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: 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

  • Friday Sermon: The best of you are the best to their women; Lead by example

     The teaching of Islam, which was revealed to the Holy Prophet(sa), provides us with guidance regarding every matter. If every one of us, were to act upon this teaching, a beautiful society could be formed. There are countless commandments in the Holy Qur’an. However, Allah the Almighty says, ‘Verily you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model’. Thus, true success can only be achieved, if we put this model before us in every big and small matter.

    In view of this, I will now say something regarding the responsibilities of men in various capacities. A man has responsibilities as the guardian of the household and as a husband. He has responsibilities as a father as well as a son. If every man came to understand these responsibilities and tried to fulfil them, it could become a means of peace in the wider society and of the establishment of love and harmony.

    Some men, thinking that they have unbridled authority as the head of the house, are engaged in domestic violence and cruelty to children. So, if one wants to carry on treating his wife and children like ignorant people, then there is no benefit in coming into the Bai’at [Oath of Initiation] of the Promised Messiah(as). The Holy Prophet(sa), as the guardian of his family, made his family appreciate first and foremost, the importance of establishing tauheed [Oneness of God]. However, he did so with love and affection, not by force. Thus, Hazrat Aisha(ra) relates that the Holy Prophet(sa) would wake up during the night to offer nafl [voluntary] prayers and he would wake us up with a light sprinkling of water, so that we may offer nawafil and fulfil the responsibilities which are due to Allah. Then, the Holy Prophet(sa) helped with tasks, which were part of the duties of the wives. Hazrat Aisha(ra) relates that he would stitch his own clothes, mend his shoes and repair the household items such as the water bucket etc. Thus, many husbands, keeping these examples in mind, will have to re-evaluate their behaviour at home. Remember the Hadith, “The one from among you is the highest regarding morals and manners who is better in his treatment of his wives.’ Thus, good treatment of wives is the very sign of the greatness of one’s standard of faith.

    Regarding the responsibilities of a husband and good treatment of wives, the Promised Messiah(as) states, “Except for indecency, all weaknesses and petulant behaviour of women should be tolerated. I find it absolutely shameful that a man should fight a woman. ….”. Once, the Promised Messiah(as) said that our members [of the Jama’at] should not be harsh and ill-tempered with their wives. The Promised Messiah(as) said, “Once raised my voice against my wife and I immediately refrained from uttering any hurtful and harsh word. I recited a lot of Istighfar [seeking forgiveness] and offered voluntary prayers with great ferventness and gave some charity...”

    Thus, those who are unkind to their wives, their faith is in danger. They should be very concerned as the person who is not at the highest standard of faith, can stumble at any time. Admonishing such men, the Promised Messiah(as) says, “If a man is not pious, how then can the wife be pious?” The Promised Messiah(as) further said, “Verily, if a man becomes pious, the wife can also become pious.”

    Here I have observed that women are more religious. They complain at times that our husband is not inclined towards religion. They are neglectful of prayers, watch inappropriate and immoral programmes on TV and are negligence in their duties to the upbringing of children. They scold and physically abuse children. In these countries, such issues are brought to the police and give our community a bad name. Furthermore, such people incur worldly punishment as well as the displeasure of Allah the Almighty... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Seek Allah's Help with Patience and Prayers

     After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta’uz, Tasmia and Sura Fatihah, Hazrat Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen (aba) recited the verse:

    O ye who believe! Seek help with patience and Prayer; surely, Allah is with the steadfast. (2:154)

    Huzur said that people face many trials throughout their lifetime. There are many hardships in the world that man undergoes and in some cases there is no choice but to show patience and forbearance. These include the loss of wealth, children and worldly provisions. While some wail and cry and utter remarks of disbelief and words of complaint, however there are some who face such trials and difficulties due to accepting the Prophets of God. Just as their losses in their worldly possessions are for the sake of God Almighty, their loss of life is also for the sake of God Almighty, yet in spite of all this they pass through such tribulations without uttering a single word of grievance.

    Undoubtedly they pray to Allah the Almighty saying: ‘O Allah, when all this is being inflicted upon us because we have accepted Your commissioned one, then enhance our faculties of patience and You, Yourself come to our aid and safeguard us from the oppression of these tyrants. Grant us firm resolve for this trial that we undergo for Your sake.’

    Huzur stated that people of the world today only read the history of Prophets of God, however it is the Ahmadi Muslims that are practically passing through this phase due to the reason that they have accepted the Messiah of Muhammad (sa), the true ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (sa), who was the chosen one of God Almighty for the rejuvenation of Islam. Although groups and sects may be also be facing religious persecution, however given the opportunity, all these people, communities or groups retaliate in the same oppressive manner that was meted out to them. It is Ahmadis who never take the law into their own hands, thereby displaying the true characteristics of a believer who show patience upon facing cruelties by prostrating before Allah the Almighty and seeking His support. Thus, this is a stark difference between Ahmadi Muslims and other people of the world.

    Huzur stated that we never forsake patience when faced with any worldly trial and neither do we revert back having professed belief due to the enmity of our opponents. We are fully aware that Allah the Almighty is the only one Who can ease our hardships and pains. During times of difficulty we do not bow before worldly people, but rather we prostrate before the Omnipotent God and seek His assistance. It is He who can grant us salvation from such hardships due to our patience and prayer, God Willingly... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Seeking The Pleasure of Allah

     After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta'uz, Tasmia and Sura Fatiah Hazrat Ameer-ul-Mu'mineen (aba) recited verse 21 of Sura Al-Hadid. The translation is as follows:

    "Know that the life of this world is only a sport and a pastime, and an adornment, and a source of boasting among yourselves, and of rivalry in multiplying riches and children. This life is like the rain, the vegetation produced whereby rejoices the tillers. Then it dries up and thou seest it turn yellow; then it becomes broken pieces of straw. And in the Hereafter there is severe punishment, and also forgiveness from Allah, and His pleasure. And the life of this world is nothing but temporary enjoyment of deceitful things." (57:21)

    Huzoor-e-Anwar (aba) said that Allah the Almighty has drawn our attention in various places in the Holy Quran, in fact He has warned us, that our life of this world and all its comforts, amenities and provisions are all temporary, and they are nothing more than a sport and a pastime. Those who are heedless of God Almighty and disregardful of the primary objective of one's life may incline to the lure of such worldly things. However, a Momin [believer], who has very lofty objectives (and certainly should have), is free of such things and likewise thinks well beyond these. Rather, [a Momin] seeks for the acquisition of these lofty objectives, the nearness of Allah the Almighty and His love.

    Huzoor (aba) then stated: "The mercy of Allah the Almighty is immensely vast and owing to that some people are able to acquire His mercy through certain virtuous deeds. However, Allah the Almighty states that you must remember that the life of this world is not everything as the real life is the one in the hereafter. Therefore, it is necessary for one to forge a relationship with Allah the Almighty and to adhere to His commandments in order to seek His pleasure and a prosperous end."

    Huzoor (aba) then mentioned a quote of the Promised Messiah (as) in which he stated: "'Those who come from God, abandon the world.' However, this means that they do not deem this world to be their primary and ultimate objective. They do not just focus on their life in this world. When this becomes their condition then the world becomes subservient to them."

    The Promised Messiah (as) further stated:

    But those who make the life of this world as their ultimate objective, then even if they acquire this world, however eventually they will face ruination.'

    Huzoor-e-Anwar (aba) stated: "The words of the Promised Messiah were not just for that time. In fact, even today when it is claimed that the world's financial system has firmly established and there are very strong banks present and yet the businesses and trades which rely on the banks are crippled and go bankrupt and we find that even the banks begin to incur loss... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Germany Tour: Conveying the True Message of Islam

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

    Huzur said that whenever he had the opportunity to sit with representatives of the world press as well as non-Muslims and whenever he got the opportunity for questions and answers or to converse [with them], they most certainly ask this question in one way or another, be it directly or indirectly, that what is the reason for the fear of Islam in the world and how can this be removed?

    Huzur said this is nothing new and this question has been raised many times before as well. This very question opens our paths of Tabligh [propagating the true message of Islam]. If this fear is increasing, it is due to some so called Muslim groups or individuals committing ruthless acts and carrying out terrorist attacks in the name of Islam. The reaction or the concerns of the non-Muslims are also justified in that they are developing a fear of Muslims. However, our reaction is not a negative one. Huzur said I always tell them that such groups and individuals are emerging due to the wrong training of scholars or so called scholars and due to not understanding the true teachings of Islam. This is exactly in line with the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (saw). At such a time, it was prophesied that the Promised Messiah and Mahdi would appear, who was to spread the true teachings of Islam in the world and according to our belief, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community is that promised one, about whom this prophecy refers to. Thus, our response is in accordance with the teachings of the Promised Messiah (as) that he imparted to us, which are to spread the peaceful and harmonious message of Islam. Thus, we are acting in accordance with these teachings everywhere in the world.

    The Promised Messiah (as) has told us that every kind of extremism, terrorism and cruelty is against the teachings of Islam. The Promised Messiah (as) informed us that: "Since the day this world was created, the truthful ones of every nation have testified to the fact that adopting the attributes of God Almighty is the elixir of life necessary for human existence." Thus, Allah the Exalted, Who is the fountain of peace, desires this from a Muslim and this is the very command of the Holy Qur'an that His attributes and qualities are adopted.

    The Promised Messiah (as) stated that God Almighty is the Lord of all the worlds and His Rabubiyyat [Lordship] is not confined to any specific nation, era or country. Rather, He is the Lord of every nation, the Lord of every era, the Lord of every place and He is the Lord of every country. He is the Fountainhead of every blessing and every physical and spiritual might originates from Him. Everything that exists is nourished by Him and He is the Support for every being.

    Hence, this is the knowledge and understanding of the Holy Qur'an, which the Promised Messiah (as) has bestowed to us. This is the remedy which is essential in order to spread peace and harmony in the world. This is the very aspect which can lay the foundation of reconciliation in the world and this is the message which the members of the Ahmadiyya Community endeavour to spread to every corner of the world.

    Thus, in light of these teachings when we explain to the world the path that leads to peace, brotherhood, reconciliation and tranquillity, most pious natured non-Muslims unequivocally state that these teachings of Islam are indeed beautiful. Hence, this was expressed on various functions during this tour of mine to Germany as well where guests attended the inauguration of two mosques and also the foundation stone laying ceremony of a further two mosques.

    One of the guests said: "I too had the opportunity to gain some blessings from this gathering of yours and it was an honour to be present. Had I not come here today, I would have certainly been deprived of something magnificent. I have been introduced to that true Islam through the Ahmadiyya Community which is in complete contrast to the 'Islam' of hatred and extremism seen on TV. Here, I have received peace and love not only through mere words, but I have met such people who practically do not wish for any hatred.'

    Thus, the personal conduct of every Ahmadi also serves as a silent Tabligh [preaching the message].

    Our well-mannered Ahmadi children are also exerting a positive influence on their local environment. Regarding this one of the lady guests said the following while expressing her views: 'I owe you gratitude at the fact that my children have Ahmadi friends. Since my children have formed a friendship with Ahmadi children, I have observed a positive and good change in them. Due to this, I wanted to enquire about your teachings. After coming here today, I have ascertained that my children are in the company of good friends and are safe... Read Full Summary

  • 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