KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in the country ushered in the beginning of the new Islamic calendar with a call from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail to move forward as leaders of knowledge and technology in this century.
More than 3,000 people gathered at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here where the national-level Maal Hijrah celebration was held.
The Queen Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and several Cabinet members were also present.
The celebration marked the start of the Muslim year 1427 and witnessed the reciting of the holy verses of the Quran, nasyid and the recognition of individuals who had contributed to the progress of Islam in the country.
The theme for this year’s celebration was Excellence in Knowledge, Thrust for Muslims’ Glory.
The King said the theme was apt in the face of current challenges faced by Muslims.
He said Malaysia’s prosperity today was proof that Muslims were a dynamic community and had huge potential to achieve excellence.
“A culture to acquire and honour knowledge must be instilled and nurtured so that more Muslim experts and technocrats can be produced,” he said.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin also hoped that with all the strategies, planning and action taken by the Government, the objective to transform Malaysia into a developed nation would become a reality.
The King, however, cautioned that the nation’s progress must be balanced with moral values and ethics.
“Progress and regress of a race hinge on the values of life held and practised by them,” he said.
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