Elderly Dusun couple, son embrace Islam in ceremony

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AN elderly Dusun couple and their son embraced Islam at their new home in Kg Sungai Liang yesterday.

Md Jos Rezuan Radis, 62, who has seven children, three of whom are already Muslim, said he was fulfilling a “lifelong dream” that he and his wife shared.

“It's difficult for me to describe my emotions today. My three children (who converted many years ago) helped guide me and my wife along this journey, and I'm excited to begin my life as a Muslim with my family,” said the retired army officer.

His wife, Rasmi Khairiah Ringgit, said her decision to convert took several years, as she was initially not confident with reading Al-Quran and reciting prayers but decided to take a leap of faith with the support of her close friends and family.

“Allah has given me hidayah (guidance). As I'm already of age, finding the true path at this stage in my life is all the more timely,” said the 61-year-old.

Md Jos said he would guide his remaining children towards the religion, provided they show personal interest.

“I cannot force my remaining children, as it must be of their own free will. I will, however, try to enlighten them on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

Imam Hj Ibrahim Hj Dollah led the conversion ceremony, with their 22- year-old son choosing the name Md Khairul Fendi.

According to statistics from the Islamic Da'wah Centre, 490 conversions were recorded from January to October this year, with 297 of them locals and 193 foreigners.

The Brunei Times