‘Merdeka gave us free­dom to prac­tise re­li­gion’

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BANGI: The Merdeka #Qu­ranHour cam­paign will pro­mote a deeper un­der­stand­ing of Merdeka and strengthen the faith of Mus­lims, said Na­tional Dak­wah Coun­cil vice-chair­man Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Zakaria Stapa.

Zakaria said Mus­lims needed to re­alise that they were able to prac­tise their re­li­gion freely be­cause the coun­try was in­de­pen­dent.

“Pa­tri­o­tism is an im­por­tant qual­ity that Mus­lims need to have. They need to un­der­stand that it is im­por­tant to de­fend our coun­try from be­ing colonised by other pow­ers. Fail­ing which, we may be pre­vented from per­form­ing our du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a Mus­lim.”

He said Is­lam did not pre­vent Mus­lims from or­gan­is­ing events to cel­e­brate Merdeka Day as long as “dam­ag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment” were not in­volved.

The Merdeka Day cel­e­bra­tions at Dataran Merdeka this year will be ex­tra spe­cial with the launch of the in­au­gu­ral Merdeka #Qu­ranHour cam­paign.

The cam­paign, which is part of the World #Qu­ranHour pro­gramme that will be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously world­wide on Aug 31, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­istry and Warisan Ummah Ikhlas Foun­da­tion (WUIF).

WUIF chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Marhaini Yu­soff said the cam­paign was to pro­mote a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Is­lamic teach­ings based on the Qu­ran.

“Un­like pre­vi­ous years, this Merdeka Day cel­e­bra­tion will be filled with spir­i­tual ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a mass Qu­ran recital at Dataran Merdeka.”

She said the cam­paign will be from 4pm to 11pm whereas the World #Qu­ranHour pro­gramme would be held at In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia’s Sul­tan Haji Ah­mad Shah Mosque from 11am to 1pm on Aug 31.

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