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Kerala-born Tycoon Wins World Interfaith Award

from Mathrubhumi

UAE-based business magnate M.A. Yusuf Ali, who belongs to a village in Kerala, was Thursday presented with the prestigious Interfaith Harmony Award at a function in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The award was handed over by Datur Azman bin Hassan, director general of Malaysia’s department of national unity and integration.

The international Interfaith Harmony Award is the prime attraction of the International Seminar on Interfaith Harmony and Tolerance jointly organised by the International Islamic University, Malaysia, and the Kerala-based Madin Islamic Academy.

In a release issued here, Ali said he wouldn’t be a true Muslim if he turned a blind eye to his neighbours who go to bed without food.

‘I employ 27,000 people of different nationalities in the nearly 100 shopping malls across the Gulf region without any discrimination,’ said Ali, the lone non-Arab member of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Malaysian Chapel’s dialogue with other faiths

from Herald Maylasia

The PIHD together with the PPC of the Chapel of Christ the Light, Desa Jaya organized their third dialogue with other faiths at the Samnak Buddhist Temple, Desa Jaya. The meeting started with a silent prayer by all according to their own faith. There were several representatives from the Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu and Sikh faiths.

The Catholic church was represented by Fr Albet Arokiasamy, Albert Anthony, the PPC chairperson, Sr Theresa Yong from the convent, Tony Maaran from PIHD and Angeline from the PPC.

The chairman introduced all present. The representatives were unanimous that we should work together to foster unity, charity, understanding each other’s faith with respect and work together with a common aim to serve the community at large in our surrounding area with projects like Blood Donation Campaign, helping the needy etc. To foster unity among inter faith groups, the dialogue covered three areas of faith, life and culture.

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Malaysia’s Cool Imam

From The Washington Post

By Katherine Marshall

When South Africa was emerging from the dark shadows of the apartheid era, Malaysia was one place it looked for successful examples of how to address the difficult legacy of racial inequality. Malaysia’s Malay citizens (about 60 percent of the total) lagged behind other groups and helping them to “catch up” was a deliberate government policy.

Malaysia is justly proud of its record in managing what at one time threatened to be a conflict-ridden transition. It also takes pride in its distinctive Muslim culture and in the way its religious and ethnic diversity works in a fast-changing society. But behind Malaysia’s new prosperity, seen in glittering skyscrapers and tangles of freeways, there are lively debates about what lies ahead.

Malaysia’s challenges involve above all its diverse ethnic, religious and economic identities, and today’s debates turn on how the three are intertwined. By constitution, Malaysia is a Muslim nation and its population is majority Muslim. Malays and Islam are tightly linked. That translates, among other things, into legal tussles over whether one can renounce being a Muslim. Malaysians are trying to identify how the country’s Islamic identity is distinct and how much latitude there is for different strands of Islamic thinking; how much can Malaysian Islam change as the country modernizes? The country’s minorities are largely Chinese and Indian, and they are mostly Buddhists and Christians. How do their rights balance with those of the Malay and Muslim majority, in law and in the society?

An example of the way Malaysian Islam is changing was the recent popular reality TV show that selected a young “cool” imam (Muhammad Asyraf Mohammad Ridzuan) from among 10 finalists; the others were voted off the program one by one, just like “American Idol.” The idea was to make Islam more appealing to young people and to make them associate religion with inspiration rather than caning and morality raids. The finalists were chosen from 1,000 candidates, faced written and practical tests on religion each week, and were quarantined in a mosque dormitory and banned from using phones, the Internet and television. They had to persuasively steer youngsters away from sex and drugs. Imam Muda had almost 94,000 Facebook fans when I last checked.

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August 18th, 2010 at 6:00 am