Friday Sermon 20 March 1998
O Mankind! Thou having striven hard toward thy Lord shall meet with Him. Then whoever is given their book in their right hand, Shall have an easy reckoning. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Inshiqaq [The Splitting]: 7 - 9). These verses reveal that humanity goes towards their Lord through extreme labour and strife and is then to meet with HIm and the one who is given their book in their right hand would be given an easy reckoning. The verses of Surah al-Anbiya [The Prophets] and the last verses of Surah al-Ghashiya [The Pall] also shed light upon this subject that there is nobody who would go untested. In the Hadith of the Prophet those who are to be granted forgiveness without recount means that their account would be given a cursory glance and such would go unaccounted in the sense that there would be no interrogation. Giving the book in the right hand means that when giving them the book it would be revealed to them that they are heavenly and they would be dignified. Those for whom humiliation is decreed would be thrust the book in their left hand. There is also a Prophetic Hadith in which it is mentioned that one who is violently interrogated would be destroyed.* Similarly there is a Hadith narrated by Hazrat Ayesha in 'Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal' [ibn Hanbal, Abu Abdullah] that she once heard the Holy Prophet ﷺ pray the following during Salat 'O My Allah! Make easy my accounting'. When the noble Prophet completed the Salat, Hazrat Ayesha requested 'What is meant by 'easy accounting?' The Holy Prophet ﷺ said 'To have one's book of accounts glanced at cursorily'. The Holy Prophet would offer this prayer because of the meekness that was a hallmark [of his character]. He knew that even he could not be forgiven except through Divine grace. He never considered his own actions with the slightest bit of pride because he knew that the ability to accomplish them was also granted by Allah. So a balance of meekness and gratitude made him offer this supplication. The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) had high hopes of the Jamat so when I observe that the bad example of certain individuals damages the [reputation of] the Promised Messiah then as far as moral training and admonishing is concerned they are given an opportunity but those about whom it is certain that they are trying to be pious and incline to rectitude I am not at all permitted to exclude them from the Jamat. The various statements of the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) make a clear distinction between sin and piety and draw attention to always increase and to proceed forward in piety as one ought to or else Almighty God does not help one. It is the fact of the matter that one who is walking towards piety even at a slow pace is certainly helped from the hidden. Whoever stops would begin to stink and would continue stinking like stagnant mud. *Bukhari, Muhammad ibn Ismail. 'Sahih al-Bukhari'. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19980320-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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