Hafiz Ijaz Ahmad Tahir, Jamia UK
Sports is a vital part of a missionary’s training as it harbours a healthy lifestyle. It is for this reason that an hour of sporting activities is a compulsory part of a Jamia student’s daily timetable.
Each year the pinnacle of these sporting activities takes place in the form of a three-day annual sporting rally which is held between the five houses of Jamia Ahmadiyya UK: Shuja‘at, Sadaqat, Dianat, Rafaqat and Amanat.
This year’s Sports Rally took place on the Jamia UK grounds on 26, 27 and 28 April 2018. The opening session was chaired by Abdul Majid Tahir Sahib (additional Wakilut-Tabshir London) who emphasised the importance of living a healthy lifestyle in light of the Hadith, “A strong believer is better and closer to God than a weak believer.”
The following few days hosted a range of inter-house competitions including football, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, tug-of-war, badminton, table tennis and athletics.
The final session held on Saturday 28 April showcased the strong-man challenge and the Jamia obstacle course which is an integral part of the course. The final session was chaired by Amir UK – Rafiq Ahmad Hayat Sahib, who reflected upon the continuing progress of Jamia under the blessings of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya.
The Jamia UK Sports Rally in previous years has been graced with the presence of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa who once stated, “All of you should also join in with other youths in their sports and outdoor activities as this will enable you to set a positive example for them and to be a role model.”