Student Members of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya from Western Canada have Honour of a Virtual Meeting with the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
His Holiness gives guidance on a range of contemporary issues affecting young people in society
On 23 October 2021, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad held a virtual online meeting with student members of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya from Western Canada.
His Holiness presided the meeting from from MTA Studios in Islamabad, Tilford, whilst 115 students joined from the Baitun Nur Mosque in Calgary, Canada.
Following a formal session starting with the recitation of the Holy Quran, the members of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya had the opportunity to ask His Holiness a series of questions regarding their faith and contemporary issues.
One of the attendees asked His Holiness if some sins such as intentionally missing one’s obligatory prayers were comparable to grave sins and crimes, such as committing murder or theft.
In response, Hazrat Masroor Ahmad said:
“Killing someone or stealing is a sin and it is a matter of usurping the rights of others or committing brutality against other human beings. As far as missing prayers is concerned, or not fasting when there is no genuine reason not to, these are examples of not practicing the commandments of Allah the Almighty that are compulsory for a true Muslim. But Allah the Almighty says that, ‘I can forgive some of your sins which concern Me or with regards to Me, or which are not affecting other people, but I will not forgive your sins which you are committing against your fellow beings, concerning the rights of the people. I will not forgive you if you are usurping the rights of the people.’ So, killing or stealing wealth is an even greater sin than not praying.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad further stated:
“Nonetheless, prayer is also an obligatory commandment for people. This is why we always say that we have to fulfil both the rights of Allah and the rights of human beings… Sometimes when you are offering your prayer and you see that somebody is doing something wrong with some person and the person is crying for help, you should break your prayer and go and help the person. That is the first preference. This is also in one of the traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). So, to fulfil the rights of each other is very important and at the same time Allah’s rights are also very important and if you are praying or fasting, it is not only that you are performing one of the obligations; you are actually reforming yourself. With these things you are enhancing your spiritual level, your righteousness, your piety level.”
Another Khadim asked His Holiness about how to convey the message of Islam to his fellow students in an environment where religion is considered a ‘sensitive subject’.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“If it is a sensitive topic and your friends and your fellow students do not want to hear you or they do not want to talk to you on this topic then you can just pray for them that Allah the Almighty changes their hearts. So, out of sympathy and out of love for human beings, you should pray for them and Allah the Almighty will accept your prayers… If your own behaviour, your own attitude is pro-religion and they see something different in you which is not present in them, then they will be attracted. So, your personal behaviour, your personal portrayal is also very much useful and is the main thing for spreading the message of Islam and bringing the people towards Allah the Almighty. So, the first thing is that you pray, and secondly there should be a clear difference between you and the other people.”
Further elaborating, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“You see, people are very much curious. It is the nature of human beings, they are curious. So, when they see that this boy is different from them, they will try to find out what it is. Apart from that, when you are sitting with them, just in your passing remarks, you can talk about your religion, about Allah the Almighty, and some small story related to this… This is one of the ways. Then they will realise that yes, this person believes in Allah the Almighty. He believes in religion and he is telling us some of his stories or some good narration. Then they will (more likely) listen to you. It should be an indirect approach; not a direct approach nowadays. Once they come closer to you then there will be an opportunity to directly talk about religion. It is a long process. We have to work hard for that.”
Another attendee asked His Holiness for his guidance about those who are not getting vaccinated from amongst Ahmadi Muslims.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Whatever the government is doing, it is for our betterment and we should acknowledge it by getting vaccines… My advice is that they should get vaccination. As far as the masks are concerned, they should wear masks and they should cover their mouth and nose.”
One of the students asked His Holiness about the prophecy of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) which states that the sun shall rise from the West at the time of the coming of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him), connoting that spiritual rejuvenation at the time would emanate from the West. The student enquired about when the prophecy is expected to be fulfilled and what is the responsibility of Ahmadi Muslims in this regard.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“We cannot precisely give a time frame. It is a prophecy and it will be fulfilled, God-willing, when the time comes. But our duty is that with our prayers, with our own actions and deeds, with our knowledge we should try to achieve this target as early as possible, even during our age. It is quite possible that we shall see this prophecy fulfilled during our time. So, if you are bowing before Allah, offering your five daily prayers fervently, praying to Allah the Almighty, that Allah the Almighty gives you the chance to see this prophecy being fulfilled, and then your each and every action and deed is according to the teaching of Islam and the Holy Quran, then if majority of our Ahmadi Muslims are practicing accordingly then you will see this prophecy being fulfilled during our time even. But if not, then some time later, Allah the Almighty will take His time for it to be fulfilled. We should try to reform ourselves.”