Atia Nuur Ahmad-Hübsch, Sadr Lajna Imaillah Germany
By the grace of Allah the Almighty, Lajna Imaillah and Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya Germany were able to hold a “National Virtual Talimi and Tarbiyati Class” in December 2020. The class for Nasirat was held from 23 to 26 December 2020, and the class for Lajna members from 27 to 31 December 2020. About 10,200 Lajna members and 2,500 Nasirat from all over Germany took part and benefitted from this class, alhamdulillah.
The class, which lasts several days, usually takes place yearly at regional level in our mosques and is one of the highlights of the year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s class could not be held as usual, so it was decided to organise it virtually and from the national level this time.
Preparations of the syllabus for Lajna members and Nasirat had already started a few months earlier by the national talim and Nasirat departments.
As Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa has guided Jamaat members several times since the beginning of this pandemic that we should in this situation turn towards our Creator and intensify our worship, the theme “The existence of God” was chosen for this year’s class.
The syllabus was then sent to all 286 majalis in the beginning of December and was distributed to all members. Furthermore, it was made available online as well.
The schedule of the class was planned as follows:
For Nasirat, the class was held for four days and Nasirat of the different mayar were taught separately. Mayar-e-Awal and Mayar-e-Daum had their class for three hours every day and Mayar-e-Saum two hours. In the evening, Nasirat had a virtual revision class in their respective regions. For Lajna, the class was held for five days.
The 26 regions of Lajna Germany had been divided into several groups so that in the morning from 10am to 1pm the class was held in Urdu language for five groups and after the break for Namaz and lunch, the class was held in German language from 2pm to 5pm in three groups.
A team of teachers was set up and they prepared the lessons which were to be held as audio lectures along with interactive presentations and video clips. After the collective opening ceremony, the class started with silent prayer.
The following subjects and topics were taught to Nasirat during the class:
1. Hifz-e-Quran and Tarjuma-tul-Quran: Aayat-ul-Kursi
2. Hadith: Attaining nearness of God
3. Fiqh-e-Ahmadiyya: Conditions of Salat
4. History of Islam: The Holy Prophet Muhammad’ssa faith in the unity of God
5. History of Ahmadiyyat: The revelation “Alaisallahu bikaafin abdahu”
6. Tabligh: Arguments for the existence of God
7. Talqeen-e-Amal: Acceptance of prayers and praying tahajjud
8. Handicraft-tasks: Nasirat were given different handicraft tasks related syllabus, e.g., making a poster with prayer-time clocks or preparing calligraphy of the attributes of Allah the Almighty.
Nasirat happily engaged in these activities individually at home and sent pictures of their lovely creative works.
The following subjects and topics were taught to Lajna during the class:
1. Hifz-e-Quran, Tartil-ul-Quran, Tarjumat-ul-Quran and Tafsir-ul-Quran: Aayat-ul-Kursi
2. Hadith: Huquq-ul-Ibad (rights of mankind) and Sohbat-e-Saliheen (company of righteous people)
3. Fazail-ul-Quran: The two attributes of God: Al-Rahman and Al-Rahim (including the question: Why are there hardships and calamities?)
4. Fiqh-e-Ahmadiyya: The way of offering Nawafil (voluntary prayers) and its importance
5. History of Islam: The battles of the early Islamic era (including answers to the allegations that Islam was spread by the sword)
6. History of Ahmadiyyat: The incidents of 1953 – how hardships are necessary for the progress of divine communities
7. Tabligh: Arguments for the existence of God Furthermore, several departments presented information on different topics.
Sehat-e-Jismani department organised a lecture on “Depression – symptoms and prevention” which was held by a doctor (a Lajna member of Ahmadiyya Medical Association).
Information was given about the blessed Wasiyyat scheme, the work of the department Rishta Nata and the Lajna Imaillah Germany Jubilee project of building 10 mosques under the 100-mosques-scheme of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Germany.
Additionally, discussion circles with new convert sisters were held in which they narrated their inspiring stories of accepting Islam Ahmadiyyat.
A special programme with sadr Lajna Imaillah Germany, national secretary tarbiyat and muavina sadr (Lajna representative Rishta Nata) was also initiated as “Lajna talk” with the topic “Current social problems and their solutions” in which several tarbiyat issues such as the search for righteous life-partner, moral training of children, etc., were discussed.
For younger Lajna members the “Lajna-talk” was arranged with Sadr Sahiba and the President of AMSWA Germany in which the topic “Upholding my identity as an Ahmadi Muslim woman” was discussed.
The link of the MTA International documentary “Brutality & Injustice: Two trials in a time” was sent to all Lajna members to watch in their homes and the next evening, an online session was held under the topic “Living relation with Khilafat” in which Lajna members shared their feelings after watching the documentary, narrated personal incidents about their relation to Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa and also discussed ways in which one can strengthen their relationship with Huzooraa and also their children’s.
On the last day, question and answer sessions with the missionaries were held where previously collected questions of the Lajna members were answered.
The class ended with a concluding session in which a brief report of the class was presented.
Sadr Sahiba Lajna, in her closing remarks, thanked all the participants and the organisers and requested the members to try to implement what had been learned and to start the new year after these days of spiritual input with even more enthusiasm and the prayer that may Allah the Almighty enable us to improve ourselves and our children, develop in taqwa and good deeds and attain His love and nearness.
After the class, the Lajna members and Nasirat had the opportunity to take part in a self-monitoring online Quiz. About 6,000 Lajna members and about 2,000 Nasirat participated in this. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, the technical team of Lajna members managed to organise the whole event very well and served day and night diligently to make the class run smoothly.
Furthermore, all the members of the organising committee, teams of the talim and Nasirat departments, teachers and many more helpers offered sincere services contributing to the success of this event.
Alhamdulillah, very positive feedback was received from Lajna members and Nasirat, who expressed their feelings about how truly it is the extraordinary blessing of this beloved Jamaat of Allah the Almighty, that no matter what circumstances prevail, the work of the Jamaat always continues and we are united on one hand due to the blessings of Khilafat.
May Allah the Almighty accept and bless our humble efforts and enable us to strive together on His path and attain His pleasure. Amin