Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League Bradford had the pleasure of organising a Mawlid mehfil at Ghausia masjid in Leeds. The success of this mehfil was immense with 2 guest speaker’s sister Sabah Fatima Mash’hadi (London) and Sister Shamim (Manchester).
On Sunday 26th of January Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League Bradford organised to 2 mini buses and a handful of cars to make their way together to Ghausia masjid Armley in Leeds. Upon reaching there everyone was warmly greeted by the women organisers of the masjid.
This report will discuss all the events that took place and the feedback received.
The mehfil started at 11:30. Sister Rubina first welcomed and thanked the members of Ghausia masjid for inviting the MWL Bradford team to organise this Mawlid.
Tilawat e Quran:
Sister Fatima a young child was given the blessed opportunity to recite the Quran.
Hamd, mankubat and naat session.
After this the session of Hamd, mankubat's and naats was underway until Zhuhr Salah at 12:45 pm.
• Sister Fazilat – Qasida burda
• Sister Rubina – daroud Sharif
• Sister Rukhsana – naat sab boliya tu soni hai boli huzor di
• Sister Fatima – naat dar e nabi pe
• Sister Shanaz – naat salay Allah muhammadin
• Sister Rehana and Safiya – naat salallah subhanallah
After this the muezzin called out the azan and jammat for Zhuhr salaah was started at 1pm. At the end of the salaah the men congratulated the MWL Bradford for organising this mehfil requested them to come more regularly. They also stated that they would be donating an umrah ticket for the next mehfil MWL Bradford held at Ghausia masjid Leeds.
The mehfil resumed after Salah by which sister Shamim had arrived and was allocated time for her speech.
• Sister Rehana and Safiya – naat waiko ni waiko saiyo
Sister Shamim from Manchester was one of the guest speakers for the mehfil. Her speech was done in English so that she could accommodate for those who could not understand Urdu. Sister Shamim gave a background into who she is and how she became to become part of idara Minhaj-ul-Quran.
She then engaged the audience by asking them what problems they face on a daily basis and what they feel is the solution to their problems.
Sister Shamim then went on to talk about that the perfect believer is the one whose character is fine. It is a constant battle within one self to purify and stay away from the sins of this duniya. This was linked on to the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (saw):
“A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet (PBUH) said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your father”.
Sister Shamim linked on, that the love of the prophet Muhammad (saw) was the best of all loves as it teaches us to become good Muslims and brings us closer to Allah. As whatever the prophet loves we should love and whatever he prohibits us from we should stay away from it. This lead on to inviting the women to join Minhaj-ul-Quran becoming part of a network that teaches the love of the prophet Muhammad (saw).
Sister Shamim stated that we should keep small amount of money aside every month to buy books and CD’s of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. It is this education and knowledge that will help us in the Akhira hence the importance of linking yourself to a spiritual teacher who is Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
Half way through the speech sister Shamim called up sister Rehana to recite a naat to lift the atmosphere a little.
• Sister Rehana recited ucha ya nay Shana sarkar diya.
After the naat sister Shamim continued her speech to state that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to cry and spend nights crying saying ‘ummati ummati’.
Our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) loved us so much can we not give him anything back?
The disbelievers of that time came towards Islam due to the character of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) not by his words. They saw the way he walked, sat, ate and treated the people. Even so much so that he used to be insulted and hurt but he never said anything in return that would harm them instead he would do dua for them, that Allah may guide them.
Sister Shamim’s ending words were polish your character and join the journey of Minhaj-ul-Quran.
By now sister Sabah Fatima had also arrived. Sisters went around with chocolate and water as a little refreshment.
Sister Rubina recited the following verse of the Quran:
The verse states that Allah has told the mankind to rejoice on the arrival of Muhammad (saw) because had it not been for him we would not be here in this world. All the blessing that we have and will be given on the day of judgement is due to the Muhammad (saw) hence his celebration is compulsory upon us. The biggest blessing which Allah has given to us is the holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) all our wealth children everything that we own is nothing compared to the prophet so why should we not rejoice?
Sister Sabah Fatimah started her speech at 2pm. She first congratulated all organisers and thanked everyone for the warm invitation. She then recited the verse 157 from surah al Araf.
Sister Sabah went on to say that a Muslim should look into 3 elements within himself.
1. Extreme love and respect for Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
2. Helping the religion of Muhammad (saw)
1) Respect beyond limits.
The first step is to create love ishq in your heart which leads to the second stage of respect. The shahadah is the first step it allows you to enter in to the deen. Sister Sabah argued that those who say that there is no love mentioned in the Quran then think again because those who have not entered into Islam cannot recite the Quran so the first lesson of the Quran is love.
Sister then narrated the hadith regarding were the prophet stated that my brothers are those who will come after me and will never have seen but their love for me will be so much that they will be ready to sacrifice everything just for one glance of me.
‘Bin dekhey ishq’
Who can teach us the respect of Prophet Muhammad (saw)? Obviously it has to be someone higher in rank and who is higher in rank than the prophet Muhammad (saw)? Just Allah hence it is Allah who has taught us to the love and respect of Muhammad (saw).
Hazrat Bilal Habshi (RA) used to give the azan while all the sahabah would gather in the masjid waiting for the prophet to arrive. He would hide so that no one can see him, but he can see the house of Prophet Muhammad (saw). Why? Because he wanted to be the first to see the prophet Muhammad (saw).
Sister Sabah then went on to state the quote of Allama Iqbal were he states that:
I want on the Day of Judgment when Allah shows his jalwa I turn my face so everyone turns around to ask me why my face is turned so when everyone looks in my direction I quickly turn my head to be the first to see Allah.
This not shariyat. This is ishq. It is this love that we should be striving for. All these bounties are due to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
‘Milad na hota tu quran na hota’
Baji Sabah’s message was leave the duniya, leave the love of this duniya follow the seerat of Muhammad (SAW). Satan is our enemy but he can’t touch those who live for Allah and His Rasool (SAW). Shaykh-ul-Islam wants to place that candle of love in every mumins hearts so join the mission and be part of this mission of love.
After the speech asr Salah was performed at 3:15
The men concluded the dua and praised everyone on both the content and conduction of the mehfil as this was the largest that the masjid had ever seen. The men also laid out provisions for langar on the other side of the hall.
After dua sister Sabah introduced the audience to join and gain membership with Minhaj-ul-Quran. She narrated the story of Zubaida khatoon and majnoo. The mehfil conclude with salaam read by sister Rukhsana.
After which food was served which had been organised by the masjid committee.
Whilst food was being served many new people introduced to Minhaj-ul-Quran that day arrived to talk to the sister Sabah, sister Shamim, sister Jannat and all the sisters to learn more about how they can join and what its mission is.
The number of people present in the event were over 250 which is a great achievement seeing as this was a first Mawlid mehfil held my Minhaj-ul-Quran in Leeds. All the women who attended were very eager to learn more hence MWL Bradford plans to hold more similar mehfils in the future. Insha’Allah
The women of Leeds were also very eager to set up Durood Sharif Halkas and proposal for 4 Halkas had been received. These Halkas are in the process of being set up.
The mehfil was also able to fundraise over £1500 which was all donated to the masjid for their renovation.
Report by : Jannat Ilahi (President, MWL Bradford)