Abdul Hadi Awang

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Abdul Hadi Awang

عبدالهادي بن اوڠ
8th Leader of the Opposition (Malaysia)
In office
23 July 2002 – 21 March 2004
MonarchSirajuddin
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Preceded byFadzil Noor
Succeeded byLim Kit Siang
President of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
Assumed office
23 July 2002
DeputyTuan Ibrahim Tuan Man
Spiritual LeaderNik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
Hashim Jasin
Preceded byFadzil Noor
11th Menteri Besar of Terengganu
In office
2 December 1999 – 25 March 2004
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Preceded byWan Mokhtar Ahmad
Succeeded byIdris Jusoh
ConstituencyRhu Rendang
Deputy President of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
In office
1989 – 23 July 2002
PresidentFadzil Noor
Spiritual LeaderNik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
Preceded byFadzil Noor
Succeeded byTuan Ibrahim Tuan Man
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Marang
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded byAbdul Rahman Bakar
Majority2,747 (2008)
5,124 (2013)
20,954 (2018)
In office
1990 – 21 March 2004
Preceded byAbdul Rahman Bakar
Succeeded byAbdul Rahman Bakar
Majority161 (1990)
882 (1995)
12,700 (1999)
Member of the Terengganu State Legislative Assembly
for Rhu Rendang
In office
3 August 1986 – 9 May 2018
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byAhmad Samsuri Mokhtar
Majority531 (1986)
853 (1990)
1,394 (1995)
3,843 (1999)
1,435 (2004)
2,686 (2008)
2,819 (2013)
Member of the Terengganu State Legislative Assembly
for Marang
In office
1982–1986
Preceded byTengku Zahid Musa
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority320 (1982)
Personal details
Born
Abdul Hadi bin Awang

(1947-10-20) 20 October 1947 (age 72)
Marang, Terengganu, Malayan Union (now Malaysia)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyPan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS)
Spouse(s)To’ Puan Seri Hajah Zainab Awang Ngah
Dr. Norzita Taat
ChildrenMuhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi
13 others
ParentsAwang Mohamad Abd Rahman
Aminah Yusuf
Alma materIslamic University of Madinah
Al-Azhar University
OccupationPolitician
Websitepresiden.pas.org.my/v2/

Abdul Hadi bin Awang (Jawi: عبدالهادي بن اوڠ; born 20 October 1947) is a Malaysian politician who has been president of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), an Islamic political party in Malaysia, since 2002. He was Menteri Besar of Terengganu from 1999 to 2004, and the state assemblyman for Rhu Rendang. He is currently a member of parliament for Marang, both in Terengganu. At the international level, he has been appointed as the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

Hadi received his education in neighbourhood schools before continuing his studies at the Islamic University of Madinah between 1969 and 1973, and later at Al-Azhar University.[1] Upon his return to Malaysia, he joined Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) in 1977, where he quickly became its Selangor state chief. A year later, Hadi joined the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and contested a parliamentary seat in the 1978 general election.[2] He rose uickly through the ranks. He became PAS deputy president in 1989 when Fadzil Noor was elected to the party presidency. He remained deputy president until 2002, when Fadzil died of a heart attack, resulting in Hadi succeeding him as PAS President.

Early life[edit]

Hadi was born on October 20, 1947, in Kampung Rusila, Marang, Terengganu. He is the fifth child of nine siblings; four of them are deceased. His father's name was Haji Awang Mohamad bin Abd Rahman while his mother was Hajjah Aminah Yusuf. They are also deceased.

Education[edit]

Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang was given an early education by his father beginning in 1955. Later, he was educated formally at the Rusila National School before continuing his secondary education at Marang Religious School. He then pursued Sanawi's degree at he Sultan Zainal Abidin Religious Secondary School, Kuala Terengganu. In addition, he studied religion, Arabic and politics with his father.

He furthered his studies at the Islamic University of Madinah for a Shariah bachelor's degree funding by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the support of the then-vice president of the Islamic University of Madinah Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah.

After about four years in the Arabian Peninsula (1969–1973), he earned his first degree in Islamic Shariah. He furthered his master's degree at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, in Siyasah Syar'iyyah (Political Science) from 1974 to 1976.

Participation in society[edit]

Community education[edit]

Shortly after finishing his studies and returning to his homeland, in 1976, his father died. Hadi then decided to continue his father's duty of being a khatib and delivering khutbah (a sermon) every Friday morning.

Non-government organization[edit]

He served as an officer for the Terengganu Islamic Foundation from 1977 to 1978, and at the same time as Terengganu Chief of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM).

In 1978, he began teaching at the Maahad Al-Ikhwan (Institute of Feed), a private school set up by a few young PAS youths in Mengadang Akar, Kuala Terengganu.

In 1982, when ABIM's President, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim left the organization and joined the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Abdul Hadi joined PAS with Ustaz Fadzil Noor and Datuk Nakhaie Ahmad.

Along with these three, some of the ABIM leaders who joined PAS included: Tuan Haji Mohamad Sabu, Ustaz Abdul Ghani Shamsuddin, Datuk Paduka Husam Musa, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, Ustaz Abu Bakar Chik, Ustaz Muhammad Mustafa and Datuk Mohammad Daud Iraqi.

Politics[edit]

PAS[edit]

Hadi has been active in politics since 1964 when he was studying in high school. He has been entrusted as a branch secretary in the PAS village Rusila, Marang.

In 1976, he was appointed Terengganu PAS youth chief and the Central PAS Youth Council Exco. In 1977, he was elected to the Central PAS Working Committee. In 1978, he was appointed acting vice president of the Central Center and later confirmed to the post in 1980. In 1983, he and Datuk Nakhaei Ahmad were once again elected as PAS vice presidents. In 1989, he was elected PAS deputy president after Dato' Fadzil Noor was elected president of PAS.

Following the death of Ustaz Fadzil Noor, he was appointed acting president of PAS in 2003. He became PAS president after being ratified at the convention in 2005.

An the 61st PAS Muktamar, he was challenged for the first time for the post of PAS president by Ustaz Ahmad Awang. However, he managed to defeat his challenger with a majority of 695 votes.

Election[edit]

He joined the election after returning home in 1978 where he was entrusted by PAS to contest the 1978 General Election in Dun Marang representing PAS. He lost by 64 votes to BN's Tengku Zahid Tengku Musa. In the 1982 General Election, he was nominated by PAS for the Marang State Legislative Assembly and won with a majority of 320 votes, but lost in the Dungun Parliament, which was also contested, to Haji Awang Jabar.

In the 1982 election, four other PAS leaders in Terengganu won their state seats—Haji Mustafa Ali, Haji Harun Taliib, Haji Abu Bakar Chik, and Haji Wan Abdul Mutalib Embong.

In 1986, he won again at Dun Rhu Rendang (the new name for Dun Marang after redelineation) defeating Abdul Latif Muda and has retained it until now. However, for Marang's parliamentary seat that year, he lost to Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar. He won it in 1990, 1995 and 1999.

After PAS's victory in Terengganu in November 1999, he was appointed Menteri Besar of Terengganu until March 2004, as well as being Marang member of parliament. He was also opposition leader from 2003 to 2004, replacing Almarhum Ustaz Fadzil Noor.

He lost to Abdul Rahman in 2004 but won again in 2008.

In Malaysia's 2013 General Election, he managed to maintain both the unbeatable seats. He won the Marang Parliament with a majority of 5124 votes, defeating Datuk Yahya Khatib Muhammad from BN. He also won the Rhu Rendang state seat with a majority of 2819, defeating Nik Dir Nik Wan Ku from BN.

Government[edit]

Abdul Hadi Awang was elected the 11th Menteri Besar of Terengganu officially on Tuesday, 22 Syaaban 1420 corresponding to 30 November 1999, when he was 52 years old. The ceremony for the declaration of the appointment of the chief minister and 10 members of the State Executive Council were held at Istana Maziah, Kuala Terengganu, on 2 December 1999.

He was also the state commissioner for Terengganu when he was appointed Menteri Besar to replace Dato 'Seri Wan Mokhtar Ahmad after PAS won 28 of the 32 state seats in Terengganu in the 10th general election. The party also won seven out of eight temporary parliamentary seats; the other parliamentary seat was won by Parti Keadilan Rakyat.


Menteri Besar of Terengganu[edit]

The achievement of Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang while serving as the Menteri Besar of Terengganu were encouraging despite being denied the petroleum royalty as provided under the Petroleum Development Act of 1974.

Among his achievements were in the education sector where he helped consolidate both formal and informal educational institutions in the country. He instituted a higher zakat (funds) collection from 2000-2004 with a total of RM122.4 million compared to 1990-1999 under the UMNO administration where the total was only RM85 million. In the case of land reform, he reduced the land charge premium from 20% to 10% and exceeded the target to settle an arrears of 50,000 land dispute cases each year.

He instituted transparency in logging activities increasing the premium of RM60.6 million to 15,000ha in 2003 compared to premium of RM17.9 million for the same amount of hectares during the UMNO administration in 1997. He helped to reduce the poverty rate from 17.3% to 14%;

He helped introduce Five Working Days policy in 1999, which was followed by the Federal Government in 2000. He introduced 90 days maternity leave and seven days leave for fathers. He assisted with the abolition of the pedicab permit and the fees for small traders, abolished toll collection at the Sultan Mahmud Bridge, and re-established the Islamic Law in the state constitution with the introduction of several laws based on the Al-Quran and As-Sunnah.

International involvement[edit]

When becoming an overseas student[edit]

Hadi began to work internationally in Madinah when he became the Head of Malaysian Students of the Islamic University of Madinah. In addition, he is also responsible for the Confederation of Southeast Asian Students in Medina.

At Medina, two Ikhwan figures, Professor Dr. Muhammad Al-Wakeel and Sheikh Said Hawwa became his mentors for Siasah Syar'iyyah. He also learned from Dr. Abdul Satar Al Khudsi who was active in the Muslim Brotherhood at that time.

In Egypt, he became the secretary of the Syariah Section and the Law of the Federation of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Represents Malaysian Islamic movement[edit]

As PAS senior leader, Hadi not only led the Islamic movement in Malaysia, but was also actively involved on the international stage with other Islamic movements addressing the problems of the Ummah (Islamic community).

In 1990 he was a member of the Joint Coordinating Committee of Islamic Political Parties to address Palestinian issues, based in Amman, Jordan. He was a supporter of Harakah al-Muqawwamat al-Islamiyyah (HAMAS). Along with the leadership of HAMAS, as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood he supported the defense of the Palestinian issue. He urged the Government of Malaysia to recognize the victory of Hamas as a legitimate government. He lead a delegation of PAS parliamentarians and Islamic NGOs in an attempt to enter Gaza City but was barred. He was involved with the Al-Majma 'al-Alami li al-Taqrib Baina al-Mazahib al-Islamiah (International Council for Approach of Islamic Schools), based in Tehran, Iran, and the International Committee of the International Secretariat for the Defense of Baitul Maqdis based in Amman, Jordan.

Hadi was a member of delegate MPs of Islamic parties led by Dr. Najmuddin Erbakan, a former Turkish prime minister, who met with UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and met the United States Senate; the delegates of Parti Islam MPs who visited Europe headed by Dr. Necmettin Erbakan; a delegate of Islamic party leaders from around the world who met the rulers and presidents of the countries of West Asia before the Gulf War; a delegate of the world leaders of Islamic movements who visited Baghdad at the invitation of Iraq's Prime Minister, Saddam Hussien during the Gulf War crisis; a member of the delegation of Islamic movement leaders across the globe headed by Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Mustafa Masyhur who visited Afghanistan, to help enforce the Islamic state and to avoid conflicts between Muslim pilgrims who were cracking after the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition to Mr Abdul Hadi Awang, Dato 'Fadzil Noor, then President of PAS, also participated.

Hadi was a member of the International Islamic Movement Secretariat Committee headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey in 1994. He was often invited to attend the Ijtima 'Am organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, and some Indonesian Islamic movements such as the Prosperous Justice Party and the Star Moon Party.

He was a speaker at the International Seminar on Islamic Unity in the face of Bosnia-Herzegovina problems and represented PAS at the 5th World Islamic Organization's Muktamar in Istanbul in 1996. He gave a speech titled "Islamic Awakening: His Lack of Wisdom" at the International Islamic Revival Conference in Tehran on September 24, 2011. The conference, attended by 700 delegates from all Muslim countries, discussed the latest conflicts in West Asia such as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Palestine.

He represented Malaysia's Islamic movement (PAS) to the 22nd International Muslim Community Congress in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2013. It was also attended by the leader of Tunisia's An-Nahdah, Rashid al-Ghannushi; from Palestinian HAMAS, Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Meshal; from Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie; from Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hassan; and from the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Riyadh al-Sakfa. The congress also heard a keynote address by two Islamic State leaders, Dr. Mohamed Morsi (Egypt) and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran).

Hadi was appointed as World Muslim Ulama Union deputy president, together with Dr. Ahmad Raysuni and Sheikh Al-Khalili headed by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi in 2014.

He delivered the prime lectures at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies(RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on April 28, 2015.

Family[edit]

Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang established a household with 'Puan Seri Hajah Zainab binti Awang Ngah in 1976. His second marriage was in 1991 to Dr. Norzita Taat. The result of his marriage with his two wives was 14 children, 11 from his first wife; three from his second wife.

His eldest son, Ustaz Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, is an alumnus of Al-Eman University, Yemen and currently holds the post of PAS Dewan Pemuda's chief and chairman of the International Lajnah, the PAS Dewan Pemuda.

Controversy[edit]

Amanat Hadi[edit]

Amanat Hadi refers to the dark period in the 1980s, when Hadi Awang was a PAS firebrand. It was the beginning of the era of "kafir mengkafir" (calling fellow Muslims infidels due to different political beliefs) which Hadi had popularized throughout the villages of Malaysia.

Hadi delivered this infamous Amanat Hadi sermon at Kampung Banggol, Peradong, Kuala Terengganu on April 7, 1981, and thereafter his image appeared on posters on the walls of PAS offices across the nation at the same time.

Hadi claimed that UMNO perpetuated the unIslamic rule of colonialism, and therefore the struggle of PAS and its supporters against UMNO is jihad and that those who died in the struggle are al-shahid (martyrs).

Later in 1983, an Amanat Hadi poster was used in the Selising by-election in Kelantan and thereafter became a flagship battle clarion call for PAS in other elections.

In one bold stroke, Hadi drew a line that separates PAS and UMNO.

Indeed, there were separate Imams for daily prayers, separate "kenduris" (wedding feasts etc.), abattoirs, funeral rites, Friday prayers, even separate burial sites.

Families were separated, husbands and wives were separated through an acrimonious divorce, and children left in limbo that eventually led to a large scale division of the Muslim ummah.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1982 Dungun Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 10,172 42.46% Awang Abdul Jabar (UMNO) 13,447 56.13% 24,789 3,275 79.79%
Abdul Hamid Embong (PSRM) 337 1.41%
1986 Marang Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 13,015 48.80% Abdul Rahman Bakar (UMNO) 13,654 51.20% 27,433 639 82.61%
1990 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 17,736 49.98% Abdul Rahman Bakar (UMNO) 17,575 49.53% 36,172 161 84.70%
Wan Deraman Wan Nik (IND) 176 0.50%
1995 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 21,945 51.03% Abdul Rahman Bakar (UMNO) 21,063 48.97% 44,212 882 81.69%
1999 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 30,183 63.18% Muda Mamat (UMNO) 17,483 36.60% 48,611 12,700 83.05%
2004 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 27,913 49.56% Abdul Rahman Bakar (UMNO) 28,076 49.85% 57,186 163 88.84%
2008 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 33,435 52.08% Ahmad Ramzi Mohamad Zubir (UMNO) 30,688 47.80% 65,008 2,747 86.89%
2013 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 42,984 53.04% Yahya Khatib Mohamad (UMNO) 37,860 46.72% 81,836 5,124 90.13%
2018 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 53,749 59.27% Mohamad Nor Endut (UMNO) 31,795 35.06% 92,046 21,954 87.75%
Zarawi Sulong (AMANAH) 5,138 5.67%
Terengganu State Legislative Assembly
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1978 Marang Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 2,618 Tengku Zahid Musa (UMNO) 2,686 7,142 68
1982 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 3,606 Tengku Zahid Musa (UMNO) 3,473 7,251 133 85.33%
1986 Rhu Rendang Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 3,470 54.14% Abdul Latif Muda (UMNO) 2,939 45.86% 6,567 531 82.68%
1990 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 4,750 54.93% Abdul Latif Muda (UMNO) 3,897 45.07% 8,799 853 83.54%
1995 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 6,285 56.24% Abu Bakar Othman (UMNO) 4,891 43.76% 11,348 1,394 80.73%
1999 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 7,881 66.02% Tengku Zainuddin Tengku Zahid (UMNO) 4,038 33.83% 12,125 3,843 81.37%
2004 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 7,736 54.06% Tengku Zainuddin Tengku Zahid (UMNO) 6,301 44.04% 14,446 1,435 89.38%
2008 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 9,379 58.36% Razali Idris (UMNO) 6,693 41.64% 16,209 2,686 86.23%
2013 Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) 11,468 56.83% Nik Dir Nik Wan Ku (UMNO) 8,649 42.86% 20,347 2,819 89.78%

Writing results[edit]

One of the most influential Muslims in the world[edit]

Abdul Hadi Awang has been listed as one of the world's 500 most influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre based in Amman, Jordan. He was given this recognition in the category of Preachers & Spiritual Guides The Muslim 500: The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims 2016 edition.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

Royal nobility[edit]

Character Awards[edit]

  1. On April 15, 2011, he was awarded the 'Alim Rabbani' award by Yala Islamic University, Pattani, and Thailand in conjunction with the Multaqa Muslimat Yala Islamic University. He is the first overseas Thai to receive the recognition.
  2. On September 26, 2014, he was selected as the Terengganu Tani Icon 2014 in the Terengganu Farmers, Raiders and Fishermen Carnivals 2014 at Itqanul Muluk Square, Kuala Berang, Terengganu.
  3. On May 16, 2015, he was awarded the "Murabbi Ummah Tokoh" Award in conjunction with the Malaysian Islamic Educators Association 3.0 organized by the National Educator Awakening Association Movement at the Kedah State PAS Complex.
  4. On September 1, 2019, he was awarded the 'Tokoh Maal Hijrah Terengganu' award by the Sultan of Terengganu in conjunction with the new year of 1441 according to Islamic Calendar.

Recognition through writing[edit]

  1. Jamhuri Badiuzzaman, Haji Abdul Hadi Awang : Hamba Allah Pemimpin Ummah, Pustaka Bunda, 1984.
  2. Mohd Nasir Awang, Masa Untuk Tok Guru Buktikan - PAS Mampu Pimpin Malaysia. Penerbitan Pemuda, 2000
  3. Mohd Nasir Awang, Terengganu Lepasi Pantang - Kuasa Yang Menjerat?, Rangkaian Minda Publishing, Julai 2001
  4. Riduan Mohamad Nor, Abdul Hadi Awang : Murabbi, Ideolouge, Pemimpin. Jundi Resources, 2011
  5. Mohamed Jusoh, Prinsip Haji Hadi BYG Publishers & Distribuors. 2016

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hooker, Othman, Clive (2003), pg 232-3
  2. ^ Haddad, Voll, Esposito (1991), pg 50
  3. ^ "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 25 October 2018.

References[edit]

  • Farish Ahmad Noor, Islam Embedded: The Historical Development of the Democratic Action Party DAP, 1951–2003, Malaysian Sociological Research Institute, 2004, ISBN 983-99866-8-6
  • Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, Voll, John Obert, Esposito, John L., The Contemporary Islamic Revival: A Critical Survey and Bibliography, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1991, ISBN 0-313-24719-6
  • Hooker, Virginia Matheson, Othman, Norani, Kessler, Clive S., Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2003, ISBN 981-230-161-5
  • Saw, Swee-Hock, K. Kesavapany, Malaysia: Recent Trends and Challenges, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2006, ISBN 981-230-339-1

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