Within 100 days of Pakatan Rakyat's rule in Selangor state, it was reported by the media that Islam Hadhari (Civilisational Islam) was banned (Malay terminology used: haram) by the state government. A few days later after heated exchange of words, the "haram" terminology was changed to a milder "no longer promoting". A few other Pakatan Rakyat states later follow the footsteps of Selangor. What is so controversial about Islam Hadhari? Is there any substance in the "banning" of Islam Hadhari or was the "banning" a result of political sentiments?
Melayu UK is proud to organise an Intellectual Discourse on Islam Hadhari. This event will enable us to hear the version from the promoters of Islam Hadhari and also an occasion where participants can challenge the promoters or prove that Islam Hadhari is a deviant teaching.
This event is a platform for intellectual discussion and we hope at the end of the day we will have a clearer picture of Islam Hadhari e.g. is it an approach that we can apply globally especially in the UK, or is it a deviant form of Islam that has to be rejected.
It is important for us to attend the event as the intellectual discussion can differentiate us from those who pick up bits and pieces of information from YouTube or junk emails. To be good leaders, we have to equip ourselves with knowledge instead of just relying on rhetoric.
You can turn up at the event on the day. However we prefer you to pre-register as this will help us with in ensuring the smooth running of the event.
Melayu UK will be organising Wacana Islam Hadhari (Intellectual Discourse on Civilisational Islam) on Saturday 26th July 2008 in Oxford and Wacana Kepimpinan (Intellectual Discourse on Leadership) on Sunday 27th July 2008 in Manchester. Invited speakers are:
Prof Dr Sidek Baba, International Islamic University Malaysia. He is also a member of Malaysian government panel for Islam Hadhari
Prof Dr Yusof Othman, Director of Islam Hadhari Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Dato' Wan Muhammad Dato' Wan Abdul Aziz, Director of JAKIM (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia)
Wacana Islam Hadhari (Intellectual Discourse on Islam Hadhari)
Theme: Hadhari Reflects: A model of development in Malaysia
Date: Saturday 26th July 2008
Venue: Iqra School Oxford, Lawn Upton House, David Nichols Close, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PU
There is no registration fee for this event
9.00 Door open
9.30 Morning Coffee Registration and issue of coupons for free lunch
10.00 Opening ceremony
- Welcome speech by Hamidi Abdul Rahman, President of Melayu UK
- Welcome speech by Dr H Ramzy, Iqra School Oxford
- Opening Speech by Mr Nazri Sulaiman, Director of Malaysian Students Department. London
10:45 Session 1: Hadhari Reflects: A model of development in Malaysia (Prof. Dr Sidek Baba)
12:15 Session 2: Agenda Pemerkasaan Pemikiran Umat Islam (Dato' Wan Muhammad Dato' Wan Abdul Aziz)
13.45 Lunch (for coupon holders only) and zuhur prayers
14:45 Session 3: Why Islam Hadhari Approach (Prof. Dr. Yusof Othman)
16:15 Tea break
16:30 Session 4: Civilisational Approach to Knowledge and Education (Prof Dr Sidek Baba)
18:30 Closing ceremony
Sehari Bersama Melayu UK & Wacana Kepimpinan (A day with Melayu UK & Intellectual Discourse on Leadership)
Date: Sunday 27th July 2008
Venue: Cheetham CE Community School, Halliwell Lane, Manchester M8 9FR
There is no registration fee for this event
The Manchester event consists of parallel sessions for adults and children.
9:00 Stalls open: sale of food, clothing etc
10.30 Registration and issue of coupons for free lunch
11:00 Opening ceremony - Welcome speech by Zurina Ali, Secretary of Melayu UK cum North West Representative - Introduction to Melayu UK
11:45 Session 1: Forum: Kualiti Kepimpinan Masa Depan Umat (Panel Speakers: Prof Dr Sidek Baba, Dato' Wan Muhammad, Ustaz Daud Norakit)
13.15 Lunch (coupon holders only) and zuhur prayers
14.30 Session 2: Leadership from Islamic Perspective (Prof Dr Yusof Othman)
16:00 Closing ceremony
Parallel sessions for children:
Activities throughout the day:
- face painting - arts and craft
- bouncy castle
Creche is available for children under 3 (by discretion of Melayu UK)
9.00 Sports, basketball coaching
11:00 Session for children age 6 - 10 (conducted by Helwa MCCH)
14.30 Motivation session for children Year 7 and above (conducted by Prof. Dr Sidek Baba)
16.00 Closing ceremony
Wacana Islam Hadhari is organised by Melayu UK and Malaysian Students Department London with collaboration from JAKIM, MISG-ABIM UK & EIRE and Grup Pengkaji Tamadun Dunia.
Insha'Allah Melayu UK will be organising/joint-organising the following events:
1. Wacana Islam Hadhari (26nd - 27th July 2008). This programme will be organised by Melayu UK and MSD London.
2. Girls Residential Summer Activity (27th July - 2nd August 2008). This is a subsidised event for girls age 14 to 19. Please contact Nabilah via email nabilah @ melayu.org.uk for more details.
3. BBQ day out at Platt Fields Park, Manchester (Early August 2008). This event is open to everyone regardless of whether they are Melayu UK members or not. Please contact Zurina, our Secretary cum North West Representative, via email zurina @ melayu.org.uk
4. A 2-day Islamic Medical Treatment clinic in Manchester (tentative mid July: date to be confirmed). Ustaz Trimizi from PISANG (Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group) will be conducting the clinic for those who need screening or follow-up treatment.
We are also very pleased that membership of Melayu UK continue to increase and many Malaysian students are also benefiting from joint Melayu UK and PISANG activities. While our focus membership is still resident Malays (UK permanent residents and citizens), we still welcome others to join and benefit from our activities.
With the Malaysian government planning to increase non-bumiputra scholarship allocation from 10 percent to 45 percent, we will also see that Malaysian Malay student population in the UK will eventually decrease. This may cause some of the existing small Malaysian Malay student communities or organisations to dissolved because of lack of membership. Some of the bigger Malaysian Malay students communities or organisations may also see their membership dwindled, making their exiting roles less effective or even unsustainable.
With the expected decline in the number of Malaysian Malay students in the UK, we would expect many of them would join Melayu UK activities. This inevitably will require Melayu UK to provide new roles, take over roles from dissolved Malaysian Malay organisations, and to organise more events at regional and national levels.
The number of resident Malays in the UK will continue to increase, especially those who were born in the UK. It has become an obligation for Melayu UK to nurture the young members from this category. The Girls Residential Summer Activity is one of our initiative to instil leadership skills amongst them. Insha'Allah next year we will be organising an equivalent Boys Summer Activity. By investing in our younger generation, we will ensure that Melayu UK will continue to expand and provide valuable services not only to the Malay community but also to the British public.
Melayu UK and PISANG (Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group) have jointly put effort in the Love Sufiah initiative with encouraging positive results. In addition to the Love Sufiah initiative, PISANG also held mobile clinics for screening and treatment of sihir and jinn disturbances in Bicester, Manchester (twice), Birmingham and Aberdeen. We apologise for the cancellation of the London clinic and also for not being able to meet requests from other areas.
Despite the strong support Melayu UK and PISANG have received, we are still facing a big deficit on the Love Sufiah initiative. Please donate generously for this good cause and help us balance our account.
6 Mei 2008
Kami amat kesal dengan kenyataan Mufti Perlis, Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, kerana membuat kenyataan melulu yang tidak sepatutnya dikeluarkan oleh seorang mufti.
Harian Metro keluaran hari Isnin 3 Mei 2008 melapurkan Dr Mohd Asri memperlekehkan kemampuan Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group (PISANG) dengan menggunakan ungkapan “dua tiga” hari berada di United Kingdom (UK). Kami ingin menegaskan bahawa PISANG bekerjasama dengan Melayu UK yang sudah lama bertapak di UK. PISANG bukanlah badan yang ditubuhkan di Malaysia tetapi ia adalah satu pertubuhan yang sekarang di dalam proses pendaftaran di UK. Saya, selaku Pengerusi PISANG telah menetap di UK selama 32 tahun. Oleh itu kami lebih mengetahui keadaan sebenar dan mampu bergerak secara professional di UK berbanding dengan pengalaman Dr Mohd Asri.
Dr Mohd Asri juga menyatakan yang beliau lebih berminat untuk mendengar apa yang dikatakan oleh persatuan Islam yang sudah lama bertapak di UK. Kami mencabar Dr Mohd Asri supaya menyatakan nama persatuan Islam yang mengambil berat hal Sufiah Yusof dan apa kenyataan serta tindakan yang mereka ambil. Dr Mohd Asri sepatutnya berusaha memperbaiki diri sendiri sebelum menyalahkan orang lain.
Hamidi Abdul Rahman
Presiden Melayu UK
24 April 2008
A delegation comprising of Ustaz Trimizi Zainal, Ustaz Hanafi Abdul Malek and Ms. Nor Azian Ab. Rahman, of Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group (PISANG), arrived in the UK on Tuesday 22nd April 2008. Their presence in the UK is to cooperate with Melayu UK in bringing back Sufiah Yusof to live a decent and respectful life. Ustaz Abdul Hadi Talhah, the fourth member of the delegation, will be arriving in 2 weeks time.
PISANG comprise of professionals in various disciplines geared to meet the challenges of promoting holistic Islamic treatment at the global arena. With a high success rate in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, Sufiah’s issue has attracted the interest of the group.
We are very concerned with the involvement of Sufiah in immoral activities, which we believe is caused by complex external and internal factors. By taking a pro-active action in Sufiah’s case, we hope to protect the dignity of a woman, a Malay and a genius. We do not want a repetition of similar cases either in the UK or anywhere in the world.
The team working for Sufiah’s case comprise of the following members:
Chairman: Hamidi Abdul Rahman
Deputy Chairman: Ustaz Trimizi Zainal (over 5 years experience in Islamic medical treatment at international level)
Secretary: Ms. Nor Azian Ab. Rahman
Director of Planning & Strategy: Ustaz Hanafi Abdul Malek (over 10 years experience in Islamic medical treatment and rehabilitation of those with social illnesses)
Director of Rehabilitation & Treatment: Ustaz Abdul Hadi Talhah (Chairman of Darul Salam Islamic Medical Treatment Centre, Malaysia, with over 10 years experience)
Hamidi Abdul Rahman
Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group
Three decades ago Islamic banking does not exist and banking without interest was confined to theoretical ideas on paper. The world, including the majority of Muslims, was sceptical that Islamic banking was feasible. The proponents of Islamic banking then had a tough time answering criticisms from the opponents. Now Islamic banking has become a reality and big conventional banks e.g. HSBC and Lloyds TSB sell Islamic banking products alongside their conventional products. The voice of criticism is no longer heard.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industry and consumers go to various extent to stay healthy, experimenting with various alternative methods, drugs and food supplements even though their effectiveness are still being debated. This is because hospital treatment alone does not give a complete answer to one’s health. Furthermore, western medical practice does not give answers to all types of diseases.
There is one aspect of Islamic medical treatment which considers metaphysics factors (e.g. Jinn and black magic) as the cause of some diseases which can cause physical bodily harm or psychological or paranormal changes in human behaviour. Just like Islamic banking concepts had faced stiff criticism from sceptics, this section of Islamic medical treatment will face strong criticism from opponents. This section of Islamic medical treatment takes into account metaphysical factors as the cause of some diseases, challenging the theory of modern medicine which denies the existence of metaphysics-being such as Jinn.
Critics will view the proponents of Islamic medical treatment as people who live in the past and those who have not kept up with progress of the 21st century. Their rejection is motivated by pre-conceived ideas, not by sound debate on the subject. In the past, proponents of Islamic medical treatment were handicapped simply because they cannot reach a large audience to convey their arguments. This has been caused primarily by their weaknesses in English and lack of medium to convey their argument. The popularity of internet technology and the presence of many English-speaking proponents will now allow the debate of Islamic medical treatment to be heard around the globe.
It took three decades for Islamic banking to establish itself as a viable alternative to conventional banking. It is not unreasonable to say that three decades from now, we will most likely see Islamic medical practice establishing itself as a viable alternative to modern medicine on certain diseases. Just like we now have a conventional and Islamic counter at leading banks, it is not absurd to visualise a “normal disease” counter and a “paranormal disease” counter at hospitals in the future.
A wide range of changes can happen in the future. Health insurance in the future may cover treatment using Islamic medical practice. With mobile internet gaining even higher bandwidth, Islamic medical practitioners will use mobile phone video-streaming technology for remote consultation and remote treatment. Mobile phone users will also start downloading Islamic medication verses in addition to their favourite ring-tones.
Many non-Muslims are now using Islamic banking and we can also expect many non-Muslims to resort to Islamic medical practice in the future. With intellectual debates, academic publications and R&D on Islamic medical treatment on the way, critics of Islamic medical treatment will soon be on the defensive. Just like the case of Islamic banking, these critics of Islamic medical practice will be silenced eventually.
Before the PC was invented, we only knew viruses as micro-organisms that cause harm to our body. When the term virus was first applied in the 1980's to refer to a harmful piece of software that replicates from PC to PC, many people were amused. One company even came out with an anti-virus software called "Vaccine" and that added to the amusement.
After about 2 decades later, computer viruses are now a real threat and we no longer treat them with amusement. Despite the introduction of new cyber laws to eradicate new threats in cyberspace, there is still no sign that cyber criminals are giving up. Our PCs may look healthy, but we never know if they are affected by viruses until we suspect something and start scanning using anti-virus software.
Apply the same situation with one of the oldest crime in human history i.e. sihir. Unlike new threats in cyberspace which gets new cyber laws to incriminate cyber criminals, sihir criminals are free to practice and spread their crimes due to the absence of sihir laws or "metaphysics-space" laws. There are even allegations that politicians resort to bomohs (for the casting of sihir spells on their opponents) instead of relying on the ballot box. The threat is real and we never know if any of the top politicians have been infected by sihir until we scan them using anti-sihir "software".
Our body may look healthy, just like our PC may look healthy, but we never know if we have been infected by virus ... oops sihir. Ustaz Trimizi will arrive in the UK sometime next week and will be around for about 1 month Insha'Allah. Those who suspect they have been infected by sihir or jinn, can contact Melayu UK for an appointment with Ustaz Trimizi. We have already received several requests and we would like to create a treatment schedule so as not to disrupt the main objective of Ustaz Trimizi's presence in the UK.
SUFIAH YUSOF’S CONFESSION : MELAYU UK CHALLENGES NEWS OF THE WORLD
11 April 2008
Melayu UK is very concerned with the reporting by News Of the World on 6th April 2008 which gives an impression that Sufiah Yusof, the Maths prodigy, is happy with her new job as an escort. Melayu UK rejects her confession as the true and honest story of herself. We are not disputing that Sufiah did not say what were reported. We are also not disputing the accuracy of reporting by News Of The World. What is disputed is the accuracy of the confession, which we believe was not sincere and may have been influenced by other circumstantial factors.
News of The World reported on 30th March 2008 that Sufiah lived in a “dingy back street flat”, “sad little flat”, use “cheap portable stereo”, “nervously stripping down to her red lace bra and knickers” and “works alone from her flat without any obvious physical security or protection”.
In just about a week later, the sad condition of Sufiah suddenly changed to a happy and glamorous Sufiah who said “happy doing what I do”, “My clients treat me like a princess”, “my escort work provides me with a fabulous life”, and “sees between five and ten men each week”.
Based on just £130 per session and 5 clients per week, Sufiah would have earned at least £10,400 for the 4-month period since she left her £16,000 per year job. She would have been able to clear her £3500 debts, afford to replace her cheap stereo and would probably be living in a more upmarket flat. At 10 clients per week and with many generous clients, she would have been living in a better condition.
We strongly believe that Sufiah is still crying for help, is not enjoying her escort work and is trying to find a way out of her misery. We would like to challenge News Of The World to contact Sufiah and convince her to undergo a holistic Islamic medical treatment by our team for a period of one month. The treatment can be done at an undisclosed location only known to the members of our team and News Of The World.
News Of The World had been able to persuade Sufiah to take off her clothes, and it is time for News Of the World to level the playing ground by convincing Sufiah to meet us. After the treatment period, we would like Sufiah to make a press conference to let the world know her story. We strongly believe that Sufiah will contradict her confession as reported by News Of The World.
Hamidi Abdul Rahman
President, Melayu UK
Melayu UK is NOT an organisation exclusive to Malaysians in the UK. Our members comprise of Malaysians, Indonesians, Singaporeans and of course British citizens. It is therefore natural for us to be concerned about matters that affect our community.
It is understandable if some people or some organisations in Malaysia or even the Malaysian government want to abandon helping Sufiah. They may have other priorities to concentrate on or because public opinion is not in favour of helping a non-Malaysian.
Sufiah is part of the Melayu UK community and we will still carry on trying to help her. She is just one of the many people who has cried for help and we still believe is crying for help despite the glossy image portrayed by the News of The World. We have not got the chance to interview her. If we have this chance, the darker side of her story may appear. It is best not to make any conclusion based of reports by the News of The World alone.
Even if we believe that she is doing the evil wrong-doings on her own free will, we will still have to help her get out of the vice activities she has been involved in. Asking Melayu UK to abandon helping Sufiah is like asking us to approve prostitution or like asking the Malaysian government to do nothing to eradicate prostitution.
There are many people in Kuala Lumpur who chose to be prostitutes and are happy to be prostitutes. What would be our reaction? Leave them alone simply because they are happy with their lives? Of course we will want something to be done to help those people get out of prostitution.
The Malaysian government can of course do something using taxpayers money so solve problems is Malaysia. In contrast, Melayu UK tries to help members of our community with no financial resources. We accept that Malaysian taxpayers money should not be used to help Sufiah. However there is nothing to stop the Malaysian public, including politicians to dig their pockets for this good cause.
Helping someone in need should not be restricted to those living in one's country only. When Acheh was hit by tsunami, the whole world felt the pain and contributed without even questioning whether those people were Malaysians or British or whatever nationality. Similarly if there is an effort to help Sufiah, we should also feel the pain and contribute financially without putting nationality as a condition for helping her. If Sufiah can be saved by collective effort, we will be giving hope to those who are currently crying for help or those who will be crying for help in the future.
The Love Sufiah programme will still go on regardless of any negative media coverage on Sufiah. We hope members of the public will assist Melayu UK Love Sufiah programme by making financial contribution to enable us to make significant impact on our community.