International Spiritual Gathering 2009
Lecture by Shaykh-ul-Islam (Part 01)
Lecture by Shaykh-ul-Islam (Part 02)
Dua by Shaykh-ul-Islam
The 19th International Spiritual Gathering 2009 was held on the intervening night of September 17 and 18 in Jamia al-Minhaj, Township, Lahore under the banner of Minhaj-ul-Quran International. Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri delivered a special address on the occasion, which was telecast live around the globe via ARY Digital. Millions of people including the thousands of the participants of the Itikaf City watched the speech on their TV screens.
Prominent people who participated in the programme belonged to different walks of life including Dr Fayyaz Rangha, Pir Sayyid Jamil-ur-Rahman Chishti, Shaykh-ul-Hadith Allama Muhammad Miraj-ul-Islam, Mufti Abdul Qayyum Hazravi, Prof Muhammad Nawaz Zafar, Allama Ghalib Pervez Lahori, Sayyid Ali Ghazanfer Kararvi, Pakistani Hockey Team Captain Zeeshan Ashraf, players Muhammad Imran, Akhtar Ali, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Zubair, Shafaqat Rasool, Farid Ahmad, Sajjad Anwar, Haseem Khan, Waqas Sharif, Toufeeq Ahmad, Zeeshan Ali, Imran Shah, and Nasir Ahmad.
The central leaders of MQI who attended the International Spiritual Gathering 2009 included Miskin Faiz-ur-Rahman Durrani, Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi, Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz, Sq. Leader (r) Abdul Aziz, Rana Farooq Ahmad, Rana Fayyaz Ahmad Khan, Rana Muhammad Idrees Qadri,, Ahmad Nawaz Anjum, Sajid Mahmood Bhatti, Muhammad Aqil Malik, Javed Iqbal Qadri and other directors of various directorates.
After the Isha and Trahveh prayers, the formal proceedings of the programme got underway with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by recital of Naat by Minhaj Naat Council, Zaheer Bilali and other Naat Khawans.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri participated in the International Spiritual Gathering 2009 through video conferencing at 2:15 a.m. His speech started at 2:30 a.m.
Keynote Address of Shaykh-ul-Islam
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri chose the subject of “Perquisites of rights of brotherhood and company” in continuation of his lecture series being delivered to the participants of the Itikaf City over the last few days. He said that showing good treatment towards creations of Allah is reverence. One develops regard and reverence when one joins good company. Allah said: when you join someone’s company, do it for the sake and pleasure of Allah. He said that one should make effort to stay in friendship and good relations with the subjects of Allah. He said that in this age characterized by mischief and darkness, everyone is in dire need of having some company which could help him and show him the true path.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that whether you are associated with Minhaj-ul-Quran International or any other religious organization from which you seek the protection of your faith, you need to keep strong connection with it so that your relation is erected on the firm footing on permanent basis. Those people who are alone going here and there, they need to establish their relationship with one religious organization or the other.
Referring to Prophetic traditions, Shaykh-ul-Islam said that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said: If someone is alone and has no attachment with anyone, it is easier for the Satan to lead him astray. Likewise it there are two men, it would be relatively difficult for the Satan to misguide them. If they are three men, it makes it more difficult for him to lead them into error.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that those people who have established their relationship with one religious organization or the other or any institution or media channel with a view to strengthening their faith, are the ones who are protecting their faith. He said that the faith of the Muslims was being eroded through a number of ways such as attack on its culture and civilization, free mixing and media war perpetuated against Islam. Hundreds of attacks were being carried out against the Muslims from across all sides to weaken the faith of the Muslims in creative ways. How could one keep one’s faith secure and protected in such an environment? People need to find a leader or a mentor or a company of pious people who could steer their ship of the faith from the unchartered waters and lead them to the safe shores.
He said that all relationships and friendships would come to an end on the Day of Judgment. Only that company of the pious people would turn out be beneficial and productive, which would have been established for the sake of Allah to win His pleasure. He quoted Imam Tibrani as saying that people should join the company of Allah. If they are not capable enough to join the company of Allah, then they should join the company and association of those who have privileged status in the eyes of Allah.
He said that Allah Almighty has ordained the believers in the Holy Quran to stay put in the blessed company of the Friends of Allah who keep remembering Him day in and day out and who are continuously waiting for His mercy. Abu Jafer addaad says that loving and extending the respect to the Friends of Allah is to love Allah in fact. In the like manner, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) instructed the Companions to adopt his company even if they were away from him. The Holy Prophet said: when you would meet for the sake of Allah, you would talk of good thing among yourself. When you see the people who have established company for the sake of Allah and it reminds you of Him, think that it is true. If you do not find such people and whosoever you make friendship with, it should be driven by the single purpose i.e. pleasure of Allah.
Quoting the hadith mentioned in Bukhari and Muslim, he said that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said: The best from amongst you are those who remind you of Allah when you see them. He said on the occasion that he never claimed that MQI had the maximum collection of people. We are serving the religion of Allah and do not make any claim.
Enunciating the concept of repentance and forgiveness from the lives of the Friends of Allah, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri warned people that the lives we were living were leading us into misguidance and error. We would have to take recourse to Allah for reforms in our affairs. He said that such was t state of mind of Allah’s Friends that they would beseech their Lord weeping day in and day out for repentance and forgiveness. We would have to follow these saints in their footprints today for seeking Divine forgiveness.
He led a collective Dua for repentance, forgiveness, peace and progress of Pakistan and Muslim Umma. The Dua of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri made the atmosphere somber. International Spiritual Gathering came to an end at 4:45 a.m.
- Participants started reaching since the morning for participation in the International Spiritual Gathering.
- All gates leading into the venue had thousands of people waiting for their turn to enter the venue after the evening prayer.
- Strict security arrangements were in place on the occasion.
- All space was occupied inside the Jamia al-Minhaj after Salaat-o-Tasbeeh.
- Huge digital screen was installed on the central stage whereas the proceedings were shown on projectors to the other areas of the venue.
- International Spiritual Gathering was telecast live around the globe via ARY Digital and Minhaj Internet Bureau. Besides this, City 42 also did live coverage of the mega event.
- Temporary arrangements were made for the people to listen to the speech of Shaykh-ul-Islam due to rush on the nearby roads.
- All books of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri were available for sale on the sale centre on half price. There was great rush of people who were busy making purchases.
- National Hockey Team was welcomed upon its arrival in the venue.
- The central stage was divided into two parts.
- Sahibzada Zaheer Ahmad Naqshbandi introduced the books of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
- Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi conducted the Dhikr before the start of speech of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
- VIP gate was used from Minhaj Model School Side for entrance of respected guests.
- Sufficient ‘Sahri’ arrangements were in place for the participants of the International Spiritual Gathering after the end of the programme.