By: Sr. Kanwal Malik Saba

And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, 'Indeed, I am of the Muslims (Surah Fussilat 41: 33).

This surah from the Quran clearly states that it is our duty and obligation to declare Da’wah or spread the word of Allah. Doing Da’wah is not just inviting non-Muslims to our events, it is also by living exemplary lives and showing our community members and neighbors that we are good citizens, who abide by the law.

Now more than ever we need our communities to see that Muslims are peace loving people. It is imperative that our good deeds include reaching out to people so their misconceptions about Islam can be eradicated. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said to ‘Ali (RA): “If Allah guides a person through you, it is better for you than all that is on the earth.” (Bukhari)

            Consequently, the Daarus Salaam Mosque is holding an open house on May 17th, 2015 from 2-6 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for all of us to invite our neighbors and community members to a place that can help alleviate their concerns or answer their questions, in a friendly and casual ambiance.

            In today’s Islamophobic environment we can’t just complain of how people treat us. It is upon our shoulders to continue the work of our beloved Prophet PBUH. Bringing people to the path of Allah and spreading Islam will bring us inner peace and build bridges between our communities. Allah SWT says in the Quran: “Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining Al-Ma’roof (Islamic monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (Polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are successful.” (Qur’an: Chapter 3, Verse 104)

            My dear brothers and sisters, come one, come all!! It is our obligation as Muslims to defend our deen and this event is the perfect opportunity to do so. Let us try to invite as many colleagues, neighbors and community members as we can to Masjid Daarus Salaam on May 17th. Let us lead the path in spreading the word of Allah SWT. May Allah SWT bless our efforts and make this open house a successful endeavor In Sha Allah and Ameen Ya Rabbul Ameen.