In a world rife with distractions and materialism, how can we ensure that our younger generations retain their spirituality? One way is through the Waqf-e-Nau scheme. The Waqf-e-Nau scheme allows parents to pledge their children to the service of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community before they are born. Once the children reach adulthood, they can choose to voluntarily renew their pledge. In an address to over 1400 members of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba), Khalifatul Masih V, Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, explained that young Waqf-e-Nau members should be humble and strive to constantly improve themselves. Read the full address below.
After reciting Tashahhud, Ta’awwuz and Surah Al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V(aba)said:
‘Alhamdullilah, the UK National Waqf-e-Nau Ijtema has taken place today and I hope that it will have proven beneficial to you all. According to the report of the central Waqf-e-Nau department, there are around 3200 male Waqifeen-e-Nau here in the United Kingdom and to have so many members of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme is a great blessing of Allah upon our Jama’at. Indeed, even if there is no further increase in the numbers of Waqifeen-e-Nau, we already have more than enough to bring about a true spiritual revolution within our Jama’at. However, to achieve this, it requires for all of you to fulfil your pledge of devoting your life for the cause of your faith and to become shining stars of Ahmadiyyat.
Similarly, if all of the current Waqifeen-e-Nau reach their potential, it will lead to a huge increase in our Tabligh [propagation or preaching] efforts, Insha’Allah. Anyway, it does not mean that we have now reached an end, rather with each day that passes, the Jama’at continues to succeed and grow, due to the blessings of Allah the Almighty. Hence each year, many more children are being born into this blessed scheme, both here in the UK and across the world.
Amongst the total number of Waqf-e-Nau boys in the UK, quite a good number have now reached the age of fifteen or above. Thus, the majority of you have reached an age where a person’s mind becomes quite mature and he becomes more independent. Consequently, most of you should understand your responsibilities and comprehend the pledge that your parents made on your behalf before you were born. Indeed, after now renewing your pledge freely and independently, you must be mentally prepared for the sacrifices required and be ready to live your lives in full accordance with Islamic teachings. Every member of Waqf-e-Nau should constantly have a fear of Allah in his heart, knowing that He is watching everything that we do.
As I said, the number of Waqifeen-e-Nau at this time is more than enough to bring about a spiritual and moral revolution within the Jama’at. For such a revolution to occur, it is not necessary that you all enter Jamia Ahmadiyya [training seminary for missionaries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community] and train as missionaries. Certainly, the demand for missionaries is ever increasing and so we do want as many boys to enter Jamia as possible. However, at the same time, it is also essential that the Waqifeen-e-Nau in other fields understand their duties to the Jama’at and ensure that they are constantly increasing their religious knowledge alongside their secular education.
Thus, all of you, whether you plan to enter Jamia or not, must read the Holy Qur’an daily and try to read its commentaries, as well as studying the Ahadith and the books of the Promised Messiah(as). Only then will you be in a position to guide and morally reform others. Only then will you be real assets in our Tabligh and Tarbiyyat [moral training] efforts. Only then will you be ready to play your role in bringing forth a true spiritual revolution in the world. The knowledge you will gain from such study will provide you with the intellectual power and capability to overcome the arguments of those who oppose our religion.
Furthermore, you must constantly analyse yourselves and try to improve upon any personal weaknesses that exist. For example, some Waqifeen-e-Nau worry that if they give too much time to the Jama’at, or become Waqf-e-Zindaghis – that is, full-time life devotees – they will be deprived in material terms. They wonder how they will earn money and fulfil their personal and family needs. It is wrong for a Waqf-e-Nau to think in this way and it is not according to the spirit of the blessed scheme of which you are a part. Rather, as members of Waqf-e-Nau, you should realise that worldly and material pursuits are not your objective, rather your goals are spiritual and your lives are to be spent in the service of the Jama’at. Thus, from a young age, you must inculcate a spirit of true sacrifice within yourselves. If you are firmly determined and resolute in your ambition to fulfil your pledge of prioritising your faith over all worldly matters, such financial concerns will never enter your minds and you will not be influenced by worldly attractions or material pursuits.
In terms of your responsibilities, first and foremost, every Waqf-e-Nau should have the highest standards of worship and should set a positive example for others to follow in this regard. No member of Waqf-e-Nau should miss any of the five daily prayers and they should try to offer congregational prayers as much as possible. If you live at a far distance from the nearest mosque, or Salat centre, try to arrange congregational prayers with other Ahmadi boys who live nearby. Furthermore, in order to fulfil your pledge, you must have knowledge of your faith. It is impossible to serve your religion if you do not know what it is and what it requires. As I said earlier, you should constantly try to increase your religious knowledge by reading the Holy Qur’an, as well as studying the Ahadith, the books of the Promised Messiah(as) and other Jama’at literature. Also attach yourself with MTA and at least listen to my sermons every week.
In all respects, people should be able to distinguish between you and others. People should be able to identify you as members of Waqf-e-Nau simply by observing your high moral standards. They should view you as an example for others to learn from. For example, when you are young, it is easy to become angry over small things, but as a Waqf-e-Nau, you should control your temper and show patience at all times. Furthermore, when you interact with other people, you should speak kindly and your conduct and manners should be exemplary. Seek ways to help and assist others and try to solve their problems. Consider the pain of other people as though it is your own and give comfort to them.
At all times, it should be clear to other Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis that you have been brought up in a good way and that you follow Islam’s teachings in all aspects of your lives. It is very easy to display good behaviour in front of a few people occasionally, or to appear open-hearted over those matters where you do not have a personal interest;however, the real test lies when you, yourself, have a personal interest or face some difficulties. It is at such times that the true character and moral fibre of a person is shown and so, as members of Waqf-e-Nau, you should remain truthful and good-mannered at all times and in all circumstances. Similarly, it is easy to instruct others to be kind or to be humble and selfless, but before instructing others, you should first reform and improve your own habits.
Good company is also very important and so you should choose your friends wisely. Seek good and moral friends and stay away from those who are involved in bad behaviour. You should avoid quarrels or unnecessary disputes. You should also avoid inappropriate friendships or relationships with girls. From a young age, you should be regular in attending Jama’at events and take an active part in them and offer as much of your time as possible to serve the Jama’at.
In terms of Tabligh, from a young age, Waqifeen-e-Nau should have the habit of spreading the message of Islam. In today’s world, many people hold a negative view of Islam and so it is a great challenge for all of you to counter the false impression that has developed. It is your duty, even more than others, to show the world that Islam is a religion of peace, love and compassion. Thus, at weekends or during holidays, you should do Tabligh and play your role in defending Islam from the false allegations that are levelled against it. Both the Jama’at and Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya [Muslim men’s youth auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community] host Tabligh functions and events and so you should offer your services and try to help as much as possible. Where you will be gaining the pleasure of Allah by extending the message of Islam to others, you will also be increasing your own knowledge, experience and confidence. These skills will, Insha’Allah, benefit you throughout your life.
Moreover, humility and forbearance are very important characteristics and qualities that you should develop. In fact, humility should be the hallmark of all members of Waqf-e-Nau. On the other hand, you should have a hatred for any form of arrogance and pride and you should do a personal jihad against it. Further, you should try to offer the Friday prayers each week and make sure that you listen to my Friday sermon. At all times, you should try to increase your relationship with Khilafat [Caliphate]. More than others, members of Waqf-e-Nau should seek the nearness and guidance of Khilafat at all times. You should be examples of obedience and should strive to understand and fulfil whatever instructions the Khalifah-e-Waqt (Khalifah of the Time) gives to the members of the Jama’at.
In terms of your secular education, those Waqifeen-e-Nau who are in secondary school, particularly those aged 14 or 15, should try to develop a keen interest in science subjects and strive to excel because, apart from missionaries, we also have a great need for doctors. We also require teachers, both in science and in other academic fields and so Waqf-e-Nau should also take up teaching.
Moving on, I wish to remind you of the great importance of reading the books of the Promised Messiah(as) and understanding his expectations of the Jama’at. As a Waqf-e-Nau, you must pay attention and reflect on the words of the Promised Messiah(as) at all times and have firm faith in whatever he has taught. In this regard, the Promised Messiah(as) himself said that if his followers did not act upon his instructions, it meant they were weak in faith. Certainly, we cannot expect to reform the world and guide it towards salvation if the members of Waqf-e-Nau, who are the future ambassadors of our Jama’at, are themselves weak in their faith.
The Promised Messiah(as) also expressed his ardent desire that the members of his Jama’atbe those who furthered the cause of Tauheed – the Oneness of Allah – with great passion and zeal. Thus, at every opportunity, the Waqifeen-e-Nau should be at the forefront of doing Tabligh and seeking to bring people towards the One God. Furthermore, the Promised Messiah(as) repeatedly advised about the importance of Zikr-e-Ilahi – the remembrance of Allah – and so you should try to develop the habit of praying and remembering Allah throughout the day and not just during the five daily prayers.
Also, when it comes to morality and spirituality, always seek to progress and advance. Never think that you have achieved all that is required and have now fulfilled your objectives. Indeed, the Promised Messiah(as) said that a true believer should never become satisfied, but should always seek to increase his relationship with Allah the Almighty and to increase in righteousness. If you have this spirit, then Insha’Allah you will be successful, because Allah the Almighty helps those who are ever restless in their efforts to gain Hisnearness.
The Promised Messiah(as) also instructed that we should sincerely pray that Allah protects us from all immoral activities and that we stay pure and God-fearing at all times. Certainly, in today’s society, where there are many dangers and pitfalls that exist, these prayers are even more important as a means of protecting you from the vices and temptations all around. On another occasion, the Promised Messiah(as) said that our Jama’at will only be distinguished from other Muslims if we sincerely follow the true teachings of Islam and view the Holy Qur’an as our guiding light at all times. Certainly, members of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme should pay particular attention to this point.
In every matter, and in every action, you should be guided by what Islam teaches and requires from you. Every moment of your lives should be governed by the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the blessed practice of the Holy Prophet(sa). If your conduct is according to Islam, then you will not only benefit yourselves, but you will also be a means of pride for the Jama’at and become an example to others as well. If you are moral and honest, other people will naturally be drawn towards you and you will be a means of inspiration to them.
Alhamdulillah, we have many converts in our Jama’at, and when asked what initially attracted them to Ahmadiyyat, many respond by saying it was the good conduct and high morals of their Ahmadi friends which drew them towards Islam. Thus, if you are sincere Ahmadi Muslims, and if your behaviour is according to the teachings of Islam, you will be constantly taking part in a silent form of Tabligh for which you will be rewarded by Allah the Almighty. Unquestionably, every Ahmadi should have high standards and partake in this silent Tabligh, but it is also true that our Waqifeen-e-Nau should be the standard bearers in this regard.
Always remember that we are the fortunate ones, because the Allah the Almighty sent the Promised Messiah(as) to guide us and we were able to accept his claim. However, as I said earlier, it is not just enough to accept him, rather we must make every effort to reform ourselves and to fulfil the conditions of our Bai’at and to practice what we preach. In this regard, the Promised Messiah(as) said:
“If a person does Bai’at it is not enough for him to merely accept Ahmadiyyat as the truth… A verbal declaration on its own is not enough to gain Allah’s blessings or to please Him, until it is accompanied by sincerity and pious conduct.”
He further says:
“Thus, once you enter the Jama’at, strive to be righteous and fear Allah at all times. Abstain from all forms of wrongdoing and vice. Be kind in your speech and make Istighfar [asking God for forgiveness of one’s sins] your constant companion and pray with great sincerity during Namaz [the five daily prayers that are obligatory in Islam].”
At the end, I pray that may Allah grant you all the ability to fulfil that sacred pledge and bond that was first made by your parents, prior to your birth, and which you have since renewed and the younger Waqifeen-e-Nau children will Insha’Allah renew.
May all of you fulfil your duties and be amongst those who bring about a true and everlasting spiritual revolution in the world – Ameen. Now, join me in silent prayer.’
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