Friday Sermon 13 February 1998
O ye who believe! Stand guard over yourselves. Whosoever goes astray cannot harm you when you ensure you follow the guidance. To Allah will you all return then will He disclose to you what you did. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Maidah [The Banquet]: 106). This verse appears to say that one ought not to worry for the guidance of another but this is not what is meant at all. Some people say that a person holds an office and has the following faults. Some say that he was a good capable man but was extricated or removed from office. Those who are ex-communicated or unable to guard their characters after being posited to an office cannot cause you any harm if you remain rightly guided. Those who take pride in their supporters should worry about themselves. Lest all their support and numbers be rejected before God. In this regard I have one particular country in mind. It is one of the Scandinavian countries. I have made much effort before this to break their strongholds and if these strongholds are supporting the ex-communicated it would never avail them a jot. To the unfortunate countries where there are larger groups formed to bring discord and mayhem and a small number of righteous persons who are concerned I say look! Their groups would never be able to harm you. Let any number of [such] groups form God would certainly break them and they can harm none but themselves. When God has given this tiding then why do you worry? Even if there are 10 good people they are the ones who are accepted in the eyes of Allah and the Jamat. Each year hundreds and thousands of Jamats form in the world who are totally devoted. In the beginning there were many cliques in Germany. Each clique took pride in its strength [in numbers and] that 'Who would dare touch us?' I did so telling them that if the Caliph of the time is instructed by Allah to handle [something] he would do so and all cliques would dissolve. I warn this day any country which thinks they are huge and exempt - This verse of 'The Holy Quran' envigours me. In my opinion in this day and age there is no better way for the moral upbringing of the Jamat than to read out the excerpts from the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him). They influence the heart very deeply. Any addiction enslaves one. This is the definition of intoxication. This is a fact that also applies to tea and coffee. Many diseases relate to addictions because when one is addicted to a thing it creates extreme anxiety when it cannot be obtained. The crimes found in most countries of the world are a result of addictions. An addict of intoxicants is always punished in this world as well and the punishment of the hereafter is something else. The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) has stated that 'It is an accursed life to indulge excessively in luxury;'* those spending their lives indulging in excessive luxuries are responsible for the crisis emerging in the whole world today. No country is permitted to indulge in an excess of luxuries until all its poor are provided with their basic rights. With luxury comes excessive discourteousy and ungratefulness. The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) advises adopting the attributes of Allah the Almighty to display Divine signs in your lives and to guard against untruthfulness, cheating, arrogance and to become righteous. I hope that as a result of these short and simple counsels of the Promised Messiah the Jamat would continue to be great. * Ahmad, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam. 'Kashti Nuh'. (Ziyaul Islam, 1902). 'Ruhani Khazain: xix'. 71. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19980213-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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