Any progressing nation needs to know about its past. Therefore, we are starting a series entitled ‘Pages of History’ in order to learn about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
As the national Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK Ijtema is only a few weeks away, we thought we should first take a look at the history of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK Ijtemas.
The first Ijtema was on a very small scale, and took place in 1965 when there were only a few Khuddam in the UK. However, with the migration of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) to London in April 1984 things began to change. The first European Khuddam Ijtema took place just four months after Huzoor’s arrival at Heathlands School in Hounslow from 27th to 29th July 1984.
Khalifatul Masih IV giving out prizes at Ijtema
In 1985 the Jama’at acquired Islamabad, an open air site in Tilford, which penned a new chapter within the history of MKA Ijtemas in the United Kingdom.
A barbecue prepared for Huzoor at Khuddam ijtema after his morning walk
Initially, the Atfal would have their own separate event called ‘Atfal Rally’ at the request of the first Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK. When the first ‘Atfal Rally’ was to take place, the date clashed with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih’s previously arranged family event in Devon and Cornwall. However, destiny dictated that Huzoor (rh) had to return home early, which enabled him to bless the Atfal Rally.
Now these rallies no longer take place as Majlis Atfalul Ahmadiyya UK has rapidly progressed and increased its membership. The flagship event of Atfalul Ahmadiyya’s calendar is now the national Ijtema.
This year inshallah the National Atfal Ijtema will be taking place from 21-23 September 2018.