“If Ahmadi Muslim women are able to achieve the highest moral and spiritual standards and attain true piety then the future generations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will remain forever in safe hands.” – Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad
On 14 November 2020, the National Amila (Executive) of Lajna Imaillah Bangladesh (Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association Bangladesh) was granted a virtual official meeting and audience with the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
His Holiness presided the meeting from his office in Islamabad, Tilford, whilst the Amila members joined from the Darut Tabligh Mosque complex in Dhaka, which serves as the National Headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Bangladesh.
During the hour-long meeting, the Amila members had the opportunity to present a report about their respective departments and to seek the guidance and instructions of His Holiness on a range of issues.
His Holiness was asked how the message of Islam could be conveyed to other people in light of COVID-19 restrictions.
In response, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in many countries, it is not currently possible to physically go out and preach. Thus, for now, you should seek other ways to spread the message of Islam. During this period, one important avenue is ‘online’. For example, Lajna Imaillah can share Islamic quotes or passages to others through social media which will, God Willing, open new doors in your efforts to convey Islam’s teachings far and wide. Thus, even in these circumstances, if you are determined and ready to explore new avenues, there are many viable ways through which you can convey the message of Islam to others in an appropriate way.”
His Holiness was asked about the conditions he and his family faced whilst living in Ghana during the 1970s and 1980s and how he responded to any challenges they faced.
Upon this, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“A person should have complete trust in Allah the Almighty in all circumstances and for His sake a person must be willing to face every challenge. It is inevitable that difficulties will appear from time to time but a person should never let them prove an obstacle in fulfilling their religious duties and work. Whilst in Africa, the conditions and circumstances in which we lived could be considered as difficult but at all times we were determined to fulfil the religious objectives with which we had been sent to Ghana.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:
“In such tough circumstances it is incumbent that a wife supports her husband and a husband supports his wife. Ultimately, as long as you have trust in Allah the Almighty, then no matter how difficult the problems or challenges you face they will never prove insurmountable. If sincere prayer remains your constant companion then the Help of Allah will always be by your side. Certainly, if you combine prayer with hard work then Allah will enable you to overcome whatever challenge lies before you. Consequently, no matter what, a person should never become hopeless or panicked.”
As the meeting drew to a close, the National Sadr (President) Lajna Imaillah Bangladesh requested His Holiness to give a message for all members of Lajna Imaillah and Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya (Ahmadiyya Muslim Girls Association) in Bangladesh.
In reply, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Firstly, you should convey my greetings of ‘Assalamo Alaikum wa Rehmatullah wa Barakatohu’ to all the Lajna and Nasirat members in Bangladesh. Additionally, my message to all of them is that they should remain firm in their faith under all circumstances. If trials and tribulations come to pass they must never weaken or harm your faith in any shape or form. Whenever you face any difficulty, grief or concern you should bow down in prayer before Allah the Almighty alone.”
“Furthermore, you should firmly pledge to strive to attain righteousness and to train your children so that they grow to be pious and true believers. Certainly, to protect and guide your children, it is essential that you pay great attention to your own moral and spiritual state and seek to constantly improve in this regard. Always remember that if Ahmadi Muslim women are able to achieve the highest moral and spiritual standards and attain true piety then the future generations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will remain forever in safe hands. This is the true objective and mission of Lajna Imaillah and this is my message to all of the Lajna members in Bangladesh and to the members of Nasirat who will one day, God Willing, become mothers themselves.”
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