This past Saturday, February 6, 2016, representatives from the New Tampa Muslim community visited Cypress Point Community Church and shared a Pot Luck dinner with members of the church. Cypress Point is Daarus Salaam Mosque’s neighbor to the south, and the visit and dinner were long overdue.
Pastor Dean welcomed his Muslim neighbors, and Bilal Saleh, speaking on behalf of Daarus Salaam Mosque, said a few words about how the two communities could work together to alleviate the plights of the underprivileged and those in need before presenting Pastor Dean with a translated Qur’an and a gift of chocolates.
Members of both congregations then served themselves and sat alongside each other and discussed topics of common interests: family, jobs, the Super Bowl and different projects they could collaborate on for the good of the community at large.
iInsha’Allah, members of the Muslim community must continue to make sincere efforts to reach out to our non-Muslim neighbors. This is what Allah SWT and His Prophet SAWS commanded, and this is what will help off-set the negativity being spread on the political stage.