It was an eventful first day at the Dubai International Peace convention. The day was kick started by Maghrib prayers lead by Sheikh Mishary Al Afassy, his beautiful recital (Maasha allah) could not even be hampered by the occasional noise of the airplanes in Dubai Airport taking off.
After some keynote addresses Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Sudais (Imam of the Masjid-ul-Haram) made his way towards the centre stage. It was my own bane to not know Arabic for his moving speech brought out the “goose bumps” in the Arab and Arab speaking audience. It was one of my childhood dreams to meet this personality revered throughout the Islamic world and Alhamdulillah seeing him from 20 ft away for the price of being a volunteer at the event was a good bargain
Then came the funny sheikh, the old man with a young heart. Sheikh Yusuf Estes gave an inspiring speech which set the tone for the following two days of spiritual revival. He managed to emphasize the need for us to engage in Da’wah within the capacity which each individual could muster within him – The best Da’wah being the exemplary way with which we conduct our lives amongst non-Muslims. He was clearly the highlight of the day for the fact that the crowd was predominantly english speaking and the global acceptance that the scholar has attracted through out the years.
It was a great feeling to see scholars from all across the globe converge at the same venue. I would like to urge all my brothers and sisters to benefit from this rare opportunity and to encourage our Non-Muslim friends and colleagues to take part in this great event.
Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says “I am of those who bow in Islam”? (33) Nor can Goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better: then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate!