Surah Al-Ikhlas is the 112th Chapter of the Holy Quran.
It is the second most important chapter of the Holy Quran after Surah Fatiha – the very first Surah. The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said that Surah Al-Iklhas by itself is equal to one third of the Holy Quran.
In this Khutba we look at human desires in the light of Surah Al-Ikhlas and the following chapters and verses of the Holy Quran;
Chapter 7, Verse 19 And (We said): O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in the garden, so eat from whence you desire, but go not near this tree, lest you become of the unjust.
Chapter 3, Verse 14 Fair-seeming to men is made the love of desires, of women and sons and hoarded treasures of gold and silver and well-bred horses and cattle and tilth. This is the provision of the life of this world. And Allah — with Him is the good goal (of life).
Chapter 3, Verse 145 And no soul can die but with Allah’s permission — the term is fixed. And whoever desires the reward of this world, We give him of it, and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him of it. And We shall reward the grateful.
Chapter 4, Verse 27 And Allah desires to turn to you (mercifully). And those who follow (their) lusts desire that you should deviate (with) a great deviation.
It was in July 1900 that, in his book called Jihad against the British, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of this organisation wrote:
Injustice pertainingto the rights of the creatures will be that the blood of humans shall be shed under the name of jihad so much so that one who will kill an innocent person will think that by shedding that blood he is becoming entitled to a great heavenly reward. Apart from this, many other types of violations of human rights will be carried out simply in the name of religious honour. (page 25)
It is as if he could see the atrocities, which were going to be carried out in the name of Islam over the next century and more.
Today, as we remember the innocent men and women who died on that dark day a decade ago, we should remember those words warning us of the great injustices in the name of Islam to human beings, which were to follow. All right thinking people should most forcefully condemn such acts, especially when carried out in the name of a religion.
Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Associations for propagation of Islam, said
We too cry with the bereaved whose loved ones had their lives cut short. We too remember sitting horrified, in front of our TVs, as the atrocity unfolded. As we remember them let us also remember members of the emergency services and public who endangered their lives and worked tirelessly to save as many people as they could. Perpetrators of such crimes contradict the Holy Qurran which gave this reason for creating th Muslim people : – “And if Allah did not repel some people by others, cloisters, and churches, and synagogues, and mosques in which Allah’s name is much remembered, would have been pulled down. And surely Allah will help him who helps Him. Surely Allah is Strong, Mighty.” (chapter 22, verse 40)
We read from Mulfoozat Volume 7, where the Promised Messiah continues to describe how one may meet a ‘good’ end to one’s life. One must keep the company of the righteous so that they inspire in his heart the fervor to do good, obey Allah and serve humanity.