A Muslim in Brazil (2014)

Asalamu Aleikum Wa Rahmat Ullah Wa Barakatuhu.
Glorified is Allah, and Praised is he.

First and foremost, I am must say that i feel blessed that I am able to connect with the best ummah since the creation of the world. And that In Sha Allah, I' ll be part of it until I leave this world.

My name is Dawuud Loka I currently study a business degree,but I spent a tremedously a lot of time working on various Dawah projects, with Dawah Man, Internchange, Muslim Youth Movement, LDM etc. I converted to Islam 7 years ago and ever since my heart has never been at rest because I firmly believe that Islam has the solution to worlds problem but a lot people just dont know.

I was part of the Dawah Men squad for three trips, and we have been on two diffrent continents experiencing and sharing this beautiful deen in the best possible manner. Our aim is to travel across the whole globe and invite people to Islam.

 Why Brazil ? and why me ?

As beautiful it might sound it is not a holiday. Being in a country you barely know anyone, going there with the intention to invite the people to Islam can be tough in times we live in, especially with the bad media coverage.

We have seen the effects of the Olympic Dawah, a revival in the Dawah scene and an emergence of a new young generation tries spread the message of Islam.

The World Cup is held in Brazil this year and will have a bigger impact across the globe because where is held and because of the increased engagement on scoial media as the result of it. We reached hundred of thousands people with our online campaigns, and tried to make a change and be the change.

Brazil for many that are not familiar with has a great portion of  Islamic History. Among the first inhabitants in the New World, were Muslim. Almost 95% of slaves were deported to South Africa and out of the percentage over 30% were Muslim. 

For the people who know me, will know how passioned im about the topic. I cannot stress enough how bad i want to tell my lost brothers in Brazil that they used to believe in the Oneness of Allah swt follow the messenger, and Uphold the 5 pillarz of Islam in a hostile environment. I start learning Portoguese and want to maximise the communication skills whilst being there.

Why me, well it is because Allah Ø³Ø¨Ø­Ø§Ù†Ù‡ Ùˆ تعالى"Ž allowed me to make the intention, have access to the resources be around beautiful and hard-workig brothers, who love the deen to the extent to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

We need to whole Ummah for those who are able to support. If we look at the state of the Ummah, something must be done. Moving out our comfort zone and looking for new fresh support, looks like a strategy. The same way our Noble Prophet Ø¹Ù„يه السلام"Ž made Hijrah to Medina.

We will never able to match this genius move, but we try to look possibilties and improve together, with the ones who stay home and with the ones at the Dawah frontlines.
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