It was celebration all the way at the Jamia Tul Mubashreen Ahmadiyya Nigeria, Ilaro, Ogun State as a total of nineteen (19) students bagged degree in Missionary Training and Islamic Theology.
The students from three African countries namely eleven from Nigeria, seven from Republic of Benin, and one from Cameroon.
The students are Aminu Bara; Ijaz Ahmad; Houmenou Fatih; Ibrahim Sossougadjou; Sonou Muhammad; Tossou Zikrullah; Adetona Abd Wadud; Jibril Muzotter; Tasleem Sulayman; Abd Roheem Abd Malik.
Others are Munirudeen Raji; Abd Malik Sanusi; Abdul Jeleel Abd Aziz; Issa Nutinme; Thalith Muhammed Thalith; Abd Lateef Yusuf; Abd Basit Olayiwola; Tonou Hajiz Daud; Farumi Idrees.
The Principal, Jamiatul Mubashireen , Ahmadiyya Missionary Training College, Ilaro, Maulvi Abdul Azeem Ahmad, congratulated the graduating students for their outstanding performances. He also highlighted some of the achievements of the institution in the past one year.
Maulvi Azeem was emotional and nostalgic.
“Today I don’t know how my heart is beating. It’s singing songs of praise of Almighty Allah because I see you completing your education in Jamia and simultaneously it is sad that you are leaving me today. I will miss you, my staff, fellow students will miss you, the hostel, classrooms, library, the playing ground will all miss you, in short all the four corners of Jamia will miss you.
Ahmad explained that there are lots of Competitions that the institution use to test the intellectual activities of the students such as: Qur’an competition, there are Hufaz and non Hufaz categories. The Hufaz category partake in the five parts of the Holy Quran followed by the Qaseedah, Quiz, Azan competitions, English and Arabic, English impromptu speeches and jokes competition.
In his goodwill message, Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, congratulated the students and enjoined them to be good ambassadors of the Nigeria Jamia.
In his words: “As Missionaries, you are the representatives of Khalifatul Masih and so it is your duty to convey the voice of the Khalifa to all parts of the world. The only way you can successfully relay his message is if you yourself listen attentively to what he says and implement his guidance in your own lives. Only then will you be ready to act as true ambassadors of Khilafat.
In his closing remark, Amir Sahib (National President) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Dr. Masshu’ud Aderenle Fashola, advised the students to remember what they had enrolled for, “Allah appoint his Prophets and Messengers but Allah did not appoint you, but you have offered yourselves as Missionaries, you want to preach the words of God to all corners of the world, Fashola stated.
He told the students to offer themselves for self reformation of Mankind.
The Missionary-in-Charge, Maulvi Afzal Rauf Sahib, in his words of advice said its important for the students to know the important of what they had learned in the institution.
A representative of the graduants, Tasleem Sulayman, said a journey of a thousands miles begins with a single step and for every beginning there is surely an ending, “Our journey of four years has ended today by grace of God. When we entered, we were 27 students but today only 19 of us are graduating, this is not by our power or strength, but by the grace of Allah.” Sulaiman noted.
He therefore thanks management and staff of the institution, “we are grateful to those who have in one way or the other contributed to this success. First and foremost, our beloved Huzoor who follow us in our pains, prayed for us and solved many of our problems through prayers.
Dignitaries at the event include Olu of Ilaro, HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; Sadr Majlis Ansarullah Nigeria (Elders Group), Engr. Abdul Waheed Adeoye; representative of Ilaro Divisional Police Officer, SP Ooni Abdul-Waheed; Ogun State House of Assembly member-elect, Mrs Lateefat Bolanle Ajayi.