A similar atmosphere was found in Birmingham today, we spoke to Khuddam about their feelings prior to the Mulaqat and what they wanted to get out of this gathering and found an eagerness in them to see and interact with Huzooraba. Ahmad Sadiq, 17, from Walsall said:
“I saw Huzoor a long time ago, almost 2 years ago now. Not being able to see him for long is really upsetting and this is my first opportunity for a Mulaqat. Today I hope to gain better understanding of Ahmadiyyat and Islam. I’m looking forward to listening to the answers Huzooraba gives to Khuddam as they will be beneficial to me as well”
Khaqan Ahmad, 17, from Birmingham West who is a Waqfe-Nau and hoping to go into medicine said:
“Last time I was in a Mulaqat was a few years ago when I was a tifl so this Mulaqat holds great significance for me as it is my first Mulaqat as a Khadim. To me the Khalifah of the time means a universal leader, a leader for everyone and not just Muslims. I was really impacted by Huzoor’s last Friday Sermon on Talay Sahib Shaheed and I want to ask him how we can also become a beloved of Huzooraba.”
Khaqan also told us that Huzoor’s Khutbah inspired him to be more passionate and inculcated a unique sense of love for the Khalifah of the time. Undoubtedly, for Khaqan and so many others it was clear that this Mulaqat would shape their futures.
Mohtamim Tarbiyyat, Attique-ur-Rahman explained the importance of Khuddam to be part of these Mulaqats. He said:
“Today’s Mulaqat is important because after having two years of just seeing Huzoor visually – delivering sermons etc. these Khuddam needed an opportunity to continue to advance their relationship with Khilafat in a setting where they could have a conversation with him. We have already seen the benefits these Mulaqats have been having on Khuddam and Atfal that have been a part of Mulaqats across the global Jama’at and how their life has been impacted. It has been like a kickstart for Khuddam, they have been motivated from these Mulaqats to serve the Jama’at in a better way and to become a better person.”
Labeed Butter, 19, from Walsall who is starting university soon explained to us that he wanted to gain a deeper understanding of Islam after speaking to his local Murrabi, thus he wanted to be part of this Mulaqat. He told us he was spiritually motivated and wanted to be the first to speak to Huzooraba today.