Salat and God-Consciousness
Summary of Friday Sermon Delivered on May 18, 2012
On May 18, 2012, Ḥaḍrat Khalīfatul Masīḥ Vaa delivered the Friday Sermon at Baitul Nur, Nunspeet, at the opening of Jalsa Sālāna, Holland.
Ḥuḍūraa said the participants of this Jalsa should always keep in mind the aims and objectives of Jalsa set out for us by the Promised Messiahaa; these objectives are no different from the objectives of the Bai‘at. During Jalsa, let us remember the pledges we have made, let us strive to improve our spiritual condition, let us come together to acquire good traits from each other, let us shun all evil, spend maximum time in prayer and remembrance of Allāh, and strive to strengthen our faith. The Promised Messiahas has said the purpose of Jalsa is to remove worldliness so the love of Allāh may reign supreme over our hearts. That way the journey to the hereafter may not seem unwelcome. This Jalsa should enable us to meet these objectives.
Ḥuḍūraa said that faith is only perfected with complete devotion to Allāh, fearing Him and being mindful of what one earns for the Hereafter. As for our obligations to our Creator, prayer is of the utmost importance, but God does not accept prayers that are devoid of Taqwā. Therefore, we should all observe prayer with proper attention and concentration. Worldly charm and attraction should not distance us from prayers. Let us promise to make congregational prayers an integral part of our lives. The Promised Messiahas said that the aim of the Jalsa is to incline the hearts of the participants towards God so they become a model for others in their piety, Taqwā, virtue, kindness, mutual love and brotherhood. They should be inspired with high morals such as meekness, humility, truthfulness and zeal for the service of the faith.
Ḥuḍūraa said Aḥmadīs should strive to raise their level of worship and to fulfill their obligations to society and to their fellow beings. One should wash away personal grudges and grievances through the blessings of Jalsa. The wise are those who care little for the lure of the world and give preference to their faith above all else. It is only by following the commandments of the Holy Qur’ān that we are able to tread the path of Taqwā. The Promised Messiahas has said that man’s spiritual beauty lies in traversing all the subtle paths of Taqwā. The subtle paths of Taqwā form the contours of spiritual beauty. In the Holy Qur’ān Allāh has likened Taqwā to a garment. Taqwā means to fulfill commitments to one’s fellow beings. The Promised Messiahas said that in order to be a Mutaqqi, one should firstly free oneself of major sins. Such as adultery, theft, usurping other people’s rights, ostentation, stinginess, and then go on to shed all the baser morals and acquire higher ones, such as being kind and compassionate towards others and to show true devotion to God and find ways of praiseworthy service to Him.
Ḥuḍūraa said that Taqwā is essential if we wish to spread our faith. Only through our conduct, our efforts and our prayers will we be able to show the world the right path. All Aḥmadīs, men, women, young and old should strive to fulfil this obligation and keep praying, for God answers prayers with His signs.
At the end of the sermon, Ḥuḍūraa informed the Jama‘āt of the sad demise of Nāsir Ahmad ṣāḥib, former Auditor and Officer Provident Fund, Sadr Anjuman Aḥmadīyya, Rabwah. Ḥuḍūraa led his Namāz Janāzah Gha’ib after Friday prayers.