As an American raised in a Hispanic household, I am always happy to learn of communities that make me feel “at home” within the Islamic community. I ran into this website just now–Latino American Dawah Organization (Lado) that focuses on promoting Islam among the Latino community in the U.S. I still have much to read, but it is great to see that there is an organization trying to spread awareness–most importantly, education–among the Latinos regarding Islam.
As some may know, Latinos are very spiritual people for the most part. The majority are Catholic, fewer are Christian of other denominations, even fewer may be Jewish or of Jewish descent (parts of my family is) and a minority prescribes to no religion at all. It feel somewhat safe making the sweeping generalization that Latinos are spiritual people who love God–
I think dawah is important and I also believe it is most effectively executed when it is done by members who can identify with a particular community. While Islam may be universal, cultures are not. It is so important to be able to see “faces” we can relate to and recognize. It allows for the demystification of Islam as something that belongs “over there”.
As a Muslim convert who comes from a strong Catholic background, I want my family to be knowledgable about Islam so that they can grow more comfortable with my decision. The first step is knowledge. And once the seeds of knowledge are sown, it is up to God to lead (or not).
I will be playing around on this website for the next few days.