2186 Expats Convert to Islam in Emirates

DUBAI – As many as 2,186 Dubai residents of different nationalities have reverted to Islam at the Dubai Islamic Information Centre, Dar Al Ber Society, in the first half of 2018.

These figures, released by the charitable society, include 1,993 individuals who embraced Islam in Dubai and 193 at the association’s Ras Al Khaimah branch.

The association seeks to promote Islamic culture and highlight the values of tolerance, moderation, and peace with the UAE’s foreign expat population,” Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Alfalasy, CEO of Dar Al Ber, said, via its Islamic Information Center, Khaleej Times reported.

Dar Al Ber aims to clear misconceptions about Islam and works on strengthening authentic Islamic values and concepts in the hearts of new Muslims, he added.

The new reverts, who came to the center, were from more than 35 countries around the world.

They were influenced and inspired by different factors, most importantly, the nobility of character and high moral standards shown by the Muslims in this blessed country, listening to the Holy Qur’an and Adhan, seeing Muslims during prayers in mosques, and many other factors that led them to know the beauty and excellence of Islam, Rashid Al Junaibi, Director of the Islamic Information Centre-Dubai, said.

Al Junaibi noted that over the past six months, the center organized a wide range of da`wah, educational, cultural and recreational activities, including distributing 436,660 educational materials in different locations at cultural stands, delivering 1,951 classes and lectures that addressed religious, cultural and social aspects of Islam.

Established more than 20 years ago, Dar Al Ber Society center has witnessed the reversion of 20,000 from 200 different nationalities to Islam.

According to Dar Al Ber Society, about 2200 reverted to Islam in 2015 while 2,115 people reverted to Islam in 2013.

The number, compared to about 1,907 in 2012, showed an increase of about 10%, according to Aljunaibi.

The number was much less in 2011 as only 1,380 were reportedly converted to Islam, while 1,500 joined Islam in 2010 and about 1,059 in 2009.

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