By the grace of Almighty Allah and the Blessings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) a beautiful programme celebrating the Milad-un-Nabi (S.A.W) was held on the 27th of February 2011 at the Asian Centre in Walthamstow. The event was organised by MYL-Sisters Waltham Forest area, a team lead by the Waltham Forest Co-ordinator Humaira Ali.
The programme commenced with a beautiful recitation of Surah Ar-Rahman by Sister Maimunah. Sister Sana Arif then continued by reciting an Urdu Nasheed in her mesmerizing voice.
The host, Sister Anbreen Hussain (MYL-S Newham Co-ordinator), then took the stage to open with a detailed introduction of what the programme was going to entail.
Sister Humaira Ali then proceeded by giving a presentation, in which she outlined the numerous works and continuous efforts of Huzoor Shaykh-ul-Islam Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. She drew particular reference to the historical launch of the Fatwa book and explained how critical it was for us as Muslims in the West to read this material and familiarise ourselves with what the Quran and Hadith actually say about Jihad, terrorism and violence. She urged all the participants to buy the newly available full edition of the Fatwa book, as a result of which many copies were sold.
The main speaker of the afternoon was Sister Samra Mursaleen. She gave a very educational and awe-inspiring speech about the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). She covered 3 main topics :-
1) The Mawlid or birth of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W)
2) The Physical Beauty of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W)
3) The Spiritual Beauty of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W)
Sister Samra spoke of the numerous miracles which occurred at the birth of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). She said that the Angels proclaimed the birth of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and that Hazrat Aminah was sent birds from Eden. Hazrat Aminah was surrounded by such a bright light that she could even see the Palaces of Basrah. She saw three flags, one in the East, one to the West and one on the roof of the Holy Ka’bah.
Sister Samra quoted many authentic ahadith from the Sahih Sittah regarding the physical Beauty of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). She stated that in Tirmidhi Sharif, Hazrat Ali (R.A.)narrates that Holy Prophet (S.A.W) “Was of middle size in height, had wide black eyes, the seal of Prophecy between his shoulder blades. His face shone like the full moon. He had thick wavy hair which was parted and reached below the lobes of his ears. He had fine long arched eyebrows. He had a vein which appeared between the eyebrows when He became angry. He was thick bearded, his teeth were set apart and his neck was of an ivory stature. Subhanallah. He was broad shouldered and his hands were cool and fragrant. He was the model of all human beauty from head to toe.” As Hazrat Aisha (R.A.)narrates, “He was the walking Quran.” Holy Prophet (S.A.W) was the ideal model of perfection.
In terms of the Spiritual Beauty of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) Sister Samra quoted from the Holy Quran, “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah, you have the perfect example.” She explained how the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) always showed concern for the poor and the weak. He (S.A.W) never found blame in anything and never sent anyone away empty-handed. He (S.A.W) openly displayed His love for His children. Whenever Hazrat Fatima (R.A.) came to a gathering the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) would stand and give her His own seat.
It was the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) who revolutionised women’s rights. He (S.A.W) told men to treat their wives well and said, “And I am the best to my wives”. Hazrat Aisha (R.A.) stressed the modesty and Haya of Holy Prophet (S.A.W).
The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) was a great statesman and politician. He drew up the first constitution ever, the Constitution of Medina. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) led a simple life. He (S.A.W) ate bread from unprocessed flour. He (S.A.W) would go many days and nights without eating and would often tie a stone to his stomach to suppress the hunger. Once Hazrat Umar (R.A.) wept at the poverty he S.A.W Holy Prophet (S.A.W) in and said that he could not bear the fact that the rulers of Iran and Persia were rich but the Messenger of Allah ate so little and slept on a bed of straw. Holy Prophet (S.A.W) replied “O Umar, they have the good in this world, but we have the rewards of the Hereafter.” Overall he was the ideal model of moral perfection. When asked: what is the best Islam? He (S.A.W) replied, “Feed the hungry and spread peace to those you know and those you don’t know.”
After a break for Salaat-ul-Asr, the Head of Minhaj-ul-Quran International’s Women League Mohtarma Saba Fatima Mash’hadi, gave a speech congratulating the Muslim Youth League Sisters for organising such a successful event. She praised the efforts of the sisters and said that our success should spread the work of Minhaj-ul-Quran International all over the UK, Europe and the whole world, InshaAllah.
Sisters Adeela, Maryam, Maimunah and Sana Arif concluded the afternoon with some more Nasheeds in praise of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). Baji Saba Fatima ended the programme with a heart touching Dua and thereafter food was distributed.
May Allah (S.W.T) grant us the ability to organise many more successful events and in particular the MYL-Sisters of Waltham Forest who worked hard to organize the event, to spread the love of Allah (S.W.T) and His Blessed Rasool (S.A.W), and the work of our dear Shaykh, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Ameen Sumameen