Essence of Recognizing Allah:Divine knowledge:knowledge of God

Friday Sermon: Essence of Recognizing Allah

Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (at)Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

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Today Hazrat Khalifatul Masih presented some extracts from the writings and pronouncements of the Promised Messiah(as) regarding Divine knowledge, or knowledge of God. His writings on this subject cover hundreds of pages but today just a few examples were presented as regards to his guidance on Divine knowledge. Prophets of God and saints have a distinct station in Divine knowledge, but the Promised Messiah(as) explained what should be the standard of an ordinary Muslim in this respect.

The Promised Messiah(as) explained why man lowers himself towards sin so much. He said the audacity to commit sin stems from hearts devoid of fear of God. How can fear of God be generated? For this Divine knowledge is required, the greater one’s Divine knowledge the more one will fear God. Divine knowledge is central and it results in fear of God. When man has knowledge of something, he even fears and avoids tiny insects like the flea and mosquito etc.

The Promised Messiah(as) said about the significance of knowledge in respect of avoiding sin that knowledge is something that prevents man from sinning. Just as a man who knows that arsenic kills snakes and lions, does not go near it.

Similarly, if man has knowledge he does not go near sin. This is why it is important to enhance/develop knowledge and this happens with prayer. Salat is Prayer. The more one adorns one’s Salat the freer one is from sin. Knowledge cannot be attained by verbally professing something.

The Promised Messiah(as) said about doing good and shunning evil that all goodness is dependent on recognising God and there is only one thing that stops selfish passions and satanic actions and that is perfect knowledge of God. It tells us that there is a God Who is All-Powerful and is Severe in reckoning. This is the only formula which falls like scorching lightening on man’s refractory life. Until man moves from the stages of ‘belief in Allah’ to ‘knowledge of Allah’ it is not possible for him to avoid sin.

Some people complain that they did good, offered Salat, fasted, gave alms and charity and made spiritual endeavour but they did not attain anything. Such people are inherently miserable and they do not believe in the Divine quality of Rububiyyat (quality of nurturing) and their good deeds were not done for God Almighty. If something is done for the sake of God Almighty it is not possible for it to go wasted and for God Almighty to not reward it in this life. This is why many people remain embroiled in suspicions and they are not even sure if God Almighty exists or not.

Huzoor said this was the objective for which the advent of the Promised Messiah(as) took place; to instil knowledge of God in us in a manner as if we are seeing God. May we do everything in light of love and fear of God and may we have such Divine knowledge instilled in us which burns away all our sins and we fulfil the objective of the Promised Messiah’s advent. May God enable us to put all this in practice and understand its spirit!

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