RISEAP and Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah Mosque officials held a meeting to discuss future cooperation and enhance ties between the two Islamic bodies particularly in areas of education and da’wah activities, on 16 February 2012, at Office of the Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah Mosque, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).
The meeting which was chaired by Dr Habeeb Rahman Ibramsa, Director of IIUM mosque, discussed several issues pertaining da’wah activities and Muslim minority in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region of which RISEAP has a total of 54 member organizations in 22 countries in the region. Dr Habeeb was also briefed about the roles and activities of RISEAP in providing Islamic education to Muslim community in this region.
RISEAP staff informed Dr Habeeb that RISEAP and IIUM has close cooperation since 1999 based on common interest particularly in the field of da’wah and education for Muslim minority in this region. RISEAP has been conducting Islamic course twice a year with a total of 10-15 participants from various countries in the region. The course is held at IIUM mosque as it is the most convenient venue for both participants and lecturers who are mostly from IIUM to hold classes. Besides, IIUM provides the best Islamic ambience and facilities to our participants.
It is interesting to note here that several participants have shown their interest to continue their studies at IIUM soon after they completed the course. Among them were three participants from Japan, Solomon Islands, Korea, Cambodia, three from Sri Lanka, two Philippines and three from Vietnam.
Dr Habeeb was also briefed about the background of RISEAP and IIUM cooperation in conducting Islamic course. The first Islamic course was held at IIUM since 1999, with cooperation of IIUM and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM). The individuals who directly involved and gave full support to the programme among others were late Dato’ Mohamad Taha Ariffin, RISEAP Secretary General, Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohamad Kamal Hassan, Prof Datuk Dr Hj Jamil Osman, Dr Mohd Daud Bakar, Dr Mohd Akram Laldin, Datuk Hamidon Abdul Hamid, Dr Mohamad Fauzan, Dr Mohammad Ismail Mohd Yunus, Br Abu Bakar Sidek and Ust Ismail Chong. Many of them had spent their times to give lectures to the participants on various subjects.
Dr Habeeb who is newly appointed to the post was happy to learn that RISEAP and IIUM have long history of cooperation in da’wah work and praised RISEAP for its dedication.
Also present at the meeting were two of his deputies namely Dr Haslina Ibrahim and Dr Kabuye Uthman Sulaiman. While RISEAP was represented by Maj (Rtd) Yusof Abdullah, Ust Nik Syahriman Nik Mat and Aree Mamat, Ust Kamal Koh was attended on behalf of Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (MACMA). Dr Habeeb thanked RISEAP staff for attending the meeting and stressed that IIUM mosque will continue to support RISEAP activities in the future. Earlier, RISEAP staff hold a meeting with Madam Sakinah Jusoh, Assist Director of Student Affairs and Development Division, IIUM, to discuss the accommodation for RISEAP participants and informed her about the next course which will be held soon.