Kololi (Gambia): A 54-year-old female pastor was on Wednesday evening converted to Islam by the world renowned Islamic scholar and expert in comparative religion, Dr Zakir Naik, coming barely less than 24 hours after the terrific orator delivered his fourth and final lecture at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi, The Gambia.
Juliet Cole, now Haddijatou Cole, is a Gambian and had served for 14 years as a pastor. She made the pronouncement before a dozens of top Gambian clerics and Cabinet ministers during a dinner hosted in hour of the visiting scholar.
Speaking to the Observer on the sidelines of the event, Cole, who said she has a strong Muslim background, remarked: “I have been ordinary pastor for seven years and ordained pastor for another seven years with the Methodist Church. During Dr Zakir Naik’s [final] lecture at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, conversion came to my mind and I was convinced to accept Islam. From today I am a Muslim”.
Dr Zakir Naik later took to the podium to administer the protocols for conversion to Islam, before eventually pronouncing that the former pastor is now a Muslim.–AGENCIES