(MENAFN - Arab News) The number of expatriates converting to Islam is increasing in Jubail. In all, 468 men and women embraced Islam in just one year.
The last five of them recited the Shahada on Tuesday in the presence of a big gathering at the annual ceremony of Jubail Dawah and Guidance Center. Jubail Deputy Gov. Abdullah Al-Mesfer, top government officials and businessmen were among the guests at the ceremony.
Jubail Dawah and Guidance Center Director Yahya Al-Ghamdi told Arab News that the center has achieved many important accomplishments over the past year. "Four-hundred-and-forty expatriate men and 28 women converted to Islam," he said.
"The preachers of the center paid 1,679 field visits to the communities in Jubail; they organized 19 open programs, held 57 courses and organized 27 Haj and Umrah trips," Al-Ghamdi said.
According to him, the Dawah Center has 17 preachers speaking many languages who conduct on-site visits to these communities to encourage them to embrace Islam.
"We usually receive a great response from those communities, especially from the Filipino community. We enroll all new Muslims in many courses and we plan a Haj caravan yearly to Makkah, which has the greatest impact on the hearts of these new Muslims. Housemaids also receive all special care by the center where we do sessions for them and there is a strong cooperation between families and our center in this regard," he said.
At the end of the ceremony, many sponsors supporting the center's activities were honored.