22nd January 2016: A great preacher, educationalist and a great Muslim Jurist. He is a shining light of Islam; a spokesman of theologian, the interpreter of spiritual knowledge, a leader amongst leaders, the incomparable and a reviver of religion.
These titles all belong to one personality known as Abdul Qadir Jilani (May Allah be pleased with him), also known as Ghaus-e Azam. In view of his extreme piety, depth of knowledge, simple life and miracles performed and other such noble qualities some call him a saint while others describe him as the saint of all saints.
Earlier this year, on the 22nd of January 2016, the anniversary of this remarkable man was celebrated with zeal and zest at the Minhaj-ul-Quran centre in Rutherglen. The wide variety of speakers made the event highly attractive for the audience.
Kicking off proceedings was Islamic Scholar, Shaykh Abbas with his beautiful Quran recitation. Paying glowing tributes to Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him) was brother Munir Butt along with a group of esteemed youngsters including local artists Tahir Ilyas, honoured guest Shafaat Hussein Shah and renowned international Nasheed artists Milaad Raza. Men and women of all ages enthusiastically took part in the celebrations and expressed their love and devotion for their Prophet.
The climax of the programme came when Islamic Scholar Dr Rafiq Habib explained that whoever attaches himself to Shaykh Abdul Qadri Jilani (May Allah be pleased with him) will always be at peace. Dr Habib further explained that someone asked the great saint, “We know the state of your good followers and what awaits them in the hereafter, but what about the bad ones?” He answered, “The good ones are devoted to me and I am devoted to saving the bad ones.”
Dr Habib emphasised that our intentions should be pure before we sit in amongst the pious people so that we are able to gain spiritually from their blessed company and also reiterated the importance of a link with Shaykh Abdul Qadri Jilani with those who want to embark on a spiritual journey with a quote from Holy Quran below.
Holy Quran, Surah 18. Al-Kahf, Verse 28
“Keep yourself content with those who call on their Rabb morning and evening seeking His good pleasure; and let not your eyes turn away from them desiring the attraction of Worldly Life; nor obey the one whose heart we have permitted to neglect our remembrance, who follows his own desires and goes to extremes in the conduct of his affairs.”
The program ended with the special prayer and food was served to the audience.
By Shahid Ashraf Khan (Media Secretary, Glasgow)