As we head into 2015

All of us long for a Human Rights environment that will be loving and inclusive bereft of millions of stateless or hungry people. Muslims, would add to that a wish that it be shariah-compliant; yet so often we are blamed for Human Rights abuses, as are other ethnic and religious groups, which is only a red herring and not the problem. The problem is first one of political and economic dysfunction. It would seem that most Human Rights difficulties derive ultimately from unjust economics and income inequality, as recognized by top commentators. Continue reading

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Ties that bind Islam and Moderation

Note: Joint statement by Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, president, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia; Tuan Musa Awang, president, Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia; and Azril Mohd Amin, chief executive, Centre For Human Rights Research & Advocacy. Published in the New Straits Times, and reported in BERNAMA

HAVING read the letter written by the 25 eminent people entitled “Need for Consultative Process” in an English newspaper dated Dec 8, we, a group comprising concerned bodies and on behalf of our members, felt compelled to respond to the disturbing statements raised in the said letter. Continue reading

Advice by Sayyidi al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him)

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Please click this link to find a summary of a Friday khutbah delivered by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) in Masjid al-Rawdah, Tarim, on 10th Jumad al-Awwal 1434 / 22nd March 2013, where he discusses the problems the Ummah is currently facing and offers solutions to those problems. These words come in the wake of the shocking events that took place in Syria the previous night.

Muslim South East Asia NGOs call for Asean to overhaul its security-related policies

Press Release: Bangkok (October 16, 2009): More than 30 Muslim NGO activists and representatives from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Cambodia today gathered in the capital of Thailand to discuss the impact and implications of three conflict-torn regions in Southeast Asia and called for ASEAN and ASEAN member governments to undertake new and renewed efforts to tackle the conflicts.

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ABIM condemns the use of Internal Security Act

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) strongly affirms that Malaysia is a country of laws not of men. We are a country which respects the rule of law and its equal application to all citizens under our Constitution and our guiding Islamic principles. Continue reading