A group of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya from Sweden had the opportunity of an audience with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih, may Allah be his helper, on 7 March 2020.
Our reporters got in touch with Missionary and Mohtamim Tarbiyat, Kashif Virk Sahib, who has been serving in Sweden since 2012. Talking about the build-up and background to the mulaqat, he said:
“Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Sweden conceived a plan to travel collectively for a mulaqat with beloved Huzooraa as the new year of the Majlis started in November.
“For many Khuddam, this was the first time ever they met with a Khalifa in their life. It was also a good opportunity for Khuddam to increase mutual acquaintances and experience the spiritual environment of the global Markaz of the Jamaat. Khuddam from all across Sweden, starting from Malmo in the south all the way up to Lulea in the north (the distance between the two cities is 1,500 kilometres) enthusiastically embarked on this blessed journey and convened in London.”
During the mulaqat, upon arrival, Huzooraa asked the khuddam regarding their travel, which airline they travelled on and if they faced any inconvenience amidst the journey. One khadim said that they faced a problem at the airport, however when they mentioned “Baitul Futuh”, they gave safe passage immediately.
During the mulaqat, the khuddam had the opportunity to ask Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa several questions on various matters. The first question asked was with regard to an international website for Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya. The khadim expressed to Huzooraa that, at present, there was no website and asked if there should be one. Huzooraa responded by saying, “If you feel that there should be a website, then you may write to the Markaz Khuddam Office through your sadr.”
Huzooraa further asked if all the khuddam were able to read and understand English. Next, a khadim asked Huzooraa that when one seeks forgiveness from God, how is one able to know if their sins have been forgiven. Answering this, Huzooraa said, “You should continuously seek forgiveness from God. When you feel that your heart has created hate for the sin and other bad deeds, then know that God has forgiven you and saved you from Satan’s grip. However, if man is persistent in sin, even after seeking forgiveness, God will punish such a person.”
Thus, Huzooraa said, “Man should fear God’s displeasure … and continue to seek His love and pray that may He keep us on the right path. This is why God has taught us the prayer in Surah al-Fatihah:
اهدنا الصراط المستقيم
[Guide us in the right path] and may we not divert to the path of those who have incurred God’s displeasure.”
Another question was about the importance of the Islamic tradition of sacrifice on the occasion of a child’s birth known as aqiqah. In response, Huzooraa said, “This is a type of sadaqah and it is good if one is capable to do so, as it is the practice of the Holy Prophetsa.”
One khadim asked about the method we should utilise to further spread the message of Islam. Answering this, Huzooraa said, “The first method is prayer. You should pray that Allah may enable us to spread the message of Islam and become true Ahmadis. To be a true Ahmadi, one must remain steadfast on God’s commandments and the teachings of Islam. True and sincere prayers are only answered when one is regular in the five daily prayers. One’s morals should be of such par that they attract others. Our prayers are only accepted when our morals and actions are of a high standard.”
Huzooraa added, “In this day and age, the European continent is moving further away from God. Their regard for religion is heavily decreasing. Thus, only when you embody good morals will people be ready to hear what you have to say. Then, you should hold functions and invite them to the mosque and utilise that opportunity for tabligh and tell them that our morals are set to such a standard because our religion has laid much emphasis on it.”
Huzooraa added, “You should create a strong and firm relationship with God and then do tabligh.”
Following this, a khadim asked if there was any chance that the Third World War will not occur. Huzooraa replied, “It seems as if it is an inevitable reality.”
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa asked, “Are people coming towards God or moving further away? Are people indulging in bad deeds or good deeds?”
Huzooraa further expounded:
“The survey that was conducted here shows that those who are religious and believe in God are regular in giving to charity. Thus, this means that people who are forgetting God are not just moving further away from God, but are not even fulfilling the rights owed to fellow human beings. The world is continuing to make weapons of mass destruction. In such circumstances we cannot say that conditions will get better.”
Huzooraa further added, “Thus, before the war breaks out, it is important that we tell people that if they don’t reflect on their deeds and continue to move further from God, their actions can have a catastrophic effect.”
One khadim expressed a difficulty he was facing when inviting guests to the mosque for tabligh. Upon this, Huzooraa answered, “You should tell them that if they ever wish to see and visit our mosques, then they are most welcome and tell them that there is no compulsion in religion.”
Following this, a khadim asked what tasbih Huzooraa recited daily in abundance. In response, Huzooraa said, “Every prayer is important. You should recite the Durood and istighfar. I, myself, continuously do istighfar.”
The mulaqat concluded with the khuddam having the opportunity to take a group picture with Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa.