Friday Sermon 3 January 2003.
If you lend Allah a generous loan He will multiply it for you and will forgive you. For Allah is Most Appreciating and Forbearing. (The Holy Quran. al-Taghabun [The Haggling]: 18). The subject of the Quranic phraseology of lending Allah a 'goodly loan' is elucidated in several Ahadith. In returning a loan the Holy Prophet ? was always munificent and gave more than he had borrowed. If man has the capacity to pay back in a better way then why would Allah not? Those who are enabled to spend generously in the way of Allah have always, through the ages, had their wealth increased manifold. Whatever one has, comes from Allah. The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) writes that : Alms giving cultivates high morals and enables one to go through the worldly junctures agreeably and that spending in the way of Allah promotes development of faith. No movement or community gets by without donations. (5 July 1903. Malfoozat iii [Discources]. 361). Donations used to be collected during times of need in the era of the prophets of God, so much so that the righteous and the devoted would bring the entire contents of their household to be spent in the way of Allah. The Holy Prophet ? enjoined that wealth spent in the way of Allah should be wholesome and should be free from the contamination of corruption. After the preamble I formally announce the new Waqf e Jadid [Scheme of Dedication] year as of 1January 2003. Following is a brief historical background of the scheme that currently Jama'ats from 111 countries participate in it. On December 312002 the total contributions for Waqf e Jadid 2002 worldwide were £1502000 with the Pakistan Jama'at in first position, followed by USA and then Britain. I belatedlly announce the commencement of the new Tehrik e Jadid year from November 1 2002. On my directions new pledges are now being received. Last year's contributions were £2452300 with Pakistan in first position, followed by USA and then Germany. In further elucidation of the subject of spending in Allah's way I recommend that the habit should be inculcated from childhood. The Community should be ever mindful of the enormous monetary blessings that they have received as a consequence of profusion in migration to the West. I admonish regarding negligence in spending one's wealth in Allah's way and that this laxity makes all other form of worship void and Allah does not accept the worship of one who does not pay the dues of Zakat [Alms]. It is entirely Allah's favour upon us that He enables us to spend out of the provisions provided by Him. In conclusion I wish all a Happy New Year. I have received an overwhelming amount of congratulatory post and I am responding to all via my sermon. I pray that may the New Year be better than the last and all the grief of last year be transformed into happiness in the New Year and may Allah enhance the blessings that He has bestowed upon the Community.
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