US Muslim preacher named Islamic Personality of Year General July 11, 2012July 28, 20120 WAM Dubai: Yusuf Estes, an American Muslim preacher and teacher, was named the Islamic Personality of the year for the 16th edition of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA), Ibrahim Bumelha, Chairman of the Award Oragnising Committee, told the media today Estes was chosen among a group of nominees for his unremitting efforts to spread and preach Islam’s tolerant teachings and values in the West. “When he was told of his selection, he was happy and he said he expressed his thanks and gratitude to Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and to the award’s organising committee members,” Bumelha said. Estes was born in 1944 in Texas, US into a musically talented Christian family. He became a Muslim in 1991 and since then he has been very active in Islamic Dawa (call) in the west. He is always studying Islam, Arabic language and the Quran while working day and night to present the correct message of Islam. While traveling all around the world, Sheik Yusuf has given hundreds of lectures, authored many books, established thousands of websites, began live web-casting and video conferences in mosques and schools.