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Two demonstrations were held in Kuala Lumpur today over India's withdrawal of autonomy for Kashmir and flooding of the region with military personnel. A demonstration involving some 100 people at Masjid Negara after Friday prayers saw protesters chanting "Hidup Kashmir" (long live Kashmir) and calling for the removal of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Protest leader and Muslim Youth Movement (Abim) president Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim urged Parliament to speak up against the persecution of Muslims in Kashmir. "Why are our MPs keeping quiet? Even MPs in UK are protesting against what is happening in Kashmir," he told the press.

Abim, in representing 40 NGOs, later submitted a protest note to the Indian High Commission. Across town, another group of 20 protesters gathered in front of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy to protest against the country's decision to grant its highest award - Order of Zayed - to Modi.

Protest leader and president of Ikatan Rakyat Muslim Malaysia (Irimm) Amir Amsaa Alla Pitcay said Malaysians were concerned about the possibility of Kashmir becoming "another Palestine". The protesters had attempted to submit a protest note signed by 42 organisations to the embassy, but were not entertained by any of the embassy staff.

The group had initially planned to submit a protest note to the Saudi Arabian embassy, but called off the event after being ignored by the UAE embassy. Their message for the Saudis, according to Amir Amsaa, was that Riyadh should raise the plight of Kashmiris to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations. Kashmir is a Himalayan region which has been subjected to territorial conflict since the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

The Muslim-majority region of Jammu and Kashmir is Indian territory, but was granted special "temporary" autonomy under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

On Aug 5, 2019, the Indian government revoked the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir. Following this, New Delhi had cut off communication in the region, increased military presence and locked up local political leaders. Kashmiris are concerned that ceding control of the territory to New Delhi would open the floodgates to land grabs by outsiders. Malaysia Kini.

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).

We, the undersigned organisations wish to affirm the fundamental rights of every human being to the right to life and the freedom of religion and belief. This affirmation is recognised in the charters, declarations and covenants of the international community. Specifically, we affirm Article 6.3 of the Asian Human Rights Charter which states that “the freedom of religion and conscience is particularly important in Asia where most people are deeply religious; many find their primary identity in religion”. The article together with other express provisions in other International Conventions of Human Rights are the necessary rights and conditions that serve to protect every human life and interest and make this world a better place to live in.

On this day 5 July 2019, as the world commemorates the 10th anniversary of the July 5th 2009 Urumqi Massacre, we wish to highlight the critical situation of human rights abuses of the Uyghur people and many other minority groups across the Xinjiang (East Turkestan) area. We note that the human rights violations of the Uyghurs people and their respective communities have increased significantly resulting in the rapid deterioration of the welfare and wellbeing of the Uyghur people.

In February 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report which documented Chinese authorities as having detained people without the due process of the law and placed them in “political education” camps for their perceived disloyalty to the government. It is reported that detainees in these camps are subjected to force political indoctrination, renunciation of their faith, mistreatment, and in some cases torture. Such acts could certainly be deemed as persecution on the basis of one’s faith and religion. It is contemptuous and should never be tolerated. In recent months, other UN officials, human rights organizations, and independent journalists have also supported such findings.

There are also restrictive legislation, suppression of the highest order and repressive policies in placed which the Uyghurs people routinely find themselves subjected to. Uyghurs are not allowed to peacefully practice their religion, to speak or move freely or even to be to be educated in their native language. This is all the worst when many Uyghurs are arbitrarily detained, confined in “political re-education” camps or made to disappear while in custody of Chinese authorities. These are grave human rights violations on the right to life and freedom of religion and belief.

For these reasons, we, the undersigned organisations strongly urge and demand the Chinese government to do as follows:

IIIT honored one of its late founders, Shaykh Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani (d. 2016), with an October 23-24 seminar on the renewal of Islamic thought, a topic that he engaged with and pursued throughout his entire adult life, even when he was ill and confined to a wheelchair.

Held at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA, this event celebrated his original and sometimes provocative contributions to Islamic jurisprudence, in which he had earned a PhD from al-Azhar (1973), most notably his establishment of a new discipline: a jurisprudence for minorities (fiqh al-aqaliyyat). Abubaker Al-Shingieti (executive director, IIIT), Hisham Altalib (president, IIIT), Ermin Sinanović (director of research, IIIT), Saber Al-Kilany (library director, IIIT), and Zainab Alwani (Howard University) welcomed the attendees.

Sinanović referred to Shaykh Taha as a traditionally trained scholar who understood modern realities. Al-Kilany, who had a long-term working relationship with him, remarked upon his humility, sense of humor, and concern for others – even children. His daughter and long-time pupil Zainab Alwani spoke on a usually ignored area: how well he fulfilled his responsibility as a father who would discuss matters of religion with his children instead of demanding unquestioning obedience.

The first keynote speaker, Azizah al-Hibri (University of Richmond and KARAMAH), recalled Shaykh Taha’s attitude that “it is better to think and be wrong than not to think at all” and his constant urging of others to engage in critical thought. Among many other important points, she praised him for his role, along with Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, in refuting a Muslim group’s claim that the Supreme Court’s depiction of the Prophet in its frieze of humanity’s lawgivers was idolatrous and therefore had to be destroyed.

At the solidarity event organized by Abim Pusat & FGIS - Friendship Group to express support to New Zealand Goverment at the New Zealand High Commission Kuala Lumpur, we were humbled to receive a thoughtful gift from the New Zealand High Commissioner in KL His Excellency Hunter Nottage. It is an arrangement of Hibiscus ? which represents Malaysia ?? surrounded by ferns which represent New Zealand ??, symbolizing the promise of New Zealanders to always protect Malaysians in New Zealand.

Video : Book Launching Parent - Child Relation : A Guide To Raising Children Launched by YAB Dato' Dr . Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Deputy Prime Minister Of Malaysia.

IIIT honored one of its late founders, Shaykh Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani (d. 2016), with an October 23-24 seminar on the renewal of Islamic thought, a topic that he engaged with and pursued throughout his entire adult life, even when he was ill and confined to a wheelchair.

Held at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon, VA, this event celebrated his original and sometimes provocative contributions to Islamic jurisprudence, in which he had earned a PhD from al-Azhar (1973), most notably his establishment of a new discipline: a jurisprudence for minorities (fiqh al-aqaliyyat). Abubaker Al-Shingieti (executive director, IIIT), Hisham Altalib (president, IIIT), Ermin Sinanović (director of research, IIIT), Saber Al-Kilany (library director, IIIT), and Zainab Alwani (Howard University) welcomed the attendees.

Sinanović referred to Shaykh Taha as a traditionally trained scholar who understood modern realities. Al-Kilany, who had a long-term working relationship with him, remarked upon his humility, sense of humor, and concern for others – even children. His daughter and long-time pupil Zainab Alwani spoke on a usually ignored area: how well he fulfilled his responsibility as a father who would discuss matters of religion with his children instead of demanding unquestioning obedience.

The first keynote speaker, Azizah al-Hibri (University of Richmond and KARAMAH), recalled Shaykh Taha’s attitude that “it is better to think and be wrong than not to think at all” and his constant urging of others to engage in critical thought. Among many other important points, she praised him for his role, along with Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, in refuting a Muslim group’s claim that the Supreme Court’s depiction of the Prophet in its frieze of humanity’s lawgivers was idolatrous and therefore had to be destroyed.

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