Dr. Amini Amir Abdullah
13th February 2009
The approach of Islam Hadhari is sort of the foundation of ummah advancement. If we want changes, we have to implement a policy which can create a new civilization. It is possible for Muslims in Malaysia to become pioneers of a new civilization if we fully understand why the approach of Islam Hadhari has been introduced.
Is it possible for us to regain our intellectual and civilizational superiority? Yes, if we can develop the potentials of youth by concentrating on their personality with faith (aqidah), syari’ah and integrity until they become a glorious Quranic generation. Saidina Ali bin Abi Thalib, Khalid bin Al-Walid, Usamah bin Zaid and many others were the examples of remarkable youths during the time of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w..
We need more effort to make the Malaysian people understand and accept the approach of Islam Hadhari. We also are facing problems with those who tries to confuse people by misinterpreting the approach of Islam Hadhari. We need to picture the dynamic and progressive image of Islam by returning to Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah.
In the field of economy, Islam can play a vital role. Islam and syari'ah can be regarded as tools for economic development. The government took the effort to make Islam in Malaysia synonymous with economic progress and modernization. Under the approach of Islam Hadhari, Islamic principles are being interpreted to fit into the requirements of the general mainstream economy. Islamic Finance System, Islamic Banking, Islamic Security, Islamic Insurance, Islamic Capital, Halal Hub, Non-Interest Banking System are the examples of such efforts. The development of Islamic economy in Malaysia is able to enhance the Muslim competitiveness so that they can enjoy a prosperous life in this world. Poverty elimination programmes are another agenda of the government which manifests good governance.
We also have to create awareness of the importance of Islam among Muslims. Islam can become a source of strength. We also should resolve any ethnic conflicts and address issues related to language, youth, education, rural-urban imbalances and Malay identity and rights. The most important section of the Malay community to be concentrated on is the young, well-educated, middle class and urban-based group. We should also play a leading role and use religious slogans and ideology in returning to Islam as a way of restoring Malay unity and integrity. We should work together for the social and economic betterment of Malaysia. We also should fight against fanaticism, radicalism and extremism so that it cannot become scourge in our country.