Peace be on you…Hazrat Khalifatul Messiah V (a.t.) said that we read in Holy Quran and mention in our speeches and sermons repeadetly, and I have mentioned it many times in my sermons that God the Exalted states the purpose of making human:
[51:57]Wa ma khalaqtul jinna wal insa illa leya’bodoon
And I have not created the Jinn and the human that they may worship Me.
If there is any purpose of birth of human, it is that he should adopt full devotion / worship to Allah the Exalted and become perfect ‘abd’ of Him. What does it mean to become ‘abd’? What is meaning of ‘ya’bodun’? It mean perfect servitude and serving with all powers and faculties, to pay right of worship i.e. worship with bottom of heart and with unique love and it is not felt as weight, perfect obedience and humility.
We observe there is numerous creation of God the Exalted and He has assigned them various works. All of them are working in their sphere as if that they are obeying Him. Compared to them is human, God the Exalted said to him I have assigned this work to you and what is that work?....It is to recognize and obtain your purpose of creation.
How many people are there in the world who act on it? Leave alone other people, see from we Muslims. How many of them fully act on directives, obedient, worship Allah the Exalted with having a special passion of love. If we collect numbers there will be very few who do so, even those who worship Him does customarily or with superficial heart. Majority does not offer Salaats.
It is strange that other things were assigned work and they are doing it and are not disobeying. But human was told clearly that there is purpose of your life which God the Exalted has placed before you which you have to fulfill but human does its disobedience and violation. It is as if other things are doing assigned work with obedience but that obedience is not in human. Why it is so? It is because Allah the Exalted gave the right of choice to only human among His creation that he can do as he wishes. And if he understands his purpose of life by acting on directive of Allah the Exalted which is to adopt full humbleness, and to show full God-fearing and humility, to devote all his love and relations to God, to leave evils and arrogance and bow before God the Exalted. As the result God the Exalted too lean towards human and comes towards him and grant him His love and affection.
It is as, God the Exalted gave two spheres by creating human; disobedience and obedience. And by telling purpose of life of human He said if you will remain in the circle of my obedience by being my servant, you will get my benefactions which have no limit, you will get progress in it -- while there is only one circle for other creations and they have to work within it. They do not have any other way except obedience, hence they do not have reward and prize. They have no power and substance to chose one thing from two.
So Allah the Exalted has given this property to human only that he has two ways which he can adopt; one is to get his puprsoe of creation, to get love of God the Exalted and to adopt humility for Him – and -- second, by not fulfilling this purpose and by being included in disobedients of Him, by going out of His servitude, and becoming servant of Satan. As the result of it human become worthy of His punishment.
Thus by acting on the directives of Allah the Exalted and by fully obeying His commandments, human can become true abd / servant of Allah the Exalted and this property is given to human only even the angles are not given this status.
It is benevolence of Allah the Exalted for human that He gave him such a purpose of life, by obtaing it he can be included in very much beloveds of Him. Rather he can reach at the station where even the angels cannot reach.
Thus human is fortunate that by making him, God the Exalted made him superior than His other creation but with the condition: If you will use -- the powers, faculties, capacities and the brain and thought I granted you (which are not given to any other creation) -- in My love, full obedience of My commandments, and in My worship and will fulfill your purpose of life, you will get My love.
As said earlier, human is given choice, which path of virtue or evil he may choose. Evils or worldly attractions pull human to them. Sometimes these things as trial, sometimes human is doing virtues, something comes up which make him astray from the path. In todays world, such things are present at each step which attracts or try to attarct a virtuous person too. If the person avoids and he remembers his purpose of creation, Allah the Exalted Who grants His servants a lot, raises many stations of that person who avoided worldly attraction.
After telling human the purpose of creation, Allah the Exalted have done the greatest favour to His servants is that He sends His Messengers, His callers who guide people to their pupoise of creation who save human from falling in evils and make effort for this, who save human from skidding from straight path, who inform human about making dintinction about virtue and evil. Allah the Exalted mentions such people in Holy Quran as (which is as a prayer) :
[3:194] “Our Lord, we have heard a Crier calling us unto faith, ‘Believe ye in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord, forgive us, therefore, our errors and remove from us our evils, and in death number us with the righteous.
So these Criers are those who come from God the Exalted and come to tell human their purpose of creation, they come to tell human the paths to get nearness of Allah the Exalted.
Thus those people are fortunate, who listen the voice of Crier, and say we heard a Crier from God the Exalted. The Crier called toward what? To a business? To any worldly benefit? To give wealth and means? No…But that is call of such Crier who announces to believe – People! believe in your Lord, Who made you, nourishes you, made arrangements to raise you from low state to higher state, gave you progress to great stage, accept His commands, fulfill your purpose of creation by being thankful servant of Allah the Exalted by accepting His commands.
So by saying labaik (at your service, here I am) to the caller of this Crier we say ‘fa aammanna” i.e. so we believed and humbly plead to our Lord: ‘rabbana faghfirlana zonubana’ O our Lord forgive our sins. Our believing and to stay on that is not possible without Your special blessing, to follow Your commandents in very difficult without Your support. Without Your help we cannot lift this heavy weight. We have been doing mistakes since ever, have done may mistakes, Your being al-Sattar [The Coverer] and al-Ghaffar [The Forgiver] can save us from bad end and have been saving. Your mercy which encompasses everything, it has always provided shade to us, we do not have enough power to remain safe from mistakes and slips by ourselves, O Allah You is our Lord, to enable to do virtues, to stay on faith and to increase in it is not possible without Your blessing, we cannot do this work by ourselves, we cannot make ourselves safe from any attack by Satan, so it is You Who keep us established on faith and give progress in it. [It should be prayed] O Allah grant us progress in Eman (faith, belief) so that our sins are forgiven and we get included in those people who have true Eman. ‘wa kaffir anna sai’yey aatenaa’ i.e. remove our evils fom us, remove all hinderances which are obstacles in removing our evils, rather erasse our sins in such way as they never took place, save us from every punishment, when we come to Your Presnce, we may get included in those people who are increased in virtues, to whom You have taught this prayer to get this station: ‘ tawaffana ma’al abrar’ cause us to die, numbered with righteous. It should not happen we do get Eman but then we go away from Eman. You send Crier in each era for its reform. Once after accepting him, we may not be wasting our Eman by getting caught in our ego and selfmade doubts, we may not get bad end. So O our God! we pray, our end may never be bad and when time come for our death, we are established on Eman and are included in those people who are ‘abrar’ (righteous) who progress in virtues. Our wisdoms, our acts, our knowledge amy not make us astray from right path.
Allah the Exalted said in next verse: (after believing in Crier, pray this too) :
[3:195] “Our Lord, give us The Promise which You made obligatory for Your Messengers in our favour [i.e. misaqun nabiyeen]; and disgrace us not on the Day of Resurrection. Surely, Thou breakest not Thy promise.”
The promises You made with Your Messengers fulfill those for us too. We too get blessing from those promises, whose promise You made with Your Messengers Your Criers. ‘wa latukhzena yaumal qayamah’ Do not disgrace us on the day of Qaiyyamah, our deeds should be such that they should be under Your commandments, there should not be only mere beliefs, but our deeds may obtain Your pleasure. Enable us to follow Your directives so that we do not go astray from right path till Qaiyyamah. May we not become recipient of any punishment, no punishment may become obligatory for us, may we not come in Your Presence with shame, each moment of our life may pass with our purpose of life in view, may we establish models of real worship, may we get real servitude, may we never give up obedience and fulfilling commandment.
As it is clear from these verses, some detail is mentioned. This is call which Criers give, and these are things which the acceptors of that Crier do.