The Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji (Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez has called on Muslims globally to enhance their level of spiritual, physical and financial sacrifices in the way of Almighty God, thereby displaying the good qualities of the early companions of Prophet Muhammad (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him).
Delivering his Friday sermon at Tahir Mosque, Ojokoro Lagos, the Muslim leader emphasized that Muslims had been ordained in the Holy Qur’an to spend their time, wealth and honour as sacrifices for the progress of Islamic religion and for the betterment of humanity.
Barrister Alatoye enjoined the Muslim faithful to learn from the qualities and characters of the companions of the Holy Prophet(saw) – an on-going Friday sermon titled “Men of Excellence” by the Supreme Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(May Allah be his Helper). He requested all Muslims to emulate the spirit of sacrifice displayed by the companions.
He said: “There are avalanches of lessons to learn from the early companions of the Holy Prophet(saw). These include, among others, the spirit of sacrifice, unbridled love for the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet(saw) and love for mankind. Today, the mind-set of Muslims on sacrifice have changed. The spirit of sacrifice is decreasing on a daily basis. People no longer donate like before.”
“As instructed by Almighty God in the Holy Quran, we must change our views on sacrifice, going forward. We must sacrifice our life, time and wealth in the way of Allah. We should stop hiding our wealth and property. Rather than creating an atmosphere of hatred, fighting, misunderstandings and chaos after our demise, why not sacrifice our wealth in the way of Allah? Let us exercise our faith in terms of financial, spiritual and moral sacrifices.”
Tabligh Expeditions not only for Missionaries
Alhaji Alatoye equally called on all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to improve on Tabligh expeditions (Preaching activities) of the Muslim organization.
He said it was incumbent on all members of the Community to preach to people in a polite, amiable and excellent way, thereby winning more converts. He reiterated that Tabligh activity is for all members and not just for Missionaries.
“All companions of the Holy Prophet(saw) took preaching as a matter of priority. We have no excuse not to preach. This should be our primary assignment. All members must be involved in preaching and not just the missionaries. The reason why we cannot preach is that we refuse to learn. We should devote time for the learning of the Holy Quran and the sunnah of the Holy Prophet(saw).”
“Our preaching methodology must be redefined. Let us engage ourselves in the excellent recitation of the Holy Quran and talk to people in the most excellent and polite way. The Holy Prophet(saw) invites people to Islam with good characters and behaviours. He also showed love and affection to the entire humanity and observed Salat regularly. These are the good qualities of the companions which must also be displayed by us all.”
“Above all, we should demonstrate unflinching support and love for the Holy Prophet(saw) and for the Khalifah. Some of us love our family members and wealth more than the Holy Prophet(saw) and the Khalifah. We should remember we will leave everything behind in this world. Let us all prepare for the hereafter. Let us love the Holy Prophet(saw) over everything and emulate his good deeds. May Allah make it easy for us.”