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THE SUFI TRADITION IN TORONTO

By: Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad

Mawlid un-Nabi, Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam

The first organisation in Toronto to establish halaqa of zikr as well as the celebrations of Mawlid un-Nabi Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam on a continuous and systematic basis was the Canadian Society of Muslims. Since then, Mawlid un-Nabi Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam is celebrated by more than a dozen masajid and organisations as well as in hundreds of homes in Toronto. This has now gained momentum and the first international Milad-un-Nabi Conference was organised by the World Islamic Mission in 1993 which draws 'ulama from across the world. This conference gave birth to the International Me'raj-un-Nabi Conference organised by the International Muslims Organisation in 1994 and the International Milad-un-Nabi Conference organised by the Naqshbandiyyah Foundation in Chicago, USA, in 1994. The baraka (blessing) is now spreading, Al Hamdu Lillah to all corners of Canada and the U.S.A.

At such mawlid celebrations, if you are lucky, you might get to hear madeeh (eulogy) in honour of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'alahi wa Sallam composed by Hadrat Hassaan bin Thabit Rady Allahu 'Anhu and Hadrat Ka'b ibn Zuhair Rady Allahu 'Anhu, two of the sahabi (companions) of the Holy Prophet; or by luminaries such as Shaykh Sa'adi Shirazi, Allamah 'AbdulRahman Jami, Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Imam Buseeri, Mawlana 'Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Imam 'Ali bin Muhammad al-Habshi, and A'la Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Rahmatullahi 'alaihim ajma'een.

Indeed Muslims of Toronto have by now become so much familiar with the abyaat (couplets) of Hadrat Hassaan bin Thabit Rady Allahu 'Anhu in praise of the beloved of Allah, Muhammad ur Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam, that many of them know at least these couplets of his by heart.

Wa ahsanu minka lam tara qattu 'aini
Wa ajmalu minka lam talidin nisaau

Khuliqta mubarra-an min kulli 'aybin
Ka-annaka qad khuliqta kamaa tashaau

I have never seen anyone better than you
Now did any woman give birth to anyone more beautiful than you

You have been created free from any faults
Just as you yourself wished to be created

Allahumma Salli wa Sallim wa Baarik 'alaih

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