An Entire church congregation just took their shahadah in Balasan (Iloilo, Philippines) with iERA’s Malaysian Outreach Specialist Fadhli Burhan and IORM Masjid and Rahima Da’wah Center (a local Filipino Dawah organisation). That’s approximately 130 members of the congregation embracing Islam — along with the in-house Pastor — after accepting the message when it was conveyed to them with peace and compassion.
At iERA, New Muslim empowerment is not taken lightly — for example; we do not just take multiple shahadas when they are proclaimed, record a video and let them be. We have measures in place to ensure there is a thorough follow-up process for necessary steps to be taken. In this case, providing the local Muslim community with the appropriate training on how to further New Muslims in the early stages of their journey and not let their development stagnate.
Sabr Abd Jalil the founder and president of IORM delivered a lecture about the history of Muslims in the Philippines. Fadhli Burhan helped to plan, organise and execute the Dawah Program within the area. They have noted all the contact details of the individuals who took their shahada and have arranged a follow up for them. The next steps to follow would be to contact a local mosque within the vicinity of the New Muslims, organising training and distributing more New Muslim materials to the community.