Ziafat Department, USA
In the USA, the Ziafat Dept. consists of the National Ziafat Secretary and Ziafat Secretaries for all chapters.
Thank God, in Alislam.org, we have Friday Sermons achieved for more then 100 years. Ziafat (hospitality) is mentioned in Khutbas thoroughly. I will give you a gist of information in some areas of Ziafat Department:
1. Importance of Ziafat Dept. (hospitality).
2. Contemporary Instruction about Ziafat.
3. Ziafat information.
1. Importance of Ziafat Dept. (hospitality):
If you go to Friday Sermons in www.alislam.org and search for “hospitality” you will find Zaifat mentioned in almost all Khutbas before Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention). Here is something about Ziafat:
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) also used to inquire from the guests how they found the hospitality extended by the Companions. On one such occasion a guest said, O Prophet of God, they gave us soft bedding to sleep on and fine food to eat and they also educated us about the Book and Sunnah.
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) did not merely honor his guests with good arrangements of food; rather, he took care of their small needs and at times served them personally. He counseled his followers to do the same and said, ‘If you claim to love me then follow me.’ The hospitality he enjoined was without the hope or wish for a return of favor or praise and purely for the sake of obeying God’s command. He advised to serve guests in an excellent manner for three days for this was the guests’ due. He said if one believed in God and the Day of Judgment, one should honor guests.
Hospitality is a courtesy that is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. The Qur’an goes on to state that Hadhrat Ibrahim (on whom be peace) made prompt arrangements to serve the guests, ‘And he went quietly to his household, and brought a fatted calf,’ (51:27) or it is stated in Surah Hud, ‘… They said, ‘We bid you peace.’ He answered, ‘Peace be on you,’ and was not long in bringing a roasted calf.’ (11:70).
Hadhrat Maulawi Ibrahim Baqapuri relates that the Promised Messiah (a.s.) said that all the guests should be given the same kind of food.
Hadhrat Malik Ghulam Hussein sahib relate that once a Maulawi sahib came for Jalsa and the Promised Messiah(a.s.) specifically instructed to look after him properly and serve him suitable food as he was elderly.
Hadhrat Fazal Ilahi sahib writes that he used to often travel to Qadian from Lahore. Many times the Promised Messiah (a.s.) invited him to his residence and personally served tea.
The hospitality at Jalsa always impresses the guests from outside, here in the UK as well as other countries.
Hadhrat Chaudhry Abdullah Khan sahib relate that once he went to Qadian. After Salat the Promised Messiah (a.s.) said as he had arrived just then he should have a meal. Chaudhry sahib replied it was not a meal time. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) smiled and said there was no fixed time for food, one should eat when one felt hungry.
Huzur said the significance of hospitality in Islam is great, he cited verse 70 of Surah Hud (11:70) and said that the essence of hospitality is that when guests arrive there should be no sense of frustration, rather whatever best one can arrange should be offered to the guests. Huzur said this verse does not in any way suggest that the food prepared for guests should be lavish.
Huzur said we have been left the model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) who washed soiled bedding—that was left by a guest who was a non-Muslim—himself because he said it had been left by his guest. Indeed, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said that hospitality was a symptom of faith.
Huzur also related a few incidents from the life of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) illustrating his supreme sense of hospitality. Huzur said each volunteer worker at Jalsa should serve the guests with a sense of honoring his/her obligation of hospitality and without any care to their own inconvenience, because, Huzur said, in order to honor rights one has to forgo convenience.
In short, the fundamentals for each volunteer worker are patience, fortitude and courtesy in addition to the most important aspect of prayer (du‘ā) because without du‘ā we cannot accomplish anything.
Once during the times of the Promised Messiah (a.s.) due to management mistakes guests were not served food properly. God informed the Promised Messiah (a.s.) of this and he said that God had informed him that the previous night there was hypocrisy in serving food to the guests. The Promised Messiah (a.s.) dismissed the Langar workers for six months. In spite of his gentle nature, he did not tolerate deficiency and hypocrisy in serving guests
2. Contemporary Instructions about Ziafat:
Ḥaḍrat Khalīfatul-Masīḥ V has instructed to have two month’s worth food stored all the time including:
Dāl (lentils and other edible pulses) and rice can be stored for long time.
Water storage can be arranged through a well, by the installation of a hand-pump to get water from ground, or by storing bottled water.
For Electricity, one way is to have a solar-power and another way is to have a generator.
3. Ziafat information:
For information on getting cooking pots, Kitchen implements and food to be served, please email or call: