“Each Ahmadi should pay great attention to prayers these days because due to its own mistakes, the world of Islam is suffering from most frightening circumstances. If we have true love and devotion for the Holy Prophetsa, then we should pray abundantly for the Ummah. We need to pay attention to this, which we are already in the process of.”
The real way of supplicating and receiving blessings
“However, today I wish to draw attention to the way in which we should pray. These ways and modes of praying are also taught to us by the Holy Prophetsa, which not only reform us, but also make us experience the acceptance of prayers.
“According to the Hadith, which is related by Hazrat Umarra bin Khattab, the Holy Prophetsa said that prayer stops in between the earth and the heavens, and unless salutations and blessings are invoked on the Holy Prophetsa, no portion of the prayer reaches above [to be presented to Allah]. (Tirmadhi, Kitab-us-Salat, Babu ma Ja‘a fi Fadhlis-Salati ‘alan-Nabiyyi)
“This is a reality about that which Allah the Exalted has also clearly explained to us in the Holy Quran, and that is in the verse I just recited:
اِنَّ اللّٰہَ وَ مَلٰٓئِکَتَہٗ یُصَلُّوۡنَ عَلَی النَّبِیِّ ؕ یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا صَلُّوۡا عَلَیۡہِ وَ سَلِّمُوۡا تَسۡلِیۡمًا
“‘Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! you also should invoke blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace.’” (Surah Al-Ahzab, Ch.33: V.57)
“In the Holy Quran, numerous commandments are given to follow. Following them makes one dear to Allah, the recipient of His blessings, closer to Him, the recipient of protection from hell and of entry into paradise. The commandment here refers to a task, which is so tremendous and great that Allah the Exalted has engaged His angels to do the job, and He Himself also invokes blessings and salutations on His beloved Prophetsa.
“Th is is an act, by following which one would be following the task that is an act of Allah. When Allah the Exalted grants us immense rewards for abiding by His commandments, imagine the reward for following something that He Himself engages in. Most certainly, the Durood invoked with sincerity of the heart would be a source of the reformation of the Ummah, a source of protecting the Ummah from disgrace, a source of our own reformation, a means of acceptance of our prayers and also a basis of our protection from the evil of the Dajjal.” (Taken from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saa Friday Sermon delivered on 24 February 2006)