Spiritual Itikaf Gathering Ends
Translated by: Ali Akbar Alvi (Minhajian)
The last day of the fabulous, superb and spiritual holy I`tikaf gathering has at last approached. Mutakifeen never wanted it to knock at their door steps as they were enjoying their cherishing and wonderful time in the company of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Though gloomy with the thoughts to go away from their spiritual guide yet they were congratulating one another for the blessed time they spend in the company of Shaykh-ul-Islam and observe the Sunnah of I`tikaf and benefited from it the most.
After Fajr prayer, the Mutakifeen were busy in the recitation of the Holy Quran and individual Zikr. Their faces were illuminated with the heavenly light (Noor) gained in the spiritual training and camp. They observed fast, recited the holy Quran, and gained ample understanding of the Holy Quran, Hadith and Islamic Jurisprudence. They availed themselves the opportunity to hear Nashid Artists reciting the naats of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and speeches of Shaykh-ul-Islam.
When they were asked about their experience at Minhaj-ul-Quran International, they told, the ten days spent at Minhaj are the best days of their life; they are a tremendous asset of their life. One of the Mutakifeen became emotional and burst into tears saying I wish these days would never have come to an end. He said, "We are not rich enough to buy these days back". Masha Allah it was very pleasant to listen to him.
After Fajr Prayer, I saw a ten year old child with innocent face went to him and asked how he had come here. He replied, I came with his father. My father was not willing to bring me here but I insisted. Fortunately he got ready and I came here for Itikaf. I was very fond of seeing Shaykh-ul-Islam and now happy to see him here. I wanted to shake hands with him but unfortunately could not have the chance due to a large number of Mutakifeen. He stated that Shaykh-ul-Islam told us very beautiful things about life. On my return, I would tell and explain all the things to my schoolmates and class fellows and try to bring them here next year Insha Allah.
Today Mutakifeen were allowed to make their preparations for their departure. So, the classes in the circles were not held. After Asr Prayer, they had their last session with famous jurist and scholar, Mufti Abdul Qayyum Hazarvi. Many Mutakifeen gathered beside the Holy Shrine of Qudwa Tul Oliya Hazrat Syedena Tahir Allauddin Al-Gillani (May Allah Be pleased with him) to view moon. They have fixed their eyes at the sky. It was also very pleasant scene to view.
Today they had their last Iftar at Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque so the managements have given them a delicious Iftari to them. After Maghrib prayer, after viewing the moon they all gathered into the courtyard of the mosque for their final supplication. Shaykh-ul-Islam started offering his supplications in a very intense and emotional manner. Thousands of people with tears in their eyes were praying to Allah for their salvation, asking for right path, love of the holy Prophet and long life of their beloved guide. Shaykh-ul-Islam prayed for all the Muslims round the globe for their prosperity of health and Iman. He also prayed for the progress, stability and sovereignty of Pakistan
After Dua, the people left for their homes leaving beautiful memories behind them. May Allah help us to be the part of this noble cause and mission of Aqa (SAW) Amin.