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ISTAC (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation) was founded, designed, landscaped, interior-decorated and directed by Prof Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas whose consistent life-long struggle and commitment has been to explain and clarify the worldview of Islam and its civilizational contributions as well as the various philosophical and cultural challenges that Muslims hv been confronted with, and he has proposed the most strategic ways of dealing with them.

Without doubt, ISTAC under his leadership has produced much success in various aspects–from its architecture, its academic rigour, publications, intellectual ambience, passion, and integrity, to its unique library collection and inter-mazhabic and inter-religious engagements.

In 2002, when the leadership, autonomy, philosophy and orientation of ISTAC was drastically changed, ISTAC quickly declined in various important ways. Many local and foreign scholars, politicians, students and cultural leaders have expressed their wish to see it revived to fulfill its original and well conceived objectives and mission–especially after the tragic consequences of September 11.

Reviving ISTAC not only requires strong political will but also the intellectual and moral integrity of scholars and educational leaders. It is not about reclaiming a name or gaining personal or career advancement or promoting personal projects but more about helping this nation make better progress and development especially during these challenging times.


 Arabs won’t be led by Ankara,’ UAE tells Turkey, as Twitter spat blows up
‘Arabs won’t be led by Ankara,’ UAE tells Turkey, as Twitter spat blows up
A United Arab Emirates diplomat has lashed out at Turkey, the latest episode in a dispute sparked by a single contentious tweet concerning 100-year-old historical events.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for federal national council affairs and foreign affairs, whose country has previously accused Turkey of using political Islam to further its influence in the Middle East, said that Arab states must rally in the face of “regional ambitions.”

“The sectarian and partisan approach is not an acceptable alternative. The Arab world will not be led by Tehran or Ankara,” Gargash, who ranks below only the foreign minister as Abu Dhabi’s top diplomat, wrote on Twitter. “The geostrategic competition taking place in the region calls for strengthened Arab unity with Riyadh and Cairo as its pillar.”

READ MORE: Turkey plotting against Israel over Jerusalem might push Erdogan closer to Assad

The exchange of insults began last week, when Gargash’s immediate boss, Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, retweeted a message accusing “Erdogan’s ancestors” of plundering Islam’s second holiest city while they ruled it as part of the Ottoman Empire.

“Did you know that in 1916, Turkish Fahreddin Pasha committed a crime against the people of Medina, stole their properties, and put them on a train en route to Damascus and Istanbul? Also, the Turks stole the handwritten books in Mahmoudia Library and took them to Istanbul. This is the history of Erdoğan’s ancestors and what they did to Muslim Arabs,” reads the tweet, originally posted by an ordinary social media user, an Iraqi man living in Germany.

After a fierce campaign in the Turkish media, the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded to the claim with a personal attack.

“Some impertinent man sinks low and goes as far as accusing our ancestors of thievery. What spoiled this man? He was spoiled by oil, by the money he has,” said the Turkish politician, insisting that his country had always been a custodian of Islam.

‘Erdogan’s Turkey is evil’

Whether the retweet was a calculated provocation, or the result of several impulsive clicks, the escalation reflects wider concerns in the Saudi-led Arab world over Turkey’s closer ties with rival Iran, and support for Qatar, which has been ostracized by the other Arab states in the region. In the wake of the argument, Turkey has sent an additional contingent of its troops to Doha, with whom it has a defense agreement, purportedly to combat terrorism.

Dhahi Khalfan, the deputy chief of police and public security for the Emirate of Dubai, has directly accused Ankara of fomenting rebellion by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, where it remains banned.

“Turkey led by Erdogan is an evil country,” Khalfan, who is known on social media for his undiplomatic rhetoric, wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

In turn, Turkish politicians have accused Arab states of endorsing the opposition movement of preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan accuses of infiltrating the country’s institutions and of staging an unsuccessful coup in July 2016.




إنَّا ِللهِ وإنَّا إلَيْهِ رَاجِعُوْن

Ketiga tiganya pejuang bahasa. Juga terlibat dengan perkembangan budaya dan kesusateraan Melayu. Meteka berada di atas landasan mengisi kemerdekaan dalam sebuah negara yang baru bebas daripada sisa penjajahan. Merka yang berjasa dan nama besar dalam perjuangan bangsa telah pergi meninggalkan kita. Bermula dengan Hassan Ahmad, diikuti Kassim Ahmad dan kini SAHNON AHMAD. Kassim dan Shahnon merupakan rakan sekolah bersama dengan Prof Ismail Hussein di Sultan Abdul Hamid College. Sebuah institusi yang tapaknya dimulai oleh bapa kepada Dr Mahathir Mohamed, Mr Mohamed bin Iskandar.


Sama samalah kita mengahadiahkan Al Fatihan untuk arwah di atas, semoga damai di sisi Allah subhanahu wataala.

بِسْــــــــمِ اٌللَّهِ اٌلرَّحْمَنِ اٌلرَّحِيْـــــــــمِِ
◄.اَلْحَمْدُ ِللهِ رَبِّ العَالَمِينَ ۞ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ ۞ مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ ۞ إيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ ۞ اِهْدِنَا الصِّراطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ ۞ صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّيِن ۞


Isa sedia beri kerjasama kepada polis

 Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad

Mohd Isa Samad

PORT DICKSON – Bekas Pengerusi Felda, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad bersedia bekerjasama kepada polis untuk memberi keterangan berkenaan isu kontroversi  pemindahan milik tanah Felda di Jalan Semarak apabila dipanggil.

“Polis dan SPRM (Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia) panggil nanti saya datang la, kena kerjasama. Tapi setakat ini belum lagi (di panggil polis).

“Tan Sri Shahrir (Pengerusi Felda) pun dah report polis, jadi biar polis siasat,” katanya.

 Walau bagaimanapun, Mohd Isa tidak mahu mengulas isu pemindahan milik tanah Felda di Jalan Semarak kerana tidak mahu ia menjadi polemik politik.

Terdahulu, Mohd Isa memberi tahu media dia tidak melarikan diri daripada wartawan.


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