On April 1, 2016, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kuala Lumpur held an event to celebrate the Solar New Year, along with Nowruz and the rebirth of the world around us from the hardships of winter. This occasion was also used as a platform to appreciate the outstanding Afghan students and graduates in Malaysia. The event served as a great opportunity to gather around Afghan academics, businessmen, students, refugees, and Afghans residing in Malaysia along with guests from the host country Malaysia.
The evening began with a melodious recitation of the Holy Quran by a young Afghan reciter and was followed by the beautiful National Anthem of I.R of Afghanistan. H.E. Atiqullah Atifmal, the Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the I.R of Afghanistan, opened his speech by delivering the goodwill message of H.E. President Ashraf Ghani and H.E. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the occasion of New Year to the crowd of nearly 400 people. His Excellency, after thanking the Afghan businessmen for their contribution for the organisation of the event, wished a peaceful and fruitful year to all Afghans and encouraged the involvement of the younger generation in the development of a more educated and aware citizenry.
The event continued by a speech from Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali, the founding CEO of International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia. Dr. Kamali after extending his gratitude to the Afghan Embassy for bringing together the men and women from the Afghan community for the first time, stressed the importance of higher education for the betterment of Afghanistan and encouraged the younger generation, as future leaders of the nation, to fulfil their duties and serve their homeland. Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Yusuf Saleem, lecturer at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance, after wishing everyone a Happy New Year treated the audiences by reciting an originally written poem about the coming of spring and Nowruz.
This event not only brought the Afghan community together but it also encouraged the active participation of the attendees. A group of young girls representing the Afghan refugee communities in Malaysia, dressed in beautiful Afghan attire, sang and performed various patriotic songs. Students participated by presenting their original poetry in different languages and dialects, representing the various ethnicities that make up the melting pot that is Afghanistan. Following the dinner, the Afghan Embassy celebrated the excellent academic achievements of the talented Afghan students and graduates at the Bachelor and Masters levels across the different universities in Malaysia and will continue this form of encouragement in the future. Throughout the evening, the Akhtari brothers, mesmerised the audiences with their performances using musical instruments such as rubab and tabla. The memorable event concluded with a photo taking session.