Africa Jalsa Salana/Annual Conventions

Small Helpers, Big Service

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ghana, from 22nd to 24th February, 2024 held its 91st Annual Conference at Baghe-Ahmad (Garden of Ahmad) in Winneba, Ghana. 

As attendees settled in to listen to faith-inspiring speeches, a heart-warming display of sacrifice unfolded — courtesy Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya (the youth auxiliary organization within the Ahmadiyya Muslim community for Ahmadi boys between the ages of 7 and 15).

Despite the sweltering heat, these young boys served in various capacities to ensure the success of the entire conference. As thirst began to parch the proceedings, a section of Atfal members, armed with bottles and sachets of water, traversed the grounds in search of people to hydrate. With smiles all over their faces and determination in their hearts, another group of Atfal members took upon them the responsibility of ensuring safety and security of the gathering with unwavering dedication.

The Review of Religions (ROR) team interviewed Ihsan, a 10-year-old Atfal member who was on water duty. The motivation for his dedicated service became evident when he said:

“I know how feeling thirsty is like, so I feel very happy to help all those who need water’’. 

Issaka Ansah, a 9-year-old Atfal member, who ardently expressed his motivation for volunteering at the security checkpoint. He stated,

“I am here to help the security people because I want to get a lot of blessings from Allah. My parents have always told me that the more you do Allah’s work, the more He will bless you.”

These little soldiers’ role may seem small in the grand scheme of things, but their contributions speak volumes. Their spirited contribution goes beyond quenching thirst and protecting visitors; it is a testament to the values of sacrifice and service.

Through their actions, they exemplify the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa), who emphasized the importance of responsibility towards others.

As the congregants reflect on the centenary conference, the key role played by Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya inspires acts of sacrifice, kindness and generosity. In the end, it is the collective efforts of individuals — big and small, that have the power to cause positive transformation in all spheres of life. 

About the author: Jamal Sononam Lambon Jnr holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Administration – Accounting. He is a student at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) studying to become a Certified Chartered Accountant.