Centre mulls scheme to help Expo visitors understand Islam

The scheme will spotlight the tolerant and moderate teachings of Islam through a variety of charity and Da’wah activities and programmes for foreign communities.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

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Published: Mon 25 May 2015, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:39 PM

Dubai  - The Islamic Information Centre (IIC) is working on a scheme under the theme ‘peace ambassadors’, which is aimed at qualifying and training Emiratis in enlightening people about the merits of Islam on the sidelines of the Expo 2020 in association with the bodies concerned.

The scheme will spotlight the tolerant and moderate teachings of Islam through a variety of charity and Da’wah activities and programmes for foreign communities, according to a senior official.

The centre has helped over 10,000 people embrace Islam in the last six years. Established in 1993 under the government-run Dar Al Ber Society, the centre has returned to its old premises at the December 02 road of Satwa, which underwent some renovation works.

The centre is the first smart Da’wah centre in the UAE to offer smart solutions and deliver distant lectures and classes via smart devices.

Rashid Al Junaibi, manager of the centre, said more than 51,645 people benefited from the 3,443 lectures delivered in 16 languages at the centre last year, in addition to the 346 Sharia courses. “As many as 441,338 scientific and Islamic brochures were distributed in 10 languages to over 100,000 people as well.”

Official statistics show that up to 2,034 people from 54 nationalities flocked to the centre last year. About 94,000 people visited the centre’s website.

The centre is all set to open a new branch in Al Quoz area, where over 58,000 workers are staying, next month. “A second branch will be opened in Ras Al Khaimah in August this year, and a third one will be established at the China Mall in the beginning of 2017,” said Al Junaibi.

He noted that the centre is all set to distribute over 3 million brochures by the end of next year, along with valuable lectures on Islam in different languages to new and non-Muslims.

“It also runs many courses for memorising and interpreting the Holy Quran, qualifying preachers, teaching the Arabic language and simplified principles of Islam to non-Arabic speaking residents.”

The centre also organises Umrah trips, social and sports activities, as well as pre-marriage courses for new Muslims, in cooperation with the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, he stated.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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