The beginning of the Islamic New Year recalls a crucial turning point in the history of Islamic glory, namely the migration of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from the Holy City of Mecca to a blessed and luminous city, that is, the Radiant City of Medina. Every year, we are certain to call to mind this great event and take to heart the lesson it imparts, which has become the basis of the brilliant light of the teachings and tenets of Islam over the entire world, traversing continents and time. Islamic law eternally brightens life and is a mercy unto all beings.
Migration is also a concept that has taken Muslims to the helm of world administration and leadership for the express purpose of ridding the world of tyranny for all time. The Muslim community succeeded in becoming the sole superpower that was respected by friends and foes alike, in an age that did not have the facilities we enjoy today. Muslims also ruled justly, providing protection to all under their rule over vast areas of the globe. Till today, no superpower has been able to match the feat of the Muslims of yore. All the rules and regulations laid down by Islam must be fully understood and implemented by all Muslims in order to gain the acceptance of Allah, the Most Glorified and Exalted.
The concept of migration, that is, leaving behind the bad and the negative and moving forward to embrace the good and the positive, would be highly appropriate for the denizens of UUM to adopt and put into practice. The practice of migrating from negative attitudes that invite disgrace and moral ruin to positive ones that bolster self-respect and moral rectitude will certainly result in transforming UUM into a prestigious seat of learning renowned for its academic excellence and respected academicians and administrators. Further, we would be able to produce excellent and competitive graduates just as the migration of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) inspired the formation of a community that was exceptional in terms of its economy, moral character, and administration, as well as its emergence as a world superpower that flourished under the protection of absolute Islamic justice.
On the occasion of Maal Hijrah 1437, I would like to appeal to all the members of the UUM campus community, specifically the employees, to join hands to do our best and to work on cultivating the soul and spirit that imbued the migration of the Prophet (peace be upon him) so as to gain the momentum to continue to transform and reform for the sake of our beloved institution.
Salam Maal Hijrah.
Wabillahi Taufik Walhidayah, Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Professor Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Translated by Ravi Rao
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