Rescued from Fire


The last one-third of the month of Ramadan is known, in light of the tradition of the Holy Prophetsa, to be that part of Ramadan that guarantees redemption from hellfire. How is this guarantee to be understood?

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, in his Friday Sermon on 27 August 2010, drew our attention to the fact that this salvation is only guaranteed if the heightened standards of virtue, piety and worship that most of us endeavour to attain during the last ten days of Ramadan are maintained all year round. This Friday Sermon was delivered by Huzooraa a few days before the start of the last one-third of Ramadan in 2010, and so Huzooraa reminded us that it must not be forgotten that Allah has categorically told us that He has created us for the primary purpose of worshipping Him. 

Then, Huzooraa said, why should these raised standards of worship only be limited to a certain period of the year? Thus, pursuit of one single night of blessings, and that too in a period of ten days out of the whole year, can result in distancing one from the actual purpose of their creation – the worship of Allah as prescribed by Him and as practiced by His beloved prophet, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafasa. 

Huzooraa further explained that attaining this great night of blessings is only guaranteed when one continuously upholds a high standard of worship all year round, and only then does Allah, according to His promise, come closer to such persons in the days of Ramadan and awards them with the night known as Lailatul-Qadr or the Night of Destiny. 

Huzooraa stated that the month of Ramadan descends on the faithful as a month of spiritual revolution, so those who have continuously strived to attain high standards of virtue and taqwa are the ones who go through a transformation and are granted the blessings of Lailatul-Qadr. 

As the month of Ramadan approaches its end, we remind our readers, and ourselves indeed, that in the list of prayers that we offer before Allah most fervently during these days (and nights), we must not forget to pray for our beloved Imam, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa. He is the one ray of hope for the world that is drenched in the darkness of worldly pursuits. He is the only spring of water in the spiritual drought of the world. He is, as the Khalifa of the Promised Messiahas, the equivalent of Fajr (daybreak) at the end of a long, dark, vicious night. He is, for all Muslims, the grand fulfilment of the bounties of Lailatul-Qadr.

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