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Journey of a Waqf doctor

Reflections from Waqf-e-Arzi

By Haris Khan - a Waqf Doctor
Published on June 1, 2021 at 11:46 pm

Ever since I was in year seven or eight, Huzooraba always used to call me “Dr Sahib”. At that time, I didn’t have the slightest inkling that I was going to become a doctor.

My dad is a dentist, so this could possibly have been a reason. However, for this to materialise is unbelievable and shows Huzoor’saba foresight and how Allah blesses his words. It also shows Huzoor’saba wishes for Waqifeen-e-Nau to be involved in professions where humanity can be served and people can be helped. I’m sure many of us have experienced ourselves or seen from classes when Waqifeen-e-Nau ask Huzooraba as to what they should go into, Huzooraba almost always states a field that can be useful for the Jama’at and humanity.

The Promised Messiahas says,

“Sincerity towards others and love for humanity is a part of faith. The definition of the ‘highest moral values’ is that sincere kindness and sympathy be professed towards all humanity without any expectation of reward or recompense. This is what is known as true humanity… Allah the Almighty never forsakes those people who hold within their hearts sincere love for humanity.”

This is what all of us should strive to achieve.

When I got to my first year of A-levels, I had a mulaqat with Huzooraba and asked his advice on what career I should pursue. I wasn’t too sure at the time and was thinking of doing something in finance or economics. Huzooraba said that if you are good at science then you should do Medicine. I said “I am good at Biology, but I don’t really enjoy Chemistry”. To this Huzooraba smiled and stated “Phir tumay Chemistry to parni paray gi” which meant “So then you will have to study Chemistry”.

When I got home, I reflected upon what had happened in the mulaqat and it soon sank in that, as Huzooraba had said it, I would have to study medicine.

My parents and I then had a discussion in the next few weeks, and we all came to the agreement that I should get some work experience to find out more about medicine. I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to go to Tahir Heart Institute in Rabwah for a month in Ramadan. What I observed and experienced there was unbelievable. It was a state-of-the-art facility, one of the best hospitals I had seen. In addition, it had top specialists, junior doctors and various different health care staff who were all working together united under the banner of Khilafat to serve humanity for the sake of Allah the Almighty. This was the first time I had seen such a unique environment in a hospital.

Working alongside these specialists and junior doctors, and having the opportunity to talk to them regularly was extremely inspiring and motivating. It made me realise how much impact you can have as a medical professional, especially in conjunction with having Allah’s Blessings and Huzoor’saba prayers and guidance. I saw and spoke to many patients and the families of patients who had made miraculous recoveries, and this happened quite regularly at Tahir Heart. This combination of having a professional and academic yet spiritual environment—where doctors engage in prayers before procedures, where supplications and attributes of Allah such as Howa-Sha’afi “He is the healer” are framed around the walls of the hospital, where even non-Ahmadi maulvis come to seek treatment because they know the calibre and the integrity of Ahmadi healthcare professionals convinced me that I definitely wanted deen [religion] in my life going forward.

Coming back to the UK, I finished my A-levels, submitted my UCAS application and did the entrance exams, but I didn’t get into Medicine at the time. I was so upset and lost as to what I should do now.

After some time, my parents and I had a discussion and we looked into studying Medicine in Europe. We decided to go to Huzooraba to seek his advice and see what he thought about doing Medicine in Europe as at the time we only knew of one Ahmadi studying Medicine abroad.

I remember going into the mulaqat and explaining my situation to Huzooraba. Before I had even finished my sentence, Huzooraba said why don’t you look at doing Medicine abroad in Europe somewhere. We were all astonished at how Huzooraba knew even before we had asked him and were so grateful to Allah for His Khalifah who took away all the worries and anxiety we had. This again shows the wisdom and the judgement that Allah has blessed our beloved Huzooraba with and I’m sure most of us have experienced this in a mulaqat where Huzooraba answers our question and alleviates our anxiety even before we have asked him. This is why we’re so lucky to have Khilafat.

I did two entrance exams for universities in Czech Republic and asked Huzooraba about which university I should pick. Myself and two other Khuddam ended up being one of the first batches of Ahmadis in recent times to go to Europe to do Medicine in 2012.

Alhamdulillah, by the blessings of Allah, and Huzoor’saba prayers, the university Huzooraba had picked for me ended up having fourteen Ahmadis compared to none in the other university I had also received an offer from. We had our own little Jama’at, did our Namaz [Congregational Prayers], Jummahs [Friday Prayers] and Eid Prayers together, and used to go out for food and activities regularly. This helped us all greatly and created a home away from home for us.

Initially, however, when I went to Czech Republic it took time to adjust to everything. A new place, new people, new language. I remember writing to Huzooraba regularly for prayers and FaceTiming my family a lot, and when I came back to the UK, I tried to get mulaqats with Huzooraba every time by saying I’m a Waqf-e-Nau from Czech Republic only here for a few days. It worked the first few times but then Private Secretary office caught on to my excuse!

The first big exam of my first year in university was a make or break, a very tough exam and it was Chemistry, something I hadn’t enjoyed from the very beginning. I remember thinking back to Huzooraba saying, “Chemistry to parni paray gi” a few years back in my mulaqat during my A-levels and was again amazed by Huzoor’saba foresight and how true his words were.

I remember studying a lot for this tough exam. When I came back to the UK, I got a mulaqat with Huzooraba, I was really stressed and told Huzooraba about this exam. Huzooraba just smiled and advised me to recite Surah Al-Fatihah before starting the exam and to try my best. Then he said to me “Tension na lo, mojay karo” which literally translates to “Don’t stress, relax and enjoy yourself”. I was lost for words. I was so stressed, and I couldn’t believe Huzooraba had said this to me. It was like a huge burden off my shoulders. After Huzooraba said this, everything just became so much smoother, I was so much more relaxed, I passed that exam miraculously and I became much more settled and comfortable in university. From that day on, I started to regularly write to Huzooraba and it was just the blessing of his prayers that I enjoyed the rest of my course so much and even my toughest exams I passed extraordinarily.

This was where I truly learnt that the key to success is working hard, praying regularly, writing to Huzooraba frequently, giving Sadqa [charity] and offering Nawafil [voluntary prayers]. Whenever younger Ahmadi students ask me how to do well, that is what I advise them.

Alhamdulillah, by Allah’s Grace and Huzoor’saba prayers, I graduated in 2018.

I remember going to Huzooraba with a big basket of fruit after I graduated, and it was one of the best feelings to be able to tell Huzooraba I was able to accomplish the main goal he had given me. Since then, I’ve been blessed to have worked in various Hospitals in London such as West Middlesex hospital and Guys & St Thomas hospital which is due entirely to Allah’s Grace, Huzoor’saba prayers and blessings of Waqf.

Huzooraba has advised me to pursue Cardiology. Last year, I had the opportunity to do Waqf-e-Arzi [short-term dedication] with Humanity First in The Gambia. Upon completing my Waqf-e-Arzi, I received a job offer from a leading Cardiology centre in Central London. This continued to show me the innumerable blessings in beloved Huzoor’saba words and the blessings of doing Waqf-e-Arzi.

We should all try our best as Waqifeen-e-Nau to always be ready to give up our time and go do Waqf-e-Arzi as it is such a blessed experience and gives us a taste and a constant reminder of our future goals. When you become a qualified professional, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities at work and lose sight of our long-term goal which is to be of service to the Jama’at in whichever way is required.

One of my favourite verses from the Holy Qur’an that helps me stay focussed on this is goal is:

وَ مَا ہٰذِہِ الۡحَیٰوۃُ الدُّنۡیَاۤ اِلَّا لَہۡوٌ وَّ لَعِبٌ ؕ وَ اِنَّ الدَّارَ الۡاٰخِرَۃَ لَہِیَ الۡحَیَوَانُ ۘ لَوۡ کَانُوۡا یَعۡلَمُوۡنَ ۝

“And this life of the world is nothing but a pastime and a sport, and the Home of the Hereafter — that indeed is Life, if they but knew!” [29:65]

 

It is a reminder of our bigger purpose: to fulfil our Waqf, serve Khilafat and humanity, and not to get caught up in worldly desires.

In regard to the spirit of Waqf-e-Arzi, Huzooraba advised a young doctor doing Waqf, in This Week With Huzoor, “Always remember that you are going there for the sake of Allah with a spirit of service to mankind.”

As Waqifeen-e-Nau, we should try our best to be of as much service as possible to Khilafat, the Jama’at and humanity, as this is the sole purpose of our Waqf. We are extremely blessed to have Huzoor’saba guidance, prayers and advice available to us every step of the way. If we utilise this by building and maintaining a strong relationship with Allah the Almighty and Huzooraba, we will all succeed in this life and in the hereafter, Insha’Allah [God Willing].

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Kicking Off the Year – Khadim Style

The National Ijtema Sports day for Northern Regions is currently underway in Bradford at Dixons Allerton Academy, and the Khuddam and Atfal present here are thoroughly enjoying all the activities and sessions that are taking place.

Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK is holding this sports day on the instructions of Huzooraba after sports at the National Ijtema 2022 were cancelled due to the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a mark of respect. Huzooraba instructed the Majlis that the sports that were due to take place at the Ijtema should be organised as soon as possible for the benefit of all Khuddam and Atfal that missed out. Subsequently, it was decided for the Majlis to hold 2 sports days – one for the northern regions (taking place today) and another for the southern regions (date to be announced).

Registration started at 8am with Khuddam and Atfal arriving from all around the northern parts of the UK with breakfast served in the marquees set up onsite. The event started at 10am with an opening session chaired by the Nazime Ala Sahib Ijtema, Tariq Hayat Sahib. The plan for the day was announced by Mohtamim Sahib Sehate-Jismani, Abdur Rauf Lodhi Sahib.

Football and Cricket for Khuddam and Atfal took place in grass fields and netball courts. Tarbiyyat ‘Chit Chat Chai’ were held at the auditorium, alongside outdoor and indoor sports, on topics such as relationships, the key to paradise, and working hard or hardly working. The first talk covered a wide range of questions in relation to how Khuddam should approach the idea of getting married, how to decide on the type of spouse that they desire, the qualities they should look for and the attitude they adopt going into the process.

After Namaz-e-Zuhr and Ask a short Talqeen-e-Amal session took place which was on the topic of Namaz. This was followed by a continuation of sports. So far Khuddam and Atfal are finding this it to be a good opportunity to begin the year with an activity that binds the Majlis together in a spirit of brotherhood. The final session is due to take place after Maghrib Namaz, where winning teams will be given prizes by Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. The Khuddam and Atfal attendance at the Sports Day is 780, Alhamdulillah.

 

Here is some of the feedback from the Khuddam on today’s event.

A Khadim form North West, Abdul Ghalib Sahib, said that “The event has been really good so far, I enjoyed coming together with Khuddam again after the sports were previously cancelled at the Ijtema due to the demise of the Queen”. Another khadim, Waheed Ahmad, said that “It was good that Majlis has found a window to hold such an important event of the Khuddam year”. Another khadim from Scotland said that “It is important for Ahmadi youth to come together, build a sense of togetherness and develop brotherhood.”

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Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V Inaugurates Islamabad Convenience Store

On the 1st of April 2022, after Asr Namaz, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) inaugurated the MKA Tuck Shop in Islamabad. Huzoor (aba) opened the Homeopathic Dispensary adjacent to the Tuck Shop before gracing the Khuddam store.  Huzoor (aba) unveiled a plaque and led everyone in silent prayer after which Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Abdul Quddus Arif, Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat, Umar Hassan, and Motamid Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Nassar Bhatti, had the opportunity to show Huzoor (aba) the store and its wares.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) unveils the plaque outside the Convenience Store.

 

Huzoor (aba) leading Silent Prayer after opening the Store.

 

Sadr Sahib MKA UK and Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat have the blessed opportunity to present the Store to Huzoor (aba).

Huzoor (aba) graced Khuddam with his precious time and distributed sweets to children who had gathered outside.

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) graces Naib Mohtamim Isha’at, Mudabbir Din, with his attention.

Immediately after Huzoor (aba) stepped outside the store, Huzoor (aba) was informed by Sadr Sahib about the Khuddam present with Huzoor (aba) speaking to a few as well. All those who had gathered were greatly  moved by Huzoor’s presence.

This tuck shop will Insha’Allah serve as a small convenience store for the residents of Islamabad and visitors. The Homeopathy Dispensary has also opened alongside the MKA Tuck Shop.

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Wars will Stop when the World Turns to the Promised Messiah Says Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V

In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis.

In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V stated:

Pray that Allah the Almighty grants both sides of the conflict proper understanding and they stop this murder of humanity. 

Huzooraba further commented that Muslims should learn from the unity that the West has displayed in condemning the war:

Muslims should learn from this war. The [West] has become united, yet Muslims, despite belonging to one creed, never unite. They had one country destroyed; Iraq was destroyed, Syria was destroyed, Yemen is being destroyed—they cause this destruction through outsiders and are doing it themselves too, instead of being united. At the very least the Muslims should learn, from the West, how to be united.

Huzoor reiterated his continuous message that there will only be peace in the world when the world accepts the Imam of the Age—the Promised Messiahas:

May Allah have mercy on these nations, the Muslim nations and on the Muslim Ummah. This can only happen however, when these people accept the Imam of the Age who has been sent for this very purpose.

May Allah grant them understanding, and where they [the Muslims] reform themselves may they also pray and use their means to stop the world from wars, rather than themselves become embroiled in them. 

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba has been warning of an impending world crisis for a long time and has travelled the world spreading the message of the Promised Messiahas.

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