Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization) held its annual National Convention (Ijtema), tagged Eko 2019, between 18th and 21st April, 2019 at Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos State with the theme ‘Tabligh’ (Preaching).
The programme was attended by dignitaries across different levels covering religions, politics, civil organizations and youth campaigner, among others.
In their different speeches, they eulogised Ahmadiyya Youths for their selfless humanitarian services towards the betterment of community people.
Chief Imam, Abule Oja Mosque, Yaba, Imam Yusuf Eyangagbe said: “I am impressed; I am impressed with what I saw here today! I pray Almighty Allah unite all Muslim Ummah across the globe.,”
Chairman, Lagos State Youth Council, Comrade Gbenga Ogunsola said: “Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria is a group of youths with dedicated and committed members. I am very fortunate to have one of you as the treasurer. He is very accountable and transparent. Your members are doing great as we need more active members of MKAN in youth council.”
Youth Alive Foundation Head, Comrade Kolawole Babajide said: “Corruption has eaten into the fabrics of Nigerian society. Let’s stand up and fight this scourge. I know I am talking to learned youths because I have been told before. It is high time we joined hands together and fought corruption.”
As part of the 3-day event, over 500 people of Abule Oja Community were treated during the free medical service held at Alhaji Kola Osho Primary Healthcare Centre, Yaba. The patients were diagnosed and treated from some ailments such as hypertension, blood sugar, malaria, typhoid fever and diabetes, among others. In the cause of the national convention at the venue, over 200 pints of blood were voluntarily donated by members of Ahmadi Muslim Youth from across the country.
According to the Sadr (President), Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria, Engr. Saheed Aina in his opening remarks, MKAN has done a lot in its humanitarian services. Some of the events include:
- Community Development Services (CDS): They were carried out at 70 public places by 1,656 volunteers who spent 190 hours of their valuable time.
- Blood Donations: Over 400 pints of blood were donated freely by over 100 volunteers for the benefit of 400 beneficiaries.
- Free Medical Service: One welfare expedition camp was organised where over 150 eyeglasses were distributed free of charge.
- Stop The Crime (STC) Campaign: Public enlightenment campaigns were taken to 40 schools across the country by 344 volunteers for the benefits of 17,180 beneficiaries.
- Tree Planting Exercise: It featured planting of 337 trees by 84 volunteers at 53 public places. 137 invitees graced the events.
- Ride for Peace: The project is aimed at preaching the peaceful message of Islam. The last edition covered a distance of 69 kilometres by 185 participants with distribution of over 5,000 peaceful religious tracts.
- Online Training: 35 e-learning classes were organised for improving the general knowledge of members which took over 40 hours with an average of 600 participants.
- Publications: One edition of Al-Irfan Magazine and 8 editions of Al-Irfan Bulletin were published.
- International Collaborations: MKAN attended the annual national conventions of our sister organisation (MKA) in Kenya, Benin Republic and Ghana.
While acknowledging the high rate of youth restiveness in the country, he urged MKAN members not to forget the great responsibility placed on us by the Supreme Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (atba), which is to spread the true message of Islam far and wide. To be able to achieve this, he said, great efforts need to be made on our self-reformation. We all need to raise our standard of morals. We all need to Love all and Hate none.
The Amir (Head), Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Nigeria, Dr Mashhud Adenrele Fashola explained in his remarks that youths today face a lot of challenges ranging from unemployment, drug abuse to social media distraction or temptation but they would surmount the hurdles if they demonstrate practically the teachings of Islam by their words and deeds.
Continuing, he said: “Youths who have like minds should come together to save mankind from all these topsy-turvy. They have to demonstrate to the world that they are the greatest servants of Prophet Muhammad (saw) who was raised for the whole mankind and as a mercy for the entire universe.”
In his closing speech, the Missionary-in-Charge, Maulvi Afzal Rauf encouraged youths to be righteous and follow the teachings of Islam unconditionally, saying that names, bragging, showing off and usurping the rights of others won’t take us anywhere, rather they would destroy us morally and spiritually in this life and life to come.
He said: “Islam rests on absolute obedience to Almighty God. Tread the path of truthfulness; study the books of the Promised Messiah to increase your knowledge. Purify yourselves first, then your Tabligh would be meaningful. Endeavour to make your lives full of Taqwa.”
The guest lecturer, Barr. Muhammad Rabiu Uthman delivered his speech on the topic “Islam and Humanity” where he said service to mankind is service to God.
According to him, we live in a world where man has suffered the worst unimaginable cruelty at the hands of fellow human. The struggle for social, political, economic and even religious dominance has completely eroded our sense of humanity….Islam provides the alternative. The strength of Islam lies in its ideals, values and principles and their relevance to us.
While discussing the essence of religion, he said it is the teaching of the moral conditions of love, compassion, sympathy and service to its adherents with a view that this will lead to the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction of God. Religion is not an end itself but a means to an end which can only be attained by the continuous devotion of one’s happiness and comfort for the pleasure and comfort of others in accordance with the dictate of Allah.
Concluding, Barr. Uthman said as followers of the Promised Messiah, it is our responsibility in today’s world to exhibit and propagate all the beautiful teachings of Islam. We, the members of this Community, must confront the dark forces of evil and prejudice surrounding the citadel of civilizations with the true teachings of Islam so that mankind can benefit immensely from its invaluable teachings.
Furthermore, at this year’s event, Ijede Locality became the Best Local Majlis, Oluyole-Ona Ara the Best District Majlis while Oyo State the Best State Majlis.
Two awards of excellence were given to Bro Musbahudeen Saheed, a plumber who emerged third having participated in the National Artisan Competition in Nigeria and Bro Abdus Sobur Adeleke, a Hafiz who emerged first having participated in the National Qur’anic Competition respectively.
Besides, the Best National Officer was given to Bro Mujeeb Oniyide, Muhtamin Isha’at (National Media and Publicity Officer). The Best Department was Isha’at (Publications) Department while the best-improved State was Ekiti.
The Office of Muhtamin Omoor-e-Talaba (Students Affairs) organized an essay competition for Ahmadi Muslim Students’ Association members across all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
In view of this, five best students were rewarded, who are: Abdussalaam Abdurofeeq, University of Ilorin, 1st, 78%; Zafrullah Lamina, Lagos State University, 2nd, 74%; Abdul Quadri Ismail, Lagos State University, 3rd, 72%; Bello Fatimah, University of Ibadan (In affiliation with FCE), 3rd, 72% and Aremu Yusuf, Osun State University, 4th, 60%.
A total of 2291 Ahmadi youths from over 15 States in the country attended the Annual Convention.