On Sunday 27th December 2015, Minhaj Women League UK Bradford was host to the annual Mawlid that took place in Minhaj-ul-Quran. The event was attended by over 100 women and introduced by Sister Rubina Raja (MWL Bradford President) who briefly told the audience about the importance of the Quran. After this Sister Zoya Naz was invited to stage to bless the gathering with her melodious recitation of Surah Waduha. The gathering was continued with the praise of Almighty Allah by Sister Rubina who recited Teri Shaan Jalla Jalaluhu.
She then continued on to inform the audience of a message of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri about having love of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as well as love for Madina and how that completes faith. Various members of the audience were invited to the stage one by one to express their love for the Prophet (SAW) through Durood Sharif alongside a range of Naats welcoming the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The atmosphere created from the beautiful recitations left the audience feeling very spiritual and joyous in the love of the Prophet (SAW).
After this, Sister Asma Panwar (Manchester) was welcomed to the stage to deliver her Urdu speech to those who attended. Sister Asma Panwar began with the recitation of Sura Ahzab, verse 56, informing the audience of the invitation of Allah (SWT) to send Durood and Salaam upon the Prophet (SAW). She informed the audience of how the order taken from this verse is that it is Wajib to send Durood upon the Prophet (SAW). A short break was taken for Maghrib prayer before Sister Asma Panwar continued with her speech encouraging the audience to recite Naats and host Mehfils and to seek the help and blessings of The Prophet (SAW). She finished her speech by reciting Tere Warga Na Aya. A short quiz took place soon after where the audience were asked various questions about the topics discussed in the speech and questions about The Prophet (SAW)’s family. Those who answered correctly were gifted Irfan-ul-Quran Urdu as well as some other books written by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri in Urdu.
Before concluding the Mehfil with Salaam and Dua, Sister Asma Panwar told the audience about Bradford’s Mega Project and encouraged people to donate towards that. A target of 15 standing orders was set and achieved for the day as well as other donations. To conclude the Mehfil, Salaam was recited upon the Prophet (SAW), then Dua was done by Sister Asma Panwar for the Muslim Ummah.
From Saturday 12th December 2015 till Tuesday 22ndDecember 2015, Minhaj Women League UK Bradford celebrated Mawlid-un-Nabi (SAW) by hosting daily Mehfils between the above stated dates from 10am till 1pm. Each day, different people would contribute and host the Mehfils that were attended by an average of 90 women.
Mehfils would begin with individuals sending Durood Sharif upon the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) before starting with the recitation of the Quran from Irfan-ul-Quran. After this the Mehfil would continue with collective recitation of Durood Sharif and Qaseeda Burdah to engage the audience. A series of Naats and Nasheeds were recited in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and brief speeches were delivered by the hosts of particular Mehfils on their chosen days. The speeches delivered by them were generally about love of the Prophet (SAW) and how it should be implemented in our daily lives, as well as how we can better ourselves as Muslims through daily reminders.
After the small speeches by the audience, the main speech and topic of each day was delivered via different CD’s of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Short amounts lasting up to 15 minutes were played each day for the audience to listen to and take guidance from. General topics raised from the CD lectures were evidence for the permissibility of celebrating Mawlid, expressing love for the Prophet (SAW), the love the Prophet (SAW) had for the Ummah and guidance for us, as Muslims to reflect on our lives and better ourselves. After the CD had been played, questions were asked on what the topic of that particular day was and prizes in the form of Shayk-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s books were awarded to those who answered correctly.
The daily gatherings were brought to an end by at least 10 minutes of Zikr of Almighty Allah, sending Salaam upon the Prophet (SAW) and Dua’s for the Ummah and for those who attended the gatherings.
Reported by Safiyyah Ahmad
MWL Media Secretary Bradford