Dec 14, 2009, 3:32 PM
The three-day conference is paramount in the youth organisation's annual activities as it gives avenues to the members to converge at one point in order to socialise and most importantly derive spiritual enlightenment from the numerous lectures delivered by various scholars.
Addressing the youth, the Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim lama'at, The Gambia, Maulana Baba F. Trawally, hailed the tremendous achievements of the youth organisation for the past 25 years. He however said that a believer should never be contented with his present condition; he should always aim to attain higher and higher than the present. He said the youth need more commitment, devotion and selfless sacrifice of their wealth, time, honour and life during this period of their history than ever before. Amir admonished the youth to faithfully serve their nation by acquiring education and working diligently, sincerely and honestly for society. In this, the youth should be shining examples in the country.
In his closing remarks the president of the youth organisation, Bro. Karamo Touray called on the youth to sacrifice in the cause of their religion, Islam. He noted that the spread of Islam in the early days was attributed to selfless sacrifices made by the noble Companions of the Prophet of Islam (saw).
Delivering a lecture on the topic, The Holy Prophet (saw) on the advent of Imam MahdtS, Usatz Musa Bah said that according to the teachings of the Holy Quran, noncompliance with his instructions amounts to disobedience to Allah Almighty. He went on to say that it is the Holy Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (saw) who prophesied the advent of the Imam Mahdi (as) in the Latter Days. The Holy Prophet (saw) has also mentioned the time of the appearance and the signs of recognising him. He said that these prophecies have been fulfilled in the person of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim lama'at, Sayyedna Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as). Therefore, as followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), we must obey his instructions and accept his Mahdi and this can only be done by investigating the claims of the claimant, not hastily rejecting them.
Speaking on Khilafat-i-Ahmadiyya In The Service Of The Holy Quran, Brother Tahir Ahmad Touray explained that the most important service that could be done to the Holy Quran is to guide people in acting on its teachings. The one hundred years of Khilafat-iAhmadiyyat has witnessed the great services the Caliphs of Ahadiyyat have rendered tothe Holy Quran. They have not only championed the translation and publication of the Holy Quran into several languages of the world, they have also guided people in following its teachings in letter and spirit. This has led to the translation of the Quran into the three major local languages of The Gambia, Mandinka, Wollof and Fula.
Ustaz Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan Shah, the Missionary In-Charge, who spoke on the subject Who is a Muslim? stated that a Muslim is the one who totally submits himself to Allah Almighty. All his desires, thoughts, actions, words and movements are in accord with the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. He does righteous work and calls people to the way of Allah. The person, therefore, becomes an example of moral and spiritual excellence. The Holy Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (saw) is therefore the foremost of all Muslims because he possessed these qualities in perfection. A person can be a true Muslim if he follows the Holy Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (saw) as the perfect exemplar. The founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim lama'at was appointed as the Imam Mahdi because of his perfect compliance with the teachings of the Holy Prophet (saw).
Among the speakers at the conference was Ustaz Issa Diouf, who spoke on the topic the Importance of Khilafat in the Contemporary Society. The youth conference attracted over 600 youth from across the country and Guinea Bissau.