On the 12th of January 2014, the Women's League of Minhaj-ul-Quran Nelson hosted annual Mawlid Mehfil at the Minhaj-ul-Quran Centre in Nelson. This mehfil was hosted by Sister Nasreen Akhtar and Sister Sana Ashraf.
Approximately Six hundred participants in the form of women, girls and children attended the mehfil to show and express their love for the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and many others tuned in to Pendle Community Radio where the mehfil was live on air. The programme was initiated with tilawat from the Holy Quran by Sister Nasreen Ashraf. Naat sharif and Kalaams were recited in the honour of the birth of our beloved Prophet (SAW) by the youth girls from the Pearls of Knowledge classes taught by Alama Saeed. This was followed by the melodious recitation of Qaseeda Burda Shareef by Sister Houla. Sister Khatija MWL UK, who had come especially from London, presented a speech in English addressing the social issues regarding the youth in today’s society. A moving speech in Urdu was done by Sister Asmaa Information Secretary MWL UK, who also came from London. Sister Farzana who accompanied Sister Khatija from London, did a short but touching talk with regards to the mission and informed the audience on Shaykh ul Islam’s project that they are launching with regards to Minhaj Education City and gave dawah to others to become members of Minhaj ul Quran. One of the DVDs of Huzur Sayedi Shiekh ul Islam was played for the audience and then the audience were given a chance to answer questions on what they had heard. The mehfil was concluded with invoking greetings and salutations on the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) lead by Sister Shabnum and then a dua by Sister Asmaa including a special supplication for Qibla Huzur, after which food was served by the Women’s League. When the women were leaving they were given a free CD and DVD in Urdu and English along with leaflets for Minhaj Dawah project and Minhaj Education City and membership forms. There were also books and DVD stalls consisting of the Minhaj-as-Sawi and Mawlid-un-Nabi (SAW).
Report by: MWL Nelson