31 Jul Tarbiyyat Extracts from 7/25/14 Friday Sermon: “Laylatul Qadr and Last Friday of Ramadhan”
The concept of the Farewell Friday is something Muslims or the religious scholars have concocted through their own incorrect interpretations.
Generally speaking Traditions say that it (Laylatul Qadr) should be looked for in the odd nights during last ten days of Ramadan. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was given the knowledge of the specific date of the Night of Destiny (Laylatul Qadr) during which a true believer experiences special acceptance of prayers.
…it was a natural desire of the Holy Prophet (saws) to share it with the believers. Hadith recounts that after receiving this knowledge the Holy Prophet (saws) left home delighted to tell others about it. However, two Muslims were having an altercation outside and the Holy Prophet (saws) became involved in making peace between them to such an extent that he forgot the specific date. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) said that not only the Holy Prophet (saws) forgot the date in fact its knowledge was removed by Divine command.
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) raised a very important point as regards the Night of Destiny. He said the hour which is called the Night of Destiny is correlated to national harmony and unity…The Night of Destiny means that night when man’s fate is determined and it is decided how he will be dealt with in the coming year.
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said that the more a person is beloved of God the more trials he has to endure…The Night of Destiny is the name of that moment which gains acceptance and nothing can be more advantageous than what gains acceptance with God. We should strive for sacrifices that will be accepted.
Non-Ahmadis consider that by attending the last Friday of the month of Ramadan even the Salat one has knowingly missed over the year is pardoned and man is purified from all evil…In their assumption God’s Divinity is, God forbid, dependent on their four prostration postures and it is their great favour that by performing four prostrations they, God forbid, establish God’s Divinity!
Whereas God’s commandments and instructions are for our own good! We should pay attention to God’s commandments be they about worship or other matters, they are all for our good. Considering any commandment of God as a burden is depriving oneself of beneficence…True believers should make every good thing ‘…enduring good works…’…The Holy Qur’an should be read during the entire year and effort should be made to practice it.