Monday is an extremely blessed day of the week; the day when the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) was born, so what better day to start the weekly Dhikr Mehfils in remembrance of Allah and His Beloved Prophet than on Monday.
On 19th August 2013, Minhaj ul Qur’an Bradford began its weekly Dhikr Mehfils with a bang! People from cities all over travelled to Bradford on Monday night to remember Almighty Allah, leaving all their worldly activities behind, in the hopes of attaining spiritual pleasure. The Idarah was buzzing with men, women, young, elderly and children; Allama Adeel Qasmi started the Mehfil with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and several verses of Durood Sharif.
This was followed by an introductory talk where Allama Adeel Qasmi expressed his delight on seeing numerous people attend the Dhikr. He urged the participants to come regularly and to sit in respect so that one may reflect on the purpose of being gathered here. Nasir Kareem and Ejaz Ahmed Qadri were then invited to recite Naats in praise of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) in their melodious voices. One of the Naats that were recited was: Ab meri nigahon main jajhta nahin koi, Jesay meray Sarkar hain aisa nahin koi which, Allama Adeel Qasmi said, was a Kalam inspired by the poetry of Sayyidina Hassan bin Thabit (Radhillahu 'Anhu):
Wa ahsana min kalamtara qattu ainie
Wa ajmala min kalamtali din nisau
Khuliqta mubarra am min kulle aibin
Ka annaqa tadkuliqtaka ma ta shaau
[O Messenger of Allah!] My eyes have not seen anyone as beautiful as you
How could it when, none like you has been born
Allah has preserved you from every defect
Allah has created you as if your creation was directed by you
Dr Masroor Mujahid, a guest from Minhaj ul Qur’an Lahore, Markaz, was invited to the stage to give his parting words before he returned to Pakistan the next day. He was in awe at having seen first-hand how far Minhaj ul Qur’an had spread; from an institution in Lahore to as far as Bradford and even beyond. He praised Shaykh ul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri for his selfless efforts in spreading the vision of Islam, as according to the Sunnah and Seerah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and that it is for this very reason, Shaykh ul Islam is so respected throughout the world. Minhaj ul Qur’an now officially exists in over 120 countries and its expansion means that the true face of Islam is vast spreading. In his final words, he concluded that we must embrace the spirit and dedication of Shaykh ul Islam to spread the Dhikr Mehfils far and wide and extend our invitations to all.
After Salat ul Maghrib was offered in congregation, Allama Afzal Saeedi Sahib, the president of Minhaj ul Qur’an NEC began his short, yet powerful, talk. In his talk, he stated that Dhikr is a form of Ibadah (an act of worship) and Ibadah belongs only to Almighty Allah. Every act is limited, no matter whom we respect,t our dedication to that person will not match the respect that a Muslim must have for Almighty Allah. This is due to the fact that a worshipper submits his self completely to Almighty Allah; when he prostrates, and places his whole body in Sujood, it reaches a state of complete submission which is reserved completely for Almighty Allah and is not permissible for any other being. This act resonates of humility, lowering oneself in front of Almighty Allah and acknowledging Him as the Superior Master. Allama Afzal Saeedi Sahib declared that humility is the climax of Ibadah (worship) and Muhabbah (love). The sentence which summarises Ibadah perfectly is: Ghayat ul Muhabbah Ma’a ghaayat ul Tazallul – The climax of love with the climax of humility. If one’s life is spent in Ibadah, in submission to Almighty Allah, then one’s worship becomes Abdiyyah. People who attain the level of Abdiyyah reach such a status that even when they are at work, they are still engaged in remembering Almighty Allah. Spending one’s life in Abdiyyah then elevates the act of Ibadah to Aboodiyyah which is the extreme of Ibadah; the external worship becomes internal and changes the inner haal (condition). The worshipper achieves spiritual elevation and his proximity to Almighty Allah increases, so much so, that he becomes the friend “Wali” of Almighty Allah. Sitting in Dhikr Mehfils, remembering Allah, is an act of Ibadah and we all have the potential to increase our spiritual status, therefore, Allama Afzal Saeedi Sahib stated that we must come with pure intention. Furthermore, he said that children are angels, and we should bring them to such Mehfils as this is when their Tarbiyyah (spiritual training) is to begin. Even if they start to fidget and become agitated, do not speak to them harshly, let them walk around, as they are children and this is expected of them. This is the direct teachings of Shaykh ul Islam who continuously emphasises that children should be brought to spiritual gatherings, and not left at home, deprived, so that such gatherings become a devoted place for the child. Finally, he echoed the sentiments of the previous speakers and encouraged each and every person present to invite new people to the Dhikr so that the remembrance of Allah is ignited in many hearts.
After the deeply touching Dhikr, the gathering was concluded with Dua. Food was also served and then Salat ul Isha was offered with congregation.
Please invite other members to come to the Dhikr Mehfils, every Mondays from 7.15pm till 9.30pm, to give your soul the chance to take its fill. Separate arrangements are available for sisters through a projector screen set up. To keep up to date, follow us on our Facebook page
Report by: Mariya Qadri (Local Co-Ordinator of MYL-S Bradford)