21 Aug Friday Sermon: Jumu’ah and Jalsa Salana
Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
After greeting everyone with “Assalamo-Alaikum wa Rahmatullah” – peace be upon you and the Mercy of Allah – and bearing witness to the absolute Unity of Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger and Servant, and seeking the protection of Allah against Satan, Huzur Aqdas (may Allah strengthen him with His Mighty Help) recited Sura Al-Fatiha, and then said that:
Today Insha’Allah after Jumu’ah, Jalsa will be inaugurated. Friday service is also important. We should realize the importance of Friday and pay dues of this day. Due to Jalsa, paying dues involves praying for the Jalsa to be blessed. With regards to the importance of Friday Service, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that the best of the days is Friday. Call down Allah’s blessings upon me in abundance on this day as this is presented to me on this day. In the ahadith it is stated concerning the importance of Jumu’ah that a moment arrives during Friday, where any prayer offered by a momin [a believer] is accepted – and this is a very brief moment in time. If we, during the sermon, or during our worship this day, focus upon reciting Durood, and say اللھم صلے علی محمد , call down blessings of Allah upon the Holy Prophet, we should be doing it with understanding and perception and knowledge and praying that Allah may establish the faith brought to the world by the Holy Prophet and establish its grandeur and truth among the people; and by granting us the ability to be a part of this effort make us among those who partake in the rewards set aside for those of the Holy Prophet’s umma – people – who carry out this effort.
When we recite اللھم بارک علی محمد we pray that Prophet’s Grandeur is safeguarded and enemies ploys are eliminated. May all ploys of the enemies deflect back at them. When we convene today and pray in this manner, it will draw benevolence of God towards us. We will partake of the blessings by acceptance of the prayer. When Holy Prophet is presented this Durood and prayers, we are granted from Prophet our own prayers.
One of the great objectives of our Jalsa is to ensure that the love of God and Prophet envelops our heart. We can only fulfill this objective when we convey Durood Sharif upon Holy Prophet from bottom of our heart. And reform ourselves accordingly as per the commandments of God and the example set before us by the Holy Prophet (SAW). Conveying Durood upon Holy Prophet (SAW) through his love will help us attain love for God. During Friday Service, afterwards, and during the next 2 days, recite Durood with great attention so that Allah, bestowing His Mercy upon us, may turn back upon our enemies the evil of all their plans that they have put together against us.
In the blessed example that the Holy Prophet has laid out before us, we see great examples of paying dues of mankind. We should instill that role model within ourselves. God has told us to be kind, compassionate to one another. Even in these matters, we witness the role model of Holy Prophet. Holy Prophet could not bear any difficulties encountered by the believers.
Allah has mentioned the state of the Holy Prophet in the Holy Quran: “grievous to him is that you should fall into trouble” (9:128)
The difficulties of one another should make us restless as per the Role Model of Holy Prophet.
One of the objectives of Jalsa is to increase in mutual unity. This is only possible when one makes great sacrifices.
When Jalsas were started, some individuals did not bring about a revolutionary change. Promised Messiah (as) was very disappointed and he did not let Jalsa Salana be held for a year. Promised Messiah (as) expected brotherhood, love, compassion from members of his Jama’at. Why are those who believe in Promised Messiah (as) not able to comprehend the difficulties of others? We should increase in mutual love. We should progress in our education with respect to faith. All friends solely for the purpose of progressing should come to this Jalsa. These Jalsas are necessary for progressing spiritually and excelling in faith. Great strides will have be taken to ensure one attracts God’s love.
This Jalsa will also help in forming mutual bonds and many other benefits will come about. Each of us should remember the objective of this Jalsa. We have to fulfill the conditions of this convention. This is not an ordinary convention. Our focus should be upon hearing religious teachings. We should not waste our time by engaging in meaningless discussions or walking around the stalls. There are many other sessions held during Jalsa, not just speeches. Instead of wasting time, try to increase in religious education.
Try to remember the favors of Allah and how God is fulfilling the promises he made with Promised Messiah (as). How God has caused this message to reach the corners of the earth. Pray for the martyrs of this Jama’at. May Allah safeguard the Jama’at from all ploys of the enemies.
See the newspapers, literatures, at stalls. Review of Religions has displayed the Shroud of Jesus Christ in their stall. One realizes the truthfulness of Promised Messiah (as) claims by seeing such exhibits. Meet one another. Many new converts testify that when they met Ahmadis from different countries, they see great love.
Promised Messiah (as) said to increase your mutual bonds and become one spiritually. Break all cultural barriers.
Pray for one another so a great standard can be established. These mutual relations should be solely for sake of Allah. All of us should strive to find the other spiritual benefits of this Jalsa. During these days, pray and strive to partake of the objectives that Promised Messiah (as) has laid out.
Pay attention to the Jalsa programs in a manner that we have to obey afterwards. Attentively listen to the speeches, don’t display laziness.
Those who do not listen attentively to the speeches, it will not benefit you. Recall that everything is mentioned should be heard with great attention or it will not benefit you. Listen with intention of not only learning but also obeying, progressing in faith and make it beneficial for yourself.
Do not merely pay attention to the style of delivery but focus upon the essence, the core of what is being delivered. Most only focus on the oration but fail to understand what is actually being said. Promised Messiah (as) did not like merely focusing upon oration. Muslims do not come with the required dedication in their conventions. What is the point of spending great amount when people fail to pay heed to the essence. May Allah enable all the participants to benefit from this Jalsa. Respect the workers and obey them. The volunteers are here to help you. Whether the guidance is related to seating arrangement or food, obey them. Some individuals require special attention due to various reasons. Hence food should be available at all times. Everyone should understand they have to benefit from this Jalsa. Mothers should bring food for their children.
Traffic delays cause delay in Jalsa programs. Obey the security personnel, and remain vigilant. Jama’at’s progress is making many envious. We should pray to be safeguarded against ploys of the envious ones. Jalsa programs have various guidance which should be read and obeyed.
Promised Messiah (as) said we should remember those who pass away in the past year as that is an objective.
The first funeral is of a Martyr. Mukarram Ikhramullah Sahib Shaheed from Taunsa Sharif, Dera Ghazi Khan. He was shot in his medical store on August 19 2015. The assailants proudly proclaimed they killed a disbeliever as they drove away. Ikramullah Sahib after education opened his medical store. He opened his store 9 years ago. He was married in 2009. He was very pious, he was very dedicated. He participated in flood relief efforts. He would provide free medications to the less fortunate. He was a Moosi, held various offices in the Jama’at. On July 11, 2015, some individuals attacked the mosque there and he was investigating, he was receiving threats. His wife states that he saw the Promised Messiah (as) in his dream and he said to come without hesitation. He leaves behind 2 children, daughter (4 years), son (2 years). His children are Waqf-e-Nau. May Allah elevate his station and grant patience to his family. Ameen.
Second funeral: Professor Muhammad Ali Sahib, passed away on August 14, 2015. He accepted Ahmadiyyat in his youth and carried out services for the Jama’at. He was the only Ahmad in his village. He did M.A. in Philosophy. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II (ra) accepted his life devotion. He taught various subjects in college. He served as private secretary to Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih III (rh). He was a Professor of English at Jamia as well. He translated books of the Promised Messiah (as). Muhammad Ali sb. was the first Officer of Waqf-e-Nau scheme. Due to his great interest in translation, he was the Chief Translator for the Jama’at. He served in the senate of Punjab University for a long time. He wrote great poetry in Urdu and Punjabi. He was very hardworking. He was very pious. Even on the 13th of August, a before his death he kept working in the office. He suffered a heart attack. He leaves behind two sisters and two brothers.
Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II (ra) stated that Muhammad Ali Sahib was from Jalandar, and Ch. Muhammad Ali Sahib is from Jalandar. Chaudhry Muhammad Ali Sahib was granted the ability to translate far more than the other Muhammad Ali Sahib. He paid dues of the translations. Mujeeb ur Rahman Advocate Sahib stated that Chaudhry sb. was a great lover of Khilafat. Everyone would be greatly impacted by his love for Khilafat.
Even his students testify that Muhammad Ali Sahib taught them proper conduct. He told one of them that you can be visited at any time by some members of the Jama’at, so never show any form of laziness or fatigue. Many will try to recognize your weaknesses. Accept them. If someone raises an objection at the Jama’at or Khilafat, do not tolerate them at all. Dr. Noori Sahib states that even after heart attack a long time ago, he had a smile on his face & would remember God. He would always pray that may Allah enable him to fulfill his duties that were given to him by Khalifa of the time. He had great love for each and every Khalifa. A true Ahmadi loves all Khulafa. His only purpose was to be dedicated to Khilafat. May Allah continue to grant the Jama’at such dedicated and loyal individuals.
All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection; We confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against the evils. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him. He is alone and has no partner. We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice. Forbids evil which pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others. He warns you against being unmindful. Remember Allah; He too will remember you. Call on Him and He will make a response to your call. Verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.