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Obedience and Prayers

“Ensure that there is not any sort of impurity, derision and mockery in your gatherings. Walk on the earth good-heartedly, genially and righteously. Remember that every evil is not worth contending with. Therefore, it is essential that you inculcate the habit of forgiveness and pardon most of the time. Employ patience and forbearance and do not assault another in an unwarranted way and contain your strong emotions. If there is a discussion or a religious dialogue, conduct it with gentle speech and in a civilized manner. If someone behaves ignorantly, pay your regards and promptly leave such an assembly. You shall be identified by observance of five daily prayers and your moral demeanor. One who has a propensity towards iniquity cannot stay firm on this advice.” – Promised Messiah (December 31, 2004).

  1. Therefore, every department must decide after thinking, deliberating, using all of its capabilities, and considering all the fine points. Pray and seek help from God to grant the capability to reach a just decision. You must pray before reaching any decision. (November 25, 2016).
  2. Acceptance of any duty by any worker is a pledge in itself that he will work by fulfilling the requirements of justice. This is such a trust that should be purely for God. (November 25, 2016).
  3. Wherever mistakes are made, instead of finding lame excuses, they [the officeholders] should ask for forgiveness and try to reform. (November 25, 2016).
  4. Being president, secretary or amir by itself doesn’t have any merit. These offices cannot bring forgiveness for anyone nor do they favor God or His community. There is no gain if they are not delivering their trusts and pledges, as God wants them to do with purity of heart. So, every office-bearer has to work genuinely for God’s sake and fulfill the requirements of justice. (November 25, 2016).
  5. Newly elected officeholders should be grateful to Allah that they have been elected to serve the Community and should seek the help of Allah, bowing before Him humbly that may Allah allow them to discharge the trust they have been made responsible for … May Allah, through His Grace, ignore the omission, laziness and negligence they committed preventing them from meeting the requirements of their responsibilities, and that through His grace, the opportunity and trust He has given them again for the next three years is not affected by laziness, omission and negligence. And may Allah give them the opportunity to discharge the responsibilities and trusts as required. (July 15, 2016).
  6. Whatever success the Jama’at is garnering should be attributed to God’s grace and we should try and enhance in humility, meekness and gratefulness. May this be instilled in all officeholders so that we may absorb greater divine blessings! (June 20, 2014).
  7. Therein is a lesson for all officeholders that when they are appointed, they need to engage in istighfar and durud so that they maintain humility and are enabled by Allah the Exalted to serve in a proper way. (April 25, 2014).
  8. If one is given an office or the opportunity to serve, then the following words of the Muhammadan Messiah should always be remembered: ‘I was but poor, helpless, unknown and without talent!’ One fulfils the rights of service of faith when this helplessness, meekness and humility are inculcated and this may lead to hope of: ‘For this may admit you in the abode of union with God!’ (November 8, 2013).
  9. If one is elected to do a task in the name of God, He will hold one to account. And if one does not perform that task with fairness, then one is liable to be held more accountable than worldly people. Officeholders should honor their covenants of duty with humility and while engaging in Istaghfar. May God enable everyone to do so. (August 9, 2013).
  10. People from all ethnicities are going to come into the Community, and each ethnic group will run the administration system of the Community themselves. So they had better forget to consider others as “new” or “novice” and engage in istaghfar with profusion for the reason that although they are the veterans, the newcomers have excelled in obedience and sincerity. (September 7, 2007).
  11. Waqfeen (life devotees) and Community officeholders should make this prayer [v 287 of Surah Al-Baqarah] in abundance. (October 6, 2006).
  12. The opportunity to serve should not be looked upon only as a means of acquiring status; it is only such when taqwa is adhered to. (March 24, 2006).
  13. They [officeholders] need to pay more attention to tasbih and istighfar (praising Allah and begging for His forgiveness) as pointed out by the verse 4 of Chapter 110. (December 5, 2003).
  14. When some matters are investigated, at times the initial effort [by officeholders] is to find out who made the complaint. No officeholder should be concerned with this. If they are asked to investigate and report, they should not introduce their own interpretations on matters. If an instruction of the Khalifa of the time is not fully understood, then rather than guessing its interpretation, the Khalifa of the time should be written to and further advice should be sought. (June 6, 2014).
  15. If all officeholders on all levels understood the concept of obedience, the members of the Jama’at would inevitably understand it. Everyone would appear as the straight line of traveling camels. Amirs, sadrs and other officeholders should self-reflect over their standards of obedience and ponder how they respond to any instruction of the Khalifa of the time. (June 6, 2014).
  16. Some officeholders act upon instructions received from the Khalifa of the time, but with some hesitation. This does not signify obedience. Obedience is when something is followed instantly. Indeed, it is fine to have your own opinion; however, when the Khalifa of the time decides upon something, then one must overlook one’s opinion. (June 6, 2014).
  17. If anyone has any grievance they should write to the Khalifa of the time, but no one is allowed to disregard the discipline of the Community. Similarly, the officeholders also have a responsibility to keep a disposition of justice and affection. (April 23, 2010).
  18. Huzoor said at the most, if there is some conflict it should be brought to Huzoor’s notice. But there should be no wavering in the spirit of obedience. He said obedience needs to be carried out on every level for it to become a source of gratitude. Each Ahmadi, especially the officeholders, should become excellent models. (April 16, 2010).
  19. If an officeholder cannot obey the Khalifa as it is required, then those who work in his/her subordination will not obey him/her either. Indeed, Allah gives one a chance up to a limit and covers one’s fault only when it is to the advantage of the Community. (June 9, 2006).
  20. If one believes in the Hereafter and wishes for a ‘good end’, then along with Allah and His Prophet (sa), one needs to obey ‘those in authority’ and should, no matter what the situation is, let go of disobedience. The officeholders should realize that if the standards of obedience need to be raised, then they need to adopt [this] principle as well. (June 9, 2006).