The Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO) is a non-profit, grassroots Latino Muslim group founded in 1997 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, publishing Islamic material for Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and expressing their cultural and religious identities as Latino Muslims, LADO is dedicated to building alliances within the Muslim community and promoting Islam through extensive outreach programs.
Led by the guidance of Juan Galvan, the LADO Group focuses on providing a full-fledged and comprehensive dawah effort toward Latinos through their newsletter, social media presence, and online resources. They tirelessly work with prominent Muslims from all backgrounds to foster a sense of welcomeness that encourages people from all walks of life to discover more about Islam.
The Latino American Dawah Organization also aims to help its members become better Muslims by embodying the teachings of their faith and sharing the beauty of Islam. They hope to show Latinos the rich legacy of Islam in Spain and the Americas, as well as providing them with spiritual advice and strength through the guiding principles of their faith. LADO has published a wealth of content in Spanish and Portuguese, expanding the reach of Islam and providing a new and engaging way to connect with the Word of Allah.
LADO originally sprang up from humble and unassuming origins as a free AOL page in the early days of the internet, but 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.
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 coming out to friends and family, and giving people the strength to embrace Islam and embody the teachings of Allah.
Today, The Latino American Dawah Organization is a thriving and successful group, 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 is a powerful mission that inspires its members and challenges them daily to become better Muslims.
LADO is currently a registered, religious non-profit organization founded in the State of Illinois as The LADO Group, Inc. They are currently seeking 501(c)(3) status to enable them to create scholarships, grants, and campaigns that empower the growing Latino Muslim community and serve their needs long into the future.
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.”– Qur’an 110: 2-3