Awareness Through Mosque Tour (ATMT) Training

By
Speaker
Bro. Syed Raziuddin Ali
Founder Board Member of Discover Islam, Bahrain
Research Fellow Discover Islam Centre
Mosque Tour Guide at Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain

All Muslims regardless of age, race and nationality are invited

The schedule and venue of the training are as follows: –

Date
Venue
20 – 24 July 2008
Masjid Al- Azim, Melaka
26 – 30 July 2008
Masjid Putra, Putrajaya
1 – 5 August 2008
Masjid Sultan Salehuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam
7 – 11 August 2008
Masjid Negeri Sabah, Kota Kinabalu
14 – 18 August 2008
Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Introduction

Since its inception on 27th August 1965, Masjid Negara has been a major
tourist destination for locals and foreigners who visit Malaysia .
Realizing the fact that in a day Masjid Negara is visited by more than
300 tourists, the Malaysian Tourism Board had officially declared the
mosque as a major tourist destination by depicting this National
monument as a symbol of Islamic presence in the country in its various
tourism promotions. In fact about 4 million non-Muslim tourists visit
various mosques and Islamic centres throughout Malaysia every year.

The absence of guided tours for visitors who are mainly non-Muslims had
inspired Islamic Outreach ABIM to initiate in 2003 the Mosque Tour
Guide Program at Masjid Negara. A first of its kind in the country, the
program which began with very scarce resources and volunteers, kicked
of as a channel to explain about the true essence of Islam and correct
the misconceptions prevalent among the international community about
Islam and its followers. The unjust reporting about Islam and Muslims
by the international media, were painting a misconstrued picture of
Islam. Hence, to correct the false ideas about Islam, Islamic Outreach
ABIM embarked to enlighten tourists about the national religion of
Malaysia and the majestic and beauty of Islamic architecture in the
country.

As far as the American Continent, Asia, Australia and Europe , the response has been overwhelming.

Tourists from all walks of life, creed and religion who walk into the
mosque have found the guided tours enriching and beneficial. As a
result of this, there are foreign tourists who revisit the mosque.

In order to improve on the skill and efficiency of the volunteers of
the Mosque Tour Program, Islamic Outreach ABIM in co-operation with
Discover Islam of Bahrain has launched on a series of training called
Dakwah Through Mosque Tour (DTMT) throughout Malaysia from 20th July
until 18 August 2008.

DTMT Aims & Objectives

1. To explain the functions of the mosque as an institution in the Muslim community
2. To dispel the misconceptions about Islam
3. To answer basic questions on Islam

Target Participants
All muslims regardless of age and race who are interested to be a mosque tour guide and disseminating the message of Islam

Organisers

Islamic Outreach ABIM
Discover Islam of Bahrain
JAKIM
Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Masjid Putra, Putrajaya
Masjid Al-’Azim, Melaka
Masjid Sultan Salehuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam
Masjid Negeri Sabah, Kota Kinabalu
Masjid Jamek Bandar, Kuala Lumpur

wallahualam

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