Zahid Ahmad, Missionary, Guinea Bissau
Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Guinea Bissau organised a ten-day refresher course for mu‘allimeen (religious educators) and missionaries at the national level from 1 to 10 October 2023.
The primary objective of this initiative was to instil a profound understanding of the true teachings of Nizam-e-Jamaat and the basics of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. More than 140 individuals, including missionaries, mu‘allimeen, Quran teachers, and non-Ahmadi imams from across the country, actively participated in this programme.
On the final day of the course, eight non-Ahmadi imams joined Ahmadiyyat.
Each day commenced with Tahajjud and Fajr prayers. Subsequently, dars (lessons) from Tafsir-e-Kabir were delivered. Following breakfast, regular classes commenced at 9 am. The classes covered a range of topics, including the Holy Quran and its principles, Fiqh, Kalam, an introduction to the books of the Promised Messiahas, and an in-depth study of the Nizam-e- Jamaat. Each class was one hour in duration. After the Zuhr prayer, a lunch break was observed, followed by a period of rest until the Asr prayer. In the afternoon, time was allotted for recreational activities and leisurely walks. Dars continued after Maghrib and Isha prayers. Subsequently, a dedicated one-hour question and answer session was conducted to address queries from the participants.
Throughout the event, arrangements were made for attendees to watch selected programmes on MTA, further enriching their understanding of Ahmadiyyat. Additionally, all participants had the opportunity to hear the live address of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa from the Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and Ansarullah ijtemas in the UK.
On the final day of the programme, participants shared faith-inspiring stories that left a profound impact, reigniting their faith and confidence. In the closing ceremony, the missionary-in-charge, Muhammad Ahsan Memon Sahib, urged all missionaries to regularly listen to the sermons of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa and encouraged them to make members more actively engaged. It was stressed that even in areas without access to MTA, every effort should be made to ensure that the guidance of our beloved Khalifa is followed.