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RISEAP Holds Meeting with TMSA, Yamiatul Islam in Bangkok

During his 5-day visit to Bangkok, Thailand recently, RISEAP Secretary General, Hj Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar took the time to hold a meeting with representatives RISEAP member organizations in Thailand namely Thai Muslim Student Association (TMSA) and Yamiatul Islam, at the Islamic Centre, Bangkok, on 29 February 2012.

The meeting, held at the Islamic Centre, Bangkok, was chaired by Prof Dr Pakorn Priyakorn, President of the Centre and also Dean of Islamic Studies, Kasembundit University. There were about 20 people attended the meeting including former RISEAP Exco member, Br Sorawoot Jalaluddin Sriwannayos and Hj Mustapha Yupensuk, ex-President of Yamiatul Islam. Several issues were discussed at the meeting especially the enhancement of cooperation and exchanging of information between RISEAP member organizations. It also discussed matters related problems faced by Muslims in Thailand and challenges facing da’wah organizations.

Dr Pakorn, as President of Islamic centre, welcomed Hj Mohd Marzuki Omar, RISEAP Secretary General and his staff for visiting the Centre and thanked also for holding the meeting at the Centre. Dr Pakorn also expressed gratitude on behalf of Thai Muslims to RISEAP Secretary General for providing financial assistance to the victims of the flood which hit Bangkok recently.

The two RISEAP member organizations briefed their respective activities to RISEAP. TMSA focused its da’wah activities to local Muslim students especially in areas of education and leadership traning. It also  organized Islamic lecture and conducted Islamic awareness prgrammes, holding a seminar on leadership, orientation programme for new students and meeting with other Muslim student clubs from various universities in Thailand which is known as Ikhwan on the Road.    owever, However in return, Hj Mohd Marzuki thanked Dr Pakorn for his welcome and gave a brief account of the current da’wah activities conducted by RISEAP particularly the Islamic and leadership training course which is held annually at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

Br Fauzi Yaena, a staff of Yamiyatul Islam, said that the association was active since the past years after it had restructured and reorganized. More younger and enthusiastic individuals were elected to the office bearers. The activities were confined to the lectures and talks on Islam. It plans to republish a magazine after it ceased for sometimes. The Yamiyatul Islam was represented by Ust Anek Abdul Bari,  Vice President and Ust Pramote Samadi, a committee member.

Meanwhile TMSA was represented by its President, Br Kriangkrai Suktavorn @ Zainul Abidin, Br Tuan Amin Daud Mareeyor, Vice President and Br Munsir Sri Adunphun, Secretary General. TMSA briefed its recent activities which focused on providing help to the flood victims during the time when Bangkok was hit by heavy flood recently. They also showed slides of how the relief activities took place in several villages around Bangkok.

RISEAP Sec Gen Visits Santichon Islamic School

RISEAP Secretary General, Hj Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar visited a renowned Islamic school in Bangkok, Santichon Islamic School as a part of his schedule during his Bangkok’s trip, on 29 February 2012.

Upon his arrival at the school, Hj Mohd Marzuki was welcomed by Br Prasert Mussari and Br Manat Boonchom, the school’s President and Director respectively.  Br Prasert said in his welcoming speech that he was so glad to meet with RISEAP Secretary General and his staff, Br Mohd Shafiq Abdullah and Br Aree Mamat. He and members of academic staff made a visit to RISEAP few years ago during his study-tour to Kuala Lumpur. Br Prasert also briefed the background of the school and the achievement of students. As a result of his efforts with the help of Muslims in Bangkok, the school has erected new three main buildings with a total of about 2,000 students both male and female enrolled.

Hj Mohd Marzuki expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Br Prasert and his staff for a warm welcome and hospitality. He added that despite a short visit and a briefing given by Br Prasert, he was impressed by the development of the school with a large number of students and teachers. He was glad to learn that Br Prasert has played a significant role in making the school a successful Muslim institution and how Muslims in Bangkok had shown their great interest in establishing such a big school to cater a large number of student population. Hj Mohd Marzuki praised Br Prasert and his staff for their hard work and dedication to the cause of Islamic education. He also thanked Br Prasert for providing the transport with his two staff to accompany him during a 5-day stay in Bangkok.

During a brief meeting, Br Prasert stressed that Santichon School is happy to cooperate with RISEAP in areas of education and youth training. He was also interested in applying the School for RISEAP membership as to enhance the school activity and cooperation with RISEAP member countries. Br Prasert, co-founder of the school, was awarded the Outstanding Executive Award by the Board of Thailand Executives, and was named in Who’s Who in Thailand in 1997.

Santichon Islamic School, founded in 1998, is under the auspices of Santichon Muslim Foundation, plays a significant role in providing education to local Muslim students both in Islamic education as well as secular one. The school organizes Sundays Islamic class for both non-Muslims and new converts and broadcasts its own daily radio programmes. The school received financial support from Thai government, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Muslims in Malaysia Celebrate Maulidur Rasul

Name Of Prophet Muhammad PBUH

Grand celebration on Prophet Muhammad (saw) birthday known as Maulidur Rasul is considered as one of the most special annual events in Malaysia. The celebration is held at both national and state level,  as well as in various kampong (village) to commemorate the deeds and struggles of the Prophet in upholding Islam. It involved Muslims from all walks of life from the king/sultan, political leaders,  community/religious leaders to students and children.

The national-level 1433H celebration was held in Putrajaya on 5 February 2012, with the theme: “Understanding the Foundation for Unity of the Ummah”.  The event was officiated by the King of Malaysia, Yang di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah who was accompanied by the Queen, Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah. Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyyiddin Yassin and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.  The event began with a 2.4 km procession by 12,000 participants from 121 contingents comprising government agencies, statutory bodies, private sectors and NGOs. The parade started from the Palace of Justice to Putra Mosque.

In his speech, the King called on Muslims to follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (saw) in order to create an exceptional Muslim society and be a good example to the world.  He reminded that the Prophet (saw) had struggled for 13 years in Mecca and 10 years in Madinah in order to spread Islamic teachings and was successful in eradicating the era of ignorance. The king also urged Muslims to be united and love each other as prescribed by Islam. To mark the event, Maulidur Rasul is declared a public holiday in Malaysia.

The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of Maulidur Rasul Award. This year award was presented to Datuk Seri Hassan Ahmad, Mufti of Penang, who is also a member of National Fatwa Committee. Others recipients were Deputy President of Chinese Muslim Association, Dr Muhammad Fuad Yeoh and Ustaz Shah Kirit Kakulal Govindji, dawah ambassador of SABA Islamic Media Sdn Bhd.

In fact, Muslims in Malaysia celebrated the Maulidur Rasul with various religious activities to remind themselves of the deeds and struggles of the Prophet in upholding Islam. For instance, Muslims will have a special feast at home, family members and friends were invited to attend the ceremony. It normally begins with reading Qur’an, doa, salawat and also reading a book known as Berzanji by imam. Berzanji is a famous book compiling of do’a and biography of the Prophet (saw), it was wriiten by Sheikh Ja’far al Berzanji bin Husain bin Abdul Karim, born in Madinah in 1690. The celebration was also held at mosques in villages where villagers, religious teachers and children were get together to celebrate the event. Maulidur Rasul celebration is a traditional religious event held annually in Malaysia.

In Sarawak, the celebration was held at Miri Stadium with almost 10,000 Muslims joined the acting head of state, Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who is also President of RISEAP.

The celebration is also a big event in southern Thailand, Patani, Yala, Narathiwat, satun and partly in Songkla where Muslims are in majority. The event is known as the Month of Maulidur Rasul in the area as it takes a month long to celebrate this special occasion.

Reunion Dinner Held for RISEAP Alumni

RISEAP organized a small gathering dinner for Thai participants who attended RISEAP Islamic courses since past years at Sophia Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand, on 27 February 2012 about 15 people attended including invited guests.

The reunion dinner was held in order to meet and to enhance ties and cooperation with ex-participants who attended RISEAP courses in Kuala Lumpur since 1999, many of them never make a comeback to RISEAP after the course.  Once they returned to Thailand, they were offered jobs at various firms in Bangkok. This special event is held once in several years when RISEAP officials made a trip to Bangkok. Some of them were able to join the dinner despite of their busy life and commitments in the Thai capital. Those who failed to show up expressed disappointment for not joining the group. It is interesting to note that most of them are university graduates.

Everyone was amazed and cheerful for having a good time together especially with RISEAP  Secretary General, Hj Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar who made a short visit to Thailand. However, while enjoying themselves at the dinner, many show their disappointment for the others who were unable to join the dinner.

RISEAP Secretary General, Hi Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar, the host, was happy and glad to have a chance to meet with ex-participants and thanked them for taking their time to meet him. He also congratulated them for being offered good job and still in active in da’wah work. Hj Mohd Marzuki advised them to work hard for their future and at the same time not to forget to engage themselves in da’wah work in Thailand especially in Bangkok.

RISEAP alumni rarely meet with each other due to their work and family commitments. Only when RISEAP staff made a visit to Thailand, they were invited for such gathering, the first time was held in April 2006 at the same place.

Abdul Aziz Jiraroj Mamadkul, who joined the course in 2002 course, now working as a lecturer at Rangsit University, Bangkok, on behalf of the alumni, thanked Hj Mohd Marzuki, the host, for inviting them to the dinner where they could have a chance to meet with old friends whom he referred to as RISEAP Alumni. He said that the meeting among ex-participants should be held as frequently as possible to discuss the current challenges. He also proposed RISEAP to organize a follow-up course for ex-participants as to refresh their knowledge and to motivate them to become better and potential Muslims.

About 60 participants from Thailand attended the course since it was introduced in 1999, they live in various parts of Thailand, northern, northeastern and central parts of the country.

Those who joined the party were Sis Yamillah Sama-e, Sis Noraida Sama-e, Sis Wilaiwan Kittichanyakun, Sis Jiraporn Mahamad, Sis Nafisah Hassan, Sis Chenordearnee Bumisastra and Br Abdul Aziz Mamadkul . Also attended were guests including Br Jalaluddin Sriwannayos, Br Abdul Aziz Moolsap, Br Iskandar Masnaing, Br Alwee, Br Shafiq Ong Abdullah and Aree Mamat.

Conference on Global Movement of Moderates Held in KL

International Conference on Global Movement of Moderates was held in Kuala Lumpur from 17-19 January 2012, with the aim to promote moderation by rejecting all forms of extremism that caused all sorts of problem facing the world today.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presided over the official opening of the 3-day conference which was attended by 350 delegates from 70 countries. In his opening address, Prime Minister Najib said that the world is facing various extremes, particularly terrorism, wars, natural disasters and financial crises and it is a duty for everyone to choose the best way to deal with these problems. He added that the real divide is not between Muslims and non-Muslims, or between the developed and developing worlds, but it is between moderates and extremists. He also stressed that moderation could solve not only the problem of violent extremism but could guide people through the global economic crisis.

Prime Minister Najib also proposed to set up an institute for promoting moderation and balance of life, known as Wasatiyyah Institute at University of Malaya very soon. Besides, he launched the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF), as a centre for data and information collection on the subject for anyone who are interested to fight against extremism.

RISEAP Deputy President, Br Ridzuan Wu and Secretary General, Hj Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar were among the delegates invited to attend the conference.

About 50 speakers/experts on various fields were invited to give lectures to the participants. Among others were Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Musa Hitam, Dr Ahmad Mohamad Ali Al Madani, President of Islamic Development bank (IDB), Dr Maurits S. Berger, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary General, Prof Ayatollah Sheikh Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani, President of Porch of Wisdom Cultural Institution and Ian D. Edge, University of London.

The conference was organized by IIUM Alumni Association, with the theme “ In Pursuit of an Enduring and Just Peace”.