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: Blessings of Jalsa Salana UK 2017

     It is due to the immense Grace and Beneficence of Allah the Almighty that last week the Jalsa Salana UK [Annual Convention] of Ahmadiyya Community concluded safely. During all the three days of Jalsa Salana, we observed scenes of the Grace and blessings of Allah the Almighty nd every participant felt that the Help and blessings of Allah the Almighty were continually being sent down. Thus, no matter how much we give thanks to Allah the Almighty for this, it cannot be sufficient. True gratitude can only be offered, if we constantly endeavour to seek the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. The Holy Prophet(sa) said that one who is not grateful to people, is not grateful to Allah the Almighty either. Thus, due to this, all participants should be grateful to the workers who performed Jalsa duty. Likewise, the workers, should also be grateful to Allah the Almighty in every way, for Allah the Almighty enabled them to serve the guests of the Promised Messiah(as), guests, who had come for the sake of the faith and guests who had come to gain religious knowledge. Everyone from young children to the old served with exceptional sincerity. Likewise, the participants also took part in the Jalsa quietly, without spreading any restlessness or evil and benefitted from the programmes. Such a practical example presents a very awe-inspiring sight for a worldly person. The guests, who came from outside [the Community] have also been expressing their views. I will now present a few of their views, which they expressed after experiencing the atmosphere. They stated openly that if this is the teaching of Islam then this teaching ought to be spread in the world.

    The former foreign minister of Benin and advisor of the president, Maryam Boni Jialo Sahiba, who is currently the advisor and a senior minister writes: "through this Jalsa I was able to understand the Ahmadiyya Jama'at in greater depth. I am greatly impressed by the management of the Jalsa. Everyone sacrificed their own comfort and was ready to provide comfort and ease to others. I will never in my life be able to forget the smiling faces, which found happiness in serving other guests. She says that women have been given a great status and only through this can a healthy and peaceful society be established.

    Then, a member of the parliament of Guatemala, Iliena Calles expressed her feelings by saying that participating in the Jalsa was a very unique and astonishing experience. She says that the scene of volunteers serving thousands of guests was astonishing. She also mentioned the address to the ladies; the status of women and the mention of paradise lying under the feet of mothers and women. She further says that in comparison to the men's marquee, I felt greater comfort, ease and freedom in the ladies' marquee.

    Similarly, Sergio Moya, a professor of the National University of Costa Rica, attended the Jalsa. He states "I have witnessed a new picture of Islam through this Jalsa. I have seen a community of Muslims that is exemplary in mutual love and affection who present a practical depiction of their faith.

    Then Doglas Monteroso sahib, advisor to the member parliament of Costa Rica, says: "I heard the speeches delivered by the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community with utmost focus and attention. I was very much impressed by his advice that when one forgives his enemies and prays for them, his heart is cleansed from enmity and malice."

    Joseph Pierrer Duplan, the representative of the President of Haiti says: Every single person was demonstrating simplicity and patience. There was an aura of brotherhood in the atmosphere." He then states: "I am not a religious person but after attending this Jalsa and meeting with the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community my heart concludes that if there is to be a true religion, then it is Islam and Ahmadiyyat."

    Zoucomore Sahib, president of the human rights commission in Burkina Faso, also attended the Jalsa. He states "I have heard addresses of many religious leaders. They speak as if they are the only people treading on the right path and play with people's emotions. However, I heard the address of the Imam of Jama'at-e-Ahmadiyya with utmost attention. The focal point of all the speeches was establishment of world peace. And this is the teaching…" He says "that can lead to the establishment of world peace. And we can defeat terrorism and injustice."

    Similarly, there was a lady named Katrina Celjak sahiba in the Croatian delegation. She states "Previously I was a nun at a church, but now I am in search of the truth." She further states "the Jalsa environment, the exhibitions here, and other information about the Jama'at has enlightened my mind. I sense that my journey in search of the truth will reach its destination soon."

    An International Business Management student was also part of the delegation from Croatia. He says that he was very impressed with the love and dedication of the organization of the Jalsa.

    An elderly couple came from Croatia last year, who were Muslims also attended this year too and they said to me in our private meeting that "last year we attended as normal Muslims and this year we are attending as Ahmadi Muslims." Hence, there is a great bounty of God Almighty in the Jalsa, as people take Bai'ats as well.

    A congressman of the Philippines, Salvador Belaro Junior attended the Jalsa. He says that "it was an eye-opening experience for me from which I have had the opportunity to learn a lot. The most pleasing thing for me was that the members of the community meet each other with the utmost love and courtesy and strive to help one another as much as possible... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Jalsa Salana UK 2017 - Our Responsibilities

     The Jalsa Salana [Annual Convention] UK is InShaAllah going to commence on the coming Friday. By the Grace of Allah the Almighty, guests have already started arriving from other countries to participate in the Jalsa. In addition to Ahmadis, who come to benefit from the blessings of Jalsa, the guests of Jalsa now also consist of non-Ahmadis and non-Muslims, who come from not only Great Britain but also from various other countries. These attendees include Government representatives or public officials of some countries and influential people from academia. Likewise, the number of people related to press and media has now also started to increase. All these attendees, who are from outside [the Community], observe everything very closely and are usually impressed. Thus, during these days, our volunteers consisting of men, women, girls, boys and children serve to do silent tabligh and through the press, Ahmadiyyat is introduced across the length and the breadth of the world on a very broad scale. Thus, volunteer workers have a huge role and wherever or in whatever capacity the workers are engaged, they have their own special significance. This significance should be borne in mind by everyone, from a regular assistant to an officer. Actions and behaviour of every worker have an impact on those observers from outside the Community.

    Team leaders should endeavour to work with humility and lead by example by working as an ordinary volunteer. Signs of humility and gentleness should be apparent on their faces. Their tone should be soft and the highest moral standards should be displayed. They should always remember that hospitality is a very important department. With regards to this, the Promised Messiah (as) expressed his sentiments at one place, which are a guiding principle for us. On one occasion the Promised Messiah (as) said, "I am always concerned that no guest experiences any trouble or discomfort. Rather, I always emphasise that the guests should be provided with as much comfort as possible." He said, "The heart of a guest is like a fragile glass, which can break from slightest of hurts... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Desire for children and their proper upbringing

     Many men and women write to me requesting prayers for their unborn child and seek advice prayers for their expected child. At times, parents ask for guidance for their children who are getting closer to adolescence and adulthood. By the Grace of Allah, the majority of the Community think in this manner and they are focused on how they should undertake the tarbiyyat (moral training) of their children. This is a great blessing and favour of Allah the Almighty upon us Ahmadis that due to accepting the Promised Messiah (as), we think in this manner. In this age, where worldly desires have engulfed everyone, we are not only concerned about the worldly well-being of our children, rather, we also strive to care about the improvement of their faith.

    Allah the Almighty has also bestowed this favour upon us Muslims — there are clear guidelines for the moral training of children from even before their birth in the Holy Quran. The Holy Quran teaches prayers for this purpose. If we offer these supplications, and spend our lives in this way and pay attention to the tarbiyyat of our children, then we can send forth a pious progeny.

    There is no doubt that the tarbiyyat of children is not an easy affair and especially in this age, where at every turn attractions created by Satan entice us in various ways. A true believer is indeed expected that being attached to Allah the Almighty, he should save himself as well as his children from the onslaughts of Satan, instead of giving in to despair and negative feelings while being frightened. A harrowing example of negative thinking, came before my eyes when a person wrote to me that given the prevalent immorality in the world today and the state of the general moral depravity, I would choose to not have children after I get married. This is an extremely pessimistic view. This is akin to accepting defeat from Satan, taking Satan as the final authority and acting as though Allah the Almighty has no power to save us and our children from the onslaughts of Satan, regardless of how much effort we exert and prayers we offer. In other words, this is like granting absolute freedom to the followers of Satan, leading to annihilation of the progeny of believers in due course. Hence, this way of thinking is extremely disappointing and does not behove the followers of the Promised Messiah (as). In order to partake in the revolution for which the Promised Messiah (as) was sent to the world by Allah the Exalted, we must use our capabilities and faculties to the utmost and we must also infuse this spirit into our offspring. We must pray for our objectives and bring our children up [in a manner] so that despite all of the filth and indecencies found in the society, we will not allow Satan to be victorious, Insha'Allah [God willingly]. We must endeavour to establish the Kingdom of God on this earth. Thus, there is no need to be disheartened. Rather, we must act in accordance with the prescribed path by Allah the Exalted with determination.

    As I mentioned, Allah the Exalted has taught us prayers in the Holy Qur'an to be blessed with virtuous offspring. This is the prayer of the Prophet Zachariah, 'My Lord, grant me from Thyself pure offspring; surely, Thou art the Hearer of prayer.' So, we should pray for virtuous progeny as well as act in a virtuous and pious manner, which are the characteristics of virtuous people and prophets. In order to safeguard our progeny from the evil influences of the time, it is necessary that both the husband and wife should act in a virtuous manner... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Proofs of Truth

     On 7th July 2017, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (May Allāh be his Helper) delivered the Friday Sermon at Baitul Futūh Mosque, London.

    Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: As we observe in the history of prophets, they face opposition after their claim. The fire of opposition and jealousy increases as their community grows. As prophets are sent by Allah the Almighty and He gives them glad tidings ofvictory, opposition never becomes a hindrance in the way to their success. When Allah the Almighty sent Promised Messiah(as) as the Messiah and Mahdi, he too was to be treated in accordance with this practice [of God]. Allah the Almighty informed him beforehand about various forms opposition and the miserable end of the opponents. God also informed him about the progress of his Community in the face of opposition.

    Allah the Almighty revealed many revelations and one of them is as follows: [Translation]

    "I will cause an increase of your true and sincere friends."

    Then, there is another revelation, which is...: [Translation]

    "I am with you and with all your dear ones."

     

    Then Allah the Almighty said: [Translation]

    "Such people will help you whom We shall inspire from Ourself."

    Then He said: [Translation]

    "I shall bestow honour upon you and shall foster you."

    Yet another revelation is as follows: [Translation]

    "Allah will help you from Himself."

     

    Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) narrated some faith inspiring incidences in this regard. Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said that these incidences on the one hand, became a means of increasing the faith for Ahmadis and, on the other hand, became signs of the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat for others.

    Nazir Da'wat IlAllah [Director of Preaching] at Qadian wrote that one of his mu'allim's [preacher's] went to his village before Ramadan to inform his relatives of the timings of Ramadan. A non-Ahmadi young man by the name of Iqbal came to the relative's house. Mu'allim sahib introduced himself saying that 'I am a mu'allim of the Ahmadiyya Community'. Upon [hearing] that, the person became furious with anger. The man became disrespectful and abusive towards Promised Messiah(as) and ahmadiyyat.

    Mu'allim sahib said that, we have been taught to reply with prayers in response to abuse. The man warned him that, 'if you're seen in this village ever again then you will face an evil end.' The mu'allim sahib said that only time will tell who will face an evil end. Later, Maulvi Iqbal, who had verbally abused the Jama'at, suddenly died of heart attack. This incident, not only increased the faith of the members of the Jama'at in that tiny village but also greatly influenced the non-Ahmadis as they saw this support of Allah the Almighty for the Promised Messiah(as) ... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Persevere in Mindful Prayers

     On 30th June 2017, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (May Allāh be his Helper) delivered the Friday Sermon at Baitul Futūh Mosque, London.

    Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: Ramadān comes with countless blessings and those who understand this are able to reap them. Many have written to me that they were able to perform Nawafil in addition to the obligatory worship, that they completed a course of reciting the Holy Quran, that they had strange and pleasurable spiritual experiences, that they experienced the acceptance of their prayers and attained certainty in the existence of God. Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: Those who have strived in such a way, may Allāh forgive any shortcomings on their part and continue to bless them forever. May Allāh continue to elevate the status of those who attained high stations as well as those who strived even a little bit. They should also pray for themselves so that they may not become lax in terms of fulfilling their obligations to Allāh and to His creatures.

    When God says that He comes close to His servant when he prays to Him, this statement is not limited to Ramadān, rather He says that He answers the prayers of the distressed person when he calls upon Him. Allāh is not bound only to bestow His nearness in Ramadān. This month has only been specified to draw our attention. The pronouncement "I am near" is for all times.

    Drawing our attention to prayer, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) says that God is closest to His servant in the middle part of the night, and if possible one should remember Him at that hour. Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: If you have acquired the habit of offering Nawafil in Ramadān, then you should try to adopt it permanently. If we are fully determined, we can always continue to benefit from God's nearness. When God is close to man, man comes under His refuge. One who remembers God is like the living, and one who doesn't is like the dead. To confine remembrance of God to a few days makes a person spiritually dead. If we want to be among the truly living, we ought to remember God in the remaining 11 months as well. Having come under God's protection in Ramadān, we should use all the means to permanently keep ourselves under His protection... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Salat, Jumu'ah and Ramzan

     The blessed month of Ramadan came and has already swiftly passed by. Despite the long days and intense heat – particularly this time round, even here hottest temperatures were recorded - and majority of the people or at least those of them, who met with me, expressed that they did not feel the fasting that much or that despite the severe weather, they felt it relatively less. However, this alone is not enough, we should rather evaluate ourselves and see as to what we have achieved during these blessed days of Allah the Almighty.

    In these days, this month of Ramadan, Allah the Almighty descends from the seventh Heaven to the lower Heaven. Allah the Almighty, in these days, listens to the supplications of His servants by coming closer to them. In these days, Allah the Almighty Himself, becomes the reward for those who fast. In these days, Allah the Almighty shackles satan. What have we done to benefit from these acts of Grace and Mercy of Allah the Almighty? Or what resolutions have we made? What promises have we made in order to follow the commandments of Allah the Almighty, to live by His teaching and to forsake previous shortcomings and to what extent have we brought upon changes in ourselves?

    In fact, Ramadan is like a training camp. Ramadan has been prescribed so that you can increase in the good deeds that you are already acting upon. Every Ramadan that concludes, should have elevated us to new levels of worship and righteous deeds. Then we should become those who establish new and high standards of worship and righteous deeds. Allah the Almighty states: Watch over Prayers, and particularly the middle Prayer. Allah the Almighty is aware of man's nature and thus He has placed particular emphasis on the middle prayer. Salat-ul-Wusta means the middle prayer or the most important prayer i.e. such a time when the significance of that prayer increases. The reason is because during certain times of the prayers man gives preference to his personal work or for the fulfilment of worldly desires. Some people find it difficult to offer the Fajr [morning] prayer therefore to wake up in the morning to offer the Fajr prayer. Some owing to their work or business find it difficult to offer the Zuhr or Asr prayer and so the importance of that particular prayer increases...

    Allah the Almighty has drawn our attention towards prayer through various references and has not restricted this to the month of Ramadan only. Regarding the prayers, Friday Prayers and Ramadan, the Holy Prophet (sa) has given an instruction which a believer and one who has the fear of Allah the Almighty in the heart should always bear in mind. The Holy Prophet (sa) stated: 'The five daily prayers, from one Friday prayer to the next Friday prayer and one Ramadan to the next Ramadan are an expiation for the sins committed between them, so long as one refrains from committing any major sins.' However, one should not infer from this that they are permitted to commit the lesser sins and that Allah the Almighty will forgive them. Rather, it means the errors which are committed due to human weaknesses but the observance of prayers, regularly offering the Friday Prayers and seeking repentance for sins and also pledging that one shall not commit that sin again, then Allah the Almighty forgives them.

    Regarding the importance of regularly observing the Friday Prayers, the Holy Prophet (sa) stated: 'Whoever intentionally does not attend three consecutive Friday Prayers, Allah the Almighty sets a seal on their hearts.' Allah the Almighty states: 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 better for you, if you only knew. Thus, this is a commandment for every believer and one who proclaims his belief [in God] that he should make special arrangements for the Friday Prayers and should leave off all other work and business. Regarding those who attend the Friday Prayer on time and regularly, the Holy Prophet (sa) stated: 'On Fridays the angels are stood at every door of the mosque. They register the name of the first person who enters the mosque and continue to write the names of people who enter until the Imam sits down after delivering the Friday Sermon after which they close their registers and remain occupied in listening to the remembrance of God.'

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  • Friday Sermon: Truth, Lies and Arrogance

     In the previous sermon I spoke about the relationship between good morals and righteousness; the Promised Messiah’s instructions that man can only become a righteous person when he possesses all good moral qualities. However, there are some aspects of morality, which if not present in a believer, his level of faith becomes questionable. Righteousness is a matter for later; first one must look after their faith. Among all the aspects of morality necessary for a believer, the most important is to remain truthful and to abstain from lying. God Almighty states in the Holy Quran: “Shun therefore the abomination of idols, and shun all words of untruth,”

    Hence, having put worship of idols and lying together, God has clearly demonstrated that it is a sin paramount to idol-worship. So, this is a very clear and open warning for one who professes faith, that if you are a believer then you must also have a high standard of truthfulness. The Promised Messiah (as) has given vast and detailed discourses on the importance of truthfulness in our faith. The Promised Messiah (as) says, “The Holy Quran has deemed lying equal to idol-worship…Both are an abomination and both are vile, hence one should stay away from them.” “Avoid idol-worship and lying. In other words, lying too is an idol. The one who puts his trust in lies abandons his trust in God Almighty. So, in lying, one also loses God. When a person abandons his trust, God does not go near him.”

    stressing that the lying is an abdominal practice, the Promised Messiah (as) instructed his followers to give up this practice. He states: “A great deal of effort is required for this, and for a long period of time one must make great endeavours. Only then will one instil in himself the habit speaking the truth.”

    The Promised Messiah (as) writes: “The one who lies creates his own idol and considers it to be the means of their salvation.” He then states: “Remember that there is nothing more cursed than falsehood. Generally, worldly men say that the truthful get caught, but why should I accept this when I myself have been in 7 court cases and by the grace of Allah, not once have I had to utter a lie. Can anyone say that God Almighty made me suffer defeat in any one of them? God Almighty is Himself the protector and Helper of the truthful. Can it be that He gives a punishment to a pious person or a truthful person? If this ever happened then no one in the world would ever have the courage to speak the truth and true belief in God would disappear.”

    The Promised Messiah (as) stated: “The reality is that those people, who endure punishments because of speaking the truth, their punishment is in fact not due to speaking the truth. Rather it is due to their subtle and concealed misdeeds.” Those mistakes and misdeeds are the reason for punishment. The punishment is the result of some other lie.. All the record of our deeds is securely kept with Allah the Almighty. Man may escape from worldly punishment through excuses but Allah the Almighty cannot be deceived.

    This saying of the Promised Messiah(as) that ‘a worldly individual thinks that they cannot forsake lying as they could not survive without it’ is not only regarding greater interests, rather the state of worldly people is such that they lie about everything, even the smallest of matters. Thus, a large study on lying, containing many essays, was recently published in the latest National Geographic. The research was conducted on ‘Why we lie’? [The author] suggested that supposedly success is achieved through lying like the Promised Messiah(as) also said that people think that they achieve success due to lying. [The author] has written the same and has also tried to prove in the study that that it is ingrained in the human nature to lie. However, it is not [ingrained in] the human nature to lie, rather it is the environment which makes one a liar. In the same article, [the author] has formulated the idea or has tried to justify lying by saying that it becomes a habit since childhood, whereas even during childhood, it is the environment, which inculcates this habit. People lie to make their stories more colourful and attention grabbing. In that article, it is said about [people ranging from] children to politicians, from [usual] professionals to scientists, that their words contain lies. In this society, in this environment, there is so much lying that we observe lying everywhere. In their view, there is no way out of it. [They say,] ‘we are forced to lie. After reading this article, it seems that every matter of theirs is based on a lie. The initial survey which they conducted revealed that everyone tells three to four lies daily... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Attaining Taqwa

     In the previous sermon, I mentioned that the purpose of fasting and Ramadan as outlined by Allah the Almighty is to develop Taqwa [righteousness] within the hearts. The Promised Messiah(as) stated that in order to become a Muttaqi [righteous person] it is not enough to simply worship God or fulfil the rights of the creation of God, in fact a righteous person is one who also adopts a high standard of morals and has a positive influence on others through his/her piety and righteousness. Thus, on one occasion the Promised Messiah(as) stated: ‘High morals are a sign of a righteous person.’ The Promised Messiah(as) states: ‘Taqwa is made up of many components and to abstain from vanity, selfishness, unlawful wealth and to refrain from all kinds of immoral behaviour is part of Taqwa [righteousness]. A person who displays good morals then even his enemies become his friends. Allah the Almighty states: – ‘Repel evil with that which is best.’

    The Promised Messiah(as) stated that Taqwa is to refrain from all kinds of ill habits and to display good morals is also Taqwa which enables one to turn even his enemies into friends. That is, if you treat others with kindness then even strangers will draw closer to you and be part of your community of friends. Therefore, this is the principal teaching which we must always bear in mind wherein we should exhibit good morals by adhering our every action to Taqwa.

    The Promised Messiah(as) says, “Thus, by ‘morals’ is meant the seeking of the pleasure of Allah.” And what is meant by ‘seeking of the pleasure of Allah’? He says, “It is what is personified in the practical life of the Holy Prophet(sa).” What are morals? It is what Allah the Almighty desires. And what does Allah the Almighty desire? It is what we observe in every aspect of the life of the Holy Prophet(sa). For that, it is necessary that one should try to mould his life according to the life of the Holy Prophet(sa). These morals are like the foundation. If they remain unsteady, a building cannot be constructed upon them. Morals are like laying one brick on top of the other. If one brick is laid out of line the entire wall remains uneven.

    Furthermore, regarding the moral qualities of the Holy Prophet(sa), the Promised Messiah(as) says, “With regards to the Holy Prophet(sa), Allah the Exalted has said that: - And thou dost surely possess high moral excellences. In every aspect of life, the Holy Prophet(sa) demonstrated the highest example of his moral qualities, which is obligatory for a believer to follow according to his capacity and capability.” .. “The bravest in battle was considered to be the one, who would be near the Holy Prophet(sa), as he would be in a place of great danger. Subhanallah [Holy is Allah], what great stature!” The Promised Messiah(as) says, “A time came, when the Holy Prophet(sa) possessed such a large flock of sheep, which even [the emperors] Caesar and Khosrow did not possess. He gave them all to a beggar.” This is the demonstration of [his] moral conduct... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Ramzan, Taqwa and Steadfastness

     “O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous.” Alhamdulillah (all praise to Allah) - that we are being enabled to experience the month of Ramadan once more in our lives. The Holy Prophet(sa) once said that ‘if people knew about the excellences of Ramadan, then my ummah [Muslim community at large] would have wished the entire year to be Ramadan.’ Upon this, a person asked him as to what the excellences of Ramadan were. He replied, ‘Verily, paradise is decorated for Ramadan from the beginning to the end of the year.’ Likewise, in another narration, reported by Hazrat Abu Hurairah(ra), the Holy Prophet(sa) said that ‘whoever observes fasting during Ramadan in a state of faith and while self-evaluating, his previous sins will be forgiven and if you knew what the excellences of Ramadan are, you would have wished that the entire year were Ramadan.’

    When man increases in faith, undertakes self-evaluation, watches over his shortcomings and actions, focuses on fulfilling the rights of Allah and the rights of people and tries to make his actions conducive to the will of Allah, only then is he granted forgiveness for his [past] sins. This is also the purpose of fasting during Ramadan, which Allah the Almighty has mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. In the verse, which I recited, [it is said that] ‘fasting is prescribed for you, the month of Ramadan is designated every year so that you may become righteous and taqwa means that every action should be undertaken for the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. Then only can you benefit from the fasting and save yourselves from the onslaughts of satan. When, you will fast with sincerity, being righteous, will you come in the refuge of Allah the Almighty.’

    The Holy Prophet (sa) stated: whoever fasts during Ramadan in a state of faith while self-examining will have his previous sins forgiven. This is not something ordinary. The Promised Messiah (as) taught us that a state of faith cannot be attained to until and unless one recognises God. He further stated that we must cross the great stage of recognising and understanding God and if our understanding of God is defective or mingled with doubt or in any way weak, our faith shall never be glowing and imbued with light.

    So how can one recognise God? This takes place through the manifestation of God’s Rahimiyyat (attribute of mercy) i.e. recognising God may only be achieved by means of the demonstration of God’s attribute of mercy. He further states that when God Almighty’s attributes of Rahimiyyat, grace and might are experienced, they safeguard from carnal passions, as carnal passions are brought about due to weakness of faith and conviction. Hence, it can be well understood that this faith is no ordinary matter. In fact, this is a great matter and an enormous target which we have been given, it is not only the fasting for 30 days, or preparing for the month of Ramadan, for these hold little importance. This importance can only increase when all our efforts from the training in this month are produced throughout the year. Whilst explaining the condition of faith and the way to rectify it, the Promised Messiah (as) in one place writes: “In actuality, there are two types of faith in God. One is restricted merely to the lip-service which has no effect on deeds and actions. (Faith is expressed but is not demonstrated in actions). The second type of faith in God is such which comes with practical testimony. He states: “I know that these people declare their faith in God but I see that despite this declaration, they are engulfed in the filth this world and polluted with the mist of sinfulness.”

    The Promised Messiah (as) states: “Thus, the first responsibility of man should be to review their belief in God Almighty. This implies that they must not commit any deed that would indicate that they do not hold any regard for the Majesty of God, nor should it contradict any command of God Almighty.” Thus, this is the manner in which a believer can analyse themselves during this month of Ramadan... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Khilafat

     After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta’uz, Tasmia and Sura Fatiah Hazrat Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen recited verse 56 of Sura Al-Nur and then (aba) said:

    The translation of this verse is as follows:

    “Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me. Then whoso is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious.”

     

    This verse, as it is evident from the subject matter, declares the promise of Allah the Almighty to Muslims that Khilafat [i.e. Calipahte]will continue to remain in Islam. However, according to a saying of the Holy Prophet (sa), due to the conduct of the Muslims and the state of their faith, this blessing was to be temporarily seized from them. Nevertheless, the Holy Prophet (sa) also added that, in accordance with the promise of Allah the Almighty, this system was to be re-established. Khilafat on the precepts of prophethood was to be re-established and reinstated in the world for those who are firm in their faith, do good deeds and follow this final and complete religion.

    Whilst mentioning the lack of knowledge of the Muslims, or rather the lack of understanding and ignorance of the Muslim scholars, the Promised Messiah (as) stated: “Some people deny the general connotation of the verse: [Arabic] (i.e. the broader meaning of this verse) by saying that Minkum] from among you] can only refer to the companions [of the Holy Prophet (sa)] and the rightly guided caliphate terminated with them.” The Promised Messiah (as) further states: “I ask the question, can any virtuous individual entertain the belief that the dispensation and caliphate of Prophet Moses (as) lasted for fourteen hundred years, yet that individual who was the best of all the Messengers and the best among all the Prophets – the blessings of whose dispensation was to last until the Day of Judgement – his blessings were to last only until his era, as if to say that God Almighty did not wish for the blessings of his model to be exhibited through his spiritual Caliphs”

    Thus, there are people who are of this opinion as well about whom the Holy Prophet (sa) mentioned with detail. However, there are some individuals who wish to establish the Caliphate using the support of worldly powers. These people have failed to understand the clear message of God Almighty that this promise is stipulated with faith and virtuous deeds. Becoming a true servant of God Almighty is a condition attached to this promise. Three years ago, a journalist in Ireland asked me ‘what is the truth behind the system of Caliphate that has appeared in the Islamic world? What dangers are posed to your Caliphate by this?’ I explained to him that they are a group of extremists and their end will be the same as rest of the extremist organisations. Recently here in the United Kingdom an incident took place in Manchester where twenty-two or twenty-three people were needlessly killed including innocent children. This was an outrageous act of cruelty and can never be associated with the teachings of Islam at any cost. We are perturbed by these atrocious acts of terror. May Allah have mercy on the deceased and grant steadfastness to their relatives. May Allah stop the hands of these tyrants who are carrying out vicious acts in the name of Islam and Khilafat [Caliphate]... Read Full Summary