On the 01 October 2017, Islamic New Year Muharram program combined with Sayyeda Zainab Conference was held at the Minhaj ul Quran Center by Alum Rock Birmingham Women League, with the Will of Allah Subhan WaTaala and the blessing of the prophet PBUH.
This program started with the recitation from the glorious Quran by young girl Eysha, followed by beautiful collective Naats shareef by many sisters.
Sister Rukhsana Iqbal MWL (Dawah Secretary of Alum Rock Birmingham) who spoke briefly about the love for the Ahl e Bait family. Sister Rukhsana explained that without the love of Ahl e Bait family our faith (Imaan) is not complete, the love for Ahl e Bait is love for Allah Subhan WaTaala. Imam Hussain RA spent their last night in deep pray asking Allah Subhan WaTaala for forgiveness even though he knew he was going to be martyred. Imam Hussain RA also asked his companions if they wanted to leave in the dark, the day before the battle, they were free to do so but none left. Imam Hussain RA received 33 arrow wounds and 34 sword wounds before being martyred.
Sister Shazia Parveen MWl (General Secretary of Alum Rock Birmingham) Spoke in English in great detail about the Ahl e Bait family and how the love of Ahl e Bait family does not make us Shia Muslims as this love is purely for Allah Subhan WaTaala. Mourning in Muharram doesn’t automatically make everyone Shia Muslims this is far from the truth as Shaykh Ul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri explains in the lecturers. Sister Shazia read a Hadith that was narrated by Usaamah Ibn Zayd RA who said prophet PBUH said these are my sons and my daughter’s sons. O Allah, I love them, so love them, and love whoever loves them. The prophet SAW used to hug and smell his grandsons and say they smell like flowers.
Sister Rukhsana Parveen MWL (Tarbiyyah and Dawah Secretary of Midlands Zone) spoke about the Ahl e Bait family and how today people think this is male dominated society and only men should go into war and only men should learn Islam, look at how the Ahl e Bait family all took part like Hazrat Zainab RA on the battle field. Imam Husan and Imam Hussain RA were very brave and pure individuals, as they had Hazrat Fatima Ra and Hazrat Ali RA as their parents and Prophet PBUH and Hazrat Khadija RA grandparents. Sister Rukhsana explained in great detail about Hazrat Zainab RA and Hazrat Fizza RA bravery in front of the Yazeed. These emotional events left everyone in tears.
This concluded with zikr by sister Rabia Khanam MWL (President of Alum Rock Birmingham) followed by dua and salaam by Sister Shazia Parveen MWL (General Secretary of Alum Rock Birmingham).
Reported by: Shaheen Akhter Minhaj Women League (Media Secretary of Alum Rock Birmingham UK)