Anwer Khan, USA Correspondent
The President of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Los Angeles reports that California has been under a mandatory lockdown along with many other states to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Members are advised to offer congregational prayers at home. They are participating in various Jamaat activities through social media, such as online meetings and conference calls.
These difficult times have brought the community closer and members are contacting each other regularly to offer help and care for each other’s well being. Below are some key activities that have been going on in Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Los Angeles.
Regional Missionary, Irshad Malhi Sahib has been holding the Holy Quran reading classes twice a week on Saturday and Sunday online. He is also conducting an online class every Wednesday for those members who want to learn translation of the Holy Quran. Book club meetings are held online every Sunday to read and discuss the books of the Promised Messiahas.
Homeopathic medication is distributed inperson and has been mailed to over 1,200 members of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Los Angeles and some members of other Jamaats as well.
By the grace of Allah the Almighty, all members have received medication. Refills are being sent out by mail for those who need it. Food is stored at three mosques across the Los Angeles area, including Baitul Hameed Mosque, Baitul Masroor Mosque and Baitul Salam Mosque. The goal is to serve members of the Jamaat, two meals a day for two weeks, in case of shortage of food in markets. Members of Los Angeles amila have been requested to contact each member of their Jamaat to offer help, stay informed about the members’ well-being and to find out if a member has received homeopathic medication or not. Local presidents are also requested to contact their members to offer help, stay informed and deliver homeopathic medication. Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and Umur-e-Ama are contacting Jamaat members to help those who need help with picking up groceries or running errands.
The Jamaat is holding a weekly radio show, Voice of Islam, to reach out to local non-Ahmadi and non- Muslim communities and discuss Islam and Ahmadiyyat.
Da‘iyan meetings are being held once a week over Zoom conference calls to discuss different methods to reach people while they are quarantined in their homes.