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Lead by Example

الَّذِیۡنَ یُنۡفِقُوۡنَ فِی السَّرَّآءِ وَ الضَّرَّآءِ وَ الۡکٰظِمِیۡنَ الۡغَیۡظَ وَ الۡعَافِیۡنَ عَنِ النَّاسِ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ یُحِبُّ الۡمُحۡسِنِیۡنَ

Those who spend in prosperity and adversity, and those who suppress anger and pardon men; and Allah loves those who do good (Aal-e-`Imran: 135) (Quoted by Khalifatul Masih in Friday Sermon December 31, 2004).

  1. Missionaries and officeholders should adopt the habit of covering the faults of others and showing mercy and forgiveness, and they should be role models in displaying these traits. They should not become enraged on the pettiest of matters and develop grudges as a result. (March 10, 2017).
  2. This should be a distinction especially of the ones who take charge of a Jama’at responsibility that they always accomplish their responsibility keeping on truth and raising the standard of their righteousness. If there is any weakness in the standard of their truthfulness, there is a deficiency. If the standard of their righteousness is not an example for an ordinary member of the Community, then they are not paying attention to discharging their pledge, office and their trust. The Amirs and presidents should first establish their examples in front of their executive committees and in front of the members of the Community. (July 15, 2016).
  3. One who is carrying out the work, who has the responsibility, who advises others, should himself be the one who acts upon the directives. (July 15, 2016).
  4. I usually say in the executive committee meetings at various places to start the work of training from your home … The executive committee is above all to train itself. Whatever programs the amirs, presidents or training secretaries make, they should first look at whether their executive committees are acting upon these programs or not. Are the members of the executive committee fulfilling the fundamental directives of God and the purpose of the creation of man? If not, then there is no righteousness. (July 15, 2016).
  5. The Promised Messiah, in accordance with this directive from Allah, “O ye who believe! why do you say what you do not do?” (61:3), explained clearly that there should be no contradiction between our word and action. Our office-bearers should evaluate themselves keeping these directives before them. (July 15, 2016).
  6. The office-bearers who the people look forward to and have picked them for being the best among them should be an example for them. It is not only during the Ramadan that they need to pray according to Allah’s ways and keep counting the days as they pass and say that now only about 12 days are left and then we will return to the routine or to their old ways. They should try to permanently incorporate the training of the Ramadan, their struggle and their attention toward the prayers in their lives . (June 24, 2016).
  7. [Some of] the officeholders don’t keep these basic commandments [regarding worship of God] in view as they should. The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) says at a juncture that we should understand it very well that Allah’s purpose to create us is that we worship Him and become ‘His’ in such a way that the world in itself should not be our goal. It doesn’t mean that we should not engage in worldly matters. Do it, but the responsibility of worship, the purpose of our creation, should be given the first preference. (June 24, 2016).
  8. All our officeholders should try to establish their own examples and be the first in offering Salaam, and it should not be the case that they wait for the junior or the young to say Salaam to them first. (February 6, 2015).
  9. It is also the task of officeholders to raise the educational and religious standard of the Jama’at. Along with the president and secretary tarbiyat, the entire amila should be mindful to act as role-models. (January 30, 2015).
  10. Officeholders of all levels should appreciate that their responsibility to fulfil [the pledge of] giving precedence to faith over worldly matters is more than others. They have been made responsible to attain this objective, and for this there is a great need that they should enhance their level of sacrifice. (October 17, 2014).
  11. Our missionaries, officeholders, amirs and others who have advisory capacities within the Jama’at, should particularly keep Huzoor’s discourse in view so that they may go on to reform practices of the Jama’at. (January 24, 2014).
  12. There are three types of people in this world with [spiritual] ailments. There are people whose practices are weak because their faith is not complete. There are people whose practices are weak because their knowledge is not complete. And then there are people who have faith and knowledge but their hearts are so corroded that both these aspects are not sufficient and they need support … Our officeholders, our auxiliary organizations should become sources of removing these weaknesses of practices. Yet, if these people are themselves weak in their strength of resolve, the officeholders and others lack in knowledge and have weaknesses in their own practices, then how can they support others! (January 17, 2014).
  13. In my assessment, even some officeholders do not listen to the Friday sermon regularly. I try to give Friday sermons in line with the need of the time. Therefore, you should definitely connect yourself to them so that the cohesion of the teaching of Ahmadiyyat can be recognized by the world. (September 27, 2013).
  14. It is necessary that people listen to the khutbas of the Khalifa of the time, and to the other directions that are given at various times and occasions. While the officeholders draw the attention of the membership to these things, they themselves also should pay attention to these things. (August 16, 2013).
  15. An officeholder should avoid all that is idle and vain … they should not indulge in frivolous talk and should not be part of gatherings where there is derision and disrespect of others. At times, officeholders also tend to get together and talk about others in a mocking manner. This should be avoided. (April 12, 2013).
  16. Officeholders should not be part of gatherings where religious traditions are disregarded. (April 12, 2013).
  17. Officeholders should be foremost in respect of the missionaries. Unless they make their apparent self and inner self congruous, they cannot say they are among those who: ‘Invite to goodness, and enjoin equity and forbid evil’. Officeholders of the Jama’at on every level need to self-reflect and watch themselves – especially Sadr Jama’at and Amir Jama’at wherever they are. Otherwise, they are causing divisions. (April 5, 2013).
  18. Respect of missionaries should first come from Sadr Jama’at and Amir Jama’at. Meanwhile, missionaries should not consider it their right to be respected. In fact, this should generate further humility in them and they should be further drawn to reformation of self. (April 5, 2013).
  19. If this commandment to enjoin what is good and forbid evil is for Muslims in general, how much more do those who are appointed to the task need to be mindful of its obligation? If the standards of worship of the officeholders only improve during Ramadan, it is tantamount to contradiction in word and deed and it is most disliked by God. (August 10, 2012).
  20. Office of Jama’at … requires application of greater sympathy and support for people. Such a spirit of sympathy should be generated in every officeholder. They [officeholders] will fulfil the dues of their service only if they present themselves as role models. (June 1, 2012).
  21. When an Ahmadi Muslim has the added responsibility of holding an office, then he or she must be conscious of their duties at a much higher level. (September 30, 2011).
  22. The officeholders of the Community have to exhibit high morals more so than the others; they should attempt to cultivate resilience, practice forgiveness and be a model of worship of Allah and high morals and courtesy. If the officeholders consider themselves as servants, and others consider themselves as workers designated by the Khalifa of the time, all would be well. (August 31, 2007).
  23. Complaints against some officeholders of the administration of the Community are received with regards to meting out bad treatment to the family. The complaints can come in such huge numbers that it gets distressing. When action is taken against them, they make protestation that they are deprived of serving the Community; this is something they need to consider before it is too late. (June 1, 2007).
  24. Officeholders need to demonstrate an excellent model in civility and morals so that people replicate the high standards. (March 24, 2006).
  25. The officeholders have an immense responsibility towards the Community in general. They ought to consider themselves foremost in adapting the Qur’anic injunction of suppressing anger and pardoning others (3:135). They need to inculcate absolute humility and not show any sign of irritability or arrogance, reforming others through counsel. (December 31, 2004).
  26. Huzoor urged all officeholders of the Community, all life-devotees, each man, woman and child to present themselves as a model to the world. He urged people to take the message of truth to like-minded people, cultivator-to-cultivator, lawyer-to-lawyer, doctor-to-doctor, etc. (June 4, 2004).