Thailand's Malaysia Ambassador, Dato' Nazirah Hussain, Celebrated Maulid Nabi with a Diverse Thai and Malay Muslim and Non-Muslims Group at its Bangkok Embassy

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Praised as the First Ambassador in Thailand to Invite Thai Muslims to Attend the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) Maulid Nabi Celebrations

DATO’ NAZIRAH HUSSAIN

DATO’ NAZIRAH HUSSAIN

Maulid Nabi is the celebration for all over the world so we must keep recognition and respect. I’m very happy that a lot of people came here today.

On Saturday, June 15, Dato' Nazirah Hussain, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Thailand, celebrated Maulid-Nabi at Multi-Purpose Hall with a diverse Muslim group of 250 people arriving from all parts of Thailand.

Maulid Nabi tradition observes the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), occurring in the third month of the Islamic calendar, called Rabi’ al-awwal. Maulid Celebrations however are not restricted to that month only, as it can be held anytime in the year. During this time, all Muslims immerse themselves in his teachings while sharing their understanding and appreciation for his simple life, well lived. The festival has spread across the Muslim world and is now celebrated in many countries; this is especially so in Malaysia.

Maulid is rejoiced in a carnival manner with large processions in the street and decoration of homes and mosques. The focus is on distribution of charity and food while narrations of Prophet Muhammad’s life are poetically recited by school children. Recitations of the famous poem, Qaṣīda al-Burda by 13th century Arabic Sufi, Busiri mark the occasion.

For celebration today, Dato Nazirah commented: “Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds!" those who have believed and done righteous deeds - their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Maulid Nabi is the celebration for all over the world so we must keep recognition and respect. I’m very happy that a lot of people came here today. There are also non-Muslims who wish to witness the event.”

Commencing the event, award winning Nashid Group of young children, filled the room with their voices. Every word in the qasida was dipped in love and admiration for the beloved Prophet (s). This was followed by a recitation by a young Hafiz (7 years old). Allah be praised! Soon after Maghrib, the evening prayer, the audience eagerly sat to hear Mr. Samai Charoenchang –Vice President of the Central Islamic Council of Thailand, the keynote speaker, to highlight the beauty of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and how his example to human kind is a key to the gates of paradise.

He began by giving high praise to Dato Nazirah for her visionary work. Everywhere she goes, she seems to receive massive praise from fellow Thai Muslims all through Thailand. Just today she invited Thai Muslims not only in Bangkok but also from Pattani, Narathiwat, and Udon Thani, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Bangkok, etc. The “Selawat” which are praises for the last Messenger Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was rendered in a heart warning way. The Isha Prayers followed by a Sunnah Meal (eaten in a tray with the fingers) concluded the evening.

The revelations (or Ayah, lit. "Signs [of God]") — which the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) reported receiving until his death – form the verses of the Quran, regarded by Muslims as the "Word of God" and around which, the religion is based. Muslims believe the Quran to be the book of divine guidance and direction for humanity and believe that the Quran has solutions to all the problems of humanity irrespective of how complex they may be and in what age, they occur. The mission of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was to get people at large to understand so that all Muslims believe One True God (Allah), the Creator and sustainer of the universe. His mission was also to demonstrate and preach the laws of moral, ethical, legal, social conduct and matters of significance for humanity at large. Islam was sent as a mercy to mankind and all creatures in the universe.

Mr. Manat Suebsantikul, assistant director to The Halal Science Center Chulalongkorn University, who attended this gatherings said, “I thought the speech was very eye-opening in embracing the greatness of our Prophet(s).”

As the event ended, a group of nasheeds presented an expression of love to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Mr. Samai also gave an exclusive interview at his delight in attending today’s celebration. “Thanks to H.E. Dato Nazirah for organizing this celebration. This is in order to build and better the relationship between Thai and Malaysia. Thailand and Malaysia have excellent cooperation together in many examples, e.g. the Halal industry.”

“Malaysia has taken the concept of culture as a link between Thailand and the Malaysia Muslim community like a chain that links Muslim communities together. Malaysia is a country with fascinating people, high quality people. This should be a good example for the development of our people as a motto for the "Islamic Way, Universal Vision” way of universal Islamic vision.”

Dr Aree Wongboonkerd – Vice President of the Office of Islamic Committee of Bangkok Metropolitan also said, "Dato Nazirah, through the Embassy of Malaysia was the first ambassador in Thailand to invite Thai Muslims to attend the Maulid Nabi event. Dato Nazirah has excellent cooperation with Thai communities. I recall an event of the ‘Yateem’ (Orphan) organized by The Office of Islamic Committee of Bangkok Metropolitan recently where she whole-heartedly supported our project. He expects Thai Muslims to have more cooperation together in order to build up unity for bargaining power with Thai government.”

Mr. Mohamad Nizan Mohamad, DCM/Minister/HMC, stated, the “Maulid Nabi celebration is very grand. This is the second time in Thailand where we invited Thai Muslims from all over Thailand to join celebrations with us. We will continue doing this every year under the leadership of Dato Nazirah. Maulid Nabi helps Muslim brothers and sisters get together, to enhance Islam teaching and knowledge especially to younger generations. We also would like to have more awareness for Muslims in Bangkok for this grand event. Thai and Malaysians, through the Malaysia Embassy, have close relations together for long time and we hope that this relationship continues and more.”

“I would like to wish Happy Maulid as a Muslim to show our love to our prophet through this celebration, to sincerely love and practice well under the guidance of the Prophet through the Holy Quran and Sunnah. To show to our people and to all others that Islam is a way of life with this continuation of Maulid Nabi.”

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