Shaykh-ul-Islam, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri established the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) on 17 October 1980 to illumine the hearts of the Muslims with the true light of faith sent down by Allah through his last of the Messengers and void all false prevalent beliefs that generate extremism, fanaticism and terrorism and eliminate peace from the surface of the earth. This initiated a reformative programme for the Muslim Community to revive the spiritual values of life and reshape the system, and in this way, restore the true Din (religion) that ensures basic human rights, equality, peace and justice in society. It was a call for a comprehensive and multidimensional change in society which, at the same time, aimed to end the academic and ideological deadlock, revive, once again, the declining moral and spiritual values (of Islam), and also stimulate the Muslim Umma by guarding against all obstacles and hindrances in its social, economical and political life and help it achieve an admirable and respectful status among all the contemporary nations of the world.
He also observed that human sufferings had also been caused due to prevalent gender inequality in the human society, which Islam condemns. Islam confers upon women the same rights that men enjoy. The man-made systems keep the women deprived of these rights. That entailed the establishment of Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League on 5th January, 1988 to provide them a platform to generate effort among women in the right direction and eliminate ignorance, poverty and legal lacuna to restore gender equality, justice and peace in human society.
Recognizing that there is not a more oppressed segment of society than the womenfolk, particularly in Pakistan and the sub-continent, Dr Qadri has been at the forefront of championing the rights of women and ensuring their complete participation and involvement in the social, material, technological and ethical progress of society. Minhaj-ul-Qur’an International is probably the first Islamic organisation in Pakistan to formally permit the involvement of women and positively encourage their participation in all its activities. The Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League brings empowerment to the women of all age groups and organises activities with full confidence, providing opportunities to develop skills and abilities in order to take a full and active part in society. The Women League holds cultural, spiritual and educational events. The main themes of these events are: to build bridges between different communities and create peace and harmony between them; to educate women, especially of low socio-economic status, on their rights; and inculcate in them self-respect, confidence and pride in the significant role they play in creating a peaceful and progressive society; and also to provide them with positive role models to follow. The Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League is dynamically engaged to achieve the following aims and objectives under the galvanizing leadership of Shaykh-ul-Islam, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.
Shaykh-ul-Islam laid down the following aims and objectives for the Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League to achieve.
The Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League conducts its activities like seminars, conferences, training courses, workshops and correspondence courses in the following work areas.
The Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League comprises the following departments assigned with different tasks and projects.
This department is engaged in achieving the following objectives:
To achieve these objectives the Department of Da‛awa organizes the following events according to a well chalked out schedule.
Daʻwa has the following targets to achieve:
i. Call for affiliation with Allah Almighty: This target is achieved through the following:
ii. Call for linking up with the Holy Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him). This target is achieved through the following:
iii. Call for turning towards the Holy Qur’an. This target is achieved through the following:
iv. Call for seeking knowledge. This target is achieved through the following:
v. Call for brotherhood and fraternity. This target is achieved through the following:
vi. Call for collective struggle and interests. This target is achieved through the following:
vii. Call for consolidation. This target is achieved through the following:
This department is to achieve the following targets:
- Intellectual and ideological training
- Organizational and administrative training
- Religious training
- Spiritual and moral training
The following events are organized to achieve these objectives:
This department works:
To organize a result-oriented field activity for the coveted change in the society, according to the laid down objectives, and promote an enduring and stable organizational network is the basic role of this department. It collects feedback on the targets given to the field formations and follows up completion of the assigned tasks. It also devises the standard operational procedures for the field organizations to follow and provides them guidance to overcome problems in fieldwork.
This department pays visits to the field organizations to monitor their work progress in the field, provide motivation, and generate accelerated effort for accomplishment of tasks. These visits aim at participation also in training conventions in the field and address women’s gatherings organized by the field chapters to take the message of the mission to the masses.
This department, realizing the objective of expanding the field network, establishes new organizations at gross root level, declaring establishment of new chapters, appointing its appointment holders and assigning them tasks.
That is how this department of the Women League is engaged in expanding the base of the organization and promoting spread of its message in the filed.
This department promotes the MQI thought and objectives among students of schools, colleges and universities. It is engaged in keeping a healthy liaison with the students community to provide them with guidance on MWL role and task in addition to creating awareness among the female students about faith and the pious deeds. These students endeavour through unfelt means to shape healthy, balanced, moderate and constructive attitude among the student communities. They work for the following objectives:
They are to achieve the following targets:
The Women League Tanzimat also exist in over 60 countries world wide including the United Kingdom France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Norway, Denmark, USA, Canada, South Africa and many other countries. They have made valuable achievements within a short-span of time.
In their respective countries the Women League and Youth Sisters organize Islamic classes in the local languages, be it English, French, or even Danish. They organize other Islamic events, seminars, social and cultural events as well as inter-faith gatherings, sports days for women only and self-defence classes. In each of the countries the sisters work tirelessly adopting modern modes of communication to ensure their message reaches the masses.
Every organization does have some organ of communication like news letters, periodicals or a magazine. The Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League, operating at international level spreads the message of MQI, propagates its ideology, thought and objectives and publicizes its programmes, events and features of field work for the education of its worthy members, workers, affiliates and common readers. With this view it started its monthly magazine Dukhtran-e-Islam in January, 1992, under the patronage of honourable Begum Rifat Jabeen Qadri and the Editorship of Mohtarma Qurat-ul-Ain Fatima. Since then this magazine is serving the cause of the prophetic mission of MQWL regularly. Special numbers are published on significant occasions and renowned scholars write on specialized subjects of our readers. It has done valuable spade work in awakening awareness of women rights and duties, gender equality and development of the womenfolk into a dynamic community. Working vigorously towards generating a culture of tolerance, moderation, justice and peace at international level the Central Women League organizes all the assistance work in bringing about the monthly issues of the magazine. Our Tanzeemat in country and abroad write articles and send reports of their activities. The magazine has maintained standards of journalism and has brought to MWL its name and recognition.
We Muslim women are most lucky to inherit a rich heritage of practical struggle in formation and promotion of a balanced, moderate, productive and peaceful society. But most fortunate are those who are engaged in this struggle today under the banner of Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League, seeking and benefitting the most enlightened guidance from Shaykh-ul-Islam, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Let us glance at a few glimpses of the great role played by the exalted ladies in spreading the peace mission of Islam, playing their historic role in bringing up the most productive human society of their times and establishing freedom of the womenfolk in making full participation in human advancement; and that is what Shaykh-ul-Islam wants us to do today.
This is our most exalted history. In the field of education, the most renowned woman in the days of the holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) was the mother of the believers Aisha Siddiqa (may Allah be well pleased with her). She had specialized in reporting Prophetic Traditions, jurisprudence, history, genealogy, poetry, literature, medical science and astronomy. Asma bint Abi Bakr and Umm Abdullah ibn Zubair too enjoyed the same status of learning. Aisha bint Talaha was an expert in astronomy, literature and history. Mamuna bint Ali was the one from whom venerable Ali also narrated Prophetic traditions. Imam Bukhari has also narrated from her. She was Imam Khateeb Baghdadi's teacher as well. A great historian and traditionist Imam ibn Asakar acquired knowledge from 80 different women scholars. Fatima bint Abbas was a renowned scholar who enjoyed name and fame in Egypt as well as Damascus, Syria. Nafeesa bint al-Hasan, daughter-in-law of Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq and wife of venerable Ishaq al-Mu'tamin held such a high seat of learning that Imam Shafi'I was her disciple. So there is a long list of women scholars.
As regards public affairs, state matters, judicial and political matters and administrative matters many ladies held key positions. Syeda Sharifa Fatima was appointed Governor Yemen, San'a and Najran. Second Rightly Guided Caliph venerable Umar Farooq (may Allah be well pleased with him) appointed Shifa' bint Abdullah Makhzumia as Chairperson Accountability Court. She was also given an additional charge of Head of Market Administration Court. Mother of Caliph Muqtadar was appointed as Chief Justice Appellate Court Baghdad. Syeda bint Ahmad was Governor Yemen; Sultan Salahuddin's neice Syeda Hanifa Khatun was Governor Halab Province.
Then, ladies also fully participated in defense. Umm al-Khair Huraish extensively participated in matters related to war and defence. Participation by Zarqa bint Adi, Akrma bint Atrash, Umm Sanan on military side is history.Venerable Aisha Siddiqa and Umm Salama and Naseeba bint Ka'ab took part in Ghazwa Uhad. Safia bint Abdul Muttalib participated in Ghazwa Khaiber. Azra bint al-Harith participated in war against people of Bisaan. Umm Atia was present in seven Ghazwa conflicts in the companionship of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him). What an honour! Umayya bint Qais took part in Ghazwa Khaiber. Umm Hakeem played a leading role in battle against Rome. Umm Aiman Habashia fought in three Ghazwa conflicts, Uhad, Khaiber and Hunain. Umm Sulaim took part in Khaiber and Hunain. Umm Haram was the first Navel Officer of Muslim Navy. Asma bint Amr participated in Hudabiya and Khaiber.
Long live Shaykh-ul-Islam, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, he has made possible for the womenfolk to play the same historical role in modern times by providing us the platform of Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League (MWL). You have seen what set-up this organization has developed and how enthusiastically it is engaged in pursuing its historical ideal.
With this view we extend our most keen invitation to women of all age groups and all walks of life to come to us, enquire about our work, and once moved, join us in spreading the message of love, peace, harmony, and human dignity among the womenfolk. Once you do it we are sure you will like it the most. It is only a matter of taking one step forward. So you are welcome.
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