The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association successfully concluded its largest Muslim youth camp known as National Ijtima. More than 3,000 people from across Canada attended the unique three-day event, which took place from August 17 to 19 on a 300-acre facility north of Toronto in Bradford, ON.
This year over two hundred Muslim youth from across Canada participated in the ‘Ride for Mental Health’ initiative at the leadership development retreat. The 30 kilometer bike ride started from the iconic Baitul Islam Mosque in the Greater Toronto Area and ended at Bradford, ON, where the cyclists were welcomed as part of a flag hoisting ceremony demonstrating representation from across Canada.
The highlight of the retreat included unique and engaging sessions on prevalent topics focused on moral and spiritual development of youth, along with tackling rise of social vices. The national retreat also organized development workshops on stress management, CPR and first aid, starting your own business, and presentations by the Canadian Armed Forces.
The retreat was also attended by the Mayor of Bradford, Rob Keffler, who addressed the audience and recognized the Muslim youth for demonstrating relentless passion for serving humanity and mankind at large.
Kashif Danish, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, thanked all the volunteers who organised the retreat and commented that “the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association will continue to uphold and maintain the Canadian values of peace, love, and harmony through conducting such gatherings that focus on making Muslim youth productive members of society”.