16 Dec. 2015 By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board organised the Ashraf-ul-Ambiya Conference to mark the 1447th birthday of t
16 Dec. 2015
By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi
All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board organised the Ashraf-ul-Ambiya Conference to mark the 1447th birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This occasion was celebrated with an aim to apprise the common Muslim masses of the glorious life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The conference focused on highlighting the Qur’anic verse that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent as a mercy to the entire world (Quran- 21:107). It also brought to light the Islamic and Prophetic perspective on global peace, non-violence, interfaith harmony as well as underscoring the need for tolerance and mutual understanding among followers of different faiths.
The conference was inaugurated by a welcoming address by Qari Rahat Ali. In keeping with the Milad tradition, the conference started with the beautiful recitation of the Qur’anic verses by Qari Marghub and holy Islamic anthems (Na’ats) by Anwar Qadri Badayuni and Muhammad Nadeem.
The chief guest speaker, Maulana Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi, the founder and president of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board, delivered a very comprehensive speech on the religious legality of celebrating the birthdays of the Prophets of Islam. He also touched upon various harmonious aspects of the Prophet Muhammad’s life and prophethood (peace be upon him). Quoting a number of Qur’anic verses and citing numerous examples from the Prophet’s life and traditions, he substantiated his point that celebrating the Prophet’s birthday and rejoicing the sheer bounties of God on this occasion is a complete and consolidated Islamic tradition with a historical background. He further said: “Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was indeed mercy for the whole world”.
Connecting his speech with the ground realities of the present era, Maulana Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi said: “today, violence is growing even among Muslims themselves. That is why the prophet PBUH, the messenger of love, kindness, peace and universal brotherhood, is being blamed and humiliated by others. Extremist Muslims have been misinterpreting the teachings of the holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in pursuit of their petty interests, thereby presenting a distorted image of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad PBUH.”
In his address, Maulana Syed Alamgir Ashraf, President All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (Maharashtra) apprised the audience of the Prophet’s core teachings of peace, tolerance, inclusiveness and love for the humanity. He said: “Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) life is based on love, compassion, mercy and peace and all other precepts and practices of Islam are just manifestations of his teachings and characteristics.” He added that the greatest favour God bestowed upon the entire Ummah (including both Muslims and non-Muslims) is that “He raised amongst them His Beloved Prophet (PBUH) who took them out of ignorance, purified their souls and hearts, and provided them with spiritual guidance.”
Maulana Syed Maaz Ashraf also addressed the large gathering of audience. He highlighted the beautiful and peaceful aspects of the Prophet Muhammad’s life and message while enumerating some moving stories from the holy Prophet’s life in which he is reported to have shown abundant generosity and great respect to all mankind regardless of their faith and creed. He also explained how gently Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) behaved with non-Muslims, regardless of their friends and foes. He presented some of the glorious examples of the Prophet’s humane behaviour with non-Muslims.
The conference was organised by AIUMB, Delhi wing of Silampur and was attended by a larger number of Ulama and Mashaikh including Sufi Ajmal Nizami, Maulana Hasnain Ashrafi, Hazrat Syed Javed Ali Nakshbandi, Hafiz Saleem Chishti, Rais Ahmed Ashrafi, Advocate Ahmed Ashrafi, Akhtar Siddiqui, Syed Ahmed Ashrafi, Maulana Waris Ali Khdiri, Maulana Mohammad Ilyas Ashrafi, Maulana Shah Jahan, Molana Khdiri Rais Alam, Maulana Ashrafi Asim, Molana Ashkar, Maulana Jahangir, Qari Musharraf, Nawaz Dehlvi Ashrafi, Mohammad Zafar Ashrafi, besides a large number of people. The conference concluded with the Salat and Salam the peace greetings on the holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).