Friday 15th July: MYL sisters arrived at Westgate Church, carrying a laptop and heavy boxes of leaflets, posters, books and DVDs. All of which they would use to set up a MYL stall. Little did they know that the stall was to be set up outside in the cold and already greying cloudy sky.
It seemed like it was going to be a quiet event, but despite the cold, a large number of people turned up. This was probably due to the fact that Bradford’s Lord Mayor, Naveeda Ikram, the first Muslim Asian woman to become Lord Mayor in UK, made a personal appearance.
She casually strolled around, admiring the effort and the several stalls until she stopped at the MYL stall. The team began to introduce Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to her, which led to talking about MYL and their activities. She was impressed by the work MYL had done and paid tribute to the work of Shaykh ul Islam. In the end, it resulted in her purchasing the Fatwa. MYL also gave her an introductory booklet of Shaykh-ul-Islam and Minhaj-ul-Quran International. She praised the team and told them to keep up the good work.
The MYL team was amazed to be speaking to her and even more amazing was the fact that she took a flyer of the event Muhammad (S.A.W.) the Merciful with her.
Though the sky kept getting darker and darker and some thunder could be heard here and there, nothing could be done to keep the smiles from the teams’ faces. Because of the Lord Mayor visiting the MYL stall, they managed to secure a few other fatwa sales and many people were interested in coming to the Wembley Conference in September.
At the end of the event, everyone was soaked! But it was nothing a hot shower and a cup of hot chocolate wouldn’t fix. It was an important day for MYL, having achieved such recognition from the Lord Mayor herself. This will InshaAllah help MYL establish further and enjoy many other days like these.