On Wednesday 19th February 2014, Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran held birthday celebrations in honour of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s 63rd birthday. The mehfil was conducted by the Imam of Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran, Allama Hafiz Abdul Saeed who supervised over the proceedings. There was a joint effort from students from both centres of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, Nelson participating. There were also a number of local members present who also contributed towards the proceedings.
The mehfil began with students from the Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran’s Makkah House, starting the proceedings. Recitation of the Holy Quran was done by Hisham Yousaf, and Naat Shareefs praising the Holy Prophet (SAW) were read by Ali Saeed and Mateen Rauf. This was followed by a speech by Awais Bilal.
The Hifz Class, also known as Madina Class then continued the proceedings. Recitation of the Holy Quran was done by Faisal Khan, who also recited a Naat of the Holy Prophet (SAW). There was also a naat by Umar Khan and Muhammad Hamza. This was followed by a speech by Ali Hamza on Shaykh-ul-Islam`s educational qualifications.
This was followed by participation from Baghdad House. Recitation of the Holy Quran was done by Hassan Ali. There was also a recitation of the Qaseedah Burdah Sharif, which was done as a group by Hassan Ali, and Hassan Sajjad. A speech was also done by Hamzah Khan on the life of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
The final class to take part from the Brunswick Street centre was Hussain House. Qasim Khan began with recitation of the Holy Quran, whilst Zain Arshad and Umar Basharat read Naats of the Holy Prophet (SAW). The talk was given by Adam Hayaat.
The next part of the mehfil consisted of contributions by students from the Carr Road centre. Atif Nazar from Makkah House did a speech, whilst Hammad Raza from Baghdad House recited a poem. The final contributions from the students came from Hussain House, with recitation of the Holy Quran by Muhammad Ishaq and a Naat Sharif by Ali Anas.
The mehfil was also attended by members of Minhaj-ul-Quran from the local communities of Nelson and Burnley. Haji Muhammad Qamar Chishti and Brother Kabir Hussain both recited Naghmay in honour of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. There was also a short speech by a teacher of the Brunswick centre, Hafiz Muhammad Rizwan Iftikhar.
The key note speech was given by a special guest from Pakistan, Professor Mazhar Hussain Qadri. There was a second speech by another Guest of Honour from Lahore, Pakistan. Mufti Hafiz Muhammad Ramzan Qadri, the Khateeb of Data Darbar, Lahore talked about the love of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
There was also a cake cutting ceremony, in which senior members of the community cut the birthday cake. To conclude the mehfil and gathering dua was done by Professor Mazhar Hussain Qadri, who prayed for the long and healthy life of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
Report by: Tahira Bashrat & Naushaza Fiaz