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Brazilian couple embraces Islam during 2014 FIFA World Cup
Monday June 30, 2014 11:54 PM, Agencies

A local Brazilian couple accepted Islam after meeting the British Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) volunteers on the famous Copa Cabana beach in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazilian couple

Subboor Ahmad and John Fontain decided to hand out flyers that spark an interest about Islam on the Copa Cabana beach front. The flyers were going out fast as the thousands of people were walking up and down the beach after the football.

The time for Magrib (evening prayer) began and John wanted to go back to the apartment to pray but Subboor decided that they should stay and pray near the beach.

They moved to a slightly secluded spot away from the crowd near some trees under a street lamp.

"The moment John started to give the call to prayer, the adhan, a couple approached saying they received a flyer from them over an hour ago and had been trying to find them!", a video posted on YouTube said.

"Both were very interested in learning about Islam. They were both very open and admitted they did not believe that Jesus was part of God or the son of God but instead a prophet sent by God", the iERA volunteer said in the video.

"Both were raised as Catholics but were searching for the truth and prayed and worshipped God alone. After a deep conversation, they decided they wanted to accept Islam but were very concerned about how they would learn more about this religion as they were not aware of the small Muslim community in Rio de Janeiro", he added.

"We have kept in touch with them and have introduced them to the local Muslim community. May Allah make them from among the best of people. Ameen.", he is seen praying in the video.

Reflecting on this amazing incident, Copa Cabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup is one of the busiest places in the city with rampant drugs, alcohol and serious crime but in the midst of this, it was the decree of Allah that these two sincere individuals would be guided to the religion of Islam.

About a week ago, a young football fan, Cesar, had accepted Islam in Sao Paolo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup after meeting with the iERA volunteers.

The iERA volunteers are in the Brazilian capital to spread the teachings of Islam.

The iERA has published a special guide book in Brazil for Muslim fans in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Titled "Salam (hello) Barazil", 65,000 copies of the 32-page booklet have been published by the Union of Islamic Associations of Brazil in cooperation with the Omani embassy in the South American country.

In another video posted by the Da`wah group on YouTube, a Brazilian young man took the Shahadah, the Muslim profession of faith and the first pillar of Islam, after a short talk with members of the Da`wah groups.

After a brief conversation with the preachers, Analdino, a Brazilian young man, "took the Shahada with John Fontain," according to the same video.

Analdino said "Muslims are the best," and gave a special message to other Brazilians about Islam in his own language.

Under the theme "What's Your Goal?" the members of the Muslim group spread in the crowded streets of Sao Paolo distributing copies of the holy Quran and flyers, trying to enlighten more people about Islam.

"What's Your Goal?" is the first question they ask people they meet in an attempt to help them believe that "worshiping God directly is the main reason of life."

"Islam says you worship God directly. You don't go through Jesus," said one of the preachers.


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