On Saturday 10th September, an event promoted as ‘Eid Concert with Milad Raza Qadri’ was held at the centre of the Muslim community at Raven Street Community Centre, Halifax. From the proposal of the event to its realisation and finally to the implementation the brothers of MYL have worked extraordinarily hard to make this occasion the triumph it was. The aim of this event was to light the flame of love of the Holy Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) in to the hearts of the people and the youth in particular.
The brothers from MYL not only invested their time into promoting this event throughout the blessed month of Ramadan but also money from their own pockets. The effort of the brothers was truly inspiring. On several occasions the brothers were walking around Halifax leaving flyers at all the local shops and other outlets and sticking up posters while fasting in Ramadan. Not only this but the brothers also spread the word by text message, email, creating a facebook group and inviting all and last but not least by word of mouth at stalls held at various mosques after every tarawih prayers. Much of the set up for the event on the day was greatly aided by senior members of Minhaj-ul-Quran who continue to be a great asset. Approximately 300 people attended the event from across the region including representatives from the newly created branch in Leeds. The event set a benchmark to learn from and exceed in all aspects in future as this was the first public event by the brothers of MYL based in Halifax. Many thanks here goes to brother Milad Raza Qadri himself who did an outstanding job in promoting Minhaj-ul-Quran with particular focus on the Peace for Humanity Conference at Wembley. As did the MWF representatives from Nelson, who delivered a short presentation on the Aghosh Orphan Care Home project and various other ventures. Many people were unaware of the welfare aspect of Minhaj-ul-Quran but the incredibly moving presentation also managed to open people’s wallets and purses and they donated generously to charity boxes which were brought around by the organising brothers and volunteers with MYL t-shirts. People were so touched by the event as a whole that people were giving money for charity at the end of the event following no propagation for them to do so. This was itself a statement to the success of the event which speaks for itself. The relatively new MYL set-up in Halifax hopes to invite more people to the weekly gatherings and dhikr circles and hopes to assemble a larger team to be able to execute events many times the size of this in the future. The event itself mainly consisted of beautiful and heart softening nasheeds recited by brother Milad Raza Qadri as well as beautiful recitation of the Holy Quran by the Qari Saad Sultani. Opportunities were also given to local people and youth to recite nasheed to encourage the culture of praising the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The atmosphere was wonderful as people were freely participating with brother Milad Raza Qadri and the other guests. Brother Milad Raza Qadri recited brand new nasheeds from his upcoming album as well as old classics and also kindly obliged to specific requests. The event was going so well and the feeling in the hall was so intense that people continued throughout to sing along with brother Milad Raza Qadri. The event closed with a very special salaam and dua in which many people were seen crying. This gives hope that the event has not really ended, many people took home albums of brother Milad Raza Qadri’s nasheeds and lectures of Shaykh-ul-Islam and will continue to offer durood and salaam on The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon Him) and even those who did not, we hope it has made a long lasting impact on people’s lives. This event is very much in the present rather than in the past and will certainly be beneficial to us in the future.
Reported by: Shoaib Iqbal