Friday Sermon 4 December 1998
Tomorrow on Saturday with the blessing and mercy of Allah the Almighty the hundred and seventh Jalsa Salana of Qadian the Abode of Peace is beginning and God willing I would give the Inaugural Address but there are certain counsels concerning the daily administrative affairs and it is important that they be mentioned today. First of all I draw your attention towards creating an atmosphere of mutual reconciliation and love as it is very important to forget any complaints you had with one another and that all the faithful be 'brothers'.  There should be no contentious talk either in the gatherings nor in your attitude towards each another. Also because this time an extraordinary number of new converts are attending in large numbers as had never come before and because they too are to return to their places as ambassadors of Ahmadiyya if you serve the guests from the depths of your hearts then whatever they will go and narrate would certainly hold strength so it is very important to be be linked in a bond of faithful brotherhood and love. To the organisers I advise that it is important to cater appropriately for the guests. To forgo any lack or excess in them. There should be forbearance more or less on both the part of the hosts and the guests. Care for cleanliness is very important. There should be special arrangements for the Prayers. Provide facilities not only for the Prayers but for congregational Prayers. The Programs of the Jalsa should all be participated in. Ensure that you are seated from the first speech to the last speech. The last thing which is also the first as well as the last is to place emphasis on prayers and Divine Dhikr. The environs of Qadian should reverberate with Divine Dhikr. The Dhikr that would touch the turrets of heaven is the Dhikr that rises from the heart. Along with prayers medicine is also needed. Most of those who come from hot areas can catch flu or cold. Homeo medicines should be available to everyone in large quantities so that no disease spreads. This is also vital because tuberculosis is prevalent all over India. Emphasise medicines alongside prayers and especially precautionary medicines. Continuing the theme of the last sermon there is a Hadith about gratitude. The Noble Prophet ﷺ would supplicate in the Salat 'O Allah! May I be steadfast in whatever you decree for me.' Here ال امر means the Divine decree and the perfect Shariah. Similarly this prayer also speaks of resolution upon the guidance and 'I ask you for gratitude at your bounties and for the ability to worship you in a comely manner.'  True gratitude of the bounties is through worship. Inculcate the theme of this prayer in your minds and include it in your prayers. If this prayer of the Ahmadiyya Community is fulfilled then the entire world would be conquered and if you go forth armed with this prayer as part of the Programs of the Ahmadiyya Community to conquer the whole world this task would be much facilitated. I would present another Hadith which is as follow: It was narrated that Muadh bin Jabal said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ took my hand and said 'I love you, O Muadh!' I said 'And I love you, O Messenger of Allah ﷺ.' Then the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said 'Then never forget to say in every prayer: My Lord! Help me to remember You, to give thanks to You and worship You well.' (al-Nasai, Ahmad ibn Shuayb. 'Sunan an-Nasai'). The Holy Prophet ﷺ taught this prayer to Muadh (Allah be pleased with him). Numan bin Bashir narrates that the Holy Prophet ﷺ whilst standing on the pulpit said 'The person who is not grateful at less would not be grateful at more either.' (Ibn Hanbal, Abu Abdullah Muhammad. 'Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal'). Being grateful at little and contentment are similar themes. If one is not content at heart they can never be grateful at less. If the heart is content then a person is also grateful at less and contentment would also not cause a burning in the heart at others who have more. The heart of a grateful person is never irked at others who are blessed with more. The Prophetic Ahadith throw light upon the various aspects of the wisdom of gratitude so I advise that the poor be made to be content, they should be made to be grateful, create living hearts in their breasts.  Verily the faithful are brothers so make peace between brothers and be mindful of Allah that you may be shown mercy. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Hujarat [The Inner Chambers]: 11).  Tirmidhi, Abu Isa Muhammad. 'Jami` at-Tirmidh'. Tr. Abu Khayal. Darussalam, 2007. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19981204-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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