An iftar charity event was held at Silverman Hall in Nelson on 12 June 2016. The event was organised by Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League Nelson, in aid of Minhaj Welfare Foundation.
Sister Saima (Dawah Secretary MWL Nelson) welcomed the guests and then the programme commenced with the beautiful recitation of Surah Wateen from the Glorious Quran by Sister Aizah (MWL Burnley). Sisters Aizah and Rabbia (MYL Burnley) passionately bestowed heart felt naat "Jitna Diya Sarkar nai Mujh Ko" and "Raya Sohne Madine Wich Ja Kai". The bouquet of melodious naats continued to flow with recitations from Sister Zulekha (MYL Accrington), Sister Nida, Sister Zahida and Sister Humaira (MWL Burnley) and Sister Anam.
Host Sister, Nasreen Akhtar (MWL President North Zone), welcomed the audience of over 200 women and informed them how fortunate they were to be present once again in the blessed month of Ramadhan.
The charity event was co-hosted by guest speaker, Adnan Sohail (Projects Manager, Minhaj Welfare Foundation). He explained the two projects that MWL Nelson had undertaken to raise funds from tonight’s iftar charity event. Firstly, the "Education for All" project and specifically the orphan and needy sponsorship programme, which provides children with full care and quality education in Aghosh care home, Lahore. Secondly, the "Water for All" project and specifically donations towards hand pumps, whereby each hand pump would provide 15 households with access to clean drinking water.
Brother Adnan sent a strong message out to the audience stressing that half of Pakistan’s population does not have access to safe drinking water and that over 150000 children are deprived of the basic right to education. He urged the audience to give generously towards these two projects to help fund the basic right of those less fortunate than ourselves. He went on to explain that last year people's generous donations to MWF had helped provide 1000 hand pumps, benefiting 100,000 people with clean drinking water.
A Minhaj Welfare Foundation documentary was also shown which highlighted the beneficial work that has been undertaken by Minhaj Welfare Foundation in an attempt to eradicate the cycle of poverty. For the benefit of those participates unfamiliar with Minhaj Welfare Foundation, the documentary also showed an insightful introduction about its inspirational founder, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Further to this, it was highlighted that Minhaj Welfare Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental charity organisations in the world with branches in over 100 countries. Much emphasis was put on the orphan and needy sponsorship programme and the water hand pump projects.
Sister Nasreen Akhtar (MWL North Zone) congratulated MWL Nelson on their efforts for holding this charity event for the second year. She explained that last year 33 Orphan sponsorships and 33 hand pumps had been funded by the generous donations from Nelson. She went on to quote from the Quran and various Hadith about providing water and giving charity to orphans. She expressed that Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Our Prophet (SAW) said, "Those who treat an orphan with kindness, he and I will be close to each other as these two fingers."
A continuous flow of donors were motivated to provide their details at the desk and the names of those who donated were read out on stage which encouraged others to sponsor an orphan and provide for hand pumps. It was heralded an extremely successful event and all those who attended and donated were thanked for their participation by Sister Nasreen. More than £20000 were raised on the night.
A Dua was recited by Brother Adnan Sohail at the time of iftari and all guest were served food.
A book , cd and DVD stall was also set up.
Reported by Nahid Akhtar (MWL Nelson)