Talha Saifi, Mohtamim Ishaat MKA USA
On Saturday, 5 October, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA held their 2019 National Majlis-e-Shura in Baitur Rahman, Silver Spring, Maryland.
The event formally commenced at 9am with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by the declaration of the Khuddam pledge by all delegates.
Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Dr Madeel Abdullah Sahib, delivered a welcome address and etiquettes of Majlis-e-Shura.
In his address, Dr Madeel Abdullah Sahib referred to the guidance of the founder of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, al Musleh al-Maudra.
After that, the implementation reports of the previous year’s Shura proposals were delivered by the respectively allocated chairpersons, secretaries and department Mohtamimin. Following these implementation reports, the proposals for this year’s Majlis-e-Shura were presented by Muavin Sadr, Naim Muhammad Sahib.
In total, 20 proposals were presented to the national amila by members throughout the country, across many different departments. Of these proposals, five had been proposed to and approved by Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa for discussion.
At around 10:30am, the sub-committees were formed, based on delegates being nominated by delegates, as well as special appointments by Sadr Majlis. After a short break, the sub-committees that had been formed were able to deliberate over their respective proposals.
After the Zuhr and Asr prayers were combined, a group photo was taken. Afterwards, a delicious lunch was served for all to enjoy – lovingly prepared by the exceptional and well-regarded chefs of MKA USA’s Ziafat team.
After lunch, the sub-committees continued their deliberations. To keep the size of sub-committees to a reasonable number and allowing discussions to be manageable and meaningful, there were inevitably a number of un-allocated delegates.
Therefore, in parallel to the subcommittee deliberations, a tarbiyat and open question and answer session was held with missionaries as well. The plenary and closing session of the Shura commenced at 4:45pm, with tilawat. The sub-committee chairmen along with their secretaries presented their summary reports of the deliberations and recommendations made.
The floor was then opened up for questions, comments and suggested additions and amendments to the recommendations. The proposals were then voted upon for approval to be sent to Huzooraa for review and approval. Maghrib and Isha prayers were offered at 7pm and dinner was served afterwards.
As per tradition, the outgoing members of national amila of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya – those entering Majlis Ansarullah – who had rendered significant services towards the Majlis in their time as Khuddam, were presented with tokens of appreciation, including a special plaque.
The plenary and closing session reconvened at 8:20pm. Once all proposals had been presented and reviewed by the Shura delegates, a few closing remarks were given by Dr Madeel Abdullah Sahib, in which he thanked all the Majlis for their support and hard work. Sadr Sahib then led the congregation in silent prayer, thereby concluding the final session with five proposals along with the budget being approved for submission to Huzooraa.
The following day, on Sunday, 6 October, a couple of parallel sessions were held. One was training on bias and diversity. The other one was Umoomi training. Afterwards, the delegates and guests of Majlis-e-Shura made their way home.
Insha-Allah, this Majlis-e-Shura will shape the coming year and beyond for MKA USA with a desire and passion to seek continuous improvement.
A summary report of key activities and reports of various departments from the previous year of MKA USA was shared with all delegates. All of the humble efforts made by the Majlis are humble sacrifices in the way of Allah.