iERA were invited to Hong Kong to deliver a series of talks, lectures and dawah training for a number of organisations and university groups across the vibrant city.
The week-long programme embodied iERA’s vision which is to convey the Prophetic Mission, compassionately and intelligently, sharing Islam with the entire world.
A core part of iERA’s work is to train people on how to convey the call. During this trip, iERA’s International Head of Outreach, Salahuddin Patel, delivered two dawah training courses, one to the Muslim Council of Hong Kong and the other for the Serving Islam Team.
The courses not only gave them the knowledge and practical experience in how to share the message of Islam but also, most importantly, how to welcome and empower new Muslims who chose to embrace the religion.
Salahuddin also delivered a number of talks and lectures including the Friday Khutbah about his journey to Islam from Hinduism and a reminder about the importance and methodology of dawah at the Dawah Symposium hosted by the University of Hong Kong.
He also delivered a talk at the Islamic Union of Hong Kong at Ammar Masjid following a Shahadah Ceremony where a group of 20 locals embraced Islam. Firstly, he congratulated them on accepting Islam and the great blessing that had been bestowed upon them by Allah by becoming Muslim. Salahuddin spoke further about his own experiences towards accepting Islam and pointed out the tumultuous journey that they will face along the way. He importantly highlighted that the best way to overcome such obstacles is to develop a strong connection with Allah.
He invited them to reflect on the following passage from Surah Ali ‘Imran, Verse 103 as a way to understand the tools and principles to navigate this life:
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah and do not be divided. Remember Allah’s favour upon you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts, so you—by His grace—became brothers. And you were at the brink of a fiery pit and He saved you from it. This is how Allah makes His revelations clear to you, so that you may be ˹rightly˺ guided.”
Whilst in Hong Kong, the iERA team took the opportunity to engage in some positive outreach activities on the streets of Hong Kong, outside the oldest Mosque in the city, the Kowloon Mosque. Joined by the members of the Muslim Council of Hong Kong, the results of their training were instantaneous. The team quickly put into action what they had learned and were much more motivated and confident in conveying the call. This lead to several fruitful conversations with the Hong Kong natives, resulting in many individuals taking dawah materials away with them, as well as copies of the Qur’an. Watch the Facebook live video here.
Finally, the highlight of the entire week-long program was when Imke van Dinteren accepted Islam after attending iERA’s Dawah Training course at the Serving Islam Team’s Offices.
Imke had been looking into Islam for a while, and as result of listening to iERA’s GORAP™ conversation framework that breaks down Islam in a coherent manner, conveying the compassionate and intelligent case for the faith – she was convinced that Islam is the truth!
This is just the start of iERA’s ongoing relationship with both the Muslim Council of Hong Kong and the Serving Islam Team, both of which have been actively involved in iERA’s global dawah activities for a number of years.
If you are interested in organising a similar programme in your city or want to find out what services iERA have available, simply visit iera.org/request.
This programme in Hong Kong was delivered as a collaborative initiative with the following groups working together to continue the Prophetic Mission across East Asia.
The working group consisted of:
- Adeel Malik from the Muslim Council of Hong Kong
- Dr Mahdi Ebrahimi from The University of Hong Kong
- Kaleem Raza of Islamwise (UK)
- Salahuddin Patel of iERA (UK)
- Sheikh Muhammad Al-Naqawi the Grand Khateeb of Kuwait
- The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- The Islamic Union of Hong Kong
- The Serving Islam Team of Hong Kong