Fulfill Obligations of Populating Mosques With Taqwa and Quality Salaat

Huzur (aba) delivered the Friday sermon on September 30, 2011 at Masjid Bait-ul-Nasar, in Furuset, Oslo, Norway and officially inaugurated the mosque before the Friday Sermon. Huzur (aba) began his sermon by reciting a verse of the Holy Quran (9:18) and then by announcing the official inauguration of the beautiful mosque. He said that the Norwegian Jamaat had to meet and overcome many obstacles, due to which the construction was stalled and took a long time to complete. However, the construction of mosques is not dependent on its inauguration. The fact that Huzur (aba) has officially inaugurated the mosque is just an outward expression of gratitude to Allah, Who commands us that when He bestows us with blessings, we should express our gratefulness in return of these rewards. Allah Almighty then makes us heirs to greater blessings. One way of expression of gratitude is through prayers and supplication, and another way is through our overt expression. However, the real gratitude comes through populating the mosques and filling them with prayers. It is incumbent upon every Ahmadi Muslim to remember this very important principle. Allah Almighty then rewards this gratitude manifold.

A Hadith, narrated by Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (rz), says that the Holy Prophet (saw) said: Whoever goes to the masjid in the morning or in the evening, Allah prepares for him a good hospitality in Paradise as often as he goes to the masjid, morning or evening. (Bukhari) In view of this Hadith, one can only imagine the type of hospitality he would receive if he goes to the masjid five times a day in an average life span (50-60 years of offering salat). Huzur (aba) said that when we receive guests in our homes, we make every effort to serve them to the best of our ability, even when our resources are limited. But there are no limitations to the resources or the mercy of Allah Almighty; we can only imagine what His hospitality would be like. We should try to gain every such opportunity so that we can reap His promised blessings. Huzur (aba) said that he hopes that each Ahmadi Muslim will try to increase his or her efforts to gain these blessings, and dutifully fulfil his obligations towards Allah and fellow human beings. These efforts will pave the way to establishing a good society in our surroundings.

Huzur (aba) mentioned that in the past day or so, many radios, television and newspapers have interviewed him upon his arrival in Oslo. One of the questions they ask among others is what is the objective of constructing this mosque, and what kind of activities will take place in it. Huzur (aba) said that his reply is that the construction of a mosque means that the surrounding area will become reminiscent of paradise and that the beautiful teachings of Islam, which are nothing but teachings of peace and love will be inculcated in the society. The construction of a mosque means that the message of love, peace and brotherhood would spread in the town, the city and throughout the country. Huzur (aba) said that in view of this, it becomes the responsibility of each Ahmadi Muslim more so than ever before to fulfil this obligation to the best extent. The media has given positive reports about the inauguration of this mosque; this is another reason why we must express our gratitude to God Almighty. Huzur (aba) compared the example of expression of gratitude to ripples in the water, which extend and expand to great distances; however, the ripples at one point fade away, but the blessings of Allah only increase, such that when this worldly life comes to an end, the blessings continue, in the Hereafter. Huzur (aba) said that the blessings are rewarded in proportion to our efforts, therefore we should seize every such opportunity that presents to us. Huzur (aba) then presented the translation of the Quranic verse that he recited at the beginning of the sermon:

“He alone can keep the Mosques of Allah in a good and flourishing condition who believes in Allah, and the Last Day, and observes Prayer, and pays the Zakat, and fears none but Allah; so these it is who may be among those who reach the goal.” (9:18)

This verse indicates that in order to reap the rewards, the first condition is to have faith in Allah Almighty; and this profession of faith should not just be mere recitation of the words. In fact, the faith should be inculcated deep within one’s heart. Huzur (aba) then referred to the following Quranic verse:

“The Arabs of the desert say, ‘We believe.’ Say, “You have not believed yet; but rather say, ‘We have accepted Islam,’ for the true belief has not yet entered into your hearts.” But if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not detract anything from your deeds Surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.” (49:15)

In light of this verse, the obedience of Allah and His Messenger is the first step in infusing faith within oneself. Today, Ahmadi Muslims are targeted as Non-Muslims and are persecuted. But Huzur (aba) said that we have faith, therefore we are Muslims. Despite the severe persecution, Ahmadis remain steadfast. As long as we make efforts to increase in our faith, we will remain Momin (Believers). No certification from any mufti, maulvi or country is required for being a Muslim. The true seal is from God Almighty alone. The Promised Messiah (as) says that a true Muslim becomes heir to God’s blessings by focusing his complete attention towards carrying out righteous deeds. Huzur (aba) said that accepting the Messiah of the latter days will not suffice, unless we continue in our struggles to improve our relationship with God Almighty.

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