Requests to Pak Lah, the IKIM chairman

Requests to Pak Lah, the IKIM chairman

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 28 — Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been appointed chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding (Ikim) effective Sept 1.

Abdullah, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies from Universiti Malaya, will replace Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid who has decided to step down.

Abdullah’s appointment would boost Ikim’s effort to enhance true understanding of Islam among Muslims and non-Muslims, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement e-mailed to Bernama today. — Reuters

Pak Lah is IKIM chairman , Malaysian Insider


written by Dr Zafar Shah, August 28, 2009
Former PM Tun AAB’s interview in the Bangkok Post before the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, “Abdullah: We must be firm in turning back Rohingya”…k-rohingya , We don’t want to be unkind but the problem has been about the people who come without permits. So what do we do with them? Malaysia was recently come under heavy criticism for its handling of the Rohingya issue. “From Thailand they come to us, from us they go to Indonesia. International organisations are very concerned and at times they are critical of actions taken by governments. But if we cannot be firm we cannot deal with this problem. We have to be firm at all borders. We have to turn them back. AAB had a heart to tell that all ASEAN countries must be firm an turn back Rohingyas when there were reports of more than 500 of them were died in the Indian Ocean because of Thai Navy’s pushing back into the deep sea.
If that is based on his true understanding of Islam among Muslims and non-Muslims, I am afraid the future of Ikim.
If the true Muslim could ignore the plight of other Muslims in need, Allah will decide on him on the Judgement day.
I hope Paklah is a very good Muslim and he will try to change his previous actions based on politics.

written by Dr Zafar Shah, August 28, 2009
The Holy Quran lays down_
Whosoever kills a human being without (any reason like) man slaughter, or corruption on earth, it is as though he had killed all mankind … (5:32)
“And whoever saves a life it is as though he had saved the lives of all mankind” (5:32).
“Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to aggression” (5:2).
“And we set you up as nations and tribes so that you may be able to recognize each other” (49:13).
The division of human beings into nations, races, groups and tribes is for the sake of distinction, so that people of one race or tribe may meet and be acquainted with the people belonging to another race or tribe and co-operate with one another.
This division of the human race is neither meant for one nation to take pride in its superiority over others nor is it meant for one nation to treat another with contempt or disgrace, or regard them as a mean and degraded race and usurp their rights.
Indeed, the noblest among you before God are the most heedful of you (49:13).
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in address of the Farewell Hajj_
“No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab.
Nor does a white man have any superiority over a black man or the black man any superiority over the white man.
You are all the children of Adam, and Adam was created from clay” (al-Bayhaqi and al-Bazzaz).
“Do not argue with the people of the Book (Christians and Jews) unless it is in the politest manners” (29:46)
Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) had once said, “The ink of the scholar is more valuable than the blood of the Martyr.”
written by Dr Zafar Shah, August 28, 2009
“- – – today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.” by Mary Robinson, High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002).
If we discriminate others as foreign because they, their race and religion are different to us, all the others could also look down and discriminate on us because we are also foreign to them!
“Well, there are people who think that it’s right to do any thing in the name of their religion, their race, their family, or any organization to which they may belong.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
From the UN Charter_

The purposes of the United Nations are – – – to achieve International cooperation – – – in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language and religion…”
“Equality, justice, dignity” is the emblem that represents the goals of the Human Rights Committee. The comprehensive implementation of actions against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances is a very important topic because these forms of intolerances have been global issues since biblical times.
For decades, thousands of people have been victims of discrimination, preferences and exclusions in view of their race, skin color, sex, religion, language, national or ethnic origin and form of expression, causing extreme suffering and even loss of life.
Racial discrimination is the ability or power to make distinctions among people based on race, color, decent, national or ethnic origin rather than individual merit.
Xenophobia is a fear of the foreign, of what is strange.
Religious intolerance occurs when someone’s opinions and beliefs are not respected by others due to their religion or way of thinking.
In extremely religious or less developed countries, sexism is practiced, and racial discrimination is not considered wrong. In addition, the methods of solving racism could not appeal to all countries. Lots of people believe that they have the right to segregate others and feel superior to them, just because they are different to what they are used to.
The United Nations exSecretary General, Kofi Annan stated_
There is no country in the world exempt of discrimination. No matter how severe or how mild the ratio of discrimination is, no nation is free from it. Either for one circumstance or another, not all countries are capable of giving the importance and dedication this issue needs. Even though we are all consciously aware of this topic, there is still a long road to cross.

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda… Our mission therefore is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will and must be defeated. Almost every country in the world suffers prejudice among its own people, either racial discrimination, xenophobia or religious intolerance.”

The importnce of overcoming misunderstandings and animosities between the people of different beliefs and cultural traditions is through peaceful dialogue and mutual respect.


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