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The Most Important Malay Movements You’ve Never Heard Of

Could movements like Abim and Ikram be the key to Malaysian unity?

IT’S probably a safe bet to say anywhere from 50% to 90% of non-Malays have either never heard of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) or Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (Ikram), or are generally unfamiliar with what they stand for.

Both organisations have some roots in the Islamic revivalism that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s

Abim is a youth based organisation established in 1971. PKR president Anwar Ibrahim is perhaps the most well known of the many figures that have emerged from the ranks of Abim, which was the platform that arguably launched his public profile as a leader.

Ikram is a consolidation of education and humanitarian NGOs that began with and were affiliated with Jamaah Islah Malaysia, which was established in 1990 and streamlined into Ikram in 2009.

Both Abim and Ikram share a number of similarities. Both were established to promote Islamic revivalism, and both have a strong, active grassroots network engaged in improving the day to day lives of Malaysians on the ground.

Perhaps most importantly, both have publicly and consistently been taking moderate, progressive positions.

Being part of a number of non-Malay/Muslim WhatsApp groups, I remain completely convinced that Islamaphobia is a very real thing. Similarly, my Malay Muslim friends tell me that they receive similar anti non-Malay/Muslim content all the time. This is all part of a global trend of increasing xenophobia all around.

On the subject of increasing Islamisation in Malaysia, I take the likely unpopular view (for people of my background anyway), that the more genuinely Islamic our government, the better.

Note: genuinely.

I feel there is little value in dressing up our institutions with the outward trappings of religion, unless it is accompanied by the true values and principles that said religion preaches.

In that vein, I feel that the more genuinely Muslim a leader is, the more likely that leader will walk the straight and narrow path of integrity.

I would be more than happy with a staunch and pious Muslim at the helm of a government, because such a leader fears God above all else.

Fearing God means that a truly Muslim leader would be truly convinced that he or she is being constantly watched and judged at every second by an omniscient and omnipotent divine being, and is constantly conscious that the fires of hell (literally) await those who betray the trust of the people.

There is no bigger incentive that the rest of us, as mere mortals, can give to such a leader in order to ensure honest and compassionate governance.

If we can therefore accept that the proliferation of genuine Islamic values and principles could be a positive thing for the government and for Malaysia, perhaps we are step closer to being more open minded about movements that some would label “Islamist”, including organisations like Abim and Ikram.

By now, we are all too familiar with the somewhat more divisive and exclusionist narratives of Isma, Umno, and today’s PAS, among others.

Those few who take the opportunity to actually listen to the things that Abim and Ikram say (and to Malays notably, not just to non-Malay crowds) may be surprised to find a completely different narrative emerging from these two Islamist movements.

From Ikram, I recall in particular statements about the recognition of the UEC, and the buy Muslim first campaign.

The official statement on the UEC reflected serious efforts to reach out to Chinese educationists in order to understand the UEC from head to toe before making wild and inflammatory statements. It was ultimately more balanced, and more reconciliatory than almost anything I have seen emerge from a Malay majority organisation.

With regards to the buy Muslim first campaign, Ikram Youth leader Hafiz Abd Hamid wrote that that buying Muslim first was fine, but that boycotting products from other races and religions was something that was negative and ultimately unhelpful to Malaysia on multiple levels.

Abim took a similar position, stating that they support buying Muslim products, but were against boycotting non-Muslim products.

In the aftermath of the Icerd fiasco, then Abim secretary general Faisal Aziz (now Abim president) took the more middle ground position that despite rejecting Icerd, the government should incorporate some elements from Icerd into a new law against discrimination that were in line with the Federal Constitution.

Where outreach is concerned, Ikram is a key member of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM), a unique coalition consisting of NGOs that represent a wide range of communities on the ethnoreligious spectrum. This is in line with Ikram’s emphasis on the concept of Negara Rahmah - a nation based on compassion and benevolence.

Abim meanwhile organised a large event in Bangi last week, called Seminar Bangsa Malaysia. The term ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ is itself controversial in the Malay community. Many might say that the concept represents an erosion of ‘Bangsa Melayu’.

Nonetheless, Abim forged bravely ahead. Listening to the speeches of their leaders all morning that Saturday, it was clear that their approach to Islam and leadership was one that emphasised the spirit of inclusiveness and openness towards non-Malays and non-Muslims.

Alongside recognising and being committed to defending all existing provisions regarding Islam and the Malays, this approach recognised the contributions of non-Malays and stated clearly a willingness to work together not for the benefit or detriment of any one race, but for the betterment of all.

Both Abim and Ikram have taken very clear and public (if not always well publicised) positions that emphasise a rejection of the politics of division, in lieu of a recognition that we are all in the same boat, and need to find a way to replace mistrust with empathy and mutual understanding.

On a more practical level, the significance of this is the demographic that these organisations represent.

We have seen more than a handful of very liberal and progressive Malays, whose aggressive and bold positions have made them the darlings of non-Malays throughout the country.

The only “problem” is, such figures (while undoubtedly true Malays, and very nice people) seldom represent or appeal to the wider Malay demographic – and certainly nowhere on the scale at which grassroots organisations like Abim and Ikram do.

This makes them uniquely positioned to provide an important contrasting narrative to the one in which ultras on both side of the divide seem intent on fanning flames and letting the social fabric of Malaysia burn down all around us.

God knows we’ve had enough of that. It’s time for leaders with credible credentials and values steeped in compassion and mutual respect to come to the fore.

Nathaniel Tan is a strategic communications consultant who specialises in identifying the right goals, and the right tools for achieving that job. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sources:- https://www.thestar.com.my

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People’s Republic of China Must Stop All Attrocities Against Muslim Uyghurs In Xinjiang.

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) urges the People's Republic of China to immediately release all Uyghur Muslims from detention camps in Xinjiang province. ABIM also calls for all detention centres and camps to be closed immediately. This call is made in conjunction with the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 2019.

It was also on October 1, 1949 that East Turkestan was incorporated into China and renamed Xinjiang. The ongoing humanitarian tragedy of the Uyghur minority Muslims is already widely known throughout the world. ABIM considers the revelations and disclosures in the various forms of testimony and evidence have seriously undermined the international community’s confidence in the government of the People's Republic of China concerning human rights.

The atrocities committed against the Uyghur ethnic groups in the detention camps go beyond the norms of humanity and result in psychological stress, depression, and trauma among these ethnic people.

To this day, Uyghur communities outside of China are still being denied access to information and blocked from communication which have left them separated from millions of their family members in Xinjiang.

These Uyghur communities have also been denied the right as citizens from possessing passports that would allow them to travel freely including returning home legally. As a major force expanding its influence internationally, the actions of the Government of the People's Republic of China are contrary to fundamental values of human rights held by the universal community. The international community is also keeping abreast of developments in Hong Kong.

The world is observing every policy implemented by the government of the People's Republic of China in both regions. ABIM fears that every move by the Chinese government is a reflection of the policies and values that the country wants to address as a new universal reference norm.

On that basis, ABIM urges Malaysians and the world community to reject any form of normalization that seeks to justify the inhumanity of the Government of the People's Republic of China in particular to its mistreatment of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

ABIM strongly implores the Malaysian government and the Muslim world to continue to increase political pressure so that atrocities on the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang shall be ceased and their release from detention camps be achieved.

The millions of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic groups should have the right to live freely as dignified people as any other citizen in the People’s Republic of China.

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, Secretary General, Muslim Youth Movesment of Malaysia (ABIM).

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Naib Presiden Helwa ABIM Jadi Panel Penasihat Isu-Isu Semasa Wanita Islam.

11hb September 2019 (Rabu): Alhamdulillah, Puan Nor Azura Kamarudin Sohami, Naib Presiden ABIM (HELWA) telah menerima Surat Perlantikan sebagai Panel Isu-Isu Semasa Wanita Islam (PISWI) daripada YB Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Agama), Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof.

Majlis berlangsung di Kompleks Islam Putrajaya, dan turut dihadiri oleh YB Timbalan Menteri di JPM, Puan Hajah Fuziah Salleh dan ketua-ketua agensi di bawah Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Agama). PISWI lantikan 2019-2021 yang diketuai oleh Prof Dr Sharifah Hayati akan menasihati YB Menteri Agama dan JAKIM dalam isu berkaitan wanita Islam di Malaysia.

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Modul Diriku Permata Berharga Isi Slot Sempena Konvensyen Inspirasi Wanita.

25hb Ogos 2019 (Ahad): Alhamdulillah, sempena Konvensyen Inspirasi Wanita, Penolong Setiausaha Kewangan ABIM, Puan Maria Kamel telah diundang untuk mengisi Bengkel #DERMAGA - Diriku Permata Berharga - Pendidikan kesihatan reproduktif versi remaja. Program anjuran Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM) ini berlangsung di Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Kuala Lumpur. sesi ringkas bengkel #DERMAGA - Diriku Permata Berharga - Pendidikan kesihatan reproduktif versi remaja.

Persoalan masih berkisar dari usia berapa sesuai mendidik anak-anak tentang pendidikan reproduktif, maksud pendidikan seks-pendidikan seksualiti-pendidikan reproduktif, tentang STD-STI, tentang abstinen dan kembali semula kepada taboo masyarakat yang masih belum bersedia menerima isu ini sebagai satu pendidikan kepada anak-anak.

DERMAGA serta Tunas Dermaga adalah pakej pendidikan pencegahan (abstinen) bagi membekalkan remaja dan kanak-kanak dengan kaedah mengelakkan diri setelah mengenal pasti tingkah laku berisiko atas sebab diri atau orang lain yang boleh mengundang risiko keselamatan atau maruah diri.

Modul kedua-dua program tersebut meliputi pendidikan kesihatan reproduktif yang dirangka untuk turut meliputi keperluan pendidikan dan pencegahan - 'informal social control' melalui perkongsian dan pesan yang lebih dekat dan sesuai dengan golongan remaja.  Untuk makluman lanjut mengenai Dermaga serta Tunas Dermaga boleh dibuat dengan menghubungi 03-4108 4500 serta emelkan kepada This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Consistency key to maintaining racial unity, says Abim

KUALA LUMPUR: An Islamic NGO said race and religious relations can be improved if there is consistency of action by the government and civil societies. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) secretary-general Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said all parties should speak up over contentious issues.

“If someone spreads hate speech by slamming a certain religion, we must all come together to fight against it regardless of the racial or religious background of that person,” he said.

Faisal said the government should emp ower and give space to civil societies to voice out in public and advocate on issues touching on the fundamental rights of citizens regardless of their background. He said this initiative – through all media channels available – should start from the grassroots level and that the government should lead the effort.

Faisal was speaking on the sidelines of a forum on “Aspirations of Malaysia: Realty and the Way Forward” here. Giving the campaign to boycott non-Muslim-made products as an example, Faisal said: “If everyone stands firm with the notion of prospering the Malaysian economy together, this shouldn’t be a big issue.”

He said the way to seek amicable solutions to issues was to “open the door for discussion”. Listening to each other’s concerns and collectively evaluating these concerns based on the “consistent stance” adopted would help resolve issues, he said. Free Malaysia Today.

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Helwa ABIM Gesa Jaminan Keselamatan Kanak-Kanak Dan Masyarakat Terhadap Isu Pedofilia

Bahagian Hal Ehwal Wanita (HELWA) ABIM menyambut baik kenyataan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail untuk mengemaskini pendaftaran pesalah pedofilia. HELWA ABIM merujuk kepada kebimbangan masyarakat berkenaan seorang bekas pesalah pedofilia, yang dilaporkan sedang melanjutkan pelajaran di sebuah IPT tempatan.

Pesalah tersebut dilaporkan telah disabitkan dengan jenayah tersebut ketika berada di luar negara pada tahun 2015 sebelum sistem pendaftaran tersebut diwujudkan di negara ini.

Justeru langkah-langkah proaktif seharusnya dilakukan oleh pihak berwajib termasuklah pihak ibu bapa, masyarakat dan kerajaan kerana keselamatan dan perlindungan kanak-kanak seharusnya menjadi tanggungjawab dan keutamaan masyarakat Malaysia.

Umum mengetahui pemulihan sepenuhnya bagi seorang pesalah pedofilia tidak mudah serta memerlukan jangka masa yang panjang. Ia memerlukan proses pemulihan yang konsisten dan pemantauan berterusan daripada pihak berkuasa.

Maka, susulan daripada kes tersebut HELWA ABIM menggesa pihak-pihak berkaitan mengambil tanggungjawab yang sewajarnya mengatasi masalah tersebut untuk keselamatan kanak-kanak dan meredakan kebimbangan dalam kalangan ibu bapa serta masyarakat keseluruhannya :

1. Pihak IPT berkenaan dan KPM dengan kerjasama pihak keluarga perlu memastikan beliau menerima rawatan pemulihan seperti kaunseling, terapi dan rawatan klinikal bagi memastikan beliau pulih sepenuhnya. Pendekatan ini perlu diluaskan kepada semua pesalah pedofilia yang didaftarkan.

2. Pihak Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dan Suruhanjaya Komunikasi & Multimedia (SKMM) perlu melakukan pengawasan yang berkesan kepada mana-mana pesalah pedofilia khususnya membabitkan interaksi mereka dengan kanak-kanak; bagi memastikan keselamatan kanak-kanak dalam apa jua keadaan, termasuklah secara fizikal mahupun maya serta akses kepada bahan-bahan pornografi kanak-kanak yang berkaitan.

3. KPWKM mesti memastikan beliau dimasukkan ke dalam daftar pesalah jenayah pedofilia dan segala langkah pencegahan dan gerakan kesedaran masyarakat terhadap isu pedofilia dan keselamatan kanak-kanak mesti dioptimumkan.

4. Ibu bapa dan masyarakat umum mesti bertanggungjawab dalam memberi perlindungan dan memantau keselamatan anak-anak secara fizikal mahupun maya. HELWA ABIM turut mengharapkan agar Pesuruhjaya Kanak-Kanak yang baru dilantik oleh kerajaan, Prof Datuk Noor Aziah Mohd Awal dapat berperanan secara proaktif dan holistik dengan memahami kerisauan masyarakat tentang perkara ini.

Helwa ABIM mengharapkan pihak berkuasa dapat mengemaskini maklumat yang lengkap bagi menjelaskan isu ini kepada masyarakat. Makluman terkini yang komprehensif dan jaminan keselamatan dapat membantu mengurangkan kebimbangan sekaligus meningkatkan keyakinan masyarakat terhadap pihak berwajib.

Nor Azura Kamarudin Sohami Naib Presiden ABIM (HELWA)

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Wanita & Naluri Kemanusiaan Di Lapangan Umat. Featured

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Wanita & Naluri Kemanusiaan Di Lapangan Umat.

Ada ketika rasa tidak berdaya bila teringat saudara-saudara yang sedang diuji di luar sana. Kosong. Buntu.

Tangan-tangan besar yang sepatutnya segera membuat keputusan dan halangan dari berlakunya banyak tragedi berdarah, tidak kelihatan pengaruh dan kuasanya. Rundingan, dialog, atau apa sahaja tidak langsung membawa kepada sebarang penyelesaian.

Kalau adapun, barangkali usaha sesebuah negara membentuk polisi atau namakan apa sahaja semata-mata bagi membuka jalan atau memberi ruang menghulur bantuan buat mangsa yang tertindas.

Palestin masih dijajah dan terus dibunuh jiwa dan hatinya oleh rejim Yahudi Israel yang 'laknat'. Serangan demi serangan, kematian demi kematian telah mematikan rasa kemanusiaan orang-orang jahat ini.

Bangsa Uighur terus ditindas dan dimusnahkan identitinya oleh rejim Komunis China. Malah diprogramkan pemikirannya melalui pusat-pusat tahanan khas buat mereka. Bangsa Rohingya dinafikan dan dilenyapkan kewujudannya. Malah terpaksa 'menumpang' di negara-negara yang bukan negara kelahiran mereka! Belum lagi kisah di Syria, di Yaman dan beberapa negara lain.

Di Kashmir, tindakan melampau Kerajaan India tidak jauh beza teruknya. Tindakan menghapuskan status khas wilayah Kashmir benar-benar menguji kesabaran. Biarlah bertentangan sekalipun dengan resolusi PBB atau mana-mana kuasa besar, namun tidak langsung menggetarkan Kerajaan India untuk melakukan yang sama atau mungkin lebih teruk dari apa yang dilakukan oleh rejim Israel terhadap Palestin.

Dinafikan hak bersuara, dimatikan segala bentuk dan cara komunikasi; internet, telefon dsb. Tidak tahu siapa yang masih hidup atau ada yang sudah menjadi mangsa kekejaman sebegini. Gelisah hati saudara-mara yang berada di luar Kashmir hanya Tuhan yang tahu.

Orang awam. Wanita. Kanak-kanak. Semuanya menjadi mangsa rakus serakah watak-watak jahat. Satu lagi episod jenayah kemanusiaan melampau Kita perlu tahu, mereka semua sedang bangkit dan berjuang. Mereka semua sedang berkorban. Demi maruah diri, maruah bangsa, maruah negara. Namun tidak cukup hanya tahu. Pesan teman seperjuangan, jangan pernah lupakan mereka dalam setiap doa kita sangat mendalam. Sangat sayu.

Cerdas emosinya. Tinggi pengorbanannya. Tabah dan kuat hatinya. Sabar dirinya. Jiwa dan raga taruhan risikonya. Duka dan lara dirasainya. Semuanya dialami ketika berada dalam lapangan. Lapangan krisis. Lapangan konflik. Lapangan bantuan kemanusian.

Kita tidak mampu membantu secara fizikal atau berjuang mengangkat senjata membantu mereka. Namun paling tidak marilah kita mendoakan keselamatan mereka. Ambillah dan korbankan sedikit masa kita, kirimkan doa-doa yang baik buat mereka.

Ada untungnya kelebihan emosi bagi seorang wanita. Kata penulis buku Peranan Wanita dalam Khidmat Masyarakat, Dr. Layth Su'ud Jasim, emosi wanitalah yang akan mendekatkan dirinya kepada Tuhannya. Dari emosi yang terdidik lahirnya keprihatinan dan kasih sayang yang mendalam dan menterjemah kepada amalan kebajikan di lapangan.

Datangnya kadangkala paling awal, dan pulangnya kadangkala paling akhir. Penglibatannya kadangkala hanya mengutip sumbangan tabung kemanusiaan; Kadangkala berhimpun menyatakan dokongan dan sokongan; dan kalau ada rezekinya, kadangkala boleh sampai ke sempadan lapangan.

World Humanitarian Day didedikasikan khusus buat semua petugas lapangan wanita yang sedaya upaya membangun semula masyarakatnya atau masyarakat tertindas yang dekat dengan hatinya.

"From supporting civilians caught up in crisis to addressing disease outbreaks, women humanitarians are on the front lines." — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

Disediakan Oleh: Puan Maria Kamel, Exco Global Peace Mission Malaysia (GPM).

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Berita ABIM

Kerajaan Perlu Ambil
Jaringan NGO Pelbagai Agama Menangani Isu Perubahan Iklim – Malaysian Climate Change Interfaith ...
Muktamar ABIM Dalam
  26hb Disember 2020 (Sabtu): Alhamdulillah, ABIM Pusat mengucapkan penghargaan yang tidak ...
ABIM Serah Dana RM10,000
    3hb Disember 2020 (Khamis): Alhamdulillah, Angkatan Belia Islam ...

ABIM Negeri

Kerajaan Perlu Ambil
Jaringan NGO Pelbagai Agama Menangani Isu Perubahan Iklim – Malaysian Climate Change Interfaith ...
Muktamar ABIM Dalam
  26hb Disember 2020 (Sabtu): Alhamdulillah, ABIM Pusat mengucapkan penghargaan yang tidak ...
ABIM Serah Dana RM10,000
    3hb Disember 2020 (Khamis): Alhamdulillah, Angkatan Belia Islam ...
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