Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia

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Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) or the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement is an Islamic organisation founded in 6 August 1971 by Ustaz Abdul Wahab Zakaria.[1] It was established in Malaysia during an international trend of Islamic revivalism. Founded by Muslim students, the organisation promoted Islam through its charity work and education programs aimed at the poor. Yayasan Anda, a private school known as the "Institute," served as a center for its promotion of Islamic education.[2] The popularity of the organisation was aided by widespread skepticism among the youth towards secularisation and Westernisation.[2] ABIM supported and assisted Islamic students practicing Dawah, the preaching of Islam,[2] and was a crucial organisation in the early stages of the Malaysian dawah movement.[3]

The group reached its height during the late 1970s, but the popularity of the organisation declined after its leader's political involved in the 1982 elections with the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) . For an organisation that was nominally not political, its political involvement and hesitation to criticise the government contributed to its loss of popularity. By 1986, the group had 40,000 members. In 1998, ABIM left its collaboration with UMNO to distance itself from the government.[4]

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  1. ^ Pendekar Berkuda. Sejarah Penubuhan Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia. 
  2. ^ a b c Robert W. Hefner; Patricia Horvatich (1997). Islam in an Era of Nation-States: Politics and Religious Renewal in Muslim Southeast Asia. University of Hawaii Press. p. 32–33. ISBN 978-0-8248-1957-6. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Douglas S. Farrer (4 August 2009). Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism. Springer. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4020-9355-5. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Keat Gin Ooi (2009). Historical Dictionary of Malaysia. Scarecrow Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8108-5955-5. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 

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