Royal call for unity among Muslims
> King says efforts to improve ummah will fail if fighting continues
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.