A land of happy people
A mosque in which
there is peace
Tariq Mirza, Sydney
Muhammad Yaseen reached the hotel by car according to the given time. Today was Easter Friday and a #public #holiday. So the roads were not very busy.
We reached Minhaj-ul-Quran #International #Islamic #Center long before the prayers. Muhammad Yaseen said
Minhaj-ul-Quran International is organized and dynamic in Europe. They have several centers in major #European cities. #Minhaj-ul-Quran International has three Islamic centers in #Copenhagen alone
If the number of Muslims living in #Europe is taken into account, then the achievements of Minhaj-ul-Quran International and its founder Dr Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri are incredible. No other Islamic #organization in #Europe has as many centers as Minhaj-ul-Quran International.
One is amazed to see the list of works of Dr Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri. One person leaves a small city and in a few #decades sets up such a large organization and immediately spreads its scope to the whole #world. Which has thousands of branches. There are millions of fans.
Looking at the number of his writings, one wonders how a person can do such a creative and research work. At the same time, they are determined by the fact that they are second to none in the present age.
History will never forget their authorship, organizational ability and services. Although he did not achieve significant success in politics, he still has deep impressions on Pakistani politics. Such ingenious personalities are born in centuries.
During Friday prayers in this magnificent mosque in Copenhagen, almost all the worshipers were seen in the national dress of Pakistan i.e. shalwar kameez. The sermon was also in Urdu. A glimpse and resemblance of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was felt in the style of Khatib. During this time, announcements were made about the Pakistani community.
I felt like I was in a mosque in Pakistan.
All of this made me feel different because I don’t see such scenes in Australia. Mosques in Australia are a gathering place for Muslims from all over the world. They have a majority of Muslims of Arab descent.
Two or three mosques in Sydney are also run by Pakistanis where sermons are delivered in Urdu. But its English translation is read aloud so that non-Pakistanis can understand. Most mosques are run by Arabs or Turks.
Being a mixed Muslim community, important announcements are made in English. Most mosques have sermons in both Arabic and English.
The English translation of the Turkish sermon is recited in Turkish mosques.
There are more than 600,000 Muslims in Australia.
The good thing is that there are no separate mosques for Deobandi, Barelvi, Ahle Hadith and other Sunni Muslims. Rather, every mosque is for every Muslim. However, some Maulanas continue to preach sectarianism but they are not made imams of any major mosque.
They make financial gains by holding separate events with their sectarian fan base. Praise be to Allah. His followers are not strong enough to build a separate mosque in the name of sect.
All the major Islamic centers go beyond this grouping and carry the thinking of all sections of the Muslim Ummah in front of them and there is not much emphasis on the difference of jurisprudence which is a positive and welcome thing.
In the area of Sydney where I live, a magnificent mosque was built eight or ten years ago. The credit for this goes to Sheikh Omar, a Lebanese scholar. Jason started this charitable work by selling his house and dedicating all his money for the construction of the mosque.
Considering the spirit of Sheikh Omar, his heartfelt preaching, his sacrifice, the Muslims of the area generously participated in the construction of the mosque. The special feature of this mosque is that it is very simple despite having a comfortable hall and spacious parking lot with more than one thousand worshipers. It has no minaret, no mihrab, no engraving, no instructions, no decoration, no decoration.
Entering the hall, there is nothing but white walls and red carpets. Apart from a clock, an electronic prayer schedule and copies of the Qur’an placed on the cornices, the mosque seems empty, simple but dignified, calm and full of spiritual atmosphere.
To which jurisprudential sect do Sheikh Umar and other Imams belong?
He does not know it, because he does not express it in his speeches. Only Allah, His Messenger, draws attention to the Qur’an, Hadith and the basic precepts of Islam and its spirit.
Here no worshiper is stopped or interrupted for any reason. There is no ban on bringing children and no other restrictions. That is why this mosque feels like home to every Muslim. There is so much peace in it, so much satisfaction, so much attraction that man feels surrounded by the halo of light. At least that’s how I feel.
It seems that this is not a mosque but a mother’s embrace where there is peace. As long as you stay in it, a light feels like descending into a cool heart and soul. This attraction, this longing and this peace is due to the simplicity of this house of God, the pure remembrance of Allah without any fabrication, free from sectarianism and sheltering everyone in its footsteps with love.
After the Ka’bah and the Prophet’s Mosque, in this mosque I get the most spiritual satisfaction.
After the prayers, the worshipers mingled with each other. Through Muhammad Yasin Sahib, I also met many Pakistani personalities who are playing an important role in the community. After leaving, Muhammad Yaseen went to a nearby restaurant.
The restaurant was located inside the Shiite mosque building. A friend of Yasin Sahib also came there.
It was a nice big restaurant but it was empty of customers at that time. Three people were standing in front of the reception counter talking in Arabic.
They did not take any notice of us even though they were the owner of the restaurant. The restaurant was cluttered and lacked cleanliness.
Yasin Sahib went to the counter and wrote an order for food and asked to fetch water.
The manager said, “I’m sorry, we only have cold drinks.”
Inevitably we ordered Coca-Cola. Yasin Sahib was not satisfied and he went out to buy water. After a while he brought water and the food was cold. It seemed to have been bought from afar.
I saw the first restaurant in my life where there was no water and the customer went out to buy water himself while eating.
Today, while customer service has become an important topic in the world, there are restaurants like this in the world. Even within Europe, whose customer service is ideal. Our Arab brothers did not change their ways even after coming here.
(to be continued….)
read this article in Urdu