CAIRO – As the World Cup tournament goes on, a growing number of Brazilians have answered the call to Islam, choosing to accept the message of the world’s fastest growing faith after meeting with da`wah teams in the land of samba.
“In Sao Paulo, Cesar, who was very interested in Islam had been coming to speak to us at the dawah table every day during the world cup,” Mission Da`wah from the British Islamic Education and Research Academy wrote on their Facebook page. “Cesar then took that decision to embrace Islam, to be one who submits himself to God, to be Muslim.”
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Cesar is not the only Brazilian to take the Shahada (Islamic declaration of faith) during the World Cup tournament.
Another couple of Brazilians took the Shahada on Sunday after meeting the IERA team.
“We are at house of the revert couple who took Shahada with us yesterday,” another post on the Mission Dawah Facebook page said on Monday, June 23.
“They invited us to watch the Brazil vs Cameroon match. May Allah make it easy for them. “
Hosted by Brazil for the second time, the FIFA World Cup football tournament would run from June 12 to July 13, 2014.
Twelve cities are scheduled to host matches: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manuas, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
A total of 32 teams split into eight groups will be vying for the coveted World Cup trophy in Brazil, including six countries with a Muslim majority or large Muslim population including Algeria, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Mission Da`wah is not the only team whose efforts were crowned by new reverts to Islam.
WhyIslam, the largest grassroots da`wah project in North America, has been blessed with the reversion of their driver Carlos who chose Islam after two weeks of accompanying the team.
“Meet the newest member of our family Brother Carlos. He has been the designated driver for our #DiverseTeam in #Brazil. They began speaking to him about #Islam since the first time he picked them up almost two weeks ago, mashaAllah,” WhyIslam wrote on their FB page.
“After his declaration of faith yesterday they asked him what did it for you. He replied ‘I believe in the same God you do. Your kindness towards me and my people of Brazil made me realize I was one of you.’”
Salam Brazil, the campaign launched by Brazil’s Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil (Fambras) to spread the word of Islam during the World Cup, has also announced that two Brazilians have accepted Islam.
“Two Brazilians revert to Islam in front of Brasilia stadium before Brazil’s match,” Salam Brazil wrote on Facebook.
According to the 2001 census, there are 27,239 Muslims in Brazil.
However, the Islamic Brazilian Federation puts the number at around one and a half million.
Islam expert Paulo Pinto of Fuminense Federal University estimated Brazil is home to about a million Muslims.
With no confirmed number of Muslims, the best indicator of the growth of Islam in the country is the rapid increase in the number of mosques. There are now 127 mosques, four times as many as there were back in 2000.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net - Read full article here
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