Muslim youth urged to counter Islamophobia

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Muslim youth should use social media platforms to play a more active role in overcoming Islamophobia, according to Malaysia-based Bersatu Youth executive council member Muhammad Muzzammil Ismail.

He underscored the importance for them to portray a positive image of Islam.

“They should be more active in communicating with others, embrace diversity and most importantly do not try to be invisible when faced with issues, but try to solve them with Hikmah (wisdom),” he told Bernama ahead of the Youth Kuala Lumpur (KL) Summit 2019 today.

He said intercultural learning among young people around the world will help convey the true teachings of Islam as a religion of peace. His involvement at the Youth KL Summit is expected to focus on technology and sustainable development.

He added that Muslim countries should continue to champion education and innovation to be on par with developed nations.

“True progress is when we, Muslim countries, attain advancements consistent with Islamic values and teachings,” he said.

Meanwhile, geopolitics and human governance expert Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal said new frameworks for youth education, training and talent mobility should be considered by Muslim countries to enable their youth to be on par with peers in other parts of the world.

“We want our youth to escape from the previously closed and insular cycle of education and embrace an ‘open education’ concept,” he said.