Minhaj-ul-Quran Glasgow held its first ever one day conference and retreat in the form of Al Hidayah in Scotland on Monday 2nd January 2017.
The workshop was organised jointly By Minhaj-ul-Quran Glasgow and Al Hidayah UK to bring the excitement of learning in a fun and interactive way with mainly young people all over Scotland. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the broader vision of Minhaj-ul-Quran international and opportunities for young people to contribute.
The workshop was attended by leading guest, Dr Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, so of world renowned Islamic scholar, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri. Other prominent members of the community where also present from across UK including local Islamic scholar Shaykh Rehan Raza and Dr Zahid Iqbal, Al Hidayah organiser.
Shaykh Rehan Raza kicked off events by talking about Social Media and its Interaction. He discussed the importance of social media and what techniques we can use to convey the true peaceful message of Islam and what best ways to challenge the media on misleading information. In his concluding remarks, he states that: "Ignorance is the greatest enemy of humanity and that is the reason why Allah Almighty guided humanity to seek knowledge when He revealed the first verse of the Holy Qur'an. The reason for suspicious, fear, hatred and violence is ignorance.”
This was followed by Dr Zahid and Sister Khadija Atkinson’s presentation on how young people can become mentors to one another in better understanding the values and fulfilling of Minhaj-ul-Quran international. They both spoke about how the Al-Hidayah team can help people develop various skills within the organisation and help young people in particular to have the right skills to make positive contributions within their communities.
At the end of the workshop, key speaker Dr Hussain addressed everyone by stating how the workshop should help everyone to engage positively in their societies. His main focus was on the importance of seeking the correct education to achieve success in our lives. Dr Hussain emphasised that “you need sincerity and hard work in whatever field you are in.” He further went on to say how bad habits can ruin us by stating: “we do things to show people, not for the sake of our Lord, not for the sake of the right things, not for the sake of people and humanity. These all are sins which destroy and make our hearts dirty.”
The event with the excitement of the audience posing questions to Dr Hussain, which was then followed by prayer for everyone.
Report by: Shahid Ashraf Khan