Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad leads Eid-ul-Fitr Prayers in London
Khalifa delivers sermon on importance of fulfilling spiritual obligations the whole year round and not just on Eid
The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, marked the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on 30th July 2014 with a sermon delivered to more than 10,000 Ahmadi Muslims gathered at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, whilst an audience of millions more watched the proceedings live on MTA International.
After leading the Eid prayers, His Holiness addressed the audience, about the true purpose and meaning of Eid; he spoke of how spirituality and attaining God’s Love was a never-ending process and he also spoke movingly about the recent martyrdoms of 3 Ahmadi Muslims in Gujranwala, Pakistan.
Regarding the true meaning of Eid, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) named faith as ‘wholeheartedness’ meaning that true faith is where a person’s heart is consumed by the delight of his faith. Thus true Eid is where a person feels joy at fulfilling the requirements of his religion and does not find any of its obligations to be a burden.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:
“True faith is where the worship of God is only a source of joy and contentment. True faith is where you happily make all necessary sacrifices for the sake of God, for the sake of others and for the sake of your community. He or she who lives their life in this way is able to celebrate a true Eid each and every day of their lives.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad went on to comment about the martyrdoms of 3 Ahmadi Muslims days earlier in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala. His Holiness prayed for the victims and their families.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“To lose your loved ones is not a minor source of grief and in particular it is impossible to imagine the pain of that mother who lost her two young daughters during this cruel attack. To bear this tragedy with patience is certainly a great sacrifice in itself, especially when you consider that it took place just a day before Eid when that mother was getting ready to celebrate with her young family.
May Allah grant patience to all of those who have been left bereaved and grief-stricken and may He grant that mother great blessings in exchange for her great sacrifice.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concluded his sermon by conveying greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all people gathered at the Baitul Futuh Mosque and to the millions of Ahmadi Muslims throughout the world.