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Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | March 2, 2018 |

Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | March 2, 2018 |

Friday Sermon | خطبہ جمعہ | March 2, 2018 |

Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2018

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 worth of worship except Allah.

May the Peace and Blessings of Allah 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 on the right path.

The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. Adopting excellent morals and showing good manners on every occasion, be it at home, at any level of the society, towards one’s relatives or other people,

Has been taught by Islam to such an extent that not even the smallest aspect has been left unaddressed. No other religion addresses this matter in such detail. However, unfortunately, it is Muslims, who are generally considered to be at the lowest level in this regard.

Non-Muslims criticize them because their practice is contrary to what they preach. The Holy Prophet (saw) has not only emphasised this through his practical example but has also, at various occasions, repeatedly and emphatically admonished his Ummah to achieve the highest moral standards. Muslims generally claim to love the Holy Prophet (saw)

But there is almost no adherence [among them] to his words or deeds. Due to such a condition of the Muslims, the current state of affairs was bound to come about. Thus, Allah the Exalted sent the Promised Messiah (as) but these people refuse to pay heed to this.

Rather, some people in certain places or countries have reached the peak of opposition. They use the most loathsome, vile language against the Promised Messiah (as) and his followers, while disregarding even the smallest manners or rather lowering themselves below a morally deprived person. They are also facing its consequences.

As I mentioned, non-Muslims are denouncing them everywhere in the world. This state of theirs should draw the attention of us Ahmadis towards making utmost efforts to inculcate in us, the most excellent of morals. We should try to adopt the highest morals utilising all our faculties,

Which is also the teaching of Islam and the practical example of which, the Holy Prophet (saw) has established before us and about which he has admonished through various means. Otherwise, it would be of no benefit for us to be ‘Ahmadis’ or of being called so.

If we look at the practical example of the Holy Prophet (saw), we see astonishing [moral] standards. If we take a look at his family affairs, we see that, for example, he is expressing his utmost displeasure to one of his wives for mocking another wife due to her being short

And saying that one should not inflict emotional pain to anyone. At times [we see him] advising one of his wives that you should not show the slightest displeasure at any of the other wives over anything they do. At times [we see him] advising children in order to raise their moral standard.

He said to a child, “You should not throw stones at people’s fruit trees “and thereby destroy their ripe or half-ripe fruits. “If you are hungry and you cannot bear it anymore, “then you may eat the ripe dates, which have already fallen down the tree.” However, he also admonished him that,

“What would be most excellent is that I pray for this that you may never be coerced “into such a situation where you have to pick up the dates from the floor to eat. “May Allah the Exalted continue to provide for you.”

With this prayer, he drew the attention of the child towards turning to Allah the Exalted for the fulfilment of his needs instead of taking people’s property by using wrongful means. Although, under some circumstances, such things, which are just lying around in excess may become lawful

But he said that you should adopt higher morals and that is true righteousness. Furthermore, when a child was eating quickly and moving around his hand around the plate swiftly, he said, “First, recite the ‘In the name of Allah’, eat with your right hand

“and eat from what is right in front of you.” Thus, we should undertake the moral training of children in this manner, so that they come to adopt excellent morals as they become adults. Furthermore, dishonesty is a sin and truthfulness is a virtue and good moral.

The Holy Prophet (saw) has given guidance to instil this [moral quality] in the hearts of children from their very childhood in this manner. A companion narrates an incident of his childhood saying that, “Once, the Holy Prophet (saw) came to our home.

“Due to my immaturity, a short while later, whilst the Holy Prophet (saw) was still present at home, “I was about to leave in order to play outside. “Hence, in order to stop me from leaving this blessed environment,

“my mother said, ‘Come here and stay here. [If you do so] I will give you something.’ “Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said, ‘Do you wish to give him something.’ “My mother replied, ‘Yes, I will give him a date.’ “Upon this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said,

‘If this was not your intention and you merely said this in order to call the child, ‘you would have been guilty of committing a sin as you told a lie.’” Thus, in this way even this child became aware of the importance of truthfulness and the abhorrence of dishonesty at this very young age.

Furthermore, he remembered it even when he grew older and mentioned that this was the importance of truthfulness that had taken root in his heart following this incident. Once, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to a person that if you are unable to refrain from every vice, then you should refrain from telling lies.

You should at least refrain from one vice. Now, let us see whether Muslims nowadays uphold such standards in that they refrain from dishonesty and establish truthfulness with such consideration. In fact, we should also assess ourselves as to whether we are upholding such standards.

In one of the narrations it has been mentioned that in relation to the greater sins, the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “Major sins are Shirk [associating partners with God] and disobedience towards parents.” The narrator says that the Holy Prophet (saw) was leaning on something as he spoke. He then sat up straight and said,

“Listen carefully. It is also dishonesty and giving false witness.” The Holy Prophet (saw) said, ”Dishonesty and giving false witness.” He repeated this again. The person narrating this says that the Holy Prophet (saw) continued to repeat this and we wished that the Holy Prophet (saw) would now stop doing so.

Furthermore, we also witness and observe his morals as to how elevated his standards of forbearance and patience were and how he used to guide [his companions]. A Bedouin started to urinate in the mosque. People ran towards him in order to stop him.

The Holy Prophet (saw) said, “Leave him be and pour water over the area he urinated on.” The Holy Prophet (saw) further said, “You have been created to provide ease for people, not to cause them hardships.” Following this, that Bedouin always mentioned this act of kindness of the Holy Prophet (saw).

Nowadays, it seems as if Muslim governments, scholars as well as [certain] groups are leading the way in causing hardships for people. They are neither providing ease on minor issues, nor on major issues. On one occasion, the Holy Prophet (saw) said,

“If you wish to find out whether you are doing something good or bad, “you should turn towards your neighbours and see what opinion they have about you.” Following this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said to the leaders, “Your high morals will manifest themselves when you will

“consider yourselves to be the servants of the nation “and when you will serve the general public with all your capabilities and capacities.” Where do we see such standards among our leaders and those occupying official posts? Thus, the office bearers in our Jama’at should also pay attention towards this matter.

Furthermore, we observe the standards of the Holy Prophet (saw) when he received every form of power and had conquered Arabia. In what [excellent] manner did he manifest his high morals on the occasion of the conquest of Mecca, where he forgave even the enemies,

Those who were the bitter enemies of his life and continuously caused hardships. Furthermore, this forgiveness served as the means for the acceptance of Islam for many. Mentioning the standards of the highest moral qualities of the Holy Prophet (saw), the Promised Messiah (as) states on one occasion,

“Addressing the Holy Prophet (saw), Allah the Glorious says: [Arabic] ‘Thou dost surely possess high moral excellences.’ “Hence, in accordance with this elaboration it means that every form of moral excellence, “such as generosity, courage, justice, mercy, benevolence, truthfulness and forbearance etc. “(i.e. to tolerate something with forbearance) are found in your character.

“In short, every attribute that can be found within the heart of a person such as “respect, modesty, honesty, kindness, honour, steadfastness, chastity, moderation, sympathy “and courage, generosity, forgiveness, patience, benevolence, truthfulness and loyalty etc.; “when all of these natural conditions are manifested in accordance with

“one’s mind and intellect on their appropriate and proper occasion, “they will all be labelled as moral qualities. “Furthermore, all of these moral qualities are in fact natural conditions and feelings of a person “and are merely labelled as moral qualities when they are manifested

“on their appropriate and proper occasion and in accordance with a person’s intention, “not merely as a habit.’ As a matter of fact, every moral quality should be applied and manifested in order to bring forth its virtuous outcome. At times, punishment is required to be meted out.

Hence, this should be done in order to bring forth a virtuous outcome. Mentioning the various circumstances of displaying high moral qualities, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “High morals can be gauged under two circumstances; “in times of trials and tribulations and in times of success and prosperity.

“A person who demonstrates patience and endeavours to acquire the pleasure of Allah the Exalted “at times of trials and tribulations, possesses high moral qualities. “A person who demonstrated humility and establishes justice in times of “success and governance, can also be labelled as one who possesses high moral qualities.

“Thus, both of these circumstances manifest themselves “in all their glory in the life our Holy Prophet (saw).” As I mentioned earlier as well as to how the Holy Prophet (saw) forgave even his enemies at the time of the conquest of Mecca, those who were enemies of his life.

The Promised Messiah (as) [further] states: “The morals of a person can always manifest themselves under two circumstances; “either at times of trials or at times of success. “If only one aspect manifests itself, whereas the other aspect does not, “then the moral qualities cannot be gauged.

“As God the Exalted desired to perfect the moral qualities of the Holy Prophet (saw), “part of the life of the Holy Prophet was spent in Mecca, whereas another part was spent in Medina. “He demonstrated patience upon the extreme torment of the enemies in Mecca “and despite these people behaving with utmost cruelty,

“the Holy Prophet (saw) continued to treat them with kindness and forbearance. “Furthermore, he continued to convey the message he had received from God the Exalted. “Following this, when he gained dominance in Medina “and these very enemies were captured and brought before him, he forgave most of them.

“Despite possessing the power to seek retribution, he did not do so.” Further mentioning the moral excellences of the Holy Prophet (saw), the Promised Messiah (as) states: “One should listen to these matters with great attentiveness. “I have observed and scrutinised many people in that they are generous,

“however, at the same time they are furious and ill-tempered.” They are very generous and give [charity] to people. However, at the same time they also become furious and express their irritation on the smallest of issues. At times, they give charity and immediately boast about it if they become irritated.

The Promised Messiah (as) stated: “Some people are kind and gentle, however, they are also niggardly. “Some people inflict wounds upon another person in a state of rage and fury “and they are absolutely void of modesty and humility. “I have seen some people, who are extremely modest and humble, however, “they are not courageous.”

They are modest and humble, but are not courageous. They display cowardice at the slightest of adversities. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Every attribute cannot be found in every person. This is correct. “However, it is also true that he cannot be absolutely void of every attribute.”

Mentioning the Holy Prophet (saw), the Promised Messiah (as) further stated, “The most perfect example in relation to these moral qualities is that of the Holy Prophet (saw), “who possessed every attribute in perfection. “For this reason, Allah the Exalted said in relation to him: [Arabic] ‘Thou dost surely possess high moral excellences.’”

Thus, the Holy Prophet displayed [excellent] moral qualities during times of hardships and displayed [a standard of] patience, which left the world in astonishment and through which he became the ruler of the whole of Arabia. As I mentioned, he forgave every person who committed cruelties [against them].

Thus, these are the standards of excellent high morals, which a true Muslim, a person who believes in the Holy Prophet (saw), should always and under any circumstance keep before him. How has the Promised Messiah (as) guided us in this regard?

In relation to the moral qualities of the Holy Prophet (saw), he (as) also states: “Such were these high morals that they attracted people towards him in a miraculous way. “Then he tells us that if we improve our moral standards in following this example

“and use every moral value in its appropriate place, we will also be able to show miracles.” The Promised Messiah (as) states: “People often give excuses and try to wriggle out when rare signs are demonstrated, “but high moral virtues have such a miraculous effect that no one can question them.

“That is why the greatest miracle given to our Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) “was that of high moral virtues. “As it says in the Holy Quran: ‘Thou dost surely possess high moral excellences.’” “Even though the strength of proof of the miracles of the Holy Prophet (saw)

“is much higher than all the other prophets, “but the miracle of his moral virtues is higher than the rest of them. “There is no parallel in the history of the world, no one can show such a parallel.” The Promised Messiah (as) states: “I think everyone who gives up sinful practices and bad habits

“and adopts good virtues (takes up good habits), that is the miracle for him.” Thus, it is a great miracle if you leave evil habits and adopt noble virtues. “For example, if a person who is quick tempered and is given to show anger, “leaves these habits and becomes of a milder nature and forgiving,

“or gives up a miserly nature and adopts generosity and leaves jealousy for compassion, “without doubt these are miracles.” If someone is quick tempered and shows anger, which are bad habits, he leaves those and becomes soft and forgiving. Leaves miserliness for generosity and adopts compassion instead of being jealous,

It is a change that is nothing short of a miracle. The results are obvious for everyone to see. “Similarly, when one leaves self-praise and conceit “and adopts humility and modesty, that humility is the miracle.” Leaving self-praise, asking others to praise oneself and adopting humility will be a miracle. The Promised Messiah (as) says:

“Who among you does not want to show miracles? I know everyone wants that. “Thus this is an eternal and living miracle. “Improving your moral state is such a virtue that never goes waste, “instead you reap benefits for a long time.

“A believer should try to show such miracles in front of people as well as before God. “Many reprobates and immoral people who are not convinced by miraculous signs, “bow before high moral virtues and have no alternative but to accept. “If you read people’s biographies, you will find that

“many of them converted to the true religion by mere observation of high moral virtues.” On the face of it, even some worldly people are courteous, but what is called a moral virtue is in fact a façade. They are showing these virtues just to prove themselves as good people.

They show themselves to be good where no personal interest is involved, while in their hearts they are completely different. They say a person of a high official or financial status has high moral virtues, although it is just flattery.

They see a weakness but they call it a virtue either out of fear or due to cowardice. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “This is not Islamic teaching, as these are not the true Islamic virtues. “Instead, high virtue is that whatever you say, it should be heartfelt.”

If you are showing compassion, it should come from your heart. If you are showing any other emotion, it should also come from your heart. Explaining this, he once said: “There are two types of virtue. “One, shown by the newly educated people of today,

“showing adulation and flattery on your face, while hearts are full of deceit and hostility. “Such behaviour is against the Quran. “Second type of virtue is that one should be truly compassionate, “there should not be any deceit in the heart and shouldn’t resort to flattery.

“Allah says: ‘Verily, Allah enjoins justice, the doing of good to others and giving like kindred.’” This is the best practise: to do justice, say things as they are. Then there are situations where Ehsan (doing good) is required, you should do good.

Then going a step further, treat people like a mother treats her children, or a close relative treats his kith and kin. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “This is the best practise and there is guidance for the best practise in Allah’s book.

“Those who do not submit to this book, cannot find true guidance anywhere else. “Good teachings require pure hearts for them to be effective. “If you look closely, you will find impurities in people who are away from this true guidance. “Thus purity of heart is required.

“You are required to follow the path of Allah’s commandments and pleasure.” The Promised Messiah (as) states that life is unreliable, therefore try to enhance your truthfulness, purity and standard of Salat. Make progress in your worship and enhance the level of truthfulness. Base all your actions on truthfulness.

Some people ask what good deeds are. Some people think that formal Salat and acts of worship is the true virtue, or demonstration of ordinary virtues is a good deed. They are not careful about many basic virtues. The Promised Messiah has shed light on this subject beautifully.

He says: “Virtues are the key to other good deeds. “Those who do not look after their virtues gradually become useless.” No good comes from them. The Promised Messiah (as) says: “I believe that there is a use for everything in this world, including poison and filth.

“Strychnine has its own utility, it affects your nerves, “but a man who does no seek high moral virtues and does not become a useful entity.” So even the poison and filth have their uses but a man who does not seek moral virtue and is not beneficial for others, becomes completely useless.

Thus a man is only of use if he possesses high moral virtues. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “In such an instance, one becomes worse than the dead animal. “At least the skin and bones of a dead animal can be used, but a man’s skin is useless.

“This is the point when he becomes as becoming the most inferior creature. “So remember, improvement of your morals is extremely important “as morals are the mother of good deeds.” If you have good moral virtues, you will be able to do good deeds.

How these morals are expressed in day to day life, The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Some people get annoyed when they see a beggar.” They get annoyed when they see a beggar or a person in need. “If they are clerics, instead of giving him something,

“they start explaining to him when and how to ask for help”. If a person has asked them for help, instead of giving him help, they start explaining the hows and whys, engage in a scholarly discourse and start explaining the pros and cons of asking for help. The Promised Messiah (as) states:

“Having impressed them with their knowledge, they sometimes start rebuking them. “Alas they are devoid of all sense and lack all judgment endowed “to a person of pure heart and good nature. “They don’t even think that if a person is begging despite being able bodied, “he is himself committing a sin”.

If a beggar asks for help despite being in good health, he is responsible for that sin. If you have something to help the beggar, give him. “At least helping him is not a sin. “Indeed, according to a Hadith that even if a beggar comes riding a horse, “you should still help him.

“In the Holy Quran, it says ‘do not rebuke the beggar’.” The Promised Messiah (as) states: “No distinction has been made that one is allowed to rebuke one type of beggar and not the other. “Remember, not to rebuke the beggar.

“Do not rebuke someone who is asking for help as it sows the seed of bad manners. “Virtue is that one should not be angry towards the beggar. “Satan’s desire is to keep you from doing good deeds and to make you do evil.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states:

“Reflect on the fact that a virtuous deed generates another virtue “and similarly an evil deed is the source of causing another evil. “Just as something absorbs another, “similarly God Almighty has established this system of assimilation in every action. “The system of learning and mastering.

“Therefore, you will offer something in charity through your good manners “by treating beggar with politeness. “This will reduce your disinclination and you will perform another act of goodness.” That is, the feeling of reluctance in that person will lessen and they will be able to do more good deeds.

In this case, such a person will give something to the beggar. Then there is a question in our society about respecting parents who are not Ahmadis or they oppose Ahmadiyyat. How did the Promised Messiah (as) establish veneration for such parents?

The Promised Messiah (as) advised Sheikh Abdur Rahman sahib Qadiani regarding a similar matter. While enquiring about Sheikh Sahib’s father, the Promised Messiah stated: “You should pray for him. One should please their parents in any way and as much as possible. “One should demonstrate their good manners and pure example

“more than ever before in order to prove the truthfulness of Islam to them.” The Promised Messiah (as) advised Sheikh Sahib to show his example because his parents were not Muslims. So in this way they would be convinced of the truthfulness of Islam.

“Other miracles cannot come close to a perfect example of good morals. “The standard of true Islam is such that its follower is able to achieve high morals “through it and as a result, they become distinguished individuals. “Through you, perhaps God will inculcate the love of Islam in their hearts.

“Islam does not prohibit one from serving their parents. “You should show utmost obedience to them in any way possible “in worldly affairs that do not damage the faith. “Serve them with your heart and soul.” On one occasion he said: “Morals are what distinguish human beings from animals.”

“Elaborating upon that, the Promised Messiah (as) states: “Firstly, animals cannot differentiate between a condition and quantity “and it takes whatever is in front of it. “Take, for example, a dog. It will continue to eat to the point of vomiting.” Animals do not know the difference

Between the different environments, circumstances and measures of various things. He gave an example of a dog that it does not how much to eat. It will continue to eat until the point of sickness. It has been noticed that this is the condition of some people.

Their greed knows no limits and they try to devour everything, whether it is food or someone’s wealth, whether it be lawful or unlawful means. The Promised Messiah (as) says: “Secondly, animals do not understand the difference between what is lawful and unlawful.” The first thing mentioned about such people was that

They are not aware of what their condition should be and its spirituality and to what extent is one allowed use their permissible sources to live. One should not be focused solely on amassing wealth continuously; rather, people should have an careful assessment about all such things.

Secondly, animals cannot draw a distinction between lawful and unlawful. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “For example a bull is not able to draw distinction “between its field, the neighbor’s field and that it should not be there.” It is a free animal and it is grazing.

If the field is unfenced, it will go to the other fields as it does not understand the difference. So he stated: “Similarly, it does not do everything required in terms of food.” The Promised Messiah (as) states:

“People who break the rules of morality do not care about this as if they are not human beings. “There is no difference between what is pure and impure “to such an extent that in Arabia they would eat the carcass.”

The Promised Messiah gave an example that even in the current times people eat the dead. He further stated: “People do not even slightly hesitate in usurping the wealth of the orphans. “If some grass owned by an orphan is placed in front of a cow, it will consume it.”

Meaning that, if grass owned by an orphan is place in front of a cow, it will eat it without any hesitation regardless of the fact that it was brought there with permission or without it. Similar is the case of some people who usurp the wealth of orphans with or without permission.

He says, “Similar is the condition of some people. This is the meaning of ‘their abode is hell’.” The abode of humans who usurp something and devour it unlawfully is hell. The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Therefore, keep in mind that there are two aspects of this. “The first aspect is of divine magnificence.

“Whoever is against this, they are against morality. “The second aspect is affection towards the creation of Allah. “Hence, whoever is against mankind, they are against morality. “If they do not fulfill the rights of Allah and do not accept his magnificence, “do not worship Him, do not pay attention to his commandments,

“do not strive to obtain his pleasure, then these are not good morals. “If they do not fulfill the rights of human beings, and usurp their wealth unlawfully “and try to cause them harm or demonstrate bad morals then this is also against virtue.” The Promised Messiah (as) further says:

““Alas! There are very few people who focus on the aim and objective of a human being’s life.” Then, arrogance is another vice which deprives one from performing virtuous deeds, rather, it is a source of God’s displeasure. The Promised Messiah (as) says:

“The Sufis say that there are countless demons of lowly morals within man. “They continue to be released gradually, “and the last demon amongst them all is the demon of arrogance that exists within man. “It can be defeated through the grace of God, sincere endeavor and prayers.”

He said “A lot of men consider themselves humble. “They demonstrate immense meekness. “They think that ‘we are truly modest’ but even they have some sort of arrogance within them. “For this reason, one should safeguard against the subtlest types of arrogance. “Sometimes wealth develops arrogance. “A wealthy person considers other people as impoverished.

“He says [to himself], ‘who is this person trying to contend with me?’ “At times, people get arrogance due to family lineage and tribe. “One considers their family lineage to be superior over another family “that they consider as inferior in comparison. “Every so often knowledge becomes a source of arrogance.

“When someone makes a mistake, such a person immediately points out the error “and makes a lot of noise that ‘this person does not know how to say a particular word correctly’. “In short, arrogance exists in many forms and “they all deprive a person from attaining virtuous deeds and prevent people from benefiting others.

“One should protect himself from all of these.” The Promised Messiah (as) then states: “No person is bestowed with the power to do moral good, save the opportunity to do virtuous deeds. “To abandon ones morals is vice and a sin.” The Promised Messiah (as) states:

“Man is granted the opportunity to carry out virtuous deeds.” He further stated: “To abandon ones morals is vice and a sin. “If you forget your moral values, in turn they will lead you to vice and sin. “At the same time, the opportunity to perform virtuous deeds will also diminish.”

The Promised Messiah (as) says: “For example, a person who commits adultery, “he completely disregards the extent of pain that will be inflicted upon the wife’s husband.” If someone commits adultery with a married woman – “If they felt the pain and trauma [their action will cause] and had moral values,

“they would never commit such an abhorrent act. “If this corrupt individual would understand the dangerous consequences “of his evil actions towards society in general, he would abstain from doing such a thing.” The Promised Messiah (as) states: “If a person commits a theft in the home of a poor person,

“the despicable tyrant does not consider if he has left anything for that person to eat at night.” Sometimes it is said that a poor persons years of effort and struggle is wiped out. The Promised Messiah (as) then says: “If that individual was engrained with the aforementioned disposition

“and was not unaware of moral values, then why would he need to steal?” Everyday we read in the newspapers that such and such child was killed due to the greed of jewellery, or such and such woman was killed. Just ponder if ones moral condition improves in this manner,

Then why would there be such issues. “It is possible for a person to go through trials – due to his own condition – and not realise. “If one does not have these morals or thoughtfulness nor the fear of God Almighty, “then it is not possible to create such a state.

“If one has the fear of God and also has humanity inside them, “then that individual would never commit such [vile] acts.” The Promised Messiah (as) further says: “I advise my community that “whosoever shows a change in their moral behaviour to their neighbour, “i.e. of what they were before and how they are now,

“then it is as if he has displayed a miracle “and through this they can be a positive influence on their neighbour.” People raise allegations against our Jamaat saying that they do not see any progress, or that they are unaware of any progress of the Jamaat. They label accusations and

They allege that we display anger and become enraged as well as invent fabrications. Is it not a source of remorse for those people that an individual entered this community considering it to be grand and noble, just like a sensible child. People who then go on to commit such atrocities should be ashamed.

The Promised Messiah (as) then says: “A sensible son bears the virtuous traits of his father, “because the one who pledges allegiance is akin to a son who follows commands, “just like you all who have pledged allegiance.” Therefore the allegations raised by such people should not prove to be true for any of us.

The Promised Messiah (as) then further says: “A spiritual father can carry one to heaven, just as a father gives life to his offspring and is “responsible for bringing them physically into the world, which is the true centre of gathering.” He further says: “Would any son desire to defame his father by visiting prostitutes,

“involving himself in gambling, become a drunkard “or indulging himself in such immoral acts that would bring shame upon the father.” The Promised Messiah (as) says: “I know that no individual would wish for this, yet when a shameful son carries out such acts, “then it is not possible for other people to remain silent

“and people will point fingers at the father saying that “the son of such and such is engrossed in immoral acts. “Thus, the shameful son himself becomes the means of bringing shame upon his father. “Similarly, if an individual enters this fold [i.e. the Jamaat] and does not uphold the honour

“and respect of this community by committing an act that is contrary to its values, “then in the eyes of God Almighty he is culpable because he not only ruins himself, “rather he has a negative impact on others “and becomes the reason for them to remain bereft of the good fortune of guidance.

“If people see corrupt examples, this will distance them from the Jamaat. “They will not enter the Jamaat and as a result, “will be bereft of all the blessings and guidance that one gains from being part of a community. “Thus, you should seek the succour of God with all your might

“and with all your strength and courage you should strive to remove your weaknesses. “Wherever you stumble, you should raise your hands [for supplication] “with complete truthfulness and conviction, “because anyone who supplicates with complete humility and humbleness “accompanied with conviction and truthfulness – is never left empty handed.

“We can say with experience that thousands of our prayers have been accepted and continue to be.” The Promised Messiah (as) continues by saying: “It is an undeniable truth that “the one who does not harbour any compassion for their fellow beings is a miser. “If I see a path that is blessed and beneficial,

“then it is my responsibility to alert the people and call them towards it. “One should not be concerned whether people will follow it or not.” He then says: “Until man does not strive and seek help through prayers, “he will not be able to remove the stain from his heart.

“For this reason God Almighty states: [Arabic] “In other words, God Almighty does not avert any kind of punishment “which befalls on one until a nation does not seek to change their own condition. “How can one bring about a change if they do not show any bravery or courage?

“This is an unchangeable practise of God Almighty, just as God Almighty states, ‘But thou wilt never find any change in the way of Allah.’ “Therefore, whether it is our Jama’at or any other person, they can only bring about a change “in their morals when they strive and pray, otherwise it is not possible.”

May God Almighty enable us to follow the noble example of the Holy Prophet (saw) and better our morals in every aspect and in all situations and circumstances. May we raise the standard of our morals in order to attain the pleasure of God Almighty and not just to show people.

May true sympathy for mankind develop within our hearts and we raise the standards of our righteousness. We have accepted the Imam of this age, therefore we should always be cognisant of the fact that no action of ours should be such that dishonours the Holy Prophet (saw) and the Promised Messiah (as),

Rather we should spread the beautiful teachings of Islam and leave a positive impression on theworld. Moreover, we should constantly seek to raise the standards of our morals and for this we should prostrate and supplicate before God Almighty and seek His help to achieve this.

After the Friday prayers, I shall lead a funeral prayer in absentia of Sheikh Abdul Majid Sahib, son of Sheikh Abdul Hameed Sahib from Defence Society, Karachi. He passed away on 15th February, 2018 at the age of 88. “Surely we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.”

Ahmadiyyat entered their family through their grandfather, Hazrat Sheikh Noor Ahmad Sahib Jalandhri, whose name has been mentioned by the Promised Messiah (as) amongst the 313 companions in his book, Anjaam-e-Aatham, at number 242 by the name, Sheikh Noor Ahmad Sahib Jalandhri from Mumbasa. The deceased was born in 1929 in Jalandhar.

After acquiring an FSC from Talim-ul-Islam College Qadian, he did his MSC from Government College Lahore in Chemical Engineering and topped his college. From 1951 to 1953, he travelled to UK and pursued further education in Metallurgical Engineering from Surrey University. After this, he had the opportunity to serve the Jama’at.

He served as Secretary Jaidad, the president of the local welfare committee and also served as the vice president of Karachi. He also served as a member of the central Majlis Tehrik-e-Jadid. He had one daughter, Salma Tariq, who is the wife of Tariq Sajjaad Sahib and leaves behind two grandsons and one granddaughter.

His grandson writes: “Right from his childhood he had a special relationship with God Almighty “due to being in the company of the elders in Qadian. “Once, he did not perform well in his English matriculation exams “and he was on his way from the direction of the mosque

“and Hazrat Mualana Sher Ali Sahib was coming out from the mosque. “He met Maulana Sahib and he enquired about the exam “and he replied that the exam did not go well. “Maulana Sher Ali Sahib raised his hands and immediately began to pray “and then gave the good news that he will pass.

“The prayer was heard in such manner that he passed in every exam after that.” He experienced various circumstances in life, both difficult and happy. After leaving from here [UK], he worked in various employments and due to the opposition of the Jama’at and also due to the misconduct of the superiors,

He was expelled from his duties. Eventually, he started his own business and pledged that he will keep aside a small portion of his income apart from his expenses and will give the rest to the Jama’at. By the Grace of God Almighty he remained loyal to his pledge

Which he made with God Almighty until his demise. He started business and also factories and donated his earnings to the Jama’at and always continued to pay his Chanda. When Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) launched MTA, he immediately donated ten million rupees.

Similarly, there were plans to build a mosque in Russia and before any appeal was even launched, a Russian delegation came to visit Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) and during their meeting, the Private Secretary informed Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) that Sheikh Sahib had already donated a large sum of money for the mosque

And this was even before any appeal had been launched. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) expressed great happiness upon this. Similarly, the missionary of that area writes: “When the incidents in Dar-ul-Zikr and Model Town occurred on 28th May 2010, “I went to the office and saw the secretary finance filling a receipt

“and he was writing many zeros. “I asked that perhaps he was filling so many zeros by mistake, however he replied, ‘No, however Sheikh Sahib just came and donated ten million rupees towards Sydena Bilal Fund.’” Similarly, he donated very large sums of money for the publication of the Holy Quran.

He donated towards many projects that were initiated by the Jama’at in Karachi. He lived his life with great simplicity. From his appearance, one could not tell that he was the owner of two factories and was extremely affluent. That is because whatever he earned, he would keep some for his own expenses

And donate the rest to the Jama’at. In his will too, he had said that his wealth shall be donated to the Jama’at. May God Almighty shower him with His blessings and elevate his status and grant patience and courage to his grandchildren and daughter and may He enable them to continue his good deeds.

After the prayers, I shall lead his funeral prayer in absentia. 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.

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