Friday Sermon: Persevere in Mindful Prayers

 On 30th June 2017, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (May Allāh be his Helper) delivered the Friday Sermon at Baitul Futūh Mosque, London.

Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: Ramadān comes with countless blessings and those who understand this are able to reap them. Many have written to me that they were able to perform Nawafil in addition to the obligatory worship, that they completed a course of reciting the Holy Quran, that they had strange and pleasurable spiritual experiences, that they experienced the acceptance of their prayers and attained certainty in the existence of God. Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: Those who have strived in such a way, may Allāh forgive any shortcomings on their part and continue to bless them forever. May Allāh continue to elevate the status of those who attained high stations as well as those who strived even a little bit. They should also pray for themselves so that they may not become lax in terms of fulfilling their obligations to Allāh and to His creatures.

When God says that He comes close to His servant when he prays to Him, this statement is not limited to Ramadān, rather He says that He answers the prayers of the distressed person when he calls upon Him. Allāh is not bound only to bestow His nearness in Ramadān. This month has only been specified to draw our attention. The pronouncement "I am near" is for all times.

Drawing our attention to prayer, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) says that God is closest to His servant in the middle part of the night, and if possible one should remember Him at that hour. Huzoor (May Allāh be his Helper) said: If you have acquired the habit of offering Nawafil in Ramadān, then you should try to adopt it permanently. If we are fully determined, we can always continue to benefit from God's nearness. When God is close to man, man comes under His refuge. One who remembers God is like the living, and one who doesn't is like the dead. To confine remembrance of God to a few days makes a person spiritually dead. If we want to be among the truly living, we ought to remember God in the remaining 11 months as well. Having come under God's protection in Ramadān, we should use all the means to permanently keep ourselves under His protection... Read Full Summary