The Ijtema was held on 10th March 2019 in Tahir Hall, Baitul Futuh.
Several meetings were held in preparation prior to the Ijtema, this included numerous phone calls and text messages. The theme for this year’s Ijtema was approved by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) as ‘the Existence of Allah Almighty’. Many atfal had also been preparing for the Ijtema, in terms of the academics. In addition, they had also been given guidance and training in their local weekly atfal classes.
On the day, the atfal were served breakfast in the morning and the opening session started at 10 o’clock. Mohtamim Atfal UK, Ansar Bajwa Sahib, attended the opening session and held a group discussion with the atfal. Academic competitions followed this, which included Tilawat, Nazm, Azaan, prepared speech, hifz-e Quran and hifz-e ad’iya. Zuhr prayer was offered at 1 p.m., after which lunch was served. The atfal particularly enjoyed their burger and chips as it was abundantly served. This was followed by the sports competitions, which all atfal were eager to start. This included football, 100m race, tug of war and target practice. Fruit and juice were also provided as refreshments throughout the day. Regional Qaid, Ibrahim Majoka Sahib, distributed the prizes and concluded the Ijtema with Dua.
Report by Sharjeel Ahmad, Regional Nazim Atfal