Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri's birthday celebrated with traditional fervour

The 58th birthday of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, patron-in-chief of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, was celebrated with traditional fervour across five continents. Hundreds of ceremonies were held in more than hundred countries of the world including Europe, Gulf states, America, North America, Africa and South Asia where workers and associates of Minhaj-ul-Quran International cut the cakes of birthday and offered special prayers for the long life of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. The workers of MQI exchanged gifts and congratulatory messages on internet and mobiles. The offices and Islamic centres of MQI were decorated and beautified like a bride both inside as well outside Pakistan. The birthday cakes of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri were also cut in a number of Churches in different countries of Europe including Pakistan. Hundreds of workers distributed food among the prisoners of various jails. They lighted up 58 candles in their homes. At the central secretariat, 58 goats were slaughtered; pigeons freed and 158 pound cake was cut.

Addressing the main birthday ceremony at Minhaj University Township, Sahbizada Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, member of Supreme Council (MQI), said that the services of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri for promotion of peace and interfaith harmony distinguished him in the world. There was a need to benefit from his services of popularizing the real message of Islam. He said that MQI would continue to struggle for the restoration of rights of the downtrodden and underprivileged sections of society under the inspiring and dynamic leadership of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. February 19 was the day for the renewal of commitment for the workers and associates of MQI that they would leave no stone unturned to realize the dream of their leader.

Secretary General MQI, Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi, said in his speech that hundreds of thousands of Muslims were benefiting from the services of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri in the fields of education, human welfare, politics, spiritualism and knowledge. The worldwide growth of MQI was the testimony to the fact that it had become the greatest Movement of the Islamic world and it was due to untiring leadership of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. He said that February 19 was the day when hundreds of thousands of workers of MQI vowed to use their energies for realization of dream of their leader. Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz, Fairz-ur-Rehman Durrani, Dr Nazir Romani, G.M. Malik, Ahmad Nawaz Anjum, Mian Zahid Islam and other leaders also spoke at the occasion.