Report of Raynes Park Jamaat
Raynes Park Tarbiyyat Day Report – Date 7th February, 2016
By the Grace of Allah Almighty, Raynes Park Jamaat held their second Tarbiyyat Day within the last 12 months, and the first one for 2016 on Sunday the 7th of February 2016. As part of year long planning for local events for Raynes Park Jamaat, Tarbiyyat Day had been planned in late 2015. However, couple or so weeks before the event it emerged that there will also be Bangladesh Jalsa proceeding on the same day, albeit in the morning. Due to the planning challenges involved in these kind of events including the availability of halls to hold them (we hire our halls in a local school which is also popular with other groups) it was decided to continue with the programme as originally planned and advertised to the local Jamaat members, including Lajna.
On the day, Nisar Orchard Sahib arrived half an hour before to setup the venue so that Lajna can also see the same presentation in their room. The first session started at 3:30 pm, and following Tilawat and introduction lasted till Maghrib time (5 pm). The session consisted of 2 parts, first a presentation by Orchard Sb on various aspects of Tarbiyyat including a quick recap of the last presentation, definition of Tarbiyyat and how it impacts us all by using recent examples of Baitul Futuh Mosque fire incident, New Year Salat attendance and extracts from Friday Sermons by Huzur-e-Aqdas. This part of the first session was an interactive one where Orchard Sb kept the audience engaged by asking series of questions to young and old alike, using his eloquent communication style with astute use of Urdu and English language to cater for audiences of both these languages. A very good example was given using an average living age of a person and how much “net” time is left each day to do something other than routine tasks including sleeping, working, eating, offering obligatory prayers etc.
For the second part of the first session, audience were split in 3 groups on men’s side, Ansar, Khuddam and Atfal, with chairs and scribes appointed for each group. The topics had been selected prior to the day, during the Amila meeting held 3 days before the event. The 2 topics were Salat and Tarbiyyat-e-Aulad (children). Each group was tasked with discussion on these topics and noting down the points which would be presented during the second (final session). Lajna held similar group sessions in their area.
Around 5, there was a break for Salat and refreshments which lasted around 40 mins. Members took their places back in the main room for the final session, though some people apologised and left the day during this break. The points from various groups were then presented, including those submitted by Lajna. Some of the key points included: making a habit of offering congregational prayers at Mosques, supporting local Salat Centre (which currently holds one Salat per week), taking friends/neighbours with you when going for Salat, having a social connection with other members of Jamaat, Lajna members encouraging male members of family to go for congregational prayers, engaging with your children daily, having at least one family meal a day together, being aware of use of social media, offering dua in this regard, creating better link with Khilafat, acting as role models for our children and continuously endeavouring to better ourselves and our offspring.
There was a brief presentation by Orchard Sb again and finally the meeting concluded with silent prayer led by Orchard Sb around 6:15 PM. The total attendance of the event was 118 (53 men, 65 Lajna). The sessions were very educational and thoroughly enjoyed by members and good feedback was received from various members, including Lajna. We look forward to hosting the next Tarbiyyat Day in due course, Insha’Allah.