On Saturday 22nd of October, Luton held an Atfal ‘Parents Day’ which took place at Saints Community Centre. This event was attended by both mothers and fathers of the Atfal. Tahir Mateen sahib (National secretary Isha’at) was the representative from the National team, along with Local Qaid Majlis Nayyar Ali sahib and Regional/Local Atfal Nazim Akbar Butt sahib also being in attendance.
After a brief opening to the programme, an interactive session was held with the parents whereby a variety of topics revolving around challenges that parents face in the upbringing of their children were discussed. The type of topics mentioned included how the participation of children with special needs can be enhanced, how a child’s bond with Khilafat can be strengthened, and contemporary issues such as dealing with puberty and the usage of mobile phones, social media and the internet were all discussed. Parents were able to express their own difficulties that they have encountered and also provided their advice as to how to manage such challenges. Furthermore, parents were also able to express their advice on how improvements could be made on a local and national basis. Feedback from both the parents and the atfal was also received on certain national initiatives such as Tahir magazine and the National Ijtema.
The event concluded with a prize distribution ceremony for the atfal. The first prize was given to the tifl who had collected the most amount of money for this year’s Mercy4Mankind charity challenge. This award was given to Intesaar ul Haq, who had raised close to £150.
The second part of the prize distribution was in relation to the test that had taken place in August. After a series of classes which had focused on the topic of ‘Khilafat’, all the local atfal had undertaken a test which was based on all the learning they had received within this series of atfal classes. Alhamdulilah, every tifl did exceptionally well and the top three Atfal were given special awards at the Parents day event. The top three atfal were:
- Noman Ahmad Bhatti – 94.4%
- Kamran Qadeer – 91.9%
- Aaron Nihad Jaleel – 90.6%
The programme thus concluded with silent prayer. The event was a great success Alhamdulilah with positive feedback from all parents. This event was especially remarkable as Luton Qiadat were the first to hold an event of this nature within Hertfordshire region. May Allah (swt) bless all the children and parents of Luton Qiadat!