Strengthen your connection with Allah: Students from MKA Germany meet Huzoor


Islamabad, Saturday, 20 April 2024: Approximately one hundred students from Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Germany were blessed with the opportunity to have an in-person mulaqat with Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa. The event commenced with the greeting of salaam from Huzooraa, followed by Daniyal Daud Sahib’s recitation of verses 191-193 from Surah Aal-e-‘Imran, with Aneeq Ahmad Shahid Sahib providing the Urdu translation. Sarmad Muhammad Sahib presented couplets from an Urdu poem by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra.

Imtiaz Ahmad Shaheen Sahib, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Germany, informed Huzooraa that the students had prepared several questions they wished to present.

Balancing academia and spirituality

The first to step forward was Aleem Bhatti Sahib, who posed a question regarding the balance between academic pursuits and spiritual growth in today’s fast-paced and competitive environment.

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa emphasised the foundational role of Islamic practices in achieving this balance, stating, “Allah Almighty has ordained five daily prayers for our spiritual advancement. Thus, if you are regularly performing these prayers, duly fulfilling their rights and observing them punctually as instructed in the Holy Quran – ‘And perform the prayers at their prescribed times’ – in doing so, you essentially safeguard yourself.” [Surah an-Nisa, Ch.4: V.104] He explained that consistent prayer not only fulfils a religious obligation but also protects individuals from societal vices, thereby contributing to spiritual growth.

Huzooraa further discussed the importance of adhering to the Holy Quran and fulfilling both God’s rights and the rights of fellow human beings. He noted, “It is stated in some contexts that the obligations we owe to our fellow beings can, at times, even take precedence over the rights of Allah Almighty. Therefore, when you are fulfilling the rights of others, donating to charity, attending to their sentiments, and refraining from causing them any harm – rather, striving to benefit them – these actions also constitute a significant facet of enhancing your spiritual growth.”

By engaging in these spiritual practices, individuals are shielded from negative influences, allowing them to focus more effectively on their academic and professional responsibilities. “Furthermore, as for worldly duties: a student should commit to their studies and fulfil their educational responsibilities. Similarly, an employee should focus entirely on their role, performing their tasks with utmost honesty and integrity,” Huzooraa advised.

Addressing the temptations of the modern world, Huzooraa reiterated the protective power of prayer: “Allah Almighty has declared that prayer wards off indecencies and evil deeds [fahsha’]. [Surah al-Ankabut, Ch.29: V.46] Therefore, those who are regular in their prayers will naturally keep themselves away from the societal vices present around them.”

Huzooraa recounted a poignant lesson from the Promised Messiahas, who once said, “Fear Allah and do everything else.” This fear of Allah ensures that one remains vigilant against sinful acts.

Huzooraa concluded with a powerful reminder of the omnipresence of Allah, providing an analogy to illustrate His comprehensive awareness: He mentioned how, similar to the way CCTV cameras monitor our actions, Allah’s watchfulness encompasses not just our visible actions but also our internal states – what’s in our hearts, our thoughts, and our intentions. This awareness should guide believers to adhere to righteousness and steer clear of modern distractions like inappropriate media content.

Ethical use of Artificial Intelligence

Farhan Mushtaq Sahib posed the next question to Huzooraa. He enquired about the Islamic perspective on the roles Artificial Intelligence (AI) should and should not play.

Huzooraa explained the fundamental nature of AI, stating, “Artificial Intelligence fundamentally involves inputting comprehensive data into a system to make it proficient in a particular subject or field. For instance, in the context of language, it involves embedding all pertinent words within the system, enabling it to ascertain the appropriate words for specific contexts. In medicine, this means incorporating all existing research, including the advantages and drawbacks of various treatments, into the system.”

He further elaborated on the capabilities and limitations of AI: “Artificial Intelligence is defined by its capability to aggregate and consolidate information within its programming. When asked a specific question, it will provide a detailed analysis outlining the advantages and disadvantages, the beneficial and harmful aspects of any subject. If you direct it to produce an article that accentuates the negative aspects of a topic, it will comply, potentially resulting in a piece that might only evoke frustration. Conversely, if you request it to focus on the positive aspects, Artificial Intelligence will adapt accordingly and produce an article emphasising the beneficial elements.”

Huzooraa also touched upon AI’s linguistic abilities and its broader applications: “In the same vein, Artificial Intelligence is proficient with languages – it can supply appropriate words in English, Urdu, Arabic, and other languages as needed. Thus, we must focus on the beneficial aspects of this technology and explore how we can derive the greatest advantage from it.”

He stressed that AI does not surpass human intelligence but operates within the parameters set by its creators: “At its essence, AI represents merely a collection of human efforts and knowledge consolidated into one place. When queried, it reproduces responses based on the information inputted. It does not surpass human intelligence but operates within the confines of the intellect instilled by its creators. For example, if it is equipped with the combined knowledge of a hundred individuals, it can convey that aggregate wisdom to any questioner, illustrating not just what they know, but also what those ninety-nine others understand.”

Regarding the ethical use of AI, Huzooraa highlighted its dual potential for both beneficial and harmful outcomes:

“So, it can be beneficial or detrimental depending on how it is used. The team at has initiated projects involving AI to better leverage its potential. I have instructed them to implement comprehensive safety measures to prevent any form of access that might compromise or misrepresent our objectives.” Huzooraa stressed that it is crucial to ensure that AI adheres strictly to our established viewpoints and doesn’t deviate from the intended narrative.

Huzooraa concluded with a call for judicious use of technology: “Hence, embrace its beneficial aspects. Every technology presents both advantages and risks. If utilised wisely, it will be advantageous and improve life. However, if misused, it could lead astray and deviate from religious truths. 

“For instance, if you request an article outlining the shortcomings of religion, it will source from an extensive array of atheistic content to advocate disbelief. In contrast, if you seek understanding about the existence of Allah and what religious scholars have expressed – including the rich literature from our Jamaat – it will provide all the affirmative perspectives.”

Huzoor’saa expectations for khuddam around the world

Next, Mamoon Ahmad Tahir Sahib asked, “What would please Huzooraa the most about Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Germany, and what are his heartfelt wishes for them?”

Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa replied: “In response to a question previously asked by a young man, I told him to cultivate a connection with Allah. This is my expectation not only for Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Germany but also for the khuddam in the UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, India, and all others worldwide. The advice given in the poem just recited encapsulates the expectations I hold for you all.”

Maintaining communication after a possible World War

Talmiz Ahmad Butt Sahib raised a pertinent question about the Jamaat’s preparedness for a potential global conflict, requesting guidance on how we will access the directives of Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa at a time when traditional communication methods might be compromised.

Huzooraa responded with reassurance about Allah Almighty’s guidance in such scenarios. He highlighted that despite the scale of devastation, the world does not come to a complete halt, and communication channels, particularly through satellites, would remain operational. “It is suggested to utilise solar cells, solar systems, or solar gadgets,” Huzooraa advised, emphasising the importance of self-sufficiency in maintaining power supplies to stay connected. He mentioned the availability of solar cells for charging phones, etc.

For the heads of Jamaat [umara] across different countries, Huzooraa recommended maintaining at least one satellite phone per national Jamaat to guarantee communication with the headquarters, irrespective of the status of other mobile services. “If you have solar charging, your MTA will continue to operate or Allah Almighty will invariably continue to make some other arrangements,” he added.

Addressing the severity of potential wartime devastation, Huzooraa referred to the prophecies of the Promised Messiahas, clarifying that while significant regions would be affected, the wording of the Promised Messiah’sas prophecies does not entail a complete global annihilation, but rather, significant parts will be affected. “This situation is usually temporary; after which, contacts are restored. For instance, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were rebuilt and reconnected shortly after being devastated by atomic bombs,” he stated.

Huzooraa urged meticulous planning among the members of the Jamaat, including Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya to identify strategic points likely to be targeted by enemies during conflicts and to plan for maintaining contact in nearby regions where Ahmadis reside. Central instructions will subsequently be passed down to regional centres, which will continue to disseminate them amongst the Jamaat, he explained.

On the matter of what to convey to those outside of the Jamaat about these grim prospects, Huzooraa emphasised the importance of preaching the Unity of God, adherence to His commandments, and the moral obligations humans owe to one another. “Allah does not bring destruction upon nations solely for their rejection of faith; rather, He does so when they become utterly bankrupt in moral terms,” he noted. Huzooraa encouraged warning people now so that when catastrophes occur, they will be more receptive to the message of God, providing an opportunity for effective tabligh.

In the context of Germany, Huzooraa pointed out that while the public might sense impending crises, the government’s position, especially its strong support for Israel, might inhibit receptiveness to warnings. He concluded the answer by stressing the importance of alerting people now so that, when events unfold, they turn towards the message of Ahmadiyyat and recognise the true path laid out by Allah Almighty.

Overcoming personal challenges

Ghalib Nasir Sahib asked, if one encounters difficulties during their studies or in everyday life, what should one do?

Huzooraa replied: 

“You must not lose courage. Strengthen your willpower, and pray to Allah Almighty to guide you through these challenging times. Focus more on worship, recite istighfar (seeking forgiveness) and invoke durood (blessings upon the Holy Prophetsa), and Allah will see you through these difficulties [Insha-Allah]. Become courageous! Be a man of resilience! If you sit back in fear, then it’s all over. You should never lose heart. A believer should never give up hope.”

Navigating job markets after current wars

Syed Subhan Ahmad Shah Sahib posed a question regarding the optimal path for students to secure a suitable and blessed job after completing their education, particularly in the context of current global challenges. 

Huzooraa provided a comprehensive response, noting the economic conditions affecting job markets globally, and mentioning, “Although the global economy is suffering significantly […], the economy in Germany is slightly better for now. However, their industries are gradually declining.”

Huzooraa discussed the specific economic factors at play, highlighting the influence of international conflicts on Germany’s economy: “Their business in arms and ammunition has expanded tenfold, primarily driven by dealings with Israel. This influx of funds has contributed to a degree of economic stability; while not entirely robust, it has enabled their economy to remain somewhat resilient.”

He cautioned about the potential future economic downturns, saying, “Once the Israel-Hamas War and the Russia-Ukraine War end, their economy will collapse completely, and then you may not find a job anyway.” Huzooraa advised on the adaptability required in such scenarios, stating, “In response to job search efforts, individuals will begin investing and initiating businesses through innovative methods, thereby meeting the existing job demands. Subsequently, a significant number of employees and professionals will become redundant, resulting in a lack of available job opportunities.”

Reflecting on the reality of job markets, Huzooraa shared anecdotes from the UK to illustrate his point: “Here in the UK, for instance, people come from Pakistan; some are lawyers, some engineers, and so forth. When they do not find jobs immediately, they work in labour.” He recounted meeting someone with a master’s degree in computer science who, due to the lack of relevant jobs, had taken up construction work.

Concluding his answer, Huzooraa emphasised the importance of maintaining hope and resilience: “Therefore, do not abandon your education thinking, ‘What’s the point of studying if I have to end up doing labour in the end?’ That way of thinking is also incorrect. Keep hope in Allah Almighty that He will create circumstances where such situations do not arise.” He encouraged the students to pray and remain steadfast and resilient in the face of difficulties, echoing the advice he had given to a young man earlier.

Support for Palestinians

Shahid Ahmad Sahib asked about additional measures to support Palestinian students beyond prayer and writing to government representatives, specifically questioning the permissibility of participating in protests.

Huzooraa addressed the question with clarity and principle, stating, “If the protest remains peaceful, devoid of vandalism or damage to national or governmental properties or installations, and refrains from engaging in acts of violence such as stone-throwing or the use of petrol bombs and Molotov cocktails, then it is deemed acceptable.” He affirmed that peaceful protests could be a way to gauge and demonstrate support strength, noting that in the UK, peaceful protests in favour of the Palestinians have seen participation from Ahmadis without any issue.

Expanding on other forms of support, Huzooraa emphasised the role of humanitarian efforts: “Alongside prayers, I have also spoken about various charity organisations, including Humanity First UK, which are delivering aid. Through these organisations, or other charitable groups with access to the area, efforts should be made to provide food, water, and clothing, enabling the recipients to cover their basic needs and alleviate hunger.” 

Huzooraa urged continued prayers for the swift delivery of these supplies and for an improvement in the Palestinians’ circumstances. He also reminded, “Pray, but also provide financial support and try to deliver supplies.”

Addressing the broader context of Muslim unity, Huzooraa pointed out the fragmented state of Muslim nations, which impacts their ability to present a united front in conflicts. “As regards war, we cannot partake. It would only be justifiable if a unified Muslim force existed – if all 54 Muslim-majority nations had come together to form a coalition, then it would be permissible for Ahmadis in those countries to join their national forces, where they reside. However, no such collective force exists. Instead, discord prevails among Muslims: Muslims are killing each other. Iraq has launched attacks on Syria; in Sudan, Sudanese are fighting amongst themselves; similar conditions are found in Ethiopia; likewise, in Pakistan, internal strife persists, where Ahmadis also continue to endure persecution. In such conditions, how can Muslims unite?”

Huzooraa concluded by emphasising the importance of unity: “Pray that the war ends soon and pray for the unity of Muslims, so that they may have collective strength. Even if Muslims do not engage in warfare, if they unite as one, stand together, and declare today that ‘we are one and we will confront all together,’ then no one will dare oppose them.” He noted the divisions across various nations, including Iran, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Pakistan, each fragmented internally, which complicates efforts for unity.

Achieving academic excellence

Asim Ahmad Sahib raised a pivotal question regarding the pursuit of PhD degrees by Ahmadi students and how those who attain such high levels of education can best benefit the Jamaat.

Huzooraa responded with historical context and encouragement, referencing the aspirations of previous Khulafa: “It was the wish of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh that at the end of the first century of Ahmadiyyat, we should have at least 100 scientists of Dr Abdus Salam’s calibre, but we could not achieve that target. After that, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh announced the same thing and even I announced the same thing.” He emphasised the importance of advancing education, stating, “So if you are doing a PhD or you encourage Ahmadi students to do PhD in their respective subjects, that is a very good thing. They should be encouraged. We should excel in our education as much as we can.”

Huzooraa highlighted the significance of achieving the highest possible educational levels, with the PhD degree representing the pinnacle of academic pursuit: “For that, you will have to get the educational degree also to enhance your educational levels and the pinnacle of that at present is the PhD or even after PhD for the research in your respective subject.”

Further discussing the role of highly educated Ahmadis in society, Huzooraa elucidated on how they can utilise their positions for the betterment of the Jamaat and the broader community: “If you are in any specific field or particular field where you are doing your research or you are excelling in your subject, then there you can introduce yourself as an Ahmadi and people would know what Ahmadis are.” He continued, “Then, you can tell them that Ahmadis are the peace-loving people. Ahmadiyyat was started in this era just to revive Islamic teachings and Islamic teachings tell us that we should excel in every field and should create peace, love, and harmony in society.”

By achieving excellence in their fields, Ahmadi students can open new avenues for preaching and introduce others to the teachings of Islam, as Huzooraa noted: “So in this way, you can open more avenues for tabligh, by introducing yourself to other people. This is how it can be beneficial for the Jamaat.” Huzooraa encouraged using these opportunities to spread the message of Islam within academic circles, thus reaching scholars worldwide.

Significance of body colours in the afterlife

Marvin Hirsch Sahib sought clarity on the nature of bodies in the afterlife and why their colours, bright or dark, are significant, according to Islamic teachings.

Huzooraa responded by referencing the writings of the Promised Messiahas in The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam. Furthermore, he also explained, “Those who are sinful persons, about them, Allah says that they will go to hell. If you burn something, it becomes dark or black, even here in this world. […] So that is the result of it that they will see their bodies in hell as dark bodies and those who will go to heaven, their colour will be brightly shining.”

Huzooraa elaborated on the contrasting experiences of souls in the afterlife based on their earthly deeds: “Those who will go to heaven, their colour will be brightly shining, and they will enjoy everything; all the rewards which Allah has promised to us. When one gets all the rewards, one will become brighter than before.”

He further clarified the transformation of the soul’s appearance, stating, “This is the difference. The bodies that will go to heaven will become brighter and brighter because of the light they will have in heaven. Those who will go to hell, because of the burning, their bodies will become black.”

Preparation for marriage

Salman Zakaria Amini Sahib asked Huzooraa about how he could prepare to be a good husband. 

Initially stating his unmarried status, he received a prayerful response from Huzooraa, “May Allah facilitate your marriage.”

With a light-hearted approach, Huzooraa first joked, “First get married, then I will tell you,” which brought smiles to the attendees. Huzooraa elaborated, “Allah the Exalted has commanded that people should fulfil each other’s rights. The Holy Quran also states, عَاشِرُوۡہُنَّ بِالۡمَعۡرُوۡفِ ‘live with them in kindness’ – meaning, maintain a good relationship with your wives, and take care of them.” [Surah an-Nisa, Ch.4: V.20]

Huzooraa continued to explain the importance of kindness and consideration within marriage: “So, if you are caring for your wife in a good manner and with the fear of Allah, for the sake of Allah’s pleasure – as the Holy Prophetsa also stated that even if a husband places a morsel of food in his wife’s mouth to please Allah, it is counted as a good deed and has its reward.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-iman, Bab ma ja’a anna l-a‘mala bi n-niyyati wa l-hisbati wa li kulli imri’in ma nawa, Hadith 56]

Emphasising the broader responsibilities within a marital relationship, Huzooraa mentioned, “If you keep in mind that you have to treat your wife well for the sake of Allah, behave with good manners, and then for the upbringing of your future children, it is essential that both husband and wife take care of each other, act with good conduct, and speak well, presenting a good example before the children – these are the signs of a good husband and a good wife.”

Concluding his advice, Huzooraa smiled and reassured Salman Zakaria Amini Sahib by saying, “Just proceed with the marriage, don’t be frightened beforehand.”

Advice for Ahmadi students

Daniyal Khan Sahib asked Huzooraa about his fondest memories from his student days and sought advice for current students.

Huzooraa mentioned, “Regarding my memories, it’s hard to say; it’s been 40, 45, 50 years since my student days. I’ve forgotten now. They must have been good memories, but now I do not recall.”

Shifting the focus to the present and the aspirations of the students before him, Huzooraa offered valuable guidance: “As for you all, if you aspire to be good students, then work hard.” He emphasised the importance of diligence in both academic and personal development, “I just advised someone that to become a good student – and to become a good person – it’s essential that just as you pray to Allah, you also devote considerable attention to your studies [or whatever task or profession you have].”

Huzooraa highlighted the relevance of acquiring knowledge in today’s world: “In today’s era, acquiring good knowledge will enable you to attain a respectable position in the world, excel, and achieve progress.”

He reminded the students of their responsibilities towards the Jamaat through the words of a poem recited earlier in the session:

ہم تو جس طرح بنے کام کیے جاتے ہیں

آپ کے وقت میں یہ سلسلہ بدنام نہ ہو

“We continue to do whatever we can, in every way;

“Ensure in your time, the Community does not stray.” 

[Al Hakam, Vol. 22, 17 October 1920]

Huzooraa elaborated, “So, what have we done? We did what we could. Now it’s your time. Ensure that during your time, the Jamaat is not brought into disrepute.” He concluded by urging the students to strive for excellence not only in their academic pursuits but also in their moral and spiritual duties: “Therefore, strive for the Jamaat, and to do so, be good human beings, not just about worship but also in fulfilling the rights of others, and put the utmost effort into your studies.”

How to effectively serve the Jamaat as students

Daniyal Ahmad Daud Sahib asked Huzooraa about how students can best serve the Jamaat in the face of current societal and technological advancements.

Huzoor’saa response underscored the importance of spiritual awareness and moral responsibility: “Highlight among your fellow students and academia within the universities that there is a growing distance from religion and an inclination towards atheism. People are forgetting God, even opposing Him, and are increasingly drawn towards worldly pursuits.”

He elaborated on the consequences of such shifts, noting, “They are becoming embroiled in evils, including moral declines, the type of which led to divine punishment on past nations.” Huzooraa urged the students to actively engage in dialogues that remind their peers of spiritual values and the dangers of moral decline: “Inform people that we must avoid these pitfalls, and this effort is essential to protect your student community.”

Huzooraa emphasised the role of Ahmadi students in leading by example and actively working to foster a return to righteousness: “Work diligently in this regard so that people may turn towards Allah or at least abandon their wrongdoings; this is the only way to save them.”

He concluded with a stark reminder of the potential consequences of continued moral and spiritual neglect: “Otherwise, there is no escape; either divine punishment comes, or wars bring destruction. Therefore, warn them.”


As the mulaqat drew to a close, Huzooraa addressed Sadr Sahib, enquiring if all questions had been presented. Sadr Sahib confirmed that they had completed their queries. Huzooraa noted, “Good because now your time is finished too.”

In a final interaction, Huzooraa showed interest in the academic pursuits of the attendees, asking how many were university students. Upon seeing most hands raised, he remarked appreciatively that most were university students. He then enquired specifically about those pursuing PhDs. A few students indicated their advanced studies, prompting Huzooraa to engage them individually about their research.

One PhD student of Mauritian origin, studying civil engineering, discussed his focus on road construction and transport planning.

Another PhD student elaborated on his work in computer vision and augmented reality, explaining the technology’s ability to interpret visual information for practical applications, such as aiding factory workers or improving complex industrial processes. Huzooraa questioned the novelty of his research, to which the students responded that they were advancing existing technologies and research.

A third PhD student described his research in medical computer science, focusing on integrating various data sources for emergency and healthcare services to enhance patient care efficiency. Huzooraa also enquired about the practical application of this research. 

Bilal Ahmad Hanjra Sahib, a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, then stood up and updated Huzooraa on his academic progress and requested prayers for his upcoming exams. Huzooraa prayed for Allah’s grace to be bestowed upon him.

As the session concluded, Sadr Sahib expressed gratitude for Huzoor’saa time and requested prayers. Huzooraa offered a prayer for all present, “May Allah bless you with His grace and mercy.” He then graciously allowed for several group photos with the attendees, before taking leave, which concluded the mulaqat.

(Report prepared by Al Hakam)

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