KUALA LUMPUR – Model Felixia Yeap disappointed a crowd which had gathered to watch her convert to Islam at Hidayah Centre in Melawati on Thursday. She failed to turn up.
Many had gathered there from as early as 10am after social media reported on the matter.
Yeap was supposed to recite the Shahadah (declaration of faith), but neither she nor the management were seen at the premises.
At 9pm, she took to Facebook to announce she had embraced the faith at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail mosque at 6.30pm earlier in the day.
“Jam 6.30pm tadi…saya telah selamat mengucap syahadah saya di sebuah masjid di TTDI.
“Alhamdullilah… selamat bergelar seorang Muslimah walaupun diberi extra dugaan hari ini. Amat bersyukur dengan kawan2 yang hadir tadi.“
She said her mother just arrived and gave me two ang pows, saying: “Ma is giving you some money as good luck for you and for your new life.”
“I held my laughter. And I told her: ‘Ma, but your money came from me too…’”
The 28-year-old former Playboy model, however, took to Facebook to deny that she had revealed details to the media and said the location of her conversion was kept a secret.
“To those who spread rumours that I will recite the Shahadah at the Hidayah Centre, Melawati, this is the month of Ramadan, don’t spread false news.
“I never revealed to anyone the location and time the ceremony will be held, since the recital is between me and God,” she said, adding that it was a private matter.
Yeap had previously announced that she would convert to Islam on the fifth day of Ramadan, which falls today.
It also coincided with her birthday.
Meanwhile, in her blog posting titled “Hari ini saya akan pulang” (Today, I am going home), Yeap expressed her sentiments about life and her journey before discovering Islam.
“I went to Catholic church every Sunday evening for 2 years. I’ve tried to understand Christianity. I’ve tried to find meaning in worshipping Kuan Yin and others.
“I also tried to adopt Buddhist practices.
“But my heart never felt close to God. My heart never felt touched.
“Today is a historic date for me. It’s like a rebirth.
“Incidentally, this year, my birthday falls on the 5th of Ramadan.
“I’m more excited to know that this date falls on a Thursday, the Prophet Muhammad’s favourite day,” she wrote.