In September 2018 iERA Outreach Specialists Murtaza Chaudhary and Imran Hussein were invited to Milan (Italy) to deliver a weekend of dawah and New Muslim empowerment training. iERA were invited by the local Imam, Shaykh Usama El-Santawy to train his diverse and dynamic Italian community.
iERA have been working with the Milano Muslim community and Shaykh Usama since 2015 to help them to articulate a positive case of Islam to the wider Italian community. To further develop his skills as a leader in the community, Shaykh Usama recently attended “iERA’s Specialist Dawah Training Course” for Imams and Leaders from across Europe in April 2018.
With that as a backdrop, iERA’s Outreach Specialists landed in Milan and were immediately whisked away to the prestigious Museo Nazionale Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci” (Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum). At the largest science and technology museum in Italy, Shaykh Usama delivered a talk on ‘Islam And Science’ based predominantly on the training he received from iERA. Usama highlighted that Muslims have made significant contributions to global society in fields such as science, medicine, optics, mathematics and many more.
The following day, iERA outreach specialist Imran Hussein, delivered iERA’s outreach training to a full classroom at Moschea Mariam. Some attendees had travelled from as far afield as Bologna, over 200km away! The audience was riveted, where they were asked relevant questions and interaction levels were high. One of Imran’s key objectives was to motivate the attendees to go out and give dawah. Islamically, the fruit of all knowledge is action. So this ‘going out’ can be both online or offline and much work needs to be done in both realms.
Sunday is when iERA Outreach Specialist Murtaza Chaudhary deliver iERA’s ‘New Muslim Empowerment’ training. Again, the room was packed with attendees with hardly a seat free. Murtaza explained the realities of reverts — about half do not remain upon Islam as they face so many challenges. Murtaza went on to push the point home that the support needs to be done by us and not someone else in the ummah. Empowerment — not ‘hand-holding’ is the key objective. There was a lively role-playing session based on a case study at the end.
Now the work has been done, the future for Shaykh Usama and Italy is promising. Usama plans to setup dawah teams not just in Milan but in fact across the whole of Italy. The Prophetic Mission — conveying the call to Allah (swt) — has a bright future in Italy. May Allah bless all those involved, ameen.