BINTULU: Muslims cannot continue to piggy-back on others, but need to excel by acquiring knowledge and skills while maintaining good values and correct beliefs.
Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management and Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said in fact Muslims are required to be educated in accordance with what Islam is.
“It is compulsory for Muslims to keep on learning and improving using all disciplines of knowledge,” said Awang Tengah when speaking on behalf of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud during Maulidur Rasul state-level celebration at the civic centre here yesterday.
“In today’s context, even though Prophet Muhammad has passed away more than 1,400 years ago his presence in the hearts of Muslims is still fresh when they practise what he taught,” he said.
He said the prophet’s Islam was ‘Ad-din’; it taught believers to be positive, dynamic, proactive, creative and innovative, which in the end made Muslims the best humans respected by friends and foes.
However, before that can happen in today’s world, Muslims have to be strong in every aspect, and strategic plans have to be prepared based on relevant visions and missions suited to current reality, and the very basis of these is the mastering of knowledge, he said.
When opportunities come their way, Muslims ought to take them intelligently in order to work towards success in their chosen field of endeavours.
“Nowadays, knowledge has become more complex and is a commodity that assists humans to progress and as assurance of survival in a competitive world,” he said.
Knowledge is powerful for civilisation building as proven during the golden era of Islamic civilisation which produced many thinkers such as Ibnu Khaldun, Ibnu Sina, Al-Farabi, and Khawarizmi.
Going backward, he said throughout the history of Islam, Allah did not help or change the lives of people who rejected transformation.
“Success and excellence, however, can be achieved when Muslims abide by Islamic teachings; master the latest and highest class of knowledge; try their very best and always preserve their unity,” he said.
Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, Sarawak Islamic Council chairman Datu Putit Matzen, and Sarawak Islamic Religious Department director Datu Misnu Taha were among those present at the event.
The organising chairman of the event is Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman who is also the Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) while the co-chairman is Bintulu Resident Dr Razali Abon.