It is a common practice to give expression to one’s pleasure or to draw attention to any particular matter by the clapping of hands and the Arabs used to follow the same practice.
The Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, however, so loved the remembrance of God that for these purposes also he substituted the praise and remembrance of God in place of the clapping of hands. On one occasion while he was occupied with some important matter, the time of the next service drew near and he directed that Abu Bakrra (one of his companions) should lead the prayers.
Shortly thereafter he was able to conclude the business upon which he was engaged and proceeded at once to the mosque. Abu Bakrra was leading the prayers but when the congregation perceived that the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa had arrived, they began to clap their hands for the purpose both of giving expression to their joy at his arrival and also to draw Abu Bakrra‘s attention to the fact that the Prophetsa himself had arrived. Thereupon Abu Bakrra stepped back and made room for the Holy Prophetsa to lead the prayers.
When the prayers were over, the Prophetsa addressed Abu Bakrra and said: “Why did you step back after I had directed you to lead the prayers?” Abu Bakrra replied: “O Messengersa of Allah! How would it befit the son of Abu Quhafara to lead the prayers in the presence of the Messenger of Allah?”
Then addressing the congregation the Prophetsa said: “Why did you clap your hands? It is not seemly that while you are engaged in the remembrance of God you should clap your hands. If it should so happen that during the course of prayers attention has to be drawn to some matter, instead of clapping your hands you should utter the name of God aloud. This would draw attention to whatever may have to be taken note of.” (Life of Muhammadsa, p. 205-206)
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah (as) says:
“A God-fearing person can find more happiness in a hut, than a worldly person, who is a slave to greed and avarice, can ever find even in a magnificent castle. The more a worldly person acquires the material wealth of this world, the more they are confronted with afflictions. Hence, remember that true comfort and pleasure is not partaken of by worldly people. Do not be mislead to believe that abundant wealth, expensive and elegant clothing, and fine foods can bring happiness. Absolutely not. True happiness depends on righteousness alone.” (Malfuzat, vol. 1, p. 280)
Hazrat Abu Musa, Allah be pleased with him, narrates:
“Once while we were on a journey with the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, people started exclaiming rather loudly, ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (God is the Greatest). The Holy Prophet Muhammadsa said:
‘O people! Adopt a course of moderation. You are not addressing one who is deaf or absent. You are addressing The One Who is All Hearing, Ever Present and is already with you.’” (Sahih Muslim)
His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Worldwide Spiritual Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was asked by a child that how he found time to rest and do other activities whilst managing his very busy schedule.
His Holiness stated, “I work in my office and also manage to perform other work too, such as listening to the news.”
He added, “It is all in the mind; if man becomes lazy and says that he does not get enough sleep, then nothing can be accomplished. You must be firm and tell yourself that you need to get such and such work done.” He further said:
“Always smile; this will keep you active.”
Id-Dawl (the Light) JUNE 2020
(i) Always Smile (ii) Moderation
(iii) Inviting People to Allah
(iv) True Happiness
(v) Relationship with God
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