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: Extremism and Persecution of Ahmadis

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Sermon: The Workings of Missionaries and Office Holders

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Sermon: Matrimonial Alliances and Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Sermon: Worship, Sadaqat and Istighfar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Sermon: The Prophecy about Musleh Ma'ood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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  • 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