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Friday, 18 April 2014

Allah Kore Cumhuriyeti'yi Korusun, Part XII: Jeju Abdul Taib Mahmud Islamic Center

The Islamic Center on Jeju Island opened on the June 1, 2002 (H.1423) with aims of offering a prayer place for Muslims who visit this island located in the Southern part of the Korean peninsula and also to propagate Islam to the people there. The center is located at Jeonghan Officetel - 42 Noyeon Avenue/Noyeonno, Nohyeong-dong 939-beonji, Jeju City, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province. Currently, the Friday prayer is led by Professor Bashir Kim Dae-yong (김대용) who just returned from Qatar where he had lived for 12 years.

Professor Bashir Kim, is engaging in lecture on the science of tourism at the Jeju Halla University. He is putting his utmost efforts and energies for Islamic propagation while managing directly the ‘Open Forum’ to give a better understanding of Islam to university students and youths in Jeju area.

The group from the Daya Builders Sdn Bhd, led by Hj Iskandar Nor, spent few days in Jeju island as a part of their visit to South Korea. They were impressed with the Centre which is the only Islamic centre in the island and planned to make a second visit very soon. The Centre, established in June 2002, was a branch of Korea Muslim Federation (KMF) in Jeju island.

In 2008, Regional Islamic Da'wah Council of Southeast Asia & the Pacific (RISEAP) President and State Governor of Sarawak-Malaysia, Tun Dr Hj Abdul Taib Mahmud made a donation to the centre as a result the centre has expanded and set up a da’wah office which plays a significant role in introducing Islam to the Koreans. The centre was later renamed as Dr Abdul Taib Mahmud Islamic Center.

RISEAP has launched several da’wah activities in Korea through its member organization, Korea Muslim Federation (KMF) set up in 1965.  Among da’wah activities conducted by KMF were talks and discussions on Islam, Muslim family gatherings and youth camps. In order to introduce the beauty of Islam more effectively to Koreans, non-Muslims were always invited to attend all da’wah activities.