Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Alhamdulillah the Jamuan Hari Raya Aidil Adha Melayu UK yesterday went very well. Attendance was much much more than what we expected even though many of our members were on holidays abroad. We are glad with the attendance of members who have missed our events for many years, proving that our members still value Melayu UK even though they have not been active for a number of years.
Our membership has been increasing and the uniqueness of Melayu UK is that we are very focused on our target group i.e. Malays who are resident in the UK. There is no nationwide Malay organisation in the UK that can rival Melayu UK. The organisations that were set up by early Malay settlers who arrived in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s have unfortunately become dysfunctional because of the decline of membership. Malay students organisations are dependent on the fluctuating and temporary status of Malay students in the UK. Politically-aligned Malay organisations are subject to political changes and may knowingly or unknowingly promote enmity over unity. Other Malay organisations are very localised and do not have the nationwide appeal.
Our focus on resident Malays means that our membership can only increase over time and Melayu UK will progress as the young generation UK-born Malays continues to be more dominant in our activities and leadership. The children who attended our events in the early days of Melayu UK are now adults and many of them have children. Our aim is to pass on Melayu UK to this young generation. Our activities will be geared to make it more appealing to this target group and we urge our members to contribute to make this happen.
We have been accommodating different preferences for membership since the start of Melayu UK. We started by having online registration for membership and those accepted were added to the Melayu UK Yahoogroup. As time goes by, with lots of irrelevant postings, many members quit the Yahoogroup and get listed on our ex-directory. With the popularity of social networking, we are now recruiting new members through the Melayu UK Facebook. Not every member has Facebook account and unfortunately our membership register will continue to be on different platforms.
Melayu UK have survived all these years even without the need to impose any membership fee. The key to our survival is the sincere help from our members who have put in their time and spent their money to make Melayu UK a success. May Allah protect them, increases the iman, increase their knowledge, reward them with rizq in multiple times of what they have contributed, give them better jobs, make their businesses flourish and give them good health. May Allah strengthen Melayu UK and make our members better Malays and better Muslims and make us become exemplary people in the UK. Amin.
Melayu UK has been providing a zakat collection service since 2004. The service has been a great help to our members and also provides a conveniet way of fullfilling one of the pillars of Islam. This is especially true for members who live away from Muslim communities.
Over the past years we have noticed that more and more members are using our service. Because of the importance of zakat, this service is open to all Muslims regardless of whether they are Melayu UK members or not. We have also distributed the zakat annually in accordance to the shari'ah.
Over the past years, our zakat collection has been distributed to the poor and needy in Southern Thailand. Please keep on paying zakat through Melayu UK as every Sterling Pound collected means a lot to those people.
Perhimpunan Keluarga has been one of the key activities of Melayu UK and have brought members young and old together. Through Perhimpunan Keluarga, members have been able to feel and benefit the presence of the other members is a physical setting. Perhimpunan Keluarga, which normally last for 3 days, is normally filled with activities such as archery, orienteering, tug-o-war, pioneering, barbeque. It also enables members to socialise in a welcoming atmosphere, not just through talking but also through doing things together such as preparation of food, organising of activities and empowering the children. Children also enjoyed the various activities amongst them and also showed their talents through activities as well as presentations.
We are happy to inform everyone that we will be having a Perhimpunan Keluarga this year. Hopefully the Perhimpunan Keluarga be more successful that those held in previous years. We have invaluable experience in organising Perhimpunan Keluarga in the past and InshaAllah this year’s Perhimpunan Keluarga will be more exciting. As before, we have chosen our Perhimpunan Keluarga venue at a scout camp because of the availability of facilities such as indoor accommodation and a variety of activities. Camping is also allowed for those who prefer the excitement of camping.
The president of PISANG, Hamidi Abdul Rahman, was given the honour of delivering a speech to the Patani Malay Youth Association in Europe event on 23rd August 2014. Patani youths from The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden gathered in Hamburg, Germany for a 2-day event. This was the first gathering organised by the Patani Malay youth in Europe. The population of Patani Malay youths in Europe is increasing and they plan to organise further gatherings in other cities in Europe.
Ramadhan is a time when we try to increase our spirituality. It is a time when we endeavour various struggles and determined to be successful in our endevour in our spiritual journey. We can manage with skipping daily routines such as coffee or tea break. We can afford to miss our lunch even during the long daylight hours of summer but yet we are still carrying our daily obligations as normal. In addition to those, we spend more time at night in prayers in search for more spirituality.
Ahli Jawatan Kuasa Melayu UK, Ahli Jawatan Kuasa Melayu UK Youth serta wakil-wakil kawasan mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin kepada semua warga Melayu UK. Semoga hari dan bulan yang mulia ini dapat mengeratkan lagi persaudaraan sesama kita serta meningkatkan komitmen kita untuk mengukuhkan persatuan kita, bak kata pepatah "Yang berat sama dipikul, yang ringan sama dijinjing".
Kami mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha Maaf Zahir dan Batin kepada semua warga Melayu UK. Semoga hari yang mulia ini akan mengeratkan lagi persahabatan di antara kita. Walau pun Melayu UK tidak mengadakan majlis sambutan secara besar-besaran tetapi kami berharap warga Melayu UK akan dapat merayakan hari yang mulia ini bersama kenalan yang berdekatan.
Ahli Jawatan Kuasa Melayu UK and Melayu UK Youth mengucapkan selamat menyambut bulan Ramadhan kepada semua ahli. Semoga bulan yang mulia ini dipenuhi dengan pelbagai ibadah dan kunjung-mengunjung untuk merapatkan lagi tali persaudaraan sesama kita.
The committee members of Melayu UK and Melayu UK Youth wish all our members Ramadhan Mubarak. May this blessed month be filled with lots of ibadah and visits to strengthen the brotherhood/sisterhood amongst us.
Perhimpunan Keluarga 2009 aka camping at Ashworth Valley Scout Camp went very well over the weekend. The camping attracted participants from various races, Muslims and non-Muslims. Once again the Malay community in the UK has shown that they do not just mixed around with Malays only. Mixing around with Malays only will prevent personal development and is likened to the Malay proverb "Seperti katak di bawah tempurung" (like a frog under the coconut shell).