Filipinos top list of converters to Islam in Saudi

Filipinos are more interested in embracing Islam than other foreigners in Saudi Arabia as they accounted for more than half those who converted to the religion during Ramadan, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Aljazirah said 113 expatriates in the world’s largest oil exporter converted to Islam in the first half of Ramadan in the eastern province of Ihsa.

They included 68 Filipinos, 13 Sri Lankans, 10 Indians and the rest were from Kenya, Nepal and other nationalities, it said.

“Filipinos are on top of the list of those who embrace Islam in the Kingdom…they and other foreigners voluntarily convert to our religion without interference from any one,” the paper said, quoting Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Gagmayan, director of the Islamic guidance centre in Ihsa.

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