490 conversions recorded over Jan-Oct 2014
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A TOTAL of 490 conversions were recorded from January to October this year, statistic from Islamic Da’wah Centre showed, continuing a steady momentum throughout the years.
The tally was not finalised as the total for November - December was not included.
The number of conversions in the last 25 years never go below 300. The lowest was 303 conversions, recorded in 1990 and the highest stand at 647 conversion recorded in 2009.
Out of the 490, 51 were children aged 14 years and seven months and below, who took the leap of faith with their parents and family members.
Statistics also showed that 297 of the conversions pertained to locals and 193 to foreigners.
The foreigners comprised nationalities - Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Nepal.
Brunei-Muara continues to record the highest number of conversions, with 259 conversions.
Belait recorded 110 conversions, ahead of Tutong with 100 and Temburong with 21 conversions.
The conversions involve the declaration of their Iman (faith) in the Oneness of Allah SWT and the Prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH) and embracing Islam by reciting the Syahadah (declaration of faith) in the presence of a religious officer and Muslim witnesses.
The ceremony could be held at home or at the centre upon the request of the individual.
New converts have to undergo a 10-day introductory course on Islam followed by a 14-day foundation course and an extensive guidance Scheme I and II.
The courses cover aspects of aqidah, halal (any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law) and haram (used to refer to anything that is prohibited by the faith) and thaharah (cleanliness/hygiene). The centre also organised classes every Friday and Saturday at the Islamic Da’wah Centre and in their branches in respective districts.
The Brunei Times