Sunday, February 1, 2015

Interfaith Week: Reclaim Your Faith

In conjuction with the Interfaith Week which was organised by Student Representative Council of IMU, Muslim Society had lend hands to support this event together with other religious society such as Buddhist Society, Christian Fellowship Society, and Catholic Student Society. The event was held in four days from 26-29  January 2015 which began with a flash mob, four-day exhibition, and an interfaith forum on the last day.

Congratulations to all volunteers who represent Muslim Society for the exhibition set up, as well as the flash mob. Even Farah Shaheera, Cultural and Religious Representative of SRC IMU who led this event into a successful one and unite all of us, didn't expect it would be come out as great set up with all those nice decorations. As we entered the atrium, we could see the flying paper birds which symbolize the freedom. Freedom may not the best word to describe it, but on the ground meaning, it has a deeper understanding on how we look upon this world. What does 'freedom' mean to us. Those volunteers sure having a hard time to endure all those tedious job which eventually create a wonderful decorations. Thanks to all of you. May all of your hard works and efforts rewarded by Allah.

Not to mention, the flash mob muslim guys also had done a very good job. They acted along one of the most popular songs of Maher Zain entitled 'Freedom'. A short and meaningful theatrical moment to emphasize the unity, regardless of religion or races and freedom from cruelty and inhumanity of politics and people. Though it just a small part of the whole performance for the flash mob, but sure it has a deep meanings within.

The boards were full pasted with information about multi-religions in Malaysia. This include the brief introduction about each religion as well as their impact to society. People in Malaysia able to reach peace as they can respect each other and always avoiding sensitive issues as well as words that might offend others. Although we want to spread our religion, so called dakwah, we must do it in appropriate manner and of best behaviour so that it can be accepted by others without creating chaos and such.

The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. is a preachers who reflected in the behaviour and interactions.

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: "The Prophet never used bad language neither a 'Fahish nor a Mutafahish. He used to say 'The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.' (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Virtues and Merits of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Companions, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 759)"

Lastly, at the end of this event, there was Interfaith Forum which attended by four panels with each representing Islam, Christian, Buddha, and Hindu respectively. Congratulations to all muslim who attended this forum. Clearly, we had a new lens on other religions and understand their belief. Who knows, maybe we can use such knowledge to share the Islamic way of life better throughout the world.

We listened to all basic understanding about each religion, as well as their impact on society. When being asked about the meaning of justice and freedom of speech to each religion, they had different answers, but more or less they were quite similar.

At the end, we should respect each other though we have different belief and faith. Share the knowledge of 'deen', so that, they know the real content of this 'deen' and denied all the fake accusations that blame to us.

After all, thanks to all of you who make this event successful!


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