In his Friday Sermon of 06 July 2018 (21 Shawwal 1439 AH), Hadhrat Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius presents before the world the recent Divine Messages which he received from Allah (swt). These Messages from the Unseen contain profound insights into the uncompromising monotheism that Islam espouses as the spiritual path for the humans. Under the Islamic conception of God, the ultimate sovereignty and authority lies entirely with that Unique, Eternal and Everlasting Being who is the Lord of the Universe. So comprehensive and so complete is the Lord’s control over all affairs that the humans are utterly dependent upon His favours for the chance gains of this life. Divine Grace and Mercy determines his very existence and continued welfare, both in this world and in the world to come.
A necessary corollary of this concept of Divine Lordship/Rule is the ideas of human equality and universal brotherhood. In the Kingdom of God on Earth, all people of various identities- across classes, peoples and nations- are to share the global space and live in harmony and amity, celebrating the promise of diversity in our common humanity and shared destiny. Amidst all the God-made differences in the world, people can and should learn from each other in a spirit of humility and modesty, building networks of solidarity and mutual cooperation and of healthy competition in the pursuit of good deeds. In such a Divine Order, there is no space for Satanic impulses like arrogance, false pride, vanity and hubris.
The Divine scheme of things in the real world of the humans acknowledges that 'spiritual diseases' are a reality and that the true believers need to be aware of it. The vicious offshoots of satanic impulses can prevent us from being just to God and the fellow humans. Both in human relations and international affairs, one can see the individual and collective ‘self’ at work. Often the way in which one defines the ‘Self’ also determines his/her attitude towards the ‘Other’. A capacious conception of the ‘self’ make us humble and humane and allows us to empathize to, and identify with, the problems of other peoples/nations like us, whereas a narrowly-defined ‘self’ induces us to have a blurred view of the 'other'. The chance gains of this life- individual attainments; family ‘pedigree’; riches; class/group identities; national power- can even turn us away from our larger responsibilities towards God and our fellow beings. Whereas all blessings of this life come from God, to credit these bounties to any false sense of 'self' is nothing but delusions induced by the work and whisperings of the satans. As it happens, false pride and arrogance leads to an inexorably destructive trajectory of intolerance, fanaticism, extremism and violence; whereas humility and empathy for others lead us to gaze at the whole human race as ‘limbs of the same body’.
The Divine Message invites our attention to the ‘Way of Allah’. In a world that has virtually turned upside down- riven with imperialist overreach fueling conflicts in the poorer nations; capitalist aggrandizement exacerbating global injustice; inequality and poverty amidst concerns of global warming and climate change; scant regard for human dignity and the rights of the indigent masses, migrants and refugees- it is important to underscore spiritual values and ethical principles in the quest to reclaim the world on an even keel. By raising an Elect of His with a mission- the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam International- the Lord of the Universe indicates where the future belongs in our world, Insha Allah. Just as all prophets and other Divine messengers in the long chain of human history had called the people of their times to God; a Divine servant of our times is here to remind us about the wisdom of eternal teachings preserved in the Holy Qur’an- be humble; shun arrogance and seek to strive in the pure and clear path of Divine proximity, Alhamdulillah, Soumma Alhamdulillah.
Read the Extracts from the Friday Sermon:
Today I have chosen to present to you the Divine Messages which I received from Allah on the 21 June 2018 in English, messages which continued sometimes continuously and other times intermittently till 23 June 2018.
Al-Yawma ak-maltu lakum Diinakum wa atmamtu alaykum nimatii wa raziitu lakumul Islaama Diinaa. [Which means: This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion.]
O Munir Ahmad Azim, My Khalifatullah and Messiah of this era, I raised you in this era as Dalil Al-Khayrat (The Guide to good deeds) and Nasih (The True Counsellor and Transformer of Men’s souls) with a Jamaat named Sahih al Islam.
Sahih al Islam means: The truth of Islam which corrects and cancels man’s distortions of divine truths previously revealed and re-establishes the true message of Allah (swt).
Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam has been raised in this era into this world to liberate it from the curses of Imperialism and Capitalism that tyrannise humanity and the bane of untouchability that creates artificially invidious distinctions among the human beings.
Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam teaches democracy and it preaches universal brotherhood to elevate the depressed and the fallen and secure for them equality of treatment.
In Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam there should be no family feeling among your disciples, O Khalifatullah and no dynasty. All your disciples must be like limbs to each other and just as when one limb of your body is in pain, the other likewise suffer, so is the case with the members of the human family.
In Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam, the differences between a merchant prince and a labourer is only temporary and lasts so long as they are engaged in their respective occupations. The moment they are free from their worldly pursuit and congregate in a mosque to offer prayers, the difference vanishes. Here in the presence of the Almighty, the king and the beggar, the rich and the poor, the learned and the ignorant, are all in the same category. They must all stand shoulder to shoulder in a line. Besides in the so-called social affairs of the world, they are entitled to partake equally in the joys and sorrows of one another.
In Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam arrogance and pride, and the assignment to oneself of any kind of superiority over others is a sin next in rank only to that of impudence to the Almighty and questioning the sole and whole authority of God (Allah (swt)) and calling anyone else by the same name. The end of the haughty and the insolent will be very bad indeed.
For the rich to treat the labourer or a beggar with contempt or for the strong and the powerful to make the weak their slaves with their strength and power, of the learned to think the ignorant to be their inferiors – these and all kindred manifestation of arrogance are a cause of the downfall of humanity according to the laws of Allah (swt).
A verse from the Holy Quran is fit to be imprinted on the hearts of all your disciples in Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in letters of Gold: “He who eschews all sins is the most honourable before God.”
FANATICISM IS A PROBLEM OF ARROGANT SELF-BELIEF, NOT OF FAITH
O Khalifatullah, give this message to all mankind and your disciples that arrogance is a devastating disease, which is why Allah (swt) condemns it several times in the Quran. Fanaticism is one syndrome of arrogance.
Having a strong faith that one’s religion is the ultimate truth usually implies that it is more truthful than other religions. This kind of faith is often seen as one of the sources, if not the main source, of fanaticism and intolerance. This conclusion is drawn from observing that such people believe that their religion is the best. While this observation is true, linking fanaticism to one’s strength of belief in their faith is superficial. It fails to uncover the real more fundamental cause. What makes an individual intolerant is not their belief that their faith is “the” true religion. It is rather their explicit or implicit self-image as a true believer and representative of that religion. The problem is not having unwavering faith in one’s religion, but the baseless faith in one’s self being a good believer. There are three observations that confirm this.
First, the overwhelming majority of people who believe that their religion is supreme are tolerant, respect the beliefs of others, and happily co-exist with them.
Second, fanatics show intolerance not only to those who embrace other religions, but also to believers who share their faith, but whom they do not see as good believers. Clearly, intolerance here is the result of one seeing himself better than other believers of the same faith.
Third, fanaticism does not express itself in one’s relationship with God, but in one’s relationship with other people. It is not a state of mind that ‘focuses’ on one’s inner development, but, it is a mindset that shows itself when dealing with others.
This extreme form of unjustified self-confidence is nothing other than utter arrogance. It is the kind of misguided pride that Satan showed when arguing with God (Allah) that he was better than Adam and would not bow down before the latter.
“We created you, fashioned you, and then said to the angels: ‘Fall prostrate before Adam.’ They fell prostrate, except Satan, he was not with the prostrators.” (Chapter 7, Verse 12).
“He (Allah (swt)) said: “What prevented you from prostrating?” He said: “I am better than him. You created me from fire but created him from clay.” (Chapter 7, Verse 13).
Satan assumed that he was better than Adam on the basis of an assumption he made. Fanatics also presume that they are better than others, as if God had told that. The following is an instructive verse on this issue.
“O you who believe! When you travel in the way of Allah, investigate and do not say to someone who offers you peace: ‘You are not a believer’, seeking riches of this world, for with Allah there are abundant spoils. You too were so before, then Allah conferred favours upon you. So investigate. Allah is aware of what you do.” (Chapter 4, Verse 95).
O Khalifatullah, Allah warns the believers not to see themselves superior to the disbelievers, reminding them that they also were disbelievers and that it is by His favour that they are now Muslims. This statement should take away any pride one has thinking that being a Muslim is a personal achievement and remove any sense of superiority to others.
They should bear in mind that the verse mentioned earlier does not attribute to God only the person’s conversion to Islam. It means that the state of being a believer must be always seen as a continuous favour from God. Even if one is a perfect believer, there is no guarantee that this would not change. A most beautiful and humbling example in the humility of those who genuinely fear God and love Him comes in the supplication of one of His most privileged servants, Yusuf (as) when he supplicated: “My Lord! You have given me a share of the interpretation of talks. Originator of the heavens and the earth! You are My Guardian in this world and the hereafter. Make me die as a Muslim and join me with the righteous.” (Chapter 12, Verse 102).
By the time he uttered these words, Yusuf was a prophet and a miracle worker who had experienced numerous amazing favours from God. None of this affected his humility as he acknowledged that to remain a Muslim, he needed God’s continued help. There is not the slightest hint of arrogance, unjustified self-confidence or conceit.
Arrogance has blighted the human race from its beginning. An unholy child of this spiritual disease, fanaticism is not confined to religion. People can be fanatical about any belief, because fanaticism stems from having an enormously exaggerated sense of self-righteousness. Those who are in positions of leadership such as politicians, are even more susceptible to fanaticism, because leadership gives the person a sense of mission that can be easily confused with self-righteousness and self-importance. Arrogance is a devastating disease, which is why God condemns it several times in the Quran. An example of it is:
“And do not turn your face away from people in contempt, nor go about in the land exulting overmuch; surely Allah does not love any self-conceited boaster.” (Chapter 31, Verse 19).
Fanaticism is one syndrome of arrogance. Humility, on the other hand, is a marvellous medicine. One tragedy of the human being is that it is easier to be arrogant than being humble.
O Khalifatullah, I, your Most Powerful Lord, and to whom all words and expressions belong invite all people to come to Me in all humility. Come O My Servants, come, whoever you are: Wanderer, idolater, worshipper of fire, sinner, truth-seeker, believer... Come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times and yet hope in My mercy. Come, and come yet again. I send to you time and time again guides to show you the Right Path. Fortunate are you that I have sent to you My Messenger to guide you to shed all your dark sins and hopelessness, to lead you to a life filled with hope to make a fresh start. Indeed, Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Remember, steer away from fanaticism and self-made beliefs about yourselves; such beliefs which can harm the very basis of the true faith bestowed to you. Fanatics lack humility. They do not understand that knowing the truth and being on the true way are not one and the same. If they are not careful in protecting the true faith, they are liable to lose it and fall into the trap of the Satan who is in wait for them to snatch them from the Way of Allah to make them becomes deviants and hypocrites.
Indeed the end of the hypocrite shall be more grievous than for the disbeliever for he believed and afterwards rejected God’s truth, treating it as a lie to cover his own imperfect spiritual state. Indeed, such people shall be in “the lowest depths of the Fire.” (Chapter 4, Verse 146).
Another Divine Message:
A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be.