Al-Hidayah 2007 - Hythropark, Oxfordshire, UK

By the grace of Allah SWT the third annual Al-Hidayah Residential Spiritual and Educational Retreat has commenced at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK.

Hundreds of participants from all over the UK and Europe have arrived to benefit from the one in a lifetime opportunity of spending four days in the company of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.Â

The previous two retreats were life changing for the young participants who were blessed with the opportunity of elevating their spirituality and to purify their inner selves from lusts of the material world to be replaced by a longing for the Creator.Â

Alongside being a mufassir, muhadith and Faqih among a long list of responsibilities that Shaykh-ul-Islam has taken upon himself in order to carryout his work for the Ummah, he is also one of the greatest Sufi leaders of the time. Altogether he is a perfect All-in-one entity perfectly qualified to meet all the needs of those who want to escape from the clutches of materialism. Knowledge alone is not sufficient for this, thus a mere scholar is unable to bring about these changes in his followers. It is only when oceans of knowledge merge with galaxies of spiritualism, does a person qualify to carryout such a task.

In a nutshell, Shaykh-ul-Islam is the perfect embodiment of the famous saying of Imam Malik bin Anas that classified the use of either Tafaqquh or Tasawwuf in isolation as transgression and deviation and only the perfect unison of the two is the true path. Possessors of only one or the other are bogus claimants of possessing the ability to spiritually purify themselves and their followers. Thus this retreat was aptly named the Spiritual and Educational retreat.

Due to the enormous recent commitments of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, in particular work on Tafsir Minhaj-ul-Quran - his interpretation of the Holy Quran taking the bulk of his time over the past couple of years, Al-Hidayah 2007 is a rare chance to spend some time in the suhbah of this great gift of God.

The suhbah and love of awliyah is vital in order to preserve ones Iman, this being another distinctive feature of Al-Hidayah 2007.

First Day

Participants registered and got settled in throughout the day. Jummah Prayers took place. Shaykh-ul-Islam blessed the venue with his arrival early in the evening. Shaykh Dr As’ad Muhammad Saeed as-Sagharji, is the chief guest from Syria. Shaykh Abdurahman al-Hammami is also another guest from Syria.

First Lecture

Duration: 3 hours

The first lecture of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri was an Introduction to Mathnavi Maulai Rum. The topics discussed in the lecture briefly are mentioned below:

  • The human body is a country/state comprising of inhabitants, a government, a capital city, political opposition, prime minister, opposition leader
  • Physical organ of heart and the spiritual heart
  • Ruh is the King; King lives in palace. Palace has 5 windows- the five senses.
  • Nafs is the opposition leader
  • Battlefield between Ruh and the Nafs is the heart.
  • 5 stages in the process of an action carried out by nafs:
    1. al-Khatra
    2. himma
    3. niyyah
    4. iradah
    5. amal

Nafs receives foreign aid from the Shaytan

  • Stages of nafs
  • Stages of heart:
    1. Qalb Munir
    2. Qalb Saleem
    3. Qalb Shaheed
  • Stages of Ruh:
    1. Ruh-ul-Ain
    2. Ruh-ul-Malaki
    3. Ruh-ulQudus
    4. Ruh-ul-Arwah
  • Stages of Sirr:
    1. sirr-ul-Mujarrid
    2. sirr-ul-Ilm
    3. sirr-ul-Haal
    4. sirr-ul-Haqiqah
    5. sirr-us-Sirr
    6. ru`yatu sirr-us-Sirr
    7. ma`rifah sirr-us-Sirr
  • Stages of Khafi:
    1. Khafi
    2. Akhfa
    3. Ghayb
    4. Ghayb-ul-Ghayb

    Second Day

    Quranic Tajweed class held by Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Hammami. A question and Answer session was held by Shaykh Dr As’ad Muhammad Saeed as-Sagharji.

    Second Lecture: Mathnawi Part two

    Duration: 4 hours

    Shaykh-ul-Islam described the methodology adopted by Maulai Rum in the Mathnavi. Shaykh-ul-Islam also went through many verses of Mathnavi, explaining their implied meanings.

    Third Lecture: Usul-ul-Hadith

    Duration: 150 mins

    Some of the topics discussed:

  • Sanad and Matan
  • Importance of understanding classifications of hadiths
  • Islamic significance of narrators
  • Clarification of the status and compilation of Bukhari
  • Compilers of usul-ul-hadith
  • Categories of Sahih hadith
  • Number of traditions in Bukhari and Muslim
  • Comments