‘Preach message of unity’

KUALA LUMPUR: ISLAMIC missionary movements in the country should actively spread the message of unity to all strata of Muslim society.

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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin holding a copy of a new book ‘John Hicks Religious Philosophy’ published by the Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia organisation (Muafakat). With him are Muafakat president Ismail Mina Ahmad and the National Islamic Missionary Movements seminar director Datuk Mohd Nakhaei Ahmad (right) at the launch of the National Islamic Missionary Movements Seminar yesterday.

In urging so, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said these movements could play the role effectively as they were independent, influential and apolitical.

“I’m confident that this can be achieved if all parties are sincere in championing this cause and want to see Islam continue to be strengthened and its teachings upheld in our country,” he said in his speech at the two-day National Islamic Missionary Movements Seminar, here, yesterday.

Muhyiddin also reminded Muslims in the country to remain united and not let differences in political views cause conflict among themselves.

“Do not let differences in ideology cause us to fight among ourselves. This is not to our benefit.

“We must defend the progress that we have achieved today by maintaining unity,” Muhyiddin stressed.

He noted that Muslims today faced many challenges in terms of culture, ideology and faith.

“The most obvious challenge is the spread of religious liberalism and pluralism where people are encouraged to free themselves from the religion, in the guise of individual freedom and human rights.

“Supporters of these ideologies condone mingling of the sexes, same sex marriages and all kinds of deviant behaviour. If this is allowed to spread, people will no longer value religion or they may refuse to be guided by it.”

Muhyiddin noted that Islamic missionary movements should be strengthened so that they could propagate the true teachings of Islam to ensure that they would not be influenced by deviant teachings. He said that many international Islamic scholars and organisations were impressed with Malaysia and viewed it as a model Islamic country as it had been able to balance unity and development.

“Several international Islamic scholars who have visited our country have expressed their hope that Malaysian Muslims will defend the progress which we are currently enjoying.

“They have reminded us that the recent conflict that has happened in several Islamic countries should not be allowed to happen here.”
Read more: ‘Preach message of unity’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/preach-message-of-unity-1.154423#ixzz28oID53hd

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