Constitutionally, this body of the younger generation (Male children of 7 – 15 years) is expected to function not independently but under the supervision of other auxiliary body of grown-ups. Atfal is under the Majlis Khuddam that co-ordinates the activities of ths body; organizing lectures, picnics, meetings, rallies and so on, for them. In fact, in addition to other various training programmes for these children, an annual Ta’aleemul Islam Class, popularly known as Islamic Vacation course is also organized for them. This is because the programme, which runs for a two-week duration, is always hold during the long vacation of schools. At the initial stage, the programme was being organized on national basis by Majlis Khuddam. But it was later decentralized in 1981 so that every state started holding its own independently, at its convenience.
Atfal were always involved in the Khuddam Ijtema and other programmes. The body always have one or two officers from their elder body (Majlis Khuddam) who takes care of their training and guidance. Alfa Taoheed Ola Shoboyede and bro. Saheed Timehin were for a long time Incharge of the body (Atfal).
Like every other auxiliary body of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Majlis Atfal have their own account in the Jama’at financial set-up. This became necessary so that they also could be trained and encouraged to cultivate the habit of paying Chanda-Aam (monthly contributions) from their tender ages. By the grace of Allah, they are responding positively and progressively to this as well as other training. In order to also train them in the art of leadership, officers are also being appointed among them and they are always encouraged to hold their separate meetings, but under the direction and supervision of elders. This organization had launched their branches and are well organized in many states of Nigeria.
This piece is taken from the website of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.
See on-line at: http://www.ahmadiyyang.org/auxi-atfal.php