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Updated on 12 March 2018
As we arrived at the Al-Mahdi Centre in Wessex at 10:30pm on Friday 21 June, the complex was abuzz with activity. Delegates and guests had arrived for The World Federation Fifth Executive Council meeting for the Term 2011-2014 which was to begin the next morning, and sounds of conversations and socialization could be heard.
But what stood out amongst the hustle and bustle of the crowd were the silent but hard working youth in their volunteer shirts and green sashes. I watched as they were running about assisting in the kitchen and in the court yard, serving the guests that surrounded them.
This was just the start. Over the next two days the youth of Wessex proved to be the epitome of volunteers at their best. The group worked tirelessly and seamlessly day and night, without missing a beat. They were there when we arrived at 8:30 in the morning, and long after us when we left after midnight. And through all their tireless dedication never did I see them flinch or frown.
The hospitality that was shown to us was exceptional. The younger generation of Wessex served their elders with affection and kindness and were eager to do whatever they could to assist. I was amazed at how they would be on their feet when they would see someone needed something. At one point, I remember turning to look for a volunteer in their shirt or sash and before I could say anything a young boy was by my side asking me how he could help.
Throughout the course of the meeting the volunteers were polite, courteous, caring, and helpful. Whether it was serving meals, tidying up afterwards, preparations for namaaz, or serving snacks and tea during the presentations, the boys and girls handled everything effortlessly.
I can only imagine the days and hours of preparation that had gone into planning for the meeting. Every detail was meticulously organised, from the time we arrived until the time we had to depart. Each volunteer knew the responsibility they had and upheld it brilliantly. As we prepared to leave, it almost seemed as it was too soon.
As the meeting came to an end on Sunday 23 June, the councillors expressed their appreciation towards the Wessex Jamaat and the volunteers. A councillor for The World Federation commented, “After seeing the youth of this community, I am no longer worried about our future generation.”
Written by Sukaina Jagani-Pasha, EXCO attendee for The World Federation
“The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.”
- Surah 2, Al-Baqarah, verse 261
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