Lajna Imaillah Indonesia’s national amila met Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa in a virtual mulaqat, on 3 April 2021.
After extending his salaam, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa led everyone in silent prayer.
Observing the hall where the Lajna members were seated, Huzooraa said, “Today, your hall is better decorated than before.”
Following this, Sadr Lajna had the opportunity to say a few words. She expressed her gratitude to Huzooraa for this mulaqat and stated that this mulaqat would greatly enhance the Lajna members’ spirit for serving the Jamaat. Then, a short video presentation about Indonesia and various activities of Lajna was shown.
Seeing the video presentation, Huzooraa remarked: “Lajna has made quite a good video programme. That means you have potential – technical people – among Lajna members.”
Next, secretaries of various departments began introducing themselves and presenting their reports.
The first to speak was the talim (education) secretary. Huzooraa asked about the talim programme that was made and prepared for the year. She replied that they had made programmes and various classes such as learning the Quran and the Lajna syllabus. She added that the number of participants increased when the classes were held online as it was easier for members who lived far away from the centre.
Addressing tabligh (preaching) secretary, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa asked about the bai‘at target for the year; the secretary answered they had planned and set a target of 1,030. Hearing this, Huzooraa mentioned, “It’s a very small target. You should fix a big target – at least 5,000.”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then emphasised that fixing a greater target meant that more hard work would go into achieving it.
The general secretary reported to Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa that there were 322 majalis in Indonesia and added that 100% sent their reports. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then enquired if she acknowledged every report. Huzoor remarked:
“Every month, you should send to those majalis, or those office-bearers, or workers, who are doing good, an appreciation letter.”
Next, whilst addressing secretary rishta nata (matchmaking and marriage) Huzooraa queried how many matches had been successfully made during the year. The secretary replied that around 150 matches had been successful.
Secretary san‘at-o-dastakari (industry and handicraft), whilst explaining her assignments, showed Huzooraa numerous things that Lajna members had made. 78 Lajna members received training by san‘at-o-dastakari department and some had even started businesses through this. Hearing the report, Huzooraa commented: “Masha-Allah! You are doing well.”
The secretary added that due to businesses being started by some Lajna members, they were now contributing more towards financial sacrifice.
Whilst addressing the secretary of Tahrik-e-Jadid and Waqf-e-Jadid, Huzooraa stated:
“Try to include each and every member of Lajna and Nasirat in [giving] chanda Waqf-e-Jadid and Tahrik-e-Jadid. Try to get 100% participation.”
Following this, the secretary Nasirat, whilst presenting her report, mentioned that there were 2,912 Nasirat in Indonesia.
Conversing with secretary tarbiyat (moral training), Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa enquired how many Lajna members offered the five daily prayers regularly and then, whilst offering guidance, said, “You should make a plan in such a way that 100% of your members should offer five-daily prayers.”
Presenting her report, secretary nau mubai‘at (new converts) stated that there were 1,032 new converts in the last three years. Hearing this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa asked if any special programme was made for this. The secretary replied that they would organise sittings and programmes solely for them.
Secretary ishaat (publications) was next to present her report. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa enquired whether any Lajna magazine was printed and if it was monthly or quarterly. The secretary replied in the affirmative and said that they had printed twice a year due to the pandemic. This magazine is printed and distributed to Lajna members free of charge.
While talking with the secretary of sehat-e-jismani (physical health), Huzooraa came to learn that 5,025 Lajna members exercised regularly in Indonesia.
Speaking with secretary tajnid (census), Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked if she was in contact with each and every member of Lajna. Whilst offering guidance, Huzooraa said, “Try to reach to each and every member of Lajna. Ask your secretaries of tajnid, in every majlis, to go to each member of Lajna and find out their particulars.”
The khidmat-e-khalq (service to mankind) department reported to Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa that with the help of san‘at-o-dastakari department, they had created an online platform to help train Lajna with activities such as cooking. She added that they helped out by donating blood and providing financial aid to Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis.
Talking with the public relations (umur-e-kharija) department, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked if there was a female parliamentarian in the Indonesian parliament, to which the secretary replied in the affirmative. Whilst offering guidance, Huzooraa said, “You should try to contact them and invite them to your functions so that you may have good relations with them.”
Addressing the secretary for umur-e-talibat (student affairs), Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked how many students were attending university and further asked how many were studying medicine.
Next to present her report was secretary Waqf-e-Nau. Huzooraa asked her how many waqifaat-e-nau were in Indonesia, before explaining:
“Do proper tarbiyat of these waqifaat-e-nau. Each and every waqifa-e-nau should be regular in offering their five daily prayers; they should read the Holy Quran every day; they should read some books of the Promised Messiahas that have been translated to Indonesian and other literature. And they should try to listen to my khutba [sermon] every week. Make sure that all waqifaat-e-nau are well connected with the Jamaat’s system, are in contact with Khilafat and they give more time to acquiring religious knowledge.”
Hearing this, the secretary requested Huzooraa to pray for all waqifaat-e-nau in Indonesia and their parents.
Addressing secretary ziafat (food arrangements), Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked what food was made and prepared for Lajna members, to which she replied that roast chicken and rice was prepared and for the evening, rice with meat was cooked.
Next, speaking with naib general secretary, Huzooraa mentioned:
“Make sure that every report that comes to you is answered and acknowledged – whether they are doing a good job or not or doing the job up to the mark, they should be answered. If they are doing a good job, then send them an appreciation letter. If they need some comments to focus on a particular department, then you should ask them to give emphasis on those things.”
Sadr Sahiba said to Huzooraa that there were a few questions and matters they wished to seek Huzoor’saa guidance on. Very graciously, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa accepted this request.
A Lajna member asked Huzooraa how one could encourage members towards financial sacrifice. Huzooraa said:
“[…] explain to them that financial sacrifice for the Jamaat is not a tax. It is the duty of every true believer that they should sacrifice for the sake of the Jamaat. And it is written in the Quran; even in the second chapter – Surah al-Baqarah – [where] Allah the Almighty says that you should have iman bil-ghaib [belief in the unseen] and then [God says to] offer your prayer and then make some sacrifice in the way of Allah.
“So, it is the commandment of Allah the Almighty to make some financial sacrifice for running the day-to-day expenses of the Jamaat, of course, for spreading the message of Allah the Almighty in the country in particular and in the whole world in general. So, we are sacrificing for the sake of getting Allah’s pleasure. So, make them realise the importance of it.
“There are quite a number of Quranic verses which mention the importance of financial sacrifice. And there are quite a number of khutbat [sermons] of previous Khulafa, and even my khutbat, where I have explained in detail, the importance of sacrifice.”
Next, Huzooraa was asked for guidance on how to increase members’ interest in studying books of the Promised Messiahas.
“You should try to pick some passages from the books of the Promised Messiah, on whom be peace, which are related to women and for day-to-day life. So, then you can increase the interest of the women – and especially those who are well-educated – and Nasirat of miyar-e-kabir. Then, they will develop some interest in it […] if you just pick the passages on different subjects from different books, then they will develop an interest to read the books. Once they develop their interest, then they will start reading the other books as well.”
The last question Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa was asked was with regard to tabligh training. The questioner said that there are members who are not confident to deliver tabligh. Huzooraa was asked how they could encourage them in this matter.
Whilst providing the answer and direction, Huzooraa said:
“Inculcate confidence in them. And make some syllabus – a course – and train them and ask them to read it so that they can answer basic questions while doing tabligh. Or, if not, at least make some CDs for tabligh […] when they are doing tabligh, they can play those CDs, which will help them to answer questions. It will help them to learn and also help them in tabligh.”
With this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa conveyed his salaam to all amila members and the meeting drew to a close.