MOSQUE VISIT: Senior Citizens Visit New Zealand’s Newest Mosque
About one hundred and fifty members of Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust of Auckland were invited for lunch at Baitul Muqeet Mosque on Wednesday 13th July 2016 to celebrate the spirit of Eidul Fitr with our Community members.
Arriving at the Mosque at 10.00 am, the guests were offered tea and light refreshments. They were then ushered into the male prayer hall of the Mosque where Murabbi Mustensar Qamar sahib spoke on the purpose of a Mosque, its salient architectural features and the requirements of prayers for Muslims. This was followed Q & A sessions which enlightend the guests with information they had sought.
Returning to the dining hall, the guests took part in a short formal session which began with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by brother Ajaz Khan. Mr Bashir Khan, the National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of New Zealand welcomed the guests and explained briefly the establishement of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community through the Promised Messiah of the Age, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, (pbuh) of Qadian. He said that Eid festival is about sharing and caring, which is a characteristic quality of the Amhmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide. Maulana Shafiq Ur Rehman, the resident Minister of Religion, explained some finer points about fasting, its benefits both physical and spiritual and gave examples of the practices of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, who used to spend much of his wealth and time in charity and care of people.
Mrs Nilima Venkat, the Project Manager of Shanti Niwas gave a vote of thanks for the invititaion after which, she presented a plaque as a gift to the Jama’at for their appreciation. Other guests then joined freely to express their happiness with an Urdu Nazm by Dr Saurabh Majmunder, a poem by Mrs Sarla Prasad, some sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, pbuh by Kusheed Begum.
They were then served with the sumptuos meals and dessert prepared for the occasion All the guests thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. They expressed much appreciation and gratitude, not only for the invititation but also for the message of peace presented to them by our missionaries, in a manner which resonated with their hearts, as evident with smiles and tears in some eyes.
The guests finally left the Mosque Complex after four hours.
- - by B A Khan
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