Letter from Barbados:
As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
I wanted to update you on activities since your departure. Sr Sakinah has been giving dawah to some of the partners of people of other faiths who attended the lectures – one of them is the sister who had the baby, the other is the brother Abdul-Malik’s (Glen) wife.
On Saturday we visited a house in St Thomas (Parish) where Melissa and her family live but A-M is in charge of. Alhamdulillah, they have said they want it to be used a place for meeting and learning about the Deen of Islam. They told us much of their activities in the past ten years – their studying of Egpytology, Santeria, Masonic lodges – and now their belief that Islam is the right system for life. We have been asked to help teach them and their community and to help them find teachers.
On Sunday we started our first halaqa. We started with purification and the rules applicable. Masha’Allah, there were 7-8 of them in attendance, all people of other faiths. They ask very astute questions and they are keen to learn.
Insha’Allah, we are planning a picnic on Friday, Nov 30th (Independence Day) where we will invite the Muslim families and they will invite some more of their brethren to join us. It will be an opportunity for us to learn and meet. This coming weekend, insha’Allah, we intend to go through the rules of salat, to look at the various ayat and hadith so that they see where we get these rules and guidances, and to start teaching them the words, first in English, and then to teach them how to write and read it in the Arabic. I know this sounds ambitious, but it is a 3-day weekend and they have said that they will do the homework each week to be sure they learn whatever is taught.
Alhamdulillah, I have given all of them the same Quran translation, the black one with the Arabic. I have requests for more from other persons which means that we shall soon be out of stock. I should be grateful if you can get us some more of those ones and have someone mail off to me as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can put me in contact with the source.
Insha’Allah, I want to start a small Library where we can have DVDs, CDs and books on various topics available at the house so that anyone can have access. Not those little vapid books but things like tafsir and more intellectual texts that these seekers can read and discuss with Islamic scholars. Do you know of any organisations that may be willing to make such donations or at least give us a discount price?
Sr Sakinah and I would also be grateful for your advice on any matters relating to the above. Also, is there anyone among the persons you met here that you think we should invite to join the haliqa? They are adamant that they want to come as family units and learn together, instead of the women having to go to somebody’s house and the men in another place.
Response: Al-Hamdulillah. May Allah continue this great work. I will do all that I can and trust that others will read this blog and support. I will send you a case of Qur’ans and books soon. I think the family approach is great.
Let us schedule another event for supporting these families growth and development.