HULU SELANGOR, July 16: The Ramadan month is celebrated with thanksgiving and cheerfulness by about 100 Mualaf (converts) and 141 orphans here who received contributions from the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS).
For the converts, Ismail Abdullah, 43, was thankful to the State Government for giving the contribution which is plans to use during the Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr celebration.
He said that the fasting experience for the first time about three years ago was very exhausting, but now, he has adapted to the fasting atmosphere.
“This contribution is very good to ease my spending,” he said.
Meanwhile, for Mohd Ramli Sunnarena, 39, who has only embraced Islam for two months, said that he is excited to be fasting for the first time although he suffered stomach pains on the first day.
He said that he was moved to embrace Islam because most of his family had converted to Islam.
“I am grateful to have received this Islamic guidance,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to the Hulu Selangor Islamic Religious Officer, Mustaffa Abdullah, the converts must continue to be supported in order to strengthen their faith.
“Indeed, converts need to be assisted from time to time, especially new entrants to Islam because there have their own reasons to embrace Islam,” he said.
The contribution was presented by the Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Shah during the Fast Breaking Ceremony with the People and the Presentation of the Hari Raya Contributions to orphans, the poor and converts here at the Ubudiah Kerling Mosque.
At the same event, Tengku Amir Shah also officiated the new mosque named the Ubudiah Kerling Mosque which cost RM5.9 million and can accommodate a congregation of 1,500 worshipers.
He was accompanied by the Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, the State Government Secretary, Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi, JAIS Director, Datuk Marzuki Husin and the Director of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council, Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa.