Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Larger Meaning of 'Kalima'

On the occasion of the 9th Jalsa Salana of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in Kerala (India) at the historic Noor'ul Islam Masjid, Mathra (South Kerala) on 22-23 December 2019, Imam-e-Jamaat Hadhrat Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim (atba) of Mauritius addressed the gathering of spiritual seekers, elucidating on the purpose of faith. True faith in, and worship of, the Lord Almighty, the Unique creator and sustainer of the universe, requires more than mere verbal declarations. When the heart truly recognizes the Majesty and All-encompassing Power of the Lord over all affairs, it becomes capable of ignoring all selfish desires  and worldly diversions. Such a heart  inspires righteous action, carrying out tasks in service of our common humanity. Hence, true belief in 'Tawheed' is a great blessing: it removes inner vices and transforms our negative emotions, sorrows and worries; thereby creating a veritable state of paradise on earth for the believer, notes Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) in the special message. 

Read the Text of the Sermon Below:        

'My dearest disciples,
Assalamoualaikum Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuhu.

It gives me great pleasure to know that the Kerala Jamaat is holding its Jalsa Salana on the 22nd & 23rd December 2019. Masha-Allah. May Allah (swt) bless your efforts and reward you immensely in this life and the hereafter for all your sacrifices and works for the cause of Allah. I pray to Allah (swt) that this Jalsa Salana may prove to be a step forward towards realizing the aims and objects for which the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam has been founded. Like I keep saying, the banner of Islam has to be raised high; higher than all other banners, and the message of the Holy Quran has to be conveyed to every human being, of every colour, race and culture, etc. We are witnessing a dark era wherein there is a sense of frustration all round. Despite all worldly comforts there is unrest and uneasiness in every heart. This is because people have abandoned the worship of the One True God.

Alhamdulillah, in this darkened era, Allah has manifested His light of guidance through the advent of His Chosen One, i.e. this humble self, the Khalifatullah (Caliph of Allah). I have often made it clear that you should not be happy just with the fact that you are called Muslims and that you believe in the Shahada Laa Ilaaha Illallah, i.e. There is no god but Allah. Those who read the Holy Quran know well that God Almighty is not pleased with mere verbal statements nor does mere talk develop any inner goodness in a person. Unless the nature of one’s deeds and actions undergoes correction, nothing can be achieved. 

Faith: word and deed need to match

There came a period among the Jews also when only verbal pronouncements remained and they too were content with just such talk. With their lips they uttered many statements but their hearts were filled with impure thoughts and poisonous matter. This was the reason why that nation was visited by numerous afflictions and tormented by many troubles and was humiliated so much that its people were likened to monkeys and swine.

The point to ponder here is this: did they not believe in the Torah? Of course they did and they also believed in the prophets but God Almighty did not like the fact that they should be believers in name only and should pay only lip service to their faith and that their hearts and their tongues should not be in harmony.

Deliverance cannot be attained until such time as the heart believes and this is manifested only when deeds and actions testify to it. Until this is achieved nothing is of any avail.

Remember this well that if a person states that he believes God to be one, without any partner, and also believes in the Holy Prophet of Islam (pbuh) and likewise, believes in other matters of faith, but if the declaration is limited only to being a verbal statement and the heart does not acknowledge it, then these will be mere utterances which cannot lead to deliverance. Deliverance cannot be attained until such time as the heart believes and this is manifested only when deeds and actions testify to it. Until this is achieved nothing is of any avail.

I state the truth that the real objective is achieved only when one turns to God having left all other diversions to one side, when religion (i.e. the Deen of Islam) is given true priority over the actualities of this world.

Remember! A person can deceive other creatures. People can be deceived by their observance of a person who offers his five daily prayers or does some other good deeds, but God cannot be deceived. Therefore, good deeds should be performed with a genuine feeling. This is the one thing that adds beauty to one’s deeds and enhances them. 

The true meaning of 'Kalima'

Now, it should be remembered what the Kalima which we recite daily, means? The Kalima means that a person affirms verbally and testifies with his heart that for him the one who is worthy of worship and love, and the one who is the objective is GOD ALMIGHTY and none beside Him. The word ‘Ilaaha’ has the meaning of being ‘the beloved’, ‘the true objective’, ‘the one who is worshipped’. This statement (i.e. the Kalima) is the whole teaching of the Holy Quran in a concise form which has been taught to the Muslims. Because it is not easy to remember a great and detailed book, this Kalima has been taught so that a person can keep the essence of Islamic teaching constantly in mind. The truth is until this reality develops within a person there is no deliverance. That is why the Holy Prophet of Islam (pbuh) has said: “He who declares there is no god but Allah will enter Paradise.”

He who truly believes in “Laa Ilaaha Illallah” (there is no god except Allah), such a person will enter paradise. People deceive themselves if they think that a parrot-like repetition of the words will grant them entry into paradise. If that were the only reality to be found in it, then all deeds would become redundant and useless and the Shariah (religious law) would, God Forbid, be deemed irrelevant. But this is not the case – The reality of this is this, that the meaning which is comprised within it should enter the heart in practice. When this occurs, then a person in fact enters paradise. It is not just after death, but in this very life that such a person is in paradise.

It is a true fact and is easily understood that when there remains no other beloved for a human being besides God and no other objective, then no pain or sorrow can trouble him. Such is the lofty station of those who create a true change in themselves and those who attain to spiritual heights.

The many types of Idolatry

You may be thinking that we do not worship idols; it is God that we worship. Remember, it is a very basic, lower (moral) state that human beings should not worship idols. The Hindus who are not aware of many truths, even they are abandoning the worship of idols. The meaning of ‘Ma’aboud’ (One who is worshipped) is applicable not only to worship of other human beings or idols, but also to other things which are worshipped and the Holy Quran states regarding these that the self and its desires are also ‘Ma’aboud’ (that which is worshipped). A person who ‘worships’ his own self or follows his selfish desires and is, in fact, totally consumed by them, he too is an ‘idolater’ and a polytheist. The ‘Laa’ (in ‘Laa Ilaaha Illallah’) does not only negate the physical kind, rather it negates all kinds of ‘Ma’aboud’ (gods), be they of the self or of a wider appeal, be they ‘idols’ which are hidden within the heart or are visible ‘idols’. For example, when a person relied completely on material means, this too is a kind of an idol.

Idolatry of this type is like tuberculosis which gradually takes the life of a person by attacking him from inside. The visible idols are very easily recognisable and, by the same token, it is easier to rid oneself of them and I see that hundreds and thousands of people are moving away from them. Your country (i.e. India) which was at one time full of Hindus, so, did they not little by little abandon idol-worship? And even among the Hindus today, there have sprung up sects who no longer practice idolatry. But the meaning of idolatry does not end here. It is correct that the apparent form of idol-worship has been abandoned but a person carries around with him thousands of ‘idols’ and even those who call themselves philosophers and logicians cannot extricate these ‘idols’ from within themselves.

The fact is without the blessing of God such ‘worms’ cannot be removed from within. These ‘worms’ are very subtle and it is these which cause the greatest harm. There are people who, under the influence of their own selfish emotions go beyond the rights and limits imposed by God, and in this way overstep the limits of the right of the people. It is not the case that these people are the ones who cannot read or write, rather, a great many among them are known as ‘Sufis’ and ‘Faqih’. But despite all this they too will be found to be the victims of these ills. It is abstaining from such ‘idols’ which is courage itself and the cognisance of these ‘idols’ is understanding and wisdom of the highest order.

It is these ‘idols’ which cause malice between people and thousands get killed and a multitude of evil deeds spring up daily because of them. A person snatches the rights of another and reliance on material things is so great that God is considered almost to be a redundant element (in worldly matters). People who understand the true meaning of ‘Tawheed’ (unity of God) are few indeed. But if people are reminded, they instantly reply: ‘Are they not Muslims and do they not recite the Kalima?’ What is regrettable is that they have considered it sufficient merely to recite the Kalima with their lips.

'Kalima': When the Heart Believes

I say this with a complete certainty that if a person becomes aware of the reality of the ‘Kalima Tayyeba’ or Shahada (i.e. the declaration ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His servant), and if he adheres to it in practice, then, he could achieve great progress and could witness the most wonderful manifestations of God’s power in himself and all around him, in his overall life.

Understand this matter well that I tell you this neither as some ordinary messenger who is giving you a message, nor am I telling you a story. I am speaking/ advising you as the Khalifatullah of this era and I am here to bear witness. I have to deliver the message which God has vouchsafed to me. It does not concern me whether anyone listens to it or not. You yourselves will be answerable for that. I have to fulfill my duty. I am aware that there are many who have entered my Community (Jamaat) and they believe in ‘Tawheed’ (unity of God), but I am sorry to say that they do not in fact believe in this. He who usurps the rights of his brother or is dishonest or does not abstain from all kinds of immoralities, such a person is not in my view a believer of ‘Tawheed’.

I say this because a belief in the unity of God is such a blessing that when a person acquires it, there comes about him an unusual and powerful positive change. The ‘idols’ of rancour, ill-feelings, jealousy, pretence and the like, no longer remain and he comes closer to God. Until such time as the inner ‘idols’ of pride, selfishness, display, rancour, and animosity, jealousy and meanness, malice and reneging on promises, and such like, actually depart, they remain within.

Until such time how can a person be said to be true in his declaration of ‘Laa Ilaaha Illallah’ (there is no god but Allah), because there is in such a person negation of complete trust (in God).

Thus, it is a certain fact that the mere recitation of the belief of God is alone, without any partner, cannot be of any benefit. One minute a person is reciting the Kalima and the next minute, at the slightest action which is against his wishes, he turns to anger and wrath as his ‘gods’.

I say this repeatedly and it should always be remembered that as long as there remains these hidden ‘Ma’aboud’ (gods), you can never hope to attain the station of a true ‘Mohid’ (one who truly believes in the unity of God). As long as there are rats on this earth, do not imagine yourselves to be safe from the plague. Similarly as long as there are ‘rats’ within, one’s faith is in danger. Listen with attention to what I say and try to take some steps to put it into practice. I do not know who from among this gathering will be here again and who will not. That is why, I have thought it necessary to say a few words to you on this subject on the occasion of your Jalsa Salana, so that I get this golden opportunity to fulfill my duty Alhamdulillah Summa Alhamdulillah, Ya Rabbul Aalameen.

So, the summary of my message which will be translated into your local language (i.e. Malayalam) on the subject of the Kalima is this that Allah the Almighty should become your ‘Ma’aboud’, i.e. your God, you Beloved and Objective, and that you will achieve this lofty status only when you are purified of all types of inner vices and all the ‘idols’ which are in your heart are removed by you, Insha-Allah.

May Allah be with you and may He shower His choicest blessings on all of you who have travelled long distances to be in the Headquarters of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam, South Kerala in the Noor’ul Islam Mosque to attend the two-day Jalsa Salana and also to listen to my words, the Khalifatullah, the Muhyiuddin, Al-Massih Maoud of this era. Ameen, Summa Ameen'.