Farewell Thoughts

I am counting down the number of days before my term as ABIM vice president ends on 1 August 2009. Reflecting upon the many years in this organization, right now I do not think I am capable of recognizing how much I have learned or grown in the past several years or how much of that is owed to ABIM. It may be some time before I do, but what has particularly struck me is the dedication of a few big-hearted individuals I have met in the ABIM network. I found much invaluable experience from my encounters with them.

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The Uighur Massacre: We don’t need your solidarity Al-Qaeda!

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia aligns itself with the rest of the world in condemning the recent unrest in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region caused by the Chinese Government’s mishandling of an alleged delicate internal matter. While we see that the root cause of this problem is simply human greed and arrogance, we strongly feel that there is no justification for the actions by the Chinese government in creating the conditions that caused the conflict and participating in fueling further the recent violence in Urumqi.

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Whither ABIM: Quietly and with Persistence

I wrote the following observations last year. It’ been almost 6 months. It’s been a strange season weather-wise.

It’s over for this generation of Islamic activists. We tried and failed, but time is on our side. We must plant the seeds for an Islamic future in the next generation through social change. We must alter the mindset and mentality of people through an Islamic value system. We do this through example and education. We do it quietly and with persistence.”

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Expletive Deleted: A Response to Raja Petra Kamaruddin

Malaysiakini commentary : ‘RPK the sailor-man’ riles up ABIM

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) was recently assaulted by Raja Petra Kamaruddin in his Malaysia Today column “No Holds Barred“. A response is in order, with the expletives he has resorted to not included. At threshold, one should note that Muslims and all civilized people are encouraged to rationally and responsibly discuss issues, and discouraged from using inappropriate language. ABIM believes in civilized resolution of conflict, not accusatory statements, especially those without substance and stated in sailor’s language. Continue reading

Youthful faces at ABIM’s helm

The following report was written by Shahaanaz Habib and originally appeared here.

KUALA LUMPUR: Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), one of the most influential Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country, has embarked on a bold move by picking a totally new line-up of leaders, all graduates below 40 years old.

Ahmad Azam Abdul Rahman, president for eight years, has handed over the mantle to 33-year-old law graduate Yusri Mohamad. The Kelantan-born Yusri, who has a Masters degree in law (LLM) from the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, is the son of Mohamad Che Wook, a former Kelantan mufti besar.

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