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Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) states its full support to the legal demands filed by Gambia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in relation to the series of massive massacre of the Rohingya ethnic group by Myanmar regime without heeding human rights.

According to the report, Justice Minister, Abubacarr Tambadou said, the country took action on behalf of 57 countries of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to bring Yangon to the international court at the Hague.

ABIM stresses that the action is significant to put a pressure on Myanmar since only a state (not individual) can file a case against another state in the ICJ. Besides, Gambia and Myanmar both are signatories to the 1948 Genocide Convention that demands both nations to put a stop to any genocidal actions.

Hence, ABIM urges the United Nations (UN) and international organizations to confer a special award for humanity to Gambia for its bravery and bold action to take a legal action in defending the rights of the Rohingya ethnic group.

ABIM also views that the action should be a ‘wake up call’ for all other nations of the world to stand up against the atrocities committed by Myanmar by fully utilizing all international channels.

ABIM also reiterates its demand to urge the Malaysian government and all ASEAN countries to review the membership of Myanmar in ASEAN given that the persecution committed by the Myanmar government clearly contradicts with the principles and cultures of people in this region.

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz


Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM)






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).

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Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) condemns the decision of the Bangladeshi Supreme Court to uphold the death sentence against the top Islamist leader of Jamaat-e-Islami for the war crime charges.

ABIM firmly views that the sentence is a continuation of series of heavy persecution by the authorities towards the Islamic group since Prime Minister Hasina Wajed took office in 2009.

ABIM reiterates that the controversial International Crimes Tribunal set up by the government in 2010, purportedly to punish those who were involved in war crime in 1971 is contrary to the spirit of justice, equality and rule of law. In fact, the tribunal which has sentenced dozens of people to death including five Jamaat leaders on war crime charges has also been criticized by international communities.

Besides, Human Rights Watch in 2016 repeated its longstanding call for Bangladesh to impose an immediate moratorium on the death penalty under the controversial tribunal.

Thus, ABIM urges the Bangladeshi government to take effective measures immediately to stop all political repression, to restore fundamental human rights of all citizens and to free all detained Jamaat-Shibir leaders unconditionally and abrogate the oxymoronic tribunal at all costs.

ABIM and all international communities have been closely observing the political and human rights situations in Bangladesh that reflect a drastic and systematic curtailment of civil and democratic rights. The continuous repression and persecution will only render Bangladesh’s international reputation to tarnish.

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz


Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM)

Could movements like Abim and Ikram be the key to Malaysian unity?

IT’S probably a safe bet to say anywhere from 50% to 90% of non-Malays have either never heard of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) or Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (Ikram), or are generally unfamiliar with what they stand for.

Both organisations have some roots in the Islamic revivalism that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s

Abim is a youth based organisation established in 1971. PKR president Anwar Ibrahim is perhaps the most well known of the many figures that have emerged from the ranks of Abim, which was the platform that arguably launched his public profile as a leader.

Ikram is a consolidation of education and humanitarian NGOs that began with and were affiliated with Jamaah Islah Malaysia, which was established in 1990 and streamlined into Ikram in 2009.

Both Abim and Ikram share a number of similarities. Both were established to promote Islamic revivalism, and both have a strong, active grassroots network engaged in improving the day to day lives of Malaysians on the ground.

Perhaps most importantly, both have publicly and consistently been taking moderate, progressive positions.

Being part of a number of non-Malay/Muslim WhatsApp groups, I remain completely convinced that Islamaphobia is a very real thing. Similarly, my Malay Muslim friends tell me that they receive similar anti non-Malay/Muslim content all the time. This is all part of a global trend of increasing xenophobia all around.

On the subject of increasing Islamisation in Malaysia, I take the likely unpopular view (for people of my background anyway), that the more genuinely Islamic our government, the better.

Note: genuinely.

I feel there is little value in dressing up our institutions with the outward trappings of religion, unless it is accompanied by the true values and principles that said religion preaches.

In that vein, I feel that the more genuinely Muslim a leader is, the more likely that leader will walk the straight and narrow path of integrity.

I would be more than happy with a staunch and pious Muslim at the helm of a government, because such a leader fears God above all else.

Fearing God means that a truly Muslim leader would be truly convinced that he or she is being constantly watched and judged at every second by an omniscient and omnipotent divine being, and is constantly conscious that the fires of hell (literally) await those who betray the trust of the people.

There is no bigger incentive that the rest of us, as mere mortals, can give to such a leader in order to ensure honest and compassionate governance.

If we can therefore accept that the proliferation of genuine Islamic values and principles could be a positive thing for the government and for Malaysia, perhaps we are step closer to being more open minded about movements that some would label “Islamist”, including organisations like Abim and Ikram.

By now, we are all too familiar with the somewhat more divisive and exclusionist narratives of Isma, Umno, and today’s PAS, among others.

Those few who take the opportunity to actually listen to the things that Abim and Ikram say (and to Malays notably, not just to non-Malay crowds) may be surprised to find a completely different narrative emerging from these two Islamist movements.

From Ikram, I recall in particular statements about the recognition of the UEC, and the buy Muslim first campaign.

The official statement on the UEC reflected serious efforts to reach out to Chinese educationists in order to understand the UEC from head to toe before making wild and inflammatory statements. It was ultimately more balanced, and more reconciliatory than almost anything I have seen emerge from a Malay majority organisation.

With regards to the buy Muslim first campaign, Ikram Youth leader Hafiz Abd Hamid wrote that that buying Muslim first was fine, but that boycotting products from other races and religions was something that was negative and ultimately unhelpful to Malaysia on multiple levels.

Abim took a similar position, stating that they support buying Muslim products, but were against boycotting non-Muslim products.

In the aftermath of the Icerd fiasco, then Abim secretary general Faisal Aziz (now Abim president) took the more middle ground position that despite rejecting Icerd, the government should incorporate some elements from Icerd into a new law against discrimination that were in line with the Federal Constitution.

Where outreach is concerned, Ikram is a key member of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM), a unique coalition consisting of NGOs that represent a wide range of communities on the ethnoreligious spectrum. This is in line with Ikram’s emphasis on the concept of Negara Rahmah - a nation based on compassion and benevolence.

Abim meanwhile organised a large event in Bangi last week, called Seminar Bangsa Malaysia. The term ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ is itself controversial in the Malay community. Many might say that the concept represents an erosion of ‘Bangsa Melayu’.

Nonetheless, Abim forged bravely ahead. Listening to the speeches of their leaders all morning that Saturday, it was clear that their approach to Islam and leadership was one that emphasised the spirit of inclusiveness and openness towards non-Malays and non-Muslims.

Alongside recognising and being committed to defending all existing provisions regarding Islam and the Malays, this approach recognised the contributions of non-Malays and stated clearly a willingness to work together not for the benefit or detriment of any one race, but for the betterment of all.

Both Abim and Ikram have taken very clear and public (if not always well publicised) positions that emphasise a rejection of the politics of division, in lieu of a recognition that we are all in the same boat, and need to find a way to replace mistrust with empathy and mutual understanding.

On a more practical level, the significance of this is the demographic that these organisations represent.

We have seen more than a handful of very liberal and progressive Malays, whose aggressive and bold positions have made them the darlings of non-Malays throughout the country.

The only “problem” is, such figures (while undoubtedly true Malays, and very nice people) seldom represent or appeal to the wider Malay demographic – and certainly nowhere on the scale at which grassroots organisations like Abim and Ikram do.

This makes them uniquely positioned to provide an important contrasting narrative to the one in which ultras on both side of the divide seem intent on fanning flames and letting the social fabric of Malaysia burn down all around us.

God knows we’ve had enough of that. It’s time for leaders with credible credentials and values steeped in compassion and mutual respect to come to the fore.

Nathaniel Tan is a strategic communications consultant who specialises in identifying the right goals, and the right tools for achieving that job. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sources:-

Media Release

Announcement of ABIM Top New Central Committee (2019-2021)

Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM), held its 48th Annual General Meeting at Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC) on 25th-27th October 2019 which saw changes in its leadership. Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz was mandated as President for the 2019-2021 tenure.

He previously served as Secretary General of ABIM (2013-2019) and was the President of National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students (PKPIM) (2009-2011). The complete list of ABIM Top Central committee members for the 2019-2021 is as follows:-

President :-

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz

Deputy President:- 

Mohd Khairul Anwar Ismail

Vice Presidents:- 

Radin Muhd Imaduddin Radin Abdul Halim

Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Shamsuddin

Fatin Nur Majdina Nordin

Zairudin Hashim

Adli Zakuan Zaira 

Secretary General:-

Muhammad Fazril Mohd Salleh

Financial Secretary:-

Mohd Faridh Hafez Mhd Omar.

Assistant Secretary General ABIM:-

Mohd Shazni Abdullah.

ABIM’s policy speech with the theme “Membina Bangsa Malaysia, Mengangkat Martabat Umat”(Building the Bangsa Malaysia, Upholding the Nation’s Honour) was delivered in conjunction with the officiating ceremony of the 6th Ijtima’ Harakiy of Wadah, ABIM, and PKPIM.

ABIM will continuously play its role to materialize the idea of Bangsa Malaysia which is the progression of interactions across culture and religion pioneered by ABIM since its establishment in 1971.

ABIM is committed to building the  country in full harmony based on the spirit of Rukun Negara, upholding universal and inclusive values as promoted by Islam as well as the spirit of togetherness among the nation’s different races. 

This effort is put forward by incorporating principles of the national foundations, Islam’s position as the official religion, the role of Bahasa Melayu as National Language, the privileges of Bumiputera (the son of soils), and the sovereignty of Malay Rulers into a basic framework to materialize Bangsa Malaysia.

Realising that politics and economy alone are not enough to accomplish the idea, ABIM consistently strives to carry out this agenda through education among the youth, empowerment of family institutions, and society building which collectively will greatly impact the sociopolitical and economic scenes in the country.

ABIM would also like to thank YAB Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia Dato Seri Dr Wan Azizah for gracing the Majlis Makan Malam Perpaduan and YB Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim for officiating the Seminar Pembinaan Bangsa Malaysia in conjunction with the annual general meeting.

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz





Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) expresses its full support to Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his announcement on 25th of October 2019 that the Malaysian government will open an embassy accredited to Palestine in Amman, Jordan. The decision was announced on the 18th Non-Aligned Movement – NAM Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan recently.

ABIM stresses that the decision to establish the Malaysian Embassy is commendable and in line with Malaysia’s stance in the Palestinian issue which holds strong sentiments in the country, as envisioned in the Foreign Policy Framework of New Malaysia.

ABIM believes that the initiative will reflect the strong support towards the Palestinians struggle, given the heavy persecution and pressure suffered continuously by the Palestinians. Although the US has offered a new peace plan, but in the eye of many quarters and critics, the plan is perceived as biased and benefits only the Zionist regime.

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz
President ABIM

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