DUBAI- Thousands of Keralites in Dubai gathered at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on July 9th to attend the Malayalam lecture on ‘Patience: The Key to Paradise’, presented by Sheikh Hussain Salafi.
During his lecture, Sheikh Hussain focused on the power of patience and highlighted that preaching and writing about patience is easy, but the difficult part is to practice it. The road to heaven is paved with suffering and difficulty; only those who have mastered the virtues of tolerance and sacrifice may gain entrance to heaven, Sheikh Hussain explained.
He also advised the audience on performing Salaah five times a day, observing fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, in addition to committing themselves for a pilgrimage to Hajj at least once in their lifetime and offering Zakah to those in need. He encouraged the audience to love the Almighty more than anything else and to not let anything distract them on their journeys.
Health of the Fasting Awareness Campaign
As part of the ‘Health of the Fasting’ awareness campaign, Dr. Mohamed Arshad Khan from Prime Hospital, Dubai, presented an insightful session on “Bone and Joint Pains”. He focused on the lifestyles of patients suffering from these issues and prescribed treatments such as regular medication and weight loss to reduce the intensity of the aches.
Visiting the Sick
‘Visiting the Sick’ is another key initiative organized by the Ramadan Forum, which aims to boost the morale of the patients, particularly those recouping in the hospital over an extended period. Further, these visits serve as psychotherapy for many, enhancing the efficacy of their clinical treatments. As part of this initiative, Sheikh Adnan Al Khatib and Sheikh Alaa Qadi visited numerous patients at Dubai Hospital.
“While interacting with the patients at the hospital, we were successful in bringing about a smile on their faces and cheering them up. These visits are important ways of giving back to the community because they help uplift the spirits of many patients who are stuck in the hospital for very long periods. They create a positive atmosphere in the wards, which plays a significant role in their recovery. Many of them also asked us to pray for them and we request our fellow residents to keep them in their prayers during Ramadan and beyond,” said Sheikh Adnan Al Khatib.
Preacher of the Nation Competition
At the ‘Preacher of the Nation’ competition, Ibrahim Fahim Che Bhandari presented a sermon in Arabic titled, ‘Sins of the Tongue’.
Upcoming Lecture by Mufti of Masjid Al Haram
An inspirational lecture in Urdu on ‘Islam and Moderation’ will be held on July 11th at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Sheikh Dr. Wasiullah Abbas and Sheikh Zafar Ul-Hasan will present the lecture, which is expected to draw in a huge Urdu-speaking audience living in Dubai.
Sheikh Dr. Wasilluah Abbas is an eminent scholar and lecturer based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), with ancestral roots in Uttar Pradesh, India. Considered to be amongst the top contemporary scholars, Sheikh Dr. Wasilluah has lectured and participated in several conferences held in the UK, India and Jordan. He has also served as a consultant to the Director General of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Al Madinah. Fluent in both Arabic and Urdu, he conducts daily sessions at Masjid Al Haram in Makkah where he is also a mufti and holds a Ph.D. degree in Islamic Studies. He has also authored and edited numerous books on the subject.
Born in 1956, Sheikh Zafar Ul-Hasan hails from a religious family in Uttar Pradesh, India. Sheikh Zafar was introduced to the teachings of Qur’an right from his childhood when his father served as a Qur’an teacher besides being a farmer. In his formative years, Sheikh Zafar began to develop a strong passion for Islamic doctrines and started to call upon people to adopt Islamic practices.
Free Iftar for non-Muslims
During the Ramadan Forum, non-Muslims have the opportunity to enjoy a free unique Iftar experience with a program that is designed to introduce the spirit of the blessed month of Ramadan to visitors. To be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the program includes a presentation followed by a traditional Iftar and dinner. Individuals, families and corporate groups keen on attending the program can register through the Ramadan Forum website: www.almultaqa.ae
The two Ramadan Tents organized by the Ramadan Forum, including those in Muhaisnah 2 and Hor Al Anz 2 areas are continuing to host thousands of construction workers every day for daily Iftar gatherings.
The 13th annual Ramadan Forum is organized by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and is being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. The 12-day forum will run until July 14, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), offering an enhanced and bigger agenda of activities and events this year including educational programs, training workshops and more.