I went to an Open House at the local mosque in my community. It was a blessing!
I have come to gradually know more and more about Islam and Muslims through a leap that my youngest son took back five years ago when he moved to the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. When he invited me to join his family there for Christmas in Arabia, it was a trip of a lifetime that I couldn’t walk away from.
Over the years, my neighbor and his family have shown me the personal side of Islam and of being a Muslim through their kindness and reaching out to me. It’s been a blessing knowing this family and watching each of their children grow from the time they were each a baby.
So, when I learned there was going to be an open house at my neighbor’s mosque, once again I welcomed the opportunity to get to know more and to become more aware. It was a wonderful welcome and everyone was so helpful. Standing room only! There were informative presentations, calligraphy lesson, henna art, multicultural food, mosque tours and prayer. While visiting the prayer room we were asked to take our shoes off before we entered the room. Our tour guide welcomed any questions we might have. I noticed three framed calligraphy pieces on the walls and asked if it would be alright if I took pictures. She said it definitely would be alright and proceeded to tell me what each one represented. The one of the left means “God (Allah) ~ His Majesty”, the one in the center means “Everything is from God (Allah)” and the one on the right means “Beautiful Patience”
My neighbors were there in the kitchen helping to fix the food to share with us. The children were participating in the activities that were provided for them, and the oldest son was helping to clean up and assist in anyway he could. It was a real blessing to see their faces light up when they saw me at their open house. ♥
There was a police presence very visible outside the mosque while the event was going on. Without going into the negative climate that exists today surrounding those who might not wish us good will, I only can hope my message encourages more people to become more aware and be open to learn.
~ Calligraphy is written right to left ….. ‘Love and Peace’ ~
(This post is a part of the Blesstival 2016. The Blessing Wave was started by Sophia’s Children. It’s a wonderful idea!)