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Five-member Indian family embraces Islam

By Ahmed Shaaban | Khaleej Times | 31 October 2012

Though a number of people convert to Islam at the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai on a daily basis, it was a one-family show on Tuesday morning.

A five-member Indian family embraced Islam.

Huda Al Kaabi, Head of New Muslims Section at the Department, said the whole family — the father, mother, daughter, son and his wife — approached the department on their own free will.

“None has even talked to them about Islam; amazingly they have been touched by the tolerant and reasonable principles of Islam, and how it addresses body and soul, life and Hereafter alike.”

Al Kaabi told Khaleej Times that all family members wanted to know more about the teachings of Islam and how to get closer to Almighty Allah, and to begin with, they changed their names into Arabic without being asked to.

“The father named himself Mohammed, the mother Mariam, the daughter Aisha, the son Essa, and his wife Sara.

“We have provided the whole family members with briefcases full of books, booklets and CDs on whatever they need to know about Islam as new Muslims,” she added.

Aisha Al Kash, Head of Religious Counselling and Guidance, said the department spares no effort in showing people the right path to Islam based on authentic sources. “We address all enquires and doubts about Islam in the most tolerant, reasonable and persuasive way.

“This is apart from the distribution of thousands of copies of the Holy Quran translated into several languages, as well as thousands of books, booklets, brochures, CDs and cassettes about Islam,” she added.

‘We’ve done so after two-year study’

Dubai is a peaceful city where people from around the world meet, talk coexist and live happily, affirmed Essa, who along with his father and other family members converted to Islam on Tuesday at the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Essa said he and all family members converted to Islam mainly because they personally feel that God can’t be two or three, Almighty Allah, the Creator can only be One.

Feeling ecstatic that he had been guided to the right path, former protestant Christian James, now Essa, said his whole family embraced Islam after a two-year deep study of the religion, during which they read the translation of the Holy Quran in English and many other books. “I am also a fan of late Ahmed Didat, Dr Zakir Naik, Yusuf Estes, and many other renowned debaters specialised in comparison of religions.”

Adding, Essa said he faced no difficulty embracing Islam. “Though our relatives back home gave no comments, I am planning to talk to them about the mercy of Islam and how it is the right path to real happiness in life and hereafter.”

Essa, who is originally from Hyderabad, said he loves Dubai so much. “I feel it is my second home. Everybody can live peacefully here. This city has shown us the right path.”