Regional Islamic Dawah Council of Southeast Asia and the Pacific

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Nongovernmental, nonprofit organization formed in 1980 in response to the need to bring together area Muslims and coordinate their Islamic missionary activities. Headquarters are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Funded largely by Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Seeks to forge links among various voluntary Islamic organizations in the spirit of brotherhood and to coordinate policies and actions for the benefit of Muslims in the region; responsibilities include supervising missionary activities, training individuals for Islamic social work, providing experts to teach Islam, the establishment of mosques and Islamic centers, and publication and distribution of Islamic literature. Provides prayer leaders, religious teachers, and advisers to new converts. Established a women's movement in 1986 to encourage the participation of Muslim women in the development of society. Helps Muslim minorities emphasize the Islamic basis of life, facilitates their observance of Islamic rituals and customs, and creates a hospitable environment for them.

Subjects: Islam.

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