Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya is the youth branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It is for male members of the community from the age of 15 until age of 40.
Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya was founded in 1938 by Khalifat-ul Masih II, Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, the second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. According to the auxiliary's founder, the name Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya literally means that its members are Servants of Ahmadiyya.
During a Friday Sermon on April 1st, 1938, delivered from Masjid Al-Aqsa in Qadian, India, Khalifatul Masih II (ra) said:
"I have repeatedly drawn the attention of the community towards the point that the reformation of any nation cannot be accomplished without reforming their youth. Our organization cannot progress in the real sense until the new generations have upheld those principles of Islam that the Messengers of Allah had established in the world. Khuddamul Ahmadiyya means the servants of Ahmadiyyat. This name will always keep them reminded that they are servants, and not to be served. You must exhibit your own conduct in the best of manners. If you become a role model for the youth it would be impossible for them to resist joining your organization."
“A Nation cannot be reformed without the reformation of its youth.” - Khalifatul Masih II, The Founder of Ahmadiyya Youth Association
Members of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya swear an oath of allegiance to their faith, country and nation particularly in gatherings. Initially Durood is recited out aloud together three times followed by its translation and then the rest of the pledge
I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is One and has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. (translation of Durood) I solemnly pledge that I shall always be ready to sacrifice my life, wealth, time and honour for the sake of my faith, country and nation. Likewise I shall be ready to offer any sacrifice for guarding the institution of Khilafat-e- Ahmadiyya. Moreover I shall deem it essential to abide by any "Maroof" decision made by Khalifatul Masih. Insha'Allah [God willing].
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