On Friday 23rd December 2011, Tahir Ahmad Touray, the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Male youth wing has described laziness as poisonous, in his opening address at the 28th National Convention of their organisation. During the three day convention held at Masroor senior secondary school, young people from across the length and breadth of the Gambia and beyond gathered to contemplate on burning youth issues.
“Laziness is a latent poison in youth and it is manifested in many ways. Laziness is always precedent to failure (sic). Islam totally condemns it and calls on every individual to make the best use of his faculties, President Touray noted.
However, Touray further disclosed that “Those who exercise their God-given potentials meaningfully to attain both their worldly and spiritual objectives are followers of the right path and these are the ones who shall be the successors of the prosperous.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Islam is founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadianas. Hadrat Ahmadas claimed, in 1889, that he was the same Messiah and Mahdi whose advent had been prophesied for the latter days not only in Islam but also in other faiths.
According to Mr. Touray, one of the purposes of the Islamic teachings of the five daily obligatory Prayers is to serve as “an antidote to the latent poison of laziness”.
The Ahmadiyya community is established in over 150 countries worldwide but is regarded as non-believers by orthodox Muslims, who often persecute them. The Ahmadis are generally peaceful and law abiding Muslims.
In a statement read on his behalf by Mr. Malang Fadera, a senior assistant secretary, the Youths and Sports Minister, Mr. Sherrif Gomez noted that it is strictly in line with government’s policy for youth development that the association of Ahmadi Youths has a planned focus to enhance the entrepreneurial skills and competences of its youth.
Mr. Fadera called on the youth to pursue knowledge and skill to contribute their much needed quota for the country’s socio-economic development.