KLANG, 2 Dec: Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) has launched “Muallad Care” to provide assistance and support for new converts of Islam in Selangor in starting a new life.
The initiative is to channel aid more efficiently during the first year as a Muslim to ease the burdens such as such monthly assistance, rent, circumcision and health care.
For converted Muslims like Fatin Ardini Monica Abdullah, 24, help and support is essential in the event that they feel alienated and distant from their family members.
The Management Diploma student from Astin College said that the RM20,800 educational assistance from Mais has given her confidence in continuing her education apart from learning more about Islam.
“I am away from family and this way I do not feel alone because as a new convert, guidance is necessary.
“The attention given reflects that Islam places great importance in unity,” said the Ibanese girl who has embraced Islam in July, last year.
Mais Chairman, Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa said that the campaign entitled “We Love Converts” is a new strategy to reach out and ensure good service is continuously given to converts.
“In addition to ensuring that converts are supported from many aspects, this program will greatly assist in spreading Islam to non-Muslims in an orderly fashion.
“With organised missionary programmes, Mais hopes to continue to increase the number of converts and Muslims in Selangor,” he said this yesterday after the launch of Muallaf Care at the Setia Alam Convention Centre in Setia Alam.
Mohamad Adzib said that there are about 7,000 converts in the state of Selangor now.
The launch of Muallaf Care makes Mais the first State Islamic Council to implement such a system.
Mohamad Adzib said that the total provisions given to converts this year increased by RM 23.7 million as compared to RM 21 million last year.
“Mais has established a team called Mesra Muallaf which will perform fieldwork to monitor the needs and complaints received regarding converts,” he said.
The launching ceremony was officiated by Tengku Panglima Diraja Selangor, Tengku Sulaiman Shah representing the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, accompanied by Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Tengku Sulaiman Shah also presented housing aid to 10 converts worth RM 442,000 and RM 154,000 in education aid to eight recipients at the event.
The event also celebrated 30 newlyweds who have recently converted.
Also present were the Chairman of Muallaf Selangor, Associate Professor Dr Halim Tamburi and Chief Executive Officer of the Selangor Zakat Board, Izam Mohamed Mohamed Yusof.