What kind of Missionaries
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as)
I had a proposal and I think that if it could be acted upon, it would go a long way in achieving our purpose: the life is just passing away. We cannot name a single person from among the Companions of the Holy Prophet, sallallaho alaihi wa sallam, who had mixed up his religion with the worldly affairs; there was none among them who confirmed one part of the religion and another part of the worldly affairs. All of them had cut themselves off from this world (that is, they did not engage themselves in the worldly affairs to such an extent that the religious affairs may suffer). All of them were prepared to lay down their lives for the sake of God. If we also could get a few people who should know something of the religion and whose morals should be fairly high and who should be contented people, they would be sent to other towns to preach the message. Much of knowledge is not needed. All the companions of the Holy Prophet, sallallaho alaihi wa sallam, were Ummi (un-lettered). It is the Fear of God and the purity of the heart that a man of this type requires. The path of truth is the path where God Himself teaches the man wonderful things. Those who send their children to Qadian for studies, do good; it is a good thing to send the children to this place for studies. But they do not do so just for the sake of God. They know that education imparted here is also like the one that is imparted in some other schools (of Government); they have the worldly education in mind. But of course they send their children out of sincerity, it can do a lot of good and the result would be very much beneficial. The children who study here are benefited in various ways: they are in the company of the righteous people and they are having the opportunity of reading good books, especially my books. They have the opportunity to attend the Quranic class conducted by Maulvi (Nur-ud-Din) Sahib and they listen to his good pieces of advice. That they should be having this kind of opportunities from the very childhood can do them a lot of good; they will gradually become very religious – and improve and advance in this field. The Truth is that this school is not without advantages. If there are three to four hundred students enrolled in this school, I am sure there must be at least thirty to forty students who would confirm to the type that I am looking for.
(Malfoozat vol. 9, pg. 413)