Friday Sermon 16 January 1998
So when My servants ask thee about me: I am near. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he prays to Me. So should they respond to Me and have firm faith in Me that they may be guided aright. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Baqarah [The Heifer]: 187). The sermons on this holy verse are continuing. A few days are remain of the days of Ramadan which are passing by swiftly about which Allah the Almighty promises that if you are quick to pay heed to My commandments then I am standing nearby, you will be replied to concurrently. However it should be understood that this verse possesses an eternal theme but the theme of nearness that prevails during Ramadan is not observed elsewhere. The Prophetic Ahadith mention the various splendours of Ramadan. Fasting saves one from Hellfire. One who fasts for the sake of Allah's visage, in order to turn Allah's attention to oneself, and fasts with this intent then it is impossible for one who receives the visage of Allah the Almighty to encounter the fire. Another Hadith mentions that all the sins are forgiven to one who observes the fasts in faith of accountability. Accountability in terms of self-analysis - That is the only accountability that purifies and cleanses a person so it were as if they were newly born from the mother. The writings of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) also mention the excellence of Ramadan. To indulge in gluttony in the month of Ramadan does not fulfill the rights of Ramadan. Fasting enunciates the body and prayer enunciates the soul. Prayer is pre-eminent because in it one can be ardent and quiescent. Fasting produces visions although this state can sometimes also occur among the Yogis. However their visions have no relation with the betterment of humanity at large. Never have the Yogis of any religion changed the spiritual state of humanity in the world. The purpose of the fast is Prayer and its correction. So if the Prayers are not reformed through fasting then the fasts are futile. If Prayers are reformed by fasting then such fasts are the ascent of the Prayers and the Prayers become the ascent of the fasts. Those who made excuses to be exempt from fasting, from making financial obeisances were stuck in such troubles that overwhelmed them. Then when they vowed not to make any excuses in future their lives changed. When they came forward to accept difficulty for the sake of God then Allah the Almighty eased their paths for them Himself. Vow in today's Ramadan to try to come forward and accept strife for the sake of God and you will perceive that it is not difficult at all. He Himself rescues those who put themselves to strife for His sake. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FS... © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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