2012 Ijtima Report
Report of the 31st National Ijtimā‘ and 20th Majlis Shūrā (2012)
Rafiuddin Malik, Qā’id Ishā‘at (Publication)
The 31st National Ijtimā‘ of Majlis Anṣārullāh, USA was held at Baitur-Rahman Mosque, Silver Spring, MD from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, 14, 2012. As is customary, the 20th Majlis Shūrā of Majlis Anṣārullāh, USA was also held during this time. By the Grace of Almighty Allāh, both the Ijtimā‘ and the Majlis Shūrā were very successful, with a combined total attendance of more than 600 Anṣār from all over the USA. All the Ijtimā‘ and Shūrā sessions were held in the men’s Prayer Hall while the meals were served in a marquee erected at the outside grounds of the mosque; the breakfast was served in the Anṣārullāh Hall. The mosque Prayer areas were used for Prayers and accommodation. The indoor sports activities took place in the Anṣārullāh Hall as well as in basement area of the Mosque and the outdoor sports activities were held at the outside grounds of the Mosque.
Among the salient features of the Ijtimā‘ and Majlis Shūrā were opening and closing sessions; educational and sports competitions; Talqīn-i-‘Amal sessions related to Tablīgh and Tarbiyat; an interactive workshop on health; and a “Son-to- Father” session with Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul- Aḥmadiyya, USA. Following are some of the highlights of the various Ijtimā‘ events:
The opening session of the Ijtimā‘ started at 3:30 P.M. with the recitation of the Holy Qur’ān followed by the recitation of an Urdu poem. Ṣadr Majlis Anṣārullāh, Dr. Wajeeh Bajwa, then led Anṣār in recitation of the Anṣār pledge. Ṣadr Majlis welcomed all Anṣār members and set some ground rules for Ijtimā‘. Ṣadr Majlis conveyed to Anṣār the message from the Ḥaḍrat Khalīfatul Masīḥ V (may Allāh be his support). He drew the attention of Anṣār to the conditions of initiation and asked them to focus on one every day and ponder over it and their activities and think of their responsibilities in light of the conditions of Bai‘at. He emphasized timeliness during the course of the Ijtima. Ṣadr Majlis then invited the respected Amīr Jamā‘at, USA, Dr. Ahsanullah Zafar, for the inaugural address.
Addressing Anṣār, the respected Amīr Jamā‘at, USA said that every day throws a challenge at you. The Khalīfatul Masīḥ (may Allāh be his support) asked, “Who is the helper of God?” and all of you responded. We all have to follow the directions of Khalīfatul Masīḥ (may Allāh be his support) as that is a part of “We are the helpers of Allāh.” In these times, we need to pay attention to responding to the incorrect depiction of the Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him). The situation has created an opportunity as it has opened the doors and windows of the attention of the mankind at large and they are curious. This is the time to bring up the issue and talk about it to our friend s and acquaintances. He mentioned the Friday Sermon by Ḥaḍrat Khalīfatul Masīḥ V (may Allāh be his support) on the topic and pointed out that by praying for blessings on the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) incessantly, we are telling the world how highly we think of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) that we are always praying for him. We should portray the correct picture of the character of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him). During his lifetime, even his enemies praised his character and morals, and did not portray him in a negative way except for that they disagreed with his beliefs. The respected Amīr Jamā‘at, USA provided many beautiful examples from the life of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) about his sublime character and how Allāh rewarded him. He encouraged Anṣār to come forward and convey the true picture of the life and person of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him). The opening session of the Ijtimā‘ was concluded by silent prayers led by the respected Amīr Jamā‘at, USA.
Majlis Shūrā proceedings took place on Friday immediately after the opening session and then continued on Saturday evening. In the Friday session, last year’s approved proposals and implementation reports were presented by Qa’id Umūmi, Maqbool Tahir. New proposals that were not selected for discussion and those selected for discussion were presented to the Shūrā body. Four subcommittees were formed for deliberations on proposals that were accepted for discussion. The subcommittees were Tāblīgh, Finance, and two General. Ṣadr Majlis also appointed a Chairman and a Secretary for each of the subcommittees. The subcommittees met and deliberated on their respective proposals until late on Friday night, and all committees prepared comprehensive reports with recommendations.
The final session of Shūrā was held on Saturday at 8:00 P.M. The chairman of each of the aforementioned subcommittees presented their reports. The recommendations were deliberated by the Shūrā body. The recommendations will be sent to Ḥaḍrat Khalīfatul Masīḥ V (may Allāh be his support) for approval. The final Shūrā session ended at 10 P.M.
Many educational competitions including recitation of the Holy Qur’ān, Darsul-Hadīth, impromptu speech, general knowledge, and observation and recall took place during the Ijtimā‘. The much anticipated educational competitions started promptly at 9 A.M. The session started with recitation of the Holy Qur’ān. The first educational competition was Recitation of the Holy Qur’ān [verse 196, Sūrah Āl ‘Imrān (Chapter 3)]. Most of the regions were represented and as usual the recitation competition had the hallmarks of high quality of recitation, melodious and full of passion. Next came the Darsul-Ḥadīth competition with the competitors reviewing Ḥadīth #35 “The worst feast is the one to which only the wealthy have been invited” from “Forty Gems of Beauty.” This Ḥadīth presented the competitors some challenge to provide additional color and commentary as the explanation of the Ḥadīth comprehensively covers all aspects of this Ḥadīth. Next up was the nerve-wracking Impromptu Speech competition. The competitors were randomly provided one out of the possible eighteen topics. Competitors really had to think on their feet this year to come out ahead. There was great vigor and confidence displayed by the top ranking competitors. For the Religious and General Knowledge competition, the organizers continued with an innovative Internet-based answering system introduced last year. This year, there was much better setup as the Regional Nāẓimīn had all been provided an opportunity to link to the Quiz website prior to the Ijtimā‘. The website is specially designed for multiple teams to receive the questions in a multiple choice format, and in a timed session, provide their responses. As in past years, this was a team competition with four participants from each region. There was a wide range of interesting religious and general knowledge questions.
In addition, awards for Essay Competition, for which essays were submitted prior to the Ijtimā‘, was given during the prize distribution session. The prize awards are a real incentive for members to get their pen and pads (or perhaps their iPads) ready for next year!
Many sports competitions including Darts, Horse Shoe Toss, Basketball Hoops, Hundred Meter Dash, Table Tennis, and Volleyball were held during the Ijtimā‘. The weather remained pleasant and sunny on all three days of the Ijtimā‘ which allowed successful organization of the outdoor events. The contestants enthusiastically participated in the various sports competitions and vied with fellow Anṣār brothers in a most congenial atmosphere. Cheering crowds provided much encouragement to individual and team participants.
Sports Competitions commenced on Saturday morning at 6:45 A.M. Dart Competition was completed at around 8:15 A.M. While Dr. Mansoor Qureshi of Detroit Majlis was first, Mirza Irshad Ali put a courageous fight and secured an honorable second position for Houston South Majlis.
For Table Tennis, at least 22 members signed up for singles and around 12 for doubles. Due to tough competition and simultaneous events. Table Tennis was extended to be completed on Sunday morning without interrupting the other Ijtimā‘ activities.
Horse Shoe toss, Basketball Hoops, and Hundred Meter Dash competitions were completed on Saturday evening before Maghrib Prayer. More than 50 members participated in these competitions.
Volleyball competition was also completed on Saturday night. Headquarters Majlis secured the first position while Virginia came second.
Majlis Anṣārullāh provided all the equipment needed for the sports competitions. All equipment was returned to Nāẓim Ijtimā‘, Basit Khan, and Regional Nāẓim of Virginia Region, Bashart Ahmad Wadan, without any loss and damage. Some members brought their own equipment. The gears were not unsafe in any of the events and there were no notable injuries reported from any of the sports competitions.
A panel of referees was selected from different regions. Poster size rules were displayed on bulletin board and all referees were given printed copies. There were no major disagreements during the sports competitions.
The First Aid desk was available on all three days. Qā’id Dhahānat wa Ṣihat-i-Jismānī (Health), Dr. Tanvir Ahmed, had left his contact number at the desk during the hours the desk was closed. Some Free samples of medicines, flu shots, and simple check ups were also offered. The total number of members who received service at the desk was less than 20 by the grace of Allāh. Physicians who offered assistance at the First Aid desk included: Dr. A. Meelu, Dr. Rafi Malik, Dr. Saeed Ahmed, and Dr. Tanvir Ahmed.
Talqīn-i-‘Amal Session on Tarbiyat
A Tarbiyat Talqīn- i-‘Amal session was conducted during the morning session on Sunday. The topic discussed was “Zikr-i-Ilāhī and Worship of Allāh.” The session was conducted by Imām Shamshad A. Nasir and Qā’id Tarbiyat, Muhammad Owusu. The program was divided into two parts. In the first part, Imām Shamshad A. Nasir explained the salient points of the Worship of Allāh and Zikr-i-Ilāhī. These consisted of:
- Meaning of Zikr-i-Ilāhī and Worship of Allāh.
- Why Zikr-i-Ilāhī and Worship of Allāh is important in one’s life.
- The four kinds of Zikr-i-Ilāhī: Ṣalāt, Reading of Qur’ān, Understanding the Attributes of Allāh, and the Proclamation of the Attributes of Allāh publicly.
- How to perform Zikr-i-Ilāhī.
The second part was in the form of Q&A on the subject. Several questions from the audience were entertained. It was on the whole a very interesting and interactive session.
Talqīn-i-‘Amal Session on Tablīgh
A Tablīgh Talqīn-i-‘Amal session was held on Sunday morning and was conducted by Qā’id Tablīgh, Syed Sajid Ahmad. Qā’id Tablīgh pointed out that Qur’ān exhorts us to call people to Allāh. The best example for us is the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him). One method he used was to write letters. We see the same tradition followed by the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) and his followers and missionaries. The Qā’id gave examples in this respect. Imām Shamshad A. Nasir pointed out that situational awareness is very important in conveying the message of Islām and provided many examples from his current and past work. He also explained how to approach Tablīgh in small towns. He also answered questions from Anṣār. Nā’ib Ṣadr Ṣaf Dom, Imran Hayee, related how interfaith meetings were started in Minnesota area. Abu Bakr Ladd talked about his tour of small towns and numerous Majālis he visited.
A presentation “All About Your Health” was given by Qā’id Dhahānat wa Ṣihat-i-Jismānī (Health), Dr. Tanvir Ahmed. A penal consisted of Drs. B.K. Ahmed, Amir Malik, and Farooq Padder discussed various health issues and answered questions from the attendees. Various subjects including nutrition, healthy eating, exercise etc. were discussed.
As in previous years, an inspiring presentation “Son to Father” was made by Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul-Aḥmadiyya, Rizwan Alladin, in the afternoon session on Saturday. Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul-Aḥmadiyya started his talk referring to the verse 113 of Sūrah Hūd (Chapter 11 where Allāh the Almighty says to stand upright on His commandments. Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul- Aḥmadiyya then asked a number of Anṣār to involve in an interactive discussion by asking their direct feedback on a number of questions related to social issues that our Khuddām/Aṭfāl may face in this Western society. The questions were related to celebrating birthdays, issues related to co-education in educational institutions, mingling with opposite sex colleagues/workers, invitation to attend western style parties, and response to homosexual issues surrounding our Aḥmadī boys. Anṣār audience participated in this discussion expressing their views as parents. Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul-Aḥmadiyya expressed that these were not easy questions and that elders might face an ambiguity in addressing such situations. Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul- Aḥmadiyya expounded that the only way to answer such situations is to stand “upright” as Allāh has commanded in the Holy Qur’ān. Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul-Aḥmadiyya also emphasized the need to displaying personal examples by fathers to their sons to help young generation to attain confidence and to guide them to the right path.
At the end of this session, Ṣadr Majlis Anṣārullāh also added that such discussions should also involve both boys and girls as they both are the subject of these discussions. Ṣadr Majlis Ansarullah expressed his thanks to Ṣadr Majlis Khuddāmul-Aḥmadiyya for his participation in the session.
Pre-Marital Counseling and Martial Harmony Presentation
In the Sunday morning session, National Secretary Tarbiyat of the USA Jamā‘at, Nasir Mahmood Malik, gave a talk on the topic of “Pre-Marital Counseling and Martial Harmony.” He started discussing the subject by referring to a term called “Situational Awareness.” He said that living in a western society like the U.S., we all are at risk in terms of cultural and social attacks. He emphasized the need of talking to our Tarbiyat secretaries to seek any help and to raise issues that we may find within our community. He said that the Jamā‘at offers multiple programs which are Shūrā driven and are family focused based on real scenarios and are done interactively to engage our Jamā‘at membership. He said that the Jamā‘at also offers community based programs such as Parenting and Marital Harmony workshops. He cautioned Anṣār audience that there is a disconnect between elders of the Jamā‘at and our children who are growing up in this society and that Ḥaḍrat Khalīfatul Masīḥ V (may Allāh be his support) is very concerned about marital issues in the U.S. Jamā‘at. He stressed the need of talking to our children more often on the issues that we deem as risks to them in this environment. He also pointed out that there are individually focused programs and tools available that our membership should take advantage of. Those programs include Tarbiyat Take- Away [based on Ḥuḍūr’s (may Allāh be his support) Friday Sermon], Pre-Marital Counseling, and Conflict Resolution (Mediation). He said that Ḥuḍūr (may Allāh be his support) has made it almost a mandatory requirement in Germany and UK to hold pre-marital counseling sessions for marriageable Aḥmadī men and women, and their families. He ended his note with a strong appeal that Jamā‘at members should use tools available from Tarbiyat department and to be pro-active in addressing Tarbiyat issues concerning our children.
Peace through The Messiah Presentation
Nā’ib Amīr Jamā‘at USA, Imām Azhar Hanif gave a lively speech on the topic of “Peace through the Messiah.” He started with stating that there are two ways to transform the world, one through peace and the other through war. Many entities including Muslims have tried the methods of war to obtain peace in vain, many a times. They have been unsuccessful. Instead, they have spread destruction in the world. This is our time to transform the world through peace which is the primary message of Messiah. The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) whom we believe did not want war even the holy war but only peace just like Jesus (peace be on him), the Messiah of Moses (peace be on him) who never engaged in war with Jews but stayed steadfast on the path of peace until the end of his life. He further emphasized that philosophy of Jesus (peace be on him) is exactly what we need at this time. We need to have a clear understanding of our mission then whatever activity of Tablīgh we are offered to do will be easy and productive. We need to change this mindset of ours and our children to stay put on this path of peace. If we do not change the mindset of our children, America will change them and we will lose them and that is what happens slowly. So we must make a choice to help ourselves and our children to accomplish the mission of the Promised Messiah (peace be on him). We do not have to be scholars to carry out the mission. Look at the disciples of Jesus (peace be on him)—they were simple people. Peace is right in our hearts. We do not have to deliver big lectures or read many books to be scholars to propagate the message of peace; rather we should start in a simple way. We all can all do something in this process of spreading peace through Messiah, not only the most educated and scholarly among us. We just need to look into our heart. He finished with reciting a long prayer of Ḥaḍrat Khalīfatul Masīḥ IV (may Allāh shower His mercy upon him) that is quoted in his book, Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge & Truth.
The Holy Prophet, the Excellent Exemplar Presentation
Imām Zafar Sarwar gave a heartfelt speech on the topic of “the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him), the Excellent Exemplar.” He started with a Ḥadīth that someone asked Ḥaḍrat Aysha (may Allāh be pleased with her) about the personality of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him). Ḥaḍrat Aysha (may Allāh be pleased with her) responded that his character is the Holy Qur’ān. He pointed out that the character of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) is so vast like the Holy Qur’ān that it is not possible to capture it in a small amount of time. He quoted the witness of the Holy Qur’ān that, “You surely possess high moral excellencies.” (68:5) The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) himself once mentioned [Ḥadīth related by Ḥaḍrat Abu Huraira (may Allāh be pleased with him)] that he has been commissioned for the completion of noble morals. Ḥaḍrat Aysha (may Allāh be pleased with her) also related that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) used to pray that, “Oh Allāh, the way you have made me handsome, make my morals the same way.” He quoted a few instances of the high moral character of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) and then explained that we need to learn from these examples because following his path is the only way we can excel in morals. He quoted another verse of the Holy Qur’ān to sum up, “Verily, you have in the Prophet of Allah, an excellent model.” (33:22)
Ijtimā‘ Concluding Session
The concluding session of the Ijtimā‘ was presided by respected Amīr Jamā‘at USA, Dr. Ahsanullah Zafar. The session started with the recitation of the Holy Qur’ān followed by recitation of an Urdu poem of the Promised Messiah (peace be on him). Prizes were distributed among the performing Majālis and Anṣār. Ṣadr Majlis Anṣārullāh, USA, Dr. Wajeeh Bajwa, presented annual report that outlined accomplishments and salient activities of the Majlis through the year and the challenges ahead. He explained the purpose, workings, and the results of various activities. He explained various organizational and reporting systems which the Majlis has established over the years to facilitate the work of the Majlis at local, regional, and national levels. He covered the activities of all the departments and made the audience aware of the important activities being carried out in each one of them. He presented the names of Anṣār who passed away during the year. He thanked all the volunteers who made the Ijtimā‘ a success.
In his concluding address, the respected Amīr Jamā‘at USA said that Allāh’s grace comes when everyone comes together and works together towards heavenly activities. He again encouraged members to pray for blessings on the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) and spread and relay the pristine stories from the life of the Holy Prophet. He presented some examples from the life of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him) about his exceptional morals and pristine conduct. He emphasized to convey to the people of this country that the message of Islām is destined to prevail and nothing can hinder the ultimate victory of the message of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be on him). The last session concluded with Anṣār pledge led by Ṣadr Majlis Anṣārullāh, USA and silent prayers led by the respected Amīr Jamā‘at USA.
Prizes and Awards:
At this point, it will not be fair if all of those who participated in various competitions held at Ijtimā‘, are not recognized. Although, all of them deserve recognition and prayers, a list of ranked positions is given below.
Education Test Awards 2012
Ta‘Iim Exam I of 2012 (Regional Position Award)
1st: Sout West (Nāẓim: Fahim Ahmad)
2nd: Headquarters (Nāẓim: Haleem Chaudhry)
3rd: Central East (Nāẓim: Naseem Ahmed Waseem)
Essay Writing Competition
1st: Maqbool Ahmad (Austin)
2nd: Zarar Bajwa (York)
3rd: Suhail Kausar (Dallas)
Educational Competitions Awards
Recitation/Memorization of the Holy Qur’ān
1st: Abdul Rauf Rafique (South West)
2nd: Naeemullah (Central East)
3rd: Mahmood Butta (New York)
1st: Mahmood Ahmad (South East)
2nd: Khalil Malik (Central East)
3rd: Perwaiz Khan (Great Lakes)
1st: Abu Bakr Ladd (Midwest)
2nd: Mansoor Qureshi (Great Lakes)
3rd: Irfan Alladin (New York)
Observation & Recall
1st: Karim Sharif (33 with correct order) (Central Jersey)
2nd: Ramzan Jattala (33 without order) (LA East)
3rd: Waseem Ahmad (32.5) (Indiana)
3rd: Muneeb Ahmad (32.5) (Chicago West)
Religious and General Knowledge
1st: Great Lakes (B.K. Ahmad, Mansoor Qureshi, Perwaiz Khan, Khalid Ahmad)
2nd: Central West (Musawwir Momen, Mubarik Ahmad, Mubashir Chaudhary, Khadim Shah)
3rd: Gulf States (Mubashir Ahmad, Anwar Rafiq, Abdul Latif, Zubair Latif)
1st: Faheem Younus Quereshi (Baltimore)
2nd: Nasir Ahmad (Central Jersey)
Sports Competitions Awards:
1st: Mansoor Qureshi (Detroit)
2nd: Mirza Irshad Ali (Houston South)
3rd: Sharjeel Malik (Detroit)
100 Yards Sprint Competition Safe Dom
1st: Amir Malik (Houston South)
2nd: Zaman Mohammad (New York)
100 Yards Sprint Competition Safe Awwal
1st: Imtiyaz Rajayki (Philadelphia)
2nd: Siddique Rahim (New York)
1st: Siddique Rahim (New York)
2nd: Masood Ashraf (Fitchburg)
3rd: Muzaffar Chaudhry (Fitchburg)
Horse Shoe Toss
1st: Munir Malik (Phoenix)
2nd: Muzaffar Chaudhary (Miami)
3rd: Muzaffar Chaudhry (Fitchburg)
Table Tennis Singles
1st: Iqbal Rana (LA East)
2nd: Anwar Rafiq (Dallas)
3rd: Rafi Ahmed (Brooklyn, NY)
Table Tennis Doubles
1st: Baba Trawalley (North Carolina) & Khalid Khan (Brooklyn, NY)
2nd: Iqbal Rana (LA East) & Abdul Mateen (LA Inland)
3rd: Nasir Bukhari (Detroit) & Naseem Khan (Detroit)
1st: Headquarters (Laeeq Khan (Captain), Zarar Bajwa, Jawaid Bhatti, Kaleem Bhatti, Naveed Bhatti)
2nd: Virginia (Muhammad Mahmood (Captain), Pir Munawar Ahmad, Tariq Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad, Zamir Mirza, Abdul Hannan)
Recognizing the Sports Competitions Helpers:
Some of the volunteers among many others:
- Basharat Wadan Haleem Chaudhary Zahid Munir
- Nasim Khan Mohammad Ahmad Abdul Mateen
- Rafi Ahmad
- Jamil Chaudhary
Meritorious Service in Finance
- Muhammad Altaf Malik (Austin)
- Abdul Latif Mahmud (Cypress-Houston)
- Mirza Abdul Jabbar (North Virginia)
- Saeed Ahmad (Willingboro)
Service to Local Majlis in Finance
- Saeed Ahmad (Willingboro)
- Mohammad Ihtesham Janjua (Philadelphia)
- Mirza Muhammad Yunus (Bay Point)
- Abdul Mohammad Hanif (Oakland)
- Muhammed Idrees Munir (Silicon Valley)
- Javed Yamin Malik (Columbus)
- Zia Nasim Zaidi Syed (Dayton)
- Muhammad Shahid Mahmood (Detroit)
- Zafar Tahir Ahmad (Kentucky)
- Malik Mohammad Altaf (Austin)
- Abdul Latif Mahmud (Cypress-Houston)
- Munawar Ahmad Piracha (Dallas)
- Khawar Cheema (New Orleans)
- Muzaffar Ahmad Chaudhry (Fitchburg)
- Ramzan Jattala (LA East)
- Mazharul Haq (LA Inland)
- Munir Malik (Phoenix)
- Mirza Abdul Jabbar (North Virginia)
- Yasser Mobashir Malik (Chicago West)
- Mohammed Ashraf (Minnesota)
- Saad Ahmad Mian (Oshkosh)
- Yunus Mohammed Ismail (Alabama-Tennessee)
- Abdul Rehman Olawole Mohammed (Baltimore)
- Mushtaq Ahmad Chaudhry (Laurel)
- Mohammed Azim Qureshi (York)
- Ahmad Jamil (Long Island)
- Irfanullah Sikder (New York)
First to register Online for the Ijtimā‘
Syed Erfan Ahmed (Cleveland)
Service to Local Majlis Award
Aleemur Rahman Abdul (LA Inland)
Best Da‘i Ilallāh Award
Farooq Ahmad Padder (Willingboro)
Life Long Service Award
Sheikh Abdul Wahid (Boston)