On Friday 25th October 2013, Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran held an Eid-ul-Adha party for young students who attend the education centre. The event consisted of a mehfil and fun party games for the girls and the boys who attend daily to learn about Islam and its beliefs. The female students conducted their party upstairs whilst the males held a similar event on the ground floor.
The mehfil began with recitation of the Holy Quran by Nida Ajaz, a regular contributor to events. This was followed in the traditional with Qaseedah Burdah sharif. This was recited as a group by Fatimah Rehman, Ayman Ahmed, Iram Khan and Bismah Khanum.
There was also praises of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) by Alisha Hussain, Maheen Anjum, Zainab Iftikhar, Umme Hayya, Irtika Mehmood and Halima Riaz. All recited Naat sharif on the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) very beautifully, and made the gathering lively.
Jasmine Ahmed and Nimra Khan both recited a short poem about Eid-ul-Adha, whilst Alisha Ahmed gave a talk about the Islamic festival. She explained the story behind the day and also explained about the build up to it, in regards to Hajj and the Holy Pilgrimage.
All the students then participated in a game of “pass the parcel”, with many pleased to be winning treats and a gift at the end. They also prayed Salaat-ul-Maghrib with jamaat and were then treated to a meal of burgers and chips at the end.
All the students were happy and pleased with the day. It was very enjoyable and many learnt a great deal about Eid-ul-Adha, whilst having fun at the same time.
On Friday 23rd August 2013, Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran held a small Giyarvee Sharif celebration for the young girls who attend the education centre. It was a very enjoyable day and also very enlightening.
The mehfil began with recitation of the Holy Quran by Sana Hussain. Two girls, Iram Khan and Ayman then recited a beautiful English nasheed called “my mum is amazing”. This followed by a naat by Amina Ahmed. Alisha Hussain and Anam Farooq then recited praises on Allah (SWT) in the form of a Hamd about the 99 names of Allah (SWT). Salihah Anjum recited a beautiful poem and Laiba Latif recited a Naat of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W).
The special guest at the programme was former student Sister Atiyah Parveen. She beautifully recited praises on the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) by reading a naat. There was then a group naat by Maryam, Mirab and Ayman. Sana Iqbal and Sadiqah Ahmed also recited praises on the Holy Prophet (S.A.W), as did Alisha Ahmed and Jasmine Ahmed.
Sister Sana Fiaz, also a former student was the second chief guest of the event. She also enlightened the gathering with a beautiful naat of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). The final naat of the programme was recited by Tooba Bilal.
The programme also consisted of a short prize giving session. Students had been asked to design Eid Posters in honour of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. The posters were then judged by members of staff and four winners were chosen, according to the age groups. The winners were: Noor Fatima Mirza, Zakia Iqbal, Tooba Bilal, and Alisha Ahmed.
The children also enjoyed themselves by playing “Pass the Parcel”. There were two winners of the game Adawiyah Fiaz and Salihah Anjum.
The event was concluded with Salaam on the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) by the chief guests, Sana Fiaz and Atiyah Parveen. Dua was done by a senior student called Alisha Ahmed.
Everybody enjoyed the event and congratulated the staff members for the success of the event. The children were also given goody bags at the end.
There was also a similar event held for Eid-ul-Adha a couple of months later at the mosque.
Report by: Tahira Basharat & Naushaza Fiaz