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Riseap’s Deputy President, “Anugerah Jasa Cemerlang”

Br Redzuan Wu

Br Redzuan Wu, has been associated with RISEAP since its inauguration in November 1980, and had not missed attending all eleven RISEAP General Assemblies that have since been held in the last 26 years. He have also served on every single Executive Committee of RISEAP since its formation. Br Redzuan is unequivocally a predominant presences throughout the ups and downs of RISEAP. His contribution has certainly made many impacts on the order that RISEAP is and has been. For those who had read the RISEAP’s profile book, it is evident even from the start, the preface section, the involvement and contribution Br Redzuan has given to RISEAP throughout the years.

Just recently, RISEAP was gladly given the chance to publish Br Redzuan’s book on “Explaining Islamic Beliefs Across Cultures”. The book covers significant discussion on differences and similarity between Islamic teachings and other religions. Br Redzuan practical approach to the current issues where Islam is under heavy misconception has always been through understanding. His concept shows acceptance as he had been giving numerous lectures in Islamic and non Islamic functions. Among such functions is during RISEAP General Assembly where the attendance includes many non Muslims invitees and public talks in IIC (Islamic International Center) of Sarawak that has a general crowd of non Muslim who seeks knowledge about Islam.

Br Redzuan Wu Giving A Lecture On Islam Across Culture

During the last weekend, on the 15th of July 2012, we are truly honored that our very own Deputy President was presented the “Anugerah Jasa Cemerlang” by the the President of Singapore, Honorable Tony Tan Keng Yam. The formal ceremony was held in Concorde hotel under the patron of MUIS (Islamic religious council of singapore). Kindly proceed to this link for further info.


RISEAP President Appointed a MWL Lifelong Councilor

RISEAP President with Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL)

Pehin Sri Dr Hj Abdul Taib Mahmud, President of RISEAP, was appointed a new member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League during its special meeting held at its headquarter in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 16-18 June 2012, a total of 60 members of the Council consisted of prominent Muslim scholars and leaders from Asian, African and European countries namely Chad, Somalia, Indonesia, Japan, Maldives, Taiwan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Germany and Thailand attended the meeting.

This 41st biannual meeting was chaired by HE Dr Abdullah A. Mohsin Al- Turki, Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL). The meeting began with a welcoming speech by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, HE Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Sheikh, who is also the President of MWL Constituent Council. The Constituent Council is the highest body of the MWL which endorses plans adopted by the Secretary General.

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IAIS Organizes Forum on Muslims in Myanmar

International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) organized a special public forum on Islam in Myanmar with the theme, the Future of Islam in Myanmar in the 21st Century: Opportunity and Challenges, on 29 April 2012 at IAIS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The one day forum was officially declared open by Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is the patron of IAIS, followed by the welcoming address by Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, chairman of the programme and Deputy CEO of IAIS. While welcoming remarks was given by Dr Nay Aung Kyaw @Mohammed Ali Hassan, Vice President of Myanmar Muslim Intellectual Forum (MMIF). Prof Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman and CEO of IAIS gave his opening speech to the audience.

Various topics were discussed by several prominent scholars during the seminar especially on the democratization in Myanmar, opportunities and challenges for its Muslim communities. The first session concentrated on two topics, Education of Muslims in Myanmar in the Age of Globalization which were presented by Dr Maung Maung @ Hj Mohammed Hussein from Myanmar and Economic, Social and Welfare Position of Myanmar Muslims: Opportunities and Challenges by Mr Khwaja Nizamuddin 2 Maung Min Nine from Myanmar. While the second session focused on the future of Muslim youths by Maulana Akbar Shah @ U Tun Aung from IIUM. Ambassador Dato’ Mat Amir Jaafar, Senior Research Fellow at Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya also took part in the discussion. The discussion ended with the concluding remarks by Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Osman Bakar on the future of Myanmar Muslims in the ASEAN community.

The seminar was jointly organized by IAIS, Myanmar Muslim Intellectual Forum (MMIF), International of Islamic Thought, RISEAP and Institute for the Study of the Ummah and Global Understanding (ISUGU).

IAIS is a Kuala Lumpur based non-profit independent research institute founded in 2008 with the aim to promote academic research on Islam and contemporary issues of concern to Malaysia and Muslim world.  Besides conducting forum and discussion on issues relating to Islam from time to time, IAIS also publishes academic journal and bulletin.  For further details, please visit IAIS at:

RISEAP Training in Vietnam

Intensive Islamic Course Vietnam 2012

RISEAP organized an intensive Islamic course for 47 Muslims in Ninh Thuan Province, about 350 km north of Ho Chi Minh City, with the aim to improve Islamic knowledge and education among local Muslim leaders particularly in subjects relating to aqidah, qur’an reading and tafsir, the course was also to encourage the local Imam to become potential teachers and da’wah workers in their community.

A total of 47 Muslims, 30 male and 17 female, from four mosques and three surau in Ninh Thuan Province took part in a one-week training programme. The training started from 25 to 31 March 2012, at Masjid Nia’Mah, about 10 km from Ninh Thuan city. The class was conducted by RISEAP da’wah and Education Officer, Ustaz Nik Syahriman Nik Mat with two assistance, Ustaz Salleh Musa and his wife, Ustazah Asmak Ismail, RISEAP volunteers in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. Both of them were able to give lecture in Cham language, which is spoken by most of the participants.

Core subjects taught during a one-week training were daily prayers, basic pillars of Islam and Iman, tauhid, aqidah, Qur’an recitation, hadith. Special class for janazah preparation and Friday Khutbah were also held. Muslims in the areas are keen to learn Islam, and many of them have lost contact with outside Muslims since the end of the war in mid 1970.

The four which took part in the training were Masjid Muslimin, (Van Lam), Masjid Muslimine (Phuoc Nhon), Masjid Noor (An Nhon) and Masjid Ehsan (Hoa Trinh).

The participants are Mohamad Du Soh, Mohamad Mukhtar, Ah Mad Haji, Mohamad Amin, Mohamad Ahmad, Abdul Halim, Abdul Qoydum, Lut Man, Kas Mury Soleh, Mohamad Noordeen, Sani Bin Saed, Mohamad Ho Sanh, Abdulloh, Sulayman, Abdulrohman, Abdulrozak, Mahamad Zuber, Muhktar, Abdulcorib, Husen, Osman, Haji, Asnavi, Inrohim, Yacob, Muhamad Ahmad, Ismael, Abdul Karim, Muhamad Hasan, Abdul Bary and Muhamad Hosen.

RISEAP would like to thank all participants who took part in the training programme, Islamic Community of Ninh Thuan Province and Imam Abdul Khalil of Masjid Nia’Mah at Van Lam, Phuoc Nam-Ninh Phuoc, Ninh Thuan Province for their kind help and cooperation. We thank  Ust Abdul Rahman Ibrahim of Ho Chi Minh City for his help in organizing the programme.

RISEAP Islamic Course Held at IIUM

A latest series of RISEAP Islamic course started at International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) from 19 March 2012 to 15 April 2012, with a total of 16 participants from eight RISEAP member countries namely Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand  attended this one-month course.

RISEAP has been conducting several Islamic courses since 1999 with the aim to provide and inculcate Islamic understandings and its fundamental knowledge to members of Muslim minority from RISEAP member countries in Southeast Asian and the Pacific region.

The course is to educate minority Muslims both male and female to understand some basic teachings of Islam. Some of participants are new converts while others have limited knowledge of Islam particularly when dealing with the daily prayers and reading Qur’an.  The course focuses on these particular subjects namely solat (daily prayer), Hadith, Qur’an reading with the translations. Besides, the Pillar of Islam and Iman (faith), Aqidah, the concept of worship to Allah and the importance of marriage and family life in Islam are among the main subjects taught during the course. The course is conducted in English.

RISEAP is in view that Muslims should understand and respect non-Muslims and their religious belief and practices. Mutual respects and understandings will promote peace and harmony in any society. As a da’wah worker, he/she has to learn and understand very well of the others’ religious belief and practices.

Br Ridzuan Wu, RISEAP Deputy President, suggests in his book, Explaining Islamic Beliefs Across Cultures, that “It is not enough to enroll the muballigh into an institute of Islamic learning, especially that institute does not provide adequate training on what it takes to reach out to non-Muslims”

He added that unlike the Christians, “Muslims have yet to recognize the need to provide specialized training for the muballigh who wants to work amongst non-Muslims” It is hopeful that the course will also broaden the perceptions and understandings of Islam particularly when dealing with non-Muslims in their respective community.

The course required that all participants to attend the daily class lecture from 8.30-16.30 and with extra Qur’an reading session from 17.00-18.00. Besides the above mentioned subjects, the male participants are required to practice how to conduct effective Friday khutbah at a mosque. To broaden their experience, the participants were also brought to visit some places of interest around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor like Putrajaya, Putra Mosque, and a homestay in Melaka.

The participants are 1)Sis Fathima Shazna Jenuwil (Sri Lanka),2) Br Chandra Jagath (Sri Lanka), 3)Br Myo Hein Zaw (Myanmar), 4)Sis Ohn Mar Myint (Myanmar), 5)Br. Sob Mouslemin (Cambodia), 6)Sis Math Mariny (Cambodia), 7)Br Rael G. Felix (Philippines), 8)Sis Catrina L. Malingawa (Philippines), 9)Sis Tanjaree Wongboongam (Thailand),10) Sis Dhouha Lakhal (Japan), 11)Sis Mine Tanaka (Japan), 12)Br Wang, Li-The (Taiwan), 13)Sis Chien, Ta-Li (Taiwan), 14)Br Muhammad Edul (Malaysia), 15)Sis Suzlina Tahir (Malaysia), 16) Mohd Faizal Nordin (Malaysia). Each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Participation at the Closing Ceremony.