YANG di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has called on the people to emulate the Prophet Muhammad’s noble character in speaking the truth, being honest and avoiding slander and lies.
Sultan Abdullah said words in the form of insults, lies and slander only undermine the country’s stability and harmony.
“Let us take heed of the fall and collapse of civilisation and the great powers of the world as a result of the culture of slander that dominated and festered in the lives of its people,” His Majesty said in conjunction with the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre today.
His Majesty said that after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, the phenomenon of slander led to a tragic event in Islamic history through the assassination of the third caliph Saidina Uthman Affan.
“That’s how great a fitnah (slander) and deception could be, not only shed the blood of a great Islamic leader but has also destroyed the harmony and stability of the country.”
Muslims have always been reminded to avoid and stay away from people who do not speak the truth, he added.
The teachings of Islam brought by Prophet Muhammad encompassed various aspects of human life, including navigating and governing a country with various races and religions as well as a spectrum of different socio-economic positions.
The king said the sirah (history) of the prophet also reflects his expertise in governing a country.
“Through his wisdom, Prophet Muhammad has succeeded in freeing mankind from ignorance and building a civilised generation.”
The Messenger of Allah had brought the message of Islam to continue to rise and develop in the Middle East and it became the trigger for the progress and success of communities on other continents that were in darkness at the time, he added.
Benchmark of human values
His Majesty pointed out that the prophet’s noble character was seen as a benchmark of human values in the world’s community.
In conjunction with the celebration of Maulidur Rasul, Sultan Abdullah also urged the people to continue upholding the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
“By doing so, we will be able to develop a civilised, successful, harmonious and prosperous country with its people embodying the virtues of humanity,” he said.
The Agong is also optimistic that Malaysia will reach the peak of real success when Islamic law and the prophet’s noble character serve as the basis of the country’s governance.
He urged for the use of Maqasid Syariah (paramount objectives in Islamic law) as a basic framework in the delivery of services so that the welfare of the people, which is the government’s responsibility, continues to be safeguarded.
Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah also attended the Maulidur Rasul celebration, themed ‘Perpaduan Teras Malaysia Madani’ (Unity the Pillar of Malaysia Madani).
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. – Sept 28, 2023