NILAI, March 2, 2017 – The Malaysian government has approved the establishment of King Salman Centre for International Peace in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) campus. The Centre is jointly established by both Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia; and Muslim World League (Rabitah al-Alam al-Islami).
According to Prof. Dato’ Dr Musa Ahmad, the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), this is indeed a huge appreciation to USIM and he is very grateful for the trust shouldered on USIM to manage the global centre.
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to both leaders of Malaysia and Saudi Arabia for their belief in USIM to run the King Salman Centre for International Peace. We hope that through this centre, we are able to significantly contribute to the country and international communities,” he said.
“In the recent years, we can see numbers of wars, conflicts and battles which has led to instable and chaotic environment of Muslim countries. USIM would like to be those who are in the front liners in sustaining peace and harmony of the world; and to uphold the holy name of Islam and its ummah. I believe that when our name is officially mentioned by the government for this project, the pride definitely goes to our academicians and experts who are always at the back of the government’s aspiration in playing significant role in the global arena,” he added.
“Insha Allah, USIM will strive its effort to run the centre the best as it can, with the support from the Minister of Defence, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and the Muslim World League,” he concluded.
In the meantime, Prof Dato’ Dr Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) said that USIM has considerable expertise to assist government in propagating the right message or understanding of Islam to the world, including to the non-Muslim societies. This is in line with the moderation or Wasatiyyah concept, which is also supported by Malaysian and Saudi Arabian governments.
“USIM will fully collaborate with the government with regards to this matter. This centre is hoped to be able to reduce the negative perception towards Islam, and to rectify the motions that always associate Islam with radicalism and terrorism. In fact, I believe that radicalism and terrorism should be a stand-alone issue, and it should not be linked to any race or religion,” he elaborated further.
The Global Peace Centre will be officiated in three month’s time after the recent official visit of the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman Abdul Aziz Al-Saud to Malaysia. The proven the close relationship between the two governments.
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