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Friday Sermon – Khalifatul Masih V – Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Year 2016

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except God 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.

In my last sermon, I had read an extract written by the Promised Messiah (as) in which the Promised Messiah (as) had said that people of his time should be glad and jubilant for being among those fortunate people

Who have been born in a time where they were able to witness the Promised Messiah (as), and many people of the past left this world while waiting for his advent. I have described the gist of this extract in my own words. Certainly, we, the Ahmadis are fortunate

That we have entered the Bai’at [initiation] at the hands of the Promised Messiah (as). We are among those who followed Allah’s command and are not among the unfortunate ones, who were unable to accept the Promised Messiah (as) despite being born in his time.

There are some unfortunate people who are foremost in their opposition. They are deprived of the guidance by Allah’s messenger and are thus scattered and astray. Therefore, we cannot thank Allah enough for guiding us towards the right path, and for providing us with the answers and solutions to the questions and problems

Arising at various points in our life in light of the true Islamic teaching through the Imam He sent Himself. The Promised Messiah (as) has left his guidance through his writings and speeches. Also, he explained certain things in various gatherings by giving examples. These sayings have been narrated to us by his companions.

In this regard, we are most indebted to Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) who has narrated the Promised Messiah’s sayings in his sermons and speeches. He had personally seen or heard some of these sayings, while some had been told to him by the closest companions of the Promised Messiah (as).

It becomes easier to understand certain things with examples. For the last few sermons, I have been narrating these sayings. Many people have written to me saying that they have been able to understand things better with these examples. Today’s sermon is also a continuation in this series.

On one occasion, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explained whether holding strikes or industrial action is the right course of action or not. We should look at the root cause of why these strikes take place. The basic reason for this is a mutual lack of fulfilment of obligations.

In worldly affairs, sometimes the employer does not fulfil his obligations towards the employees. Consequently, the employees refuse to fulfil the employers whenever they get a chance. This leads to restlessness. Similarly, sometimes a government doesn’t give people what is rightfully theirs and sometimes people don’t pay the governments what they should.

When the employer or the government are at fault, there is obviously a backlash, but when the employee or the people refuse to fulfil their obligations, they are subjected to hardship. This is a vicious satanic circle of the worldly affairs that we are entangled with.

The Islamic teaching in this regard is that we should not act like strangers. If we treat each other as brothers and try to fulfil our obligations, then the system, even the worldly system, runs smoothly. This is the gist of the Islamic teaching and culture, and it isn’t confined to the Islamic government.

One should perform one’s rightful duties in ordinary secular governments as well. As far as demanding what should rightfully be given to the employees is concerned, instead of holding strikes or resorting to industrial action or other illegal means, one should use legal means. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that

“the foundation of the Islamic social structure is grounded in justice and love. “Therefore, to seek one’s rights, one should only resort to methods “which are based on love and justice. “During the lifetime of the Promised Messiah (as), if an Ahmadi took part in the strike,

“the Promised Messiah (as) used to express extreme displeasure at that “and would hand out a punishment for this.” Most of the rebellions and strikes that happen in the Islamic world, except those which are stirred by the satanic forces, are caused by unrest that follows

When the government and the people do not fulfil the rights of each other. If a government was based on justice, then the satanic powers and external forces will not have any opportunity to create discord. This is because when the public feels that their rights are being fulfilled,

They are not inclined to follow any Maulvi [cleric], rebellion, mischief-maker and troublemaker. May Allah the Exalted grant wisdom to Islamic governments, especially Pakistan that they properly fulfil the rights of the public. If any Ahmadi is caught up in these circumstances, they should pray

And must not get involved in any acts that damage the properties and assets of the government. It is an important principle that anyone, who takes interest their job, makes every effort to carry out his task to the best of their ability. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explains this principal and also gives an example:

That “if someone is a soldier, general, teacher, judge, lawyer, trader, secretary of assembly, “speaker of the Parliament, minister of the government, any of these professionals, “if they do an honest day’s work and give their all to their job, when they return home

“after a hard day’s work, they would say that they feel absolutely exhausted. “However when we look at the blessed example of the Holy Prophet (saw), “he did all the jobs that the ordinary people of the world do “and worked harder than anyone else when doing all these job.

“He was a judge, a teacher, a government official, as he was the head of the state “and was involved in law-making or explaining and interpreting the law. “Along with all that, he used to help out in domestic chores. He used to help his wives.

“He never said to them that he was a busy person “and it is not possible for him to help them with their domestic chores.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) explained, “the Holy Prophet (saw) was so good at fulfilling the rights of all his wives

That all of his wives used to think that she was the recipient of most of his attention. “And then he did not just have one wife. He had nine wives. And despite having nine wives, “none of the wives ever thought that she was not given adequate attention.

“It was the routine of the Holy Prophet (saw) that after Asr prayer, “he used to visit the houses of all his wives and would inquire about anything they need, “and if required, he used to help them with their house-hold works.

“Apart from the tasks that I have just explained, the Holy Prophet (saw) had many responsibilities. “He had to attend to dozens of duties. “There was not a single moment of his life that he spent sitting idly, “even though the Holy Prophet (saw) belonged to a country where Malaria was endemic.”

Since many people living in Asia and Africa often cite this as an excuse for not working hard and say that it is because they live in an area where malaria is endemic that they fall ill and become lazy. That is why Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has given the example of Malaria, that

“the Holy Prophet (saw) carried out all his tasks, as well as helping out with the domestic chores, “despite living in a country where Malaria was endemic.” People in Asia and Africa, sometime comes up with this excuse for not working hard, but all these are lame excuses, since the Holy Prophet (saw) worked hard

Despite living in a town endemic with Malaria. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says: “We saw the example of the Promised Messiah (as), “who was a perfect follower of the Holy Prophet (saw).” He says “I remember that the Promised Messiah (as) used to work so hard

“that when we were about to sleep we would see him working “and when we would wake up we would still find him working. “Despite working so hard himself, he really used to value and appreciate his followers “who helped out with the proof reading of his books.

“If someone brought proofs to him, even by Isha prayers, “he would personally get up to greet him and express extreme gratitude many times and say, ‘JazakAllah! You have gone through so much trouble, ‘JazakAllah! You have gone through so much trouble’. “This was despite the fact that the Promised Messiah (as) himself

“worked significantly harder than those doing proof reading. “So it used to make us wonder how the Promised Messiah (as) worked so hard. “When he was ill and had to go out for a walks, he would carry on working.

“When he used to go out for a stroll then he used to carry on working “by answering questions regarding various religious matters and discuss these. “And so, the Promised Messiah (as) worked really hard, “despite living in a country endemic with Malaria.” Thus, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says,

“We should not use our ailments as an excuse for our laziness. “Some people who are indolent and lazy do this and turn away from their responsibilities. “They do not have the Malaria of the body; they have malaria of the heart! “If they make an effort, they can overcome all their indolence.”

Not only those who live in the countries where Malaria is endemic, but even in Europe now, there are many people who have emigrated from the Asian countries, who have continued with their slothful habits. They stay at home all day doing nothing, watch TV and fight with their wives

Or they treat their children in such a bad way that really upsets them. This is not an illness; this is laziness! They use their illness as an excuse, they are lazy and idle. In this country, they do not have to worry about earning living

As they get benefits from the government, even when they are sitting idle at home, so they don’t work. So those living here, must get rid of their laziness and idleness. Islam has adopted various means to secure the future of a women.

One of them is that the Haq Mehr [dowry] has been set for a women when she gets married, and therefore this should be paid. Some people assume that the dowry is only to be paid in the instance of divorce or separation. But what is the purpose of setting the dowry?

The purpose of the dowry is so that a woman should always have some money of her own and if ever she is in need of it, or a certain need arises in which she hesitates or feels ashamed from asking her husband for money, she can spend from it.

At times, she may have a need where the husband, despite being present with her, cannot fulfil, therefore if the woman has some money of her own, only then can she fulfil her need. Thus, if the dowry has not been paid, then in both instances and in fact in many other situations,

The woman will be unable to fulfil her needs. For instance, one of these needs can be that she wants to help some relative of hers and she does not want her husband to know. Therefore she should have this money so that she can spend from it;

Either in an emergency or for any personal need of hers. There are some husbands, who not only fail to pay the Haq Mehr [dowry] but also place restrictions on the income of their wives’ earnings by saying that they must not spend any of it without their permission,

Or demand that a certain portion of the income should go into their bank account. This is completely wrong. Similarly, there is also a tradition among the poorer families and in some places in the poorer countries that at the time of wedding, the parents of the bride

Take the dowry from the husband or the in-laws for themselves and the bride receives nothing from it and is left empty handed after marriage. This is also wrong and is akin to selling the bride which Islam strictly forbids. In some cases the women excuse their husbands from paying the dowry,

However there are certain conditions laid down for this, for instance that the money should be first placed in the hands of the wife and then she should be asked [if she excuses him]. In fact, according to Hazrat Umar (ra) and various other Imams and scholars,

The dowry should first be paid to the wife and it should be kept in her possession for one whole year. After that, if she wants to give it back to the husband, then she can do so. However, first she should bring it in her possession,

And then if she wishes, she can excuse the husband from paying it or give it back to him. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) mentioned an incident of one of the Promised Messiah’s companions about being excused from paying the Haq Mehr :

“Hazrat Hakim Fazl Din Sahib was from among the foremost of the believers. “He had two wives. One day the Promised Messiah (as) stated, that “the Haq Mehr [dowry] was a religious injunction and must be paid to the women.

“Upon this, Hakim Sahib said that he his wives had excused him from paying it. “The Promised Messiah (as) replied that had he been excused after placing it in their hands? “to which he replied that he only asked them and they excused him from paying it.

“The Promised Messiah (as) replied that he should first place it in their possession “and then seek to be excused from paying it. “This too, is the bare minimum, in fact, “the money should stay with the wife for at least a year

“and one is only allowed to be excused from paying it after that whole year has passed. “Hakim Sahib had two wives and the Haq Mehr [dowry] was 500 rupees each. “Hakim Sahib acquired a loan from somewhere and handed 500 rupees over to each of them

“and then reminded them that they had excused him from paying the Haq Mehr [dowry], “therefore they should return this to him. “However, his wives said that they did not know at the time that he was actually going to pay it, “hence why they excused him from paying it.

“However, now that they have received the money they will not give it. “Hakim Sahib went to the Promised Messiah (as) and told him the whole incident, “that, thinking that he will get his money back,

“he had taken a loan of a thousand rupees in order to pay the Haq Mehr [dowry] of both wives, “however they refused to excuse him from its payment. “Hearing this the Promised Messiah (as) laughed a lot and said that this was the correct way,

“first the dowry should be given to the wife, “and then, after some time, if she wants she can excuse him from it. “Otherwise, to be excused without first giving it “is just like acquiring a favour without striving for it.”

Being excused without giving it first, is like acquiring a favour without striving for it. “The wife thinks that he has not paid the Haq Mehr [dowry] and nor will he pay in future, “therefore if he is asking, then he may as well be excused.

“This in fact is seeking a benefit for free. “Therefore, once the wife has been paid the Haq Mehr [dowry] “and then she decided to give it back with her own free will, that is okay. “However, even if she had a dowry set at one million rupees but has not received anything

“then she will excuse him, as she knows that she doesn’t have to pay anything out of her own pocket “and its only merely a verbal agreement [he will not physically give it]. “Thus, before asking women to excuse them from the Haq Mehr , it should first be paid to them.

“If the dowry is given to women when they are no longer aware of their needs-” at times, a woman may not know what her needs are, “or if the dowry is given when the parents want it for themselves, then this is not permissible.”

As I mentioned before that some parents take the dowry for themselves, this is not permissible and is like trading a person which is completely forbidden. Then there is Zakat, which is obligatory upon all those who meet its conditions set. However, there are some pious people

Who spend all of their wealth and earnings in the way of God Almighty. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) relates an incident regarding such a person: “There is not a shadow of a doubt that there are people in the world “that God Almighty has created an example for the rest.”

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says that he heard from the Promised Messiah (as) that “once someone asked a pious man what is the amount upon which he will have to pay Zakat. “The man replied that he should pay one rupee for every 40 rupees towards Zakat.

“The man responded by asking what he meant by saying ‘for you’, ‘does that mean that the rate changes for every person?’ “He said, ‘yes, if you have 40 rupees then you must pay one rupee from it towards Zakat,

‘however if I had 40 rupees then I would have to pay 41 rupees towards Zakat. ‘This is because your status is such that God Almighty has stated that earn and eat thereof ‘however regarding my status God Almighty has stated ‘that He Himself will take care of all my needs,

‘therefore if out foolishness I saved those 40 rupees, then I will pay the 40 rupees ‘[towards the way of God Almighty] and will also pay 1 extra rupee as a penalty’.’’ Such is the state of the pious people. Therefore, it is the duty of some people to wholly focus on religion

And God Almighty has created them for that very purpose. However, the rest of the people who live on the earth, should earn their wealth and then should spend a portion of their time and wealth in the way of God Almighty; in worship; works of faith; seeking God Almighty’s repentance and prayers.

The respect, wealth and honour God Almighty has bestowed upon them is a great favour of God Almighty. Therefore, they should also take care of others as a way of showing their gratitude. Some people have a very business orientated mind or they do certain things while imitating others

Which are against the traditions of the Jama’at and against the teachings of Islam. These people can be found among the office-holders and at times even the local Anjumans [administrative bodies] make such decisions. Once, the local Anjuman in Qadian published a form

And started selling it to others for one Anna which is made up of four paisa. The form being sold was perhaps something like a report. Even today people try to come up with new methods and ways but in the process forget their traditions and teachings.

However, I shall present the advice Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) gave to them at the time. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) said: “I advise the members of the Jama’at that they should follow the Shariah [Islamic law], “the Holy Prophet (saw) and the Promised Messiah (as) in everything they do.

“Only a few days ago, I was shown a piece of paper “and all I saw was that it appeared like some kind of form, “however the person who showed it to me told me that it is being sold for 1 Anna “and it was published by our local Anjuman .

“They saw a legal document of the government “and thought that they should also put a price on their forms. “There is a proverb that, a crow tried imitating the way a swan moves “and in the process forgot its own. “I cannot however say that, but what I will say, is that

“the swan tried to imitate the style of the crow and in the process forgot its own style. “What business is it of ours to copy the worldly government? “The Holy Prophet (saw) and the Promised Messiah (as) never issued such forms. “Therefore, why give the opponents an opportunity to level allegations?

“Such acts allow the opponents to criticise “and they say ‘they do not even know what they are doing’. “The whole community is criticised even though it has been perpetrated by a single individual. “The local committee’s example is like that of an old man who lived in Gurdaspur.

“He was very tall and had a long beard and could copy and imitate others. “It was his practise that whenever he saw anyone from far, “instead of saying Assalamo Alakium [peace be upon you] “he would say Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! [God is the greatest! God is the greatest!].

“As the person would approach closer, he would hold onto the other person’s thumbs “and say Allahu Akbar and jump up and down. “He would often visit the Promised Messiah (as) “and he also liked to imitate others like the president of our local committee.”

Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) is giving an example of how people copy others and as result commit wrong acts. “He worked at a magistrate’s court as a writer of applications and was surrounded by work dealing with documents and files. “He also wished that he too could become a magistrate

“and give orders for files to be brought to him. “However, since he could not fulfil this desire of his, “he invented a way at home and prepared many files, one for salt, one for butter, “one for chillies, one for fuel, etc. When he would finish from work,

“he would come and overturn an earthenware water tumbler and sit on it “and when his wife would say she needed some salt, “he would address the wife and say, ‘reader! Bring such and such file’. “When she would bring the file, he would ponder over the file and then say,

‘okay, write down that I give the order for such and such amount of salt to be permitted.’ “Unfortunately, one day, a few files were stolen from the court “and investigation began for them. One of his neighbours said to the officer

“that if he were given a reward, he would be able to tell them where the files were. “The officer said okay and asked him where they were. “Since the neighbour used to hear the mention of files, he promptly gave the old man’s name.

“The police, with all its equipment and officers, arrived at the man’s house “and upon search all they found were files for salt, butter, chillies, etc.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says “the same is the case in what I am seeing today “that thinking everything of the west is good members begin to emulate it.

“However, they do not think of what its actual purpose is.” Therefore, it is not a question of a form or putting a price on it, in fact it is a matter of principal that we should abstain from anything that is against our teachings and traditions.

If anything is to be emulated in the world, – in fact there is nothing to emulated in the world but if there is anything – then God Almighty has told us that we should try and emulate the noble example of the Holy Prophet (saw)

Or in this day and age God Almighty has sent the Promised Messiah (as) whose model is before us. He has demonstrated before us everything he learnt from his master and we should try and follow that. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) narrates one of his incidents:

“I remember it was the last year of the life of the Promised Messiah (as) “or one of the months of Ramadhan during the first caliphate after the Promised Messiah (as). “Nevertheless, due to the heat of the weather,

“or due to the fact that I was unable to drink water at the time of sehri , “[meal taken before the fast begins] I felt extremely thirsty during one fast, “so much so that I was afraid I might faint with one hour yet remaining for the day to set.

“Exhausted, I fell on the bed and saw in a vision “that someone put a paan [traditional snack prepared from Betel leaf] in my mouth. “I sucked it and my thirst was quenched. “Hence, when this state passed, I noticed that there was no hint of thirst left.

“Thus, this is how Allah the Exalted quenched my thirst “and when the thirst was quenched, there was no need to drink any water” there was only a need when he was thirsty. “The mere objective is for the need to be fulfilled,

Whether it be by providing appropriate means, or by developing a lack of need for it.” in other words, to not have any desire for it. Either something is provided or it is no longer desired. “Once a person wrote to the Promised Messiah (as)

Requesting for prayers to get married to such and such woman. “The Promised Messiah (as) said, ‘We will pray, however, there is no promise for the marriage; ‘either the marriage will happen or you may develop dislike regarding the person.’ “Hence, the Promised Messiah (as) prayed

And a few days later the person wrote that he developed dislike regarding that person.” Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “Similarly, a person wrote to me in the same manner “and, following the tradition of the Promised Messiah (as), I gave him the same reply.

“He later informed me that the thought of this gradually left his heart.” Thus, Allah the Exalted grants help in both ways. The main objective is either for the desired need to be fulfilled or for that need to be removed from the heart. Hence, this should always be kept in mind

And supplications to Allah the Exalted should be made in this manner. Thus, the main objective is to offer supplications, giving preference to the pleasure of Allah the Exalted and His decision. Even nowadays, I also receive letters from some people who write that they wish to get married in such and such family,

And say, ‘please pray for this and also try to make it happen; ‘speak to their parents and tell the Nizam to also help, ‘otherwise that will be the end of me; I will die as well as the other party’. These are all pointless and absurd matters.

The actual objective of marriage is the comfort of the heart and the preservation of offspring. Thus, the blessings of Allah the Exalted should be implored from Him, and if it is better in the sight of Allah the Exalted, it should happen,

And if not then it should be removed and eradicated from the heart. This worldly love is temporary. Worldly love should also be implored for the sake of the love of Allah the Exalted and if this becomes the case, this worldly love will also become a virtue

And eternally remain a source of peace and comfort for the heart. Mentioning the fact that nothing in the world harmful in its own right, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says: “Strychnine is a poison. Many people die from consuming it.

“however, hundreds of thousand people also survive due to it” as it is used as medicine. “Similarly, opium is a great means of destruction. “However, in comparison to its destruction, it has many more benefits. “The Promised Messiah (as) used to say that according to doctors, “half of the medical remedies are made with opium

“and it is difficult to estimate just how much benefit it has. “When a person is distressed and troubled; when a person loses his sleep; “when a person becomes ready to commit suicide or fatigued from pain, “he is given an injection of morphine due to which he finds immediate comfort.

“Thus, there is no such thing in the world, which is harmful in itself. “The only thing that causes harm is the misuse, which is as a result of the shortcomings of man. “This is exactly why Hazrat Ibrahim(as) attributed illness to himself and cure to God the Exalted.

“However, when a Muslim in our country, “whilst believing in God the Exalted, is unsuccessful in a certain matter “he says that I tried my level best, however, God the Exalted made me unsuccessful. “As if he attributes virtue to himself and vice to God the Exalted.”

Thus, it should always be remembered that it is the duty of every true believer that whenever a certain matter bears good fruit, he should say ‘All praise belongs to Allah’ that Allah the Exalted has granted me success. And when it does not bear good fruit, he should recite

‘Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.’ and say that he was unsuccessful due to his shortcomings. Such a person receives blessings from God the Exalted, who attributes shortcomings to himself and says all praise belongs to Allah upon success. Allah the Exalted shows mercy to those people,

And grants them further success as they attribute their success to God Almighty. Some ordinary matters create magnificent outcomes. Mentioning this Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) said in one of his sermons: “I heard this from the Promised Messiah (as), “he used to narrate the story of a woman who had only one son.

“He was heading out to battle and said to his mother, ‘If I return, what is it that I should bring for you which will cause you great happiness?’ “His mother replied, ‘You returning safe and sound will be the means of my happiness. “The boy insisted and said, ‘You have to name something.’

“The mother said, ‘Fine, if you really want to bring something for me ‘then bring for me as many burnt pieces of bread as you can. ‘I will be happy with that.’ “He considered this to be something very insignificant and said, ‘name something else.’

However, the mother said, ‘This is what will bring me most happiness.’ Nevertheless, he left, “When he cooked the bread (wherever the food was kept), “he would purposely burn it so that he could collect as many burnt pieces as possible.

“He would eat some part of the bread himself and put the burnt pieces in a bag. “When he returned home after a while, “he placed many bags with burnt pieces of bread in front of his mother. “She rejoiced greatly upon seeing this.

“He said, ‘Mother, I did as you asked me to do, ‘however, I have still not understood the reason for it.’ “The mother said, ‘It was not appropriate to mention it when you left. ‘I will tell you now and it is that a person falls prey to many illnesses

‘due to eating half cooked food. I asked you to bring burnt pieces, ‘as, for this, you would cook the bread in a manner which would be burnt to some extent. ‘You would put the burnt bread aside and eat th rest and due to this you would remain healthy.’

“And that is exactly what happened.” Thus, apparently this was something very insignificant. If the mother would have directly said to the child to cook the bread well and eat it, the child could that he was a grown man and was not stupid to eat uncooked bread.

Even now I have seen that there is a majority of people who commit this foolishness of eating uncooked bread with great pleasure. Nevertheless, this act of the mother turned out to be the means of keeping the child healthy. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) says, “I gave this introduction,”

Mentioning the subject of prayer in one of his sermons, “as, in regards to the acceptance of prayers, some people also think “that these are minor things which are being mentioned and that we already know these things. “However, despite knowing, they do not act accordingly.”

Allah the Exalted says that for the acceptance of prayers there are two principal conditions which should be kept in mind: ‘So they should hearken to Me’ [2:187] and ‘believe in Me’ [2:187] To ‘listen to Me and to believe in Me.’ There are many other things besides this,

To invoke blessing upon the Holy Prophet (saw) and to give charity. Nevertheless, the Holy Qur’an has mentioned these two things. People say that they know. They know, yet, do not act accordingly. Many people also write to me that we have offered great supplications, but Allah the Exalted has not accepted our prayers.

This is an accusation against Allah the Exalted. In fact, this is also a weakness in faith. Some time has passed that a person came to me saying that ‘I have prayed excessively but my prayers have not been fulfilled. What is the reason?’

I told him that Allah the Exalted says, ‘So they should hearken to Me’ i.e. to obey My commands. ‘Do you obey all commands of Allah the Exalted?’ He said no. Thus, we need to take a look at our conditions first and see to what extent we are acting in accordance.

Furthermore, we are also not acting in accordance with [the command] ‘believe in Me’, because if the prayer has not been fulfilled, we think in our minds that the prayer has not been accepted, as it only appears to us that the prayer has not been accepted, causing our faith to weaken.

Hence, we need the faith of Hazrat Ibrahim (as), which has been mentioned earlier, to attribute our weakness to ourselves and to attribute success to Allah the Exalted. Upon that Allah the Exalted says that if this becomes the case, that my servant holds faith that I accept his prayers,

Then Allah the Exalted does indeed accept the prayers. May Allah the Exalted enable us to obey His commands. May He strengthen our faith, and may He grant our prayers the status of acceptance. After the Prayers, I will lead a Funeral prayer in absentia which is of Syed Asadul Islam Shah Sahib of Glasgow.

He is the son of Syed Naeem Shah Sahib. His father and his grandfather both served the Jama’at and it is a very old family that also serves the Jama’at. He passed away at the age of 40, on 24th March 2016 after being attacked –

‘Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return’. On 24 March he was found severely injured outside his shop in Glasgow. He was taken to the hospital from there but he passed away before reaching the hospital. He was martyred because of Ahmadiyyat and he gave his life due to this.

He achieved the status of a martyr. The press and governmental officials expressed their deep grief. It is the duty of this government as well to stop these extremists. Otherwise if the clerics are given an open hand, then they will also create the same disorder in this country,

As they have created in Muslim countries. He [Syed Asadul Islam Shah] was born in 1974 in Rabwah. He received his F.S.C. education from Nusrat Jahan Academy. He came to Glasgow in 1988 and started working with his father in the business. He had also done Wassiyyat . He paid his Chanda regularly.

According to the reports of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya, he was part of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and partook in the Ijtemas and paid his Chandas and also regularly attended Friday prayers. He has attended most of the Ijtemas too. The deceased, Asad Shah, was the son-in-law of doctor Naseer-ud-Deen Qamar, Pensioner Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Qadian.

Since some time, he would go through some phases of suffering from some mental health issues due to which he would become fretful. However, the Regional Ameer Sahib has said that when he met him near then end of his life, he always expressed his attachment to Khilafat.

So some people think he had left the Jama’at, but no, he was still an Ahmadi and was martyred due to him being an Ahmadi. And, until the end, he attended the programmes of the Jama’at and those of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and was a part of the Jama’at.

Shamsud-Din Sahib who is a missionary in Kababir, writes that Asad Sahib’s wife is from Qadian and Asad Sahib’s wife and the wife of Shamsud-Din Sahib are first cousins. He says, “A few years ago, twice he had the chance to go to Asad Sahib’s house and stayed a night there.

“Both times, he was asking me about the works of the Jama’at and its efforts in Tabligh “and there was no other worldly conversation that took place. “On both the nights I found him praying Tahajjud [voluntary] prayers.” May Allah show him mercy and forgiveness,

And may He grant patience and comfort to his wife and his mother and the bereaved. I will be leading his funeral prayer after the Friday prayers. 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 (saw) 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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