“Always smile; this will keep you active” – Gulshan-e-Waqf-e-Nau Atfal

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On 9 February 2020, 267 Waqifeen-e-Nau from all over the UK had a class with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper.

The sitting started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a hadith. Thereafter, extracts on the topic of the rightly guided Khulafa were presented from the Promised Messiah’sas book, Sirrul Khilafah (The Reality of Khilafat).

Following this, the Waqifeen had the opportunity to engage and ask Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa various questions on numerous topics. The first question asked was with regard to God’s love and why bad things occur if God loves us. Answering the question, Huzooraa stated:

“It is through His love that He has told us what is good and what is bad. Acting on God’s commandments makes us closer to Him.”

Huzooraa further said that God has provided so much for mankind that we should show our gratitude towards Him. Thus, God has told us that if you are grateful for the things God has given, then He will, in return, love you.

Succeeding this, one young Waqf-e-Nau asked Huzooraa what his favourite sport was when he was young. Answering this, Huzooraa said, “In my youth, I used to play cricket. Then, when arrangements were made in the Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya hall, I started to play badminton.”

One Waqif-e-Nau asked how Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa found time to rest and do other activities whilst managing his busy schedule. Huzooraa stated, “I work in my office and also manage to perform other work too, such as listening to the news.”

Huzooraa added, “It is all in the mind; if man becomes lazy and says that he does not get enough sleep, then nothing can be accomplished. You must be firm and tell yourself that you need to get such and such work done, and always smile; this will keep you active.”

A question was asked with regard to what is necessary to gain admission into Jamia. Answering this, Huzooraa said, “You should know how to recite the Quran, know the translation of Salat and religious knowledge. The rest you will be taught in Jamia.”

A Waqif-e-Nau asked Huzooraa whether God would forgive a person who commits a bad deed and seeks forgiveness and then commits a bad deed again. Answering the question, Huzooraa said, “God is all merciful; if you pray to Him, then He will forgive.”

Huzooraa added, “It is man’s duty that upon seeking forgiveness, he should refrain from sin.”

A question was asked with regard to why Ahmadi Muslims are not allowed to offer Salat behind non-Ahmadi Muslims. Answering this, Huzooraa said, “At first, Ahmadis used to offer Salat behind non-Ahmadis. Then, when the non-Ahmadis started opposing and started saying not to offer Salat behind Ahmadis, then the Promised Messiahas also said that Ahmadis should not offer Salat behind non-Ahmadis. Secondly, we have accepted Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas as the Mahdi and Messiah, whereas the non-Ahmadis have not accepted this.”

Huzooraa added, “When non-Ahmadis do not accept him and when God has made him the Imam of the age, then how are we to follow them in prayer.”

Whilst mentioning the media and weapons of mass-destruction, one Waqif-e-Nau asked what the most powerful weapon was. Huzooraa replied, “The most powerful weapon is prayer. You should pray to Allah, bow before Him and then ask for His help and guidance. He can protect you from all weapons, whether it is media or mass-destruction.”

Huzooraa added, “In the worldly realm, atom bombs or hydrogen bombs are very lethal weapons, capable of destroying the whole world. Media plays another role; it pollutes the minds of the people.”

Huzooraa further added, “The best thing is to seek Allah’s help and guidance and pray that He saves you from all those weapons the world has made and created.” Following this, one Waqif-e-Nau asked how Allah helps Huzooraa in his daily lives.

Answering the young boy, Huzooraa said, “He helps me in managing my time so that I can complete all my work and responsibilities.” Huzooraa added, “I have a pile of letters from people and a pile of letters from different missions. Then there are so many files which I go through and give notes on.”

Huzooraa further added, “When I see a letter, in one glance I can see the subject matter of it which an ordinary person cannot read. Without God’s help, I cannot do it.”

Upon this, the Gulshan-e-Waqf-e-Nau Atfal concluded.

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