By Abass Adebayo
To curb immoral acts among adolescent youths nowadays, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization (Majlis Khuddamul-Ahmadiyya), Apata District has organized its maiden mentorship programme on 13th February, 2021 at Baytur-Raheem Mosque, Apata, Ibadan.
The occasion was chaired by the Circuit President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Apata, Alhaji Teslim Oniyinde, ably represented by the Vice President, Bro. Taofeek Hadi. Other Jama’at dignitaries include MKAN Oyo State Qaid, Bro. Muftau Hussein, Missionary Sobur Akolade and Missionary Jamiu Ayinde, among others.
In his opening speech, Dil’a Qaid Apata, Bro. Mubarak Adeleke emphasized the purpose of the programme, stating that society has become worse and devoid of good morals which result from unworthy role models the youths follow nowadays.
The State Qaid, Bro. Muftau Hussein Sahib, in his address, implored all members to always hold unto the standards set by the Jama’at.
“It’s so painful and disheartening seeing majority of youths engaging in all sorts of frauds and immoral acts,” he added.
Bro. Sherrifdeen Akinyemi, while delivering the first lecture on “The Influence of ICT in our Today’s World and Spiritual Life”, said illiterates of today are not those who cannot read or write but those whose existence does not meet ICT compliance, adding that channeling IT skills in all positions and trying to move with the latest trends in the digital world can boost our careers.
His words: “ICT has been designed to make life easier such as legit internet businesses, though everything has its demerits. It’s our decision to choose which platform the opportunity can be utilized.”
He justified that today, even the aged illiterate businessmen and women make use of the platform of ICT as a form of ease in whatever transaction they make.
He stressed further that the misuse of ICT such as internet frauds, spamming, viruses uploading, and other cybercrimes involved in society today affect our spiritual development.
Bro. Taofeek Ajibade Sahib, while delivering the second lecture on ‘Effect of Role Model on our Spiritual Life and Careers’, quoted Surah At-Taubah verse 120 of the Holy Qur’an where Allah enjoins those who seek the pleasure of Allah to always be with the righteous ones.
He emphasized that successful people today also have their own failed stories, saying that youths, therefore, should be ready to work hard for their success rather than looking for “fast wealth.”
He defined true success as righteousness. He also reminded the youths of one of the sayings of the Promised Messiah (as) that one must strive to be better and excel in every aspect one has chosen for one’s career.
Finally, he advised the youths to always dedicate their lives for the sake of Allah, as this decision may serve as a guide in selecting a better and worthy role model.
The programme which was attended by about 40 youths lasted for three hours.