Sharing details of upcoming annual Itikaf 2015, Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz, Nazim-e-Ala Tanzeemat and the head of Itikaf City, has said that the preparations have begun to be made for the world’s largest Itikaf gathering after the one held at the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia. Thousands of the men and women will attend the Itikaf separately during the last ten days of the ongoing holy month of Ramazan. The process of registration for booking a place in the Itikaf City 2015 has been launched throughout the country. Those not registering themselves will not be able to join the Itikaf City due to space constraint. The hundreds of expatriate Pakistanis are coming in to attend the Itikaf.
Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz said that the faithful will attend Itikaf during the last ten days of the holy month. He said that it is the moral and Islamic responsibility of the government and LESCO to make sure that load-shedding does not happen during these ten days. He appealed to the government and LESCO chief to exempt the Itikaf City from load-shedding. He said that the thousands of residents of the Itikaf City can face difficulties during ablution and Sehr and Iftar due to water shortage in this very inhospitable, humid and hot weather, adding that the Itikaf City should be declared as exempt from load-shedding for ten days.
Sheikh Zaid Fayyaz said that this year’s Itikaf will be of immense significance due to company of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri who is returning from abroad to join Itikaf in particular. He said that people are taking a great deal of interest in the Itikaf for this purpose and extraordinary rush is being seen in the offices of MQI. He said that registration of thousands of people including women both inside and outside Pakistan is proof of the fact that the faithful get spiritual enlightenment at the Itikaf City. He said that the ten-day special lectures of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri on the Holy Quran and spiritualism change the lives of the listeners. He said that registration of people ahead of Itikaf will help make requisite arrangements in an orderly manner. He said that the whole registration data will be received at the central secretariat by the mid of Ramazan.
Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz also announced to set up a control room to establish coordination among heads of 160 administrative committees. He said that 3000 youths of MSM and MYL will perform the security duties during the Itikaf, adding that security cameras have been placed at different locations in the Itikaf City. He said that 30 huge-sized fans will be installed around courtyard of the Mosque to protect the residents from heat. He said that elaborate and vast arrangements are being made for cleanliness and ablution of the residents. He said that ten ambulances of Minhaj Welfare Foundation have been detailed whereas a team of 30 doctors will also be present round the clock for the inmates of Itikaf City. He said that the chief highlight of Itikaf 2015 is the special lectures of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri on the Holy Quran and spiritualism.
Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz said that arrangements are also being made to provide food at ‘Sehr and Iftar’ to the residents on time. He said that excellent arrangements are underway for this purpose. He said that cold water will also be available in the Itikaf City.