5 converts lauded as excellent Muslims

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FIVE MUSLIM converts from four districts received awards for their dedication and efforts in disseminating Islamic religion to their community.

The Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman was present to hand over the awards at the Islamic Da’wah Centre yesterday.

The award ceremony was divided into two categories; one recipient received Da’ie Special Award and four recipients received Exemplary Converts Awards.

Hj Md Noh Datu Maharaja Setia Dian from Belait district was the only recipient of the Da’ie Special award.

In an interview, Hj Md Noh said that he embraced Islam in 1988 and was since then active in religious activities.

“Even before I converted to Islam, I joined in many courses such as civics courses, teaching courses and so on,” he said.

He shared that in 1969 before he converted, he was actively participating in outings with the Da’wah Unit to Mukim Sukang.

One of his contributions was promoting and encouraging Penan children to enter religious school.

“I have successfully encouraged some of the Penan parents to send their children to study about Islam,” he said.

Hj Md Noh advised that new converts should instill the mindset to become true Muslim and be active in helping others.

“It is really rewarding to help each other to the right path,” said the 70-year-old.

Meanwhile, a recipient of the Exemplary Convert award, Hamyesulaina Abdullah from Belait said that who took the leap of faith in 1985 shared that she turned her house into a tuition class for new converts in 2004 up until 2011.

After that, Hamyesulaina successfully opened a day care centre.

“I managed the centre with my friend Nazurah Brahim,” she said.

The objective of the day care centre was to assist those parents who do not have domestic helpers.

“Not only that, the day care centre also offered jobs for those who wanted to become nannies in the centre,” she said.

She shared that more than 100 of her family members embraced Islam because of her continuous effort in disseminating Islam.

Another recipient of the Exemplary Convert award was Murut born Hj Tajuddin Abdullah Parang who converted in 1992. It took him a while to choose Islam as his faith.

“I chose Islam because of its teachings and beautiful laws,” said Hj Tajuddin.

I was an education officer at four primary schools in the Brunei-Muara district.

“I think from there, I started to learn about Islam,” he said.

He shared that he was the assistant chairperson of Mukim Pengkalan Batu MPK from 2006 until 2011.

He was also a chairperson of the Taman Padi Wasan. He said that he assisted a lot of converts to find jobs in the paddy field at the areas.

Hj Tajuddin has been active until now in providing advice to new Murut family converts.

Meanwhile, the annual ceremony was held by the Islamic Da’wah Centre to encourage Muslim converts in the Sultanate to actively practice the religion. The recipients of the awards received certificates of recognition, trophies and a tafsir (Al-Quran with its translation in Malay).

According to Hj Abas Hj Tuah, Acting Head of Special Da’wah Unit and Conversion Guidance Unit, 490 people throughout the country converted to Islam from January to October this year.

The Brunei Times