Story by Hafizdeen Akram, Upper West Region
More than three thousand five hundred (3,500) members of the Majlis Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya Ghana have converged at the Labone Senior High School in Accra for their 38th Annual National Ijtema’a (rally).
The three-day rally which is on the theme “Safeguarding the Rights of Our Neighbours: A Divine Call to Duty” is also being attended by a cross section of leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, representatives of Ahmadis from other West Africa countries, and other political leaders including the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey.
In the course of the three days, various speeches would be delivered by different guests, dignitaries and revered members of the Jama’at.
In his opening address, the Ameer and Missionary in-charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana Alhajj Maulvi Mohammed bin Salih said religion must not be a separating factor between generations but rather a tool to draw them closer to each other.
According to him, people have succeeded in identifying Islam as the centre of the world’s unrest but he challenged members of MKAG to live exemplary lives to redeem the image of Islam.
He noted that lawlessness was at its peak in Ghana and therefore people mistakenly take instant justice as an alternative.
The Ameer said just as a beautiful garden is one with many flowers of different colours, religion becomes beautiful when worshipers vary in opinion adding that “after all, at the end of the day all religions target one thing – worship of the Almighty Allah”.
“Tolerance which is key in neighbourliness is necessary for peaceful co-existence. The differences must not be portraying hatred but should be a recipe for unity and beauty of religious practice.” he added.
The Ameer also observed that the high number of youth in Ghana including other countries where differences cause instability, meant that the world was looking forward to growth and stability through the youth.
Maulvi Salih said neighborliness is promoted by Islam through the act of respecting one’s rights as well as the emotions of other people of different religions and ethnic groups.
The Holy Prophet Mohammed (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was an example of the acts of respect and honour to other people including their leaders. The youth must therefore avoid the habit of always finding faults with their neighbors.
He admonished the Ahmadi Youth to lead exemplary lives for others to follow adding that, if this was done, then the youth would have fulfilled their call to the worship of Allah the Almighty.
The Ameer further admonished the Khuddam not to lead lives of negativity but to strive toward positive change in whatever community they found themselves.
Maulvi Salih mentioned some activities undertaken by the Khuddam in the past year including blood donation at the Kole-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The President (Sadr) of the Ahmadiyya Male Youth in Ghana, Nasir Ahmed Bonsu mentioned that the Khuddam in the year under review made time to visit and clean the Korle-Bu Morgue.
Further, regional branches of the Majlis paid visits to some orphanages where donations were made and children interacted with.