The Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO) originally sprang up from humble and unassuming origins in 1997 as a free AOL page in the early days of the Internet with the goal of sharing Islam, bringing together the Latino Muslim community, and empowering both believers and non-Muslims alike to discover more about the beauty of Islam. With a special focus on building community and expressing their cultural and religious identities as Latino Muslims, LADO is dedicated to building alliances within the Muslim community at large and promoting Islam through extensive outreach efforts. The Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered as The LADO Group, Inc. (Federal Tax Id: 84-5056478).
Under the leadership of its President/CEO, Juan Galvan, the LADO Group focuses on providing a full-fledged and comprehensive dawah effort toward Latinos by empowering the Latino Muslim community through scholarships, grants, and campaigns. They are best known for their online newsletter archive, social media presence, and online resources. They tirelessly work with Muslims from all backgrounds to foster a sense of welcomeness that encourages people from all walks of life to discover more about Islam.
The LADO Group also encourages all Latino Muslims to become better Muslims by embodying the teachings of their faith and sharing the beauty of Islam. They educate Latinos about the rich legacy of Islam in Spain and the Americas, as well as providing them with spiritual advice and strength through its statement of belief titled What We Believe. LADO has published a wealth of content, expanding the reach of Islam and providing a new and engaging way to connect with the Word of Allah.
LADO also hopes to address the emotional needs of new or potential Muslims. They have always believed that there was more to dawah than simply translating some pamphlets into Spanish, and a central part of their Dawah efforts are channeled into correcting misconceptions that new Muslims have, providing support for how to tell friends and family about their conversion, and giving people the strength to embrace Islam and embody the teachings of Allah SWT.
From its humble origins, the organization has now evolved into a thriving and flourishing community where people of all races and backgrounds can come together in the name of Allah. With a wealth of online articles and resources, readers can find a powerful and deeply rewarding discussion about Islam and the unique challenges that Latino Muslims face.
Today, the LADO Group is a thriving and successful network, and they hope to continue their Dawah work long into the future. Islam has so much to offer the Latino community, and finding a way to blend their culture and heritage with their Faith is LADO’s proudest achievement. Their commitment to education, outreach and support services, and leadership development is a powerful mission that inspires its members and challenges them daily to become better Muslims.
The LADO Group will never lose sight of their goal to help Latino Muslims recover their lost Islamic heritage, and they are passionate about empowering Latinos so that their faith can be once again be revived, rekindled, and reborn.
“When God’s help and victory have arrived, and you have seen people entering God’s religion in droves, then glorify your Lord’s praise and ask His forgiveness. Indeed, He is ever accepting of repentance.”– Qur’an 110:1-3