SERDANG – Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah today hailed Islamic agencies for their work in educating society but expressed sadness over the attitude of certain quarters which painted a negative picture of such efforts.
He said the programmes implemented by these agencies at the federal and state levels had had a great impact in moulding a united and harmonious society.
Islamic understanding rooted in the Sunnah Wal Jamaah and guided by the Quran and interpretations of the ulama had given rise to a society that adopted moderation, balance and justice in its actions and practices, he said.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was launching the national-level celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park here.
Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah also attended the function which carried the theme “Solidarity, the Pulse of National Transformation”.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his wife, Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis, as well as Cabinet ministers and heads of foreign missions.
Tuanku Abdul Halim said he was sad that some quarters ridiculed and painted a negative picture of the work of the Islamic agencies, and he dismissed their claims and allegations as unfounded, irresponsible and extreme.
He said these agencies were set up to take charge of the management and development of Islamic affairs as well as to help religious agencies at the federal and state levels to administer Islamic affairs.
He expressed the hope that Islamic agencies would always remain on a solid, strong and effective foundation in carrying out their work.
“At the same time, collaboration between ulama and the administrators must be consolidated to ensure that the dignity of Islam and the welfare of the ummah (community) are always upheld,” he said. – BERNAMA