Sinar Ramadhan 1438H

Nur Hasliza Mohd Salleh

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KAJANG: A group of young Muslims led by Abim, the Muslim youth movement, organised a silent protest tonight outside a convention centre where a “Beautiful Xinjang” cultural show was being held, to show support for the Uighur minority there.

Abim vice-president Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Samsudin urged the government to speak out consistently against the injustices committed against the ethnic Uighur minority in Xinjang province. He said Abim also urged all Malaysians to boycott events organised by the Chinese government.

The protest was held at the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre here, tightly guarded by police.

Also present were representatives of PAS, the Global Peace Mission and the Muslims for Uighur organisation.


The Chinese government has been accused of oppressing the Uighur ethnic minority in Xinjiang, who are Muslim, and of forcing them into vocational training camps for “political education”. The special rapporteur of the United Nations has said that as many as a million or 7% of Muslims in Xinjiang are been sent to the camp.

Nazir Hilmi, leader of PAS Youth in Bangi, said thousands would hold large-scale protest demonstrations against the Xinjang cultural shows if it was held across the country.

He urged the government to make clear that it did not agree with the Chinese action against the Uighur. Although the government wished to maintain good relations with China, that did not mean the government should not take a stand on the treatment of the Uighur.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and People’s Vision Project (PoWR) today launched a special fund to facilitate journalists in carrying out their duties during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The project aimed at raising donations to cover the cost of certain items such as face masks, disinfectant and other necessities to be given free of charge to journalists.

“The project is a sign of solidarity among Malaysians to appreciate the sacrifice of journalists on duty who face uncertain risks in order to provide fast and accurate reports to the people.

“The struggles of journalists should not be overlooked especially in ensuring that they are always healthy and safe while carrying out their duties,” said the organisations in a joint statement here today.

It said individuals and organisations wanting to help could channel their contributions to the Public Bank account number 3077428903 (National Union of Journalists Malaya). — Bernama

Sunday, 19 Jul 2020 07:37 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) welcomes efforts to amend the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Act 1959 (Revised 1978, Amendment and Extension 1995) to empower the use of the Malay language in the country.

Its president Muhammad Faizal Abdul Aziz said Abim supports any effort to consolidate laws on the use of the national language, to ensure the correct use of the language.

“As we already know, language is an important medium to strengthen the role of institutions and be able to uphold the language, literature and knowledge among the people,” he said in a statement here, today.

Muhammad Faisal was referring to the draft amendment of Section 2 of the National Language Act 1963/67 (Act 32), which will give DBP the authority to enforce laws relating to the use of the Malay language, which has been prepared since early 2019.

Meanwhile, in another statement, he said Abim fully supports the government’s decision not to proceed with the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI), and at the same time called for the Dual Language Programme (DLP) to be abolished.

The government should revert to the national language policy in national education, which has been sidelined due to the implementation of DLP, he said.

“The implementation of the DLP will not only continue the failure of PPSMI which has been proven through academic studies but is also a form of victimisation of students, parents and teachers.

“Giving the autonomy to schools, parents and teachers to choose between DLP/ PPSMI and the Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening Command of English Language (MBMMBI) policy does not make any sense and at the same time is against the mission to uphold the Malay language,” he added.

Abim urges the Education Ministry to return back to focus on efforts to strengthen the English language by upgrading and revising the learning modules in schools.

On July 15, Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin said the ministry has no plans to reintroduce PPSMI in schools. — Bernama

Concerns Expressed Over Death Of Refugees After Boat Turned Away By Malaysia

 

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian authorities’ move to turn away hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea has drawn criticism from the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) and a human rights activist.

“This is unconscionable. Nothing to be proud of,” said lawyer Eric Paulsen, after the Royal Malaysian Navy said it had foiled an attempt by some 200 Rohingya to enter Malaysian territory by boat.

The navy had despatched two ships after the boat was detected.

“Blocking desperate refugees from landing after months/weeks at sea can cause death. The world has seen this repeatedly,” Paulsen said on Twitter. 

 

This comes after another report yesterday that at least 24 Rohingya died at sea after their boat failed to reach Malaysia.

Authorities in Bangladesh said they rescued some 400 Rohingya from the vessel which had been adrift for weeks.

“They were at sea for about two months and were starving,” Reuters quoted an official as saying.

The incident also drew comments from Abim, which said it points to the failure of the United Nations and Asean to address the plight of the Rohingya. 

“It is time for Malaysia, Asean and all UN members to find a solution to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims, which has been an issue for decades,” said Abim president Muhammad Faisal.

AFP quoted survivors as saying that 32 Rohingya died aboard the overcrowded vessel “and their bodies were thrown in the sea”.

“We have cordoned off the place where they have landed. We could not question them because of the fear they could be infected with the coronavirus,” a Bangladeshi official told AFP.

More than 740,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar in 2017, with thousands paying smugglers to help them reach other countries including Malaysia. Sources: Free Malaysia Today. 

Abim: Proposed Visit To Xinjiang Would Not Resolve Uighur Crisis

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim) said that a proposed visit to Xinjiang, China by a Malaysian delegation would not resolve the plight of Uighur Muslims facing persecution there.

Its president, Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, said that instead, China should stop trying to cover up atrocities committed against the ethnic minority, as the situation has been uncovered by the world’s media.

Abim was responding to an open invitation by Chinese embassy spokesperson Tang Tang to “visit Xinjiang and discover a beautiful, peaceful and prosperous real Xinjiang with your own eyes.”

The invitation was made in response to a demonstration staged by Abim and several other NGOs last Friday, urging China to halt its human rights violations against the Uighurs.

Faisal said that analysis of reports by international bodies such as the United Nations and Amnesty International, and by international mainstream media, has shown gross infringement of the Uighurs’ fundamental rights on a massive scale.

“Besides, we ourselves read about the draconian laws enforced in Xinjiang, particularly the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-extremification 2017, where the provisions of the law prohibit Muslims in Xinjiang from wearing hijab, keeping a beard and promoting the concept of halal, which are claimed to interfere with other people’s secular lives.

“These oppressive provisions of law have allowed the Chinese government to abuse the fundamental rights of Uighur communities by interpreting any religious practice as equivalent to extremism and radicalism,” he said in a statement, today.

Faisal said that at the same time, Article 4 of the said provision states that the government must persist in “making Islam more Chinese”.

“It is totally against the spirit of freedom of religion and belief of the people when there are unreasonable interferences in religious affairs of Muslims, and they are forced to follow the incomprehensible laws that define Islam as a religion with an anti-religion doctrine,” he added.

Faisal added that the ongoing exodus of Uighur refugees, mostly women and children, refutes claims that the Uighur people are terrorists.

The mass flight clearly sends a message to the world that they are seeking help to fulfil their basic needs to live happily and freely, like any other people, he said.

“Thus, Abim firmly urges the Chinese government to solve the aforementioned issues, instead of persisting in efforts to normalise the persecution and atrocities committed against the Uighurs.

“Instead of leading us on a supervised trip to selected camps where Uighurs are detained, the Chinese government should let the United Nations independently observe the situation in Xinjiang, with reasonable access to all sources of information, without any interference.

Faisal said Abim is open to a frank dialogue and positive engagements with the Chinese government if the issues raised above are addressed in a transparent manner and in good faith.

“In fact, the stuffed panda and flowers brought by Abim during the protest the other day symbolised our peaceful intention to achieve those commitments,” he added. Sources: New Straits Times.

The Dalai Lama Will Be Speaking On Malaysia’s Muslim Youth Movement Online Forum To Promote Religious Harmony

 

The forum will discuss on “Compassion & Mercy As The Common Values Between Islam & Buddhism”

Kirat Kaur
BY KIRAT KAUR
In an increasingly rare display of respect and tolerance in Malaysia, an online Islam-Buddhist forum featuring the Dalai Lama – the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader – will be held this month to build inter-religious harmony.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, and International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC)’s Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Osman Bakar will be discussing the topic “Compassion & Mercy As The Common Values Between Islam & Buddhism” online on 28 September.
In an interview with Malaysiakini, organiser Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) explained that they believed different religious views should be discussed on a suitable platform that focuses on wisdom and truth.
Hence the idea to organise this interfaith dialogue.
Nowadays, we are often surrounded by elements of Islamophobia, triggered by irresponsible parties. We should engage in harmonious dialogue with various communities as a mechanism to explain Islam and the contribution of this religion towards peaceful coexistence.
 
ABIM believes that we need to look at a bigger perspective, which is how religious diversity can be an asset to harmony and unity, instead of a factor for conflict.
 
Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, President of Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) via Malaysiakini.
 
The event is also organised by the Tibetan Buddhist Culture Centre, Malaysia (TBCC), whose president Casey Liu will be moderating alongside ABIM’s president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz. Sources: The Rakyat Post.
 
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Set the Leadership of Prophet Muhammad as Example in Materializing SDG 2030

 

 

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,
President,
Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM).

 
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Malaysian Solidarity With The Palestinian People

By:- Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, President Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM)

Utmost gratitude extended to the United Nations for receiving the courtesy call from Abim Pusat & Malaysian CSOs on this very special day of International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian People. The main objective of the visit is to present a Memorandum on behalf of the Malaysian people to the UN to support the initiative by the UN to keep peace and stability in Palestine. At the same time, we want to refresh our stance to be consistent in supporting the Palestinian cause in liberating their homeland. Besides, given the never-ending situation of violence in Palestine, we would like to call upon the UN on behalf of all international communities to uphold the cause of Palestinian people by

1) Enforcing UNSC Resolution 2334 adopted on 23rd December 2016

2) The OTP of ICC requesting authorization from the ICC pre trial chamber for its office to initiate an investigation into the alleged crimes of Israel againts Palestine in accordance with Article 15 (1) Rome Statute.

3) Taking more assertive actions by executing the Resolutions reached un the UNGA though the status of Resolutions are non binding and recommendatory in nature.

4) Defending the rights of the aggrieved Palestinians especially their rights to worship freely in Al-Aqsa mosque without any interference by the Israeli regime, and to preserve the important sites of Al-Aqsa without any irresponsible destruction by the Zionists.

5) Empowering humanitarian missions by facilitating humanitarian agencies under United Nations and humanitarian NGOs such as Global Peace Mission Malaysia (GPM) to hand aids to fulfill the basic needs of the Palestinians.

Last but not least Abim hope to keep engaging with the UN in sharing the same spirit to maintain justice, freedom and peace in this world.

In conjuntion with the visit ABIM presents an olive tree to the UN office in Malaysia as a symbol of trust to the UN to always preserve freedom, justice and fundamental liberties in #Palestine.

 uyghur faisal aziz

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