Friday Sermon 28 June 1996
Surely a Messenger has come unto you from among yourselves who is heavily distressed should you fall into trouble and deeply concerned for you and who is to the believers compassionate and merciful. Yet if they turn away say 'Allah is sufficient for me. There is no God but He. In Him do I put my trust for He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.' ('The Holy Quran'. al Tawbah [The Repentance]: 128, 129). The 3 day forty-first Jalsa Salana of Jamat Ahmadiyya America is starting today. Similarly the 3 day seventh Jalsa Salana Guatemala is also starting. I appeal for prayers for the success of these Jalsas but as far as the subject of today's sermon is concerned it is the same subject that has been continuing for the last 2 or 3 sermons before today. With the blessing of Allah people are entering the Ahmadiyya Community with such rapid speed that according to me the biggest problem is of their moral upbringing and the most important subject in relation to moral upbringing is the subject of obedience so that those who come should be taught the etiquettes of obedience. I am addressing those responsible office-bearers who have been appointed to be obeyed. The example best of all of being obeyed is that of Muhammad the Holy Messenger of Allah. Seeing the mores of obedience of the Holy Prophet sometimes some people fall prey to harbouring a false impression that Islam presents a highly dangerous example of Dictatorship. The pure life of the Noble Prophet ﷺ proves the difference between Dictatorship and the Islamic system of leadership in that the Holy Prophet expected of the Companions what he felt in his heart. The example of believers is that of a single body in which if even a finger is hurt it disturbs and distresses the whole body. This example applied to himself most of all. The distress of any person would be unbearable to him and not only this but he had such desire for the good of others that he would want more good to come to them than before. Is such sharing in the pain of the whole of mankind and such ardour for their welfare ever to be found in the life of any Dictator? Then in this there is no concern for himself in the slightest and everything is for the sake of the Great Lord. This is the aspect of obedience which we should be seeing in every Ahmadi Amir. The Quranic verses and the noble life of the Holy Prophet ﷺ and the Companions (Allah be pleased with them) shows that the example in the Hadith quoted above of a single body references irritability and irritability is connected to emotions and the task of an Amir is to create an emotive connection. If an Amir feels the grief of others as they do themselves and is always concerned for them then love for such an Amir would be a natural consequence of it. Islam has not the slightest relation to dry formal obedience. The heart cannot help but obey the system presented by God. The sentiment of love and devotion is the one working behind obedience and being obeyed. The Quranic verses show that cleansing the environment and removing the filth of Shirk [association of partners with Allah] is a highly important task of the Amir. One who is given the office of Amir is surrounded by people who big him up and try to share in his leadership in this way and many people of authority become puppets in the hands of such people forgetting that there could be patients among such people and it is possible to identify their disease by recognising Shirk. The Quranic verses command against doing favours in order to increase one's power. No kindness can obstruct the path of absolute justice. Shirk begins whenever kindness is meted out and predominantly in disregard of [the dictates of] absolute Justice. We are to show examples of Islamic obedience throughout the world and are to give examples of being obeyed in the Islamic way with recourse to Muhammad the Holy Messenger of Allah. May Allah the Almighty enable us to carry out this responsibility so that we may always be able to continue carrying out the Islamic way of obedience for in that lies our life, our tranquility. In the end I draw the attention of the American Jamat to the very important issue of carrying out moral training. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960628-UR.pdf Washington - America. © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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