The Melayu UK Hari Raya Party in Bicester, Oxfordshire on 6th November 2005 attracted more members than we anticipated. The excitement even started many days before the celebration, with volunteers from various localities busy planning and preparing for the event. The results: a really wonderful and cheerful Hari Raya party that gets better every year.
Thank you to all the volunteers, without them the party would not have been successful. The same goes to all those who came and celebrated Hari Raya.
A team of teenagers from Remaja MISG-ABIM entertained the crowd with 3 Malay nashids. Later on, all the little children had a go with a nashid performance after an impromptu practice of the nashid "Your Mother" by Rashid Bhika.
Professor Tomizawa Hisao, professor of Cultural Anthropology from the University of Tokyo, visited the president to find out more about Melayu UK and the diaspora of Malays in UK.
Prof. Tomizawa who was in Oxford for a conferen
The president who has a meeting with KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden, also visited Prof . Salleh Yaapar. Prof. Salleh is the European Chair of Malay Studies and currently is at the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden.
We condemn the terrorist bombings of London on 7 July 2005 in the strongest possible term. The targeting and killing of innocent civilians has no place in civil society and is against the teachings of Islam. Our deepest thoughts are with those who have been killed and injured and we express our condolences to their families.
Perhimpunan Keluarga 2005 held on Sunday 29th May was a great success. The turnout was very good and the weather was excellent. The scout camp was also a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the woods.
Everybody enjoyed the day despite the men losing to the ladies in the tug-o-war, not once but twice. The children were also very excited with the various activities e.g. archery, air-rifle shooting, obstacle course, abseiling and even football.
The talk given by Dr. Muhammad Nur Manuty entitled "How Islam Influenced the Malay Culture" was also very interesting that we had to limit the number of questions due to a shortage of time. After all the fun, the environment was a bit quieter when everybody were busy eating the plentiful barbecued chicken.
The president visited Faith Regen UK in London to learn more about their work and experiences. Faith Regen focus on faith-based regeneration of inner cities. This is a departure from the traditional regeneration programme where the bulk of the emphasis is put on bricks and mortar, and very little on the human factor.
Alhamdulillah the regional Eid Party for South East England held on 20th November 2004 went very well. We would like to thank all those who came to the party and made the day a very enjoyable one. Truly, we deserve the enjoyment as what has been said by our invited speaker Dr. Basil Mustaffa from the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. We are grateful to Dr. Basil for delivering an exciting talk that is beneficial to adults and as well as children.
Insha'Allah Melayu UK will provide a zakat collection service soon. Members will be able to pay their zakat (e.g. fitrah, wealth, income, business, qadha etc) via cheque or direct payment into dedicated bank account.
The president paid a visit to the Sekretariat Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam in Melaka. In the meeting with the CEO, Tuan Haji Ameer, discussed many issues on possible collaboration between Melayu UK and SDMDI.
The president attended the Annual Rasool Mowlood in London today. The Sri Lanka Malays in the UK have been a well organised community for many years and are mainly concentrated in London. The Malays who settled in Sri Lanka are now known as Sri Lanka Malays. Likewise, the Malays who settle in the UK will eventually be known as the UK Malays or Melayu UK... in fact they should start calling themselves Melayu UK.