Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib had the opportunity to serve as Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya UK from 2012 to 2018. During this year’s Ijtema, a special sitting was arranged with him in which Khuddam asked questions, especially about Huzooraa. The result was that Khuddam were able to better understand the honour, grandeur and importance of Khilafat. For this very purpose, Al Hakam presents the second and final part of the transcript of this conversation.
Question: Only recently, the new Markaz has been established in Islamabad. It is an honour for Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya for the opportunity to give security duties there. In this regard, what would you say to Khuddam?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: Alhamdolillah, Allah the Almighty has blessed us with a new Markaz at Islamabad. It is the first year of your Sadr Sahib and during this time, Khuddam security duties have begun at Islamabad.
I think that Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya is currently doing a very good job. I will not say that there is no room for improvement, however it is being done to an acceptable level. With time, it will improve, Insha-Allah. I have noticed that Huzooraa often calls Sadr Sahib after Namaz and personally guides him. This is a great honour for the majlis.
It is a great blessing of Allah that He enabled us to witness this Markaz being opened. At the opening of the mosque, Huzooraa performed a sajda-e-shukr [prostration of gratitude] and we all joined him. This was no ordinary sajda. One could sense it. It was the first time I saw such sentiments being expressed by Huzooraa. That sajda was extraordinary and we are all very fortunate that we shared Huzoor’saa feelings and performed that sajda-e-shukr.
As a majlis, it is a great honour for you all that due to the new Markaz, Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya is serving under the direct guidance and instructions of Huzooraa. As a result, the relationship between Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa has strengthened. Khuddam on duties express their joy and happiness and fondly speak of the gifts Huzooraa sends to them while they are on duty. This is truly very rejoiceful. One should show a lot of gratitude and humility at such a moment.
With regard to gifts, I recall a joke. It was the month of Ramadan, when a youngster approached me and asked whether Huzooraa had cake for sehri [breakfast]. I replied, “No, who told you that Huzooraa has cake for sehri?” He replied, “I was on duty in the morning and Huzooraa sent cake for us. From this, I gathered that Huzooraa has cake at sehri”. I explained to him that the cake was actually sent from Huzooraa for iftari but he received it during his duty at sehri. However, I could see that he still believed Huzooraa had cake for sehri.
Anyhow, I mentioned this because as we perform duties, love develops in the heart of Khalifatul Masihaa for us. It is a token of thanks from Huzooraa that he sometimes sends cake, fruit, chocolate and other gifts for Khuddam on duty. Otherwise security duties are our responsibility – they are compulsory – and it is Huzoor’saa love and kindness that he remembers Khuddam on duties in this manner and gives them support. This is very significant and we should cherish it. This love is extraordinary and special.
A poet has said:
نہ تخت و تاج میں نے لشکر و سپاہ میں ہے
جو بات مردِ قلندر کی بارگاہ میں ہے
“Neither in the throne, nor in the army is what is in the courtyard of a man of God.”
So, a mere glance of one who is from Allah achieves that which a great king cannot reach with all his power.
Question: How is Huzoor’saa relationship with his grandchildren?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: They have the opportunity to meet Huzooraa during teatime. The younger ones sit a while and then go and play. Huzooraa speaks and jokes with them according to their temperaments and young age. He enquires about the education of the older grandchildren. However, Huzooraa has very little time and now, his daily activities have increased a lot.
When he used to have some time, he would spend relatively more time with them. Now, however, the little time Huzooraa has is at tea where he meets the children and answers any questions they have.
Huzoor’saa schedule is so busy now that it is just hard to believe. For example, take the last day of Jalsa Salana UK this year. Huzooraa always starts the day with Tahajud prayer. That day was no different. Then the whole day, he was occupied and also delivered his final address. Immediately after that, he began to meet delegations and later led congregational prayers. By the time Huzooraa reached home, it was around 11:30pm.
The very next day after Jalsa, Huzooraa started the day with Tahajud prayer again and was extremely busy the whole day. You and I rest after exhausting ourselves. However, observing Huzoor’saa busy schedule, it is hard to believe how it is even possible.
Question: When you found out that your father had become Khalifatul Masih, what were your feelings?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: My personal emotions hold no importance. Yet, what I will say is that we had seen Huzoor’saa piety. We had observed that he spent his whole life according to the teachings of Islam. I had witnessed Huzoor’saa trust in prayers. In fact, prior to leaving for the election of Khilafat, he asked me to iron his clothes. I remember, when he was about to leave, he said to me, “This time requires a lot of prayers. May Allah gather the Jamaat on one hand and always keep the Jamaat united.” I will say that it was a life changing experience.
Question: What is your most memorable moment with Khilafat?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: One should keep in mind that every moment with Khilafat is memorable and should be cherished. I met Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh in 1991 for the first time during Jalsa Salana Qadian. My whole body was trembling from the awe of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh. At the time, we were residing in a room at Huzoor’srh residence in Dar-ul-Masih. Huzoorrh saw me standing somewhere and called me over. He asked me my name, but I could not even recall my own name. So, someone else introduced me to Huzoorrh and said that I was the son of Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib.
I met Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh for the second time in 2003 when I came to London. At the time, Huzoorrh was not experiencing very good health. My mulaqat was also very brief. When I walked in, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh asked my name and said, “How is your father?” He then gave me some chocolate and said, “Assalamo Alaikum”. That was it; the mulaqat finished. It was very brief.
My third meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih was when Huzooraa was elected as Khalifa. I entered the Fazl Mosque and there was a very special aura in the mosque. Someone nudged me forward and told me to meet Huzooraa. He was my father, but now, he was Khalifatul Masih and so I was overcome with emotion. A few people again told me to go forward and meet Huzooraa. So that meeting with Huzooraa was probably the most memorable moment.
Question: Your time as sadr Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya saw various cultures coming together. What efforts did you make to remove any cultural barriers?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: If you work with justice and do not show favouritism to a certain group of people and meet everyone with love, then it is these traits that will be useful. Practicing this in the Jamaat is very easy as we are all Ahmadi Muslims. We have all performed Bai‘at of the Promised Messiahas and due to Khilafat, we are all one. Love is such a thing that draws everyone closer.
Question: Were you ever told off during your childhood?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: Yes, I would get told off if I was naughty. If it concerns an element of tarbiyat, parents tell their children off. I too was told off.
Question: How is the relationship between Huzooraa and his brother, Dr Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad Sahib?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: Dr Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad Sahib is three years older than Huzooraa, yet I have observed that at the time when Huzooraa was elected as Khalifatul Masih and went up to his residence, Dr Sahib was present there. Upon Huzoor’saa arrival, Dr Sahib instantly reached forward, shook Huzoor’saa hand and kissed it.
Another day, Huzooraa was about to put his shoes on and Dr Sahib quickly presented him with a shoe horn for ease.
On another occasion, we went hunting. Huzoor’saa shoes were relatively tight and he was having difficulty taking them off. When Dr Sahib and I noticed this, we immediately moved forward. Huzooraa sensed this straight away and called me to help, and so I assisted Huzooraa in taking off his shoes.
The point here is that the person who truly understands Bai‘at gives all other relations secondary importance. The first relation becomes Bai‘at. This is the most beautiful aspect of the Promised Messiah’sas Jamaat.
Question: Do you miss anything from the days of being Sadr?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: By the grace of Allah, I was given the opportunity to serve the Majlis and with the grace of Allah, I had the opportunity to serve gladly with my heart and soul and I still have a relationship with Khuddam. If you are referring to the position, then I certainly do not miss it, Alhumdolillah. The real responsibility was to serve and I was bestowed with that opportunity. Positions are meaningless. The fact is that Khuddam brothers still meet me, I cannot miss them because they never went away.
Question: British-born Khuddam do not feel any significant emotional attachment with Pakistan. Although we are aware of the atrocities carried out in Pakistan against fellow Ahmadis, how can we develop an emotional attachment?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: If Pakistan is taken as a country, then it is not necessary for those who are born and live elsewhere to have an attachment with Pakistan. If they are born and live elsewhere, then loving their own country is a part of faith. Those living in America should have love for that country, whilst those who are in Pakistan should love Pakistan as a country.
As far as the conditions and difficulties of Ahmadis living in Pakistan are concerned, then they have exceeded all bounds. We should pray a great deal for them. In fact, the whole condition of Pakistan is dire. If one prays for the situation in Pakistan to improve in general, then they will automatically be praying for the conditions of Ahmadi Muslims there as well.
In Pakistan, they inculcate hatred into the hearts of children for Ahmadi Muslims from primary school. The whole nation is brainwashed. They harbour so much hatred against the Jamaat that even Ahmadi graves are exhumed.
Another reason why one should pray for Pakistan is because Huzoor’saa country of origin is Pakistan. Huzooraa often tells the Jamaat to pray for Pakistan. He was forced to leave his country, but one’s love does not decrease and for this reason, it is important to pray for Pakistan.
Question: You will have certainly observed Huzooraa praying at home. Can you tell us about his condition during prayer?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: I think this is very personal to Huzooraa. I cannot say anything regarding this without Huzoor’saa permission. What I will say is that the condition we all observe of Huzooraa in congregational prayers, especially the manner in which he prays during Fajr prayer in the days of Jalsa, if you multiply it by a thousand, then you may be able to comprehend Huzoor’saa manner of praying when he is alone.
Question: You just mentioned the atrocities that take place against Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan. Huzooraa also had the opportunity to be a prisoner in the way of Allah. Can you tell us more about this?
Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib: This happened in 1999. Pakistani religious clerics made a case against Huzooraa claiming that he had, God forbid, disrespected the Holy Quran. They alleged that Huzooraa, along with some other Ahmadis, painted over some verses of the Holy Quran and tried to erase them.
If someone is proven guilty of disrespecting the Holy Quran in Pakistan, the court can give the greatest punishment, from life imprisonment to a death sentence; anything can happen. In fact, the court’s decision comes later and the enraged members of the public take the law into their own hands and can do anything in the meantime. The whole judicial setup was ready to imprison Huzooraa. To prove their false allegations, they were all ready to do anything.
Anyhow, the case went on for a long time with a potential threat of life imprisonment for Huzooraa. At the time, Huzooraa was amir-e-muqami or, in other words, he was the representative of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih in Pakistan. This came as a huge shock to the Jamaat in Pakistan and everyone was greatly saddened.
Some of you present here may have an idea of how harsh the conditions of prisons in Pakistan are. People who have committed the most heinous of crimes are put there. Their acts and way of speaking are such that a noble person cannot even listen to them.
After the court announced the verdict, Huzooraa and the other Ahmadis with him were sent to Jhang jail. The circumstances of this prison were dreadful. If there was space for 50 people in one barrack, they would squeeze in 300 prisoners.
People who had committed various crimes were all put in one place. Convicted members of terrorist groups were also locked up there. There was hardly any space to sit, however Huzooraa and those with Huzooraa had to endure the conditions and stay there. Some prisoners even had weapons. The manner of speaking and the atmosphere in general was so disgusting that a civilised person cannot spend even a second there.
The other inmates had adapted to the conditions and had made the prison very dirty. However, Huzooraa and his fellow Ahmadis spent this time in extreme difficulty. Some prisoners who were terrorists had even planned to attack Huzooraa and the other Ahmadis. But Huzooraa would constantly be occupied in prayer. That very night, Allah the Almighty caused the prison guard to decide, for some unknown reason, to shift Huzooraa and the group of Ahmadis to a comparatively better prison barrack. This was a special blessing from Allah. If they had spent the night in that barrack, the terrorists may have caused serious harm to them.
This period of difficulty and pain lasted for ten to twelve days. By the grace of Allah, Huzooraa displayed an immense level of patience. He only turned to prayers for help and his prayers were accepted. Otherwise the enemies were adamant to give the Ahmadis the harshest punishment possible. By the grace of Allah, in the end, they were freed.
The point is that the atrocities that are taking place against Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan are outside the parameters of the law. Every possible injustice is taking place. May Allah keep them under his protection. Amin.
(Details of Huzoor’saa imprisonment will be published in a seperate article in the next issue of Al Hakam, Insha-Allah.)