Islam for all in the mosque of Kaunas
On 28th November event of open door day was hold in the mosque of Kaunas. Muslims of Lithuania invited everybody who wished to visit the mosque and know more about Islam directly from the lips of the Muslims. This event have become especially actual and necessary now though idea to revive it after the break of 10 years occurred as far back as last autumn and preparations for it started few months ago. It attracted many various people who were searching for answers to important questions for all. Visitors were flowing all day long which made it difficult to follow the program and it was changed few times.
Since the morning there gathered a big group of visitors who were anxiously waiting for the beginning. Mufti Romas Jakubauskas started the event with a story about mosques of Lithuania, their role and importance in the Muslims’ life and introduction to the basics of Islam. In the second part of the event people could hear about women in Islam and get to know few members of Muslims community of Lithuania when they introduced and told something about themselves.
At least two times the mosque was filled with the sound of the Noble Qur’an when turkish imam of Kaunas Abdullah was reciting soorah al Mulk and everyone could read translation of it in the screen. Every few hours the uproar of the event was interrupted by adhan – call for the prayer, which made everyone listen and calm down. After it for a few minutes Muslims would concentrate in the prayer, thanking Allah, worshipping Him and asking Him for the blessings while non-Muslims could see and hear how God is worshipped in Islam. Allahu Akbar – words mentioned many times during the prayer gained the real meaning in the mind of the people.
All the day visitors were looking around the mosque where small but various exhibitions were arranged: some objects of the heritage of Islam from the Tatars’ museum of Lithuania, master’s in calligraphy Efdaluddin Kilich notes, brought from Istanbul. Women could beautify themselves by henna tatoos on the hands, which were wonderfully drawn by artist Engy. They also were interested and tried wearing Islamic clothes – dresses and scarfs – and took photos of their unusual outlook. Almost every visitor of this event tried not to miss a chance to ask their Lithuanian names being written in Arabic alphabet by the professor of Arabic language of Vytautas Magnus University Shams Aldeen Shams Aldeen who wrote more than 120 names that day. People also tastied traditional dishes of Islamic countries which were prepared by members of local Muslims community – kurdish Majid, syrian Maysoon, turkish Hajar and tatars family Radlinskai. Some of the visitors came in families, brought their small kids together who also were not bored – they took part in drawing competition “Draw a mosque”. At the end of the day commision chose 3 most beautiful drawings and gave small gifts for their authors – kids. All drawings can be seen in the gallery of the pictures at the bottom of this page.
As it was hoped, people wanted not only to look around but also know many things and ask endless questions which were patiently and clearly answered. New visitors were coming and discussions were going on till the end of the day. It was obvious that demand for knowledge of Islam and Muslims at this moment is huge. Though all who wished could take home free literature and listen to the lectures, it is impossible to give all information during one day. Therefore it is hoped to introduce a cycle of seminars about basics of the faith of Islam in Lithuanian and English in near future, in shaa Allah.
And at the moment we wish to remind that everyone who wish to visit the mosque of Kaunas, can do that any time if it is opened. You will be met by imam Abdullah and if you come after Friday prayer you would also meet members of our community.
We wish to thank all who willingly took part in organizing this event:
Professor of Arabic language of Vytautas Magnus University Shams Aldeen Shams Aldeen,
Mrs. Liusia and her son Ernestas from Tatars’ museum of Lithuania
Photographer Šarūnas and his studio VIP fotografija
Florist Ramunė and her husband who prepared beautiful lavender scent gifts to all visitors of this event,
and all members of our community, mentioned previously and not mentioned, who put efforts and took part in organizing this event by their actions and sincere wishes, who approached those who came and were answering to their questions.
May Allah bless your efforts and grant best upon you in this life and the Hereafter!
We also wish to thank guests who answered to our invitations and took part in this event – Mr. Ibrahim Ceyhan, Counsellor for Religious Service of Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, and Dainius Babilas, president of Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations, as well as all who visited us.
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Drawing competition “Draw a mosque” for kids.