Friday Sermon 24 April 1998
And He has already revealed to you in the Book that when you hear the Signs of Allah being denied and mocked at sit not with them unless they engage in other talk; for in that case you would become like them. Verily Allah will assemble the hypocrites and the disbelievers in Hell all together. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Nisa [The Woman]: 141). There is another verse on this same subject: And when thous seest those who vainly trifle with our revelations turn thou away from them until they talk of other things. Then if Satan cause thee to forget sit not after recollection with the wrong people. And those who are righteous are never accountable for them but to admonish them that they may desist. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Anam [The Livestock]: 69, 70). It is strongly emphasised in 'The Holy Quran' never to sit among people who deny and make a mockery of the Signs of Allah the Almighty. حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ ۚ is usually translated as 'unless they start to talk of other things'. The question is that if there is a party of people who are perpetrators of extreme evils and mock the Signs of Allah which include His Messengers and the holy personages would any person like to keep returning to their gatherings to see whether they are talking of other things? How would one who has departed from that place know that they have started talking of other things? So I derive the meaning from it that 'Never sit in their company and never to approach them even if they indulge in other talk'. It is impossible that one who holds regard for [their] faith would ever imagine going into their company. If you keep returning to their gatherings إِنَّكُمْ إِذًا مِّثْلُهُمْ ۗ ['in that case you would become like them']. Some people say that 'When we went there they were not speaking of such things'. It goes on to say about such hypocritical people إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَامِعُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَالْكَافِرِينَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ جَمِيعًا ['Verily Allah will assemble the hypocrites and the disbelievers in Hell all together.'] They would all be thrown into Hell. If someone insults or talks nonsense about one's mother and father can they ever imagine going back again and again to see that perhaps they are not speaking nonsense any longer? All these hypocrites can recognise themselves with reference to this - Whether one holds one's mother and father in such regard and whether one holds Allah and His Messenger Muhammad in such regard as to keep returning to that place gain and again. Aside of the issue of keeping company with those who casually speak nonsense about faith I also dislike those who keep the company of those who openly have a vulgar sense of humour. The Prophetic Ahadith give the example of a pious and bad companion. It is also stated that a person is influenced by their friend. So every one among you should take care as to who they are making friends with. If a person keeps company with the vulgar then they may make a hundred thousand excuses that 'They did not say such things whilst I was there' it is merely their concocting an excuse. The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) would react to those speaking vulgarly about the Holy Prophet and write about it in very strong terms. Day in and day out reports come from Pakistan about certain people who mouth off extreme filth. In such cases the Jamat should take the actions of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) as an example. He would react by never sitting in the company of such people. Hold off relations with such people for good but never carry out any actions. Never act against this Quranic verse and the example of the Promised Messiah. However the evildoers we have to deal with have gone far ahead in their evil deeds. Nobody goes near these Mullahs but these people scribble filth upon the walls. You would have to bear that too. إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ ['I make my plaint of my grief and sorrow to Allah'].* Allah would elevate your stations in reply to every sorrow. The fruits of the patience that is accepted by Almighty God are very sweet. Fortitude is good through and through. Fortitude has in it the power to win. If one is patient and does so along with the truth then there is no question of it going to waste. Such patience would serve to bring about revolutions in these countries. Success and prosperity is always the fruit of enduring only for the sake of Allah. * He replied ''I make my plaint of my grief and sorrow to Allah for I have knowledge from Allah of that which you do not have.' ('The Holy Quran'. Yusuf [Joseph]: 87). The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19980424-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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