In a captivating keynote address at "The Mercy Conference" in Sheffield (UK), Shaykh Hammad Mustafa al-Madani al-Qadri, revealed crucial insights into the spiritual challenges facing the Muslim community today. The event, graced by the presence of various esteemed individuals, including Shaykh Ali Elsayed, the representative of Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil, members of Minhaj-ul-Quran International UK, and designators from MMG, witnessed a harmonious gathering reflecting a diverse and engaged audience.
Shaykh Hammad al-Qadri began his address by extending heartfelt congratulations to all members of MMG and Minhaj-ul-Quran International UK. However, his felicitations were coupled with deep concern for the spiritual state of Muslims, as he articulated that the contemporary Muslim community has lost its spiritual spark, plunging its inner realm into darkness. He underscored that this dimming light is a direct consequence of deviating from the profound love for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The scholar delved into the concept of mercy and its intricate connection to the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) existence. He emphasised that the mercy bestowed upon the Prophet (PBUH) was not earned through personal efforts, prayers, fasting, or charity but was a divine gift granted by Allah upon the Prophet’s (PBUH) birth. Shaykh Hammad al-Qadri passionately conveyed that this divine mercy remains an unassailable gift from Allah that no force on earth can diminish.
He expounded on the unique and unparalleled closeness of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to the believers, stressing that the Prophet’s (PBUH) love is more intimate than one’s own soul. The scholar highlighted that if the love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) departs from the hearts and souls of believers, their spiritual vitality would be extinguished, likening the Prophet’s (PBUH) mercy to the universal and indiscriminate rain showered by Allah.
Shaykh Hammad Mustafa recounted a compelling historical anecdote involving Abu Jahl challenging the Prophet’s (PBUH) authenticity. Allah’s response, as narrated by the scholar, underscored the coexistence of mercy and punishment, emphasising the elevated status of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The scholar proceeded to discuss the esteemed station of the Holy Prophet, placing it above the act of seeking forgiveness. He elaborated on how the mercy of the Prophet (PBUH) extends beyond believers, encompassing all of humanity, Muslims, and non-Muslims alike.
The address delved into the profound intercession of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on the Day of Judgment. Shaykh Hammad al-Qadri described the poignant scene where the Prophet (PBUH), in prostration, implores Allah to forgive his Ummah, showcasing the extraordinary mercy that saved countless believers from the torment of hellfire.
Transitioning to the second part of his discourse, Shaykh Hammad focused on the blessed companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He highlighted their extreme reverence, respect, and love for the Prophet (PBUH), portraying a relationship characterised by unwavering obedience and submission.
Drawing upon historical incidents, the scholar illustrated the companions’ commitment to emulating the Prophet’s (PBUH) actions. He recounted instances where they prioritised the Prophet’s (PBUH) preferences over personal inclinations, emphasising that their obedience was guided by the deep love they harboured for the Prophet (PBUH).
Shaykh Hammad al-Qadri narrated the exemplary response of Sayyiduna ‘Umar, who, when questioned about the disparity in stipends between his son and Sayyiduna Usama b. Zayd, unequivocally prioritised the love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) over personal considerations.
The scholar also provided insights into the companions’ approach to religious guidance, showcasing their unconditional adherence to the actions and traditions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He underscored how they would submit their intellect and reasoning to the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH), displaying unwavering trust in his guidance.
In a series of poignant examples, Shaykh Hammad Mustafa portrayed how the companions would meticulously emulate the Prophet’s actions, even in seemingly trivial matters, demonstrating an unparalleled connection to the love and reverence for the Prophet (PBUH).
The address concluded with Shaykh Hammad urging the contemporary Muslim community to rekindle their spiritual spark by establishing a profound and obedient connection with the teachings and traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Shaykh Hammad Mustafa al-Madani al-Qadri emphasised that true believers must absorb the mercy and wisdom of Allah in their lives, reviving the essence of their faith through a sincere connection with the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
As the audience absorbed the wisdom and insights shared by Shaykh Hammad Mustafa al-Madani al-Qadri, the Mercy Conference in Sheffield stood as a testament to the enduring importance of reviving the love, obedience, and reverence for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the hearts of believers.
Renowned scholar Shaykh Hammad Mustafa al-Madani al-Qadri delivered a profound keynote address at The Mercy Conference in Sheffield.— Hammad Mustafa Qadri (@HammadQadriMQI) December 4, 2023
The gathering saw the participation of various individuals, among them Shaykh Ali Elsayed, the representative of Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil.… pic.twitter.com/RNk9QsdFF9