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Friday, November 27, 2020

HONESTY, DEDICATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS: ROLE OF AN OFFICE BEARER

“…it is of paramount importance that all Jama’at or auxiliary office bearers have a firm conviction in their hearts that Allah the Almighty is looking at them at all times and will hold them accountable for their actions…”

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‘With the Grace of Allah, you have gathered here today for the Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Qaideen Refresher Course and the first thing I wish to remind you is that ‘Qaid’ means ‘leader’ and a proper leader is someone who leads by example and takes his people on a path which he walks upon himself.

Certainly, the responsibility of a Qaid, or for that matter of any Jama’at or auxiliary office bearer, is not at all insignificant or ordinary.

Rather, their duty, regardless of the level at which they are serving, demands that they strive their utmost to be an excellent role model for the other members of the Jama’at.

In this regard, it is of paramount importance that all Jama’at or auxiliary office bearers have a firm conviction in their hearts that Allah the Almighty is looking at them at all times and will hold them accountable for their actions.

They should never forget that though they may be able to hide things from other people, they can never conceal anything from Allah the Almighty.

He knows all that we do and whatever is in our hearts and so keeping this in mind, every office bearer must strive to fulfil their responsibilities to the best of their abilities and save themselves from any form of weakness in their faith, or from neglect in their duties.

You must constantly pay heed and reflect upon the pledge made by every Ahmadi to forever ‘give precedence to their faith over all worldly matters.’

As an office bearer, you must uphold this pledge at all times and utilise the skills and capabilities given to you by Allah the Almighty for the fulfilment of your Jama’at duties.

If all our Jama’at office bearers serve with this spirit of keeping the fear of Allah in their hearts, we can bring about a great spiritual transformation, not just within our Jama’at, but also amongst the wider society and humanity at large.

As a Qaid, or in whichever position you serve the Jama’at, you must prove yourself to be a person who others consider sincere and a positive role model from whom they can learn and benefit.

They should have full confidence in you and recognise that there is nothing you ask from them that you are not doing yourself.

As you will be aware, certain offices within our Jama’at are elected, whilst others are made by appointment.

Regardless, of how a duty is bestowed, it is always given with the belief and expectation that the office bearer will seek to discharge their responsibilities with honesty, integrity and dedication.

So, as Qaideen, you must seek to fulfil the faith placed in you by your Majlis, by the Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and ultimately by Khalifa-e-Waqt.

You must spare no effort and utilise all of your faculties and talents to fulfil your responsibilities.

You must be an excellent role model and endeavour to do full justice to the trust that has been placed in you.

If all the Qaideen serve in this way, it will lead to the success and prosperity of the Majlis and you will play your role in helping the Jama’at fulfil the great objectives and mission of the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi (as).

For we have accepted that person whose advent was foretold by the Holy Prophet (sa) and who was sent by Allah to revive the true teachings of Islam and to bring mankind back towards its Creator.

Thus, at all times, the Qaideen and other office bearers, must ensure they are living their lives according to the teachings of the Promised Messiah (as).

Only then will you be in a position to guide others towards spiritual and religious prosperity.

Of course, every Ahmadi should be very familiar with the instructions and guidance of the Promised Messiah (as), which are an everlasting treasure for our Jama’at.

At the same time, the Jama’at or auxiliary office bearers should consider that they are the first addressees and recipients of his instructions and so, before anyone else, it is up to them to obey him in every single respect.

Only if our office bearers inculcate such qualities and values will we begin to fulfil the objectives of the advent of the Promised Messiah (as) and for which he founded the Jama’at.

…to be continued…

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