On Sunday, 27 January 2019, a group of Ansar travelled from Switzerland for a mulaqat with Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa.
The importance of meeting with Huzooraa is not only to seek guidance in official matters, but also to establish a firm and unique bond with our beloved Imam and to progress in our spiritual journey.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa commenced the mulaqat with silent prayer and then turned to the Ansar and enquired about the total number of Ansar and majalis in Switzerland. Upon this, a member answered that in total there were 159 Ansar, 14 majalis and 3 regions.
Huzooraa individually asked each member of Ansar what duty and task they had been assigned and what efforts they were making to achieve their goals.
Whilst talking to the tarbiyat department, the secretary explained that the main task set for their department was to focus on was congregational Salat and listening to Huzoor’saa live Friday Sermons.
Huzooraa turned to the missionary that had travelled with the group and asked if any centre or place had been allocated for those living far away from mosques to offer Salat in congregation.
Upon this, the missionary replied affirmatively and said that in every Jamaat, where there was no mosque or Salat centre, a place had been allocated where people could gather for prayers.
Huzooraa spoke to the qaid talim-ul-Quran about the programmes they had made and further asked, “How many Ansar, in the past year, have gone for Waqf-e-Arzi?” The qaid replied that three Ansar had gone, but for less than two weeks. Hearing this, Huzooraa stated, “They should go for at least two weeks”.
Speaking to the Zaeem Ansarullah of Geneva Jamaat, Huzooraa emphasised that Salat centres should be functional for all five daily prayers, especially Fajr prayer, which is often one of the prayers that is observed at home.
Alongside seeking guidance from Huzooraa, the Ansar also had the opportunity to ask Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa questions regarding various issues. Among such questions, one Nasir (member of Ansarullah) asked what the main focus for Switzerland Ansarullah should be. Huzoor gave a comprehensive outline to the Ansar by saying that they should pay attention to Salat, watching programmes of MTA, listening to Friday Sermons and showing a good example to children.
Speaking with one of the members of the amila, the subject of the hatred people had for Islam arose. Huzooraa stated, “Ansarullah should go for leafleting, and should hold seminars and symposia to remove misconceptions people have concerning Islam.”
Whilst discussing issues related to challenges the youth face, especially concerning Waqf-e-Nau, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa stated that their proper upbringing was the responsibility of the parents. Huzooraa said, “After reaching the age of 15, Waqf-e-Nau should write to the concerned department if they wish to remain Waqf-e-Nau. Then, when they reach the stage of university, they should write again. They should do the same [for a third time] upon completion of their studies.”
A member of the Ansar mentioned to Huzooraa that they had been doing tabligh and setting up bookstalls. He asked for further guidance on what else could be done to propagate the message of Islam. Huzooraa explained that this task could not be achieved with little effort and said, “It is your duty to do tabligh and it is up to God to guide people.”
As the Ansar sought guidance, they also felt a deep connection with their Imam. The zaeem Ansarullah of Geneva Jamaat asked Huzoor, “Please pardon me for asking a personal question; I’m just interested in knowing how you relax?”
Huzoor affectionately replied, “I am relaxing right now.”
In recent weeks and months, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa has been delivering a series of Friday Sermons on the noble Companionsra of the Holy Prophetsa who took part in the Battle of Badr. One person asked about this, to which Huzooraa stated, “I started this series so that we may remember the sacrifices made by the Companionsra of the Holy Prophetsa. Though it had not crossed my mind before, but just a few days ago, someone reminded me about a revelation the Promised Messiahas received [in Urdu] ‘Do not forget the event of the Battle of Badr.’”
Referring to this series of sermons, Huzooraa said, “Through this, we are able to gauge the level of righteousness of the Companionsra, their services to the Holy Prophetsa and his love for his Companionsra. By means of these sermons, they will be recorded in our history.”
Huzooraa then added, “If we try to adopt the excellent character that the Companionsra possessed in our lives, then a great change can come about within us.”
Towards the end of the mulaqat, the group of Majlis Ansarullah were fortunate to have a group photograph with Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa.