Ata-ul-Haye Nasir, Al Hakam
On 21 October 1950, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra delivered his inaugural address at the annual ijtema of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya.
During his address, Huzoorra said:
“I wish to call the attention of khuddam towards those permanent duties that have been made incumbent by Allah the Almighty, not only since the beginning of Islam but since the creation of this world. The basic fundamentals have been the same since the beginning, though their interpretations may vary [in different eras], and no prophet has ever acted against them.
“The first and foremost of those fundamentals is faith. Faith does not mean merely reciting the kalima [Islamic creed], rather faith is the name of that quwat-e-mutaharrika [driving force] and certainty, which is created as a result of reciting the kalima. Just like sugar cane needs to be squeezed to get its juice, similarly, a belief without a driving force is of no avail. A ‘belief’ is what we believe, however, the word ‘faith’ is used when we begin to benefit from that [‘belief’].
“Therefore, the combination of belief and the driving force is called ‘faith’. [Meaning that] once a person strengthens their belief to the extent that it brings about a transformation within themselves, it is called ‘faith’. Hence, the first and foremost thing which needs to be inculcated after becoming an Ahmadi, is faith, which is the combination of a true belief and a driving force.
“Faith is then followed by actions, without which the faith cannot bring any revolution. The actions testify to the presence of faith, and thus, faith creates a revolution within a person.
“The third aspect is truthfulness, which in itself is a natural phenomenon. When a person avoids speaking the truth, they actually rebel against their nature. […] By abandoning truthfulness, one casts aside human nature, hence, it is your duty to always adopt truthfulness. […]
“Therefore, humanity and religion both demand for one to be truthful. Just like religion and kufr [disbelief] cannot merge together, in the same way, religion and falsehood can never join together.” (Al Fazl, 25 October 1950, p. 2)
On 23 October 1950, while addressing Majlis-e-Shura of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra said:
“You should all recognise your responsibilities, which are incumbent upon you for being a khadim [member of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya]. Only those nations are able to flourish whose members strive to get better than their previous generation in dedication, sacrifice, discipline and spirituality. […] Always remember that you have been blessed with an era of Islam’s progress, which will never come again. As it is right to say that Islam will never regress again as much as it did in this era, similarly, it is also certain that the progress Islam will achieve in this era will never take place again in the future. Moreover, God has given you an opportunity for sacrifices which no one else will ever have.” (Al Fazl, 31 October 1950, p. 3)
Huzoorra further said that in this era, materialistic people had moved away from God and did not give any importance to His Being:
“Today, it is your duty to once again establish in this world the honour and glory of your God. The sacrifice for which you are being called has no status as compared to the reward which has been decreed for you in return. […] Therefore, do not consider this duty to be less important, rather it has great importance, and thus, you are required to offer sacrifices in accordance with the nature and importance of this duty. […] It is the responsibility of the youth to be better than their predecessors in offering sacrifices.” (Ibid)
While speaking about tabligh, Huzoorra said one should preach to those who were willing to listen and who understood the arguments with seriousness, rather than wasting time on preaching to those who continued to quibble and indulge in meaningless debates.
While advising in regards to serving humanity, Huzoorra said:
“You need to instil within you a passion to provide solace and support to others, in its true essence. Moreover, you are also required to advise the Muslims to be regular in prayers, to offer Zakat, to follow other Islamic commandments and to avoid vices.” (Ibid, p. 4)
Huzoorra advised khuddam to learn swimming, and that everyone should try to learn at least one skill. Huzoorra added that the youth was required to attain education as much as possible in accordance with the needs of their country and nation.
Towards the end, Huzoorra said:
“Our opposition is getting dangerous now. It is your duty to be steadfast and to instil within yourself a spirit to be fearless and to face the opposition according to the standards of believers.” (Ibid)
On 12 October 1951, while addressing the Ijtema of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Huzoorra said that it was a distinctive feature of believers to sacrifice their personal desires for the sake of Allah the Almighty.
Huzoorra further said:
“Always remember that the Holy Quran is the fountain of all disciplines [ulum], and without it, one can never attain true knowledge. Every person remains limited to their own personal perspective and thoughts, and thus, can never master all perspectives held by other people. […] However, the Holy Quran is revealed by that Being Who possesses a deep knowledge of all the sentiments and perspectives of human beings. Therefore, the need for all sorts of knowledge and capabilities has been fulfilled [in the Holy Quran]. Hence, all people can benefit from this [book] as per their own personal capacities. […]
“Even in this era, it is only the Holy Quran which can fulfil the needs of this world. The world tried hard for the establishment of peace – established the League of Nations and the United Nations – however, they are proving to be unsuccessful since these efforts are not based on spirituality, rather personal interests and rights have been kept in mind.
“In reality, the solution to the world’s problems lies in the establishment of pure morals, and pure morals cannot be established through worldly efforts, but rather in accordance with the teaching presented by the Holy Quran.
“Therefore, make a habit of reading and contemplating upon the Holy Quran, and then to teach the Holy Quran to others as well. As a result, the doors of the Holy Quran’s knowledge and blessings will be opened for you, and every time you read it, you will learn new meanings and verities.
“We have a huge objective in front of us; people conquer countries, however, we have to establish the Kingdom of God by [spiritually] conquering the whole world. Such a huge milestone is impossible until we attain the required power, and that power can only be obtained from the Holy Quran. Since the fulfilment of this huge task has been decreed to be through us, therefore, Allah the Almighty has also provided the means for us to get the required power. It will be our misfortune if we do not strive to attain [this power] despite having the ability.” (Al Fazl, 16 October 1951, p. 2)
On the second day of ijtema, Huzoorra advised the khuddam and atfal to serve their respective country with utmost passion. He said:
“You should make the world aware of the fact that the Ahmadi youth are ever ready to offer every possible sacrifice for safeguarding their country, and upon need, they will be at the forefront, insha-Allah.” (Al Fazl, 25 October 1951, p. 4)
Further, Huzoorra instructed Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya to activate its majalis to make them more productive and strengthen the organisation. (Ibid)
May Allah the Almighty enable Ahmadi youth to act upon these golden principles.