By the Grace of Almighty Allah, Annual Grand Mawlid-un-Nabi (SAW) Conference was organised by Minhaj-ul-Quran International London on the 2nd January 2015.
The conference started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Hafiz Asim Shabbir, followed by beautiful naat by a young group of girls from MSIS (Minhaj School of Islamic Sciences) and Minhaj Naat Council London. Guest naat khawan Khalid Hussain Khalid from (Chakwal) Pakistan also recited a naat in a very intricate manner and received a large amount of encouragement and appreciation from the audience.
The guest speaker of the conference was Allama Sadiq Qureshi Al-Azhari and the main English speaker of the programme was Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad Saad Al-Azhari from Egypt, whereas the conference was hosted by Allama Muhammad Shahnawaz from India. A young talented speaker from Minhaj Scholar class, Hamayun Farooq also delivered a short but informative speech in English.
Allama Sadiq Qureshi Al-Azhari delivered a truly touching speech on account of our Beloved Prophet (SAW). He said that Allah Almighty sent the holy Prophet (SAW) as a mercy for the whole of mankind. Everyone in the world rejoices (except Shaytan) on the birth of Prophet (SAW) because Allah has told us to rejoice on his Bounties and Mercies. Allah created Prophet (SAW) from his noor and no one was there when his creation took place. He described the beautiful characteristics of our Beloved Prophet (SAW) and his high status and how the companions used to show love and respect to him. Allama Sadiq Qureshi Al-Azhari also emphasised that we should also love the Prophet (SAW) in the same manner that the Sahaba did.
Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad Saad Al-Azhari addressed the audience in English and highlighted the importance of Mawlid-un-Nabi. He explained that we should remember our beloved Prophet (SAW) all the time and not only in Rabbi-ul-Awwal. Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al Azhari went on to explain the blessings that one receives in Rabbi-ul-Awwal. He also mentioned that sending Salutations upon the Prophet SAW is Allah SWT’s Hukm and that we should follow it. He also gave an insight into how sahaba used to show love towards the Prophet SAW.
Alhamdulillah, there was an excellent turn out from the youth and many of the young brothers also took part in delivering speeches and reciting nasheeds. They also enjoyed from the company of Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad Saad Al Azhari, who was on his first visit to Minhaj-ul-Quran London.
At the end of the programme, Director Minhaj-ul-Quran International London, Allama Hafiz Muhammad Zeeshan Qadri made a short speech. He thanked everyone and specially Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad Saad Al Azhari for their participation in the Mawlid-un-Nabi conference.
Report by: Ghulam Nabi