Ansar should remain physically active and youthful: National amila of Ansarullah Canada meet with Huzoor

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On 6 November 2021, Majlis Ansarullah Canada’s amila had a mulaqat with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper. 

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa initiated the meeting with dua (silent prayer). 

Addressing Naib Sadr Saf-e-daum, Ghulam Misbah Sahib, Huzooraa asked how many ansar were in saf-e-daum and how many exercised. Misbah Sahib reported there were 3,334 members in saf-e-daum, of whom more than 400 owned cycles while others took part in other exercises. Huzooraa asked if at least half of the ansar exercised, to which Misbah Sahib said they did. 

While talking about Wasiyyat, Huzooraa said all the ansar should read the book, Al-Wasiyyat and then later they could take part in the scheme too.

Asim Bhali Sahib, Qaid Umumi (General Affairs) gave his report to Huzooraa and said there were a total of 107 Ansarullah majalis, of which 70 were close to Toronto. 99% of all majalis gave their reports regularly.

Sanaullah Khan Sahib, Qaid Talim (Education) reported that they had been preparing the Ansarullah syllabus according to the instructions of Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa, which he gave the last time he visited Canada. Huzooraa asked what those instructions were. Sanaullah Sahib said Huzooraa instructed them to keep the yearly themes according to the conditions. Accordingly, the theme this year was about the life of the Holy Prophetsa while last year’s theme was on obedience. 

Sanaullah Sahib reported that during Covid-19, the emphasis of educating Ansarullah members was focused online and 40% participated in all the tests and exams. Huzooraa said that as it had moved online, there should have been more participation and 100% of amila members, on every level, should be taking part as well. 

Muhammad Kaleem Sahib, Qaid Tarbiyat (Moral Training) was asked by Huzooraa what the department’s plans were. Kaleem Sahib reported they had worked for all majalis to have 100% of their amila members offering the five daily prayers and listening to Huzoor’s Friday Sermons every week. Huzooraa also asked about how many ansar and amila members offered their five daily prayers in congregation. Huzooraa said:

“If the amila is not offering their Namaz, who else will offer it then? Their work will not be blessed. Without prayer, work cannot be blessed. If they believe that due to their ability, their knowledge or their hard work, their work will be blessed, then this cannot happen until it is accompanied with prayer”. 

Huzooraa said even a normal Muslim should be offering their five daily prayers 100% of the time, so amila members should have no excuse. Huzooraa said that in a speech during the national Ansarullah ijtema of the United Kingdom – where Canada Ansarullah amila members were also present – he emphasised the need for ansar to focus on prayers. That speech should be listened to again, Huzooraa said.

Huzooraa asked Muhammad Shabuti Sahib, Qaid Tarbiyat Nau Mubai‘een (Moral Training for New Converts) how many new converts there were. Shabuti Sahib said that since 2018, there were 24 new ansar converts. The department paid attention to educating those who were not Muslims previously in reciting the Holy Quran, offering Salat and reading the books of the Promised Messiahas etc. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“Yes, draw attention towards offering Namaz, teach them Surah al-Fatihah, teach them the translation of Surah al-Fatihah. Do their tarbiyat like this.”

Advising Qaid Isar (Sacrifice), Farooq Shehzad Sahib, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said Majlis Ansarullah Canada should carry out humanitarian projects in Africa too like funding the building of water pumps and model villages etc. Huzooraa said funds should be collected from Ansarullah members for these projects. 

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked Muhammad Abdullah Sahib, Qaid Tabligh (Preaching) how many ansar were carrying out tabligh. Abdullah Sahib said there were 200 and the annual target for new converts was 55. Hearing this, Huzooraa said:

“Set it as 100 at least. When the target is high, the efforts will be increased too. I have said it many times; keep big targets […] You people have contacts and hold many events etc. but the bai‘ats are low. Hold seminars, give leaflets too – look at the current world conditions and find new ways in how we can expand tabligh.”

Muhammad Akbar Bhatti Sahib, Qaid Zehanat-o-Sehat-e-Jismani (Physical and Mental Health) reported. Huzooraa asked what sports he played. Akbar Sahib said he played volleyball and football; however, despite his interest in football, it was getting difficult for him to play football regularly. Hearing this, with a smile, Huzooraa remarked, “Yes, you are getting old. It will get less frequent. Your body doesn’t allow it now, does it?”

Akbar Sahib then reported that courts were regularly booked for ansar to play volleyball. Further, during Covid-19, some events on mental health were held for ansar and when things opened after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, physical sporting events were held too. 

Huzooraa asked Faisal Ahmad Khan Sahib, Qaid Tajnid (Census) how many ansar there were in Canada, to which he said there were 5,772 members.

Kashif Arshad Sahib, Qaid Isha‘at (Publications) reported that the Ansarullah magazine in Canada was named نَحْنُ‭ ‬اَنْصَارُاللّٰه (We are helpers of Allah) and three issues were published annually. Huzooraa said, “Masha-Allah. Are you able to publish all issues?”, to which Kashif Sahib said they had published all three in 2021. Huzooraa asked Kashif Sahib who his father was, to which he replied that his father was Arshad Ali Chaudhry. Huzooraa said, “Masha-Allah, you are in Ansarullah too?” 

Sohail Saqib Sahib, Qaid Talim-ul-Quran and Waqf-e-Arzi (Teaching the Quran and Temporary Waqf) was next to report. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked how many ansar did not know how to read the Holy Quran, and the department taught them. Sohail Sahib said that in every region, there were about 8-10 ansar who did not know how to read the Holy Quran and according to Huzoor’s previous instructions, these ansar were taught how to read the Holy Quran through private classes. 

Huzooraa asked how many ansar did waqf-e-arzi for the department and out of them, how many were from the national amila. Sohail Sahib reported that this year, 174 ansar took part in waqf-e-arzi, out of which 12 were from the national amila. Huzooraa said the rest of the national amila members – including Sadr Sahib – should participate in waqf-e-arzi too.

Muhammad Naeem Sahib, Muavin Sadr who overlooked hospitality reported. Huzooraa asked what the ansar were given for breakfast as it was morning in Canada. Naeem Sahib said breakfast consisted of croissants, bread, butter, jam, fruit etc. Huzooraa, with a smile, said that such a breakfast was for young people and croissants could cause health issues for the ansar – a breakfast suited for ansar should have been provided. 

Various regional nazimeen-e-ala then introduced themselves and their majalis to Huzooraa.

Thereafter, Sadr Ansarullah Canada then thanked Huzooraa for speaking with all the amila members. Sadr Sahib requested Huzooraa for some amila members to ask their questions.

The first query put to Huzooraa was that some Ansarullah members excused themselves when given a responsibility in the Jamaat. With a smile, Huzooraa responded by saying:

“You try to give responsibilities; they try to excuse themselves – this is your challenge, to see whose effort is successful.”

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa continued: 

“First see if the person has the ability to take on a responsibility. There is not a lack of manpower there in Canada, is there? Find people […].

“Some people just talk, they just criticise the work of others and give their own opinions that such a thing should be like this and that. When you say to them ‘Okay, come forward and you do the work’, they say, ‘No, no, I don’t have time’ etc. The habit of those people is that they just talk. Therefore, you need not worry about them. However, yes, find new people. I have seen here too that you have taken some ansar from saf-e-daum. if older ansar don’t come forward, then ask the saf-e-daum ansar to come and take work from them. Your second line will get ready too and their training will take place. In the same way, the additional members you have [in the amila], lots of naibeen can be attached to them and tarbiyat will take place in this way too and for the future you will have people who can work. 

“You cannot force someone to work. And what are your standards? Why do you try to forcefully give [responsibility] to such people? You cannot force someone to serve who doesn’t even want to serve faith. For this reason, find such people who truly have a passion to serve faith and are not from those who just talk. You people get influenced by words; don’t be affected by what people say. First have an in-depth understanding of each person and then think about what work could be taken from them […].”

The next question was by qaid sehat-e-jismani about the challenge of arranging sports for new ansar members who had been participating in sporting events in Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and wanted similar opportunities in Ansarullah. Huzooraa advised:

“It should be organised. When they come and desire to play, then it is the responsibility of Ansarullah to make a ground available for them like Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya do.”

Huzooraa emphasised that it was Ansarullah’s responsibility to fulfil such requirements. Quoting Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, Huzooraa said that when people entered Ansarullah from Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, even active members became lazy for some reason. Therefore Ansarullah members should be active themselves and work with the same vigour. 

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:

“People continue some sort of sports even up to the age of 55-60. If you don’t play soccer, then play badminton, otherwise you can cycle or go for walks and jogs.”

Huzooraa said sports teams should be made for the new saf-e-daum Ansarullah members too and sports and activities should be organised for them. Age should not be a limiting factor in organising such events, Huzooraa said. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa stressed:

“You are certainly not old up until the age of 55 at least. At 55, one can ponder over whether they are old or not.” 

Huzooraa said that the spirit of youthfulness could be inculcated by keeping Ansarullah activities fresh too. Whatever activities were held in Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya should continue in Ansarullah too and the Ansarullah budget would enable them to do so. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa then conveyed his salaam and the meeting ended.

(Report prepared by Al Hakam)

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