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: 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

  • Friday Sermon: IslamAhmadiyyat: The Path to Spiritual Evolution

     Huzur said that generally, people in the world are steeped in materialism. There is a race to attain worldly pursuits and turmoil has ensued as a result. God the Almighty and religion are given secondary importance. A growing number in the world deny the existence of God the Almighty altogether. However, there are others who long to find and join the true religion. They pray restlessly to find the means to connect to God the Almighty. Such persons are guided by God the Almighty. Their faith is strengthened by Him. Allah the Almighty as was His promise, sent the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi in this age to reconnect people with God the Almighty. Mankind was informed that if they wanted inner peace and the means to true worship – they should accept this Chosen One of God.

    God Almighty guides people who have a thirst to find the truth in astonishing ways. Both the past and present of Ahmadiyyat testify to this way of God. Daily incidents of this nature occur around the world. Such accounts increase the faith of those who join Ahmadiyyat – the True Islam – but also such accounts become faith inspiring for born Ahmadis, or Ahmadis of old.

    Today Huzur related numerous accounts of how people in search of the true religion and God the Almighty were guided by God.

    A 65 year old lady in The Gambia suffered from foot pains for 10 years and failed to find a cure to her ailment. She was unable to walk. She went to a far off village from her home for treatment. By chance she heard Huzur’s Friday Sermon on MTA there. On return home she was told in a dream that ‘the one you saw on TV is the one you should follow because he is telling you the real way to salvation’. She took the Bai’at (oath of allegiance) and after, the pain in her feet gradually subsided. She now preaches to others and tells them how the blessings of the Jama’at (Ahmadiyya Community) alleviated the physical suffering in her foot. A worldly person will feel that this lady was ignorant and uneducated and simply delusional. However those who personally experience the guidance of Allah the Almighty are given immense and unwavering faith and care not.

    In a far-flung area of Burkina Faso an individual is guided by God the Almighty. Suado Sahib accepted Ahmadiyat after Jalsa Germany. He regularly listened to the Ahmadiyya radio and when Ahmadis visited his village, although being a non-Ahmadi, he would help arrange their preaching efforts. Maulvies (Muslim clerics) warned him to never listen to the Ahmadi radio nor to have any contact with Ahmadis, if he wanted to save his belief in Islam. Incited by the clerics, he stopped listening to the Ahmadiyya radio or meeting any Ahmadis. However by chance once on a journey he broke for prayer and the only place to pray was an Ahmadi mosque, and so he was forced to pray with them. Allah opened the way for him to reconnect with Ahmadis. Later in a dream he saw thousands of people who surround one man. He is told in the dream this is the person who he should listen to – and that Maulvies (clerics) are steering him away from the right path. When later he went to the mission house he saw on TV the exact same scene and person in his dream (it was the concluding session of the Jalsa and Huzur delivering the address).

    Such people who personally experience the signs of God are given strong faith by Him... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Purpose of Jalsa Salana

     Today, the Annual Convention of Bangladesh is starting. I was not due to address the concluding session, however they requested that I say a few things in my Friday Sermon. By the grace of Allah the Almighty Bangladesh is also a very devoted Jama'at. They are facing persecution and its members have even offered sacrifices of their life but may Allah continue to increase them in their faith. Similarly, the Annual Convention of Sierra Leone has also started today and they too have requested for prayers.

    The Promised Messiah (as) has outlined the objectives of the Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) on various occasions. However, these objectives are not limited to just three days, in fact these should be life-long objectives of every Ahmadi Muslim and they must always be mindful of them. These objectives are: to develop Taqwa [righteousness] and piety and abstinence; to develop the fear of God Almighty and instil emotions of love and affection for one another. The Promised Messiah (as) also directed his followers to adopt humility and spread the true message of Islam in whichever countries they reside in.

    Today, when Islam is being defamed in the world, it is the responsibility of Ahmadis to promote the true teachings of Islam. However, this can only be achieved by forging a strong relationship with Allah the Almighty so that our efforts can blessed and also by establishing our good conduct.

    Thus, the Annual Convention is held so that we can benefit from that special environment and purify our hearts. Although Ahmadis living in those countries are strong in their faith and as I said they have even offered their lives in this cause, but for the revival of Islam it is also necessary to raise the standards of our practical conduct. We must observe prayer according to the way it has been prescribed and instil the true spirit of prayer and I have expounded on this in great detail in my previous sermons. We must also strive to fulfil the rights of our fellow beings.

    Expounding on the subject of Taqwa [righteousness], the Promised Messiah (as) states that Taqwa means to abstain from even the minutest aspects of evil. However, to simply refraining from evil is no quality in itself unless one practises good deeds with it.

    Taqwa [righteousness] is the basic standard and can be likened to the example of a plate which has been thoroughly cleaned so that exquisite and eloquent foods can be laid on it. However, can it fill one's stomach if the plate is well cleaned but left without food being placed on it? Taqwa only purifies the body but the acts of piety is the actual food that nourishes it.

    For a true Muslim, worship is a key factor. Elaborating on this point and the nature of miracles and the acceptance of prayer, the Promised Messiah (as) stated that supplicating in prayer humbles one to dust. When one supplicates to God Almighty it acts like water that washes away filth. When the soul of an individual falls like water at the threshold the One true God and presents itself in the various positions of prayer, be it bowing in Rukoo or prostrating in Sajda, this is the true depiction of Salat [prayer] as taught by Islam. If one wishes to see the true form of prayer then one must bow and prostrate with the utmost humility, ensuring God is the most beloved being to that one. At this point man ceases to exist and becomes a part of God Almighty.

    The Promised Messiah (as) explained that there is a link between the soul and the body. When the soul is sorrowful one beings to cry with tears. When the soul is happy a smile breaks out on one's face, to the extent that sometimes we burst out laughing. Thus the physical postures in the prayer are linked to the soul and must be done to such a standard where it enables the soul to melt before God the Almighty. Just the physical positions in the prayers alone do not mean anything, until the soul is invested in the supplications.

    When one receives true wisdom from God Almighty, only then can that individual observe prayer in the true sense; however, in order to achieve this one must strive constantly. Only when one strives and struggles can they attain the purpose of their creation.

    The Promised Messiah (as) states that the most fragile and difficult injunction is pertaining to fulfilling due rights owed to mankind as this is something that one especially because we are faced with it constantly.

    The Promised Messiah (as) states that one should not harbour enmity against anyone, nor should one hold a grudge out of personal reasons. Indeed, when it comes to upholding the honour of God Almighty and His Prophet (sa) then that is a different matter altogether. That individual who harbours enmity against God Almighty and the Prophet of God, he is your enemy and you should keep away from him. However even in such cases you should pray for their reformation and you should never retaliate in an inappropriate manner.

    The Promised Messiah (as) then mentioned the incident of Hazrat Ali (ra) during battle, when he knocked down his opponent and sat on his chest. As soon as he did this the opponent spat in the face of Hazrat Ali (ra) , upon which he released him immediately and said: "Until now I was fighting against you in the way of Allah, but since you spat in my face I fear that a personal grudge may become the reason [for fighting]. Therefore I do not wish to kill you due to any personal enmity of mine."

    Thus one should not hold grudges or harbour enmity against anyone for personal reasons. If you encounter someone who is an open enemy of God or His Prophet (sa) then you should move away from him.

    May God Almighty enable us to understand the true essence of righteousness, and through his abundant Grace may He enable us to pray in a manner that would grant nearness to Him.

  • Friday Sermon: Salat and its etiquettes

    Today's Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fātiḥah Huzoor proceded as follows

    Last Friday I spoke on the importance of observing Salat and I have been receiving letters from the members of Jama'at and office bearers in which they mentioned that it was a timely reminder. They were being lazy in this regard and will try to improve their observance of Salat. May Allah help them to fulfill their promise and enable them to populate the houses of Allah.

    In the beginning people are very passionate about following an instruction but as the time passes, their passion fades away.The system of Jama'at should recognize this and must constantly remind members of Jama'at . Steadfastness is the key.

    Individuals exhibiting laziness is not necessarily harmful but when organization show laziness, it leads to lack of reformation and is matter of great concern. Auxiliaries and the community should pay great heed to this task - the task declared as purpose of our Creation. Such programs should be arranged that we experience progress with each day .Our progress in worship will lead us to true victories. This is quite an important principle. Jama'at should take this very seriously.

    Lajna Imai'llah should play a role - they should supervise over children offering prayers. They should remind male members of their house to offer their prayers at the mosque. If women play their role, then we can experience a great reformation.

    Those who make excuses that worship is a matter between themselves and God, they should remember that when we become part of a system then we have to abide by the rules.So the task of Jama'at is to remind everyone of their responsibilities. Some women also complain that when they remind their husbands, they get angry. They say we are tired so don't wake us up for Fajr. It is obligatory upon wives to remind their husbands If it was only sufficient to pray if one desires, or one is not able to wake up for Fajr. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) instructed us to wake each other up.

    Sometimes questions are asked which are related to Salat and Fiqah, so today I'll answer some of those questions. People from different background and schools of thoughts join Ahmadiyyat and they do things differently. The Promised Messiah ( peace be on him) has taught his Jama'at better and virtuous ways... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Virtues of Congregational Salat

     Today's Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul-Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul-Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fātiḥah Huzoor said, who amongst us doesn't know that offering Salat is obligatory on Muslims. The Holy Quran has drawn our attention towards it by describing its importance at various places. According to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Salat is the essence of prayers. He even said that abandoning Salat makes a man closer to disbelief and idolatry. Then, explaining the importance of Salat, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "On the day of Judgement, a person will be held accountable for Salat before everything else. If the measure (of Salat) is correct, then it means the person is successful and has been salvaged otherwise he will fail."

    Likewise, to make children habitual in prayers, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that children must be advised to offer Salat when they reach the age of 7. And at the age of 10, some strictness could also be applied to make them consistent in Salat. However, if parents themselves are not punctual in Salat then how can they expect their children to do so. Or if they learn about this saying of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in some Jama'at meetings but at home they do not find their fathers to be punctual in offering Salat, how will this effect those children? Such fathers' children will think that this commandment doesn't bear much importance. As a consequence, by ignoring the importance of one commandment, the effect of all other Islamic commandments will be nullified in the child's heart. Such people, according to the sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) not only are not only losers themselves but are responsible for entering their progeny among the losers as well. Parents show their concern to fulfil their own and their children's worldly desires and successes, but they do not pay heed to the matter of real concern.

    For a real believer, offering Salat is the only way to remove spiritual corrosion. As Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) explained with an example, "if there was a river at a person's door and he took a bath in it five times a day, can you believe that any dirt would be left on his body." His companions replied, "O Prophet of God, not a trace of dirt would be left." At this, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "That is the parable of the five prayers by which Allah removes sins and eliminates weaknesses." It means that not a trace of dirt is left on the soul of a person who offers five daily prayers. Thus, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) explained the importance of prayers with such a beautiful parable. But as I already said, that the commandment is not merely about offering Salat. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) further stated that a person who performed ablution at home, and then he set off heading to the mosque so that he could offer obligatory prayers he would be rewarded according to the number of steps he has to take to reach the mosque. One step will remove one of his sins, the next will elevate his (spiritual) status. This means that every step will gain him rewards.

    On another occasion, while explaining the importance of congregational prayers, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "shall I not tell you something with which Allah Almighty removes sins and elevates (spiritual) status." The companions (may Allah be pleased with them) who were ever ready to finding ways to please Allah, and to achieve His nearness and be detached from their sins, implored, "O Prophet of God, do tell." The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "by performing ablution properly despite not feeling up for it, and by setting off for the mosque from afar and by waiting for the next Salat after offering one." This keeps a person detached from sins. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Not only that, but this is kind of a frontier." Just like countries establish frontiers on their borders with other countries and appoint armed forces upon them. Why are such frontiers established? So that the country can be protected from others. And that the country's forces are momentarily available in case of confrontation. Thus the biggest threat to a believer is from Satan from which safety and frontier are required. The threat is from worldly desires that Satan generates. This is where Satan attacks from. In order to be protected from such attacks, the congregational prayers serve as a frontier. It is a battalion of guardians that will protect from such attacks. Congregational prayers will save believers from sins and will be incline them towards performing good deeds.

    Similarly, according to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) congregational prayers rewards a believer 27 times more than a prayer offered alone.

    The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) while explaining the importance of congregational prayers to the Jama'at says: "The rationale behind putting more reward in congregational prayers is that it creates unity. The instructions to practically implement unity are so particular that even the feet are required to be aligned." This means that while offering prayers in rows, feet should also be brought into line, for which heels must be aligned. He further says, "and the rows must be straight, and (worshippers) should be standing connected to each other. It means that they must act like one being." By standing in rows, they will turn into one being, meaning there will be a dynamism in them. "So that one's illuminations can permeate into others. The disparity that gives birth to ego and selfishness, does not last (in such setting)." It means regardless of being rich or poor, everyone will be standing in one row. Some people are egocentric or have selfishness in their hearts which is rooted out with congregational prayers. He said, "bear this in mind that human being have the capacity to absorb another person's illuminations." One may be influenced more by good deeds and achieve a higher status (of spirituality), through congregational prayers. Therefore, to accept the influence of piety, congregational prayers are essential. Thus with congregational prayers, on one hand, the unity is expressed that Allah wishes to create among His Community and on the other hand people get influenced by each other's good deeds. When in one row more pious and spiritually advanced people will be standing, they will have an effect on the weak ones. Consequently, the weak ones will also excel in performing good deeds and will advance spiritually. When this unity is emerged and when spirituality advances, then the satanic forces are weakened and diminished

    In this age... Read Full Summary Here

  • Friday Sermon: Striving for Moral Excellence: The Islamic Teachings

     Today’s Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fatihah he said some people think that the religion and faith deprive them from freedom and put sanctions on them. In this regard God Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an “and has laid no hardship upon you in religion” (22:79). Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said that this means that the religion did not put any hardship on you. Rather the purpose of Shariah is to reduce the burden and not only that it wants to save mankind from all kinds of hardships and calamities. Thus in this verse God Almighty clarified that the religion which is chosen for you Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said which means the religion of Islam which is decent for you there is no such commandment in it which should create hardship. Rather from the smallest to the largest all commandments bring mercy and blessings for you. Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said that it is the thinking of mankind which is wrong, God’s words cannot be wrong. Despite of being His creature if we do not act upon His commandments then we will harm ourselves. If mankind will not heed then the Satan who has taken oath from day one that he will mislead mankind will ditch the mankind in the pit of destruction. Thus if we want to save ourselves from Satan’s assaults then we have to obey all of God Almighty’s commandments.

    Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said that there are many things which apparently look small and with the passage of time we start considering them normal but they produce devastating results. Thus a believer should not consider any smallest of the commandments unimportant. Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said that these days we see that the majority of people are drifting away from the religion. Hence their criterion of good and bad has changed also. For example these days we see that nudity is on the rise both men and women on the name of freedom and fashion adapting it. Open vulgarity is becoming a sigh of prosperity and modesty has become an unknown thing. And it may affact our boys and girls who live here in this society. Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said that up to some extent is happening also.

    Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said that some girls when they reach the age of puberty they write to me why modesty is necessary in Islam? Why we cannot go out with tight jean and blouse without covering or coat? Why we cannot dress like European girls? Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said that if we have to stay on religion then we have to adapt religious teachings. If we proclaim that we are Muslim and we are firm on the religion then its restrictions are necessary. We must act upon the commandments of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also. Promised Messiah (peace be on him) said that modesty is the part of faith. Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper) said thus to save our faith veil and modest dress are necessary. On the name of freedom and advancement if advanced countries have relinquishing their modesty the reason is that they have drifted away from the religion also. Thus an Ahmadi girl who has accepted the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) she had taken oath that she will give preference to the religion over the worldly affairs. An Ahmadi boy, an Ahmadi man, a woman and a girl who had accepted Promised Messiah (peace be on him) they have taken oath that they will give preference to the religion above the worldly affairs. And it can happen only when they will act upon the commandments of the religion. This is our good luck that Promised Messiah (peace be on him) has explained everything vide open. Hence regarding the immodesty he said at one place, “that some people stress on the immodesty like Europe but it is not appropriate at all. This immodesty of the women is the root cause of debauchery and immorality. The countries where this immodesty is accepted look at their moral condition? If due to their immodesty they have increased in their morality and chastity then we are wrong. But it is very clear that when men and women are young and promiscuousness also prevails then how dangerous their relationship could be? Casting bad eye and often overcome by the emotions is characteristic of human. And when despite of the modesty indulgence occurs and people get involved into debauchery and immorality, due to promiscuousness what may not happen? Look at the morality of the men they have become like a wild horse. They neither fear God nor believe in the day-of-judgment. They have made the worldly pleasures their god. Thus first of all it is necessary to fix the moral condition of the men. And if it is fixed and men have developed at the least such moral strength that their sexual emotions will never overcome them only then open this discussion of either the veil is necessary or not. Otherwise in present condition using this freedom and promiscuousness it is as if putting sheep in front of the tigers. What happened to these people! that they don’t look at the results of actions at least they should use their conscious to see if the condition of men is such that women should come in front of them without veil... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Waqfe Jadid 2017

     Today's Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fātiḥah, Huzoor proceeded as follows

    A person spends his wealth in this world to gain personal satisfaction, to get the worldly chores done and also gives money for charity but in today's world there is no such community or group whose members that are spread in different countries and different cities and who are gathered upon one hand and offering their wealth's to be spent for good work. The purpose for collecting this wealth is also unique which is to spread the religion of Allah and help humanity. There is only one Jama'at who is doing this work. It is the Jama'at that has been created for this purpose. It is the Jama'at of the true servant of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). It is the Jama'at of the Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) of the time who is responsible to spread Islam to the corners of the earth. It is the Jama'at which is since the last 128 years spending its wealth in the way of Allah and for the betterment of the humanity. It is because, the Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) has taught his Jama'at through the teachings of Quran, the correct way to spend their wealth and inculcated the seed for financial sacrifice in the way of Allah. Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) says that 'I emphasize upon it regularly to spend in the way of Allah. It is by the commandment of Allah because Islam at this time is at a downfall. It is dissatisfying to realize the internal and external weaknesses that are causing it to be attacked by other opponent religions. When this is the condition, should we not work towards the progress and development of our religion Islam? This is the actual purpose behind the creation of this Jama'at by Allah. Thus working for good by being in this Jama'at is actually following the commandment s of Allah. These promises are from Allah, that who so ever will spend in the way of Allah, Allah will reward him abundantly in this world and will be blessed with a very peaceful life hereafter. Thus, I want to draw your attention towards this cause of spending your wealth for the progress of Islam'.

    Your companions understood this cause and offered their wealth in the way of Allah. This has been acknowledged and mentioned many a times by the Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him). For example during the construction of the Minaret of Messiah, Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) mentions about Munshi Abdul Aziz Patwaari Sahibs and Shadi Khan Sahib's sacrifice by saying that 'From among my Jama'at two very sincere members have given money for this cause that is indeed an example for the other members. One amongst them is Munshi Abdul Aziz who is an accountant in Gurdaspur district who despite having a low income offered 100 Rupees for this cause. I think that this 100 Rupees would have been saved over a period of many years. These two are especially exemplary because they have offered another 100 Rupees in some other domain of work. Then said the other sincere person who has shown utter love is Mian Shadi Khan, who is a wood seller by profession and a resident of Sialkot. He has already given 150 Rupees for some work and now for this task he has sent in 200 Rupees. If we evaluate the entire possession at his home, they will surely not exceed from 50 Rupees. Khan sahib has written that due to the tough season and the worldly trade seems to be in trouble so it's better for me to invest in religious trade so I am sending you everything I had.' Likewise, Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) has mentioned numerous other examples in his books who preferred to sacrifice their wealth in the way of Allah and did not care much about their personal needs... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Islamic way of celebrating the New Year

     The New Year is InshaaAllah starting after two days. We Muslims begin the New Year through the lunar calendar and even the Gregorian calendar. The lunar year is not only followed by the Muslims but in the ancient times it was used by many other nations such as Chinese and Hindus to start their new year. It is found in many other religions too. Before Islam, the Arabs used the lunar calendar to calculate the number of days. In the world, Gregorian calendar is used widely therefore every nation and every country has chosen it for the calculation of days. Likewise, following it December 31st is the last day of the previous year and January 1st is celebrated as a start of the New Year. Anyways, years come, twelve months pass by either it is a lunar year or a Gregorian year but the worldly individuals spend the days, months and years in worldly affairs and interests. The worldly people, either they are from Muslims or non-Muslims; the start of the New Year is celebrated with full enthusiasm. In the western developed world, the New Year's Eve is celebrated with a lot of activities. The people stay awake for the entire night and spend their time partying and consuming alcohol. Thus, the last year is concluded and the New Year is started with such immoral worldly activities. Majority of the people have no religious concern therefore they cannot reach out to the depths that a true believer can achieve. The majesty of a true believer is not only to express despair over such worldly activities but also to conduct a self-audit and evaluate the year that has passed. What have we earned and lost through this year? Will the true believer evaluate the year through a worldly lens or will it be through religious and spiritual perspective? And if it has to be on the spiritual scale then need to look into the standard of it so that it can truly reveal what has been lost and what has been gained. We Ahmadis are very fortunate that Allah has given us the instruction of the following of the Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) who presented to us the summary of the teachings of Allah and his Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) and also showed us the high standards to evaluate our deeds and spiritualty. If this standard is kept in assessment then we can surely achieve the standards of true believers. These are the conditions to rightly judge your standards of good deeds. Every Ahmadi undertook the Bai'at and thus through this the Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) gave us the instructions to follow and thus also expected from every Ahmadi to self-evaluate themselves every day, every week, every month and every year. Thus, if we spend the last night of the previous year and the new day of the New Year pondering over our spiritual conditions and by spending time supplicating towards Allah then we will be the ones who will be working towards a good life hereafter. And if we also indulge in worldly wishes and affairs, then we will lose a lot and gain nothing. If the weaknesses still prevail and the self-evaluation does not give us peace then we should pray to Allah that the coming year may not be the one that would show us a reduction in spiritual enhancement. Instead our every step should be to gain the pleasure of Allah. Our everyday should be reflective of the good model of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). Our days and nights should be spent in a way that help us fulfill our pledge to the Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him). The pledge that questions that have we not committed any sin of 'Shirk', this is not the 'Shirk' of idolatry but according to the saying of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) It is diminished good deeds or showing off of the good deeds. The Shirk is that of the indulgence in the hidden volitions. Are our Salats, Fasting, financial sacrifices, work towards humanity, sacrifice of time for Jama'at work truly for the sake of Allah or to show off to the people? Were the hidden wishes in our hearts standing in opposite to Allah? The Promised Messiah (Peace be on Him) has provided an elaboration to it by saying... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims: Steadfastness and Prayers

     Today's Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fātiḥah Huzur proceeded.

    Huzur (a.b.a.) reminded that opposition and persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community is not a new thing. Troublemakers gather and attribute diverse unsubstantiated accusations to the Ahmadiyya Community to incite opposition and to ignite fires for hatred.

    Huzur (a.b.a.) said that we find from the Holy Quran that all messengers have been opposed, ridiculed, interfered with and resisted in their heavenly undertakings. He referred to the verse,

    "And in like manner have We made for every Prophet an enemy, evil ones from among men and Jinn. They suggest one to another gilded speech in order to deceive — and if thy Lord had enforced His will, they would not have done it; so leave them alone with that which they fabricate —" (6:113)

    Troublemaking clergy are deceiving in the name of faith. Some leaders have also joined them. They spread non-existing rumors that have nothing to do with reality. Their lies, ridicule and mockery strengthen the faith a true Ahmadi Muslim.

    Huzur (a.b.a.) pointed that while most Ahmadis are bearing atrocities with courage, some naively propose that as tyranny and injustice have reached their pinnacle, aggression should be responded with aggression. This idea may be infusing internally or externally to mislead Ahmadis. Huzur (a.b.a.) said that this is a view of ignorance. Such members have forgotten our fundamental teachings and principles. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) taught us to bear tyranny and persecution with patience. The progress and victory destined for the Promised Messiah (a.s.) is to be attained by turning to righteousness, love, affection, and prayers.

    The Promised Messiah (a.s.) warned his followers that his way was not easy and trouble free. Members will face the loss of emotions, wealth, and life. They will have to persevere and be patient and respond in kind.

    Huzur (a.b.a.) said that to act against these teachings is to create disorder and to provide an excuse for mischief to opponents. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) taught us to counter violence, tyranny and aggression with patience and prayers. By acting otherwise, we call two curses upon us, one of the Almighty and the other of the people. Therefore, we are not to respond abuse and disorder with abuse and disorder... Read Full Summary

  • Friday Sermon: The Holy Prophet (sa) - Mercy for all the worlds

     Today's Friday sermon was delivered by Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah be his Helper) from Baitul Futuh mosque, London. After Tashahhud and Surah Fātiḥah Huzoor said

    We are passing through the Islamic month of Rabi-ul Awal. In the Islamic world, especially in the Muslims of Indo Pak, this month is of utmost importance. It is significant for the entire Muslim world but it is celebrated with much zeal in the sub-continent. On the 12th day of Rabiul Awal, the Holy Prophet was born. This is according to one research. But Hazrat Bashir Ahmad Sahib has written in his book “Seerat Khatamun Nabiyeen” that according to an Egyptian scholar, the Holy Prophet’s date of birth is the 9th day of Rabi-ul Awal. Whatever the case is, in this month our chief and master Muhammad (saw) came to this world. However, how unfortunate is the condition of today’s Muslims that they commemorate this day to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (sa) who was the mercy for all mankind but in reality they are personification of “their hearts are divided.” (59:15)

    About the relationship of Muslims amongst themselves, Allah almighty describes that they are “tender among themselves.” (48:30) But this tenderness is at odds with their behavior as most of them are blood thirsty of each other. Everyday the news comes that hundreds of Muslims are being killed by other Muslims. This is such a thing that is extremely despised by Allah and his Prophet Muhammad (sa).

    It would be one thing if they were committing such acts for the fulfilment of their own desires. But the issue here is that they are doing all this in the name of Allah and his Prophet (sa). A Muslim is killing other Muslims in the name of Allah and his Prophet (sa). They are killing each other in the name of God - that God who is Lord of All worlds, Gracious and Merciful and that Prophet who was the mercy for all mankind. In their names they are killing the dispossessed, women and children, and are throwing them out of their homes, and are causing infliction upon them. So they are doing it all in the name of Allah and his prophet and with impudence and shamelessness.

    Allah says, killing a Muslim intentionally will take you to hell. By killing any innocent person, you can not escape the fire of Hell. However, these religious businessmen and these self-interested leaders are throwing simple minded people in the fire of Hell by luring them for heaven.

    They have defamed Islam so much so that now the non-Muslims quickly associate it with injustice and transgression as soon as it is mentioned. Yes, there is one thing on which Muslim clergy and so called leaders get together and display unity – something that Allah and his prophet have commanded against. Prophet Muhammad said that, when Muslims are in such a state that they will turn against each other and the condition of “their hearts are divided” will materialize and they will cut each others throats, they will go to their so called scholars for guidance. However, their scholars will also be in the similar or worse condition than regular Muslims. Prophet Muhammad (sa) had said that “Their divines will be the worst people under the heaven.” Why? Because they will create disorder, “strife will issue from and avert to them.” This is exactly what we are seeing in today’s religious scholars that instead of extinguishing fire they are blazing it.

    Prophet Muhammad (sa) had said that in that situation those Muslims who genuinely care about Islam should not be desperate. He foretold that the Messiah and Mahdi will arrive at that time. He in complete obedience of his master and chief Muhammad (sa), will inform Muslims and non-Muslims about the true teachings of Islam. He will illuminate the world with the bright and pristine teachings of Islam. In this way he will turn Muslims into “One Community.” This is the very thing that these Muslim scholars are refusing to accept. They infuriate Muslim with their baseless lies and try to create disorder.

    They are playing with people’s emotions and inform them with such things that are non existent. Every Muslim has this belief and without firmly accepting this belief, no Muslim can be deemed as a Muslim without accepting that Muhammad is “Khatamun Nabiyyeen.” And that the Shariat has been completed on him. But these religious scholars infuriate Muslims on the lie that Ahmadis do not believe in the “Khatme Nabuwat” i.e. “the finality of Prophethood.” At this we can only show our disappointment and can invoke curse on the liars. A person being an Ahmadi doesn’t believe in Prophet Muhammad as the final prophet, he is a nonbeliever, and has no association with Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. However, this is true that Ahmadis define “Finality of Prophethood” as it was interpreted the Prophet Muhammad (sa) himself and the Holy Quran. This implies that no such Prophet can arrive who is outside the teachings and Shariat of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa). Once Prophet Muhammad said that Abu Bakr is best of all in this my people until a Prophet arrives. This means that he didn’t close the door of Prophet hood. It means that neither a prophet can come outside the sphere of Prophet Muhammad (sa), nor a new Shariat can come... Read Full Summary