KOTA KINABALU, SABAH – The United Sabah Islamic Association (Usia) President Tun Sakaran Dandai has urged the Muslim community to avoid conflict among themselves.
He said in order to drive Islam forward, Muslims must continue to love their fellow Muslims and keep away from conflicts as well as disputes despite differences in views and principles of life.
He said this when delivering his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message in a statement here, Wednesday.
He went on to say that there are many challenges and realities that the Muslim community must face, thus on-going efforts to produce a peaceful and harmonious country should be maintained.
“Let’s set our differences aside so that we can move together to build a better future,” he said.
According to him, unity among races which existed for many years has become the axis of the existence of multiracial, religious and cultural communities that is has become the pillars and the most important asset in the creation of Malaysia.
“We therefore hope that the Muslim community, especially Malaysians, can push aside negative, baseless and defamatory elements which will cause turmoil and destroy what has been build.
“Let the Ramadhan month be a good way to train and familiarise yourself with the noble qualities of patience and being grateful because the practice of fasting is a spiritual journey to test one’s religious and physical capabilities,” he said.
He said that Ramadhan would have made the individual willing to work harder, improve his skills and have the willingness to use all the opportunities wisely to embrace a brighter life.
Sakaran also urge the Muslim community to be inspired by the meaning of Islamic teachings in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri by supporting truth, justice and peace among people as well as being generous in charity towards helping the needy.
“Practice the tradition of visiting each other on this glorious day, have Open Houses, respect the elders, love our young, and celebrate with our relatives and guests by serving a variety of Hari Raya snacks,” he said.
He also prayed for those returning to their hometowns and for their safe journey.
“Take care of your family and yourself, don’t forget to make sure your homes are properly secured before leaving for your hometown, inform your neighbours or the police of your absence,” he said while wishing everyone a Selamat Hari Raya.