“Prayer is better than sleep.” At 4:30 a.m., these words echoed through a hall packed with 1,240 Muslim youth during the call to prayer. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization, known as Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya(MKA), brought together Muslim youth across the United States for its annual conference. With activities from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the annual MKA national conference provided proper guidance to Muslim youth, fostered brotherhood, and reminded Muslims of their duty to serve mankind.
The conference began with these young Muslim Americans standing shoulder to shoulder, uniformly reaffirming their pledge to “always be ready to sacrifice their life, wealth, time, and honor for the sake of their faith, country, and nation.”
This proclamation isn’t a modern invention. Rather, these words are in alignment with the Qur’an’s emphasis of serving humanity and safeguarding the sanctity of life. Muslims are benefactors for mankind. God tells Muslims, “We have raised you for the good of mankind” ( 3:111). It is then imperative for Muslims to serve their fellow man. If Muslims have been raised for the good of mankind, then Muslims must be willing to sacrifice their own time for the sake of helping others.
This service for others is ingrained in Islamic injunctions. For example, Muslims are required …continue reading at independent.com