MYF Open Day September 2014
The MYF opened its doors to the general public for an open day on Saturday the 27th of September 2014 with the theme of “The Golden Age of Muslim Scientists”.
The open day consisted of an exhibition upstairs on the theme of “The Golden Age of Muslim Scientists”. There was also a rolling 1 hour TV presentation on the same theme. There were displays of Arabic calligraphy & henna hand painting as well as face painting for the children. Unfortunately we didn’t have a costume display on this occasion but hope to have the stall back again on future open days inshAllah. There was hot food as well as a rest area with tea, coffee & biscuits. Mosque tours for the visitors were provided at regular intervals. Entry was free & anybody from the general public was welcome to attend.
1 English gentleman who came to the open day accepted Islam, took his shahada & became a Muslim a few days after the open day, Alhamdulillah.
Volunteers gave out invitation leaflets to the passing general public on the streets near to the MYF & invited them to visit the open day. Many non-Muslims came to the open day, the vast majority of whom felt that their visit had been a very pleasant & educational experience, Alhamdulillah.
Jazak Allah Khair from the MYF to all the volunteers who helped set up the open day on Friday the 26th of September 2014 & to all the volunteers who helped out on the open day itself. A special thank you to all the volunteers who stayed out distributing flyers & inviting people to come to the open day. MashAllah all the volunteers worked very hard & the relatively fine weather during most of the day was a blessing, Alhamdulillah. The open day could not have been possible without the great work of all the volunteers & I ask Allah (swt) to reward immensely in every possible way everyone who helped out, mashAllah.
Jazak Allah Khair also to the senior brother’s who helped out for the open day, Brother Imtiaz Hussain & Dr Abdul Aziz. Special thank you’s to all the MYF staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes all day.
Open days are opportunities for the Muslims to showcase Islam to the general public & to build bridges with the local community. The open day allows for a face to face dialogue between Muslims & non-Muslims to tackle some of the many misconceptions about Islam which are prevalent today. The theme of “The Golden Age of Muslim Scientists” was chosen because September is traditionally the start of the new academic year for the majority of schools, colleges & universities in the UK. The exhibition & the TV presentation showed how Muslim Scientists made great advances in very many fields while Europe was in the period referred to in Europe itself as “the dark ages”. The scientific discoveries made & the preservation of knowledge by the Muslims from previous civilizations contributed immensely to the European “Renaissance”. Further Information about this “Golden Age” can be found at the following links:
The photographs from the open day are presented below.
Please feel free to send in your comments about the open day to me so that we can continually keep making the MYF open day a better experience for all inshAllah.
Jazak Allah Khair,
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