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Tragic Passing of New Muslim Convert Draws Outpouring of Support in UAE


Mar 30, 2024 #UAE

The recent death of a 29-year-old Ukrainian woman in Dubai, just hours after she converted to Islam, has stirred emotions and garnered widespread support from Emiratis and expatriates alike.

Daria Kotsarenko, who had no family or relatives in Dubai, passed away shortly after embracing Islam, prompting an overwhelming display of grief and solidarity at her funeral prayers held at Al Qusais cemetery mosque. Photos shared by janaza_uae, a popular social media account dedicated to funeral prayers in the country, captured the large turnout of mourners paying their respects to the deceased.

According to social media sources, Daria arrived in the UAE as a tourist and embarked on a job search, during which she discovered the beauty of Islam. She officially converted to Islam on March 25, but tragically passed away from a heart attack just hours later. Compounding the sorrow, her death occurred during Ramadan while she was fasting as a new Muslim.

The heartfelt response to Daria’s passing echoes similar instances in the past, where the UAE community rallied around new converts to Islam. In November 2022, the funeral of Louis Jene Mitchell, a 93-year-old woman who converted to Islam shortly before her passing, attracted a large crowd in Abu Dhabi. Her story, shared by janaza_uae, resonated deeply with residents, highlighting the spirit of solidarity and compassion in the UAE.

Lt-Gen Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, commended such acts of support, emphasizing that they reflect the noble values of the Emirati society.

Daria’s untimely death serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the strength of unity in times of adversity, leaving a lasting impact on the hearts of those who mourn her loss.

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