When Sister Ayesha of The Muslimah Network asked me if I would like to go for this event, International Contribution for Dawah Awards 2016, I quickly said YES!! The ceremony was organized by the developers of the World’s First Islamic Router, iMurshid and was hosted by CEO Asim Sajwani. This was an evening to recognize and acknowledge the work of the people who are benefiting the Ummah, yet are very humble about their work, and attribute their success to Allah Subhana o ta’ala; and what an evening it was in Dubai.
Listening to speakers like Mufti Ismail Menk, Brother Abdurraheem Green, Brother Yusuf Estes, Brother Saad Tasleem, Brother Tawfique Chowdhury and Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, I realized my presence in this splendid gathering was a big Blessing from Allah Subhana o Ta’ala. This was a very unique gathering never seen or heard before. The speakers spoke from their heart and shared their experiences, pains and struggles; each word coming straight from the heart. They spoke about their vision and plans which was very motivating and inspiring.
It was also an evening of opportunities and networking; ideas were shared and contacts exchanged.
I would like to reiterate that whenever we attend Islamic seminars/lectures/workshops or are in gatherings where Scholars and Da’ees are present we need to beware of the Celebrity-Fan culture that has crept among the masses, especially the youth. We must always keep a check and renew our intentions as to why we are gathering at such places. Our intention should only and ONLY be to gather for the sake and Pleasure of Allah and to learn anything we can that can help us to improve ourselves and benefit the Ummah.
The awards went to:
- Dar al Ber Society
- Best Women Youth Workshops: Al Huda Sisters
- Inspiration Series by Mohammad Zeyara & Muhammad Bayazid
- Educational Work: Al Manar Quran Studies Center
- Upcoming Female in the field of Da’wah: Murcyleen Peerzada
- Most Heard Female Scholar: Dr. Farhat Hashmi
- Best Socially Responsible Award: Mercy Mission; Brother Tawfique Chowdhury
- Islamic Information Center for their work in Da’wah
- Upcoming Male in the field of Da’wah: Brother Saad Tasleem
- Best Integrated Campaign: iERA; Abdurraheem Green
- Social Media Power: Mufti Ismail Menk
- Life-Time Contribution: Brother Yusuf Estes
- Youth Icon: Nouman Ali Khan; Bayyinah TV
People who spread the word of Allah keep focusing on their mission, bringing as much people to Islam as possible by developing new techniques, innovative ideas and concepts to benefit the Ummah. They too are human beings, who have families, who have a normal life, who have their share of tests and struggles.
It is very surprising to see when there are lots of refutations going on between people having different schools of thoughts, using language not befitting a Muslim.
All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour. (Muslim)
Isn’t there any of Adab and Adaab, manners and etiquettes when correcting your Muslim brother or sister?
I wonder what would such people, who lash out their tongues in the name of advice in public forums, do when they come across people whose school of thought they don’t agree with:
- Will they not say Salam?
- Will they not greet and hug each other just like brothers do?
- Are they not human beings of the same Ummah?
And I’m not even going into any sort of debate over who’s right and who’s wrong. At the end of the day we are all MUSLIMS. These people will be kind to the non believers to impress them with Islam but they won’t be tolerant to their fellow Muslims!!
- What would they do if Prophet Muhammad (Peace& Blessing of Allah be upon him) would be present among them?
- Would they behave in the same way?
- What do you think our beloved Prophet (Peace& Blessing of Allah be upon him) would advice in such a situation where you do not agree with someone or someone who has erred?
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (Peace& Blessing of Allah be upon him) as saying: Don’t nurse grudge and don’t bid him out for raising the price and don’t nurse aversion or enmity and don’t enter into a transaction when the others have entered into that transaction and be as fellow-brothers and servants of Allah. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour. (Muslim)