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Muslims in Malaysia Celebrate Maulidur Rasul

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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”.

RISEAP Women Seminar Held in KL

Attendees For the Seminar

RISEAP organized a seminar on woman and family from 19-23 December 2011 at Grand Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, with a total of 33 participants including foreign representatives from RISEAP member organizations attended the seminar.

A 3-day seminar was to allow women to discuss various issues pertaining roles of women and family in shaping a stable and blissful family as prescribed by Islam. Women play a significant role in managing the family particularly the well-being and welfare of the children. There are reasons why Muslim family failed to cope with the current challenges especially high rate of divorce and welfare and education of the children. It is reported that the rate of divorce is alarming for instance in Malaysia which is taking place in every 15 minutes. Problems of divorce, responsibilities of husband and wife and domestic violence in Muslim family should be discussed seriously in detail. Muslim women must be given a proper education and knowledge to understand and be aware of their own rights and responsibilities.  The seminar focused on these issues.

Women seminar is conducted by RISEAP every year since its inception in 1980s. It is a part of RISEAP Women’s Affairs da’wah activities.

Several speakers were invited to give talks and hold discussions on various issues about current challenges facing women and family. Among them were Ustaz Wan Sohor Bani Leman of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) who gave talk on love and family, Norazali Ahmad from Kuala Lumpur Health Department, who stressed on roles of women in providing healthy food and good health to the family.

An outspoken human rights lawyer, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri from Lawyers for Liberty, gave a lecture on women and laws and the importance of education for women. She also stressed that women should understand and be aware of their rights especially when they were abused by their husbands. She mentioned several cases about domestic violence when a wife is ignorant about the laws and their rights. They have no place to go to seek help.

The other speakers were Dato’ Assoc Prof Dr Halim Tamuri of UKM and a lawyer, Fadhlina Sidek, who explained about the importance of good communications in family and women’s role in generating family income respectively. While Prof Emeritus Dr Mohd Ismail Mohd Tambi gave talk on sex and  reproductive system which is very important for family life.

The participants are 1) Ameenah Miding (Thailand), 2) Rokiyah Yadaro (Thailand), 3) Fadilah Waemajid (Thailand), 4) Hamdiyah Etae (Thailand), 5) Abidah   Yahya (Singapore), 6) Ilyana Ilyas (Singapore), 7) Siti Nur Dalila Melatu Samsi (Malaysia), 8) Hawa Mas Azmar Ahmad (Malaysia), 9) Adijah Masah (Sabah), 10) Norhayati Chee Abdullah (sabah), 11) Maraih Ayob ( Sarawak), 12) Roslinawati Abdul Said (Sarawak), 13) Ysahak Sarifas (Cambodia), 14) Math Asiah (Cambodia), 15) Nor Azura Kamarudin Sohami (ABIM), 16) Fawzah Mohd Salleh (ABIM), 17) Ummu Salamah (Abim Outreach), 18) Nas (Abim Outreach), 19) Hjh Kalsom Adam (PERKIM), 20) Aminah Md Ghouse (PERKIM), 21) Nurlily Yap (MACMA), 22) Masytah Choon (MACMA), 23)Siti Rizita Ramli (PERTIM), 24) Wan manirah Wan Mansor (PERTIM), 25) Nur Azilah Ahmad Ibrahim (Malaysia), 26) Fazilah Megat Kashim (Malaysia), 27) Nordina Arbain (Malaysia), 28) Siti Nurul Milla (Indonesia, IIUM), 29) Azizah Amat Tamsir (Indonesia, IIUM), 30) Hamisah Bohari (HIKMAH), 31) Mordiah Hj Sat (HIKMAH), 32) Dyng Zaliha Pg Hj Sulaiman  (Brunei) and 33) Dyng Zaiton Pg Hj Sulaiman (Brunei).

All participants received Certificate of Attendance from Sis Norainidah Jayus, RISEAP Women’s Affairs Officer at a simple closing ceremony held on 22 December 2011. RISEAP would like to thank all participants, staff and volunteers for making this seminar a success.

Former PERKIM President Passes Away

TAN SRI ABDUL AZIZ MOHAMED ZAIN

Innalillah Wa’inna Ilai’hira’jioon

Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohamed Zain at the age of 90 is the former President of Muslim Welfare Organization of Malaysia (PERKIM), passed away on the 12th of January 2012, after a long illness. Born in Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz studied law at Middle Temple in London, England and became Barrister-at- Law in 1951.

As a legal expert, he was appointed as legal advisor in three states, Kelantan, Terengganu and Perak. In 1963, Abdul Aziz was appointed Attorney General and later on as a judge at High Court and Federal Court of Malaysia. He was also active in various business sectors and served as chairman of Bedford (M) Bhd, Kota Tanah Sdn Bhd and Kemunting Industires Bhd.

Abdul Aziz became personal assistance to YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj when he was appointed Secretary General of OIC in 1973. From 1968-1972, he was appointed as PERKIM President.

RISEAP was saddened by the news of his passing and would like to take this opportunity to convey our  sincere condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family. May Allah (swt) rest his departed soul in Paradise.  Al-Fatihah