Mishaal Baten, Paraguay Correspondent
Remansito is a small and humble neighbourhood of settlers about 45 minutes out of Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. It is where the “Chaco” territory begins – a sparsely populated, subtropical region which extends over the west of Paraguay.
On 18 September 2021, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Paraguay visited the neighbourhood to preach the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat. We had previously done humanitarian work in this neighbourhood, fed the people and carried out social activities with children.
Before leaving, we gave sadaqa (charity) and wrote a letter to Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa requesting prayers for the success of the event.
We drove down the dirt road and past homes made from sheets of wood and metal sheets as roofs. The people of Remansito are hard workers and live very simple lives. We approached the home of one local Ahmadi who had gathered some neighbours and their children.
First, the children all sat together and shared snacks that we had brought for them. Then, a local Lajna member told them the inspiring story of how Allah the Almighty saved our Holy Prophetsa from his enemies by sending him a small spider, and that Allah works in mysterious ways but we must trust Him and His plan. A football game was organised for the children too and the mothers had a meeting with the wife of the local missionary.
They were introduced to Islam and they listened to recitations of the Holy Quran. We sat in a circle across the road to a cemetery; which was fitting, because we discussed life, death and our purpose on this planet.
The ladies showed a lot of interest in Islam and some were hearing about it for the first time ever. They asked questions and many myths were dispelled and misconceptions about Islam cleared up. By the end of the meeting, the ladies were asking when we would be able to come to tell them more about Islam.
We pray that Allah enables the people of Remansito to accept Islam Ahmadiyyat. Amin.