Monthly Spiritual Gathering & Shab-e-Miraaj 2011
The annual programme of Shab-e-Miraaj and monthly spiritual gathering of Gosha-a-Durood was held under the aegis of Minhaj-ul-Quran International on June 29.
Sahibzada Faiz-ur-Rehman Durrani, central Amir-e-Tehreek, presided over the programme, while Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz, senior Naib Nazim-e-Ala of MQI, Shaykh-ul-Hadith Maulana Muhammad Miraj-ul-Islam, Mufti Abdul Qayyum Khan Hazarvi, Prof Muhammad Nawaz Zafar, Sayyid Musharraf Hussain Shah, Raja Zahid Mahmood, Sayyid Altaf Hussain Shah, Raja Muhammad Jamil Ajmal, Rana Muhammad Idrees Qadri, Rana Farooq Ahmad, Haji Muhammad Saleem Qadri, Ahmad Nawaz Anjum, Jawad Hamid, Dr Tanvir Azam Sandhu, Mian Muhammad Abbas, Haji Riaz Ahmad and other leaders of MQI attended the programme. A large number of women attended the programme. Separate seating arrangements were made for them.
The gathering was attended by religious scholars, intellectuals, teachers and students of College of Shariah and Minhaj Girls College in addition to office bearers of Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League. A large number of people from and around the city of Lahore also attended this special programme.
The formal proceedings of the event started at 9 pm after Isha prayers with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Shahzad Brothers, Bilali Brothers, Shahzad Hanif Madani, Anser Ali Qadri, Muhammad Afzal Noshahi and Minhaj Naat Council presented Naat. Allama Farhat Hussain Shah and Ahmad Nawaz Anjum jointly conducted the proceedings of the spiritual gathering.
Speech of Shaykh-ul-Islam
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri delivered his speech from UK through video conferencing. He spoke on the topic of “Shab-e-Miraaj-e-Mustafa (SAW). He told that the ascension (Miraaj) of the Holy Prophet (SAW) was a declaration of the end of darkness and ignorance in the world. The Shab-e-Miraaj conferred enlightenment and awareness on the world, something the humanity was not exposed to before. He said that the Holy Prophet (SAW) came to the world as an embodiment of moderation. He was against terrorism and extremism. The Holy Quran, he stated, also dubbed the Muslim community as a moderate community.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri congratulated the workers and members of MQI who, he said, were the champions and propagators of moderation and tolerance in keeping with the Sunna of the Holy Prophet (SAW). He said that the Holy Prophet (SAW) remembered his community during his Ascent. First, he talked of universe, then of humanity, of his community later on and of his own being at the end.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Allah Almighty bestowed knowledge of each and everything on the Holy Prophet (SAW) and nothing was kept hidden from him. Allah Almighty mentioned the name of the Holy Prophet (SAW) after His Own Name and made it His Sunna. He also declared him to be the last Prophet.
Shaykh-ul-Islam said that there was a meeting of the Holy Prophet (SAW) in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was being attended by all Prophets and Messengers. When the Holy Prophet’s speech to all the Prophets came to an end, Sayyidna Ibrahim (AS) stood up and said that they affirmed what he had said. This was the meeting of Miraaj, in which the Holy Prophet (SAW) spoke to all Prophets.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the message of Miraaj-e-Mustafa (SAW) is that the Holy Prophet (SAW) transformed the entire world into a global village, gave it the concept of unity, humanity and essential values of mercy and love. This is the path which the revered Prophet (SAW) determined for his community to follow, for it led to salvation and universal welfare.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri ended at 1:45 a.m. He made collective Dua afterwards. Muhammad Afzal Noshahi recited Durood & Salam (greetings and salutations on the Holy Prophet (SAW) to conclude the special spiritual gathering.