Whilst laying the foundation of this auxiliary organisation, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IIra prophesied:
“I am contemplating over what our response will be to the onslaughts of the opponents. My mind possesses abridged knowledge of each and every matter, which also includes Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. Indeed, [this organisation] is a source of spiritual training, knowledge and moral development. This moment in time is the age of training and developing the youth, and the period of training is a period of obscurity. People may assume that nothing is happening, however when a nation emerges into the practical field having attained moral development, the entire world becomes a witness of the outcome. In reality such a nation – which arises at the gesture of a hand and sits at the gesture of a hand – shall create a great revolution in the world (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat Volume VIII Page 445).
The Establishment of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya
With regards to the manner in which Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya was established, respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Sahib states:
“As I arrived home in the evening of the 20th January 1938 having been dismissed from Jamia Ahmadiyya, an office-bearer of the Private Secretary informed me that I have been summoned by Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IIra. When I arrived in the presence of Huzoor, he presented two published tracts of Sheikh Abdurrahman Misri Sahib before me and stated, ‘Write a response to this. Go to the Darul Mujahideen and employ the life-devotees to assist you, and if you please, include some from Jamia as well. However, do not seek assistance from any superior scholars. You are permitted to only acquire the support of Maulvi Qamar Din Sahib and Maulvi Zuhoor Hussain Sahib, and begin immediately. If you require any books, I will provide them from my personal library.’ Thus, I took the tracts and without even eating, proceeded to work along with some life-devotees. One day, Huzoor further instructed me to hold a meeting in order to elect the office-bearers for this task.”
(An extract from the interview of respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib by Mirza Sultan Ahmad Sahib and Sultan Mubashir Sahib)
Thus, on 31 of January 1938 following the Asr prayer, ten youth gathered at the accommodation of respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib in Qadian on account of his invitation. These very youth proceeded to seek the help and assistance of God Almighty, having vowed to strive towards serving the progress of Ahmadiyyat and remaining steadfast in their corroboration of Khilafat, and to always counter any dissention that arises against it. The youth who were at the forefront of this organisation are as follows:
- Maulvi Qamar-u-Din Sahib
- Hafiz Bashir Ahmad Sahib
- Maulana Zahoor Hussain Sahib
- Maulana Ghulam Ahmad Farukh Sahib
- Maulana Muhammad Siddiq Sahib (Librarian)
- Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Jaleel Sahib
- Hafiz Qudratullah Sahib
- Maulvi Muhammad Yusuf Sahib
- Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Jaleel Sahib
- Choudhry Khalil Ahmad Nasir Sahib
These youth held an election to appoint the office-bearers of this organisation in their first meeting. During the election, the names were suggested first, followed by their approval. Respected Maulvi Qamar-u-Din Sahib was elected as the president and respected Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib as the secretary which was later approved by Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IIra on 4th February 1938.
The Organisation Being Referred to as Khuddamul Ahmadiyya
Since this organisation was being established with the permission of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, Huzoor was requested to provide a name for this organisation. Hence, respected Sheikh Mehboob Alam Khalid Sahib states:
“As I presented the report of the election, Huzoor took out a blue-coloured lined paper from the pad and wrote the words ‘Khuddamul Ahmadiyya’ with his blessed pen.”
Respected Syed Mukhtar Ahmad Hashmi Sahib states that Huzoor also wrote down the date, 4th February 1938.
(Translated by Huzaifah Tahir, MKA UK Isha’at)
Tabligh at Wimbledon Championships — From the July 1997 publication
Sadr Sahib wanted to use the 1997 Wimbledon Championships as a means of promoting to an audience which he had never previously targeted. Huzooraba said that the intention of our activities should be to show the visitors to the Championships that we are not the stereo-typed Muslims which they have seen in the media… In this way, we would be able to convey a powerful image of the true Islam.
A team of Khuddam led by Naseer Khan got together and ran the event. The team lived for 3 weeks at the Khuddam office at Hardwicks Way. During this time they worked around the clock with little or no sleep in order to formulate their plans and put these into action. The main objectives of the initiative were to:
- Setup and run an exhibition depicting the achievements of the Jama’at in a powerful and impactful manner.
- Provide refreshments to people camping overnight for tickets to Wimbledon.
- Organise and run guided tours of the London Mosque where another exhibition would be set up depicting the history of the site.
A shop was acquired at a prime site on Wimbledon Park Road, just outside Southfields Station. By the Grace of Allah, this shop had just been bought by 2 Khuddam who were seeking to launch a business from it. However, they willingly offered the premises to Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK to host the exhibition from. A huge 30 foot banner was put up outside the shop which read “Welcome to the Wimbledon Championships- Greetings from the London Mosque, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK”.
As the banner was unfolded for the first time, it was met by claps from the locals who thoroughly enjoyed the message.
The Khuddam team spent their evenings providing hot drinks and biscuits to the visitors to Wimbledon who were camped outside. As they did this they engaged in long talks with the visitors, presenting an Islam which was totally new and unknown to most of them.
Many visitors left their camps for a short time to visit the Fazl Mosque. Groups of Atfal were dressed in uniform and could be seen everywhere. The locals said that it was as if the Ahmadis had totally taken over the area as the scale of their presence was so impressive.
One individual entered the fold of the Community simply from seeing how well the Khuddam worked as a team, and the way they conducted themselves.
Notes left in the visitors book read: “It is interesting, one can feel the love for others.” (Shirley Monro, UK)
“Enjoyed learning about something new and beautiful.” (Tammy King, Canada)
Moments From History: Jalsa Musleh-e-Maud
In 1944, Khalifatul-Masih IIra, after receiving divine guidance, claimed to be the Musleh Maud that the Promised Messiahas had prophecied. To commemorate the fulfilment of a grand prophecy, Jalsas were arranged in which Hazrat Musleh Maudra announced his claim. The photo on the left is from the Jalsa Musleh Maud in Delhi, 1944. Hazrat Musleh Maudra can be seen standing in the centre of the stage. His son, (Hazrat) Mirza Tahir Ahmad, who later became the Khalifatul-Masih IVrh can be seen seated to his right. There are a number of other elders in the photograph all of whom can be seen with a look of devotion upon their faces for the Khalifah of the time.
Moral Ethics – Address of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (rh) to Atfalul Ahmadiyya UK at the Annual Atfal Rally in 1993
“I will now turn briefly to another point. Righteousness and self confidence. You have advantages from living in a powerful and advanced country of the world but you have disadvantages also. There are good points and bad points. The bad points are cultural and moral deterioration. The British people do not realise that culture is something that can be totally disassociated from moral responsibility. In the name of culture they feel they can do anything and no one can stop them or restrict them. They feel they are free to do whatever they please, with the result, that they step into areas which Allah forbids. They trespass religious code and ethics in the name of culture and freedom. They violate the Word of God and moral principles which are accepted universally. This is an area of danger and I must warn you of it. I have come across some cases of children who go astray in teenage years to lead a life not of goodness but are told that they are free to do what they want. [As if they are told] who are your parents and religious leaders to tell you what to do? You are free, it’s a free country, enjoy yourself. This is the insinuation of what they are told by teachers and other students and they do not understand the underlying trap in this teaching. So I must warn you against this type of philosophy of freedom. They are talking of freedom in an area which does not belong to them. They say God and parents have no right to interfere in that area. It is similar to your parents telling you that you are free as a person, so why respect the laws of England or any other country. You may do what you please. You may steal, mug people, bribe and be bribed – enjoy yourself, this country is yours, this is your land and no one can stop you. If your parents were to teach you this will the society accept it? Will they not react and call it a rebellion against the law of the land? They certainly would as this is their area where they enjoy strength and power. And that will be their reaction if someone from elsewhere interferes in their area of command, and yet they shamelessly interfere where they have no right to. They interfere in the area of God’s commandments, and religious ethics and moral values. The area that belongs to your parents and religious leaders [in such matters] you should listen to them. This should be clearly understood.”
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