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Permissibility of Rotavirus Vaccines

It looks like the porcine conundrum is making its rounds yet again.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/07/24/medical-practitioners-affected-by-halal-debate-over-vaccination/

Suffice to begin the narrative by quoting a verse each from the Quran and the Hadiths which sums up the compassionate and humane nature of Islam.

Allah SWT says in Surah Al-Hajj 22:78: “And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty.”

And an authentic tradition narrated by Aisha (RA): “If given an option between 2 actions, the Prophet (SAW) would surely choose the easier one, as long as it is not sinful.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

And we firmly believe this spirit and approach pervades the corpus of the jurisprudence of facilitation (Fiqh Taysir). And at no point it time does it blemish the belief nor practise of the faithful because the Muslim scholars have anticipated these challenges of modernity and have reiterated, “Allah will bless the believer who recognises and engages with the new world, yet remains true to his religious values.”

History will testify that the Muslim scientists dominated virtually all aspects of knowledge and research from 600 – 1700 AD. Az-Zahrawi (930-1013 AD) the father of modern surgery was pioneering new surgical instrumentations when Europe was restricted … [Read more]

MPF Merdeka Call

31 August 2016

A Merdeka Call for Muslim religious scholarship and stewardship to righteously and effectively manage contemporary national challenges

Maszlee Malik PhD

Musa Mohd Nordin FRCPCH

Muslim Professionals Forum

 

Introduction

 

The recent past has seen a plethora of incidents, which threatens to fracture the religious harmony that this nation has thus far enjoyed. The infamous “cow-head protest”, in Shah Alam in August 2009, against a proposed Hindu temple, displayed unveiled disrespect towards our Hindu citizens. More recently, cases involving shari’ah courts, consequent upon conversion of either spouse to Islam, battling for custody of their children has soured the relationship between Muslims and believers of other faiths.

 

Public statements and actions by national Muslim leaders and state religious authorities have further exacerbated the fragile religious situation. Unfortunately, the counter reaction by some quarters against these individuals and by extrapolation the religious institutions which  they represent has bordered on Islamophobia.

The emergence of these issues may be piecemeal and coincidental, but the pattern and trending is threatening the very fabric of our mutli-ethnic and multi-religious make-up. Never before has our nation witnessed such an excess of religious and racial strife since the bloody days of 13 May 1969. Many, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, has raised concerns over … [Read more]

Political Accountability: An Islamic Viewpoint

Dr Maszlee Malik, Advisor, Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, Director, MPF

Accountability of the ruler is often used synonymously with  concepts such as answerability, enforcement, responsibility, blameworthiness, liability and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving. The concept of accountability is a condicio, crux of the ideals and the hallmark of good governance. The concept originated from the ethics discourse which had several meanings but its application and expansion has distanced it from its original meaning. In the modern usage, the term accountability is synonymous with ‘responsibility’ and ‘answerability’. Upon electing the executive into office with the mandate to rule, tax, spend, legislate and enforce policies and laws; the citizens demand of them accountability. It is thus a double edge sword to keep in check the political executive from abusing their power and to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of government operations.

Types of accountability
Accordingly, accountability functions as ‘the mechanism to control power, domesticating it and preventing its abuse under certain procedure by the governed upon the government which governs them’. The literature outlines eight types of accountability, namely: political accountability, administrative or bureaucratic accountability, judicial accountability, market accountability, managerial accountability, constituency accountability and professional accountability. Our focus … [Read more]

Political Funding and Transparency: An Islamic Perspective

Dr Maszlee Malik, Advisor, Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, Director, MPF

It is widely accepted that the practice of good governance leads to higher investment and growth, hence development. And political accountability has been highly regarded as one of the sine qua non elements in the governance equation. Transparency in party financing as well as asset disclosure are amongst the crucial characteristics of political accountability in many developed nations. A myriad of researches and reports have shown that the lack of openness in money and politics has often contributed to the corruption of political finance. Thus, policymakers aspiring for sustainable national development must seriously address the transparency of money in politics.

Many researchers in the field of money and politics claim that too much money is either hidden, goes unreported, or is acquired from illicit sources. Secret money and corruption hurts the economy and the polity of a nation as well as distorts the behavior of politicians, hence development falters and citizen confidence in democracy wanes. Civil society in the developed world has begun to play an increasingly important role in the inquiry and unraveling of the sources of political party and campaign funds. This mechanism is however wanting … [Read more]

A Youth Speaks

A Youth Speaks
Dr Shahreen Murray

I am a bumiputera. Yet I struggle to understand what that word really means. This magical ‘status’ has allowed me certain ‘privileges’ that, growing up, I saw denied to many of my equally deserving, non-bumi friends. I could not (and still cannot) grasp the concept of legalised discrimination in a country that prides itself on multiracial diversity. Slogans like 1 Malaysia get thrown around yet none truly appreciate its meaning. In my mind, we are ALL Malaysians so shouldn’t we ALL receive the exact same treatment in our own beloved country, irrespective of race? Apparently not.

My father is Chinese-Pakistani and my mother Malay-Arabic. I am thus categorised as a Malay due to my maternal heritage, and therefore bumiputera (eventhough my father’s family too, have been Malaysian citizens for generations). I am married to a British national. My kids, only being less than a quarter Malay, are classed too, as bumiputeras due to my ancestry. I have a close friend who is a Malaysian Chinese Muslim convert and married to a Dane. Despite being as Malaysian as my own children, their adorable 1 year old son will never see the same opportunities mine do.

Coming back to KL … [Read more]

Human relations in multi-religious Malaysia: Debunking the religious myths!

Maszlee Malik PhD
Musa Mohd Nordin FRCPCH
Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)

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1. Introduction

The recent past has seen a plethora of incidents which threatens to fracture the religious harmony which this nation has thus far enjoyed. The “Cow-Head protest”, in Shah  Alam in August 2009, against a proposed Hindu temple in Section 23, displayed unveiled disrespect and hatred towards our Hindu citizens.  At least three churches in the Klang Valley were torched in early January 2010, by cowardly and utterly senseless act of a group of misguided, chauvinistic, religious bigots. This was later followed by arson attacks against two suraus in Muar in late January 2010. And most recently, on 20 April 2015, we witnessed the mindless act of incitement by 50 residents in Taman Medan over the display of a cross on a newly minted church.

These heinous acts of religious provocations, hatred and violence committed presumably in the name of Islam desecrates the very religion it purports to protect. Religious hegemony and intolerance in a pluralistic society will invariably result in conflict and will only frustrate the claim that Islam is a religion of compassion, peace and freedom.

Islam commands the believers to embrace diversity because it is part of … [Read more]

Solidariti Merentasi Perbezaan Mempertahankan Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi

Genap setahun Maulana Abdul Kader Mulatlah, Setiausaha Agung Jamati Islami Bangladesh syahid di tali gantung akibat hukuman zalim Mahkamah Internasional di Bangladesh.

Untuk ingatan, sejak tahun 2010 lagi Perdana Menteri Hasina Wajed membentuk Mahkamah Internasional berkenaan isu kejahatan perang Bangladesh untuk mengadili mereka yang dituduh melakukan kejahatan di masa perang 1971. Namun pengadilan itu telah dikritik luas kerana menjadikan lawan politiknya mangsa dan sasaran dan bertindak tanpa melibatkan pengawasan PBB.

Hukuman penjara seumur hidup pada bulan Februari berubah menjadi hukuman mati pada bulan Disember pada 2013. Perubahan hukuman terhadap Abdul Kader Mullah berpunca dari protes golongan sekular yang menganggap keputusan asal terhadapnya terlalu ringan dan mendesak hukuman lebih berat dikenakan.

Human Rights Watch yang berpusat di New York sebelum itu mengatakan prosedur hukuman yang digunakan oleh mahkamah itu tidak memenuhi standard internasional.

Jelasnya ia satu momokan terhadap sistem keadilan, apabila disabitkan kesalahan dengan fakta yang meragukan dan penuh dengan sentimen politik dalaman Bangladesh.
Nah, kini Ummat Islam berdepan dengan satu lagi episod pemangsaan zalim dan kali ini terhadap Ulama tersohor, Prof Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.

Langkah Interpol mengeluarkan waran tangkap terhadap beliau kerana didakwa terbabit dengan kegiatan kumpulan Ikhwanul Muslimin yang diharamkan kerajaan Mesir menampakkan pengguasa politik dunia yang sangat ringan terhadap sensitiviti Ummat Islam … [Read more]

Sweden to become first major European country to recognize state of Palestine

By Johan Ahlander
Published 14:51 03.10.14
REUTERS – Sweden’s new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.

The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries, have yet to give official recognition.

“The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament.

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”

For the Palestinians, Sweden’s move will be a welcome boost for its ambitions.

With its reputation as an honest broker in international affairs and with an influential voice in EU foreign policy, the decision may well make other countries sit up and pay attention at a time when the Palestinians are threatening unilateral moves towards statehood.

However, there is likely to be strong criticism of Sweden from Israel, … [Read more]

The Edge Malaysia: 3rd KLPFF 2014 - A film festival with a cause

3rd Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival 2014
6-7 Sep 2014

http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/lifestyle/305619-film-a-film-festival-with-a-cause.html

THE scene opens with men and women dressed in traditional Arabian garb,  typically associated with the Muslim faith, entering a church. They are Catholics and in the scene, they observe the order of a mass being conducted,

using Arabic bibles.

This was the first few scenes in the documentary The Stones Cry Out — one of  four films to be screened at the Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival 2014 (KLPFF) to be held this weekend at Publika, Kuala Lumpur.

The scene — and the entire 50 minutes of the film — as director Yasmine Perni intended it to be, was thought­provoking, to say the least.

Speaking to the media at a press conference, Perni says she wanted to highlight the fact that for more than 60 years, the Palestinans — both the Christians and Muslims — had suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression, particularly in the conflict zone of the Gaza strip.

As such, she believes, the voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events. … [Read more]

Whistleblowing: A Shariah Imperative

Maszlee Malik, PhD (Durham), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Musa Mohd Nordin, FRCP (Edinburgh), Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)

Introduction

In todays enlightened age of democracy, it is rather unfortunate that when the term ‘Islamic political thought’ is raised, one is often confronted with two polarized and contradicting  points of  view. The Muslim apologists will unreservedly disconnect any form of relationship between Islam and politics, which they consider as part of the secular public sphere.  Islam is perceived as a mere set of theological arguments and rituals akin to other beliefs and must be distanced from worldly politics. On the other extreme, there exist a Muslim body politic, obsessed with the traditional and conservative interpretation of the holy texts, and relentlessly confining the notion of Islamic politics within the limited boundary of hudud, wilayatul faqih (rules of the clerics) or the re-establishment of the global Islamic caliphate (Khalifah).

Many have failed to understand, Muslims included, the ethical and moral dimensions of the term ‘Islamic politics’ from the holistic and all encompassing concept of Maqasid al-Shariah or the highest objectives of Shariah. As the true … [Read more]