What are the duties of a missionary?


[During the virtual mulaqat of students of Jamia Ahmadiyya Indonesia with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, on 31 October 2020,] another student said, “We [the Jamia graduates] will, insha-Allah, be going into the practical field. Upon arrival, what should be the first task of a missionary?”

In reply to this question, Huzooraa said:

“The first thing you should do when you reach there is to pray that Allah the Exalted may enable you to work properly with dedication, sincerity, honesty and loyalty at the place where you have been posted. So, you should pray and first of all improve your relation with Allah the Exalted. Always bear in mind that our efforts materialise through prayer.

“Therefore, each and every murabbi and muballigh [missionary] who enters the practical field should pledge that he shall not miss the Tahajud prayer from this day forward and shall offer it regularly. I often give a brief account of the lives of many of your missionaries who pass away and I mention that they were those who regularly offered Tahajud prayer. So, every missionary should offer Tahajud prayers for at least one hour daily, during which you should pray that Allah the Exalted may bless your efforts. Then, you must lead the five daily prayers in congregation at your centre or mosque if you are present there.

“Furthermore, try to create a personal bond with every Ahmadi in that area. If Ahmadis have mutual disagreements and grievances, then you must try to resolve them. Explain to them that we are believers and believers are brothers. Draw the attention of each and every Ahmadi towards living with each other peacefully and try to resolve any kind of disputes that they may have. You should have a personal relationship with everyone and the people there should also have a bond with you. They should love you and you should love them. Hence, they will heed your advice whenever you advise them to do something.

“Similarly, always stay in touch with the Khalifa-e-Waqt [Khalifa of the time]. Aside from your monthly report that you send to me, you should also write one personal letter to me as well so that we can assess how well the missionary is working. Also, create awareness among the people that they must establish a relationship with the Khalifa-e-Waqt.

“I receive a very high volume of letters since the Indonesian Desk has been established here. I receive these letters after they have been translated. Therefore, remind people to maintain that relationship with Khilafat and regularly listen to the Friday sermon every week and act upon the guidance and advice mentioned in those sermons. The missionaries ought to act upon that first and then the members should do so too.”

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