Arab or non-Arab, Ahmadi women must set good examples that make them stand out: Lajna Kababir receive answers from Huzoor

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Last Updated on 8th June 2021

On 6 June 2021, 98 members of Lajna Imaillah Kababir were blessed with the opportunity of meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa in a virtual meeting.

The meeting started off with a recitation from the Holy Quran, after which the sadr of Lajna Imaillah Kababir said a few words expressing her gratitude to Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa for the mulaqat. Then, a qaseeda was recited by three Lajna members.

Following this, the sadr stated that there were a few questions relating to Islam, religion and current affairs that some Lajna members wanted to ask. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa accepted the request.

The first question asked was, “What are the dangers that surround our region and how can we be safe from them?”

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“There is a danger from the opponents of Islam […]. It is essential to present a good example according to the true teachings of Islam, and no one should be given the opportunity to raise an objection against Islam. General risks do not only apply there. The biggest danger is present everywhere in the world, and that danger is the propaganda of the wrong deeds of dajjali influences, which is taking place throughout the world, through the media, Internet and various other means. Due to this, young boys and girls who are born into religious families are forgetting [the true teachings of] their religion and instead, turning to the world and materialism.”

Huzooraa further said:

“We must safeguard ourselves from [the evils of] social media, television and wrong types of programmes. We must raise our children to be safeguarded from this and mothers should play their roles in this matter. From childhood, a mother should be attached to her child and teach them religion. An Ahmadi mother’s work is to instil within the child’s heart and mind clearly that they must give priority to religion over worldly matters […]. The real challenge is how we are going to face the immorality spreading throughout the world.”

Next, a Lajna member stated that she would regularly preach Islam Ahmadiyyat to her friends and they would mostly agree with her. However, in the end, they would say, “We are all Muslims” and the conversation would end there.  

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“We cannot force anyone to join the Jamaat. Everyone is free in matters of religion. Our task is to convey to the world that we are Muslims and the reason [why] we are Muslims”.

Huzooraa, further explaining how one can do tabligh, said:

“One thing we must remember is that we should see if the Holy Prophetsa made any prophecy about the Latter Days, or if the Holy Quran has mentioned any prophecy about it. Then, you can tell them about the verse of the Holy Quran in Surah al-Jumuah:

وَّ اٰخَرِیۡنَ مِنۡہُمۡ لَمَّا یَلۡحَقُوۡا بِہِمۡ

“[‘And (among) others from among them who have not yet joined them’ (Ch.62: V.4)] and tell them about the Holy Prophet’ssa prophecy about the coming of the Messiah and Mahdi in the Latter Days.”

Huzooraa explained that other Muslims would realise the truth of Islam Ahmadiyyat when they saw the noble example of Ahmadis.  

Upon being asked what message he had for Ahmadi women living in Arabia, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said: 

“Whether they are Arab or non-Arab, all Ahmadi women must set a good example that makes them stand out. Others should know that Ahmadi women’s deeds, etiquettes, morals, actions, speech and the way they live in society are according to the teachings of Islam.

“The second most important thing is that Ahmadi women, as I have said before, should pay attention towards their children’s tarbiyat; they should teach them religion and pray for them; the prayers of parents for their children are granted acceptance. So, along with their tarbiyat, teaching them religion, keeping them attached to religion, keeping them attached to the oneness of God, teaching them high morals that are according to Islam, they should pray for them that Allah may always keep them attached to religion and may they never drift away from this path; may they be those who walk upon the right path and may they never fall into Satan’s grip […]

“If Ahmadi women are able to fulfil this duty, then they will be counted among those mentioned in the hadith of the Holy Prophetsa, ‘Paradise lies under the feet of mothers.’ If you desire to enter Heaven and for your children to also enter Heaven, then you must look after your offspring and perform their tarbiyat in an exceptional manner.” 

Next, a Lajna member said that in their country, women who wore the hijab were seen as peculiar in their society and for this reason, many women tended to fear wearing the hijab. She asked what advice Huzooraa could give to such women.  

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said: 

“This is not unique to your place alone; the same is the case in Europe. There are some countries in Europe that have passed laws prohibiting wearing the hijab, or prohibited it in some public places; there is even a fine and punishment for it. Despite this, women who are firm in faith continue to wear the hijab – they do not fear such laws.

“There, you are facing social pressures, or people pointing fingers, or someone who may have laughed or made a gesture at you […] You must decide whether you want to listen to Allah and tolerate all difficulties, mockery, wrong types of remarks, or, fearing these things, whether you want to start accepting what people say and follow society. This is the decision you must make. A believing woman must be firm in her faith.”

On being asked how a woman could perform her children’s tarbiyat when she also had a job, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said: 

“Those Ahmadi women who also work to provide for the family should first look for a job that finishes at a time where they are able to be at home when their husbands come home. When the children come home from school, the mother should receive them. And if for any reason, she is not able to be present when her children come home, the children should be aware that their mother has prepared food for them so that they may eat when they come home […]

“After coming home [from work], the mother should spend time with her children, talk to them about various tarbiyat matters, she should ask them if they have offered their Namaz etc.” 

A Lajna member said that there were many Jewish, Christian and non-Ahmadi Muslims who lived in their society. She said that they would invite them to their functions in which, usually, they held various activities which were prohibited in Islam. She asked what should be done in such a situation.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“This environment is not unique to Kababir or Israel; this environment is widespread throughout the world. However, even in Muslim countries – especially in Pakistan and India – there are some rituals that are wrong, yet prevalent in India, which have crept into Muslim practices.

“Those who have a good connection with the Jamaat and call you to their functions, you may go. When you go to their functions, maintain your dignity. If they dance [at such functions] then turn away, or if they are following erroneous practices, then stand up and move away. However, this usually does not happen.

“If it is an extremely impure environment, then you may only go for the ceremony you were invited to – for example, if you were invited to a wedding, then present your gift to the bride and groom and then come back, or [if you were invited for food] then eat and leave. It is possible to safeguard yourselves [from such things], unless it is an extremely indecent environment, in which case, where indecency is evident from the beginning, then there is no need to attend […]” 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was asked that as the world was slowly moving away from Allah, how one could invite Ahmadi women and young girls to the Jamaat’s events. 

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“I have already answered this question before. This is the duty of parents, to keep them attached from childhood, teach them religion and tell them about the pledge they make during their meetings that ‘we will give precedence to religion over worldly matters’ and tell them what this means; tell them about God’s teachings […]

“Nasirat should devise such programmes which the young girls find interesting and also bring them closer to religion; they should hold interactive programmes.” 

A Lajna member asked Huzooraa what was required of an Ahmadi girl who wished to serve the Jamaat and humanity.

Huzooraa replied:

“An Ahmadi girl should first try to increase her religious knowledge. She should increase her relationship with God, fulfil the rights of His worship – if the parents explain its importance from a young age, she will be able to do this – she should observe Namaz regularly, she should fulfil Allah’s rights […].

“Ahmadi girls, after completing their studies, if they are pursuing any medical field, can serve humanity. If they are becoming teachers, they can serve humanity and there are many professions whereby, after completing their studies, girls can prepare themselves to serve humanity […]

“The Holy Prophetsa stated regarding the alliance which was created in Mecca to help the needy – Hilf al-Fudul – ‘Even if those people call me to help humanity and the needy,’ after his claim to prophethood, ‘then even now, I am ready to join them in this.’ Even though the Holy Prophetsa had attained prophethood, he was still ready to help the non-Muslims and disbelievers.

“So, we should not merely remain in a closed environment in our service to humanity; rather, we should broaden our sphere [of service] and see how much service we can offer to humanity as it is service to humanity which opens more avenues to introduce Islam Ahmadiyyat. Our intention should be to serve humanity; however, these are extra blessings, which Allah the Almighty then bestows.”

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa was asked about the true meaning of the Quranic statement of:

اَلرِّجَالُ قَوّٰمُوۡنَ عَلَی النِّسَاء

“Men are guardians over women” (Ch.4: V.35) and whether it meant that a man’s opinion should be given precedence over a woman’s view. 

Huzooraa answered:

“No, this is not what it means at all, that a man’s opinion has precedence. Women, masha-Allah, speak words of wisdom too. And it was through some women’s opinions that during the Holy Prophet’ssa time, some major decisions were made. During [the] treaty of Hudaybiyyah, it was Umm Salamah’sra view which the Holy Prophetsa acted on, through which all companions who at first did not slaughter their animals, slaughtered their animals […]

“What this verse implies is that man, being the head of the household, is responsible for the home, running the finances of the house, and to make sure the house is running in accordance with the Islamic teachings […] Islam also teaches that if a woman is earning money, then her husband has no right to ask her to carry out the expenses of the home. If a woman does not wish to do so, then it is incumbent on the husband [to provide] even if the wife is earning and has wealth. Man, being the guardian and head of the household, is dutybound and has a responsibility to look after the household’s expenditures.” 

Upon being asked when Huzooraa would visit Kababir, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“Pray, let’s see when Allah creates the means, insha-Allah.” 

Huzooraa then conveyed his salaam and the meeting came to a successful end.

(Report prepared by Al Hakam)

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