On Saturday, September 24th, Al Falah Islamic Centre opened its doors for the community of other faiths. By the Grace of Allah the message was well received far and wide. We had a great turnout of about 200 people who came to see the centre to learn about Islam, and meet their Muslim neighbours.
The tour began with our receptionists greeting visitors, welcoming them to the centre and then forming tour groups. Once the group was formed, our guides joined in, introduced themselves and briefly networked before entering the Masjid.
Our esteemed tour guides lead groups of visitors through the Masjid. They provided in-depth knowledge about Islam and Muslims, engaged in conversation answering any pressing questions, eliminated misconceptions, and developed mutual respect and understanding with our guests.
Alhamdulillah we were blessed with exceptional tour guides featuring: Br. Humzah Khaial (Halton Islamic Association), Br. Feras Marish (Dar Foundation), Dr. Aliya Khan (McMaster University), Br. Taha Ghayyur (DawaNet), Br. Osama Lela (Muslim Association of Canada) and several others!
Once the tours completed, our guests were offered a delicious meal along with great conversation with our volunteers. Families enjoyed the sunny day, having their names written in Arabic calligraphy, face painting, trying on hijabs and henna!
Volunteers and Dignitaries
The event could not have been possible without the hard work of each and every volunteer. The teams were divided into groups covering event planning & logistics, marketing and dawah. The teams worked tirelessly leading up to the event. On the day of the event there were over 75 volunteers, comprising of Al Falah volunteers, YM (Young Muslims), MYN (Muslim Youth Network) and the 1st AFC Scouts Group (Al Falah Scouts), present to ensure the operation was seamless and the event was delivered with the utmost professionalism. Furthermore, there were many others who dedicated their time and resources behind the scenes.
The event was graced by: The Halton Regional Police, Regional Councillor Tom Adams, MPP Indira Naidoo Harris, MP John Oliver, MP Iqra Khalid and Mayor Bonnie Crombie and numerous other community figures.
Al Falah Islamic Centre is a thriving Masjid/Mosque that supports the Oakville, Milton, Mississauga and surrounding communities. Al Falah's mission is to provide religious, social, and educational services to facilitate the healthy spiritual and intellectual growth of the community resulting in the betterment of society. We aim to be a centre where authentic, relevant, meaningful and transformative knowledge is disseminated. Al Falah is a project of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada.