Friday Sermon 8 March 1996
But the deeds of those who disbelieve are like a mirage in a desert. Which the thirsty person imagines to be water, when he comes up to it he finds it to be nothing and finds Allah near him Who pays him his account in full and Allah is swift in reckoning. Or like thick darkness in a vast deep ocean rolling in uproar of wave upon wave with clouds above it: layers of darkness one upon another. When he holds out his hand he can scarcely see it: for one to whom Allah grants no light there is no light at all. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Nur [The Light]: 40, 41). I had previously delivered sermons on the subject of light in the light of 'The Holy Quran', the Ahadith [Traditions of the Prophet] and the sayings of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him). The subject of darkness is the opposite of the subject of light and in order to be enlightened it is important to first clear the filth and weeds that are born from darkness. If light is overpowering the question arises why once it is here its place is slowly and gradually taken over by darkness. In the light of the Quranic verses it sometimes happens that one leaps at something thinking it to be light although it is not the light. The example of this is that of a mirage. A mirage is also born from the torrent of light. If there is no light the mirage would not exist. One thinks one is observing something in full knowledge without the need for any guidance and such a person goes on to their ill end without anything to stop or hinder and when they reach the final stage they realise what they had considered to be the water of life and were constantly running towards was in fact a thirst for death. The blindness that is the blindness of light is extremely dangerous. The more one thirsts for the world the more one deceives oneself. If you do not thirst for the world you will not yearn for it. The things which the worldly people run towards never serve to quench their thirst rather it only increases their demand. A thirst for life which is devoid of God's bounty, empty of God's love is nothing but a mirage and such a worldly life never imparts one tranquility of heart. This principle is applicable on an individual basis as well as to a collective Society. The light in which the world is travelling to a large extent is actually a fearsome darkness. People think they are in [a state of] light so when they are called towards guidance they ignore it. Such people have a covering over arrogance upon them. When you will try to enlighten a person who is kept under the darkness of arrogance they will not be able to see it. One must never be arrogant but consider whether the one calling them towards light has a motive behind it and is blatantly stating a pack of lies or whether his words speak the truth in our favour. When he changes perspective he will see the reality. When you consider the example of a mirage from this angel more and more meanings would keep coming to you. So the journeys of darkness thinking them to be the light are the most dangerous ones. Those who are lying today in politics, in law or in religion and defrauding think that lying is better for them. In actual fact these are all dark journeys. Sometimes such people are punished in certain ways as a warning so that they may desist and sometimes they are left at the final stage of destruction. Anyone who sees a mirage does so from the darkness coming of their own soul it does not require any external factor. Their own souls are destruction enough for them. This is why we have been taught the prayer to seek refuge in God from the darkness and evils of our own selves. The first example of a mirage in the verses I recited pertains to the internal darkness of the ego. The second example mentioning the darkness of deep oceans relates to external evil factors that influence a person. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960308-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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