Talha Ali, NAtional President AMA Inc. Philippines

22-27, December 2019

BY the grace of Allah, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Philippines held their 3rd Annual National Ijtema and 2nd Annual National Tarbiyyat Class in December 2019. The 5-day Annual Tarbiyyat Class was held from December 22-27, 2019. A total of 44 Khuddam and 19 Atfal from 7 different Majalis attended the Annual Tarbiyyat Class.

A rigorous, organized schedule was prepared for the participants to facilitate the learning process. This year, the organizing committee prepared a small booklet which included the course material for various lectures as well as complete Salat with translation in Tausug language. Various missionaries serving in the Philippines were invited by Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya to give lectures and teach classes in the Tarbiyyat Camp. The Tarbiyyat Camp started with the elections of Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and Tn. Abdul Halim Suhurun was elected and later approved by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) as the Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Philippines (until October 31, 2021).

The Tarbiyyat camp was followed immediately with the 3rd National Ijtema of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Philippines on 28-29 December, 2019. The Khuddam and Atfal participated in various educational competitions such as the recitation of the Holy Quran, memorization of the Holy Quran, Adhan, prepared speech, impromptu speech, Nazm, and Tarassul (Spoken Word/Poetry in traditional style in local languages). A professional covered sports arena was rented for the sports competition which included basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, tug of war, and some individual sports such as sack race, etc. One of the highlights of the Ijtema was a Jeopardy-style trivia competition between different branches which included questions from the Tarbiyyat Camp as well as general knowledge question. The participants suggested that next year participants will prepare well in advance for the trivia competition.

During the Tarbiyyat camp, the day started with offering the Fajar prayer. After the prayers, all the participants were expected to clean their sleeping areas as well as common areas. A total of 5 lectures were given daily from 8 AM – 4 PM with a two-hour Salat, lunch and rest break in between. The first class of the day was the memorization for Salat with translation. The participants were divided into two groups – those who know the Arabic Salat and those who don’t. By the grace of Allah, all the participants who knew the Arabic Salat were able to memorize the translation during the 5 day camp. Most of the student who didn’t know Arabic Salat were able to memorize all or a large portion of Salat. Other lectures included topics such as memorization of prayers, claims of the Promised Messiah (as), death of Jesus (as), the true concept of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat, truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as), history of Islam and Ahmadiyyat, a brief introduction of Bible, what happened at the cross according to the Bible, etiquettes of Mosque and Jama’at programs, importance of speaking the truth, importance of keeping the company of the righteous etc. Other than these topics, open forums were help on contemporary issues such as dating, explicit material on the internet, responsible use of social media, peer-pressure and bullying, school dances and Christmas parties and the harmful impact of substance abuse.