REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – The Muhammadiyah General Chairman, Din Syamsuddin, achieves Muslim Figure Award 1433 H from Penang, Malaysia. The award is an honor and admission of his effort to present Islam through Muhammadiyah.
The report from Muhammadiyah official website also says the award is granted to him related to his effort building the interfaith harmony. The award is signed by the Head of Penang Ihwal Islam, Dato H Abdul Malik bin Qasim. The award ceremony was witnessed by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Malaysian prominent figure.
In his speech, Anwar praises Muhammadiyah activity that has given a big contribution in Islamic world. He also mentions Din as international Muslim figure who has enlightening thought. “Muhamaddiyah enlightening ‘dawah’ brings resonance for Islamic development. It is also supported by Din’s consistency behavior on Islamic principles yet friendly to other faiths,” Anwar said.
The award is a form of appreciation for Din’s effort in spreading peace in the world. He said, the award was a valuable support to build peace. The award for Din is also a real admission to maintain interfaith dialogue. “Alhamdulillah… It becomes a support to build peace,” Din said in his speech after receiving the award.
Recently, Din was invited to speak in World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 in UN Headquarter, New York, US. He was invited in his capacity as the President of Religions for Peace (ACRP) and the Vice President of World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP). In the event, Din delivered a speech entitled ‘Mediation of Conflict through Interfaith Dialogue’.