Nouman Ali Khan is an American Muslim speaker and founder, CEO and lead instructor at The Bayyinah Institute for Arabic and Qur'anic Studies SOURCE Facebook

Dubai: The outdoor stage area at the Zayed Bin Mohammad Family Gathering in Al Khawaneej was teeming with hundreds who came to hear American public speaker and Islamic scholar No’man Ali Khan on Friday.

In his speech titled ‘Time for Dua’, Khan urged his audience to ask for the blessings of God to create a healthy and happy home environment. Khan’s speech spanned several topics, including honourable slavery to god, and the importance of being satisfied with what one has.

“God’s love for us is analogous to a mother’s love for her unborn child,” Khan said. “The unborn baby causes much pain for the mother, even the process of birth is excruciatingly painful. Yet, when that child is born, the first thing a mother wants to do is hold her newborn and to love. She can’t take her eyes off him. A mother’s love for her child is but a speck compared to God’s love for us.”

Khan noted that he was frequently asked by non-believers why he prayed.

“People have this notion that we pray to God because He needs it,” he said. “But that is not true, we have nothing to offer someone who has everything, not even our prayers. We pray because we feel at one with God. We pray because we are the ones who need it,” he said.

Khan is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah and serves as a lead instructor for several programmes including a number of travelling seminars and Bayyinah TV. His serious Arabic training began in the US in 1999.

He served as a professor of Arabic at Nassau Community College until 2006 when he decided to take Bayyinah on as a full-time project. Since then he has taught more than 10,000 students through travelling seminars and programmes. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is focusing on teaching his students, developing Arabic curricula and filming material for Bayyinah TV.