On Saturday the 14th of May 2011, the much anticipated event ‘Understanding the Reality of Iman’ took place in Ghamkol Shareef Mosque, Birmingham.
The main speakers of this event were Sister Faiza Sethi Qadri from London and Sister Ghazala Hassan Qadri from Canada. Sisters from all over the UK attended this event to be in the company of our esteemed guests and scholars to hear their words of wisdom and benefit from them.
Sister Sweba Majid, Deputy Vice President of Muslim Youth League Sisters took on the role of stage secretary and welcomed the audience on behalf of MYL-S.
Sister Noor Fatima from Walsall then took to the stage to commence the programme with a beautiful recitation of the Quran followed by Qasidah Burdah from Birmingham MYL-Sisters.
President of Muslim Youth League Sisters, Ambreen Mahmood, continued the programme by giving an introductory talk about the Muslim Youth League. She appealed for people to join, in order to help us and themselves improve by gaining knowledge and working together for MQI. She mentioned that it is said that ‘To rise up at dawn and obtain a piece of knowledge is better than 100 voluntary prayers’. Knowledge makes you aware of the ‘Marifah’ of Almighty Allah and brings you closer to Him. She emphasized the point of how knowledge is the boundary line of safeguarding your Iman. Huzoor Shaykh ul Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri set up the Muslim Youth League to safeguard our Iman, by us gaining knowledge.
Sister Sweba then mentioned that this is the problem we Muslims face nowadays; the young generation wants proof from the Holy book and Ahadith, which we can’t provide unless we educate ourselves. She mentioned how Shaykh-ul-Islam and Minhaj-ul-Quran are providing the answers by taking you back to the ‘deen’ as it was originally intended to be.
The General Secretary of Minhaj Women’s League (Birmingham), Sister Abeda, followed by welcoming the Chief Guests and audience in Urdu. She explained what the Minhaj Women’s League is doing for the community and how others could join and contribute.
London based Sister, Sana Asif, then mesmerized the audience with her beautiful voice and Daff whilst reciting Shaykh-ul-Islam’s poem ‘Main Bura Hoon Ya Bhala Hoon’.
Head of Dawah Minhaj Women's League UK, Aalima Faiza Qadri from London, then took to the stage to deliver her Urdu Speech about the main topic this evening. She started of by saying that the sole purpose of coming here should be for the sake of Almighty Allah and getting the blessings of the Prophet (S.A.W). This is the ‘Mehfil’ of Allah (S.W.T) and his beloved. So there should be a certain etiquette whilst in attendance. The more you sit with ‘Adab’, the more blessings and higher degree of Iman you will get in return.
She continued by explaining what Iman is, what does it mean? In Islam you have Islam and Iman. The status of Iman is higher than Islam. Reality of Iman is getting the nearness and intermediation of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and Almighty Allah (S.W.T) Himself explains this concept of nearness by mentioning the His Messenger (S.A.W), whenever he mentions Himself in the Quran.
She gave many examples to explain how we ourselves are at fault for not reaching a higher level of Iman. We try to go directly to Allah (S.W.T) instead of going through His beloved Prophet (S.A.W). Reality of Iman is in the loving and following (Ittebah) of the Prophet (S.A.W). It is this concept of ‘Ittebah’ that leads you from being a LOVER of Allah (S.W.T) to becoming a BELOVED of Allah (S.W.T) instead.
After Aalima Faiza’s talk, Sister Rukhsana Iqbal from Birmingham recited a Naat Shareef for the audience.
Sister Ghazala Hassan Qadri then took to the stage and welcomed everyone and prayed that their attendance be accepted.
She started her talk with saying how Iman is the fundamental principal on which our faith is based upon. If our Iman is incorrect then none of our deeds hold any value. The Reality of Iman is the indispensability of the person of the Prophet (S.A.W). Our attachment to Him is what defies our Iman. We cannot live, breathe or exist without the personality of the Prophet (S.A.W).
If you take away the love from your heart, within it hardness and harshness is created. That is where hatred and extremism comes from. This is the reason why youth nowadays are swayed so easily.
Allah (S.W.T) himself explains this system in the Quran and Minhaj-ul-Quran’s aims and objectives are taken from this example itself. Iman is a pillar of faith. You can go in two directions. Descending order -Nazool or ascending order-Urooj. You place Muhammad on the bottom, Rasool in the middle and Allah on top. The revelation is revealed in a downwards direction to the Prophet (S.W.T). The ring, seal of the Prophet has the same sequence and is a prime example of this system. If you wish to receive the proximity of Allah (S.W.T), you have to follow the Quranic system and go to the Rasool (S.A.W) of Allah first and then you get to meet Allah (S.W.T).
The Prophet (S.A.W) himself has said ‘Fattah Bey Ooni’ Love ME, if you Love Allah (S.W.T) and Allah (S.W.T) himself commands ‘You have to become the lover of my beloved. If you become my beloved’s lover, then you will become my beloved. Not only will I then love you, I am ever merciful, I am ever kind, I will then forgive your sins’.
Sister Ghazala gave many examples of this love and how Huzoor Shaykh-ul-Islam makes it easy for us to understand by providing us with many lectures and literature. The ‘Tarka’ example in particular brought a smile to the attendees’ faces.
Sister Ghazala finished her talk by emphasizing the point of being in good company (sohba) and having good friends, ‘because it is Sohba and Nisbah that will lead you to the straight path’. So try to obtain and remain in the sohba of Huzoor Shaykh-ul-Islam by watching the lectures and reading the literature, even if it is only for five minutes a day.
Halifax Sisters, Safoora, Safyah and Tahira then followed Sister Ghazala’s speech by reciting an Urdu Naat.
Sister Khatija Atkinson from London continued the programme by telling the audience about the Wembley Conference ‘Peace for Humanity – MUHAMMAD the Merciful’ taking place in September this year. She highlighted the fact that real pearls of wisdom were delivered today. There’s always an inner struggle of good vs. evil going on. As Muslims we are under a microscope. We’re being criticised and scrutinized so this is the ideal time to educate ourselves.
The Wembley event will be, ‘a once in a lifetime chance to see for yourself what type of scholar Huzoor Shaykh-ul-Islam is’.
There was then a short Q&A session where Sister Ghazala answered the questions the audience had about Minhaj-ul-Quran International.
The event was concluded by a supplication from Sister Saba Fatimah Mashadi, former President Woman League Pakistan, and collective Durood recitation was led by Aunty Jamila, mother of Sister Ghazala Hassan Qadri.
On leaving, the attendees had the opportunity to visit the MYL-S stand in the foyer, where they could buy tickets for the Wembley Conference, English DVD’s and books. Minhaj Mobile Library was also present outside for a more extensive range of literature and DVD’s.
MYL-S would like to thank all the attendees, the chief guests and in particular the Birmingham Minhaj Women’s League and Muslim Youth League Sisters without whom this event wouldn’t have been possible.