God's Help is Needed To Attain Righteousness
Verses cited in this Friday Sermon 28th Oct 2011:-
"And of men there is he who would sell himself to seek the pleasure of Allah; and Allah is Compassionate to His servants" 2:208
"O ye who believe! why do you say what you do not do?" 61:3
"And they feed, for love of Him, the poor, the orphan, and the prisoner" 76:9
Hudhur (ayyadhullahota'ala) said:-
When the Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) made a pledge to follow him, they established a relationship with God under his spiritual guidance. They followed God’s commandments and their sole object was to win the pleasure of Allah. This is why Allah blessed them abundantly.
Allah always helps and protects those of His servants who are ready to bear any hardship for Him. Those who establish a true relationship with God, become a reflection of His holy attributes. They are kind to their fellow beings and fulfil the obligations to them. The essence of true faith is to lead man towards God and to remind him of his duties towards mankind.
The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) says:
"People only pay lip service to the Holy Qur’an, while the true piety and purity that comes from following the Holy Book is nowhere to be found. It is because of such spiritual degeneration that Allah sent this new dispensation. I call on you to bring about in your life the kind of revolution that was wrought by the Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Cursed is the life of those, all whose cares are for the world. Man should shun all pride and arrogance, for he always stands in need of Divine guidance. True ma‘rifat (spiritual insight) demands negating one’s self and considering one’s being as non-existent, and to fall down at the Divine threshold with the utmost humility seeking His bounties. O fortunate ones! Follow with full vigour the teaching that has been given to me for your salvation. Consider God to be the One and Only, and do not associate partners with Him in any form or manner. God does not forbid you to employ the means of this world, but he who puts all his trust in the means is an idolater. Become pure of heart, distance yourself from anger and egoistic passion and become meek and full of sympathy for mankind. Fulfil God’s obligations with fervour and supplicate a lot during your prayers. Let Allah’s commandments take precedence in all your affairs, and become perfect in piety. Take the Holy Qur’an as your guide and value it more than anything else, for all righteousness depends on this.
God loves those who give precedence to their faith and become God’s servants wholeheartedly ... No one can become a part of my Jama‘at just by pledging allegiance at my hand, unless he shows true obedience—the kind of obedience whereby he foregoes his own desires and follows my every footstep. Revere the Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and follow their example. In the eyes of God, only he who is not given to this world is eligible for this Jama‘at. Truly do I say that God only loves those, and blesses the progeny of those, who follow His commandments. Those who obey God never perish; only those are destroyed who forsake God and lean towards the world. Reflect over what I say and transform your condition.
O you who have a true relationship with me! Remember, you must do good to everyone, no matter what religion he belongs to, for this is what the Holy Qur’an teaches us. Keep striving and praying, for nothing is achieved without Allah’s blessings. But when He wills, all paths are opened."
These days, arrogance and false-pride is leading to many quarrels and even litigation. We need to be seriously concerned about these issues. If we profess to be God’s true Jama‘at, we should keep watch over our selves at every moment. May Allah enable us to do so. Amin.
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