Join us this year in commemorating 75 years of service and brotherhood since the establishment of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya. Established in 1938, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya was founded by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II ra based on his special concern for the youth of the community and revelations he received regarding their training and role in society. He defined the aim of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya as follows:
"My idea of establishing this body is that the knowledge which has been acquired by us and safely locked in our hearts must continue to be passed onto the next generation, and thereafter it must become a continuous cycle so that the world at large may benefit."
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II ra established the tenets of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya to rest on the principles of service and sacrifice, and to inculcate commitment to one’s faith, one’s country, and to the world around them, tenets that resonate through its international membership to this very day. The importance of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya was so great that in 1940 membership was made compulsory for every young man between the ages of 15 and 40, and as a result, branches of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya were established in all parts of the world.
Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya became the first Muslim Youth organization, and is the oldest running Muslim Youth organization in America. The establishment of MKA USA was made possible through the blessings of Khilafat, and the sacrifices of its early members who worked tirelessly over several decades to establish the organization in America. In 1969, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA saw the appointment of its first National Qaid, and assembly of the first National Khuddam Amila, as well as the commencement of the first National Ijtema, starting a tradition that continues to this very day. Today MKA USA is one of the largest Muslim youth organizations in America, with 70 chapters nationally and memberships in the thousands.
This year, the largest gathering of Khuddam and Atfal in America will take place at the 35th National MKA Ijtema in Edison, New Jersey, in which Khuddam and Atfal will come together to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, and to improve and reform themselves as a "means of serving our nation and the society in which we live." They will reaffirm their pledge to "always be ready to sacrifice their life, wealth, time, and honor for the sake of their faith, country and nation", upholding the pledge that was originally established by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II ra.