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Why We Undertake Duties at Islamabad

By Humanyon Uppal, MASQ

Islamabad, Tilford, serves as the residence of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba. The responsibility of protecting the home of the Khalifatul-Masih is an honour and a source of blessing. Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK is fortunate to have been given the opportunity to protect Khilafat.
It is narrated that after the migration to Medina, there was a night when the Holy Prophetsa was unable to sleep. In his anxiety, he said to Hazrat Aishara, “I wish some servant of God were on guard-duty today.” At that moment they heard movement outside. The Holy Prophetsa asked, “Who is it?” Someone outside replied, “I am Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas.” The Holy Prophetsa asked, “Why have you come?” Hazrat Sa’ad bin Abi Waqasra replied, “I felt, in my heart, a premonition of danger regarding the Messenger of Allahsa. Therefore, I have come to guard you.” The Holy Prophetsa prayed for Hazrat Sa’ad bin Abi Waqasra and slept peacefully. It is narrated that once a man passed away and the Holy Prophetsa arrived for his funeral prayer, some companions advised that this man lacked good deeds. The Holy Prophetsa addressed the gathering and asked if anyone had ever witnessed the deceased acting upon any good in his lifetime? Some people testified that he had done duty during the night to protect the Prophetsa. Consequently, the Holy Prophetsa led his funeral prayer and partook in his burial himself, and then addressing the grave said, “Your friends think you will enter hell, but I bear witness that surely you will enter paradise.” These narrations show us, therefore, that monetary reward and incentive is not what we seek, but it is nearness to Khilafat and a reward from God Almighty.

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Mental Health, Effects of Prayer & Fighting Stigma

If someone is experiencing symptoms of psychosis at a level where medical help is required, this often means that their mental health symptoms are causing significant distress. Prayer can be very useful in times of distress however, they should still seek help from conventional medical means and not delay treatment. Delay in treatment is well known to be associated with alleviated long term outcome and medical help should be sought as soon as possible.
Stigma is a potent force in patients with mental health illnesses where mental illness is seen as a mark of shame. There can be many facets to this stigma: it can be enacted such as through discrimination, perceived (where the individual perceives that they are victims of stigmatising behaviours) or there can also be self-stigma where the individual feels they have less of a right to have an equal share of society than others due to their mental illness. The discrimination itself can be through individuals or structure such as through the use of discriminatory policies against people with mental health conditions.
Prayer, no doubt, is a means to cope and seek the blessings of Allah. But medical treatment should always be sought for mental health issues.

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Waqf: Not Just For Islam, But For Humanity

On April 3rd, 1987, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IVrh launched the Waqfenau scheme. Huzoorrh requested parents to follow the traditions of the Prophets and offer their most prized possession: their unborn children in the way of Allah. In so many ways, I believe this is the future. Not just for the propagation of Islam, but for the propagation of humanity, justice and love too. After all, Huzoor’srh vision was to create a magnificent army of waqfeen children, who are willing to relinquish this world and enter the next century with passion and determination to serve God and mankind. Here it is important to remember that it is only when one truly relinquishes materialistic aspirations, that he or she can properly serve mankind. It is thus, necessary for waqfeen to embody this sentiment at the rededication of their waqf at 15 years of age.

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Cancel fireworks and spend the money on COVID

Dear Sir,

As the year is coming to a close, I saw Australia welcoming the New Year with thunderous celebrations and specifically fireworks being set off. I thought to myself, in these precarious times, why are we so determined to not just waste but literally burn our money on such lavish, trivial pursuits? Why is there such a stark contrast between that spending and the vast majority of us who are having trouble making both ends meet? Instead of literally burning up millions of pounds on something that is needless and extremely harmful to our environment as well, shouldn’t we aim to improve the lives of those who are less fortunate than us? Wouldn’t that money be better invested in the future of those who are, under no fault of their own, starving and fighting off homelessness? Not to forget the children on free school meals whose families are forced to choose between a warm home or a full plate.

In these times I am always contented by seeing that we, as a youth group, are leading by example. Many of our youths have been at the forefront helping, among many other causes, the NHS as volunteers by sacrificing their time and money to help the elderly. Working tirelessly to feed the homeless and the aforementioned disadvantaged children. Another very recent example could be seen at the port of Dover where over 3000 meals were prepared and distributed to people stuck at the port. An example not just for our fellow human beings but also for major nations who seem to not be able to grasp such a simple concept on their own.

I pray that we continue to be a source of ease and happiness to others as is our responsibility in being followers of the Mercy for Mankind (sa).

Sharjeel Sajid (Balham Qiadat)

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