32nd Annual International Mawlid-un-Nabi Conference 2015
32nd International Mawlid-un-Nabi Conference (peace and blessings be upon him), the flagship event of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, was held on the night of December 23 at historic Minar-e-Pakistan. Founding leader of MQI Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri delivered his keynote address on the occasion. The proceedings of the Conference were broadcast live through ARY News, Neo TV, Abb Takk, Dunya TV, Channel 92, Samaa TV, Express News, Geo TV, City 42 and www.Minhaj.tv.
Shahzada Ghous-ul-Wara Sayyid Mahmood Mohi-ud-Din Al-Qadri, Al-Gillani, son of Qudwa-tul-Aulia, presided over the Conference, whereas Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Abdul Sattar al-Jibali Imran (Head of the Deptt. of Shariah and Law, Jamia Azhar, Egypt), Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Abdul Raheem al-Buyumi (Principal, College of Usul al-Din & Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Jamia Azhar, Egypt) were the special guests of honour on the occasion. Dr Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, Dr Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, Sahibzada Hammad Mustafa Al-Madani, former CM Balochistan Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai, Mufti Abdul Qayyum Khan Hazarvi, Mufti Abdul Qavi, Nasir Sherazi of Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen, Christian leader Dr Father Jens Chanan, MQI India leader Sayyid Naad-e-Ali, MQI India Kanpur leader Abdul Hamid Chand, Sahibzada Faiz-ur-Rehman Durrani, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Sahibzada Tasleem Ahmed Sabri, Allama Farhat Hussain Shah, Allama Imdadullah Qadri, Afnan Babar, Ahmad Nawaz attended the Conference along with a large number of religious scholars and Mashaykh. Hundreds of thousands of people belonging to various walks of life and different countries such as US, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Austria, France, UK, Afghanistan, Canada, Egypt, and India were in attendance of the mega event.
Minar-e-Pakistan continued to reverberate with the passionate slogans of the faithful throughout the night. The participants stood up to express their extreme happiness as the hour of the Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) birth arrived. Pigeons were released in the air and fireworks took place as a sign of happiness. A large number of women belonging to Minhaj Women League were also present on the occasion, for whom separate seating arrangements were made. The youths belonging to MSM and MYL performed the security duties inside and around the venue. Renowned Naat Khawan had the honour of reciting Naat, which made the atmosphere electric. The leaders of Minhaj Ulama Council welcomed the respected guests who started arriving in the venue at 2 p.m. Arrangements of Milad feast were made for the participants from evening to 10 pm. Huge screens were put up for facilitation of the people.
Addressing the Conference, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that it is due to blessing of love of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) that people wage struggle without caring a bit about intense weather conditions. He said that no other party can compete with the MQI workers in resilience and steadfastness, which is based on the love of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He said that love is an emotion, which is created and fostered in heart and reflects itself in the form of actions. He said that when one develops love for this world, one starts preferring it to the world hereafter. He said that the love of this world is a mirage which can never become a reality. He said that love of terrorism is love of flawed ideology and falsehood, adding that it is due to love of falsehood that terrorists give and take lives, which is utterly ‘Kufr’. He said that Allah Almighty described the love and obedience of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as a touchstone for practical evidence of His Love. He further said that love for the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), his family, Companions and the saints is in fact love of Allah Almighty. He said that poverty and destitution are among the signs of love, adding that such riches, which rob one of honour is not acceptable.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the holy Companions would ever stay ready, every moment and every honour to sacrifice anything and everything for the respect and dignity of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He said that love makes one get over the fear of death and it is for this reason that the Companions would lay down their lives for the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) without caring a bit for their lives. He said that the emperors and kings of the then super powers saw the manifestations of love of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), adding that this love is the means of deliverance in the grave. He stated that the Holy Prophet said that ‘Iman’ will be concentrated in the city of Madina near the Day of Judgement. In other words, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) termed his burial place as a shelter for ‘Iman’. He said that guarantee for life on Islam and death on ‘Iman’ lies in love of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that after conquests of Yemen and Syria, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade the Companions to leave Madina because protection of faith lies in Madina. He said that a believer gets the returns for his acts in Makkah but protection of faith and guarantee of death on Islam lies in Madina. He said that fire of hell cannot touch a person in whose heart the love of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is deeply rooted.
Shaykh-ul-Islam asked the world to seek guidance from the teachings of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) for establishment of peace. He said that Islamic society cannot be established without justice, fair play, tolerance and respect for human rights. Corruption, economic exploitation, violence, injustice and extremism are the signs of un-Islamic society. He said that the holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) came as a prophet of mercy and kindness for the whole of humanity and he always showed his special affection for the poor and downtrodden sections of society. He said that a true follower of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) cannot perpetrate oppression on the weak and less privileged people. He proposed that darkness should be replaced with light through Zarb-e-Amn (peace initiative), adding that there is no space for conservatives, extremists, enemies of knowledge and peace, terrorists and suicide bombers in Islamic faith.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri asked the youth and students with special reference to the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the prophet of peace and love that they should make the study of life of the revered Prophet an essential part of their study for purgation of their inner self and purity of heart. He further asked them to make acquisition of knowledge purposeful and they should do so by considering it the Sunna of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He asked the educated youth to save themselves and their friends from the misleading and poisonous influences and ideologies of terrorists, extremists and Khawarij of present times. He said that MQI has made its utmost effort to fulfill its religious, moral, national and international obligations by designing Islamic Curriculum on Peace and Counter-Terrorism. He urged the youth to become ambassadors of peace and play their role to spread love and peace in every corner of the world.
At the end of his address, Dr Qadri announced that Zarb-e-Amn (peace initiative) being launched by MQI at the popular level is an attempt to promote love as an expression of love of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
A special Dua was made for Pakistan’s progress, prosperity, peace and success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb at the conclusion of International Mawlid-un-Nabi Conference. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that those taking part in Operation Zarb-e-Azb are Islam’s and Pakistan’s true soldiers, adding that we pray for their security and success.