On Wednesday 19th February 2014, Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran held birthday celebrations, in honour of the founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. The mosque had made arrangements for children from both education centres, the Carr Road site and the Brunswick St site, to attend the proceedings and to take part in the ceremonies. Along with them, local members of Minhaj-ul-Quran and parents of the students were also invited to attend.
The mehfil was introduced by Sister Tahira Basharat, who conducted the proceedings on the female side. There were recitations of the Holy Quran by students from both centres. Sister Tooba Bilal, from Brunswick Street and Sister Zainab , from Carr Road did beautiful recitations of the Holy Quran. This was followed by a Naat Sharif by former student Sister Atiyah Parveen, with Salihah Anjum, and Maariyah Bilal, who read a Naat Sharif written by Shaykh-ul-Islam, called Teray Hotay Janam Liya Hota. Students from Carr Road recited beautiful s in honour of their Shaykh. The first Anthem was by Sisters Laiba and Malaikah, whilst the second was by Arooj and Rozina.
Sister Nimrah Khan, a senior student of the Brunswick Street Site, delivered a talk about the life and works of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. She explained about how Minhaj-ul-Quran was created and has now spread all over the world. This was followed by a Naat Sharif by Rabia Shaheen and another Anthem as a group by Jasmine Ahmad, Alisha Ahmad, and Saliha Anjum.
There was a short break for Salaat-ul-Maghrib, which everyone read with Jamaat. In the second instalment of the programme, the male side of the mosque hosted the programme. There were beautiful recitations from students and guests who had been invited. This was concluded with Salaam and Dua, also by the males.
There was also a cake cutting ceremony, Naaray praising Shaykh-ul-Islam were shouted as students from both centres took turns to cut the cake, which had been bought specially for the occasion. In attendance at the event were local members of Minhaj-ul-Quran, who all showed their encouragement to the students and supported the event. Everyone was also given refreshments as a sign of happiness for their Shaykh.
Report by: Tahira Basharat & Naushaza Fiaz