Friday Sermon 28 March 2003.
That this is surely the Word of a noble Messenger. Possessor of power established in the presence of the Lord of the throne. (The Holy Quran. al-Takwir [The Overthrowing]: 20, 21). Continuing with the subject of the Divine attribute of al Qawiy (The Powerful) the reference to mountains in the following verse connotes big powers: We offered the Trust to the heavens and the Earth and the mountains but they refused to bear it but man undertook it. He is indeed too cruel to himself, unmindful of the consequences. (The Holy Quran. Al Ahzab [The Coalition]. 73). When Moses (on whom be peace) wished to see Divine Manifestation, it was demonstrated on a mountain for him and the mountain was not able to bear it, however when a Divine Manifestation was revealed to Muhammad ? in the form of 'The Holy Quran' he had the strength to withstand it as in the awe-inspiring incidence of the first ever revelation received by the Holy Prophet ?. The Divine support that was bestowed upon the Holy Prophet ? is illustrated by way of 2 episodes whereby a ferocious person like Abu Jahal, who was a sworn enemy of Islam, was reduced to utter dread when facing the Holy Prophet ? because Gabriel (on whom be peace) would manifest close by in the form of a fierce camel to induce fright. Also the admonitory tale of the way Abu Jahal met his death. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) had extraordinary physical strength and he could fast for days without taking the pre-dawn meal but always enjoined others not to do so, explaining that one must always do things within one's strength. He also enjoined that real power and strength is in controlling one's anger and in keeping one's rage in check when oppressed. In a conflict Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was fighting a very strong man, whom he had managed to subdue, just as he was about to kill him, the enemy spat on Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), on this Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) let go of the enemy. Completely shocked at this, the enemy asked why had he done so, to which Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) replied 'Earlier I was fighting you in the cause of Allah, now my own Ego has come into the equation, therefore I let go of you'. An enemy who had come to mesmerize the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) with the intention of ridiculing him was reduced to hysterical fear himself through Divine support that came to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) would take on massively demanding work with regards to his Jihad of the Pen with phenomenal strength. With reference to the above mentioned Quranic verse, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote that: The terms Zaloom (denoting cruelty to oneself) and Jahool (denoting being unmindful of consequences) are intended to be positive traits, in that such are the qualities of 'negation of the self' that were required to carry the weight of Divine Manifestation. ('Aina e kamalt e Islam' ['The Mirror of the Excellences of Islam']. Riyadh e Hind, 1893). The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) enjoined: 'It is gentleness that is difficult; any one can adopt harshness"! ['Malfoozat' 3 ['Discourses]. 117).
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