PRESIDENTIAL KEYNOTE ON THE BIRTHDAY OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD SALLALLāHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM 1441H / 2019M
MUSLIM YOUTH MOVEMENT MALAYSIA (ABIM)
SET THE LEADERSHIP OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD AS EXAMPLE IN MATERIALIZING SDG 2030
As we know, the birth of Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was a mercy from Allah Subhanahu wa-ta’ala not only to mankind, but also the entire universe. The mercy encompasses all aspects of our lives as Allah’s creatures.
Improving quality of lives, rebuilding human characters and upholding equal dignities of human beings are among the main philosophies derived from the Quranic verse Al-Anbiya: 107 “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.”
The persistence, sacrifice and discipline demonstrated by Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam should be appreciated as a foundation to develop a civilized society and an advanced nation.
Hence, it is a must for us to express our love to the beloved messenger of Allah not only during the celebration of His birthday, but at all times. As a committed Ummah, it is our obligation to follow the sunnah (path) of Rasulullah ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam in all aspects of our lives.
The expression of love includes our commitment in following his examples as the ultimate role model of all time.
If we study the mechanisms used by Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam to transform the backward Arab society of Makkah into a glorious civilization notably mentioned by Allah in the Quran as Khayra Ummah (the best nation), they were similar to the goals stipulated by United Nations named as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030.
In one hadith narrated by Tirmidzi, the first speech of Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam when he arrived in Madinah was:
"O people Spread (the greeting of) Salam, feed others, uphold the ties of kinship, and pray during the night when people are sleeping, and you will enter Paradise in peace."
The words of the Prophet clearly outlined four missions in the Madinah governance which were citizens’ security and peace (salam), economic welfare to eradicate poverty, fostering relationships among the people and spiritual development in the society.
These principles encompassed the main framework of SDG that is zero poverty, zero hunger, the equal rights of citizens as a pre-condition to fostering unity, peaceful lives, and spiritual development to create characters with integrity and as a result bring about a strong responsible institution.
Besides, the emphasis on education to bring people out of the darkness of jahiliyyah resulting in equal rights and protection of women in the society, citizens who respect all creatures including the environment and as a result building the quality of lives of the people is part of the United Nantions SDG 2030 as an indicator towards sustainable development.
Thus, through the success of Prophet Muhammad to build an ideal civil society based on the sustainable pillars, as an Islamic movement, ABIM is committed to join hands with the international community in materializing the Sustainable Development Goals heading towards a meaningful mission of ABIM that is to build and lead the Khayra Ummah Civilization.
Salam Maulidur Rasul 1441H to all Muslims in Malaysia and the whole world. May our love towards Prophet Muhammad remain strong and bloom with the awareness to carry on his struggle.
Praise be upon Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Sollu ‘alan Nabi!
Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz,
Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM).