Friday Sermon 5 January 1996
O ye who believe! Spend of the good things that you earn and of what We produce for you from the Earth; and seek not what is useless for charity out of it when you would not take it yourselves except with eyes downcast with shame. And know that Allah is Self-sufficient and Praiseworthy Satan threatens you with the prospects of poverty and enjoins upon you what is foul, whereas Allah promises you forgiveness from Himself and bounty. And Allah is Omnipresent and All-knowing. He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted abundant good; and none would take reminding except those endowed with understanding. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Baqarah [The Heifer]: 268 - 270). These verses delicately draw attention to financial contribution and say that one ought to know the purpose for which one is spending and to whom the offering is made and one ought to bear in mind the importance of such an act. In the light of the Quranic verse those who are stingy in spending in the cause of God do so firstly when Satan threatens them with poverty and such a person is frightened and forgets that whereas it is Satan who threatens it was not him that granted it in the first place. It is God who grants and it is impossible for one who grants to receive it back so as to leave the person who He was first granted it in a state of poverty and misery. Moreover it is strange that on the one hand Satans threatens with poverty and on the other kindles up the base desires that demand vast expenditure [of wealth]. Against this Allah the Almighty places a promise of forgiveness and bounty from Himself. Spending in the cause of Allah also has to do with forgiveness and the burdens of sin upon such people are lightened and their virtues are increased and blessed. In addition to this the word 'blessing' is also used for the treasures of the world and such people are also blessed through an increase of wealth. The forty-first year of Waqf e Jadid [The New Scheme] begins from 1996. The Community is spending in the cause of God collectively in a way that is a living proof of the truth of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) shining like the sun. These contributions are so outshining that it has no comparison anywhere else. The Ahmadiyya Community is the only one serving the whole of mankind in the name of God and serving both religious and spiritual values. No foreign hand supplies it. Each new year of the Ahmadiyya Community is definitely getting better than the year gone by. It is impossible that a year dawns upon the Ahmadiyya Community that lags behind in virtues from the previous year because the Messenger of Allah ﷺ had been promised that 'Surely the future is better than the past.'* So this promise is also in favour of those who maintain a living relationship with this Messenger. The Community is offering every type of sacrifice in the world. But when an appeal for Waqf e Jadid was made instead of a decrease in the other budgets the Waqf e Jadid budget began to increase. In the light of 16 Reports received from 73 countries compared to promises of Rs.345000 to date Rs.34886000 have been received. The same is the case in a comparison of the successes of the Communities in various countries. From the various countries after Pakistan it is America that is first in terms of financial contributions. Pakistan has been able to keep this flag aloft higher than anyone else. Germany is at Number 3. Following in line are the countries of Canada, Great Britain, India, Switzerland, Indonesia, Belgium and Japan. I again advise that new converts should always be introduced to [offering] financial contributions. However you should accept whatever they can afford to give to start so that the overriding principle of love would remain. Once one is able to offer something out of love, for the cause of God one acquires a relish for it. The spirit of offering in the cause of God should be one's relationship with God and with this in mind you should accept whatever one is able to offer. The funeral prayers in absentia for some deceased persons will be offered after the Jumma and Asr prayers. Prominent among these are beloved Maulana Abul Munir Noorul Haq who was among the foremost members of the Waqf e Jadid Committee and a well-known scholar of the movement. He was able to serve the movement in various capacities right up until the end. *'The Holy Quran'. al-Duha [The Bright Morning]: 5. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960105-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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