Atfal UK Trip 2017

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Dear Parents,

By the Grace of Allah Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper!) has graciously granted approval for a Atfal Trip to UK during March 15 – 21.  Atfal are expected to have the opportunity to meet Syedna Huzoor Anwar (may Allah be his Helper!) during this trip.

Al-Hamdulillah!  The sign up process for the Atfal UK Trip is now complete. The interest towards the Atfal UK Trip has exceeded our expectations and now the flights for the Atfal UK Trip have been finalized   Please pray for the success of this trip and safe travel.

Eligibility – To go on this trip the following requirements must be met.

  • The Tifl must be in Mayar Kabir
    (i.e. date of birth must be from November 1, 2001 to October 31, 2004)
  • Pay the prescribed trip fee (currently set at $10001) to Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Canada by January 31, 2017
  • The Tifl must have a valid passport (6 month validity after March is required to avoid boarding issues in UK)
  • The Tifl must stay with the Atfal group throughout the trip
  • A written parental consent will be required to allow the Tifl to travel with the group under the supervision of a representative from National or Regional ‘Amila.
  • Attend the rehearsal classes / meetings in preparation for this blessed trip
  • Uniform: Two plain white dress shirts (full sleeves), two plain black dress pants;
  • Uniform (provided): a tie, hat, badge, and scarf will be provided for a minimal fee (included in the cost of the trip).

1 The trip fee will be deposited in Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Canada account. (A cheque is preferred but we will accept cash.) Due to Canadian travel requirements and better supervision we will be booking flights for Atfal in large groups with some discount. Each group will be attached to an approved adult supervisor. If the flight rate goes up the cost of the trip will increase proportionally.  If the price is lower, the extra money will be returned back.

Payment and in-person Registration

The payments and in-person registration for the trip can be made at the location and times specified on the attached chart:

Make the cheque payable to “Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Canada”.  Please write the member code and name of the Tifl & Name on the cheque clearly.

Atfal Office  (Basement)
90 Ahmadiyya Avenue, Maple

Coordinators: Fahid Hundal, Zubair Junjua, Shakeel Ghumman, Mudassar Mukhtar, Mubashar Shahid, Waseem Nasim
Monday or Thursday
7:00pm – 10:30pm
Starting from January 2
Baitul Islam Mosque

Coordinator: Haseeb Ahmad, Bilal Bhatti,  Zubair Junjua

Friday January 6 after ‘Isha
January 14, 15: At Mayar Saghir Atfal Camp
Baitul Hamd
94 Matheson Blvd., Mississauga

Coordinator: Shakeel Ghumman
January 7/8: At Ta’limul Qur’an Class

January 14 or 15: At Mayar Saghir Atfal Camp

Baitun Nur Mosque
2301 King St E, Hamilton
Coordinator
: Faraz Naveed/ Mirza Luqman Baig, Nasir Luqman Hameed
January 7/8: At Ta’limul Qur’an Class

January 14 or 15: At Mayar Saghir Atfal Camp

Brampton Namaz Centre
Coordinator: Shakeel Ghumman, Waqar Shahid, Zakaria Tariq
January 7/8: At Ta’limul Qur’an Class

January 14 or 15: At Mayar Saghir Atfal Camp

Abode of Peace Namaz Centre

Coordinator: Mudassar Mukhtar, Mubashar Shahid

January 7/8: At Ta’limul Qur’an Class

January 14 or 15: At Mayar Saghir Atfal Camp

Baitul ‘Afiyat

255 Old Kingston Rd, Scarborough
Coordinator: Qadeer Mirza, Wajahat Nasir

January 7/8: At Ta’limul Qur’an Class

January 14 or 15: At Mayar Saghir Atfal Camp

Eastern & Western Canada

Coordinator: Regional Qa’idin, Regional Nazimin Atfal

Please contact Regional Qa’id Sahib or Regional Nazim Sahib Atfal for specific details

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions

What is the arrangement for going to UK?

Currently the following arrangements are in place: 

  • GTA: All Atfal from GTA and surrounding areas will leave in two groups from Toronto Pearson Airport (on March 15 and return on March 21)
  • Calgary: A group of Atfal will be leaving as a group from the Calgary Airport.
  • PrairiesAtfal will need to go to Calgary and then go with the Calgary group.
  • Vancouver: Atfal will leave as a group from the Vancouver Airport
  • Eastern Canada: Atfal will need to come to Eastern Canada.  Please coordinate through Regional Qa’id Sahib Eastern Canada.

Fees are being deposited into the MKAC account.  All flight bookings have been done by National Markaz (MKAC) in coordination with Regional Nazimin Atfal & Regional Qa’idin.

I am not a Canadian citizen yet. How can I go on this trip?

If you don’t have a Canadian passport, the process will take a little longer. You must sign up immediately by January 15. If you carry a different passport (e.g. Pakistani passport), you will need to get a Visa for UK.   To assist with this we will request London Markaz to send an invitation letter in your name.  

As a Canadian resident, you will need to ensure that you have the proper documents (i.e. PR Card) to be allowed back into Canada.

Can my younger son (in Mayar Saghir) come along with the older brother who is in Mayar Kabir?  

The trip is for Mayar Kabir Atfal (for the date of birth range listed above) as they are capable of taking care of themselves. It would be difficult to manage with younger Atfal without their parents.  Feel free to write for permission or accommodations due to some special circumstances (beyond your control) for consideration. Your requests will be sent to the organizers of this trip for consideration.

Can my son visit the relatives who live in the United Kingdom?

The purpose of this trip is to have a positive and lasting impact on Atfal. That requires that Atfal stay together as a group and participate in all the activities (meetings, tours) that are in the planning for them.  Staying together will also allow the Atfal to develop brotherhood and make this a memorable trip for the rest of their lives.  We are looking into a time frame when the children may meet the relatives; it all depends on the schedule of activities.  Based on past experience, it tends to be a very busy schedule.

Do Atfal need to bring a Uniform or is that provided?

We are asking that each Tifl should bring two sets of the standard Atfal Uniform: two plain black dress pants (i.e. not jeans) and two plain white dress shirts with full sleeves.  These will be required when offering the Friday Prayers and when meeting with Huzoor (may Allah be his Helper!).   Due to the varying sizes, this is not being provided.   A black hat, a scarf, badge, and a tie will be provided however.   This is necessary for a uniform look.

Can my son go on his own and join you in UK?

This is an international (group) field trip. We are traveling together as a group and don’t have individual itineraries.  Feel free to write for permission or accommodations due to some special circumstances (beyond your control) for consideration. Your requests will be sent to the organizers of this trip for consideration.

You are charging $1000 but aren’t the current flight rates around $700? 

The $1000 covers the flight fair and any other additional costs (e.g. any necessary equipment, travel insurance).  We are traveling as a group on the same flight.  You can check with any Airline to realize that even on the same flight not everyone pays the same for similar seats (e.g. economy). The first few seats are definitely cheaper.  So on any flight, one person may have paid $700 while another person next to him may have paid $1200. Each flight has a limited number of seats available for a separate ticket price (to maximize profits).  When you reserve seats as a group, the rates are averaged out.   So we are getting a “group deal” but it doesn’t mean it is necessarily going be cheaper than the lowest current rate available for a single seat on a particular flight.

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to allow the Atfal to book their own flights? 

We have made the decision to take the Atfal as a group and have arranged a group deal for one particular flight (where the maximum number of seats were available).

There are a couple of advantages to getting a group deal:
a) our requirement to travel together  is met. This is necessary for better supervision & transportation.

b) a set of seats is reserved

c) everyone pays the same fixed fair and someone deciding to go on the trip (slightly) later on doesn’t have to worry about paying a higher fair 

If Atfal were allowed to book flights individually on their own, the flight rates will  automatically go up once people start booking flights for the same dates.  Allowing the children to travel alone and/or on separate flights is not a viable option. Multiple flights with different airports, dates, and times for one particular trip would have greater challenges for Muntazimin of Transport in UK as well.   Flight cancellations and delays will complicate matters further.   So we have made the decision to travel as a group after much consideration.

May Allah bless our efforts and make this trip a source of lasting blessings for all of us! Amin