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Waqar-e-Amal

Dignity of Labour with Honour

Waqar-e-Amal

Hands-On, Collaboration, Service

Muhammad Lubowa

Muhammad Lubowa

Muhtamim Waqar-e-Amal

Waqar-e-Amal (Dignity of Labour with Honour)

The Waqar-e-Amal department is task with inspiring Khuddam to engage in teamwork and to work with their hands. To foster this spirit of hands-on and collaborative work, the Mohtamim initiates a project based approach. Mosque, street and alleyway cleaning projects are the staple. However other Waqar-e-Amal activities have included national adopt-a-highway campaigns and most recently tree planting.

Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih II [ra] love for the youth is very evident in the awe– inspiring personal example he lead. It is related that Huzoor [ra] used to present himself for Waqar–e–Amal, that he used to arrive, take off his turban, and then with his own hands dig some earth, collect it in a basket and carry it to the appropriate place.

 

Literally, the “Dignity of Labour” the work performed during sessions of Waqare–e–Aml are saturated with blessings and this department aims to give all Khuddam a chance to partake of them.

Regular sessions at various locations are organised by the team and allocated to regions and qiadats on a rotational basis accounting for geographical proximity. Regularly visited locations include the beautifi cation of Islamabad, the upkeep of Kitta Khas and maintenance of Brookwood Cemetary, Woking.

In addition, a large part of the manpower required for the annual preparations for the Jalsa Salana and UK National Khuddam Ijtema is co–ordinated through the Waqar–e–Aml department.

The greatness of doing the work with their own hands should be made known to Khuddam. In this connection, explain to Khuddam about the teachings of Islam, the beautiful examples of the Holy Prophet Mohammad SAW and the sayings of Hadhrat Musleh Maud RA. In order to make the youth understand the importance of Waqar-e-Amal and to create the spirit of Waqar-e-Amal in their hearts and minds, speeches should be delivered about Waqar-e-Amal.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Waqar-e-Amal (Dignity of Work) Department establishes among the members of the Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya, dignity of doing work with their own hands, and encourages the members to engage themselves in collective work for the benefit of the Jama’at and the community.

TASKS

  • Hold Waqar-e-`Amal activities, e.g., cleaning local Namaz centers, local Mosques and neighborhoods
  • Encourage members to perform personal chores themselves e.g., washing their own cloths, ironing, cleaning their own rooms etc.
  • Urge Khuddam to perform Waqar-e-`Amal at various functions organized by the Majlis and the Jama`at
  • Actively participate in construction, cleaning and other activities at Jama`at properties
  • Educate Khuddam to keep their environment as clean as possible, e.g, to dispose of their garbage at appropriate place
In the light of sacred sayings of Hadhrat Musleh Maud RA, the following are some of the viewpoints on Waqar-e-Amal in its true spirit.

 

  • Every Khadim should do work and avoid laziness.
  • While doing the work, false prestige should never become huddle in your way and you should not look down upon any work which is legal.
  • Do not look down to any person with hatred on account of his lower occupation in the society.
  • Try to make best use of leisure time in doing some useful work.
  • Every Khadim should be educated in such a way that he will never beg to others under any circumstances in his daily life.
  • Get accustomed to pain, struggle and hard work. To inculcate such passion in Khuddam, the Majlis shall perform the work as follows.

 

  1. A. Collective Waqar-e-Amal.
  • Special attention should be drawn to the following matters and check simultaneously as to what extent they are implemented.
  • Extend help in household works.
  • Do shopping by you.
  • Carry maximum luggage by yourself during travel.
  • Clean the mosques, graveyards and buildings of Jamaat.
  • Wash the clothes by your own hands.
  • Polish the shoes with your own hands.
  • Keep the house, street and locality clean and spray pesticides and chemicals killing houseflies and mosquitoes so as to avoid contagious diseases and create healthy atmosphere.
  • Increase the beauty of the house and atmosphere, and grow flowering plants and trees.
  • Sell the books or other publications of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya.

 

  1. B. Collective Waqar-e-Amal.
  • Majalis shall necessarily organize collective Waqar-e-Amal at least once in a month depending upon the circumstances; in this collective Waqar-e-Amal every member of the Majlis shall participate. Collective Waqar-e-Amal shall include the repair of roads, drainages, passages, cleaning of mosques, centers of Namaz, graveyards and buildings of Jamaat, playgrounds, preparation of ground fields, decorations in the surrounding areas. Try to conduct at least two exemplary Waqar-e-Amal during the year. For an ideal standard Waqar-e-Amal the following matters should be kept in view.
  • From attendance point of view, it should not be less than 60% of total Khuddam prominently.
  • The kind of Waqar-e-Amal should be apparent and should be related to the welfare of the public.
  • For e.g.: construction of bridge, road repairs, construction of mosque and mission house, construction of house of a deserving and helpless person, decoration and cleaning of public places like hospitals, school’s railway stations bus stand etc,
  • The duration of Waqar-e-Amal shall not be less than 3 hours.
  • Atfal shall be trained to work along with Khuddam during Waqar-e-Amal.
  • An ideal Waqar-e-Amal shall be held at least once during the year at regional level also.

 

For an ideal Waqar-e-Amal

  • Invite some influential friend of your locality either at inauguration or conclusion of this programme.
  • Send a copy of appreciation or comments by non-Ahmadis to national office.
  • Send clippings of reports or pictures published in the news papers.
  • Send a specific report of Waqar-e-Amal to national office as early as possible. Send a report along with pictures of an ideal Waqar-e-Amal for publishing it in “National Magazine/Gazzett”. Every Majlis shall act upon the scheme prepared as follows and send the specific report.

 

Plantation

  • Celebrate “plantation week” by growing flowering plants and shady trees in suitable areas which are in proximity to the Mosque and on road side and in vacant places. Do not plant mango trees which require large quantity of water. And its root creates a lot of ruins. Mention about the success achieved in plantation through “plantation week” in the annual report.
  • Every Majlis shall keep proper tools for Waqar-e-Amal and these tools should be preserved in a proper way, rather we should go on adding to the tools. The representatives of the centre and inspectors will observe during their visits as to whether the Majlis are having proper tools of Waqar-e-Amal and gardening and keep safely these tools at homes so that in case of need, these tools can be utilized at the time of individual and collective Waqar-e-Amal.

Introduction

The Department of Dignity of Labour (Waqar-e-Amal) was established by Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) as one of the core departments at the time of establishment of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya.

When speaking specifically to the establishment of the Department of Waqar-e-Amal, Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) mentioned two key benefits that will be achieved by Khuddam involvement in Waqar-e-Amal:

  • It will help alleviate laziness amongst youth
  • It will help keep astray a ‘Slavery’ or ‘Dependency’ mindset amongst the youth

The example set by Prophet Muhammad (sa) has established the dignity of labour beyond any doubt.

When the Prophet’s mosque at Medina was being built, the Holy Prophet (sa) participated fully in every work. He carried the stones, mixed the mortar, built the walls. In journeys, the Holy Prophet insisted to share in all the works involved in camping: He pitched the tent, picked wood for fire, carried water etc. In short, he never considered any work as beneath his dignity.

The types of events and activities that Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya supports through Waqar-e-Amal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Jalsa Salana
  • National Ijtema
  • Weddings
  • Formal Dinners
  • Graveyard maintenance
  • Street Cleaning
  • Property management
  • Mosque beautification
  • Event set-up, operation, and wind-up
  • DIY Education

Examples of Waqar-e-Amal through Islamic History

The Practise of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (sa)
Hazrat Aisha (ra) narrates that the Holy Prophet (sa) would ‘patch his garments and sole his sandals’. Once she was asked, ‘how was he with his family?’ She responded, ‘He was in the service of his family until it was time for prayer, at which time he would go and pray.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

Hazrat Abu Said Al Khudri narrates that the Prophet of Allah (sa) would feed his camel himself, would work on house chores, could mend his own shoes and clothes, could milk the goat and help his Khadim if needed and did not feel any dishonour in doing work with his own hands.

Once, during the course of a journey, when the Prophets party arrived at their camping place, his companions immediately involved themselves with their respective tasks in setting up camp for the night.  The Holy Prophet (sa) said, “you have allocated no task to me. I shall go and collect the wood for cooking.” “O Messenger of Allah, why should you occupy yourself in that way when all of us are here to do whatever may be necessary?” He said “No, No. It is my duty to do my share of whatever may have to be done,” and he collected firewood from the jungle for cooking the food.

Other narrations tell us that he never liked to sit as an idle while his other companions were busy in service of mankind.

The conduct of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)
After Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) became the caliph he used to visit this old blind lady on a daily basis, and he would clean her house. The Old lady was unaware of who he was, when she found out from others that he is the caliph of time she was amazed. This was the conduct of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).

The Khadim of Masjid Nabawi
Another famous incident of Khadim Masjid who use to cleanse the mosque of the Prophet Masjid Nabawi. One day this person passed away and the Holy Prophet (sa) didn’t see that person anymore so he inquired from his companions of this person. He was informed that this person had passed away and they burial has taken place. The Holy Prophet (sa) inquired from the companions that why was he not informed of this. He then immediately got up and went to the grave accompanied by his companions where he prayed for this person. This shows how the Holy Prophet (sa) regarded these humble efforts of this person who just used to clean the mosque.

Incident of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra)
Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) once received a letter from a poor farmer from one of the villages in India who had accepted Ahmadiyyat recently. He wrote his letter expressing his feelings that since he has accepted Ahmadiyyat no one from his village is assisting him in labour work in his farm and he is in great difficulty as it was the season of harvest. Hazoor mentions that this farmer was worried how he will save the crops and complete the harvest by himself. Hazoor then wrote letters to the neighbouring jamaat and instructed them to send Khuddam members to assist this farmer with harvesting the crop and conduct Waqar-e-Amal. It is mentioned many jamaat members came in their beautiful luxury cars, bikes, and cycles and all those people had great professional backgrounds (Doctors, lawyers, engineers, and people of a high status). They all got changed and made their way into the farm filed to assist the farmer, this whole incident was been observed by the local villagers which left a great impression on those villagers.

Jalsa Salana Qadian
Another Incident of Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra). From Jalsa Salana in Qadian. On the first day of the Jalsa when Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) came on the stage he did not like the arrangement that was made; he saw that the stage was small, and everyone is sitting so close with great difficulty. When Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra) saw the expression on the face of Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra), it was clear he was not happy with the arrangements. It is mentioned that on the same night when the first day proceedings came to an end, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra), along with other Khuddam, worked all night to first demolish and then reconstruct the stage. The new stage was wider so that everyone could sit with ease. Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra) mentioned that ‘when we finished our Waqar-e-Amal, the call for Fajr Salat was being made (Azan) and soon after Hazrat Musleh Maud came for the salat (Namaz). When he came on to the stage, I could see a smile on his face’.

Butul Hamd, Rabwah, Pakistan
Every year an application is submitted to the government officials for the permission to conduct the Jalsa Salana and other annual conventions at this place. One year, miraculously, the permission was granted to conduct the Khuddam Ijtema. Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya knew if they were to conduct the Ijtema on this open land there will be wider public on site who will observe everything and may also create mischief. On the same night of the permission being granted many Khuddam went to the site and worked all night to raise a boundary wall around the site. The following day when the authorities came to inspect the site they were astonished and could not believe what was achieved over night. Jamaat was then able to secure the land and was able to conduct the Ijtema.

Incident of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (ra)
He mentioned that after one of the early days of Jalsa Salana UK he had received a letter from a member of parliament (MP) who has happen to attend the Jalsa Salana, he wrote a long detailed letter to express his joy and astonishment, that he has seen our youth working hard and tirelessly in every field. The MP mentioned that he had gone around the Jalsa site observed and spoken to many people amongst which were people with great professions and high status working with great humility. From this letter Hazoor had expressed his joy and praised Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya on sending such a great message to the wider public.

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