What can Muslims do to dispel the fears of non-muslims and reassure them regarding Islam?

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During a virtual mulaqat of Majlis Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya Germany with Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa, which was held on 29 November 2020, a tifl said to Huzooraa that due to the current circumstances, non-Muslims had a fear of Muslims. He asked as to how one should reassure them? 

Huzooraa replied: 

“We have always undertaken this effort and have endeavoured [to eradicate this fear] for the past many years. That is why I hold peace symposia and I also admonish you to hold peace symposia, distribute pamphlets promoting peace and explain the true teachings of Islam to the people. The true teachings of Islam are that of love and affection. When you will explain this to people, their fears will be removed. The greater our efforts will be, the more awareness we will be able to spread amongst the people and they will come to know about the true teachings of Islam. Therefore, we should endeavour to spread these teachings to as many people as possible, including our friends. You would have friends in school, who are students like yourself. Explain what the true teachings of Islam are to them. 

“The true teachings of Islam are that of love and affection. Islam does not permit any kind of warfare or jihad. As a matter of fact, there are conditions in which Islam has permitted warfare or [so-called] jihad; rather, when the first commandment about jihad was revealed, Allah clearly mentioned in the Holy Quran that Muslims were permitted to undertake jihad because the people were inflicting cruelties upon the Muslims, and if the Muslims did not stop them from committing these cruelties, then churches, Jewish synagogues, temples and mosques would be destroyed. 

“So, if Islam permitted jihad, then the sole purpose for this was so that religion could be secured and protected. Under no circumstances does Islam permit jihad [with the sword] or the killing of people in order to spread one’s religion. 

“Islam says that if you see someone attacking a Christian church, it is the duty of a Muslim to go and help to save that Christian church. Islam says that if anyone attacks a Jewish synagogue, then you should go to help save that Jewish synagogue. Similarly, Islam instructs that if someone is attacking a Hindu temple, then you should go to help and protect it. One should also protect his own mosque in this way as well. Islam grants protection to everyone. 

“Therefore, you ought to openly and clearly explain to people and your friends that this is what is written in the Holy Quran. Tell people that these jihadists or extremists who claim to be Muslims are actually spreading false ideologies and not the teachings of Islam. When you will explain these things to people, they will realise that Islam is a religion that establishes peace and love.”

Is ‘Dajjal’ an individual’s name?

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Someone wrote to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa and said that Huzooraa had described Dajjal as a metaphor instead of a physical person during one of his addresses at the Jalsa Salana Germany. However, they further said that they had come across a video in which a hadith from Sahih Muslim was mentioned, which described Dajjal as a physical human. Huzooraa was asked whether the hadith was authentic. 

In a letter dated 20 February 2020, Huzooraa gave the following reply: 

“As a matter of fact, among the afflictions and tribulations that Islam was to endure in the Latter Days, there is a special mention of Dajjal and Gog & Magog. Hence, we find that the Holy Quran mentions these tribulations from different angles and the Holy Prophetsa has also warned his ummah about these tribulations in different ways that are mentioned in many ahadith

“One of them is a hadith of Sahih Muslim which you have mentioned. This hadith, like other ahadithrelated to this subject, is based on a vision [kashf] and metaphors. Had the narration of the events mentioned in this hadith been based on a physical occurrence, then numerous other people, besides the narrator [of the hadith], would have also seen ‘Jassasah’ [the beast] and the giant Dajjal mentioned in this hadith, with their naked eyes. 

“Therefore, the statement of someone else in this hadith not to state his apparent observation about matters proves that it was a revelation. Therefore, the fact that none of the others narrated a physical observation of the events mentioned in the hadith, proves that it was a vision [kashf]. 

“As far as the reality of the Dajjal and Gog & Magog is concerned, they are different manifestations of the same tribulation [fitna]. Dajjal is the name of the religious aspect of this fitna. That means that this group was to corrupt people’s religious beliefs and ideas in the Latter Days. 

“The group that was to destabilise the political situation and destroy the political peace and order in those days has been called Gog & Magog. Both refer to the worldly power of the Western Christian nations and their religious aspect.

“Nevertheless, alongside all this, Allah the Exalted has also informed us through His Beloved Prophetsa that when the tribulations of Dajjal and Gog & Magog would occur and Islam would become weak, Allah the Exalted would send the Promised Messiahas to safeguard Islam. At that time, Muslims would not have material power, but the Community of the Promised Messiahas would continue to work through prayers and preaching, thanks to which Allah the Exalted would Himself destroy these tribulations.”

Can we judge based on a deceased person’s deeds in this world that he would be in Paradise or hell?

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was asked whether one could judge, based on a deceased person’s deeds in this world, that they would be in Paradise or Hell. 

In a letter dated 4 February 2020, Huzooraa gave the following reply: 

“Allah the Exalted sends prophets to call people to righteousness so that they may inherit the eternal rewards of the Hereafter by living the temporary life in this world according to His commands and so that they may abandon the evil ways and avoid the punishment of the Hereafter. Therefore, it is obligatory to believe in Allah and His prophets. The Holy Quran has elucidated this subject in various places.

“Nevertheless, the decision to send someone to Heaven or Hell is with Allah the Exalted because He is the Master of everything and He says that He forgives all sins except shirk [associating partners with God]. Therefore, no ordinary person has the authority to issue a fatwa for others on whether they would go to Heaven or Hell. 

“However, since God’s prophets and messengers receive knowledge of the unseen from God, when they make a statement about someone, it is in fact based on the knowledge from God Almighty and the absolute truth. 

“Hence, it is mentioned in a hadith that a funeral procession passed by the Holy Prophetsa. People praised the deceased. The Holy Prophetsa said that Paradise had become obligatory for him. Then another funeral procession passed by and the people criticised the deceased. The Holy Prophetsa said that Hell had become obligatory for him. He further said that the believers were witnesses of Allah on earth. [Sunan al-Nisai, Kitab al-Janaiz, Bab al-Thanaa]

“Moreover, it should be remembered that Allah the Exalted is Gracious and Merciful. He definitely rewards one for even the smallest good deed. Hence, it is narrated in the hadith that a companion said to the Holy Prophetsa that while in a state of disbelief [before converting to Islam], he had donated plenty of wealth to the poor just to please God Almighty. He asked if he would be rewarded for that. The Holy Prophetsa said that it was that charity that had drawn him to Islam. [Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Iman, Bab bayani hukmi ‘amali li-kafiri idha aslama ba‘dah]

“Therefore, it is not up to every common man to declare, upon the demise of a person, whether the deceased would go to Heaven or Hell on the basis of that person’s religious beliefs. This is the job of God Almighty or that of His prophets and messengers on His behalf.” 

What does the phrase “We forsake him who disobeys you.” [natruku man yafjuruk] from Dua-ul-Qunoot mean?

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Someone wrote to Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa that whether the phrase, “We forsake him who disobeys You” [natruku man yafjuruk] from the Qunoot prayer also meant disobedient children and members of the Community.

Huzooraa, in the same letter, said: 

“As far as this phrase from the Qunoot prayer is concerned, it refers to the wicked and evil disbelievers who killed Muslims by way of hypocrisy and deception and harmed them in various ways. Therefore, it was only after incidents like the ones that took place at Bir Maona and ar-Raji‘ that the Holy Prophetsa began performing the Qunoot. 

“Therefore, children who are disobedient to their parents or members who have received some administrative punishment from the system of the Jamaat are not meant by that. 

“However, those members of the Community who have been given some administrative punishment by the Jamaat but on whom these punishments seem to have no effect – those who have been seized by their false egos and they forget that they have to obey the system of the Jamaat – in order to make such people aware of the [gravity of the] punishment, it is the duty of the rest of the Community not to sit with them in gatherings, not to invite them to their events and not to include them in their celebrations. This is so because the Jamaat’s punishment is given in order to exert social pressure. 

“However, the wife, children and parents are given permission to have a relationship with them in order to admonish them and to try to make them obedient and productive members of the Jamaat.”

If humans are not born of their own will, why do they have to follow God’s laws?

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Someone wrote to Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa that children often asked why they must obey God’s commands when they were not born of their own will. 

Huzooraa, in a letter dated 4 February 2020, gave the following reply: 

“Allah the Exalted gives life to a child upon the desire of the parents. He then admonishes the parents to pray to Him for their children to be pious and righteous. Allah the Exalted has also taught a prayer for this purpose in the Holy Quran.

“Allah the Exalted has declared humans the noblest of all the creations. He has endowed human beings with the ability to reason and has given them various faculties to be able to live their lives. 

“He then set them free after granting them the ability to distinguish right from wrong and said, if they did good deeds in the temporary life of this world, they would inherit various rewards from Allah in the eternal life of the Hereafter. However, if they did evil deeds, they would fall into the hands of Satan, and because of this, on the one hand, they would be deprived of these rewards of all kinds, and on the other hand, they would have to go through all sorts of painful treatments in Hell – the hospital of the Hereafter to cure the spiritual ailments that they would suffer due to following in the footsteps of Satan. 

“The same thing is mentioned in the dialogue between Allah the Exalted and Satan which the Holy Quran has narrated to us, that when Satan said to Allah the Exalted that he would lead mankind astray from His path, Allah replied that His servants would never listen to him, and He would reward His servants with rewards like Heaven, and those who disobeyed him, He would fill Hell with them.

“Thus, now it is the duty of every human being to think for themselves whether they are to inherit the rewards of Allah the Exalted by following His commands or to become entitled to the punishments of Hell by following the way of Satan.”

Did the Holy Prophet s.a. punish the woman who tried to poison him?

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Hazrat Amirul Mumineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa was sent a letter in which it said that Huzooraa had said in a Friday Sermon about the woman who tried to poison the Holy Prophetsa that she was forgiven by the Holy Prophetsa, while a hadith stated that the Holy Prophetsa had her killed. Further guidance was requested on this issue. 

In a letter dated 20 February 2020, Huzooraa further elucidated the matter and gave the following reply: 

“There has been a difference of opinion among the scholars of hadith regarding this issue. However, according to the more authentic and trustworthy books of hadith, this very view is correct that the Holy Prophetsa forgave her despite her clearly plotting to assassinate him and in spite of the fact that he felt the sting of the poison in his throat till the end of his life, he did not punish the woman out of personal revenge. Contrary to this, in ancient times, as well as in today’s advanced age and generally in the world, the death penalty is given for the mere plotting to assassinate a king or head of state. 

“Some muhaddithin [the scholars of hadith] have stated that the reason for this difference of opinion is that initially, the Holy Prophetsa did not punish the woman in any way, but when Hazrat Bishrra bin al-Bara‘ died from eating the poisoned meat, he had the woman killed in accordance with the law of retribution [qisaas]. 

“Even if this explanation is correct, the aspect of the life of the Holy Prophetsa which has been conveyed by Hazrat Aishara, that he never took revenge on anyone for his own sake, very clearly comes to the fore through this incident.” 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Student Association Nigeria meet with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Student Association of Nigeria were blessed with an opportunity to meet Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa in a virtual meeting on 26 September 2021.

The meeting started off with a recitation from the Holy Quran. At the completion of the recitation, Huzooraa said the reference of the verses recited should also be given, which was Surah al-Baqarah, verses 154-158. 

A hadith of the Holy Prophetsa was then read out, followed by an extract from the writings of the Promised Messiahas. A qaseedah (in Arabic) of the Promised Messiahas was also recited along with its English translation.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked how many students were present and their current level of education. Huzooraa was informed there were 28 students, and they were studying in college and university. 

Huzooraa then permitted the students to ask any questions they had. 

The first question asked was, “How can one save herself from sins that one is addicted to?” 

Huzooraa said:

“The first thing is that you pray to Allah the Almighty in your five daily prayers that Allah the Almighty save you from all satanic attacks […]

“We are surrounded by so many bad things in the present-day world. Today, the Internet, television and other social media actually attract us in a way which is not the right way. Quite a number of programmes shown on the television, or that are available on Internet and social media, are actually trying to deviate us from the right path – from the true teachings of Islam. And because of the lust and charm, we are attracted towards these things. 

“So, the first thing is to seek Allah’s help. Only Allah can save us from Satan. This is why we say اَعُوْذُ‭ ‬بِاللّٰهِ‭ ‬مِنَ‭ ‬الشَّيْطَانِ‭ ‬الرَّجِيْمِ – ‘Allah the Almighty, save us from Satan the accursed’. 

“Then, in the five daily prayers, you fervently pray for yourself, that Allah saves you; for your siblings; for your family members; for the Jamaat members; and this is how you can broaden your prayers so that you may not only be saving yourself but your atmosphere as well, your environment as well.

“Then say istighfar – make it compulsory that you recite istighfar daily, as much as you can. Also try to avoid seeing bad programmes shown on the television, or available on the Internet, or social media. So, this is how you can save yourself.

“And then, at the same time, try to increase your religious knowledge by reading the Quran and see what the commandments given in the Holy Quran are; write them down – what you have to do and what you have to avoid, and refrain from those bad things.

“In the present day, Allah the Almighty has sent the Promised Messiahas to revive the religion of Islam, to tell us the true teachings of the Quran and the practices of the Holy Prophetsa, the hadith. So, for this, he [the Promised Messiahas] has explained to us so many things in detail in his books. Whichever book is available in English – which has been translated in English – you should try to read a part of those books every day so that in this way, you can increase your religious knowledge as well.

“We have to work hard to save ourselves from the bad things and the sins of today. Otherwise, the attacks of Satan are to such an extent that with our own effort, we cannot save ourselves. We have to seek Allah’s guidance, Allah’s help in this regard.”

Before the next questioner asked her question, Huzooraa asked what she studied. She said she was currently studying microbiology and in the future desired to study medicine. Huzooraa also asked Lajna member who asked the previous question what she was studying, to which she replied that she had recently completed her BSc in mass communication. Huzooraa said:

“You have completed your degree in mass communication, then you should also try to find out the ways and means [of] how can you save yourself and your atmosphere, your environment, your surroundings from the harms of present-day media; since you are doing mass communication.”

The Lajna student said she would do so, “InshaAllah”.

Huzooraa then returned to the Lajna member who was about to ask her question. She asked, “With the increase of divorce rates in our society, what does His Holiness advise for young couples?”

“You have to increase your tolerance threshold; boys and girls both. You cannot say the divorce rate is increasing only because of the fault of one person – the boy, or the girl; both have some shortcomings in them.”

Huzooraa said the best way to live a good married life was to “increase your tolerance level and ignore all the shortcomings you see in your spouse. Men should ignore them, women should also ignore them.” And instead, try to see the positives in one another.

Huzooraa said:

“You cannot say that a person has only bad qualities – you have good qualities and bad qualities both. Men also have good qualities; women also have good qualities. Men have some shortcomings; women also have some shortcomings. 

“If you realise this fact and understand that we have to ignore the shortcomings of each other, then the divorce rate will reduce, and you will live a very happy married life.”

Talking about education and marriage, Huzooraa said:

“An educated person should have very high tolerance level.” 

Advising married couples who have children, Huzooraa said:

“For the sake of your children, you should bear all the shortcomings of the other person. This is how a couple can have a good, happy married life. Now your responsibility is to bring up your children in a peaceful manner, offer your children an atmosphere that is good for them, provide that environment for your children which can be helpful for their growth. And that can only be given if husband and wife are living amicably and living a happy life.”

The next question asked was, “Can a Muslim lady study engineering considering the nature of work and mode of dressing?”

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“If there is no restriction in wearing a modest dress, then you can. You can do engineering. You can be an architect, you can be a civil engineer, you can be a mechanical engineer, you can be an electric engineer – there are so many lines of engineering, you can choose whatever you like.

“But make it a point that you should wear a modest dress and you should observe your purdah by wearing the hijab etc. So, if that is not restraining you from doing your work, then you can do the work. If there are restrictions that there’s some particular dress you have to wear, and that dress is not very modest, then you should not [work]. If you are doing your work with a modest dress, yes, you can, with a hijab”. 

The next question asked, “What is the best way, or approach to encourage inactive members of the Jamaat, as this is the major challenge we face in most institutions?”

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said that it was integral to practice what we preach and “if you claim [to be] something different and you practice something different, that is hypocrisy.” 

Huzooraa emphasised:

“But don’t be harsh; talk to whom you’re going to advise politely and with love and care.”

The next student to speak was asked by Huzooraa what she studied. She told Huzooraa she was studying botany. Huzooraa said, “So you like plants, mashaAllah.”

The Lajna student asked, “My question is on time management. To me, Your Holiness, you are the busiest person I know, yet you still manage your time so wisely. Please can you tell us how you are able to manage your time, and can you also advise us how we can manage our time as students as well.”

Huzooraa advised:

“You are a student, so try to get up in early in the morning […] ‘Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ […] Then you should also seek Allah’s help that Allah the Almighty may help you in regulating your life, in organising yourself. 

“Six hours of sleep [are enough] – as a student, you should take at least six hours of sleep. And then after that, you ought to keep yourself busy in studies and other activities.”

Advising on time management and reviewing the day, Huzooraa said:

“Right from the beginning of your day, when you start your day, you should write down what you have done. So, if you wake up at six o’clock for Fajr time, then write down, ‘I woke up at this time, then offered my prayer and did some tilawat, read some verses of the Holy Quran or part of the Holy Quran and then did this work, took my breakfast, got myself ready for school, for university. I went to the university; it took me one hour to reach to the university.’ If you are living in a hostel, then it is a different thing. ‘Then I studied at university from this time to this time, came back home and revised my lessons, offered my prayer, did this, did that’. 

“Everything you have done during the day, you must write it down and at the end of the day to see what you have done; what are the productive things you have done, and what are the things you wasted your time on. 

“In this way you will know that ‘this is my daily plan, I spent so many hours in doing good work, or productive work, and this time, I just wasted in seeing films or on social media or this and that’. So, in this way, you will know that what are the good things you have done, what are the things which were not necessary for your daily routine [that] you have done, and how you can manage it. 

“For one week, you must write down your programme, [your] plan, from morning to evening. You will find out what the productive things are and what the unproductive things are. This way, you will try to manage your time accordingly later on.”

The next Lajna member introduced herself and informed Huzooraa that she had completed her degree in Islamic law. She asked for advice for Lajna members who were married, yet they were studying. She wanted to know how to balance the two. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said:

“You have to look after your house. You have to fulfil the requirement of your husband and also the requirements of your children. So, you will have to see whether you have that much potential that you can discharge both of these duties – can you do justice to your domestic commitments with your studies at the same time? If yes, then spend at least 6-7 hours on your studies and the remaining time you should give to your family. 

“And take your husband also in confidence. Your husband should also be cooperative – if he is not cooperating, then you cannot manage […]”

“If you have children, then your main responsibility is of bringing up your children, taking care of your children. Try to make a good asset for the community and the nation. This is your main responsibility; that you are trying to make your children a good asset for the nation and for the community.

“If you think you have that much potential and capability to manage both things, then you should continue your studies. Otherwise, leave your studies, concentrate on your domestic commitments, and give more emphasis on your domestic commitments. And later on, when you are free to some extent, then you can continue your studies later on. 

“But if your husband is cooperative and he says, ‘Yes, you can complete your studies and I will help you’, then well and good. Without the cooperation of the husband, the wife cannot continue the study and without the cooperation of the wife, the husband cannot continue his studies. So both of you have to be very kind and caring towards each other. This is how you can do justice to both things.”

The next question was by a medicine student in her fifth year. She asked how Ahmadis could protect themselves from the surge in depression and other mental challenges amongst the youth. 

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“Actually, the charms of the present-day world – to gain everything […] – is increasing. You want to obtain everything, all the facilities available. The media has also contributed to this. So, the best thing is you should have contentment. If you are content, then you will be saved from these things. 

“And Allah the Almighty says,

اَلَا‭ ‬بِذِكۡرِ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬تَطۡمَئِنُّ‭ ‬الۡقُلُوۡبُ

“That the remembrance of Allah the Almighty will give satisfaction to your heart. So, you should also remember Allah the Almighty.

“If you are offering the five daily prayers, remembering Allah the Almighty, reading the Holy Quran, seeing His commandments and practising what Allah the Almighty has asked us to do, then you will be satisfied.”

Huzooraa said that later in the day, he would address the Ijtema of Lajna Imaillah UK and said that a detailed answer to this question would be given in that address along with other contemporary questions being raised. Huzooraa asked the Lajna to listen to the address when it would be aired. 

The next question was, “Is it permissible for female Ahmadi students to participate in school politics?”

“Are you not a student in university? Since you are a student, you are permitted to be involved in all the good activities of the university […]

“What is ‘the politics’? If it is the debating society or the university union, then you can take part in that. You can stand for the university union’s president, general secretary, or councillor, or whatever it is.

“But if politics means pulling the leg of each other, then you should not involve yourself. Yes, you can stand for the presidential elections of the student union if you wish.”

The next question asked was, “Which of the Jamaat’s literature will you recommend for us students that will serve as guidance?”

Huzooraa responded by saying:

“I don’t know which of the books have been translated and available there in Nigeria.

“As a student, you are a university student, you should read The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam – that will give you a detailed concept of the Islamic teachings and you can easily understand that […]

“Then there is the collection of passages on different topics of the Promised Messiahas from his various books. That has been consolidated in a few volumes and is called Essence of Islam. So, you can read those books. I think five volumes have been printed till today and they are very useful. They are covering different topics, so you should read Essence of Islam […]

“Each volume contains different topics and you can just choose the topic of your interest. This is how you will develop an interest in religious knowledge.”

Another student asked about being involved in cultural practices at weddings, especially when one side of the family were not Ahmadi Muslims.

Huzooraa said cultural practices which were totally un-Islamic should not be followed. “But if there are some cultural practices that are not keeping you away from the oneness of God and not involving you in shirk – making partners with Allah – then that practice can be done. There is no harm in it. 

“You can perform your nikah in the mosque and later on, you can do your cultural practice, provided they are not against the clear-cut teachings of Islam and they are not keeping you away from the commandments of Allah the Almighty, and it is not giving you the concept of associating partners with Allah the Almighty. 

“If the traditional things are not against the Islamic teachings, then you can perform those traditional practices, there is no harm. Otherwise, you can tell your parents that ‘my religion says that this is un-Islamic’.

“If your parents are Muslim – the majority of the Nigerians are Muslims – you can tell them even Islam does not allow it […]” and it was not whether Ahmadi Muslims allowed it or not.

The next question was what advice Huzooraa would give to Lajna members, especially with respect to purdah and  considering the pressures of modern-day society. 

Seeing the purdah of the Lajna member who asked the question, Huzooraa remarked:

“The purdah you are observing at present is an excellent example of it.”

Huzooraa then described the minimum purdah requirement while also using his hands to point towards the areas that were to be covered around the face and head.  Huzooraa said:

“The Promised Messiahas has said the minimum standard of purdah is that you cover your hair, your forehead – half of your forehead – and then your cheeks and chin […]

“And, as I already said, wear a modest dress. So that is the minimum requirement of purdah. And even if your students are observing that purdah, that is enough for them, provided they are not doing any make-up or something of that sort. If you are wearing make-up, then you should cover your face, as you are covering.”

Huzooraa said:

“Your purdah is an excellent example of the purdah and the purdah of [the] other [students] is also very good; the minimum requirement of purdah.”

Huzooraa then asked the Lajna member what she was studying, to which she said she was a law student. Huzooraa asked if she observed the same purdah she was observing during the meeting, in university as well. To this, she said she did. 

The next question was, “What is the important attribute of a successful leader and how can you continue to grow and develop as a leader?” 

Hearing the question, Huzooraa added, “and follower”. Huzooraa then asked the Lajna member what she was studying, to which she said counselling psychology. Answering her question, Huzooraa said:

“If you mean a political leader or a leader of your country, then they should be honest. They should feel the pain of the people, of the public. And instead of just feeding themselves from the public money and increasing their bank balances here in the country and abroad, then they are not good leaders.

“If you are a true leader, a good leader, you have to be very honest and be caring of your people. These are the best qualities. 

“And do justice as well. So, a good leader should be honest and should be showing absolute justice in every respect, hard-working, sincere to the country and the public and the nation. 

“These are the qualities, which, if your leader has them, then he is a good leader.

“If not, then I hope that Ahmadis should emerge as good leaders in future so that you can run your country in the best way. Otherwise, the leaders of third world countries are trying to spoil our countries. 

“Even if it is a spiritual leader, a spiritual leader should also have the same qualities. If it is the leader within the Jamaat, your amir, your president, they should also have the same qualities.”

At this, Huzooraa said the time was over and those who were not able to ask their questions could do so at the next opportunity. 

Turning to Sadr Lajna Imaillah Nigeria, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said, “I think there were quite a number of questions asked and I hope your girls are now satisfied to some extent, if not fully.” Sadr Sahiba thanked Huzooraa.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa then conveyed his salaam to all the students present and the meeting came to an end. 

(Report prepared by Al Hakam)

My advice to you all is that you should try to excel in your studies: Members of Nasirat from Nigeria seek guidance from Huzoor

On 25 September 2021, Nasirat from Nigeria had the opportunity to have a virtual meeting with Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa

The meeting commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran by Firdous Sahiba and its English translation by Atiyatur Rahman Sahiba. Following this, a hadith of the Holy Prophet, Muhammadsa, was presented by Hafiza Sahiba.

After the hadith, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said that one should also recite the Durood Sharif before narrating a hadith. Then, Animashaun Mutmainnah Sahiba presented an extract, which she had memorised, from the writings of the Promised Messiahas. Thereafter, a qaseedah of the Promised Messiahas, in praise of the Holy Prophetsa, was recited.

An Urdu tarana (choral poem) was presented by two Nasirat members, Atiyatul Hadi Sahiba and Khalidah Sahiba. Then, an English poem was recited by Atiyatul Mueed Sahiba. 

During the mulaqat, the Nasirat members had the opportunity to ask Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa questions on an array of matters and seek guidance on various things related to religion, Islam and studies. 

Huzooraa was asked which portion of the Holy Quran he liked to recite the most.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“Among the ayaat of the Holy Quran, Ayat-ul-Kursi. You should recite this very frequently. And even the Holy Prophet, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, is reported to have said that before going to bed, one should recite Ayat-ul-Kursi three times. And then the last three Surahs of the Holy Quran, one should also recite before sleeping. These surahs contain some meaning which is very much important for the present-day life”.

Next, a young nasirat girl asked Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa what his favourite food was. Huzooraa answered:

“Any food which is well-cooked and tasty.” Huzooraa then asked the young nasirah what food she liked. Huzooraa asked if she liked “rice and fish,” to which she replied in the affirmative. Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa smiled and said, “I also like rice and fish.”

A Nasirat member said that in today’s world, Muslim women could feel shy to observe hijab due to fear of being mocked by their non-Muslim colleagues. She asked how a Muslim woman could remain in this Islamic mode of dressing.

Huzooraa said:

“You see, you are living in a country which is a Muslim-dominating country; most of [the people] in Nigeria are Muslims, yes? So why should you feel shy? It is Allah’s commandment in the Holy Quran that when the girls reach the age of maturity, they should cover their heads and bosoms and dress modestly […] So, you can tell the people, and be confident [when you tell them], that this is the Islamic dress, and this injunction and commandment has been given to us in the Holy Quran. Allah the Almighty says that women should cover themselves, their head, their cheeks, their chin, and their chest, and also dress modestly. So, this is why we wear it, and we are following the commandment of Allah the Almighty. And without any fear of any person, we will keep on doing it. Be confident. Never lose your confidence. As long as you claim yourself to be an Ahmadi Muslim, then you should not fear the people.”

Upon being asked how one could be saved from the challenges of civilisation, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said:

“Actually, those people who say that religion is keeping you away from civilisation, are wrong, and we are right. It is religion which has brought civilisation into the world. Even these people accept that had there not been any prophet [sent to the world] there would not have been any civilisation in the world. On the one side, they claim that religion brought civilisation, and on the other side, they say that ‘you should not practice religion because it is taking you away from the modern-day civilisation.’

“Modern-day civilisation is nothing but immorality and freedom of everything, which is not giving you something good, but rather spoiling your life. So, do not fear these people. You are the civilised people who follow the religion and who follow the teachings of the Holy Quran […] There is no need to indulge yourself in any complex.” 

A Nasirat member asked Huzooraa to narrate an incident of the acceptance of prayer when he was in Africa. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said:

“There were quite a lot of incidents. Once, we did not have milk for our young children; and then we prayed, and Allah Almighty accepted those prayers. And after some time, a person brought a carton of Ideal milk – there used to be Ideal milk at that time, I don’t know if you still have that there [in Africa] now, or not – and we used [to give] that to our children. Only after one or two hours, our prayer was accepted, my and my wife’s prayers. And we were happy that somebody brought the milk not only for that day, but [it lasted] for one full month. This is how we can see that God listens to prayers.”

A young Nasirat member asked which course one can study that would also be of benefit to the Jamaat. 

Huzooraa answered:

“From among the girls, we need more doctors, more teachers. If you are good in science subjects, then try to become a doctor or [go into] medicine […] we need doctors for our hospitals and then teachers for our schools. And apart from that, if you have any specific interest in a particular subject, then you can write to me, and I will let you know whether you should study this one or any other alternative of that subject which you are thinking is of your interest and which can be beneficial for the Jamaat as well.”

Upon being asked if it was permissible for a Muslim woman to apply henna or tattoos on one’s body, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said:

“You see, henna is just some designs you make on your hands or on the arms, and after some time, as time passes, it vanishes. It will not remain there for a longer period. But tattooing is something which is permanent and that is not permitted in Islam.” Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa explained that a Muslim girl may apply henna, but getting tattoos was not permissible. 

Next, a Nasirat member expressed that she wanted to become a surgeon but had hemophobia, a fear of seeing blood. She requested Huzooraa to pray for her to overcome this fear. 

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa replied:

“You can try to be a doctor. If not a surgeon, you can be a general practitioner. This will also be useful for the community and for humanity. I shall also pray, you should also pray, that Allah Almighty may free you from this phobia”.

Upon being asked if it was permissible for a lady or a girl to join the army to become a soldier, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“At present, there is no need. When there was a time when it was needed, the Muslim ladies [at the time of the Holy Prophetsa] joined and helped the men in the battlefields; but nowadays, there are enough people, men, who can fight on the battlefield. The environment is not good for the girls in the army, nowadays. So, I don’t permit for Ahmadi girls to join the army or become soldiers”.

A young Nasirat member asked Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa how he was coping with the pressure of leading all Ahmadis worldwide. 

Huzooraa said:

“Which type of pressure? They write to me for prayers, and I pray for them. I seek Allah’s help to remove their problems, to solve their problems, to help them. And whenever I see any pressure, I just pray to Allah Almighty, bow before him, and then Allah Almighty gives me comfort, and to my heart, and then the pressure is released. Whenever you are under pressure, you should also pray to Allah Almighty in your prayer, very fervently.”

The young nasirah further asked which prayer she should recite to be safeguarded from all harms.

Huzooraa answered:

“In your Salat, you should pray to Allah Almighty whatever you want to pray, and whatever is your requirement; but apart from that, you should recite Durood Sharif as much as you can, and say istighfar”.

Following this, a Nasirat member said to Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa that she desired to be a virtuous person just as Huzooraa was. She asked how she could achieve this.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa answered:

“You should pray to Allah Almighty in your five daily prayers that Allah Almighty saves you from Satan the Accursed, and you should also do istighfar, as I have already said”.

Upon being asked if Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa ever got angry, Huzooraa said:

“Being a human being – every human being can get angry – but not very often. If I see something bad, if I have to get angry, then I will; but it does not mean that I keep that anger in my heart and mind all the time. After some time, I just forget it.”

Next, a Nasirat member stated that Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa was currently mentioning the qualities of Hazrat Umarra in Friday Sermons. She asked Huzooraa what his expectations were for Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya. 

Huzooraa said:

“There are quite a number of lessons in the life of Hazrat Umarra. So those which are of benefit for the girls, you should try to adopt those qualities. And even during these narrations, I have also mentioned how the Muslim women [of that time] played their role in the battlefields and otherwise. So, you should also try to adopt those qualities.”

Lastly, a nasirah asked Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa how a child could assist in a situation where parents were always fighting. 

Huzooraa said:

“One should pray for them first that Allah Almighty gives them sense [that] they should not fight with each other because it is leaving a bad effect on the minds of the children as well”. Secondly, Huzooraa said that one should tell the mother or father – with whom one has a stronger or closer relation – not to fight like that as it was against the teachings of Islam.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa then spoke with the Nasirat secretary, and asked about the total tajnid (membership) for Nasirat in Nigeria. The secretary replied that there were 3,786 nasirat. Hearing this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said, “You have to update your tajnid … I don’t think your nasirat should be less than 100,000.”

In the end, whilst advising all Nasirat members, Huzooraa said:

“My advice to you all is that you should try to excel in your studies. And all of you should try to learn as much as you can and complete your studies. If you are interested in medicine, do medicine; [there is also] engineering, law, teaching, or if you want, you can go into research. So, try to excel in your education and try to gain as much education as you can.”

In the end, Huzooraa conveyed his salaam and the meeting came to a close.

(Report prepared by Al Hakam)

Petrol panic, energy prices and CO₂ shortages: UK suffers tremors of “dark and bleak future”

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The UK continues its journey through an epoch of endless social, economic and political tremors shaking the world. 

Earlier last month, CO₂ shortages in the UK– used to keep food fresh, especially meat – left the government to pay high amounts to acquire CO₂ outside the European Single Market; a market the UK left.  

A global surge of wholesale gas prices then came knocking, causing seven UK energy suppliers to collapse last month alone: PfP Energy, MoneyPlus Energy, Utility Point, People’s Energy, Green and Avro Energy. And this isn’t the end of the energy crisis.

Now, with “closed” signs outside petrol stations, long queues and caps on how much fuel you can put in your vehicle, the UK faces its latest panic-buying episode due to a shortage of HGV – heavy goods vehicle – drivers. 

It’s not just petrol and diesel; food and other goods are not reaching shops and supermarkets, leaving isles completely empty. The biggest supermarkets in the UK – including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – have been affected by supply issues due to the lack of lorry drivers. 

Estimates put the UK short of 100,000 HGV drivers.

Though many hate to admit it, Brexit has been a driving force behind the oft-repeated “supply chain issues”. The pandemic has had a significant influence too, of course; however, the UK’s rash decision to leave the EU – that was fuelled by a hateful and decisive campaign – left foreign workers heading towards the exit and businesses in turmoil.  

According to the UK’s Road Haulage Association (RHA), the HGV industry lost 20,000 European drivers due to Brexit. In fact, of 616 hauliers, “retiring colleagues and Brexit topped the list of reasons behind the driver shortages.” (www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58670792)

Immigration rules and self-isolation requirements (due to the pandemic) add to the mix of problems foreign workers face when trying to enter the UK.

The government has reneged a little on its Brexit visa clampdown and plans to dish out temporary visas to European lorry drivers to enter the UK and end the fuel panic. 

Had Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saa advice been heeded, this chaos could have been largely avoided:

“The formation of the European Union has been a great achievement on the part of the European countries, for it has been a means of uniting this Continent. And so you should make all possible efforts to preserve this unity […] Remember that the strength of Europe lies in it remaining united and together as one. Such unity will not only benefit you here in Europe but at a global level will be the means for this Continent to maintain its strength and influence.” 

Huzooraa did not limit the importance of unity and social cohesion to Europe. He said:

“[…] we should strive for the entire world to unite together. In terms of currency, the world should be united. In terms of business and trade the world should be united. And in terms of freedom of movement and immigration, cohesive and practical policies should be developed, so that the world can become united.” (www.pressahmadiyya.com/press-releases/2012/12/khalifa-islam-makes-historic-address-european-parliament/)

As the UK faces real and serious repercussions of disuniting and the extra load of the pandemic, we are witnessing crises the world over. Countries like Lebanon, Venezuela and Afghanistan suffer severe economic breakdowns leading to horrific scenes of human suffering. Conflicts and immoral political rivalries across the world continue to spread and world powers are toiling in building alliances with other nations, based on vested interests.

Recently, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa made the statement that we were heading towards “a very dark and bleak end of this world” – it would be naïve to say this prediction was far from reality. The tremors can be felt already. 

Huzooraa, however, did not say this would be the certain end; there was a clause of hope:

“This is why I have been telling, all the time, to the people of the world – to politicians, to leaders – that they ought to change themselves and try to establish true justice, absolute justice in the world and discharge their duties to their Creator and their fellow beings.”

This was not the only statement of Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa in recent times – for well over a decade, when things weren’t so bad, at least for the public, Huzooraa warned of the bleak future ahead if humanity did not reform itself. Ever since, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa has been urging the world to take action and steer the ship of humanity away from a catastrophe that our future generations will not forgive us for. 

This warning comes from a heart that is inspired by Allah the Almighty Himself and as the Holy Quran puts it:

“He admonished you that you may take heed.” (Surah al-Nahl, Ch.16: V.91)

(By Ataul Fatir Tahir, Al Hakam)

Remember why you have this freedom and never forget who you are: Huzoor delivers concluding address at national Lajna UK Ijtema 2021

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Islamabad, UK, 26 September 2021: At 3:48 pm, Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in the MTA studio based in Islamabad for the concluding session of the national Lajna Imaillah UK Ijtema of 2021. 

Upon arrival, after conveying salaam, Sabeeha Khan Sahiba was invited to recite a portion of the Holy Quran and its English translation (Surah al-Anbiya, Ch.21: V.106-113). 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa then instructed all Lajna members present and watching via MTA to stand for the Lajna pledge, which everyone repeated. 

Thereafter, Rizwana Ahmad Sahiba was invited to the stage to recite a nazm (Urdu poem) written by the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas in honour of the Holy Prophet, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

Sadr Lajna Imaillah UK was then asked to deliver the Ijtema report. Sadr Sahiba reported that various events were held at this year’s Ijtema, including disucssions on the importance of women in Islam and how the Holy Prophetsa was seen in the eyes of non-Muslims. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Research Association also held informative discussions and exhibitions. There were also events highlighting the importance of physical health. 

3,794 Lajna and Nasirat attended the Ijtema and about 1,500 were present in the final session.  

Sadr Sahiba then expressed her gratitude to her teams and especially to Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa for gracing the concluding session and requested prayers. 

She then requested Huzoor’s permission to play a short video clip, highlighting some of the activities of the Ijtema, which was shown on the screen. 

Thereafter, Huzooraa took to the podium to deliver the concluding address of the 2021 national UK Lajna Imaillah Ijtema. 

After reciting tashahudta‘awuz and Surah al-Fatihah, Huzooraa said that it was a grace of Allah that after two years, Lajna Imaillah once again had the opportunity to hold its Ijtema. The primary purpose of Jalsas and Ijtemas was to improve the spiritual and moral standards – to increase moral standards and strengthen faith. If these were not the objectives, there was no point holding Ijtemas and similar events. 

In today’s world, human knowledge and understanding has rapidly progressed in all secular fields and as a result, communication is now extremely advanced. Distances have eroded through modern means of travel and through electronic and digital communication, e.g. the television, Internet and radio. 

“This technological revolution that has taken place would not have seemed plausible even half a century ago.”

This advancement in technology could not have been envisaged even 10-15 years ago. This is something that has never been seen before in the history of mankind. It is now possible to speak to people thousands of miles away at the same time. 

This has enabled the Western nations to flaunt their way of life, so much so that the developing nations are learning about the lifestyle of the richer nations and their luxuries. This leads to feelings of restlessness and more awareness of their desperate plight. Social media and the Internet has turned the world into a global village, but this cannot always be deemed to be for the good. 

A large part of the world lives on the baseline of poverty, all the while observing the lifestyles of richer countries. Instead of bridging the gap in society, technology has only highlighted the inequality and injustice that exist in society. This has fermented feelings of anguish and discontent in society. 

“So where, on the one hand, rich governments and their people reassure themselves that satellite television and the Internet is providing people living in poor countries with entertainment, the reality is that technology has served to drive an even greater wedge between the haves and have-nots. Whilst many living in the developed world may prefer to turn a blind eye to this inequality, they should realise there is also a grave crisis taking place on their doorsteps and its potential ramifications are no less destructive”.

Huzooraa explained that worldliness and materialism was rampant, wherein most people were living a life of spiritual blindness. People “fail to realise to realise how superficial they have become” and remain ignorant of the far-reaching consequences of materialism.

“I am sure there will come a time when they will recognise that constant exposure to material things on the TV, on the Internet and on social media and the pursuit of vain desires has been to their profound detriment. They will see how all that they have considered as good and progressive has actually triggered a spiritual and moral malaise, the like of which perhaps the world has never seen before. They will be forced to admit that the riches of the world have left them spiritually penniless and morally bankrupt.”

There has been a rise in anxiousness and mental health issues as a result of social media and technological advancement, regarding which Huzooraa said:

“It is my firm belief that the root cause of this is that they have been trapped by their materialistic pursuits and cravings and above all, because they have abandoned faith in God Almighty.”

Huzooraa said that we lived in a world where it did not matter what a person had; rather, what mattered was what a person did not have. This serves only to increase frustrations and anxiety and is leading mankind to darkness. 

If people living in the underdeveloped world were being subjected to such complex consequences, then there is no knowing how far the outcome of such things is in the epicentre of materialism – the West. 

Children are being exposed to masses of content, on the Internet, on Youtube and other social media platforms. Children are viewing content on their phones, laptops and tablets, often hidden from their parents view and they themselves are not in control of what they are seeing. 

“If they are streaming a video or playing an online game, pop-up adverts will frequently appear, often promoting harmful products or showing lewd content that is morally destructive and not at all age-appropriate. It is an extremely harrowing state of affairs.”

Huzooraa said caution must be exercised as parents were struggling to keep up. Research has shown that thousands, if not millions of children, have been affected by the negative consequences of social media. 

The Wall Street Journal recently suggested that Instagram was leading to anxiety and mental health issues in children and teenagers. 13% of children who had suicidal thoughts in the UK admitted that it was a result of their use of Instagram. Now, other prominent organisations have realised the harms of social media. The 5Rights Foundation has stated that Facebook’s own research is a devastating indictment of the carelessness with which the technical sector treats children. These companies are stealing children’s time, mental health and tragically, their lives. Ahmadi parents should guide their children as to what is appropriate and what is not so that they may be saved from such harms. 

“I also wish to remind all of you that even whilst living in the comfort of the West, you must never forget your roots an your true objectives. Certainly, most Ahmadis living in the Western world, especially those who originate from Pakistan, came here to escape religious persecution, irrespective of their place in society. Whether working as businessmen, professionals, labourers or if they are in education, Ahmadis in Pakistan continue to be the victims of grave persecution and injustice. Even very small Ahmadi children in year one or two are being harassed by other children or their teachers and this is having a damaging effect on them. In terms of higher education, certain professors and members of faculty at Pakistan universities are filled with venomous anti-Ahmadi prejudice and bigotry. 

“Thus, where there is an ever-present fear of physical terrorist and extremist attacks, targeting Ahmadis in Pakistan, at the same time, there is a constant stream of psychological terrorism and extremism that is being waged against our members,” as a result of which many Ahmadis have been forced to flee their homeland. 

Huzooraa said that many Ahmadis had been subjected to harsh conditions, but they endured them in the hope of providing their children with freedom to practice their faith. 

Thus, “it is incumbent upon you to” to practice faith and appreciate all the opportunities offered in the West, e.g. Ahmadi girls in the UK are studying in very good schools, colleges and universities and have the opportunity to advance and progress, all the while Ahmadis girls in Pakistan are either denied such opportunities or face daily discrimination and intimidation whilst in education. 

“So remember why you have this chance and never forget who you are; rather, take pride in your faith and religion.”

Huzooraa then provided advice to Lajna and nasirat on how to be better citizens and integrate in a pragmatic fashion in society. 

Huzooraa highlighted various vices that the West offered as so-called “freedoms” and liberations. Huzooraa said that Ahmadi men, women and children should remember that loyalty to a nation meant to uphold the highest moral standards and to follow their religion in the best manner possible. Modern-day men and women fail to understand how immorality destroys the fabric society. 

“God knows better when, but one day, they will surely realise the error of their ways and will admit the liberalism has gone too far, but by then it will be extremely difficult for them to establish higher morals in society. 

“Thus, it is the duty of all Ahmadi Muslims to ensure that they stand up for what is right and have the courage of their convictions. If we are successful in achieving this, then when others come to realise their mistakes, we will be ready to guide them and to present them an alternative and better system of morals. 

“Certainly, I hope and pray that our Jamaat will be there to protect society and to arrest moral decline before it reaches the point of no return. So as Ahmadis living in the West, if you truly want to contribute to society and wish to manifest genuine gratitude to this country for letting you live here with freedom of religion and for granting you opportunities to progress, the best way is to give priority to your faith over all worldly matters.”

True gratitude demands faithfulness to God and shunning everything vain and useless. 

The changes in society we witness today are being imposed upon society and instead of strengthening society, they are confusing large parts of it. Many people are now beginning to question the ways that are being adopted and fair-minded people are writing on the decay in society and how values are being compromised. Good-natured people, irrespective of belief or religion, cannot tolerate morals plummeting to such a low. It now, unfortunately, becomes difficult to distinguish the morals of humans and animals.

We, Ahmadi Muslims, must adopt the highest moral standards. As members of the Jamaat of the Promised Messiahas, we must convey the message of the true Islam to others. 

“It is my firm belief and conviction, that if we hold aloft the lantern of spiritual light entrusted to us by the Promised Messiahas, we will find that the help of Allah the Almighty will be with us every step of the way, insha-Allah.” 

In chapter 13, verse 29, Allah states, “It is in the remembrance of Allah that hearts find comfort.” This is a lived experience of the God-fearing and righteous members of our community that true contentment is gained through the worship of Allah and not through superficial means of entertainment. 

“Here, I should clarify that there are some very good and beneficial forms of recreation that should be pursued, for example, regular exercise and physical activity are very important for a person’s physical and mental health. However, those forms of recreation or games that place a barrier between a person and God Almighty and which increase a person’s lust for material things must be avoided. Such activities are neither good for your health, nor for your spirituality and instead, increase a person’s anxieties.”

All Ahmadis living in the Western world should focus on their priorities and realise that the freedoms that encourage vice and deception can lead to nothing good and can only increase anxiety and cause rifts in society. 

Some youngsters suggest that the limits imposed by the Jamaat curtail their freedom; but Huzooraa said it should be borne in mind:

“If they carefully analyse whatever limits are prescribed by the Jamaat, they will realise they are all entirely based upon true Islamic principles; they do not diminish a person’s rights, but to the contrary, firmly entrench them and are the means of true freedom a liberation.

“There have been cases of a few Ahmadi youth – male and female – who were extremely influenced by Western society and chose to discard their faith and beliefs; however, they came to regret their decision. They admit that they had, in the name of freedom, fallen blindly into a spiritual abyss. They express their sorrow and embarrassment and some eventually return to the Jamaat. 

“Remember, a wise person always evaluated the benefits and harms before undertaking any action or reaching any decision. Moreover, a true momin, or mominah – a true believer – is he or she who acts with wisdom and calculates not only the practical consequences of any action but who focuses principally upon the religious benefits or harms.” 

Huzooraa said that in free time, one could even watch light-hearted comedies, but one should also watch educational programmes. One should watch things that do not take one away from Allah. In the name of fashion and trends, Ahmadi girls and women should not compromise their modesty. 

“Some Lajna members say they have covered part of their head and consider that enough. Similarly, some ladies wear overcoats in the name of observing purdah but with sleeves rolled all the way up their arms. Yet Allah the Almighty has already stated that hijab requires a woman to fully cover her hair in public and to wear loose fitting garments and ensure that her collar and chest area is not exposed. 

“So, Ahmadi women should pay careful attention to protecting their modesty and chastity. Failing to do so is to violate the commands of Allah and those limits established by Islam for the sake of protecting the dignity and virtue of Muslim women. Keep in mind that any limits placed upon you by Islam are a means of guarding your honour and protecting you from the everyday risks that exist in society where women are constantly harassed, abused and exploited. 

“In terms of your education, you should seek to excel”, but at the same time, Huzooraa said to avoid contact with boys on social media, or other means. Women and girls should not let the freedoms offered in society to exploit their modesty. 

Ahmadi Muslim men and women should respect the honour of their family and society, which should always be safeguarded. 

Huzooraa said some women wrote to Huzooraa that they or their daughters deemed purdah to be a state of one’s heart and so they queried the physical need for purdah in clothing. Huzooraa said such a notion was “entirely wrong” and were, in fact, societal influences that sought to take one away from God. 

“What I am saying is not based on Pakistani or Asian culture; rather, these are the universal teachings of Islam, applicable to all Muslims, regardless of where they hail from.” 

Ahmadi women everywhere in the world, should live according to Islamic teachings and protect their modesty at all times. 

Huzooraa said that if a person was free from all complexes regarding their religion and faith, then it would open up doors to tabligh and welcoming others to the fold of the true Islam. Such people were now, by the grace of Allah, entering the Jamaat from the West that one is left amazed at their level of modesty and righteousness. This was a moment to reflect for all Ahmadi Muslim women. 

“Without a shadow of doubt, our Jamaat is destined to progress”; however, if we do not follow through on our promises and oaths, then others would come to take our place to honour the pledge of bai‘at of the Promised Messiahas

Huzooraa then prayed that Allah enabled everyone to act upon what he had said and that Lajna were able to fulfil the rights of worship and the rights of Allah. 

At the end, Huzooraa reminded everyone that they ought to remember their responsibility of conveying the true message of Islam to all of society. This is a great task entrusted by Allah to the Jamaat of the Promised Messiahas

“If you want to rise to this challenge, and bring about a spiritual revolution in the world, we must first start by reforming ourselves.” 

We must increase our religious knowledge and increase in spirituality by worshipping Allah. We must never forget that Allah sees all, so when we are alone, Allah is always watching us, and we must act upon His commands all the time. 

“It is up to us to bring about a moral and spiritual revolution in the world, so train your children so that they grow to be ready to take up the mantle of serving the mission of the Promised Messiahas.” 

Huzooraa prayed that Allah enabled all Lajna members to do so.

(Report prepared by Al Hakam)