AHMADIYYA MUSLIM WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association (AMWA) Bradford West chapter were able to celebrate their 100th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 15 with enthusiasm.
Ahmadi women celebrated this event with the members of association and nine guests, including Coun. Cheraldean Duhaney from Ward 1, Bradford, and previous councillor Donna Jebb from New Tecumseth.
Preparations for this event had begun days and weeks in advance. Gift bags were specially prepared for the attendees and different exhibition tables were set up. Stalls were set up by women and children displaying artwork, religious literature, and fun facts about Ahmadiyyat. These stalls showcased the creativity of the Ahmadi members while also giving beautiful and informative visuals for all to appreciate.
There was a book stall, which exhibited various religious literature outlining the peaceful message of Islam. The motto of the Ahmadi Muslim community, “Love for all, hatred for none,” was also displayed, letting everyone know Ahmadi Muslims’ message of love and peace. Another stall regarding health and sports discussed dental care and how to keep your gums and teeth healthy. They also had free giveaways like toothbrushes, etc.
The centenary celebration started with the recitation of Holy Quran followed by a speech about the Ahmadi Muslim Women’s Association, the purpose of its foundation, the initial 14 founding members of this association and achievements and services of Ahmadi women worldwide.
There was a small skit prepared by the children showing the flag of AMWA and explaining what each symbol in the flag represents. Members came up individually and each spoke of their personal experiences and how being a part of this organization positively influenced their lives.
The guest councillor, Cheraldean Duhaney, was given the opportunity to say a few words about the event and she expressed her delight at the arrangement of the event and remarked how wonderful it was to see so many children and how happy they all were to be there.
There was also a cake-cutting ceremony, which allowed everyone to indulge their sweet tooth.
The program concluded with silent prayer and was followed by dinner and distribution of gifts to guests.
This event was the perfect opportunity for Ahmadi Muslim women to show the status and empowerment that Islam gives to women. The guests found the event very informative and appreciated all the arrangements done by the AMWA. All in all, it was a very successful and well-arranged event, enjoyed immensely by everyone.