AsSajjad Movement Objects the Plan to Organize ‘The Dangers of Shi’ism’ Workshop by ABIM

AsSajjad Movement is upset with the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) which is rumoured to organize a workshop aimed to demonize the minority Shiite Muslims in Malaysia.

AsSajjad Movement is made understood that ABIM plans to hold an event with the theme “The Threat of Shi’isme” to be held on 13 April 2013 at the University of Selangor (UNISEL). The workshop will be presented by Mr. Mohd Naim Mohd Noor who is also the Deputy President of ABIM.

AsSajjad Movement regret that the conduct by ABIM is contrary to Islamabad Declaration (2007) which was signed by Datuk Syed Hamid Albar to represent Malaysia at The Thirty Fourth Session Of The Islamic Conference Of Foreign Ministers. Islamabad Declaration (2007) asserts that “no Muslim, whether he or she is Shi’ite or Sunni, may be subject to murder or any harm, intimidation, terrorisation, or aggression on his property; incitement thereto; or forcible displacement, deportation, or kidnapping. All Muslims to refrain seriously from any provocation of sensitivities or sectarian or ethnic strife, as well as any name-calling, abuse, prejudice or vilification and invectives.”

Apart from the Islamabad Declaration (2007), ABIM should also be reminded of the consensus of the scholars such as one that has been achieved through The Amman Message (2006). The declaration decided that the Shia Imamiyah sect is accepted as a valid sect of Islam. Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein also stated that the followers of Shia teachings in Malaysia are not a threat. His statement was reported by Berita Harian on December 20th, 2010 through the report ‘Syiah Bukan Ancaman’ (Shi’ism Not a Threat). Use of the word ‘danger’ to ‘Shiite community’, as reflected on the theme (‘The Dangers of Shi’isme’) of this event rigged by ABIM shows that ABIM has done labelling and acted recklessly beyond the voice of authority.

Finally AsSajjad Movement reiterates the outlook of Shaykh Al-Azhar, Dr. Muhammed Sayyid Tantawi when he attended to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) that adherents of Sunni and Shia are one and equal. Sayyid Tantawi was reported on the front page of the newspaper Utusan Malaysia on 17 February 2008 under the title of ‘ Anti Islam: Jangan Mudah Hukum Barat’ (Anti Islam: Let’s Not Simply Blame the West).

AsSajjad Movement hopes the state government led by the Pakatan Rakyat sets a good example in respecting the rights of minorities.