By the grace of Allah (S.W.T.) and the blessings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), annual Mi’raj-un-Nabi conference was held on 26th May 2014 under the banner of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, London. The event, which was hosted by Allama Muhammad Shahnawaz Qadri, began with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Hafiz Asim Shabbir (first hafiz from MQI London). Naat, in praise of the beloved Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) was beautifully recited by renowned QTV Naat Khawn Shoaib Raza Qadri followed by Naats from Minhaj Naat Council headed by Haji Aftab Ahmed Qadri. A short introductory speech delivered by Allama Muhammad Shahnawaz, General Secretary Minhaj-ul-Quran International London, giving the audience a brief insight into the event of Isra and Mi’raaj in accordance with Quran, Hadith and scientific perspectives in a very eloquent way.
The main speaker for the event was Allama Hassan Mir Qadri, Ameer Minhaj European Council, who was especially invited from Norway. He delivered an inspiring speech in Urdu on Mi’raj-un-Nabi (SAW), giving references from the Holy Qur’an and Hadith and going into the philosophical and spiritual aspects of the blessed Night’s Ascent. Allama Hassan Mir Qadri started off with the concept of Hazrat Musa (A.S.) making dua nine times to see Allah (S.W.T.) but Allah (S.W.T.) declined his request all nine times. During the meeting between Allah (S.W.T.) and his Beloved Prophet (S.A.W.), the Prophet (S.A.W.) was given a gift of fifty Salahs per day even though Allah (S.W.T.) knew that in the end there would only be 5 Salahs. When the Prophet (S.A.W.) would return, Hazrat Musa (A.S.) would say go back and ask for less as your people will not be able to fulfil this requirement. Hazrat Musa (A.S.) done this nine times. This was the point at which Allah (S.W.T.) fulfilled Hazrat Musa (A.S.) as he allowed him to see the Person who had seen Allah (S.W.T.). He made a clear explanation of the term Salah. He went on to say that Salah has two meanings, one in the form of prayer and one in the form of salutations upon the Prophet (S.A.W.). He then elaborated on the point that the journey towards Allah is also a Mi’raj and is done with the help of the Prophet (S.A.W.) and the journey towards the Prophet (S.A.W.) is also the Mi’raj of an Ummati which is done with the help of a pious person of Allah (S.W.T.). The participants were encouraged to focus on their inner spirituality and the relationship they have with Allah (S.W.T.) and His Beloved Messenger (S.A.W.).
In a short message of Mi’raj-un-Nabi (SAW), Allama Hafiz Muhammad Zeeshan Qadri, Director Minhaj-ul-Quran International London, highlighted the aspect of Mi’raj-un-Nabi through various references of Quran and Hadith. A large amount of the audience, especially the youth, enjoyed his thought provoking speeches. A large number of people including many distinguished guests were amongst the attendees. It was a great a night which will be remembered.
At the end of the programme, Salaat-ul-Tasbeeh was led by Allama Muhammad Kashif. Dua was read by the guest of honour, Allama Hassan Mir Qadri and food was also served in the end.
Report by: Ghulam Nabi