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On the second day of the Tabligh trip, the Khuddam engaged in Tabligh in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.
Monday, 21 February 2022
Everyone woke to offer their Tahajjud prayers, which was followed by Fajr at 5.15am.
We visited the studios of Radio Continental, one of the most popular radio stations in Argentina. Their work includes giving a voice to the minorities in Argentina. One of the presenters, Mr Gabriel, reached out to Marwan Sahib and invited him to talk on the radio and talk about the work we’re doing in Argentina.
We met the president of the radio station along with Mr Gabriel who received us with a very warm welcome. We presented some gifts to them and took photos with them. They mentioned that they plan to talk about our visit in their talk show tonight as well as on their social media accounts and website.
The director shared his personal contact details and asked us to keep him updated throughout our trip so they could continue to post about us. We then proceeded to a room for refreshments and had a discussion with them.
I gave them the example of the UK’s LBC radio station and suggested that they give Marwan Sahib a slot. The general public could then call and ask questions to Marwan sahib directly, enabling them to learn about Islam Ahmadiyya. The director confirmed that similar shows were already in place.
We visited the Museo del Holocausto de Buenos Aires – a Holocaust Memorial Museum. A chief Rabbi was also invited from the Shalom Salaam Group, a group that the Rabbi and Marwan Sahib are running together to strengthen the relationship between Muslims and Jews in which Marwan Sahib is teaching Islamic Studies.
The acting director of Radio Jai, a Jewish radio station based in Buenos Aires, was also invited. Marwan Sahib is invited every week for a talk on this station. Before the tour started, gifts were presented to the Rabbi and the sub director.
A tour guide named Alejandro gave us a tour of the museum in English towards the end of which, we saw an old Torah script from 8th century Greece, called the Zifr Torah. At the time when the Jews were being persecuted by the Nazis, concerns rose about the Zifr Torah’s safeguarding as the Nazis were relentlessly burning down synagogues. This script was taken to a mosque where a mufti offered to keep it safe. Later, when the situation improved for the Jews, the Torah was returned to them.
Due to the scripture being very old and not in a condition to be used regularly for services, it was decided to keep it in a museum. This emphasises the great relationship between the Jewish and the Muslim communities.
We saw a quote written on a mirror which was taken from the Bible stating, ‘Whoever saves one person, it is as if they saved the whole of mankind’. Marwan Sahib pointed out that this was the teaching of Islam outlined in the Holy Quran.
We had lunch and offered Zuhr and Asr prayers.
We split ourselves into groups and made our way to the interfaith event inside the Palacio San Martín, a palace that serves as the Ceremonial Headquarters for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship. An introduction was given by Marwan Sahib followed by a Spanish talk by the Minister of Worship, Mr Guillermo Oliveri. Marwan Sahib presented a gift of gratitude to the minister before his departure.
The meeting continued with everyone introducing themselves and their stories of how they found their way to their respective religions and the reasons they practice it.
This was concluded with a Q&A session in which our Argentinian Ahmadi brothers and sisters answered questions zealously while displaying love and knowledge for their faith. At the end of the event, I was invited to speak.
During this, Marwan sahib received a call from Telemax – a national TV station – asking for an interview on the phone about the delegation’s objectives. They heard about the interfaith event, which they were unable to join, and requested Marwan Sahib to record an interview immediately so they could also cover it.
Marwan Sahib mentioned that even a month ago, it seemed impossible for such an event to take place at the Palacio San Martín. A few weeks earlier Marwan sahib went to see the Minister for some other matters, during their meeting he mentioned that a delegation from the UK was coming and that we were trying to book a hall for an event. The Minister offered the hall in the Palace and the very next day an organiser from the Palace called to finalise the visit and to discuss arrangements for the event.
And so the hall was booked where today, by the grace of Allah, we were able to hold this historic event. Events such as this in the Palace are rare and the other religious leaders present were surprised by this, expressing that despite being established for centuries in Argentina, they have not been able to hold events in the Palace.
This is indeed a sign of the truth of Islam, the Holy Prophetsaw and the Promised Messiahas. There is no doubt that due to the prayers of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba, Allah’s support is behind all this, Alhamdulillah.
The event was also publicised by the Ministry on their Twitter account.
Saludamos a los jóvenes que participaron de una jornada de diálogo interreligioso de las comunidades mormona @NotiSUD, islámica @AhmadiaArg, judía @isaacsacca, católica y cristiana @CatedraldelaFe_ .
Agradecemos el reconocimiento por promover la paz y la convivencia. pic.twitter.com/1ou3Bo8LIR
— Secretaría de Culto (@CultoARG) February 21, 2022
After the meeting, Shahrukh Sahib and Fatteen Sahib exchanged contact details with some of the members present.
Following this event, we went to a shopping district to buy some essential clothes as there was no confirmation about the arrival of our luggage, especially given that we are to fly off to Ushuaia soon.
We offered Maghrib and Isha prayers, which was followed by Dinner
Day 2 – Khidmat-e-Khalq Trip to Poland/Ukraine
Monday, 9 May 2022
Offered Fajr Namaz in congregation.
We got ready to do some essential shopping for food preparation in the camp and for the accommodation before driving to The Camp at 8am.
Cleaned and set up our campsite. Three of the team, Akbar Butt Sahib, Mohammad Malas Sahib and Jamil Bhatti Sahib, were in the kitchen preparing breakfast and lunch, and cleaning the kitchen area.
Fatten Anjum Sahib overlooked the food stall serving hot beverages and breakfast. For breakfast, 50 doughnuts and 40 sandwiches were served.
Qammar Sethi Sahib and Shahmeer Baloch Sahib offered assistance for the American Waqf-e-Arzi team with clearing out some equipment and medicine which needed to be sent to Ukraine.
We have noticed that whenever we are serving something to someone or are interacting, we are observed by the people around us very closely. Everyone has a close eye on us.
A few of us also had a chance to speak to people around us; a Khadim was wearing a ‘Jinnah’ cap whilst serving, so a volunteer worker from a camp in Ukraine approached him and asked him regarding the ‘Jinnah’ cap if it’s connected to Islam. The Khadim answered that in Islam we must cover our heads for prayers and the ‘Jinnah’ cap is just formal cap worn in Pakistan. The volunteer really liked the cap.
One Khadim was serving coffee to someone. The person was very happy about the Khadim’s work so he started sharing stories and showing pictures of his volunteer work in this crisis.
Another Khadim was approached by a lady who is also a volunteer from an Israeli camp. She was asking where we guys are from. The Khadim told her that the camp is originally from the Humanity First team from Germany and six of us have come from the UK as volunteers to help. She also asked from what community we are from and was very keen to learn about Ahmadiyyat which she never heard about before. She also said that she will search for Ahmadis in Kababir and wants to learn more about the blessed movement.
Lunch was served to everyone; approximately 50 plates of warm food (Rice and Chickpeas Salan) were served.
Two Ukrainian families, which included some medical patients, were helped in crossing the border to Poland.
Mohtamim Khidmat-e-Khalq Akbar Butt Sahib placed all the medicine in the medical tent in their respective order and also checked to see if they are still useable.
The Israeli medical camp also brought a patient to our medical tent for treatment. This shows how the blessings of Allah have been showering on us this whole time.
A lady came to drink ‘Chai’ (tea) who is working for a different medical team further ahead within the camp. She asked us regarding Humanity First. Two Khuddam introduced Humanity First to her, so she expressed her desire to help the Humanity First medical team instead. This shows how the blessings of Allah come in such mysterious ways. Who knew that Chai would attract that many people towards the Humanity First camp and learn more about Humanity First and our beautiful teachings of Islam?
Throughout the day, a lot of refugees were helped by us carrying their heavy bags to either the border or from the border to the refugee bus station.
At the end of the day, we served 600 cups of coffee and 350 cups of Chai.
We also helped with the construction of a mosque on the campsite.
After Maghrib & Isha Namaz, we had a talk with Athar Zubair Sahib about the guidance he has received from beloved Huzoor (aba) throughout his time serving for the Jama’at. One piece of advice he gave us was that we should keep our hearts clean and keep doing ‘Taubah’ (repentance for our sins) and ‘Istighfar’ (seeking forgiveness).
Day 1 – Khidmat-e-Khalq Trip to Poland/Ukraine
Sunday, 8th May 2022
By the Grace of Allah, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK has been given the blessed opportunity to provide assistance with humanitarian work in the camp set up by Humanity First Germany in Medyka – located on the Poland/Ukraine border.
The journey started from Luton, with everyone gathered at Mohtamim Khidmat-e-Khalq Akbar Butt Sahib’s parents’ house. It started journey with Dua (silent prayer), before two Khuddam from Luton Jama’at dropped us off at the Luton Airport.
Arrived at Kraków Airport where we collected our luggage. After collecting car keys for the hired cars, we drove to the Humanity First camp site.
Near the border we saw for approx. 10 kilometres thousands of cars, vans and trucks in a queue to cross the borders back to Ukraine, due to the ongoing crisis occurring in the nation.
We met up with Muhammad Athar Zubair Sahib who is the in-charge of the Humanity First Camp. He briefed us on what to expect, what the situation is and what our work will be like for this week.
He also shared a few incidents how Allah the Almighty has been blessing this scheme since the beginning. How all difficult situations have turned into blessings after praying to Allah and requesting beloved Huzoor (aba) for prayers.
Jamil Bhatti Sahib, who is serving as Regional Qaid for Baitul Ehsan Region, was given the duty of cooking the food provision. He was briefed on this by the individual previously in-charge.
We were then given a tour of the site and where all our belongings are stored if needed.
Our team familiarised themselves with the people around us and began to start working at different stations in the camp which consisted of handing out hot beverages, hot food and helping people carry their luggage to the border.
Offered Namaz (Islamic prayer) in congregation before coming to the accommodation to rest. After setting up our sleeping places, we had a short briefing about what we had done today and what improvements should be made for tomorrow.
Day 4: Argentina Tabligh Trip — Masses moved by the Photo of the Promised Messiah (as)
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This is the fourth day of the Tabligh Trip in Argentina. Today’s proceedings were as follows:
Wednesday 23 February 2022
Woke up for Tahajjud & Fajr
Breakfast then went to a Café where we had a briefing on the days schedule, team structure and leafletting strategy. As Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba instructed we recorded two videos in spanish, so these could be played when locals ask questions about Islam.
We split into three groups. Two groups went to different locations for leafleting, with one going to buy frames for certificates and preparing gift bags for delegates.
Everyone gathered at the Plaza Malvinas Islands for a rememberance service in memory of soldiers who died during the 1982 war. This was organised by the Council at the request of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Argentina. Secretary of Worship, former army soldiers, journalists and the general public also joined.
During this ceremony, we introduced ourselves to all the soldiers and the minister. Photos were taken and then Marwan Sahib delivered a speech and laid a wreath at the memorial.
All of us had a chance to speak to everyone present and give them the message of Islam. This even was also tweeted by the Ushuaia council.
Marwan Sahib was called over by a journalist from TV2 as they wanted an interview with him.
Afterwards, we went to a different location to give a present from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to the Secretary of Worship. I presented the gift and pictures were taken with him and our entire group.
This was covered by local press:
We then offered Zuhr and Asr Prayers in congregation.
We split back into our original groups with some proceeding with leafleting and finalising the gifts. Leafletting throughout the day was very successful. The people of Ushuaia are very welcoming and receptive. Many were interested in learning more about the Jama’at. The recording of a message in Spanish was used extensively throughout the day to much benefit—reminding us that Huzoor’s words are full of wisdom, we would have struggled without the video. A lady who received our leaflet, returned after a few minutes and was angry and did not want the leaflet. Shahrukh sahib [Regional Qaid Bashir] managed to comvince her to watch the video. After watching it she understood our message and purpose and she agreed to take the leaflet.
Some were given a duty to help the Lajna in the ‘Muslim Woman of Argentina’ (Mujeres Musulmanas Argentinas) event in Casa de La Mujer. The event was organised in coordination with the local council and had a very interested audience, the event lasted for almost two hours with a question and answer session at the end.
After the Women’s event, Marwan sahib, myself and Hibatul Mohsin sahib went to Arakur Hotel to setup the exhibition and the hall where an Interfaith Peace Conference was due to take place in the evening organised by Jama’at Argentinia.
Everyone gathered at our accommodation where we took a hired van to the hotel.
On the way, Marwan Sahib gave a briefing regarding everyone’s duties for this event. And at the hotel he showed everyone the hall where the conference was going to take place.
Guests started arriving who were led to the hall by the team. The exhibition proved to be very popular. It featured various transaltions of the Holy Quran, books and leaflets. For the main event, seven guest speakers from different religions delivered a speech regarding peace.
At the beginning of the event, after Tilawat, a video introducing the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was supposed to be shown, but due to some technical issues it could not be played. We continued with the programme, after guests speakers, Marwan Sahib presented the message of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
At the end, just before closing speech of Omar Becarra, City councillor, we were informed that the technical issue was fixed and the video could be played. Alhamdolillah it was played and everyone was moved through it, we felt as if Allah the Almighty wanted it to be played at the end, so people could not forget Huzooraba and The Promised Messiahas, it had a much greater impact. I have seen this documentary many times in english, arabic and other languauges, but this time in spanish it had a different affect on me as well. It was difficult to hold back our emotions and as soon as the event finished everyone said exactly the same thing. Moreover, the guests kept asking about Huzooraba and wanted to know more. This is truly a sign of Allah, not only it made us emotional it also had a deeper impact on the guests.
This too was covered by local press.
We ended the session with silent prayer. Refreshments were arranged for the guests aftwards.
We had the chance to speak to the guests and find out their feedback regarding this event. Nearly everyone said that this event was really good and the video at the end left them full of emotions. Asef Hadi sahib and Faheem sahib recorded the guests narrating their experience.
By the grace of Allah, this was a really successful event. None of us imagined that the video not playing at the beginning but at the end would have such a great effect as this video hit the hearts of the people watching.
The owner of the hotel was so moved by the event that he orgainsed a dinner for us in the hotel and joined us along with some of the key guests. He also invited us to dinner that same evening.
So far this trip has shown us the innumerable blessings of Allah the Almighty and how people, all around the world, are ready to accept the message of the Promised Messiahas.
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