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