Guidance for UK Khuddam
Talking about how this mulaqat came about, Abdul Quddus Arif Sahib, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya UK, told us:
“We felt the need to see Huzoor(aa) for valuable guidance during the early stages of the Khuddam year; to get a vison and direction for the Majlis.”
The mulaqat commenced with prayer after which mohtamims introduced themselves and their respective roles. Huzoor(aa) enquired about the details of plans, targets and achievements of every department within Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya UK whilst providing valuable advice on direction and implementation. The underlying focus of Huzoor(aa) for both Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya was concerning the importance of the five daily prayers.
Further, Huzoor(aa) said that the tarbiyat and talim departments should always have an ambitious plan for the year. He advised the mohtamim tajnid (department for maintaining a record of members) that relying solely on an online database for tajnid was not 100% accurate, rather other measures, offline, should be taken to ensure accuracy.
Talking to mohtamim Tahrik-e-Jadid about the annual target for Khuddam’s participation in Tahrik-e-Jadid contributions, Huzoor(aa) said:
“Your target should be to have 100% [participation].”
Regarding tarbiyat, Huzoor(aa) highlighted that the initial and fundamental focus of the tarbiyat department should be to make sure that all Khuddam were offering their five daily prayers, preferably in congregation. After asking about the numbers of Khuddam participation in congregational prayers, Huzoor(aa) stressed the importance of Salat, saying:
“The main issue is offering five daily prayers – that is the basic thing. If they [Khuddam] discharge their duties they owe to their Creator, then comes the next issue.”
Further giving weight to the importance of Salaat, Huzoor(aa) said:
“Those who are already offering the five daily prayers should take one step further and involve themselves in offering the prayers in congregation – at least three in congregation, every day.”
Huzoor(aa) emphasised that mohtamims of departments should give plans and targets to nazims for the year, which should then be followed up. Huzoor(aa) advised:
“Mohtamims should send their annual plans to their respective nazim. Then, they should make a proper follow up to see if the plan is being followed properly or not. An accomplishment report should also be received; plans should not be submitted without a follow-up.”
“Your aim is to deliver our message, that we are true Ahmadi Muslims; tell them the message of Islam. Introduce yourself to the country as we are doing in Spain. They do not know what Ahmadiyya Islam is, so you first need to tell them what Ahmadiyya Islam is.”
A regional qaid asked how office bearers could become role models for the Khuddam. Huzoor(aa) replied by saying:
“Five daily prayers in congregation, your good morals, your way of talking with each other, your code of dress, your modesty, your personal character; this is how you can attract Khuddam. If you are not offering the five daily prayers, how can you ask them to come to the mosque? If the way you are treating others is not good, then how can you ask them to adopt good morals?”
Huzoor(aa) further said:
“So, it all depends on your own example; set your own good examples. If qaideen are particular in this regard and change themselves and make themselves role models, then you will see a big and significant change amongst Khuddam as well.”
The mulaqat concluded with Khuddam having the opportunity of group pictures with Huzoor(aa).
Reflecting on the impact of the mulaqat, Abdul Quddus Arif Sahib said:
“The mulaqat has left a long-lasting impact on the amila. We instantly had a direction to work towards. I sensed an increase in the motivation within the amila as well. We were able to hear Huzoor’s vision and great clarity has now come to our plans. The words of Huzoor(aa) were very thought-provoking; we went back, sat down, and re-evaluated our plans; Huzoor’s guidance has now become our annual plan.”
Commenting on the great blessing Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya UK have, Abdul Quddus Sahib said:
“Huzoor graciously gave us forty minutes of his valuable time. However, this is not the only guidance we receive from Huzoor, rather, on a daily basis we receive fresh guidance from Huzoor(aa) – a huge blessing for the Majlis.”