Sydney, Tribune International (Report by Sarwat Hassan, 9 Oct 2022): The 24th annual Milaad-un-Nabi for women was held at Maharaja
restaurant function hall Padstow NSW on Sunday 9th of October 2022. The event had been postponed during the Covid pandemic and lockdown period in Sydney so the attendees and participants were joyous to mark the occasion with the same zeal and fervour. The event started at 4 pm and finished at 8.30 pm followed by dinner. Distinguished women reciters and Islamic speakers participated in the event.
The event was graced by the beautiful Hamd (Poetry in praise of All Mighty Allah), Naat (poetry in praise of the Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him) and Zikr (Islamic speeches) on the life of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon Him. Mrs Sabah Zahid, Mrs Saima Naqvi, Mrs Yumna Sohail, Ms Cherry Zia, Mrs Sharmeen Yousfi, Mrs Sadaf Bahar, Miss Sarina Hassan, Mrs Azra Bano, Mrs Idrees, Mrs Saira Jawad, Mrs Safia Ghori, Mrs Kiran Saeed presented Hamd, Naat and speeches on the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It was concluded with recitation Dua (prayer). Mrs Sarwat Hassan was the master of ceremony and also delivered important reminders regarding the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with digital displayed on-screen quotations. The event has been organised by an active community leader Mrs Surraya Hassan for the last 24 years. Mrs Surraya Hassan thanked the community, participants and attendees in the event. She said, we held a smaller event in 2020 during Covid pandemic and were not able to gather last year but now as restrictions have eased, we are able to gather once again in larger numbers. Mrs Surraya Hassan thanked all the naat participants and all community members making the event wonderful over the years with their overwhelming attendance and love for our beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and for the month of Rabbi ul Awwal.
Mrs Surraya Hassan, the organiser, said its good to see the new generation take an interest especially young girls participating in Mehfil of Milaad-un-Nabi and Seerat-un-Nabi. She said that this year the registrations for the event were full due overwhelming response like every year, and many were still on the waiting list which she hoped they could accommodate but she said next year, Insha’Allah (god willing) we will hold the event in a bigger venue as we used to before in the past to accommodate a large number of attendees, children and growing community in Sydney, Australia.
Mrs. Surraya Hassan, a well-known, senior community worker, has been organising this annual event of Eid-e-Milad un Nabi (Seerat un Nabir) for the last 24 years. She started this event 1998.