My resignation as Chairman, Islamic Outreach ABIM

Al-Hamdulillah, wa Sallallah wa Sallama `Ala Sayyidina Rasulillah, wa Alihi wa Sahbihi wa Man Walah, Wa Ba`du;

I have submitted my official resignation letter as Chairman, Islamic Outreach ABIM, to ABIM’s Secretary General, with a requested effective date of August 31, 2011. The representatives from ABIM’s Central Executive Committee have recently met with the staff to discuss moving forward; under their leadership, a transition plan will be charted. Continue reading

The night preceding eid al fitr

Source: http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?1997-Eid-Mubarak-amp-The-Night-Before-Eid

It had been the practice of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, that he would not sleep in the night preceding the day of Eid-ul-fitr. This night has been named in a Hadith as the Night of Reward (Lailatul Jaiza).

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Uyghur Chinese Muslims subjected to prejudice

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/174007

It is true that Chinese Muslims can now perform Hajj in some small numbers. It is also true there are some Chinese-style mosques in certain areas. However, these developments are a “drop in the bucket”; if you consider the Muslim population in China is at least forty million. There must be some “token religious freedom” to get cooperation in business from the western world, hence these few “drops in the bucket” of liberalization. Continue reading

Ramadhan 1432H Hospital Visit Program

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Assalamualaykum WarahmatuLlahi Wabarakatuh,

Al-Hamdulillah, wa Sallallah wa Sallama `Ala Sayyidina Rasulillah, wa Alihi wa Sahbihi wa Man Walah, Wa Ba`du; Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah SWT, who has blessed us with another Ramadhan, the month in which the Qur’an was sent down, a guidance for the people [2:185]. Prophet Muhammad (may Allah honour him and grant him peace) illustrated the beauty of Ramadhan as the month of blessing, in which Allah SWT covers us with blessings, for He sends down mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers [Tabarani]. Continue reading

Zakat Distribution and “Rice Christians”

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/172979

In the early years of President Sukarno‘s Indonesia, there were many very poor villagers. Since Bung Karno depended on western money to consolidate Indonesia’s new freedom, churches were not restricted in their synonymous missionary efforts. The term “rice Christian” came about as a result of villagers on the verge of starvation, or even simple malnourishment, being offered rice in exchange for church membership. Continue reading

Kenyataan Media PEMBELA 8 Ogos 2011

Kenyataan Media Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA) berhubung isu pemeriksaan Pasukan Penguatkuasaan JAIS ke atas premis Dream Center milik Damansara Utama Methodist Church pada 3 Ogos 2011.

8 Ogos 2011M bersamaan 8 Ramadhan 1432H

Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam yang bergabung di bawah PEMBELA ingin menzahirkan sokongan terhadap tindakan Pasukan Penguatkuasaan JAIS melakukan pemeriksaan ke atas premis Dream Centre yang dimiliki Damansara Utama Methodist Church pada 3 Ogos 2011. Penganjuran “Thanksgiving Dinner” di dewan tersebut dengan melibatkan orang-orang Islam pada waktu berbuka puasa di bulan mulia Ramadhan menimbulkan pelbagai persoalan dan mendedahkan penganut agama Islam kepada upacara keagamaan bukan Islam di tempat bukan Islam.

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Ramadhan: A Time for Reconciliation

To some observers in Malaysia, it seems that the Barisan Nasional government is still engrossed in empty slogans and lavish, hedonistic portrayals of actions around the country. Many of the public find these portrayals less-than-credible. BN does not seem to be aware of this widespread public perception. Continue reading