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.
Spiritually Charged Audience
Like many University graduates I had dreams and expectations to land an amazing job after graduation, as this is what I was led to believe. I ended up with a 1st class degree from a good university. However, when I actually started looking for a job, my degree didn’t help me much and the realities of life hit me. Like many people I ended up in a job not related to the field I studied. I was constantly depressed and unhappy. By the grace of Allah, I had a personal audience with Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba. I told him about how I felt and all my problems. Beloved Huzooraba listened to my struggles and advised me to “study ICT or Computing”. At first, I was reluctant to go back to education again, but I finally heeded his advice and did a conversion course in computer science. By the grace of Allah, that has been the best decision of my life, I managed to secure an amazing job even before I finished my degree and then have gone on to work with some amazing companies. By listening to Huzooraba, I discovered that software engineering is my passion and now I am in a job and field, which I love. I find it amazing that such advice which came from a meeting of only a few minutes was so spiritually charged that it really did change my life.
I have been following the whole debate around the stock market: taking money back “from Wall street to Main street”. Recently, we saw small investors invest in stocks which sent certain stocks shooting through the roof, however, as they quickly fell many people lost out. Unfortunately, it became quite evident that it wasn’t as simple as people hoped it would be. I am certain some of us, who have been following this saga, will ask were these actions just? According to the House Committee on Financial Services, the answer is no. This whole episode reminded me of the chapter of the Holy Qur’an which pertains to being just in all matters. Perhaps it’s now time to stop running our entire financial edifice on cash that does not exist.
The Spirit of Sacrifice
As you are aware, MKA UK has been covering the security shifts for Islamabad (whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines). Before the pandemic, these would be covered by Khuddam from across the country as each region took turns to bring a dozen Khuddam who would perform their voluntary duty for an entire day. As lockdown began, this responsibility fell to those Qiadats around Farnham and Muqami region as a whole. Khuddam have been much lifted by the manner in which Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba has shown his love for those performing these duties (see article in January 2021 edition). Recently, I learnt of a khadim in my Qiadat who walked nearly 1 hour to Islamabad so that he could cover his voluntary post. Though we have not really been offering prayers at the Mosque for over a year now, I believe the spirit of the second aspect of Islam—rights owed to humanity—is ever alive and growing.
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