Minhaj Women League Bradford hosted a Mehfil-e-Milad at Minhaj-ul-Quran International Bradford on Saturday 24th December 2016. The blessed gathering was started by the recitation of the Quran by a young boy, Burhan, reciting Surah Kauthar in his melodious voice.
After opening with the blessed words of the Holy Quran, another young boy, Haseeb, delivered a short speech on kindness and etiquettes based on the character of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and their blessed family.
The mehfil progressed and melodious Naats were recited including ‘Chalo diyar-e-Nabi (SAW) ki janib’ before Sister Safeena delivered a short talk based on a Hadith from Al-Minhaj al-Sawi min al-Hadith al-Nabawi where the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked the Sahaba of who has the best faith, and he (peace and blessings be upon him) informed the Sahaba the best faith is that of those to come - referring to this Ummah.
Sister Rubina (President MWL Bradford) then encouraged the audience to recite alongside the reciter leading to an electrifying recitation of ‘Balaghal Ula Bi Kamalihi.’ The mehfil continued with further recitations of Naats including ‘Mein Sajda Karoon’ and ‘Jashn Sohnay De Manaiyay’ with a mixture of both elders and youngsters.
After a short break for prayer the main speech of the gathering was given by Sister Akeela (guest speaker from Ashton) which she commenced with mentioning the respect of a gathering for the sake of Allah (SWT) and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). She further spoke of the 3 migrations that took place in the Rabi-ul-Awwal alongside 3 pieces of advice from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) which he gave before his demise.
Addressing the audience in both English and Urdu, she informed the audience that the first mehfil to take place was that which was hosted by Allah (SWT), the gathering consisting of the blessed prophets in which our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was praised. In this gathering, a promise was taken from the prophets that a final messenger will be sent, so upon his arrival you must believe in him (peace and blessings be upon him) and secondly, you must help him (peace and blessings be upon him).
Every Prophet celebrated Milad as they told their people of the coming of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). She further spoke of the advice that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave such as the one that follow the clear cut verses of the Quran and Sunnah and avoid debates of unclear issues.
In relation to this she spoke of the time when Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that very few people speak of manners and etiquettes and take matters which are unclear as having higher priority. She emphasised on the matter that we ignore the Sunnah in our daily lives which leads to difficult times in life. We must follow the Sunnah according to how our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) told us to in order to look after ourselves.
Sister Rubina emphasised the points Sister Akeela made in regards to morality and character with reference to previous speech given by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammaed Tahir-ul-Qadri, before informing the audience of Bradford's Madinat al-Zahrā project and Minhaj Welfare Foundation appeals for the people of Syria in their time of need. The mehfil was concluded with Salaam and Dua.