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More than 2,800 embraced ‪‎Islam‬ in ‪Dubai‬ last year

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Source: futureofdubai.com

More than 2,800 people from 91 nationalities embraced Islam in 2014, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) said.

The New Muslims Section in IACAD said 2014 witnessed the conversion of 2,815 people to Islam, 2,047 of whom were women, while the remaining 768 were men.
‘IACAD works in light of the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that Dubai becomes a beacon of peace and religious tolerance, and an example of coexistence,’ Dr. Omar Al Khateeb, CEO of Islamic Affairs Sector in IACAD, said.
The department dedicates resources to New Muslims Section’s projects. Its projects include specially designed programmes and various activities, which are held not only in the department’s buildings and Islamic centres, but also in clubs, shopping malls, and other public sites. And there are also the printed and electronic publications that focus on Islam’s teachings and its moderate and global message.
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Let the Truth stand up this Year

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By: Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick

People today have become so dishonest that lying is like a profession! Januay 1st is not the New Year in the Ancient Solar calender: count in Latin “seven=septem so September is the 7th month! Octo (eight): so October is the 8th month, Novo=9 or November and decem=10 or December. January was the 11th month and February was the 12th! March was the first month! January was chosen for Janus, the so-called two faced god, Spiritualism and Materialism; a hypocrite. So New Year’s Eve with its drunkeness and immorality is a modern day manifestation of this same hypocrisy. Wake up people! And let the real Islam stand up! Here is 21st Century Masjid: “Evolving yet still Submitting to Allah”

US singer Jennifer Grout converts to Islam (Video)

Source: gulfnews.com

By: Jumana Al Tamimi

Though Jennifer Grout, the 23-year-old American singer, doesn’t speak a word of Arabic, she has a rare talent: singing Arabic songs, including Arabic traditional ones, so fluently, so softly and so beautifully.

When Grout participated in Arabs Got Talent last year, she was among the top three finalists, with thousands viewing her spine-tingling performances of songs by Umm Kulthoum on YouTube. More recently, a video of a different kind has been drawing attention to Grout — one showing her announcing her conversion to Islam, which was posted online last month.

While she has actually converted to Islam, though “unofficially”, Grout told tabloid!the posted video is not real.

“Actually the video that everyone has seen is part of a Moroccan film I made before my performance aired on Arabs Got Talent.”

“And I originally was upset, and mostly scared, that it ended up on the internet, because I hadn’t even gotten the chance to tell my family and closest friends about Islam before there were headlines everywhere saying I’d converted. However, now that it’s out there, maybe it’s a positive thing — I am not ashamed of what I believe in,” she added in an email interview.

The posted video shows her declaring, in the presence of two men, the shahada, the declaration of faith that is one of the five pillars of Islam. In the shahada, the person states that “there is no God but Allah and Mohammad [PBUH] is His prophet”.

Grout, who lives in Morocco, explained that she has not gone to the mosque to “confirm her conversion with an Imam or get it on paper”.

“But I say the shahada from my heart. I have recently started to perform the [five] daily prayers.”

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Flood-hit Southeast Asia awaits more rain (Video)

info-pictogram1 People in South East Asia have been warned to prepare for more flooding, after days of heavy rain around the region that killed dozens of people and displaced tens of thousands in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.According to officials, more than 200,000 people are homeless across the region because of the floods.

Mufti Menk – Why Start this Way? (Audio)

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info-pictogram1 Mufti Menk lecture in Harare Zimbabwe.
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Mufti Menk – Tying The Knot (Video)

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Mufti Menk – Pride and Arrogance (Audio)

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Mufti Menk – Tying the Knot (Audio)

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info-pictogram1 Final talk, Glad Tidings Tour, Sri Lanka 2014.
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2014 Was The Deadliest Year For Migrants Around The World (Video)

info-pictogram1 Dec. 18 is International Migrants Day, and 2014 was the deadliest year on record for migrants around the world. More than 3,000 drowned crossing the Mediterranean, over 500 died in the Bay of Bengal and at least 300 died trying to cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico. International Organization for Migrants Director General William Lacy Swing has called for urgent action to save lives.