On 7 February 2021, national amila of majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Bangladesh was blessed with the opportunity of meeting Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, through a virtual mulaqat.
Members of the amila gathered in Dar al-Tabligh Mosque complex in Dhaka.
After conveying his salaam, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa led everyone in dua (silent prayer), after which various departments’ secretaries introduced themselves and the work assigned to them.
Addressing Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Bangladesh, Zahed Ali Sahib, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked about the agenda of the meeting. Sadr Sahib said 31 members were present and wished to share details of their duties and seek guidance of Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa on various matters.
Addressing Naib Sadr 3, Kawsar Ahmad Sahib, Huzooraa asked what his duties were. Responding in Bangla, he said he oversaw various departments as well as one region.
Following this, addressing Mohammad Solaiman Sahib, who was translating during the mulaqat, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked about his responsibilities and work. Answering Huzooraa, he said that he was serving as muavin sadr 1 and supervised the publications department and was also serving as a missionary.
Naib Sadr 2, Fahim Miajee Sahib, presented his report, saying his duties consisted of overseeing the departments of tajnid, atfal, sehat-e-jismani and Tahrik-e-Jadid. Huzooraa enquired if he received any reports and whether he sent those reports back with feedback. Fahim Sahib said reports were received and he would make it an action point to analyse the reports and send feedback.
Addressing Imran Ahmad Sahib, Motamid, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked, “How much time do you give to the majlis daily. A motamid should give a fair amount of time for his assignments.” Imran Sahib said he gave 10 hours during the week on alternate days.
Whilst offering direction, Huzooraa stated:
“Make sure that all the reports go through you. You [should] read all the reports, give your comments and then your additional [motamid] should write the letters according to your comments.”
Mahmood Ahmed, Muavin Sadr 2, whilst presenting his assignments, said he prepared the drafts of the reports on behalf of Sadr Sahib, to be sent to the markaz. He added that he was also supervising a region and had been specially assigned to work with the Waqf-e-Nau department. Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa then asked how much time he spent on his work during the week; Mahmood Sahib responded by saying he gave 10-12 hours every week on his assignments. Hearing this, Huzooraa remarked, “Masha-Alllah!”
Next, Dr Enamur Rahman Sahib, Naib Sadr 4, explained his duties and said he was entrusted to supervise the departments of tabligh, khidmat-e-khalq, umur-e-tulaba, and e‘timad. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked if he was a doctor of medicine or a PhD. Dr Enamur Sahib explained that he did an MBBS, completed the MRCS and had applied and submitted his request for waqf.
Shahriar Raza Sahib, Additional Mohtamim Talim said his responsibility was to supervise the talim board examination for Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Bangladesh. Upon this, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked how many khuddam previously participated and gave the exam. Raza Sahib said 553 khuddam participated in the exam and explained that they were unable to hold the exam last year due to Covid-19.
Huzooraa, whilst offering guidance and direction, said:
“Covid should not be any excuse; you can take this exam online or they can just fill the paper and send it to you. It is not necessary that they gather at one place and then sit for exams … even while sitting at home, they can do it.”
Huzooraa then enquired of Mohtamim Talim, Shopan Ahmad Sahib about the total tajnid for Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya; he said there were 3,464 khuddam.
Huzooraa stated that out of 3,464, only 553 khuddam participated in the exam and asked what plan was being made to increase the number of participants. Mohtamim Talim stated said they would try to double the number of participants this year. Responding to this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said, “It should be 1,500, at least. If not 2,000, then at least 1,500.”
Whilst addressing Hafizur Rahman Sahib, who is serving as Additional Mohtamim Khimat-e-Khalq, Huzooraa asked how many khuddam were blood donors and if hospitals and blood banks were aware that if they need blood, they may contact Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya. Hafizur Rahman Sahib said that such a relation was yet to be established. Huzooraa emphasised that this should be implemented and added:
“If you work with blood banks and hospitals and register members of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and tell them that if they ever need blood, they may contact you, then you will be able to foster a relationship with them – paths for tabligh will open up and the Jamaat will be introduced through service to humanity … people should know that we [Ahmadi Muslims] serve all of humanity.”
Ata-ur-Rahim Sahib, Mohtamim Khidmat-e-Khalq, reported that his duty was to help provide free medical care for the needy and less fortunate. Huzooraa asked how many medical camps were arranged this year and how many patients were attended to. In response, he said that five medical camps were set up and 1,650 patients were attended to, the majority of whom were non-Ahmadis.
Addressing Omair Ahmad Sahib, serving as Mohtamim Sehat-e-Jismani, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked if he participated in any sports and enquired about how many khuddam excercised daily; in reply, he said that he played cricket and 802 khuddam exercised daily.
Addressing Additional Mohtamim Mal, Ibrat Hasan Sahib, Huzooraa asked about his duties and responsibilities. Answering Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa, he said he had been tasked to maintain the records of chanda collection and expenditure.
Whilst addressing Al Iqram Khan, serving as Mohtamim Tarbiyat, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked what trabiyat plan was made for khuddam and how many of them offered Salat in congregation. He said 45% of khuddam offered Salat in congregation. Huzooraa said:
“You must pay special attention to Namaz in congregation and the recitation of the Holy Quran.”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked Ashraful Islam Sahib, Mohtamim Atfal, how many atfal there were in Bangladesh, Ashraful Islam Sahib reported that there were 1,362 atfal.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa, whilst addressing Mushtaq Ahmad Sahib, Mohtamim Waqar-e-Amal, asked what kind of waqar-e-amal was being conducted. Mushtaq Ahmad Sahib reported they regularly cleaned mosques and cemetaries and had sought permission from the government to clean a government hospital. Hearing this, Huzooraa replied, “Masha-Allah!”
Whilst enquiring from Taslim Ahmad Sahib, Mohtamim Umumi, about his responsibility, Huzooraa asked if khuddam regularly offered duties, to which he replied in the affirmative and said many khuddam regularly offered their time.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked Shahin Ahmad Sahib, Mohtamim Nau-Mubai‘een, for the number of new converts and the plan made for their training and tarbiyat. Replying to Huzooraa, he said the total number of new converts, in the last three years, amounted to 448 and added that they held ijtemas to help in their knowledge and spiritual training.
After this, Huzooraa asked Rezauddin Ahmad Sahib, Mohtamim Umur-e-Tulaba, how many students were attending university. Rezauddin Sahib said he was currently collating this information and according to the report, 14 students were currently studying in university, 15 were studying in private universities and 16 were studying in national universities.
Huzooraa then asked if the students organised any informative seminars and instructed:
“Students should organise a seminar where they invite non-Ahmadi Muslim students in which a researched paper can be read out or something else can be done to help build bridges of friendship. It doesn’t necessarily have to be tabligh; any worldly topic can be addressed in it.”
Whilst conversing with Mahmud Ahmad Sahib, Mohtamim Isha‘at, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked if any magazine was being published for khuddam. Mahmud Sahib said a monthly magazine for khuddam was published.
Following this, Huzooraa enquired from Mohtamim Tajnid, Sahirful Haque Sahib, how the total tajnid of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya was collected. Sahirful Haque Sahib replied that they had created an online database to collect the tajnid, which was updated regularly.
Thereafter, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa extended salaam to everyone and the meeting came to an end.