Ahmadiyya youths to host centenary sports

By Qasim Akinreti, Lagos

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Nigeria is set to host Muslim youths across Africa and the world in its centenary project tagged Ahmadi Youths All African Games-AYAAG 2016.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Nigeria also known as Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Nigeria-MKAN, is the male youth wing of the association.

The 10 day youth sports fiesta holds at Dipo Dina International Stadium, in Ijebu Ode, in Ogun state from March 19 to 29.

The President of Ahmadiyya Youth, Abdul-Qadir Abdul-Rafi said, “as part of contributions towards supporting the needy, enhance quality of lives, stem the menace of crimes, achieving peaceful coexistence among inter-faith bodies and showcasing the talents among the African Youths.”

Table of occasion
The event will feature seven games like; football, athletics, volleyball, taekwando, table tennis and scrabble with participants drawn from 20 African countries and beyond.

During the period, peace trek, excursions, visitations to the paramount ruler of Ijebu land, governor of Ogun State and other prominent religious leaders.

Also capacity development programmes and award nights have been put together to make the event most memorable for the 100 years celebration of AHMADIYYA muslim peaceful propagation of Islam in Nigeria since 1916 to 2016.

To accentuate the realization of the success of the sports festival, the Amir- Head Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria Dr Mashuud Fashola led his Aamila (executives) to inspect the Dipo Dina International stadium, Ijebu Ode last weekend for the readiness of the games village.

As a centenary project, all supports have been given to the 10 day sporting activities which includes;
• A media tour was embarked upon to Murhi International Television management, the host broadcast of the games, to reeve the enlightenment campaigns.
• Jingles and documentary on the events have been produced for broadcast.
• The proceedings of the games will also be broadcasted on the Muslim Television ahmadiyya, MTA International satellite channel and streamed live on www.mta.tv. Both local and international journalists will cover the events.

Other centenary programmes
While unveiling the various projects of MKAN, Mr. Abdul-Rafi stated that, “We have quite a number of projects earmarked for the centenary celebration of our parent body. These projects include: tree planting at over 2000 locations across the country; free medical check-up and surgical operations; blood donations; launching of a documentary on “Stop The Crime” campaign; organisation of first African Conference of Majlis Sultanul Qalam and Inter-Religous Peace Conference among other side events.”

Track records
Recently, MKAN organised a well befitting Inter-Religious Peace Conference in Port Harcourt city, Rivers State and also launched “Stop The Crime” campaign.

The two events were well attended by the leaders and youths of different religious bodies and secondary school students.

Likewise, the organisation has also flagged off its national Tree Planting Campaign project and the step down of the project are already on going in most of the states across the country.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community exists in over 180 countries around the world.

In its 100 years of existence, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Nigeria has earned numerous reputations as the first Muslim organization in Nigeria to establish primary schools, secondary schools, hospitals, Newspaper, missionary training school, annual national conferences, among others.

Canada Visual Exhibitions
Local chapters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at across Canada, including the Baitur Rahman Mosque River Rd. in Delta, will be hosting events and visual exhibitions for religious groups in Canada.

This exhibition is coming against the backdrop of misconceptions about Islam and it is meant for Canadians to visit the Ahmadiyya mosque to experience the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.

The Canadian national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Lal Khan Malik said, “this campaign provides an excellent opportunity for Canadians to meet their Muslim neighbours, friends and fellow citizens, and learn how Muslims truly live and practice their religion.”