Malaysia to strengthen position of Islam, says PM

Malaysia to strengthen position of Islam, says PM
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (above).

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia will remain steadfast in strengthening the position of Islam, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

In his Hari Raya Aidiladha message posted on the 1Malaysia website yesterday, the Prime Minister said the Government would continue to drive the country towards attaining its visions based on syariah or maqasid syariah objectives.

He said this would be in line with his administration's transformation programmes.

Taking into account how the management of Malaysia's haj pilgrims is cited as the model recognised through­­out the Muslim world, Najib said Malaysia would strive to emerge as a good example of a high-income, progressive and developed Muslim country.

"Malaysia is well-spoken of on the world stage. In the spirit of sacrifice according to Islamic teachings, Malaysia is constantly committed to help in resolving conflicts among Mulims in other countries which invite Malaysia to serve as a mediator," he said.

Malaysia, he said, has also taken the lead in the global movement of moderates and peace in curbing religious extremism.

He also sent well-wishes to those who are performing their haj in Mecca, including some 28,000 Malaysians.

Meanwhile, Bernama quoted Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying in his Aidiladha message that Muslims face the greatest threat to unity, which could undermine the peace and harmony enjoyed.

"The unrest in other Islamic countries due to conflict among themselves should serve as a lesson. Malaysians are very fortunate because the country is peaceful," he said.

He said Aidiladha brings an important message and the values of patience and sacrifice based on devotion to Allah would guarantee success just like the sacrifice made by Nabi Ibrahim when following Allah's command.

He said Muslims in Malaysia could become a model to all Muslims by conducting the sacrifice with sincerity and intention to share it with those in need.

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