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“Three years after converting to Islam, I do not foresee any problem in fasting, especially on the first day of Ramadan,” said Amira Hana Abdullah. (STR/MOHD RAFI MAMAT)

KUANTAN: “Three years after converting to Islam, I do not foresee any problem in fasting, especially on the first day of Ramadan,” said Amira Hana Abdullah.

The 31-year-old convert said the support from her husband, Mohd Ridzuan Zainal further strengthened her spirit to undertake the obligatory Fifth Pillar of Islam.

Amira, who is of Chinese descent and previously a Buddhist, said

faith and sincerity are the main pillars for a convert to observe and undertake fasting.

She said in the initial stages, those observing fasting would be faced with various challenges such as hunger, thirst and exhaustion.

But after several days, she added, such challenges could be easily and effectively overcome.

"Guidance after converting to Islam is important to ensure every new convert is able to undertake whatever religious obligations in a perfect, effective and sincere manner without any coercion.

"I am fortunate that my husband (Mohd Ridzuan) gives importance to his religious education, apart from the support from the Pahang branch of the Hidayah Centre Foundation (HCF).

"I still need to learn more about religion, on prayers and the way of life of a true Muslim,” said the mother of one.

She said although it has only been three since she converted to Islam, the religion was never alien to her, as many of her friends were members of the Malay community.

“I hope that this Ramadan is more meaningful after receiving more effective religious guidance,” Amira said.

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