بِسْمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Islam Awareness Series (IAS) 2016 aimed to introduce the integral concepts of Islam to non-Muslims, to promote a deeper understanding of the faith and to share its beauty and spirituality with the NUS community. This was achieved through exhibitions at UTown, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and the Faculty of Science (FoS) and a talk – The Gift of Prayer – through which the NUS community could hopefully learn about Islam and engage with Muslims in a light, friendly and enriching environment.
This year, the theme for IAS was ‘Igniting Lights within Hearts’ where we aimed to provide opportunities for the NUS community to learn about the beauty of Islam, Islamic practices and virtues such as mercy, humanity, forgiveness and wisdom. It also aimed to promote positive thinking and curiosity about Islam in an intellectual, inclusive and engaging environment.
Art Gallery @ Central Library
This year’s Islam Awareness Series kicked off with the Art Gallery from the 25th to 27th February. It showcased captivating visual art pieces and photographs by Light of Our Hope Studios, Creative Muslim Youth Kakis (CMYK) and artistes Noor Iskandar and Noor Hanisah. Free books about Islamic art and brochures were part of this gallery too for patrons to keep for themselves.
IAS Exhibition @ uTown, Arts & Science Faculties
The central focus of IAS 2016 were the exhibitions held at UTown, FASS and FoS. Besides the exhibition panels, there were additional booths such as the food tasting.. At the food-tasting booth, visitors were given the opportunity to try the Zam Zam water, the dates sponsored by Barakah and honey from Little Honey.
The exhibition panels focused on the fundamental aspects of Islam which included the basics of Islam, the Prophets and the Holy Quran. Cultural aspects involving the lives of Muslims in Singapore were an intriguing section which drew positive attention. Posters on the great inventors and engineers of Islam also added colour and variety to the exhibition. Visitors to the exhibition were attended to by members of the IAS 2016 committee and Da’wah team, and received goodie bags as a reward for participating in a quiz pertaining to the exhibition.
Gift of Prayer
The ‘Gift of Prayer’ was IAS 2016’s one and only talk and concluding event for the series. Our distinguished speaker was Ustaz Tarmizi, the founder of Safinah Institute, who gladly shared about how every single aspect of our daily prayers, before and during, have their own respective significance. We are immensely grateful for the wonderful attendance and positive response of approximately 200 guests for this talk, Alhamdulillah. It was an amazing conclusion to the entire series and we would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support and help. May it be a beneficial and eye-opening experience for everyone, insya-Allah!