upon those who affirm: God is our Lord, and turn away from false gods and are steadfast, that is to say, remain firm under trials and calamities, descend angels, reassuring them: “Fear not nor grieve, and be filled with happiness; and rejoice that you have inherited the joy that you had been promised. We are your friends in this life and in the hereafter.” These verses indicate that steadfastness wins the pleasure of God Almighty. It is true, as has been said, that steadfastness is more than a miracle. The perfection of steadfastness is that when one is encircled by calamities and life and honor and good name are all in peril in the cause of Allah, and no means of comfort are available, so much so, that even visions and dreams and revelation are suspended by God as a trial, and one is left helpless among terrible dangers, at such a time one should not lose heart nor retreat like a coward nor let one’s faithfulness be put in doubt in the least. One should not let one’s sincerity and perseverance be weakened, one should be pleased with one’s disgrace; one should be reconciled to death; one should not wait for a friend to lend one his support in order to keep one firm;’(The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam’ pp. 171-172) Please see 44:00–46:08.
- Each one of us should try and aspire to become as the Promised Messiah explains and this is not possible without the grace of God —If a person makes effort and becomes like this, then God comes forward and holds such a person and this is when God gives glad-tidings of Paradise and for this He has taught us prayer for steadfastness, prayer for gaining triumph over the enemy. It signifies that by accepting the prayer God will open the doors of triumph in such a way that the enemy will have nowhere to escape. InshaAllah the ultimate triumph will be ours as promised to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). See 46:10–47:20.
- ‘Unity of God is truly realised when His Being alone is the focal point of all aspirations and the antidote of all ailments’ — ‘This is what is meant by لا الہ الا اللہ …Remember that mere verbally professing Unity of God does not garner these blessings, which are generated from verbal professing as well as its other requisites, that is, good works. Indeed, Unity of God is an excellence which should be adopted by every true Muslim and God-fearing person, however accomplishment of Unity of God has another aspect as well and that is Divine love, that is, love of God…Thus the reality of Islam perfectly fulfils the concept of love. Remember, Unity of God without the element of love is flawed and incomplete.’ Please see 04:23–14:10 to listen to this extract from the Promised Messiah’s (as) writings and Huzoor’s (aba) explanation of this.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said the following standard of a believer regarding the reality of Unity of God: — ‘It is Unity of God that generates love of God and man comprehends that all profit and loss is in the hands of God, He is the true Benefactor and every single particle of matter is through Him and there is none other in between. When man attains this pure stage, he is called موحد(a believer of One God)’…’Thus one stage of appreciating Unity of God is that man does not make gods of stones, men or anything else and loathes the very idea, and the other stage is that he does not rely too much on worldly means. The third stage is where one removes one’s own self and one’s wishes from the context and negates them’…’There is one thing in which there can be no change: لا الہ الا اللہ محمد رسول اللہ . This is the essence and the rest are its details. Unity of God cannot be accomplished until one observes one’s worship of God. This signifies that one who utters لا الہ الا اللہ محمد رسول اللہ is true in his utterance when he proves through his practice that for him there is none other than Allah Who is worthy of worship, worthy of being intended and being sought. When his faith and practice make this evident then he is truthful before God Almighty when he makes this utterance. Borne of his faith, all material things become inconsequential for him and he utters لا الہ الا اللہ and its second part محمد رسول اللہ which is by way of example because example and illustration makes things clearer.’ See 14:18–21:47.
- ‘Too much reliance on worldly means is a kind of shirk that many people do not understand’— ‘Let alone one’s profession, even food and water on which life is dependant cannot avail without the will of God Almighty. Therefore, when man drinks water he should consider that Allah the Exalted has created water and water cannot be beneficial if God Almighty does not so will’…’Any task, be it societal or any other is not auspicious unless it is blessed from the heavens. Perfect belief in powers of Allah the Exalted is needed. Whoever does not have this belief has a strain of atheism in him.’ Please see 28:49–32:58.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) explained how a true believer who adheres to Unity of God should be: ‘A true believer is free of care; he only wants to please God Almighty and is ever mindful of obeying Him. Since his dealing is with God he is not interested in any other loss or gain…arrogance and haughtiness makes one distant from Unity of God. The example of hypocrisy etc. is like a rodent which eats up all the good works. God Almighty is Most Bountiful but humility is needed to go towards Him. An egotistic person who gives himself airs and graces be it due to his knowledge, or property or lineage, will be left behind.’ See 34:29–39:11.
- ‘…You are from Me and I am from you’ is very clear and there could be no objection or criticism about it because I came to being with the grace of Allah the Exalted alone and from Him — Once the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was asked about his revelation ‘…You are from Me and I am from you’ (Tadhkirah, p.732 2009 edition) and people’s objection that it was contrary to Unity of God. ‘Foolish people object to this revelation of mine but do not understand its reality.’ Please see 39:13–47:36 for the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) detailed explanation of this important revelation.
- Fear God, and remember that establishing the reality of the Unity of God is an important responsibility upon all of us and self-examination and self-reformation is essential in this regard. Please see 49:26–53:58.
- If Ahmadis are to have real insight of ‘love for all hatred for none’, they should try and learn its ways from our master and benefactor, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and by gauging our level of understanding of Unity of God. Today there are a thousand types of idolatries in the world and a large majority of humanity does not believe in the existence of God and there is need to adopt the teaching as taught by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in order to establish God’s kingdom and His Unity in the world. Please see 07:12–09:45 for Huzoor’s explanation of this.
- Our humanitarian works, our promotion and practice of love and our rejection of hatred and our hatred for hatred itself is to attain God’s love and to establish the Unity of God — We should not feel smug by merely raising slogans that the world appreciates and through which we are praised in various places. We should be mindful that this slogan [‘love for all hatred for none’] is just one source to attain the broader objective for which man was created. Our humanitarian works, our promotion and practice of love and our rejection of hatred and our hatred for hatred itself is to attain God’s love and to establish Unity of God. We do not hate any individual, rather we hate satanic practices and we feel compassion for those who follow these practices and it is owing to this compassion that we wish to take them away from these foul practices and save them from Divine chastisement. Our love for worldly people is not borne of any worldly motive, we simply wish to eliminate their hatred and we do not seek anything from them and we do what we do to seek the love of God and to uphold Unity of God. Therefore, we should not raise slogans merely to be liked by others but should do so to attain our objectives. See 09:48–13:03.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘I do not like the words of those who limit their compassion to their own ethnicity. I advise you again and again to never ever restrict your sphere of compassion.’ — He said: ‘There are two perfect parts of faith; one is to love God and the other is to love mankind to such an extent that one considers its difficulties one’s own difficulties and to pray for it.’ He also said: ‘It is not a good way to inflict pain on someone merely on the basis on religious differences.’ The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘My faith is to not even be too harsh with the enemy. I say truthfully, do not consider anyone your personal enemy and completely give up the practice of holding rancor.’ One may think when there is not to be any hatred for anyone then what enmity? But the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has explained it to us that we should not consider anyone our personal enemy from among those who hold enmity against us on religious grounds. We can correct them, but should not have personal enmity with them and should not follow the practices of harboring rancor. He also said: ‘Compassion and sympathy with humanity is a great form of worship and is a tremendous source to gain pleasure of Allah the Exalted.’ He also said: ‘Allah the Exalted states, be sympathetic to people regardless of faith and ethnicity. Feed the poor, free slaves, and relieve those in debt and support those under burdens and pay the dues of true compassion with humanity.’ The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘I do not like the words of those who limit their compassion to their own ethnicity. I advise you again and again to never ever restrict your sphere of compassion.’ He also said: ‘You should extend compassion to God’s creation as if you are their blood relative, just like mothers are with their children. One who does good with natural passion like that of a mother can never be ostentatious.’ Please see 12:45–16:21.
- Thus, ‘love for all hatred for none’ is not our ultimate objective; rather, it is a means to end; to attain God’s love —Huzoor (aba) said: ‘…all virtues are good and we should try and adopt them. However, as far as mottos are concerned, sometimes some people restrict themselves completely to a motto and consider it everything. Like our youngsters and some others who have forgotten about their faith but are very keen to raise the slogan of ‘love for all hatred for none’ simply to show-off. Indeed, this is a great slogan to promote the teaching of Islam with sincerity, but it is not our only objective. Huzoor said our objectives are most extensive. Similarly compassion for creation is not everything; if remembrance of God is missing from hearts then it is of no benefit. See 20:12–22:10 and 26:39–27:55.
- Our motto is the entire Holy Qur’an, however, if another motto is required, Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said God has appointed it through the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and it is: لا الہ الا اللہ محمد الرسول اللہ (There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger) — This is the essence of the entire Holy Qur’an and the fact is that all teachings and all higher objectives as accessed with Unity of God. Similarly mutual connections of people and man’s connection with God also come under Unity of God and Unity of God cannot be made evident without the help of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and this is the reason لا الہ الا اللہ is followed by محمد الرسول اللہ . One Who is worthy of worship or God can only be found through the help of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). That is, he alone is the means through which the True God can be seen and when help is sought from the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) then one sees the subject of لا الہ الا اللہ evident everywhere [in the Qur’an] from Surah Al Fatihah to Surah Al Nas…It is indeed the motto of لا الہ الا اللہ that we raise with our Adhans and when a person comes into the fold of Islam he professes to لا الہ الا اللہ because this is what true Islam is. When someone becomes spiritually weak it is because he has lost sight of لا الہ الا اللہ because if one always keeps لا الہ الا اللہ in view one is saved from spiritual weaknesses. The objective is not to simply verbalize لا الہ الا اللہ like many people do, even if they tell lies they do so by saying لا الہ الا اللہ whereas articulating لا الہ الا اللہ brings into focus God’s greatness and His fear and all His attributes. And as mentioned earlier the reality of لا الہ الا اللہ is only manifested through the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Unless a person is completely devoted to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) neither he can fully understand perfect Unity of God nor can he understand its detailed manifestation, which is the Holy Qur’an. Those who do not understand Unity of God by being devoted to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) remain embroiled in shirk (associating partners with Allah) in spite of being intelligent. Please see 32:54–37:45.
- It should be remembered that all Quranic commandments are excellent and beneficial in their own right but لا الہ الا اللہ is dominant over them all. This is the real motto which we need to keep in sight at all times and we need to reflect over the need for Unity of God and its establishment. Through abiding by Unity of God high morals, knowledge, culture, politics and excellence in other arts are instilled in man because the light of God is an antidote to all ailments. Thus, our motto which is appointed by God is لا الہ الا اللہ (There is none worthy of worship except Allah) the rest are all details which can be useful as advice. A revelation of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Hold fast to Unity, hold fast to Unity, O sons of Persia.’ (Tadhkirah, p. 64, 2009 edition). Sons of Persia does not only mean or signify his family, in fact the entire Jama’at comes under it in spiritual terms and thus this instruction is for the entire Jama’at. It is a matter of principle that in times of trouble man holds onto something special. It is stated here that hold onto Unity of God in times of troubles which carries everything. It is the duty of our Jama’at to ever keep the motto of لا الہ الا اللہ in sight. Today shirk and atheism is spreading fast and we cannot adorn our life in this world and the Hereafter by restricting ourselves to one motto. We cannot also abandon our worship and Salat in our presumption to serve humanity. Whoever does this has nothing to do with the Promised Messiah. We need to ever have our real objective and motto in sight so that we may be the recipients of worldly as well as spiritual blessings. May God enable us all to understand this! Please see 40:48–48:05.
- Real piety is in the Being of God and piety comes from Him alone — ‘In the real sense no one is pious except God Almighty, all high morals and all pieties are in Him in their entirety. As much as one breaks free of one’s nafs (self) and one’s desires and gains nearness to God, one is able to reflect Divine qualities in his person accordingly. Whatever qualities and true refinement one attains is by virtue of Divine nearness. And so it should be since creation is nothing on its own accord. The reflection of high Divine morals reflects on the hearts of those people alone who follow the Holy Qur’an perfectly. And true experience shows that the kind of high morals which are replete with pure and clear spiritual discernment and love emanate from these people and they are incomparable in the world. Indeed, anyone can make verbal claims and everyone can boast, but only these people successfully negotiate the rather narrow passageway of true experience. If others show high morals, it is out of formality and pretence. They hide their foulness and conceal their maladies and exhibit false refinement. Their veneer comes off in trivial trials. They often consider exhibiting high morals out of formality and pretence because they deem the success of everything to do with their life and living in this. If they were to follow their inner foulness all the time, it would interfere in their escapades in life. Although they have some inherent seed of morality in them, but most of the time it is suppressed under the barbs of selfish desires and is made evident only with the adulteration of their vested interests and not purely for the sake of Allah…Only those take this inherent quality of goodness to its excellence who become God’s. Seeing their souls completely free of fondness for all else God fills them with His pure morals and makes them love those morals as much as He Himself loves them. As mortals they attain a status of Divine morals in a sense that they become instruments of God through which He demonstrates His morals and finding them thirsty and hungry, He makes them drink the lucid, pure water of His special fountain.’ (Barahin e Ahmadiyya, Part 4, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 1, footnote, pp. 541-542). Please see 02:59—12:14 for Huzoor’s explanation of this extract.
- Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from God) is defined in two ways— The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote about Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from God): ‘Istighfar which strengthens the roots of faith, has been defined by the Holy Quran in two ways. The first meaning of Istighfar is to stop committing sin, which overwhelms a person when he is separated from God, and to anchor one’s heart in His love, and to seek His help by losing oneself in Him. This Istighfar is characteristic of those who are so close to God that they consider even a momentary separation from Him worse than death. They continue to seek God’s forgiveness so that He may forever keep them immersed in His love. The other meaning of Istighfar is to free oneself from sin, to hasten towards God and to be captivated by His love—just as a tree is held firmly by the earth—so that, by growing in piety, the human heart may escape from the aridity and decay of sin. Both these states are called Istighfar…’ (Four Questions by a Christian and their Answers, pp. 22-23) See 18:27–20:02.
- True happiness lies in nearness to God and love for Him — God Almighty has Himself stated: ‘And thou, O soul at peace! Return to thy Lord well pleased with Him and He well pleased with thee.’ (89: 28-29). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘These verses teach us that our true happiness lies in nearness to God and love for Him. The moment we turn away from Him and lean towards the world, we begin the life of hell, and everyone is bound to realize this sooner or later, even if he does so when he is at death’s door and is about to leave behind all his worldly possessions and relations.’ (Lecture Lahore, p. 16). Please see 28:54–31:14.
- True Paradise is God —The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Highest delight is found in God beyond which there is no greater delight. Something that is concealed is called paradise and Paradise is called Paradise because it has concealed blessings. True Paradise is God with Whom no wavering/problem is associated this is why the highest blessings of Paradise are counted as: ‘…And the pleasure of Allah is the greatest of all…’ (9:72) Owing to his humanness man is ever in some grief or problem, however the more Divine nearness he attains the greater he is imbued in the colour of Allah and finds real peace and comfort by relative degree to his closeness with God. Most certainly he will partake of God’s blessings in accordance and will be deemed exalted.’ (Malfuzat, Vol. 1, p. 396, new edition) See 31:15–32:14.
- ‘Prayer is that water for a believer without which he cannot stay alive. The most appropriate form of such prayer is Salat’ — Please see 33:00–37:14.
- ‘Islam teaches that means of salvation which has been appointed by God Almighty from the very beginning. And that is to look for the station of God’s nearness with true belief and pure practices and by being absorbed in God’s pleasure. With effort made to attain His nearness and pleasure because all turmoil is in being distant from God Almighty and in His wrath. When man becomes close to God Almighty by virtue of sincere repentance, by adopting sincere means and attaining sincere obedience and sincerely accepting Unity of God, then his turmoil is removed.’ (Satt Bachan, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 10, p. 275). Please see 38:04–40:03.
A great favor of God which has united Ahmadiyya community as one and which has been prevalent since the passing of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is the institution of Khilafat. The last 106 years of the history of the community bear witness to the fact that after the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) passing, just as he stated in his booklet Al Wasiyyat (The Will), members of the community have accepted Khilafat with perfect obedience.
- Pray, worship God and make sacrifices to uphold the Unity of God — It needs to be understood that mere verbally professing one’s faith does not garner God’s grace. Each Khilafat Day that we commemorate should draw us towards worship of God, prayer, staying firm on the Unity of God, as well as gauging our standard of disseminating Unity of God. If our standards in this regard are not rising, then holding conventions, giving speeches, academic discourses and other celebrations mean nothing. We will understand the reality of the Unity of God if we are drawn to prayers and will be made recipients of God’s grace which was promised to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Please see 03:47–07:17.
- Prayer and worship indeed are our real weapons on which we can rely constantly — God has drawn our attention to prayer and His worship to stay connected to Khilafat, to absorb Divine blessings, to get rid of our difficulties and to have inner peace, and prayer and worship indeed are our real weapons on which we can rely on constantly. See 07:20–08:26 and 10:21–12:26.
- We need to focus on prayer and worship of God more than ever, and we need to make them with heart-felt pathos and we need to draw God’s mercy — God states: ‘Glorify thy Lord, with His praise, and seek forgiveness of Him…’ (110:4) We all need to understand this subject and we need to take our prayers to their highest point. Huzoor said that he has mentioned it before that we have a very good appreciation of the spirit of sacrifice, but we need to understand the reality of prayers. In order to enjoy the fruits of our sacrifices, we greatly need to elevate the level of our prayers and need to generate that condition in ourselves which God wants. God states: ‘Or, Who answers the distressed person when he calls upon Him, and removes the evil, and makes you successors in the earth? Is there a God besides Allah? Little is it that you reflect.’ (27:63) The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘Remember, God Almighty is without any care and unless prayer is made abundantly and with pathos, He does not care. A person whose wife or child is unwell or when someone faces intense grief, he becomes very distressed. Unless prayer is sincere and heart-felt and is made in a state of distress it remains ineffective and pointless. It is essential that prayer is made with an anguished heart for it to be accepted, as it is stated: ‘Or, Who answers the distressed person when he calls upon Him…’ (27:63). (Tafseer: The Promised Messiah, vol. III, p. 574). Please see 14:14–18:03.
- Adorn your Salat with prayers and make these prayers a part of your daily life — Huzoor drew attention to some prayers which were first exhorted by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) at the time of the Jama’at’s centenary and Huzoor also reminded them later at the time of Khilafat centenary. These prayers should neither be forgotten nor decreased; rather they should be made part of our daily lives. In addition we need to adorn our Salat. These prayers are often cited on MTA but Huzoor also mentioned them by way of reminding. See 18:04–26:19.
- This dear martyr has spilled his blood on the soil of Rabwah and drawn our attention towards prayer and planning — Thus, there is a great need to pay attention. Ahmadis around the world should pray for Pakistani Ahmadis because they are now living in extremely intolerable conditions and the situation is worsening! Thus, we need to pray and pray a lot. May God also enable us to do so! See 58:45–1:01:12.
- A true Ahmadi passes away — Each person has to leave and will one day depart from this world. Most fortunate are those who try to spend their lives according to the wishes of Allah the Exalted and try their utmost to honour the pledges they make. Along with serving faith, they are ever keen to try and also serve humanity. These people are included among those whom the world praises and because of this, according to the saying of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), Paradise becomes obligatory for such people. Please see 02:59—03:55.
- The need to engage in Istighfar and Durud — Khalid SaifUllah Sahib, who is currently the acting Ameer of Australia writes that Mahmood Bengali Sahib told him that when the election of Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya took place in 1979 the votes he garnered were in fifth position. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) was most affectionate to Mahmood Sahib. He beckoned him and told him to abundantly engage in Istighfar till the evening. Mahmood Sahib was quite scared and thought he had committed a mistake but when Huzoor appointed him as Sadr in spite of his votes being in fifth place he realised that Huzoor was drawing his attention to humility in this way. Therein is a lesson for all office-holders that when they are appointed they need to engage in Istighfar and Durud so that they maintain humility and are enabled by Allah the Exalted to serve in a proper way. See 15:58—17:09.
- Blessings are given to those who sincerely follow Khilafat — Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) appreciated his [Mahmood Sahib’s] services in these words: ‘Blessings are given to those who sincerely follow Khilafat because all blessings are associated with this system. And nothing besides it can gain acceptance with Allah the Exalted.’ He said: ‘Mahmood Ahmad Sahib was in fifth position as regards votes in the Khuddamul Ahmadiyya election held last year. I wanted to give this lesson to the Jama’at that the tasks of those four individuals who secured more votes would not have been blessed because of the number of votes they had. Rather, one who follows Khilafat with sincerity is the one who receives blessings. Therefore, I appointed Mahmood Ahmad Bengali Sahib as the Sadr. He is a very sincere person, may Allah enhance his sincerity. He has worked very hard and has received many prayers.’ Please see 17:59—20:32.
- Every Ahmadi should bring pure changes in himself and keep this in view —Mahmood Sahib would often say to youngsters, we are mere pawns; this is God’s Jama’at and He Himself takes care of matters. If you are getting the opportunity, avail it to serve Jama’at. Addressing Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Ijtima Mahmood Sahib said: some people say that Ahmadi young men are better than non-Ahmadi people. He said it was not the objective of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) to compare yourself to others or compete with them. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that every Ahmadi should bring about pure changes in himself and keep this in view. See 46:24—46:48 and 50:01—50:16.
- The only source to reach the God of this universe is the Holy Prophet (saw) — In order to appreciate the power of God one must turn to God in complete sincerity and worship Him. If this is done, God runs to embrace His servants and showers them with His blessings. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) asked us with great anguish to connect to God in this manner and thus adorn our life in this world as well as in the Hereafter. Please see 02:55—08:35. Additional references to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) as the only way to God are at 36:35—38:33 and 43:41—44:56.
- Unity of God — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote the following about Unity of God: ‘Association can be of four types. It could be in respect of number, rank, descent, or action and effect. In this Surah, it has been declared that God is free from association of all these types. It has been made clear that He is the One in number and is not two or three; He is the Besought of all; He alone is Self-Existing while everything else is contingent and mortal and is ever dependent upon Him.’ See 08:36—19:48.
- Attributes of God — Please see 19:49—32:43.
- He who believes in the True God is not embarrassed in any company, nor would he be remorseful in the presence of God, for he is equipped with strong proofs. See 29:50—30:09.
- Writing about complete belief in God, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: — ‘Our God possesses many wonders, but they are visible only to those who become His out of sincerity and loyalty. He does not disclose His wonders to those who do not believe in His Power and who are not sincere and loyal to Him. How unfortunate is the man who does not know that he has a God Who has power to do all that He wills. Our paradise lies in our God. Our highest delight is in our God for we have seen Him and have found every beauty in Him. This wealth is worth procuring though one might have to lay down one’s life to procure it. This ruby is worth purchasing though one may have to lose oneself to acquire it. O ye, who are bereft! Run to this fountain and it will satisfy you. It is the fountain of life that will save you. What shall I do, and how shall I impress the hearts with this good news, and by beating what drum shall I make the announcement that this is our God, so that people might hear? What remedy shall I apply to the ears of the people so that they should listen?’ (Kashti Nuh, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 19, pp. 21-22 Essence of Islam, Vol. I, pp. 98-99). See 44:59—47:21.
- The Holy Quran is replete with teaching on how to develop personal love with God and to worship Him out of personal love — The Qur’an clearly states: ‘…celebrate the praises of Allah as you celebrated the praises of your fathers…’ (2:201)and ‘…loving them as they should love Allah…’ (2:166). It is stated: ‘Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred…’ (16:91). Please see 07:34 to 27:23. In this context, Huzoor (aba) also shed some light on the concept of Love for All in practice (see 10:29 to 13:26).
- One of the signs of true love for Almighty Allah is when a believer constantly seeks forgiveness (Istighfar) from his Eternal Beloved — Thus greater love leads to even greater Istighfar. This is why those who are perfect in their love for God are constantly seeking Allah’s forgiveness, and the surest sign of a sinless person is that he occupies himself in Istighfar far more than other people. The true meaning of Istighfar is to pray to God that He may remove the possibility of any transgression or error which a person might commit due to the weakness of human nature, and that He may cover his faults and not allow them to be exposed. The meaning of Istighfar also extends to the common people, and, in their case, it means: to pray to God that He may protect the supplicant from evil consequences and poisonous influences of his transgressions and misdeeds, both in this world and the hereafter. See 27:25 to 32:44.
- Ardent and passionate love for God is, therefore, the only effective remedy for getting rid of sin— Acts of piety that result from this love help to extinguish the fire of sin, because when man performs good deeds for the sake of God he thereby testifies to his love for Him. The first stage of love, which can be likened to a tree that has been planted in the earth, is to have such faith in God that one values Him above everything else, even above one’s own life. The second stage, which can be compared to a tree that has firmly taken root in the soil, is Istighfar, whereby man is afraid that separation from God will expose his human failings. The third stage, which resembles a tree that brings its roots close to water and sucks it like an infant, is that of Repentance. The philosophy of sin is that it results from one’s estrangement from God and, therefore, can only be avoided by establishing a relationship with Him. Ignorant indeed are those who declare another man’s suicide to be the remedy for their sins.’ (Four Questions By A Christian And Their Answers’, pp. 2-5) (please see 38:34 to 40:00)
- In the Holy Quran, God has given us the perfect teaching, which, if truly followed, enables us to behold Him in this very life— “He says: [‘…So let him who hopes to meet his Lord do good deeds, and let him join no one in the worship of his Lord.’ (18:111)] i.e., whoever desires to see God—the True Creator—in this life, should act righteously. His actions should be free from mischief, ostentation, conceit and arrogance, and should neither be defective, nor deficient, nor contrary to one’s personal love [for God]; and should instead be imbued with sincerity and faithfulness. He should also abstain from Shirk [associating partners with God] and should worship neither the sun, nor the moon, nor the stars, nor air, nor fire, nor water, nor anything else. He should also not put his faith in the physical means as though they were God’s partners. Nor should he depend upon his own prowess, for this also amounts to idolatry—Shirk. Having done everything in his power, he should consider it of no consequence and should not pride himself on his knowledge or his efforts, and should think himself ignorant and worthless. His soul should always lie prostrate at the threshold of the Almighty, seeking His grace through prayer and supplication. Therefore, you should become like a thirsty and invalid person who finds a fountain of clear fresh water and tries to reach it stumbling and falling and, when he finally puts his lips to it, does not let go until he is fully satiated.’ (Lecture Lahore, pp. 10-11) (time-stamp 40:03 to 42:20).
- An example of the Promised Messiah’s (as) exhortation to develop love for Almighty Allah in our hearts — See 51:35 to 55:13.
- The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘God has shown so many signs in my support that if I were to count them one by one up to this day, 16th July, 1906, I can swear by God that they are in excess of three hundred thousand. And if someone does not believe in my oath, I can provide him with proof
- Listen to Huzoor explaining several prophecies and incidences from the life of the Promised Messiah (as) about his triumphs over his opponents, acceptance of prayers, miracles, and acceptance of Bait in the time of the Promised Messiah (as) as well as modern times
In today’s Friday Sermon, after explaining a few points in continuation of last week’s sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih (aba) gave a discourse on several proofs and prophecies about the truth of the Promised Messiah (as).
- The Promissed Messiah (as) said: He who has a heedless heart and has no understanding of the Divine, cannot obtain the strength to observe the fast, perform Prayer, make supplication, or occupy himself with doing good. All righteous action is incited by understanding of the Divine and all the other means proceed from it and are its issue.
- Listen to Huzoor explaining the Prophecy of Solar and Lunar Eclipse: [14:15]
- Listen to Huzoor explaining the Prophecy about the demise of his father and Allah’s promise of “Is Allah not sufficient for his servant?”: [20:43]
- Listen to several other signs and proofs of the truth of Promised Messiah (as)
In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih (aba) gave a discourse on the essence of staying away from sin and doing good deeds through proper knowledge and realization about the existence of Allah in the light of the sayings of the Promised Messiah (as).
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that man is dependent on two things to reach God. Firstly, avoid evil and secondly, do acts of virtue. Merely shunning evil is nothing special.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) explained why man lowers himself towards sin so much. He said the audacity to commit sin stems from hearts devoid of fear of God.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said about doing good and shunning evil that all goodness is dependent on recognising God and there is only one thing that stops selfish passions and satanic actions and that is perfect knowledge of God.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: I say most truthfully that man’s righteousness, belief, worship and purity all come from the heavens. And this is dependent on the grace of God Almighty. If He so wills He may keep it or He may remove it.
- Huzoor (aba) recommended that we watch the proceedings of the Conference — See 6:10 to 6:25. A recording of the Conference may be watched by clicking on these links to MTA OnDemand or YouTube
- We should have access to the media on every level so that the world gets to know the beautiful teaching of Islam. This is great source of Tabligh and Jama’ats need to pay attention to this (see 9:03 to 9:37).
- Huzoor (aba) gave a summarised version of his own keynote address — Huzoor (aba) told the Conference that the founder of our Jama’at has given us the insight that the Word of God is not old fables, rather God lives today and speaks to His righteous servants and shows them true signs. It is our duty to pay heed to the Reformer of the Age and recognize our God’s true spirit. Instead of laying the blame of our mistakes upon God and upon our religions we should take a look in the mirror and assess our own shortcomings. May God enable the world to practice this! Please see 26:22 to 39:00 for a gist of Huzoor’s keynote address to the Conference in Huzoor’s own words.
- It is our duty to pray that may the world turn to its Maker — Huzoor (aba) also asked us to pray for the situation in Pakistan. May God save the country from evil and keep Ahmadis safe and also those safe who wish for peace and wish to avoid conflict and strife. Prayers should also be made about the situation in Syria, may God protect Ahmadis there. Recently yet another Ahmadi was imprisoned without any reason. Pray for all Ahmadis and also generally pray for the world. With the developing situation around the world it appears to be heading towards war and the big powers do not seem to understand how horrific a situation would emerge if war ensues. The world stands on the edge of destruction it is our duty to pray a lot for them. See 52:52 to 54:17.
- Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’s (may Allah be pleased with him) opening remarks to the conference — “The subject of religion does not conclude here in this world, rather after death it moves on to the next world and man’s eternal happiness is associated with faith. Therefore, reflect and ponder over this and I hope you will listen attentively.” See 16:04 to 17:55.
- Some summary points from the treatise — Huzoor (aba) provided a brief gist of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’s (may Allah be pleased with him) treatise; please see 18:44 to 29:20 to hear the summary points.
- Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’s (may Allah be pleased with him) concluding remarks to the conference — “Sisters and brothers, this life is but an episode, and it is wrong to imagine that it is followed by annihilation; there is no such thing as annihilation. The soul was not created for annihilation, but for eternal life. From the moment of his birth, man begins to tread along a never-ending path, and death is nothing but a device to quicken his pace…How is it that you who are constantly striving to outstrip each other in small competitions are completely neglecting this huge competition which is for ever proceeding between those that have gone before and those that have taken their place?” In conclusion these are the words with which Hazrat Musleh Maud’s (may Allah be pleased with him) treatise finished (See 25:03 to 28:56).
- May God enable us to study the treasure trove of knowledge that Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has given us — This treatise and the one which was written earlier, both are translated in English. Our English-speaking members and youngsters should read them. (See 41:40 to 42:47)
- The prophecy regarding the Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) is a Divine sign — If this prophecy is seen with deep and fair insight, there remains no doubt in it being a Divine sign. See 3:05 to 7:56.
- The glorious words of the prophecy of the Musleh Maud — For exact reference to the actual prophecy please see 8:28 to 14:36.
- May God enable us to study the treasure trove of knowledge that Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has given us — Huzoor (aba) prayed that May God enable us to study the treasure trove of knowledge that Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) has given us and just as it has been explained, he covered a whole range of different genres/subjects (which range, for example, from the ‘Tafseer e Kabir’ (his translation/commentary of the Holy Qur’an) to his lecture on the subject of ‘The Economic System of Islam and Communism’). May God enable us to avail of them and may we enhance our knowledge and spiritual awareness! (See 44:02 to 44:50)
- It is the duty of an Ahmadi to also stay loyal to the government of the day and do everything legally — See 33:21 to 33:45.
- Importance of praying for one’s children — A prayer of Hazrat Musleh Maud (on whom be peace) to God regarding his children was: “May their children and the children of their children be eternally in Your trust which Satan cannot breach.” (See 50:35).
- The Promised Messiah (as) was the recipient of numerous revelations from Almighty Allah — The Promised Messiah (as) said in this regard that the real objective of these revelations was for God to make evident the truth of Islam to the world through him and to demonstrate the status of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). While these revelations and signs silence the others and the detractors, they are also proofs of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) for Muslims that he indeed is the one commissioned by God for the revival of Islam (2:15).
- The Promised Messiah’s (as) revelations and prophecies are extremely beneficial for the strengthening of faith for current and future generations — In Baraheen-e-Ahmadiyya (Baraheen e Ahmadiyya I – IV, pp. 555-558 – footnotes), the Promised Messiah (as) writes that the glory of Islam is made evident through these true writings via the acknowledgement of the detractors themselves and a way of proofs is opened for the sincere seeker and anyone who has any delusions gets a reality check…So that the seekers of truth of this age as well as of the future generations are protected from the toxic air of wickedness and misguidance which is prevalent these day because these revelations will unfold many such aspects which are destined to manifest in the future. Thus, when this age is gone and a new world is revealed and sees for itself the truths written in this book, these prophecies will be most beneficial for strengthening faith. For exact references to this important subject see 3:24 to 9:27.
- The Promised Messiah (as) made his prophecies after been given knowledge from God. — “Even if a person spends his life looking for any such prophecy that I may have uttered and dies in the process he will not find one about which he could say that it was left unfulfilled. Though, he may say whatever he wanted out of impudence or lack of awareness. I say with conviction that thousands of most evident prophecies of mine have been clearly fulfilled and hundreds of thousands of people witnessed this.” (Kishti Nuh, pp. 6- 7). (See 10:13)
- We need to establish a true connection with Almighty Allah, express gratitude and and instill this spirit in our next generation — The Promised Messiah (as) says “Our Jama’at should have a true connection with God Almighty and they should be grateful that God Almighty has not left them, but has shown them hundreds of signs of His power to strengthen their faith to the degree of certainty.” May God make us those who connect with Him, may He show each one of us His signs and enhance in faith and may we instill this spirit in our next generation. May God keep our generations firm on this and enhance their faith! (See 53:02 to 54:07).
- We need to keep in mind the real objective of the coming of the Promised Messiah (as) — “The real objective of my coming (time-stamp 20:54) is to prepare a community of true believers who truly believes in God and maintains a real connection with Him and makes Islam its way and implements the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). That it treads the path of reformation and Taqwa and establishes exemplary morals so that the world can receive guidance from such a community and the will of God is fulfilled.” Another important reference to this is found at 24:53 to 27:22.
- The importance of exhibiting and maintaining mutual love and harmony in the Jamaat (23:34) — “I have said as regards mutual love and harmony of the Jama’at that you should have accord and unity. This is the teaching God gave to the Muslims that be as one otherwise you will collapse. The commandment to stand close to each other in Salat is to promote unity, so that the good in one permeates like electric power in each other. If you have conflict and no unity, you will remain unfortunate. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said to love one another and pray in private for each other. If a person prays for another in private angels say ‘may the same be for you.’ How excellent this is! If man’s prayer is not accepted, angels’ is. I advise you and wish to say to you not to have any mutual conflict.” There are additional references to this important subject at 42:43 and 47:15.
- The description of a true believer (“Momin”) — “I say openly that unless Allah the Exalted is given precedence over everything else and unless He can see that a person is His from the heart one cannot be called a true believer…Muslim is one who is a model of ‘…submits himself completely to Allah…’ (2:113). وَجْھَہ [in the verse] signifies face, however, it is also applicable to one’s person. Thus, one who submits with all his capacities to Allah deserves to be called a true Muslim” (time stamp 27:25). The Promised Messiah (as) also said: “Remember mere verbosity and wordiness will not avail unless backed by practice. Mere words have no value in the sight of Allah, therefore, Allah the Exalted has stated: ‘Most hateful it is in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.” (61:4). Muslims who commit foul deeds and do not abide by the teachings of Islam are a cause of blemish on [the name of] Islam (time-stamp 30:45 to 31:50)
- If one wishes to serve Islam, one must abide by Taqwa first — “I have said this before that if you wish to promote and serve Islam, first abide by Taqwa and purity with which you can come into the refuge of fortified protection of Allah the Exalted and are then privileged to serve Islam. You see how feeble the outward power of Muslims has become. Nations look at them with hatred and contempt…” (time-stamp 29:30). Real thankfulness is in [abiding by] Taqwa and purity (time-stamp 32:40).
- Be mindful of the Attributes of Almighty Allah — The Promised Messiah (as) said some people find apparent satisfaction in power, some find satisfaction in their property and respect, while others are considered apparently satisfied by their beautiful and clever children and helpers. However such pleasure and worldly pleasures of all sorts cannot bring man true satisfaction and assurance. In fact they generate a kind of impure greed and yearning. “Unless man finds peace and satisfaction in God, he cannot have salvation because salvation is only an alternative word for peace and satisfaction!” See 35:15 to 42:43.
- An important reminder on the responsibilities of each Ahmadi — “…God Almighty made this community with His own hands, and it is a community on which God will bestow great blessings. However, if someone joins this Jama’at and does not truly love God Almighty and does not sincerely follow the Holy Prophet (saw), whether he is important or unimportant, he will be cut-off and will be punished by God Almighty. Therefore, you should bring about a complete change and should not bring the Jama’at in disrepute.” These are the standards we need to aspire to, indeed, should aspire to: abiding by Taqwa, reforming our practices and enhancing the levels of faith. These are not small matters. We have accepted the Imam of the age and we should make endeavours to come up to the mark of his expectations. We should try and accomplish the smallest of virtue and should recoil from every evil. There is need to enhance mutual love, affection and unity. We need to be each other’s’ helpers, then alone can we fulfil the dues of Bai’at. May God enable us to do so! (See time-stamp 48:13 to 51:38).
- A reminder to pray for the Muslim countries — Huzoor (aba) reminded us to pray for Muslim countries, especially Syria and Egypt where disorder and persecution is taking place. Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan are also bitterly persecuted and they are ever being made aware of the lack of their safety. May God protect all of them and may He swiftly bring the insurgents and those who create disorder to justice!
- Supporting reformation via supervision and compulsion — As explained earlier, external remedy or help and outside support is needed for this third aspect (i.e., remove weakness in implementing matters or how to enhance capacity in implementing matters). The outside support needed is of two kinds: supervision and compulsion. Supervision is when someone is overseen at all times so that they do not commit something foul. This goes on in worldly matters as well (e.g., parents supervise children at home; teachers also play the role of supervising students alongside teaching them; sometimes governmental employees watch over people and also let people know that they will be watching over; signposted speed cameras are a way of watching over). The objective of all this is to stop them from what they do which creates disorder or to reform them. Supervision is a source of reformation in all societal rules and regulations and religion also draws attention to supervision for reformation of practice.Societal supervision protects from all sorts of wrong things, parents supervise in their own sphere, missionaries supervise in their own sphere and it is important for the rest of the administrative system of the Jama’at to supervise. When this supervision is done in light of the Islamic teaching that each individual who supervises will be held accountable for his supervision, the supervisor is also reformed in the process! The second necessary matter for reformation is compulsion. Some may think that while there is no compulsion in matters of faith, here compulsion is being recommended for reformation. It should be clear that there should be no compulsion in accepting or giving up faith. In Islam one has the freedom to accept faith or give it up. But there is compulsion once one associates with faith and then breaks its rules and regulations. Discipline is a necessary recourse if this happens and this is what compulsion signifies here. If one wishes to live as part of a system then its teachings have to be followed, otherwise one may be disciplined, fined etc. for reformation purposes and to remove weakness in capacity to implement matters. The Nizam (administrative system/structure) of the Jama’at also disciplines and this is for done for reformation and not to needlessly slight anyone. Governments too take the same route by imprisoning people or fining them.
- There are generally four means of inculcating the doing of good works — It should be remembered that different means have to be used for inculcating doing of good works and utilising these means is extremely important. These means are, instilling faith, instilling correct knowledge, and to supervise and use compulsion. Reformation is difficult without these four aspects. If we look deeply we find out that there is a section of people in the world which does not have the level of strength of faith required for reformation. If strength of faith is instilled in such people their practices are corrected. Then there is a section of people which is embroiled in sin due to lack of knowledge and it needs correct knowledge. Yet another section of people is dependent on others for good works. Help is given to them in two ways, with supervision, as just explained earlier, or there is a section which is very low down the scale and is not deterred even with supervision. Unless punished, this section of people cannot be reformed. It is also important to adopt these four ways for reformation within the Jama’at. It is important to remember that at a time when religion has neither governance nor power, these four remedies are necessary.
- It is necessary to morally train to instil strength of faith and this can be done by repeatedly relating the ways to attain the love of God and also relate how, when His love is attained, God’s loving treatment is dispensed — For this purpose signs of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), his revelations, his connection with God and the spiritual revolution of his followers should be related. In this age when Satan is attacking most forcefully, it is important to repeatedly relate the ways to attain love of God and also relate how when His love is attained, God’s loving treatment is dispensed and how the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has expounded this to us. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) thus explained the significance of the signs, revelations, and connection with God of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) which would make the rays of faith in our heart brighter still: ‘Hazrat Isa (on whom be peace) can very well be alive in heaven. His being alive in heaven is not as harmful as it is harmful for the existence of God Almighty being dead in our hearts. What good is it when you continue to lay emphasis on death of Hazrat Isa (on whom be peace) while you are killing God Almighty in people’s hearts and are not attempting to make Him Living!’ Indeed, God is Living, Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining and death does not overcome Him, but as regards some people He does cease to be. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said: ‘It is strange that our religious scholars make efforts regarding death of Hazrat Isa but do not try to bring God Almighty to life. They do not generate the spirit which instils insight and perception of Allah the Exalted.
- Our main effort should be to bring God to life and to inculcate greater connection with Him — If we have a living connection with God, then no matter how much noise is made by those who consider that Hazrat Isa is alive, our faith will not be corrupted because God will guide us every step of the way.’ There is no doubt that it is very important to have knowledge of subjects like death of Hazrat Isa (on whom be peace) and finality of Prophethood and it is also important to stay firm on them with proofs and reasoning. Yet, in practical terms, we have to instill a connection with God and for this we have to adopt those ways and means which the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) taught us. We will have to remove any discrepancy in our word and deed, and while taking the message to others, we should also self-reflect. (Please listen to Huzoor’s Friday Sermon for a detailed explanation).
- Each one of us should self-reflect as to what are our responsibilities — Mu’allameen and missionaries should note what efforts they have made to instlil faith in hearts. We should not be pleased by merely impressing people through reasoning alone and making the Maulwi run away. In fact we should illustrate existence of God to the world through the living signs of God that we have and convince people through the practical testimony of God that is with the Promised Messiah (on whom be pace). We should present these matters before children, men and women again and again and tell them how the glory of God is evident and how can God’s nearness and love be attained. This would incline those youngsters to God who are currently inclined towards the world and it will not be just a few missionaries and scholars who would vanquish the non-Ahmadi Maulwis, rather the role models of our youngsters, women and children will attract the world!
- We need to attach ourselves to the Promised Messiah (as) and then completely obey Khilafat — It is greatly needed to attach oneself to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and then completely obey Khilafat. This is what will become a source of strength and spiritual development of the Jama’at. Recognition of Khilafat and its correct awareness and perception should be so instilled in the Jama’at that it should happily accept every decision of the Khalifa of the time and have no doubt about it. Inculcating correct insight and perception of Khilafat is also an important task among the tasks of missionaries and it is also the responsibility of office-holders to pay attention to this. If missionaries and office-holders on each level, those of the Jama’at and also of the auxiliary organisations, understand this responsibility of theirs, the doubts that arise in a few hearts, would not. It is especially the task of the missionaries to make them understand that all blessings are in the Nizam and when God wishes to curse a body of people He removes Nizam from among them. When these facts will be known to all, those who stumble will be saved.
- God swears that He would establish in the world the faith and the principles which Khulafa want to establish — There are always some people, even if they are a few, who think they are know-it-all and they sit here and there and say what they say. [They say] Khalifa is not God, he too can make mistakes like ordinary humans do. That is fine, however, Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) has given an excellent response to this matter and if Khilafat is true then this response is applicable on all time and place, that is, if one accepts Khilafat as a blessing of God. ‘God Almighty states that He ultimately establishes those matters in the world about which Khulafa make decisions. He states: ‘…and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them…’ (24:56) That is, God swears that He would establish in the world the faith and the principles which Khulafa want to establish.’ These matters should be instilled in every member of the Jama’at and it is the task of the missionaries and the learned people to try and instill them in every heart. They should be absorbed in the task to make the blessings and beneficence of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) evident to people and to repeatedly mention the living signs of God and tell people the sources of gaining nearness of God and to obey the Khalifa of the time in every situation. They should tell people the importance of obeying the Nizam and make it evident to every individual. When this is achieved, doubts and misgivings will vanish and through this the number of people who eradicate doubts and misgivings will be so great that each suspicion will die its own death and there will be reformation of practice in the Jama’at in every way which was one of the big objectives of the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).
- Let’s not forget our internal frontline — It should be remembered that while knowledge of the issues of death of Jesus (on whom be peace) and finality of Prophethood is important for our external frontline, it is also very important to instill good practice and knowledge of God for our internal frontline. Our spiritual purity, our reformation of practice, InshaAllah will bring about a greater revolutionary change than our Tabligh efforts. Hazrat Musleh Maud’s (may Allah be pleased with him) pronouncement is certainly most significant where he says: ‘If they [scholars and missionaries] reform hearts and instill knowledge and love of Allah the Exalted in people’s hearts then tens of millions of people will begin to come in the fold of Ahmadiyyat. Allah the Exalted states: ‘When the help of Allah comes, and the victory, And thou seest men entering the religion of Allah in troops, Glorify thy Lord, with His praise, and seek forgiveness of Him. Surely He is Oft-Returning with compassion.’ (110: 2- 4) If you will propagate your religion through Tabligh, then people will come to you in their ones and twos. However, if you seek forgiveness and glorify God, and eliminate sin from your Jama’at, then people in their multitudes will join you.’
- Every member of the Jamaat needs to self-reflect and reform practices, and for this Prayer is the greatest weapon — We should pay attention to our reformation of practice and try and become deputies of Khilafat and try and becomes helpers of the Khalifa of the time. We cannot ever remain simply entangled in academic discussions, rather, we have to take our Jama’at to advancement and InshaAllah for that we have to adopt another method and that is reformation of practice. What is needed is to have good deeds, to have high standards of honesty and trustworthiness, to adopt legitimate means of income. We should not deceive the council for a little bit of money and put our honesty on the line and obtain benefits. If we undertake everything that is entrusted to us with full attention, cheerfulness and honesty, avenues will open for us in spiritual as well as worldly terms. With the grace of God, generally speaking the Jama’at has a good image in the eyes of others. However, if for some trivial worldly advantage we discard our honesty and our trustworthiness, we will bring the Jama’at in disrepute. While the missionaries need to pay attention, every member of the Jama’at also needs to self-reflect and reform practices. For this the greatest weapon is prayer and in this regard we should keep in view that God states that one should develop one’s faith and abide by the modus operandi that has been given to us. If practice and prayer and prayer and practice go hand in hand we will be able to truly reform ourselves. May God enable each one of us to do so!
The subject of reformation of practices continued in the Friday sermon with emphasis on ways and means of obtaining best results for the betterment of a large section of the Jama’at. Some points were taken in today’s sermon from elucidation by Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him):
- It is the task of the missionaries, ameers and office-holders to formulate their programs in accordance with Huzoor’s (aba) discourses — It was expounded in the last two Friday sermons that reformation of practices is enhanced by instilling strength of resolve, which for religious purposes is strength of belief, and by removing lack of knowledge and by removing lack of capacity to implement matters. Huzoor (aba) said that he also wished to say that our missionaries, office-holders, ameers and others who have advisory capacities within the Jama’at, should particularly keep Huzoor’s discourse in view so that they may go on to reform practices of the Jama’at. Many such aspects are time to time presented by Huzoor before the Jama’at and with the blessing of MTA, Ahmadis all over the world are able to listen to Huzoor’s discourses and with the grace of God this proves effective. However, it is the task of the missionaries, ameers and office-holders to formulate their programs in accordance with these discourses so that these important matters are brought to the attention of the Jama’at again and again so that it is extremely clear to every Ahmadi and is instilled in them what their practices should entail.
- Efforts should be made to have proper planning in this regard — Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the abundance with which our Jama’at has fresh signs of God before it is matchless. There is no other religion apart from Islam with signs of ever-fresh Word of God, living miracles and signs demonstrating the existence of God which cleanse human hearts from all kind of adulteration and grant it knowledge and closeness of God. Why then, do we still find weaknesses of practices in our Jama’at? Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that in his opinion the reason for this is because our religious scholars, missionaries and preachers have not paid special attention in disseminating this. Just as what Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said 75 odd years ago was true then, it is true today and attention needs to be paid to it. And just as we gradually move away from the time of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), efforts should be made to have proper planning in this regard. We need to find out and analyze how many of us are eager as regards worship of God! Not just in Ramadan, or sit Itikaf in Ramadan and simply relate it for the rest of the year. Rather, by making this love of worship a part of our life throughout the year so that we have nearness of God on a permanent basis. How many of us experience acceptance of prayers through God’s love and to whom He speaks? Having accepted the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), it is the obligation of every Ahmadi to try and attain this level for the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) came to bring about this very revival of Islam. If each Ahmadi knew the station of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and felt the pain to fulfill the objective of his advent and was aware of how many great signs God showed for him and indeed to many of those who accepted him, then each one of us would wish for that station and make efforts to attain it. Strength of faith would be burnished to the level where it generates strength of resolve and a passion to gain nearness of God. In terms of worldly matters people copy and emulate others but we do not emulate and copy in religious matters. We do not emulate the model of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and his companions in doing which there is no question of incurring any loss, in fact there is immeasurable gain!
- Interest/usury is a big curse — In the context of looking to copy others in the pursuit of worldly things and matters, Huzoor explained that one big cause of the economic downturn in the world these days is the interest on the debt which was incurred to purchase such items (i.e., items of conspicuous consumption). Interest/usury is a big curse. It is purchasing merchandise on interest which ultimately bankrupted many.
- Efforts should be made to instil the belief that God did not limit His attribute to time and place and He demonstrates His attributes today as He did before — Incidents of God’s help and succor and His signs demonstrated for the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and his companions are not mentioned with the required stress and as a result they do not instill the belief that God did not limit His attribute to time and place and He demonstrates His attributes today as He did before. If such matters are explained repetitively and ways to connect to God are also explained and the promises God made to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) are mentioned, children and youngsters would never raise the question why prayers are not accepted. When connection with God is strong, the philosophy of prayer is understood. What needs to be told is that in this age nearness to God can be gained by connecting to the true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and God manifests Himself with all His glory. If seeking piety and nearness to God becomes widespread in our Jama’at, we can have a large group of people through whom sin can be erased to a great extent. (Please listen to Huzoor’s Friday Sermon for a detailed explanation).
- In the Holy Quran, Allah says ‘Pray unto Me; I will answer your prayer…’ (40:61) — The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) once said: ‘No other body of people in the world has accepted a God Who answers and listens to prayers. Most certainly a Christian cannot say that he has accepted Christ who listens to his prayers and answers! There is only One God Who speaks; the God of Islam, Who has been presented in the Holy Qur’an and has stated: ‘Pray unto Me; I will answer your prayer…’ (40:61) And it is completely true that if a person believes in Allah the Exalted with true intention and purity of heart, and makes spiritual endeavors and remains engaged in prayers, ultimately his prayers will definitely be answered.’ This is also a sign for our long-term Ahmadis whose families are filled with anxiety. Problems are brought before Huzoor where husbands do not pay their dues and wives do not pay their dues. People should strengthen their belief and try for reformation of their practices. They should turn to God and their problems will be resolved. Everyone should try this method and abandon egotism and not follow mind-set of how to retort to each other etc. Rather, help should be sought from God Who shows the right way.
- Remember, there is no such thing as a “small” or “big” sin — Missionaries and office-holders should also repeatedly advise against falsehood. It should be repetitively mentioned that there is no such thing as small or big sin, sin is sin and it should be avoided. Every falsehood is falsehood and this shirk (to associate partners with God) should be avoided. If one’s connection with God is strong there is no need to worry, signs will manifest themselves.
- We should try to identify to our children what is foul and immoral, we can take them in confidence and show them our own good role models and save them from the effect of the environment — These days children are informed of certain immoralities in schools in the name of education. Our Nizam needs to actively inform children and youngsters of the reality. Parents need to be mindful of their own condition and educate themselves about the harms of the information which is given to children in the name of education in schools. Here children are taught some very unnecessary things at a very young age and the argument given is that this makes them aware to differentiate between good and bad. Whereas in fact it does not do that, rather, it instils wrong thoughts in majority of children from an early age. Parental models and surrounding models are mostly bad rather than good. Thus, missionaries, office-holders of auxiliary organisations and parents, all have to make a joint effort to arrange for correct information, as opposed to incorrect information to be disseminated. We cannot stop the way things are done in schools and we cannot interfere, however by identifying to our children what is foul and immoral we can take them in confidence and show them our own good role models and save them from the effect of the environment. May God enable all of us to perform our obligations in a good manner!
Huzoor (aba) further elucidated on the theme of last week’s Friday Sermon that if strength of resolve, knowledge and capacity to implement matters is instilled, then bad practices can be reformed.
- In religious matters, “strength of resolve” is iman (belief). The first thing needed for reformation of practices is strength of resolve. What is strength of resolve? Many will say strength of resolve is self-explanatory; it is obviously the strength to resolve and conclude something. Let it be clear, as Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) has beautifully explained, that the connotation of strength of resolve alters in accordance with the action it is about. With this basic point in mind, we can appreciate that in religious matters strength of resolve is iman (belief). When seen with this angle, we will understand that the capacity to implement matters is enhanced with iman and every difficulty is eased with the help and support of God, and troubled situations are diminished due to iman. These are not mere words; we see practical examples of this. For example, the difference between the lifestyle of the Companions at the time of the Holy Prophet (saw) before and after they believed is astonishing. As soon as they believed, they decided that they were going to strengthen their hearts to put every commandment of faith in practice, they decided that they were not going to do anything contrary to the commandment of Allah Almighty, they decided that each instruction of the Holy Prophet (saw) would be the last word. Their determination was so strong and so robust that weakness of practices became a non-issue! Their strength of resolve demolished their weakness of practices just as a strong surge of gushing water washes away a piece of straw! (Please listen to Huzoor’s Friday Sermon for a better appreciation of the tremendous resolve and iman of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) at the time when the commandment regarding prohibition of alcohol was revealed. The Companions first broke the pitcher of alcohol and later asked the person making the announcement for details. There were many houses in Medina at the time where alcohol was being consumed that day and pitchers broke with such speed that alcohol flowed like water in the streets of Medina).
- The Promised Messiah (as) said that tobacco is not good. It’s not forbidden, although the Promised Messiah (as) once said that if it had been around in the time of the Holy Prophet (saw) he would have probably advised against it, and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said it was not good. It has an intoxicating effect. Once the Promised Messiah (as) expressed his dislike of tobacco during a journey. Upon hearing this, his companions broke their hookah and then did not even touch it again. There are also examples of his companions who gave up all their previous bad habits after accepting Ahmadiyyat, there is even example of those who were embroiled in drinking alcohol who gave it up after accepting Ahmadiyyat.
- Ahmadis need to employ their strength of resolve to avoid such things the occasional use of which can lead a person to be embroiled in bigger intoxicants. These days aside from other intoxicants, something called “shisha” is available in particular in Muslim restaurants. In USA it is called “hookah” – it is some kind of specific hookah or whatever it is called! Huzoor has come to know that some of our young boys and girls use shisha and they say that it is not intoxicating and its occasional use is not harmful. Huzoor said they should remember that this occasional use would lead them to be embroiled in bigger intoxicants. They should use their strength of resolve at this stage and watch over their faith. Intensity of faith instils strength of resolve which determines important decisions.
- Bad practices should be abandoned out of fear of Almighty Allah and not be abandoned out of fear of any law or fear of society. The underpinning thought should be that God and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) have prohibited them or in this age the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has advised against them. Just as the world is advancing, laws in favour of bad practices are being passed. As they cannot stop bad practices, they make their laws flexible. However, what is deemed bad in God’s law is deemed bad at all times. In order to reform our practices we have to abide by laws of God and we can carry on such abidance when the state of our faith is good. The people whom the advanced world called ignorant overcame their intoxication with the intensity of their faith, they reformed their practices and then convinced the world of their higher practices and made the world follow them. One can be saved from sin if made to realise fear of God, sin of practice and God’s displeasure. (Please listen to Huzoor’s Friday Sermon for a detailed explanation).
- Nizam e Jama’at (administrative system of the Jama’at), our office-holders, our auxiliary organizations should become sources of removing these weaknesses of practices. There are three types of people in this world:
- people whose practices are weak because their faith is not complete,
- people whose practices are weak because their knowledge is not complete,
- and people who have faith and knowledge, but their hearts are so corroded that both these aspects are not sufficient and they need support.
These people need support just as broken bones need plaster to mend, or metal plates are inserted in the bones through operation to mend them. Over time, once healing takes place, these supports are removed. Similarly, some people need temporary support. Gradually, the support generates enough strength in them to be active and weaknesses of their practice are removed. As mentioned in last Friday’s sermon, our Nizam e Jama’at (administrative system of the Jama’at), our office-holders, our auxiliary organizations should become sources of removing these weaknesses of practices. Yet, if these people are themselves weak in their strength of resolve, the office-holders and others, are lacking in knowledge and have weaknesses in their own practices, then how can they support others! Every section of the Nizam, in fact every Ahmadi should self-reflect and see where reformation is needed and should also try and become a support to friends and dear ones who have weaknesses, so that every member of the Jama’at attains high levels of reformation of practices and in this regard achieves nearness to God.
May God enable us to do so! Ameen.
- We need to remove ourselves from the clutches of the world and worldliness, rather than be impressed by others, we have to impress them with our practices and actions. Our triumph is not in subjugating anyone nor indeed is it to attain worldly objectives. It is to make the world submit to Almighty Allah and His Messenger (saw). We need to free ourselves from any worldly influence. There are many obstacles in this regard for which we have to instill an inner strength that would help remove these obstacles. We have to propose some principles to contend with the world which each one of us would follow and firmly adhere to. This requires sacrifice of the self (nafs) and creating a special environment around us.
- Rather than adopting worldly standards of what is “good” and “bad,” our actions and practices should be such that they consistently conform to Islamic standards. The standard of what is good and what is bad has also changed and something which Islam deems bad and sinful is considered trivial in an irreligious society. In fact, certain such things (which at one time were considered bad even in the western world and/or the collective mind of the world) are now considered good. Moreover, such practices proliferate rapidly across the world and unfortunately the rate of spread of evil is more than the spread of good such that, due to its constancy, evil has overcome the collective mind of the world.
- Ahmadi families have to be especially vigilant and mindful in this regard so as to be completely free of such practices. Huzoor (aba) mentioned the practice of dancing taking place in the name of entertainment, for example at family functions, especially during weddings. Ahmadi families should be completely free of such practices and attention should be given to this matter. (Please listen to the original sermon for greater insight.)
- There is need to adopt those things which will generate the strength to remove the impediments to reform ourselves. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) beautifully explained that in order to reform our practices we need to instill three-fold aspects: strength of resolve, correct and proper knowledge, and strength to implement. The main and fundamental strengths are only the first and the third while the middle aspect, correct and proper knowledge, influences them both. For the purpose of reformation of practice, strength of resolve needs to be fortified and the defects of strength to implement need to be removed. Evil can only be stemmed out if there is resolve to stem it out and this can only come about if strength is generated to implement this. Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) said that although our strength of resolve was strong, it did not bring results; perhaps there is not enough resolve to implement what is desired. We must also acknowledge that our devotion to God is also flawed and our strength to implement what we intend is disabled and is not influenced by our sense of resolve. Or there is deficiency in the supports which are needed for us to get where we intend to be. In this instance unless we rectify the situation nothing will be of avail. (Please listen to Huzoor’s FridaySermon for a detailed explanation).
- Sin is committed due to lack of knowledge. The capacity to asses/compare alerts man and it is the same capacity which, due to lack of knowledge, makes man negligent. When a child is brought up in a sinful environment he grows up with a distorted sense of right and wrong, like considering one cannot get by without telling lies. We should adhere to truth and of course trust in God. When false stories are mentioned in front of children, like such and such false account was put before a judge (in context of the review of an application for asylum), children end up thinking there is no sin in telling lies and without telling lies perhaps their asylum case would not have been successful and telling lies is key to all progress. They end up thinking nothing gets done without telling lies and as a result they do not think much of telling lies. When such children grow up and expect their capacity to assess/compare to determine something, it will determine for them that there is no harm in telling lies. Similarly when a child grows up in an environment where back-biting is common, his capacity to assess and compare will conclude that everyone does it and there is nothing to it.
- Jama’at and the auxiliaries have to play their role — when personal strength is not there, external resources have to be availed. The state of reformation of practices is the same. Some people have to instill strength of resolve, some are in need of strength to implement, but for some the burden is too much and for them the society has to play its role, Jama’at has to play its role, the auxiliaries have to play their role. We need to instill these matters, need to pay attention to these matters for reformation of practices so that we can fulfill the objective of the advent of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and so that our God-given capacities do not get rusty and eventually corrode away.
We need to go well beyond the ritualistic practice of wishing and congratulating each other on the new year even though we may be seeking Allah’s blessings. A prayer for blessings is of little to no benefit unless we don’t use our God given faculties to improve ourselves and the standard of our worship making a firm resolve to enhance our daily practical life so as to do everything with the sole motive of earning the pleasure of Almighty Allah.
Be profusely grateful and thankful to Allah the Exalted. When we are truly grateful for God’s previous bounties and blessings upon us and such thoughts make us bow before God in gratitude, then it is such pure, sincere, bowing before Allah which is the true purpose of our lives and it is this spirit that should be the motivating force behind our best wishes, congratulations and prayers.
Adopt humility, shun arrogance, and work hard and pray if we wish to continue being the recipients of Divine Grace. This is especially important for any Ahmadi who has been bestowed some office or other opportunity to serve the Jama’at. He/she should develop an attitude of serving the faith and not one of assuming an office or holding a position in the Jama’at. One’s own ego, arrogance and haughtiness or thinking oneself better than the other should not even enter one’s mind.
Progress of the Jama’at is solely through the Grace of God. It is not due to the effort or connections of any person, world leader, human agency, etc. Please listen to Huzoor’s sermon for a detailed and inspiring account of the progress of the Jama’at over the last year as well as the bounties of the Waqf-e-Jadid scheme.
Be mindful of offering Salat in congregation, which is obligatory on every Muslim man. From among the innumerable blessings that Allah has bestowed upon the Jama’at, this was one of the Great Graces of God that we were able to build and populate mosques or places where such worship can be offered throughout the world.
Fill the coming year with prayers. Additionally, pay attention to the recitation of durood and iztighfar.