Over five thousand people from across the UK attended Day 1 of Exhibition Muhammad at Birmingham Central Masjid on 31 March 2013. The exhibition is the largest Islamic exhibition ever held in the Midlands. The visitors came from across the UK and were young and old, Muslim and non-Muslim and of diverse ethnicities. Over 2000 Know Muhammad Dawah Packs were distributed to the visitors.
After registration, visitors were given Dawah packs and bags containing literature explaining the Islamic ideology and the mission of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh). The exhibition took place across the three floors of the masjid. Visitors were given the option of being shown around the exhibition by a ‘presenter’ or making their own way around the ‘zones’. In each zone, knowledgeable Muslim brothers and sisters were available to discuss the exhibition material and the Know Muhammad campaign.
Visitors entered the main exhibition area on the ground floor and were able to browse the wide selection of Islamic arts and artefacts that illustrated the contribution of Islamic civilisation to the world. Intricate and interactive historical models of Masjid al-Nabawi and Masjid al-Haram attracted crowds of people who marvelled at how the Deen of Islam had spread from such humble beginnings to be embraced by over 1 billion people the world over.
The achievements of the Islamic civilisation in science, technology, infrastructure, politics and economics were illustrated by the exhibition material. Real historical pieces and artefacts from Islamic history, including early Quranic manuscripts and scientific discoveries, practically demonstrated the Islamic civilisation and system.
Visitors completed their tour of the ground floor with a visit to the Quran Project, where non-Muslims were provided with a complimentary copy of the translation of the Quran in the English language.
In the masjid’s main prayer hall, visitors were then able to peruse the exhibition material related to the Islamic rituals of Salah and Hajj, the history of the establishment of the Islamic State and the Hijrah and the unity of the Muslim Ummah.
On the second floor of the mosque, in the penultimate ‘zone’ visitors learnt of the foreign policy of the Islamic civilisation, the systems of Islam, the history of the Islamic Khilafah and how the Muslims view the political issues of today through the prism of Islam.
Finally, visitors watched a 10 minute documentary summarising the main themes of the exhibition and the Know Muhammad campaign.
Alhamdulillah, throughout the exhibition, there was lively discussion between the presenters and visitors to the exhibition. Some non-Muslims attended to learn more about Islam and others attended hoping that they may draw nearer to Islam. By Allah’s grace and mercy, several of those who attended accepted the deen of Al-Islam. We pray that Allah keeps them steadfast and strong in the deen.
There was also lively discussion with the Muslim visitors. Many wanted to know how they could counter the propaganda of Islam, how to portray Islam as a complete way of life, how to invite non-Muslims to Islam and how to show Islam’s solutions to the political, economic and social aspects of life.
After completing their tour of the exhibition, visitors moved on to the outdoor activities held across two marquees. Children and families were entertained in the family marquee with many activities for children in order to build the concepts of the Islamic personality. The nasheed group, Shaam, also performed nasheeds and children also took to the stage to compete in the recitation of the Quran.