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.