Friday Sermon 2 August 1996
O ye who believe! Profane none of the things sanctified by Allah nor the Sacred Month nor the animals brought as an offering even the garlanded nor those repairing to the Sacred House seeking Grace from their Lord and His pleasure. And when you put off the pilgrims' garb you may hunt. And let not the enmity of a people that hindered you from the Sacred Mosque incite you to transgress. And assist each other in rectitude and piety; but assist not each other in sin and transgression. And be mindful of Allah; surely Allah is severe in punishing. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Maidah [The Banquet]: 3). This verse presents an incredible universal teaching by emphasising cooperation in righteousness and good works and misunderstanding it has led to many a scholar to interpret certain other verses in a manner that clashes with it. This verse is definitely among the commandments. It contains 2 pieces of advice the first of which is that when you govern you should never treat those unjustly who have treated you unjustly and disrupted your religious obligations. The second being to collaborate with them in good works and in piety. The piety rooted in the origins of human nature is the piety [mentioned] here. Piety is in fact another name for the truth of the heart. The subject of truth relates to the beginnings of piety. Piety cannot be established without truth. The subject of this verse reveals that one should cooperate even with idolaters in good works. Cooperation contains an element of volition. Those who cooperate in good works and never ask 'Why should we do it? Who commands it?' But what need is there to emphasise being obedient to those who are spontaneously drawn towards pious acts? Think about the organisation of the Community, those who disobey are always the ones who are not interested in working together for the good [of things]. Those who cooperate never have the inferiority complex which is sometimes a barrier in obeying. We can see from the noble example of the Holy Prophet ﷺ that those who cooperate in good works go on increasing in their respectability and this is also the path to Prophethood. In following the Holy Prophet ﷺ it is important to adopt all the characteristics he possessed even before Prophethood which included cooperation with idolaters. One meaning of cooperation in good works and cooperation in piety is cooperation in works of good intent cooperation in works based upon piety. This subject removes one from other corespondents of the world - Both to cooperate for the love of Allah and to cooperate for the love of good works are seldom found together. This sacred verse teaches us a very fine secret of attracting the love of Allah. If the pleasure of the Omnipotent is kept in view and you cooperate to receive His pleasure then every virtue would see to your good life in this world as well as in the hereafter. The Hadith of the Holy Prophet ﷺ clarifies وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ ['but assist not each other in sin and transgression.']. Use of offensive measures for the purpose of ending evil is only permitted when God commissions you to it and only in case of people setting out to destroy the country. When I tell you to obey the smallest of office-bearers remember it is to appeal to your sentiments of cooperating in good works. I advise the Community to make cooperation in good works their life's work. The survival of the organisation of the Community is dependent upon obedience. This is the inclination which creates a spirit of obedience. The guests from Albania and other dignitaries were extremely touched by this spirit of cooperation [at the Jalsa Salana] in the Community and after having observed this cooperation a Chief of Gambia had the honour of accepting Ahmadiyya the true Islam. I advise that you continue to cooperate in بِرِّ ['rectitude'] and تَّقْوَىٰ ['piety']. This cooperation would have to start from the homes. So make your homes the seat of assisting 'each another in rectitude and piety'. This is a powerful spirit that most certainly prevails. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960802-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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