Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association
Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya (MKA), literally meaning ‘Association of Servants of the True Islam’ and also known as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), was founded in 1938 by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (ra) and is the youth section of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Service to Humanity
The MKA (MKA UK) takes its inspiration for its charitable initiatives from the example of the Founder of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He has been referred in the Holy Quran as ‘Mercy for all the Worlds’ and this is reflected in his teachings and practice. He was a source of peace and mercy for all and left behind teachings encouraging his followers to do the same.
He sought to protect the rights of the oppressed and subjugated, he elevated the rank of women in a society which despised them, he established the rights of animals and even trees.
Contrary to what some may believe about the founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) sought to help people regardless of their faith. He established a treaty within the city of Medina, where people of various faiths lived, and he laid the blueprint of interreligious tolerance by not differentiating between people based on their faith. His mercy extended to all and he taught kindness towards animals and said that even planting trees was a charity. Hence, Muslims find mercy was the very fabric of this holy person.
AMYA seeks to tread upon this noble path by helping those in need by actively partaking in charity challenges throughout the year. It seeks to promote integration as encouraged by the Holy Founder of Islam, who said that love for one’s country is part of faith. Each year thousands of its members, young and old alike, run, hike, cycle or walk to raise money for charities. Not only does this promote values of kindness and service to humanity amongst British Muslim youth, it serves to break barriers and brings our British society closer together at a time we seem to be moving further apart.