Friday Sermon 1 March 1996
O Prophet! Verily have We sent thee as a Witness and Bearer of good news and as a Warner. And as a Summoner unto Allah by His command and as a Radiant Lamp. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Ahzab [The Confederates]: 46, 47). The central attribute of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ the Chosen One mentioned in these verses is one of light and its purpose is that it summons unto Allah. No Scheme of calling to Allah can ever succeed in the world until the summoner to Allah has received a share of the light. Only one who partakes of this light and then summons with the Will of Allah is successful, it is only the call of such that has any meaning. Otherwise there are numerous summoners to Allah in the world and are in fact in a majority who do summon but have no light and do so without His Will. God does not Will them to summon on His behalf, nor illumine their environs, their heart, their bosoms with that refulgence without which calling to God has no meaning. Only one who bears that glow which comes from God has a right to call towards God. They carry their proof with them and their greatest proof is their light and there is no better way to call towards Allah. This concept cannot be understood without light. One only ever has a right to call if one possesses that light but even then the Divine Will is all-important. The field of invitation into which we have been thrust through the Divine Will is the field of the proselytising of Islam. It is the field of calling to Allah's light without which it is impossible to move towards God that is through the 'radiant Lamp'. The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) speaks of the light exclusively granted to Prophets (peace be upon them). The Prophets (peace be upon them) pass on the permission granted to them by God and the light of the Holy and the Chosen Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is the brightest among the Prophets that ever shone as a 'radiant Lamp'. So an Ahmadi can never fulfil the obligation of inviting to Allah without first having received into the blessing of this light. It is a light you will have to carry in your hearts. You will have to illumine your morals through it. Then you will bear that light as much as you receive it, and the more you do so the more you will have a right to call towards God. True light descends from the heavens in the form of tranquil Signs that grants a peace and satisfaction to the hearts. One's bond with Muhammad the Messenger of Allah leads to a position where one is under the care and protection of God, where His light descends. It is a glad tiding for the Muhammadans that if they begin to illumine themselves by the light of the character of Muhammad the Messenger of Allah then Allah the Almighty will definitely enlighten them from on high and they too will be in a position to bow their heads before the Divine Will while the Divine Will will be bringing the heads of the whole world to bow before you. A strength and a power and a grandeur will be born in your voice which the world would never dare deny. May this light that invites to Allah enlighten our voices so that we may fill the entire world with the light of Muhammad the Messenger of Allah. May Allah enable us to strive in the remaining months of this year with this endevour and go forward in this field with a pure and clean heart. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960301-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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