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NILAI, April 21 -- Muslims in the country have been urged to remain informed and take the opportunity to learn new skills to face current changes that are happening rapidly.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said Islamic scholars all over the world have called on all Muslims to change their way of thinking so that they can contribute better things to society and the whole world.
"Although Muslims all over the world have faced various challenges over the past few centuries, such as colonialism, conflicts and poverty, it should not be an obstacle to move forward in today's competitive world," he said in a video speech at the opening ceremony of Youth, Foresight And Civics Education (VALUES2021) at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) here today.
Also present was the United States ambassador to Malaysia, Brian D McFeeters as well as USIM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin.
Zulkifli said the country needs a young generation that is intellectually capable, has a global mindset, competitive, compassionate, with an extensive network of contacts, adding that a Muslim generation with a first-class mindset consists of those who read extensively and are constantly researching for the benefits of the ummah.
He said youths should not be confined to the old way of thinking and rely on limited reading as it would narrow their perspective.
“Exposure, contact with other cultures and external sources of knowledge must also be sought and expanded through language proficiency and various collaborations. Highly respected Muslim youths are those with good manners and high morals,” he added.
Zulkifli said one of the challenges faced by Muslim youths today was the influence of radical movements and groups hiding behind the religion whose activities and actions taint the image of Islam and pose threats to regional security.
He called on all parties to work together in educating youths to identify this threat and the best way to do it is to have the correct understanding of the religion, to adhere to societal values, and to understand the importance of democracy and civics in nationhood.