|Of all auxiliary bodies within Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Majlis Khuddam started first and dominated the scene for a considerable length of time before others started to emerge. This is probably due to the fact that most of the early members were energetic youths.
Historically, this organization was founded in Qadian, India, by Khalifatul Masih II – Hazrat Mirza Bashirud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (r.a) in 1938. That time coincided with the period when the Nigeria branch of the Jama’at was passing through a great crisis due to secessionist movement. This was a period between the first and second world wars which witnessed a period of increasing education and urbanization, both of which encouraged the growth of nationalism led by the Youth. It was in fact established on the eve of the Second World War, 1939-1945. This was the time late Alhaji F. R. Hakeem made his second visit to Nigeria.
According to Brother A.W.A. Aina, a former Qaid of the Majlis (1974-1978), the Majlis was popularly reffered to as “Soldiers of Ahmadiyya” in the late thirties. Inspired by late Alhaji F. R. Hakeem a few young men in the Jama’at volunteered themselves as “Khuddam” and took up the challenges attending to the responsibilities expected of them. Among these pioneers were late Imam Olokodana, Alhaji H. O. Sanyaolu, Mr. M. O. Anibaba, Alfa Thompson, Mr. A.R.A. Otule, Alhaji B. B. Balogun, Alhaji H. A. Ibrahim and Alhaji A. B. I. Kukoyi.
The Khuddam first gathered together in 1947 under the protem leadership of late Alfa Muhammad B. A. Ameen. But the formal organization of the body actually took place in 1950, when late Alhaji Abdul Waheed Folawiyo was chosen as its first Qaid. From that time on, the operation of Majlis Khuddam was an off-an-on affair, with different people being elected as its Qaid for various period of time. Among the Qaideen of the Majlis in its formative years were: late Alhaji M. M. Habeebu, late Mr. Yisa Adeleke Safi and Alhaji Zafrullah Oladipo Elias.
However, in 1972, when Maulana Muhammad Ajmal Shahid arrived in Nigeria as the Amir and Missionary in-Charge, he took much interest in the activities of the Khuddam. So, he re-organised them. It was he (Maulana M. A. Shahid) who, at that time, introduced the Nigerian Khuddam to fall in line with what obtains in the International headquarters in Rabwah. All along, the activities of the Khuddam had been concentrated mainly in Lagos and, perhaps, a few other places around them. But with the involvement of the then Amir in the activities of the Khuddam, he gave the Majlis a National outlook, thereby making Alfa Abdul Waheed Aina, the then Qaid, the first National-cum-Lagos Qaid of the Majlis Khuddaml Ahmadiyya in Nigeria.
From then on, the Khuddam’s activities became prominent both within the Jama’at and in the society at large that it became a duly registered and well-recognised voluntary (uniformed) Youth Organisation at various governmental levels.
Apart from religious activities within the Ahmadiyya Jama’at, Khuddam also engaged in various humanitarian and social services including public works, to mention just a few. There was a time, when members of the Majlis Khuddam went about the streets of Lagos, selling the Jama’ats weekly Newspaper – “The Truth”.
To further publicise the activities of the Khuddam, Annual Ijtema was held on rotational basis, where various types of programmes were executed. The first of such annual conference was held in Ibadan on October 1st and 2 nd, 1972. (See appendix).
Since the affairs of the Khuddam became National, the leadership position had been held by Pa Abdul Waheed Aina, Alhaji Taofiq Hamzat Okunnu, Bro. H. A. Oyetunji , Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola, Alhaji A.O Abdul Salam, Brother Matepo, Brother Abass Iromini, Alhaji Dr Sa’eed Timehin and Brother Tajudeen Oladoja.
At first, the practice was that the Lagos Qaid would automatically be the National Qaid, but a turning point was reached in 1986 when it was approved that Lagos State Majlis could have its separate Qaid apart from that of the National. Thus Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola was elected and approved in 1986. He became the first full fleged National Qaid, later renamed Sadar Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya.
The Majlis had three magazines to its credit, namely: HAQUL-MAQNOON, AL-BAYAN and Al Irfan.
Majlis Khuddam is noted for its welfare and community services all over the country. During the National Sanitation exercises, the Majlis Khuddam is seen at the forefront among Youth Organisations. In many Local Government areas where Ahmadiyya have Missions, whenever a call was made by the Local King (‘Emir’, ‘Oba’, ‘Obi’) for community projects requiring manual labour, the Majlis Khuddam was almost always at the forefront. That was the case with the late Oba of Afon and Oba of Ilaro who were highly impressed by the unparalleled dedication of Majlis Khuddam to voluntary manual labour in their community projects.
The Majlis had also been highly commended by paramount visitors of the Jama’at from abroad, for their arrangement of guard of honour, security cover, orderliness and smooth traffic control. For example, the Fourth Khalifa (ra) during his visit in February, 1988 was greatly impressed by the Khuddam outfit and highly commended the Majlis’ full mobilization and gave them special present. Similarly the Amir of Ghana, Maulana Abdul-Wahaab Adam was overwhelmed by the honour, security cover and orderliness arranged by the Majlis who showed military discipline in their uniform. Even the Nigerian Police force at Federal and State levels cooperate with and very much appreciate the efforts and discipline of the Khuddam.
During the many annual rallies held nationally and at state levels, Ahmadiyya Youths demonstrated such extra-ordinary disciple that was uncommon with their contemporaries. Venues used by them for their Ijtemas (rallies) and vacation courses were always so well kept that the authorities were only too pleased to allow them the continual use of such venues. Indeed, they are renowned all over for discipline and hardwork.
THE PIONEER EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF MAJLIS KHUDDAM-UL AHMADIYYA NIGERIA:
This piece is taken from the website of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.
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