Dear Khuddam, السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته Today is MLK Day, and I wished to say a few words. The themes of civil rights activism and racial equality are being remembered. The ancestors of our African Americans faced unimaginable cruelty for centuries. Many horrifying details of those stories remain untold. We don't celebrate people so much as we celebrate and honor the legacies which people commonly associate with them.  As such, MKA USA joins the rest of America today in honoring racial equality. Anyone who thinks they can honor racial integration by remembering it on one day of the year has missed the point. Our Holy Prophet (sa) taught us a message for all times.  In his final sermon he said: A white is no greater than a black, and an Arab is no greater than a non-Arab. It is a point of reflection for us all, especially for the "white" and the "Arab" of today's Jamaat. The Prophet (sa) continued by saying: The only...

  Ijtema Report for Republic of Marshall Islands December 11 – 12, 2015 Report prepared by Imam Feroz Ahmad Hundal   Alhamdolillah, with the grace of Allah the Almighty, Jama’at Ahmadiyya Marshall Islands was able to hold its 2nd Annual Local Ijtema from December 11 – 12, 2015! The Ijtema began with the Maghrib and Isha prayers at Baet-ul-Ahad Mosque. After the prayers, opening session was presided by Imam Matiullah Joyia. He was joined at the head table with Qaid Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Joland Kaios, Sadr Sahib Marshall Islands, Sam Nena, and Imam Feroz Ahmad Hundal! The opening session began around 7:30PM with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Joland Kaios. Followed by the Pledge of Khuddam by Imam Feroz Ahmad Hundal. After which Imam Matiullah Joyia made an opening speech in regards to the expectations we have for the ijtema. The opening session was concluded with silent prayers by Sam Nena. Attendance for the opening session was 30 Atfal & 15 Khuddam!   After the conclusion of the opening session, the educational competitions began for both the Khuddam and...

Pitch It: Business Plan Competition   Medical Billing Services is the winner of our Pitch It Business Plan Competition. Based in Chicago, the company currently provides billing services to physician practices in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions. Medical Billing Services is lead by Annas Ahmed and he was assisted by Kamran Khan in this competition. Kamran Khan is also serving as the Qaid Chicago Southwest. It was a challenging decision for the interviewing committee to select a winner after multiple rounds of interviews. This was due to some very good submissions from a wide variety of companies from sectors including social media, healthcare and fitness, 3D printing, telecommunications infrastructure, restaurants, and services industry. The competition was held to encourage entrepreneurship and invest our Khuddam owned businesses. It was launched in light of instructions of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah strengthen his hand). The specifics of the investment from Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya are being worked on. If you are a physician...

My dear Ahmadi youth, We are outraged by the violence we see around the world being done in the name of Islam. The future it seems is becoming increasingly insecure and uncertain. But rather than be afraid or uneasy, recognize this is a timely opportunity given to you by Allah to tell others what true Islam is. No community has the guidance or credentials to speak about it like ours does. If you’ve never done tabligh in your life, this is the time to start. Trust me when I say it doesn't take much and it's easier than you think. Meanwhile, if at any time you are treated unfairly for reasons related to your faith, it is absolutely paramount that your conduct remain patient, honorable and dignified. The Holy Qur’an reminds us that when the ignorant address you, remain graceful and offer them a word of ‘peace’ (Holy Qur’an 25:64). So in such a situation, be the better Muslim and be the...

Alhamdulillah the Khuddam year is coming to an end. We all have been a part of some amazing events and experiences this year that enhanced our faith and strengthened our brotherhood. But we have to remember, none of this is possible without prayers and sacrifice. In our MKA pledge, we vow sacrifice our life, time and honor to serve the Jamaat and our Majalis. But we want to bring everyone's attention to the sacrifice of WEALTH. I want to draw your attention to this story of sacrifice made by a companion of the Promised Messiah (as) as told by Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra): "Just a few months after the demise of the Promised Messiah (as), Hazrat Munshi Arora sb (ra) came to my house. When I went outside I saw that Munshi Sahib was waiting for me. After a very warm handshake and greeting he took out a few pound sterling from his pocket and asked me to hand over those...

16 Graduates receive their Shahid Degrees from Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community  The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that the first Convocation Ceremony of Jamia Ahmadiyya Germany took place at the Jamia Ahmadiyya Germany premises in Riedstadt on 17 October 2015. The ceremony was presided by the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. During the ceremony, 16 graduates were presented with their ‘Shahid Degree’ certificates by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad and were thus enrolled as official Missionaries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Following the presentation, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered a faith-inspiring address, in which he reminded the graduates of their vast responsibilities and the importance of the covenant they had made with God Almighty. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “The pledge you have made of devoting your entire lives to the spread of the true and peaceful teachings of Islam is not an insignificant matter. Having studied the Holy Quran...

  Abdul Hai Thomas - Jacksonville, Florida   In July 1991 and November 1992 I begged my mother to take me to see ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Malcolm X’. Although hesitant to let a 9-10 year old watch violent movies, she agreed to take me as long she “covered [my] eyes during the bad parts”. However, I wasn’t interested in the violence or the bad parts, I was intrigued by the cultural and societal implications of the stories. After watching those two movies, four scenes left indelible impressions on me: 1) Furious Styles taking Tre and Ricky to Compton and telling them about gentrification 2) Ricky being killed by gang violence 3) Malcolm X struggling to fall to his knees in submission 4) Malcolm X’s pilgrimage to Mecca In connecting these scenes, even as a young child, I knew that Islam was the remedy. In that theater in Dayton, Ohio, November 1992, Allah Almighty chose me. I turned to my mother and told her I was going...

    Every year at Jalsa the best majalis are recognized for the work they have done based on the criteria set forth by the Alme Inaami committee. The Majalis are divided into groups based on their size and this year's winners included the following Large Majalis        Medium Majalis           Small Majalis 1) Dallas                    1) Austin                                  1) Oshkosh 2) Detroit                  2) Fort Worth                       2) Syracuse 3) Philadelphia       3) Chicago Southwest     3) Lehigh Valley Regional Qaid Sahib Virginia, Ahmed Bajwa, was awarded as the Best Region award. We sat down with Qaid Dallas and asked him a few questions about winning the Alme Inaami and about his Majlis. 1. Would you please tell us a little about yourself?  My name...

  Dallas - BarakAllah'hulakum Alme Inami is an award that is given to the most excellent Majlis in Majlis Khuddamal Ahmadiyya, as decided by the Alme Inaami committee. After looking at the progress reports of the Majalis throughout the year, the committee awarded Dallas Majlis the Alme Inami for the year 2013-2014. Dallas will be presented with the Alme Inaami by Ameer Sahib during the Sunday session, August 16th at the Jalsa Salana. The award was started on November 14, 1939, on the occasion of Khilafat Jubilee (the 25th year of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya). Hadhrat Musleh Maud himself decided to give Alme-Inaami to the best Majlis. The first Alme Inaami was awarded on December 28th, 1939 to Araysa Jamaat, on that occasion Huzoorra remarked “I advise this Jama'at to fulfill the responsibilities of this flag”. Some facts about Dallas Majlis: Dallas Jama'at was officially established in 1989 under the Sadarat of Syed Rafique Ahmad Sahib First Qaid Majlis was Zaheer Bajwa sahib who is now serving as National General Secretary for USA Jama'at. Dallas was home of our current Sadr Majlis Dr. Bilal Rana Sahib from 2002 to...

by: Madeel Abdullah Mohtamim Khidmat-e-Khalq بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ   By the Grace of Allah, 8 months into the year, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) USA has been able to feed 86,410 people on our way to reaching 100,000 people by the end of the year, Insha’Allah.  This comes with 92% of chapters across the country participating in this noble cause. During the Holy month of Ramadhan, our food drives actually increased.  Food drives from New York to Los Angeles and from Chicago to Houston were held during this period.  Food was prepared at homeless shelters, canned goods were collected at the Mosques and community centers, and thousands of meals were packaged.  Our youth fed the nation’s hungry as they themselves fasted from any food or water. Why feed the hungry? Simply, it is for the sake of God as Allah says in the Quran: “And they are those who give food – in spite of their own need, to the needy, and the orphan,  and...