Special Khutbah in Conjuction with Federal Territories Day 2019
Pleasant Territory, Prosperous Community
February 1st, 1974 is definitely a date to be remembered Malaysian history. The moment witnessed the formation of Kuala Lumpur as the capital of Malaysia and a Federal Territory, followed by Labuan on April 16th, 1984 and Putrajaya on February 1st, 2001.
Since then, February 1st has been known as Federal Territories Day
The concept of Baldatun Toyyibatun wa Rabbun Ghafur (Good State and the Most Forgiving God) mentioned in Surah Saba' verse 15 is the best model in realizing the ‘Pleasant Territory, Prosperous Community’ slogan. Baldatun Toyyibatun (or ‘Good state’) has its special interpretation among scholars.
Among them is Imam Ibn Kathir Rahimahullah, who explained: "Other interpreters have stated that, a long time ago, in their home, there were no flies, mosquitoes, fleas, and venomous animals. It is due to good weather, a healthy nature, and the care of Allah SWT, that they may obey Him and worship Him." While on Wa Robbun Ghafur (or ‘the Most Forgiving God’), he says "that is your God, Most Oft-Forgiving, if you continue to obey Him".
In conclusion, Baldatun Toyyibatun wa Robbun Ghafur is a land that brings together the best of the environment, the best of its people, the kindness in the world and the good in the hereafter.
The Federal Territories are working towards Baldatun Toyyibatun wa Robbun Ghafur both physically and spiritually.
The environment is a gift bestowed by Allah SWT which is obligatory to be maintained and conserved better. Among the efforts that have been, and are being done, by the Ministry of Federal Territories is the River of Life Project which consists of three components, namely river cleaning, river beautification and commercialization, as well as tourism.
In addition to that, the Ministry of Federal Territories also began promoting the use of biodegradable products, including the ban on the usage of plastic drinking straws at all business premises selling food and beverages, with effect from 1st January 2019
Welfare of citizens in the Federal Territories will continue to be a major concern, particularly in terms of providing assistance to enable the target groups to own a more comfortable home through the Baiti Jannati @ Federal Territory program. It involves several agencies, such as the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Federal Territory Foundation (YWP) and several interested private corporations.
In addition, the Kuala Lumpur Homeless Transit Centre as a one stop centre for the homeless will continue to be strengthened to provide adequate opportunities and skills to homeless people in order to improve their future. We must also never forget the 28 Zakat Assistance Schemes for the asnaf provided by MAIWP which will continue with its promotions for greater reach.
In the context of human capital development, the Islamic Affairs Department (JAWI) is providing quality Islamic education for primary school goers through the seventy seven (77) primary religious school, one hundred and fifteen (115) KAFA schools and four (4) JAWI Integrated Religious Schools (Siraj) in the three territories, namely Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya. For preschoolers, the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Council has established eighty one (81) preschools.
The Islamic Affairs Department shall continue to strengthen the management, engagement, and also the infrastructure of mosques through the Standardised Certification for Federal Territories Mosques. The agenda involves eighty five (85) mosques and 110 suraus for Jumaat prayers. The RAHMAH Mosque program which is based on the concept of Friendly (Ramah), Peaceful (Aman), Harmony (Harmoni), Hospitable (Mesra), Environment Friendly (‘Alami) and Respect (Hormat) will continue to be developed in the Federal Territories throughout 2019.
To end this sermon, the following are the takeaways as a reminder for everyone:
First: The slogan "Pleasant Territory, Prosperous Community" should be reflected upon together, and acted on by every member of our multiracial community.
Second: The foundation for the formation of the Federal Territories as Baldatun Toyyibatun wa Rabbun Ghafur is through leaders and the community who are believers performing righteous deeds.
Third: All parties must unite and work together to realize the dream of Baldatun Toyyibatun wa Rabbun Ghafur in accordance with the principles of Rahmatan lil 'Alamin (A mercy to all creations), Maqasid Syariah (the purpose of Islamic faith) and in accordance with the Malaysian mould.
Allah SWT declared in Surah al-A'raf, verse 96:“And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth; but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning."