PUTRAJAYA, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- The non-official meeting of Religious Ministers of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (MABIMS) which is being held in Kuala Lumpur will take a new approach to promote Islam as a safe religion among non-Muslim countries in the region.
Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said Malaysia should take full advantage of the international scenario, especially with the United States' foreign policy which was more open towards Islam, to ensure we would not be left behind.
"This time around we also have an intellectual discourse where heads of foreign diplomats in Malaysia are invited. This is an exclusive event for the diplomats and academicians to meet Muslim leaders to ensure they understood the religion better," he told Bernama, here Tuesday.
Wan Mohamad said the five-day meeting which began yesterday was in conjunction with MABIMS 34th anniversary celebration held at the Putra World Trade Centre.
"This year's highlight would be the Executive Talk delivered by the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, entitled 'Muslim And the Challenges of Muslim Civilisation' scheduled for Thursday," he said.
He reiterated that the Executive Talk would be an exclusive affair attended by the four MABIMS' ministers, heads of departments and agencies, private agencies' representatives, intellectuals, scholars as well as diplomatic corp.
Wan Mohamad said other programmes to enlighten society on the advantages of the Islamic civilisation included MABIMS Youth road trip which began on Aug 6 to Aug 13, from Singapore to the Malaysian Islamic Training Institute in Bangi, Selangor.
This programme took 32 young Muslim missionaries, representing the four member countries, throughout Peninsula Malaysia and deployed to discuss social issues and problems with their peers from youth organisations as well as other less formal venues such as shopping complexes.
Wan Mohamad said matters pertaining to social illness and the economic development of the Ummah would also be discussed by religious scholars from member countries and representatives from Thailand and the Philippines.
"This time we will focus on the common moves to be taken in tackling the social problems in MABIMS member countries. We will look at both the global and the local problems.
"The success of an Islamic institution or an Islamic country is achieved when it manages to take Islam across the border by strengthening the educational institution and its ummah's economic domination," he added.