Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa provides direction to missionaries in Germany
On 15 November, field missionaries who are currently serving in Germany were fortunate and blessed to have a virtual mulaqat with Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah strengthen his hand.
A total of 51 missionaries gathered in the Baitus Sabuh Mosque in Frankfurt, the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Germany.
Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra, once said, “It is incumbent upon us to caution the world about their mistakes and to take advantage of every opportunity for the tabligh of Islam as much as possible. After this war [World War II], at least two countries must be convinced to consider our message with seriousness and sincerity, i.e. Germany and Japan. These two countries are such that they will be inclined to hear our message.” (Mash‘al-e- Rah, Vol. 1)
The mulaqat commenced with a silent prayer, after which the missionaries had the opportunity to introduce themselves and the jamaats in which they are serving in. Whilst explaining the importance of prayer and establishing a relationship and connection with Allah, Huzooraa said, “It is vital that all missionaries offer the Tahajud prayer daily for at least one hour. To become a true helper of the Khalifa, it is necessary to submerge oneself in prayer and worship, and after fulfilling the obligations, the best way to forge a connection with Allah is through offering voluntary prayers.”
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa explained the importance of reciting the Holy Quran and stated that one must read and ponder over its meaning. Huzooraa said, “Without the Holy Quran, there is no life … Seek to increase the level of spirituality within yourselves; by doing so, you will be able to bring about a spiritual revolution.”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa further explained that as missionaries, one must be an example and model for members of the Jamaat. “Only then”, Huzooraa said, “will you be able to bring about a change. In this manner, if you cater for the tarbiyat related needs of members of your jamaats, you will have people by your side who will be able to help you in your task.”
During the mulaqat, the missionaries were granted the opportunity to ask Huzooraa various questions and seek guidance as well as direction on an array of matters. A question was asked on how one is able to establish a relationship with members who remain reserved. Upon this, Huzooraa said that missionaries must be considerate and should approach people in a loving manner. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said, “A missionary’s behaviour towards members of the Jamaat should be understanding and on compassionate grounds.”
Following this, alluding to the advice and guidance Huzooraa provided at the beginning with regard to Tahajud, a missionary asked Huzooraa how one may remain regular and consistent in offering Tahajud. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa responded by saying, “This depends on your relationship and love for God Almighty …. If you have an ardent desire to accomplish this … then more avenues begin to open. During Jamia, when you had exams, did you not remain awake all night preparing? This is dependent on one’s frame of mind. If you mould yourself in such a manner and remain firm, then God will help you.”
With regard to the youth who have lived most of their lives in Germany and who have been moulded by the Western society, a missionary asked how one may keep them attached to the Jamaat. Answering this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said, “This is the duty of the young missionaries. You are the ones who have grown up and studied there and you are familiar with the environment. Thus, bearing this in mind, you should see what can be done.”
Explaining this further, Huzooraa said, “This is no new task. There is no new formula that can be applied to automatically make someone pious, nor can all targets be accomplished in a single day. In fact, continuous effort is required to keep the youth connected to the Jamaat.”
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa added, “This duty has been entrusted to the young missionaries as you have studied and are familiar with the Western society. Thus, you are able to conduct this work in a better manner. If you yourselves have developed a true relationship with Allah, as I mentioned in the beginning, then you will see a spiritual revolution take place. Indeed, if the young missionaries work with great determination, then this can be achieved.”
Thereafter, the mulaqat came to a close.