Celebration in Los Angeles
By Naushad Sarwar
to R: Sheikh Sadullah Khan, Dr. Ahmed H.Sakr, Dr.
Maher Hathout, Sheikh Rabih Othman and Dr. Hasan uddin
Torrance, LA: Monday, the
10th of April 2006 turned out to be the day when the masses
were told about the blessing that came upon the universe
in the august person of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace
be upon him). The occasion was the celebration of Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi
at Momin Lodge, Torrance, California.
Dr. Hasan Uddin Hashmi, the caretaker of Momin Lodge, has
made sustained strivings over the years in bringing together
lovers of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to celebrate the
day. Recitations from the Holy Quran, Hamd-e-Allah Ta'ala,
Naat-e-Rasool (salallahoalaihewasalam), speeches on the
life of the Prophet, salat, darood, salam, and dua are the
essential features of the day. The turnout is impressive
and this year too about 1000 devotees joined in the celebration
of the auspicious day.
Dr. Hashmi emceed the event and called naat readers and
speakers to the stage to highlight various aspects of the
life of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him). Mohammad
Anwar, Mohammad Rashid, sister Maher Alvi, sister Naghmana,
and brother Abuzar recited Naat-e-Rasul and Hamd-e-Ta’ala.
It was a most impressive sight with the audience spiritedly
joining them in the recital of the Hamd and Naat. The love
for the Prophet was manifestly evident.
L to R: Maher Alvi, Sister Naghmana,
Abuzar, Mohammad Anwar and Mohammad Rashid
Sheikh Rabih Usman described
the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) as a messiah for mankind
. “God created earth and heaven without Muhammed (peace
be upon him) but He knew for whom they were conceived,”
he told the audience.
Dr Meher Hathout told the gathering that our beloved Prophet
(peace be upon him) was sent to this earth for three reasons.
To present the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, a book
of God whose vibrant language proves that it couldn’t
be written by any human being. Secondly, to demonstrate
tolerance in the face of great provocation and the messenger
of God prove what is required to be truly just. Thirdly,
to provide a complete code of life affecting the social
system, law, education, and every aspect of life.
Lovers of the Prophet Mohammed who
attended the Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi at Momin Lodge
Dr. Ahmed Sakr was critical
of those people who do not say peace be upon the Prophet
Muhammad when they refer to him. Such people don’t
realize that the whole universe came into existence because
of Prophet Mohammed. He also enlightened the audience on
the admirable qualities of the of Prophet (peace be upon
him) and asked them to follow them in letter and spirit.
Dr. Hasan Uddin Hashmi offered salam and it turned out to
be the most captivating part of the evening’s proceedings.