| Zee Yusri |
WITH the rising number of converts nationwide, a Dusun family of three expressed their gratitude after converting to Islam yesterday, following their recitation of the ‘Dua Kalimah Syahadah’.
The conversion ceremony of 44-year-old Faridah binti Marikan, her sister Fariah binti Marikan, and her 15-year-old daughter, Helvanatasha Frimashiela Anak Herbert, took place at their residence in Kg Peninjau, Jerudong.
The guest of honour was the village head of Kampong Putat, YB Haji Jumat bin Akim.
Faridah chose as her new name Nur Fareeda Abdullah Marikan, and her sister chose Nur Farisya Abdullah Marikan. Meanwhile, her daughter Helvanatasha is now known as Balqis Al-Islam binti Mohd Hairul Nizam.
According to Nur Fareeda, it has been their family’s intent to convert for a while. She believes that Islam is the right religion for her and her family, and that they look forward to celebrating major events in the Islamic calendar.