250 Expats Revert to Islam in Ramadan

KUWAIT – As spirituality reaches its peak during Ramadan, 250 expatriates have reverted to Islam during the holy month in Kuwait, the Islam Presentation Committee (IPC) said yesterday.

The figure was announced by IPC Director General Abdulaziz Ahmad Al-Duaij during a news conference held on Saturday, June 11.

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He noted that the IPC aspires, through field preaching and cooperation on the part of Kuwaitis and expat communities, that Muslim reverts would hit up to 1,200 during the month.

Preaching and cultural sessions are organized for the newly converts as part of the iftar banquets, to further acquaint them with the teachings of Islam, he said.

According to IPC, more than 72 thousand people have reverted to Islam since the start of its work.

Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint and good deeds.

Around the globe, Muslims observe Ramadan with a set of traditional rituals including family gathering at iftar, religious lessons, special evening prayer and helping the poor, Muslims and non Muslims alike.

The rate of non Muslims who embraced Islam last year during the month of Ramadan has hit a new record.

In 2015, about two hundred and twenty Philippine nationals in Saudi Arabia reverted to Islam a few days after sharing iftar with the Islamic Guidance Office in Makkah.

The same month saw twenty expatriate workers from the Philippines reverted to Islam in a Riyadh mosque after worshippers concluded taraweeh prayer.

The expats, most of them from the Philippines, all work at King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Riyadh.