The Muslim community of the Nigerian state of Kano celebrated an unusual event – a guest from a faraway country converted to Islam in a local mosque, impressed with the way of life of followers of Islam in an African country.
A traveler from China named Leo uttered a shahad in one of the Kano mosques and was named a new name, Aliya (a distortion in the Nigerian manner from Ali), reports IslamNews with reference to Within Nigeria.
This is not the first case of the arrival of the Chinese in Nigeria and the adoption of Islam by them – last year a guest from the Middle Kingdom arrived in an African country with his relatives to convert to Islam and marry a Nigerian Muslim woman. The man also took a new name – Samir.
Chinese-born Samir with his Nigerian wife