Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says that Ahmadi Muslim Missionaries serving in the West should seek to bring people back towards religion and faith
On 15 November 2020, field Missionaries serving the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany were 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 Missionaries joined from the Baitus Sabuh Mosque in Frankfurt, which serves as the National Headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany.
During the sixty-five minute meeting, all present had the opportunity to personally speak to His Holiness and to seek his prayers and guidance.
Whilst addressing the Missionaries collectively, His Holiness reiterated the importance of the worship of Allah the Almighty.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“It is not possible to become a true helper of the Khalifa of the Time without immersing yourself in prayer and the worship of Allah the Almighty. After offering the obligatory five daily prayers, it is the voluntary prayers (Nafl) that will take you close to Allah the Almighty and enable you to fulfil your duties in the very best way and to ensure whatever work you do is blessed.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:
“Furthermore, you must recite daily the Holy Quran and ponder over its meaning, as there is no life for a Muslim without the Holy Quran… Seek spirituality within yourselves, as only then will you be able to bring about a spiritual change in others.”
During the course of the meeting, His Holiness said that Missionaries and other representatives of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community should always treat others with sensitivity and consideration. In this regard, he said it was important to appeal to the hearts of those Ahmadi Muslims who had limited contact with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
“You should counsel and guide those Ahmadi Muslims who are distant in a loving way. Remind them that they were able to move to these Western countries and permitted to live here due to the fact that they are Ahmadi Muslims. It is because of their faith that their circumstances have now improved, that they have opportunities and that their children are receiving a good education. In a kindly and considerate way, you should remind them that they are here due to the Grace of God and so they should remain attached to their faith and seek to serve it. You should speak to them gently and always pray for them.”
Towards the end of the meeting, a Missionary asked how best to keep young people attached to their faith, given that religion is increasingly being discarded in the Western world.
In reply, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“It is particularly important that young Missionaries, who have grown up and been educated in the West, play their role in guiding the youth about the importance of religion. You should be a sincere friend to the youth and, in tandem with our auxiliary organisations, involve them in the work of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community so that a spirit of service develops from a young age. It is our challenge to save Ahmadi Muslim youth from the harmful aspects and negative influences of today’s society. We must persevere in our efforts and never give up. The more time and effort you give to guiding and training the youth, the stronger their bond with our Community will be.”
“This is the great trust that has been placed in the young Missionaries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community that because they have grown up in Western society, they are better able to relate to the younger members of our Community and spiritually guide them. It is my belief that if our young Missionaries develop a relationship of true loyalty and love with Allah the Almighty then, God Willing, they can be amongst those who bring about a transformative change for the better in society. Certainly, I am confident that if the young Missionaries, as a collective, stand up with great determination to fulfil their responsibilities a true spiritual revolution can be brought about in which people become closer to their Creator.”
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