Unity among Muslims urged at spiritual moot to fight challenges
“Ittehad-e-Ummat and Talimat-e-Ghaus-ul-Aazam (RA)” conference was organized
by Minhaj-ul-Quran Mysore unit on 19th March at the Eidgah Maidan in Mysuru.
His Holiness Shehzada Ghause Aazam Shaykh Sayyid Hashim-ud-Din Gilani from Baghdad
was special guest at the occasion. Maulana Syed Tanveer Hashmi (Khanqah-e-Hashmi),
Maulana Habib Ahmed Al Hussaini (Director MQII), Khusro Chishti (Gulgraga sharif),
Maulana Obaidullah Aazmi (Ex-MP), Syed Babar Ashraf (Founder of Sada-e-Sufia-e-Hind),
Maulana Zulfiqar (MQI Bengaluru) were other speakers at the event. The ground was
packed with audience who were eager to catch glimpse of Shaykh Hashim-ud-Din Gilani
and big LED screens were put up at various spots on the ground for the audience.
Minister for Primary and secondary education, Waqf and minorities welfare Tanveer
Sait and Minhaj-ul-Quran India core committee members were invited as a guests of
Maulana Muhammad Khan Qadri recited Qirat and Nasheed at the beginning of the
Maulana Zulfiqar Ahmed from MQI Bangaluru said that unity among religious people
is of great importance today and stated that backbiting/negative publicity of other
scholars is causing great loss to the image of Islam among the youth. He stated
that that there is a need to fight Takfiri approach and adopt inclusive attitude
and to look at positive works of other scholars.
Syed Babar Ashraf asked Muslims to revive the spirit of unity among the Ummah
in these difficult times that we are faced with and pointed out that we ourselves
are responsible for our plight. He highlighted the importance of education in improving
the socio-economic condition of Muslims. He urged the youth to learn worldly and
spiritual education together and use it for serving mankind and revive Sufi ideology
of love, peace and harmony.
Peer Syed Tanveer Hashmi said that the love of friends of Almighty Allah has
great significance in Islamic teachings and the love of Awliya is planted in hearts
of people by Almighty Allah through His angels. He mentioned traditions of Prophet
(peace be upon him) which state that on the Day of Judgment, Awliya would be seated
on minarets of spiritual light.
Pointing out factors that are damaging the unity of Ummah , he said that extremism
and narrow minded attitude among some scholars has caused great damage to the image
of Islam and have caused educated youth to turn away from religion. He pointed out
with examples that differences have existed in the past among great scholars of
Ahlus Sunnah but they accepted the valid fiqhi differences with an open mind. He
also mentioned the importance of loving Ahlul Bayt (family of the Prophet (peace
be upon him)) as they are touchstone to measure true faith. He asked audience to
combine love and obedience and asked them to implement the teachings of Ghous-e-Aazam
(RA) practically in their lives and asked them to offer prayers regularly.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri sent a special audio message congratulating
the organizers of this grand conference.
Maulana Habib Ahmed Hussaini, (Director Dawah and propagation of MQII) spoke
about the importance of unity and mentioned that Quran tells us that believers are
brothers and we should make peace between them. He stated that world is a place
of test and enemies would try to cause division but we need to stay steadfast and
committed to the cause of Islam. He reiterated that if we fight amongst ourselves
then we would fail in the fight with the enemy. He referred to the unhealthy competition
for status and positions among mosques/ madrassahs and scholars.
One of the hadith states that enemies of Muslims would gain mastery over Muslims
in spite of Muslims being large in numbers and pointed out that we are seeing this
in our lifetime. He narrated traditions of the Prophet peace be upon him) which
state that the connection among believers is like that of single body and believers
are like bricks supporting one another.
He mentioned three important aspects of life of Ghaus-e-Aazam (RA):
- Education : First work done by Ghaus-e-Aazam was that he setup a madrassah
to teach people. He used to teach 13 subjects daily which included Quranic sciences,
Hadith sciences, medicine, philosophy, and logic. His university had 400 branches
in various countries including Syria, Sudan, and Iran etc. His university graduated
more than 3000 yearly (including females scholars).
- Service of Mankind: He started various social welfare schemes for the benefit
- Morality and Manners (Husn e Akhlaq): He taught his disciples about the
importance of good behaviour with the whole of creation.
He further stated that in the current age, Minhaj-ul-Quran is fulfilling all
the three functions and is spreading the message of love, peace and harmony towards
Obaidullah Khan Aazmi (ex-MP) said that the reason for downfall is the distancing
of Muslims from the teachings of Islam. He reiterated that unity of Muslims depends
on revival of our education system. Qur’an calls us to read in the name of Allah,
in other words Qur’an commands to blend learning with spirituality and the problems
we are seeing in the world exit because people are learning without any connection
Shaykh Hashim-ud-Din Gilani spoke about exalted status of Ghaus-e-Aazam and stated
that just as Prophet (peace be upon him) has special status among other prophets,
Ghaus-e-Aazam (RA) has special status among the awliya. He appreciated the great
love of Indians for Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (RA) and asked them to remain steadfast
on that love. He narrated incidents of Indian followers of Ghaus-e-Aazam (RA).
Reiterating importance of loving Awliya he pointed out incident in Surah Al Kahf
which mentions Awliya who took shelter in cave for 309 years and the dog who followed
the Awliya is also mentioned in the Qur’an because of his attachment to the awliya
He complimented the service of Minhaj-ul-Quran in serving Islam across the globe
and thanked the Minhaj-ul-Quran India team for their efforts.
The Book “Al Fuyuzat al-Muhammadiya” by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri which
has Awraad and Wazaif was launched by Shaykh Hashim-ud-Din Gilani on this occasion.
The event concluded with Salam and Dua by Shaykh Hashim-ud-Din Gilani.