Why do so few parents get the respect they deserve? For example, when a young couple want to marry, they used to go to their respective parents and inquire as to the wisdom of the match. The parents will conduct a screening, and then give or withhold their consent, as they see fit. Continue reading
The following notes were initially prepared for the Regional Conference on Islamic Leadership entitled, Islamic Leadership in the Changing ASEAN: Fostering Peace and Development in Manila 26-29 April 2010 http://islamicleadership.aim.edu/programme.aspx. Unfortunately I was unable to travel due to unforeseen circumstances. My focus in this short presentation centers around three elements from among the conference objectives. Continue reading
A primary principle of democratic government that can and should be imported into the Muslim Ummah is self-regulation by means of opposition dialogue and political parties. Political opposition, accomplished through the right channel and by reasonable means, is NOT the same as “sedition”, therefore blogs and other forms of detraction from majority party views may not be labeled as “seditious”, as is the habit here in Malaysia.