Filipino woman embraces Islam

Lyna Mohamad

A 34-year-old Filipino woman, Gretchen Abecilla Aleluya ,converted to Islam taking on her Muslim name Najiah Saniyah binti Abdullah at the Darul Huda building, Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI) yesterday.

Assistant Director of the PDI Abdul Aziz bin Haji Abdul Kahar witnessed the conversion.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah followed with the convert’s recitation of the Syahadah.

Najiah Saniyah received a souvenir from the guest of honour and the ceremony was enlivened by a Dikir Marhaban and sprinkling of scented flowers to the new convert. The ceremony concluded with a Doa Selamat.

According to PDI’s statistics of Muslim conversions in the country, more than 400 people chose Islam as their new faith last year.

This year, from January to July 26, 231 people converted to Islam.

Gretchen Abecilla Aleluya is now known as Najiah Saniyah binti Abdullah. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD