The recent United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) meeting in Kuala Lumpur was full of contradictions. While Prime Minister Najib Razak exhorted the need for the government to be more inclusive of non-Muslims, others such as Dr Mashitah, a famous preacher and former junior minister, called for Islam to be protected from the threat of secularism, liberalism and Christianity....
By Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, New Mandala The transmission of Islam in the Malay-Indonesian world remains entrenched in history as one of the foremost examples of peaceful proselytisation of religion on a trans-continental scale. So successful was the continuous process from around the 13th to the 16th century, that the Islamic faith (agama) became comfortably embedded...
Malaysia’s Islamic council has proposed that the government should draw up guidelines to regulate interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims, to avoid confusion between the two groups on conduct during religious celebrations. This is on top of guidelines that are already in existence on how Muslims should conduct themselves during non-Muslim religious festivals. The country’s Islamic...
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