On the 8th and 9th October 2015, Salahuddin Patel of iERA travelled to Doha to deliver talks, training and street dawah as part of their Dawah Weekend Program with the Qatar Dawah Movement. The weekend event was held at Sheikh Eid Bin Mohammed Al Thani Charitable Association.
The program kicked off on Thursday evening with a motivational talk by Salahuddin Patel who shared his journey to Islam. The talk was entitled ‘Reincarnation to Reformation a Journey from Hinduism to Islam’. The audience were fully engaged in the talk and asked numerous questions, as there is a large community of Indian Hindus living in Qatar who have migrated for work purposes, and the content that was being delivered assisted in communicating the message of Islam to them on a personal level.
After the Jummah prayers on Friday 9th October 2015, Salahuddin Patel delivered iERA’s Dawah Training course, explaining our trademark GORAP dawah methodology, on how to articulate a warm compassionate message of Islam to the wider public. The training consisted of theoretical arguments, practical role plays and once the training was complete, the team headed to Karwa Bus Station. At Karwa Bus Station there is a permanent Islamic Centre known as the Qatar Guest Centre, where people can come to learn about Islam.
Every Friday, a group of Nepalese revert Muslims set up an outdoor projector screen with seats, and play Islamic lectures by renowned speakers such as Dr Zakir Naik, Abdurraheem Green, Yusuf Estes and Yusuf Chambers. At the Qatar Guest Centre in the Majlis, Salahuddin Patel gave a short reminder about the importance of the work they are doing, and to remind to them to always purify their intentions solely for the sake of Allah (swt). As a result, the local organiser from the Qatar Dawah Network, brother Hassen Rathore has promised to deliver the Dawah Training Course in Hindi for the local Nepalese team.
The Nepalese team also have a van they use for Dawah, known as the ‘Guidance Car’ that they stock with educational materials, and have a screen at the back to play lectures on the move. The teams also work with the ‘Fanar Organisation’ based at the Iconic ‘Abdullah bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center’ in Doha. Fanar provides support for new Muslims in Qatar, with educational and cultural courses to help them overcome challenges that they may face, and to give them foundational Islamic knowledge.
The weekend was a great success, and as a result of iERA’s Dawah Program, the Qatar Dawah Network has attracted new volunteers, including revert brothers Akil Ibn Winston from the UK and Eissa Mohammed AbdulHaq from South Africa, who are recent attendees of iERA’s New Muslim Retreat.
The team are now ready to help convey the message of Islam to the non-Muslim community living in Qatar.