Talha Saifi, Mohtamim Ishaat, MKA USA
On 20 November 2021, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA held their 2021 National Fazl-e-Umar Qaideen Conference in Bait-ur-Rehman Mosque, Silver Spring, Maryland.
The event commenced at 10 am with the recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by the Khuddam pledge led by Sadr Majlis, Dr Madeel Abdullah Sahib. Sadr Majlis then delivered a welcome address to all qaideen present. In his address, Dr Madeel Abdullah Sahib highlighted the responsibilities each qaid bears, and what it means to be a leader.
The address was followed by an introductory segment, where all qaideen and national amila present introduced themselves by name, majlis and interesting facts about themselves.
The ceremony concluded with a video from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saa address to the qaideen forum of MKA UK, 2019.
Following the opening ceremony, session one began. The session was highlighted by three presentations, “Leading by Example” by Qaid Silicon Valley, Qasid Sadiq Sahib, “How to Review and Update Tajnid” by Mohtamim Tajnid, Syed Saad Sahib and “Breaking the Alam-e-Inami Code” by Mohtamim Ishaat, Talha Saifi Sahib.
These presentations provided new qaideen with an introduction to what the expectations were for them and how to carry out the fundamental tasks of a qaid.
At around 1 pm, Zuhr and Asr prayers were offered, followed by lunch.
After lunch, session two built on the concepts of session one. Presentations in session two included a qaid’s role in Majlis Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya, how to submit reports efficiently and other relevant topics. Presentations were designed with a higher element of content to build on the concepts introduced in session one.
Maghrib and Isha prayer were offered at 7 pm, followed by dinner. At 7:50 pm, session three commenced with a question and answer session, presented by Naib Amir Jamaat USA, Dr Faheem Younus Qureshi Sahib.
Qaideen were presented with the opportunity to ask a wide array of questions, with a particular focus on Naib Amir Sahib’s experience as Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA.
The questions ended at 9:10 pm at which point Sadr Majlis presented Naib Amir Sahib a gift on behalf of the majlis.
This was followed by a presentation on the importance of Wasiyyat. Many qaideen felt immensly encouraged to sign up for Wasiyyat.
The proceedings on 21 November 2021 started at 9 am with departmental question and answer sessions.
This was followed by a presentation on the member safety committee report.
The highlight of the session was a presentation on how to identify and react to potential threats, led by Sergeant Curt Sloane of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. Sergeant Sloan used demonstrations and police bodycam footage to effectively convey what to do in situations of potential threats, followed by taking questions from members present.
The session was concluded with an address from Naib Sadr MKA USA, Intisar Malhi Sahib on the key takeaways of the conference. This was then followed by Zuhr and Asr prayers at 1 pm.