— Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) through the Institute of Islam Hadhari has collaborated with the Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Legacy Organisation (LEGASI) to conduct research on the contribution of Sheikh Abdullah Fahim in the development of Islamic Education and Islamic Astronomy in the early 20th century.
UKM deputy vice-chancellor (Research and Innovation) Prof Datuk Ir Dr Abdul Wahab Mohammad said Sheikh Abdullah Fahim’s intellectual prowess in the field of astronomy through the the determination of prayer times, kiblat directions and the establishment of a star observatory was a legacy and treasure of knowledge that need to be studied in depth for the benefits of the current generation.
“Sheikh Abdullah Fahim is the grandfather of former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and an Islamic scholar in the country.
“It was through his leadership on his return from Makkah in 1916 that the development of Islamic Education began to take shape in the country,” he said at the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signing ceremony between UKM and LEGASI, here today.
The MoA was signed by Abdul Wahab, on behalf of UKM while LEGASI was represented by its chairman Datuk Jefridin Atan.
Abdul Wahab said the research which would be led by Institute of Islam Hadhari fellow Associate Prof Dr Ermy Azziaty Rozali would be conducted by six researchers using RM50,000 funds allocated by LEGASI, for a period of two years.
“The findings of the research will also be published in top journals,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jefridin said the research would expose the younger generation to the scholar who had determined Aug 31, 1957 as the date for the country’s independence.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency