Saturday 9th November saw Jamia Mosque packed with youth and elderly in the coming together for Eid of Mawlid un Nabi. In collaboration with Jamia Mosque committee, Minhaj Sisters commemorated this auspicious month with audience participation, hosted by sr Farzana, recitation of Quran and beautiful Arabic and Urdu nasheeds recited by both youth and older participants were performed.
Sr Khadijah Atkinson from London made reference to a talk delivered by Dr Ghazala Hassan Qadri (in Leicester) around Quranic references referring to Mawlid and importance around these events strengthening links and raising the status of the beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
This was further related to a hadith around iman and loving the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the reaction of Saidina Umar (r.a) upon hearing this hadith. Expanding on some of the works of Shaykh ul Islam around the condition of the youth, the inner struggle around retaining blessings and adopting good habits to protect iman - sr Khadijah ended with sharing five points of naseeha from Shaykh ul Islam (Al-Hidayah camp, 2011) for the youth to reflect an act upon. Ending with Shaykh ul Islam quote around cleansing the heart.
Alima, Faiza Qadri using Shaykh ul Islam’s works on Mawlid in Urdu, to illustrate the need for us to change and adopt the ways of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) explored the perfect character and manners of the Prophet, (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) Using many examples of the companions around how they revered the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and would not allow his blessed hair or blessed wudhu water to fall onto the floor, and would collect the blessed hair and water for Baraka.
Alima Faiza discussed the hadith of Abu Lahab and how he continues to be rewarded for celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to demonstrate and engender the reverence and rewards for us as Muslims for doing so. Narrating a beautiful hadith about the responses of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) when his blessed shawl was pulled by a person who wanted some items from the Prophet ( Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) Alima Faiza illustrated the level of utmost patience and soft approach in the face of adversity and invited the audience to think about how they would have responded.
The success of this event was measured by the attendance and their feedback and more importantly the sales of Shaykh ul Islam books.
All proceeds from the book sale were returned to London MQI book-shop.