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32nd National Ijtema (Youth Gathering) held in South Australia

Ijt1.1Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia (Ahmadiyya Muslims Youth Association) and Majlis Atfalul Ahmadiyya Australia (Ahmadiyya Muslim Kids Association) held its 32nd National Ijtema at Baitul Mahmood Mosque, Adelaide.

Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association – Men aged 15 to 40) and Majlis Atfalul Ahmadiyya Australia (Ahmadiyya Muslim Kids Association – Boys aged 7 to 15) concluded their three-day national Ijtema on 5th of April 2015 in the newly purchased Baitul Mahmood Mosque in Adelaide. More than 500 members from both associations participated in the annual national event.  

The event is normally held each year at Baitul Huda Mosque in Sydney, with the aim of increasing the moral standards of Ahmadi Muslim youth and promoting a spirit of peace, brotherhood and unity. But this year, for the first time in the Association’s history, it was held in South Australia where participants travelled from all across the country. Most of the members, along with their friends and families, flew from different parts of the country to Adelaide, where they were received at the domestic airport by local youth members. Groups from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne hired buses and small coaches and journeyed in small groups.

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Youth groups travelled to South Australia in chartered buses and small vans

On 3rd of April 2015 Mr Waqas Ahmad, National President of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia visited the Ijtema site to check the final preparations and gave valuable

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Mr Waqas Ahmad (National President of MKAA) visiting the Ijtema site and preparations

directives. To mark the official inauguration of the Ijtema, the flag hoisting ceremony was held at 01:00PM at Baitul Mahmood mosque. Khuddam and Atfal gathered in the main hall of the mosque for Friday prayers, which was led by Imam Inamul Haq Kauser, the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia.

In his Friday sermon, Imam Kauser emphasized the need and benefits of attending such Ijtemas. He said that the true purpose of this gathering is not only sports and competitions, but to increase the moral and ethical standards of our youth.

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He reminded members that the second Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who also founded all auxiliary structures within the community, had famously said, “Nations cannot be reformed without the reformation of the youth”. He said that Ahmadi Muslim youth should strive to be exemplary role models for their peers and should always be watchful of their conduct.

ijt3.3Muslim youth members attending the opening Friday sermon at Baitul Mahmood Mosque

The first session of the Ijtema was held immediately after the Friday prayer and was chaired by Mr Waqas Ahmed, National President of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia. In his opening address Mr Ahmed highlighted the importance of establishing the habit of five daily prayers and regularly listening to the Friday Sermons delivered by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah strengthen his hands).

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Mr Waqas Ahmed addressing the 32nd National Ijtema of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Australia

 He said that the theme of this year’s Ijtema is the life and exemplary character of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). He said that we, Ahmadi Muslim youth, must engage ourselves in defending the honor of our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace by upon him) by utilizing all peaceful means possible and by engaging in dialogue with fellow Australians and by writing articles about the life and character of this noble prophet.

After this first session, various academic and sports competitions were kicked off at different locations. Cricket and soccer matches were held outside the mosque area, on reserved grounds, whereas volleyball and various other athletic events, as well as academic events, were held inside the Baitul Mahmood Mosque.

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 Cricket final was played between Sydney and Melbourne teams which was won by Melbourne

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Soccer final was played between Adelaide and Sydney teams and was won by Adelaide 

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Volleyball final was played between Sydney and Adelaide teams which was won by Adelaide

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Random pictures of sports and academic competitions of Majlis Atfalul Ahmadiyya Australia (MAAA) held at Baitul Mahmood mosque, Adelaide

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Various religious & scholarly Q&A sessions were also held during the three-day Ijtema 

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The Ijtema also included single and double badminton matches, throwing, jumping and running sports events which attracted massive crowd

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The National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Australia (MKAA) Mr Waqas Ahmed said:

“Our three-day national youth event was a great success where more than 500 Ahmadiyya Muslim youth members competed against each other in sports and academic events. They travelled in groups from all across the country and stayed under one roof for three days and three nights. They established a special bond of friendship and brotherhood and learnt from one another in various aspects.”  

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Group Picture of members of MKA South Australia soccer team

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MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) team members with National Youth President

 

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