The annual Jashne Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) event was organised for the children of the idara. After 3 months of preparation the event was a huge success with all participants, organisers, parents and executives very impressed and happy with the turn out. This report will discuss the preparation of the event and how the event was put together. The report will also discuss the events of the day.
The organisers of the event were:
• Sister Rizwana
• Sister Rehana
• Sister Afshaan
• Sister Saffiyah
Other members of idara who also gave a helping hand on the day were
• Sister Rubina Raja
• Sister Asma
• Sister Rukhsana
• Sister Afra
• Sister Sara
• Sister Samaria
The preparation of this event started in October 2013. In order to get the children ready for the event and bring the love of the prophet Muhammad (SAW) into their hearts the importance of reciting durood Sharif was emphasised. Every evening the girls of Fatimah house and Aisha house would present their darood Sharif to their teacher which would then be collated by sister Afshaan with the intention to present to the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW) on the milad day. Through this method it was evident that there was a change in their behaviour and imaan. The girls started to get their mothers, aunties and sisters to start reciting durood Sharif in order to beat the other class.
Alongside the darood recitation sister Rehana also started to help practice naats, darood’s and nasheeds with the girls and younger boys every Friday during assembly. Through this way we were preparing the children gradually and allowed organisers plenty of time to bring in any changes needed.
Alongside these activities the fundraising for the event also started to take shape at the end of the month of Muharam. Letters were written to inform the parents that a mawlid event would be taking place for which during the next 6 weeks various activities will be taking place for which students will have to contribute some money. Sister Afshaan was leading the way in organising these activities and motivating the girls to do better. As expected the parents co-operated very well with the teachers and the organisation of the event.
The children and parents contributed very generously. The girls of Fatimah house helped get involved with taking the responsibility of going around the classes and collecting money in from the children. They also baked cupcakes and cakes which they donated for week 5. This was a brilliant opportunity to take on responsibilities and learn new skills, many parents really appreciated this effort. Through these activities and donations we were able to collate over £620, which is a huge achievement for the young girls and boys of Idara, to be used for a mawlid event. The teachers as well as students really enjoyed these 6 weeks of preparation.
A note to be remembered is that alongside these activities children were also reciting durood Sharif and practicing naats. Hence teachers were putting in a lot of hard work making sure that alongside these activities their educational activities were not being affected.
By now the organisers had also started to plan how they saw the event taking place. They shared a same vision and all sisters knew what they wanted from the outcome, hence making it easier to organise. The first aspect that was confirmed was the colour scheme for the event it was decided that the children would wear white clothes and pink scarfs. Sister Rizwana was able to obtain pink scarfs for idara at a wholesale price. Letters were written again to inform parents about wearing white clothes which they would have to purchase and pink scarfs would be provided for a price of £2.50 so that all girls are wearing the same shade of pink. To our surprise the response was overwhelming within two days of handing the letters out all children had paid for their scarfs.
A meeting was put together for all organisers and teachers to participate so that they could be informed about the shared vision which the organisers had. The intention was that everyone should be allowed to share their views into what they feel as their input would allow more ideas to flow. Sister Rubina had various ideas and that helped us critically evaluate ideas of the organisers and change their plans to adapt to cater for all.
The next step was preparing children for the individual speeches, naats and activities, although they had been rehearsing their collective naats with sister Rehana. Sister Afshaan had the responsibility to make sure that there were students participating from each class and helped to organise their speeches and naats. Sister Afshaan had the responsibility of preparing the contents of the event and producing an itinerary. With the help of sister Saffiyah regular rehearsals of their speeches and naats allowed them to be well prepared for the event.
The poster was also designed by sister Rehana and taken to be printed by professional printers who helped by charging minimal and complying to our expectations. The poster for the event is below. The response of the poster was over whelming with many feedbacks as to how well the poster had been designed, it was very unique from other posters that existed. Sister Rehana ensured that the poster went with the chosen theme.
The annual 12 day Mawlid at Idara was a great opportunity for us to advertise the event, the organisers would be present giving their helping hand in which people attending would see. These provided an opportunity to talk to the attendees and get to know about what the community wanted and gave an open invitation to them. Sister Rubina and sister jannat would regularly announce the event.
The week leading to the Mawlid was very busy and required all the teachers and pupils to start rehearsing for the event. The children were taught how they were to be seated according to height and in what order they will be performing.
Alongside the other activities the organisers also had to design flags so that the pupils could use them to wave during the event. Special gifts were also being prepared for all the children participating and being placed into gift boxes. Alongside this certificates were also being designed for the most darood Sharif recitation and individual darood Sharif and the most outstanding students.
Lights were also placed outside the Idara according to the colour of the theme white and pink.
The day before the event the stage had come up and balloons and the room was decorated ready for the next day. Organisers came in early to prepare the gifts and last minute decorations and activities.
The Mawlid day
All parents and children were told to arrive at Idara for 4pm. All parents were seated in the main hall where they were welcomed by the organisers and handed a schedule and a pouch of chocolates as a welcome gift.
Whilst the parents were being seated in the main hall the children were gathering in the other room and making lines in order to make their entrance onto the stage. The atmosphere at this moment was amazing and eveyone very excited the children were very happy observing each other’s clothes and looks. They students were even more excited to see their teachers in the same avatars.
The students at this point had still not seen the stage setting done up inside but the parents had and they were very pleasantly shocked. They were very eager to see their child walk in and in on to stage as gasps could be heard ‘are they coming now?’ This excitement showed that the preparation was playing an effect on them. All parents could be seen excited and big smiles on their faces.
Once the parents were seated the children were ready to enter. The parents were told to quieten down as the children were about to arrive. Sister Sara started to play the daff.
All organiser took their position into seating the children. Each row came in waving their flags and reciting daroud Sharif. They were coming in through a special path prepared for them with roses. once entered they stood in their places waiting for everyone to come in. Once everyone was in their places they all waved their flags and welcomed their parents to the event. They were standing for few minutes reciting Durood Sharif for allowing parents to take pictures and make videos. The parent’s excitement and happiness was evident on their faces. Everyone was ecstatic to see all the children in white and pink looking very smart and cute entering through the flower bed path prepared for the students. The students were then seated ready for the program to start.
The program was hosted by sister Rehana and sister Afshaan. Below is the schedule of the event.
• Tilawat e Quran --- Hasnain and Kaif
Tilawat e Quran was done by Hasnain a 7 year old student who had learnt surah Al Duha by heart and the translation was read by Kaif.
• Hamd Hussain house
The young boys of Hussein house had practiced the Hamd ‘give thanks to Allah’ with actions.
• Qasida burda collective
• Durood Sharif
• speech --- fareeha
Her speech was based on praying the Salah as this is all we will be taking to our graves. Our wealth and children will all be left in this world.
• Allah huma collective naat. This naat was done with actions.
• naat --- Habibah Shan
• poem --- Hibah and Zara
• naat --- Amina house
Kamli walay Muhammad
• jashne Aamade de collective
• speech Duha
Duha spoke about why we celebrate milad in reference to how Abu Lahab freed Sawaiba and the reward he gains for it as a disbeliever so as Muslims what will our reward be.
This section was where five parents volunteered to see who could finish a plate of dessert the fastest. The winner won the English translation of Irfan-ul-Quran.
• naat --- Aisha house
aya kamli wala
• hadith Safa and Alizia
The two girls from Aisha house read the Arabic text of hadith with its explanation about ‘Muslims being the brothers of other Muslims’ and that ‘cleanliness is part of iman’.
• naat organisers
Aya ji aya sona arsha da Tara
• speech Falaq
Her speech was about having the utmost respect for all the prophets alongside loving the beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) more than anything and anyone in the world.
• sona aya collective
• speech Maida
Maida did her speech on Durood or salaam the importance and reward of reciting Durood Sharif and salaam upon the Holy prophet Muhammad (SAW)
• naat Sameera & Hafsa
• quiz --- Sister Afshaan
A quiz was conducted to test the knowledge of the parents against the children. Whoever answered the questions would receive a pouch of chocolates. This was very interactive and got the children cheering for their parents, as for a change they had been put on the spot rather than the children.
• sultan of Medina collective
• few words from the president of women league Bradford sister Jannat
Sister Jannat explained how overwhelmed and proud she felt with the work carried out by the organisers. She congratulated everyone on the success of the event. Sister Rubina also added how the organisers and hosts were once the children sitting on stage and how today they are hosting the event and inshallah the children performing today will be on stage in the next few years. This was very emotional and left many people in tears as it showed how things had changed over a short span of time.
• reward ceremony – each classes Durood Sharif
Sister Jannat was given the honour of presenting the rewards. As stated earlier that Aisha house and Fatimah house would recite individual Durood Sharif which was collated every day. Both classes were given certificates in recognition of their recitation. The amount of Durood Sharif read by Aisha house was over 4 million and Fatimah house over 5 and half million which is a big achievement from the children as they read this Durood Sharif within 3 months. The banners below were held up whilst presenting the certificates to the parents to show the exact numbers.
Individual Durood Sharif
3 girls from each class were given certificates for their outstanding participation of Daroud Sharif throughout the 3months. The girls from Aisha house are as follows:
1) Hafsah Yaseen
2) Alina Mujahud
3) Maida Ameen
The girls from Fatima house were:
1) Bushra Nadeem
2) Zara Latif
3) Duha Ahmed
Each girl was gifted a book on sayeda Fatimah, notebook and pen, sweets and a counter tasbee.
Then one individual from each class was given a certificate for the outstanding performance they are as following:
1) Husain house Muhammad Sami
2) Khadija house Asiya Javed
3) Fatimah house Hibah Ali
4) Aisha house Maiyda Ameen
5) Amina house Laiba Ameed
Then sister Rubina was given a special gift as a token of saying thanks on behalf of the children and staff. Which left her in tears and speechless.
In the end all children were given a gift for their hard work and effort. Sister Rubina explained the importance of giving these gifts as Milad is more than Christmas. It is Eid for the Muslims and giving gifts is a Sunna. All children were given a gift box that contained a nalayn Mubarak brooch whilst the boys were given a nalain Mubarak in a blue pouch.
• cake cutting ceremony – meeta meeta
When the cake was brought the children became very excited as there was large confetti banners going off and raining from the four corners of the room. Everyone’s was given the opportunity to have a look at the cake and then the youngest boy and girl and sister Rubina cut the cake while the children recited Meeta Meeta Hai meray Muhammad ka naam. The cake was a donation from Sister Halima.
• salaam – Mustafa jan – e- rehmat pay lakho salam
• Dua – lab pe ati
After Dua everyone was given food which was boxed so that they can take it home to eat. All attendees were told to come to organisers and give them feedback of the event and what changes can be made for future events. The food for the event was kindly donated for the Mawlid by Iqbal catering who donated rice and Punjab sweet house for donating the halwa for the event.
Response from teachers, parents, executives and education committee
Parent responses- ‘It was different not boring the kids enjoyed it as it was catering for them’.
‘It was upbeat always waiting for the next activity’.
‘Didn’t want it to end was the first time attending really enjoyed it’.
‘Do it again please’.
‘The whole event focused on the children, catering for them in a modern way so that children were both engaged and learning in a fun way’.
Parents sent flowers and chocolates for the organisers they felt the appreciation and positive response.
Hafiz Tariq Saab – education committee member:
‘Very successful, the sisters are now ready for a bigger platform and venue’.
Seerat Hussain: -
‘Congratulation on the success well done help and continue to organise more events’.
Allama Afzal Saeedi –
‘Congratulation this is very good mashallah keep it up’.
Allama Adeel Qasmi –
‘Mashallah we need more events like this for the youth you are the future of the mission’.
The intentions of the organisers were purely for Allah and His Rasool which can be seen as evident from the report. Hence it was very successful. The sisters plan to organise more events soon. With the responses of parents still coming people whom we do not know are asking about the event coming up to sisters and congratulating them. Pictures and videos went wild on social networks of the children reciting. Inshallah the future will bring many more events similar to this. These are the blessings of Qibla Huzoor Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
An album will soon be made and a display for parents to have a look at and buy pictures from us if they wish too. Display will allow others to come and have a look at the activities take place at Idara Minhaj-ul-Quran Bradford.
Report by: Jannat Ilahi