Friday Sermons

Friday Sermons

The Jumu'ah (Friday) prayer is one form of congregational worship in Islam. It takes place every Friday. Regular attendance at the Jumu'ah prayer is enjoined on the believer. According to a Saying of Muhammad sa this congregational prayer is twenty-five times more blessed than worship performed alone.

Friday Prayers in the Qu'ran

“O ye who believe! When the call is made for Prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business. That is best for you, if you only knew.” [62:10]

Friday Prayers in the Hadith

“… (He who) offers the Prayers and listens quitely when the Imam stands up for sermon, will have his sins forgiven between that Friday and the next”

  • Friday Sermon: Conveying The True Teachings of Islam

     After reciting Tashahhud, Taawwuz and Surah Al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) said: "It is the grace and blessings of Allah the Almighty upon us that we have been enabled to enter the Bai'at [oath of initiation] of the Promised Messiah (as). On the one hand, this is something that should be a means of increasing us in our faith, but if we fail to increase in our faith and belief after having accepted the Promised Messiah (as) then we have derived no benefit from accepting him."

    Huzoor (aba) then said that some people have become too involved in worldliness in the Western countries and though they verbally claim to give preference to faith over all worldly things, however in reality their practise is contrary to it. The Ahmadis here are very good with integrating with the people here and also in showing good morals but their standards of worship and fulfilling the rights of Allah the Almighty are not that of what is expected from an Ahmadi.

    Huzoor (aba) further stated that since more and more mosques are being built in Germany and also more Jama'ats are being established, the Jama'at is gaining more exposure and subsequently the world will look at us more critically. Naturally as our numbers increase, the Jama'at will become further introduced to the world and the more we become introduced to the world, the more critically we will be viewed and this is continually increasing. Thus, this demands from us that we improve our standards of practical conduct and also fulfil the purpose of the Promised Messiah's Bai'at.

    Huzoor (aba) said: "I always say this and will once again remind you all that 99.9% percent of the Ahmadis who have migrated here to the Western countries is not because of their own talents or qualities. Rather, it is because of Ahmadiyyat and therefore every Ahmadi who lives here is a silent preacher of Ahmadiyyat. By the grace of Allah the Almighty due to the good example of the Ahmadis here and also because of their good relations in society they have left a good impression on the people about the community and people express this at various occasions."

    As I mentioned that in the various functions organised here as well as in other parts of the world, I have met many people, including the functions that have been held here, who say that after listening to you not only have our reservations been removed. I shall present a few examples of how people's views have completely changed after listening to the message of Islam.

    The first function for the inauguration of the mosque was perhaps in Waldshut. One of the guests, Simon Klauss said:

    'My view about Islam has completely transformed. Today, I have learnt about the true meaning of Jihad. After learning of the true meaning of Jihad there is no reason to fear from the word Jihad. In fact, there is nothing that one needs to fear about.'

    He further states:

    'Prior to attending the function, I feared that there could be a terrorist attack committed against me and therefore even though I had accepted the invitation but I decided not to attend the function. However, a friend of mine who had researched into the community on the internet and had also saw some videos, told me that this was a very peaceful community and therefore told me that there is no harm in attending their function.'

    Another Guest, Dr France, said:

    'Today, I have witnessed an Islam that does not spread by promoting hatred, but in fact it is spreading through love.'

    A lady who attended the inauguration of the second mosque said:

    'What I have heard today, I have never heard this before from any other Muslim leader.'

    A Syrian Muslim also attended the function and said:... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Attributes of True Believers

     After reciting Tashahhud, Taawwuz and Surah Al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) said that he would first all like to mention something regarding this site which the Jamaat has obtained for holding the Friday Prayers and where they say it will also be held next week. Due to the close proximity of this area to the airport and the coming and going of airplanes, there might be some noise and at times it may be very loud.

    Huzur said that despite the noise, he will continuously try to speak loud enough so that everyone present can understand his words. If the sound [from the airplanes passing] remains at its current level then it is tolerable. Anyways, the Friday Prayers could not be held at Baitus Subuh because the space would have been too constricted. Further they said that they could not obtain any other hall or place [to hire] at a suitable price. However, Huzur said that he felt that a hall could have been located if the arrangements had been made on time. Our people have a habit of starting work at the very last minute and think wishfully that the work will get done at the end of the day. With the Grace of Allah many tasks are done in the Jamaat often in emergency situations and the way we are able to complete such tasks is more or less unmatched by anyone else. However this does not mean we should abandon pre-planning altogether. Because of wishful thinking, negligence and failing to give due importance we still have not obtained permission to hold Friday Prayers or any other programmes in the newly purchased building opposite to Baitus Subuh, Baitul Afiyat.

    Huzur further said that as soon as the Baitul Afyat building had been purchased, serious work should have started to attain permission or to make any alterations necessary for it to be used. Had work on this begun immediately, we would not be facing these huge obstacles today.

    Huzur said Perhaps Ameer Sahib and the administration will say this is not underlying reason or that this was inevitable. In any case, this is slackness on their part as they habitually delay matters until later, which is the reason why we face these hurdles today. May Allah the Almighty grant wisdom and sense to the administration, may He save them from indulging in wishful thinking and may He enable them to carry out their duties properly understanding the facts and realities. Since you have elected your office holders it therefore is your duty to constantly pray for them to carry out their work wisely.

    Huzur said that the alternative was that a limited number of people are called for the Friday Prayers and women restricted from attending. In Pakistan and elsewhere where there is opposition to the Ahmadiyya Community women are restricted from coming for the Friday Prayers. In Algeria there is a complete ban on us saying the Friday Prayer. But there it is restricted due to unjust laws or out of fear of opponents, whereas here there is religious freedom and so any restrictions are only due to our slackness and showing negligence to various matters.

    After these few words, Huzur then said that for today's Friday Sermon he had initially selected a different topic. However as he was going to lead the funerals of some deceased, some of their accounts have come to light and therefore decided to say some things about them. They include a martyr, a missionary and a granddaughter of the Promised Messiah (as). Some of the qualities they possessed are examples of piety for all people in the Community and they are role models for many of us to derive lessons from. And so Huzur said he deemed it appropriate to speak in detail about these deceased individuals rather than mention them briefly. All of these are those who fulfil their pledges and intentions and give precedence to the faith over the world and returned to their Maker in this state.

    The first of the deceased is our martyred brother, Retired Professor Dr Ashfaq Ahmad Sahib, who was martyred last Friday. He was the son of Sheikh Sultan Ahmad Sahib of Lahore and was 68 years old. Last Friday he sat in his car to head towards Baitul Tauheed for the Friday Prayers. On the way an opponent of Ahmadiyyat on a motorcycle shot him and he was thus martyred. Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.

    Ahmadiyyat began in his family through the martyrs paternal grandfather, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Sahib, when the Promised Messiah (as) was in Ludhiana. His family originated from Sangroor, Eastern Punjab, India. After an elder of the area, Pir Meeraan Baksh Sahib accepted Ahmadiyya, he invited the grandfather of the martyred to do the same. The grandfather of the martyred along with his family joined Ahmadiyyat.

    With the Grace of Allah the deceased was a Moosi. He had immense love for Khilafat. He was regular in offering Tahajjud. He was very hospitable and helped in service to humanity. He always complied with office bearers and was a very pious and sincere individual. He was always at the forefront of serving the Community and possessed a very high moral standard. He was enthusiastic about calling others towards God. Due to his high moral standard and being very friendly and social, he was always accepted by his students and fellow professors. He would often invite his fellow professors home for dinner where he would introduce the Ahmadiyya Community very effectively. For this reason he would sometimes get threats however he never cared about such things. From childhood the martyred held great passion to serve the Community. He was enabled to work in various departments on the Jamaat level and auxiliary level. After settling in Sabsazaar, he served excellently as Sadr and Naib Zaeem-e-Aala. He was appointed this year as Secretary Dawatalillah in Alama Iqbal Town Lahore. In an excellent fashion he began in this task and formed programs.

  • Friday Sermon: Ahmadiyya Persecution - A Sign of Truth

     After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta'uz, Tasmia and Sura Fatiah Hazrat Ameer-ul-Mu'mineen (aba) said:

    Opposition to the Promised Messiah (as) had started even before the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had been properly established and he had not yet taken the Bai'at (oath of allegiance) from anyone. Both Muslims and non-Muslims alike put all their energy into opposing him, and this continues today. Nowadays it is the Muslims who display greater opposition, however Allah the Almighty continues to cause the Community of the Promised Messiah (as) to grow and flourish. With the Grace of Allah, the [Ahmadiyya] Community is now established in 209 countries of the world.

    As I have mentioned in several of my previous Friday Sermons, the Ahmadis of Algeria are currently being targeted for cruelty. Therefore, we must remember these oppressed and persecuted members in our prayers. May Allah the Almighty grant them steadfastness and shield them from this oppression. Similarly, you should remember the Ahmadis of Pakistan in your prayers. There too, especially in the Punjab [province], a well-planned scheme of persecution against Ahmadis is being executed.

    Huzur stated that the signs foretold by Allah and His Messenger have clearly been fulfilled and continue to be fulfilled in connection with the advent of the Promised Messiah. This path alone is the one that can restore for the Muslims their lost honour and greatness.

    The Promised Messiah (as) states:

    'It is evidently clear that God Almighty has sent me to the world as His Appointed One and the Promised Messiah. Those who oppose me are in fact not opposing me, but are opposing God.'

    Thus, those who oppose the Community are acting against the Will of God. They are in fact opposing God, and such people have not hindered anything in the past and neither will they ever do so in the future, InshaAllah (God Willing). The Help and Succour of God has always been with the Promised Messiah (as). In Algeria, they thought that they were eliminating Ahmadiyyat. Newspapers and the media gave ample coverage of this and published material against the Community that was spread widely. Indeed, the newspaper played a prominent role in opposition to us. However, this very opposition actually became a means for propagating the message of the [Ahmadiyya] Community.

    The Promised Messiah (as) has also said that all the material against us in literature and books actually encourages people to read our books and draws attention to them. Further the Promised Messiah (as) said that this was the time that was destined for him to appear and his advent was according to the decree of Allah, so that he could secure and stabilise the wavering ship of Islam... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Essence of Istighfar and Sattari

     Huzur said that there is not a single human in the world who is bereft of any type of flaws and shortcomings. It is the attribute of Allah of "Sattar" that covers our weaknesses. If man's faults, deficiencies and sins were laid bare, he would find it impossible to save face before anyone at all. He has said we should also engage in Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Him for our sins) and He will then forgive us of our sins and will conceal our failings and He will listen to our prayers.

    The meaning of "Ghafr" [the root word in Arabic for Istighfar] is to cover and to conceal and more or less the same meaning applies to "Sattr".

    The Promised Messiah (as) stated that the attribute of God of overlooking's others faults operates by God, despite observing man's faults and sins, concealing his faults until man transgresses beyond limits of moderation. Yet man, without even witnessing another committing a wrongdoing, begins raising a hue and cry about the other person. So reflect on how great is God's attributes of mercy and generousity. If Allah were to hold man to account for everything he does, He would destroy all mankind. However his mercy and favour is all-encompassing and supersedes his punishment.

    There are many among us who, instead of concealing the faults of others, go around trying to expose the flaws in others. Yet when anyone speaks ill against them, or they find out from some source that someone has said something about them, they become extremely enraged and furious to the degree that they are prepared to fight or kill that other person. However when they themselves speak ill of others, they will brush it off by simply saying that they had only said it lightly and it did not mean anything.

    We should always keep in mind the following statement of the Holy Prophet (sa) that: You should desire for others what you desire for yourself. And so when one see weaknesses in someone, instead of publicising his flaws, they should focus on engaging in Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah for one's sins). To attract the blessings of Allah one should avoid constantly engaging in fault-finding in others and instead scrutinise their own condition. Only then can they attain the mercy and blessings of Allah.

    Always remember that if someone's transgressions are causing harm to the Nizaam-e-Jamaat (System of the Community) or are seriously corrupting a section of people, then the matter should be reported to the appointed individuals such as the Ameer (National President) or Sadr (local President). Or you can write to me so that reformation can be initiated. Allah the Almighty does not wish for the system of the Community that He has established, to be ruined.

    Huzur said he would also like to draw the attention of those who have been entrusted with Jama'at work, especially those departments tasked with reformation. They must carry out the work of reformation treading extremely carefully and also with immense compassion and sympathy. No one should feel that their shortcomings have been exposed and revealed to others by any office bearer. Allah the Almighty will say that He had given such people the opportunity to serve the Jamaat so that they can reflect the attributes of Allah as much as possible. However such people in reality would be acting in the opposite manner to Allah's attribute of "Sattar" (covering the faults of others) and thereby will become the means of creating anxiety and disorder.

    The Holy Prophet (sa) stated that a Muslim is a brother of a fellow Muslim and cannot commit any cruelty or injustice against him and nor does one abandon and disown the other. Regrettably, nowadays we find that the most cruelty and injustice perpetrated against the Muslims is by the Muslims themselves and they are spilling the blood of one another. None of them pays heed to this instruction of the Holy Prophet (sa).

    The Holy Prophet (sa) further stated that one who remains occupied in serving his brothers, Allah the Almighty will continue to fulfil his needs and one who alleviates the troubles of a fellow Muslim, Allah the Almighty will lesson one affliction from the afflictions of the Day of Judgment. And, one who covers the sins of a Muslim, Allah the Almighty will cover his sins on the Day of Judgment.

    Thus, in order to attain the mercy and benevolence of the Merciful and Benevolent God, it is necessary to cover up and conceal the faults/sins of others. The Holy Prophet (sa) also stated that whoever covers the sins of a Muslim, Allah will cover him his sin on the Day of Judgment. In other words, Allah the Almighty certainly rewards a person who covers the sins of others... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (a.s.)

     Huzur (aba) stated that yesterday, which was 23rd March, was a key date in the history of the Jamaat as it was the point in history when the Jamaat was established at the hand of the Promised Messiah (as). The Promised Messiah (as) announced that the awaited Messiah and Mahd [the Guided one] prophesied by the Holy Prophet (sa) was fulfilled in his personage. The Promised Messiah (as) further stated that his mission was to establish the oneness of God and the love of the Almighty in the hearts of the people.

    The Promised Messiah (as) stated that the rank and status he received was due to his veritable and sincere love for the Holy Prophet (sa). Huzur (aba) stated that those people who assert that we consider the status of the Promised Messiah (as) to be greater than the Holy Prophet (sa) (heaven forbid) are guilty of a grave injustice.

    Huzur (aba) stated that at present, this is the very allegation being used against Ahmadis in Algeria, to the extent that even women with young children are being arrested and taken hundreds of miles away to face prosecution. However, the message I am receiving from those woman is identical, and they all have stated that they have found the unity of God and the true love of the Holy Prophet (sa) through accepting the Promised Messiah (as). Therefore it is not possible for them to retract from it.

    Huzur (aba) stated that whilst we pray for Ahmadis to be relieved of difficulties, we also pray that may God Almighty grant the Muslims the opportunity to accept the ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (sa).

    Huzur stated that one can gauge the agony for people to recognise God from the following extract: "[O Lord] My soul is soaring towards you with the utmost certainty, just as a bird soars towards its nest. Thus, I desire from you a sign of your existence, not for sake of my honour nor for any personal reason, so that people recognise you and identify your virtuous paths, lest they deviate from guidance by declaring the one who was sent to be false."

    The Promised Messiah (as) further states: "How unfortunate is the man, who even now, is unaware that there is a God who has power over all things. Our paradise lies in our God. Our highest delight is in our God for we have seen Him and found every beauty in Him. This wealth is worth procuring though one might have to lay down one's life to procure it. This ruby is worth purchasing though one may have to lose oneself to acquire it. O ye, who are deprived! Hasten to this fountain as it will satiate you. It is this fountain of life that will save you. What am I to do? How shall I impress the hearts with this good news? What sort of a drum am I to beat in the streets in order to make the announcement that this is your God, so that people might hear? What remedy shall I apply to the ears of the people so that they should listen?"

    Huzur (aba) then stated that this is the relationship that we must build with God Almighty and this was the standard the Promised Messiah (as) expected from his followers.

    On one occasion the Promised Messiah (as) was reciting the couplet in the Mubarak mosque and tears were flowing from his eyes. The couplet was written by Hasaan bin Saabit and was written in praise of the Holy Prophet (sa), wherein he wrote:

    O Muhammad, you were [like] the pupil of my eye which has been blinded since your demise. Whosoever may depart henceforth, for I feared your death alone.

    The Promised Messiah (as) stated that while reading this couplet, he wished that it was he who had written these couplets.

    Those who level allegations against the Promised Messiah (as) that, God forbid, he considered himself superior in rank to the Holy Prophet (sa) cannot even come close to the love the Promised Messiah (as) actually had for the Holy Prophet (sa).

    Regarding this incident, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) Sahib states that the Promised Messiah (as) experienced every kind of difficulty but never expressed his emotions of sorrow or grief on his blessed countenance. However, when it came to the Holy Prophet (sa), he was filled with emotion and tears would flow down from his eyes.

    There are countless examples in the books and various sayings of the Promised Messiah (as) which illustrate the deep love he had for the Holy Prophet (sa)... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Extremism and Persecution of Ahmadis

     Nowadays we are observing that the far-right political parties and nationalists are having an increasingly stronger presence. The experts and analysts are also commenting on this a lot and believe that this is all happening because the left-wing parties are not strict enough in their policies on immigration. They also cite various other reasons for this, but ultimately all of these issues boil down to banning Muslims from entering their countries. They claim that Muslims do not make an effort to integrate into their society and that they can only live in their countries if Muslims forgo their religious practises and customs and adopt their values and tradition. If they do not give up their teachings then that means that they do not want to integrate into the society. They believe that by constructing minarets, wearing the Hijab and not shaking hands with the opposite gender is a threat to their way of life. They believe that the religion of Islam poses a serious threat to them and they try to prove this claim by citing the current state of certain Muslim countries where terrorism and lawlessness is rampant. Although most of the things they claim are purely out of their opposition to Islam, but unfortunately they are right in regards to citing the example of the current state of the Muslim countries and the acts of terrorism carried out by the Muslims even though these rebel groups are being supported by the Western powers.

    It is unfortunate that whenever Muslims have incurred any loss it is because of their own ill-practises and by overlooking the true teachings of Islam. Instead of improving their spiritual conditions and following the instructions of the Holy Prophet (sa), they have given preference to their greed for the worldly pleasures. The Ulema [scholars] have further misled the Muslims because instead of accepting the person regarding whom the Holy Prophetsa had prophesied that he shall appear in the latter days and will once again revive the faith of the Muslims, they have grown in their opposition against him. For instance, in Algeria, there is intense opposition against the Jama 'at and Ahmadis have been put into jail simply because they have accepted the Imam of the age. There are over two hundred Ahmadis who are currently jail or in police custody but despite the cruelties perpetrated against them they are firm in their faith. However, the perpetrators should remember that Allah the Almighty is watching their injustices and cruelties and He is listening to the prayers of those being oppressed and when He declares His judgment then these people will face ruin in this world and in the hereafter.

    These people should ponder over the current state of Islam wherein all kinds of objections and allegations are levelled against it. Does Islam not have powerful arguments and proofs to establish the superiority if its teachings? Do they think that Islam will only spread by killing people of other faiths? If that is what they believe, as is evident from the practise of the Ulema, then these people are rejecting the commandments of the Allah the Almighty and the Holy Prophet (sa).

    The current state of the Muslims is extremely dire. On the one hand, there is the so-called Ulema and extremist organisations who seek to create disorder in the name of Islam. On the other hand, we have those Muslims who have drifted away from their own teachings or have come under the influence of the West and have become fearful to express the beautiful teachings of Islam. Instead, they simply agree to whatever the worldly people say, or give a completely wrong interpretation of the Islamic teachings in order to please others. Thus, the Muslims who reject the one who has been sent by Allah the Almighty are in fact rejecting the commandment of Allah the Almighty and His Prophet (sa)... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Workings of Missionaries and Office Holders

     Today Huzur delivered his faith-inspiring Friday Sermon on the importance of missionaries and life devotees, the need for cooperation and understanding between between missionaries and office holders and the vital need for all to walk hand in hand to help towards a united endeavour to help the progress of the Jama'at.

    Huzoor (aba) stated that it is through the grace of Allah the Almighty that Jamia Ahmadiyya has been established in several countries throughout the world. Missionaries graduate from here and subsequently they are assigned different tasks. Originally Jamia Ahmadiyya only existed in Qadian and Rabwah. In recent days a joint convocation ceremony took place with students from Jamia Ahmadiyya UK and Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada. These graduates are such that they have chosen to dedicate their lives for the service of the faith, despite growing up in a western environment. The majority of them if not all are part of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme.

    Aside from Rabwah and Qadian, Jamia Ahmadiyya are established in the UK and Germany, where students from European countries have the opportunity to study. Furthermore, the Jamia Ahmadiyya in Canada is officially recognised as an educational institute and as a result students from other countries are eligible to attend. There is a Jamia Ahmadiyya in Ghana, where this year the Shahid [Final year] class will graduate. Also there is a Jamia Ahmadiyya in Bangladesh and the the Jamia Ahmadiyya in Indonesia has been extended to incorporate the Shahid [a seven year degree in order to become a missionary] course.

    When these young missionaries begin their field work they have certain questions in their minds and the reason why they must be addressed here is so that the office bearers of the Jamaat understand that it is important for them to work with mutual harmony, i.e. the Missionaries and the office bearers should cooperate with one another; especially presidents and Ameers (national president).

    On occasions disagreements can occur which are often a result of some misunderstandings and they can cause friction between the two parties. It may be the case that sometimes a missionary is able to envisage a certain aspect from a moral point of view and wishes to implement a scheme in his locality, however the Sadr [head of the local community] disagrees with him. Or it may happen that owing to a lengthy term in office, a Sadr thinks that his plans are correct and the missionary should work under him. Alternatively, in an open gathering he may demand answers from the missionary in a manner that is inappropriate. It is possible that the missionary may dislike this conduct may even answer back. However I would like to remind the Missionaries that they must always obey those who are placed in authority over them and they must demonstrate a high standard of obedience by remaining silent. At the same time I would like to address the Sadraan and Umarah and remind them that it is their responsibility to show respect and for them to ensure other people show respect to the missionaries. They should work together as one in matters of righteousness and piety... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Matrimonial Alliances and Issues

     Huzur (aba) delivered his sermon today on matrimonial problems that are a growing concern, and issues that emerge in the search for suitable matches and he gave advice on resolving these problems.

    Huzur said that the family ties between boys and girls and the domestic issues that arise between a husband and wife are such that they can cause anxiety and apprehension in the atmosphere at home. This can become a cause of concern for not only the couple, but it can also be a source of anxiety for both sets of parents.

    Huzur (aba) stated that he receives letters on a daily basis in which it is written that certain parents fail to marry off their daughter citing the reason that she is currently studying, even though she is of marital age. Then, when she eventually marries a suitor, they are unable to form any sort of understanding due to their mature age and eventually the marriage ends in divorce.

    Another issue that is faced by girls is that their friends, or on occasions the girl's parents instil into the girl that in these countries women have a lot of rights, therefore the girl should make the husband accept her demands. Huzur (aba) states that it is unfortunate that on seeing the freedoms and luxuries of these countries, even girls who come from Pakistan start making unreasonable demands.

    Huzur (aba) stated that some boys who have special friendships and are interested in another person but are too afraid to mention this fact to their parents end up marrying one of their cousins or family friends in Pakistan. Then after some time they begin to torment the innocent girl and commit injustices towards her. Huzur (aba) states that in cases such as these ultimately it is the children who suffer the most and are affected mentally and psychologically.

    Huzur (aba) stated that the key to resolve all of these issues can be found if one turns towards faith. We are fortunate to have accepted Islam and have the blessings of the teachings given to us by the Promised Messiah (as). One of those teachings is to give precedence to faith over all worldly pursuits. When it comes to the matter of marriage, even those who are serving the faith forget this key principle, whereas the Holy Prophet (sa) specifically instructed that when dealing with matters of marriage one must always give precedence to faith over all worldly matters. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra) stated that the first step Islam has mentioned in regards to a Nikah [Islamic marriage] is that the purpose of the Nikah should be to strengthen ones faith instead of searching for beauty, wealth and status. Similarly before one enters into a marriage they should perform Istikharah [Prayer to seek the best outcome of any matter].

    The verses of the Holy Quran which are recited during the Nikah ceremony draw our attention towards prayers. Moreover, at the time of the Nikah, the Holy Prophet (sa) used to recite a prayer seeking blessings for the newlywed couple. Thus, marriages should be settled by praying for what is best for both parties and seeking the blessings of Allah the Almighty. However, certain people from Pakistan and India are still under the influence of their cultural practises and give priority to cast and family when selecting partners for marriage whereas Allah the Almighty states that precedence should be given to one's faith.

    Indeed, one should take into consideration the proposals from within one's family but even then it is not compulsory. The Promsied Messiah (as) was also once asked in regards to the proposals from one's own family and the Promised Messiah (as) said that it is better to settle the marriage within one's family if a suitable match is available but it is not compulsory to do so.

    At times, women are reproached and given taunts for not bringing enough dowry. Such people need to look at the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (sa) in the regard and how he married off his daughters by adopting simplicity when gifting the dowry. Similarly, the family of the bride should not place undue burden upon themselves and only gift what they can easily afford... Read Full Summary Here

  • Friday Sermon: Worship, Sadaqat and Istighfar

     Today, Huzur delivered his Friday Sermon on the extremely perilous state of world affairs, and how Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah) and giving Sadaqah (financial sacrifice/alms) can help avert Divine punishments and catastrophe.

    Huzur said that today anti-Islamic forces are laying the blame on Islam for the disorder and strife prevalent in the world. Of course it is true that some so-called Muslim groups are perpetrating absolute atrocities in both the Muslim and non-Muslim world. However it is also true that there has been a deliberate ploy to create such a predicament amongst Muslims. Indeed, certain self-serving Muslims are the most to blame for causing harm to the name of Islam. Generally people in the world also count Ahmadi Muslims amongst the overall population of Muslims and thus Ahmadis are also targeted for criticisms, whereas those familiar with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community know we only promote peace and love. However many attribute the same perception to us as the image they see being painted in the media regarding Muslims in general.

    Further, Nationalist parties across Europe are gaining strength who do not want to listen to reason, and the state of affairs in the USA is also evident to everyone. As Ahmadis we have to face hardships on two fronts: as Muslims living in the West, and as Ahmadis in Muslim countries where we are oppressed for being Ahmadis. In Pakistan we are persecuted under a cruel law which gives free license to the Muslim clergy against us. However now in Algeria similar circumstances have arisen and the justice system there has mirrored that of Pakistan. At least 16 innocent Ahmadis have been imprisoned in Algeria on baseless accusations.

    So what should an Ahmadi so in all of this? We need to give great emphasis to worship, Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah) and to Sadaqah (financial sacrifice/giving alms). This is the way to come into the refuge of Allah the Almighty and stir his mercy. Huzur said that in previous sermons he has expounded on prayer and worship – whilst today he would focus on Sadaqah (giving alms) and on Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah).

    Man often neglects giving due justice to Sadaqah and Istighfar, and for example generally only when faced with a personal difficulty he or she will give a little Sadaqah (alms). Allah the Almighty has enjoined us that if we give attention to Sadaqah and Istighfar then He will remove our difficulties and anxieties and reward us with nearness to Him. The Holy Quran states:

    Know they not that Allah is He Who accepts repentance from His servants and takes alms, and that Allah is He Who is Oft-Returning with compassion, and is Merciful? (9:104)

    The Promised Messiah (as) has explained that "Sadaqah" is derived from "Sidq" which means that one who gives alms in the way of Allah displays a relationship of "Sidq" (truthfulness and sincerity) with Him. Secondly the Promised Messiah (as) says is prayer, which should create hurt-burning passion and depth of feeling within one.

    Huzur says, thus Istighfar is also a type of Prayer. When engaging in Istighfar it should be done with agony and passion in one's heart. Just saying "Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah" superficially or paying lip service to it whilst not even really focusing on God when saying it, will not benefit you at all, unless it is done with heart-felt zeal and truly with your weaknesses in view. What happens when a person gives Sadaqah (financial sacrifice) in the way of Allah purely to attain His mercy and also pledges to strive to his utmost to avoid transgressing. This has been conveyed by Allah the Almighty through the Holy Prophet (sa) who informed us that God said: Tell my servants that when they advance one step towards me, I move two steps towards them. And when they walk rapidly towards me, I rush towards them... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Prophecy about Musleh Ma'ood

     Today Huzur delivered his sermon on the faith-inspiring prophecy of Musleh-e-Maud (the Promised Reformer) and said that its fulfilment was an immense proof of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as).

    Huzur said that Ahmadis are familiar with the day of 20th of February as relating to this glorious prophecy. On this day the Promised Messiah (as) was given the glad tidings in a revelation of the birth of a son who would possess numerous qualities. Among other things, it was prophesied that the Jama'at (Ahmadiyya Community) would experience exceptional progress during the era of the Promised Reformer.

    Huzur said that today he would present extracts in the words of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) himself which shed light on how this prophecy was fulfilled in his person.

    In 1914 Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) was conferred by God with the mantle of Khilafat. It was 30 years later – in 1944 – that he announced he fulfilled the prophecy of the Promised Reformer. Even before, many of the scholars and general membership of the Jama'at felt that the prophecy was fulfilled in his person, and encouraged him to announce that he was the Musleh-e-Maud (Promised Reformer).

    Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) responded to them that if the prophecy seemed to be fulfilled in his person, then so be it, but what was the need for him to make an announcement? He mentioned that on one occasion, a list was published of the past Mujadideen (Reformers) in Islam and this list was published after being seen by the Promised Messiah (as). Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) said how many in this list had made a claim to being a Reformer? The Promised Messiah (as) himself said that Aurengzab [Mughal Emporer] appeared to be a Reformer of his era. Umar bin Abdul Aziz is said to be a Reformer but he too never claimed or announced to be so. An announcement is only needed for a commissioned Reformer, such as the Promised Messiah. For a non-appointed Reformer, a claim is not necessary.

    Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) further explained that this was why he did not need to make an announcement. He said that members of the Jama'at should not be agitated by taunts of the opponents in this regard. Their slander, insults and attempts to disgrace do not matter because one can be humiliated people, but true honour is given in the court of God the Almighty. One who treads in the way of God, is given honour in the sight of God, regardless of contempt of the people. One who makes a false claim may gain success in the world, however he will ultimately falter because he does not have the respect of God. He said that therefore in both secular and spiritual matters, one should always adopt truthfulness. And the way to judge one is on the manner of support they receive from God the Almighty.

    Yet despite this, once Allah the Almighty commanded him to make the announcement – he then proclaimed that he was the Promised Reformer... Read Full Summary