Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia

Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) or the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia is an Islamic organisation founded on 6 August 1971 by Ustaz Wahab Sulaiman.[1]

Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia
Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia
اڠکتن بليا اسلام مليسيا
Formation6 August 1971
FounderUstaz Abdul Wahab Zakaria
TypeNon-profit non-governmental organisation
Key people
Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim (President)


ABIM was established by Ustaz Wahab Sulaiman on 6 August 1971[2] during an international trend of Islamic revivalism. Founded by Muslim students, PKPIM (National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students) in particular, 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 centre for its promotion of Islamic education.[3] The popularity of the organisation was aided by widespread scepticism among the youth towards secularisation and Westernisation.[3] ABIM supported and assisted Islamic students practising Dawah, the preaching of Islam,[3] and was a crucial organisation in the early stages of the Malaysian dawah movement.[4] According to Bubalo and Fealy, ABIM was inspired and influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood, which the authors describe as both a socio-political movement and intellectual tendency or current within Islamism.[5]

The group reached its height during the late 1970s with a call to return to the basics and the true teachings of Islam through advocacy channel. In the 1980s decade, ABIM renewed its approach through the concept of "partnership in nation building" with the government. The idea that also was known as "the reform from within" had undergone the highly successful period particularly when the idea of establishing Islamic University and Islamic Banking that derived originally form ABIM's Annual General Assembly had been realised through the establishment of International Islamic University of Malaysia-IIUM (1982) and Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (1983). For an organisation that was nominally not political, ABIM consistently criticised the government particularly in the scope of good governance which is non-compliance with Islamic principle. By 1986, the group had 40,000 members and now reaching 60,000 members and ABIM's mission continuously received encouraging support from Muslims in Malaysia.[6]

List of presidents of ABIMEdit

  • Razali Nawawi (1971–1974)
  • Anwar Ibrahim (1974–1982)
  • Siddiq Fadzil (1983–1991)
  • Mohd Nor Monutty (1991–1997)
  • Ahmad Azam Abdul Rahman (1997–2005)
  • Yusri Mohamad (2005–2009)
  • Muhamad Razak Idris (2009–2011)
  • Amidi Abdul Manan (2011–2015)
  • Mohamad Raimi Abdul Rahim (2015–2019)
  • Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz (2019–present)[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "[BUKU KECIL KHAS] Imbauan Separuh Abad ABIM Gerakan Ilmu dan Bakti". anyflip. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  2. ^ Pendekar Berkuda. Sejarah Penubuhan Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia.
  3. ^ 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. pp. 32–33. ISBN 978-0-8248-1957-6.
  4. ^ Douglas S. Farrer (2009). Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism. Springer. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4020-9355-5.
  5. ^ Bubalo, Anthony; Fealy, Greg (2005). Joining the caravan?: The Middle East, Islamism, and Indonesia. Alexandria, New South Wales: Lowy Institute for International Policy. pp. 14–15. ISBN 1921004118.
  6. ^ Keat Gin Ooi (2009). Historical Dictionary of Malaysia. Scarecrow Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8108-5955-5.
  7. ^ "Muhammad Faisal dipilih Presiden ABIM baharu". 29 October 2019.

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