Brazil 19 People Converted to Islam during World Cup

Rabat – Answering the call of Islam, 19 football fans converted to Islam after meeting team Mission Da’wah from the British Islamic Education and Research Academy during the World Cup. As the World Cup is nearing its end, the number of football fans who have converted to Islam continues to grow. Since the World Cup kicked off on June 12, nineteen people of various nationalities converted to Islam.Talking to the Anadolu Agency, Sheikh Khaled Taky El din, President of the Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs in Brazil, announced on Friday that three more football fans, “including a Briton, a Spaniard, and a Brazilian have taken the declaration of faith (shahada) within the past couple of days after getting introduced to the teachings of Islam by the campaign launched by the Council.” “The three fans knew about Islam from the da`wah stalls following “Know Islam” campaign before expressing their wish to join Islam,” he added.Along with the three fans that converted to Islam recently, the World Cup has seen the conversion of sixteen more fans of different nationalities, according to Sheikh Taky El din.While Brazil was getting ready to host FIFA world Cup, staff members at the Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil (Fambras) were preparing their own warm welcome forforeign football fans that were expected to attend the tournament.A written guide entitled “Salam (hello) Brazil” has been produced for the World Cup. According to Sheikh Taky El din, over 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.”The 28-page booklet details everything from prayer times and mosque locations in each of the country’s 12 host cities to information about Islam in Brazil.The 28-page booklets were being distributed by a branded “Salam Bus” that has been travelling around the country. The bus carries the slogans “Conheco o Islam” (Know Islam) and “Islam é Paz” (Islam is peace).Photos courtesy of @sheikh_khaledPhotos courtesy of @sheikh_khaled© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed

Government says PTA not used for past six months

A committee chaired by Sagala Ratnayake had been appointed to draft the new counter terrorism law instead of the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act.The Government said the new law will provide adequate provisions for prevention of terrorism and affirm Sri Lanka’s commitment on human rights responsibilities. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had last year submitted the policy and legal framework of the new law, which is to replace the PTA. The Government says the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has not been used for the past six months.Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake told Parliament the PTA will be replaced soon with a new counter terrorism law. Responding to a question raised in Parliament today, the Minister said that there was no need to use the PTA anymore and so it will be replaced. Last week the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on Sri Lanka to move faster on essential post war confidence building measures, including resolving long-pending cases registered under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. (Colombo Gazette) read more