SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- As many as 1,362 people reverted to embrace Islam in the first half of 2014 in Dubai, according to the Dar Al Ber Society (DABS).
According to a top official, the Islamic Information Centre (IIC), which comes under DABS, assisted and enlightened the fresh Muslims, who are hailing from 60 different nationalities – mainly Asia, Europe and Africa.
Khalfan Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman of DABS, on Tuesday said as many as 1,362 residents, men and women, have embraced Islam at the hands of the IIC scholars and preachers during January 1 to June 30, 2014.
“The converts are the fruit of a variety of intensive programmes, activities, lectures, and forums organised for new and non-Muslims in collaboration with the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai,” he added.
The Islamic Information Centre issues conversion certificates accredited by both the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai and the Dubai Courts, he noted.
Al Mazrouei said up to 1,175 men and women visited the Centre, which has recently moved to the Dar Al Ber Society headquarters on the Sheikh Zayed Road in the first six months of the year.
“The Centre, reachable at Phone (04-3555223), Fax: (04-3555226), and by mail at: (P.O. Box 25020 – Dubai), has run 1,411 lectures and distributed 126,911 brochures, pamphlets, and booklets to new and non-Muslims during the same period,” he added.
Al Mazrouei said the II Centre spares no effort to spread the authentic and merciful teachings of Islam in view of the strategic goals of the Dubai-Government Dar Al Ber Society.
“We are closely observing Verse 125/16 of the Holy Quran which reads: ‘Call unto the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and reason with them (disbelievers) in ways that are best and most gracious’.”
However, this is not the end of the story, he pinpointed. “We also run several simplified follow-up programmes and diverse courses on the memorisation, recitation and explanation of the Holy Quran, Arabic language, and prophetic sayings and instructions to develop awareness of new Muslims about the reasonable, inclusive, and tolerant concepts, principles, and teachings of Islam.”
Rashid Aljunaibi, Director of the II Centre, said people are attracted to the merciful and rational teachings of Islam.
“Muslims are instructed to be honest, fair and kind to all people, disregard their religion, race, language and colour,” he added.