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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

HONESTY, DEDICATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS: ROLE OF AN OFFICE BEARER

“…building a personal bond with Allah the Almighty is the golden key, which will enable you to unlock the doors to prosperity in your Jama’at duties and all other aspects of your lives…”

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…continued from yesterday…

Unquestionably, Allah’s love and grace are the ultimate rewards and this is why the Promised Messiah (as) once said that:

‘If you please Allah, the sun will never set upon you.’

This means that if a person is devoted to seeking the pleasure and nearness to Allah, they will overcome whatever challenges or difficulties that may arise and will observe that the blessings of God Almighty will continually rain down upon them.

Therefore, building a personal bond with Allah the Almighty is the golden key, which will enable you to unlock the doors to prosperity in your Jama’at duties and all other aspects of your lives.

To forge such a connection and union with Allah the Almighty, it is also important that you offer the Tahajjad prayer with regularity.

When a person makes a special effort to develop a bond and living relationship with Allah the Almighty through Tahajjad, it naturally leads them towards fulfilling the rights of mankind.

So the closer you are to Allah, the more your hearts will open up to the Khuddam and Atfal in your region and you will earnestly desire to help and guide them.

Always remember that the Promised Messiah (as) has said that entering his fold should be akin to starting a ‘new life’ and this requires a person to be ready to make every possible sacrifice for the sake of their faith and to consider everything else secondary to Allah the Almighty.

If a person lives their life with this righteous spirit, even whilst living in this material world, they will find that Allah becomes their friend, their helper and their protector and He will enable them to overcome whatever challenges of trials they face.

It is also vitally important that you and the members of your Majlis take every opportunity to increase your religious knowledge, rather than focusing solely upon secular education.

Today, with the Grace of Allah, we have a great treasure trove of Jama’at literature easily available, both in printed form and electronic form on the various Jama’at websites.

In particular, on Alislam.org the commentaries of the Holy Quran are available, as are the books of the Hadith, the books of the Promised Messiah (as) and the books and sermons of the Khulafa.

Therefore, it is extremely easy for people to increase their religious knowledge, as long as they are willing to sacrifice their time to read and study.

Another crucial point taught by the Promised Messiah (as), which I wish to bring to your attention, is that members of his Jama’at should constantly strive to improve their moral standards by remaining in control of their emotions and their tongue.

Hence, every Ahmadi, but especially office bearers, should pray that Allah enables them to develop the qualities of compassion, humility and meekness.

Furthermore, it should not be that you are kind and considerate in public, whilst you are harsh or unjust within your home.

A truly righteous person is he or she who remains kind and caring at all times and in all circumstances.

A truly pious person is he who practices what they preach and whose standards of morality and decency remain of the highest order both in public and in private.

Thus, you should be kind and warm-hearted in all of your dealings, whether it be with the members of your Majlis, with other Ahmadis, the wider society or whether it be with your family and friends.

In essence, it is not just your duty to guide others, rather you must first embody those instructions and principles that you try to instil in them.

Furthermore, to increase your religious knowledge and to improve your moral and spiritual standards, you should listen very carefully to the sermons and addresses of the Khalifa-e-Waqt.

You should reflect upon what I say and ensure you are acting upon all of my guidance and instructions.

When you are following this guidance and instructions, the members of your Majlis will naturally learn from you and you will become a positive role model for them.

Leading on from this, you should understand that the principal objective and task of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya is to stand on the front lines protecting and guarding the institution of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya.

The best way to do this is by listening to and acting upon the words of the Khalifa-e-Waqt and to be completely loyal and obedient to Khilafat at all times and in all circumstances.

You cannot fulfil this great duty, until and unless, you recognise the fact that the success or failure of our Jama’at hinges upon our unity.

To become united we must follow the means taught by Allah the Almighty Himself and in this era, He has established the institution of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya as the spiritual rope that keeps us bound together.

Consequently, to help ensure the continued unity of our Jama’at, you must ensure you are personally loyal and obedient to Khilafat and seek to increase the bond between the Khuddam and Atfal in your area with Khilafat.

If you are able to achieve this, you will be playing your role in protecting the Jama’at and guarding the institution of Khilafat.

Without any shadow of doubt, if the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (as) remains united at the hand of Khilafat, we will continue to witness the blessings of Allah rain down upon us.

We may confront challenges, we may encounter grief, we may face persecution – yet, rest assured that if we remain under the shade of Khilafat, all trials and tribulations are destined to pass and in their place, great glad tidings and eternal prosperity will surely emerge.

With these words, I pray that you will have all benefited from the discussions and mutual exchange of ideas at this year’s Refresher Course and the guidance given to you by the National Khuddam team or by Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya.

Moreover, I hope and expect that, having listened to my address, you will return to your Majlis much more determined to fulfil your duties and that before asking the members of your Majlis to inculcate whatever you have learned here, you will first seek to adopt those things within yourself.

As Qaid, you may be treated with respect by the Khuddam and Atfal in your Qiadat, but I hope and pray that their respect is whole-hearted and not given out of a sense of duty or necessity; rather, I pray they genuinely respect you and consider you their friends, because they know that you uphold their dignity and meet them with love, sincerity and kindness.

Certainly, your concern for them should be heartfelt, you should pray for them and above all, you should earnestly desire and strive to bring every single person in your Majlis closer to their Creator.

May your efforts help foster an everlasting bond between the Khuddam and Atfal in your area and the Jama’at.

At the end, I pray that may all Khuddam and Atfal have firm faith in God’s Unity, in the truth of Islam and the truth of the Promised Messiah (as).

May they fulfil the conditions and demands of the Bai’at of the Promised Messiah (as) and be amongst those who are forever loyal and obedient to the institution of Khilafat.

May Allah the Almighty enable you to fulfil your duties in the best way possible and enable Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya to continually progress and flourish, Ameen.’

…concluded…

(Friday Sermon December 22, 2019)

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