Steven Emira anak Mulei, 23, and Jemima Ruran anak Muran, 21, yesterday converted to Islam in a ceremony held at the residence of Zakir @ Abdul Hadi bin Haji Aji in Kampong Sungai Akar.
The Syahadah was recited in the presence of officers from the Tutong District Dakwah Unit of the Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI).
Steven Emira took the Muslim name Muhammad Zahred Mulei bin Abdullah, while Jemima Ruran took the Muslim name Nur Aaira Mika binti Abdullah.
Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman and his spouse witnessed the conversion ceremony as guests of honour.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim and spouse were also present.
The event began with the recitation of Sayyidul Istighfar and Surah Al-Fatihah, followed with the presentation of souvenirs by the guest of honour. Further enlivening the event was a Dikir Marhaban and Tausyeh by the Nurul Huda Group.
A Doa Selamat concluded the event.
Between January and December 2020, a total of 436 individuals converted to Islam nationwide, 94 of which were from the Iban community. Meanwhile, the number of people who have converted to Islam throughout the Sultanate since the beginning of this year is 87.