Dr Ghazala Qadri 's fourth talk with the participants of the Al-Tazkiya 2023 Retreat was about the purpose of our lives.
She explained how there are rights and responsibilities owed to Allah (Huquq ul Allah) and there are rights and responsibilities owed to the people (Huquq ul Abaad).
She stated that when we are practising the Huquq ul Allah we should make sure that it does not only become a habit. It should be done with the intention of changing yourself and with concentration. We need to make the effort to know and learn what the rights of Allah (swt) are; we need to make the time to learn the basic fundamentals of the Deen.
Dr Ghazala Qadri mentioned the courses on offer from Minhaj College - MCM as an example.
For Huquq ul Abaad (Rights of the People), she explained what the rights of others are and that each one of us has a responsibility on a global level, not just for those people within our own ambit. She further delved into the duty given to us by Allah (swt) that shows us our collective responsibility to each other.
Dr Ghazala explained that Allah (swt) mentions the 'best community' in the Quran who guides and helps others to come onto the straight path and 'enjoin righteousness' and 'prohibit evil', these are the 'successful people' according to Allah (swt).
There is a responsibility on each and every one of us to work collectively together for the betterment of society.
Dr Ghazala concluded the session by explaining that this is the type of dawah work Minhaj-ul-Quran International and Minhaj Sisters UK are doing, and it is the aim of this organisation to provide us with platforms to help us fulfill this responsibility given by Allah (swt).
She explained that Allah (swt) has stated that we will be raised with our leaders on the Last Day and we are so lucky to have such a leader as Shaykh ul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to follow. Good company is that when you see someone, their appearance reminds you of Allah (swt) and when they speak they increase you in good knowledge that helps get you closer to Allah (swt) the Prophet (saw), and when they act, it reminds you of the afterlife.
Dr Ghazala left us with the question, are you ready to present your deeds to Allah (swt)?