CAIRO – Four Malaysians have reverted to Islam during Dr Zakir Naik’s lecture held in Kuala Lumpur under the title “Is Quran the word of God?” on Saturday.
“He told me everything about my [previous] religion and Islam, that there is no image of any God. I will follow Islam. I will be good in Islam. I’ll do my best,” Harinder Pal Singh, the first convert, told reporters, referring to Dr Zakir, Malay Mail Online reported on Sunday, April 17.
Singh, an Indian national, said he has been residing here for three years and had learned about Islam over the past year.
He took the decision after Dr Zakir answered their questions on Islam and their own religions in the six-hour session which stretched into the early morning.
He recited the shahada, or declaration of faith, just before midnight and was followed by a series of conversions in the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil which drew tens of thousands of attendees.
After Singh, a local woman, who said she was a Roman Catholic, recited the shahada saying she was impressed by the lecture.
Reverted to Islam, the woman was in tears after she was embraced by volunteers and several Muslim women around her following her conversion.
Another Buddhist girl identified as Michelle also took the shahada, choosing Islam during the lecture.
Joel anak Along, 26, was the last one to embrace Islam last night, after admitting that he has been Dr Zakir’s staunch follower and was also moved by the lecture.
The man from Sarawak said he had been learning about Islam from scholars at the Hidayah Centre Foundation.
Last Thursday, another Christian girl reverted to Islam during a lecture by Dr Zakir Naik in Padang Astaka, Kemaman, Malaysia.
The girl, identified as Wu Nina Grace, 19, left Christianity for Islam.
The Bukit Jalil lecture last night was part of Dr Zakir’s one-week tour organized by Terengganu, and his last lecture in Malacca today will be on the topic of “Islam — Problems and solutions to humanity”.