Ahmadi Muslims are blessed by Allah to have received the gift of Khilafat. Many people know of its importance in our Jama’at; how it is a source of leadership, a source of direction, a source of divine guidance and a source of spiritual solace. But what some don’t know or instead, don’t realise, is the countless benefits which can be attained from it. Allah has opened up so many avenues for Ahmadis to utilise Khilafat, yet whether it be through negligence due to worldly commitments, or simply through lethargy, some of us don’t take advantage of them.
Khilafat is essentially a continuation of divine authority based upon the precepts of Prophethood. After the Prophet Muhammadsa, Khilafat was established that kept the teachings and foundations of Islam alive and kept its followers on the right path. Similarly, after the Promised Messiahas passed away, Khilafat was established to keep the followers of Ahmadiyyat united and rightly guided. We must ensure that we are from among those who follow this divine leadership as it will inevitably guide us towards Allah. If you look at any other sect of Islam, they all have different sub-divisions within their sect which listen to different leaders/Imams. There is no sense of complete unity within these sects which is why the Muslim world is in a state of disarray. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is different. We have one Khalifah who makes decisions and all of us are united under him as one.
We must remember that Huzooraba is divinely guided by Allah and has a direct link to Him. Therefore, by gaining nearness to Huzooraba, we in turn gain nearness to Allah, which should always be our main focus in life. This article is a guide on the simple things which we can implement to attach ourselves to Khilafat to help us reap great rewards, not only in this life, but also the next.
The first, and possibly the most important, advice is to listen to Huzoor’saba Friday Sermons. I can’t even begin to describe to you the number of useful things which can be learnt in each sermon. So much knowledge is imparted regarding every walk of life, from how to conduct yourself on a daily basis to dealing with difficult circumstances and much more. The key steps I would suggest are firstly, setting aside part of your day each week to listen to the Friday Sermon. Secondly, properly trying to understand the key teachings from each sermon (using translation if required). Thirdly, actively implementing these teachings into your daily life. The first step is probably the hardest as it requires you to give up your time which could otherwise be used in pursuing other worldly matters. Identifying that your religious and spiritual livelihood is ultimately more important to you than your current worldly livelihood is paramount to unlocking the drive you require to pursue Khilafat. Once this hurdle has been crossed, then the other steps tend to fall into place quite easily.
Secondly, I urge you to write to Huzooraba on a regular basis to request for prayers. Allah listens most to those who are closest to him and Huzooraba is the closest to Allah of any person on Earth. As a result, asking Huzooraba to pray for you will help you immensely. In your letters you can also ask Huzooraba for guidance concerning any matter and he will have the perfect answer as it will flow from a divinely inspired source.
Thirdly, when possible, try to arrange mulaqats (meetings) with Huzooraba. These are extraordinarily special occasions where you get to be as close as possible to Huzooraba. Mulaqats are another opportunity to ask for guidance from Huzooraba in person as well as for prayers.
Another piece of advice I’d like to give is to watch MTA as much as possible. Along with the many other educational and inspiring programmes, there are also lots of programmes involving Huzooraba that you can watch and gain knowledge from. These involve classes with members of Waqf-e-Nau and question and answer sessions. Whatever Huzooraba says is blessed and you should try to act upon it.
There are many Ahmadis who have already acted upon this advice and even gone above this. They are continually receiving the benefits of Khilafat and there are lots of examples of this. Many people have reported incidents where they were in dire circumstances but, with the help and prayers of our beloved Huzooraba, were able to resolve the situation. They have inculcated a deep love and trust for Khilafat; this is a bond that, once made, can never be broken.
You may ask as to how can one man help and care for so many people? The answer to that is that a Khalifah is no ordinary man. He is the man who receives the most assistance and blessings from Allah. Therefore, put your trust in him and ultimately put your trust in Allah.
It’s never too late to change yourself and strengthen your bond with Khilafat. Huzooraba, with the help of Allah, will always be there for you in your darkest moments. He will listen to you, he will guide you, he will pray for you. But the fruits of this tree will only become apparent to you when you go searching for it yourself.
MKA National Ijtema 2022
At a time when everyone is feeling the blues after the success of Jalsa Salana UK 2022, the perfect antidote is just around the corner. The National Khuddam and Atfal Ijtema 2022 will be taking place on the 9th, 10th and 11th of September 2022 at Old Park Farm in Kingsley.
This is a perfect opportunity for all Khuddam and Atfal across the country to come together and enjoy the extensive array of academics, activities, discussion and food planned for the entire weekend. Additionally, it’s a great way for Khuddam to rekindle lost friendships after the pandemic.
Our world has taken a turn towards mischief and society is increasingly moving further away from their Lord. The responsibility of bringing the world back to God rests on the shoulders of the youth of today. This duty is arduous and cannot be undertaken unless self-reformation is brought on first. The National Ijtema is a means of directing the Ahmadi Youth of today towards their duties and responsibilities as Ahmadi Muslims.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) said on the occasion of the National Ijtema in 2013,
“It is the Ahmadi Muslim youths who will be the means of leading others towards success and true freedom. To do this, you must learn about your faith so that you can display the highest moral standards in all aspects of your lives. Only when you strive for such high standards will you be able to paint the true picture of peaceful Islam for the people of the world.”
And the statement of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (ra) – who founded Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya – that “Nations cannot be reformed without the reformation of their youth” sets forth such a profound philosophy for all Nations to come. And it is at Ijtema that the youth of Ahmadiyyat can foster these qualities within themselves to become the guiding forces for the future generations.
This year we have a lot to offer all attendees including the academic competitions, exhibitions, indoor and outdoor competitive and non-competitive sports, interactive discussions on hot topics and inspiring talks on the issues that are affecting our young people across the whole country. And of course, National Ijtema would not be complete without The Hub. This year, we have lots of fun and engaging activities taking place in The Hub, and we’re not just talking about the café with Waffles, Ice Cream and Milk Shakes… come and test your mettle with the Scalextric F1 racing challenge and the PlayStation racing experience. Ask a Murabbi your burning questions or take a seat and Chit Chat Chai about Islam, metaphysics and other contemporary issues.
We have all of the usual outdoor team sports taking place such as Football, Volleyball, Cricket, and Tug of war, as well as individual sports competitions such as 100m race and Strong man competition. For indoor sports competitions, we have Weight Lifting, Basketball, Table Tennis and Armed Forces Activities just to name a few.
Unlike last year when we couldn’t offer accommodation to all Khuddam and Atfal due to Covid restrictions, this year we are making necessary arrangements with necessary amenities for our Khuddam and Atfal brothers to stay on-site if they wish to do so. Sanitised mattresses will be provided and those wishing to stay overnight must bring their own bedding.
Due to the still prevalent Covid pandemic, we are still keeping in place some measures to keep all of the attendees safe during the weekend. Wear a mask, keep a safe distance and try to refrain from handshaking and hugging. On arrival, you need to provide proof of a negative LFT no less than 24 hours old so please register your negative LFT on NHS Website before you leave for the Ijtema. We will put a sticker on your AIMS card, and this will give you access to the Ijtema site for the next 3 days.
One of the highlights of the National Ijtema is to spend time in the company of our Beloved Imam, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) so we can elevate our spirituality and increase our love for Khilafat. We were blessed to have the blessed company of Huzoor (aba) in last year’s Ijtema. This year again we are fortunate that InshaAllah Huzoor (aba) will be gracing us with his presence and we can once again benefit from the blessed company and guidance of Beloved Huzoor (aba).
We look forward to welcoming you to the National Ijtema in less than 24 hours! Please visit mka.uk/ijtema-reg to register today and visit ijtema.org.uk for more details about the Ijtema and to access the interactive academic syllabus. Please reach out to your local/Regional Qaid Sahib if you have any questions or email [email protected].
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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.
Huzoor (aba) graced Khuddam with his precious time and distributed sweets to children who had gathered outside.
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.
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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