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UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim youths enjoy a weekend at Kingsley


The sight of the large tented village being erected on the site had prompted concerns from some local people about traffic problems before the event began, but none had been reported as The Messenger went to press last week.

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Source/Credit: Alton Post Gazette 
By Alton Post Gazette | October 5, 2016

Young men and boys from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK spent a busy weekend in Kingsley recently at the largest youth convention ever held in the UK.

The youngsters came from across the country to the site, on land behind Country Market, for a weekend of study, discussion, sport and friendship.

Farooq Aftab, general secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK, said the object of the event was to support and encourage young men from across the country in their faith and its aims of spreading peace and friendship around the world.

The event saw around 5,000 men and boys travelling from as far afield as Scotland and the Midlands, to enjoy three days of work and sport.

The youngsters started the weekend by listening to a sermon by Caliph Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, broadcast live from the association’s mosque in Morden. The evening continued with prayer, workshops and sport. On the Saturday the visitors enjoyed more workshops, plus an open-air feast. The attendees also pledged allegiance to the UK at a special flag-raising ceremony. As well as the sporting competitions and study time, the youngsters visited an exhibition tent which provided a showcase for the group’s outreach work around the world; particularly its work to improve the living conditions of both Christian and Muslim communities in parts of Africa.

The sight of the large tented village being erected on the site had prompted concerns from some local people about traffic problems before the event began, but none had been reported as The Messenger went to press last week.

Mr Aftab said the group was keen to work with local people, and support local businesses.

A spokesman for East Hampshire District Council said the group had informed the authority of its plans but EHDC didn’t need to be involved with any licensing issues as no licenses had been required, given the nature of the event.

Last weekend was the turn of the ladies and elders of the group, who met for three days of study and friendship.


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