PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet today endorsed the country’s new Islamic administrative policy paper, based on the Rahmah principles.
Rahmah stands for six qualities: amicable (ramah), peaceful (aman), harmonious (harmoni), genial (mesra), universal (alami) and respectful (hormat).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa said the policy paper gave emphasis to the “Rahmatan lil Alamin” (Mercy to all creation) concept.
“It is a concept that is universal, inclusive, transparent and will produce a harmonious society of various backgrounds, races and faiths,” he said.
“Rahmatan lil Alamin’ has been approved by the Rulers’ Council and has also been approved via a meeting of the Islamic National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia, which was chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on March 14.
The concept, which is based on “Maqasid Syariah” (goals and objectives of Syariah) and the Malaysian Model that is suited with the situation as well as Malaysians’ customs and culture, will hopefully, become a global benchmark in the future.
“With this policy, we hope there will be a positive change of perspective towards Islam, which is now being greatly tested with extremism and Islamophobia.
“Also, it is hoped that it will have positive impact on the people and this country from the aspects of social wellbeing, prosperity and unity,” he said.
Mujahid also said that all of these were in line with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto and the recently launched Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.
He said the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) would be the implementation agency and all other relevant agencies would be tasked to execute the policy based on their respective fields.
“The Islamic administration will also work with other ministries in fields with shared interests.
“God willing, the journey towards a Rahmah nation will be achieved with the cooperation of everyone.”