Assalaamu'alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
Bismillaa hir rahmaa nir rahim.
Alhamdulillaa hi rabbil ‘alamin.
Wassalaa tu wassalaa mu ‘ala asyrafil anbiaa ii wal mursalin.
Wa’alaa aa lihi wasah bihi ajma’in.
Yang Berbahagia Professor Dr. Dato’ Syed Arabi Idid, Rektor Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia,
Ahli-ahli Lembaga Gebenor dan Ahli-ahli Majlis,
Tuan-tuan Yang Terutama Duta dan Pesuruhjaya Tinggi,
Kakitangan akademik dan pentadbiran,
Ibu-ibu, bapa-bapa, waris-waris,
Para pelajar dan para hadirin yang dihormati sekelian
Sama-sama kita bersyukur kepada Allah s.w.t. atas limpah rahmatNya dan keizinanNya sahingga kita berada dalam keadaan sihat dan sejahtera di dalam majlis konvokesyen yang ke-23 pada hari ini.
Selaku Presiden Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia, saya berasa sungguh bertuah kerana dapat bersama-sama dengan ibu-bapa, waris dan sanak saudara kepada graduan, dari seluruh dunia, yang akan menerima pelbagai ijazah.
Kepada semua para graduan, ibu-bapa dan waris saya ucapkan tahniah.
It is both a great pleasure and an honour, as President of the International Islamic University Malaysia, to have this opportunity, today, to congratulate all graduates, for the satisfaction that you have earned and for your achievements, after having persevered with hard work over the years.
In five more days, on 31st August, 2007, Malaysia will be celebrating the completion of its 50th year of independance. The whole nation is now being geared up for this celebration and it is rightly so. It is a joyous occasion for the people of Malaysia.
However, while we are celebrating this joyous occasion, we should also remember, that none of us here today, among the graduates, the parents and the staff of the university, played any role in the struggle for independence. Neither today’s cabinet ministers and parliamentarians nor state executive councilors and state assemblymen were involved in the struggle.
Except for the very few pre-merdeka activists, who are still among us, such as Tun Dr. Mahathir, Tun Ghazali Shaf’ie, Tun Fatimah Hashim, Tan Sri Zahari Taib and Dato’ Siti Rahmah, who are known to me, and a few whom I could not remember, others are not around to celebrate.
We should all be grateful to our forefathers for the success of their struggle in freeing us from the yoke of colonialism.
The question before us is therefore whether our descendants are able to celebrate the continuing peace and progress, as we are enjoying now, 50 years hence.