Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2016
I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah 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.
[Arabic] The translation of the verses recited is as follows ‘O ye who believe! follow not the footsteps of Satan, and whoso follows the footsteps of Satan should know that he surely enjoins immorality and manifest evil. And but for the grace of Allah and His mercy upon you,
Not one of you would ever be pure, but Allah purifies whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.’ Satan has been mankind’s enemy since the beginning and he will always remain so. This is not owing to the fact that Satan possesses the attribute of being eternal
Rather it is because Allah the Almighty created man with the choice, liberty and freedom to act as he pleases. And God did so with the knowledge that His servants would be safeguarded from Satan’s assaults. Satan’s enmity is not obvious in that he does not attack us openly or overtly.
Rather Satan hatches schemes and uses deception, dishonesty and trickery to tempt us with worldly pleasures and to inflate and incite our egos. Ultimately he decreases man’s good deeds and strengthens his bad actions. Satan said to God the Almighty that you have created man with the choice of
Actions and to incline to either goodness or evil. As man will naturally be inclined towards vices, I will ensure he follows in my footsteps. If you permit, I will unleash assaults on man and entice him in every possible way on every path.
With the exception of your true servants who will be protected and safeguarded from my attacks and upon whom all my schemes are completely futile, the majority of mankind will succumb to my temptations and my ways. Allah the Almighty gave Satan permission and also said:
I will throw into hell all those who follow your path. However at the same time, God the Almighty initiated the system of prophethood and He displayed to mankind the paths leading to goodness and virtues. Man was informed of the methods of reformation and the ways to adorn
And facilitate his life in this world and the hereafter. God made it clear to man that Satan is his plain and obvious enemy; that he lures man with a cloak of superficial compassion towards apparent betterment and benefit, but in reality Satan entices man to only evil and harm.
The time for every person to give account of their actions in this world will arrive and Satan, very casually and audaciously, will say, ‘I may have tempted you to evil, sin and greed. ‘I may have incited you to act against the commands of God, ‘but you as humans were granted understanding and intelligence.
‘So why didn’t you use your wisdom? Why did you give preference to my call ‘towards vices over God’s call towards virtues and goodness? ‘And so now reap the punishment you brought onto yourself! ‘I have no connection with you anymore. ‘My aim was to be your enemy
‘and I have succeeded in that – now burn in the hellfire!’ And so Satan becomes man’s enemy in this manner. In the Holy Qur’an Allah the Almighty warns us in numerous instances of the ploys, deception and attacks of Satan. God the Almighty tells us in the verse of the Qur’an I recited
That Satan relentlessly and ceaselessly tries to tempt man. Satan told God that He would unleash his assaults on mankind from all sides; he would attack man from every possible angle and in every conceivable way. Satan in saying this meant that he would attack people constantly and unremittingly.
And this is exactly what he does. To the extent that Satan said he would station himself on the Sirat Al-Mustaqeem (the straight path) and pounce on every individual who walks on it. Now normally a person thinks that if they are treading on the straight path they
Are safe from the onslaughts of Satan. However this is a fallacy and misconception. The people who were punished by God and were led astray (Dhaaleen) once walked upon the Sirat Al-Mustaqeem (straight path). They believed in Moses (as) and then in Jesus (as)
But then succumbed to manifest misguidance and Shirk (associating partners with God). They rejected the Holy Prophet (saw). Thus God says that even when a person becomes a believer and accepts faith, Satan still constantly hounds them to lead them astray. Many people give in to Satan’s deceit and temptations and become misguided.
To the extent that those who call themselves Muslims become apostates and sinners. Thus the threat that Satan poses is extremely dangerous and perilous. The special grace and blessing of God is the only way one can be safeguarded from the hazardous attacks of Satan and He in fact does safeguard.
At the end of the verse I recited, Allah reassures Momineen (believers) by saying He is Sami’ – the All-Hearing. He is the One Who hears everything. Thus one should constantly beseech God, call out to Him and do so at all times.
One should continuously pray to God in a state of submission. That God Who is ‘Aleem – the All-Knowing and is fully aware of the condition of His servants; thus when God sees that a person is sincerely
And devotedly calling out to Him, He instils such tremendous strength of faith within the believer that provides him with protection against the assaults of Satan. The reinvigorated faith gives the believer the ability to constantly elevate their level of piety and the strength to desist and avoid vices and evil.
In short Satan said to God that except for your sincere and devoted servants , everyone else will follow in my footsteps. Now a wise individual needs to reflect; a true believer must think, that ‘how can I become a sincere and devoted servant of God?’
Allah the Almighty has explained the method one can become a true devotee in the verse of the Qur’an, where He says that one should avoid every Fahshaa’ and Munkar – this means desist from everything that is obscene, indecent, useless and that is disliked by God the Almighty.
One who avoids evil and indecency will be granted God’s mercy and He will purify such a person and so such a person becomes pure. And Satan does not come near pure people. We should also remember this point that Satan’s assaults are not sudden. Rather, Satan attacks very slowly and gradually.
Satan plants the thought in the mind of a person to commit a very minor sin or immorality and tempts the individual to think ‘what difference will it make ‘if I commit this small transgression? It is not as if I am committing a major sin?’
But these very small sins and vices become the platform to major sins and immoralities. Theft or murder are not the only major sins; rather when someone spreads any evil in the society to destroy the peace and security it also leads to major transgressions.
Man then losing all sense of realising what is right and wrong. Thus Allah the Almighty says that if you want to become pure and attain His pleasure, then where on one hand you must strive constantly in a resolute fashion to desist from vices and following in Satan’s footsteps, there on the other hand,
You must endeavour relentlessly to enter God’s refuge and protection and become purified. It is necessary to uncompromisingly and unwaveringly call out to God the Almighty and beseech His help. You cannot be saved from the ambushes of Satan without doing this. Now I will present some extracts of the Promised Messiah (as).
The question arises in the minds of some as to why God Almighty needed to create Satan? Why was he not punished for his transgressions at the first instance, eliminated once and for all? If Satan was eradicated from the outset, then there would be no disorder in the world.
The Promised Messiah (as) addresses this in one place and answers the question as to why Satan was created and why was he not punished? The Promised Messiah (as) answering this question says: ‘Everyone must accept that that there are two forces of attraction ‘that apply on every individual.
‘One attraction is to goodness which draws one towards piety. ‘The other attraction is towards evil and draws a person to doing bad things. ‘It is well known and everyone has experienced a bad thought in their minds
‘which is so forceful that it feels as if the evil is attracting the person like a magnet. ‘At other times people would have experienced good thoughts within ‘that develop so strongly that if feels as if that piety is pulling the person towards it.
‘Sometimes a person is enticed to commit vices and then after pulled towards performing virtues. ‘He feels extremely ashamed at his earlier transgression. ‘Sometimes a person unleashes foul language at someone and hits them. ‘Then he feels remorseful and in his heart feels that he did something very wrong.
‘This leads him to treating the individual kindly ‘and asking for forgiveness (he realises the wrongdoings he committed). ‘Thus both of these types of pulling forces are found ‘in every person (it is in the nature of man as created by God the Almighty).
‘The Shariah of Islam has classified the faculty of goodness as Lammah Malik ‘and the faculty of evil as Lammah Shaitaan . ‘The belief of philosophers is limited to accepting only ‘that both attracting forces are ‘certainly found in every individual’ – that is the faculty of goodness and evil.
(However the Shariah of Islam has classified the faulty of goodness is Lammah Malik and that of badness and Lamma Shaitaan. ) The Promised Messiah (as) continues to say: ‘However God the Almighty Who reveals even the deepest and profound aspects
‘and Who has told us of even the minutest and in-depth aspects and secrets ‘and informs us of hidden details. ‘He has deemed both faculties of attraction as creation. ‘One who incites to piety is called (Malik) angel and the holy spirit
‘and one who incites to vices and evil is called Satan and Iblis .’ The Promised Messiah (as) says: ‘Philosophers and wise people in times gone by have always ‘accepted this issue is not without purpose.’ In others words they accept that this is something correct;
That man possesses the faculty to be inspired towards bad things as well as the faculty to be inclined to adopt goodness. The Promised Messiah (as) further explains this: ‘These two faculties are found in every person. ‘Whatever name one gives them; whether you call them the two faculties,
‘or you call them the Holy Spirit on one side and Satan on the other; ‘there is no doubt that both these states definitely exist within man. ‘The purpose of creating these attracting forces or two faculties was so that ‘man may become deserving of reward for his deeds.
‘If it was in the nature of man to be compelled to act only virtuously ‘and innate to be averse to vices and evil, he would receive no reward for his actions at all. ‘He would be acting on an unchangeable natural impulse in that case.
‘However when man’s nature is set against two forces pulling him in either direction, ‘and he chooses to adopt the pull towards goodness, he becomes deserving of reward.’ The Promised Messiah (as) says: ‘Undoubtedly two opposing forms of inspiration are found within each person – the stimulus to perform a virtue or a vice.
‘It is obvious that these inspirations are not inherent features from birth ‘(they are not a part of a person from birth) because they are at ‘complete opposite ends (evil and good are in direct conflict of one another, (it is not possible to have good and evil within one’s nature from childhood).
‘They are at complete opposite ends and a person has no control over them, ‘thus proving that both are revealed externally (the effects of good (and evil are both externally influenced. (but all of it is as a result of external influence). ‘The completion of a person is dependent upon them and the strange thing is ‘that the Hindu scriptures also accept both entities ‘i.e. angels and Satan and even the Gabbar also ‘accept this (i.e.those who worship the fire, they too accept this).
‘In fact, all the scriptures which have been revealed by God Almighty speak of ‘these two faculties or entities. ‘Therefore, it is complete ignorance and prejudice to object to this. ‘And, in response to this it is also necessary to mention that one who does not ‘desist from evil and wickedness eventually becomes Satan himself,
‘as God Almighty states that humans also turn into Satan. ‘However, why does God then not punish them?’ (The question now arises, that once a person has become [Satan] then why does God not punish such a person). ‘The answer is that the Holy Qur’an has appointed a specific time for the
‘punishment of Satan, and so one should wait for that promised time.’ (God Almighty states that He will certainly punish him, but when? That punishment will be given on the appointed time, whether it is in this world or the hereafter). ‘Many Satanic natured people have already been punished by God
‘and many others will be punished as well.’ Speaking about the things that Satan incites towards, and those who follow in the footsteps of Satan and also those things that one can attain in order to save oneself from following in the footsteps of Satan, the Promised Messiah (as) states regarding this:
‘Satan calls towards falsehood, cruelty, passion, killing, hypocrisy, boasting and arrogance and invites people towards all of these things (i.e. he openly invites you with great love that ‘come towards these evils!’). Whereas, on the other hand, there are the high morals which God Almighty calls towards
Which are patience, becoming absorbed [in God], devotion to God, sincerity, faith, prosperity. On the one hand, there is Satan inviting us and on the other hand, God Almighty is inviting us to these good deeds. A person stands in the middle of these two pulls or attractions
(i.e. there are two attraction/pulls which a person is in-between). However, in spite of thousands of incitements and invitations from Satan, a person who has a pious nature and has the good fortune will run towards God Almighty owing to the blessings of having a pious and righteous nature
(i.e. no matter how God Almighty calls a person, he whom God Almighty has granted the good fortune, he as a result of his good fortune and its blessings is given the ability – because a person with such a nature also prostrates before God Almighty) to run towards Him instead of running towards Satan
Such a person finds his comfort, solace and tranquility in God.’ The Promised Messiah (as) further states: ‘Everything carries its signs with it, ‘and nothing can be authenticated until those signs are found. ‘For instance, a physician is able to recognise medicines such as Banafsha , Khyaare Shunbz
‘and Tarbud (these are fruits or plants from which medicines are made). ‘However, if those attributes which have been ascertained to exist in them ‘after long periods of experimentation are not to be found in them ‘then the physician will discard them (i.e. those attributes
(which have been established in them and cure various ailments (- if he finds out that they do not contain those features). ‘Similarly, there are signs for faith and God Almighty ‘has mentioned them in His book repeatedly. ‘It is an established fact that when faith enters inside a person,
‘then along with it God Almighty’s greatness also enters inside the person ‘such as His glory, holiness, honour, sovereignty, and above all, ‘the true understanding of ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah’. ‘To the point that God Almighty resides in him and death overcomes his satanic life
‘and also upon his inclination to do evil. ‘This is the blessing of one’s nature which is that if one has true faith ‘then the urge to do evil also dies. ‘From then on a new life begins which is a spiritual life,
‘or rather it can be said that it is the first day of one’s heavenly birth. ‘When death overtakes one’s satanic life ‘and the birth of the spiritual life takes place just like a child is born, ‘that is the moment when a person becomes God Almighty’s.’
Regarding arrogance and Satan’s relationship, the Promised Messiah (as) states: ‘The very first sin was committed by Adam (the sin of Adam is found in the history of religions) ‘and was also committed by Satan. ‘There were two sins, one was committed by Adam and the other by Satan.
‘However, Adam was not arrogant and therefore confessed to his sin before God Almighty ‘and his sin was forgiven and this is why there is hope for mankind to be forgiven from their sins ‘through repentance (a person is forgiven, providing he is not arrogant,
‘confesses to his sins and also seeks repentance and forgiveness from God Almighty). ‘However, Satan was arrogant and was thus accursed.’ (The Promised Messiah (as) states) ‘An arrogant man, ‘for no reason becomes ready to make the claim of being able to do something ‘which is beyond his reach and human capacity.
‘If you do not even have the strength, so why show arrogance? (The Promised Messiah (as) states that ‘for no reason an arrogant person becomes ‘ready to make the claim of being able to do something which is beyond his capacity).
‘The Prophets have many qualities one of which is negation and crushing of the self. ‘Their own self no longer exists and a kind of death overcomes their ego. ‘Honour is for God Almighty alone. ‘Those who do not have arrogance and show humility are never ruined. ‘Abstain from arrogance!’
And so this is a quality which a Momin [true believer] should adopt, otherwise he will follow in the footsteps of Satan. At times, a person does not even notice arrogance, therefore we need to assess ourselves very minutely and carefully. In regards to how Satan carries out various schemes and ploys
In order to take control over a person, the Promised Messiah (as) states: ‘A person should not do anything that involves sin. If a sin is removed due to one’s action (i.e. one does not do a sinful act or any action
That can be said to be a sin) then Satan desires to remain at least near one’s eyes, ears and nose. If outwardly one does not commit any sinful act, even then Satan desires to remain in one’s eyes, ears and nose. However, when he does not acquire any control there,
He then seeks to target the heart (Some people do not commit any outward sin; (they don’t commit any major sin and nor any minor sins. (Certain people’s circumstances do not allow them to sin, (or there is no opportunity for them to commit sin or they do not commit sin out of fear.
(A person may not actually physically and outwardly commit any sin (but even then Satan tries to place the seed of sin inside a person (and seeks to sit inside the heart of such a (person who does not have a link with God Almighty).
‘In short, Satan exhausts all possible avenues to win his battle. However, Satan’s authority cannot work on a heart which has the fear of God (it is not possible for Satan to plant the seed of sin in a person who has the fear of God in his heart). This eventually leads Satan to despair
And after having failed in trying to establish his greatness, he has to pick up his things and leave. And so, Satan gets out from there.’ Therefore, the most important thing is that a person should have the fear of God in their heart.
A person who has the fear of God is able to refrain from many ills. Even if a child is watching a thief while stealing, the thief will have fear of the child. Therefore, until we have this [fear] that God Almighty is watching our every action, we cannot be saved from sin.
At times, Satan makes people follow him by implanting pious thoughts. Once in an assembly [with the Promised Messiah (as)] the difference between one’s own figment of imagination and revelation was mentioned and in regards to revelations it was mentioned that a person faces many difficulties. The Promised Messiah (as) stated:
‘Some people cannot differentiate between what is a figment of one’s own thoughts ‘and the revelation from God. ‘They consider their own thoughts and satanic inspirations to be a revelation from God ‘and as a result have a false perception. ‘What is from God is grand and pleasurable and hits the heart powerfully.
‘It comes down from the fingers of God Almighty and has no match ‘and falls down like steel. As it is stated in the Holy Quran, ‘Verily, We are charging thee with a weighty Word’ [73:6]. This is what the word Saqeel means [i.e. weighty
However, one’s own thoughts and the satanic inspirations are not like this. The figment of one’s imagination and satanic inspirations are in fact one and the same thing. Man is accompanied by two powers which have always been with him, which is angels and the second is Satan.
In other words, there are two ropes tied to his legs; angels motivate and aid in doing good as the Holy Quran states, ‘and whom He has strengthened with inspiration from Himself’ [58:23]. However, Satan incites towards evil as the Holy Qur’an states, ‘who whispers [into the hearts of men]’ [114:6].
These [two powers] cannot be denied. Light and darkness exist side by side. A lack of knowledge of something does not mean that something does not exist at all (i.e. if one has no knowledge of something that does not mean that it is not present). Apart from this universe there are thousands
Of wonders (there are many wonders that exist apart from our universe). ‘Say, ‘I seek refuge in the lord of mankind’’ refers to the whispers ‘and temptations of Satan which he is putting between people in these days.’ Particularly in this day and age which is referred to as the modern era,
In which man is forgetting God Almighty and it is in fact Satan who is placing these whispers and doubts into the hearts of man. The Promised Messiah (as) says that ‘the great doubt is to create doubts about God’s attribute of being a protector.
‘This is similar to someone looking at the wealth of the rich people and saying ‘They are the ones who nourish and are everything to me.” Then elaborating upon the notion that how Satan creates doubts (one example has been stated before)
And how one can safeguard from the doubt that these rich people are the ones to fulfil our needs or there is another entity other than Allah the Almighty that can fulfil our needs. The Promised Messiah (as) says that, “For this reason, to seek the protection of the real Lord of the people.
For this reason, Allah the Almighty said that pray that I may stay under the protection of the real ‘Lord of mankind’. Then one calls worldly kings and rulers an absolute authority. For that, He says ‘King of mankind’ Who is Allah alone. Then as a result of doubts that people have that
They set the creation [of Allah] equal to Him and they are fearful and in awe of people; so for this reason, He said ‘God of mankind’. That Your God is Allah the Almighty. These are three whisperings and suspicions for which there are these three ways of seeking protection of God
Which are mentioned in Surah Al-Naas. The one who creates these suspicions is the same evil person, that is, Satan whose name is mentioned in the Torah in the Hebrew language as ‘ Nahash ’, who came to Eve. The one who attacks secretly.
It is him who is being mentioned in this chapter [of the Holy Qur’an]. It is known from this that the dajjal (Anti-Christ) will not coerce, rather, he will attack secretly so no one finds out about it.” The attractions and splendour of the world, the new inventions of this day
And age, the pretext of modern education used as an excuse to draw the attention of the people to turn away from Allah the Almighty and religion. Governments and large organisations are part of this. There are things that are stated on the name of human rights,
“look at this, religion restricts you from these things.” Even though human rights requires that man is given complete freedom. So these things are put in the hearts slowly and it is these things which Satan is doing in this day and age and major governments are part of this.
They do this on the name of human rights or women’s rights, or as I have stated earlier, there are organisations which are all part of this in the name of human rights. Whenever they try to divert people from religion, everyone should understand, every Ahmadi should understand, every believer should understand
That Satan is going to attack us. And these are powers of dajjal that are attacking us. Then the Promised Messiah (as) says, “It is not true that Satan approached Eve himself, rather, he approached her secretly as he does now. There was no being or person who actually went to Eve.
Doubts were casted within in the same manner.” The Promised Messiah (as) says “He communicates his thought to someone and that person becomes his vicegerent. Satan had communicated this thought in the heart of such a person who was an opponent of religion.
The paradise in which Adam (as) was living in was on earth, not in the heavens. A mischievous and wicked person casted doubt in his heart. In the first chapter of the Holy Qur’an Allah the Almighty has emphasised that do not be amongst those who have incurred Allah’s displeasure
And those who have gone astray. That is, O Muslims, do not adopt the habits of the Jews and the Christians. There is a prophecy that springs forth from this that some Muslims will act this way, meaning, a time will come that some amongst the Muslims will adopt the habits of the Jews
And Christians because a commandment about something is given when there are some people who act against it.” Then on one occasion whilst narrating that precedence should be given to faith in all conditions, the Promised Messiah (as) says that: “Look, there are two kinds of people.
The first type are those who accept Islam and become engaged with worldly affairs and businesses and trade. Satan stands over them completely. I am not saying that trade and business is forbidden. No. The Companions (ra) would do trade and business but they gave precedence to faith over worldly affairs.
They accepted Islam, then they obtained the true knowledge about Islam which filled their hearts with conviction. This was the reason that they did not stumble or falter in any filed due to a satanic attack. Nothing could stop them from expressing the truth.
What I mean to say by this is only that those who are worldly people and slaves [of the world] and they become adorer and engrossed by the world, Satan overcomes and seizes them. The other kind of people are those who are always worried about the advancement of faith.
This is that group who are called ‘ Hizbullah ’ (party of God) and this group conquer Satan and his army. Since wealth is trade, it increases with trade. For this reason Allah the Almighty has adjudged the desire to seek religion and the progression of faith as a trade.”
This means that the desire of religion and progression of faith is a trade. Material wealth which is ordinary stays behind in the world. However, this wealth and this trade is something which is useful in the next life. The Promised Messiah (as) says [Arabic]
“Therefore, He says, ‘shall I point out to you a bargain that will save you from a painful punishment?’ He says that the best bargain is that of faith and religion which saves one from a painful punishment. Therefore, I also say that to you in the words of God the Almighty”
And addressing his Jama’at (the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community) “ .” [Arabic] Therefore we should adopt such a bargain and trade, we should strive to tread on such paths towards which the Imam of the age, the Chosen One and the Promised Messiah Imam Mahdi (as) of Allah the Almighty
Is calling us so that we safeguard ourselves from treading on the footsteps of Satan and we obtain the pleasure of Allah the Almighty and safeguard ourselves from a painful punishment. While directing attention towards safeguarding oneself from hidden sins, the Promised Messiah (as) says:
“When someone is being tried then ultimately the fault is of that person (to say that (this trial is from Allah the Almighty after being surrounded by trials is not right, (the fault is of that person.) ‘It is the not God the Almighty’s fault.
‘Some people seem very righteous apparently and a person is surprised ‘that why has this suffering befell upon him ‘or why was he deprived of obtaining something virtuous. ‘However, actually he has hidden sins that lead him to such a condition. ‘Since Allah the Almighty greatly forgives and pardons,
‘for this reason no one knows about a person’s hidden sins. ‘However, hidden sins are worse than outward sins. ‘The condition of sins is like ailments or illnesses. ‘That is, there are significant diseases that a person can see outward ‘and are physically apparent. ‘An apparent disease that someone is sick or ill.
‘However, there are certain hidden diseases that often times even the patient is ‘not aware of them that ‘I am close to something dangerous.’ ‘Tuberculosis is similar to this. ‘In the beginning, even the doctor cannot diagnose at times. ‘So much so that this disease takes the form of something very dangerous.’
Sometimes it so happens that it is diagnosed or spotted at the very last stage. Sometimes there are cancer patients and a seemingly healthy person looks completely well and good and all of sudden it becomes known that he has cancer
And it reaches such a stage that it is not treatable as it has spread too much. And within a month that person dies. Hence he said ‘Just like one does not find out about an illness, ‘similarly there are hidden sins within a person which ruin ‘and destroy him from within slowly.
‘May Allah the Almighty have mercy out of His Grace. ‘It is stated in the Holy Qur’an ‘He indeed truly prospers who purifies it.’ ‘Purification of the soul is also a type of death. ‘How can the soul be purified until all bad morals are abandoned?’
(Until you abandon all the shameful, impure and lowly morals, (which Satan desires you to follow, he wants you to tread on the path of immorality and disbelief, how can the soul be purified?) ‘The word ‘ munkar’ is everything that ‘Allah the Almighty dislikes.
‘Until all lowly morals are abandoned, how can one obtain purification of the soul? ‘There is a capacity of any type of evil in every person; that is his Satan. ‘Until this capacity is killed, nothing can be accomplished.’ Hence, as it has been stated before that we need the
Protection of Allah the Almighty at all times, and we need to assess ourselves continuously. What steps should be taken and how can we defeat and completely eliminate Satan. About this matter, at one place, the Promised Messiah (as) says that: ‘Messengers are manifestation of Oneness [of God] and Godliness.
‘Then a true Muslim and a firm believer is one who becomes a manifestation ‘and reflection of the Messengers. ‘The respected Companions (ra) had understood this secret very well ‘and they lost themselves and vanished in the obedience of the Holy Prophet (saw) ‘in such a manner that nothing remained in their being.
‘Whoever saw them, found them in the state of completely captivation and absorption. ‘They were drowned in the desire to obtain Allah the Almighty’s nearness ‘and to follow the practice of the Holy Prophet (saw) ‘Therefore, remember that in this era too, until the captivation
‘and annihilation in obedience is attained which was found in the respected Companions (ra), ‘can then the claim of being followers and firm believers be true and legitimate. ‘Impress it into your minds that until this happens, ‘that Allah the Almighty resides within you
‘and the signs of God the Almighty become apparent in your being, ‘until then the governance of Satan rules over you.’ May Allah the Almighty enable us to strive sincerely in becoming His. May we be able safeguard from immodesty and indecency. May we be able to safeguarded from every type of evil deed.
May we be able to be protected from every type of arrogance. May we be able to strive continuously to purify our soul so that we become heir to the bounties of Allah the Almighty. May we always set our sight on Allah the Almighty and may He always be our Master.
May His ownership always possess our hearts. May He always be our God and may we always be those who call out to Him only and we are those who safeguard ourselves from following in the footsteps of Satan. May Allah the Almighty enable us to do all of this.
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. He is alone and has no partner. 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.