All thanks and praise is due to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and may Allah raise the rank of Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him, his kind relatives and illustrious companions and protect his nation from that which he feared for them.
The chairman of Darulfatwa-Australia, Dr Sheikh Salim Alwan Al-Husainiyy invited various representatives of the Muslim community to a special and distinguished ceremony for welcoming the Islamic community's guest, the famous Qur’an reciter Hajj Maarouf Karanouh, who has obtained the number 1 rank in the Arab peninsular in recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
Included in this invitation were the Malaysian and Indonesian Consul and a large number of sheikhs, imams, businessmen and heads of charities and various members each representing their community, some of which were Lebanese, Iraqis, Syrian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Algerian, Tunisian, Palestinian, Somalian, Sudanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Afghani, Pakistani, Indian, Fijian, Turkish, Bosnian, Ethiopian, African and Bangladeshi.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an followed by some classical Poetry praising our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, which was emotionally moving and comforting for the heart. This was also followed by the Chairman’s Word, expressing how pleased and delighted the Islamic community was with the presence of Hajj Maarouf Karanouh. He also included in his speech that Darulfatwa encourages all to follow the Qur’an and the Prophets' Sunnah (methodology), peace be upon him and that in doing so it would benefit all. He also stated that due to not following this advice, calamities have befallen this nation, such as making mockery of our beloved Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him through cartoons which symbolizes their hatred towards the Muslim nation and how the Qur’an was also used as a target and thrown in the toilet, isn't it about time all Muslims stood as one? Yes indeed he explained.
He concluded his speech by stating that the doors of Darulfatwa are open to all.
Following his speech was a video clip demonstrating the activities and future objectives of Darulfatwa, towards the end of the ceremony the chairman of Darulfatwa thanked all who attended and that he looked forward to inviting them to future occasions.
Thursday 22nd May 2008