Tahir Ahmad Machengo, Kenya Correspondent
Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and Majlis Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya Kenya held their 38th and 8th annual Ijtemas respectively at the Jamaat’s headquarters located in Nairobi from 16-18 September 2022.
The theme for this year’s Ijtema was, “Khilafat: An embodiment of Allah’s Unity”.
The members were enthused, having stayed for long without holding an Ijtema due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The members gathered in the mosque to watch the live Friday Sermon of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. This was followed by a flag hoisting ceremony led by Amir and Missionary-in-Charge Kenya, Tariq Mahmood Zafar Sahib, after which he led everyone in silent prayer. Khuddam and atfal then proceeded to the Ahmadiyya Hall for the opening session, which was chaired by Farouq Zaid Sahib, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Kenya.
The session began with the recitation of the Holy Quran and its Swahili translation, followed by a poem, pledges and an address by Sadr sahib.
After concluding his address, Sadr sahib led a silent prayer. This was followed by a speech by Tahir Ahmad Sahib about the importance of obedience to Khilafat.
All Atfal then returned to the mosque for the official opening of their Ijtema. On the other hand, Khuddam remained in the Ahmadiyya Hall for academic competitions.
After the prayers, both Khuddam and Atfal proceeded to the Ahmadiyya Hall for a session on First Aid. They were given first aid training in dealing with nose bleeding, epilepsy attacks and food poisoning. A question and answer session was also held.
The second day of Ijtema commenced with tahajjud and Fajr prayers, followed by dars of the Holy Quran. After breakfast, members proceeded to the field for sports competitions.
In the evening, khuddam were given a talk about “Marriage in Islam” and the atfal were given a talk about the Waqf-e-Nay scheme.
During the closing session of the Ijtema, chaired by Amir and Missionary-in-Charge, Tariq Mahmood Zafar Sahib, Sadr sahib read out the Ijtema report which was followed by the awards distribution. Amir sahib concluded the Ijtema with a silent prayer. A total of 251 khuddam and atfal attended the Ijtema.