Friday Sermon 6 October 1995
Those who bear the Throne and those who form around it glorify their Lord with praise and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who believe 'Our Lord! Thou dost encompass all things in Thy mercy and knowledge so forgive those who repent and follow Thy way and protect them from the pains of Hell.' 'O our Lord! Make them enter the Gardens of Eternity which Thou hast promised them as well as such of their fathers and their spouses and their offspring as are virtuous. Surely Thou art the Mighty, the Wise.' 'And safeguard them from all ill; and to one whom Thou dost protect from evils on that day hast Thou surely shown mercy. That is indeed the supreme triumph.' ('The Holy Quran'. al-Momin [The Believer]: 8 - 10). The picture of Majlis Ansarullah Canada is not different from the picture of Canada in general. From a certain angle they have some outstanding features but in certain things their weaknesses do not befit the current climate of the Ahmadiyya Community. It is a strange thing for the leaves of a tree to turn mellow in the spring. The Community is sincere, always ahead in offering financial sacrifice, they are generally impassioned towards moral training but they never approach preaching. All over the world the Community has awakened to preaching so that the lands that had seemed barren have sprung into flower. Wintering in such a season seems very strange. 'Spring has come into this time of winter'* - This verse of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) portrays the Community today all over the world. I especially advise the Ahmadiyya Community and Majlis Ansarullah Canada to wake up because if this disease isn't eradicated quickly it begins spreading. See to your health as soon as possible. The time has come to thrust the entire Community into the field of preaching. The fresh and sweet fruits which will result will serve to refresh the entire Community. In all the places where the Community has actively summoned to Allah even the dead have been revived with the Grace of God because the best method of all to create life is by summoning to Allah. It is beneficial on both sides. Not only is the one called revived but the one who calls is revived as well. Spiritual life is such a great thing that when granted it also imparts life on the one granting it in turn and both become even more alive. I hope the Community will fulfill this dire need of this age and will thrust all their abilities into proselytising whilst offering prayers. I am happy with the work of the Norwegian Community but they also have to systematically engage those who are not taking part in summoning to Allah. Engage those who are ill or weak or do not speak the language by busying them in prayers. Warriors in combat are less in number than other members of an army. Much of the action takes place in the background. To make an environment fit to deliver the message, fulfilling all the responsibilities of that environment, the services that help empower the work of summoners to Allah are also part of the work of summoning to Allah The establishment of prayer stands out foremost in religious teachings. Attend to the basic moral training of those who are serving. Observe whether the attributes of belief are manifesting themselves alongside the actions or not. In establishing prayer it is a must that one knows its translation as well and offers them with attentiveness and understanding. The verses recited at the beginning speak of upholding the Throne. The Throne is not a material object. God does not require to be lifted up by anything. Allah the Almighty manifests upon the Throne after the creation. Did he make His own Seat? If He did not make it then it is eternal like Himself and shares in His eternity. The Throne is not a creation because it is an attribute and attributes are uncreated. Believers in God who sacrifice all that is theirs so that God may prevail, expending all their powers are the bearers being mentioned here. And the greatest being who bore the Throne was the person of the Holy Prophet of Allah because God manifested to the heart of the Holy Prophet of Allah most of all. The meanings of the Throne allude to God's attributes of Truth and they are the very attributes that believers bear upon their hearts. *Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. 'Durr e Samin'. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19951006-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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