Tahir Selby, Missionary, Hartlepool
Prior to the holy month of Ramadan, Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib, Missionary-in-Charge UK held a monthly meeting with the UK missionaries and stressed the importance of developing the tarbiyat of the members during Ramadan. All the missionaries acted on this guidance and in every mosque throughout the UK, darses of hadith were held after Fajr prayer and darses of the Holy Quran were held later in the day.
Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib himself gave darses every morning, which were recorded and sent to every jamaat for distribution to the members. Likewise, he instructed the missionaries to encourage the members to listen to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV’srh dars of the Holy Quran on MTA every afternoon.
Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib also gave an online dars every day to different jamaats in the UK and was able to hold 28 darses in different places. Often this was recorded and uploaded on YouTube for members to watch and benefit from.
Likewise, many missionaries also delivered darses in different locations or arranged for guest speakers to give dars.
Whilst some Covid-19 restrictions like wearing facemasks, social distancing etc. were in place at the mosque, alhamdulillah there was still a good attendance for the daily prayers.
Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib was concerned that the missionaries should keep in contact with members who were ill or having difficulties, either by visiting them or by phoning them. This is something that all the missionaries have been doing and will continue to do throughout the year, insha-Allah. Collections were made for the Humanity First Food Bank in Mirfield by the members throughout Ramadan.
The UK Tabligh Department encouraged jamaats to organise a “Big Iftar” and invited guests to join them at a hired hall. In the Midlands, our mosque was visited by the Bishop of Dudley and a Pastor, who had iftar with the members. Another initiative was to hold open days at the mosque which some jamaats held, and some will do after Ramadan, insha-Allah. Also, some jamaats held bookstalls to deliver the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat.
Allah the Almighty rewarded our efforts during the blessed month of Ramadan with several bai‘ats from people of different nationalities.
Talim classes continued throughout this blessed month, where classes were held online or at the mosques. Often nowadays, both the classes were held in the mosque and online to ensure maximum attendance.
The online classes have been one of the blessings of the Covid-19 lockdown, that being forced to hold the classes online, meant a much wider attendance. Now that we have become used to this method of teaching, we have continued to have classes online, whilst still allowing people to come to the mosque.
Throughout this blessed month, the missionaries held Atfal, Waqf-e-Nau, talim and tabligh classes every week to ensure that our members are being properly trained. New Ahmadi classes were also being held and some missionaries held a special Iftar for them.
A tree was planted at the Hartlepool Mosque Garden in memory of the late Syed Taalay Ahmad Shaheed.
Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib, at the missionary meeting held towards the end of Ramadan, was pleased to hear the reports of the various activities of the missionaries during this blessed month and felt there was an awakening in the Jamaat and that we should try to continue these efforts throughout the year.