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Also, all the Waqifeen (life-devotees) and office-bearers should strive to fulfil their Waqf (pledge for devoting one’s life) with sincerity, just as [Sahibzada Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib] did and also to continue their services. May Allah grant everyone the opportunity to fulfil their pledges. May Allah continue to grant the Jama’at pious and righteous workers who serve with sincerity and passion in the future as well. (February 9, 2018).
This sense of responsibility should develop in all our office-bearers in respect to how to fulfil a task …. When a request is submitted, the one submitting it will, of course, try to follow it up, but so should the office-bearers. They should continue to oversee it until it is implemented, or until the complaint has been resolved, or the task has been fulfilled rather than simply neglecting it. As I mentioned before, if this habit is instilled within the office-bearers, many of our issues will be resolved. (January 19, 2018).
The Holy Prophet
once stated that Allah the Almighty will never let a person enter heaven who is made responsible for people and yet is neglectful of his duties. The Holy Prophet
, on another occasion, stated that on the Day of Judgement, a just ruler will be the most beloved and closest to God Almighty and an unjust ruler will be the worst in the eyes of God Almighty and will be kept furthest from Him. Thus, the office-bearers must fulfil their responsibilities and this also applies to all the auxiliary organizations. (March 10, 2017).
It should be kept in mind that the service of Jama’at should not be considered an insignificant matter and should not be taken superficially. Everyone of us, whether an officer or an ordinary member, has pledged to prefer faith over the world. When a person accepts to serve as an officer, or is appointed for a service, he has more responsibility than others that he fulfill his pledge and keep in mind that he has made this pledge with Allah, and that Allah has directed at many places in the Holy Qur’an to fulfill pledges. Thus, remember always that Allah has very clearly said that the trusts entrusted to you and accepted by you are your pledges and, thus, fulfill your trusts and pledges. (July 15, 2016).
To understand the limits of one’s rights, it is important for the office-bearers to read and understand the rules and regulations. If they will follow the rules and regulations, then small matters will not become a concern for the executive members or the general membership … Every member should look at the book of rules and regulations and should gain knowledge of the responsibilities of their departments. Everyone should know their limits. (July 15, 2016).
With the grace of God, the Jama’at operates on central as well as auxiliary levels and these, in turn, have officeholders from national to neighborhood level. Each of these officeholders is expected to discharge the responsibilities as helpers of Khilafat; i.e., responsibilities of Khilafat on a wider scale. If all missionaries and officeholders were to understand this, a revolutionary change could come about (July 3, 2015).
Members of the Jama’at choose officeholders because they consider them to be better than them in capacity, knowledge and wisdom. At least this is what should be the mindset of those who choose officeholders. This is the basic standard of choosing an officeholder and no officeholder should be chosen simply for the sake of office. (January 30, 2015).
If a sense of responsibility is instilled in us, we would consider service of faith as a divine blessing … One who considers work as divine blessing tolerates everything for the pleasure of God, and the knowledge that all honor belongs to God forces him to be humble and meek. (December 6, 2013).
Some officeholders also do not know the details of what their office duties demand or require of them and they are not fulfilling the requirements of their office as they need to be fulfilled … here are certain aspects of the duties of officeholders that have to do with the proper execution of their duties, and they need to know how they can carry out those requirements. They also need to know the extent of their authority. So, I will draw your attention briefly to these two matters. (August 16, 2013).
All officeholders must become acquainted with their own office rules, requirements, responsibilities and powers. Every officeholder must know his rights and responsibilities. (August 16, 2013).
The umara (amirs) must make it a point to study Rules 215 to 220 in the book of rules and keep them always in mind and act upon them – especially when a decision needs to be made upon a particular matter. (August 16, 2013).
Try your utmost to fulfill the demands of being the representatives of the Khalifa of the time. If you do not do this, a time will definitely come when you will be caught and apart from the worldly actions that will be taken against you – that of course will happen – you will also have to face the punishment of God. This is a very frightening thing for any officeholder to contemplate and it needs to be kept in mind. Becoming an officeholder does not just mean occupying an office. It entails taking on a very big responsibility. (May 24, 2013).
It [Ch:4 v:59] also addresses the officeholders – admonishing them that mere holding of an office is not enough, the dues of the office need to be discharged and when these dues are not discharged, one incurs God’s displeasure. (April 12, 2013).
Holding an office is a trust; therefore, elect those who are the best in your view. Consider whether they are worthy and capable of holding the office or not. (April 12, 2013).
A vote should not be cast based on one’s relations, friendships or clannish preferences. God will not only hold to account officeholders. Rather, voters will also be held answerable as to why did they not correctly cast their vote … if one does not have sufficient information about those who are to be voted for, then one should pray to God that one is inclined to vote for the person who is the best in God’s sight. (April 12, 2013).
It should also be clear that the Amir of a country has the jurisdiction to approve of some local offices and also has the right to choose/appoint someone who has not received a majority of votes. However, amirs should generally respect the majority of votes. (April 12, 2013).
If nepotism and favoritism is practised, justice is not done and matters lose blessings. Just and fair decisions should be made by officeholders as regards every member of the Jama’at. (April 12, 2013).
Holding an office is not a source of greatness. In fact, it is a huge responsibility which should be fulfilled with prayers. (April 12, 2013).
People are desirous of office. If they knew what a huge responsibility it is and failing to honor it can incur God’s displeasure more than others, each officeholder would night and day be engaged in Istaghfar (seeking forgiveness from God). (April 12, 2013).
Each officeholder should be mindful that after being elected and approved, he is not free. In fact, he is bound to serve to the best of his capacities and failing to do so can incur God’s displeasure. (April 12, 2013).
Each officeholder has to give individual due to every member of the Jama’at as well as collective dues of the Jama’at. (April 12, 2013).
Each officeholder should understand that his person is bound by the interests of the Jama’at in every matter. This view should be inculcated by every officeholder and people who abide by this view should be elected. In other words, votes should be cast for those who have a high standard of taqwa (righteousness). (April 12, 2013).
Those people should be elected to office who are serious about work and those who are elected should also perform their tasks to the best of their abilities. (April 12, 2013).
Unless the standard of taqwa is high, dues of trusts and covenants of both God and mankind cannot be paid. Officeholders are specifically considered trustees of both. (April 12, 2013).
Officeholders should spend Jama’at funds with extreme care. Under no circumstances should there be wastage. (April 12, 2013).
It is incumbent on the officeholders to accomplish their pledges and their trusts and to properly fulfil what they have been entrusted with. (August 10, 2012).
In order to save the society from disorder and oneself from hell, covering the faults of others is essential. If reformation is the objective, then inform the administration of the Community. In such a case, it then becomes the responsibility of the officeholders to discharge of this duty with the utmost of discretion. (March 27, 2009).
Each task of an officeholder is a trust with them. To discharge of it faithfully is honoring the trust. We should always remember that Allah does not like those who are perfidious, and one who is excluded from Allah’s affection neither prospers in this world nor the Hereafter. (May 2, 2008).
When electing officeholders, prayers should be made and people should be chosen on merit, rather than friendship and kinship. (April 6, 2007).
If they [officeholders] are not discharging of their obligations properly, then they are not honoring their responsibility in the spirit [quoted Hadith] of looking after the master’s property, which in this instance has been given to them by the Khalifa of the time. (April 6, 2007).
If [officeholders] are not fully attentive in implementing what is required, then they could be imperceptibly viewing the decision of the Khalifa in a negative light. (March 24, 2006).
There is the pledge an officeholder makes, to safeguard the trust that has been given to him/her. This pledge should be a source of strengthening their faith. (September 9, 2005).
All officeholders of the Community should pay attention to anything that is even slightly indicative of hostility to the system of the Community. They should reach out to all their members and be aware of the state of the grass roots. They should inform their Amir Sahib, and should not consider anything in this regard as too trivial. (July 1, 2005).
All officeholders should be mindful that they are a part of the administration of the Khalifa of the day and, therefore, are his representatives. Their thought process should be in line with that of the Khalifa. (December 31, 2004).
The personal information regarding people on exemption [in reference to prescribed rates of Chanda and various exceptions and conditions] should be treated as a confidential trust by the officeholders. (May 28, 2004).
All officeholders are made guardians in their areas of responsibilities. They will be answerable. We should fear the very serious consequences of this [Huzoor cited two ahadith on this reference]. (December 5, 2003).
All officeholders, whether of Jama’at or of auxiliary organizations, represent the Khalifa in their respective areas of responsibilities. If they are not fulfilling their obligations towards the Ahmadis in their charge, if they do not participate in their sorrows and happinesses, if they do not treat them with love and kindness, or if the Khalifa of the time asks for a report on a certain matter concerning someone and they send a report without any investigation or without complete investigation, or for some personal grudge send a wrong report, then they commit a grave sin. (December 5, 2003).
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