Friday Sermon: The Workings of Missionaries and Office Holders

 Today Huzur delivered his faith-inspiring Friday Sermon on the importance of missionaries and life devotees, the need for cooperation and understanding between between missionaries and office holders and the vital need for all to walk hand in hand to help towards a united endeavour to help the progress of the Jama'at.

Huzoor (aba) stated that it is through the grace of Allah the Almighty that Jamia Ahmadiyya has been established in several countries throughout the world. Missionaries graduate from here and subsequently they are assigned different tasks. Originally Jamia Ahmadiyya only existed in Qadian and Rabwah. In recent days a joint convocation ceremony took place with students from Jamia Ahmadiyya UK and Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada. These graduates are such that they have chosen to dedicate their lives for the service of the faith, despite growing up in a western environment. The majority of them if not all are part of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme.

Aside from Rabwah and Qadian, Jamia Ahmadiyya are established in the UK and Germany, where students from European countries have the opportunity to study. Furthermore, the Jamia Ahmadiyya in Canada is officially recognised as an educational institute and as a result students from other countries are eligible to attend. There is a Jamia Ahmadiyya in Ghana, where this year the Shahid [Final year] class will graduate. Also there is a Jamia Ahmadiyya in Bangladesh and the the Jamia Ahmadiyya in Indonesia has been extended to incorporate the Shahid [a seven year degree in order to become a missionary] course.

When these young missionaries begin their field work they have certain questions in their minds and the reason why they must be addressed here is so that the office bearers of the Jamaat understand that it is important for them to work with mutual harmony, i.e. the Missionaries and the office bearers should cooperate with one another; especially presidents and Ameers (national president).

On occasions disagreements can occur which are often a result of some misunderstandings and they can cause friction between the two parties. It may be the case that sometimes a missionary is able to envisage a certain aspect from a moral point of view and wishes to implement a scheme in his locality, however the Sadr [head of the local community] disagrees with him. Or it may happen that owing to a lengthy term in office, a Sadr thinks that his plans are correct and the missionary should work under him. Alternatively, in an open gathering he may demand answers from the missionary in a manner that is inappropriate. It is possible that the missionary may dislike this conduct may even answer back. However I would like to remind the Missionaries that they must always obey those who are placed in authority over them and they must demonstrate a high standard of obedience by remaining silent. At the same time I would like to address the Sadraan and Umarah and remind them that it is their responsibility to show respect and for them to ensure other people show respect to the missionaries. They should work together as one in matters of righteousness and piety... Read Full Summary