On 9 January 2021, members of Bangladesh’s national amila were 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, which also serves as the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Mulsim Jamaat in Bangladesh.
Upon seeing the amila members seated in the mosque, Huzooraa said that there were many members in the amila, upon which the National Amir, Abdul Awwal Sahib, stated that there were 30 secretaries and 13 assistant secretaries.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa then led everyone in silent prayer, after which various departments’ secretaries began introducing themselves and the work assigned to them.
Mir Mubashar Ali Sahib, Naib Amir, stated that he was 80 years of age and said that he was still working full time.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked if he had any special task assigned to him. He said that he was serving as the chairman of the publication committee and advisor to the construction committee.
Muhammad Faizullah Sahib, Naib Amir and Secretary Jaidad, introduced himself and explained his duties and responsibilities.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked regarding the total area of land owned by Bangladesh Jamaat and also enquired how many acres Jamia Bangladesh’s premises was and how many acres the Jalsa site was.
The secretary replied that the Jalsa Gah was 18 acres of land and Jamia was 1 acre and 70 decimals.
Addressing the General Secretary, Mahbubur Rahman Sahib, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa asked how many jamaats were in Bangladesh and also enquired how many jamaats sent their reports regularly.
The general secretary replied that there were 116 jamaats in Bangladesh, out of which 57 would send their reports regularly. Upon this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said, “The reports should be 100% … [Bangladesh] is a small country with only 116 jamaats; you should be receiving all reports regularly.”
Addressing Secretary Tabligh Imtiaz Ali Sahib, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa enquired about the tabligh targets for the coming year and further enquired about the number of people who had come into the fold of Islam until now.
He responded by saying that in the last year, 202 people had accepted Islam Ahmadiyyat.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa further enquired about the number of people who came to know about Islam Ahmadiyyat and what methods were being implemented and adopted to preach the true message of Islam.
Replying to Huzooraa, the tabligh secretary stated that people would generally learn about Ahmadiyyat through MTA and Seerat-un-Nabi programmes.
Following this, addressing Secretary Talim, Jamaluddin Ahmed Sahib, Huzooraa asked if any books were prescribed for Jamaat members to read and study.
Upon this, he stated that books were prescribed to all members and circulated throughout Bangladesh. He further said that for the first three months, they had selected five sermons of Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa as well as the book, Domestic Issues and Their Solutions.
Hearing this, Huzooraa asked if any book of the Promised Messiahas had been selected for Jamaat members to study.
The secretary stated that in December, they had selected the Promised Messiah’sas book, Al-Wasiyyat.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa further asked how many books of the Promised Messiahas had been translated into Bengali, to which the secretary replied that a total of 34 books have been translated.
He further informed Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa that the Jamaat had established two primary schools in Bangladesh.
Upon this, Huzooraa said, “Masha-Allah” and further enquired about the number of students studying in those schools.
The talim secretary said that there were a total of 207 students and said that the schools were located in remote areas.
Following this, addressing Secretary Sami-o-Basri, Khairul Haque Sahib, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked how many programmes had been sent via Sami-o-Basri to MTA to be televised.
The secretary responded that Sami Basri department was separate and that MTA was preparing programmes. Hearing this, Huzooraa said, “Sami-o-Basri [department] should also make some programmes like documentaries … You can borrow equipment and take help from MTA whenever you are going to make any programme.”
Addressing Secretary Ishaat, Mashiur Rahman Sahib, Huzooraa asked if there was any regular Jamaat related magazine, organ or newspaper which was being published on a regular basis.
He replied by saying that they published a fortnightly magazine, Pakkhik Ahmadi.
Huzooraa said, “If not a newspaper, then a newsletter should be published regularly.”
Following this, addressing Secretary Rishta Nata, Tasaddaq Hossain Sahib, Huzooraa asked how many marriages had been arranged through the Rishta Nata department; the secretary, responding to Huzooraa, said that roughly 65 proposals were arranged through the department.
Addressing Secretary Umur-e-Kharija Ahmad Tabshir Choudhury Sahib, Huzooraa asked if a relationship had been established between the Jamaat and politicians and influential figures.
Huzooraa further said, “Try to contact those parliamentarians who are living in remote areas. They can better understand and listen to you, instead of contacting those living in Dhaka only … Each and every parliamentarian should have the introductory booklet [about Islam Ahmadiyyat], small brochures on peace and activities of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.”
Following this, addressing Secretary Umur-e-Ama, Shahidul Islam Sahib, Huzooraa asked about the number of jobs provided for members of Jamaat during this year.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa added, “Umur-e-Ama’s work is not to only just settle matrimonial issues or other disputes; your main job is to do some social work for Jamaat members.”
Whilst addressing Secretary Wasaya, Sarwar Murshed Sahib, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa instructed him to ensure that at least 50% of the earning members of the Jamaat joined the scheme of Wasiyyat.
Addressing Secretary Ziafat, Mizanur Rahman Sahib, Huzooraa asked what food had been prepared for the amila members; upon which the secretary replied that they had prepared chicken curry, plain rice, vegetables and daal.
Hearing this, Huzooraa warmly said, “You have outdone yourself! You prepared all this; daal, chicken curry, vegetable and rice?”
During the mulaqat Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa instructed that loans for businesses and other tasks were to be provided only after accurate and proper planning and after seeking approval from Huzooraa.
Consistent and regular followups should be made to guarantee that the loan taken from the Jamaat is being utilised properly.
Whilst addressing Secretary Talim-ul-Quran and Waqf-e-Arzi, Insan Ali Fakir Sahib, Huzooraa enquired as to how many amila members had done waqf-e-arzi and further instructed, “Tell all amila members to do waqf-e-arzi for two weeks.”
Huzooraa further gave the target of 1,000 waqifeen-e-arzi for the Jamaat.
Addressing Secretary Waqf-e-Nau, Hasib Ahsan Sahib, Huzooraa asked how many members of Waqf-e-Nau were in Bangladesh and how many were attending universities.
The secretary stated that there were 1,579 waqifeen in Bangladesh and 132 waqifeen were university going students.
Following this, addressing Secretary San‘at-o-Tijarat, Bashir Afzal Chowdhury, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa asked what help was being provided to members of the Jamaat.
He replied that nowadays, people were more interested in finding jobs than going out for business. Huzooraa then asked if he was helping members in this regard.
Huzooraa further said, “Concentrate and emphasise more on those Ahmadi members who are living in remote areas.”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa concluded the meeting by conveying salaam to all amila members.