MWL Nottingham held its Muharram programme on the 8th November 2015 at Lenton Muslim Centre. The event was introduced by Sister Salam Rafiq (MWL Nottingham Secretary Membership) and commenced with a beautiful recitation of The Holy Quran by Sister Ayesha Hussain from Minhaj Youth League.
The Mehfil continued with a number of Naats that were recited with great devotion and enthusiasm,Sister Khadeeja's melodious rendition was particularly noteworthy.Next Sister Kausar Yaqoob (MWL Nottingham Secretary Dawah) introduced some of the books by Shaykh-ul-Islam that were available to purchase. She emphasized the importance of making books available to our children in English. It is to be noted that all books sold out and orders for books were also placed.
The Mehfil continued with Sister Saima's thought provoking speech on the lineage of Imam Hussain (AS) and the lessons to be learnt from the tragedy of Karbala.
Next our English speaker Sister Shahreen Hussain (MWL Nottingham General Secretary) spoke with great eloquence of the importance of Imam Hussain (AS) to The Holy Prophet (SAW), Stating that Angel Jibrail appeared and conveyed to The Prophet (SAW) that Allah has ordained that the Prophet must choose to return either his own son Hazrat Ibrahim or Hazrat Hussain son of his beloved daughter Fatima back to Allah.He loved both dearly but chose to return Hazrat Ibrahim. This highlights the importance of both Hazrat Fatima and Hussain (AS) to the Holy Prophet (SAW).Sister Shahreen continued to explain the lessons we must take from the tragic events of Karbala. Imam Hussain (AS) demonstrated patience in the worst of circumstances and was steadfast in Salah.
The Mehfil continued with several more Naats. ThisThis was followed by the events Urdu speaker Sister Kausar Yaqoob.Sister Kausar's speech captured the audience with her eloquence and emotiveness. She.She started by paying tribute to the efforts of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri to spread Islam despite facing health issues.Continuing Sister Kausar explained that Zikr Hussain is Zikr Muhammad (SAW) and Zikr Muhammad is Zikr Allah.Those who face hardship and trials are those who are closer to Allah.
It is imperative that we understand that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is not simply a Muslim, His status has been raised manifolds as compared to any other Muslim. Hence any entity that is dear to Muhammad (SAW) has a raised status. Thus Medina beloved to him, is superior even to Makkah. If even a tree is felled in Medina Rasool Allah (SAW) feels pain for that injustice, so the pain inflicted on the Prophet (SAW) due to the Shahdaat of Imam Hussain (AS) is unfathomable.
Imam Hussain (AS) made the ultimate sacrifice to save the Deen of this grandfather. To stand in the face of oppression and the corruption of Islam. The perpetrator of Karbala demonstrated his lack of manners and respect to The Prophet (SAW), did he not understand the torture on Mehboob Allah.
Muharram is marked to show our love for our Prophet (SAW) and to learn from the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (AS).
Sister Kausar also gave the example of Amar an alcoholic who was cursed by Saahabi, but appreciated by The Prophet (SAW) himself, as Amaar showed love for The Prophet (SAW) by amusing him with stories and jokes as a way to relieve the stress The Prophet(SAW) faced.Sister Kasaur's speech enthralled the listeners.
Next Nottingham Minhaj Women's League President Iram Qaiser made a speech informing the sisters of the work undertaken by the Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) including waterpumps installed in poverty stricken regions and work carried out for the flood and earthquake victims in Pakistan. Sister Iram also spoke of the work done by Minhaj Dawah programme (MDP) in British prisons through the distribution of The Holy Quran for inmates. Sister Irams heartfelt speech was instrumental in raising a handsome amount for these noble causes.
The Muharram event highlighted the work the Shaykh-ul-Islam is carrying out in the form of both Dawah and Charitable organizations. Sisters Shahreen, Kausar and Iram were able to connect to the gathered audience brilliantly and the response was overwhelming and humbling.
There was a Minhaj book stall and The Mudd E Nabvi was available to purchase.
Mudd -e-Nabvi or Al Mudd as it is also known is a piece of earthenware used by the Prophet of Allah (SAW) himself. It is a cup like vessel that he used for different purposes including drinking milk and bathing.Its capacity is 3/4 of a kilogram. It is reported that our Beloved Prophet (SAW) asked Allah to bless this item of his household.
The original Mudd-e-Nabvi is preserved at Istanbul Palace in Turkey. Alhamdullilah, Minhaj-ul-Quran has now produced a replica of this blessed item and is available for all of us to use.
Incorporating its use in daily life will add blessing to whatever activity we are performing and is also a proclamation of our love for The Prophet of Allah (SAW).
So while cooking or drinking or using while washing we can easily earn the blessings of Allah and also remember Rasool Allah (SAW) at the same time.
The Mehfil was formally concluded with Zikr by all sisters and Dua by Sister Kausar.
A delicious dinner was enjoyed by all after the formal conclusion of the Muharram programme.
Reported by Nadia Ahmad (MWL Nottingham Media Secretary)
Edited by MWL UK Media Secretary
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