Mirza Farhan Ahmad Baig, Benin Correspondent
On 18-20 February 2022, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Benin organised its 17th National Ijtema.
The first day started with the congregational tahajjud prayer. The event was formally inaugurated at 4pm with flag hoisting on 18 February 2022.
The opening session commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by the Khuddam-ul pledge, and an opening speech by Sadr Sahib MKA Benin. The first session concluded with a silent prayer.
The ijtema was attended by khuddam and atfal from all regions of the country, who participated in several academic and sports competitions.
The second day also commenced with the congregational tahajjud prayer followed by various tarbiyati programmes. A Peace March was also organised in the city of Porto-Novo, for conveying the peaceful message of Islam. The Peace March got coverage on a TV channel, Canal 3, and a national newspaper as well.
The third day was also started by the congregational tahajjud prayer. After the Fajr prayer, a lecture was organised by the national rishta nata department. This was followed by the final rounds of the academic and sports competitions.
69 people made blood donations as well, and during this activity, various TV channels and newspapers interviewed the donors.
The concluding session commenced at 12pm with the recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by the khuddam pledge, a qasidah [poem in praise of the Holy Prophetsa], and a speech in relation to the prophecy of Musleh-e-Maud.
After that, Sadr Sahib MKA Benin delivered the concluding address, which was followed by the prize distribution ceremony. The event concluded with a silent prayer.
The ijtema was attended by 708 khuddam and atfal from 17 regions.