Minhaj-ul-Quran Ulama Council organized a prestigious Ulama-o-Mashaykh Convention
& inauguration ceremony of al-Minhaj-us-Sawi in the Shad Bagh on April 16, 2009.
Dr Sarfraz Naeemi presided over the programme, whereas Nazim-e-Ala Dr Raheeq Ahmad
Abbasi was the guest of honour on the occasion. A large number of religious scholars
attended the Convention, the prominent being Allama Mufti Liaqat Ali Saddiqi, Allama
Muhammad Nawaz Chishti, Qari Muhammad Lateef Shakir, Allama Sayyid Farooq Hassan
Shah, Allama Muhammad Naeem Rizvi, Allama Faqir Raza Qadri, Allama Sayyid Imdad
Hussain Shah, Allama Haider Ali Naqshbandi, Allama Ghulam Murtaza Noori, Allama
Abdul Aziz Faizi, Allama Muhammad Rafiq Qadri, Allama Muhammad Akram Tayyab, Allama
Qari Umar Hussain Alvi, Allama Qari Muhammad Iqbal Hanafi, Allama Zulifqar Ali Mujaddidi,
Allama Rahid Mahmood Qadri, Muhammad Saleem Yousufi, Jamshaid Qadri, Allama Saleh
Muhammad Shah, and Qari Abdul Ghaffar.
The proceedings of the Convention got underway with the recitation from the Holy
Quran followed by recital of Naat. Allama Muhammad Usman Sialvi and Allama Mumtaz
Hussain Siddiqi conducted the proceedings of the programme.
Nazim-e-Ala of Minhaj-ul-Quran International Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi said in his
talk that several religious scholars and Ulama performed the arduous task of collection
and compilation of the Prophetic traditions on different subjects in their respective
ages, which partially fell into different categories like ‘Eemaniat’, ‘Ebadat’,
‘Ahkamat-e-Elahiyya’, and the Prophetic excellence. Khateeb Tabraiz’s “Mishkat-ul-Masabih”,
Imam Manzari’s “at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb” and Imam Nawawi’s “Riyad-us-Saliheen” were
among the foremost works, which saw light of the day centuries ago. In the contemporary
age, it goes to the credit of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri who compiled
a comprehensive collection of Prophetic traditions by the name of al-Minhaj-us-Sawi
that covers various subjects in accordance with the demands of modern times. Explaining
the salient features of the magnum opus, he said:
This book, containing 1100 Prophetic traditions, is spread over about 1000 pages.
The translation of the book in Urdu language has been made as simple as possible
for the understanding of common man.
This collection of Hadith, derived from the vast collection of Hadith, is based
on modern subjects and is useful for people of every walk of life.
170 authentic books of Hadith have been consulted.
This book lays the basis for correct beliefs, inspires readers to act piously
and offers guidance in the practical life.
Nazim-e-Ala asked the Ulama to pay special attention to the need of spiritual
training of the youth. Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is a rare ray
of hope for the Muslim Umma. His reconstructive work would continue to guide generations
for centuries to come.
Renowned religious scholar, Allama Dr Muhammad Sarfraz Naeemi, said in his presidential
speech that a handful of extremists were imposing their version of Shariah in the
country. Shrines were being desecrated and spiritual personalities being killed.
He said it was wrong on our part that we converted the religious shrines into business
places. Had we carried on the ideological work, we would not have to face such situation.
If every Sunni scholar started working like Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, there was
no reason why we could not change our fate. He said extremists wanted to play havoc
with the country through mayhem and bomb blasts, while we have to prepare peaceful
and ideological workers who would work for solidarity of Pakistan and implementation
of Islamic system in the real sense.
Allama Hafiz Khan Muhammad Qadri, Principal of Jamia Muhammadia Ghausia, Lahore,
said in his speech that jealousy was a great vice. Would that we accepted the good
work of one another but the treatment we were meted out by the majority of scholars
was distressing to say the least. He said it was high time that all of us accepted
the leadership of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri without any reservation.
The sub-continent is blessed to have expert orator and scholar of eminence like
Shaykh-ul-Islam. Those who work are ridiculed. None of us joined Shaykh-ul-Islam
in his reconstructive work but still he carried on single-handedly and ended up
producing a vast treasure of knowledge and research. He said it was easier to criticize
but much more difficult to work hard contribute something constructive.
He said it was ‘crime’ of distinguished scholars like Ghulam Rasool Saeedi who
wrote a great jurisprudential exegesis, pir Karam Shah al-Azhar who undertook translation
of the Holy Quran and Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri who produced thousands of lovers
of the Holy Prophet (SAW) through his comprehensive work. He introduced newer concepts
in writings and research. It was also to his credit that he produced hundreds of
people like himself. Our religious scholars only know how to criticize others. Difference
of opinion is one thing but turning it into mutual hatred and enmity quite another.
Allama Muhammad Aslam Shakoori, president of Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat, said in his
talk that Pakistan should be proud of the fact that epoch-making people like Shaykh-ul-Islam
lived in this country. He asked the government of Pakistan to implement the Islamic
system in consultation with people like him. He said we did not want the Islamic
system of extremists. He acknowledged the scholarly services of Shaykh-ul-Islam
at the international level.
Allama Pir Sayyid Allah Din Shah said MQI was working worldwide for the revival
of moral and spiritual values of Islam. The book al-Minhaj-us-Sawi was a great scholarly
masterpiece for the Ulama. It is Allah’s favour on the followers of Ahle Sunnat
Who blessed us with the personality of Shaykh-ul-Islam. He prayed to Allah Almighty
to give him long life.
Allama Mufti Muhammad Haseeb Qadri, Nazim-e-Ala Jamia al-Markaz al-Islamia Shad
Bagh, said that it was the way of MQI that it describes the greatness and high status
of the Holy Prophet (SAW) after that of Allah Almighty. The chief quality of al-Minhaj-us-Sawi
is that it is equally useful for people of every mental level due to simplicity
Allama Sayyid Farhat Hussain Shah said in his speech that there was a need to
promote culture of forbearance and tolerance in the society today. Islam does not
allow the killing of innocent people. The rights given by Islam have not been given
by any other religion. Shaykh-ul-Islam is working hard to promote the real spirit
of Islamic teaching today.
Allama Imdadullah Qadri said that we would have to promote Madaris and create
ideological religious scholars instead of producing religious disciples so that
we could counter this wave of wrong beliefs and misinterpretation. If we remained
lax in the performance of this task, these terrorists would do every thing possible
to spoil peace and harmony in the society.
Allama Mir Asif Akbar Qadri said that we, the people belonging to ahle Sunnat,
were being reduced to a minority due to our mutual rivalries, biases and hatreds.
There is a need to close our ranks today. Shaykh-ul-Islam is defending internationally
the attacks on our belief system and values. The religious scholars need to stand
by him in the larger cause of defending and promoting the Islamic teachings. He
said the book al-Minahj-us-Sawi was very useful asset for the Umma as it corrected
the religious beliefs of people in this day and age marked by mischief and disorder.
Allama Zulifqar Ali Mujaddidi, Allama Rahid Mahmood Qadri, Muhammad Saleem Yousufi,
Jamshaid Qadri, Allama Saleh Muhammad Shah, and Qari Abdul Ghaffar also addressed
the convention. Dua led by Mufti Ghulam Rasool Naeemi concluded the programme.