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In the service of Muslim minorities

The initiative to form the Regional Islamic Da’wah Council for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RISEAP) arose out of a conference that was jointly organized by the Muslim Welfare Organization of Malaysia (PERKIM) and Muslim World League (Rabitah al-Alam al-Islami) that was held in Kuala Lumpur from 11th to 14th January 1980.

RISEAP was born on 11th November 1980 coincided with 3rd Muharam 1401 which was the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year in a new Islamic Millenium. The founding member organizations were from 17 countries, namely Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj became the first president of RISEAP until 1988. From the start, the Tunku wanted RISEAP to bring together the Muslim-minority countries in the East Asian and the Pacific, in order to pursue the collective ambitions, and to remain fired with enthusiasm of the Islamic cause. The Tunku’s sentiments were echoed in a RISEAP slogan “In service of Muslim minorities”.

Datuk Patinggi Abdul Taib Mahmud, who was then the Minister Federal Territories of Malaysia succeeded the Tunku as President until to this present day. Taib intimately shares the Tunku’s passion in encouraging the leaders of Muslim organizations, particularly in the Muslim-minority countries, to grow in self-confidence in managing their respective organizations.



The main objectives of RISEAP, besides promoting international Muslim unity in the spirit of brotherhood for the advancement of Islam, are:
  1. To foster cooperation and close relationships between Muslim organisations in the region and coordinate efforts toward creating an efficient and unified Islamic Movement.
  2. To support the activities of member organisations in promoting the development and practice of Islam through da’wah, education, training and welfare activities.
  3. To promote reseach into the problems affecting Muslims in the region, particularly Muslim minorities and to investigate any alleged discrimination against Muslims and any misrepresentation of Islam with the view to take appropiate corrective measures.
  4. To establish charitable trust for the purpose of collecting, investing and distributing funds to support Islamic activities in the region.


RISEAP’s strategy in pursuit of the objectives is to:
  1. Exchange ideas and discuss matters of common interest with Muslim organizations in the region.
  2. Seek assistance of various kinds both from within and outside the region.
  3. Assist member organizations with their problems.
  4. Produce various publications, such as the quarterly magazine Al-Nahdah, as a means for da’wah and information exchanges among Muslims in the region, in particular, and also with those outsides.
  5. To provide training courses for Islamic workers, such as those engaged in Da’wah Bil Hal, and undertake any activity which may enhance Islamic da’wah in the region.
  6. To expand cooperation with Islamic organizations in other regions with aim to coordinate activities for the benefit of the Muslims in the region.
  7. To work with any organization that is able to assist member organizations in achieving their objectives.

Contact Us.


Regional Islamic Da’wah Council of Southeast Asia & the Pacific.
Bangunan PERKIM, 5th Floor, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah,
Wilayah Persekutuan, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603-40428166, +603-40412417, +603-40444496
Fax: +603-40502295

Email: webmaster@riseap.org

For immediate inquiries visit, RISEAP Facebook Page

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