Lamin Nyabally, Missionary, The Gambia
On 19 December 2023, 11 khuddam from different majalis of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Farafenni, The Gambia, undertook a long walk of 150 kilometres to participate in the 39th annual ijtema, held on 22-24 December 2023 at the Nusrat Senior Secondary School.
They began the journey from the Farafenni mission house on 19 December, after Fajr prayer. In the first phase of the journey, they stopped at Saba Mission House by way of rest; they spent the night there. On 20 December, they started the second phase of their journey, stopped at the Barra Mission House, and spent the night there as well. Finally, on 21 December, they reached the ijtema venue.
At the end of the ijtema, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya The Gambia, Ba Saikou Jammeh Sahib, in appreciation of the courage demonstrated by these khuddam, organised a reception for them and they were each issued a certificate as well.
A khadim, Brother Omar Bah Sahib, aged 17, states:
“This was my first time doing such and it serves as a fundamental tool for increasing one’s faith.”
Muhammad Zafrullah Nyabally said:
“Walking 150 kilometres is very important because sacrifice does not only stop at contributing financially; one has to also physically participate in trying to get the pleasure of Allah. He further buttressed that previously he was not able to participate because he was too young but this year, alhamdulillah, he was able to partake, so the young ones should look upon them as they were able to look upon their brethren before them.”