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Muslims must strengthen unity to maintain distinction

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 26 — Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Syah said today Muslims must strengthen their brotherhood and enhance their achievements to continue being a community of distinction.

He said that they would not be able to become a model community and would instead be despised and belittled if they did not follow the Islamic teachings.

“History has shown that the supremacy of the Islamic civilisation in the past was finally ended because there were followers who did not fully practise the Islamic teachings.

“What’s more saddening is the disunity, friction and disputes that have occurred among the Muslims themselves,” he said at the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at Masjid Putra here.

Present were the Sultanah of Kedah, Tuanku Hajah Haminah Hamidun, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman.

Tuanku Abdul Halim said Muslims must learn from past incidents and return to the teaching of Prophet Muhammad in their daily lives to become truly good Muslims. He said this year’s Maulidur Rasul theme, “Memantap Ukhuwah Meperkasa Ummah” (Strengthening the Brotherhood, Empowering the Community), required Muslims to follow the brotherhood displayed by Prophet Muhammad and use Islamic teachings to develop the community.

“In moving forward, Muslims must always be prepared and equip themselves with various skills and information to keep up with the times.

“Complacency and fear to compete must be discarded and replaced with positive values that can build the inner strength of the true Muslim,” he added.

He said the Quran and the Sunnah must be used as a guide to build inner strength towards developing a sustainable and successful Muslim community.

He said Muslims should strive to be the best, value achievement and be able to bring about change for the good and not just follow the direction and culture of others.

“In fact, Muslims should constantly strive for success and craft development. This is the spirit that every Muslim, who accepts and is confident of the teaching of Prophet Muhhamad, must have.”

He said Islam calls on its followers to strive for excellence in every aspect of their lives and they in turn should equip themselves with strong faith, knowledge, noble character and help one another to achieve good.

“I’m sure that the light of Islam will continue to shine on this beloved Earth and shower it with blessing and love,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Sri Aman in Sarawak, about 5,000 Muslims, including the Dayaks and the Chinese, joined Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in the state-elevel Maulidur Rasul procession at the old Social Development Ministry field.

In Kota Kinabalu, about 10,000 Muslims gathered at Wisma Muis field in Sembulan for the procession together with Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah and state cabinet members.

In Seremban, about 13,000 people took part in the procession at the municipal council field together with Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz and other state dignitaries.

In Kuala Terengganu, Regency Advisory Council president Tengku Sri Panglima Raja, Tengku Baderulzaman Sultan Mahmud, led the procession participated by 4,000 Muslims, including State Secretary Datuk Mazlan Ngah, state executive councillors and community leaders, from the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah to the State Stadium.

In Melaka, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob led the procession joined by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, state assembly speaker Datuk Wira Othman Muhammad, state executive councillors and about 8,000 people from the Tun Fatimah Stadium in Bukit Serindit to the Al Azim Complex.

Mohd Khalil later opened a four-day Islamic exposition in conjunction with the exposition.

In Kuantan, the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Tengku Puan Pahang Tengku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Sultan Iskandar and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob are scheduled to attend the state Maulidur procession at the Pahang RTM auditorium tonight. — Bernama

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