Alhamdulillah by the grace of Allah SubhanaWaTallah and His messenger, Prophet Muhammad SAW, another beautiful and blessed gathering was held at Minhaj-ul-Quran Naseby Road Birmingham on the 4th of September 2016 by the women league of Alum Rock, Birmingham.
This program was hosted by Sister Rukhsana Iqbal (MWL Alum Rock Dawah Secretary), who invited young Momina Fatima to recite verses from the Holy Quran in her beautiful voice. Sister Rukhsana then invited young Ishaa Bibi to come and recite a Naat Shareef follow by Sister Shaheen Akhter (MWL Alum Rock Media Secretary) and Sister Shazia Parveen (MWL Alum Rock General Secretary).
Sister Rukhsana Iqbal appealed to the ladies for qurbanies and spoke about the benefit of giving qurbani and how Hazrat Ibrahim AS was going to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah SWT.
Sister Shazia Parveen (MWL Alum Rock General Secretary) did an English Speech on the rites of Hajj. All the rites in Hajj are tributes in memory of the actions, worship and activates of Allah. Similarly the action performed by Hazrat Ibrahim AS and Hazrat Hajra AS were performed in such a way that Allah Honored their actions, the ummah of the Final Prophet SAW would perform these actions as Hajj. The Talbya, Tawaf, running between Safa and Marwa and sacrifice are all acts so beloved to Allah SWT that he declared them to be part of a Collective form of worship in the form of Hajj.
Sister Shaheen Akhter (MWL Alum Rock Media Secretary) also did a speech in English about Hajj and briefly explained how it is performed. Hajj is the fifth pillar in Islam and it’s a duty on every Muslim to perform Hajj once in their lifetime as it is an Ultimate form of worship that involves the spirit of all the rituals and the demands of a believer. During Hajj everyone has to wear two white pieces of unsown cloths which strips away all distinction of wealth, status, class and culture, everyone stands in front of Allah equal whether you are a king or a poor person. Performing Hajj benefits us Muslims in this world and the hereafter.
Sister Rabia Khanam (MWL Alum Rock President) did a speech in Urdu about Hajj, as this is the month of Dhul Hajj. Sister Rabia spoke about how this all started with Hazrat Ibrahim leaving Hazrat Hajra in the desert with Hazrat Ismail and how Zam Zam water appeared because of Hazrat Ismail’s cry for water. If Hazrat Hajra had not said Zam Zam (which means Stop Stop) then the world would have surely flooded. Sister Rabia told us a hadith about the Prophet Muhammed SAW asking angel Jibraeel AS “how many times did you have to come down in a flash of lighting on the order of Allah SWT” and the Angel replied “four times - Once when Hazrat Ibrahim was going to be thrown into the fire by king Nimrod, second time when Hazrat Yousuf AS was thrown into the well by his brothers, thirdly when Hazrat Ibrahim was going to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail As in the name of Allah and finally when the Prophet Mohammed’s tooth broke in the battle of Uhud" and angel Jibraeel AS came down from the heavens before the drop of blood could reach the floor. Sister Rabia spoke about all the rituals that take place during Hajj and the reasons behind them and went on to talk about how we should give gifts to the poor as our Prophet Muhammad SAW took an orphan child home when they saw him crying on Eid day and told him that I am your father and Hazrat Fatima is your Mother now.
Sister Rukhsana Parveen spoke briefly about her experience during Hajj with Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and how beautiful those memories are, she spoke about how Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri always remembered their followers every step of the way during their Hajj. This program was then concluded by Sister Khatoon Bibi who made a beautiful duaa for the entire Hajji's and the entire of ummah. Finally Salaam was recited by Sister Shazia Parveen and fruit was handed out to everyone.
Reported by: Shaheen Akhter, MWL Alum Rock Media Secretary
Edited by MWL UK Media team