The Muslim Youth League organised its third consecutive national youth retreat at Nelson, Lancashire. The retreat was held at Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran at Brunswick Street and was attended by approximately 30 participants from various parts of the country.
The first day started in the evening and consisted of arrival and settling in for participants. Upon registration participants were given welcome packs. After the welcome address and dinner, Brother Qasim Rauf ran through the etiquettes of spiritual retreat. Shaykh Rehan then delivered a brief talk on freedom from sin and a nasheed gathering took place thereafter. All the prayers were read in congregation and the participants were told to rest for a busy day ahead.
The second day started with breakfast and an ice-breaker session & group activity. The aim was for participants to open up to each other and make new friends. In the afternoon the participants were taken on a trip to Bradford in a mini-bus to visit Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri in an exclusive gathering. This was a unique experience for the participants as most of them had never sat in the company of Shaykh-ul-Islam before. After arriving back in Nelson, the Special Nasheed & Dhikr Night took place in the main hall which was attended by some 250 brothers and some 100 sisters, predominantly youth. Shaykh Ramzan al-Madani delivered a thought-provoking speech on the love of Allah. The presiding Imam at Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran was asked to say a few words. The line up of nasheed artists consisted of Milad Raza Qadri, Kabeer Hussain, Nasir Khan (ex-bollywood singer who returned back to the straight path), renowned radio presenter Zain Shabbir, and others. At the end the lights were dimmed and the nasheed reciters led the dhikr to leave a serene feeling. This segment was aired live by Pendle Community Radio to the whole of Nelson and surrounding areas such as Burnley and Brierfield.
On the third and final day following breakfast the Ramadan Crash Course was run. This was led by Ustadh Waqas Amin and lasted for 3 hours. In the upstairs hall, sisters were able to view the seminars through a video projector. The 3 hours included a Q&A session on the fiqh of Ramadan. At the end Shaykh Rehan delivered a short talk about the purpose of MYL and were each gifted a copy of the ‘Fasting and Spiritual Retreat’ book from the five-set Teachings of Islam Series.
By the end the participants were exhausted after experiencing the packed full of fun adventurous weekend in which they gained sacred knowledge, spirituality and the honour of sitting in the company of a great personality.
Report by: Osman Riaz