Sunday 27th June 2011: As part of Al-Azhar WAAG delegation’s visit to MWF’s operational offices in Nelson, they also visited MQI Nelson. Led by Shaykh Dr Abd al-Fadeel al-Qawsi (Vice President of WAAG – World Association of Al-Azhar Graduates), the delegation included Professor Usama Yasin (Vice President for Administrative affairs of WAAG), Dr Abdul Daaim Al-Naseer and Brother Marwaan (Secretary of Dr Abd al-Fadeel al-Qawsi).
The young students of the mosque waiting outside the mosque with flowers to greet the guest. The local executive committee of MQI Nelson, led by President MQI Nelson, Haji Muhammad Ismail was also present and in anticipation of the guests’ arrival. The delegation arrived at MQI Nelson, Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran (Brunswick Street) Nelson at around 5pm and were pleased to see the children waiting in an attentive and orderly manner.
The guests first visited the girls classes which are situated on the first floor of the mosque and were greeted with by hymns of peace and happiness being recited by the students followed by praises and salutations on the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon Him). The delegation was informed of local activities and classed and met with the pupils and teachers.
Thereon the guests made their way to the ground main floor of the mosque where they had a similar meet and greet with the boys and where they met local community members and the members of MQI Nelson committee.
Some of the local guests were Dr M Malik MBE (founder member of Pendle Inter-Faith Group and Chairman of Building Bridges), Sue Gillett (Constituency Manager for Sajjad Karim Conservative Member of European Parliament for North West of England) as he could not attend in person due to being abroad, and Mr Abdullah Zaid (Journalist).
Shaykh Muhammad Ramadhan al-Qadri al-Azhari and Shaykh Adnan Sohail al-Azhari introduced the delegation to the local guests and informed them of the local works of MQI particularly from an educational perspective at ground level.
The delegation was pleased to see the work that was being carried out and the services being offered to local community in the form of a reference library and DVD/CD store.
Shaykh Dr Abd al-Fadeel al-Qawsi appreciated the work of MQI and Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri made dua for the multi-dimensional work of MQI to excel further.