A student Ijtima took place on Friday 1st November 2019 after Maghrib Salah in which many PHD students who have come to Hong Kong from Pakistan attended. In this Ijtima, I was privileged to speak in relation to preparing for the examination of the hereafter.
After the speech, I ate dinner with those students and during this time, there was a discussion and a question and answer session as well. We also learnt during this conversation that there were many Pakistani students who had been invited there by the Hong Kong government on a scholarship. I encouraged the students to study Dars-e-Nizami (Aalim course) online and to participate in the Madani activities of Dawat-e-Islami to serve the religion.
The following day on Saturday, we again offered Fajr Salah in Faizan-e-Sahabah Masjid with the congregation which was followed by a Madani Halqah (study circle). The translation and commentary of three verses were read from Tafseer Siraat-ul-Jinan and then Dars was delivered from Faizan-e-Namaz. After revising the obligations and conditions of Salah which were taught the previous day, the practical method of Salah was shown. After offering Chasht Salah, we had a chance to rest.
Speech for Islamic sisters
On Saturday afternoon, I had the honour of delivering a speech on the topic of ‘The role of women in Islam’ which the Islamic sisters listened to after collectively gathering in three locations of Hong Kong, while adhering to the Islamic rulings of veiling. In this speech, the sacrifices of the Sahabiyyat and other righteous women for Islam were mentioned and Islamic sisters were encouraged to spread the call to righteousness and to remain patient when facing difficulties.
Dear Islamic brothers! Just like in other countries of the world, in Hong Kong too, along with Islamic brothers, Madani work is also being carried out amongst Islamic sisters. Weekly Ijtimas, Madani Halqahs, Madrasa-tul-Madinah Balighat (for adult Islamic sisters), Madani Daurah (area visit), Dars of Faizan-e-Sunnat and other Madani works are thriving. Even in an advanced country like Hong Kong, due to the blessings of the Madani environment, many Islamic sisters are fortunate to adopt Islamic veiling.
After Isha Salah, a grand Milad Ijtima took place. In this Ijtima, I was honoured to deliver a speech covering topics such as, importance of devotion to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, reasons for loving someone, the noble attributes and excellences of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and the favours of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم upon the Ummah. After the Ijtima, I ate Langer-e-Milad with the Islamic brothers.
The honour of initiating the Milad procession in the land of Hong Kong belongs to Dawat-e-Islami and one of the main purposes of our travel was to partake in the Milad procession. This year, the state of Hong Kong in terms of safety and security was not very good as compared to the past years. However, despite this, the Hong Kong government gave Dawat-e-Islami permission for the Milad procession. The following day on Sunday, after offering Zuhr Salah, we reached the starting point of the Milad procession where there were thousands of devotees of the Prophet of varying ages and races. Whilst reciting Na’t, shouting the slogans of Marhaba Ya Mustafa and calling towards righteousness, the Milad procession concluded after going through the appointed route.
Upon the conclusion of the Milad procession, a Sunnah inspired Ijtima took place in an open field where despite the intense heat, the devotees of the Prophet tolerated the heat of the sun and participated for one and half to two hours. I had the honour of delivering a speech about the accounts of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and the companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم which took place in the initial period of Islam. During the speech, the attendees were encouraged to remain attached to the Madani environment of Dawat-e-Islami and to spread the call to righteousness in Hong Kong. On this occasion, a small child, who studies in Madrasa-tul-Madinah, delivered a speech in Chinese which was an unforgettable scene. اَلْـحَمْـدُ لـِلّٰـهِ approximately 700 boys and girls are studying Hifz and Nazarah of the Holy Quran under the supervision of Dawat-e-Islami in Hong Kong. At the end of the Ijtima, a viewing of the Blessed Hair of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was also arranged.
The businessmen Islamic brothers who were with me on this occasion had tears of happiness in their eyes. They stated that we could never imagine that in a country like Hong Kong, so much work of Dawat-e-Islami would be happening and such a grand Milad procession would take place.
Returning back to Pakistan
After the Milad procession, meet and greet (with the attendees) took place and around 12:30 at night, we took a flight from Hong Kong to Dubai. It will be an interesting fact for the readers of the Faizan-e-Madinah monthly magazine that from Dubai to Hong Kong, it takes 7 hours, whereas, the return journey (from Hong Kong to Dubai) takes 9 hours. The reason for this is that the airborne journey from west to east is covered quickly due to it being in accordance with the wind direction, whereas in the journey from east to west, the wind is generally adverse, hence it takes longer. Bear in mind also that the time difference between Hong Kong and UAE is of four hours, i.e. the time in Hong Kong is four hours ahead of UAE.
May Allah Almighty accept this travel of ours and grant immense blessings in the Madani works of Dawat-e-Islami in Hong Kong.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم