Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri addressed a huge gathering in the Somia Ground of Mumbai on March 17, 2012. The programme, which was held under the banner of MQI India, was attended by hundreds of thousands of people. The state government made fool-proof security arrangements for the programme. Door-frame metal detectors were installed at the entry and exit points of the venue. Thorough inspection of the participants was carried out before allowing them entry into the venue.
The distinguished participants of the programme included Syed Kazim Shah, and heads of different shrines of Hyderabad, Mumbai and Ajmer Sharif. The proceedings of the programme got underway with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by Naat. Ms Sadia Delhvi gave a comprehensive introduction of Shaykh-ul-Islam. Syed Kazim Pasha Qadri also gave a brief talk on the occasion in which he threw light on the outstanding services and contributions of Shaykh-ul-Islam. He also described the Indian tour of Shaykh-ul-Islam as historic.
Speech of Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri
Address of Shaykh-ul-Islam:
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri chose the subject of “greatness of the Holy Prophet (SAW)” for his speech. He said that with the passage of time, the Muslims have experienced some changes in regard to their belief in the Prophethood, which he preferred to call as “innovations of belief”. He said that these changes took place because the Muslims had distanced themselves from the teachings which emanated from the Holy Quran and Sunna of the Holy Prophet (SAW).
Shaykh-ul-Islam cited a number of Verses from the Holy Quran and Prophetic Traditions and said that associating the Holy Prophet with Allah Almighty in matters of worship was no doubt innovation but de-hyphenation in other matters was tantamount to infidelity.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the problems arose because those so-called religious scholars, who neither had knowledge of the Holy Quran or Sunna, nor knew Arabic text and its interpretation, nor were they well versed with interpretation of the Holy Quran, were busy dilating upon the teachings of Islam in order to suit their vested interests. These were the very people, he said, who were responsible for churning out religious edicts and accentuating the sectarian divides. He said that such religious scholars and their utterances had alienated the Muslims from the greatness of the Holy Prophet (SAW).
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri asked the Muslims to understand the essence of Islamic teachings through recourse to the text of the Holy Quran, further adding that doing so would also enable them to identify those who were sowing dissentions among them through their ill-informed and self-styled religious opinions.
Shaykh-ul-Islam gave a comprehensive talk on the blessed life of the Holy Prophet (SAW), the Prophetic miracles, the Companions’ love of the Holy Prophet and the concept of intermediation. The programme concluded on Dua.