The Majlis Ansarullah Nigeria organized its 45th Annual National (Ijtema) Convention on Saturday 21 August 2021. The Convention, which used to be a three-day fiesta, was held virtually over the Zoom platform due to restrictions arising from the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic under the theme: “Building a Violence-Free Society: The Role of an Ahmadi Muslim”.
In his welcome address, the Sadr, Alhaji Engr AbdulWaheed Adeoye noted that the Ijtema could not be held in the previous year due to the COVID-19 situation, while acknowledging that a one-day event was therefore an improvement of the situation.
According to the Sadr, the theme was timely as it relates to the role Ahmadi Muslims could play in the face of rising insecurity in the world in general, and in Nigeria in particular. Alhaji Adeoye acknowledged the various efforts undertaken by different interest groups which have however not yielded the desired results. He noted that the missing component was an acknowledgment of the God-factor.
His words: “Various efforts had been made by different interest groups and from different quarters and perspectives, but all to no avail. This is a clear pointer to the fact that there cannot be a way out of the imbroglio except the people of the world return to their Lord and Creator in repentance and submission.”
The Sadr then identified the role of Ahmadi Muslims to be the trailblazers in calling people to the Way of God with wisdom and showing personal examples as a means of achieving violence-free and secure society. He noted that the crusade to be spearheaded by Ahmadi Muslims should be that of “inviting to goodness, enjoining equity, forbidding evil and leading the world back to the All-Encompassing God, Allah the Almighty.”
He noted that His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V has been at the forefront of this campaign across the world. He then appealed to all members of the Jama’at to commit their lives to accomplish these tasks. He then prayed for Allah’s Guidance and Mercies on all members.
Lectures delivered at the Ijtema included:
Blessings of the Jamaat’s Discipline and our Obligation; by Alhaji Abbas Olawale Iromini, General Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria.
Building a Violence-Free Society: The Role of An Ahmadi Muslim; by Maulvi Abdul Azeem Ahmad, Principal of Jamiatul Mubashireen, Ilaro;
Freedom of Expression and its Limits according to Islam; by; Missionary (Barr.) Rabiu Uthman Sahib, Badagry Circuit Missionary.
Ageing and Dementia: Causes, Challenges, Management and Prevention, delivered by Dr. Abdul Ganiy Ahmad of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Federal Medical Centre, Owo.
One thousand three and seventy-eight (1378) members participated in the Ijtema across the country.