During the seven year course at Jamia Ahmadiyya – the Ahmadiyya Institute for Languages and Theology – future Imams of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community develop a strong, and unique bond with the Caliph, and Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. As Imams, they will be representatives of the Caliph wherever they go, tasked with conveying the true message of Islam. Thus, the Caliph keeps them especially close, in order to personally teach and nurture them to become the best possible ambassadors for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Upon their graduation, the Review of Religions asks these Imams to share an inspiring incident or experience which they had with the Caliph over the span of their seven year studies. The following is one such incident:
Imam Nayyar Zafar, Class of 2017
On one occasion I asked Khalifatul Masih (aba) (the Caliph) a question – ‘in this day and age how can one attain a living connection with Allah and the Holy Prophet (sa) as the Companions (ra) did?’ Huzoor (aba) (His Holiness (aba)) replied by quoting the famous Persian couplet of the Promised Messiah (as) about Hazrat Maulvi Hakeem Nooruddin Sahib (ra) (the first Caliph). Then Huzoor (aba) said the Promised Messiah (as) has written ‘‘How nice it would be if everyone from my followers were Nooruddin.’ This is possible only when one’s heart is illuminated by the light of truth and firm belief’. So you should always increase in your faith.’
When Huzoor (aba) said this, it felt like through his divinely-inspired words it had been explained to me how to live my life and how one can always attain Allah’s nearness and pleasure.