Last Updated on 11th December 2020
On 5 December 2020, students of Jamia Ahmadiyya International, Ghana were fortunate to have a virtual class with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper.
The class commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by its Urdu translation. After the recitation of the Holy Quran and its Urdu translation, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa asked the Jamia student who had read the translation if he had understood what he had just read and also if he understood Urdu. He replied by saying, “Ji, me samajhta hoon [Yes, I understand].” Hearing this, Huzooraa lovingly responded, “Good. ‘Samajhta hoon’ is correct. If you had said ‘samajhti hoon’ then it would have been incorrect.”
A hadith and nazm were presented thereafter. Following this, an extract with regard to the revival of Islam, from the writings of the Promised Messiahas, was read out.
During the class, the students had the opportunity to seek guidance on various matters and ask Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa an array of questions with regard to faith, Huzoor’saa personal experiences and everyday issues.
The first question asked was with regard to attaining God’s nearness and the best method for this. Answering the question, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa quoted a verse of the Holy Quran:
وَ مَا خَلَقۡتُ الۡجِنَّ وَالۡاِنۡسَ اِلَّا لِیَعۡبُدُوۡنِ
“And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me.” (Surah al-Dhariyat, Ch.51: V.57)
Huzooraa added, “After belief in the unseen [at the start of Surah al-Baqarah], God states یُقِیۡمُوۡنَ الصَّلٰوۃَ, meaning, ‘Observe prayer’ … After the belief in God, we are told to observe prayer. Then, the Holy Prophetsa has told us that during Namaz, man is nearest to Allah in prostration and that we should pray to God in prostration that He may grant us His nearness.”
Huzooraa continued by stating we should pray to Allah the Almighty in a manner that says that we are not in need of worldly benefits or wealth; we need His nearness only. When we attain His nearness, the worldly wealth and all its facilities will become our servants and this should push us to want to increase in spirituality.
Thus, Huzooraa explained that the best method to attain Allah’s nearness is Salat and that too in prostrations.
Following this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was asked about the type of food he preferred when resided in Ghana. Upon this, Huzooraa expressed that he had eaten many dishes in Ghana such as fufu, okra soup and jollof rice. Huzooraa, giving special reference to pineapples, added, “In Ghana, all types of fruits are delicious.”
Huzooraa further went on to say:
“Once, when the conditions were bad, I remember Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh, prior to his Khilafat, asked me in a letter, ‘The conditions there are bad and I know that you have a specific taste in food. Do you get to eat what you like?’ I replied that the food here was very delicious and that we had fruits – bananas, oranges and pineapples. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh replied, ‘You have mentioned things which we do not even have here in Pakistan.’ Thus, there are many good things in Ghana.”
A student asked that if, after praying and performing istikhara (a prayer for seeking blessings and guidance), one did not receive a dream, how a decision in important matters such as marriage could be made.
Responding to this, Huzooraa said:
“Istikhara means to ask God for khair [good], meaning that may Allah grant khair in the matter being prayed for … It is not necessary for Allah to show you a dream relating to the matter or for Allah to inform you or reveal to you a certain thing.”
Huzooraa further elaborated:
“Thus, we are to simply pray to Allah that if a certain matter is good for us, then may He make things easier for us. If, after praying, one’s heart feels comfort in the matter, then one may go ahead with the rishta [marriage proposal]. Then, the proposed girl should also pray in regard to the future relation … If the proposed girl’s heart is not satisfied in this rishta, then one may ask elsewhere. It is possible that God has planned something else.
“Thus, do not just focus merely on dreams. It is not necessary for you to see a dream. What is required is that the heart feels comfort in a matter.”
Huzooraa further said, “Thus, istikhara is a prayer to seek God’s help and guidance, not to receive a revelation from God.”
Upon being asked to share some personal experiences from the time when Huzooraa was serving in Ghana, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:
“When I was serving in Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh visited for an official tour….. On the day that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh arrived in Osu, Accra, many people had gathered to meet him. When Huzoorrh greeted everyone and delivered a short address, heavy rain began to fall and despite having an umbrella above him, Huzoor’srh shalwar [trousers] and achkan [traditional coat in the Indian subcontinent] was soaked. The men, women and children present did not even slightly move and continued listening to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh. Seeing this, Huzoorrh was very impressed at the level of patience and tolerance shown by the people of Ghana.”
“In 2005, when I visited Tanzania during their Jalsa and was delivering an address to the ladies, torrential rain began to fall to such an extent that the shade above gathered the rainwater and suddenly collapsed causing the water to gush down. At this, not a single lady moved and simply continued to listen to my address. Thus, Africans possess a high level of patience and discipline.”
Addressing the students, Huzooraa said:
“As you are becoming missionaries, whilst teaching Islam and the matters of faith to the future generations, you must endeavour to also explain to them that Islam also pays emphasis and teaches us discipline, and discipline is such a virtue that if inculcated in oneself, it can lead the country to further progress. Insha-Allah, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyyat will play a role in the progress of African countries. Thus, for this reason, discipline is essential.”
A student asked how one can make a good habit of reading books. Upon this, Huzooraa said that for achieving any goal, one must have a firm resolve. One should make a timetable. Firstly, one should note down all of their activities for a week, meaning that whatever one does – after waking up and before going to sleep – should all be noted down. For example, the time spent in going to the bathroom, performing ablution and other such daily routines should be noted down, from dawn till dusk.
Huzooraa then instructed that one should reflect on how much time was wasted and how much time was utilised in the best manner; the time that was consumed on unnecessary things and which could have been otherwise saved should be properly analysed.
After one week is complete in this manner, a timetable for the following week should be made and after seeing one’s weaknesses and positive points during the past week, a timetable for Tahajud, Fajr prayer and recitation of the Holy Quran should be made.
If one wants to utilise their time in the best way, one can recite the Holy Quran or read its tafsir as well, after offering Tahajud prayer and while waiting for the Fajr prayer. Then, after Fajr and recitation of the Holy Quran – speaking to the Jamia students specifically – Huzooraa said that they had their Jamia schedule to follow.
After the Jamia lesson time, there is study time, sports time and dinner break. All these activities should be noted down in such a timetable. Jamia’s compulsory timetable must be included in one’s voluntary timetable and this should be acted upon. From this, one can ascertain how much time is fixed for reading and goals can be made accordingly.
Thereafter, Huzooraa asked a student as to why he had not kept a beard and instructed that even if students cannot grow a full beard, they should keep what is reasonably possible.
A student then mentioned that the hectic routine of Jamia did not permit them to have enough sleep and followed this by asking how much time Huzooraa deemed sufficient for a student’s sleep.
Huzooraa replied, “You cannot conquer the world while sleeping.”
Upon learning that the student who had asked that question was from Jordan, Huzooraa lovingly remarked, “How can you conquer Jordan and the Arab world if you continue sleeping?”
Huzooraa continued by saying:
“As I have told a student earlier, you should make a timetable and fix six hours for sleeping. Six hours are enough for sleep and are possible, provided that [a student’s timetable] is managed well and time is not wasted in trivial discussion, watching television, playing games …”
Huzooraa said, “If you can develop the habit of personal study for two hours every day, you can become a great scholar and can conquer the world.”
Huzooraa further said that, “It all depends on how one spends their time. 24 hours are sufficient to accomplish tasks.”
Upon being asked if Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa had made any plans of visiting Ghana in the future, Huzooraa expressed that he had planned to visit all countries in Africa. Huzooraa further stated that they should pray that the conditions of the world permitted him to visit.
A student asked Huzooraa for the strongest argument to present before a person who rejected the existence of God. Responding to this, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said, “The fact of the matter is that those who do not believe in God are not ready to listen to any argument.”
“A well-known atheist wrote a book in which he denied the belief and existence of God. In response to this, I sent him the Five-Volume English Commentary of the Holy Quran and a book of the Promised Messiahas, The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam, along with other books and requested him to read them so that he may understand the proofs of the existence of God. However, he responded by saying that he was not interested and did not wish to read anything.”
Huzooraa further added, “There are some who are pure by nature, open-minded and willing to listen. You must keep ties with them and bring them towards God.”
“There are many people who come to meet me, including the press. Some of them express that though they do not believe in God, if they ever believed in God in the future, they would do so only because of the Khalifa [Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa] as it was he who conveyed to them the true teachings of God Almighty.”
“To soften the hearts of people, we should pray. You should present your good character and share your personal experiences in regard to the acceptance of prayer because for an individual, the most important thing is one’s personal relationship with God. When you tell people about God’s treatment towards you, it is this first-hand experience which impresses people.”
As the virtual class drew to a close, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa was asked which career and field he had wished to pursue when he was a student. Upon this, Huzooraa said, “I was unable to enter the field I initially wished to pursue and ended up in a field that I had no desire for.”
Huzooraa added, “Initially, I was interested in science and thought that I could pursue medicine, which was not possible. However, I did agricultural economics and I prayed and vowed that if I was able to secure good grades in my MSc exams, I would devote my life in the service of the Jamaat. Then, through no effort of my own, Allah enabled me to secure good grades in first division, upon which I did waqf.”
Huzooraa further added:
“Then I was sent to Africa. Since then, Allah has gripped my finger and taken me forward … Thus, always firmly take hold of Allah’s hand and continue to seek His help; He will Himself guide you. Missionaries and those hoping to serve as missionaries must always hold fast to Allah’s hand and continuously seek His help that He take us wherever He desires and instil within us the virtues He desires for us, for therein lies His grace and blessings.”