CAIRO - Every year, Brunei's Muslims welcome new members of their community as hundreds of people choose to embrace the Islamic faith.
"We guide them so that they will practice Islam in their life, Abd Aziz Hj Abd Kahar, head of Islamic and Mualaf Guidance Conservation Section at the Islamic Da'wah Center, told Asia One News.
We wanted them to be a true Muslims, that are balanced internally and externally.
Every year, no less than 300 people choose to embrace Islam in Brunei.
Last year scored the highest number of new coverts with at least 647 people becoming Muslims.
"We want our new brothers and sisters to be Islam not just by name, said Abd Kahar.
There are Muslims-born who do not practice Islam, we do not want that.
The Muslim leader says that new coverts are treated on equal footing with other Muslims in the Sultanate.
"There is no labeling, he said.
We are all the same and many of them are leaders in our community. We should be grateful of these opportunities.
The Sultanate of Brunei has a population of less than half a million, hailing mainly from Malay origin, and 90 percent of them are Muslims.
Muslim leaders prepare a series of training for new converts to help them fulfil the Islamic teachings.
"Assistance will be given to those who need it, Abd Kahar said.
There is also no problem for our new converts to practice the religion.
Once pronouncing the Shahadah (proclamation of faith), converts get a 10-day introductory course on Islam.
"From the moment they recited the kalimat shahadah, we are there to guide them," Abd Kahar said.
Converts also get courses about what's permissible and prohibited in Islam.
"These courses cover aspects of aqidah, halal (any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law) and haram (used to refer to anything that is prohibited by the faith) and thaharah (cleanliness/hygiene), he said.
They are equipped with the knowledge that will enable them to perform their religious duties.
The Da'wah Center also offers more advanced courses for coverts who are seeking further knowledge.
This is part of the section's plan for life-long learning.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the center hosts classes to answer questions about Islam.
"They will be able to voice out their questions or concerns in these classes," he said.
Abd Kahar says that these courses help converts enhance strong believe and good manners.
"Non-Muslims saw how Islam is practiced in Brunei, he said.The religion is instilled (in us) and become part of our daily lives. This made the non-Muslims think about the beauty of Islam and the values that it has.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net