Friday Sermon 19 July 1996
Has the story of Abraham's guests of honour reached thee? When they entered upon him saying 'Peace be to you!' He said 'Peace be on you!' All strangers. And he went quietly to his household and brought out a fatted calf roasted. And he placed it before them saying 'Will you not eat?' ('The Holy Quran'. al-Dhariyat [The Winnowing Winds]: 25 - 28). The Jalsa Salana of Britain is approaching and this is the Jalsa that has acquired an international status. People gather in such large numbers from east and west, north and south as in no other Gathering. Then when this Jalsa comes it goes in the blinking of an eye. These are the emotional states of union. It is this very emotion that draws one's attention to certain eternal truths. The Quranic verses recited at the beginning of the sermon shed light upon the respect and honour due to a guest. A guest is also honourable when a stranger and whether it be a stranger or a fellow all guests must be served hospitably. Moreover the guests of Allah should be more deserving than other guests. The requirements of hospitality are highlighted in statements made by the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) and through certain examples in his pure life. The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) always took care that guests should face no discomfort of any kind and there are some very beautiful incidents of the hospitality shown to guests by the Companions of the Holy Prophet ﷺ because through his own noble example the Holy Prophet had inculcated such a passion in the Companions for serving guests that God would reveal His delight at it to him through revelation from on high. Some guests excessively burden the host more than is permitted by the Sunna [practice of the Prophet]. Where the Holy Prophet counselled the hosts he also counselled the guests for example he said that 'The right of hospitality is 3 days.' If they stay above that it is through mutual relationships. In this Jalsa with the grace of God we will see the blessings of God descending even more than before. We must offer thanks to God for enabling us to witness these blessings. Spend these days in remembering God and being grateful to Him for His blessings and favours. It is our responsibility to keep the blessings of God in view as far as possible and one way of awakening the awareness and sentience for His favours is to spend as much time as possible for the sake of the faith and spend out of all the things He has granted as per 'spend out of what We provide them'.* Devote ample time for the moral upbringing of the new converts entering the Community and train yourselves too. Do not let the strangers arriving remain strangers for long. Quickly include them among yourselves so that they would very soon become the hosts. If you fail in this you will not be able to fulfil the increasing demands. The weather has changed now. Completely changed. The days have come when the fruits are ripe. God is ripening these fruits. It is God who grants us the ability to make efforts. Now that the time has come when the fruits are ripe it is a matter of concern as to how to gather them. You will also have to train for this. Look upon everyone with respect. Treat everyone with love. Another requirement that would naturally be born spontaneously out of this increasing bond that is the jealousy of the enemy which is also on the increase as a result of God's blessings. Almighty God has also taught us the prayers that allude to the precautionary measures to safeguard from the harm of their jealousies. Nobody had a more diligent eye than the Holy Prophet. Do not think overly ill of anyone but do fulfil all those requirements of precaution taught to us by the Holy Prophet. May Allah enable us to fulfil all the demands. May the guests be pleased with us and may we please them in turn. * Those who believe in the unseen and observe Prayer and spend out of what We provide them. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Baqarah [The Heifer]: 4). The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960719-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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