Bangladesh waqifeen and missionaries’ mulaqat with Huzoor
On 8 November, missionaries and waqifeen-e-zindagi who are currently serving in Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Bangladesh were fortunate and blessed to have a virtual mulaqat with Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah strengthen his hand.
The missionaries and life devotees were gathered in the Dar-ul-Tabligh complex in Dhaka, the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Mulsim Jamaat Bangladesh.
The mulaqat commenced with a silent prayer, after which Huzooraa directly spoke with all the members present in the hall and further enquired about the tasks and duties of each missionary and waqif-e-zindagi.
During the mulaqat, missionaries and waqifeen were fortunate to speak directly to Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa and seek his prayers along with guidance on various matters.
After personally talking to the missionaries and waqifeen, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa expressed and stated that if anyone wished to ask anything, then they could do so.
A missionary asked Huzooraa about a matter relating to the youth in Bangladesh. He said that it is commonly seen that the youth of the Jamaat in Bangladesh who live in the villages migrate to the city for business or work purposes. Due to this, the number of members in such areas naturally decreases. Thus, he asked Huzooraa to provide some guidance on the matter.
Responding to the questioner, Huzooraa said, “This is an unavoidable occurrence which happens all around the world. To have such opportunities in a country is a sign of a nation that seeks to progress. The population in villages is rapidly increasing and if they remain there and don’t go to cities to pursue other opportunities, then the nation cannot move forward and progress. This occurrence serves as a sign of a progressing nation as more work and educational opportunities are in the cities.”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa added, “Thus, as those who aim to pursue higher education migrate to the cities, it remains the duty of those members who stay behind to work harder with greater diligence and aim to spread Islam Ahmadiyyat. They should endeavour to impart to the youth the sense of responsibility and serving Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.”
Huzooraa further added, “The important thing to remember, be it in the village or the city, is that all Ahmadis must become a valuable asset for the Jamaat, society and nation.”
Following this, a question was asked with regard to the revelation the Promised Messiahas received concerning the people of Bengal:
پہلے بنگالہ کی نسبت جو کچھ حکم جاری کیا گیا تھا اب ان کی دلجوئی ہوگی
“Concerning the order that had been issued with regard to Bengal, they will now be consoled.” (Tadhkirah [English translation] pp. 821-822)
Answering this, Huzooraa stated, “To earn this status of being ‘consoled’, you must work and endeavour to prove yourselves. One must increase their standard and level of taqwa. One must be desirous in serving and spreading Islam Ahmadiyyat and must strive to bring about a spiritual revolution in the country.”
Whilst alluding to the persecution faced by Ahmadis in Bangladesh, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said, “The opposition and persecution faced [by Jamaat Bangladesh] is serving as a catalyst of spreading the true message of Islam. As the persecution faced by Ahmadis in Pakistan continues to spread, so too does the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat around the world. Due to this, many who are of pure nature have come to know and learn about Islam Ahmadiyyat.”
In addition to this, Huzooraa said, “Thus, one must bear in mind that this opposition is resulting in the spread of Islam Ahmadiyyat … Without a doubt, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Bangladesh has made great sacrifices. We have seen that our mosques have been attacked, our people have been injured and some have been martyred. Indeed, I continuously pray for you that Allah may improve the conditions; however, in order to be true inheritors of the Promised Messiah’sas revelation, you must continue to relentlessly strive and endeavour to fulfill your duties. Every murabi and mualim must promise and make great efforts in spreading the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat and fulfil the responsibilities given.”
One mualim expressed that the people in the area in which he currently serves claim to be Muslims but do not act in accordance with the teachings and guidelines of Islam. He asked Huzooraa how one must approach and do tabligh to such people. Answering this, Huzooraa explained, “You must tell them that if they claim to be Muslims then they must act in accordance with the teachings of Allah and His Messenger.”
Huzooraa added, “They must be told that as Muslims, they should know how to read and understand the Holy Quran. And if they require any assistance, then we are available to help them in this.”
As the mulaqat drew near to its conclusion, one murabi asked Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa about his experiences when, in 1999, a lawsuit was filed against him, resulting in Huzooraa being falsely accused and imprisoned in jail for 11 days.
Whilst describing the circumstances of those days, Huzooraa said, “I did not feel as if I was imprisoned. I continuously witnessed the help and blessings of Allah. Although it was summertime, Allah caused the heat to be calm and pleasing. The days there were spent without any worry or fear. I thought that the case registered against me would result with either the rest of my life in prison or I would face the death penalty. Thus, I was not worried, rather I continuously asked for Allah’s help and pleasure.”
Huzooraa went on to say, “However, what Allah had planned for me was different.”
In the end, when the members of Jamaat Bangladesh requested for Huzoor’saa prayers, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa narrated an incident of a companion who asked the Holy Prophetsa to pray for him for a certain matter he was facing. In response to the companion, the Holy Prophetsa replied that one should also pray and “assist my prayers with your prayers.”
Huzooraa further said, “As I said before, you must also pray to Allah. Endeavour to work selflessly. Strive to fulfil the rights owed to God and His creation. Consider the service of faith to be a grace of God and do not desire any sort of reward in return. If you work in this manner, then Allah the Almighty will shower His countless blessings upon you.”
With this, the mulaqat came to a close.