Friday Sermon 22 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 hands 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). The greatest deception is the deception of darkness when one who is in it thinks they are undertaking a journey into light when in fact it is into darkness. This darkness is born out of the ego. Hobbies and pastimes, sportsmanship and display appear to be minor things but in the light of the Quranic verses they sometimes begin taking the form of sin even in one's daily life. So it is important that sports and hobbies be kept within their limit and not be permitted to exceed them. For example if you are watching a Cricket Match or any other Match and it is time for prayer those who head for the mosque without hesitation are those whose limits are safe. There are many aspects of game and pastime referred to in the Quranic verses and one darkness in this regard is to target another's faith with mockery. If you would let your tongue loose against the faith of another person out of sheer disrespect then slowly and gradually you will come to mock at your own faith too. This is also why 'The Holy Quran' has forbidden sitting among such people who take the sanctity of faith and worship for a game and a pastime. When 'The Holy Quran' forbids such company there it also tell you what kind of people you should take for company. Set your heart upon such as call upon God day and seek to please Him day and night night and be patient with them. The way to journey from darkness into light has been revealed here that is to turn from one Society and to keep another Society and that is the Society of those who constantly seek the pleasure of Allah and there are endless pleasures in the Will of God the Omniscient. In the light of the Quranic verses one who follows the world is deceived by the world. Such people have scant regard progressing towards the afterlife but a time would definitely come when they will be seeing the afterlife. 'The Holy Quran' advises not to be friends with those who have no regard for and are oblivious of the hereafter. Those who worship the world devote all their efforts only for this world. If you worship your desires and fail to put a knife to your worldly desires then you will have to put a knife to the necks of others in Society. One engulfed by darkness will never receive the light of God because God's honour and His Highness and His Holiness cannot bear to force His light into a heart which does not seek Him. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960322-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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