The national Waqf-e-Nau Ijtema of Indonesia was held in Manislor, West Java for three days, from 1 to 3 March 2019.
After recitation of the Holy Quran and nazm, the chairman of the committee and local sadr of Manislor made some remarks.
Following that, the National Waqf-e-Nau Secretary conveyed a blessed message from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa for our Ijtema.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:
“The reason [to hold these events each year] is to remind all of you, the members of Waqf-e-Nau, about the importance of your responsibilities and to train and to guide you about how to discharge these duties.”
Then, Huzooraa advised:
“It is only through your conduct that you can attain the true blessings associated with being a part of this scheme. At all times, you must strive to fulfill your pledge as members of Waqf-e-Nau and this requires that you raise your moral, spiritual and educational standards and set the very best example for others to follow. At all times, every Ahmadi man, woman and child is expected to act upon the teachings of Islam, and so if members of Waqf-e-Nau are only following the basic standards, they cannot claim any distinction.”
“Foremost amongst these, as I often say, is to fulfill the rights of Allah through His worship, and so you must try to constantly improve your standards of worship and try to develop a true and everlasting connection with Allah.
“Of course, the most important and chief form of worship are the five obligatory prayers that must be offered each day. Thus, you should be extremely careful that you do not miss any Namaz. Furthermore, you should offer your prayers in congregation whenever possible and, outside of school or college times, attend your local mosque or Salat centre as much as possible.
“Regrettably, students often use their schools and university studies as an excuse to delay their prayers or even to not offer of them at all. What they fail to realise is that Namaz is a shield that saves a person from other mistakes, and so by failing to fulfill the rights of worship, they are leading themselves towards other vices and sins and away from Islam. Thus, you must guard against any form of laziness or weakness in this respect.”
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa also quoted the advice of the Promised Messiahas for someone who was prone to many mistakes and weaknesses about how to overcome his shortcomings:
“Namaz and Istighfar were the best remedies to overcome such weaknesses. Every person knows his own deficiencies better than anyone else, so pay great attention to the guidance of the Promised Messiahas, that the best medicine to overcome negligence in our faith is to be regular in the obligatory prayers and seeking repentance from Allah for our sins.”
The Promised Messiahas also taught us to pray:
“‘O Allah, create a great distance between me and my sins, meaning that a person be saved from all wrongdoing and sin.’ If a person sincerely and regularly offered this prayer, it would surely be accepted over time.”
This event was opened by missionary in-charge, Maulana Mirajuddin Shahid by leading a silent prayer.
About 1,126 participants from 20 regions – consisting of 163 Atfal, 138 Nasirat, 179 Khudam, 149 Lajna and 348 parents of Waqifeen – attended this blessed event.
A sequence of activities had been scheduled within 3 days. This included listening to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih’saa Friday Sermon, talk shows on diverse and interesting topics, interactive discussion with full-timer Waqifeen, career planning counseling, test on Waqf-e-Nau syllabus, childrens corner, general medical check-up and also fascinating outdoor games. There was also participation from Jamia Ahmadiyya and Madrasah Hifzul Quran to invite school-age Waqifeen to join these blessed educational institutions.
On Sunday, 3 March, before Zuhr and Asr prayers, National Amir Maulana Abdul Basit Shahid led the conclusion session.
The national Waqf-e-Nou secretary read again the message from Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa. Special rewards were presented by the national amir to Waqifeen-e-Nau who were practically serving the Jamaat and to the best Waqifeen in academic and non-academic affairs. Finally, the national amir led the silent prayer to conclude this blessed event.