Awqaf celebrated the Prophet Muhammad pbuh’s emigration anniversary 1441 on 29th August 2019 at the Break Wave Theatre in Abu Dhabi. The ceremony was attended by HE Dr Mohammed Matar al-Kaabi, Chairman of Awqaf, senior officials and scholars at Awqaf, and a group of Christian clergies, in addition to a huge crowd of people from all walks of life.
The ceremony was held in concurrence with two momentous national occasions which are the Emirati Women’s Day and the New School Year. These two occasions were at the centre of speeches at the ceremony.
After the national anthem, the ceremony started with a recitation from the Holy Quran by Sultan al-Zaabi. Mr Saif al-Mazoruei, Preacher at Awqaf, then delivered a speech titled “Emigration and Shaping the Future” in which he extended heartfelt greetings on the occasion of the Hijri New Year to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, may Allah protect him, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Their Highness Members of the Supreme Council Rulers of the Emirates, the Emirati people and the whole world.
Invited to the stage, al-Mazrouei said: “We are receiving on these blessed days a great anniversary marking unmatched and splendid denotations and meanings that convey precious values and principles. A person who ponders over the Prophet Muhammad emigration from Mecca to Medina finds out that the proper planning and shaping the future are part and parcel of the Prophetic Sunna and the divine command. As such encourages a Muslim to take means necessary to accomplish a sought-for goal. Even though the Prophet’s emigration encountered enormous obstacles and challenges, the future insight and divine endorsement contributed significantly to the success of the emigration journey.”
Al-Mazrouei also said that the Prophet Muhammad’s selection of Medina to be a starting point for calling for the religion of Islam and creation of a new community was a prelude to his vision of the emigration in years ahead. He would tell the companions saying “Your place of emigration has been shown to me. I have seen salty land, planted with date-palms and situated between two mountains which are the two, Harras”. For this vision to happen, the Prophet Muhammad adopted proper procedures by reaching out a number of Medina dwellers before the emigration had yet started, thus would have a considerable impact in preparing the inhabitants of Medina to graciously accept the tolerant message of Islam.”
“The Prophet’s future insight was greatly endorsed by dispatching Mosaab bin Omair, the first ambassador of Islam to Medina, who combined the characteristics of a successful ambassador coupled with wisdom and kind treatment,” he pointed out, adding that “the Messenger of Allah pbuh chose the right man at the right time who accomplished the mission so perfect by delivering the message and teaching people the rituals of Islam and studied the situation of Medina prior to the emigration.” As a result, the overwhelming majority of inhabitants of Median embraced Islam afterwards.
“The Prophet Muhammad pbuh continued to follow his approach in shaping the future even after the emigration by providing a decent livelihood for the entire sections of Medina community on the day first he set foot in Medina,” explained al-Mazrouei, mentioning that the Messenger of Allah ordered the construction of the Prophet’s mosque, which was an educational institution at that time.”
Al-Mazrouei underlined that the Prophet Muhammad pbuh provided job opportunities for immigrants when the dwellers of Medina offered their gardens to the Messenger of Allah saying “Please divide the date-palm trees between us and them (i.e. emigrants)”, the Messenger of Allah said “No.” The Ansar said, "Let them (i.e. the emigrants) do the labour for us in the gardens and share the date-fruits with us.”
As part, his shaping the future, the Messenger of Allah pbuh cared much about cementing the values of tolerance and co-existence among Muslims and non-Muslims by adopting the Charter of Medina, which laid down the foundations of co-existence among Muslims and non-Muslims. The Charter says “They (parties to this Pact) must seek mutual advice and consultation”, and “Jews are their own religion, so are Muslims.” The Charter also deepened the concept of religious tolerance and freedom of belief.
Concluding his speech, al-Mazrouei said that there is no wonder the Prophet’s emigration from Mecca to Medina is a great watershed in Islam worth of going down deep in history so that it can be a lesson to teach for humanity in its entirety in cementing the culture of shaping the future with the aim to achieve goals.
He stressed that the UAE wise leadership attaches much importance to drawing up strategies and programs to shape the future at all levels and settuing up long-term plans to encounter challenges with the aim to provide a decent livelihood for nationals and everyone who lives in this blessed country.
For her part, Mrs Maryam al-Zaidi, Preacher at Awqaf, spoke about the emigration and the Emirati women where she inspired from stances taken by Muslim women during the Prophetic emigration to then talk about the status and contributions of the Emirati women in the development of UAE.
Students at the Quran memorisation centre, Sultan al-Shamesi and Wadima al-Kaabi, delivered a poem which won the admiration of the attendees. The painter Shaimae al-Mughiri, drew a painting on sand depicting the triangle of Prophetic values and tolerance. She painted the emblem of tolerance and kept on to recount, through painting, the symbolic stories on social and family relations as well as the giving of UAE, the capital of tolerance and finished her painting by drawing the phrase of New Hijri Year.
In a statement, Awqaf Chairman lauded the Emirati women’s role and contributions as well as their empowerment under the UAE prudent leadership, congratulating in the meantime schoolchildren and their families on the new academic year.
At the end of the ceremony, Dr Moahmmed Matar al-Kaabi, Chairman of Awqaf, honoured a bunch of female staff at Awqaf as well as participating students from the Quran memorisation centres.