Khidmat-e-Khalq

“…. And do not forget to do good to one another.” (Chapter 2, Verse 238)

“The alms are only for the poor and the needy and for those employed in connection therewith and for those whose hearts are to be reconciled and for the freeing of slaves and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the wayfarer – an ordinance from Allah. And Allah is All-Knowing, Wise.” (Chapter 9, Verse 60)

 

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s motto of ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ reflects its pursuit for harnessing social justice for all, primarily through carrying out its humanitarian projects throughout the world. The Khidmat-e-Khalq team (the service to mankind) is an organ of the community’s youth organisation, Majlis Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya (MKA UK), which strives to carry out various national and local charitable initiatives. These initiatives are implemented in order to alleviate the plight of all afflicted sectors of society, and underprivileged communities. MKA UK’s annual flagship event, the national 10K Charity Challenge, has raised in excess of half a million pounds over the past 20 years, which underpins its commitment to raising significant charitable funds, as well as enhancing the profile of national charitable causes.

The team is responsible for the overall organisation of the Charity Run, from its preparatory logistics, to the operations on the day, including the planning of the route, to the duties and responsibilities of event volunteers.  The success of the Charity Challenge was again demonstrated this year, with over 3,000 participants and £114,000 being raised for 34 distinct national and local charities.

However far from being simply content with its own charitable endeavours, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK also works alongside and supports other charities. This has been illustrated by its direct involvement in supporting Leukemia Research with their ‘Bananaman 10k Chase’ and ‘London Bikeathon’ fundraising events. The extensiveness of the team’s work has led to its involvement in the community’s groundbreaking humanitarian ‘Water for Life’ project.  This monumental undertaking has resulted in hundreds of dams being built throughout Africa, with volunteers from the Khidmat-e-Khalq team travelling to Africa to play an active role in this project.

The Khidmat–e–Khalq team also helps to maintain a close relationship between the community’s worldwide charity, Humanity First and Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK. This year Humanity First requested Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK for a pool of skilled volunteers, to provide logistical support to the Humanity First medical teams in the event of any disasters that take place globally. Humanity First are now providing further training to this group, so as to equip them with the competences required to fly out at short notice and provide assistance in a disaster zone. The Khidmat-e-Khalq team therefore seeks not to only carry out its own charitable initiatives, but also to work alongside other charities, in order to enhance the profiles of their causes.

More locally, the Khidmat–e–Khalq team assists its local communities to encourage their Khuddam (youth members) to participate in humanitarian efforts such as blood donations, visiting homeless shelters to provide food and volunteers, and spending time at nursing homes and supporting the elderly amongst our communities. The team therefore acts by engaging with Ahmadiyya Muslim youth community members, to help them realise the value of assisting in charitable initatives, and to understand the importance of helping those from all walks of life, irrespective of colour, creed, religion or race.