‘Merdeka gave us freedom to practise religion’
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.