Friday Sermon: Knowledge and Will Power for Practical Reformation
Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on 10th January 2014.
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• Wishing to be useful to the mission of the Promised Messiah(as) can only be made possible when each one of us tries our utmost to remove the impediments to the reformation of our practices. Reformation of our practices alone will draw others to us and we will be able to help in the completion of the mission of the Promised Messiah(as). The strength to reform others can only come about after our own reformation.
• Hazrat Musleh Maud(ra) said that dancing is part of Western culture. Perhaps it was not as common in the time of Hazrat Musleh Maud as it is today through the agency of television and the internet. Some homes have been turned into dance houses. In some families dancing takes place in the name of entertainment during family functions, especially during weddings. Ahmadi families should be completely free of these practices and attention should be given to this matter.
• There is little wrong with our strength of resolve. Majority of the Jama’at wants to have Taqwa (righteousness) and purity, to disseminate the message of Islam and to attain the love and nearness of God. Hazrat Musleh Maud(ra) said that although our strength of resolve was strong it did not bring results. Perhaps there is not enough resolve to implement what is desired.
• Hazrat Musleh Maud(ra) said that God has given every individual the capacity to asses/compare which determines how much strength is required to do such and such tasks because there is muscular strength and then there is mental strength, just as it was illustrated in the example of a person lifting an object, whereby capacity to assess/compare was utilised.
• It is bewildering why many people who seek [political] asylum think that unless they concoct a story their case will not be successful. This is in spite of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih repeatedly mentioning that if the matter is explained briefly and correctly asylum cases are successful quickly. There are many examples of this when people have said that they made brief and correct statements and their cases were successful promptly.
• In summary, reformation of practice requires three things: strength of resolve which is capable of big things, abundance of knowledge so that our strength of resolve realises its responsibility as regards what is wrong and what is right and supports what is right and endeavours to follow it and not lose out due to ignorance. Thirdly, we need strength to implement matters so that our limbs follow our good intentions and do not reject what the good intentions order them to do.
• Death of Master Mashriq Ali Sahib in Qadian, India.