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MKA UK Cricket Team Tour to Pakistan

MKA Pakistan

Usman Malik

MKA Pakistan

Under Divine guidance, Hazrat Musleh Maudra founded Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, an axillary organisation of youth, on 4 February 1938. First established in Qadian, the tenets of this organisation rest on the principles of service and sacrifice and to inculcate commitment to one’s faith, country and to the world. 

With the spread of the community, the branches of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya expanded internationally. The seed sown in 1938 spread to the corners of the world and the organisation entered a new era of progress. 

Today, Khuddam from all around the world partake in international competitions as a means to excel and propagate good spirit of brotherhood. For the promulgation of the aforementioned spirit, history was made when a cricket team comprising of UK Khuddam toured Pakistan for a 10-day event. The hosts, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Pakistan, greeted the guest team warmly on 13 October 2018 at Lahore International Airport. The same day they arrived in Rabwah and offered Zuhr prayer at Masjid Mubarak. 

The guests were then taken to Jalsa Gah to allow them time to practice and train for the upcoming matches. Two 40 overs and 3 T20s were played altogether. 

On 14 October 2018, the first T20 was played against the national team of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Pakistan. The second T20 was played against Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Muqami Rabwah on 15 October 2018. 

From 16 to 18 October 2018 the guest team was taken on a recreational tour to visit historical sites and picnic spots in Islamabad, Murree and Lahore. They had the privilege to see the largest mosque in South Asia – Faisal Mosque. Moreover, they visited Lok Virsa, a cultural and traditional heritage site located within the vicinity of the majestic Shakarparian hills. They also went sightseeing at Malka Kohsar in Murree, a place which has often been referred to as “heaven on earth” owed to its natural beauty and splendour. Likewise, they enjoyed the infamous chairlift of Patriata. 

 

 

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The tour did not end there as the team then travelled to Lahore. They visited Al Noor and Daruz Zikr mosques. These were the same mosques which were targeted by hardline terrorists on 28 May 2010. The extremists opened fired during the proceedings of the Friday Sermon and brutally slaughtered the peaceful and innocent members of our community. Consequently, 86 Ahmadis laid their lives and more than 120 were severely injured.

Historical monuments and sites of Rabwah were also part of this tour. The guests were enlightened with the importance of various places in this sacred city. The sites included the likes of Masjid Mubarak, Masjid Aqsa, Bahishti Maqbara, Fazl-e-Umar Hospital, Tahir Heart Institute, Dar-ul-Ziafat, Masjid Yadgaar and offices of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya and Tahrik-e-Jadid. Certain institutions run by Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Pakistan such as Tahir Homeopathic Hospital and Research Institute Rabwah, Nasir Sports Complex including the gym, squash and lawn tennis facilities, swimming pool, Noor-ul-Ain Blood Bank and Eye Centre and guest houses at Aiwan-e-Mahmood were also part of the tour. Every day, the team offered Fajr at Masjid Mubarak and would then visit Bahishti Maqbara to invoke prayers for the deceased. 

During evenings, sittings were arranged for these Khuddam with venerable elders and office-bearers of our community. These included Syed Khalid Shah Sahib (Nazir-e-Ala Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya and Amir-e-Muqami), Chaudhry Hameedullah Sahib (Wakil-e-Ala Tahrik-e-Jadid) Salik Ahmad Sahib (Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Pakistan), Syed Qamar Suleiman Sahib (Wakil Waqf-e-Nau), Haleem Ahmad Sehar and Professor Jalil Sahib Sadr Majlis-e-Sehat. They all met the team and endowed them with valuable guidance. At the end of the meetings, Khuddam were allowed to ask question to the revered guests. Syed Khalid Shah Sahib distributed the guest team shields as souvenirs of this tour. 

Five matches were played among the teams. Pakistan won four matches and UK managed to grab one win.  On 23 October 2018, the guests departed for UK after a memorable visit.

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