Royal call for unity among Mus­lims

> King says ef­forts to im­prove ummah will fail if fight­ing con­tin­ues

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL AND AMAR SHAH MOHSEN

SERDANG: Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Tuanku Ab­dul Halim Mu’adzam Shah has urged Mus­lims to put their dif­fer­ences aside and pri­ori­tise strength­en­ing Is­lam.

Not­ing that dif­fer­ences of opin­ion are al­lowed in Is­lam, he said it should not reach a point that could cause divi­sion among Mus­lims.

“To en­sure Mus­lims are not di­vided due to dif­fer­ences, I sug­gest that we take the ef­fort to strengthen unity and im­prove bond ‘ukhuwah Is­lamiah’ (Is­lamic broth­er­hood) among our­selves,” he said.

“Re­mem­ber that all ef­forts lead­ing to the im­prove­ment of the ummah’s (com­mu­nity) so­sioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment, strength­en­ing of Is­lamic af­fairs ad­min­is­tra­tion and el­e­vat­ing the syariah leg­isla­tive and ju­di­cial in­sti­tu­tion would not suc­ceed if Mus­lims con­tinue to fight and be di­vided,” he said.

Tuanku Ab­dul Halim was speak­ing at the na­tional-level Maal Hi­jrah cel­e­bra­tion at the Malaysia Agro Ex­po­si­tion Park yes­ter­day.

Also present were the Raja Per­maisuri Agong, Tuanku Ham­i­nah Hamidun, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom and sev­eral Cab­i­net mem­bers.

Tuanku Ab­dul Halim said Mus­lims should also pos­sess the wis­dom to man­age their dif­fer­ences in a good man­ner.

“They need to pri­ori­tise the agenda of unity and must re­frain all forms of dis­pute among them­selves.”

In his speech, Jamil Khir said the strength­en­ing of re­la­tion­ships among Mus­lims in Malaysia should be made a main agenda.

He also urged Mus­lims to be open in ac­cept­ing dif­fer­ing opin­ions with­out lead­ing to hos­til­ity.

“Any clash of views should be han­dled by fol­low­ing the ethics of dis­agree­ment based on the teach­ings of the al-Qu­ran,” he said.

More than 10,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the Maal Hi­jrah cel­e­bra­tions, themed “Is­lamic Broth­er­hood, Fun­da­men­tal to Uni­fi­ca­tion of Mus­lims”.

The cel­e­bra­tion also saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 105 con­tin­gents from gov­ern­ment and pri­vate agen­cies, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools in the yearly pa­rade.

At the same event, for­mer chief jus­tice Tun Dr Ah­mad Fairuz Sheikh Ab­dul Halim was named the Tokoh Maal Hi­jrah for his con­tri­bu­tions to Is­lam over the years.

Tuanku Ab­dul Halim presents the Tokoh Maal Hi­jrah award to Ah­mad Fairuz. Also present are (from left) Zahid, Na­jib, Jamil Khir and Deputy Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki.

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