Keynote Address by the Honourable Tun Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, at the First Anniversary Celebration of IAIS Malaysia
(Kuala Lumpur, 29 October 2009)
Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. This International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies came into being over a year ago and - right from the start - has successfully functioned as a think tank to civilisational renewal in Muslim countries and to promoting inter-civilisational understanding worldwide. When I was Prime Minister, I introduced Islam Hadhari as the approach for nation-building and good governance in which the principle of justice and fairness for everyone in Malaysia retained the highest priority. This manhaj or ‘approach’ served to establish, at the same time, a fresh climate of trust between different religions and ethnic groups in the country. I am convinced that Manhaj Islam Hadhari is suitable for plural societies everywhere.
Islam Hadhari encompasses the humane teachings of Islam. I remain committed therefore that Islam’s civilisational approach is the key to successfully meeting the contemporary challenges of socio-economic development, particularly in Muslim countries where the population includes other minority communities and religions. Central to Islam Hadhari is the civilisational potential that Islam offers for the renewal of societies, grounded upon the essentials for human wellbeing, uprightness, and equity.