On Saturday 1st November 2014, Minhaj-ul-Quran International Nelson held their annual Shuhada-e-Karbala Conference 2014 at the Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran, Brunswick Street, Nelson. This conference was hosted by Allama
Rukhsar Ahmad Qadri and commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran by brother Qari Waqas Hussain.
A handful of local Naat Khawans including Jamiat-e-Hassaan, Qari Muhammad Samundar, Haji Muhammad Mushtaq, Kabir Hussain & Sufi Muhammad Riaz read poetry relating to Hazrat Imam-e-Hussain AS and the events of Karbala.
The main guest speaker was Allama Syed Farhat Hussain Shah Sahib, Head of
Ulema Council, Minhaj-ul-Quran International Lahore, Pakistan. He spoke about Imam-e-Hussain AS and his companions, who sacrificed their lives in the events of Karbala. He compared the events of Karbala to the modern times and how we should all be grateful for the sacrifices of Imam-e-Hussain AS and his
Companions and the importance of remembering all those who lost their lives.
During his speech he also highlighted the events after the Martyrdom of Imam-e-Hussain AS and explained how Sayyedina Zainab SA (the beloved sister of Imam-e-Hussain AS) felt as the convoy moved forward. The audience was overwhelmed with emotion upon hearing about these events.
Another guest speaker invited to the conference was Allama Muhammad Haroon Abbasi Sahib from Pakistan. He began his speech on the saying of a poet: "Wo Zainab Jo Kal Madina Ki Maalik Thee" and he emphasised that whilst reading this verse in the future, also say this: "Wo Madina Ki Kal Bhi Maalik Thee Or Aaj Bhi Maalik Hai". You can see from these verses the love and respect shown to the family of the Holy Prophet Peace and Blessings be Upon Him. He also explained how in today's society people have time for worldly matters but for the deen & the zikr of the Holy Prophet Peace and Blessings be Upon Him and his family we do not have time. Allama Muhammad Haroon Abbasi Sahib also stated that this is something we need to think about and give importance to because this is time that we have may no longer have with us.
The Chief Guest Allama Muhammad Afzal Saeedi Sahib, President of NEC (National Executive Council) from Bradford was also present. He congratulated the Minhaj-ul-Quran International Nelson Committee for organising such a blessed and spiritual gathering and thanked the audience for attending the Masjid and being a part of the conference. Allama Muhammad Afzal Saeedi Sahib prayed that future events remembering the family of the Holy Prophet Peace and Blessings be Upon Him would be organised in the same manner.
Arrangements for the conference were made for Men and Women. Allama Syed Farhat Hussain Shah Sahib made a heartfelt dua for all those who attended and prayed for they well-being, he also prayed for the health and success of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. At the end of the conference Langar-e-Hussaini was distributed to those in attendance.
Reported: Moazzam Ali (MQI Nelson Deputy Media Secretary)