Al Salamu 'Alaykum.I had the blessed oppurtunity of attending the majlis of Al Haaj Shakil Ahmad db in Panvel yesterday.
Hadrat's majalis have the unique advantage of being completely accessible to even people of little or no knowledge (although one will find many 'Ulama and Muftis in attendance), easy to understand and yet very deep and rich in meaning and touching upon a variety of Islahi topics in one bayaan. Haji Sahab or Baba as he is commonly called also has an inimitable sense of humour that prevents the listeners' interest from waning.
After the majlis, Hadrat spoke about the fact that the Muslim population in that part of Panvel had increased and was in need of a mosque. One older mosque in Panvel is too far away to attend except for Juma' or occasionally. Keeping this in mind, a plot of land had been earmarked and negotiations concluded with the owner. Already Rs 65, 00, 000/- have exchanged hands but the cost of the plot is more than Rs 2 Cr. Coupled with the cost of building the mosque later, the entire expenditure will be in the range of Rs 5 Cr. Donations for the mosque are therefore most welcome. Those who want to help can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May Allah make this great project easy for all of us.
Wa salamu 'alaykum.