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Consultation & Consent are the Foundation of A Strong and Prosperous Society

We are now in the noble month of Rabiul Awal. The month in which we honour the birth of our beloved Prophet, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Therefore in conjunction with the celebration of maulidurrasul, I would like to call upon everyone here to reflect upon an important trait that we can learn from the leadership of Rasulullah s.a.w., a trait which was mirrored by his noble companions. The trait that I am referring to is musyawarah or seeking consultation and opinions from others. Rasulullah s.a.w. communicated to his companions on the value and principle of syura. No one person attributes all wisdom and knowledge to himself. If Rasulullah s.a.w. himself upheld the principle of syura, what then does it say for the rest of us? Regardless how smart, clever and knowledgeable a person may be, it is the combination of experience, wisdom and knowledge that unites the community, and prevents a dictatorship of opinions. It strengthens the community and boosts the spirit of togetherness in any action undertaken for the benefit of the general public.

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