This profile was last updated in 2006
Type of Organization: Interfaith
Promotion of Inter-religious dialogue
According to their website
“The Vision of the Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN) are primarily three issues:
1. To proactively promote DIALOGUE between faith organizations in Malaysia
2. To foster better UNDERSTANDING of common concerns and values and areas of contention.
3. To organize specific ACTIONS, sharing information, service and advocation.”
The Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN) was created on February 15, 2003. It is is an interfaith network whose purpose is to create a more harmonious and peaceful society in the multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysia. MIN consists of 30 participants from various faiths, ranging from Islamic to Buddhist and Hindu groups. All these groups share the same aim which is to promote religious unity in Malaysia. National newspaper agencies such as The Star and The New Straits Times are also active participants in this network. The main agenda behind the creation of MIN is to act as the main platform of communication, initiatives and action for these various organizations.
The founding members of MIN are associated with the following institutions and organizations:
-Interfaith Spiritual Fellowship (INSAF) as part of the Pure Life Society
-Malaysian Consultative Council of BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther..., ChristianityChristianity is the religious tradition of Christians: those who confesses faith in Jesus Christ, follow the path Christ taught, and gather together in the community of the church., Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li..., and SikhismSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob...
-Sisters in IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to...
-International Islamic University (IIU)
-Council of ChurchesThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... of Malaysia
-Society of JesusJesus is the historical figure considered by Christians to be the Christ, the Messiah, whose life and teachings, death and resurrection give clear evidence of God’s love for humankind. Jesus was born shortly before the death of Herod the Great (d. 4 BCE...
-The Theosophical SocietyColonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky were the founders of the Theosophical Society, a group with interests ranging from the mysteries of ancient Egypt and Greece to Eastern religions. In 1878 Olcott and Blavatsky went to India and Sri ... (TS)
-Sri Sathya Sai Central Council of Malaysia (SAI)
-The Bahá’í Faith
-Bahá’ís of Penang Island
-Persatuan Brahma KumarisThe Brahma Kumari movement is a worldwide spiritual movement founded in India in 1936 by Prajapita Brahma, with its international headquarters at Mount Abu and over 3,700 branches worldwide. Under the leadership of its present head, Dadi Prakashmani, the ... Raja YogaYoga is a Sanskrit word, deriving from a verb meaning “to yoke” or “to join.” Body and consciousness are joined together in the discipline of yoga. Yoga practice involves ethical restraints, the mastery of bodily postures (called asanas), the cont...
-Altruistic Leadership Institute (ALI)
-The Taiping Peace Initiative (TPI)
-Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, representative office to Malaysia
-Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD)
-World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)
-Kumpulan Aktivis Media Independen (KAMIKami, often translated as “god,” “deity,” or “spirit,” are manifestations of divine presence or awe-inspiring power. The kami rest upon or dwell in a particular place, especially in natural settings of unusual form or stunning beauty. They are...)
-The New Straits Times
-Rotary Club, Taiping
Programs and Events
MIN is built around 6 Task Forces:
1. Promotion of Family Values
2. Action against Extremism
3. Formation of Environmental Protection
4. Protection and promotion of Human Rights
5. Promotion of Interfaith Understanding and Harmony of Multifaith Education and Common Values
6. Promotion of Good Governance
Each task force is responsible for organizing programs and events that raise awareness about its work, such as talks and inter-religious dialogue sessions.