Majlis Ansarullah USA meets Huzoor at Islamabad

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Members of Ansarullah USA in front of the Mubarak Mosque, Islamabad, UK | Image courtesy of Majlis Ansarullah USA

On 17 December 2023, the national amila of Ansarullah USA was blessed with the opportunity to meet Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, in a mulaqat – in Islamabad, UK.

At the outset of the mulaqat, Huzooraa conveyed his salaam and led the amila in a silent prayer.

In the beginning, a video: “Cycling to Ansar Ijtema 2023: The Journey Guided by Khilafat” was presented. In the video presentation, it was mentioned that this plan was initiated following guidance from Huzooraa in a meeting held in 2022, during which Huzooraa instructed the amila to undertake long-distance cycling. Following the presentation, Huzooraa enquired from Naib Sadr Saf-e-daum about the total number of Saf-e-daum ansarullah.

He reported a total of 2361 and added that this accounted for approximately 55% of the total majlis. Upon hearing this, Huzooraa remarked, “I see. And only eight or nine of them took part in cycling.” Naib Sadr Saf-e-daum further mentioned that their numbers were gradually increasing and highlighted that since Huzoor’saa visit, in 2022, there had been a significant surge of interest in cycling.

Suhail Kausar Sahib, Naib Sadr Awwal, reported that he had been serving in this position for almost nine years. Huzooraa asked him if he would continue in the same position in the next year’s amila. To this, Suhail Kausar Sahib replied in the affirmative. Huzooraa smiled and said, “They can’t find any young person to take this position?” Huzooraa then enquired about his age, to which he replied he would be 75 in January. “Masha-Allah,” and Huzooraa added, “then quite young.”

Mahfooz Sheikh Sahib, Qaid Umumi, reported that there were 57 majalis across the country, with the highest concentration of Ansarullah being, primarily, in the Baitur Rehman, Virginia, and Maryland Region, followed by the New York and New Jersey Region. These were the regions with the most ansar, he reported. He added that they were receiving monthly reports from each majalis and added that the comments were also given.

Syed Tanvir Ahmad, Qaid Sehat-e-Jismani, was the next to report. Inquiring about his health, Huzooraa asked if he engaged in any exercise. He replied in the affirmative and added that approximately 33% of the members were regular in exercise.

Rizwan Alladin Sahib, Muawin Sadr, reported that Sadr Sahib would assign him the task of preparing various presentations based on different events and special occasions. He added that there is a “Family Day” for which he prepares the programme and presentations. Upon this, Huzooraa enquired as to what the “Family Day” entailed. Rizwan Sahib explained that it was a recommendation from Majlis-e-Shura, encouraging families to gather at their respective centres where food and refreshments are prepared. Huzooraa asked about the attendance, and Rizwan Sahib replied that many people attended, though he did not have the exact number. Hearing this, Huzooraa reminded him, “You have been Sadr Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya. You should be very much particular and specific on the numbers and everything. That is how you used to do when you were Sadr Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya.” Yasir Khan Sahib, Muawin Sadr, reported that Sadr Sahib assigned him to focus on Wassiyat. Huzooraa then asked how many ansar had joined the system of Wasiyyat. Yasir Khan Sahib reported that 1400 ansar ansar have done so.

Belal Khalid Sahib, Qaid Talim, reported that they selected the book Pleasant Stories & Anecdotes – the English translation of Hikayat-e-Shirin & Waqi‘at-e-Shirin. Huzooraa enquired about the number of ansar who could read Urdu. Belal Khalid Sahib reported that when they gave the test to the ansar, the majority answered in English, with only a few answering in Urdu. He added that a total of 1420 ansar participated in the test – which was the highest they had, he reported.

Speaking with Iftikhar Ahmed Sahib, Qaid Ishaat, Huzooraa enquired about the existence of any magazine or publication under Ansarullah. Iftikhar Ahmed Sahib confirmed this and mentioned the publication of Al-Nahl Magazine, which he reported was produced annually with over 100 pages each issue. Additionally, he mentioned that electronic newsletters containing articles submitted by local majlis members were regularly sent to the entire majlis. Following this, Kamran Mirza Sahib, Naib Qaid Publications, and Mujeeb Chaudhry Sahib, Qaid Umumi, also had the opportunity to introduce themselves.

Rizwan Ahmad Sahib, serving as the Auditor, was next to report. Huzooraa asked him if he was satisfied with the implemented audit system, to which he replied affirmatively. He added that if Huzooraa had any guidance, they would certainly implement it. Huzooraa responded, “Guidance is that it is already written in your constitution and rules and regulations book – so you should follow that.”

Huzooraa asked who would be serving as the Auditor the following year, to which he was informed that Javed Khan Sahib would be in that role. Additionally, Huzooraa it was reported that Rizwan Ahmad Sahib would be serving as Qaid Tajnid. In response, Huzooraa told him, “Update your tajnid, now […] new immigrants and refugees have come, so include them.”

Speaking with Ismail Cudjoe Anani Sahib, originally from Ghana, Huzooraa asked how long he had been in the USA. Ismail Cudjoe Anani Sahib replied that he had been living in America for 23 years. Huzooraa smiled and said, “Now you are almost an Amercian.”

Ismail Cudjoe Anani Sahib reported that he would be serving as Naib Qaid Tarbiyat nau muba’i‘in. Huzooraa, hearing this, told him, “Make the list of nau muba’i‘in – those who did bai‘at in the last three years. And then, make a proper plan for them: how to train them, and what should be the books for them to read – there should be some prescribed books or literature, or some other material so that they know what Ahmadiyyat is and why they became Ahmadi.” Huzooraa added, Try to bring them into the mainstream of the Jamaat so that they are well-trained.”

Mahmood Hanif Sahib, Qaid Mal, was next to report. Huzooraa enquired about his profession, to which he replied that he was an IT manager and added that he works in a bank. He then reported and answered various questions asked by Huzooraa about budget matters etc.

Mahmood Qureshi Sahib reported he was serving as  Zaeem Detroit Majlis and further stated that he would be serving as Nazim-e-A’la Great Lakes Region. He reported that 220 ansar currently reside in that region.

Saad Mia Sahib, Zaeem Majlis Oshkosh, reported that there were 25 ansar in his region. Hearing the total number, Huzooraa smiled and said, “Very easy job.” Huzooraa further said, “Your majlis should be the ideal majlis.”

Ghayyur Manan Sahib, Nazim-e-A’la Southeast Region, reported that the region has five majalis and the tajnid is 270. Next, Muhammad Laqiduddin Ahmad, Naib Qaid Mal, had the opportunity to introduce himself.  Mirza Anas Ahmad, Nazim-e-A’la Central East Region, reported that there were 416 ansar in this region.

Fahim Ahmad Sahib reported that he shall be serving as Nazim Southwest Region. He reported that 355 ansar resided in the area. “You are very much precise about the number of ansar – in each area. It means you are working.” Next, Aftab Jameel Sahib reported that he shall start serving as Nazim-e-A’la for the Central West Region. Then, Ammar bin Talha Sahib reported he would start serving Nazim-e-A’la for Gulf States Region. Haroon Shakoor Sahib reported that he would be serving as Nazim-e-A’la for the Virginia Region starting in 2024. He reported that 571 ansar are currently residing there.

Fawad Jawad Khan Sahib, Zaeem Ansarullah Los Angeles, reported that, currently, 285 ansar resided there. Then, Fatihuddin Sahib reported he was serving Baltimore jamaat as the Zaeem. Syed Mudasir Ahmad Sahib said he will be serving as Nazim-e-A’la of the Southeast Region. He reported that 270 ansar resided in the region. Zeeshan Virk Sahib reported that he shall be serving as Nazim-e-A’la for the Midwest Region.

Syed Uzair Sahib, serving as Zaeem Seattle, was next to report. Speaking with him, Huzooraa asked if he was related to Dr Tanveer Sahib. Syed Uzair Sahib replied in the affirmative and said he was the youngest brother. Atif Zeeshan Sahib reported that he will be serving as Nazim-e-A’la for Headquarters Region. And Muzaffar Ahmad Chaudhry Sahib reported he was serving as Zaeem Boston majlis. Muhammad Daud Muneer Sahib, currently serving as Naib Sadr, was next to report. Huzooraa asked if he was given any post in the new amila, to which he replied that he was now retiring. Upon this, Huzooraa smiled and jokingly said, “At this age, you should get retirement.”

Zahid Mia Sahib, Naib Sadr, reported that he was serving as Naib Sadr in the current amila and in the next too. Muhammad Ahmad Sahib, currently serving as Qaid Tabligh, reported that in the new amila, he shall be serving as Naib Sadr Saf-e-Doum. Huzooraa told him, “Now you should include more people in your cycling.”

Huzooraa further said, “There were almost 50-60 people, ansar, who went from here to Spain on bicycle – Ansarullah UK. So you should work hard. You are quite young.”

Mohammad Antwi Sahib, Qaid Tahrik-e-Jadid, reported that he shall be serving in this post in the next anila too. He reported that this year they had exceeded their target and added that 3015 ansar participated. Hearing this, Huzooraa said that the target should be all ansar. “Each and every nasir should participate in Tahirk-e-Jadid – even if they pay 1, 2 or 3 dollars, it doesn’t matter. They should know the importance of sacrifice. Make them realise the importance of sacrifice, and new converts as well. Include all the Nau Muba’i‘in into this scheme.”

Muhammad Sahid Mahmood Sahib, Qaid Tajnid, reported that in the next amila, he shall serve as Qaid Talim-ul-Quran ad Waqf-e-Arzi. Huzooraa said, “Try to include each and every amila member, and Nazim-e-A’la, and their local amila members into the scheme of Waqf-e-Arzi. Everyone should do Waqf-e-Arzi for at least two weeks – including yourself.” 

Tahir Ahmad Sufi Sahib, currently qadi Tarbiyat Nau Muba’i‘in, reported that in the new amila he would be serving as Qaid Isaar. Huzooraa asked him if he had made any plan to which he replied in the affirmative and said that he would be continuing the outreach programme which includes checking up on the well-being of ansar brothers. He added that the second goal was to feed one million Americans through the Humanity First chapters and via food banks. After hearing this, Huzooraa alluded to the “Model Village Project”, to which Tahir Ahmad Sufi Sahib said that they would continue that project.           

Muzaffar Ahmad Sadique, currently serving as Qaid Taribiyat, reported that next year he will be retiring. Then, Qamar Zafar Sahib, currently serving as Qaid Isaar, had the opportunity to speak with Huzooraa.

Abu Bakar Bin Saeed Sahib, Nazim-e-A’la Midwest Region, was next to report. Speaking with, Huzooraa asked, “In the Midwest Region, most of the population of ansar is of non-Pakistani origin?” Abu Bakar Bin Saeed Sahib replied that it was before; however, now it’s around 50/50. Huzooraa smiled and asked, “Can you control Pakistanis? It’s very much difficult.” This was much enjoyed by everyone in the meeting. Abu Bakar Bin Saeed Sahib reported that the next amila he shall be serving as Qaid Waqf-e-Jadid. “Try to include each and every member, every nasir, in the scheme of waqf-e-jadid,” Huzooraa said.

Bashir-ud-Din Shams Sahib, currently serving as Nazim-e-A’la Headquaters, reported that this consisted of Maryland, York, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. He added that the tajnid was 525. Shahid Malik Sahib, currently serving as Nazim Virginia, reported that he was given various assignments regarding new immigrants. Huzooraa said to implement a special scheme, to “absorb the new immigrants, and to help them, and to settle them.”

Nasir Bukhari Sahib, Nazim Great Lakes, reported that the region consisted of Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. He added that he would serve as Qaid Talim in the new amila.

Then, Huzooraa said, “Those who are well educated, or can understand, ask them to read the book: The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam.”

In light of the Ansarullah website, Huzooraa said that there should be allocated space “where you give some quotes from the books of the Promised Messiahas, some small excerpts, and quotes of the Khulafa, and quotes on contemporary issues and everything with regards to the teaching of Islam and Ahmadiyyat.”

Khuram Shah Sahib, Nazim-e-A’la Central West Region, reported that he will be serving as Qaid Tabligh in the new amila. Huzooraa said, “You should make some ambitious programme for tabligh to reach at least 25% of the American population. It is quite ambitious, quite challenging.”

Mahmood Butta Sahib, serving as Nazim-e-A’la New York Region, reported they had three majalis: New York, Longisland, and Brooklyn. Khalid Aziz Ahmad, serving as Nazim-e-A’la Chicago Region, reported that the region consisted of four majalis.

Atta Karim Chaudhry Sahib reported that he was serving as Nazim-e-A’la Northwest Region. Masood Ashraf Sahib Zaeem reported that he shall be serving as Nazim-e-A’la Northeast Region. And, Tahir Ahmad Khokhar Sahib reported he was the Zaeem Rochester, New York.

Following this, Masroor Ahmad Sajid Sahib reported he was the Zaeem Central Jersey.  Sheikh Iftikhar Ahmad Sahib reported he was the Nazim-e-A’la of Gulf States. Zafar Abdul Basit Sahid reported he was the Nazim-e-A’la of Southwest Region.

In the end, Huzooraa said, “As far as guidance is concerned, I have already given some guidance to some departments and others know already their job – read the constitution.”

Then, the Zaeem Sahib of Detroit received the Alm-e-Inami. Following this, members had the opportunity to have group photos.

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