During the travel, first Sunnah-inspiring Ijtima in Portugal took place (today) on Thursday, 18 April 2019, after Maghrib Salah at Jami’ Masjid Al-Qaadiriyyah in Laranjeiras, an area in Lisbon. I got the opportunity of delivering a speech on the blessings of the Holy Quran and the underlying message of Ayahs containing ‘یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا.’ According to Islamic brothers, such a huge crowd had never gathered there before. It was Allah’s blessings and mercy and the fruit of the struggle made by responsible Islamic brothers. The Ijtima’ continued from Maghrib to Isha. After Isha, dinner was served.
The intention of building Madani Markaz
After getting free from Al-Qaadiriyyah Masjid, we went to the house of a personality, who had been residing in Portugal for almost 40 to 45 years. His family contributes to Islamic activities very much. People normally go to sleep here at 10 to 11 o’clock, but the Islamic brothers of this family attended to us at their home till 1 o’clock, insisting lovingly. Madani pearls were delivered in this sitting. An introductory presentation of Dawat-e-Islami in the Maymni language was shown to them. I had to move from Portugal to Belgium after one day and then from Belgium to Germany. So I motivated the trader Islamic brothers present there to travel with me in the Madani Qafilahs; and three Islamic brothers got ready. The outcome of our visit to this house was that اَلْـحَمْـدُ لـِلّٰـه these Islamic brothers made the intention to build a Madani Markaz Faizan-e-Madinah for Dawat-e-Islami in Portugal. May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bestow His blessings on this family and give them Taufeeq to put their intention into action.
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Dear Islamic brothers! If Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has blessed you with wealth, then value it and spend it in the religious path instead of wasting it on sins مَعَاذَاللّٰە. Dawat e Islami is a global Madani movement of the devotees of Rasool that is committed to the exaltation of the religion of Islam and spreading the call towards righteousness across the world. Contact the responsible Islamic brothers of Dawat-e-Islami and contribute financially as per your affordability. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه! By watching the Islamic services being carried out with your donation, you will be pleased at heart; and with the mercy of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, you will get a great reward after death as well.
Speech before Salat-ul-Jumu’ah
We went for Salat-ul-Jumu’ah at Jami’a Masjid Al-Qaadiriyyah, the same Masjid where weekly Sunnah-inspiring Ijtima had taken place in the night between Thursday and Friday. The time for Salat-ul-Jumu’ah was 2 o’clock. I started the speech at 1:30 pm. I was about to end my speech at 1:50, when the (Salah-offering) people insisted that I should continue the speech for more time as it was off on that day. So I continued for 10 more minutes. On this occasion, I discussed the topics of the blessings of Jumu’ah, the reward for early arrival at Masjid for Salat-ul-Jumu’ah, and the devotion to Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in the light of ‘اَلَا لَا اِیْمَانَ لِمَنْ لَّا مَحَبَّۃَ لَہٗٗ’, meaning the one who does not have love for the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has no Iman - a sentence included in the Friday sermon. After Salat-ul-Jumu’ah, we met the Salah-offering people.
Participation in Madani Halqahs
After Salat-ul-Jumu’ah, a Madani Halqah took place at the house of a person. There, the services of Dawat-e-Islami all over the world were introduced and the people were motivated to support Dawat-e-Islami. After this, we participated in another Madani Halqah in the house of another Islamic brother, who belonged to Dinah, a city in Punjab. A presentation on the departments of Dawat-e-Islami was delivered there.
Blessings of Shab-e-Bara’at in Portugal
After spending all the time in these meetings (today), we offered Salat-ul-Maghrib in Al-Ghausiyyah Masjid, situated in a town named Odivelas. After Salah, specific six Rak’aat Nawafil of Shab-e-Bara’at were offered. Thereafter Surah Yasin was recited and Du’a Nisf-Sha’ban was also read. I was not expecting the participation of so many Islamic brothers. But اَلْـحَمْـدُ لـِلّٰـه the Masjid was full of people. I got the opportunity of delivering a short speech before Salat-ul-Isha and making Du’a and Zikr after Salah. By this time, the atmosphere had turned heartrending.
After this Ijtima, we had to participate in the Madani Halqah of personalities. I wanted to come to the Masjid again after Madani Halqah to offer Salat-ul-Tasbih in congregation and spend the remaining part of the night in the Masjid. I was told that the practice of spending the whole night in Masjid did not prevail there like India and Pakistan. Gatherings took place there for a specific time and then people would return home. Taking courage, I announced that اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه we shall come again in Masjid about 12:30 am after Madani Halqah and that Salat-ul-Tasbih and Du’a etc will be offered.
After getting free from Madani Halqah of personalities, we got late to arrive at Masjid. We were surprised to see so many Islamic brothers waiting for us in Masjid as we reached the Masjid at about 1 o’clock. Anyhow, Salat-ul-Tasbih was offered and the session of Du’as continued for a long time. The local Islamic brothers told that such a late-night session of Munajat and Du’a in Masjid was never seen before in Portugal. After Salat-ul-Tasbih and Du’a etc., Islamic brothers were taught the method of Salah practically and motivated to travel with the Madani Qafilahs by telling them the importance of gaining Islamic knowledge.
It is a request to the Islamic brothers who are reading this travelogue to associate themselves with Madani environment and travel with Madani Qafilahs. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه you will receive knowledge not only about Salah but also important knowledge about Faraid as well as Wajibaat.