THE Ad-Dairat us-Salihiyyah Dhikr Circle celebrated the birth of the Prophet Muhammad at the Jami'at us-Sabr mosque in Primrose Park, Cape Town. Riwayats (accounts) of the Prophet's life were recited, as well as the well-known litany, the Ratib ul-Haddad. The gathering was led by by Hajjah Naiema Manie, who conducts weekly gatherings with the group at various venues around Cape Town.
Guest speaker was the well-known Hafiz ul-Qur'an, Shaikh Sa'dullah Khan, who is the director of Islamia College. Reciting the Quranic verse "You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example..." he went on to say that the Muslim character, as personified by the Prophet, had to show the qualities of ease and not difficulty, compassion and not harshness, love and not hatred, balance and not extremism, kindness and not harshness and, finally, a smiling face and not a frown.
"This was the way to live the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)," he said.
Those who attended the mawlud - the celebration of the Prophet's birth - went home laden with gifts - a specially baked cup-cake, food, literature and a rose.
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