Syed Mukarram Nazeer, Canada Correspondent
The National Waqf-e-Nau Department of Canada held its 4th annual Ijtemas on 26-27 October 2019, for both Waqifaat-e-Nau and Waqifeen-e-Nau respectively. This was the largest single Ijtema held at Baitul Islam Mosque complex, Toronto.
The theme of the Waqf-e-Nau Ijtema was “The Constitution of Waqf-e-Nau” – this was based on the historic Friday Sermon of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, delivered in Baitul Islam Mosque, Toronto on 28 October 2016.
National Secretary Waqf-e-Nau, Zahid Masud Sahib identified the purpose of the Ijtema, “To instill in the minds of our Waqf-e-Nau the purpose of their lives, that is, to serve their faith”.
A new feature this year was an interactive presentation named “Waqf FAQs”. During this, a presenter would ask questions, which a Waqf-e-Nau had already asked Huzooraa in the past. Those present would then try to answer the question. Finally, the actual video clip of Huzooraa answering the question would be played enabling everyone to hear the answer firsthand.
The Waqifaat-e-Nau were split into various age groups and engaged in different activities. These included interactive presentations, games and question and answer sessions.
Presentations focused on different aspects of being a Waqf-e-Nau, such as the concept of Waqf, as well as keeping a connection with Allah. Other sessions focused on things like how to overcome challenges they may face when dealing with societal trends, peer pressures, and how to structure a life plan as a Waqif and its importance. Each age group held special mother’s sessions highlighting the importance of the role of a parent in the life of a Waqf-e-Nau child.
The Nazim-e-Ala of the Ijtema, Sadiq Ahmad Sahib reported that the Ijtema was organised entirely by Waqifeen-e-Nau. In his words, it’s the “Ijtema of Waqf-e-Nau by Waqf-e-Nau!”
For the 4th year in a row, it was organised entirely by a team of Waqf-e-Nau volunteers. This gives them an opportunity to learn about organising Jamaat events according to the traditions of the Jamaat.
A short documentary on The Astonishing Scheme of Waqf-e-Nau was shown after the opening session.
Waqifeen-e-Nau were split into four groups based on age and each group had a formal programme designed for their age. This consisted of interactive presentations and motivational talks.
Amir Jamaat Canada spoke to the 19+ age group and reminded them of their responsibilities as Waqifeen-e-Nau. He encouraged them to present their services in various departments of the Jamaat and to always seek guidance of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at every step of their lives.