Another family to meet Huzoor were Jibraeel Adu Farid (62) and his wife Bridget Adu Farid, originally from Ghana but now living in New York.
I laughed as Jibraeel sahib told me he preferred to be in America because there were ‘too many Ahmadis in Ghana’ which meant that when Huzoor visited it was difficult to get a Mulaqat, whereas in America it was still possible.
With a beaming smile etched on his face, Jibraeel sahib said:
“I am in dreamland today! Huzoor’s personality is wonderful! He even makes jokes and puts you at ease and speaks with us at our level. When I held Huzoor’s hand I kept thinking that I am directly holding the rope that leads to Allah the Almighty. Those few seconds were incredibly emotional.”
Jibraeel sahib’s wife Bridgette told me how she had grown up as a Christian before accepting Islam. She said:
“Ahmadiyyat has given me spirituality and I love it because it teaches humility and simplicity. When I used to go to Church, we had to dress up beautiful and there was competition between all the women. If I wore the same dress for two Sunday’s in a row, other people would be shocked and exclaim ‘Why have you done this?’ But here in the Mosque everything is so simple and the focus is on what is in your heart, not what is on the outside. When we worship in a Mosque we actually worship and our focus is God.”
Sister Bridgette continued:
“I have complete faith Huzoor’s prayers can bring about great miracles. I was nervous to see him but he was so approachable, loving and kind. I will be a better Ahmadi, Insha’Allah now that I have met my spiritual father.”