Madani travelogue – Second episode

Meeting blessed scholars

When we came to Baghdad Shareef to participate in the ‘Uloom-ul-Quran conference, then the organisers gave us a special protocol at the airport and made us stay in a wonderful hotel. We offered ‘Asr Salah at the airport and Maghrib Salah in our hotel. A large number of scholars from various countries were staying in the same hotel as we stayed in. We were blessed with meeting many scholars. For example, Shaykh Abu Bakr who is the head of a very big organisation in Canada, the grand Mufti of Dubai Shaykh Usman ‘Umar Owaisi, Shaykh Ibraheem Khaleel Bukhari Malibari (Kerala, India), Shaykh Abu Bakr Malibari (India), Shaykh Suhayb Yaas Ar-Raavi (Head of Ministry), Shaykh Marwan ‘Ubaydi (Iraq), حَفِظَھُمُ اللّٰە etc.

Whichever religious dignitary we met there especially asked about Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه. Moreover, they conveyed their Salam to him and made Du’a for him. Fazeelat-ush-Shaykh, Ad-Daktoor Mahmood-ul-Haut from Syria and two dignitaries from Somalia, Shaykh Abdul Qadir Ali Ibraheem and the Awqaf Minister Noor Muhammad Hasan حَفِظَھُمُ اللّٰە also sent video messages[1].

Dunya bhar mayn fazl-e-Rab say cherchay hayn ‘Attar kay

Baray baray gun [گُن] gatay hayn in kay suthray kirdar kay

Practice of my beloved late mother

I belong to a Memon family. Memon people love all the saints, especially Sayyiduna Ghaus-e-A’zam Shaykh ‘Abdul Qadir Jeelani رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه. I clearly remember that when I used to leave for school in the morning when I was young, then my late mother would say: ‘Leave by the Wasilah [means] of Baray Peer [Ghaus-e-Pak]. Leave under the blessings of Baray Peer [Ghaus-e-Pak].’

After I grew up, whenever I would visit her before travelling abroad, she would bid me farewell using the same words: ‘Leave by the Wasilah [means] of Baray Peer [Ghaus-e-Pak]. Leave under the blessings of Baray Peer [Ghaus-e-Pak].’

Visiting the blessed shrine of Ghaus-e-A’zam

Proper arrangements were to be made for visiting holy places at the end of the seminar. But my visit was only for one day. Therefore, I was restless to somehow visit the blessed shrine of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Pak رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه before the seminar. Along with presenting a plea in my heart to Huzoor Ghaus-e-Pak رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه, I also requested the organisers for it. Due to being occupied in the program of Madani Channel, Zehni Azmaish, I had very less sleep in last two nights. Therefore, I went to sleep advising other Islamic brothers travelling with me to wake me up in case arrangements for visiting the blessed shrine are made. Approximately 45 minutes later, Islamic brothers woke me up with the good news that arrangements for visiting the blessed shrine of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Pak رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه have been made. I quickly changed, performed Wudu [ablution], applied ‘Itr [fragrance], and came downstairs.

There were three cars waiting for us. Apart from us five Islamic brothers, there were also many other scholars present to visit the blessed shrine of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Pak رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه. By the time I reached the car from my hotel room, I received a voice message of Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه. Along with blessing me with Du’as, he دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه also said to convey his Salam to the pious saints on their shrines. We presented ourselves at the blessed shrine of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Pak رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه whilst reciting the couplets of his grandeur in the streets of Baghdad-e-Mu’alla. The door had closed when we reached near the blessed shrine. But with the efforts of the organisers, the door was opened shortly after and we were privileged to present ourselves in the blessed court along with the other scholars. At that time, no one was present there except us. That’s why we were able to visit the blessed court extremely peacefully. We recited couplets of his praise there and supplicated in the court of Allah Almighty too. Thereafter, we presented the Salam of Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه and other Islamic brothers, and left the blessed court with tearful eyes.

Tayray hath mayn hath mayn nay diya hay

Tayray hath hay laaj Ya Ghaus-e-A’zam

Blessings of the shrine of Imam-e-A’zam

At around 11 p.m., when we sat in our cars, we were overjoyed to hear from the organisers that now, we will present ourselves at the blessed shrine of Sayyiduna Noman Bin Sabit, i.e. Imam-e-A’zam Abu Hanifah رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه. Sayyiduna Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه states: ‘When I come across a need, then I offer 2 Rak’aat Nafl Salah, come to the grave of Imam-e-A’zam Abu Hanifah and make Du’a in the court of Allah Almighty for the fulfilment of that need. By the virtue of it, my need is fulfilled quickly.’ (Rad-dul-Muhtar, vol. 1, pp. 135)

When we arrived at the blessed shrine of Imam-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه, the door was shut there too. However, it was opened for us. We presented the Salam of Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه and other Islamic brothers there too. Moreover, we offered two Rak’aat Nafl Salah and made Du’a there.

Attending ‘Uloom-ul-Quran conference

The next morning, we were taken to the conference hall after the Fajr Salah and having our breakfast. The conference hall was full with scholars and other dignitaries that arrived from all around the world. The conference commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran. After that, our faith enlivened by listening to the virtues of Iraq and Baghdad-e-Mu’alla in the presidential speech. I understand Arabic a little bit. Moreover, the Madani Islamic brother with me also kept translating it every now and then. Speeches were delivered until 1 p.m. Then, there was Salah and lunch break. During this time, I had the honour of meeting scholars from India, Tatarstan, Egypt and other countries. Many of them also invited us to come to their country with a Madani Qafilah.

Leaving for Nepal from Baghdad-e-Mu’alla

After spending a busy day, we returned to our hotel from the conference hall. My flight was at 7:30 p.m. from Baghdad to Dubai. Baghdad airport is one of the most difficult airports from a security perspective. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to get everything cleared there. Car for the airport came at around 5:15 p.m. I had a fear that I may miss my flight. But everything got cleared fairly quickly courtesy to the organisers and it took me around only 35 minutes to get to the airport lounge from my hotel.

In the next episode of Madani travelogue, I will اِنْ شَـآءَ اللّٰە try to mention the journey of Nepal. May Allah Almighty enable us to serve Sunnahs until our last breath.

اٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن   صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

Tabligh Sunnataun ki kerta rahun hamayshah

Merna bhi Sunnataun mayn, ho Sunnataun mayn jeena

[1] These messages have already been published in Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam 1440 AH edition of monthly magazine Faizan-e-Madinah.




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