Mawlid-un-Nabi (SAW) Mehfil in Manchester

Date: Sunday 23rd April 2006
Venue: Minhaj-ul-Qur'an Centre, MICS
Speakers: Sr. Samia, Sr. Shahana & Sr. Sakeena
Stage Secretaries: Sr. Saadia & Sr. Somia
Organisers: Sr. Aminah, Sr. Somia, Sr Sakeena, Sr. Asma , Sr. Saadia & Sr. Samia

By the Grace of Almighty Allah (swt) and the blessings of His beloved Rasool (saw) and our Shaykh a mehfil was organized in honor, remembrance and celebration of the birth of the Holy Prophet (May Allah shower his choicest blessings upon him always) by the sister's youth league in Manchester.

Guests were welcomed to join the mehfil from Rochdale, Oldham, Walsall, Birmingham, Nelson and Accrington in order to come together in the celebration of milaad-un Nabi (saw). It began with recitation of the Holy Qur'an by sister Zara and then the Qaseeda Burda Shareef recited by the younger sisters of the youth league.

Sister Samia spoke on the high status of the Holy prophet (saw). Beautifully explaining how indeed the Holy Prophet (saw), is human. In the same way coal and diamond are made from carbon, yet diamond is of a much higher degree, in a similar manner the Holy Prophet (saw) has superiority over mankind.

Sister Shahana spoke about the love the Holy Prophet (saw) had for the ummah, reminding us that we were never absent from His blessed heart and his duas, even on the night of mehraj.

Sister Sakeena elaborated on the significance of reciting naat, explaining it is the practice of Almighty Allah, evident in the verses of the Qur'an and the practice of the great companions (ra). Also it is a sunnah to listen to naat and to make special gatherings for it.

Children were also encouraged to participate in the mehfil by taking part in a short quiz, answering questions based upon the life of Rasoolullah (saw). Naats, poems and Durood Shareef were beautifully recited throughout the mehfil uplifting our hearts. The mehfil ended with salaam and dua by Auntie Sajda and Auntie Balkees.

A stall was also held throughout the programme, selling books, DVDs, cassettes, videos and CDs of Shaykh-ul-Islam's lectures, both English and Urdu.

Mawlid dinner was served at the end for all, which included special yoghurt with Kaddu Shareef.