Kashif Virk, Missionary and Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Sweden
Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Sweden held its 39th annual ijtema on 12 and 13 August 2023. The inauguration session began with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Khuddamul Ahmadiyya pledge. This was followed by sports competitions. The evening was spent back in the Mahmood Mosque, where Maghrib and Isha prayers were offered, and dinner was served shortly after. Some academic competitions were also held.
On Sunday morning, after breakfast, further academic competitions were held.
The final session was chaired by Agha Yahya Khan Sahib, missionary-in-charge Sweden, who addressed khuddam and shed light on the importance of continuously striving to better oneself as a young Ahmadi Muslim, especially in the early years of life. This session was broadcast live on YouTube.
During the ijtema, a fundraising campaign was held by the Khidmat-e-Khalq department of Sweden for 2023, as previously done in 2022. During the previous ijtema, the department collected roughly 51,000 Swedish kronor (ca. £3,668), which was later used to build two water pumps in Guinea, Africa. The department encouraged MKA Sweden to fund this campaign yet again for the poor until the next ijtema.
This year, MKA Sweden published the Swedish translation of A Letter to a Dear One, written by Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrulla Khanra. This book was presented and distributed among the khuddam and atfal attending this ijtema.
The total attendance of the ijtema was 109 khuddam and 55 atfal.
The ijtema ended with silent prayer and lunch.