Speeches are an effective means to enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong. By the Grace of Allah, Ameer e Ahle Sunnat Hazrat Allama Maulana Ilyas Qadri is from amongst that group of scholars, whose lectures leave a lasting impression on the hearts of Muslims. People flock in huge numbers to The Universal and non-political movement of Quran and Sunnah, Dawat-e-Islami’s Annual-International Ijtima [congregation] and other provincial [State-level] congregations to benefit from his sermons, filled with wisdom and guidance. Hundreds of thousands of people listen to his speeches in these congregations at a time. In addition to physical attendance, his speeches are also relayed over the telephone and streamed over the internet. Moreover, his recorded speeches are produced on audio cassettes and CDs [on DVDs and VCDs] and released by Maktaba tul-Madinah. They are also televised on Dawat-e-Islami’s Madani Channel. These are widely available and listened to in many circles including homes, shops, Masajid and universities.
He is an excellent orator and his speeches are so lucid and his style is so sympathetic that it deeply impacts the listeners and fosters a change within them. As a result countless individuals have forgone their sinful and disobedient ways and now tread on the path of righteousness. Here is an example to highlight this very fact:
The Praying Pirate
A responsible Islamic brother of Babul Madina, Karachi [Pakistan] said:
“A close and dear friend of mine was a chronic drunkard and a gambler and was very bold in committing wrong doings and sins. Although he was a resident of Babul Madina [Karachi], he would occasionally travel to Colombo, C Lanka [Sri Lanka] and had married a local woman there as well.
One time I slipped an audio cassette of a sermon of Ameer e Ahle Sunnat Hazrat Allama Maulana Ilyas Qadri, entitled Namazi Daku [The Pirate who Prayed] in his luggage before he left for Colombo. After arriving at Colombo he listened to it and the spiritual words of Ameer e Ahle Sunnat Hazrat Allama Maulana Ilyas Qadri pierced his heart. He went through a righteous Madani transformation and adorned his face with a beard and permanently made the turban [Imamah] part of his attire. He has since engaged himself in performing the righteous Madani works of Dawat-e-Islami and has also become a disciple of Ameer e Ahle Sunnat & became Attari.
On the July 10, 2003 he passed away after reciting the testimonial phrase [the Kalimah] loudly.
Fear of Allah عزوجل
Allah عزوجل says in Surah Al-Rahman:
وَ لِمَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّہٖ جَنَّتَانِ
“But for him who fears to stand before his Rab عزوجل there are two Paradises.” (Surah Al-Rahman, Juz. 27, ayah. 46) (Kanzul Iman(Treasure of Faith)[Translation of Quran])
The Companion Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ has narrated that the Exalted Prophet صلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ والہ وسلم said: “Allah عزوجل Says, ‘I Swear by My Dignity and Glory, I will not gather two states of fear and nor will I gather two states of peace upon my servant [‘abd]. If he remained fearless [from me] in the world then on the day of Resurrection I will afflict him with fear, if he remained fearful of me in the world I will keep him in peace on the Day of Resurrection.” (Shu’bul Iman, pp. 483, Hadis 777, vol. 1)