Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim led a man named Andrew Vinals in reciting the Islamic declarations of faith after delivering a “khutbah” (an Islamic sermon) and performing Friday prayers at the New York Islamic Cultural Center. A video of this moment went viral on social media, where the congregation cheered “takbir” (God is great) while Anwar shook hands with Vinals.
The event was coincidental and not part of any official protocol. Anwar also donated a Quran to the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. He is the first foreign leader to deliver a sermon at this historic mosque, located near the United Nations headquarters. Anwar is in New York to attend the 78th United Nations General Assembly, accompanied by several Malaysian ministers and officials.
PM Anwar Ibrahim guiding new Muslim convert in New York
Users are generally happy to see our Prime Minister helping individuals convert to the main religion of Malaysia. However, many warn that opposition supporters will be unhappy at this fact. Despite this, PH-BN supporters are glad to see this happening.