Propagation of The Message of Islam Using Modern Resources

Hudhur recited the following verses of Surah Al Mursalat at the beginning of today’s Friday Sermon and gave a discourse on propagation of the message of Islam through modern resources in light of these verses.

‘By those which are sent off gently

Then gather speed and blow swiftly,

And by those who spread a thorough spreading,

And then they make clear distinctions,

And by those who deliver the Reminder,

Absolving themselves of responsibility or by way of warning,

Verily, that which you are promised must come to pass.

So when the stars are made to lose their light,

And when the heaven is rent asunder,

And when the mountains are blown away,

And when the Messengers are made to appear at the appointed time —‘

(77:2-11)

Hudhur explained that while these verses give the news of the glorious propagation of Islam in the times of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) through his Companions, they also foretell the coming of his true and ardent devotee. Through his advent, he was to revive and restore the glory of Islam. Today, these verses are a sign of his truthfulness and indicate towards the progress of his Community. Therein is a prophecy which has been fulfilled, is being fulfilled and will be fulfilled in future. This is the Word of the Master of the heavens and the earth Who is All-Powerful, Who, through His great power has fulfilled the revolutionary change destined for the time of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and shall continue to do so in future. What is needed is for us to endeavour to be part of this revolutionary change so that we may partake of the blessings that God has destined with it. For this we have to bring about revolutionary changes within ourselves.

Hudhur said the verse ‘By those which are sent off gently’ indicates to the signs that God has demonstrated in support of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is demonstrating and shall demonstrate in future. Angels are supporting the message, which the companions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) spread. This message was of piety, purity, high morals and taqwa (righteousness). At the time when the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) made his claim, not only was his message not accepted, it was faced with severe opposition. However, God exhibited one after another sign and with the reasoning and arguments of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and the Tabligh of his followers, in spite of all the detractors, pious-natured people began accepting him. Within his life-time the number of his followers grew into hundreds of thousands.

When God sends His Prophets, initially, their message spreads slowly. Later on it gathers speed and momentum. In the beginning, resources are also limited but God increases these. There is increase in signs, just as it was in the life of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He foretold the plague which started off on a very small scale but later took entire India in its hold. He predicted that some matters will be accomplished after him and they would be fulfilled in the era of the Second Manifestation, that is, Khilafat. We note today that God has provided resources and arrangements in accordance to the times to fulfil this promise. It is the way of God that some matters are brought to fruition in the lifetime of Prophets but others are fulfilled later. However, whatever promises are made to Prophets are most certainly accomplished. God states: And if We take thee away, We shall surely exact retribution from them’ (43:42). Whatever God declares about detractors of Prophets definitely comes to pass, whether in the lifetime of the Prophet, or later. Similarly, some glad-tidings are fulfilled in his lifetime while others are realised later. When the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) gave the glad-tiding of the gold bracelets of the [Persian Emperor] Suraka, it signified the triumph of Islam in Persia/Iran. This was fulfilled in the era of Hadhrat Umer (may Allah be pleased with him).

Piety spreads gradually and its sphere extends steadily. Later, God’s decree creates swift and better conditions for its fulfilment. We should always be mindful that God’s power is not limited. If He wishes He can fulfil all promises and triumphs in the lifetime of the Prophet. However, it is His will that those who follow may also partake of some of the blessings and triumphs. Thus, the swift resources of this age draw our attention that we may utilise them and in following the Companions, become helpers of the Imam of the age and accomplish his mission. The current swift and proficient resources draw our attention to consider this swiftness as a blessing of God and utilise it to propagate His religion. The verse ‘And by those who spread a thorough spreading’ signifies spreading of that message for which the advent of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) took place. It is the perfect religion which will last till the Day of Judgement and for its revival in the current age the Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) advent took place. God has provided modern means of propagating this message. The Companions of the Holy Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them) did not have any modern means yet they honoured the dues of Tabligh. Today the means and resources are available, they were destined for the time of his true and ardent devotee, and the above verse is a prophecy of this. In another place in the Qur’an it is stated: ‘And when books are spread abroad.’ (81:11).

Hudhur explained that the age of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) is an age to propagate books. He has left the treasure of his writings ‘Ruhani Khazain’. This collection of his writings was published in his lifetime and his companions played a tremendous role in propagating them. They undertook this task with a sense of sacrifice as in the era of early Islam when the Companions of the Prophet became God’s loved ones. The followers of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) too found nearness to God. Today, God has provided ways and means to propagate these books and to respond to our detractors, ways which are much swifter and proficient than ever. The Holy Qur’an and the books of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and other literature is traversing new stages of broadcast via Television and the Internet. A few decades ago all this was unthinkable. God has provided these opportunities so that they are utilised in the defence of Islam and in its Tabligh. It is indeed His blessings to provide us with these modern inventions. We should try and make good, rather than idle, use of these inventions. If we become part of that group which is taking the message of the Muhammadan Messiah (on whom be peace) to the world we too can be counted among those who God has borne witness to.

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