Earlier this week, on 7 November 2020, the national amila of Switzerland was blessed to have a virtual mulaqat with Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah strengthen his hand.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, whilst mentioning the importance of Khilafat, said, “Islam can never progress in the absence of Khilafat. Islam has always prospered with the help of khulafa and will continue to advance under them in future as well.” (Nizam-e-Khilafat, Barakat aur hamari zimadarian, pp. 35-36)
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa commenced the mulaqat with dua (silent prayer), after which the amila members had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their respective roles and departments. The amila members were gathered in the Noor Hall at the Noor Mosque complex in Wigoltingen.
During the mulaqat, Huzooraa enquired about the plans, targets and achievements of the departments, while also providing valuable advice, direction and guidance on an array of issues.
Addressing the Secretary Tarbiyat, Shamim Ahmad Qazi Sahib, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, whilst emphasising the important task of the tarbiyat department, stated that it is imperative that the amila members, along with their family members, lead by example. If all amila members are regular in offering Salat, then the majority of tarbiyat work can be accomplished. Huzooraa also stated that all amila members must endeavour to regularly recite the Holy Quran.
With regard to listening to the Friday Sermons of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih, Huzooraa said, “Simply listening is to the Friday sermons is not enough. One must also strive to understand and comprehend the sermon.”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa, further highlighting the significance of the matter, added, “There is no benefit in just listening … It is important to act in accordance with what is being said.”
Further, addressing the tarbiyat department, Huzooraa said, “If the tarbiyat department works diligently, then the finance secretary’s task will also become easy, along with secretary tabligh and umur-e-ama. Thus, the secretary tarbiyat has a huge responsibility.”
Whilst addressing the Secretary Tabligh, Tariq Riyaz Sahib, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa enquired about the targets set for the tabligh department. Whilst highlighting the importance of spreading the true message of Islam, Huzooraa said, “It is said that some citizens of Switzerland are more inclined to worldly matters and affairs and are not interested in religion; however, despite this, continuous efforts should be made.”
Huzooraa further stated, “You must strive and endeavour to spread the message of Islam in remote areas, villages and smaller towns.”
Addressing the Secretary of External Affairs, Zahid Ismael Butt Sahib, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, whilst alluding to the importance of establishing external relations, said, “It is imperative that a personal relationship should be established with the leaders and politicians of Switzerland so that they know about Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and the true teachings of Islam; so that the doubts and suspicions against Islam, which are debated about in parliament, can be removed.”
In addition, Huzooraa said, “You must establish a relationship with MPs so that doubts about Islam that have surfaced may be erased.”
Addressing the Secretary Ishaat (publications), Tahir Mahmood Sahib, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa underlined the importance of having a newsletter and also advised that missionaries should regularly write articles that can be included in the newsletters.
As the mulaqat approached its end, an amila member, alluding to the third world war, asked Huzooraa if the impact of the war would reach members of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Responding to this, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa explained that if, God forbid, another world war was to happen, circumstances dictate that as humble people suffer when the powerful disagree, members of the Jamaat will also experience its impact.
Huzooraa, further explaining this matter, said, “Allah the Almighty, whist comforting the Muslims, said that they would be victorious in battles, yet despite this, were not some of the Companionsra still martyred?”
Adding to this, Huzooraa quoted a verse of the Promised Messiahas:
آگ ہے پر آگ سے وہ سب بچائے جائیں گے
جو کہ رکھتے ہیں خدائے ذوالعجائب سے پیار
(There is fire, but those who possess love for the Wonderful God shall be saved from the fire) and further said, “If we sincerely establish a firm and true connection with God, if we strive to fulfil the rights owed to Him, act in accordance with His teachings, fulfil the rights of His creation, then God will reduce the affliction and will protect us through His grace.”
Huzooraa further said, “We must warn the world that the real source and cause of these trials and tribulations are due to mankind turning away from God and failing to fulfil the rights of His creation … Thus, when the world war ultimately comes to an end, people will know that there was a group of Muslims who warned mankind from before. Only then will they turn towards God.”
Additionally, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa carefully explained this matter and said, “Thus, if we fulfil our duties, then the calamities to befall will be much less, insha-Allah, and we will see and witness the success of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in the near future. However, if we fall short and fail to fulfil our duties and we begin to resemble those who are inclined and immersed in worldly affairs, abandon the five daily prayers, ignore to fulfil the rights owed to God and His creation, then the fate of such people will be the same as those worldly people whom they emulate. We have not been given any guarantee by God that merely on the basis of verbally accepting the Promised Messiahas, we will be saved; rather, in order to be saved, we must strive to fulfil and act upon the conditions of Bai‘at.”
Upon this, the mulaqat came to a close.