Introspection, Self-Reformation and Success

Friday Sermon: Introspection, Self-Reformation and Success
Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (AT) Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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Last Friday sermon dealt with instilling strength of resolve and removing lack of knowledge. The third aspect, that is, the way to remove weakness in implementing matters or how to enhance capacity in implementing matters was not dealt with. This was expounded today. As explained earlier, external remedy or help and outside support is needed for this third aspect. The outside support needed is of two kinds: supervision and compulsion.

The second necessary matter for reformation is compulsion. Some may think that while there is no compulsion in matters of faith, here compulsion is being recommended for reformation. It should be clear that there should be no compulsion in accepting or giving up faith. In Islam one has the freedom to accept faith or give it up. But there is compulsion once one associates with faith and then breaks its rules and regulations.

It should be remembered that different means have to be used for inculcating doing of good works and utilising these means is extremely important. These means are, instilling faith, instilling correct knowledge and to supervise and use compulsion. Reformation is difficult without these four aspects. If we look deeply we find out that there is a section of people in the world which does not have the level of strength of faith required for reformation.

There is no doubt that it is very important to have knowledge of subjects like death of Hazrat Isa(as) and finality of Prophethood and it is also important to stay firm on them with proofs and reasoning. Yet, in practical terms, we have to instil a connection with God and for this we have to adopt those ways and means which the Promised Messiah(as) taught us. We will have to remove any discrepancy in our word and deed, and while taking the message to others, we should also self-reflect.

Hazrat Musleh Maud(ra) said that if the sun is out and someone asks for proof of the existence of the sun and another person starts giving him proofs, then the person giving proofs is indeed foolish. The simple way to resolve this is to turn the chin of the questioner towards the sun and say, ‘look there’. God too is resplendent in front of us. He has uncovered Himself before the world and through the Promised Messiah(as) all His beauties are evident.

It is greatly needed to attach oneself to the Promised Messiah(as) and then completely obey Khilafat. This is what will become a source of strength and spiritual development of the Jama’at. Recognition of Khilafat and its correct awareness and perception should be so instilled in the Jama’at that it should happily accept every decision of the Khalifa of the time and have no doubt about it.

Next Hazrat Khalifatul Masih said he would also like to draw attention to a matter which has caused anxiety for every true believer, that is, the pitiful condition of Muslim countries. These days the Muslim Ummah is in great need of the prayers of the followers of the true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet(saw). It is our duty to pray abundantly. The situation in Syria is getting from bad to worse.

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