Friday Sermon: Salat is it

Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The Holy Qur’an draws attention to observance of Salat in many places. At times it gives commandment to safeguard Salat, other times it gives commandment to be regular in Salat and it also gives commandment to offer Salat on time. 

‘And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me.’ (51:57)

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that God has created you for the purpose of worshipping Him. 

A Hadith relates that Salat is the core of worship of God. We are fortunate to have accepted the Imam of the age who taught us the correct ways of worship of God, and gave us the wisdom into the requisite of worship. 

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Observe Prayer services regularly. Some people content themselves with one Prayer service daily but they must remember that no one is exempt from them, not even Prophets. It is narrated in aHadith that a company of men who had just accepted Islam requested the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) to be exempted from the Salat. He observed: A religion that does not demand action is no religion at all.’ (Essence of Islam, Vol. II p. 297)

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that God does what He wills. The city of Babylon for which man had great plans was made desolate and turned into a ghost town but the place [Mecca] which man wanted to be desolate became the hub for people all over the world.

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said people are negligent about Salat because they are not aware of the pleasure and delight that God has placed in it. 

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that it is important to offer Salat while being mindful of its words as well as being mindful of the physical state in which it is offered. Words of Salat correspond with its different postures. The posture when one stands up in Salat and glorifies and praises God is called qiyyam [this Urdu word can also signify ‘to establish’]. The appropriate position to submit glorification and praise is indeed in a standing posture. When eulogies are read to kings it is done in a standing position. Thus in Salat, during qiyyam one is standing before God in a spiritual sense. Praise is given when one is convinced about something and a person praises something having arrived at a viewpoint. Thus a person saying Alhamdolillah (all praise belongs to God) will only truly say Alhamdolillah when he is completely convinced that all manner of acclaim belongs to God alone. When one is convinced on this with one’s heart and mind, this is a state of spiritual qiyyam.

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that unless a person completely abides by Unity of God he cannot have love and greatness of Islam instilled in him. And he cannot attain delight and pleasure in Salat. It is all dependent that unless bad, impure intentions and wicked scheming are not incinerated arrogance and conceit will not be removed in order to attain humility and humbleness. In such instance a person cannot be called a true servant of God for the best teacher and most excellent means to impart perfect devotion is Salat alone. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that he would say it one more time that if true communion and true connection with God was desired then one should abide by Salat in a way that not just one’s body or one’s tongue but the very intentions and passions of one’s soul embody Salat. (Paraphrased from Malfuzat, Vol. I, p. 170)

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