17 Benefits of Tribulation

#PRAYFORMH370: My heartfelt prayers go out to the families and passengers aboard flight MH370, and to everyone affected. For us Muslims, this is the time to increase our remembrance of Allah SWT and all His blessings upon us. Prophet Muhammad’s (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The closest the Lord is to the servant is in the final depths of the night. If you can be of those who remember Allah at that time, then be!” [Tirmidhi].  Continue reading

The Human Rights Tradition in Islam: A Book review by Murad Wilfried Hofmann

The Human Rights Tradition in Islam By Muddathir ‘Abd al-Rahim. Westport, USA: Praeger Publishers, 2005. Pp257. ISBN: 0275980456. Reviewed by Murad Wilfried Hofmann.

This book is the third of a series produced by Praeger on Human Rights in the world’s major religions, i.e in the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Its Sudanese author, Dr. ‘Abd al-Rahim, since 1997 professor of political sciences and Islamic studies at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in Kuala Lumpur, is eminently suited for presenting this subject, given his first hand knowledge of both East and West and his previous diplomatic career.

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Cabaran meratifikasi konvensyen-konvensyen Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat

Pada 10 Disember 2013, bersempena dengan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia pada tahun ini, Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM), Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, telah membuat kenyataan tentang cabaran yang dikemukakan kepada pegawai kerajaan Myanmar untuk bersaing dengan Malaysia di dalam menandatangani dan meratifikasi konvensyen-konvensyen antarabangsa Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM). Continue reading

COMANGO’s retrograde agenda

COMANGO is a coalition of Malaysian NGOs purporting to represent the secular human rights groups, as well as “intelligent” liberal Muslim point-of-view. MuslimUPRo‘s objection to COMANGO’s retrograde agenda can be seen in MuslimUPRo’s earlier memorandum to the Government as well as media statements and other writings. Continue reading

The new ‘human rights-ism’

Anthony Julius, a Manchester Guardian columnist makes the following comment in his article “Human Rights: the new secular religion:

“This new ‘human rights-ism’ accords great value to the United Nations – notwithstanding its inability to enforce its decisions, and its refusal to make practical demands of its members to be democratic or respect the human rights of their citizens.”

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Kenyataan Media MuslimUPRo 1 November 2013

Gabungan Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam di dalam Proses Semakan Berkala Sejagat ke Geneva, Switzerland (MuslimUPRo)

Dari 17 hingga 31 Oktober 2013, delegasi rasmi MuslimUPRo seramai 16 orang telah berada di Geneva, Switzerland sebagai sebahagian usaha melobi serta menjadi pemerhati semasa sesi UPR Malaysia berlangsung pada 24 Oktober 2013. Seramai 5 ahli delegasi telah ditauliahkan akreditasi pemerhati dengan status konsultansi NGO ECOSOC manakala 11 lagi sebagai pemerhati biasa.

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COMANGO’s siege mentality

It is now less than 8 hours before Malaysia goes under review of her human rights record in the UPR process at the Human Rights Council, Geneva.

I have read an article by Honey Tan of COMANGO’s secretariat (here’s the full link) and, as has happened before, was initially impressed with her commendable writing skills. Then, as has also happened before, I watched her unravel a bit as she descended into ‘emotional’ remarks.

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Memorandum MuslimUPRo 22 Oktober 2013

MEMORANDUM GABUNGAN PERTUBUHAN-PERTUBUHAN ISLAM DI DALAM PROSES UPR (MuslimUPRo)

22 Oktober 2013M bersamaan 17 Dzulhijjah 1434H

Gabungan Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam di dalam Proses Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia atau ringkasnya MuslimUPRo telah digagaskan sebagai salah satu usaha untuk memantau NGO-NGO Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan sekular-liberal yang menggunakan saluran Gabungan NGO Malaysia di dalam Proses UPR (COMANGO), untuk menuntut perkara-perkara yang mencabar kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Negara melalui Proses Semakan Berpenggal Sejagat (UPR) Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia HRC (UN) di Geneva, Switzerland yang akan melibatkan Malaysia pada 24 Oktober 2013. Continue reading