Syed Mukarram Nazeer, Canada Correspondent
Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Canada held its 16th Annual Talim and Tarbiyat Camp for khuddam attending Grade 10 at the Baitul Islam Mosque, Toronto, from 11 to 17 March 2023.
At the opening session, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Canada, Tahir Ahmed Sahib, was joined by Secretary Jaidad, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Canada, Kashif Mahmood Danish Sahib. Khuddam were divided into 9 groups, which competed in educational and sports competitions. A detailed daily schedule was prepared to resemble that of a Jamia student.
After offering the Fajr prayer, participants recited the Holy Quran in the mosque, followed by breakfast. Next, Jamia students taught classes on Tarteel-ul-Quran, salat with translation, contemporary issues, stories of the prophets, and basic Islamic beliefs. Participants then worked on improving their brotherhood and teamwork by participating in special activities and watching documentaries. After Zuhr and Asr prayers and lunch, participants proceeded to Aiwan-e-Tahir for sports, followed by free time to spend in hostels before coming for Maghrib prayer and dinner.
Special guest lectures were organised after the Isha prayer. These were delivered by experts from law enforcement, IT, science, and religion. It gave participants insights into available opportunities in these fields. Special sessions were held with Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Canada, Lal Khan Malik Sahib, as well as missionary-in-charge Canada, Rasheed Anwar Sahib. Days concluded with open group discussions with missionaries in hostels.
One of the highlights of the camp was a field trip to Ontario Science Center or OSC. It is a science museum in Toronto, located about 45 km southeast of the Baitul Islam Mosque. Unlike a traditional museum, where exhibits are for viewing only, the majority of exhibits at OSC are interactive. Participants really enjoyed the hands-on learning experience. At the end of the camp, participants were tested on what they had learned during the week. The best participant and best group were awarded prizes.
The camp came to a successful conclusion on 17 March. In the end, participants had the opportunity to express their opinions and give feedback about the camp. Participants as a whole thoroughly enjoyed the camp. A total of 82 Khuddam participated in this year’s Camp. Thirty of them expressed their interest to join Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada, insha-Allah.