Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) had successfully organised a two-day Seminar Dakwah Nasional (National Islamic Missionary Movements Seminar) on October 8 and 9, 2012 at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), in Kuala Lumpur.
The seminar was officiated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd Yassin on October 8, 2012 .
At the event, YAB Tan Sri Haji Muhyiddin launched three new books, Falsafah Agama John Hick, Pluralisme Agama: Satu Gerakan Iblis Memurtadkan Ummah and Pluralisme Agama di Alam Melayu.
The speakers were:
Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady
Wan Adli Wan Ramli
Dr. Amran Muhammad
Prof. Dato’ Dr Sidek Baba
Ir. Dr. Muhamad Fuad Yeoh Abdullah
Professor Dato’ Paduka Mohamad Abu Bakar
Sdr. A Karim Omar
Profesor Datuk Dr. Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar
Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad
YB Ustaz Nasharuddin Mat Isa
Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady presenting his papers during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at the Dewan Merdeka, PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, October 8, 2012.
I met Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady, Wan Adli Wan Ramli, Dr. Amran Muhammad, Prof. Dato’ Dr Sidek Baba, Ir. Dr. Muhamad Fuad Yeoh Abdullah, Professor Dato’ Paduka Mohamad Abu Bakar, Profesor Datuk Dr. Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar, Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad, YB Ustaz Nasharuddin Mat Isa, Atuk Mansor, Atuk Rahim, Abang Nazri, Abang Amnan, Abang Aiman, Abang Amar, Kak Aishah, Umi Wan, Umi Ila, Nenek Ummi, Pak Cik Amin, Pak Cik Burhan, YAB Tan Sri Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd Yassin, Tok Mad, Uncle Rameli Musa, Uncle Ustaz Ismail Mina bin Ahmad, Uncle Mustafar Kamil, Khairy Jamaluddin’sMother, and other wonderful people who attended the seminar.
I also joined the Qasidah presentation together with the students of Darul Quran.
The Qasidah presentation by the students of Darul Quran. I sat at the left.
I joined the group of VIPs to a special room where Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin met Dr. Aiman Zaidan from the Al-Quds Foundation, Beirut.
I was very lucky to be able to snap the above photo of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin receiving a souvenir which was a gift from Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.
This is the biggest seminar ever organised by MUAFAKAT.
More than 1200 people attended the seminar until we ran out of seats and had to open the seats on the upper floor.
After the end of the seminar on the first day, I was interviewed by TV AlHijrah.
And when the interview was over, I was chased by groups of abangs and kakaks from UPSI to talk and snap photos with me.
That was really fun 🙂
But it was hard work too and we had so much work to do.
I tried to help as much as I could since the day before the seminar.
I helped to usher people to the registration tables and to the seminar hall on the first and the second day of the seminar.
I also helped Abang Aiman to send an important note to the moderator during the seminar.
Because I’m the youngest and the smallest volunteer, I was always assigned to go up on stage to send notes or others to the penal of speakers during programs and seminars.
But the best part was during the rehearsal on the night before the program when my role was to be the Deputy Prime Minister.
[BERNAMA}- The Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, likened the act of desecrating the Jalur Gemilang, which is one of the national symbols, as an attack on the nation’s sovereignty.
“Whatever our political or ideological differences, our national symbols belong to all citizens.
“By allowing these symbols to be trashed, we are opening ourselves up to a host of consequences, including the possibility of inflaming passions, inviting tit-for-tat retaliation and so forth.
“Hate and anger are some of the most powerful human emotions. When they take hold of society, they are difficult, and oftentimes impossible, to control.
“Our national symbols should therefore be placed above the political fray,” he said when launching the Malaysia Brand Forum 2012, here on Thursday.
Raja Nazrin said the act of desecrating a flag was more than one individual’s statement of disrespect and criticism.
“The act is deliberately designed to insult what many others treasure and consider a source of pride and joy.
“Whatever one may think of the rights of individuals to express themselves, the larger consequences of their actions cannot and should not be ignored,” he said.
Raja Nazrin said some countries had enacted specific laws to protect their national symbols, including Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland, with specific penalties for the desecration of their national flags.
Raja Nazrin also expressed concern over the tendency of some quarters to discredit and undermine the national symbols that play such an important role in Malaysian national life.
“I am also concerned about the extent to which some are pushing against the institutional pillars that are holding up this nation.”
He said there were at least two reasons why this might be the case.
One is a fundamental misunderstanding of how individual rights and freedoms are to be exercised within the context of a nation.
The other is the impact of generational change in eroding the significance, meanings and value of nation building and its symbols.
Raja Nazrin said human beings had always craved for freedom, however, “if boundaries are disregarded in the exercise of individual freedoms, we will end up weakening rather than strengthening the bonds that bind us as a nation. We need to instil in our young a sense of responsibility and community”.
As with generational change, he said: “With each passing generation, people become less familiar with the circumstances around which this country was formed and built. That is why I cannot over-emphasise enough the need for both well-thought and well-taught history in our schools.
“In this way, our students can better appreciate and respect the national institutions and symbols around us. This appreciation and respect are clearly missing when national symbols are deliberately desecrated.” – Bernama