This exhibit was the first one to be held in El Bajada Hotel, Davao City. Featuring more than 12 signature artworks of mine, it was an event to remember.
It is always nice to see nonMuslims coming over out of curiosity, to be approached and asked about Islam is but a great opportunity given by Allah to give dawa’ah, and this was what the exhibit was all about.
Even though the event was initially focused on showcasing the talents of Muslims, it pave way on luring the eyes of appreciative nonMuslims to learn more about Islam, and was also a golden opportunity to refresh and invite the Muslims to know more about their religion in a unique way.
Most of the visitors of the event was actually revert Muslims (next to nonMuslims), maybe because the event was organized by wonderful revert Muslims in Davao. Nonetheless, it was really heart fulfilling seeing them appreciate a new approach on giving dawa’ah in their city, through art.
It is just a point to raise that indeed, people will always find ways to question and judge/comment about your actions in a rude way, and this event had no escape from such criticism. But, no matter what people would say as long as your intention is to please Allah, it will matter not. I just wanted to raise this point because I know maybe one of you who are reading this are involve in dawa’ah would eventually face such and if ever you do, stay strong and firm on what you believe.
Nevertheless, I am very thankful to Allah for enabling me to pursue the exhibit through His Help, Guidance and Mercy.
A bitter sweet experience.
This is how I would describe my experience during my lecture in Davao.
A day before my lecture, I had someone who spoke badly about me(without even seeing or knowing me) and the lecture itself (infront of me) because the student didn’t know that I was the one to give the lecture. It was a good thing in a way that I got to know about their doubts and things that they were complaining about.
Basically, it was about the registration fee, just like how every Islamic event with tickets/fees face. It was just that, had it been someone foreign to give the lecture, would they complain as such as well? Such thoughts would still wander in my mind until now. Alhamdulillah.
Indeed this was bitter in a way that, this was the only workshop that the organizers had the most comments regarding the registration fee. Sweet in a way that at the end of the lecture, the students were very pleased to have attended it.
This experience reminded me of how we as humans can quickly judge about others when we haven’t talked to them nor did we ever see such things assumed of them, a struggle that we all Muslims do encounter everyday, a struggle our religion is facing everywhere. Right?
What a great reminder was this experience, indeed.
Truly, Allah takes us to places where we would learn greatly for His Sake so we could be better in dealing in such situations.
Yet, the students on this workshop were such lovely students, they were not really lively but they were silently attentive. Alhamdulillah.
• To the brothers behind Oneness Productions, Jazakumullahu Khayran for the opportunity you have given me to come over to your city to showcase my works and share my passion to the students. May Allah always protect and guide you all. Amin
• To my best friend, Rona, thank you so much for all the love and support and really making time to be with me throughout the event. I love you dearly.
• My sister and her family, jazakallahu Khayran for accommodating me for the one month stay there.
• And of course to my family, for their ever loving support, especially my father for allowing me to go and teach.
May Allah Azza Wa Jall accept it all from us. Amin
Love and prayers,