Let’s visit the mosque! Masjid Open House Day

Let’s visit the mosque! Masjid Open House Day

Muslims go and pray in masjid five times a day, seven days a week. This makes people of other faith wonder; why Muslims go inside the Masjid multiple times a day, every day.

India is very diverse country, wherein people of different religion/faith, different ethnicity and different creed lives, and practice their own way of Life.

As mentioned above, Non-Muslims wonder what we Muslim do inside the masjid. Solution for this issue is simple i.e. Invite the Non-Muslim local to a Masjid. Some people in Muslim community think that Non-Muslims should not allowed to enter in Masjid. This concept (Non-Muslims can’t enter Masjid) is not in line with the teachings of our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). At the time of the Prophet (Peace be upon him), Jews and Christians could enter in Masjid.

Non Muslim Visitors sitting in last row to see Live Zuhar Salah

Keeping that in mind Masjid Umar Bin Khattab which is situated in Soni Ni Chawl Road, Rahmat Nagar, Rakhial, Ahmedabad, took an initiative “Let’s visit the Mosque”, in which people were invited the local non-Muslim public to come and visit the mosque, observe what Muslims perform inside Masjid. People of different faith can visit the Mosque and see live Wudu (Ablution), Live Namaz (Prayer), meet the Imam of the Masjid. Around 150 visitors came down to the Masjid. Along with these, we also served a traditional dish “Sheer-Khurma’ to our visitors.
There are panels put together inside the mosque on various topics like;

 

1. Concept of God (Allah) in Islam
2. What is Quran
3. Quran encourages thinking
4. Free will (All humans have given free will to choose his/her religion)
5. Fair treatment with workers/servants
6. Islamic banking (interest free banking)
7. Suicide (Islam discourages this kind of act by any means)
8. Do not spread rumors
9. Communal hatred (Islam discourages these filthy acts)

Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah briefing Ex-IPS officer R B Sreekumar about Masjid
Ayaz Asad giving information about Islam to the Non Muslims

We had range of panels as mentioned above. We engaged with our visitor positively with compassion. We are showing them every ritual which we perform in our prayers starting from wudu (ablution) to prayer. Our volunteer performed each step of Wudu (Ablution) slowly, so that the visitors may see the process itself. After Wudu (ablution), we took the visitors inside the prayer area in the Masjid to show them Namaz (prayer). Once they enter, our volunteer explained them the concept of Namaz (prayer), then performed Namaz (prayer) step by step in front of them then explained the concept of Duaa, how can we connect ourselves with the almighty God and ask him for help. Also, we told them about Eid Namaz, Daily Namaz, Weekly (Jumah) Namaz. The Non-Muslims really loved the way we performed live Wudu and Namaz. We told the visitors about Imam (one who leads us in Nam

Hasnain Khan Interacting with Non Muslims

az), How the Imam delivers his weekly sermons (Jumah Khutba), and how an imam is appointed, they really loved the fact that an Imam is appointed based on knowledge not based on any lineage.

 

Apart from Wudu (ablution) and Namaz (Prayer), we explained multiple Islamic traditions including the concept of God (Allah) we believe in, The Quran being a guide for humanity, the free will, afterlife. we also shared the prophetic traditions, for instance; Love for people, what you love for yourselves, Pay the worker his wages before his sweat has dried etc. We got phenomenal response from the public, they came inside the Masjid, gave their valuable time to listen to our message, we appreciate their kind gesture.

 

Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah,
Trustee, Masjid Umar Bin Khattab.
Contact no.: +91 777 904 2720

MASJID UMAR BIN KHATTAB
Soni Ni Chawl Road, Rahmat Nagar, Rakhial, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
PIN: 380023
Reg. no.: Waqf/0200/Ahmedabad

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