Special Photos During Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara

Thanks to Kashah for taking this photo of me trying to snap a nice photo during the event. From left is my father, Abang  Muslim, Dr. Wan Adli and I (R).
Thanks to Kashah for taking this photo of me trying to snap a nice photo during the event. From left is my father, Abang Muslim, Dr. Wan Adli and I (R).
I was very lucky to have the chance to speak to an important person when Atuk Mansur introduced me to Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim (former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia). From left is Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, me, Atuk Mansur, my mother (standing) and Tun's wife, Toh Puan Mazni Mohamed Noor.
I was very lucky to have the chance to speak to an important person when Atuk Mansur introduced me to Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim (former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia). From left is Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, me, Atuk Mansur, my mother (standing) and Tun’s wife, Toh Puan Mazni Mohamed Noor.
I had the chance to meet one of my favourite politician, Uncle Dato' Zulkifli Noordin.
I was very happy to have the chance to speak to one of my favourite politician, Uncle Dato’ Zulkifli Noordin.
Deep in serious discussion. From left is my father A. Karim Omar, Uncle Zulkifli Noordin and Zahid Mat Arip (Mursyidul Am of TIBAI).
Deep in serious discussion. From left is my father A. Karim Omar, Uncle Dato’ Zulkifli Noordin and Zahid Mat Arip (Mursyidul Am of TIBAI).
Uncle Ustaz Ismail Mina, the President of MUAFAKAT (L) and Dato' Ibrahim Ali, Member of Parliament for Pasir Mas (R) were in serious discussion during the event. Photo by Kashah.
Pak Cik Ustaz Ismail Mina, the President of MUAFAKAT (L) and Dato’ Ibrahim Ali, Member of Parliament for Pasir Mas (R) were in serious discussion during the event. Photo by Kashah.

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Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara

Yesterday, I attended the ‘Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara’ organised by Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (MUAFAKAT) and co-organised by Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM).

There were more than one thousand participants who attended the seminar which was held at the Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam, Kuala Lumpur.

It is a very important event because the speakers taught us a lot of important facts about Islam as the religion of Malaysia as written in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

The President of Dewan Negara, H. E. Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang officiated the seminar.

The keynote speech was delivered by YABhg. Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, who is the former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia.

I think that the most important fact that was explained during the seminar was about the Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, which says that, “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”

A lot of people do not understand the Article 3 (1) and say that, “Islam is the official religion of Malaysia.”

(Please read, ‘Is Malaysia A Secular State?’)

Islam is not only the official religion but Islam is the religion of Malaysia and there is a big different between the religion of Malaysia and the official religion Malaysia.

If Islam is only the official religion, Malaysia could have has other unofficial religions; which means that this country believes in Pluralism of Religion.

This is wrong because Malaysia has only one religion which is Islam, while other religions can be practiced peacefully in this country. 

So leaders, politicians and all of the Malaysian citizens must understand and respect this fact; for as Malaysians we must protect the Federal Constitution.

I hope that the opposition will stop twisting the Article 3 (1) and stop making demands against the Federal Constitution such as IFC.

(Please read, Ngeh Tweeted, “Malays Has Freedom To Choose Religion”)

I am very proud to be one of the secretariat members of the event and having the chance to talk to YABhg. Tun Ahmad Fairuz and his wife, Uncle YB Dato’ Zulkifli Noordin, Uncle Dr. Sidek Baba, Uncle Azril Mohd. Amin, Dato’ Rahmah Abdul Hamid (who is Khairy Jamaluddin’s mother), Uncle Dato’ Mustapha Ma from MACMA and a lot of other wonderful people who love our country and fight to protect Islam and the Malaysian Contitution.

I also met a lot of wonderful people from the press, for example Uncle Ansari from Astro Awani and lots of uncles and aunties from AntaraPos, Utusan and other medias.

Uncle Ansari (L) and I (C) together with an Astro Awani reporter (R).
This photo was sent to me by Uncle Ansari. Uncle Ansari (L) and I (C) together with an Astro Awani reporter (R).

Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara (SEMAIAN)

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Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam – Agama Negara (SEMAIAN)

Date: 5th January 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 8:00 morning – 5:30 evening

Location: Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam, Kuala Lumpur

Titles of papers to be presented during SEMAIAN:

  1. Keynote Speech: Memartabatkan Islam Sebagai Agama Negara by Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim ( Former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia)

  2. Islam, Raja dan Melayu Sebagai Paksi Keutuhan Negara Berdasarkan Perlembagaan Persekutuan by Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah (Former Judge of Appeal Court of Malaysia)

  3. Ancaman Terhadap Kedudukan Islam Agama Negara by Haji Mahamad Naser Disa (Bureau of Law, Federal  Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council/ Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP))

  4. Kedaulatan Islam Sebagai Agama Negara – Peranan Raja-Raja Melayu Berpaksi Perlembagaan Persekutuan by Associate Proffessor Dr. Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz (Lecture, Kulliyyah of  Laws International Islamic University Malaysia/ Pensyarah, Kulliyyah Undang-undang Profesor Ahmad IbrahimUniversiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia)

  5. Islam Agama Negara: Antara Tuntutan HAM Sejagat dan Kedaulatan Islam Dalam Perlembagaan by Azril Mohd Amin (Vice President, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM))

2012 In Review

January:

Powerful Storm Hits Alabama – In Photos →(Please click here for the news)

Residents walk around through the debris of their neighborhood after a possible tornado ripped through the Trussville, Ala. area in the early hours of Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said the storm produced a possible tornado that moved across northern Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., causing damage in Oak Grove, Graysville, Fultondale, Center Point, Clay and Trussville. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Residents walk around through the debris of their neighborhood after a possible tornado ripped through the Trussville, Ala. area in the early hours of Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Randy Christian said the storm produced a possible tornado that moved across northern Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., causing damage in Oak Grove, Graysville, Fultondale, Center Point, Clay and Trussville. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

February:

Sh-sh-shivering Winter In Europe →(Please click here for the news)

A city phone is seen covered with hoarfrost, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), in Kiev, February 1, 2012. (REUTERS)
A city phone is seen covered with hoarfrost, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), in Kiev, February 1, 2012. (REUTERS)

March:

Argentinian Ice Wall Collapses – REUTERS Photos →(Please click here for the news)

Tourists look at the Perito Moreno glacier after the rupture of a massive ice wall near the city of El Calafate in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, southern Argentina, March 4, 2012. The glacier, a massive tongue of ice in the Santa Cruz province that covers 250 square kilometres (97 square miles), advances yearly into a lake, known as Lago Argentino. As Perito Moreno moves forward, it cuts off a river feeding the lake. Water builds up pressure and slowly undermines the ice, forming a tunnel until ice comes tumbling down. The phenomenon repeats itself at irregular intervals, with the last major ice falls occurring in 2008. REUTERS/Andres Arce (ARGENTINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
Tourists look at the Perito Moreno glacier after the rupture of a massive ice wall near the city of El Calafate in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, southern Argentina, March 4, 2012. The glacier, a massive tongue of ice in the Santa Cruz province that covers 250 square kilometres (97 square miles), advances yearly into a lake, known as Lago Argentino. As Perito Moreno moves forward, it cuts off a river feeding the lake. Water builds up pressure and slowly undermines the ice, forming a tunnel until ice comes tumbling down. The phenomenon repeats itself at irregular intervals, with the last major ice falls occurring in 2008. REUTERS/Andres Arce (ARGENTINA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)

April:

Bersih 3.0 – As Peaceful As Promised? →(Please click here for the news)

Demonstrators thew all kinds of things towards a moving police car and attacking the car. The photo shows demonstrators kicking the car and someone climbed onto the car kicking the windscreen. They then hit the driver and a reporter who tried to help the bleeding policeman. Are they peaceful people?
Demonstrators thew all kinds of things towards a moving police car and attacking the car. The photo shows demonstrators kicking the car and someone climbed onto the car kicking the windscreen. They then hit the driver and a reporter who tried to help the bleeding policeman. Are they peaceful people?

May:

Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary →(Please click here for the news)

The Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, the longest suspension bridge in the world was opened on May 27, 1937. A view taken from one of the towers of pedestrians swarming across the Golden Gate Bridge immediately after the opening. (AP Photo)
The Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, the longest suspension bridge in the world was opened on May 27, 1937. A view taken from one of the towers of pedestrians swarming across the Golden Gate Bridge immediately after the opening. (AP Photo)

June:

Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s First Islamist President Sworn In →(Please click here for the news)

Mohamed Mursi
Egypt’s first Islamist president Mohamed Mursi attends his swearing in ceremony in this still image from a video footage in Cairo June 30, 2012. Mursi took his oath of office on Saturday, ending six decades of rule by former military men although the generals in charge since Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year have already curbed his powers. REUTERS/Egyptian Television via Reuters TV

July:

Photos Of London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony →(Please click here for the news)

Fireworks ignite over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Fireworks ignite over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

August:

Photos: Isaac Causing Bad Flooding And Tornadoes (August 31, 2012) →(Please click here for the news)

Water rises around a home on the Jourdan River as Hurricane Isaac passes through Kiln, Mississippi, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Spooneybarger
Water rises around a home on the Jourdan River as Hurricane Isaac passes through Kiln, Mississippi, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Spooneybarger

September:

Muslims Protest Over ‘Innocence of Muslims’→(Please click here for the news)

Protesters against Innocence of Muslims’ in Basra, Iraq Sept 12, 2012 (Picture from Utusan)
Protesters against Innocence of Muslims’ in Basra, Iraq Sept 12, 2012 (Picture from Utusan)

October:

In Picture: Superstorm Sandy Slams New Jersey Coast, Sends 13 Feet Surge In NYC →(Please click here for the news)

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

November:

Barack Obama Wins American Presidential Election →(Please click here for the news)

Barack Obama Wins American Presidential Election
Barack Obama Wins American Presidential Election

December:

26 People Died in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., Mass Shooting- Photos, Videos →(Please click here for the news)

Good Morning America – Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: ‘Obviously Not Well’ (ABC News)

2012 In Review

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Acting As The Deputy Prime Minister

The afternoon before the Seminar Dakwah Nasional, we were already busy at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) to get things ready for the seminar.

Uncle Mahmud who was the event floor manager, told us that we need to do a rehearsal of the officiating ceremony by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia so that he could estimate the timing of the event.

When I volunteered to be the DPM, Uncle Mahmud thought that I was too young and fear if I could not do it right since the DPM was the main role in the rehearsal and I need to pretend to make the opening speech and launch the books.

Anyway, Pak Cik Amin supported me and so were the others who said that I’ll be able to do it.

And so, I became the Deputy Prime Minister in the rehearsal 🙂

Abang Nasrul (L) as Datuk Nakhaie and I (M) as the DPM walked on the red carpet to Dewan Merdaka, Oct. 7, 2012.

Abang Nasrul volunteered to be Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie, Pak Cik Burhan as Pak Cik Amin and Pak Cik Amin as Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady.

Pak Cik Amin (L), Abang Nasrul (2nd L), I and another abang (R) who played the roll of Pak Cik Amin listening to instructions from Uncle Mahmud. In the background were Pak Cik Burhan and my father (R).

It was fun but it was not that easy and I must do it seriously because the event was very important and Uncle Mahmud needed the right timing for the music and other things.

I had to walk from the beginning of the red carpet escorted by Abang Nasrul to the Dewan Merdeka followed by Kashah who played the role as the media.

I need to walk like an important leader.

As the DPM, I must not walk too fast or not too slow and I must walk on the red carpet.

And at last, when I arrived at the Dewan Merdeka, I went up the stage and was greeted by Pak Cik Amin.

Uncle Mahmud was very busy directing us.

I sat at the DPM’s seat and Abang Nasrul escorted me to the rostrum to make the speech to officiate the seminar.

Abang Nasrul accompanied me as the DPM to officiate the seminar.
I am too small for the rostrum that Kashah had to snap the photo of me giving speech from the side.

After that we went to our seats.

Next I went to the other side of the stage to launch the books followed Abang Nasrul and Pak Cik Amin.

Pak Cik Amin (R) accompanied me to launch the new books.
Pak Cik Burhan (L) and Uncle Mahmud busy giving instructions during the rehearsal.
I (L) and Pak Cik Burhan on the stage listening to Pak Cik Amin (L) and Uncle Mahmud (R).
Another photo of the rehearsal.
We were busy acting our rolls.
I posed to the press after launching the books.
I enjoyed my roll as the DPM.
We need to do things seriously because we were rehearsing for an important event.

The music was too loud and the speaker was very near so it hurt my ears.

We had to do the rehearsal 3 times 🙂

We need to start all over again.
I am very glad to help even though I am the youngest volunteer.

I was very excited to play the role as the DPM and give a speech on the stage at the Dewan Merdeka, PWTC because I want to become a politician and give speeches at PWTC.

In 2006, as I watched my big sister Kaman and Kashah gave a speech at PWTC, I told my mother that one day I’ll give a speech at PWTC too 🙂

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Seminar Dakwah Nasional At Dewan Merdeka, PWTC (Day 1)

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:

  1. Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady

  2. Wan Adli Wan Ramli

  3. Dr. Amran Muhammad

  4. Prof. Dato’ Dr Sidek Baba

  5. Ir. Dr. Muhamad Fuad Yeoh Abdullah

  6. Professor Dato’ Paduka Mohamad Abu Bakar

  7. Sdr. A Karim Omar

  8. Profesor Datuk Dr. Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar

  9. Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad

  10. 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 am very proud and happy to be able to snap this photo and to be at this event. From left is YB Nasharudin Mat Isa, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (M) and Dr. Aiman Zaidan (R), PWTC, October 8, 2012.

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.

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