KUALA LUMPUR: He had just converted to Islam about a month ago but his desire to learn more about the religion saw him approaching people on the streets and speaking to them about it.
Armed with flyers and questionnaires, Zain Phu from Sydney joined three other men that he had just met at Mega Street Dakwah last Thursday to speak to strangers about their faith.
Zain, 33, has lived in Malaysia for the past two and a half years and will be tying the knot with a Malaysian soon. He admitted that he was initially nervous about stopping people on the street.
“I’m a software engineer so I talk to computers a lot and not people,” he said jokingly.
He, however, seemed to be at ease when approaching a couple from Holland who were buying their tickets to the airport. They then spent a few minutes chatting with him.
While street dakwah (preaching) is something new to Zain, this was the second time for engineer Zulhilmi Drus, who brought along his younger brother Zulfadzli.
“At a time when extremists like IS are rampant, I want non-Muslims to be able to say ‘hey, that is not what Islam is all about’,” he said.
Zulhilmi said the biggest challenge for street dakwah was people’s reluctance to stop when approached. Of the 15 people he had stopped, only four lent their time.
“It is up to us to get them to listen to us and our message,” he said.
Zain, Zulhilmi, Zulfadzli and another volunteer Khairuddin Lokmam Mohd Suhaimi formed a group to spread the word of Islam.
Most of the volunteers did not know each other and had just met during a training session in the morning before they were split into groups and sent out to separate locations around the city.
Their effort was organised by non-governmental organisations Hidayah Centre Foundation, Multiracial Reverted Muslims, Ikram Siswa Nasional and Skuad Mubaligh in conjunction with the birthday of Prophet Muhammad on Thursday.
They believed that this was an effective and unique way to approach non-Muslims in a casual and easy manner.
Source: The Star