Friday Sermon of
After reciting the Tashahhud, the Ta’uz and the first chapter of Al Fatiha Imam Zafrullah Domun said:
In today’s sermon I have decided to talk briefly about several points.
First of all I will say a few words about the Friday sermon itself. In Islam the Friday Prayer is the time when Muslims assemble in Mosques to listen to a short sermon and then to pray together. This is an event that we repeat in our lifetime many times. Furthermore according to the Holy Quran we are commanded by Allah that when we hear the call for prayer on Friday we should leave our work and resort to the mosque. The pertinent verse is “O ye who believe! When the call is made for Prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business. That is better for you, if you only knew.”(62:10). Hence we may easily conclude after reading this verse that it is incumbent upon all Muslims to attend the Jummah Prayer. Here we should note that some persons might say that they can easily catch up with the sermon when it is published on the net. But that is beside the point although it is useful. Allah does not tell us to leave our business to come to listen to the sermon. Allah tells the Muslims to leave their work and proceed to the mosque to remember Allah. Moreover the frequent meeting of the Muslims even once in a week helps to create amongst them a sense of belonging, a sort of brotherly love which should not be neglected at all. So we should all make it a duty to attend the Jummah wherever and whenever we can. Mauritius is a rare non Muslim country where Muslims are given time off to attend Jummah prayers. So we should all of us avail ourselves of this opportunity to remember Allah and to keep our faith alive.
In addition by just listening to a sermon we cannot remember what was said in it. As time passes we tend to forget what was said. In order to remember we need to talk amongst us about the topics discussed. By so doing we will reinforce the lessons learned and we will remember more of what was said. If you check you will note that few amongst you will remember what was said in last week’s sermon and even less in the previous ones. So you should see to it that you have a method of how to remember what was said. And the best method that I can recommend is that you find the time to read the sermon on the net and you discuss it amongst yourselves. You may if you wish raise some points for more clarification with me or you may also send me some suggestions about some points that might be raised or discussed.
The second point on which I wish to say something is the Friday sermon of last week of the Ahmadiyya Caliph in London. Among other things he said:
“A group that stands up against a divine community does so only because it is aware that its domination is about to end. The Pharaoh-like people idolize governance and power and thus present it to people, in fact are threatened that if the public follows godly ways their dominance over them will come to an end. They thus exceed limits in oppression and create impediments. During the time of one commissioned by God or during the time of his community prospering the jubbah-clad religionists imagine that their ‘pulpit’ (mimber) is in danger. They increase oppression, falsehood, deception, and they kill in the name of religion; all in order to save their pulpit. When such people, be they in governance or so-called masters of the pulpit, see their power dwindling, they disregard every law and every moral. Their concerted opposition is a sign of their fear that they are all but gone.”
This is a cut and paste extract from their own website. Of course he is speaking about the other Muslims specially those in Pakistan who have been persecuting Ahmadis. But do not these same arguments apply to him and his Jamaat? The Jamaat as a whole has been made to believe that khilafat Ahmadiyya is a godly institution that is so powerful that it will consolidate itself day in and day out and it is the institution that will bring about the triumph of Islam. But we see that the Way of doing of Allah (sunnatoullah ) is doing things in another way. Allah has raised a person within this Jamaat to warn the Jamaat Ahmadiyya itself as a whole that it has been doing things the wrong way. And what has been the result of this proclamation? It has resulted in the words of the caliph “they increase oppression, falsehood, deception, and they kill in the name of religion; all in order to save their pulpit.” Fortunately in our case up till now there has not been any killing yet. But when you see the bias, anger and animosity that Jamaat Ahmadiyya Mauritius has institutionalized against us, one would not be surprised if such policies might not lead even to killing. Anyhow we seek Allah’s Protection against all those who would like to harm us.
Someone might say that I am blowing all this out of proportion. But the fact is quite different. What has been happening elsewhere against Ahmadis has been institutionalized in Jamaat Ahmadiyya Mauritius against members of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Al Mouslemeen. You would be surprised to know that a member of the Jamaat who said he had a lot of respect for me once said to my brother that “to maintain this khilafat he was even ready to kill”. Now we might ask “what is the difference between such an Ahmadi and a brainwashed Muslim who goes to kill Ahmadis in Pakistan?” If you ask me I would say that the Ahmadi is most dangerous. Why? Because the Ahmadi is expected to show to the world an enlightened example of Islam and not an archaic, barbaric version of his own making like the one we see in Mauritius and some other places around the world. This shows that when he is cornered the Ahmadi might resort to violence because he does not know how to wield the weapons that he was given, namely solid arguments based on the Holy Quran and the declarations of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas. When the Ahmadi is deprived of the water of life that comes from these two sources he resorts to oppression “in words or in action” that drift him away. Someone might say that this is an isolated case of an ignorant Ahmadi. But for those who know really from historical documents who was Hazrat Ahmad as and what did he say one such person in his Jamaat is too many! Fortunately for us that person is no longer in Mauritius. But who knows how many more like him might be lurking in the Jamaat here? Hence before making declaration to the world, the caliph would be well advised to see what is happening here in Mauritius under his leadership in his own Jamaat.
This leads me to my next point, namely a speech in the Ahmadiyya Mauritius Jalsa Salana of last week. An ex Amir of London was brought here to speak about “Islam & Human rights”. Since a foreigner has been asked to address the members of the Jamaat on this topic, it shows that among the speechmakers of the Jamaat there was no one qualified to speak about it. Either they were completely ignorant of these rights or they have been so busy helping their Amir in the Jamaat to crush them under their feet that the Amir felt that it would not be appropriate for anyone amongst them to speak about it and hence they imported their speaker for the purpose. Let us hope that now members of the Jamaat have been fully briefed about the human rights that they ignored in the past and that there would be a marked improvement in their behavior in observing these rights.
Similarly I have been told that the amir of Qadian who came to attend the Jalsa spoke about the importance of attaching oneself to khilafat. Unfortunately I am not aware of what he said exactly and I cannot make any further comments. But we see that since some time now every year there are some people who come from abroad to speak in the Jalsa in Mauritius. Most of these people are diehard lovers of their own idea of khilafat and not that of Hazrat Masih Maoodas. The Jamaat in Mauritius is doing its best to feed the poor Ahmadis with this myth and prevent them from getting what Allah has ordained for them. By sending an imam for the Ahmadis of Mauritius Allah wishes to honour them and to reward them for their sincerity in their belief in Hazrat Masih Maood as. Hence Allah wishes that they should practice Islam per se and He gives them an Imam from amongst themselves as promised to Hazrat Masih Maood as. As the caliph has said those who feel that their authority is threatened in the presence of “one commissioned by Allah” try to put impediments to prevent others from coming to take their own share of good by joining that person. This is exactly what Jamaat Ahmadiyya Mauritius is doing with its own people. The leadership thinks that they are saving these people but the fact is that in fact they are making all these Ahmadis obey them and disobey Allah. You can just imagine according to the Holy Quran what will be the end of such leaders!
Recently I came across some pieces of advice given by some of the saviours of the Islamic spirit throughout history. Therefore I wanted to share them with you so that you might use them to reflect upon them and understand some of the wisdom that Allah gave to some of His true servants. I have a long list of these quotations. But for today we will talk about one or two only. The first one which is very pertinent to what we have been discussing is From Imam Shafira and is as follows:
“All humans are dead except
those who have knowledge;
The leadership and members of Jamaat Ahmadiyya in Mauritius and elsewhere take pride in the knowledge that they have. They say that they are the ones who know the writings of the Promised Messiah. They are the ones who know the Holy Quran etc. But Allah tries them by raising someone amongst them as an Imam. Suddenly they stop using the knowledge that they prided themselves about in order not to accept that Imam. They use their knowledge to try to fight him and keep the people away from him through blackmail and boycotts. If they were sincere in their deeds they would have been in a state of perpetual worry. When you are in a state of worry you are careful in your actions. But do we see any sincerity in what has been going on? No. Sincerity is nowhere to be found. Anyhow this is a quotation that calls for reflection. We need real knowledge to know what to do. To do well we need to be sincere in our intention. And this sincerity will keep us in an almost perpetual state of worry.
We are all going to die one day. We should all learn to live everyday as if it is our last day. It is reported that before he died Imam Shafi’s friend Al Muzni entered his room and asked the following:
"What is your condition?"
Then Imam Shafi' Rahimahullah replied:
"I am journeying from this world, and departing from my brothers, drinking from the cup of death, and upon Allah, Exalted is His remembrance, arriving. And no! By Allah, I do not know if my soul is travelling towards Paradise or the Fire!" Imam Shafi' Rahimahullah then began to cry profusely and recited the following:
“In you, the Creator, I raise my longing, and even if I am, O Possessor of Kindness and Generosity, an evildoer, a criminal... When my heart became hardened and my paths became narrow, I took my hope in Your pardon and forgiveness as an opening and an escape, My sins seemed very great to me but when I compared them to Your forgiveness, I found Your forgiveness to be far greater, You are and still remain the only One who can forgive sins, You grant and forgive out of Your benevolence and generosity, Perhaps the One who is the source of all goodness will forgive and overlook my mistakes, And will hide the sins and burden that I accumulated, My sins seemed very great to me, so I turned (to You) in humility, Were it not for my contentment in you, I wouldn't, O my Lord, have seen any comfort at all, So if You forgive me, You would have forgiven a sinner, A rebellious, oppressive tyrant still sinning, So my crime is very great, past and present, But Your forgiveness that embraces Your servant is greater and higher, So whomsoever holds fast to Allah is truly saved from mankind, And whosoever's hopes are in Him, will be far removed from any regrets.'
If this was the state of Imam Shafi ra, a man who devoted his life to live understand and live according to the Shariah, just imagine what will be ours?
May Allah have Mercy upon all of us. Ameen