Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2017
Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah. Come to Prayer Come to success Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is none worthy of worship except Allah.
Peace be upon you, I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah He is alone and has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw) is His Servant and Messenger After this I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings,
Those who have not incurred Thy displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. Today, we have gathered here to participate in the Jalsa [Annual Convention]. As every Ahmadi knows that we do not congregate here for any worldly frivolousness or worldly purpose, rather it is so that by participating in these programmes and
By partaking in this spiritual atmosphere, we excel in our spirituality, we enhance our intellectual faculties, we improve our religious state, we improve in our practical conduct, we adopt the fear of Allah the Almighty and fulfil the rights of Allah the Almighty and His creation. A non-Ahmadi could maybe say that
We do not have the understanding of what are the right of Allah the Almighty and what are the rights of His creation, however an Ahmadi cannot claim this. These matters are reiterated before them time and again. It is a great favour of the Promised Messiah (as) upon us
That he has granted us such a treasure in regards to these matters which is never ending. Sometimes a person thinks that he has listened to a particular matter before, or he has read it, yet when he hears it again or reads it,
Then a new point or a new aspect comes to light before him. For an Ahmadi that takes the pledge of allegiance, the Promised Messiah (as) has concisely mentioned those rights and obligations for him in the conditions of Bai’at [oath of initiation]. Thus we should always keep this purpose in mind,
As to what is the objective of attending this Jalsa. At this moment I shall present some extracts of the Promised Messiah (as). In regards to how religious beliefs effect deeds, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “Islam has two components.
“One is to not associate anything with God and to completely obey Him in return of his favours. “One who reverts from such a benevolent and nourishing God Almighty, he is Satan.” There are so many favours of Allah the Almighty that those who disobey Allah the Almighty, who do not completely adhere to him,
Such a person therefore cannot be one who obeys God Almighty, he cannot be a servant of the Gracious God, he in fact is Satan. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “The second component is to recognise the rights of the creation and to perfectly fulfil them.
“Those nations that have committed major sins, like adultery, theft, back biting, deceit etc. “they consequently became ruined “and some nations were destroyed due just committing one sin “but because this is an Ummah upon whom God has shown His grace and mercy”
That is the Muslims, upon whom Allah the Almighty has a special attention, “that is why God Almighty does not destroy this nation “otherwise there is no sin which they are not embroiled in.” What sins are there that are not prevalent amongst the Muslims.
The Promised Messiah (as) states that they are committing all of them. “They have all taken individual Gods, not just one God. “They have become engrossed in the world and have made the world their god, and “they have made the worldly people their lord.” The Promised Messiah (as) states,
“If one’s beliefs are good, then good deeds are also demonstrated.” If one’s beliefs improve, they are good, one is certain about them, then in light of those tenants if one holds good intentions, then good deeds shall also be demonstrated. He (as) states, “A person that adopts a truthful and immaculate belief and
“does not associate any partners with God, then good deeds shall inevitably be demonstrated and “this is the reason why when the Muslims forgot the true beliefs, “then consequently they began to accept the Dajjal [Antichrist] etc. as their god.” We witness in the world today that many great nations
Have begun to accept worldly powers as their god, they have started to fall under their influence and today we are witnessing this everywhere. Thus from individuals to a government, to Muslim Governments, this is the state of affairs, “This is because they accept all divine attributes to be within the Dajjal.
“Thus, when they have placed all divine attributes to be within him “then if one were to deem his as god, then what fault is this of his?” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “You yourselves have bestowed the charge of divinity upon him. “Our Lord desires that just as one’s beliefs are reformed so too
“shall one’s good deeds be reformed and there shall no form of disorder that remains within him, “that is why it is necessary to tread upon the right path.” He (as) states: “God has repeatedly revealed to me, ‘All good lies in the Holy Quran’.”
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “It is God’s teachings that He is one and has no partner, “whatever the Qur’an has said is true.” Seek all goodness within the Holy Qur’an and worship Allah the Almighty. Fulfil His rights and also fulfil the rights of His creation.
Thus to accept God Almighty as one and having no partner and to completely obey Him and to fulfil this right, necessitates that we should then also worship Him. Hence, whilst mentioning this point that the objective of establishing this community is to attain the divine insight of God Almighty.
Also, that why have we become Ahmadi, what is the objective of entering into the Bai’at, why did the Promised Messiah (as) establish this community. He (as) states, “So that the Divine insight of God Almighty and “the knowledge of the reality of prayer and worship is attained.”
He (as) states, “A person who only prays and does not plan is in error, “on the other hand one who considers only his planning to be sufficient, denies God.” “If a person prays but makes no effort of his own and “does not plan then he has committed an error and is wrong
“because Allah the Almighty has commanded for us to plan and make an effort. “Likewise a person who plans and does not pray denies God. “However, Islam is to combine both planning and prayer.” What are the teachings of Islam?
They are to plan, strive with all of one’s faculties, with all of one’s capacities and with all of one’s capabilities, whatever efforts you can make by wordly means you must do and at the same time also pray, supplicate before Allah the Almighty and
Pray a lot because the result of this planning is going to be created by God Almighty and The Promised Messiah (as) stated that if both aspects exist then that is Islam. He (as) states: “That is why I have said that in order to abstain from sin and negligence
“one should make efforts in his planning according to its due rights and “also supplicate according to its due rights. That is why in the first chapter of the Holy Quran, “Surah Al-Fatihah, these two aspects have been put forth. ‘Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help’.
‘Thee alone do we worship’ mentions the aspect of planning and “it has been mentioned first so that firstly man fulfils the due rights of rights of planning and “making provisions, yet he should not neglect the aspect of prayer, “he should also be mindful of this alongside his planning.
“When a believer utters ‘Thee alone do we worship’ that we worship you, “then suddenly the thought passes his mind that who am I to worship Allah the Almighty, “until His grace and benevolence is not present.’ There are some people who have great confidence in themselves
And believe that they are great worshippers and pray a lot. However, even this is owing to the grace of Allah the Almighty. A true believer thinks that even to be enabled to worship that too is also a grace of God Almighty. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “That is why he immediately says
“that ‘Thee alone do we implore for help’. “This is a very subtle matter which no other religion apart from Islam has understood.” The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Thus, it is imperative in Islam that one who enters it holds firm to this principle.
“In the face of difficulty, one should exert his own effort as well as pray and “request others to also pray for him. “If one falls short in any one of these two aspects then producing any result is impossible.
“Therefore, it is necessary for every believer to adhere to this, but in present times I observe “that the state of the people is such that they plan and make an effort but neglect prayer. “In fact, their reliance on material means has increased so much that
“the material means of the world has become their god and “they ridicule prayer as if it were a useless practise. “This is the direct impact of following Europe and “this is a perilous poison which is spreading around the world.”
Here in Europe people are losing belief in God and atheists are significantly increasing in number. However, the Muslims believe that in this lies the secret to their success but the outcome of this will not be a pleasant one. He (as) stated: “This is a perilous poison which is spreading around the world but
“God Almighty wants to remove this poison and thus He has established this Community.” Therefore, Ahmadis should not influenced by the world and materialism and also by those who do not believe in God Almighty. In fact, they should enlighten them about the existence of God Almighty and
Inform them about the true Islam, this should be the duty of an Ahmadi. He (as) states: “So that the world becomes enlightened about the existence of God and “the reality of prayer and its impact.” People think that there is no reality in prayer, however an Ahamdi should have such faith that
They should not only have firm belief in the acceptance of prayer but they should also have experienced their prayers being accepted. Thus, this is the state which an Ahmadi should try to achieve and when one develops this state only then can one strengthen in their beliefs.
One will no longer follow these artificial gods but instead will recognise the true God and will only prostrate before Him. The book revealed to the Holy Prophet (saw) and also his own practise has taught us the ways of
How one can recognise the true God and also how reach the apex of worshipping God Almighty. Therefore, one cannot acquire a true understanding of the reality of prayer unless one develops a true bond with the Holy Prophet (saw).
Hence, in regards to the purpose of establishing this community and his advent, He (as) states, “If someone from among my community is unware of this then let it be known to them,” if someone was unware then he/she should now know, “that what is the purpose for which God Almighty has established this community
“and what exactly is it that our community has to do. “It is also wrong to believe that by simply taking the Bai’at is enough to ensure one’s salvation “and that is why I felt it necessary to mention the true objective “and what it is that God Almighty expects from us.”
Simply taking the Bai’at is not enough for one’s salvation, the Promised Messiah (as) states that: he shall inform us what exactly God expects from us. He (as) states: “Let it be known to all of you that simply performing the Bai’at as a ritual or
“to accept me as the Imam is certainly not enough for you to attain salvation “because God Almighty looks at the hearts and not just merely at what we utter by tongue.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “As God Almighty has repeatedly mentioned that
“what is of importance is that firstly one should believe in God as one and “without any partner with the complete sincerity of the heart. “Also, to have firm belief that the Holy Prophet (saw) is a true prophet and “the Holy Quran is the book of God and
“after this there will be no other book or Shariah [Islamic law] until the Day of Judgment “i.e. after the Holy Quran there is no need for another book or Shariah. “Remember well that the Holy Prophet (saw) is the Seal of the Prophets
“i.e. no new Shariah or book will come after our Holy Prophet (saw). “There will be no new commandments and only this book and its commandments shall remain. “The words Nabi and Rasool which appear in my books in respect to me
“certainly do not imply that a new Shariah or new injunctions will be taught. “In fact, by that it means that the person is given the title of Nabi “whom God Almighty appoints at a time of need and grants the honour of directly speaking
“and revealing the unseen to him. The appointed one is given the title of Nabi “and it does not mean that he is given a new Shariah or that, God forbid, “he abrogates the law of the Holy Prophet (saw). “In fact, whatever he acquires is as a result of his true and perfect obedience
“to the Holy Prophet (saw) and without this it is not possible attain. “Indeed, when sin becomes widespread and mankind fails to recognise the true faith and “all that remains is skin and bones and it is devoid of the brain and the nucleus.
“The strength of their belief weakens and Satan increases in his dominance and influence, “and their passion and delight in faith no longer exists. “In such times, it is the practise of God that He sends one of his perfect men
“who is wholly immersed in his devotion to Him and grants him the honour of directly speaking to him. “And in this era He has sent me as the appointed one because “it is this very era in which the love for the Almighty has diminished.
“And though it generally seems that people proclaim, ‘There is none worthy of worship’ “and also affirm their belief in the Holy Prophet (saw) as well as observing prayers “and keeping the fasts but in actuality they are completely devoid of spirituality. “Moreover, their practise which is contrary to righteous actions testifies
“that they are not done in a righteous manner.” Their practise is contrary to righteous actions and majority of the Muslims are in this state. He (as) further states, “In fact, they perform these as mere rituals and a customary practise.”
Even if they do any deeds they are done as a ritual or because it has become a habit and hence they do this but in reality are unware of its true spirit and its reality “because there is not even an iota of sincerity and spirituality otherwise why is it that
“their righteous actions are not accompanied with any blessings or spiritual light.” If someone carries out their righteous actions while understanding its true essence and in order to please God Almighty then it should produce positive results and bring blessings.
He (as) says “Remember that unless such actions are carried out with the true heartfelt sincerity “and with spirituality, they will be of no benefit and these actions will have no use. “Righteous actions will only be deemed righteous when there is no conflict. “The opposite of Salih [Righteousness] is Fisaad [conflict].
“A righteous person is one who is free from any kind of conflict and disorder and “one whose prayers are full of conflict and have ulterior motives, “their prayers are certainly not for God and do not even ascend a single span from the earth
“because they are devoid of the true spirit of sincerity and also lack in spirituality. “Many people level the allegation that what is the need of this community?” What was the need for the Promised Messiah (as) to establish a new community?
The Promised Messiah (as) states, “They say that do we not offer the prayers and keep the fasts? “Such people only deceive others and it will not be of any surprise if some people “who are unacquainted perhaps fall prey to their deception after listening to them and
“along with them state that why has a new division been created “by establishing this community even though we offer the Salat, “keep the fasts and recite the prayers?” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “Remember that such talk is owing to lack of knowledge and understanding. “This is not because of me.”
If this division has been created then it is God Almighty Who created this. “I did not establish this community but it was God Almighty Who “told me to establish this community and it is He Who created this Community.
“If you say that I created a division then this criticism is not levelled against me “but against God Almighty.” He (as)states, “It is God Who established this community therefore ask Him why He created it. “The state of faith has become so weakened that
“it has reached the point where its power has become almost non-existent. “However, God Almighty desires to infuse the spirit of true belief “and has chosen to do this through this faith. “Thus, for people to level allegations in such state of affairs is completely foolish.
“Remember that such doubt should never enter anyone’s hearts and “if one truly reflects and ponders then such doubts can never enter. “Doubts enter when one fails to carefully ponder and those who superficially observe the Muslims “and then say that the rest of the Muslims are also doing the same,
“then such doubts can quickly lead to one’s destruction.” He (as) further states, “I have read some letters from people —” the Promised Messiah (as) would receive letters from people even after they had taken the Bai’at, “who although are part of our community but say that they were asked that
“was the need of establishing a new community when the other Muslims also pray, “recite the Kalima [declaration of faith], keep the fasts and perform virtuous deeds and “seem virtuous as well?” The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “Despite having done the Bai’at these people listen to such doubts and allegations and
“then write to me that they could not find an answer to this. “I feel sorry for such people for they have failed to truly understand my objective and purpose. “They only observe from the outside wherein they also fulfil the obligations of Islam and “the injunctions of God Almighty as we do,
“but in reality it is devoid of the true spirit and thus such talk and doubts work like magic. “At the time they do not ponder over the fact that “we wish to develop true belief in them which saves one from the death of sin.
“Those who fulfil these rituals and practices are not the same, “they simply look at it superficially and fail to recognise its true essence “and they have only a shell in their hand which is empty of its nucleus.” Thus, the true purpose of the Promised Messiah’s (as) advent
Was for us to develop a true relationship with God Almighty, to make us recognise the grandeur of the Holy Prophet (saw) and so that we adhere to the authority of the Holy Quran. Therefore, we who believe in the Promised Messiah (as) need to improve in our faith and also our practical conduct accordingly.
We also should not simply look from the outside and think that the other Muslims are just like us in the way they pray and keep fasts and there is no difference. If we cannot notice any difference then this should be a worrisome state, for there should be.
There should be heartfelt passion and a true spirit in our worship, Durud remembrance of God and when we are serving others which is not seen in them. We also need to assess whether our Bai’at is done with its true essence or
Is it merely a lip service and whether or not our worship is done by truly believing in God as one Who has no partner. There are many who offer the five daily prayers but simply read them without its true spirit.
There are also many Ahmadis who do not even offer their five daily prayers and when they meet me they even say that pray that we are able to offer them, however this is the most basic duty of an Ahmadi. It is the duty of every Momin and of every Muslim.
After having entered the Bai’at of the Promised Messiah (as), one should offer their prayers with great zeal and enthusiasm. It should not be that one fails to pray, and then request prayers for him to be regular in prayers. When a person has realised that he/she is not regularly praying
Then they should take it upon themselves to make an effort and plan for this. Why do they not pray for this and make an effort for it themselves? When they recite ‘Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we implore for help’,
Why do they not recite this from the deep recesses of their hearts and act upon it rather than just simply uttering these words? If we have accepted the Holy Prophet (saw) then every action of his is a blessed example for us.
Along with his worship, his high moral qualities are a model for us. He presented a model of excellent moral qualities for us in regards to his social relations, family relations and with his wives. However, there are many who create disorder in their homes yet the Holy Prophet (saw)
Has taught us to take care of their sentiments and emotions. The Holy Prophet (saw) also taught us to treat children with compassion and also to generally take care of the feelings and emotions of others. The Holy Prophet (saw) taught us to refrain from fighting and arguing and
Also advised us about this in his teachings and also by his own practical example. He (saw) also taught us against dishonesty and unfaithfulness and in fact the teachings of Islam strongly admonish against this and the Holy Prophet (saw) also demonstrated from his own practise.
Regardless of the circumstances, he always displayed humility and modesty and set very high standards of truthfulness. What other attribute is their which we cannot find at its apex in the Holy Prophet (saw). If we truly believe the Holy Prophet (saw) to be a true prophet and
The Promised Messiah (as) as the Imam of this age who came in his subservience then we must raise the levels of our conduct and the standards of our worship. We must ponder over the injunctions of the Holy Quran and its commandments in respect to what we should and
Should not do and assess which virtuous deeds we are practising and which ones are we not and which of the ill practices we are refraining from and which ones we are not. It is important to develop a true understanding of the Promised Messiah’s (as) status and his claim.
This era has led mankind away from God Almighty and in the name of ‘progress’ each new day brings new efforts to draw one further away. In such times it is the duty of an Ahmadi to strive to form a relationship with God Almighty and develop a true understanding of His being and
Every new day should bring more progress to this understanding. Our love for the Holy Prophet (saw) should not be limited to merely a verbal claim and to raising slogans but this love should be expressed by adhering to the noble example of the Holy Prophet (saw).
It should not be the case that we raise slogans of his name but thereafter we carry out great injustices in his name as this is the state of the Muslims today. We find that there are many organisations today and also governments
Which are carrying out injustices in the name of Islam and the Holy Prophet (saw). The Holy Prophet (saw) came as a source of mercy for the whole world but due to their actions they have turned his image into one of oppression.
However, they will never succeed in their efforts because in this day and age the Promised Messiah (as) has appeared and we are continuing this effort in order to present the true image of Islam. Therefore, in order to present the true image of Islam we must continue to strive in
Inculcating the noble example of the Holy Prophet (saw). We must adhere to the authority of the Holy Quran. We must remain occupied in the effort to ensure that every action of ours is one that is counted among the righteous actions. We must strive in each and every moment to distance ourselves from Satan
And draw closer to the Gracious God, otherwise as the Promised Messiah (as) stated that even the non-Ahmadis observe prayers but their prayers remain in this world and do not ascend to the throne of God. God has nothing to do with such prayers because they are devoid of sincerity and are tainted with worldliness.
Such prayers lead to destruction. Thus, this advice of the Promised Messiah (as) should serve as a very serious warning and something to greatly ponder over and also in understating the true essence of our Bai’at. Explaining the reality of prayer, the Promised Messiah (as) states:
“Prayer will only be deemed a true prayer when there is a true and pure connection “with God Almighty and you lose yourself in His pleasure and obedience “to such an extent and you give preference to faith over the world to such a degree
“that you are ready to give your life and die in the way of God Almighty. “When this state is created in man, then it can be said that his prayer is truly a prayer. “However, until this truth is not instilled in man and
“he does not show an example of real loyalty and devotion, “his prayers and other deeds remain ineffective.” The Promised Messiah (as) states, “There are many who people deem as believers and “righteous but in heaven they are declared as disbelievers.
“Therefore, the true believer and righteous one is he who is declared so in heaven, “even if he is considered a disbeliever in the eyes of the world.” The world considers us disbelievers but we have absolutely no concern with that. If our deeds are good and we have a relationship with God Almighty
Then it is God Himself Who declares us believers. The Promised Messiah (as) states, “It is a very difficult task indeed for man “to have true faith and display complete devotion and loyalty with God Almighty. “When man has true faith then many of his signs are manifested.
“The Holy Quran has mentioned signs of a true believer. “A great sign among those of true faith is that when man tramples over worldliness and “distances himself from it like a snake which sheds its skin.” The world ceases to remain his, but instead his real objective becomes to please God Almighty
And in doing so he also receives the world. He further states “Similarly, when man comes out of his layer of selfishness, “he becomes a believer and the traits of true faith are found in him. “God Almighty states: ‘Verily, Allah is with those who are righteous and those who do good’.”
Then regarding the nature of true virtue, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “Taqwa means to avoid the subtle paths of sin, “but bear in mind that piety is not so little as for man to say ‘I am righteous because I did not usurp the wealth of another, break into someone’s house,
‘steal, look with lewd eyes or commit adultery.’ “In the sight of a wise person this type of virtue is ridiculous because “if one did commit sins, steal and commit robbery he would be worthy of punishment. “Hence, this is no virtue that is worthy of recognition in the sight of a wise person,
“but true piety is that man should serve mankind and “show such fidelity in the path of God as to be ready to sacrifice one’s very life. “This is why Allah says: ‘Verily, Allah is with those who are righteous and those who do good.’
“Do remember that it is no merit in merely shunning evil unless “one also performs good deeds. “There are many people who have never committed adultery, murder, theft or robbery, “but in spite of all this have not displayed true devotion and “loyalty in the way of God Almighty,
“nor have they served mankind in any way or done any good deeds. “Ignorant indeed is the one who then presents these points and “deems such a person amongst the righteous, because these are mere evils. “This is not sufficient for him to enter the rank of the saints.”
The Promised Messiah (as) states: “It is God’s way to punish those who are wicked, steal, “act deceitfully or take bribes in this very life and “they do not die until they have been punished. “Keep in mind that doing so little is not true virtue.
“Taqwa is the lowest step, and it can be likened to the cleaning of a utensil “before the choicest food can be put in it. “Now, if a utensil is cleansed but no food is put on it, will it serve to satiate one’s hunger? “Can an empty plate satiate one’s hunger?
“Of course not! So understand Taqwa in the same way. “What is Taqwa? It is to clean the plate of the Nafs-e-Ammara (the soul that incites to evil).” Thus, to clean the plate, place the food of good deeds on it and
To eat it is the real thing which will bring you closer to God Almighty and grant you His pleasure. One of the greatest vices is the sin of lying. On one occasion, whilst turning our attention to staying protected from it, the Promised Messiah (as) stated “I have pondered over the Holy Quran and
“there are thousands of commands that are not being followed. “The minutest of matters are violated up to the point “where some lies are uttered by shopkeepers and “others lie for the sake of diplomacy whereas God Almighty “has deemed it parallel with filth.
“Yet it is witnessed that many people desist not from exaggerating when describing something “and deem it not a sin. “When joking as well they utter lies. “Until man does not desist from all kinds of lies, he cannot be called a ‘truthful’.” A very noble moral is to cover up weaknesses.
It is not just a good moral but when doing so man can also protect himself from many quarrels and discords and save the world from them too. Hence, whilst expounding upon this point the Promised Messiah (as) states: “I have witnessed that there are many disputes within the community.
“From the smallest of disputes the honour of others is also attacked” The minutest of disagreements develop so much that some begin to attack the honour and fight with their brothers. “This is very inappropriate behaviour indeed.” The Promised Messiah (as) says “This should not be the case and
“what is the harm in admitting one’s error?” When two are disputing one should admit to his error for the sake of reconciliation. The Promised Messiah (as) says, “Some people do not surrender over such small issues “without declaring the other person as disgraceful. “It is absolutely necessary to desist from this.
“One of God Almighty’s names is Sattar, ‘the One Who covers up’ “so why does [man] not have mercy on his brother and treats him with forgiveness and “conceal his faults? “He should cover up the faults of his brother and “refrain from attacking his brother’s honour and dignity.”
The Promised Messiah (as) says, “I have read in a small book that, “A king used to write the Holy Quran. “One cleric told him a verse was written incorrectly. “At that time the king circled that verse and [ordered it] to be omitted. “When the cleric left, the circle was erased.
“When the king was asked as to why he did this, he replied , ‘The cleric who came to correct me was actually at fault but ‘I circled it to please him and lest he be put to shame and I dispute with him’.” The Promised Messiah (as) states: “It is a great disease and
“the root of all arrogance that one sees a fault “in another person and then announces it before people. “These habits ruins an individual and as a result one should abstain from these habits. “Hence, all of these matters are part of Taqwah [righteousness].
“The one who adopts righteousness in all internal and external matters is counted “amongst the angels, because not a single trace of rebellion is left within him.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “Adhere to righteousness, “for only after this is accomplished is one bestowed with divine blessings.
“A righteous one is saved from all the trials of this world, “as God Almighty becomes his saviour and refuge. “Until one does not adhere to this, all else is futile. “People such as these can derive no benefit from entering into the Bai’at [oath of allegiance]
“with me, and how can one derive any benefit when there is malice left inside them. “If like other people one still has the habit of becoming enraged, arrogance, conceit, pride, “pretence, fanaticism, then what is the difference [between others and us]?” The Promised Messiah (as) further elaborates by saying,
“If there is a single pious natured individual in an entire village, “then the people of that village will be influenced by him in a miraculous way. “An individual who adheres to righteousness with the fear of God in mind,
“that person is bestowed a divine awe and others can perceive that he is a man of God. “It is an undeniable truth that the one who is sent by God Almighty is bestowed “with a divine grandeur and this is the way of the righteous.”
The Promised Messiah (as) continues by saying, “Thus, always remember “that it is not appropriate to troubles ones brother over trivial matters. “The Holy Prophet (saw) was the symbol of Jamee’ Akhlaq, and in this era, “it was the wish of God to present him as the last and final model of all virtuous morals.”
He was the zenith of all virtuous morals and etiquettes known to mankind in this world. He is a model for every individual. The Promised Messiah (as) further states, “Even after this, if one still has a trace of cruelty within them, “then it is a great disappointment and misfortune.”
If one makes the claim of pledging allegiance to the Holy Prophet (saw) and also to his servant i.e.the Promised Messiah (as), then one must reform themselves in order to gain the highest of morals. Even after this if we continue to bring each other down maliciously and
Cause each other harm, then this is a pitiful matter and a great misfortune. The Promised Messiah (as) has said: “Thus, one should not highlight the blemishes of others, “because it is often the case that if such a flaw does not exist that
“the other reveals, then that individual becomes engrossed in that very flaw themselves. “If, however, that flaw does exist in that individual, then that matter is left to God.” The Promised Messiah (as) continues to say: “Many people have a habit of “making immoral judgements against their fellow brethren unnecessarily.
“You should avoid doing such things. “Make ease for people, show compassion to fellow man and “show kindness to your neighbours. “Deal with your brothers with piousness “and abstain from shirk [associating partners with God], “as this is the foundation stone of righteousness.”
Upon seeing your fellow brother committing a mistake, the Promised Messiah (as) explains how one should react by saying, “One should adopt righteousness, piousness and “improve one’s moral condition. “I am dismayed at my community “that they quarrel amongst themselves over the smallest of matters.
“To call another ignorant in a public gathering is a grave mistake. “If you see a flaw in your brother, then you should pray to God Almighty “to protect them from it, rather than publicising that blemish. “If ones child is guilty of immoral conduct, one does not shun him immediately,
“rather he would take him to one side and explain to him that his conduct is wrong, “therefore he should abstain from doing such acts. “Thus, just as one deals with one’s own children with closeness, kindness and gentleness, “you should deal with your fellow brothers in the same way.
“The one who’s morals are not good, his faith is in danger, “because he harbours a root of arrogance within him. “If God is not content with an individual it will amount to ruin. “Thus if ones moral condition is such, “then how do they have the right to say anything to others.”
The Promised Messiah (as) further says, “This means that “one should not overlook one’s own condition and instead look at the fault of others. “Rather one ought to focus on one’s own flaws “as they are not accountable for the flaws of others. “Also so that one does not become accountable for the verse:
‘Why do you say what you do not do?’.” A person who is overwhelmed with anger is deprived from victory and [divine] support. Speaking about those who get angry, the Promised Messiah (as) says, “Remember that a person who is harsh and becomes enraged, “cannot utter wise and meaningful words.
“The heart that flies into a rage and “quickly gets out control is deprived of wisdom and understanding. “The lips of the unrestrained and foul mouthed become unfortunate and “kept away from the spring of perceptiveness. “Rage and wisdom cannot coexist.
“The one who rages in a fit of fury, has a dull mind and brain.” A person who gets angry loses common sense. He is not successful in any field and is not a recipient of [divine] support. The Promised Messiah (as) says, “Anger is half insanity.
“When anger becomes full fury, it can become complete insanity.” “Our Jama’at should abstain from all forms of vice. “A branch that is not truly connected with its stem and tree does not bear fruit. “How can you become recipients to the promises that
“God Almighty has made with me if you do not understand my true purpose and “do not obey the conditions of the Oath of Allegiance?” Therefore, if someone has these bad habits then it is essential to change these conditions in order to become recipient of the promises
That God Almighty made with the Promised Messiah (as) and to gain benefit from the prayers of the Promised Messiah (as). Many people come here to attend Jalsa in order to [gain benefit] from the prayers of the Promised Messiah (as). However, if their practical condition is not good,
Then how can they be recipients of Promised Messiah’s (as) prayers? The Promised Messiah (as) has addressed this matter himself. Instead of anger, what should be the condition of a believer? Regarding this, the Promised Messiah (as) says, “It should not be the case that your anger at a certain time creates such problems that
“brings the entire Community’s name into disrepute. “Or a case is filed which becomes a source of concern for everyone.” People come here for Jalsa and certain youngsters get into altercations and some uphold past grievances. The Community’s reputation is tarnished when such matters become public.
The Promised Messiah (as) says, “All the prophets were cursed at and “this is something the prophets have always been bequeathed with “therefore how can I remain deprived of this tradition? “People hurl abuse at me as well. “You should become such a person whose wrath has been subsided completely.
“Be as if you were not given the ability to get angry.” Thus, the Promised Messiah (as) says that even if strangers hurl abuse even then you must control your anger and certainly not to express anger amongst yourselves. He (as) says, “Keep in mind that if there is an iota of darkness then
“light will not shine because light and darkness cannot coincide with each other. “Darkness subsides when light glistens. “You should utilise all your capabilities in order to become fully obedient to Allah Almighty. “If there are any shortcomings in your abilities then
“you should find them and throw them out like a person who sells Paan [betel leaf] and “throws out the leaves that have gone bad. “There should be a reformation of all your faculties. “It should not be the case that you commit a virtuous deed but
“it ends up being contaminated with a bad deed. “You should seek repentance, forgiveness and always make use of prayer.” The Promised Messiah (as) says, “Seeking forgiveness and repentance, “having awareness of religious matters, keeping in mind the greatness of God Almighty, “and offering five daily Salat are all weapons for our victory.
“Salat is the key to the acceptance of prayer. “You should pray whilst offering Salat and should not be heedless. “You should abstain from every single evil whether “it pertains to the rights of Allah Almighty or the rights of Mankind.” May Allah Almighty enable us to accomplish these standards
And to understand the aim of the Promised Messiah’s (as) divine mission while taking his oath of allegiance. May Allah the Almighty enable us to fulfill the purpose of the Promised Messiah’s (as) mission whilst utilising all our abilities and capacities. May He also enables us to inform the world about its truth.
Keep in mind that instead of wandering around during the Jalsa days, you should attend the Jalsa programmes. You should listen to all the speeches. Every speech becomes a source of progress for one’s practical conduct, their belief and spirituality. The Tarbiyyat department should try to implement this. Apart from any genuine reason,
Everyone should be sitting inside the Jalsa Gah instead of wandering around. You should come here to attend Jalsa and should make every effort for this. Similarly, all the attendees of Jalsa should fully cooperate with those on duty. Sometimes the queues are very long in the parking area and also during scanning.
Sometimes there are certain difficulties whilst serving food and there are similar challenges in the washroom areas. If there is any need for cleaning, then you should also try to clean yourself as well. Do not think that the people on duty are available and they will take care of the cleaning.
Instead, you should also take care of the cleanliness. Cleanliness is part of faith. Likewise, workers should treat every single person with good manners. Regardless of the circumstances, every male and female worker should make sure that their manners do not project a negative impression.
You should always serve with a smile regardless of what occurs. The attendees of Jalsa as well as the volunteers, everyone should keep in mind that they have to be mindful of their environment. They should keep a keen eye on it. This is very important for security.
This is very important these days under the current circumstances. Most importantly, you should focus on prayers and remembrance of God as much as possible. Pray for yourselves, for the Jama’at and for the Muslim Ummah as well that may Allah Almighty grants them wisdom and may they accept the Imam of the Age.
Pray for the world generally as well. The world is moving towards destruction. Pray that may Allah the Almighty protect it from destruction and may He grant them sense and wisdom and may they be able to recognise God Almighty. All praise is due to Allah.
We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him;
And whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you.
Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful.
You remember Allah; He too will remember you; call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.