MCSC SER 50/2021 UPDATES NO 16/2021
COMMANDANT’S UPDATE ON ISLAMIC NEW YEAR 1443H
MCSC SER 50/2021
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful All the praises and thanks be to Allah Almighty, the Giver of bountiful blessings and gifts. Prayers and peace of Allah be upon the noble Prophet and upon his family and companions, the honorable followers.
Ladies and gentlemen, muslims around the world welcome another new year in the Islamic calendar. Shukr (gratitude) to Allah SWT for we have come to the end and of 1442H and the beginning of 1443H. It was 1443 years ago that Prophet Muhammad and the early muslims migrated from Makkah to Madinah, which marked the first year of the hijrah calendar. We have come to a new year where should feel thankful and grateful for Allah SWT has given us another opportunity to prove ourself as humble servant if this world.
Despite of what is going on around the world today, especially in bracing through the pandemic, it is not comparable to what the Prophet Muhammad and his companions had experienced in making the hijrah from Mecca to Madinah. The hijrah has significance not just to the Islamic world but also to world civilisation. It did not merely signify a final destination for Makkah Muslims, but was also the beginning of a continuous effort to establish a strong and resilient ummah.
When I look at Cohort 50/2021, with its multiracial and multireligious participants, we have so much to learn from the hijrah historical episode. As time goes by, we should be integrated and stronger as a cohort. Respect, tolerance and mutual understanding should be the essence of relationships among fellow FM/DS and course participants. What we are learning here is not only to defend our respective nations but also lessons in nation-building, leadership, tolerance, charity and unselfish conducts that could lead to the transformation of self, mindset and way of life as Prophet Muhammad has taught us.
The New Year has crawled in and we do not know what is in store for us in the coming year. We are ignorant as to where our life will head to. It is our hope that Allah SWT allow us to begin this New Year with the door of forgiveness. I pray and plead that Allah will continue to shower us with taufiq (prosperity) and hidayah (guidance) to us in this year for us to continue to do good deeds and a harmonious life. InsyaAllah.
ILMU HIKMAT GAGAH
KNOWLEDGE IS THE SOURCE OF STRENGTH
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1 MUHARRAM 1443H/9 AUGUST 2021