On Saturday 22 October, three youth members representing the Baha’i community came to Nalanda Centre on a familiarisation visit. The guests were warmly received by Nalandian youth officers Bro. Disheng and Sis. Xelynn, who brought them on a building tour.
Today marks the beginning of Ramadhan, when Muslims shall fast for a month from dawn to dusk, fulfilling their religious obligation. It is a period of spiritual reflection, wholesome behavior, and acts of gentle kindness. We rejoice in seeing that spirit. Nalandians wish our Muslim friends in Malaysia and abroad a peaceful fasting month. Salam mettā.
On Wednesday 13 January, Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar met with leaders of 16 non-Muslim religious groups from the state at his palace in Johor Bahru. At the meeting in Istana Bukit Serene, the Sultan asked the religious leaders about the development and welfare of their respective groups. Sultan Ibrahim also advised them to remain united and to respect one another’s beliefs.
On Saturday 10 October, the Selangor Branch of the Malaysian Consultative Council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) organised an interfaith colloquium on ‘Understanding World Religions’ at Wisma Buddhist, Kuala Lumpur. Participants from various religious backgrounds had the opportunity to learn the similarities in the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Taoism. The programme also allowed Malaysians to engage in inter-religious dialogue and sow the seeds of goodwill, peace and harmony.
On Sunday 17 May, Malaysian religious groups held a joint prayer session in Kuala Lumpur for the earthquake victims in Nepal. The devastating quakes killed more than 8,600 people and caused untold damages to the country’s infrastructure. Representatives of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities took turns to recite chants or prayers on stage, witnessed by a large congregation.
On Saturday 16 May, a multi-religious group led by Star Media Group CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai visited the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The group also paid visits to the Sam Kow Temple, Madrasatul Gouthiyyah, Tamil Methodist Church, Sri Sakthi Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
On Friday 24 April, Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan was invited to speak at an Interfaith Dialogue organized by the Muslim Students Association of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang. The theme of the dialogue was, “Can religion achieve Peace and Happiness?”