We, the humble servants of the Jama’at of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah (alaihis salam), are members of the Rishta Nata Department of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA. This department was established by the blessed hands of Hazrat Promised Messiah (as). While establishing this department, the Promised Messiah (as) wrote:
“As with the grace and mercy of Allah and as a result of His blessings, our Jama’at is significantly increasing in number………..Hence, it was deemed imperative that, in order to foster the mutual bonds of relationship and to save them from the ill - effects and bad outcomes, a suitable arrangement should be made for the marriage of the boys and girls. Therefore, I have made arrangements that in the future, a book must stay with me with complete secrecy and total confidentiality, wherein the names of girls and boys of the Jama’at are entered. And if the parents of the girl are unable to find a boy in their family who is from the Jama’at, bears good moral character, and is at the level of their satisfaction, or, if they similarly fail to find a girl; in such cases it will be imperative for them to allow us to find someone from the Jama’at. And everyone should feel confident that we shall, with true sincerity and compassion for the parents, do our utmost to find the most suitable match for their boys or girls………... High priority will be given to their good conduct, character and potential for progression towards goodness.
This book will be kept secret and from time to time, as the situation calls for it, the information will be passed on. But no comments will be conveyed about the girl or the boy, until and unless the good conduct and qualifications are verified. Therefore, it is incumbent upon those who show their allegiance to us that they submit a list of their children with names, ages, and nationality, so that it can be recorded in the book”.
Extract for the Friday Sermon of Huzoor (aba) 12.24.2004. Quotation from “Majmua Ishtaharat” Vol. III, pp 50-51 by Hazrat Masih Maud (as).
We are committed to serving the members of the Jama’at in the same spirit as described by the Promised Messiah (as) and under the directives of our beloved Imam (aba).