On 14th April, the Muslim Youth League UK Sisters, hosted the 'Ladies of Light' event. The event was co-hosted by MYL-S sister Haleema Ansar and MYL-S Newham Coordinator Anbreen Hussain. The event commenced with a beautiful tilawat and nasheed by Sister Maryam Hussain. This was followed with a nasheed by Sister Anisa Tanweer. As the theme was 'Ladies of Light' Sister Haleema spoke of how Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri often promotes the rights of women in Islam. A brief introduction was given by the Pearls of Islam sisters, Sister Sakinah and Sister Rabiah about the Rabbani Project.
Sister Sakinah then spoke of women in Islamic history; particularly focusing on Hazrat Barakah also known as Umm Ayman. She was a notable Abyssinian woman and was the first person to hold the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in her arms. Hazrat Umm Ayman was also one of the few people who the Prophet (PBUH) had given glad tidings of Jannah. He would refer to her as 'mother after my own mother'. The young sisters attending the event were very happy to learn about an important lady from the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Sister Aisha Hussain then recited the beautiful nasheed ‘Amma ni Amma’. Sister Anbreen commented that it indeed was a beautiful coincidence that Sister Aisha had recited ‘Amma ni Amma’ as this was a nasheed that was recited by Hazrat Sheema, the Prophet’s (PBUH) foster sister. They would often play together as young children. The Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrat Sheema had separated and upon seeing the Prophet (PBUH) after many years, Hazrat Sheema ran home and sang this nasheed to her mother, Hazrat Halima. Sister Anbreen translated it as 'Mother oh mother, the Beloved has come home.' This impromptu translation moved many of the Sisters who were not familiar with the Urdu and/or Punjabi language.
Then came the time all the sisters had been waiting for. The Pearls of Islam performed a few of their nasheeds and hamds. All the participants were thoroughly impressed and grateful for their performance. Their performance was followed by Sister Oranoos Painda reciting a nasheed. It was commented upon that it was the first time Sister Oranoos had performed mashAllah. Sister Samina, a young entrepreneur also recited a beautiful nasheed and spoke a little about a very important lady and role model for all women. She spoke of how Hazrat Khadijah was a great influence on her own life and how Hazrat Khadijah's business skills surpassed that of many men.
The MYL sisters had arranged to put up a short clip by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri on the topic of the status of Women in Islam. The clip was met with lots of smiles and laughter as Shaykh-ul-Islam joked about how men try to get 100 'darjahs' over women. Sister Anbreen then commented on the teachings of Shaykh-ul-Islam. She stated how the Prophet (PBUH) would race with his wife, Hazrat Aisha and how recreation was encouraged by Him (PBUH). She spoke of how the correct teachings would not reach us if it were not for a Shaykh and thus stated the importance of a guide/Shaykh in our lives. Attention was also drawn to the London Declaration and everyone present was urged to sign the declaration if they had not already done so. Sister Haleema made everyone aware of the local events that were taking place in London and urged them all to attend.
Pearls of Islam were requested to do the salaam at the end. They led everyone present with salaam in their beautiful and melodious voices. The Minhaj Women League London President, Mrs. Zareeda Shafiq was then requested to finish the event with a supplication. The day ended with the sisters discussing women in Islam over tea and biscuits.