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Friday Sermon Archives – Salat in Congregation; the Key to Success and Fulfilling the Objective of Life – 20th January 2017

His Holiness delivering the Friday Sermon from the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London. Supply: File Picture.

The Evaluate of Religions translation crew is honored to translate and current Friday Sermons from the archives, delivered by His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba). Beneath is the official translation of the Friday Sermon delivered on 20th January 2017.

After reciting Tashahhud, Ta‘awwuz and Surah al-Fatihah, the Fifth Caliph and Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Group, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) said:

Everyone knows that Salat is compulsory upon Muslims. The Holy Qur’an has repeatedly drawn our consideration in the direction of the significance of Salat in numerous methods. The Holy Prophet (sa) has additionally said that Salat is the essence of worship.[1]

In actual fact, the Holy Prophet (sa) additionally said that abandoning Salat leads an individual nearer to disbelief and Shirk [associating partners with God].[2]

Furthermore, expounding on the significance of Salat, the Holy Prophet (sa) said that the very very first thing which mankind might be accounted for on the Day of Judgment might be relating to their Salat. If one succeeds on this, they are going to be among the many affluent and can attain salvation; in any other case they’ll have incurred loss and ruination.[3]

The Holy Prophet (sa) additionally gave steering in an effort to make youngsters observant in Salat. The Holy Prophet (sa) said that one ought to urge their youngsters to supply Salat once they attain the age of seven. After the age of ten, they could even undertake sure strict measures to make them observant in Salat.[4]

Nonetheless, if mother and father themselves aren’t common in observing their Salat, then how can they urge their youngsters to take action? Or, what sort of impact will it have on the youngsters in the event that they hear this Hadith [saying of the Holy Prophet (sa)] and instruction of the Holy Prophet (sa) in a non secular gathering or by means of every other means however at residence they don’t see their very own father observing Salat? Absolutely, the youngsters of such fathers will assume that this instruction has no significance, in reality, by undermining the significance of 1 instruction, they may also diminish the significance of all different injunctions within the view of their youngsters.

Such persons are not solely incurring their very own loss, as said by the Holy Prophet (sa), however are inflicting their progeny to endure loss as properly. Dad and mom categorical nice concern to fulfil their youngsters’s worldly ambitions and endeavours whereas exhibiting no concern the place they actually must. For a real believer [Mo’min] Salat will not be the one factor which spiritually purifies them from all impurities, simply because the Holy Prophet (sa) cited the instance of a stream working outdoors an individual’s door and said, ‘if an individual had been to wash in it each day, 5 instances within the day, will any type of impurity stay on him?’ The Companions (ra) submitted, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah! Absolutely, such an individual might be pure from any type of impurity.’ Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘the identical is within the case of the 5 each day prayers; Allah Almighty forgives one’s sin and removes one’s shortcomings because of it and no type of impurity is then left within the soul of an individual who observes the 5 each day prayers.’[5]

Thus, there will be no impurity left within the soul of 1 who gives the 5 each day prayers.

Therefore, that is the significance of Salat which the Holy Prophet (sa) has fantastically illustrated although this instance. Nonetheless, as I discussed earlier, the commandment is to not merely observe Salat, in reality additional particulars have been given to true believing males in an effort to rid their souls of any impurities. The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘Whoever performs the ablution at residence after which walks to the home of Allah i.e. the mosque, in an effort to observe the compulsory Salat, then one step of his will expiate his sins and the opposite step will elevate his standing.’ In different phrases, each step of his will earn him a reward.[6]

On one other event, the Holy Prophet (sa) expounded on the significance of congregational Salat. The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘Shall I inform you of one thing, because of which Allah Almighty will take away your sins and elevate your station?’ The Companions (ra), who had been all the time eagerly in seek for alternatives that will allow them to please Allah Almighty and likewise to be taught new methods by means of which they might attain His nearness and abandon sin, responded, ‘O Messenger (sa) of Allah, definitely do inform us.’ The Holy Prophet (sa) said, ‘carry out the ablution in an intensive method even when your coronary heart doesn’t need to take action, and journey to the mosque from a distance, and upon the completion of 1 Salat watch for the following; this removes one from sin.’

The Holy Prophet (sa) then additional said, ‘Nonetheless, this alone will not be sufficient, however that is solely akin to mounting pickets in an effort to safe the frontiers.’[7]

In different phrases, [it is] much like when international locations ship their troops to the frontiers to guard its borders. Why is a military deployed to the borders? As I discussed. it’s carried out to guard the nation from the enemy’s assault, and within the occasion of an assault, they’ll instantly reply. Thus, the gravest risk to a believer for which he has to mount pickets in an effort to defend his [spiritual] borders is from Devil and the worldly wishes which Devil implants within the hearts and thru which Devil assaults.

Thus, in an effort to safeguard oneself from sin, the congregational Salat is like the instance of mounting pickets on the frontier. That is the military that stands guard in an effort to save one from the assaults of Devil. As soon as an individual is saved from sin, their consideration will subsequently be drawn in the direction of virtuous deeds. It is usually because of this that the Holy Prophet (sa) has said that the reward for observing Salat in congregation is twenty-seven instances better than providing it individually.[8]

Explaining the significance of congregational Salat, the Promised Messiah (as) states:

‘The knowledge in attaching a better reward with congregational Salat is in order that it establishes unity. Then, in an effort to virtually set up this unity as properly, we’re instructed to put the ft evenly in a line (i.e. they need to be positioned aspect by aspect when standing in prayer and that’s the reason the heels ought to be aligned) and the rows ought to be straight and the congregants ought to be standing aspect by aspect. That is to suggest that they’re like one physique. (We are able to solely turn into like one physique once we are equally standing in a single line and can be capable to generate energy) and allow one’s religious mild to permeate into the opposite.’

The Promised Messiah (as) additional states:

‘Thus, it’s so that these distinguishing components which create ego and selfishness might be eradicated.’

In different phrases, the wealthy and the poor will all stand in a single line. Sure folks create are very selfish and selfishness, nonetheless congregation Salat eliminates such ideas.

The Promised Messiah (as) additional states:

‘Bear in mind! People have the potential to soak up the religious radiance of others.’[9]

An individual can take affect from one who occupies the next commonplace of piety and advantage and can be capable to imbibe this inside themselves.

Thus, congregational Salat is useful for permitting one to soak up one other particular person’s virtuous influences. Subsequently, the place congregational Salat is a bodily demonstration of the unity which Allah Almighty desires to ascertain within the Ummah, it additionally permits one to undertake the virtuous influences of others.

When those that perform a far better variety of virtuous deeds and are far superior in spirituality share the identical line [in prayer] as those that are weaker than them, then absolutely those that are weak will tackle their virtuous affect. Subsequently, they too will develop stronger in the case of excelling in virtuous deeds and growing in spirituality. When this unity is established and spirituality will increase, then the satanic forces turn into weak. On this period, Allah Almighty has despatched the true servant of the Holy Prophet (sa), who has guided us so we will purchase a real understanding of worship and Salat. Subsequently, on the one hand we declare to have accepted the true servant of the Holy Prophet (sa), the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as) in an effort to enhance our religious situation and set up unity. Nonetheless, however, if there are deficiencies in our practise, significantly in relation to the fundamental commandments of Islam, and we present weak point in that which is the very goal of our lives and we present weak point even within the primary necessities that Allah Almighty has prescribed for us to realize, then how can we declare that in an effort to higher our spirituality and cling to the injunctions of Allah Almighty we now have accepted the Promised Messiah (as) by obeying the directions of the Holy Prophet (sa)?

As I discussed earlier, the Holy Qur’an has, on quite a few events, talked about the duty of the 5 each day Salat and their significance. The directions of the Holy Prophet (sa) on this regard which I’ve quoted are additionally very clear. Observing Salat is crucial for each Ahmadi, and on the identical time, because the Holy Prophet (sa) has said concerning the significance of congregational Salat, it’s compulsory upon each male who’s able-minded and has reached the age of maturity to supply Salat in congregation. Nonetheless, we observe that correct consideration will not be given to this and weak point is proven on this regard. Certainly, Salat is compulsory upon true believers and so they themselves ought to realise this; however throughout the neighborhood we even have the Nizam [administrative system] and additionally it is their responsibility to attract folks’s consideration in the direction of this and they need to proceed to elucidate its significance.

I typically draw consideration to this in my sermons and thru numerous references draw consideration in the direction of Salat, however thereafter it’s the responsibility of the missionaries and the Nizam to flow into it broadly and draw consideration to it. You need to repeatedly convey the message of the compulsory Salat to each member of the Group. In actuality, we will solely turn into true Ahmadis once we safeguard our Salat and partake of its religious pleasure. Upon experiencing this religious pleasure and delight, naturally our consideration might be drawn in the direction of the observance of Salat. Subsequently, as I discussed, it’s important for each Ahmadi to focus their consideration on how you can observe their Salat – doing so in a way which grants pleasure and delight to our hearts. Drawing our consideration in the direction of Salat and the way one can attain its pleasure, the Promised Messiah (as) states:

‘I see that when a drunkard doesn’t get the pleasure and pleasure of ingesting alcohol, he carries on ingesting until he can expertise the enjoyment of alcohol and finally turns into intoxicated. A clever and clever particular person can profit from this instance.’

How can one profit from this instance in an effort to sharpen one’s religious colleges and to concentrate on prayers?

‘That’s by changing into constant in Salat.’

In different phrases, one ought to turn into common of their Salat and by no means abandon it. The Promised Messiah (as) additional states:

‘One steady to supply Salat till they attain pleasure, simply as a drunkard has a sure pleasure in thoughts which is his final goal.’

When a drunkard drinks alcohol, he units a sure commonplace of enjoyment in his thoughts which he seeks to realize. Simply as he units a goal of the extent of intoxication, a religious particular person – a believer – also needs to set himself a goal for his spirituality which he ought to attain by means of Salat. After a concerted effort by means of a steadfast strategy, one will finally attain that pleasure.

The Promised Messiah (as) additional states:

‘Thus, one ought to expend all power of the thoughts and all of 1’s effort in an effort to obtain this degree of enjoyment in Salat.’

When a worshiper is in a state of Salat, they need to keep in mind and exert all their power and energy to search out that peace and serenity in Salat. For this, one should enhance of their resolve and solely when one has a powerful sense of dedication can they continue to be steadfast.

The Promised Messiah (as) additional states:

‘Ought to one set up pleasure in prayer with at the very least the identical degree of sincerity and fervour because the restlessness, anxiousness and anguish of a drunkard, then I let you know actually…that he’ll most definitely attain its true pleasure.’[10]

One would then categorical of their state of deep anguish and ache, ‘Alas! If solely I may expertise such pleasure when I’m observing my Salat!’ The Promised Messiah (as) states that if one repeatedly expresses this anguish earlier than Allah Almighty of their Salat, they’ll definitely be capable to expertise its pleasure and delight.

Thus, perseverance in striving to realize the enjoyment of Salat will finally soften the guts and grant it that delight. The Promised Messiah (as) additionally careworn and defined that Allah Almighty states that Salat saves one from indecency and evils; however it’s noticed – folks ask this query as properly – that regardless of providing Salat, folks commit mistaken and evil deeds.

The Promised Messiah (as) states that the reply to that is that they don’t pray with the true spirit and sincerity; as a substitute they merely undergo the bodily motions [of Salat] ceremoniously and out of behavior.[11]

Thus, it ought to all the time be remembered that Allah Almighty has said that prayer safeguards one from evil, and this assertion is undoubtedly true as a result of the Phrase of God can’t be false. As for many who commit evil regardless of observing Salat, then their Salat is a mere ritual and so they don’t have any understanding of its true spirit.

This can be a very regarding matter for which everybody should analyse themselves. If we’re experiencing delight and pleasure in Salat, or if we now have a agency resolve to realize this, then how is it attainable for us to not turn into common in our Salat?

Everybody experiences this pleasure and delight sooner or later, while some could have already skilled it. When one is confronted with hardships and fear, we observe that there are lots of who start to cry profusely of their Salat and so they repeatedly supplicate to Allah Almighty even while going about their each day lives.

Therefore, one’s consideration stays directed in the direction of Allah Almighty and subsequently in the direction of His worship. Furthermore, throughout instances of hardship, this thought and inclination is developed which causes them to stay repeatedly inclined in the direction of supplication. Nonetheless, when their wishes are fulfilled or their hardship is averted, there are lots of who then turn into negligent almost about their Salat and their humble supplications.

Thus, simply because the Promised Messiah (as) has reminded us, we should try to make it our goal; no matter whether or not one’s situation is beneficial or not, whether or not they’re experiencing issue or ease, they need to purpose to realize that degree of enjoyment and pleasure which carry a couple of type of intoxication. Nonetheless, for believers, this anguish mustn’t solely develop attributable to their private circumstances however by additionally observing the overall situation of society; and when this ache develops, then one is actually capable of pray in a heartfelt method.

For instance, the state of affairs of the Jama’at [Community] in Pakistan is extraordinarily precarious. Members of the Jama’at face piercing assaults of hatred, malice and rancour from each path. Out of concern of the Mullahs [clerics] or attributable to misunderstandings created by them, even a few of these non-Ahmadis, who’ve outdated ties with the Group, are more and more opposing the Jama’at. Usually the state of affairs is such that the extent of injustices dedicated have exceeded all bounds. For that reason, the place I counsel each Ahmadi in Pakistan to look at Salat by always striving to realize its delight and pleasure, on the identical time, they need to additionally direct their consideration in the direction of populating the mosque [with worshippers].

Not too long ago I obtained Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya [youth auxiliary of the Community] Pakistan’s report on the implementation of the permitted proposals from their Shura [consultative body]. Within the report they wrote that regarding the proposals permitted for Tarbiyyat [moral training], they achieved such and such success when it comes to numbers. This can be a good achievement and so they have taken steps in the direction of progress. Amongst the numerous issues of Tarbiyyat was the truth that Khuddam numbering the hundreds have began listening to my Friday Sermons. Nonetheless, what’s regarding is that the variety of those that usually provide their Salat in congregation was a 3rd, or maybe a bit of greater than that of those that hearken to the Friday Sermon. Moreover, the variety of those that are common in providing their Salat can also be a lot lower than those that hearken to the Friday Sermon. What profit is there in listening to the sermons if one’s consideration will not be drawn in the direction of Allah Almighty or in the direction of this elementary commandment that’s of nice significance?

As I’ve talked about, after each two or three sermons I converse with regards to congregational Salat and worship. But when these are having no impact then merely submitting out the figures in a type is of no profit. As talked about beforehand, given the state of affairs of the Ahmadis in Pakistan, if there’s not an elevated inclination in the direction of Allah Almighty now, then when will this happen? Can we intend to place Allah Almighty to a check, God forbid, by claiming, ‘We’ll stay the way in which we’re and it’s upon Allah Almighty to vary our circumstances’? If that is our angle, then we now have no proper to complain to Allah Almighty. Nowhere has Allah Almighty said that one could proceed to do as they please and select whether or not or to not fulfil the rights owed to Him for He’ll proceed to grant them success just because they’ve accepted the Promised Messiah (as). With a view to attain success, one should mould their situation in accordance to the pleasure of Allah Almighty.

I’ve talked about the report of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, nevertheless it doesn’t imply that this weak point is barely discovered inside them, in reality the situation of Ansarullah [auxiliary organisation of the Community for male members above the age of 40] is similar. Thus, each Ahmadi residing in Pakistan ought to make an effort on this regard.

Success can’t be achieved by remaining quick asleep, nor can it’s achieved by exhibiting negligence. In actual fact, success might be achieved by ‘mounting pickets on the frontiers’. Those that have migrated out of Pakistan, or usually within the Jama’at for that matter, whether or not they’re within the developed international locations or every other a part of the world, their situation can also be the identical. It can’t be mentioned that after having migrated, members of the Jama’at have turn into very common of their Salat or that or there are devoted worshipers all over the place. If we analyse the state of affairs of all of the Jama’ats, we are going to discover many weaknesses regarding the observance of Salat. If each auxiliary organisation of each nation was to justly assess their situation, then the outcomes will manifest themselves. Nonetheless, those that have migrated from Pakistan ought to particularly keep in mind the blessings which Allah Almighty has bestowed upon them and in doing so, ought to categorical their gratitude. However how can this be expressed?

Some Jama’ats have an excellent attendance for Salat, nonetheless there are nonetheless some who fail to come back for one Salat or the opposite. And there are additionally those that fail to look at a few of their Salat altogether. As I discussed, one motive for that is that the administration is failing to attract folks’s consideration in the direction of this and as a substitute has different priorities.

As for my Friday Sermons, firstly not everybody listens to them; in different phrases to say that 100% of the folks hearken to the Friday Sermon is wrong. And even when they do, it’s nonetheless the accountability of the administration to repeatedly remind the folks. That is the rationale why the administration has been put in place, in an effort to information the folks in issues of ethical coaching.

A number of days in the past I had a gathering with the Majlis-e-Amila [administrative body] of one of many native Jama’ats right here [in the UK]. The Sadr [local president] mentioned, ‘Since I’ve assumed the accountability being the Sadr, I’ve targeted my efforts in the direction of monetary contributions and now we’re making a major progress on this regard.’

To this I mentioned that his efforts had been all properly and good, however what had been carried out with regard to Salat – which is a elementary obligation upon a real believer? To this he remained silent. Though once I additional enquired and assessed the attendance figures for the Fajr [pre-dawn prayer] and Ishaa [evening prayer], there was a major enchancment, nonetheless the administration performed no function in that.

If worshippers are capable of set up pleasure and delight of their Salat, then the monetary contributions will naturally enhance, as a result of the extra one will increase of their degree of righteousness, the extra consideration they’ll pay in the direction of providing monetary sacrifices. That’s not all, in reality, lots of the problems with Umoor-e-Aama [department of general affairs] and Qadha [department of jurisprudence] might be resolved to a better extent.

Moreover, if everybody begins providing Salat within the appropriate method, then all departments will turn into extra energetic.

In in the present day’s day and age it isn’t solely the state of affairs of Pakistan, however in reality the situation of the whole world is such that the specter of warfare and destruction is quickly growing. Even governments have expressed this concern and have began to take sure precautions, however at such a time it’s only the safety of Allah Almighty that may grant refuge.

Many individuals write to me asking that if a warfare breaks out then what is going to occur and what ought to they do? The reply for them is that in the event that they want to defend themselves from its risks then because the Promised Messiah (as) has said that they have to inculcate love for the Magnificent God. There is just one method to set up this love and that’s by establishing one’s Salat and worship in accordance to His command and thus striving to realize its delight and pleasure. When folks migrate to those [developed] international locations, majority of them neglect God Almighty upon seeing these worldly allures. They assume that these comforts are owing to the developments of those international locations. Furthermore, they think about its folks to be very superior which leads them to assume that these folks haven’t carried out any particular deeds or worship but they’re nonetheless making progress.

Then one other thought that arises within the minds of sure folks is that they’re higher than such [worldly] folks as a result of out of the 5 compulsory Salat, they provide at the very least two or three. We should always all the time keep in mind that ultimately, punishment is decreed for many who neglect God Almighty; due to this fact we should always not observe the instance of such [worldly] folks. If we want to keep away from the punishment of Allah Almighty and safeguard our future progenies, then we should always not have a look at their obvious situation, slightly we must act in accordance to that instructing which God Almighty has chosen for us.

After the commandment to affirm our perception in His existence, Allah Almighty has instructed us to look at Salat. Thus, each Ahmadi man and girl should direct their consideration in the direction of safeguarding their Salat, and males particularly ought to pay explicit consideration in the direction of providing Salat in congregation.

On this period the Promised Messiah (as) has clearly expounded upon the significance, appropriate methodology and the true philosophy of Salat. Allah Almighty has showered us with His grace by enabling us to just accept the Promised Messiah(as). Nonetheless, if regardless of this we fail to behave upon probably the most elementary side [of the faith], as I’ve talked about, and are happy with merely providing Salat two or 3 times within the day, like many non-Ahmadis do, then our Bai’at [oath of allegiance] is of no profit.

What’s the commonplace of Salat that the Promised Messiah (as) expects from us? And in what methods has he defined this to us? I’ll current some sayings of the Promised Messiah (as) on this regard. A believer declares Tauhid [the Oneness of God] by reciting the Kalimah [declaration of faith]:

لَا اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللّٰہ

[there is none worthy of worship except Allah…]. However what’s Tauhid? The Promised Messiah (as) states:

‘Bear in mind, and keep in mind clearly, that to prostrate to anybody apart from Allah is to sever your reference to Him.’

In different phrases, it’s to finish your relationship with Allah Almighty. The Promised Messiah (as) states that the sensible expression of Tauhid is Salat. Though perception in Tauhid will be verbally expressed, its sensible expression is thru Salat. Therefore, the Promised Messiah (as) states:

‘Whether or not it’s Salat or Tauhid…it stays devoid of blessings and of any profit till one doesn’t instil the spirit of humility and meekness and one’s coronary heart will not be absolutely inclined in the direction of them.’

The Promised Messiah (as) additional states,

‘Pay attention! That is the true spirit which is required for the prayer:

اُدْعُوْنِیْ اَسْتَجِبْ لَکُمْ

(Pray unto Me, I’ll reply your prayer)

If this humility and fervency lacks the true spirit of sincerity, then it’s decreased to mere phrases.’ (Identical to a parrot repeats an announcement)[12]

Thus, one should set up this true spirit inside themselves. One has to develop humility and fervency, with out which there is no such thing as a profit. As has been talked about, Allah Almighty grants acceptance to prayers that are crammed with humility and meekness. The Promised Messiah (as) explains that the totally different states in Salat, comparable to Qiyam [standing], Ruku` [bowing] and Sajdah [prostrating] all categorical a state of fervency and anguish. Throughout Salat one stands, sits and falls into prostration; the Promised Messiah (as) explains that these bodily states which categorical fervency ought to carry a couple of sense of anguish and fervency within the coronary heart as properly.

When one develops this state, they’ll expertise delight and pleasure in all of the postures of Salat; while in prostration, standing and bowing.

While explaining Salat, which takes one to a degree of full servitude, true humility and burns away sins, the Promised Messiah (as) states:

‘When an individual develops full self-effacement of the soul (i.e. one stays in a state of fixed humility and considers themselves nugatory), their soul then flows in the direction of God like a spring (however this may solely occur when one shows humility). Such people minimize themselves off from every little thing besides God, and it’s at this stage that the love of God Almighty descends upon them.’[13]

When one strives and beseeches Allah Almighty for His blessings and by doing so breaks ties with every little thing besides Allah Almighty, it’s then that His love descends upon them. The Promised Messiah (as) states that when God Almighty bestows His love upon an individual, all their sins are burned and are utterly eliminated and one attains a state of everlasting delight and pleasure of their Salat.

Subsequently, as a substitute of complaining or entertaining the thought that we’re unable to derive pleasure from our Salat, one ought to try to ascertain a particular reference to Allah Almighty.

One must assess themselves as as to if they’re providing Salat just by going by means of its motions or are doing so with the true spirit [of Salat]. Then, while explaining how you can attain religious mild and delight from Salat, the Promised Messiah (as) states:

‘The common observance of Salat is essential in order that primarily it turns into a firmly established behavior and subsequently one begins to incline in the direction of Allah.’

In different phrases, the considered changing into nearer to Allah Almighty is established. When this stuff come about and a agency behavior is established then, ‘step by step an individual reaches a state of absolute devotion whereby one attains religious mild and pleasure.’[14]

One cuts off all worldly ties and turns into inclined in the direction of Allah Almighty and begins to expertise a pleasure and enjoyment of Salat. Thus, it’s essential to first set up the behavior of Salat and provide it usually. No matter whether or not or not one sees any obvious profit in observing Salat, they have to nonetheless provide it as a result of it’s compulsory upon us. One should set up this behavior with the thought that in any case, one should flip to Allah Almighty alone and to hunt from Him all of 1’s wants. If one stays persistent on this behavior, there’ll come a time when they’ll start to do true justice to their Salat and start to expertise its pleasure. In such an occasion, these people who say that they attempt to provide Salat however turn into indolent, will not reply in such a way when requested [about the observance of their Salat].

On one event, the Promised Messiah (as) said that one turns into indolent [in Salat] solely when they don’t pay due regard to the significance of Salat.[15]

As an alternative, one provides extra significance to others apart from Allah. If one had been to have full perception in Allah Almighty, how may they turn into indolent [in their worship]?

Therefore, on this age, to save lots of yourselves and your future generations from the unwell results of the state of affairs of the world, it’s vitally important that you simply prostrate earlier than Allah Almighty with sincerity and devotion. And, as Allah Almighty, His Messenger (sa), and on this period the Promised Messiah (as), have knowledgeable us that one of the simplest ways of doing that is by specializing in providing and safeguarding our Salat. The Promised Messiah (as) says:

‘Do not forget that the aim of getting into this motion shouldn’t be to realize something worldly, however ought to be to realize the pleasure of Allah Almighty. In spite of everything, the world is only a transitory place and can cross by in a technique or one other.’

The Promised Messiah (as) says in a Persian couplet:

شب تنور گذشت و شب سمور گذشت

(Whether or not the evening is chilly or scorching, it is going to cross by however.)

That means, all circumstances, whether or not good or unhealthy will finally cross by.

The Promised Messiah (as) additional states:

‘Preserve your worldly endeavours and pursuits utterly separate out of your religion as a result of the world is finite whereas faith and its blessings are eternal. One’s time on this world is proscribed. One can observe that hundreds of deaths happen at each second. Numerous sorts of epidemics and diseases are wiping out folks from the world; at instances it has been cholera and current it’s the plague which is taking lives (the plague was rampant on the time). Nobody is aware of how lengthy they shall dwell. Thus, how mistaken and a ridiculous is for one to stay negligent of demise, when one is totally oblivious to when it is going to overtake them? Because of this is it’s needed for one to stay involved concerning the afterlife. Allah Almighty will bestow His mercy on this world upon one who stays involved for the life within the hereafter. Allah Almighty has promised that when an individual turns into a whole believer, He’ll distinguish him from others. Thus, one must turn into a believer and that is solely attainable when one doesn’t mix their worldly pursuits with the pure circumstances of the Bai’at, that are primarily based on the foundations of eager for Allah Almighty and righteousness. Be strict within the observance of Salat and stay always engaged in Taubah (repentance) and Istighfar (searching for forgiveness from Allah). Defend the rights of all mankind and don’t trigger hurt to anybody. Enhance in your righteousness and purity then will Allah Almighty will bathe His numerous blessings upon you. Advise girls in your houses to be common in providing the Salat and advise them towards complaining and backbiting. Educate them righteousness and purity. My responsibility is barely to information and advise, it’s your responsibility to behave upon this.’[16]

With a view to advise others and one’s wives and kids, one must first set up their very own instance of righteousness and purity.

The Promised Messiah (as) states:

‘Make your supplications throughout your 5 each day Salat. You aren’t forbidden to supplicate in your individual vernaculars. The true pleasure of Salat will not be derived until it’s provided with full focus, and focus can’t be achieved with out humility, and humility is generated by a comprehension of that which is alleged. Subsequently, a state of ardour and fervency of the soul are generated extra simply by supplication in a single’s vernacular. However this doesn’t imply that it’s best to dispense with the prescribed prayers and provide the Salat in your individual language. That’s not what I imply. What I take note of is that after the prescribed prayers you also needs to supplicate in your individual language. There’s a particular blessing within the prescribed prayers. Salat means prayer. Subsequently throughout the Salat pray for deliverance from the calamities of the right here and the hereafter, and that your finish could also be good. Pray additionally in your wives and kids. Be good and shun all evil.’[17]

Might Allah Almighty allow us to safeguard our Salat. Might He allow us to all the time be common in observing Salat and will we sincerely pray for the only real goal of accomplishing the pleasure of Allah Almighty. Might He infuse our Salat with delight and pleasure. Might we by no means present slackness in our Salat. Might we come to know that we are going to solely attain salvation from the afflictions and calamities of this phrase once we fulfil the suitable of servitude to Allah Almighty. Might Allah Almighty allow us to realize this.

[1] Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Kitab-ul-Da’wat, Baab Maa Jaa fi Fazl Dua, Hadith #3371

[2] Sahih Muslim, Kitab-ul-Iman, Baab Bayan Itlaaq Ism Al-Kufr Al’a Man Tarak Al-Salat, Hadith #149

[3] Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Abwaab-ul-Salat, Maa Jaa An Awwala Ma Yuhasibuhu, Hadith #413

[4] Sunan Abi Daud, Kitab-us-Salat, Mata Yu’mau Al-Ghulam bi Al-Salat, Hadith #495

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[6] Sahih Muslim, Kitab Al-Masajid Wa Mawadi-ul-Salat, Baab Al-Mashi ila Al-Salat, Hadith #1406

[7] Sahih Muslim, Kitab-ul-Tahara, Baab Asbaaghul Wudu Al’a Al-Mukarah, Hadith # 475

[8] Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab-ul-Adhan, Baab Fazl Al-Salat Al-Jama’ah, Hadith #645

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[15] Malfuzat, Vol. 9. pp. 6-7, 1985 Version, UK

[16] Malfuzat, Vol. 6. pp. 145-146, 1985 Version, UK

[17] Malfuzat, Vol. 6. pp. 145-146, 1985 Version, UK

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