Madeel Abdullah, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA
The Covid-19 endorsed quarantines may be able to physically separate Khuddam from one another, but surely, nothing can divide their spirits. By the grace of Allah the Almighty, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA embarked on a week of brotherhood and learning, titled MKA Connects.
The premise, bring Khuddam back together, abolish their emotional and spiritual distance, no matter how far they may physically reside. MKA Connects was a set of virtual, Ijtema like sessions, that kicked-off on 5 April 2020 and concluded with the closing address of, and question and answer session with, respected Amir Jamaat USA, Sahibzada Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad Sahib on 12 April.
The programme ran for 8 consecutive days in which different topics relevant to Khuddam, considering the Covid-19 Pandemic, were discussed and presented upon. Each day Khuddam enjoyed two sessions chaired by different departments of MKA USA, chaired by the respective department heads.
The highlights of the week’s programmes included, “Our Secret Weapon Against the Virus – the Power of Prayers”, “Emulating the Spirit of 1918 – Serving Mankind at a Time of Crisis”, “Adjusting to the Online Learning Platform”, “Spreading the Message While Quarantined – Tabligh through Social Media”, “Be Prepared for a Future Crisis”, “Cleanliness as a Part of Faith”, “Live at Home Workout and Health Tips”, “Writing in the Defense of Islam”, “The Financial Impact of Getting Laid Off ”, a program on Marriage and Chastity, and a question and answer session on the impact of the Coronavirus, presided by Naib Amir Dr Faheem Younus Qureshi, Chief of Infectious Disease at the University of Maryland UCH. Each day’s programme allowed Khuddam not only to learn about the topic at hand, via the before mentioned presentations, but also featured an interactive component where Khuddam were able to discuss, ask questions, and directly shape the conversation of each session.
By the grace of Allah the Almighty, the week’s sessions were attended by thousands of Khuddam from across the country. The week’s highlight came at the closing session, in which respected Amir Jamaat USA addressed the Majlis on the standard that all Khuddam must hold themselves to, in order to truly fulfil their commitment of service.
Amir Sahib, in his session, particularly emphasised that the members of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya should remember that they are a unique group of individuals, unlike others in the society around. He reminded Khuddam that they must be living embodiments of the wishes of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih, may Allah be his Helper, and in all times, both of ease and difficulty, turn solely to prayer for comfort.
Amir Sahib also graciously spent over two hours answering the questions of both Khuddam and Atfal. The closing session was virtually attended by over 1,164 viewers. Khuddam were again and again reminded that they belong to a unique brotherhood united under the banner of Khilafat.
Amir Sahib closed with the reminder to all Khuddam that the protection of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya is their utmost duty, and all Khuddam should strive day and night in this cause.
Only through the grace of Allah, were Khuddam once again reminded, that they are an unbreakable group of brothers united for the cause of Allah.