Ansarullah (Helpers of Allah) is an auxiliary organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for men of age over 40. The name "Ansarullah" is an Arabic expression meaning "helpers of Allah." It is taken from a verse of the Holy Qur’ān,
“And when Jesus perceived their disbelief, he said, ‘Who will be my helpers in the cause of Allah?’ The disciples answered, ‘We are the helpers of Allah. We have believed in Allah. And bear thou witness that we are obedient” (Āl`Imrān : Verse 53)
All Ahmadi Muslims who are forty years of age or over comprise the general body of 'Ansarullah.' Majlis Ansarullah, like the main body of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – to which it is subordinate – is a non-political, religious and spiritual organization.
The aim of the organization is to promote the moral and spiritual training of its members resulting in a Godly, righteous, responsible and just society, true both to God and His creatures. The aims and objectives of the organization are reflected in the pledge, which every member has to make and recite in every formal meeting. These aims are:
The 'Ansarullah' functions under its constitution, which is approved by Hadrat Khalifatul Masih, the supreme leader of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The constitution lays down rules for the appointment of office bearers; the structure of the organization; designation of the office bearers at different levels and their responsibilities; powers and duties of 'Majlis Shura' and general guidance.
Majlis Shura is a national consultative body, which recommends amendments to the constitution and recommends programs and activities for the upcoming year. All elections and proposals passed by the Shura carry the status of recommendations to Hadrat Khalifatul Masih, whose decision in every matter is final.
'Ansar' are divided into two levels (Safs). The 'Saf Awwal' (First Level) comprises members of age above 55 years (senior members) while all others (40-54 years of age) form 'Saf Dom’ (junior members). The Sadr (National President) and Na’ib Sadr Saf Dom (Vice President under the age of 47) are elected for a period of two years. All other national office bearers are appointed by the Sadr on a yearly basis. Head of local Majlis (Chapter) is called Za'īm and is elected every two years.
Say this part three times:
ash hado • al-laa ilaaha • il-lallaaho • wahdahoo•laa shareekalahoo • wa ash hado • annaMuhammadan • ‘abdohoo • wa rasooloh
Say this part once:
I bear witness that • there is none worthy of worship • except Allah. • He is One • (and) has no partner, • and I bear witness • that Mohammad (peace be upon him) • is His servant and His messenger. •
Say this part once:
I solemnly pledge that • I shall endeavor • throughout my life •for the propagation •and consolidation •of Ahmadiyyat in Islām,• and shall stand guard •in defense of •the institution of Khilafat. •I shall not hesitate •to offer any sacrifice •in this regard.•Moreover, •I shall exhort my children •to always remain dedicated •and devoted to Khilafat. •Insha’Allah.
Notes: Text in (parenthesis) is not in the original Arabic text and has been added in the translation. “•” in the text indicates where person leading the pledge should pause to allow members to repeat the same portion.
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