• On-Line Zakat Payment Facilities

    This service provides a convenient way of fullfilling one of the pillars of Islam. 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.

  • Hari Raya Party

    Eid ul-Fitr (a celebration to mark the end of the fasting month, Ramadan) and Eid ul-Adha are joyous times for Muslims. Melayu UK organises Eid parties on these occasions..

  • Perhimpunan Keluarga

    We organise Perhimpunan Keluarga to enable members and their family to get together for a few days for socialising. Perhimpunan Keluarga is also packed with various activities such as archery, orienteering, tog-o-war, pioneering and BBQ. Children who have been to Perhimpunan Keluarga still have vivid memories of the enjoyment that they experienced during their childhood years.

  • Learn to read the Quran

    Our members are scattered across the UK and many live is areas where there are few Muslims and getting the opportunities to learn about Islam is limited. Those who would like to learn how to read the Quran can now subscribe to an online self-learning system at http://mytajwid.pisang.uk

  • Counselling Services

    Counselling services can be obtained from PISANG (Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group), a Malay-driven not-for-profit organisation. Please visit their website www.pisang.uk for more information.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 20:43

Zakat Collection Service

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.

Zakat Distribution

Over the past years, our zakat collection has been distributed to the poor and needy. Please keep on paying zakat through Melayu UK as every Sterling Pound collected means a lot to those people.

Last modified on Thursday, 23 May 2019 21:06
Sunday, 19 May 2019 22:04

Quran Tuition

Assalamu alaikum.

 

Whenever Ramadan come, there are so many things that we want to do to uplift our spirituality. Ramadan is associated with the revelation of the Quran. We are excited if we can join tarawih prayers where the imam will complete the whole Quran in the month of Ramadan. We also wish and endure to complete reciting the whole of the Quran during the month of Ramadan. Completing the whole Quran will bring great satisfaction to us. Many of the pious completed Quran much faster that what we aim for. Imam ash-Shafi’i completed the Quran twice a day in the month of Ramadan. “Wow! Are you kidding?” “We struggle to complete the Quran in one month and how come that guy can complete it in half a day?” Our first impression might be of disbelief because we compare the capability of Imam ash-Shafii with ourselves or with the people around us. According to Imam an-Nawawi, the practice of the first three generations of Muslims differs in the time taken to complete the recitation of the whole Quran. Some took a few days to complete. Some completed 8 times in a day i.e. 4 times during daytime and 4 times at night, with As-Sayyid al-Jalil ibnul Katib ash-Shufi as one of them.

It is a great achievement and satisfaction whenever we complete the Quran. However, we live in a period where not everybody knows how to read the Quran. There can be many reasons and some of the reasons were beyond our control. For example, when there were very few Muslims in the UK in the 1960s or 1970s, there was basically no infrastructure for the teaching of Quran. As a result, many Muslims who were children during those period do not know how to read the Quran. Trying to learn how to read when they are adults can be very embarrassing. Some will memorise a few surahs like Al-Fatihah, the three or four Quls and ayat al-Kursi to arm themselves against the evils of shaitan for the rest of their lives.

 

Nowadays there are many mosques and places where parents can send their children to learn how to read the Quran. However location and timing may not suit parents. Not all parents have the time to teach their children at home and some parents also do not know how to read the Quran. We are not here to put the blame on anyone but we need to acknowledge that there is a problem and we need to address this problem and provide the necessary solutions.

 

Melayu UK can provide an online personal tutorial service for teaching how to read the Quran and also for checking or improving your recitation. The fee is £10 per 50-minute session. This service is open to all regardless of age, sex or whether they are members of Melayu UK. So please let others know about this service. Lessons will be taught by Ustaz Husny and you can contact him directly to book any lessons.

 

Ustaz Husny contact details:
Telephone, WhatsApp: 07450 211453
FB: Ahm Hus Moh

Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:06

Loving and caring our younger members

Assalamu alaikum.

 

Ramadan is a month that we are conscious of its start, conscious of its end and conscious of every day in between. It is unlike any other months. During other months we sometimes don’t even remember what month we are in. This consciousness of the month of Ramadan is true when we are adults and also true when we were children. Is a month that we experience fasting for first time during our childhood days. Each day that we successfully completed our fast was a big achievement for us. We were proud of those achievements and frequently compare them with our friends. So, after all, staying hungry for long hours wasn’t a punishment but an enjoyment. We had the motivation to do so because those around us were also doing the same thing. Our perception can change. Our perception of refraining from having food was no longer perceived as a punishment but was perceived as a challenge. The completion of any challenge is an achievement that brings satisfaction. Our negative perception changed to a positive perception even though the hunger remains the same.

 

Our childhood experience will have an impact throughout our life. If we have a troublesome childhood and the issues have not been resolved, we will face a lot of issues during our adulthood. If we don’t have any interesting events during our childhood, we can turn out to be a boring person with nothing to smile about our past. If as a child we were loving, sharing and caring, those qualities will carry on into our adulthood. To be loving, sharing and caring will simply be natural to us without the need for other to remind us. Our childhood is in the past. We can never change it. However we can shape the childhood of the younger members of our community. We can make them feel that Melayu UK is also for them and not just for the adults. We can make them feel that Melayu UK is about creating a loving, caring, sharing community and this can be part of the culture of everybody regardless of their age. We can’t just rely on telling our younger members to be loving, caring and sharing and teach them the theoretical lessons followed by the instructions. If all of us show by example to have a loving, caring, sharing attitude then our younger members will develop those qualities. Show our generosity to them and the will grow up to become generous people InshaAllah.

 

We have launched the Young People’s Comic Competition and our younger members will be able to submit their work from 1st June until 1st August 2019. We hope that the competition will be an event that will enable our younger members to make new friends and realise that they are part of the bigger community called Melayu UK. Eight prizes totalling £510 will be given to the winners. Please visit our website www.melayu.org.uk for details. This is also an opportunity for us, the older members, to contribute towards the prizes. It only take 100 persons to contribute £5 each to raise £500. Every pound that we contribute will create a big smile to our younger members. Those who want to contribute toward the prizes can make their donation into our bank account:

 

Bank: Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-96-96
Account Number: 50430368
Account Name: Melayu UK

 

 

Congratulations and thanks to Naomi Macklin-Carr, the founder of Anafiya Gifts (anafiya.com) for sharing her story on Islam Channel. Naomi is an active member of Melayu UK. Her story behind the setting up of Anafiya Gifts is truly inspiring. It took a non-Malay to recognise the richness and the beauty of the Malay culture. Our young generation of Malays born and bred in the UK will never experience the richness of the Malay culture if our community become more and more individualistic. Culture can only survive if it is practised by a community and personal interaction within the community is a key component of keeping the culture alive. In this age of technology, personal interactions have been replaced with non-personal interaction that has no emotional content. This is a global phenomenon. For example, rewind back a few decades in the UK. Whenever we buy anything from the shop, we will be greeted with “Hi Love” which has a positive emotional impact. Nowadays with the popularity of online shopping, the emotional interaction between the seller and buyer is absent.

 

The human nature is to be good and every culture has something good in them. For example, queueing is part of the British culture and not part of the culture of some Muslims. In fact queueing is enjoined by Islam. To reject in total the culture of any community is simply not correct. Any good aspects of any culture can be practised. Our young generation of Malays in the UK are deprived of the full Malay culture and are exposed to other cultures. However exposure to other cultures is not an issue. Our young generation have a triple heritage and are exposed to three major cultures i.e. Islam, Malay and British. One can become a better person by practising the good aspects of the three cultures. It is important that our young generation can pick the best of each culture.

 

A talk on “Living with Triple Heritage” was delivered at our Perhimpunan Keluarga 2003. You can view the video on our website http://melayu.org.uk/…/2-unc…/3-living-with-triple-heritage…. The richness and beauty of the Malay culture is not just for the Malays. For us, we must not forget that we still have the task of enriching the whole world with the beauty of the Malay culture. This task can only be successful if done collectively.

Monday, 13 May 2019 22:14

Continuous deeds

Assalamu alaikum.

 

Ramadan come and go. Every year during Ramadan, we increase our amals (deeds) so as to get more rewards. It would be nice if these amals can be sustained forever so that we get rewarded forever. However that is not the case. After Ramadan, we are back to normal and our normal means doing less than what we do in Ramadan.

 

During Ramadan we get motivated by others. For example everybody is eager to do tarawih prayers and we also get motivated to do the same even though the 20 rakaats of tarawih prayer can be very tiring especially when Ramadan falls during the summer months. We find these deeds easier to be done in congregation. By seeing the determination of others, we also feel determined to do the same or better. After Ramadan we tend to do less and subsequently the rewards we get will be lesser. Is it possible for us do some good deeds that we start in Ramadan for example and get rewarded forever even after the end of Ramadan?

 

The answer is yes if the deed that we do is classified under amal jariyah or continuous deeds. The rewards we get will not be limited to our lifetime but will also be extended after our death. So amal jariyah is indeed a very good investment opportunity that brings tremendous profitability. Deeds that come under the category of amal jariyah are plentiful. These can be the teaching of beneficial knowledge or the raising up of pious children who will supplicate for us after our death. It can also be the building of infrastructures such as well, irrigation or anything that benefit people for a long time. The method of building infrastructure changes through time. In the past the delivery of knowledge, for example, were though personal teaching and books but the advancement in technology has brought new ways of building infrastructures for the delivery of knowledge.

 

Infrastructures last a long time and building them demand a collective effort. As a community, we have to think of building the necessary infrastructures that our descendants can benefit even after our death. Our deeds in building the infrastructures will be our amal jariyah and we will be rewarded after death for the tiny investment that we made during our lifetime. We can give a lot of suggestions, but suggestions alone will not materialise unless it is accompanied with the determination to make it happen. Let us work together in identifying the infrastructures that can build collectively so as to benefit the current and future generations of Malays in the UK. Let us make this Ramadan as a trigger to embark on a new amal jariyah infrastructure project. By working collectively, the impossible can become doable inshaAllah.

Friday, 10 May 2019 22:18

Ramadan and spirituality

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah.

 

Even though we have to fast for long hours, Ramadan is never taken as a burden for us. Instead we get happier during Ramadan by doing more prayers, reciting the Quran more than any other normal months and increasing other forms of ibadah. Ramadan is never taken as an obstacle to productivity, instead we can prove to ourselves that we are capable of realising our true potential. It is a month when we reflect on ourselves, trying to be a better person than the previous months and trying to increase our spirituality so that we get closer to our Creator. We are also capable of controlling our tongue so as not to offend others. We can have patience even in challenging conditions that provoke anger. We can be a caring sharing, generous person that comes out of our own conscience. All these prove that inside our body is a better soul that we have suppressed for so long.

 

Ramadan is not about the increase of personal spirituality in isolation from the community. Instead, every ibadah that we do in Ramadan reflects how much we should contribute to the community and how much we should be an active member of the community. We never blame the poor for being poor but instead we share the sorrow of the poor through proactive efforts by being generous. Our small donations can never make anyone rich but the collective effort of our donation will make many people happy. True, that money cannot buy happiness. It is not the money that makes the poor happy. It is the thought and gratitude that someone somewhere cares for them that makes the poor happy. The true objective of giving is not to make someone rich but to give happiness just like the reasons why we give presents to our children. We will understand the pleasure of giving if we have experienced the pleasure of receiving.

 

As an effort to raise fund, Melayu UK will be setting up a stall at Oxford Eid Extravaganza. The event, in its fifth year, will be held in Oxford on Sunday 9th June 2019. The event is not just about Muslims celebrating Eid. It has proved to be the largest community event in Oxford that brings Muslims and non-Muslims together. Last year about 5000 people attended the event and more are expected this year. It is an event that we should be proud of because it builds cohesion between people of all ethnics and faiths. Please visit www.eidextravaganza.org for more details about the event.

Please support Melayu UK in our fundraising effort. We lack manpower and need your help in whatever form. Fundraising is important to Melayu UK. Without any fund, we will not be able to do any activity or to give anything to make someone happy. Fundraising, like fasting, requires effort. By realising the better soul within ourselves and having the right intention, our collective effort in fundraising can only bring us pleasure and happiness.

Ramadan kareem to everyone.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 22:44

Ramadan Karim

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Ramadan is a month that many people associate with generosity. It a month when we remember the pleasure of inviting others for iftar and we feel the pleasure to make generous donation on top of the obligatory zakat that we have to pay. It is a month that motivates us to do more ibadah.

Let us also make this Ramadan as an occasion that triggers our generosity to help build a better Melayu UK. We are trying to build the necessary infrastructure to enable the Malays in the UK to learn, know and practise the valuable Malay language and culture. Currently we are putting a lot of emphasis in attracting the young generation to be proactive in Melayu UK. Our Perhimpunan Keluarga will inshaAllah be held annually from now on. We are also organising a Young People’s Comic Competition with prizes totalling £500 and there are many more activities that we want to organise in the future.

With no revenue from membership fees, whatever infrastructure that we want to build or activities that we want to organise can only be achieved through a collective effort of “gotong royong” and “berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing”. As the human society becomes more individualistic, the spirit of gotong royong is becoming less common. However, this does not mean that gotong royong is no longer relevant. It is still relevant and important. It is also enjoined by Islam as stated in the Quran ÙˆÙŽØªÙŽØ¹ÙŽØ§ÙˆÙŽÙ†ÙÙˆØ§Ù’ عَلَى ٱلۡبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ‌ِ‌ۚ (meaning: Help ye one another in righteousness and piety)
 

I would like to invite all members to make this Ramadan as a trigger for our generosity in order to build a successful Melayu UK by making a monthly donation of £1. It is a small amount that can never make us poor. Through a collective gotong royong in fundraising, that small amount will be able to help us build the necessary infrastructure for our community. The easiest way for us to get the instant benefit of our £1 monthly donation is by having the intention of making the donation for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Please set up a monthly standing order of £1 into our Melayu UK general account:
 

Bank: Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-96-96
Account Number: 50430368
Account Name: Melayu UK

Ramadan karim to everyone.
 

Sunday, 05 May 2019 22:19

Ramadan and generosity

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

 

Ramadan is a month that many people associate with generosity. It a month when we remember the pleasure of inviting others for iftar and we feel the pleasure to make generous donation on top of the obligatory zakat that we have to pay. It is a month that motivates us to do more ibadah.

 

Let us also make this Ramadan as an occasion that triggers our generosity to help build a better Melayu UK. We are trying to build the necessary infrastructure to enable the Malays in the UK to learn, know and practise the valuable Malay language and culture. Currently we are putting a lot of emphasis in attracting the young generation to be proactive in Melayu UK. Our Perhimpunan Keluarga will inshaAllah be held annually from now on. We are also organising a Young People’s Comic Competition with prizes totalling £500 and there are many more activities that we want to organise in the future.

 

With no revenue from membership fees, whatever infrastructure that we want to build or activities that we want to organise can only be achieved through a collective effort of “gotong royong” and “berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing”. As the human society becomes more individualistic, the spirit of gotong royong is becoming less common. However, this does not mean that gotong royong is no longer relevant. It is still relevant and important. It is also enjoined by Islam as stated in the Quran وَتَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى ٱلۡبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ‌ِ‌ۚ (meaning: Help ye one another in righteousness and piety).

I would like to invite all members to make this Ramadan as a trigger for our generosity in order to build a successful Melayu UK by making a monthly donation of £1. It is a small amount that can never make us poor. Through a collective gotong royong in fundraising, that small amount will be able to help us build the necessary infrastructure for our community. The easiest way for us to get the instant benefit of our £1 monthly donation is by having the intention of making the donation for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Please set up a monthly standing order of £1 into our Melayu UK general account:

 

Bank: Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-96-96
Account Number: 50430368
Account Name: Melayu UK

Ramadan karim to everyone.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 10:40

Membership recruitment priority

Malays have settled in the UK for decades. The early Malays came and settled primarily in Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London. Their numbers have dwindled owing to death and the organisations that they formed have either disappeared or is now non-functional. The earliest student organisation KMUK (Kesatuan Melayu United Kingdom) has also died. However the death was not due to the decline in the number of Malay students but was the victim of student politics.

Melayu UK has to learn from the failures of earlier organisations. We cannot afford to be engaged in factional or party politics which will divide the members. As such Melayu UK has always been independent of political parties and has never and will never ever aligned itself to any political party. Melayu UK also cannot afford to be an exclusive club of those born in Malaysia as this will lead to natural death. Instead Melayu UK have to embraced the younger generations who were born and bred in the UK as the successor of the current leadership. This society really belongs to them as they are the ones who can truly claim to be Melayu UK. This society will eventually be run by British Malays, not Malaysian Malays. Many of the those who were born in Malaysia still think Malaysia as their home and engaged actively in discussions on Malaysian politics, unlike those born in the UK.

There are many Malay students organisation in the UK. However they have unstable membership simply because the membership lifespan of a member is defined by the duration of his or her study in the UK. You can join them but the members will disappear after a few years and every year you will have to know more new members whom you know will soon disappear.

Melayu UK is a community of permanent members and is not an organisation for those in transit. As more and more Malays are born in the UK, Melayu UK can only get bigger and become more prominent. We also have to embark on innovative membership recruitment programmes to create and enhance this growth in membership. Our recruitment programmes should primarily target the children and not the adults. The experience and excitement of attending Melayu UK activities during childhood will continue to be sweet memories throughout adulthood and until death. These sweet memories will create a love of Melayu UK that will the motivator for expanding and improving the society. After all, children born in the UK in this age will not experience or appreciate the sweet memories of "Lat the Kampung Boy". If we ignore the social and emotional needs of our children, they will possibly become individualistic in this Western society or they will become active in cyberspace but passive in the real world.

Perhimpunan Keluarga is one of our recruitment programmes. It is not just for adults but for the children as well, no matter how old they are. In fact, just like a family outing, the programme is more about ensuring that the children will have fun. As adults, we had our memorable childhood days. It is time for us to create memorable childhood days for the children.

Melayu UK is our investment for the future of the children. Our effort is actually “sadaqah jariah” or perpetual charity and we will continue to reap the rewards even after our death. Genuine commitment to make Melayu UK a success can only come from our conscience and sincere intention. With sincere intention, Allah will make it easy for us and we will never be depressed, inshaAllah.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:15

Having a reason for existence

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

 

Malays have settled in the UK for decades. The early Malays came and settled primarily in Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London. Their numbers have dwindled owing to death and the organisations that they formed have either disappeared or is now non-functional. The earliest student organisation KMUK (Kesatuan Melayu United Kingdom) has also died. However the death was not due to the decline in the number of Malay students but was the victim of student politics.

 

Melayu UK has to learn from the failures of earlier organisations. We cannot afford to be engaged in factional or party politics which will divide the members. As such Melayu UK has always been independent of political parties and has never and will never ever aligned itself to any political party. Melayu UK also cannot afford to be an exclusive club of those born in Malaysia as this will lead to natural death. Instead Melayu UK have to embraced the younger generations who were born and bred in the UK as the successor of the current leadership. This society really belongs to them as they are the ones who can truly claim to be Melayu UK. This society will eventually be run by British Malays, not Malaysian Malays. Many of the those who were born in Malaysia still think Malaysia as their home and engaged actively in discussions on Malaysian politics, unlike those born in the UK.

 

There are many Malay students organisation in the UK. However they have unstable membership simply because the membership lifespan of a member is defined by the duration of his or her study in the UK. You can join them but the members will disappear after a few years and every year you will have to know more new members whom you know will soon disappear.

Melayu UK is a community of permanent members and is not an organisation for those in transit. As more and more Malays are born in the UK, Melayu UK can only get bigger and become more prominent. We also have to embark on innovative membership recruitment programmes to create and enhance this growth in membership. Our recruitment programmes should primarily target the children and not the adults. The experience and excitement of attending Melayu UK activities during childhood will continue to be sweet memories throughout adulthood and until death. These sweet memories will create a love of Melayu UK that will the motivator for expanding and improving the society. After all, children born in the UK in this age will not experience or appreciate the sweet memories of "Lat the Kampung Boy". If we ignore the social and emotional needs of our children, they will possibly become individualistic in this Western society or they will become active in cyberspace but passive in the real world.

 

Perhimpunan Keluarga is one of our recruitment programmes. It is not just for adults but for the children as well, no matter how old they are. In fact, just like a family outing, the programme is more about ensuring that the children will have fun. As adults, we had our memorable childhood days. It is time for us to create memorable childhood days for the children.

Melayu UK is our investment for the future of the children. Our effort is actually “sadaqah jariah” or perpetual charity and we will continue to reap the rewards even after our death. Genuine commitment to make Melayu UK a success can only come from our conscience and sincere intention. With sincere intention, Allah will make it easy for us and we will never be depressed, inshaAllah.