Enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong

Enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong

‘amar ma’ruf nahi mungkar’

"Whoever sees something evil should_

  1. change it with his hand.
  2. If he cannot, then with his tongue;
  3. and if he cannot do even that, then in his heart.

That is the weakest degree of faith."

Enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong is an often quoted phrase, used in theQur’an. This expression is the base of the Islamic institution of hisbah and sometimes referred to by this word. Hisbah forms a central part of Islamic doctrine, and is explicitly referred to Commanding what is Just and Forbidding what is Evil.

This is one of the large differences between Islam and most other religions. In Christianity, for example, one is responsible for one’s own sins and virtues. In Islam, one is responsible to force others not to sin, and to force them “to do good” (as defined by the Qur’an).

Continue reading

Why the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) was downgraded?

Why the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) was downgraded?


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz today revealed why the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) was recommended fordowngrade – from class A to B – by the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC).

The ICC is a body under the United Nations set up to monitor and strengthen human rights institutions in each of its member countries.

Continue reading

Professor John Esposito

Professor John Esposito


John Louis Esposito (born 19 May 1940, BrooklynNew York City) is a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is also the director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal center for Muslim-Christian understanding at Georgetown University[1]

Esposito is widely interviewed or quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and network news stations, NPR, BBC, and in media throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 

CV Download cv.doc

Education B.A. () St. Antony College, M.A. () St. John’s University, Ph.D. () Temple University,

Continue reading

Human rights youth camp in Penang

Human rights youth camp in Penang


Human Rights Camp 2008

Calling all youths out there!!

Amnesty International Malaysia will be organising a 3-day human rights youth camp for the first time in Penang on 29 Nov – 1 Dec.

Come and learn about fundamental human rights, the Malaysian human rights realities. There will be a movie, games, exposure trips to see and speak to human rights victims and how they stand up for their rights, discussions, sharing session by human rights activist and many more!!

Continue reading

ASEAN Charter and Human Rights Body

ASEAN Charter and Human Rights Body

Talk by Prof Kevin Boyle and discussion with NGOs

on the ASEAN Charter and ASEAN Human Rights Body



Prof Kevin BoyleKUALA LUMPUR: A dialogue session was held with Prof Kevin Boyle on regional human rights mechanisms on 11 November 2008. It was jointly organized by Suaram and the Bar Council Human Rights Committee.

Prof Kevin Boyle has been teaching at the Human Rights Centre of University of Essex for many years. He is also a practising international lawyer and has extensive litigation experience before the European Court of Human Rights. 

Continue reading

Caliph Umar

Caliph Umar

Umar’s Reign as a caliph

During Umar’s reign, the Islamic empire grew at an unprecedented rate, taking Mesopotamiaand parts of Persia from the Sassanids (effectively ending that empire), and taking Egypt,PalestineSyriaNorth Africa and Armenia from the Byzantines. Many of these conquests followed major battles on both the western and eastern fronts. The Battle of Yarmūk, fought near Damascus in 636, saw a small Muslim army defeat a much larger Byzantine force, permanently ending Byzantine rule south of Asia Minor [Citation needed]. A Muslim army achieved victory over a force in the Battle of al-Qādisiyyah (c. 636), near the banks of theEuphrates River. During the course of the battle, Muslim general Sa’ad bin Abu Waqqasrouted the Sassanid army and killed the Persian general Rostam Farrokhzād.

Continue reading