Members of a local Masjid in Bradford paid their respects to the founder and former leader last week, to mark one year since his passing.
Shaykh Sufi Mohammed Aslam headed the Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA), which runs the Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia in the city, and sadly passed away on the 8th February 2013.
Since the Masjid was developed in 2010, crime in the area of Manningham has fallen as a whole whilst the place of worship has promoted the Islamic values of ‘peace, love and tolerance’.
A special gathering was held in the Shaykh’s honour, with his eldest son, Sahibzada Sufi Amjad Aslam, organising the event in which more than 600 people, from across the UK, attended.
The event was also streamed live over the internet to many more who wished to pay their respects including in places such as the US, Pakistan and Poland.
Amid the celebration of the Shaykh’s life, the programme included spiritual meditation, known as dikhr, Quran recitation, Nasheeds and speeches in English and Urdu.
The Shaykh’s achievements and life were remembered, ranging from stories of his selfless acts in the Bradford District for over 35 years, to him putting the community first, over even his own health, living for almost 20 years with just one lung.
The Grand Supplication included over 74 Quran’s read, 3.3 million salutations on Prophet Muhammad and hundreds of thousands of other praiseworthy chapters read from the Quran by people from all over the world.
Nazim Ali, NADA’s General Secretary, said: “We at NADA are grateful for all the unwavering love and support of the local and wider community during what has been an understandably emotional period for us.
“We endeavour to build steadfastly on the solid foundations left by our beloved Shaykh in engaging in civic renewal and upholding the Islamic values of ‘Peace, Love and Tolerance’.
“Our resolute drive and determination to make a difference in people’s lives is as strong as it has ever been.”
NADA has continued to actively work with the local community and has raised funds for several causes throughout the past 12 months, with more planned for the near future.
Included in the past events were: a Team Minarets climb of Mount Snowdon – which raised £16,000, the sixth annual ‘Bringing Communities Together’ football tournament, delivering gifts to the Children’s Ward 17 at Bradford Royal Infirmary during Eid and much more.
For further information about NADA and the work they do please contact
Nazim Ali on 07825 698283 or email email@example.com