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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