182 UK Khuddam travel to meet Hazrat Khalifatul Masih
On 31 March 2019, 182 Khuddam had the blessed opportunity to meet with Hazrat Amirul Momineen(aba). A total of 20 regions across the country were represented in this mulaqat.
The Al Hakam team spoke to Usman Butt Sahib, a missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and also serving in the national amila of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya UK.
Regarding how the mulaqat was arranged, Usman Butt Sahib said:
“The main purpose of this mulaqat was for those Khuddam who haven’t had the opportunity to meet Huzoor ever or haven’t met with Huzoor for a long period of time, to meet with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih(aba).”
Usman Butt Sahib further said:
“Out of the 182 Khuddam, 24 Khuddam were meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V(aba) for the first time in their lives.”
During the mulaqat, the Khuddam had the opportunity to ask Huzoor(aba) various questions and spend some time with their beloved Khalifa.
The first question was asked by a Khadim from Bradford who said that whilst engaging in Jamaat work, it is expected of Khuddam to perform at the highest level, but when experiencing challenging scenarios, it can be frustrating. The Khadim asked what the expected response to such challenging scenarios should be of a Khadim.
Answering this question, Hazrat Amirul Momineen(aba) said:
“Your duty is to keep reminding [Khuddam] that being a Khadim, this is our duty and being a member of the Jamaat, this our duty. And this is what Allah has said to the Holy Prophet(sa): [Arabic] ‘Admonish, therefore, for thou art but an admonisher; though hast no authority to compel them.’”
Regarding the current political state in the United Kingdom, a Khadim asked Huzoor(aba) what Huzoor’s personal view was and what we as Ahmadis should do to prepare with what is to come.
Answering the Khadim, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih(aba) said,
“My personal view is that we should not leave the EU.”
Huzoor(aba) further stated:
“Being a khadim, you should let them understand that this is not the way to solve problems. We should live together with all ethnic groups and religious groups and try to serve our country in a better way so that we can come out of this situation, which can destroy our country, our economy and (our) status in the world.”
One Khadim, who was meeting Hazrat Amirul Momineen(aba) for the first time, said that he had travelled from Pakistan by road, a journey which took him 11 months to complete. He narrated his story and the hardships he had to face in order to make his journey, something that Huzoor(aba) took a keen interest in.
A Khadim, who recently came to the UK two months ago from Pakistan, asked Huzoor(aba) why Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV(rh) chose to migrate to London and not Qadian or Africa.
Answering this question, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih(aba) stated:
“Firstly, a person with a Pakistani nationality cannot go to Qadian easily. Secondly, the British Government is quite cooperative compared to other governments. They gave not only the visa but a permanent stay to the Khalifatul Masih. UK is the hub of the world – you can easily approach African countries, American, North American, South American countries, Middle Eastern countries, Asia; and here, modern day facilities can be utilised.”
Huzoor(aba) was then asked by a Khadim regarding what was stated earlier on in the mulaqat regarding Brexit. Alluding to this, the Khadim asked if it was a good idea to move to Europe.
Upon this Huzoor(aba) stated,
“Don’t worry, stay here. And this is the true essence of ‘Love of your country is part of faith.’”
Huzoor(aba) further stated,
“You should stay here and serve for the betterment of your country.”
The mulaqat came to a successful close with a group picture.