The Sisters Mawlid was held in Manchester by Minhaj Women League Manchester, on Friday 2nd January 2015 from 6pm to 10pm - celebrating 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1436. Over 200 women and children attended.
The hall was embellished with various colourful decorations and props.
Naats and Nasheeds were playing before the programme started and flags were given to attendees. A slide show was playing with various educational and inspirational Islamic quotes and images throughout the evening.
The event started with Tilawat and the English translation from the Irfan-ul-Quran by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Qasida Burda was recited. The benefits of reciting Durood shareef were said then everyone recited durood together.
There was a talk about what should we do when Allah SWT grants us His divine blessings: to remember the blessings of Allah SWT, to thank Allah SWT for His blessings, to publicise the blessings of Allah SWT and to rejoice. A beautiful Hadith was shared referring to how Abu Lahab freed Sawaiba and how he is given favour and benefit from this act despite being a disbeliever, so as Muslims who celebrate Milad we will receive manifold blessings surely.
A short clip was played about the raising of Prophet Muhammad SAW and how he took humanity out of darkness to light. The clip was of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri from his lecture on Peace, Integration and Human Rights in the Light of Quran and Sunnah.
A group of sisters recited a Naat beautifully together waving green flags rejoicing.
Sister Nasreen Akhter (MWL UK Dawah Secretary) gave an enlightening speech (Urdu). She spoke about how we cannot thank Allah SWT enough for all His Blessings on us. There is one unique Blessing/Favour of Allah SWT on us -the Beloved Rasul SAW. Muhammad SAW is this biggest Neymat which we should celebrate and rejoice! Then she spoke about the mission RasulAllah SAW came for, strived for and sacrificed for; and the companions and family of RasulAllah SAW sacrificed and struggled for. The life purpose for Muslims is to work hard and strive hard for the Mustafavi Mission. There is no point living a life without purpose. A life without purpose is useless. She said Minhaj-ul-Quran is the path of Quran and the path of the Quran is what we all have to follow. Huzoor Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is the one who has spread the Mustafavi Mission in Pakistan and established Minhaj-ul-Quran centres in over 100 countries, in every country and then in every city. In the UK alone 40 tanzeemats are working. All this is the struggle of Shaykh-ul-Islam who taught us the purpose of our life to become Lovers of RasulaAllah SAW (Ashiq-e-Rasool SAW) and he put the love of the companions and family of RasulAllah SAW in our hearts. Shaykh-ul-Islam has written around 1000 books, and given around 7000 lectures. She invited the participants to join Minhaj-ul-Quran and work for the Mustafavi Mission, to fulfil the purpose of our life; and to value the time we are in where we have Shaykh-ul-Islam. We are fortunate and should make the most of this by joining Minhaj-ul-Quran and pleasing Allah SWT and RasulAllah SAW. The Sisters in the audience responded well.
There was an interval. The sisters were blessed with the opportunity to do Ziarat of the Hair Mubarak of RasulAllah SAW. There were stalls selling clothes, scarfs, itar/scent, tasbees, Mendhi, candyfloss, snacks and drinks. People donated generously. Food was served.
Sister Shamime Jan (MWL UK Media Secretary) gave an inspirational talk (English). She started by saying how Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri answered each of her questions; and the knowledge she gained from Shaykh-ul-Islam threw her into the footsteps of the Prophet SAW into the love of the Prophet SAW. She then spoke about how in every field of your life you need a teacher like a health coach for better health and good lecturer for studying. So in your Deen you need a learned and spiritual person, a Shaykh, and that is what Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is. You need a Shaykh to develop your Deen and to develop spiritually and then you can teach others and carry it on in the community. She the spoke about how we have benefited and how we learnt from Shaykh-ul-Islam because he has embodied the teaching of the Prophet SAW himself and then when we in turn start to behave in a manner like the Prophet SAW this makes us an asset to our community stating “Minhaji Sisters are Wonder Women, MashaAllah” because they flicker love of the Prophet SAW where they go. We have something precious we want you to come towards. She invited the Sisters to have a one-to-one with the MWL sisters. The aim is to make someone stronger in their Deen and then they make someone stronger and we keep going. She ended with a beautiful statement saying my Iman is that our journey will take us together into the Akhirah into Jannah as a family as well inshaAllah. She finished by identifying which sisters would like to know more about MWL.
All the children were invited to the stage and asked if they would like to recite anything. It was a beautiful display to see. The children took turns to perform individually. We had “Milad Mubarak” with waving flags, “Allah Hu”, Kalima shareef, Durood shareef, recitation of Holy Quran, and older sibling teaching and encouraging younger ones to recite. Then each child picked a present from the lucky dip.
Beautiful and unique Naats were recited by various sisters along with Naareh coming from the audience during the Mehfil-e-Naat. Salaam was read and a heart-touching Dua in English and heart-felt Dua in Urdu too.
The raffle prizes winners were announced and they collected their stunning prizes. The Kids corner had the Islamic calendar colouring competition activity and the winners were announced and given their presents. Unique handmade Milad Mubarak cards were given with gifts (rose scarf pin or Nalain-e-Paak brooch).
A tasty cake was donated and presented on a decorated table surrounded by flickering candles and confetti. Asian sweets were distributed and cake was served.
The programme ended with thanking everyone.
Reported by Sadia Khan
MWL Manchester Media Secretary