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Over 5,000 people convert to Islam through mobile hotline

world Updated: Nov 06, 2009 12:50 IST

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Around 5,480 people converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia through the "Bring me to Islam" cell phone hotline service, media reports said on Thursday.

The service, provided in 12 languages, was launched to raise awareness among foreign communities in the kingdom, the Saudi daily Okaz reported.

Any person can suggest names of non-Muslims he thinks might convert to Islam through text messages to the hotline, along with their phone numbers and the language they speak.

Later, preachers would call these non-Muslims and try to introduce them to Islam, without revealing the number of the person who suggested their names.

Preachers would call again if the person showed a desire to continue receiving these phone calls, Okaz said, adding that around 800,000 phone calls were made, costing 120,000 Saudi Riyals ($32,000).