DUBAI: As part of its wide range of activities during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing Department (DTCM) will organise free Iftars and religious sermons in several languages in Dubai.
The sermons in English, Urdu, Malayalam and Tagalogue will be held at different dates starting from July 19 at Sheikh Rashid Hall at Dubai World Trade Centre, organisers said.
The sprawling hall of DWTC accommodates more than 4,000 worshippers at a time. The organisers expect an overwhelming response to these programmes from expatriate listeners and faithful followers.
DTCM was represented by the Coordinator for non-Arabic Programmes Hashim Khan, Malayalam Programme Coordinator Mohammed Ashraf VC and other office-bearers and volunteers who hail from different levels of society. The Ramadan events are being organised under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“The idea of these talks is to enlighten the spirit of Ramadan among expatriate residents, visitors and tourists. DTCM was organsing such discourses since the past four years and around 5,000 listeners assembled every time to listen to the speeches and other Ramadan-oriented activities. We have organised the sermons in several languages other than Arabic because of the majority non-Arabic speakers living in Dubai,” Khan said.
The talks will begin from the 10th day of Ramadan and will run for two weeks and shall address different subjects. In the past four years, the talks were held at Al Tawar area in Dubai.
The first discussion will be in English and held by the renowned Indian scholar Zakir Nayak which will be followed by a talk in Malayalam on July 19. A talk for Filipinos will be organised on July 20. Another lecture delivered in Urdu by Saudi-based Pakistani scholar Sheikh Tawfiq-ur-Rahman will take place on July 21.
Noted Islamic scholar from Kerala, Sheikh Hussain Salafi, will be delivering a speech on opening day on July 19 entitled The Month of Mercy. Talks will also focus on various issues that tend to distort the true image of Islam; including that it is fundamentally against non-violence and Islam’s true stance against extremism.
Sheikh Salafi, who was also present at the press conference, said: “the message of the Holy Month of Ramadan is now being misunderstood as Islam itself was wrongly understood. It is God’s religion and charity, according to Islam is not confined to the month of Ramadan alone.”
DTCM will also distribute free Iftar for thousands of labourers in labour camps at Mohaisna II, also known as Sonapur, Khan said.