Monday, 9 March 2009

Maulidur Rasul - 12 Rabiulawal 1430H

(About 100,000 people took part in a procession celebrating Maulidur Rasul
at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, this morning.
Participants included public and private sector employees,
representatives from non-governmental organisations, schools,
public institutions of higher learning, training institutes
as well as representatives from the mosques. )


Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin has called on the Muslims to appreciate the life history of Prophet Muhammad who had placed much emphasis on unity and solidarity to achieve excellence.

His Majesty said efforts to unite the community was an ongoing process in line with the demands and challenges of the 21st century.

"As such, all policies that are formulated to turn the country into a developed nation in future will not be achieved if the aspects of unity and solidarity are taken lightly by everyone.

"When a section of the population becomes greedy and places self-interest above others, ignoring noble values in pursuing material wealth, then various calamities will strike bringing destruction to the people and drawing the wrath of Allah," he said.

Tuanku Mizan said this at the National Level Maulidur Rasul Celebration at the Dataran Merdeka, here today. Also present were Prime Minister Datuk SeriAbdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The King said the appreciation of Islam, which had been translated through the history of its glorious era, had shown that the ummah had once united on the axis of truth.

During the Islamic glory, there was harmony, stability and consensus, he said.

Tuanku Mizan said Islam also prohibited all forms of malpractices, power abuse and discrimination and propagated peace, equality and mutual help.

His Majesty said Islam made it compulsory to protect and ensure equal rights for all strata of the society regardless whether they were Muslims or non-Muslims.

He also presented the Maulidur Rasul Awards to six recipients at the function.

The sole recipient of the Maulidur Rasul Premier Award 2009 was Professor Dr Sidek Baba from the Educational Institute of the International Islamic University (IIU), who also received RM50,000 in cash and a plaque.

The five recipients of the Maulidur Rasul Award were the secretary-general of the Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association (PPIM) Datuk Dr Maamor Osman, Syarikat Laksamana Nusantara Sdn Bhd managing director Mortadha Abdullah, Malaysian Caring Society president Mohd Yunus Pathi Mohd, student Muhammad Ahmad Zahid and special child Muhammad Haziq Samrat, who is paralysed from the waist downwards.

All the five received RM22,000 in cash and a plaque each.

The celebration today started with a procession comprising about 100,000 people who recited praises on the Prophet along the way. Those taking part in the procession were public and private sector employees, representatives from the non-governmental organisations, schools, public institutions of higher learning and training institutes, and representatives from the mosques.

(BERNAMA news ~ NST Online)

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