Friday Sermon 12 April 1996
Hast thou seen him who makes his own desire his lord and whom Allah has adjudged astray on the basis of knowledge and whose ears and whose heart He has sealed up and on whose eyes He has put a covering? Who then will guide him after Allah's condemnation? Will you not then take heed? ('The Holy Quran'. al-Jathiya [The Curtsy]: 24, 25). If one does not remove the darkness of the self from oneself then light cannot enter in its place. This appears to be a contradiction too for it is indeed light which removes the dark. However the picture presented by 'The Holy Quran' is that the darkness of the ego is born when the pathways to light are obstructed. 'The Holy Quran' mentions that Allah the Almighty appointed the Prophet Adam as a vicegerent in the Earth and thereupon Allah the Almighty answered the allegation made by the angels and then there is the incident of Talut [Saul] and Goliath [teaching] that it is incumbent to obey the appointed of God. All bounties do lie therein. The secret of the strength of the Community is in the obedience that was shown by the angels. The history of the Ahmadiyya Community shows that whoever stepped outside [the remit of] obedience failed and was unsuccessful and humiliated. Consider it that there is not a single person who raised their head in defiance of the Community and whose head was then upheld by anybody else. The positions these people held and the respect they merited was because of the Community and when they forgot this truth and took the way of disobedience to the Community or outright rebellion they lost that regard. Respect is in the hand of God. Egoism can never gain one any respect. One reason for self-worship is egotism and arrogance is one of its guises and [both] ego and arrogance are born out of an inferiority complex. The secret to the strength of all spiritual communities is hidden in the Divine decree. As soon as you diverge from it nothing of yours will remain and a thousand kinds of evils would engulf you. Wherever you look today, be it in politics or in trade and commerce, economics or social affairs, you will always without exception find the cause of evil in breaking off from the Divine decree. This includes games and pastimes, one's sexual desires, the desire for comfort and luxury, the means of delight and entertainment. Those who worship their physical desires remain submerged in all these things. The Quranic verses tell us that it is in the nature of Satan to be ungrateful to His Lord and to spend something wrongfully or to do so in excess of one's ability is also to be ungrateful. These are the evils of knowledge and of light. One who spends does so with their eyes open but they derive immense enjoyment from [achieving] fame [from it]. They enjoy it because in actuality they are worshiping their own self. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960412-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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