The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat on Friday held its annual national ijtema (youth conference) at Nasir Ahmaddiyya Senior Secondary School in Basse, Upper River Region (URR). The conference, which started on Friday, was held with the motto; "a nation cannot be reformed without reforming its youth".
Speaking at the conference, Alhaji Omar Khan, the governor of URR, stated that youth are the future leaders of tomorrow. He stressed that to become a good leader one should have discipline because one cannot be educated without discipline and without education one cannot excel.
He also spoke at length about going to Europe using the back way. According to him, parents are the one giving money to the youth going to Europe through the back way. Governor Khan therefore appealed to parents to educate their children to ensure rapid development. He also thanked the Ahmadiyyan Jamaat for contributing in the development of the country, by building schools and hospitals across The Gambia.
For his part, the deputy governor of the Central River Region (CRR) praised the Ahmadiyya Jamaat for its immense contributions in the development of Islam in The Gambia. He disclosed that the young people of the country are blessed since they have their elders who guide and teach them the moral of Islam.
Speaking earlier, Hon. Muhammed Magassy, the National Assembly member for Basse, welcomed the delegates, adding that this is the first time the Ahmadiyya is hosting its annual national conference in Nasir, Senior Secondary School. He prayed for the success of the conference and urged participants to love each other and prevail the peace of the country.
In his closing address, Amir Baba F. Trawally of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat-The Gambia, disclosed that "man has been created for a very high and noble objective, Allah the Almighty has said in the Holy Quran that he has created man for worship, that is his recognition and realisation and it is immersion one self in total obedience and submission to him, man cannot do this without knowing Allah the Almighty. Allah the Almighty therefore created Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa (SAW) through whose light man recognises him and show him complete obedience and submission without the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW) man would have remained in absolute darkness".
He said the prophet Muhammad (SAW) is the most grateful servant of Allah the Almighty and for his sake he has sacrificed everything. "Every moment of his life was spent in the cause of Allah the almighty that is why Allah instructs him to announce mankind that his worship, sacrifices, life and death were all for Allah Almighty alone, his morals are beyond reproach. Allah told him that he is the possessor of all excellent morals," he stated.
Amir Trawally urged the conference to always remember his holiness, Khalifatul Masih Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, supreme and spiritual head of the worldwide Amhadiyya Muslim Jamaat in their prayers and pray for brothers and sisters in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia for their faith. He further prayed for Allah to enable them all to defend the honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW).
Other speakers at the conference included; Tahir Ahmad Touray, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Kemo and Mamadi Ceesay, the principal of Nasir Senior Secondary School.