‘Understand Islam’ this Friday at OCEC

MUSCAT, May 22 – The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs is organising an evening for non-Muslims to interact with scholars and clarify their doubts about Islam and Muslims on Friday, (May 25) at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC). The event is titled ‘Taaruf’ (introduce each other) and will be held under the auspices of Shaikh Zahir bin Abdullah al Abri, Member of the State Council. The gathering, which is in its 3rd year after it was first introduced in 2016, will see world renowned orator Shaikh Yousuf Chambers delivering keynote address to hundreds of people from other faiths.
He will delve into the topic ‘The Quran is for all mankind’ following which there will be a discussion on the same.
“This social gathering is a humble effort to introduce Islam to people from other faiths to inform them what Islam teaches and what this religion prohibits,” Abdul Rahman Ahmed al Khalili, Director of Department of Introduction to Islam and Cultural Exchange at the Ministry, said.
Taaruf is an ongoing programme which was successfully conducted in other wilayats and governorates in the past few years.
The response was overwhelming and people showed much interest to learn about Islam, according to Al Khalili.
In 2016, in its first year, more than 400 attendants participated in Taaruf while 7 non-Muslims embraced Islam.
This number rose to 15 in 2017, while 600 people from other faiths were in attendance.
A short film on Islamic belief, a dialogue with new Muslims, exhibition on Islamic values, and competition for people from different walks of life are arranged as part of the event.
To-and-fro transport is arranged from both Ruwi and Burj Sahwa at 4 pm and 10 pm in cooperation with the Mwasalat. Those who are interested may send an e-mail to islamicicedept@mara.gov.om. Entry to the event is free.

KABEER YOUSUF