‘Respect and love key to solidarity’

KUALA LUMPUR: Mutual respect, love and justice based on Islamic principles form the recipe for solidarity and harmony in the administration of the country comprising various religions and races, says Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

In his Royal Address in conjunction with the national-level Maulidur Rasul 1441H/2019 celebration, he said the prophet’s administration emphasised the feelings of love for each other, and could universally be used as a major example to generate solidarity among the people.

Quoting a valid hadis, the King said solidarity would come naturally through the feelings of love and mutual respect among the people regardless of religion, race and ancestry.

“People who love each other would be loved by the Most Merciful. Thus, one should love everyone on earth, so that you would be loved by Those Up Above.

“The Prophet also did not forget and was always in touch with the less fortunate group and the weak to enable them to rise and improve their self-potential and subsequently contribute to society, ” he said at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Also present were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof.

Sultan Abdullah said the Islamic religion emphasised universal brotherhood and called for implementation of justice for everyone regardless of religion and race as this would ensure that the rights of the individual and all communities were always preserved.“This is the teachings of the Most Merciful propagated by the Prophet to be used as an example by leaders and the present generation, ” he said.

The King also expressed confidence that the government would always adopt approaches that would preserve the rights of various religions and races besides continuously assisting the weaker group.At the same time, continuous efforts must be made to control radical ideologies and any form of action that could jeopardise national harmony, said the King.

Before concluding his speech, Sultan Abdullah called on all Muslims to appreciate and practise Islamic teachings and make the Prophet their role model in life.

Muslims across Malaysia enlivened the Maulidur Rasul celebrations this year with parades and the reciting of the selawat (salutation to Prophet Muhammad) in observance of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

by Bernama
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