Friday Sermon 23 October 1998
Do you enjoin others to do good and neglect yourselves while you read the Book? Will you never understand? And seek help with fortitude and Prayer; this indeed is hard except for the chivalrous. Who are certain of the meeting with their Lord and that to Him shall they return. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Baqarah [The Heifer]: 45 - 47). As in the previous sermon there are Ahadith pertaining to these verses and some excerpts of His Holiness the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) but I would begin today's sermon with what remained: I have seen many Fakirs with my own eyes and many others similar whose tears fall in such quick succession at reading a painful verse or seeing something painful or hearing a painful story like some clouds which burst fast with big fat raindrops not even giving the chance to those who are sleeping out in the lawn to take their bedding indoors while it remains dry but I have personally witnessed that most such people are even more devious than the wordlywise and I have found some of them to be of an evil nature and dishonest and crooked in every way that I feel disgusted when they cry and wail and at their humility and submission and to express such feelings and emotions and acquiescence. It is true that at one time they distinguished between the good and the bad but now it it mostly those who are mischievous and deceptive: dressed in green, they grow their hair long on their heads, carry a rosary in their hands, tears continuously flowing from their eyes, their lips moving as if they are constantly remembering Almighty God. But regularly indulge in innovations alongside. These are the signs they display of their apparent poverty. But their hearts are leprous and devoid of Divine love. Excepting what Allah wills.* The righteous are exempt from this text of mine whose every statement is strong and true as if it is before them and not from formality and vogue. Anyhow it is evident that weeping and lamentation and enthrallment and submission is not the exclusive forte of the pious but a faculty within mankind that comes into play at both appropriate and inappropriate occasions. (Ahmad, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam. 'Barahin e Ahmadiyya: v. Anwar Ahmadiyya Machine Press, 1905. 'Ruhani Khazain: v'. 194, 195). Whenever the concern of Islam and humanity at large arises in the hearts the prayers that result from it always create a great upheaval. It is such prayers that always find acceptance before Almighty God. This subject can be elaborated in many ways through the different requirements of modesty in the Quranic verse and the Prophetic Ahadith: It was narrated from Salman that the Prophet ﷺ said 'Your Lord is Kind and Most Generous, and is ashamed to let His servant, if he raises his hands to Him, bring them back empty' or he said 'frustrated.' (Ibn Majah, Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Yazid. 'Sunan ibn Majah: v'. Tr. Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair Ali Zai. 5 vols, Darussalam, 2007. 121). God turns back the hands of those whose hearts are empty of decency as ever they were. However Allah cannot let those whose hearts are modest and who never wish to let others go from them empty-handed go empty-handed from His presence: Narrated that Qatâdah from Abu Said Khudri who heard from Abdullâh bin Abi Utbah who heard Abü Saeed Al-KhudrI say 'The Messenger of Allah ﷺ was more shy than a virgin behind her veil; if he disliked something we could see it from his face.' (Muslim, ibn al-Hajjaj. 'Sahih Muslim: vi'. Tr. Nasiruddin al-Khattab. 7 vols, Darussalam, 2007. 172). This is one Hadith but on the other hand there are also Ahadith stating that this modesty was never a barrier in matters pertaining to Shariah and the commandments of Almighty God and he would clearly explain the commandments and teachings of Allah the Almighty. So it is important that both these aspects are understood in their relevant contexts. The Prophetic Ahadith offer further elaboration upon this theme. These would be mentioned in the following sermon. * Except as Allah wills. Verily He knows what is open and what is hidden. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Ala [The Highest]: 8). The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19981023-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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