Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu
Alhamdulillaah, we just finished the first day of a truly amazing event: The Texas Dawah Convention. Today consisted of a day-long carnival (lasting till 10 pm) right inside Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. SubhanAllah, this was one of the most awesome Islamic events I have ever been to!
I have to be honest, beforehand, I was a bit skeptical as to what the carnival would be able to offer, especially being an indoor carnival… but my skepticism was not justified in the least. As advertised, the carnival consisted of 27 games and rides for both children and adults. Also included was a bazaar and many halal food vendors from around Houston. Among the attractions were a live petting zoo (with lambs, goats, and other animals the kids loved), a few huge “high-speed” rides (both of which involved spinning the participants at extremely fast speeds), rock climbing, the classic mechanical bull, amongst many other attractions.
Unfortunately, I was not able to ride any of these rides, as I was personally manning the “bouncing balls” game (you know, that thing with all these hundreds of balls inside where little kids jump around and swim in, etc). Alhamdulillaah, the experience was amazing, despite not being able to ride any adult rides myself.
What truly amazed me more than anything else was that THIS carnival brought together Muslims from all over, not only Houston, but the entire nation (as I have so far met brothers here from Ohio, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia, and California) to celebrate Eid as one Ummah. It was truly a blessing seeing all the Muslims coming together and celebrating this joyous occasion in a halal and EXTREMELY FUN way. Often times, we hear Muslims complaining that as a Muslims, they can’t do “fun” things anymore (like, in their mind, listening to music, going to the movies … since so many movies contain faahishah these days)… well, ALHAMDULILLAAHI RABB IL’AALAMEEN, TDC has proved this notion to be COMPLETELY wrong… as experienced today, Muslim can have TONS of halal and tayyib fun, and benefit each other as the Ummah in the process.
Now, to go to sleep in eager anticipation of the awesome set of lectures that awaits me on Day 2 of TDC.