Unanimous welcome for the President of Minhaj-ul-Quran International Supreme Council Dr Hassan Qadri by hundreds of prominent Minhaj-ul-Quran members across Scotland.
Dr Hassan was among the special guests bringing a touch of glamour to the 65th birthday wishes of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri - founding chairman of Minhaj-ul-Quran International.
Speaking at the Kabana function hall in Glasgow marking the heartfelt birthday wishes made by its members, Dr Hassan Qadri said: “Our great leader, who is indeed a great source of inspiration, who has enlightened our heart with the light of knowledge; who has actually energized us and made us able to understand. To live in this world and fulfil the rights of each other under the guidance of Quran and Rasoolullah.” (Peace and blessing be upon him)
Before the main speakers began, passages were read from the holy Quran by Islamic Scholar Shaykh Abbas followed by nasheeds from international renowned artists Milaad Raza. General Secretary Shamsher Ali of Minhaj-ul-Quran Glasgow along with local nasheed artist Tahir Ilyas also from Glasgow, paid rich tributes to Dr Qadri for his multiple services for promotion of peace, interfaith dialogue and harmony around the world.
Syed Ali Abbas Bukhari who is President of Minhaj-ul-Quran UK used his speech to acknowledge the huge cheers of love for their leader by the crowd as he arrived on stage. The event was attended by around 320 people, which included prominent speakers from various branches of the organisation. He emphasised that this was a chance for everyone to unite under the leadership of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri.
But another key theme was the upcoming mega project spoken by Islamic Scholar and Project Director Allama Afzal Saeedi. He informed the audience that the project aims to create a culture of education amongst the community, working to establish interfaith relations as well as stressing the true principles of Islam in letter and spirit. He further emphasised that this would perhaps become the first location outside of Pakistan where a university campus would be established. Not only will it become a central hub of education, but it will also have the potential to become the head office of Minhaj-ul-Qur’an UK, thus holding an important role in the structure of the organisation.
The speech prompted lively interest from crowd after dinner was served where Dr Hassan concluded by saying: “You go to Minhaj-ul-Quran; over there you will find Shaykh-ul-Islam. He is your doctor who can understand your inner world as well as the outer world. So what should I do? You should seek the company of Shaykh-ul-Islam, sit in his company, and learn from his company.”
Much to the delight of hundreds of cheering participants, there was the devotional Sufi music called Qawwal followed by prayers for everyone. The event officially came near to a close when local members presented the birthday cake in honour of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and the honour of the first cut was given to Dr Hassan along with other distinguished guests.
By Shahid Ashraf Khan (Media Secretary Glasgow)