MINHAJ-UL-QUR’AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT
Compiled by Manchester Muslim Youth League - Sisters Section
The Muslim world today finds itself in total disarray, disunited uncertain about its future, with its leadership in the hands of thieves and tyrants. There are currently close to 2 billion Muslims (1/3rd of the World's population) allover the world, yet still the Ummah is humiliated, degraded and disgraced everywhere. We have become ineffective, insignificant and powerless in every sense of the word. We are nothing to be reckoned with globally, even though 70% of the Worlds resources and wealth are in the hands of Muslims. In the United Nations, there are 56 so called 'Islamic Countries', yet we do not even hold one permanent seat, with USA, UK, France, Russia, China and Japan being the permanent members.
Muslim blood has become cheap and Muslims are persecuted in many parts of the world including Bosnia, Kosovo, Kashmir, Palestine, Algeria and many more, where the people are being suppressed and oppressed. The statistics and reality of the conditions of Muslims throughout the world are shocking to say the least. The worst atrocities are being committed against the Muslims, whether it be in the form of land occupation, ethnic cleansing and/or plain butchery. There is no one to stand and defend our honor in these lands. This is indeed a catastrophe, and if Muslims fail to realize and act then the future holds more of the same, probably worse.
The root cause is the deviation of the Muslim individually and collectively from the straight path prescribed by Allah (swt) and shown by the Holy Prophet (saw). As a result, the Muslims are suffering from a sense of disintegration and disbelief. In our daily lives, the disease of immorality, wickedness and obsessive materialism has totally overtaken and prevailed over the spiritual values prescribed by Qur'an and Sunnah. Today we find justice and equality totally missing from Muslim societies. Worshipping the idols of racial, lingual and regional prejudices has become the norm. Though humanity has come close to similar situations in the past and have been saved by Prophets (peace be upon them), today we are in unprecedented danger of losing basic human values altogether and our demise is imminent.
Now, the question we all need to ask is, since there will be no other Prophet after our last Prophet (peace be upon him) to guide humanity, what are we going to do?
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) addresses us;
"Help my people who abandoned my path, the path of pure and prosperous. Guide them. Lead them."
So we need to make a choice of one of the following options:
Either we can continue in this present impasse (deadlock), and wait for the total annihilation of the present generations of Muslims, which is contrary to the basic teachings of Islam.
We can rediscover the path of Islam through the Quran & Sunnah and help to change the course for YOUR SELF, FAMILY, SOCIETY and HUMANITY. The present and future generations would then at least be able to cling onto a brighter and successful alternative.
The second option is also the way of 'Minhaj-ul-Qur'an'. This is the strategy of success from Minhaj-ul-Quran (the way of Qur'an)
" …. We have determined for each group among you a Shariah (a legal code) and Minhaj (Methodology -a programme of action)…. "
(Al-Qur’an 5: 48)
The Importance of Joining a Jama’ah (Group)
Nations, societies and ideologies are not revived by chance or by sitting in the comforts of the home. To rebuild and re-organise our institutions, we need to firstly become well organized structured, systematic and disciplined.
Take the business field as an example, today, the likes of Microsoft, ST, Vodafone, McDonalds etc. are dominating world markets, to the extent that they can dictate the direction of politics and even change foreign policies, which has become well known and an undeniable fact. To illustrate this, simply observe the Worlds only Super Power 'USA', its internal and external policies are dictated by powerful multinational corporations. However, each and every company, when studied in detail is shown to have an ethos, a vision, a mission, a drive to: be the best, the most powerful, to outperform and to outlast every other competitor.
There is an intense drive to continue to accumulate wealth, and economically, socially, politically and educationally dominate the world. Interestingly enough, this is achieved by being an exceptionally well structured, organised and disciplined entity..
On the contrary, Muslim of today are allergic to groups, partly due to the groups or organisations portraying bad images of themselves alongside a great lack of wisdom and partly due to the laid back and plain laziness of the Muslims themselves. There is so much infighting, senseless argumentation and occupation with many petty issues and wasting time has become the Muslims favorite past time, despite being continuously reminded that we will be held accountable. This negative state of mind and outlook will eventually destroy whatever we have left. The Qur’an and Sunnah has quite clearly and categorically given the call to rise up and become organized, disciplined, structured and plan so that we can become the best of Nations.
“Let there arise amongst you a group that invites to the good, orders what is right and forbids what is evil, and they are those who are successful.”
"Truly Allah loves those who fight in His cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure."
"And strive in His cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and under discipline) He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion."
This directive from the Quran, in fact makes it Wajib on Muslims and a collective duty to be part of a Jama'ah.
“The hand of Allah (swt) is with the Jama'ah. Then, whoever singles himself out (from the Jama'ah), will be singled out for the Hell-fire.”
(Sunan AI Termidhi)
“Everyone of you is a shepherd and every one is responsible for what he is shepherd of.”
(Sunan AI Termidhi, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sahih AI Bukhari & Muslim)
It is no wonder, working in an organised and disciplined fashion within a group was clearly mentioned, encouraged and even ordered by the Quran, 1400 hundred years ago. The secular society has taken this on board but like everything else, the Muslims are still debating.
Why Minhaj ul Qur’an?
A question may arise in your mind, that we already have so many groups, institutions, organizations, Islamic Schools, Madrassas, Tariqa Groups (Spiritual groups) and so on, then why is there a need for yet another group?
There is no doubt, each and every group/organization/movement will be rewarded according to their intention, work and effort for Islam. It is also important to point out that there is a tremendous amount of good work carried out numerous different Islamic organisations. Our point here is not to criticize, attack or condemn any individual or group, which seems to be a norm nowadays, but to highlight a genuine vacuum or gap which has existed since the fall of the Islamic State, and must be addressed. In light of the above, all organisations and institutions must work together in a practical way and must create an atmosphere of true brotherhood. However, this alone does not resolve the problem, there has been a need for an organisation/movement which encompasses an all embracing approach to re-establishing Islam as the Global system of peace, harmony and way of life, especially to take us forward in the 21st Century with ultimate success. The only organisation that has attempted to address this problem so far is Minhaj ul Quran. It has all the ingredients for accomplishing the task that has eluded the Muslim Ummah in the 20th Century.
Many existing groups are confined to working only in certain local area or region, some are working at a national level and a limited few at International. They are also specialists in one filed. Either they work solely in the field of dawah work, or solely on the welafare side, some concentrate on just the educational side and others merely espuse the need for political change, excludingthe need for spirituality and tawwawuf. There are also further confinements inherent in some organizations which are intolerant towards people and groups of different madhabs and tariqats. Many people who categorise themselves under certain names such as Salafis, Deobandis, Brewlevis are extremely prejudiced and intolerant to one another, to such an extent, that they not only condemn and accuse each other but also resort to extreme violence.
The question in this case would be, how can people be able to revive Islam? The fields of work have been split and divided, if you find the political aspect, then the spiritual will be missing, if the spiritual emphasis exists then the political is missing and no unity, communication and link exists between the fields. This is totally contrary to the Seerah of the Holy Prophet (saw), which shows that to bring about a lasting change and revive Islam, then all of its aspects have to be embraced and revived.
Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated the Holy Prophet (saw) said:
"No one can revive a deen until all aspects of its parts are tackled at the same time"
What was needed to fulfill the above hadith was a Movement that is organized, and whilst conducting Da'wa work, also tackled Welfare work, Educational Training, Spiritual Purification and most importantly promulgated the realm of Politics, via which Islam can once again become the dominant deen. As the following verse clearly indicates:
"It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance And the Deen of Truth, To proclaim it Over all other Deens, Even though the Pagans May Detest (it)."
By the Grace and Blessings of Almighty Allah, and the wasila of His Beloved Prophet (saw) Minhaj ul Quran encompasses all the different aspects of Islam at a local, regional, National and International level and has a structured and well organised approach to make Islam the dominant deen once again.
This comprehensive and all embracing approach is what distinguishes Minhaj ul Quran from all other movements and organisation and is organised as follows:
Idara Minhaj ul Qur'an
This the umbrella organisation set up in 1981 by on~ of the greatest contemporary scholars of Islam. His Eminence Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri, under the spiritual guidance of As-Sayyad Tahir AIaaudin AI- Gilani AI Qadri (RA) in Pakistan. It is actively engaged at local and international levels to propagate Islam. It. is a non-governmental organisation attracting people of all ages and walks of life.
Minhaj ul Qur'an Organisations Worldwide
These are now working in 92 countries of the world including UK, France, Germany, Holland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, India, Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar Iran Malaysia, Bangladesh, Bunna, Jammu and Kashmir, Korea, Sri Lanka,
Minhaj Religious and Spiritual Society
This promotes self-purification, spiritual excellence and purity of the soul through the establishment of Islamic centres worldwide. Study circles, conferences and dhikr gatherings with emphasis on moral teachings take place regularly.
Minhaj Welfare and Human Rights Society
This seeks to relieve the hardships of the poor and needy by arranging social and humanitarian projects such as free medical dispensaries, ambulance services, blood banks, orphanages and homes for destitute women as well as providing short term projects for natural disasters. Recently anew medical complex has been established in Lahore, which provides free or low cost healthcare to the poor.
Minhaj Education Society
To seek and learn knowledge is of paramount importance in Islam. The MES is seeking to establish 10,000 mass education projects in Pakistan with 1000's already created. An Islamic university, technological colleges, business schools, computer institutes as well as the Cordoba Institute of Technology have also been established.
Pakistani Awami Tehreek (Pakistan People Movement)
This is the political wing of Minhaj ul Qur'an (the largest opposition party in Pakistan) and is actively working to establish an Islamic state in Pakistan. The destiny of the Ummah can only be changed if Muslims have an international voice and political power to relieve the ongoing oppression and subjugation of Muslims around the world.
How to join and work with us?
Minbaj ul Qur'an caters for every type of person and tries to accommodate all who wish to work for dle cause of Islam. Muslim Youth League (MYL) represents dle younger Muslims and aims to educate them morally, spiritually and academically in "Order to prepare them for the future. Minhaj ul Qur'an Women's League and Men's League cater for the mature Muslims who have the passion and drive to propagate Islam.
Achievements of the Movement (so far…)
- The worlds largest Etikaaf Gathering in Ramadan after Makkah & Medina ~ The worlds largest non-government Mass Education Project
- The leader of the Movement given the titles by the American & Cambridge Institute of biographies as one of the Most influential leaders in the 20th Century.
- It is the by far the youngest Islamic Movement working Globally (set up over years ago)
- Minhaj International University recognised & affiliated with AI Azhar University in Egypt, Abi Noor University in Syria, University of London in UK, AI Mughtasira University in Iraq
- One of Worlds largest Islamic audio/video distribution networks
Listed next are the five objectives for this mission and the five stages which together highlight clearly our Minhaj or methodology of reviving the Deen of Islam and establish it over all other systems.