• Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

Dubai Department of Islamic Affairs Supports New Muslims with Umrah Pilgrimage

Group of Diverse Converts Embark on Week-Long Umrah Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina

In a heartwarming display of goodwill and support for Dubai’s new Muslims, the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities has arranged for a group of 25 converts of diverse nationalities to embark on a week-long Umrah pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. This initiative, organized under the leadership of Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh Ahmed Al-Shaibani, is facilitated by the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture.

Dr. Omar Mohammed Al-Khatib, the executive director of the Islamic Affairs Sector, and Hind Lootah, Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture, were present at Dubai International Airport to bid farewell to the group of new converts. They emphasized the significance of cultural exchange and mutual understanding among the diverse communities residing in Dubai.

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This spiritually enriching Umrah journey began at Dubai International Airport, where the group set off for the city of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From there, they proceeded to Mecca to perform the sacred Umrah rituals. The pilgrimage is a unique and first-of-its-kind faith experience for these new Muslims, facilitated by a qualified staff and guides proficient in various languages, as highlighted by Hind Lootah, Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture.

The center has been actively engaged in promoting moderate Islamic values and fostering tolerance among the diverse communities in Dubai. This Umrah trip aligns with the center’s ongoing efforts to educate and introduce new Muslims to the rich traditions and rituals of the Islamic faith.

Hind Lootah further explained, “This initiative is part of our awareness plan for the Emirate of Dubai. Through cultural exchange and firsthand experience, we aim to strengthen the connection of new Muslims with their faith.”

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Beyond its religious significance, the Umrah pilgrimage also serves as a cultural exchange, providing pilgrims with the opportunity to witness the historical and spiritual importance of Islamic landmarks in Mecca and Medina.

The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai hopes that such initiatives will contribute to building bridges of understanding and tolerance among different communities in the region. This gesture of support exemplifies the Emirate’s commitment to inclusivity, cultural exchange, and fostering a sense of belonging among its diverse residents.

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