KUALA LUMPUR: The commendable moral virtues of Prophet Muhammad SAW should be emulated by Malaysians, says Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
His Majesty said all of his subjects should follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad in their daily communication by practising honesty and avoiding slander and lies.
"Unnecessary bad words when you speak or when writing on social media; abusive words, lies, slander and defamation will only destroy the stability and the harmony of our country," said the King.
"Let us learn from history on the civilisations and world powers that fell due to a dominant culture of fitnah (slander)," he said in his speech at the national-level 2023 (1445H) Maulidur Rasul celebration held at Putrajaya International Convention Centre on Thursday (Sept 28).
His Majesty said after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, slander led to a tragic event in Islamic history through the assassination of the third caliph Saidina Uthman Affan.
"That’s how 'fitnah' (slander) and deception can be; not only did it shed the blood of a great Islamic leader but it also destroyed the harmony and stability of the country.
Al-Sultan Abdullah said Muslims have always been reminded to avoid and stay away from people who do not speak the truth.
The teachings of Islam brought by the 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.
His Majesty also said that the Sirah (history) of Prophet Muhammad 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 King said the Messenger of Allah had brought the message of Islam to continue to rise and develop in the Middle East and that it became the trigger for the progress and success of communities in other continents which were in darkness at that time.
His Majesty also said 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 the Maulidur Rasul, Al-Sultan Abdullah also called on 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.
Al-Sultan Abdullah 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 said that Maqasid Syariah (paramount objectives in Islamic Law) should be used 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.
The King also said that in conjunction with the national-level Prophet Muhammad's birthday celebration this year, the people should be determined and committed to continue to practice the teachings brought by the Prophet.
Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah also attended the celebration, themed, ‘Perpaduan Teras Malaysia MADANI’ (Unity the Pillar of Malaysia MADANI).
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.